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Published January 9, 2022


Barbara Bliss Staley

Barbara Bliss Staley, 87, passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2022.

Barbara Jean Bliss was born December 16, 1934. She attended and graduated from Midland Michigan High School, where she met and later married Dennis Staley.  He proceeds her in death, along with her daughter Kimberly Staley, son Jeffery Staley and twin sister Beth Hignite.

Survivors include: sister Luann Welch, son Phillip Staley and Erin Murray, daughter Jana Staley Armstrong and son-in-law Bobby Armstrong.  Grandchildren: Chad Armstrong, Jeanna Larsen, Justin Larsen, Blake Staley, Kayla Staley, Corinne Staley and Kendall Staley.

She has been a lifelong active member of the Episcopal Church and served many years on the Altar Guild.

She was also very talented making quilts, knitting, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, and has recently enjoyed making Time of Death Hearts for Hospice.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. January 22, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas.

Donations in lieu of flowers in Barbara Staley’s honor can be made to St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213 or to the Olathe Health Hospice House, 15310 South Marion Street, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.



June Cassens Hall

June Cassens Hall

June Hall (67) of Georgetown, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022. She was born on December 15, 1954, in Georgetown.  June graduated from Jarrell High School and lived most of her life in Georgetown, where she worked for the Williamson County Tax Office and later for Zion Lutheran Church and School.

June is survived by her husband, John (Dick) Hall, daughter Heather Bowman, son in law Mark and granddaughter, Hensley (12). She is also survived by her parents, Wess Cassens Jr. and Helen Bleeke Cassens of Jarrell, as well as her brothers, John Cassens of Georgetown, and Jeffery Cassens of Joshua, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

June had an extensive extended family as well as many people whose lives she touched throughout her life. She was always willing to help others until her health would not longer allow. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank the staff at Baylor Scott and White Rehabilitation Institute in Lakeway for the care they provided her and the staff at Compassus Hospice in Round Rock for the care in her final days.

June’s final resting place will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with a private burial service.

A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on January 22, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to Athaight Ranching and Rescue 8520 FM 972 Granger, Texas, 76530 in honor of Hensley’s Nana, June Hall, where Hensley loves to ride horses.


 

 


Published January 9, 2022


Eugene (Gene) Gregory

Eugene (Gene) Gregory

Eugene (Gene) Gregory was born in Quincy, Illinois, on June 8, 1935, to Willard C. Gregory and Edith Jenkins Gregory. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 31, 2021. 

Gene was an only child and grew up in various places including Quincy, Illinois, Grand Coulee, Washington, and Englewood, Colorado. In 1953, he graduated from Englewood High School, then continued on to Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri. While in college, Gene was president of his sophomore class, active in Sigma Tau Gamma, and selected as “Outstanding Business School Student.” Gene married Carolyn Willows on May 31, 1957, in her home town of Ewing, Missouri.

Gene served in the Army Reserves, ultimately achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  His business career began in sales for Prudential Insurance Co., then in claims for the Western Insurance Co., a property and casualty insurance company. While working for the Western, Gene completed studies for a CPCU designation which took five years of part-time study. Eventually he rose to the level of vice president of human resources at the home office in Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1998, he retired, then moved with Carolyn to Georgetown in January 2000.

Gene loved to work with children and volunteered at a local preschool for several years.  He was an active member of the Sun City chapter of Kiwanis and First Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder and trustee.  Also in retirement, he enjoyed golf, reading and travel.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, daughter, Chris Hyatt and husband Mark, son, Doug Gregory, grandaughter, Brooke Hyatt and husband, Mike Martinez, granddaughter, Lauren Lewellen and husband, Bobby, and three great-grandchildren, Indie and Max Martinez and Bobby Lewellen.

Gene lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. He always made the day a little brighter.

The family would like to thank Wesleyan Home Health Care and Wesleyan Hospice for their warm and loving service to Gene and his family in the last few weeks.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, Texas, with visitation at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gene’s memory to First Presbyterian Church; 703 South Church Street; Georgetown, Texas 78626.



Warren Eugene Sefcik

Warren Eugene Sefcik

Warren Eugene Sefcik was called to his eternal home on January 4, 2022 at the age of 88. He was born in Taylor, Texas, on October 21, 1933. Warren graduated from Austin High, attended Southwest Texas State University and enlisted in the United States Marines. He married Charlene Margaret Anderson on May 5, 1956. Warren continued his career in the military, served during the Viet Nam War and retired from the United States Air Force. After retiring, he became a rancher in Jonah, Texas, raising cattle and growing pecans.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Charlene Sefcik. He is survived by three sons: Warren Sefcik, Jr. and wife Cathy, Wallace Sefcik and wife Tammy, Willis Sefcik and wife Amanda. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces and 3 nephews. 

