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At Weed-Corley-Fish, we’ve helped families honor their loved ones for over a hundred years. All of our conveniently-located chapels are peaceful, soothing places for your family and friends to gather for remembrance and recollection. And our dedication to your comfort, attention to detail, and honor for local traditions assure you of the most dignified and personalized services as you plan your tribute.

Our Obituaries

Fredrick Mark Smith , Jr.

June 9, 1967 - July 28, 2015

Fredrick Mark Smith, Jr. Fredrick Mark Smith, Jr. died unexpectedly in his home in Austin on July 28, 2015. Mark was born in Waco, TX to Rick and Kathy Smith on June 9, 1967. He lived his life mostly in both Waco and Austin. Mark was always in the food service business as an adult and even as a teenager. His management jobs took him to adventures in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Dallas,...
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Francis "Frank" Edward Ditmore

April 10, 1939 - July 28, 2015

Francis "Frank" Edward Ditmore was born on April 10, 1939, in Denton, Texas. While sleeping peacefully at home, Frank passed away on July 28, 2015. Frank attended Cisco High School and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with honors in 1961. He served in the Army and National Guard and was a member of Riverbend Church. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Katie...
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William Jack Ferrell

August 14, 1927 - July 26, 2015

William Jack Kelly Ferrell was born August 14, 1927 in Malone, Texas to W.H. and Mary Ferrell. He died in Austin, Texas on July 26, 2015. When Jack was small, his family moved to Mt. Calm, Texas. He graduated from school as class valedictorian at age sixteen. When he turned 18, he followed his brothers into the military. He served three years in the United States Air Force, fourteen months...
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Miriam Chance

February 16, 1926 - July 25, 2015

Miriam Chance, 89, passed away on July 25, 2015. She was born February 16, 1926, in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is predeceased by her husband, Howard Chance, her parents, Robert and Selma DeCormier, and her sisters, Brita Walker, Francis DeCormier and Regina Shekerjian. She married Howard Chance on May 28, 1944. She is survived by her brother, Robert DeCormier and wife, Louise, daughter...
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Elaine Folberg

March 2, 1923 - July 25, 2015

Elaine Folberg, age 92, died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from the long-term complications of Alzheimer's Disease. A second generation American, Elaine grew up in a Jewish immigrant neighborhood in Philadelphia, with Yiddish as her first language. It was there that her husband of 73 years, Joe, met her when she was 12 years old. She was very musical, had a quick laugh and a...
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Katy Taylor Bailey

May 16, 1924 - July 24, 2015

Katy Irene Taylor Bailey, age 91, born on May 16, 1924 to Christopher and Alice Taylor passed from this life to be with her Lord on July 24, 2015 in Katy, Texas. She was a graduate of Thrall High School class of 1941 and Durham's Business College. After graduating from Business College, Katy worked for Davidson Sash and Door until she married Chester Allen Bailey on October 16, 1943. After...
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Joel Williams

June 19, 1979 - July 23, 2015

Joel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1979 and subsequently lived in Kentucky, Germany, Ohio and Maryland where he graduated from Arundel High School. While there he ran cross country and captained the "It's Academic" team. He pursued computer engineering at Lehigh University and while in the university choir under the direction of Stephen Sametz toured China, Korea, Thailand, Russia and many...
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Darryl Wayne Waldrup

November 15, 1982 - July 23, 2015

Darryl Wayne Waldrup (32) of Austin, Texas, died July 23, 2015, after a tragic motorcycle accident. Born in Memphis, Tenn., on November 15, 1982, Darryl grew up in Hernando, Miss. He graduated from Hernando High School, ITT Tech, and later ACC. He was a mechanic enthusiast and enjoyed fixing up unique cars, repairing motorcycles, taking road trips, and helping friends and family. He is...
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Betty Lea Vaughan

February 7, 1925 - July 23, 2015

Betty Lea Vaughan, who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year surrounded by her entire family, passed away on July 23, 2015. Betty was born February 7, 1925 in Austin, Texas. She was the only child of Howard A. Lea and Bernice Puryear Lea. She grew up in Austin where she made many lifelong friends. She attended Pease Elementary and graduated from Austin High School in 1942. Betty...
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William L. Cohagan

June 26, 1945 - July 22, 2015

William L. Cohagan, 70, died in the early afternoon of Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Born in 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill grew up in San Antonio and spent his adult life in Austin. He attended the Culver Military Academy in Indiana (home to many of his favorite teenage memories), where he was the Captain of the Black Horse Troop, the oldest mounted cavalry unit in the United States. Bill rode...
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Christopher M. Fairman

July 26, 1960 - July 22, 2015

Christopher M. Fairman, the Associate Dean for Faculty and the C. William O' Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, died unexpectedly on July 22nd at the age of 54. Christopher was born July 26, 1960 in Parsons, Kansas, but raised in Austin, Texas. He earned a B.A. in 1982 from the University of Texas at Austin and in 1994 received his J...
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Raymond Devine

August 26, 1928 - July 22, 2015

Raymond Devine, a thirty year resident of Austin, passed away on July 22, 2015 after a long illness. He was born in Houston, Texas to Jesse Devine, Sr. and June Devine on August 26th, 1928. Growing up in Houston during the Great Depression and World War II, his lifelong values were shaped by those events, resulting in great focus on his education and career. He served his country by joining...
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Jo P. Baker

