Obituaries

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John Lathel Lawlis June 3, 2017

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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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J. Neal McGinnis

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July 11, 1939 — May 23, 2017

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Helen L. Cummings

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February 27, 1924 — May 25, 2017

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Frances janet Upshaw

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October 24, 1936 — May 20, 2017

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May
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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

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November 12, 1927 — May 4, 2017

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Ernest Lee Bickerstaff

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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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03
May
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Elsa Rodriguez Yanez

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May 13, 1959 — April 28, 2017

Elsa Rodriguez Yanez, 57 of Rotan, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, in Abilene. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Rotan. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan. A prayer service will be held at 7:00pm, Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home Chapel in Rotan.

Elsa was born May 13, 1959, in Rotan, to Isaias and Alicia Rodriguez. She lived in Rotan for the majority of her life. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rotan and also attended the Four Square Church often. Elsa worked in healthcare. She attended TSTC of nursing where she received her LVN. Elsa worked as a traveling nurse for many years. She loved her job, but family was the biggest part of her life. She was kind and loving. She especially loved kids as they seemed to always bring out the nurse in her.

Elsa was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Yanez.

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03
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William Jerry McCright

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November 20, 1940 — April 22, 2017

Jerry McCright, age 76, of Vega, Texas (formally of Roby) died at his home on Sat. April 22, 2017. Born Nov. 20, 1940 in Fisher County, 2 miles north of Royston on the family farm. He was the son of William and Amaleeta (Willhite) McCright.

Jerry attended and graduated from McCaulley High School in 1959. He then went to work for the REA (now Big Country Electric) climbing poles. On Sept. 1, 1960, Jerry married Charlene Berry in Royston.

In 1978 they moved to Gallup, N.M. where Jerry worked until his retirement to Vega in 1990. He was a farmer, rancher, electrician and carpenter during his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Nadene Stevens and Sherrie Rodgers and nephew Toney Mitchell.

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William Jerry Mccright

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November 28, 1933 — April 14, 2017

Jerry Mccright, age 76, of Vega, Texas (formally of Roby) died at his home on Sat. April 22, 2017. Born Nov. 20, 1940 in Fisher County, 2 miles north of Royston on the family farm. He was the son of William and Amaleeta (Willhite) Mccright.

Jerry attended and graduated from Mccaulley High School in 1959. He then went to work for the REA (now Big Country Electric) climbing poles. On Sept. 1, 1960, Jerry married Charlene Berry in Royston.

In 1978 they moved to Gallup, N.M. where Jerry worked until his retirement to Vega in 1990. He was a farmer, rancher, electrician and carpenter during his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Nadene Stevens and Sherrie Rodgers and nephew Toney Mitchell.

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