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Mar

Michael "Cullie" Culpepper

Michael “Cullie” Culpepper

November 15, 1952 – March 10, 2019

Michael Ross “Cullie” Culpepper was called to the Lord’s side Sunday, March 10, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Cullie was born Nov. 15, 1952 in Midland, Texas, to Agatha and BH Culpepper. He grew up in Odessa, Texas and graduated from Permian High School in 1971. Cullie attended and graduated from Rice University in Houston on a football scholarship. It was in Houston where he met his wife, and the love of his life for over 44 years, Robyn. Together they had four amazing children. Cullie always treated his friends like family, and in return, ingrained himself into his friends’ families, even attending their family reunions. He was known for nicknaming most of his family and many of his friends.

Wed
13
Mar

Col. Chester Matthew Tobey

Col. Chester Matthew Tobey

d. March 8, 2019

Colonel Chester Matthew Tobey, 90, of Marble Falls, Texas, passed away March 8, 2019, at the Doris Miller Veterans Center in Waco, Texas. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico to Emmett and Nettie Tobey.

Chester is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who served his community and family with enthusiasm and love. He is survived by his wife, Vivian I. Tobey; three sons, Randall and wife Donna, Daniel and wife Tina, Kenneth and wife Sheila; as well as seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside memorial service at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park this Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m.

Wed
13
Mar

Ralph Howard Whitman Jr.

Ralph Howard Whitman Jr.

May 17, 1923 — March 6, 2019

Ralph Howard Whitman Jr. passed away on March 6, 2019. Ralph was born in Newport, Rhode Island on May 17, 1923. He graduated from Rogers High School, Newport, Rhode Island, in 1941. When World War II broke out, he joined the Sea Bees and served in the South Pacific for two and a half years before returning to the states for R&R. While preparing for a return to the South Pacific, the news broke out that the war would be over soon. Following the war, he traveled to Austin to work with a buddy from the Navy. This is where he met and married Doris Marie Johnson. They loved traveling the country together, and enjoyed summer road trips to visit the Rhode Island cousins. As members of several square dancing groups, they formed many lifelong friendships. Together they raised four sons: Ralph, Bill, Don and Ray.

Wed
13
Mar

Harold W. Gilbert Jr.

Harold W. Gilbert Jr.

December 29, 1922 — March 10, 2019

Harold W. Gilbert Jr. was greeted by our Heavenly Father on March 10, 2019, at the age of 96. Harold’s answer when asked, “How are you doing,” was always “I’m gonna be a good ‘ol man someday.” He absolutely lived up to that mindset. Harold was born Dec. 29, 1922, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by parents, Harold Sr. and Lora; and wife of 69 years, Lorene.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 Ranch Road 1431, Buchanan Dam.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church just prior to the start of the service.

Interment to follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, Burnet.

Wed
13
Mar

Linda Simmons Holland

Linda Simmons Holland

December 8, 1948 — March 5, 2019

Linda Simmons Holland, 70, of Burnet, passed away peacefully with her family beside her at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin on March 5, 2019, following a brief and sudden illness. She was born Thursday, Dec. 8, 1948, to Arthur and Lena Simmons in San Antonio where she was raised as the youngest of five siblings.

She was a graduate of Edison High School in San Antonio in 1967 and went on to study at San Antonio College. She married Allen Roger Holland on Dec. 4, 1969, and they would have been married 50 years this coming December.

Wed
13
Mar

Billy Joe Burns

Billy Joe Burns

September 22, 1964 — March 7, 2019

Billy Joe Burns, 54, of Burnet, passed away at home March 7, 2019.

A memorial is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, at First Baptist Church Bertram at 2 p.m. Pastor Gordon R. Bergstrom will officiate the service.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Billy’s life.

He was born to Nathan Wayne Burns Sr. and Patricia Lee Jackson on Sept. 22, 1964, in Burnet. Billy is survived by his mother, Pat Jackson of Bertram, Jack Jackson, of Burnet; brother, Nathan Burns and wife Janet of Bertram; and sister, Rhonda Pack of Burnet. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Billy is preceded in death by his father, Nathan Burns Sr.

Wed
06
Mar

Adele Ruth Dickey Wilkin

Adele Ruth Dickey Wilkin

February 1, 1927 — February 28, 2019

Adele Ruth Dickey Wilkin, 92, of Burnet, passed away Feb. 28, 2019. She was a resident of Burnet for over 50 years. Adele was born in Dallas (Oak Cliff), on Feb. 1, 1927. She attended high school in Forney Texas, where she was salutatorian of her class. Afterwards, she attended Texas State College for Women in Denton before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Journalism. Adele met Bob Wilkin at the University, and they were married in 1947. They eventually settled in Bastrop with their two young sons, Mike and Mark. Jeff was born in 1956. Dele also worked outside the home as a medical transcriptionist, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir at the First Methodist Church of Bastrop.

Wed
06
Mar

Edward Earl Allen

Edward Earl Allen

November 7, 1956 — February 22, 2019

Edward Earl Allen, 62, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019. He was born Nov. 7, 1956 in Austin to James and Annie Cantrell Allen.

Eddie attended school at Bertram Elementary and Burnet High School. After high school he served in the United States Army. Eddie was a rock mason and a truck driver.

Eddie married Rhonda Martin on May 23, 1979, and they had two children, Jason and Kim.

Eddie is preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda Martin; his parents, James Allen Sr. and Polly Allen.

He is survived by his son, Jason Allen and wife Amber of Saginaw; daughter, Kim Headrick and husband Chris of Bertram; three grandsons, Jacob Allen of Bertram, James and Caleb Allen of Saginaw; two granddaughters, Amber and Autumn Headrick of Bertram; brother, Jimmy Allen of Bertram; four sisters, Pat Jackson, Carol Bird, Ann Kay, and Sandra Crawford all of Bertram; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Wed
06
Mar

Henry Norton Jr.

Henry Norton Jr.

October 27, 1940 — February 16, 2019

Henry Norton Jr. passed away on Feb. 16, 2019, in his home surrounded by family and friends.

Henry G. (Hank) Norton Jr. was born Oct. 27, 1940, to Henry G. Norton Sr. and Margret Galvan Norton, of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1959 and joined the United States Air Force after high school. He was honorably discharged in 1963.

He married Berta Alsobrook on Dec. 7, 1963, in Midland, Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas with a BS degree in criminal justice and retired from the Midland Police Department as a lieutenant after 36 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; his older sister, Mary Norton; and a niece, Beth Strehle.

Wed
06
Mar

Betty Ann Koss Drees

Betty Ann Koss Drees

September 30, 1942 — March 1, 2019

Betty Ann (Koss) Drees was born on Sept. 30, 1942, in Bryan, Texas, and died on March 1, 2019, in Buchanan Dam, Texas, at the age of 76 years. She was the daughter of Dr. Walter Eddie Koss and Mrs. Edna Bell (Cook) Koss. Dr. Koss was then a professor of mathematics at Texas A&M and later became a professor at Louisiana Tech University. Mrs. Koss was a registered nurse. Betty graduated from Ruston Louisiana High School in 1960 and enrolled at Texas Women’s University that same year to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a registered nurse. She received her medical training on the TWU campus at the Houston Medical Center and graduated from TWU in 1964 as one of the early registered nurses to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The bulk of her professional career was devoted to caring for the elderly in nursing homes and home health care. She also taught nursing students for two years.

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