Our Obituaries

Floyce Tanksley

August 3, 1947 - August 18, 2014

Floyce (Bubba) Tanksley was born in Granger Texas, on August 3, 1947. He was the nineteenth child born to Houston Sr. and Minnie Allen Tanksley. Floyce attended school in Taylor, Texas. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age. Bubba as he was affectionately called by everyone that was acquainted with him loved people, he never met a stranger and everyone he met when they departed he would...
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Nathan Mendel Ashe

November 21, 1971 - August 18, 2014

Nathan was born on November 21, 1971 in Columbus, South Carolina at Columbia Hospital. He was born to father, Nathaniel Monroe Ashe and mother, Nance Christine Ashe. Nathan was a military brat. Nathan attended school in United Kingdom, California, Virginia, and Texas. Locally, he attended Crocket High School and Austin Community College. His lifetime dream was to become a police officer, like...
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Marcus Antonio Samuel, Jr.

September 12, 1992 - August 15, 2014

Marcus Antonio Samuel Jr. was born, September 12, 1992 in Austin, TX to Marcus Antonio Samuel Sr. & Stacey Franklin. He was the older of 2 children. He was affectionately known as "Tony". Tony was baptized at Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church, in Cedar Creek, TX under the leadership of Pastor, Elder George Winn. He was active in the Youth Department at church and Providence District. ...
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Lu Anna Clark-Hayes

November 25, 1914 - August 8, 2014


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Malcolm Williams, Jr.

January 1, 1968 - August 7, 2014

Malcolm Williams Jr. was born January 1, 1968 in Lafayette Louisiana to Malcolm Williams Sr. and Effie Williams. He attended school at Washington Marion High for a short period before he moved to Austin Texas at the age of 19. He was briefly employed with local hospitals and the Austin Independent School District. Malcolm had a passion for art and enjoyed glass etching. He had a big heart...
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Bertha Lee Hutchins Arnold

August 14, 1944 - August 6, 2014

Bertha Lee Hutchins was born August 14, 1944 to the late Reverend Jonah Hutchins and Lula Mae (Walker) Hutchins. She attended Lamar Elementary (Del Valle, Texas) and graduated from the Old L. C. Anderson High School in 1963. She confessed a belief in Christ at an early age at Shiloh Onion Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Del Valle, Texas. Bertha was married to the late Marion Arnold, and to...
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Daeja Nicole Sedwick

March 18, 2014 - August 5, 2014

Daeja Nicole Sedwick was born on March 18, 2014 to Todae Sedwick and Alisha Paige at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She died in her loving mother's arms and gently passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Along with her parents Todae Sedwick and Alisha Paige, Daeja's memory will be cherished by her big brother Daevion Sedwick; grandparents Nicole Sedwick of...
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Claraj James Crayton-Peacock

February 20, 1960 - August 3, 2014

Remembering Clara…… Clara James Crayton-Peacock was born in Austin, Texas on February 20 1960 to the late James W. & Clara B. Crayton. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist church in Odessa, Texas where she accepted Christ and Baptized before moving to Austin. Clara was preceded in death by her parents the late James W. and Clara B. Crayton. Her grandparents Eula C. Glenn and...
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Lois Albert

October 12, 1912 - August 3, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas
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Prince Albert Johnson,

August 31, 1924 - August 1, 2014

Prince Albert Johnson, Jr. was born to Prince Albert Johnson, Sr. and Bernice Smith in Austin, Texas on August 31, 1934. Prince attended Huston-Tillotson College. He served in the United States Navy when he was 26 years old. Prince received an honorable discharge and then began working at Onion Creek Country Club where he worked for over 20 years. On December 17, 1955 he married Vera Miller...
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Joe Nathan Roberts

April 29, 1956 - August 1, 2014

Joe Nathan Roberts was born on April 29, 1956 in Austin, Texas and was the fifth child of parents Rev. E. L. Roberts and Mae Belle (Harvey) Roberts. Joe Nathan Roberts accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by his father, Reverend E. L. Roberts. Joe Nathan Roberts was educated in the Austin Independent Public School System. As a child, Joe played bass guitar in the Springdale Hills...
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Joyce F. Cato

