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Ainsworth, Patterson James  
Patterson James Ainsworth Snyder - Mr. Patterson James Ainsworth, age 88 of Snyder passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center in Sweetwater, TX. A Masonic Graveside Service will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00AM at Hillside Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 6-7 PM at Bell Cypert Seale Funeral Home. Online condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 25, 2015
Anderson Sr., Michael B. "Mike" - Abilene  
Michael "Mike" B. Anderson Abilene, TX Michael "Mike" B. Anderson Sr., 67, of Abilene passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 in Abilene. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 26, at 3:30 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Following the service Mike will be cremated. A visitation with the family will be held Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Mike was born on November 24, 1947, in Haskell, TX to C.D. Anderson and Lorelle Millican Anderson. He was very active in high school athletics and was a 1966 graduate from Cooper High School. Mike joined the U.S. Army and served his country as a reservist. He married Mary Martine Mays, the love of his life, on December 27, 1969, in Odessa, TX. He was a wonderful father to Amy and "Mickey". Mike coached many of their sports teams and served as President of the Cooper High School Football Booster Club. Mike was well known for his work as a nurse for West Texas Rehab, Windcrest, Hospice, and home health agencies throughout the big country. His passion and mission was helping people and families, sometimes at their worst times, as a caretaker. Mike dearly loved all his dogs. Mike is survived by his wife, Martine; daughter, Amy Anderson Patterson and husband Philip; son, Michael "Mickey" Brent Anderson Jr.; mother, Lorelle Anderson; Sister, Michelle Anderson Schmidt; nephew, Andy Quinn; dear cousins, Marsha Elliott and husband William; logtime friends Steve and Karen Barker who put Mike and Martine together; numerous family and dear friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, C.D. Anderson. Memorials and tributes in Mike's honor may be made to the West Texas Rehab. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 25, 2015
Beggs, Betty R. - Cross Plains  
Betty R. Beggs Cross Plains, TX Betty R. Beggs, age 91, our beloved mother and grandmother went home to heaven to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 25th at the First Baptist Church with Ronnie White officiating and assisted by Randy Beggs; her final resting place will be beside her beloved husband, J.T. and son, Troy Beggs in the Cross Plains Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Higginbotham Funeral Home in Cross Plains. Betty began her life in Ranger, Texas on September 22, 1923 to Charlie Russell and Lola Wolfe Russell. She graduated from Ranger High in 1940, completed lab tech training in 1942, attended TCU in 1947, then graduated from Howard Payne University in 2000. As part of the greatest generation, Betty worked in Corpus Christi as a lab technician and lost her brother in WWII. She later married her high school sweetheart on January 24, 1948. As Betty and J.T. Beggs, they had 4 sons, Rusty, Kim, Rex and Troy. Her lab technician skills landed her jobs at Brownwood, DeLeon, Cisco and other hospitals. She loved the technical skills required in the laboratory. Her love of travel was infectious, including visits to Hawaii, Acapulco, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Hollywood, most of Colorado, most of Texas and a good bit of Europe. She loved her church and was a member of First Baptist Cross Plains and the Dorcus/ Ruth Sunday School Class. She enjoyed mission work and was active in WMU, she and made several mission trips and even invited an exchange student from Mongolia to stay with her home. She completed her education with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Howard Payne University on May 6, 2000. She began her degree before J.T. and the boys. Betty retained a lifelong passion for art, completing early at the age of 11 and continuing to complete art projects on her own or with any grand or great-grandchild that would sit still, until her passing. She was a member of several local art clubs and displayed her works at art shows all over Texas. She is survived by her 3 sons, Rusty and Reba Beggs, Kim and Mary Beggs, and Rex and Edith Beggs. Grandchildren, Danyel Bottoms, Charissa Beggs-Hilder, David Beggs, Nikki Patterson, Ashley Moses and Tony Beggs; great-grandchildren 14 and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, husband and son, Troy Lincoln Beggs.
