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Robert Clifton Wattis

Robert Clifton Wattis

August 10, 1965 — December 13, 2017

Robert Clifton Wattis, 52, of Winnsboro, Texas, passed away Dec. 13, 2017, as a result of an automobile accident near Quitman, Texas. Robert was born Aug. 10, 1965, to Bette Kay and Edmund Orsen (E.O.) Wattis in Austin, Texas.

Robert was an avid hunter and spent as much time outdoors as possible. He was a master carpenter and worked in the construction field most of his adult life. Robert loved to travel when he had the opportunity. Some of his happiest times were riding four-wheelers with friends, salmon fishing in Alaska and snorkeling in Cozumel. He also loved watching movies and making his delicious homemade pizza.

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William R. (Bill) Peebles, Jr.

William R. (Bill) Peebles, Jr.

August 5, 1930 – December 28, 2017

William R. (Bill) Peebles Jr., 87, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. He was born on Aug. 5, 1930, in Uvalde, Texas, to Lillian Vida and Rudolph (Rudy) Peebles. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed.

Bill was a proud Korean War veteran. He served more than 38 years in the U. S. Army, Army National Guard, and U. S. Army Reserves. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

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Charles David (Toby) Atkison

Charles David (Toby) Atkison

November 2, 1947 — January 5, 2018

Charles David Atkison (Toby), born on Nov. 2, 1947, passed to heaven on Jan. 5, 2018, at the age of 70.

He is survived by his son, David Wayne Atkison; two daughters, Angela Roys Willberg and husband Zach and Melinda Atkison Cheatham and loving pet “Sammy-two-shoes,” all of Burnet. Toby is also survived by eight grandchildren and many great grandchildren; six sisters, Bobbie Bruce and husband Darrell of Houston, Theresa Hopkins of Bertram, Nellie Garcia of Marble Falls, Donna Rouse and husband Rodney of Kingsland, Phyllis Atkison of Burnet, and Pam Gray and husband Bobby of Bertram; two brothers, Allen Atkison of Kerrville and Ricky Atkison and wife Beverly of Round Mountain; as well as numerous other family members and friends.

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Irene Wommack

Irene Wommack

June 4, 1917 — December 28, 2017

Irene Wommack, 100 years old, passed away Dec. 28, 2017. She was born in Burnet County to Emmett Watson and Viola Peacock on June 4, 1917.

She loved to make quilts and sold them out of state. She also made jam and dill pickles which were loved by everyone. Irene was the first employee of the Bertram nursing home where she worked for a good many years.

Survivors are her son Mike Womack and wife Janice of Austin; daughter Susie Ringstaff of Burnet; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren. Irene was preceded in death by husband Alfred Wommack, daughter Billie Posey, son-in-law Clinton Ringstaff, and her brother and sisters.

Graveside service were held at Mt. Zion Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 30, officiated by Darrell Debo. Grandsons were named as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bertram American Legion.

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James B. (JB) White

James B. (JB) White

October 14, 1925 — December 27, 2017

James B. (JB) White, 92, was born at home in South Austin on Oct. 14, 1925, to William J. and Ollie Barnett White. JB passed away Dec. 27, 2017, at Poet’s Walk in Cedar Park, Texas.

JB attended school in Austin. He became a Marine in 1943 and served in the South Pacific and Iwo Jima during WWII. He returned home at the end of 1945 and married Virginia Nell Reed in May 1946, a few days after her 18th birthday. They enjoyed 68 years together before her death in 2014. During their life together they lived in Austin, McDade, Oak Hill, Marble Falls, and Burnet. Following Virginia's death, JB moved to Bertram where he gardened and raised Barbados sheep and donkeys (lots of donkeys).

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Josephine Ann Norred

Josephine Ann Norred

August 23, 1931 — December 23, 2017

Josephine Ann Norred, 86, of Burnet, Texas, went to be with the Lord Dec. 23, 2017. She was born Aug. 23, 1931 to Joe and Martha Simek of Dime Box, Texas. Josephine married William (Bill) Norred Sr. Sept. 24, 1950.

Josephine enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and canning for her family when she wasn’t working outside the home. She also loved animals and never met a stranger.

She was an active member of Our Mother of Sorrow Catholic Church of Burnet Texas. She loved her Lord and savior and was a devoted wife and mother.

Josephine is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill Norred; sons, Ted Norred and wife Sherrie, Billy Norred and wife Becky; daughters Deborah Fincke and husband Rudy, and Carolyn Schafer. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

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Verna Mae Lewis

Verna Mae Lewis

May 6, 1929 — December 29, 2017

On Dec. 29, 2017, Verna Mae Lewis departed this life at her home on Lake Buchanan, surrounded by her children. She was born May 6, 1929, in Lovell, Wyoming, to Ralph Murphy Smith and Marie Margaret (Jensen) Smith. She moved to Southern California as an infant and spent her childhood and most of her adult life there.

Verna worked for the Los Angeles Board of Education as a young woman. She enjoyed the beach, rose gardening, bowling, and was an avid reader. She loved to sing and sang in many choirs throughout her life. As Verna raised her children she developed a deep love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Gail Clark

Gail Clark

April 25, 1957 — December 24, 2017

Gail Clark, 60, of Burnet, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 24, 2017.

Gail was born on April 25, 1957, in Bellflower, California to Morris and Eleanor Hoff. She grew up in San Diego, California. Gail married Jimmie Clark in 1978, and together they moved to Burnet in 1986.

Gail was devoted to caring for others. She lovingly prepared meals at Seton Highland Lakes for more than 20 years. People from all over town came to the hospital to enjoy her cooking. Gail was happiest when she was surrounded by her family, and she cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

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Dale E. Bagby

Dale E. Bagby

October 12, 1938 — December 20, 2017

Dale E. Bagby of Bertram, Texas, passed away on Dec. 20, 2017, at the age of 79 after a brief illness. He was born on Oct. 12, 1938, in Cedar Park, Texas, to Jewel Wade and Elmo Bagby.

He leaves his loving wife of 50 years, Sue Bagby, along with his daughters and son-in-laws, Susan and James Anderson, Rhonda and Bob Carrignan, Pam and Jeff Hammonds, Tami and Bryan Hood, Teri and Mark Behrens, Gayla and Shane Mulligan, and Sandy and Chris Wilson; his grandchildren, Windy, Micah, Jeff, Jaime, Michael, Lindsay, Kylie, Brad, Dylan, Garrett, Riley, Brooke, Clayton, Courtney, Chad, Danielle, Jason, Clint, Colby, and Caleb; his 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Newsom, Ellen Park, and Sherrie Hegel; sister-in-law Donna Childress; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Eddie “Pauline” Williams

Eddie “Pauline” Williams

December 22, 1934 — December 18, 2017

Eddie “Pauline” Williams of Bertram, Texas, passed away Dec. 18, 2017, after an extended illness.

Pauline was born Dec. 22, 1934, in Houston to Nettie L. Gressett and Albert Richardson. She lived along the Texas gulf coast around Corpus Christi until the early 1980s and then Sweeny until the early 1990s, when she and Eldon moved to the Williams family ranch in Bertram to care for Eldon’s parents.

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