August 1, 2014 - August 1, 2014


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Onderee Batiste

June 21, 1960 - August 1, 2014

Onderee Runa Batiste entered this world on June 21, 1960 in Taylor, TX to Joy Bell Jones and Norris Brown. She was raised in Austin, Texas by her mother and step-father Melvin Ray. Onderee was endowed with a love of music and praise from the very beginning of her earthly life. Early on, her calling as a musician was evident. She sang her first solo with the school choir, enjoyed playing the...
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Sandra R. Smith Martin

February 3, 1956 - July 29, 2014

Sandra R. Smith Martin was born February 3, 1956, to the union of Ernest Edward Smith and Clara Mae Adams Smith. She accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. On July 26, 1994, she married Armando Martin near New Port Ritchie, Fla. As a young girl, Sandra was an avid participant in Girls Scouts. She attended Louisiana State University, Gallaudet...
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Cornelia Faye Ransom Smith

October 30, 1953 - July 29, 2014

Cornelia Faye Ransom was born October 30, 1953 in Austin, Texas. She was the third child born to the union of Farris C. Ransom and Lillie B. Allen Ransom. Connie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. She remembered the time growing up in the church, attending BTU, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and all the youth activities as a very happy time in...
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Ben Everett Cooper

June 26, 2014 - July 27, 2014

Ben Everett Cooper was born June 26, 1932 in Brownsville Tennessee to T. D. Cooper, Sr. and Nealy Hay-Cooper. He served 20 years and 2 months in the United States Military and had an outstanding record: served in Korea twice, Vietnam, Germany (Europe); received the Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, expert (rifle, carbine,...
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Ralneisha Larell Hurt-Taylor

September 5, 1982 - July 22, 2014

Ralneisha Larell Taylor was born September 5, 1982 to Katrina Pratt Taylor and Ralph Taylor. Ralneisha attended Austin Independent Schools graduating from Reagan High School. She joined the United States Army and received an honorable discharge February 26, 2014. Ralneisha was a very loving and giving person. Her smile was one to be remembered. Although Ralneisha is gone from this earth, she...
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Anthony Dewayne Howard

February 23, 1960 - July 14, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.
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Larry Donnell Campbell

May 11, 1959 - July 11, 2014

Larry Donnell Campbell was born May 11, 1950 to Maggie Bunton Eaton and Wayland Larry Campbell. He professed a hope in Christ at a young age under the leadership of Rev. E. L. Roberts. He was enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He was employed as a Supervisor at Mazda South for about 8 years and for the last 12 years of his life he was employed at BMW/Penske Group...
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Maxine Beaudoin

February 21, 1954 - July 10, 2014

Maxine was born on February 21, 1954 in Nacogdoches, Louisiana. She was the oldest of three children born to Loretta Beaudoin and King Solomon both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Solomon. Maxine attended Blocker Elementary in Texas City, Texas. She graduated fro Booker T. Washington High School. In 1974, she met her life-long friend...
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Veta Eugene Garvey Farmer

June 10, 1918 - July 10, 2014

Veta Garvey Farmer, Mother Farmer to all who knew and loved her, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. At the age of 96, she had completed her earthly calling with the knowledge that she had "fought the good fight, finished her course, and kept the faith." She was born on June 10th, 1918 in the Parish of St. Mary's, Jamaica, to Albertina & Jonathon Garvey. Mother Farmer...
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Melvin James Chambers, Jr.

July 12, 1932 - July 10, 2014

Melvin James Robinson Jr. was born on July 11, 1932 at Brackenridge Hospital to Melvin Robinson and Pearlie Chambers. In 1934, Melvin James Robinson was adopted by Willie Mae and Earlie Chambers after the death of his mother Pearlie Chambers. He attended elementary through high school in the Austin Independent School District; L.L. Campbell Elementary, Blackshear Elementary, Kealing Junior...
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April Lattier-Kellum

June 19, 1975 - July 10, 2014

Mrs. April "LaLa" Lattier-Kellum, 39, of Round Rock passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2014. She was born in Shreveport, LA, on June 19, 1975, to Ruth Latter-Chriette and Albert Lattier, Jr. April graduated from Byrd High School and received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Grambling State University in 2000. She married Demetrius Kellum on February 28, 2004. April found Christ at a...
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Anthony Isreal Thompson

February 29, 1956 - July 10, 2014

Anthony was born to Dorothy Mae Bell Thompson and Isreal Thompson on February 29, 1956. Anthony attended AISD where he played basketball and D'jayed at school events. He later went to Huston-Tillotson University to further his education. In 1976 Anthony enlisted in the United States Army and served and was honorably discharged. Anthony joined the Humpin M/C where he loved to spend time with...
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Melvin James Chambers