Pallbearers: Keith Alan Geer, Nick Goulding, Steven Hennessy, Lance Sefcik, Wyatt Sefcik, Thomas Terbay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund, 6001 FM 1105, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

 

 

 

 



Christian Paul Kilgard

Christian Paul Kilgard

Christian Paul Kilgard, of Sun City, passed into the greater glory of God’s Kingdom at the age of 81, on January 2, 2022.  

Chris was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 28, 1940, to the delight of Dr. Frank Milton and Evelyn Kilgard. As the eldest of three boys, Chris grew up playing catch with his dad; hunting on horseback and enjoying the outdoors with his brothers and male friends.  Chris attended Arizona State University where he graduated with Physics and Business degrees. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and very active in college life.  

In 1965, Chris began work at Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas, as an engineer.  Chris soon rose in rank as a manager. His proudest work accomplishment came after seven successful trips to China where he negotiated the opening of two factories. Without changing jobs, he changed companies finally retiring from Haliburton.  

Chris married the girl of his dreams and shared 57 wonderful years with his bride, Brenda Batchelor Kilgard. He often joked that as the girl of his dreams, she sometimes gave him nightmares. Though telling this often, Chris wants it to be known that it was just his quirky sense of humor and that Brenda never caused him any nightmares.  

Chris was dedicated to his family, honest in business and golf, worldly in his reading and local in his actions. He was friendly with people and interested in everyone. He loved to ask, “What are you bragging about today?” as a conversation starter. He always sought to bring out the best in people. Chris was a Christian and always worked to live up to his name.

Chris and Brenda parented three fabulous sons; Mark of Austin, married to Deidre, Mike of Richardson, married to Jeanne, and Matthew of Sugar Land, married to Courtney. Seven grandchildren brought joy and laughter over the years and have been a blessing to Chris and Brenda. They are Sarah, Rachel and Jonah of Austin, Emily and Ethan of Richardson, and Luke and Jack of Sugar Land.  

While living in Houston, Chris worshipped at Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church. Here he made many wonderful lifetime friends.  Chris served in many capacities while there. He loved being Senior Warden multiple times and chairing Stewardship. The Kilgards moved to Sun City in 2010, following almost a year of RV-ing, visiting National Parks, and a week at a time in significant U.S. cities.  

Those celebrating Chris will remember him as a kind, gentle and loving soul devoted to the Lord, his family and friends. Chris was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, where he again made many special lifetime friends. He was a continuous learner and enjoyed Georgetown Senior University and playing golf.  

Chris thanks his loving wife Brenda for years of dedicated and excellently delivered care during his years of decline.  Chris leaves behind his wife, three sons, their wives, and their children, along with two brothers in Phoenix, Arizona; Peter and wife, Barbara and Ron and wife, Karen. Chris also leaves brother-in-law, Eric married to Ruth, and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  

Grace Episcopal will be the setting for his memorial service and celebration of life with his interment being in the Grace Columbarium. The service and reception will be held in the Parish Hall. The date will be announced at a later time due to Covid.  

Chris and Brenda would like to thank M.D. Anderson in Houston, and the Scott and White medical staff for their years of excellent treatment and Georgetown/Sun City’s “Most Outstanding,” caring, and supportive Firemen and women for all the “lift ups.”  The family thanks Hospice of Austin, Nurse Brandy and so many others for two plus years of care and practical care for the excellent daily service of Clarisse, Jessica, Ashley and Christina. The family applauds all the Sun City, Georgetown and Sugar Land friends who have carried us on their wings for years. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Hospice of Austin or Grace Episcopal Church.



James (Jim) Morris Missler

James (Jim) Morris Missler

James (Jim) Morris Missler passed away January 4, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas. He was 91 years old.

Jim was born to Morris Missler and Edith Griffin in St. Louis, Missouri, June 2, 1930, as their only child. He spent his early years in Bonne Terre, Missouri, and moved to St. Louis in 1940. His early jobs included selling newspapers (Post Dispatch and The Star Times) on a street corner in South St. Louis and a delivery boy/all-round flunky for a grocery store. At 16 years old he took a job as soda clerk (aka “jerk”).  Later, he was night fountain manager at a Walgreen drug store. In his senior year he took a $10 weekly pay cut to become a stock boy for the drug side.

Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School, Walgreen Company awarded him a four year scholarship to attend pharmacy school. Jim attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  At age 24, he was promoted to manager-pharmacist of the store where he worked as a soda clerk, stock boy and drug clerk.

On March 22, 1952, he married the love of his life, Ralpha Shirley Horton, with whose love and loyalty produced four sons, James Michael, Stephen Randall, Richard Daniel, and Kenneth Neal — the boys all served as officers in the U.S. Army; Mike and Steve earned PhDs, Richard a B.S. and Ken an MHA.

While employed as the manager-pharmacist of the Walgreen store in Wichita Falls, Texas, Jim attended night school at Midwestern State University, earning an MBA in 1970. On June 15, 1972, he was employed as administrator of the Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. As administrator he oversaw the construction of a new 53,000-square-foot facility, the re-opening of the new building after the 1979 tornado, the addition of physicians to the staff, and, in 1982, building an addition.

A position opened up in 1983 for an executive at the University of Texas Health Science to complete the construction of the James Aston Outpatient Clinic then initate its staffing and medical operations. He found the politics of such a large organization unsuited for his talents.  A six-physician orthopedic surgery group in St. Louis was more to his liking. He was employed as administrator of this group until his retirement on December 31, 1997. During his tenure, there he oversaw a new 17,000-square-foot addition and recruited four more physicians. His group became one of the largest free standing orthopedic groups in the St. Louis metropolitin area.

Jim was a Presbyterian during his adult life. His many activities included Boy Scouts, 32 degree Mason, sponsor for DeMolay, JCs, Kiwanis Club, church elder and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Interests included chess, bridge, poker, pinochle, tennis, racquetball and travel.

After retirement, Shirley and Jim purchased a 36-foot class A motorhome. They visited all 49 states in North America, with multiple month visits to the north western states, Canada, Alaska and the north eastern states. They loved to cruise, both ocean and river ship cruises. They were fortunate to visit cities and countries on all continents except the Indian sub-continent and Antarctica.

Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, his four sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. A reception will be held after the service at noon.



Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood

Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood

Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood of Dallas, and previously Georgetown, entered the Kingdom of God on January 1, 2022, at the age of 90. Doreen is survived by her sons, Paul (Patricia) of San Antonio, Alan (Flavia) of Covington, Louisiana, and daughter, Carol (Rodney) Sowards of Dallas, brother, Ken (Susie) Tormala of Bath, Michigan, sisters-in-law, Marilyn Harkness of Sugar Land and Kathy Tormala of O’Fallon, Missouri, as well as eight grandchildren; Travis Sowards, Matthew (Brittany) Sowards, Winslow and Claire Sowards, Eric and Emma Lockwood, Samantha (Mike) Trezek and Nathan Lockwood.  Doreen was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Lloyd Lockwood, her parents, Aldrick and Aili Tormala, her father- and mother-in-law, Wilber and Emma Lockwood, her brother, Alden Tormala, her brothers-in-law, Robert and Edmond Lockwood, and Llewellyn Harkness III, and her daughter-in-law, Katherine Lockwood.

Doreen was born in Hancock, Michigan, on August 22, 1931, and grew up in nearby Chassell (Portage Entry) where she graduated high school. She then attended Michigan Tech University where she soon met her future husband, Lloyd. Doreen graduated 1953 with a B.S. in General Science (Medical Technology major). Doreen and Lloyd were married September 5, 1953. 

In 1955, the couple moved to Midland, Michigan, and began concurrent careers with Dow Chemical, with Doreen employed in their Toxicology Department. In 1960, Doreen left Dow to become a wonderful mother to her children Paul, Carol and Alan. Lloyd’s career brought the family to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1969, Russellville, Arkansas, in 1970 and back to Midland in 1975.  In 1977, she rejoined Dow’s toxicology group where she worked until the family transferred to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1979.    Shortly thereafter she joined Dow’s toxicology group in Freeport, where she worked until her retirement in 1992.

