Obits

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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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Oct

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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Mike Bos

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, starting at 2 p.m. at Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas. Interment will follow on a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he will be buried alongside his great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle. Bos was born on Aug. 26, 1968, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He wrestled for the Whitefish Bulldogs and enjoyed living in Whitefish until he graduated in 1986. He then went into the United States Army, serving in Germany. Bos made his home in Burnet for the last 10 years. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Royce O’Brien, and his uncle, Ron Brauer.

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Don Edward Hendley

Don Edward Hendley, 81, of Burnet, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Hendley’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Burnet First United Methodist Church. He was born in Cooper, Texas, on May 24, 1933, to James Cecil Hendley and Lena Mae Bowers Hendley. He moved to Abilene with his family when he was three years old. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1951 and attended McMurry University from 1951-1955, playing football as a McMurry Indian. While in college in the mid-1950s, he met and married Frankie Mueller Hendley. Together for 61 years, she now survives. Hendley began his teaching and coaching career in 1955 at South Junior High School in Abilene. In 1957, he and his family moved to Brownfield, Texas, where over the next 33 years, he served the Brownfield school system as a teacher, coach, assistant high school principal, middle school principal, special education director of the Four County Co-op, and, finally, Brownfield ISD.

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Betty Langford Massey

Betty “Betsy” Langford Massey, 86, died on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was born on April 9, 1928, the daughter of Walter and Irwin Langford in Ft. Worth, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 West Ranch Road 1431 at Buchanan Dam. Massey combined her love of nature and artistic talent to become an educator, being one of the first Gifted and Talented program teachers in Texas. She met, James “Jim” Goodfellow Massey, in Ft. Stockton, Texas, when she was 15. After graduating from high school, she followed him to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. After dating for eight years, they married on Feb. 16, 1951. Massey taught school in the Houston area from 1951 to 1983, taking a break to stay home with her children. She served as a president of the Houston Audubon Society and she and her husband participated in banding birds and traveling for many years.

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