August 30, 1933 - July 21, 2015

Jo Baker, 81, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed peacefully on July 21, 2015. An avid world traveler she taught those around her to love life, adventure and gumbo. Survived by her husband John Baker; three daughters Ellen Tarbox, Dariel Baker, and Becky Schiffel; and granddaughter Kimberly Schiffel. She will be dearly missed and will be celebrated at a later date when husband...
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Laverne R. "Kitty" McLane

September 22, 1935 - July 20, 2015

Laverne R. "Kitty" McLane passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 in Austin, TX at the age of 79. Kitty is survived by her loving daughter, Patricia Horn, daughter-in-law, Brenda McLane, grandchildren Justin and Veronica Horn, Stephanie and Alan Hill, and William McLane, great-grandchildren Isabella and Travis Horn, and Avery Hill, six brothers, H.E. Butcher, James Butcher, Allen Butcher, Jimmy...
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Brian William Schenk

July 29, 1938 - July 19, 2015

With great sadness the family and friends of Brian William Schenk announce that he died peacefully on July 19, 2015 in Austin, Texas after battling significantly declining health for the past 2 years. Brian was 76 years old. Brian was born July 29, 1938 in Union New Jersey and after the war, ultimately relocated to Texas to attend college and pursue his teaching career. Always a dedicated and...
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Linda K. Hughes

November 1, 1963 - July 19, 2015

Linda K. Hughes passed away on July 19, 2015 in Austin, TX. She was born November 1, 1963 in Abilene, TX at Dyess AFB to Ernestine and John Hughes. Linda was baptized at Abilene Christian Church. Linda was educated in Austin at Casis Elementary, Baker Elementary, O'Henry Middle School, and Austin High School (graduate of 1982). She then attended Austin Community College (Fall 1982-Summer 1983)...
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Betty Ripperger

October 21, 1916 - July 19, 2015

Betty Ripperger passed away peacefully on Sunday July 19, 2015 in her home with her family around. Thus ended a long life peppered with family, travel, volunteering, joy and despair, and a steadfast devotion to what she believed was right. She was born, the oldest of two girls, Elizabeth Nancy Morley on October 21, 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri to James Wesley and Clara Longaker Morley and...
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Janice Shanahan

May 6, 1945 - July 18, 2015

Janice Shanahan, age 70 of Austin, Texas passed away on July 18, 2015 after a short illness. Janice was born on May 6, 1945 in Elkton, Maryland and lived most of her life in nearby Chesapeake City, Maryland. Janice moved to Austin in 1998 to be closer to her family following the death of her beloved husband Terry Shanahan. She is survived by her son, Brian Guthrie, his wife Melissa, and three...
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John Carl Scurlock

August 24, 1932 - July 17, 2015

John Carl Scurlock, age 82, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Friday, July 17, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. John grew up in Dallas, attended Highland Park schools and graduated from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, he married Jan Lowry Simpson, the love of his life for the past 61 years. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as a pilot...
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Lora Laverne Kleen Fox

April 16, 1928 - July 16, 2015

Lora Laverne Kleen Fox, 87, of Austin, Texas, died Thursday, July 16th. Lora was born to Arda and Bertie Kleen on April 16, 1928 in Georgetown, Texas. She graduated valedictorian from Liberty Hill High School in 1946, went to Nixon Clay College, and became a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone. She married Luther Hiram Fox on December 10, 1954 and they were blessed with two...
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Billie Joyce (Priddy) Baran

February 17, 1930 - July 14, 2015

Billie Joyce (Priddy) LeBoeuf Huddleston Baran 1930-2015 This week, our beloved Billie Joyce (Priddy) Baran soft-shoe shuffled her way to a celestial seaside paradise in the sky. At the tender age of 85, Joyce, or Gammer, as many of us preferred to call her, was enveloped by loved ones at her Hill Country home as she tranquilly said adieu and departed this world. On February 7, 1930, as...
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Edward Mitchell Tuggle, Jr.

December 11, 1948 - July 13, 2015

Edward Mitchell Tuggle, Jr., of Austin, Texas, died unexpectedly July 13, 2015, at the Heart Hospital of Austin. He was 66. Ed was a retired software engineer at IBM, where he worked for over 40 years. Over the course of his career, he traveled extensively worldwide, and relished his opportunities to meet people and learn about diverse cultures and customs. Before moving to Austin, Ed also...
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Christopher Mitchell Morris

December 29, 1968 - July 12, 2015

Christopher Mitchell Morris, 46, of Round Rock, Texas, died on Sunday, July 12, 2015. He was born in Brookings, South Dakota on December 29, 1968 to Gary Lee Morris and Lana Jean Morris. Chris is survived by his wife Kristin, and two daughters Regan and Tara. He also leaves behind a mother, brothers, grandmother, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and hundreds of friends that knew and loved him...
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James "Jim" Underwood Cross, (U.S.A.F. Ret)

April 25, 1925 - July 11, 2015

Brig. Gen. James "Jim" Underwood Cross (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), age 90, of Gatesville, Texas passed from this life to his eternal life in heaven on July 11, 2015. For 90 years, he lived a life of honor and respect, and leaves behind a kaleidoscope of memories for his family and all those who were privileged to know and serve with him. Jim—as he always introduced himself despite his rank—made...
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Ray Drayton Robertson

February 19, 1930 - July 10, 2015

Ray was born February 19, 1930 in Taylor, Texas, and died July 10, 2015 at his beloved home, as he wished. He loved his Taylor roots and was always proud to have been a Taylor Duck. Ray attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. After transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, Ray earned both his BA and Masters degrees. He taught high school English in Seguin, served in the Texas...
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Dorothy R. Stevens

September 2, 1930 - July 10, 2015

Dorothy R. Stevens, 84, of Austin, passed away on July 10, 2015 at Austin Hospice Christopher House. Mrs. Stevens was born in Taylor, Texas to Albert and Mabel Rydell Senkel and was married to Edgar N. Stevens for 68 years. She worked at the University of Texas for 25 years. Active in her community and church, Mrs. Stevens volunteered at the Seton Hospital gift shop for more than 20 years and...
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Alfred G. Prinz, Jr.