Lloyd and Doreen moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 1994. They enjoyed visiting with children and grandchildren, going on frequent cruises and spending parts of each summer back at Doreen’s childhood home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.   They were very active in their home congregation of Faith Lutheran Church where Doreen was a member of Faith’s Helping Hand LWML group and was one of the founders of Faith’s OWLS (Older, Wiser Lutherans). Doreen also regularly volunteered at the Georgetown’s The Caring Place. In late 2013, Doreen suffered a stroke that left her in a wheel chair and forced her to relearn speech. With Lloyd at her side, she was soon smiling, talking and sharing laughs again. Doreen lived at home until 2016, when the onset of dementia necessitated a move to memory care facilities where Lloyd remained her daily companion until the Lord called him home in 2019.  Doreen then moved to Dallas, where the Lord blessed her and her family with over two more years together before she too was peacefully called home in the morning of the first day of a new year.

Doreen’s funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Georgetown, 2 p.m., Saturday, January 15. Burial will be at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Pflugerville, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Faith Lutheran Church, The Caring Place (Georgetown), or a charity of your choice.



Joseph Henry Weir

Joseph Henry Weir

Joseph Henry Weir passed away the morning of December 21, 2021. He was the only child of Joseph Weir and Robbienett (Fake) Weir. Joseph was born on August 16, 1944, in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Joseph was survived by his wife, Beverly, of 58 years, son, Lance Weir (Keva) of Burnet, daughter, Julie Larsen (Daniel) of Morgan’s Point Resort, grandchildren, EN2SW Larsen Dakota, Ashley Larsen, Jacob Weir and Rebekah Weir. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Private family service to be set at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers, 84, passed away on Thursday morning, December 9, in her home in Georgetown.

Coriene was born on October 27, 1937, in Lampasas County, Texas, to H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates. She grew up on a farm and often helped her dad with the farm work, learning to drive a truck and tractor by the age of seven. Instead of being stuck up on the tractor, Coriene wanted a piece of the action picking corn with her dad and the other men. After finally convincing her dad that she was up to the job and hopping down to help, a scorpion hiding in the corn promptly stung her on the palm of her hand. It was at that moment that she decided she was okay with just driving the tractor. Coriene acted in school plays and enjoyed playing baseball. She continued to play in recreational baseball leagues coached by Cleddie Henderson “Vic” Vickers, who she married in 1950. 

They later moved to Georgetown to raise their three children, Danny, Randall, and Jan. Coriene worked for the Railroad Commission for over thirty years. After retiring, she enjoyed her part-time job at Bealls. She was active in the Church of Christ, and greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Jail Ministry, delivering soup to the elderly, and helping with various church projects. She loved visiting with friends, playing cards, spending time with her family, and baking her famous oatmeal cookies.

Coriene is survived by a daughter, Jan Maxim, her husband, Greg, and their children Marissa, Macey, and Matthew, of Round Rock; by a daughter-in-law, Linda Vickers, of Marlin and her children Scott Vickers of Keller, Lauren Wilson of Temple, and Allison Wolfe of Temple, and their families.

Coriene was predeceased by her parents, H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates; by her brother, Elton Owen Yates; and by her two sons, Randall Houston Vickers and Danny Duane Vickers. 

The services were held at Gabriel’s Funeral Home in Georgetown on Monday, December, 20, at 11 a.m. Pallbearers are Matthew Maxim, Greg Maxim, Scott Vickers, Joe Wilson, Andrew Wolfe and Gilbert Vickers. Visitation prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be held in Kempner, Texas, at Kempner Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Please call Gabriel’s Funeral Home at 512-869-8888 for additional information. 



Bernice Szostak

Bernice Szostak

Bernice Szostak of Austin, died December 1, 2021, at the age of 84.

She was born March 21, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, to Peter and Mary Bleskan. She met her husband, Richard, in Chicago, and they moved to Texas after they were married in 1958.  She worked many years as an administrator in the defense technology industry and retired from Lockheed Martin in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Richard. Also preceding her in death was a son, William, and brothers, George, Peter, Bob, Ralph, and Tom, and sisters, Emily, Eleanor, and Rose.

Survivors include a brother, John Bleskan, of Dahlonega, Georgia; a sister, MaryAnn McCammon, of Jacksonville, Florida; son, Paul Szostak and wife, Teresa of Austin, Texas, and grandchildren, Matthew Szostak and Kerry Szostak; son, Tom Szostak of Irvine, California; son, David Szostak and companion, Paula Baker of League City, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Szostak of Cypress, Texas, and her children, Amy Barrett and Shannon Smith and great-grandson, Dade Smith.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, Texas, followed by graveside service at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are suggested to be made to the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago.

