Obituaries

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Marcia Gail Murrill Goodrum

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Marcia Gail Murrill Goodrum 73, passed away on May 19, 2019 at her home in Rotan.

Gail was born December 19, 1945 in Carksville, Texas to Kennith Edward Murrill and Juanita Knight Murrill.

She Graduated from Van Horn High School in 1963. Following graduation, she earned a B.A. degree from Sul Ross College at Alpine, Texas in 1967. After several years of teaching high school, Gail became a manufacturing supervisor for several firms in the Dallas including Texas Instruments.

Gail Married Donald Goodrum on December 20, 1969 in Van Horn. They taught school in Van Horn and Stanton over the next few years. Gail is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, her daughters Monica Bercher and husband Brett, Bill Carter and Craig of Graham Texas, and son Warren Goodrum.

Gail has four grandchildren; Grace Bercher, Mason Goodrum, and Lauren & Kayla Carter.

Fri
24
May
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John Henry Mayer

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John Henry Mayer, 86, passed away May 13, 2019, in Longview. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, in the Jayton Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

John was the son of the late Loranze and Minnie (Schindler) Mayer. He graduated from Jayton High in 1949. John served in the United State Army from 1953-1955. He married Helen Chandler November 19, 1955, in Hamlin. John was an avid reader, loved to dance and very musically talented. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Jayton and The Son of Herman Lodge in Aspermont.

John is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one daughter, Paula Jean Graham.

Fri
03
May
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Eilene (McReynolds) Cave

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Eilene (McReynolds) Cave, age 101, passed away Sunday April 28, 2019 in Snyder TX.

Graveside services will be 10:00AM, Wednesday, May l, 2019 at Roby Cemetery. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6:00PM to 7:30PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home in Sweetwater.

She was born September 17, 1917 in Plum Creek, Nolan County, Texas to Robert Lee and Lillian (Benton) McReynolds. She graduated from Sweetwater High School and attended Abilene Christian College and Texas Women's University in Denton, TX.

After college, Eilene moved to Roby, Texas to teach in the Center School. In Roby she met and married James Cave on May 20, 1939.

Fri
03
May
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Rose Marie (Hart) Simmons

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Rose Marie (Hart) Simmons was born in Aspermont on April 7, 1946, to William Jordan and Emma Ruth Hart.

On June 1, 1963, Rose Marie and Donald Simmons were married in the First Baptist Church of Aspermont. Donny and Rose Marie had two children, Sondra and Randall. After a few years in Texas, the family moved to New Mexico, where Donny and Rose Marie resided for over thirty years. In 2008, Rose Marie decided to return to Aspermont to be near Donny, who is buried in the Aspermont cemetery, and to return to her roots. Rose Marie Simmons peacefully joined her beloved in heaven on her 73rd birthday, April 7, 2019.

Fri
26
Apr
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Mary Arlene Carter

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McCaulley- Mary Arlene (Marlene) Carter, 86, has gone to be with the Lord on April 21, 2019. Graveside services will be11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Belvieu Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home.

Mary was born in Rotan, Texas on May 13, 1932 to the late Robert and Leatha Martin. She moved to Roby when she was two years old. Mary married Billy Ray Carter on January 28, 1949 in Roby, by Rev. Hughley. After they married the couple moved back to Rotan, and in 1957 made their home in Odessa. Mary loved her daughters and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, two brothers, Artie and Maurice and one daughter, Connie Garrison.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Carter; four daughters, Malinda Garrett, Madena Hamilton, Marla Carr, and Bonnie Upshaw; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Fri
26
Apr
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In Loving Memory Donald (Don) Bruce

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Donald (Don) Bruce Cleveland, 83, of Denton, Texas passed away on April 17, 2019. In 1977, Professor Emeritus Don Cleveland joined the faculty of the University of North Texas where he was the architect of the internationally recognized interdisciplinary doctoral program in information science.

Don was born on December 16, 1935 in Rotan, Texas to Bruce and Sammie (Harris) Cleveland. He graduated from Rotan High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. Following his military service, he graduated from Howard Payne University in 1959. He went on to receive a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962, a master’s degree in computer science (with a mathematics minor) from Texas A&M University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in information science from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 where he taught for three years before joining the University of North Texas faculty.

Fri
12
Apr
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Julia Aaron

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Julia Ann (Rivers) Aaron, 80, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, in Springtown, Texas. Memorial Service: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 10, 2019, Springtown Church of Christ Visitation: 6-8 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Springtown Church of Christ

Julia was born September 19, 1938, to the late Herbert Clint and Mary Gordon Rivers in Rotan, Texas. She was a long time resident of Springtown, Texas.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; parents; infant twin brother, Donald; and a son, Gary Todd Aaron.

Survivors include her children, Belynda Aaron, Doyce Aaron and wife, Tina, Toni Ellis, Frankie Price and husband, Allen, all of Springtown; sister Frances Box and husband, John, of Lake Dallas; grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren.

There will be no graveside service.

Fri
12
Apr
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Deana McWilliams

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Deana Frances Sharrock McWilliams, age 87, of Roby, Texas (Former longtime resident of Sweetwater, Texas), passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fisher County Hospital. Funeral services were held April 5th at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Truman Davis officiating. Burial followed at Palava Cemetary. Arrangements were under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Deana was born on February 14, 1932 in Sweetwater, Texas to Francis Dee and Nannie Ruth Davis Sharrock. She was a 1949 graduate of Newman High School. She worked as a secretary for T.S.T.C. for many years before retiring. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Fri
29
Mar
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Laverne (Jenkins) Harrison

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Laverne (Jenkins) Harrison passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Rotan. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Rotan. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation is set for Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Frist Baptist Church of Rotan, from 6pm until 7pm.

Laverne was born, to Doug and Lula Jenkins, June 30, 1929, in the community of Flattop; northeast of Hamlin. She attended Flattop school until high school, where she graduated from Hamlin in 1947.

Laverne married Tyrus Harrison February 6, 1948 in Fisher County. They married and made their home in Rotan for 70 years. They moved east of town on a small farm where she loved gardening and tending to her chickens. Laverne was an excellent seamstress and made her girls a new wardrobe to start school every year. She continued her love of sewing by piecing quilts and hand quilting all her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren a quilt.

Fri
29
Mar
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Andres R. Almanza

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Andres R. Almanza, 78, of Rotan went Home Monday, March 25, 2019 in Rotan. A funeral mass will be held at 10am, Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rotan; burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation and rosary services will be held from 6-8pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel; the rosary reading will begin at 6pm.

Andres R. Almanza was born March 8, 1941 in Rotan, TX to Serapio and Otila (Ramon) Almanza. He was a lifelong resident of Rotan and worked many years as a loyal employee of the City of Rotan. Andres enjoyed sitting outside talking and laughing with his friends and family and working in his garden. He was also a collector of many things; he believed everything could be used for something. Andres was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

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