August 24, 1930 - July 9, 2015

Alfred G. Prinz, Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 9, 2015. Al was born in Taylor, Texas to Alfred G. Prinz, Sr. and Dora Kerlin. Al graduated from Pflugerville High School and from the University of Texas. In the late 1970's, Al pursued his dream of establishing his own CPA firm. Al married Bettie Jane Holt in 1961 and they settled in Rollingwood, Texas. He was a member of St....
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Herbert J. Gardner

November 15, 1928 - July 9, 2015

That first date through the years has been celebrated with joyous excitement and the rambunctiously crazy and downright stupid Gardner rendition of Happy Birthday. That second date now forces us to face and celebrate with full and grateful hearts the release of Herbert J. Gardner to his rest, freedom and eternal destiny in the hands of God's love. Born in Austin, Texas in the old Brackenridge...
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David Phillip Church

September 15, 1979 - July 7, 2015

David Phillip Church, 35, of Austin, Texas died peacefully July 7, 2015 at the Hospice Austin Christopher House after a 9-year struggle with cancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas on September 15, 1979 and lived in San Francisco for one year before moving to Austin. He attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin where he...
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Mary Frances (Fran) DeCoux Gerling

December 4, 1936 - July 4, 2015

Mary Frances (Fran) DeCoux Gerling, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Fran was born in Bridge City, Texas to Frank and Stella DeCoux. They lived on a dairy farm where Fran learned to milk cows, deliver eggs, and ride the tractor. Her family later moved to Houston where she attended high school at Incarnate Word. Fran was an excellent student both in...
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Shirley "Jeanne" Novak

August 17, 1934 - July 1, 2015

It is with great love that we bid our precious mother farewell and into the arms of God. Jeanne passed peacefully on July 1, 2015 at the age of 80 after a long, brave battle with cancer. She fought until the very end astounding the medical community with her resilience and determination. This surprised no one who knew her, personally. Jeanne was a one-of-a-kind, demonstrating her strength,...
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Marla Renee Melnick

December 27, 1957 - June 29, 2015

Marla Renée Melnick, 57, passed away on June 29, 2015 following a long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Melvin Melnick and survived by her mother, Ruth Ozon Stevenson, brother Michael Jay Melnick, sister and brother in-law Dana and Chuck Fielding, her loving boyfriend Mark Czigan, her Angel cousin Beverly Kogut, her devoted attendant Eunice Theu, and many loving aunts,...
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John Floyd Campbell II

March 16, 1927 - June 28, 2015

John Floyd Campbell II was born in McLean, Texas on March 16, 1927. He was the third of six children born to Dr. William L. and Isla Campbell. When Johnny was eleven, the family moved to Pampa where his father opened a new dental practice in 1938. Johnny showed early signs of his leadership abilities when at the age of 13 he helped organize a kids campaign club to help elect a local candidate to...
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James "Jim" Rainier Anderson

July 16, 1950 - June 27, 2015

James "Jim" Rainier Anderson, age 64, died peacefully at his home on June 27, 2015 after 14 years of living with cancer while fully engaged with the business and promise of life. Jim was born in Portsmouth, Ohio to William and Evelyn Anderson. His childhood was filled with paper routes, scouting, tennis, and myriad trips to the emergency room for the kinds of injuries one incurs while...
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Gregory L. Cross

July 7, 1951 - June 23, 2015

Gregory L. Cross passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23 in Austin, Texas. Born in Washington, D.C., Greg lived in several cities during his childhood, but he and his family always considered Austin home. Greg enjoyed being around family and friends, particularly if it was an outdoor activity, preferably fishing. He graduated from Austin High School and went on to Austin College in Sherman...
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Tom C. Beard

April 6, 1936 - June 23, 2015

After years of struggling with continuing health issues, Tom C. Beard, age 79, left this world on a beautiful summer evening, June 23, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas. Tom was born on April 6, 1936 in Austin, Texas to Clyde Beard and Jewell Ringstaff-Beard. He grew up in the Bull Creek area of the Hill Country near Austin and graduated from McCallum High School in 1955. His father and mother were...
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Mary Aileen Vaughan

March 29, 1941 - June 22, 2015

Mary Aileen Vaughan, long time Field Entertainment advertising department print manager died Monday evening, June 22, 2015 at the Home for Southern Hospitality in Austin, Texas after a twenty year battle with rheumatoid arthritis. The daughter of Dr. Edwin O. and Louise Cunningham Vaughan, Mary was born on March 29, 1941. She was a native of St. Albans, West Virginia. She received her...
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Ann Cade McKnight