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 24, 2015
Bilbrey, W.C. - Abilene  
W.C. Bilbrey Abilene, TX W.C. Bilbrey, 96, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Abilene. Graveside services will be 2:30p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 12:30 to 2:00p.m. at the funeral home, prior to leaving for the graveside service. W.C. was born on November 3, 1918 in Cache, OK to Henry L. and Pearl Moore Bilbrey. He went to school in Oklahoma and moved to Cottonwood, TX in 1937. In March of 1941, W.C. joined the Army Signal Core. He was stationed in San Antonio, TX, Fort Sill, OK, Tyler, TX, and Monticello, AR. W.C. entered the U.S. Air Force in 1943. He was stationed in Hawaii in 1944 and in Okinawa in 1945. He was honorably discharged on November 14, 1945. W.C. met Gladys Holdridge for the very first time on April 17, 1946 and just two weeks later on May 4, 1946, they were married in Mineola, TX. They lived their married life in Mineral Wells, De Leon, and Breckenridge before moving to Abilene in 1960. They were member of the First Assembly of God Church in Abilene. W.C. was a Pontiac mechanic for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He had worked for several Pontiac dealerships with his longest employment being with Manly Pontiac in Abilene. W.C. was a wonderful storyteller, often speaking of days gone by with incredible detail, especially dates. He had an amazing memory, a huge heart, and above all else; he was always a gentleman. He will be greatly missed. Preceding him in death were Gladys, his beloved wife of 49 years in 1995; and one grandson, Brad McDonald in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd and Gene Bilbrey; and a sister, Ruby Purvis. Survivors include his two daughters and their husbands, Darla (Alton) Frazier of Cisco, TX and Charolett (Dennis) McDonald of Clyde, TX; three granddaughters and their husbands, Lisa (Mitch) Ezell, Teresa (Greg) Parks, and Mindy (Terry) Broadfoot all of Clyde, TX; great-grandchildren, Lauren Ezell, Ethan and Makenna Parks, Addi Wyatt, Tanner Broadfoot, and Haley McDonald; one brother, Ben Bilbrey of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Hendrick Home for Children, P.O. Box 5195, Abilene, TX 79608 or Hendrick Hospice. You may view and sign the guestbook at www.elliotthamilfuneralhome.com
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 27, 2015
Bowker, Karen - Anson  
Karen Bowker Anson, TX Karen Bowker, 60, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Hendrick Medical Center. Services wil be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Santa Anna Cemetery, directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home. Born January 1, 1955 in Lawton, Oklahoma, Karen was a daughter of the late Walter and Patsy (Hendrick) Bertrand. She graduated from Cooper High School and married Scott Bowker in 1984. Karen worked for Anson Independent School District and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Karen was a volunteer for Anson Meals on Wheels. Survivors include her husband, Scott Bowker of Anson; one son, William Trent Bowker of Anson; and one sister, Gayle Doby of Abilene. Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Adams-Graham Funeral Home.
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 24, 2015
Brnovak, Frank - Mulberry Canyon  
Frank Brnovak Mulberry Canyon, TX Frank Brnovak, 97, of Mulberry Canyon, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24th at Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church in Mulberry Canyon with Pastor Richard Petree officiating. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Frank was born January 16, 1918 to Anton and Mary (Wychopen) Brnovak in the Airville Community near Temple, Texas. He attended Thompson School. Frank married Nell Vonne Butman February 10, 1942. They were married seventy-two years before Nell died July 28, 2014. Frank served in the Army during World War II from 1942-45. He was a member of The 602 Tank Destroyer Battalion where he received the Purple Heart. When he returned home from the war, Nell and Frank began farming and ranching in Mulberry Canyon. He was a member of Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church and served as Sunday school superintendent for twenty-five years. Left to carry on Frank's legacy are son, Gaylon Brnovak and wife Donna of Merkel; daughter, Judy Merrell and husband Mark of Colorado City; sister, Elizabeth Matl of Austin; sister-in-law, Ruth Palk of San Angelo; grandchildren, Matt and Ashley Brnovak, Mindi and Justin Jeter, Megan and Matt Oliver and Mica and Clayton Roberts; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nell; sister and her husband, Angeline and Henry Vitek; twin infant sisters; sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, Mabel and AD Scott, Edith and Everett Powell, Felix Matl and Edwin Palk; and one great granddaughter, Grace Roberts. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church or Butman Methodist Camp. You may view and sign the online guestbook at www.starbuckfuneralhome.com
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 23, 2015
Brown, Gary - Abilene  