July 11, 1932 - July 10, 2014

Melvin James Robinson Jr. was born on July 11, 1932 at Brackenridge Hospital to Melvin Robinson and Pearlie Chambers. In 1934, Melvin James Robinson was adopted by Willie Mae and Earlie Chambers after the death of his mother Pearlie Chambers. He attended elementary through high school in the Austin Independent School District; L.L. Campbell Elementary, Blackshear Elementary, Kealing Junior...
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Christopher Lee Foster

November 21, 1978 - July 8, 2014

Christopher Foster was born November 21, 1978 in Austin, Texas to Peggy Ann Easley and Michael Eugene Foster. He attended Del Valle High School. Christopher was the father of one son, Brandon Miramontez. Christopher was a kind, quiet, humble, loving, sharing person that truly loved his family. He enjoyed football and basketball. The games on the court at the Montopolis Recreation Center was...
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Wendell R. Manor

March 3, 1942 - July 8, 2014

Wendell Rayford Manor was born March 3, 1942 to the late Wayne and Ruth Tarver Manor. He departed this life and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Adolphus Bracy Jr., his sisters Anita Bracy Garza and Willie Esther Lena Bracy Crawford, and his step-father Adolphus Bracy Sr. He accepted Christ at an...
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James Wayne Molden

July 4, 1940 - July 5, 2014

James Wayne Molden was born on July 4, 1940, in Rockdale, Texas, and is the son of the late Onix and Doris Molden of Rockdale. He attended Aycock Elementary and Aycock High School. While in high school, he was outstanding in all sports and dramatics. During his senior year, he was Vice-President of his senior "Class of 1959" and was also a member of the yearbook staff. Known as "Buffalo" to...
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Marie Holmes Toliver

August 9, 1922 - July 3, 2014

Marie Holmes Toliver, 91, formally of Austin, Texas passed away in Bowie, Maryland on July 3, 2014. She was one of two children, born to John and Clara Holmes on August 9, 1922 in Golinda, Texas. She married Emmitt Dickerson Sr., from this union one son was born, Emmitt Dickerson Jr. She later married James Carl Toliver on September 28, 1948.To this union, two sons were born, Dale and Jerrold...
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Annie DeShay Arnold Williams

April 4, 1936 - July 1, 2014

Annie Louise was born on April 4, 1936 in Cedar Creek, TX to Warren William DeShay and Beaulah Vycille McKnight. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and baptized at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member; constantly working in Mission I and as an Usher. As a child, Annie was given the nickname "Squeeze" because her sister Ruth...
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John Hugo Williams, V

May 31, 1959 - June 23, 2014

John Hugo Williams V was born May 31, 1959 in Clovis, New Mexico to the late Marie Annie Bell Williams and the late John Hugo Williams IV. John graduated from Johnston High School in Austin, Texas. He furthered his education and received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Austin Community College. John worked as a manager for a neighborhood convenience store for several years. He changed...
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Rosalia Maria Flores Sagno

September 4, 1948 - June 23, 2014

Rosalia Maria Flores Sagno was born to Manuel C. Flores and Maria R. Flores in El Paso, Texas on September 04, 1948. Maria as she was known to everyone who knew her was always going out of her way to help someone. She leaves to cherish her life Cipriano Alvarado her life mate; Her son Billy Flores (Carolyn); Siblings: Carmen R. Robert (sister), Valentine R. Flores (deceased), Alfredo R....
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Evelyn Louise Johnson

August 26, 1961 - June 13, 2014

Evelyn Louise Johnson was born on the 26th day of August in 1961 to Shirley King and Sherman Johnson is Austin, Texas. She was the oldest of eleven siblings. Big Sherman, Jr., Lucretia, Janice, Ella, Algie, Betty, Big Mac, Little Mac, Little Sherman, Jr., Don and Ronnie. Evelyn received Christ at an early age at Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Austin, Texas where she sang in the choir as a young...
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Gloria Pearl Hill Black

November 11, 1947 - June 13, 2014

Gloria "Doe Doe" Pearl Hill Black was an energetic, adventurous, inquisitive, ambitious little girl. Austin, Texas was her playground. She was only two weeks old when she arrived in Austin and was placed in the caring arms of her aunt, Pearl Etta Hill. Gloria embraced everything about this city. She attended Austin Schools, graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1966. At Austin High,...
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Owens Houston

