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Martin (J.R.) Keller Smith Jr.

Martin (J.R.) Keller Smith Jr.

April 21, 1986 — January 9, 2020

Martin (J.R.) Keller Smith Jr., 33, of Buna, Texas, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. J.R. was born to Marty Smith and Debbie Springer-Lyons on April 21, 1986 in Burnet, Texas. He graduated from Burnet High School.

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Eddy (Spoons) Laxson Sr.

Eddy (Spoons) Laxson Sr.

June 8, 1955 — January 11, 2020

Eddy (Spoons) Laxson Sr., age 64, of Buchanan Dam, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

The memorial service and gathering will be held at the Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church in Buchanan Dam from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 followed by dinner. Pastor Johnny Sawyer of the Cowboy Church will be officiating.

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Warren L. Knutsen

Warren L. Knutsen

June 18, 1938 — January 7, 2020

Warren L. Knutsen, 81, passed away peacefully in his home in Burnet, Texas, on Jan. 7, 2020. Warren was born in Duluth, Minnesota on June 18, 1938, not coincidentally the same date the first-ever Superman story was published. At the age of five, Warren overheard a doctor telling his mother that asthma would take his life before he turned 50. The doctor had no idea how strong (or stubborn) Warren could be.

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Mary Helen Cottrell

Mary Helen Cottrell

February 1, 1943 — January 6, 2020

Mary Helen Cottrell, 76, of Burnet, passed away Jan. 6, 2020. Mary was born Feb. 1, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Frank and Mary Cendrowski. She attended the Assumption Catholic Church in Houston.

Mary was a homemaker for most of her life, but did work as a nurse and in home health. She worked at Thunderbird Lodge in Burnet for many years, until she moved to live with and care for her mother in Harwood, Texas.

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Robert Gregory (Greg) Hosterman

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Nancy Elizabeth Dickens

Nancy Elizabeth Dickens

May 28, 1931 — January 14, 2020

Nancy Elizabeth Dickens went to be with her Lord and Savior Jan. 14, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, James H. Dickens; and parents, Richard and Thelma Hooper. 

Nancy was born May 28, 1931 in Big Spring, Texas.  She was involved many activities as a young woman.  She was a debutant, Miss Big Spring and the band queen.  During WWII her father was moved to Kentucky where they lived, and she enjoyed her time and adventures living “abroad”.  With her parents she was lucky enough to travel across many neighboring states in search of geological conquests. In 1949 she met and married James H. Dickens and they settled in his hometown Burnet, Texas.  They too had many adventures, but none would be as great as their three young rambunctious kids and moving to the wilderness that was Lake Buchannan at that time.

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Bertha Nell Dickerson Dayton

Bertha Nell Dickerson Dayton

June 7, 1933 — January 8, 2020

Bertha Nell Dickerson Dayton of Burnet passed away on Jan. 8, 2020, from complications due to a fall. She was born June 7, 1933 in Bertram, Texas to Carl and Diddie Dickerson where she grew up with her older brother, CW, and her younger sister, Martha. Bertha was well known to everyone in Bertram with many residents being related to her. She enjoyed socializing and hanging out with her many friends while she attended Bertram schools, and had kept up over the years with the remaining members of her graduating class.

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David H. Sturm

David H. Sturm

September 18, 1943 — January 10, 2020

David H. Sturm, 76, of Burnet, Texas, took his final flight on Jan. 10, 2020. He was born on Sept. 18, 1943 to Herbert Edwin and Mary Elizabeth (Ross) Sturm in Wichita, Kansas. He honorably served in the U.S. Army where he was recognized for his for his skill and accuracy as a sharpshooter. Upon discharge, David earned his associate’s degree and began his civilian career.

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James Rae (Jim) King

James Rae (Jim) King

June 18, 1932 — January 12, 2020

James Rae King (Jim), age 87, died on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in his home after a short battle with cancer.  Jim was born on June 18, 1932 in Hodgeman County, Kansas to Jess and Mary King.

He served in the United States Army, during the Korean War and made three combat jumps with the 101st Airborne Division.  After his service, he graduated from Dodge City Junior College.  He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a teletype operator for three years before starting on his career with the FAA.  Jim retired from the Flight Service Administration in 1988, after 33 years of serving all over the Midwest and Alaska.

He joined the Presbyterian Church in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1964, and was a lifelong Presbyterian, serving as both a Deacon and an Elder, until joining The Lakeway Church in Lakeway, Texas.  He loved reading and studying anything "Old Testament".

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Alvin Ray McCulloch

Alvin Ray McCulloch

October 4, 1940 — December 29, 2019

Alvin Ray McCulloch Sr., aged 79, died suddenly at his home in Kyle, Texas on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. He was born Oct. 4, 1940 in Aransas Pass, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Alvin Ray Jr. and wife Jackie; son, Allan Marton and wife Jennifer; daughter, Lavada Ann; grandchildren, Tammy, Heath, Kevin, and Savannah, and four great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha McBee of Magnolia, Margie Zientek of Waller, and Mary Collins of Tomball; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Billie Collins, whom he always introduced as both his in-laws and his friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John McCulloch; mother, Minerva Waller; step-father, Lewis Waller; and twin sister, Daphne Faye.

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