Trollis Joe “TJ” Morris June 15, 1933 ~ March 1, 2017 Trollis Joe “TJ” Morris, 83, of Joppa Community, near Briggs, joined his Heavenly Father, Jesus and many, many saints on Wednesday, March 1. He was born on June 15, 1933, near Lott, Texas, to the late JC and Linnie Morris. He is also preceded in death by his brother; Dennis Morris and sister Mary Robbins. T J lived in the Waco area until he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in Aug. of 1951 and served for 4 years during the Korean War. After his enlistment ended, he met and married Naomi Ruth Calley of Cherokee. They were married on Oct. 14, 1955. TJ was employed by the Steck/Hart Graphics Printing Company for 38 years. During that time, while raising his family, he continued his education in auto mechanics, led a boy scout troop, enjoyed going to church, he was a first degree Mason, raising his family and working a second or even third job.
Charles Vernon Chism, of Burnet County, age 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 5th, in Round Rock.
Vernon Chism is survived by his wife; Roxanna Chism, of Burnet County; his father, Charles Chism, brother Stan Chism and wife LaDonna; sister, Fayrene Walters; his children, Chad Chism and wife Stacy, Clay Chism, Caley Chism, John L. Allgood Jr. and fiancé Mari Edwards, Adam Allgood and wife Kelly, Tim Allgood and wife Neely, daughter Pennye and husband Jonathan Hartman.
He is preceded in death by his mother; Rita Faye Chism, of Odessa.
He is also survived by his thirteen wonderful grandchildren, niece Traci Walters and nephew Travis Walters.
Vernon was born on Feb. 2, 1952, in Carlsbad, New Mexico to parents Rita Faye and Charles Chism.
Spencer “Spence” DeWitt Tanksley June 1, 1946 ~ February 17, 2017 Spencer “Spence” DeWitt Tanksley, 70, of Bertram, passed away on Feb. 17, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock. Born in Burnet on June 1, 1946 to Dr. T.D. Tanksley, Jr. and Margaret (McAndrew) Tanksley, Spencer spent his early childhood in Llano. There he made lifelong friends who he considered family before moving to Bryan where he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. Spencer received a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and while there was a member of the National Champion Judging Teams in Wool, Meats and Livestock. He also served in the Army Reserve and traveled as a student worker for Texas A&M Foundation Seed taking him to El Paso. Spencer went on to obtain an M.S. in Agriculture from West Texas State University. In El Paso, Spencer met the love of his life, Linda Jean Barton, and they married on June 7, 1969.
Geneva Easter Merkel Hahn April 5, 1931 ~ February 14, 2017 Geneva Easter Merkel Hahn, 85, of the Oatmeal Community, passed away Tuesday Feb. 14, in Conroe. Geneva was born on April 5, 1931, in Valley Springs, to Jake and Ethel Wisdom Cox Merkel. Geneva married her beloved Jack B. Hahn on Feb. 8, 1958, in Burnet. She was preceded in death by her husband; Jack, her parents and her grandson, Robert Hayes. She graduated from Llano High School and was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Burnet. Geneva was an Endowed Member of the Order of the Eastern Star Burnet Chapter 425, a charter member of the Llano Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Children of the Republic of Texas awarded her Grandmother of the Year. She was an active member of the Burnet County Republican Women’s Club. She was involved with the Marble Falls Senior Center and enjoyed spending time with her special Hill Country friends.
Homer Alverne “Buddy” Feild July 18, 1936 ~ February 17, 2017 Buddy Feild passed from this world and joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, Feb. 17. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Rayma Lee. Buddy was born in Lampasas, on July 18, 1936 to Marcus Anderson and Annie Laverne Standard Feild. He was raised on his family’s ranch in Lake Victor where he developed a work ethic that would become a cornerstone of his life. He was a life-long member of the Lake Victor Baptist Church and was a Christian gentleman that always put the needs of others before himself. Buddy graduated from Burnet High School in 1954, and then went on to graduate from Southwest Texas State University. He was employed by Brown and Root Construction and then Burnet Consolidated Independent School District before being elected Burnet County Commissioner in Precinct 2.
Sharan Kay Lewis from Burnet passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the young age of 62. She was Born on Nov. 23, 1954 in Lubbock. She is survived by her four children; Amanda Parker and her husband David Parker, Christina Rodriguez and her husband Ronnie Rodriguez, Marvin Lewis and his fiancé Samantha Johnson, and Shannon Daniel. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren; Trey, Mikaela, Tea, Brooklynn, Josiah, Elesha, Kayla, and Madeline as well as many nephews and a niece. She is predeceased by her father, mother, two brothers, a sister, a sister in-law, a niece, a nephew and a granddaughter. There will be a memorial gathering at Johnson Park in Marble Falls, on March 15, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Elva Rue Ellis Barbery, 94, of Oklahoma City passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Elva was born on June 21, 1922, in Lometa to Euel and Viva (Minton) Ellis. She graduated from Burnet High School in 1940 and from Cameron College (Lawton, OK) in 1963. Elva enjoyed a long career caring for others as a nurse and nurse administrator in the Lawton and Oklahoma City areas. She met each day confidently in her signature red lipstick, and loved gardening, golf, big parties, and OU football. Elva was preceded in death by former husband; William Barbery; brother Jack "CJ" Ellis; sisters Elma Lee Brister and Earnestine Price, and granddaughter Lee Ann "Lolly" Fletcher. Elva is survived by her daughter; Delores Howard of Hewitt; son Bill Barbery of Edmond, Oklahoma; nieces Mary Adams of Burnet and Brenda Werry of Crosby, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren that she loved to brag about. The family said goodbye at a private service on Saturday Feb.