Obits

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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

Wed
19
Dec

Helen Lucille Beck

Helen Lucille Beck

August 8, 1932 — December 14, 2018

Helen Lucille Beck, 86, passed away on Dec. 14, 2018.

A funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Burnet. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Post Mountain Cemetery, Burnet, Texas.

Helen was born in Nash, Texas, to Walter and Dessie Tittle on Aug. 8, 1932, and was a long time resident of Burnet, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Burnet, and loved her Sunday School class.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Beck; daughter, Betty Jerry; parents, Walter and Dessie Tittle; brothers, Gene Tittle and Billy Tittle.

Wed
12
Dec

Sara Pedraza Carey

Sara Pedraza Carey

January 24, 1941 — December 3, 2018

Wed
05
Dec

William E. "Bill" Kirkman

William E. “Bill” Kirkman

May 2, 1936 — November 26, 2018

William E. “Bill” Kirkman, 82, of Indianapolis, passed away on November 26, 2018 at IU Health West Hospital in Avon, Indiana.  Bill was born on May 2, 1936 in Indianapolis to the late Rev. Roscoe Kirkman and Irene M. (Cummins) Kirkman. 

After graduating from Manual High School in 1954, Bill attended Butler University where he met his wife, Janice Caryl “Jan” Sherritt of Shelbyville, IN. They were married on March 29, 1958 and enjoyed 52 years together until Jan preceded him in death on January 4, 2011.  He found love a second time when he married Ruth Fiete on November 24, 2012.  

Wed
05
Dec

William "Bill" Edward Smith

William “Bill” Edward Smith

November 10, 1930 — November 28, 2018

William “Bill” Edward Smith, 88, of Kingsland, finished a “good run” on November 28, 2018. He was born on November 10, 1930, to Ottis and Elizabeth (Heichelbech) Smith in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Bill was raised in Oklahoma but moved to Eunice, New Mexico during his teens when his family was transferred with his dad’s job. There, he joined the military and served our country in the Unites States Air Force for four years. In 1960, he married the love of his life, Erma Bell, in Eunice, New Mexico. Bill started his career with Phillips Petroleum. He was brilliant and excelled in his work. The company sent him to college where he earned his bachelor’s degree while continuing to work for them. Bill later moved to Odessa where he worked for Permian Basin Planning as the Assistant Regional Director.

Wed
28
Nov

William Cody Laird

William Cody Laird

d. November 20, 2018

William Cody Laird, 37, of Liberty Hill, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Crane, Texas. He was a directional driller in the petroleum industry.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Ira Minter Floyd Jr, William and Betty Laird, and H.C. and Betty Carothers.

Cody is survived by his wife Camille Gardiol Laird of Liberty Hill, Texas; children, Baylee Laird, William Bryson-Minter Laird, and Bralyn Laird; father, William Laird Jr. of Navasota, Texas; mother, Sandra Floyd Bottcher of Bertram, Texas; dad, Cody Joseph Carothers and wife Sylvia of Leander, Texas; sister, Cristi Ahrlett and husband Royce; grandparents, Barbara and Jack Collingsworth; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Cheryl Gardiol; and Bruce Bottcher, husband of Sandra Floyd Bottcher.

Wed
28
Nov

Hansford Bernard Smith

Hansford Bernard Smith

d. November 23, 2018

Hansford Bernard Smith, 88, passed away on November 23, 2018.

A memorial service with Military Honors is to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Oakalla Smith Cemetery, 1485 Smith Cemetery Rd Oakalla, Texas 78608.

Hansford is preceded in death by his parents, Herscial Hansford and Thelma A. Smith; brother, two wives and many friends and family members.

He is survived by his daughter, Tina Worlock and husband Steve; daughter, Sherry Gray and husband Bob; granddaughter, Shelly Splittgerber and husband Matt; great-grandson, Corden Fidler; sister-in-law, LaQuetta Smith of Oakalla; as well as numerous other family members and cousins.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Matt Moten, Marshall Perry, Dudley Hall, Joe Brown, Randall Smith, John Smith, Floyd Smith, and James Smith.

Wed
28
Nov

Bernice Shaw Sorrell

Bernice Shaw Sorrell

November 25, 1939 — November 23, 2018

Bernice Shaw Sorrell, 78, passed away on November 23, 2018.

A funeral service is to be held Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Jenkins Funeral Home, 109 N. Main Street, Burnet, Texas, with interment to follow at Phillips Cemetery, Dripping Springs, Texas.

Bernice was born to Duard Ray and Vivian Frances Shaw on November 25, 1939. She lived in Austin for 33 years where she was employed by the Internal Revenue Service, from which she retired. Upon the passing of her beloved husband Lloyd, she moved to Burnet to be closer to her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd J Sorrell; daughter, Laura Lee Sorrell; son, Travis Lee Sorrell Sr.; great-grandson, Wes "Boy" Mowery Jr.; parents, Duard and Vivian Shaw; and her brother, William Alvis Shaw.

Thu
15
Nov

Thelma "Dolly" Kirchner

Thelma “Dolly” Kirchner

December 18, 1937 — November 6, 2018

Thelma “Dolly” Kirchner, 80, of Burnet, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, at Oaks Nursing Center.

Dolly was born on Dec. 18, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. She married James Kirchner on Sept. 22, 1956. Dolly is preceded in death by James and her parents.

Dolly is survived by her sister, Barbara (William) Beebe of Harker Heights, Texas; her four children, Vincent (Cynthia) Kirchner of Tiffin, Ohio, Traci (the late Michael) Rannefeld of Buchanan Dam, Texas, Anthony (Jana) Kirchner of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Valerie (Richard) Wendt of Burnet, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Dolly will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Life Marble Falls Church, 1901 Mormon Mill Road, Marble Falls.

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