Obits

Wed
09
Jan

Carolyn Faye Pabst

Carolyn Faye Pabst

July 23, 1944 — December 27, 2018

Carolyn Faye Pabst, age 74, of Rochelle, Texas, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 in Brady. She was born July 23, 1944 in Burnet, Texas, to Fred Hunziker Jr. and Dollie (Caddel) Hunziker. She married James Clayton Pabst on Feb. 22, 1968 in Laredo, Texas.

She has lived in the Brady area since 1987, moving to Brady from Kingsland. She was a caregiver for Jordan Home Health for several years. She was a cashier at Wal*Mart in Brady for over ten years and was a custodian for the Rochelle ISD for 17 years, retiring in January of 2011. She loved her flowers, yard work and country music. She was a member of the Hillbilly Hits Fan Club and enjoyed volunteering at the Heart of Country Music Museum. The love of her family was the most important thing in her life.

Wed
09
Jan

John Paul Puckett Jr.

John Paul Puckett Jr.

December 3, 1947 — January 4, 2019

Wed
02
Jan

Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray

Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray

November 9, 1954 — December 20, 2018

Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray, age 64, of Troy, formerly of Burnet and Copperas Cove, was tragically taken from this life on Dec. 20, 2018 in Temple, Texas.

Sherry was born Nov. 9, 1954, in Killeen, Texas to Hansford Bernard Smith and Sibyl Cordie Brooks Smith.

She graduated from Copperas Cove High School with the Class of 1973. After graduation, she attended Central Texas College in Killeen, the University of Texas in Austin, and Tarleton State University of Stephenville, where she received her Bachelor of Science in May 1980. She later attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, and Tarleton State University of Stephenville, where she received her Master’s Degree in 2000.

Sherry loved being a teacher, a profession she was a part of for 34 years total in Copperas Cove Independent School District until her retirement.

Wed
02
Jan

Shelly Elizabeth Gray Fidler

Shelly Elizabeth Gray Fidler

August 8, 1982 — December 20, 2018

Shelly Elizabeth Gray Fidler, age 36, of Temple, formerly of Burnet and Copperas Cove, was tragically taken on Dec. 20, 2018 in Temple, Texas.

Shelly was born Aug. 8, 1982, in Killeen, Texas to Robert Larry (Bob) Gray and Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray.

Shelly graduated from Lampasas High School with the Class of 2001. After high school, Shelly attended and received her Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State University with honors.

She was a Physical Education Coach for Belton Independent School District at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray and both her paternal and maternal grandparents.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory a son, Cord Fidler of Temple; her father, Robert Larry (Bob) Gray, of Troy; two aunts, Tina Warlock and Lanell Gray Jackson; and numerous cousins.

Wed
02
Jan

Ralph Curtis Ashby

Ralph Curtis Ashby

October 3, 1932 — December 18, 2018

Ralph Curtis Ashby of Cotton Center, Texas, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in the Cedar Grove community of Kaufman County, Texas.

Ralph moved to Burnet in 1964 where he lived until 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis L. Ashby and Bernice Elner Stewart; daughters, Teresa Jean Ashby Byerly, July 2003, and Stella Dawn Ashby Dooley, July 2013; son-in-law, Allen Dooley, May 2014; two sisters, Wanda Grandaw, Mary Wigham; two brothers, Herman and Ray Ashby.

Wed
02
Jan

Marion Arthur Beasley

Marion Arthur Beasley

October 1, 1934 — December 17, 2018

Marion Arthur Beasley, 84, of Marble Falls, Texas, made her journey home to heaven on Dec. 17, 2018. She was born to Walter Price and Lucille Carson Arthur on Oct. 1, 1934, in Uvalde, Texas, where she lived for most of her life.

Marion was a shining star in the Class of 1953 at Uvalde High School participating in many sports and organizations such as basketball, tennis, Future Homemakers of America, Jr. Historians, Honor Society, and Annual Staff, as well as claiming numerous awards and titles: Head Cheerleader, Most Popular, Lady of Spring, FFA Sweetheart, Football Sweetheart and more. These recognitions were no doubt earned, in part, by her bright smile and vibrant personality.

Wed
26
Dec

Johnny B. McDuff

Johnny B. McDuff

August 8, 1955 — December 19, 2018

Wed
26
Dec

Edgar "Ed" Lanier Owens

Edgar “Ed” Lanier Owens

October 25, 1936 — October 26, 2018

Edgar “Ed” Lanier Owens, 82, of Burnet, Texas, passed away Friday, October 26, at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet. Ed was born on October 25, 1936 to Kenneth Edgar and Kathryn Lanier Owens in Cushman, Arkansas.

Ed married Sharon Muzzy Owens in Mountain View, Arkansas, on April 17, 1960.

Ed received a BSE degree in math at the Arkansas State Teacher's College, now University of Central Arkansas. He was part owner of his family's children's clothing stores, Jack 'n' Jill, for 25 years. He was a member of the Army National Guard, in which he served 20 years. During that time, he was deployed to Vietnam in 1964-65, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations. He was a helicopter pilot and instructor. He received ranks of Captain and Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Thu
20
Dec

Business man, former Highlander publisher, Dan Alvey dies in boating accident

As growth and a volatile news cycle shaped The Highlander in the 1970s and 80s, one newspaper man stood out in his work with the Burnet Bulletin’s sister publication.

The late John Daniel (Dan) Alvey worked for The Highlander from 1972 to 1985; first in the advertising department as a salesman and ad director and eventually as publisher. He died Dec. 17, several weeks after a recreational accident in the Seattle, Washington area. He was 67.

During Alvey’s tenure at The Highlander, the local newspaper witnessed and reported locally on much of the same political and governmental strife the rest of the nation experienced during a time of great change.

“There was a tremendous amount of change in the paper. That was part of the hiring of Dan on the advertising side,” said Bill Bray, the newspaper owner at the time.

“He did a very good job. He was a very creative person when it came to marketing.”

Wed
19
Dec

Helen Virginia Weatherall Clendennen

Helen Virginia Weatherall Clendennen

July 11, 1932 — December 17, 2018

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