 

 



Ralph Peyton Briggs

Ralph Peyton Briggs

On Monday January 3, 2022, Ralph Peyton Briggs, 81, entered into Heaven. He lived the last six years in the Philippines but he had been in Texas for several weeks visiting family.

Ralph was born September 8, 1940, in Fort Worth to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Briggs. He was baptized in Emmanuel Baptist Church at the age of seven. He attended Trimble Tech High School until joining the U.S. Navy the day after his 17th birthday.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1968. He attended Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in 1973. He started his 23 year career with the State of Texas, working for the Texas Employment Commission.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 34 years, Alice, his brother, Eddie, his first-born son, John, and his grandsons, Jeffrey and Walker.

He leaves behind many who love him and will miss his sense of humor, his mischievous grin, and his companionship, including his sister, Sharon Hart of Fort Worth, his brother, Mike Briggs of Houston, his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Briggs of El Lago, Texas, his son, Joey Briggs and Peggy Braun of Jarrell,  his son, Gerald Briggs and Loretta Edillo of the Philippines, his daughter, Cathy and her husband, Tony Matta, of Texas, along with 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends that he cherished and has remained in contact with over his lifetime.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 201 FM 487 in Jarrell. There will be time to swap stories, laugh, visit with family, and honor Ralph after the service.



John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr. 

John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr. 

John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr., was born on January 25, 1926, to John R. and Helen (Farrington) Sadler of Port Arthur, Texas. Jack passed away on December 9, 2021, in Austin, Texas.  Jack lived a life of integrity and honor and was a loyal husband and loving father.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Yvonne Huff Sadler, the love of his life.

Jack grew up in Port Arthur, Texas until he was called into the Army Air Corp in World War II. He had many stories to tell about his time in the service as one of a crew of four flying a B24 bomber out of Teshima in the South Pacific. He was extremely proud to be a WWII veteran.

After the war, he attended the University of Texas in Austin where he received his BBA. He remained an avid Longhorn fan for life.

Jack was an insurance agent with Employers Insurance Company for over 35 years in the Port Arthur area.  He worked primarily in business and industrial insurance.  He retired in 1988, and he and Yvonne moved to Sun City Georgetown in 1996.

He loved golf and played fort over 65 years making many dear friends on the golf course. Jack and Yvonne loved to travel the world, play bridge with friends and spend time with family and they fully enjoyed retirement.  

His surviving family includes daughter, Sharon Miller and husband, Brian of Austin, Texas; son, Lynn Sadler, of Kemah, Texas; granddaughter, Erin Gouldie of Cedar Park, Texas; grandson, Matthew Miller of Cedar Park, Texas; great-grandchildren, Miles and Harper Gouldie also of Cedar Park, Texas; brother, James Sadler and wife, Leiselle of Georgetown, Texas; sister, Suzanne Ferguson and husband, Kent of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jack was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas, where he will be laid to rest next to his loving wife, Yvonne, in the columbarium.

In memory of Jack, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas.

 

 


Published January 5, 2022


Richard Albert Diaz

Richard Albert Diaz

Richard Albert Diaz (aka “Popo”) was called to Heaven December 24, 2021, at the age of 71. A lifetime resident/native of Georgetown, Texas, who lived in Lubbock, Texas, his last four years with his devoted granddaughter, Llauren Diaz, daughter, Stacy Diaz and great-grandchildren, Aidynn and Dylan Diaz. He was born on February 27, 1950. 

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Rebecca Valdez Diaz of 41 years, great-grandson, Noah. His mother Anita Z. Diaz, his father, Henry Peaslee, brothers, Thomas (Tommy) Z. Diaz, Jimmy (Santiago) Z. Diaz, sister, Anita Z. Jones, all from Georgetown.

Richard Diaz was a Marine Corps Reserve of six years in capacity of Machine Gunner. He received multiple awards, a Rifle Marksman Badge, as well as a National Defense Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation.  Richard obtained his Sheriffs’ Certificate as well. He was self-employed in masonry work for many years, then later moved in his career path to working with Central Texas Treatment Center (CTTC) and retired from Williamson County Juvenile Center in Georgetown. After retirement, it was to no surprise he found himself helping again with Lubbock County Community Corrections Facility.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories granddaughter, Llauren, son, Richard A. (Ricky), daughter, Stacy Diaz-Lay. Surviving sister, Martha Hurtado (husband, Ignacio), brothers, twin brothers, Robert and Randy Diaz, as well as Edward Diaz (wife, Robin). Richard’s grandchildren, Brandon Gutierrez, and Blake and Tabitha Diaz; Brian, Bruce, and Rebecca Lay; great-grandchildren, Aidynn and Dylan Diaz, and Brian Lay. 