November 4, 1927 - June 12, 2014

Owens Houston Sr., 87 of Austin, Texas passed away on June 12, 2014. Owens was born on November 4, 1927 in Webberville, Texas to Gus and Elee Houston. Owens was employed by Austex Chili Company, Nash Phillip Copus Home Builders, and the City of Austin where he retired from. Owens passion was fishing, dominoes, bar-b-cueing, and Greyhound dogs. Owens was preceded in death by his father, mother...
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Delmaris Hill Roby

November 28, 1922 - June 12, 2014

Delmaris Hill Roby was born November 28th , 1922 in Lockhart, Texas. She was the sixth of fourteenth children born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Hill. Delmaris attended schools in Austin Independent School District. She united in marriage to Omphia Roby in 1941; this union produced two children, Shirley Ann Roby Redmon (deceased) and Edward L. Roby. Delmaris worked several jobs throughout her...
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Noah Simon Jacobs

September 10, 1979 - June 10, 2014

On September 10, 1979 in Austin, Texas, Etta Mae and Searcy Marcus Jacobs were blessed with their second son, Noah Simon Jacobs. Born into a family with a strong religious background, Noah professed his faith at a young age. He attended church at Little Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hutto, Texas under Pastor Vance Powell and later accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he and...
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Abner Eugene Lee

August 9, 1952 - June 7, 2014

Abner Eugene Lee, was borne August 9, 1952 in Travis County to the late Charles Edward Lee Sr. and Annie M. Cleveland Lee. He departed his life on June 7, 2014. He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and was baptized at New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He received a formal education in the public schools in Austin, Texas. He later attended Austin Community College. ...
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L. G. Ferguson

July 15, 1938 - June 7, 2014

Starting with the man in the mirror Dr. L G Ferguson, 75, died at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was born July 15, 1938, in Austin, Texas, to his parents Dr. William C. Ferguson and Josie Mae McDade Ferguson. L G attended schools in Iowa City, Iowa: St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School in Iowa City where he was an altar boy, and Iowa City High School. He...
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Howard Lee Shaw, Sr.

February 1, 1950 - June 3, 2014

On February 1, 1950, Jesse Phillips Shaw and Minnie Geneva Shaw were blessed with their youngest son Howard Lee Shaw born in Austin, TX. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and became a member of College Heights Baptist Church of Austin Texas under the Pastorial care of A.C. Clark. He attended Austin public schools of St. John's Elementary, Kealing Middle School, and Reagan...
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Shonda Latrelle Jackson

March 4, 1964 - June 2, 2014

Shonda Latrelle Jackson was born on March 4, 1964 to Ray & Gladys Jackson in Austin, Texas. Shonda was preceded in death by her mother Gladys Flowers Jackson. Shonda professed her faith at a young age and was baptized at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and participated in the children and youth ministry. Shonda graduated from Travis High School in 1982 and enjoyed sports (was an outstanding...
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Minnie Brown

January 30, 1930 - June 1, 2014


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Louis Goodman

February 15, 1959 - May 30, 2014

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Darlene Ren Hicks

August 22, 1961 - May 30, 2014

Darlene René Hicks was born on August 22, 1961 to Richard Bessie (R.B.) Hicks and Ola Mae Medlock Russell in Austin, Texas. She answered the Lord's roll call on May 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and one sister: Vera Louise Russell. She attended Austin area schools, graduated from William B. Travis High School, obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree...
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Steve Magnum

February 18, 1944 - May 29, 2014


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Wesley C. Johnson

October 13, 1984 - May 29, 2014


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Edd Hardin

December 14, 1931 - May 28, 2014


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Noarlyn Dramadine Spears

November 11, 1926 - May 24, 2014


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Darlene Westbrook

October 17, 1949 - May 23, 2014

Darlene Renfro Westbrook was born in Athens, Texas on October 17, 1949, the third child of Earlia and Lewis Renfro, Sr. She received her early education in the Athens Public Schools and excelled in academics, graduating with honors in 1968. Darlene received her early religious training at Mt. Providence Baptist Church in Athens. She enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU),...
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D. J. Mahon

