Obituaries

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Billy Ray “B.R.” Elliott

Billy Ray “B.R.” Elliott, 79 of Franklin, Texas passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Temple, Texas. He was born on March 25, 1937 in Lott, Texas to J.W. “Dub” Elliott and Christine Allen Elliott. He was a 1955 graduate of Franklin High School and attended TSTC. He married Judith A. Leath on September 3, 1960 in Calvert, Texas. He was employed with G.A.T.X. for 29 years before his retirement in 1999. B.R. was also a life-long rancher and had been a resident of Franklin for 42 years previously living in Calvert. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Franklin. Billy, who was known to many of his friends as B.R., was a man of few words, but his word was his bond. He loved his family, and he cherished the special times he spent with them. He was a cattleman who enjoyed improving his herds and selling show steers and heifers to the youth of Franklin and throughout the state. He especially enjoyed going to the cattle shows and watching young people compete.

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Jun

Judy Alice Bruce

Judy Alice Bruce, 73, of Gause, Texas passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Hospice Brazos Valley after a short illness. She was born in Lufkin, Texas, to father Woodie Paul Vaughn and mother Zedia Irene (Butler) Vaughn. She was the fourth of seven children. In the early l 960’s Judy and her family moved to the Pasadena area, meeting and marrying Calvin Bruce, March 16, 1963, to start their family in the area. In 1972 Judy and Calvin moved to Deer Park to live and opened His and Her’s Hobby-Shop, which closed two years later in 1975. Later that year 1975 they moved to Magnolia, while living there the pastor of the church felt a calling to start a church in Bryan, so in 1979, Judy, Calvin, and their daughters moved to Bryan to help start a full gospel church. Church and the things of GOD has always been most important in her life.

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17
Jun

Jack Maynard Belville

Jack Maynard Belville, 86, of Calvert, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016. He was born in Waco, Texas on August 25, 1929 to parents Clarence and Leona Belville, now deceased. They had eight children and Jack was the second oldest son. He was preceded in death by older sisters; Effie Stewart and Dorothy Mills, and older brother; Henry Belville and younger brother; Jerry Belville. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years; Jerry Ann Belville of Calvert, Texas, his son; Keith Maynard Belville of Waco, Texas, his daughter and son-in-law; Lisa Ann and George Woitena of Santa Fe, Texas, granddaughter; Leigh Ann Woitena of Santa Fe, Texas, Sister; Doris Reed of Waco, Texas, Sister-in-law; Doris Belville of New Braunfels, Texas, sister and brother-in- law; Betty and Terry Kilgore of Garland, Texas, sister-in-law; Sydney Belville of Lorena, Texas, Brother and sister-in-law; Charles and Georgia Belville of West Texas.

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17
Jun

Bernice Drones Butler

Bernice Drones Butler, 85 was born to the late Beulah Drones and N.D. Drones, Sr. on May 31, 1930 in Cameron (Milam County), Texas. On May 26, 2016 Bernice left this world in order to join her beloved husband and her Savior in Heaven. Reflections of Bernice’s Life: Bernice graduated from Blackshear High School in 1950. Upon graduation from high school, Bernice relocated to San Francisco, CA where she continued her education in Business Management. She worked for the United States National Park Service for 36 years. Bernice accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Independence Baptist Church in Hearne, Texas. She later united with Third Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Amos C. Brown. She remained a faithful member under his leadership until her health prevented her from being active. Bernice Drones Butler met and married Arthur “Art” Butler and remained married for 44 years until his death. No children were born to this union however; Arthur Butler, Jr.

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John W. “Tank” McCarver III

John W. “Tank” McCarver III, 53, of Hearne, Texas, was born March 21, 1963 and passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas. John was a correctional officer with TDCJ as a LT. for 14 years and a car sales man for 16 years, at various dealerships around the Brazos valley. He was preceded in death by his father; John W. McCarver Jr., and brother Raymond “Bubba” McCarver. He is survived by his mother; Raymer Mc-Carver of Hearne, wife; Teresa Favors McCarver of Hearne, daughter; Amanda Zaye McCarver of Hearne, son; John “Bo” McCarver IV and wife Candice Tinnell of Hearne, brothers; Shannon Mc-Carver and Michael McCarver Sr., six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas. Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Five Points Baptist Church in Hearne, Texas.