July 28, 1926 - June 21, 2015

Ann Cade McKnight, 88, of Tyler, Texas, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015. She was born July 28, 1926, in Caldwell, Texas, to Connie Stone Cade and Charles Edward Cade, Sr. She grew up in Bryan, graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of the Longhorn band and belonged to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She...
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Patricia Anne (Crook) Rudy

November 6, 1929 - June 20, 2015

Patricia Anne (Crook) Rudy, 85, died on Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was born on November 6, 1929 in Austin, Texas. Patricia attended schools in Marlin and Austin, TX. She entered UT at 16 and graduated in 1950 with a BA degree in Interior Design. Patricia moved to Corpus Christi to "Seek her fortune" and met a Naval Aviation Cadet at an ice cream party. They dated, and 6 months later she...
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Alan John Bialkowski

June 20, 1936 - June 19, 2015

Alan John Bialkowski peacefully passed away just one day before his 79th birthday at his home in Austin, surrounded by his loving family. Alan was born on June 20, 1936 to Sigmund and Irene Bialkowski in New York City. After graduating from Bronx High Science High School, Alan went on to NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He joined the U. S. Army and while stationed in Germany met and...
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Marie Speir Gay

July 1, 1921 - June 17, 2015

Born in Elgin, Texas July 1, 1921, Marie Gay, was a resident of Austin for her lifetime until 2008 when her daughter moved back to Texas to care for her. The ladies selected a home in Sun City (Georgetown) where they both enjoyed daily wild life viewing from their breakfast table. Marie entered into the Kingdom of her beloved Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Marie was...
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Ken Ragsdale

September 3, 1917 - June 17, 2015

Ken Ragsdale, noted Big Bend historian, author and Big Band leader, passed away at his home in Austin on Wednesday, June 17th. He was 97 years old. His first book, "Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company", 1976, Texas A&M University Press, was the first major book written about Terlingua and the Big Bend area of Texas and is still considered the primary historical study of the...
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James Edsel "Ed" Risinger, M.D.

March 23, 1935 - June 17, 2015

James Edsel "Ed" Risinger, M.D., Misty 32, Gone West Ed, age 80, quietly passed away on June 17, 2015, at his home in Austin, TX, with his loving wife at his side. Born and raised in Texas, Ed served his country and fellow man for much of his life. In 1956, Ed joined the United States Air Force and served as a pilot. During the Vietnam War, Capt. Risinger volunteered for a top secret...
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Karen Jeanne Barraga

October 16, 1944 - June 16, 2015

Karen Jeanne Barraga, 70, of Austin, TX went peacefully to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 16, 2015. She was born to Natalie and Jack Barraga on October 16, 1944 in Troy, TX. Karen was a woman of strong character whose Christian faith was the cornerstone of her life. She was a vibrant, talkative and creative thinker who showed an appreciation and love of music at an early age. ...
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Lisa Ellen Hearn

January 8, 1991 - June 13, 2015

Lisa Ellen Hearn, 24, of Austin, TX passed away in her home Saturday, June 13, 2015. Lisa was born on January 8, 1991, in Lubbock, TX. Her parents are Larry Hearn (formerly of Cleburne) and Sue Ellen Williams Hearn (formerly of Corpus Christi), both now in Austin, TX. Lisa grew up in Arlington, TX and Cairo, Egypt before returning to the United States to finish middle school and high school in...
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Daniel Otto Hoffmann

October 15, 1958 - June 13, 2015

Daniel Otto Hoffmann of Spicewood, Texas passed on 13 June 2015, aged 56 years. Dan was born in Japan to Larry and Linda Hoffmann on 15 October 1958. He is a proud Aggie, an avid swimmer and bicyclist, and a musicophile with a special passion for Blues and Jazz. He was a manager with an information technology firm. Dan is survived by his parents, Larry and Linda Hoffmann; his wife of 31...
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Phyllis Tinsley Todaro

September 21, 1920 - June 12, 2015

Phyllis Tinsley Todaro, resident of Austin, Texas, was born on September 21, 1920, to Joseph Kyle and Naomi Elizabeth (nee Bowman) Tinsley in Berkeley, California. Our beautiful (literally) and talented mother, Phyllis, passed away on June 12th, 2015. She met and was married to Samuel Palmer Todaro, M.D., at the time a major in the U.S. Army, in San Francisco in 1944, until his death in 1986...
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Naomi E. Werbow

December 6, 1925 - June 10, 2015

Naomi Esther (née Ecker) Werbow, born in New York City on Dec. 6, 1925, died in Austin, her home for 63 years, on June 10, 2015. Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, gave us all the gift of the love and appreciation of music, art, nature, family, language, and culture. Strong of character and will, she always gave her best, saving the best portions for her loved ones, and taking very...
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Judith E. Fowler

March 31, 1940 - June 10, 2015

After a heated battle with "The Big C" Judith E. Fowler passed on June 10, 2015, in Austin, TX at the age of 75. She leaves behind her mother, Billie Williams; her step-daughter and her family, Sloan, Derek and Cooper Landre, her step-son and his family Bricklin, Stefanie, Elan and Elyse Dwyer, as well as her cousin and family Bette Citelli and her daughter Janna Rohrbacker and numerous other...
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Alan H. Goodman

October 22, 1932 - June 10, 2015

Alan Goodman age 82 passed away on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 in Austin, TX. He was born in 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. Alan was preceded in death by his wife Gloria. He is survived by his son Joe Goodman and wife Judi, daughter Patti Abkowitz and husband Mike, and four grandchildren Josh, Becca, Nathan and Paul. Alan lived his first 40 years in St. Louis, attending University City High...
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Leslie Lord Walters

June 22, 1967 - June 8, 2015

Leslie Lord Walters, 47, of Austin, Texas died peacefully on June 8, surrounded by friends and family in Austin, Texas, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Leslie was born on June 22, 1967 in Galveston, Texas to Ralph Allen and Paula Leslie Lord. Leslie spent her childhood growing up in San Angelo, Texas where she attended school at David Crockett Elementary, John Glenn Jr...
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John R. Ferguson, Jr.

