Obituaries

Fri
22
Jul

James E. Kohler

James E. Kohler 73 was born to the late Harry J. Kohler Sr. and Helen Irene Kohler on June 3, 1943 in Galveston, Texas. On Sunday, June 19, 2016 James E. Kohler passed away of natural causes in his home in Hearne, Texas. James has been a resident of Hearne for 12 years. James graduated from La Marque High School in 1962. James attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University and received degrees in Political Science and Journalism and also received a Masters degree in Physiology and Sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. James received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy. James was preceded in death by his parents; Harry J. Kohler Sr. and Helen Irene Kohler and aunts; Rosalie Bell, Alice Asbill, uncles; Edward W. Bell and Harold Reynolds. James leaves his only brother; Harry J. Kohler Jr., cousin; Richard Bohner, Andrea Bell, Bonnebeth Bell, and Ann Bell and their spouses and their two children.

Fri
08
Jul

Tom Cates

Tom was born in Watts, OK October 27, 1914 to Thomas Alexander Cates, Sr. and Emma Caroline Holt. His family moved to San Antonio in 1919. The roads were mostly dirt and in the larger towns might have had some gravel. It was a 3 or 4-day trip. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio in 1931. After graduation he took odd jobs during the depression until he landed a position with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co (later AT&T) in 1933. His first job was to get farmers and ranchers in the Hondo and Uvalde areas to sign up for telephone service. Service was brand new in the area and the subscribers shared a portion of the expense of new poles and wires for party line service. He met the love of his life, Rubie Christine Pape, in 1936 and they were married in 1940. Their only child, Ralph Holt Cates, was born in 1946. In early 1943 he joined the Army-Air Corp and was stationed stateside for the duration of the war until his medical discharge in 1945.

Fri
08
Jul

Mitchell Odell Joshlin

Mitchell Odell Joshlin, 69, of Calvert, Texas passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Veterans Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was born on December 7, 1946 in Orange, Texas to Amos Mitchell Joshlin and Alice Pharis Joshlin. He received his education in Vidor, Texas and married Melvis Ann Johnson on August 7, 1986. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army in Korea. Mr. Joshlin was employed as a truck driver. He had been a resident of Calvert for 30years. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife; Melvis Ann Joshlin of Calvert, Daughters; Rachel Fachorn and husband Nathan of Franklin, Georgeanne Shields and husband Zachariah of Iola, and Renee Jenkins of Vidor, Sister; Marcellia LaRocque of Manteca, CA, Brother; David C. Joshlin of Crestview, FL, 8 Grandchildren; Nathan Fachorn, Jr., Chaz Odell Shields, Axel Lee Shields, Michelle Davis, Melinda Jenkins, Cory Jenkins, Michael Joshlin and Marcus Joshlin, 6 Great Grandchildren.

Fri
24
Jun

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.

Fri
24
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.

Fri
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.

Fri
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.

Fri
10
Jun

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.

Fri
03
Jun

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.

Fri
03
Jun

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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