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.
John Osborne, 76, of Burnet, passed away on Feb. 8, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Kenvir, Kentucky, to John and Roxie Osborne. After graduating from high school, John moved to Texas with his family, then attended and graduated from Hardin Simmons University. He was commissioned into the United States Army as an officer where he served his country with honors for 30 years and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then served on the staff of First Baptist Church, Copperas Cove, as Minister of Education. After the death of his first wife Jackye and their son Shade, John moved to East Lake Buchanan in 2004 and enjoyed fishing with his brother Jimmy. He was a member of the Eastlake Fellowship Church in Burnet. In 2015, John became pastor of the church and served in that position until the time of his death. After moving to Burnet, John met and married Connie Carter.
Paul Honaker has been escorted into the portals of Glory where he awaits his heavenly assignment. In the meantime, he’s meeting, greeting and delivering smiles. Our sunshine left us on Thursday, Feb. 2 after a short bout of illness. Paul is survived by his wife; Susann; daughters, Tanya, Rachel and Elizabeth; sons-in-laws, Jake and Chris; three grandchildren, Zach, Karson and River; brothers, Jeff (Joyce) and Terry (Marguarita); sisters, Connie (Frank) and Sue (Dave); nephews, Jordan, Jesse, Aries and Julius and nieces, Jessica, Tara, Tandy, Lindsey and Vienna. His Family and Friends will gather at Joppa Church on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. to celebrate a life well lived. Arrangements under the care of Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home, Burnet.
Nora Sosa passed away peacefully on Saturday Feb. 4, after a long battle with diabetes and complications from a stroke. Nora Sosa was born on Dec. 6, 1950 in Knox City. She grew up and went to school in O’Brien where she was active in school activities and developed lifelong friendships in a small loving community. She was a member of Santa Rosa Catholic Church for many years which she enjoyed dearly before moving to Burnet to be closer to her grandchildren. On July 12, 1969, she married Joe Sosa before his departure to serve in the army in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, they raised their family in Knox City. She worked for Texas State Child Protective Services in Knox County. Nora and Joe were foster parents, a job which was very rewarding for her. Nora’s family both immediate and extended meant the world to her. She was joyful at any family event that brought us together. Nora was also fan of Elvis Presley and his music. She and Joe saw him in concert several times.
J.C. Stevens Jr., passed away on his 93rd birthday Feb. 4. He was born Feb. 4, 1924 in Grand Saline to Katie (Jones) and Clayton Stevens. At a young age the family moved to Midland, which was always home. There he met and married Mary Lou Whitaker Stevens. J.C. served in the Army Signal Corp during World War II. After he returned home he worked in the oil fields in the Midland area. He and Mary Lou moved their young family to Angleton, where he worked for Dow Chemical as a pipe fitter and welder until his retirement in 1981. J.C. was a life time member of the Pipe fitters Local Union, where he served as Vice-President and President for eleven years, he also helped organize and served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union. J.C. and Mary Lou loved to travel, seeing the country from coast to coast. After retirement they spent many summers as volunteers for the National Forest Service in Colorado.
Everardo “Speedy” Campos, 50, of Bertram passed away after a short battle with cancer on Feb. 4. He was born Feb. 28, 1966 in Mexico. He moved to Bertram at the age of fifteen, where he was taken in by Jerry and Angie Escamilla and was treated as their own child. He is survived by his wife; Lori Campos of Bertram; his daughter Vanessa Holifield and husband Justin of Bertram; son Logan Campos and wife Karina of Liberty Hill; three grandchildren Ayden Pratt, Ethan Pratt and Mason Campos; his parents Cayetano and Guadalupe Campos of Mexico; brothers Claudio Campos and Efren Campos of Mexico, Pedro Campos and Chito Campos of Gatesville, Mauricio Campos of Austin, Hondo Campos of Cedar Park; sister Sara Campos of Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews. Speedy was employed by the City of Burnet, which he considered a second family. Speedy enjoyed working outdoors, spending time with his grandkids, and meeting new people. He knew no strangers and welcomed everyone he met with a smile.