July 26, 1928 - May 22, 2014

D. J. Mahon was born to Elnora Davis and Bob Mahon on July 26, 1928. He came to live with his grandparents at an early age. He attended school in Bartlett, Texas. D. J. attended Holy Temple with his grandparents, Robert and Francis Davis. He enlisted in the Navy, February 28, 1946. He later enlisted in the Army. He married Zannie Mae Jones, and to this union six children were born. Henry...
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Anthony Cedric Griffin

November 21, 1964 - May 22, 2014

Anthony Cedric Griffin (Tony) born November 21, 1964 on a Saturday morning in Columbia, LA to Lorena London Griffin and John L. Griffin. In April of 1965, at the young age of five months, he along with big sister and mom joined his father in Stuttgart, Germany for a three year army assignment. While living in Stuttgart for about a year, Tony managed to fall from a three story building. He...
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Larry Donnell Tinnon

September 7, 1951 - May 20, 2014

On September 7, 1951, Larry Donnell Tinnon was born to Johnny Clyde Tinnon and Helen Marie Johnson Tinnon. He accepted Christ at an early age at Rising Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. I. W. Robinson. Larry graduated from the old L. C. Anderson High School. He attended Huston-Tillotson College. He served in the U.S. Air force from July 11, 1972 to February 22, 1974. Larry...
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Mae Frances Prosser

April 24, 1930 - May 20, 2014

Mae Frances Wilkins was born April 24, 1930, to Gybrett Wilkins and Elias Jones. Her mother passed soon after her birth, leaving Mae to be raised by her grandmother Loiusa (Mama) Wilkins. She was raised in a loving Christian home surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins. Mae Frances accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age joining The Main East Austin Baptist Church, later named...
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Evolia Givan

September 5, 1930 - May 17, 2014

Evolia Wilson was born September 5, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana to James Wilson and Libby Dugar Wilson. She departed this life on May 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Wilson and Libby Dugar Wilson; husband, Lonnie Givan; brother, Willie Wilson; sisters, Shirley (Daisy) Willis and Mary Willson. Evolia is survived by her sister, Mildred Taylor of Austin, Texas;...
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Lloyd Turner, Jr.

November 7, 1977 - May 16, 2014

Lloyd Turner was born November 7, 1977 in New Orleans, LA. with his mother Joann Wallace Turner and Lloyd Turner, Sr. and two sisters Lyn and Boniea. He was the grandson of Henry and Mary Wallace. He went to school at John Mack School in New Orleans. Lloyd Jr. was a member of St. James Baptist Church of Plum, Texas under Pastor Isiah Caldwell where he was active on the finance committee an...
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Dorothy Easley

November 15, 1922 - May 16, 2014

Dorothy Easley was born to Thomas Crump and Ella Weaver on November 15, 1922 in Scott, Arkansas. Dorothy professed Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age in North Little Rock, Arkansas. On April 6, 1966 Joseph and Dorothy Easley were married and moved to Austin, Texas. Dorothy united with Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church under Reverend J. J. Dixon and served with Mission II...
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Arthur Lee Clarkson

December 19, 1962 - May 11, 2014


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Willie Maxwell

May 29, 1945 - May 10, 2014


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John Ernest Dickerson, Jr.

January 16, 1963 - May 10, 2014

John Ernest Dickerson, Jr. was born on January 16, 1963 in Austin, Texas. He was the third child of John Dickerson and Annette Wilson. John professed his belief in Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He united with St. Edwards Baptist Church at an early age. In the late 1980's John was called into the ministry and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. His first sermon was...
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Eva Mae Davis

October 17, 1926 - May 8, 2014

Sister Eva Mae Davis was born to Baltimore and Ella Bates Davis in Giddings, Texas. She obeyed the gospel at an early age at the South End Church of Christ in Giddings where she was a faithful and active member. She later moved to Austin, Texas and became a faithful and active member at the Church of Christ at East Side for over 40 years. During Sister Eva's lifetime she made many friends. ...
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Rosie Lee Kindred

July 19, 1953 - May 8, 2014

Rosie Lee Whittington Kindred was born July 19, 1953 in Austin, Texas to Mrs. Willie Lee Whittington and Mr. Laverne Whittington (Houston, Texas-Deceased). She attended the original L. C. Anderson High School and was a Jackett, but graduated from Sydney Lanier High School in 1972 due to school integration. Rosie married Richard Kindred, Sr. (divorced) and to this union two children were born,...
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Betty Jean Young