March 23, 1922 - June 8, 2015

"Papa" John Robert Ferguson Jr. died of natural causes in the evening hours on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the age of 93. He was born on March 23, 1922 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1942-1945, during which he met the love of his life in Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edith Ferguson; children, Gary and Coleen Ferguson,...
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Johnson Craft Dunham

December 30, 1993 - June 8, 2015

Johnson Craft Dunham died unexpectedly on June 8, 2015. He was born on December 30, 1993 in Austin, Texas. He was 21 years old. A kind, sensitive young man, Johnson was also an outstanding scholar and a gifted athlete. He attended Trinity Episcopal School and St. Andrew's Episcopal School before venturing west to UCLA, where he quickly achieved acceptance into the National Society of...
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Robert L. Tocker

February 20, 1930 - June 8, 2015

Robert L. Tocker, 85, died peacefully in Austin, TX, on Monday, June 8, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Pearl Tocker; his sister Ann Silberstein; and his brothers, Phillip Tocker and Alfred Tocker. He is survived by his loving wife of 57+ years, Barbara Tocker; their four children, Darryl and his wife, Donna Tocker, Todd Tocker, Terry and...
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Billy Joe "BJ" Wright

January 19, 1934 - June 7, 2015

On June 7, 2015 BJ passed away at St. David's Hospital with loving family and friends at his side. With failing health conditions occurring over several preceding months he maintained his active lifestyle and continued to share positive inspirational thoughts with all as he did throughout his life. BJ is survived by his wife Rebecca Wright, her children, Heather Ault, April Ille, Nicholas...
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George Hugh Covert, Sr.

July 22, 1920 - June 7, 2015

George Hugh Covert, Sr. was born in Austin, Texas on July 22, 1920 to Jennie Matthews Covert and Clarence Covert, Sr. He attended Pease Elementary, Allen Junior High and Austin High School. He attended the University of Texas from 1937 until 1940 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. At the University of Texas he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity order. George graduated from...
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Amy Streeter

May 23, 1920 - June 7, 2015

Amy Streeter was received by the angels into eternal peace on June 7, 2015 after being under hospice care in her home for several days because of congestive heart failure. Amy was born to Paul and Elfreida Anderson in Manor, Texas on May 23, 1920. She graduated from Manor High school in 1939 and entered Seton School of Nursing, which was affiliated with both the University of Texas...
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Leah Mae (Guthrie) Davenport

April 25, 1922 - June 6, 2015

Leah Mae (Guthrie) Davenport was born in Bartley, NE on April 25 1922 to Leland (Lee) Archie and Charlotta (Lottie) (Bonar) Guthrie. Indianola Nebraska Christian Pastor, Howard Holverson baptized Leah in the Republican River on May 15, 1937. After graduating from Indianola High School on May 23, 1941 she went to Cheyenne, Wyoming and worked in a Co-op Café for several months before...
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Kay Thompson

April 20, 1949 - June 3, 2015

Kay Thompson died unexpectedly on Wednesday June 3 at the age of 66. Born in Wichita Falls on April 20, 1949, Kay grew up in Dallas, Houston and Austin, one of three daughters of Kyle and Vivian Thompson. Her father was a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II who later became Austin bureau chief for UPI and press secretary for Gov. John Connally and U.S. Sen. John Tower. Kay graduated...
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Glen Roy Knipstein

June 29, 1930 - June 3, 2015

Glen Roy Knipstein, 84, of Austin, died June 3rd following a brief illness. He was born June 29, 1930, in Washington County, TX. Glen Roy married Helen Teinert in 1957. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from the U.S. Department of the Treasury after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Knipstein: son, Paul Knipstein; and...
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Jeanne Elizabeth Allen Huckabay

June 7, 1921 - June 1, 2015

Jeanne Elizabeth Allen Huckabay passed away in Austin on 1 June 2015. She was born in Ennis, TX on 7 June 1921; daughter of Ira Raymond Allen and Jennie Gertrude Mann; and sister of Helen Lee Allen Waters. Her family moved to Dallas when she was very young. She attended public schools and graduated from North Dallas High School. She attended both the University of Texas and SMU where she...
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Flora McKaig Hankinson

July 7, 1917 - May 30, 2015

Flora Mae McKaig Hankinson passed from this life on May 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas at the age of 97. She follows her recently departed husband of 70 years, Everett Hankinson, who died on April 16, 2013 as well as her son-in-law, Lynn Turlington who died on April 19, 2014. She leaves behind her daughter, Jill Hankinson Turlington of Austin, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Flora...
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Symantha Jane Higgins