By Richard’s request, memorial donations should be made to the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way, Georgetown, Texas, 78626, in lieu of flowers. 



Rhoda Jane Singleton

Rhoda Jane Singleton

Rhoda Jane Singleton, a former resident of Sun City, departed this world on Christmas Day 2021 entering her eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1926, to Vernon and Ethel James in Norman, Oklahoma, she was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, Benjamin and Gertrude Singleton, husband, Benjamin Clay Singleton Jr., brother, Richard James and first born son, Benjamin Clay Singleton III (wife Diane). She left peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  The Singleton’s remain forever grateful to Diane for her endless acts of love and kindness caring for Rhoda since her move to Austin.

Rhoda was a University of Oklahoma graduate and Kappa Kappa Gamma, loving and supportive wife, mother to three independent boys, fierce bridge card player, welcoming hostess, swim mom extraordinaire, antique collector, gardener, accomplished cook, keeper of family genealogy, secretary of the Mid-Central States Orthopedic Society, Red Cross blood donor, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Assistance League volunteer and world traveler with her husband of 54 years before moving to Texas in 2003 to settle down near family. 

She is survived by her son Brian Singleton (wife Kelly) of Fairfax, Virginia, Brett Singleton (wife Jen) of Potrero, Costa Rica, daughter-in-law Diane Singleton of Austin, Texas, eight grandchildren (Jillian Baker, Sarah Carroll, Ben Thomas, Kate Winsett, Darcy Smith, Will Singleton, Emma Singleton and Eloise Singleton) and eight great-grandchildren.  

Rhoda and Benny will be memorialized together in Norman, Oklahoma, in the future.

 

 



Ethan Ryan Skipper

Ethan Ryan Skipper

It is with deep sorrow and unbearable heartbreak that the family of Ethan Ryan Skipper announces his passing on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the age of 24.

He will be always and lovingly remembered by his father and mother, Chad and Marie; sister, Savannah; grandparents, Shiela Skipper, Leland and Linda Lewis; uncles and aunts, Shaun and Allison Skipper, Eric and Kim Lewis; cousins; Amanda, Alexa, Sonya and Jovie; extended relatives and friends. 

Ethan was very recently preceded in death by his grandfather, Truett L. Skipper.

Ethan was raised in Georgetown, Texas, and was living in San Antonio, Texas, attending the University of Texas San Antonio, on the dean’s list, majoring in psychology. From the time Ethan was born he went full blast. He was larger than life and lived every moment to the fullest with a tender heart toward others. He burned so bright he couldn’t shine for long. He was our sunshine. 

A celebration of Ethan’s life will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, 1 p.m. at The Gabriels, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown, Texas. He will be laid to rest at Berry Creek Cemetery alongside his ancestors, who were founding settlers of Georgetown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:

Berry Creek Cemetery Association 
Attention: Linda Salyer
4401 County Road 239
Georgetown, Texas 78633



Dora Lee (Lewis) Henry

Dora Lee (Lewis) Henry

Dora Lee Henry, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the evening of January 1, 2022. She was born on the Rolling Plains in Stamford, Texas, on August 26, 1925, to Joe Ben Lewis and Dora Allyne Boyd.

Her early years in Hamlin were cut short when her father was killed by a lightning strike. She was three and her older brother, Joe Ben, was five. The Great Depression had just started, and her mother and extended family moved to Sweetwater, Texas, for work. Dora finished her junior and senior years of high school in Sweetwater and married her high school sweetheart, Bradley C Henry, on April 25, 1943. Bradley joined the Army Air Corp during World War Two and remained in the Air Force as a pilot after being recalled during the Korean War. Dora raised her family at stations in Alaska, Oklahoma, and Louisiana before they retired and lived many years in Georgetown, Texas. She returned to the Rolling Plains in 2013 after her husband’s death and lived her last years in Abilene.

Dora is survived by her son, Bradley C Henry Jr., her daughter, Carolyn Fagg, 5 grandchildren, Will Henry, Ben Henry, Shannon Henry, Christopher Fagg, and Amy Moreau, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Hamlin East Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5.

 

 

 

 



John Sadler died on December 9, 2021. Services are  Saturday, January 8, 2022  at 11  a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, Texas.
See the full obituary in the January 9 Sun.