January 18, 1937 - May 8, 2014

Betty Young was born on January 18, 1937 in Statesboro, Georgia and moved to New York in 1971 with her siblings. She was known has the family matriarch providing love, care and support to her family. At young age she confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior at Metropolitan AME church. She worked has a certified nurse's aide for the Schenectady County nursing home. After dedicating 18 years...
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Rhonda Kay Hill

August 27, 1957 - May 7, 2014

Rhonda Kay Hill was born the third child to Ruth Hill on August 27, 1957. As a child, Rhonda attended the Austin Independent School District. She worked and received several Awards and Certificates. Rhonda joined New Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorage of Reverend Laroy Johnson where she became a faithful and active member. Rhonda Kay was preceded in death by her loving mother, Ruth...
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Ronald Martin Collins II

January 7, 1981 - May 5, 2014

Ronald Martin Collins II, born January 7, 1981 in Austin, Texas, was the oldest son of Ronald and Carolyn Collins. He passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, May 5, 2014. Martin was baptized into Holy Cross Catholic Church as an infant and later received the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. He became an altar boy and a member of the Junior Knights of Peter Claver and the...
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John L. Bracken, Sr.

February 17, 1956 - May 2, 2014

John (Kaizou) L. Bracken was born February 17, 1958 in Sendi, Japan. He attended Austin I.S.D. and graduated from Johnston High School. He was married to Sharron Neal and to this union three children were born, Felica Bracken, John L. Bracken, Jr., Frederick L. Bracken. He worked for the City of Austin. John joined the United States Navy in 1974. He enjoyed eating Mexican food, barbequing...
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Michael Alexander Sears

November 18, 1964 - April 29, 2014

Michael Sears was born November 18, 1964 in Austin, Texas to Malinda Ernestine Franks-Sears and Alexander Nelson Sears. He confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a member of Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Michael was educated in the Austin Public Schools and a 1983 graduate of Lyndon B. Johnson High School. He was currently employed at the Austin Community College. He was...
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Betty Jean Ross

April 27, 1938 - April 28, 2014


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Beauford Jones

October 5, 1931 - April 27, 2014

It is with God's grace and mercy that our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend departed life on this earth. Beauford Jones, of Austin, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2014. Even though his physical body is gone from this earth, his spirit and vitality will remain embedded with his family and friends. The strength and perseverance...
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Terrence Lekesha Brown

September 7, 1977 - April 26, 2014


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Elroy Ockelberry

April 16, 1939 - April 25, 2014

Elroy Ockelberry was born on April 16, 1939 in Lockhart, Texas (Caldwell County) to the late George Ockelberry, Jr. and the late Ella Mae (Wilkins) Ockelberry. He was the second child of four siblings. Elroy slipped away peacefully to the nearer presence of God and answered his Master's call on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, Texas with his family at his bedside and his...
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Hurline White

April 30, 1948 - April 20, 2014

Hurline White was born April 30, 1948 in Louisa, Virginia. She accepted Christ at an early age. She attended John Adams High School in Queens, New York. After graduation, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York and received a degree in marketing. Hurline had a very successful career at lever Brothers of New york where she was manager in the advertising...
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Martha Lewis Hill

July 28, 1938 - April 19, 2014

The life book of Martha Hill Lewis opened July 28, 1938 in Glidden, Texas to the late Rufus and Jessie Wilson. Martha was a graduate of Columbus Colored High School in Columbus, Texas. Martha loved her hometown area of Columbus and would frequently make visits "down home" to visit relatives and friends there. After completion of high school, Martha moved to Austin, Texas. Martha accepted...
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Donald Graves, Jr.

June 11, 1960 - April 18, 2014

Donald Graves, Jr. was born to Donald Graves, Sr. and Loyce R. Graves on June 11th 1960 in Los Angeles, California He professed his life to Christ at an early age, joining Greater Mt. Zion as a young man. He attended 24th Elementary School. Shortly thereafter his family relocated to Austin, Texas where he attended Pearce Middle School and L.C. Anderson High School, which is where he began his...
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Glen Miller

February 13, 1959 - April 18, 2014

Glenn Miller was born on February 13, 1959 in Austin, Texas. He was the fifth of seven children. He was born to the late Woodie and Marie Miller both of Austin, Texas. He attended school and was raised in Austin, Texas. Glenn professed faith in Christ at an early age. He was a member of Twelfth Street Baptist Church where he worked and served faithfully. He later united with Diakones...
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Infant Jaiden Jamaal Smith