July 26, 1939 - May 29, 2015

Symantha Higgins, treasured wife, daughter, sister, and aunt, died in the arms of her devoted husband during the night of May, 29, 2015 after fighting to overcome cancer and cancer-related illnesses throughout the last decade. Symantha is survived by her husband of 45 years, Earl Higgins of Lakeway, Texas, stepson Earl Higgins, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Memphis, TN, brothers Joe M. Stevens and...
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Betty Jean "Speedy" Heck

April 15, 1924 - May 25, 2015

Mrs. Betty Jean Heck, lovingly known as "Speedy" to friends and "Dede" to family, passed away on Monday, May 25 in Austin, Texas. She was born to William Bryan Collier and Bertha Mae (Henderson) Collier on April 15, 1924 in Donna, Texas. A 1941 graduate of San Jacinto High and a 1945 graduate of Southwestern University, Betty Jean married Mr. M. G. Heck, Jr. of Giddings on January 31, 1946. ...
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J.E. "Jimmy" Clark

December 16, 1924 - May 23, 2015

James Eugene Clark, born December 16, 1924 in Austin, Texas, died on May 23, 2015. Jimmy was the only child of Gusta Ballard Clark and Eugene Foster "Gene" Clark, both of whom were deaf. Jimmy's grandparents, J.F. and Charlotte Clark also participated in parenting. Jimmy married Esma Beth Anderson in January of 1947 and they had four children, Cheryl, Jimmy, Jeff and Kerre. His parents...
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Gordon "Doc" Arnold, Jr.

September 8, 1949 - May 23, 2015

Gordon "Doc" Arnold Jr. The lives Gordon "Doc" Arnold touched are many, and Doc's passing from this life on May 23rd, 2015 will be felt, most immediately by his family, but also by the many colleagues and friends from his lifelong career in public service. Doc was born September 8, 1949, in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Marjorie Ball Arnold Sitek and Gordon Dawkins Arnold. For more than...
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Mildred Vinson Boyer

May 22, 2015

Mildred Vinson Boyer, Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Texas – Austin (UT) succumbed to failing health on May 22, 2015. After her high school years, Mildred left behind the Smokey Mountains of her native East Tennessee to attend college at Baylor University, marking the start of a life-long connection to the state of Texas, and the beginning of a stellar career as student and...
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Barbara Carter Shaw

July 29, 1936 - May 22, 2015

Barbara Carter Shaw, 78, of Austin, Texas, passed away May 22, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born on July 29, 1936, in Savannah, Georgia, to Henry B. Carter and Minnie R. Carter. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 55 years, Julian Carr Shaw. Through twelfth grade, Barbara attended The Pape School in Savannah. After graduation, she attended...
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Nancy K. Klecka

October 27, 1924 - May 22, 2015

Nancy K. Klecka, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015, at Westminster Health Care Center, Austin, Texas, after a long illness with Alzheimer's disease. Nancy was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. While growing up in the 30's she enjoyed going on vacations with her family to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Mesa Verde National Parks. She attended The University of Texas at Austin...
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Robert Wayne "Bob" Strauser

August 8, 1943 - May 21, 2015

Robert Wayne "Bob" Strauser was born August 8, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Christopher "Pete" and Opal Orr Strauser. Bob's sine die came early this session. On May 21, 2015, Bob passed away at his home in Austin, missing his goal of completing his nineteenth Regular Session of the Texas Legislature by only twelve days. With his passing, the Texas Capitol, the Austin Symphony...
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Martha (Margie) L. Oertli Grohmann

July 7, 1921 - May 21, 2015

Martha (Margie) Lorraine Oertli Grohmann, 93, of Round Rock, died on May 21, 2015. She was born in Austin on July 7, 1921, to Henry Leonard and Martha Doering Oertli. She graduated from Austin High School, attended Business college and worked for the State of Texas until her retirement. Martha married Charlie Grohmann on May 17, 1947, and during their marriage they lived in Austin, Round...
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Teri Bergstrom

June 26, 1952 - May 20, 2015

Teri Bergstrom died suddenly on May 20th from a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by an undetected brain tumor. She was 62 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Tom; step-daughter Amanda; mother, Sara Whitfield; sisters, Beverly and Alicia Whitfield; brother Rody Whitfield and wife Theresa Millison. Her extended family includes her much beloved nieces and nephews, Jordan and...
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Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Wilson

July 28, 1916 - May 20, 2015

WILSON, Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Her life was an adventure full of love and joy because she made it so; her friends, family and loved ones were the beneficiaries. Whether it was a sing along in the car on the way to the First Methodist Church in Dallas with her parents and brother, sewing her own dresses and her sons' shirts, presiding over the high school booster club for nine years,...
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E. Eugene "Gene" Palmer

June 19, 1931 - May 18, 2015

Gene left behind family and friends on May 18, 2015, to find peace and comfort after 18 painful months of back surgery, nerve damage, and too much bed. He endured most of it with the same stoicism and dignity that characterized his approach to all of life's adversities. Born in San Antonio, Texas on June 19, 1931, Gene grew up in Del Rio, Texas, where his dad, Elmer, was an executive with...
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Wanda Sloan Harvey

October 18, 1921 - May 17, 2015

Wanda Sloan Harvey departed this life peacefully at home with family by her side on May 17th, 2015 at age 93. Wanda was born October 18, 1921 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Texas and she spent most of her childhood and all of her adult life in the Houston area. She graduated from Sam Houston High School. After graduation she attended a Secretarial School until she discovered...
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DeeDee Mann