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03
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Tyler Cole Mitchell

Tyler Cole Mitchell was born on December 31, 2002 in College Station, Texas to Randy and Kelly Mitchell and big brother Garrett. He joined his dad in heaven in the early morning hours of May 30, 2016. He is preceded in death by his devoted father; Randy Mitchell, his Grandfather; Joe Mitchell, Great Grand Mother; Gladys Neyland, his Great Aunt and Uncle; Baylor and Glenice Carrington.

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03
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Lavelle Mae Hall

Lavelle Hall, aged 80 died peacefully on May 25, 2016 at home in Newport Beach, CA surrounded by her children after a struggle with cancer. Lavelle was born October 8, 1935 in Hereford, Texas. Lavelle was a member of the Hearne Baptist Church and The Joy of Living Bible Study where she had many friends. She volunteered at the George Bush Library for 5 years, loved cooking, gardening, the outdoors and her cattle ranch. Lavelle was preceded in death by her generous and loving parents, David Edgar Beller and Zora Mae Beller (Shofner) and by her older sister, Joy Waneen Beller Ragsdale Van Keuren. She is survived by her two adult children: daughter; Teresa Kaye Hall, and son; James Brant Hall, her grandchildren; Britnie Minor, David Hall and Brant Miller Hall, great grandchildren; Triston Minor, Kaidin Minor, Ryder Hall and Rhilynn Hall and many much-loved nieces, cousins and friends. Knowing and loving her family and friends was the success story of her life.

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27
May

Michael “Mikie” Toups

Michael Paul “Mikie” Toups lost his hard fought battle with cancer on May 19, 2016 at his home in Hearne, Texas. Michael was born the son of Milton and Ann Toups in Beaumont, Texas on March 19, 1945. He was preceded in death by his biological parents; Milton and Ann Toups and also by his precious stepmother that raised him, Babe Ruth Ayer. He is survived by his wife of 38 years; Catherine Reagan Toups, and his daughter; Ursula Jones of Nashville, TN. Michael was a self-employed trucker, a bar owner and was previously an engineer for Brown and Root in Houston. He went to school in Alice, Texas and always remembered his friends there as his special friends, as well as his Hearne buddies. Services were held at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas on Saturday, May 21 with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and services followed at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at Bald Prairie Cemetery at a later date.

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May

Josephine Lara Ruiz

Josephine Lara Ruiz, born September 18, 1931, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her husband; George R. Ruiz, her son; Jimmy Ruiz, Parents; Jesse and Juanita Lara, brothers; Jesse Lara Jr., Herman Lara and Son-in-law; Alfonso Castilleja Jr. She is survived by her children; Martha Castilleja, Rose Castilleja (Rudy), Mary Cortez (Johnny), Jimmy G. Ruiz (Emelia), Georgia Jutson (Ronnie), John Ruiz (Anna), and Stephen Ruiz (Diana), 24 Grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Visitation was held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas. Rosary followed at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hearne, Texas. Services to be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, May 26, 2015 with internment at St. Jose Cemetery.

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Catherine Taylor Minnitt “Kitty Cat”

A blessed event took place on July 23, 1940, a bouncing baby girl born to Hardee Taylor and Cleopatra Taylor in Hammond, Texas and the name given was Catherine Taylor. Catherine joined the Shilo Primitive Church at an early age under Pastor W.R. Pettie. Catherine worked many jobs but the one she loved the best was taking care of people. She went to school at Evergreen School on Hammond, Texas. Catherine worked many years at the Calvert Nursing Home in Calvert, Texas. She did many jobs and a few are, nurse aide, private sitting in Calvert and Bremond. Catherine loved everybody and was very friendly. Her civic duty was seen by working with Nancy Perkins Women’s Club and the Calvert Community Mass Choir. Her church was important and she held many positions, a Sunday School Teacher, Mission President, Sang in the Adult Choir, Youth Department at her church and Mother of the Church.

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