Gary Brown Abilene, TX Gary Mace Brown, 62, passed away January 21, 2015 in Abilene. Visitation will be 5:00 till 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be Thursday in the DFW National Veteran's Cemetery. Gary was born January 27, 1952 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He grew up in Charleston, SC and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973. He faithfully served our country for six years while serving Tours of Duty in Thailand and Korea. After he returned from the service he enrolled in Texas Tech University where he received his Law degree. He joined Whitten law firm before starting his own practice. He served as the D.A. of Jones and Shackelford County for four years before moving back to Abilene to restart his law practice. Gary is survived by his children, Nicole Rachelle Cullen and Jonathon Brown; grandchildren, Addison and Evan Cullen; siblings, Edgar (Bud) Brown, Millie (Mildred) Brown, Michelle (Shelly) Brown Gill, and Mike Brown. He was preceded in death by his father, Eager Wood Brown and mother, Eudora Lucille Levey Brown. Online Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 26, 2015
Browning, Mary Ophelia Murphy - Tuscola  
Mary Ophelia Murphy Browning Tuscola, TX Mary Ophelia Murphy Browning, 82, of Tuscola, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:00a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial following in Rose Hill Cemetery, Merkel, TX. Mary was a good, sweet, and kind mother. She always supported her children and grandchildren with school activities. Mary was a member of Ovalo Baptist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, Billy Ray Browning; her parents; and four brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Brock of Tuscola; sons, Ray Browning of Keller, TX, and Allen Browning and wife, Teresa of Abilene; brother, Pat Murphy of Madill, OK; sisters-in-law (who was more like a sister) Faye Murphy and Mildred Holmes of AR, thank you for being there for Mom. It meant so much to her and our family. Mary is also survived by six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. Longley, Dr. Hazelip, the staff of Windcrest Healthcare Center, and her caregiver, Pat Cornwell. You may view and sign the guestbook at www.communitymemorialfh.com Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2015
Bullock, Edith May - Coleman  
Edith May Bullock Coleman, TX Edith May Parker Bullock, age 98, of Coleman, died Monday, January 19, 2014, at The Oaks at Radford Hills in Abilene. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Glen Cove Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Daniel Stovall officiating. Interment will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. She was born Edith May on July 13, 1916 in Oxine, Runnels County, Texas, a daughter of Alfred C. May and Nota Mae Barmore May. She grew up in Glen Cove where she attended school and graduated from Talpa High School in 1935. On February 11, 1939 she married Ralph Granville Parker. They loved to travel and visit family and friends. He died July 25, 1966. She married David Bullock on November 5, 1978 and they enjoyed camping at Hord's Creek. He died on December 11, 1988. Edith worked at Independent Grocers in Abilene for over 30 years as a buyer, ordering tobacco products for the Abilene district. Edith moved to Coleman in 1981 and has lived here since that time. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Coleman. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Chloris Kincaid, Bessie Rice and Myrtle (Spud) Hays. She is survived by a niece and nephew, Darlena and Dale Wright of Abilene; a brother, Clayton and wife Ruth May of Whitney; many other nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 Thursday at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, followed by a procession to Glen Cove Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas. Please sign her online guestbook at www.livingmemorials.com .
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 22, 2015
Burk, Rebecca "Becky" - Rotan  
Rebecca "Becky" Burk Rotan, TX Rebecca (Becky) Sue Burk departed this world for Heaven on January 19, 2015 after a courageous, 25 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Becky was born June 29, 1956 in Rotan, Texas to the late Bernadine (Johnson) and Richard Brownlee. She was a proud Jayton Jaybird, class of 1974. Becky and Vick Burk were married January 3, 1975. She worked for the city of Bryan and Texas A&M University while her husband attended veterinary school. Becky was a long-time employee of Rotan Insurance Agency until MS prevented her from working anymore. She was a dedicated 4-H volunteer leader and helped with Fisher County Fair Activities. She was also a long- term member of the First United Methodist Church of Rotan. She dearly loved her kids, grandkids, cats, and friends. People always commented on her striking blue eyes, pretty smile, and sassy attitude. Becky is survived by her dedicated husband of 40 years, Dr. Vick Burk, daughter Melissa and son-in-law Dr. Hameed Ali of Temple with a grandson due in May, daughter Shelley and son-in-law Richard Jackson and grandchildren, Will and Aubrey of Houston, two brothers, Charles Miller and wife Denise and Earl Brownlee and Cheryl Salisbury, a brother-in-law Dan Burk and wife Dana, and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and several special friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 22 at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home at 6:00 PM and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 23 at the First United Methodist Church of Rotan at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National MS Society, First United Methodist Church of Rotan, the West Texas Rehab Center, or the Haley Helms Memorial Fund.
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Jan. 22, 2015
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