Obits

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James Richard Hamilton

James Richard Hamilton

December 5, 1939 — January 3, 2019

James Richard Hamilton was 79 years old, born in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 5, 1939. He passed away Jan. 3, 2019. He worked 40 years for Union Pacific as a train conductor.

He enjoyed relaxing activities such as reading. He was always up to date on politics, religions, the weather and everything about nature. Some referred to him as a walking encyclopedia.

James is preceded in death by his mother Mildred Hamilton; his father James Francis Carskaddon; and stepfather Richard Raymond Hamilton.

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09
Jan

Richard N. Gonzales

Richard N. Gonzales

October 11, 1965 — January 4, 2019

Richard N. Gonzales, 53, passed away on January 4, 2019.

His funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Jenkins Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas. Interment to follow at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kenny Fielding, Julio Lopez, Jayson White, Barrett Branon, Zack Glenn, Ashlie Collier, Joe Mattingly and Pete Pratt.

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09
Jan

James Thomas "Jim" Kenyon

James Thomas “Jim” Kenyon

July 31, 1937 – December 26, 2018

James Thomas “Jim” Kenyon, 81, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, at his home in Delaware Springs surrounded by his family.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 301 East Graves Street, Burnet.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

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09
Jan

Christine Buckner

Christine Buckner

February 6, 1928 — December 28, 2018

Christine Buckner, 90, passed away on Dec. 28, 2018.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Vanderveer Street Church of Christ with burial following at Burnet City Cemetery.

Chris was born Feb. 6, 1928, in Burnet County to Elroy and Minnie Lou Jackson. After World War II, Chris met Ross Buckner, the man she would marry on April 3, 1946, thus beginning a loving relationship that would last 69 years until Ross’s death in 2015.

Chris was a member of the Church of Christ on Highway 281.

Chris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ross; her daughter, Janis Buckner; and son, Kelly Buckner; as well as very special friends, Valda and George Barrington.

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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.

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09
Jan

John Paul Puckett Jr.

John Paul Puckett Jr.

December 3, 1947 — January 4, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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