April 6, 1957 - May 16, 2015

DeeDee Mann, whose wink and smile could warm any heart, died of endometrial cancer Saturday at her home in Austin. She was 58. Dee Dee was born Denise Louise Aaron in Meadville, Pa., a small industrial town near Erie. Her father's military career moved the family six times, including a five-year stay in Germany, before a transfer to Fort Hood brought them to Killeen. The second of Richard...
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Curtis G. LaFaitte

June 17, 1962 - May 12, 2015

Curtis LaFaitte passed away unexpectedly at home, on May 12th 2015. Curtis was born in Austin on June 17, 1962 and died May 12, 2015. He grew up in Northwest Hills, graduated from Anderson High School in 1981 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Curtis was a visionary, marketing genius, and entrepreneur. He began a successful career with The...
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Fred W. Wright, USAF Retired

June 24, 1924 - May 12, 2015

Lt Col Fred W. Wright (USAF retired) of Austin, TX passed away on May 12, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born in Memphis Tennessee to Henry and Elizabeth Wright of Helena, AR on June 24th 1924. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to support his country in WWII and upon completing officer training was deployed to Europe. Flying a P-38 over France and Germany he was shot down and taken as...
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George Michael Decherd IV, MD

January 19, 1936 - May 12, 2015

George Michael Decherd IV, MD 1/19/1936 to 5/12/2015 Dr. Decherd was called home to God early Tuesday morning on May 12th at 79 years of age. George led a long, successful life as a father, husband, and medical professional. George was born in Galveston, TX on January 19th, 1936. He graduated from Austin High School at age 15 and went on to graduate from University of Texas at Austin at age...
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John D. Andrews

January 22, 1944 - May 11, 2015

John D. Andrews, born on January 22, 1944 in Burnet, Texas to Myrtle Elvin Taylor, passed away on May 11, 2015 after a tremendously courageous and long battle with cancer. John D. grew up in Marble Falls, and during his early years he enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with his grandfather, John Taylor, a renowned state game warden. He spoke often of the remarkable times he spent with...
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Ellen Love Young Burrows

February 24, 1920 - May 10, 2015

Ellen Love Young Burrows, age 95, was born in San Augustine, Texas, on February 24, 1920, to Robert Hall Young and Bertha Love Heartsill Young. She died on May 10, 2015 at home in Austin, Texas, where she lived her last eight years with her oldest daughter, Judy. The youngest of seven children, Ellen attended school in San Augustine, where she met her husband, John B. Burrows, M.D. They were...
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Michael William Montgomery

September 12, 1950 - May 9, 2015

Michael William Montgomery passed away Saturday May 9, 2015. His sister was by his side, as she had been during his last years. Michael fought the hard fight and almost pulled through with a new liver and kidney. Michael had put his life into God's hands and that along with the unconditional support from all his family and friends, gave him strength every day. Michael was 64 years old and a...
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Sylvia "Silver" Ione Jones

January 1, 1938 - May 8, 2015

JONES, Sylvia Sylvia "Silver" Ione Jones went to be with The LORD on May 8, 2015. Our sweet Silver was born the First day of January, 1938 in Kenedy, TX to Helmuth & Ione Schuenemann. She was one of the head cheerleaders in Kenedy High School. She graduated from University of Texas in 3 years with a degree in Education, her initial teaching assignment being in the Austin ISD. On August 20...
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Patrick C. Elliott

August 13, 1980 - May 8, 2015

Patrick Conrad Elliott, age 34, died May 8, 2015, in Austin, TX. Patrick was born in Harlingen, TX, August 13, 1980. The family moved to Austin in 1982. He attended Summit, Webb and Read Elementary Schools, Burnet Middle School, and Lanier High School. He graduated from Lanier in 1997.While at Lanier, he played drums in the Marching Band and Jazz Band. Other activities he participated in while...
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Hugh Tannehill Matthews, Jr.

October 31, 1925 - May 7, 2015

MATTHEWS, Jr., Hugh Hugh Tannehill Matthews, Jr, 89, an ICC and TxRRC transportation attorney of Austin, Texas died May 7, 2015 of complications related to cancer in his home. Hugh was born in Austin on October 31st, 1925 and was raised by his mother, Lucille Manor Matthews and his father, Hugh Sr, on the family farm in Webberville, Texas until the severe drought of the late 1920s, forced the...
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Marguerite Marie Labasse Knisely

April 1, 1922 - May 6, 2015

MARGUERITE KNISELY Marguerite Marie Labasse Knisely, 93, died at her home in Austin, Texas, on May 6, 2015. Mrs. Knisely was married to the late Dr. William H. (Bill) Knisely, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Texas System and President of the Medical University of South Carolina, who died in 2004. Marguerite Labasse was born on April 1, 1922, in the rural village of Gentinnes,...
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Elvin Gene Estes

December 8, 1932 - May 6, 2015

Elvin Gene Estes, 82, of Austin, Texas, retired Mechanical and Research Engineer, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at St. David's North Austin Hospital of natural causes. Elvin was born December 8, 1932 in Dallas, Texas and raised by his grandparents in Kilgore, Texas. He graduated from Leveretts Chapel High School. Following High School he entered into a 20 year career with the US Air Force...
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Azada (Peggy) Beatty Henry

January 13, 1920 - May 6, 2015

Azada (Peggy) Beatty Henry went to be with her savior on May 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas. She was born on January 13, 1920 in Heidelberg, Lee County, Kentucky to Rollie Beatty and Ona Lethgo Beatty. In 1921 the Beatty family moved to Estancia, New Mexico where she grew up and spent her enjoyable life and attended Estancia High School for half a year before the family moved to Las Cruces, New...
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Ruth Margaret Joy Bryant, Ph.D.

