Obits

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John Patrick Miller

John Patrick Miller, 71, died on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. A memorial service was scheduled for Friday Oct. 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Miller was born on Oct. 10, 1942, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Albert and Bernadine Miller. They preceded him in death. After graduating high school in Clinton, Iowa, he served in the United States Navy from November 1962 through February 1964. He settled in Texas, where he met and married Shirley, his wife of 23 years. She survives. The couple worked as a team on many business ventures in construction and development throughout Texas. When he wasn’t working, he loved saltwater fishing and relaxing with his family and friends on South Padre Island, Texas.

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Austin Doris Hasty

Austin Doris Hasty, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Visitation was held last night, Tuesday Oct. 7, 2014, at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Funeral services are scheduled today, Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, starting at 2 p.m. at the Vandeveer Church of Christ in Burnet, with interment to follow at Post Mountain Cemetery. Hasty was born on Oct. 2, 1921, to Austin Moore Kinser and Lillie Ruth (Cummins) Kinser. She was raised on a farm in Burnet County where she met her husband, J.T. Hasty, and would have two children, Lavada Ruth and James Thomas Hasty Jr. She was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, making things and having big family meals at all the holidays. She worked for a local drug store several years and then worked at the First Bank for 18 more years. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Austin and Lillie Kinser; two sisters, Mona Ruth Jennings, of Burnet, Texas, Loma K. Boyd, of Austin, Texas, and her husband of 45 years, J.T. Hasty.

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Ronald O. Brown

Ronald O. Brown, 77, of Granite Shoals, Texas, died Sept. 29, 2014. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Quitaque to William T. Brown and Dalsie Claxton Brown.He served in the United States Marine Corp and retired at the rank of staff sergeant. He considered his military friends as family. While in Vietnam he worked as a baker once made an anniversary cake for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He was also proud to have shook hands with John Wayne and to be a part of the Burnet Gunfighters who performed at the Burnet train station. Brown is survived by: his daughters, Elizabeth Ann Brown, of Granite Shoals, Texas, and Edna Sue Burbage, of Austin, Texas; a son, Ronald William Brown, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a brother, James Woodrow Brown, of Bertram, Texas and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ann, who died in October 2010. A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Marble Falls First United Pentecostal Church, with the Rev.

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Sheeda Teresa Balkum

Sheeda Teresa Balkum of Tow, Texas, died on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the age of 58 years. A memorial service will be held on Friday Oct. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Tow, Texas, (located at 16529 Ranch Road 2241.) Grave side burial services will be held immediately following in the Tow cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Nygard officiating. Balkum was born on Feb. 26, 1956, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Wilbur and Nellie Daniel. She lived most of her adult life in Midland, Texas, where she met and married, Wiley Balkum. Balkum was known as a kind and caring person. She loved her Lord Jesus Christ, her family and friends, and her dog ‘Sassy’. She was also always enjoying work in her garden, tending to her plants or feeding the birds. Balkum and her husband moved to Tow, Texas, in 2010 and built their “dream home” on the shores of Lake Buchanan, where she particularly enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets over the serene rural area.

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John Thomas Callaway

John Thomas Callaway, 82, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Cedar Park, Texas. He was born May 19, 1932, in Meadow, Texas, the son of Woods Terry Callaway and Lala Swain Callaway. He grew up in South Texas and, after graduating from Hebbronville High School, he served in the United States Air Force. In 1953, Callaway married Jimmie Lu Herrell Callaway in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He followed his stint in the service with a 27-year career as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration. His career took them across Texas, from Hebbronville to Humble. They enjoyed traveling across the country seeing places they found interesting, from the mountains of New Mexico to the fall leaves in Virginia, but he proclaimed his favorite visiting spot as the Gulf Coast of Texas. Upon his retirement in 1982, the Callaways made the Texas Hill Country their home.  Throughout his life, Callaway was passionate about his children.

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Fredrick Allen Ricks

Fredrick (Fred) Allen Ricks, 64, died on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. A celebration of his life and memory will be held by family and friends on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, starting at 5 p.m. at Long’s Fishing Camp on the Llano River in Kingsland, on Highway 1431. Ricks was born July 14, 1950, and lived in Buchanan Dam for the past 20 years, during which he was a certified water system operator. He was known as a “jack of all trades” as he was experienced in construction, plumbing and electrical services. He is survived by step-son, Colt Barry, and ex-wife, Tamyra Taylor.

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Robert Myrick

Robert (Curtis) Myrick died on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the age of 75 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at The Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Marble Falls, Texas, with elder Wade Wimberly officiating. Graveside services are planned Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas. Myrick was born in Corpus Christi, on Jan. 26, 1939, the son of Ace Curtis Myrick and Janie Omega Williams. He grew up in and attended school in Sinton, Texas, graduating in 1957. He then attended Tarleton University and was an avid football fan. Myrick went to work in the oil fields around Texas and spent time working in Okinawa, Japan. In the latter part of his life, he worked as a truck driver and enjoyed traveling across the United States. Myrick was known for his core family values, his generosity, his intelligence, sense of humor, story-telling ability and devotion to his family.

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Tammy Garcia-Biddle

Tammy Marie Garcia Biddle, 43, died on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born on April 8, 1971 in Burnet, to Crisindo and Venita (Beltran) Garcia. Biddle was a homemaker who loved to write handwritten letters to her family and friends. She enjoyed watching her daughter, Amaris, play softball and playing dolls with her other daughter, Kloe. For a time, she was a single mom who raised her son, Gabriel, with the help of her parents until their passing. Shortly after, she reconnected with and married her high school sweetheart, Marty Biddle. Together, they raised Gabriel and completed their family, adding two daughters of their own, Amaris and Kloe. Garcia Boone was known as a kind and compassionate person who would regularly check on and visit with her elderly neighbors. Anyone who knew her knew of her fascination and endless collection of anything Betty Boop.

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Norman Gene Eddings

Norman Gene Eddings, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born in Brown County, Texas, on Sept. 1, 1931, the son of Walter and Nona Eddings. He graduated from Hardin Simmons College and, after serving in the U.S. Army, moved to Odessa, Texas, to become a school teacher. It was there that he met the love of his life, Mary Kay Herring, of Lometa, Texas, and married her in June, 1956. She survives. Over the next three decades, Eddings progressed through the Ector County School District, moving from elementary school coach to junior high coach/teacher to purchasing agent and business manager. Along the way, he earned a master’s degree from Sul Ross, officiated numerous high school football games, worked various summer jobs to provide for his family and raised three sons. He and his wife were a team and built a strong family. In 1981, they moved to Burnet, where he became the assistant superintendent of Burnet CISD.

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Homer Stogner III

Homer (Sonny) Goodman Stogner, III, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the age of 57 years. He was born to Homer and Amy Stogner on Feb. 28, 1957, in Frankfurt, Germany. Although in the United States he was from San Angelo, Texas, he spent the past 30 years in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where he was the assistant pro at Stevens Point Country Club for more than 25 years. Stogner served his country in the United States Navy, played guitar and golf and was an artist. His battle with cancer lasted two years and family members said he fought courageously.

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