April 16, 2014 - April 16, 2014

Jaiden Jamaal Smith was born April 16, 2014 at 1056 pm to Carla Brooks and Ernest Smith, IV. God called His angel to heaven on April 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his great grandmother, Verna C. Thompson and great great grandmother Anna Young. He is survived by his parents, Carla Brooks and Ernest Smith, IV; brother Ernest Smith V; grandparents Donna Guice, Antione Thompson, Edna Dixon...
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Tracci R. Swain

January 5, 1963 - April 15, 2014


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Myrtle Lou Thigpen

September 12, 1924 - April 15, 2014

Myrtle Lou Mackey was the first child born to Mr. Ananias Mackey and Mrs. Bertha Baker Mackey September 12, 1924, in Utley, Texas. Myrtle professed a belief in Christ at a very early age under Rev. Gibbs at old David Chapel Church. She was once the president of St. James Baptist Church choir, under Rev. O. W. Henry. She was president of Ruth Circle, Mission I, under Rev. E. M. Franklin. She...
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Ira Jean Fields Ford

December 2, 1944 - April 12, 2014

Today we bid farewell and celebrate the life of a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, Ira Jean Fields-Ford. Ira departed this life on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Ira was born December 2, 1944 in Austin, Texas at Holy Cross Hospital to the late Edgar Fields and Velma Overton Fields. She was raised in Austin, Texas and attended Austin Independent School District...
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Sherry Ellen Hadnot

September 1, 1962 - April 11, 2014

sherry Hadnot was born on September 1, 1962 in Beaumont, Texas to the late Geraldine Lando and Loman Walton. Sherry graduated from French High School in Beaumont, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age. In the late 1980's Sherry and her family moved to Austin, Texas and she was a faithful member of The Apostolic Church of Lockhart, Texas under the Passtorage of Deborah Byrd. Sherry would...
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Nathaniel Monrie Ashe

January 7, 1941 - April 10, 2014

Nathaniel Monroe Ashe was born on January 7, 1941 in Cussetta, Georgia to Eugene and Willie B. (Williams) Ashe. He was a graduate of Buena Vista High School and retired from the United States Military after having served 22 years. Serving in the military allowed him the opportunity to work and see many parts of the world including: Georgia, New Jersey, New York, West Germany, France, United...
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Margaret Louise Harper

November 20, 1937 - April 10, 2014

Born November 20, 1937 Departure April 10, 2014 Parents Howard Limuel, Sr. and Ethel Limuel Birthplace Lyntton Springs, Texas Education L. C. Anderson High School Church Affiliations St. John Colony Baptist Church - Lockhart, Texas Corinth Missionary Baptist Church - Austin, Texas BTU, Choir, Mission and worked with children at Corinth Employment Margaret's Day Care, Margaret's...
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Jason Howard

February 17, 1971 - April 9, 2014

Jason Howard was born to Edwin and Evelyn Howard on February 17, 1971 in Austin, Texas. He was part of the graduating class of 1989 at Crockett High School. From there he enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and was honorably discharged. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University in 2002. His career was with Austin Community College as a...
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Terry Lewis Herring

November 28, 1970 - April 8, 2014


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Sean Patrick Williams

November 4, 1966 - April 8, 2014

Sean Williams was born November 4, 1966 to Charlyne and Robert L. Williams. Sean was baptized at Simpson United Methodist Church and gave his life to God at an early age. Sean's mother married Kenneth Allen Maxey and at the age of 2 ½ Sean and the family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. They returned to Austin when Sean was 13 years of age. Sean graduated from Johnston High School. He...
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William Martin, Sr.

April 6, 1932 - April 8, 2014


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Emanuel Limuel, Sr.

February 26, 1932 - April 7, 2014

Emanuel Limuel, Sr. was born to Jim Limuel and Cora Houston on February 26, 1932. He accepted Christ at an early age. He served our country in the armed forces for several years. He was a retiree from the City of Austin who never met a stranger. Affectionately known as Manuel, Daddy, and Paw Paw, he loved his family, especially all of his grandchildren and boy, did they love their Paw Paw. ...
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Maxine Dickerson

July 7, 1934 - April 6, 2014

On Sunday morning, April 6, 2014 at 9:09 am in her home, