Obituaries

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Alex Bill Rodgers

Abilene, Texas - Bill Rodgers 62, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017. Funeral Service is scheduled for 10:00am, Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 542 Hickory St., Abliene, Texas. Burial will follow at Aspermont Cemetery.

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Ysabel Almanza January 28, 1945 - June 26, 2017

Ysabel Almanza, 72, of Rotan, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, in Rotan. The funeral mass is scheduled for 10am, Saturday, July 1, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Rotan. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation and rosary services will be held from 6pm until 8pm, Friday, June 30, 2017, at Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home. Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Ysabel Ramon Almanza was born January 28, 1945, to Serapio and Otila (Ramon) Almanza, in Rotan, TX. He married Rosa Soliz on June 16, 1968, in Roby, TX. Ysabel was a very hard working man, and had been from a very early age. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, and gardening. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and going to their various activities. Ysabel was a loving husband, father, son, uncle and friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

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Jonnie Hoodenpyle October 25, 1940 - June 17, 2017

Jonnie Hoodenpyle, 76, of Roby, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Abilene; with her family surrounding her with love. A celebration of Jonnie’s life will be held at 10am, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Roby. Burial will follow in the Roby Cemetery. Visitation is set for Monday, June 19, 2017, from 6pm until 8pm, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan. Weathers bee-Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Linda Jonnie Terry Hoodenpyle was born October 25, 1940, in Rotan, to Marshall Cullen and Aline (Springfield) Terry. She married the love of her life, Jerry Dean Hoodenpyle, on June 9, 1961, in Roby. Jonnie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Roby as well as the Roby Cemetery Association and her Pokeno playing group. Jonnie was a talented lady and brought a smile to the room when she entered. She loved quilting, playing card games, puttering in the yard and going out to eat with her friends.

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08
Jun

John Lathel Lawlis June 3, 2017

John Lathel Lawlis passed from this life into eternity on June 3, 2017 at Hendricks Hospital in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Roby, at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Roby Cemetery. There will be a visitation held on Monday, June 5, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan. He was the second child of four born to John and Lottie Lawlis. He was raised in the Golan Community also know as the Lawlis Flats. He graduated from Noodle High School in 1948. He attended Tarleton College in Stephenville and was enrolled in the military program. He was sent to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas where he trained on field artillery. He never saw active duty. In 1950 he met Della Coreen Griffin at a basketball game in McCaulley, Texas. She was the love of his life. They married on September 14, 1951 at the Methodist parsonage in Trent, Texas. They made their home in Roby, Texas. They had two children.

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01
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J. Neal McGinnis

July 11, 1939 — May 23, 2017

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Helen L. Cummings

February 27, 1924 — May 25, 2017

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Frances janet Upshaw

October 24, 1936 — May 20, 2017

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May

Loie Stevens

April 16, 2017

Loie Stevens 81, passed from this life, April 16, 2017. He was a farmer, raised cattle and worked at national gypsum for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife Nadene Stevens. He leaves behind one daughter Teresa Seaton and her husband Tim Seaton, and one son Kevin Stevens and his wife April Stevens. Two grand daughters Amy and Ana and a grandson Josh Stevens. Two great grandsons Joshua Stevens and Dustin Stevens. Rest in peace daddy

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Don Eason Blevins

November 12, 1927 — May 4, 2017

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Ernest Lee Bickerstaff

April 11, 1941 — May 2, 2017

Ernest Lee Bickerstaff, age 76, of Fisher County, TX, passed away on May 2, 2017 in Lubbock, TX after a tough battle with cancer. Born April 11, 1941 to Clifton F. and Eda Bickerstaff, in Rotan, TX, he had resided near Sweetwater since 1962.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00pm, First United Methodist Church in Rotan, TX. The Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan will handle arrangements, but no prior viewing is planned. Burial will follow at the Rotan (Belvieu) Cemetery.

Although he wanted to remain on this earth a bit longer, he graciously said “it’s just one of them things” while describing his situation in the past few weeks. In classic Ernest style, he also told his caregivers “Sugar, I’m sorry to be so much trouble”.

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