July 21, 1920 - May 4, 2015

Dr. Ruth Margaret Joy Bryant, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas died peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015 in her home. Ruth was born on July 21, 1920 in San Jose California. Her parents, George Ellingwood and Grace Mason Joy, and her sister, Barbara Jean Andersen, preceded her in death. Her parents instilled her with the importance of education, the arts and a connection to the natural world. Her...
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Diane Hutchins

January 13, 1929 - May 4, 2015

Diane Hutchins, age 86, of Austin, TX, passed away May 4, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, January 13, 1929. She married Merwin Hutchins April 3, 1954 in Houston, TX and had two sons Daniel and Rodger. She was a long time member of University Presbyterian Church and served as the church business manager for over 20 years. She was also a Deacon and an Elder. She was a faithful member...
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Roberto Monreal

May 30, 1954 - May 4, 2015

Roberto Monreal was born to the late Jesus Saucedo Monreal and the late Eloisa Esquivel Monreal in Austin, Texas on May 30, 1954. He was the ninth of their eleven children. He first attended John B. Winn Elementary and then went on to attend and graduate from the Texas School for the Blind, in Austin. During his time there he won several wrestling awards and tournaments. Most people who...
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Dr. Ken D. Womack

February 7, 1921 - May 2, 2015

WOMACK, KENNON DARWIN Dr. Ken Womack of Austin, Texas was born on February 7, 1921 in Apple Springs, Texas and died May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. He was the second of five sons of Lucas and Buena Sullivan Womack. He grew up in Apple Springs and graduated from Groveton High School. He enrolled at Texas A&M University and finished the first semester when WWII began. He went into the service...
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Larry Kaye Franke, Sr.

September 24, 1943 - April 29, 2015

Larry Kaye Franke Sr. , 71 of Kingsland, Texas, Retired Plumber, died April, 29th 2015. Larry spent his last days surrounded by his family. "Big Larry" was born in Austin and spent most of his career in the area. At one time he was considered to be the fastest "set-out" plumber in Austin, Texas. This is a huge achievement among plumbers. He delighted in the accomplishments of all his children....
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R. Vincent Murray, M.D.

August 15, 1922 - April 28, 2015

Dr. R. Vincent Murray, Jr., born August 15, 1922 in Austin, Texas, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He was the son of Dr. Robert Vincent Murray, Sr. and Jessie Ramsey Murray, and a great grandson of Edward and Regina Zimmerman, German immigrants to central Texas in the 1840s. He attended Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his medical degree in 1945 from the...
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Howard Newton Richards

April 3, 1934 - April 27, 2015

The life of Howard Newton Richards, who died on April 27, 2015, at his home in Austin, will be celebrated by his family and many friends for years to come, even as they mourn his departure from this earth. The legacy he leaves will also be enhanced by his extensive and impressive public service, as detailed below. Howard was born in Brownsville, Texas on April 3, 1934. His parents were C....
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Dr. Donald Wood Patrick

August 28, 1938 - April 25, 2015

DR. DONALD WOOD PATRICK 8/28/38-4/25/15 Donald Patrick was a brilliant, funny, gracious and kind man. Donald and his twin brother, David, were born on August 28, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas. The son of a Methodist minister, Donald grew up in San Antonio, Austin, Victoria, and Kingsville, Texas. A graduate of A&I University, as it was known then, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus...
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Zelda K. Weintraub

January 6, 1932 - April 25, 2015

Zelda K. Weintraub, age 83, of Austin, Texas, passed away on April 25, 2015. She was born Zelda Kresshover in Brooklyn, New York, on January 6, 1932. Zelda met her soulmate and future husband, Russell Weintraub, when, at the age of 17, she attended the engagement party for her and his first cousins. Russell and Zelda were married on September 6, 1953, just a week after Russell was drafted into...
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Mary Wilma Edwards

July 3, 1934 - April 24, 2015

Ms. Mary Wilma Edwards Our beloved Mary Wilma Edwards passed away peacefully in Bastrop, Texas on Friday April 24, 2015 at the age of 80. Wilma was born on July 3, 1934 in Danville, Kentucky to Utis L. and Ursula Edwards. She lived a long life and was devoted to the Lord until her passing. She was a longtime member of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where she enjoyed studying the...
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Charles R. Peck

September 9, 1920 - April 24, 2015

Charles Russell Peck, 94 of Austin, died Friday April 24, 2015. Ironically, this was granddaughter Kendall's wedding day. Perhaps this was his way of witnessing that event with his beloved Carolyn. He was born in Star, Texas on September 9, 1920 to Joseph Edgar Peck and Freda Francis Bowman Peck. He was raised on various farms and ranches in Mills and San Saba Counties. After attending one...
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Murray Patton

March 31, 1932 - April 24, 2015

Murray Patton, 83, of Austin passed away on April 24, 2015. He was born in Dallas, Texas on March 31, 1932 to David Patton and Pauline Spence Patton. Murray attended Austin High School and was a graduate of The University of Texas. While in High School he developed a love for photography. He had his own page of the school paper dedicated to the social functions within the school. He also sold...
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