Obits

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28
Jan

Oleta Phinney

Oleta Phinney, 91, of Marble Falls died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 11 a.m., at Clement-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls with burial following at Richland Cemetery. Phinney was born Feb. 23, 1923 to Eddie and Marie Bible of Pleasant Valley. She married Dudley Owen Phinney, on May 12, 1945 in Fort Worth. Phinney was one of the first women to enter the workforce building planes during WWII in which her husband served in the Pacific Theatre. She was very proud of her husband’s tour and her son’s service during Vietnam. Later she worked in the metal shop at Mathis and as a server at Bluebonnet Cafe and eventually began a successful career at IRS in 1967 until retirement. Phinney dedicated a lot of her time to the community, teaching adults to read, and working with the children of Buckner’s Boys Ranch and was also an avid genealogist and history buff, tracing her roots back to Tennessee.

Wed
21
Jan

Michelle M. Cooper

Michelle Marie Cooper, 57, died on Thursday, Jan. 1,2015, at her home in Buchanan Dam. A celebration of life wilI be held on Saturday, Jan. 17,2015, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the HilIs Baptist Church, 19135 Hwy. 29, Buchanan Dam, with Pastor Steve Leftwich officiating. She was bom Sept. 4, 1957, in Fort Worth the daughter of Alvin and Norma Moore. She graduated from Southwest High School in 1975. She was employed as a decorator and real estate agent for a local builder in Austin. In 2002, she gave birth to twins, Marcus and Mariah Mendell. She was devastated by the 10ss of Marcus last year when he was stmck and killed by a car while riding his dirt bike in Buchanan Dam. Her family and friends will remember and honor her for how she fought esophageal cancer, first diagnosed in 2003, with an independent spirit, selflessness and unconditional love for her family. Cooper was preceded in death by: son, Marcus; grandparents, James R.

Wed
21
Jan

Peggy Joyce Edwards

Peggy Joyce Edwards, 73, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. She was the only daughter 01' Douglas and May (Strand) Stevenson and was bom on Aug. 24, 1941, in Stamford, Texas. She wilI be remembered as a loving mother and devoted wife who loved spending time with her grandchi1dren. She is survived by: her husband, Danny Edwards, 01' Kingsland; a son and daughter-inlaw, Mark and Tiffanie Edwards, 01' Bumet; a daughter and son-inlaw, Angcla and Alan Vassar, 01 Kingsland; grandchildren, Cory, Kevin, Christy, Grayson, Makenna and Hadley, and a brother and sister-in-Iaw, Melvin and Jeanette Stevenson, 01' Merkel, Texas. She was preceded in death by: her parents and three brothers, Jerry, Jackie and Robert. A memorial services will be held later in the spring. An online guest registty may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com. Cremation arrangements were under the directino of Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue in Kingsland.

Wed
21
Jan

David Leslie Tumlinson

David Leslie Tumlinson, 80, died on Saturday, Jan. 3,2015, at his home with his children by his side. He was bom on Feb. 6, 1934, in Llano County, the son of Joseph Ellis and Lula Savannah Leverett Tumhnson. He worked as an electronic technician for most of his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed carpentry, remodeling, gardening and especially studying his Bible. Tumlinson is survived by: sons and daugther-in-Iaw, David Lynn and Tammie Tumlinson and Norman Tumlinson, alI of Kingsland; daughters and sons-in-1aw, Tammy and Randal Parton of Co1eman, Texas, and Janice and Jay McHam of Bumet; a sister, Frances Naomi Jung; plus numerous grandchi1- dren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his wife of 53 years, Mary Jo Cheatham Tumlinson; his parents; four brothers and three sisterso Private graveside senriees wilI be held at Kingsland Cemetery in Kingsland.

Wed
21
Jan

Velmer Dale Steckman

Vehner (Val) Dale Steckman, 91, of Bumet, died on Tuesday, Dec. 30,2014. He was bom May 1, 1923, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Steckman flew 36 missions as a bombardier in World War II and received numerous awards ineluding the Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired from the Air Force in 1971. He was preceded in death in 2004 by his wife Elberta Steckman. He is survived by: his wife, Beverly Bennett Steckman, three children and numerous Steckman grandchildren. A family service is planned for a later date with final intemment in the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.

Wed
21
Jan

Armando Fernandez

Armando Femandez, 69, of Bertram, died on Monday, Jan. 12,2015, in Houston. Femandez is survived by: his wife Maria Elizabeth; daughters, Ana Lopez and Sonia Femandez; his sons, Hugo and Able F emandez and 11 grandchi1dren. A funeral service was held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home in Bumet. He was interred at Bear Creek Cemetery in Bertram. Arrangements were made under the care of Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home in Bumet.

Wed
14
Jan

Pauline Reed Landis

Pauline Reed Landis, “AUNT POLLY,” 89, passed peacefully into the hands of God on Dec. 21, 2014. Visitation is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2015, at 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service to follow at 3 p.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas 76013. She has requested that her ashes be scattered over her beloved Burnet County, during the early spring of 2015, when the bluebonnets are in full bloom in the “Hill Country.” Polly was born on Nov. 25, 1925, in Burnet County to Wayne B. and Mattie (Whitley) Reed. During her childhood years she attended school at Bertram until 1942 when her family moved to Hamilton, Texas, where she graduated. Shortly after graduation in 1943, she was married to Bill Landis in Mills County, Texas. After their marriage, Polly moved to Austin while he was in the 44th Infantry Division in Europe. She was employed by the U. S.

Wed
14
Jan

Joan Shelton

Joan Shelton, 84, of Kingsland, died on Jan. 8, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas. She was born on March 27, 1930, in Austin, the daughter of Lyle Harris and Nell (Arendell) Harris. Shelton had been a resident of Kingsland since 2001, having moved here from Aurora, Colorado, where she resided for 36 years. She married Glenn Harold Shelton on May 29, 1948, in San Marcos. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2002. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Elaine Shelton. She is survived by: one daughter, Alison Shelton, of Burnet, three sons and one daughter-in-law, Glenn Shelton Jr. of North Carolina, Gary Shelton of Llano, and Gregg and Robin Shelton of Strausburg, Colorado, and one sister, Carolyn Wildenthal of Houston. She is also survived by: three grandchildren, Shelby, Brian and Brandon, and, two great-grandchildren, Alana and Colton. Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 10 a.m.- noon at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland.

Wed
14
Jan

James Preston Barton

James “Jim” Preston Barton, 84, of Kingsland, died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Barton was born on June 8, 1930, in Shady Grove, the son of Wilson and Alta Marie (Watson) Barton. He married Billie Jo Box on Jan. 21, 1950, in Burnet. She survives. Barton was known for his love of gardening, hunting, fishing and barbecuing. Many considered his gift for frying fish unparallelled. He taught his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to drive without parental supervision in the same pickup. He was a talented “fixer” and many objects around his home have been “Jimrigged”. Above all, he was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Billie Jo Barton, of Kingsland; daughters, Sandra K.

Wed
14
Jan

Fred Pipes Jr.

Fred Pipes, Jr., 83, of Burnet, died on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. He was born Sept. 30, 1931 to Fred and Lorene (Wakefield) Pipes Sr. in Corpus Christi. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an oil related industries fabricator and welder. He owned and operated Pipes Bait and Tackle on Padre Island, Texas, and built boats. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Pipes attended Highland Lakes Church of Christ in Kingsland and was a member of the American Legion, National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association. He served as a volunteer fireman. He was married to Christina Chapa on Dec. 26, 1953.

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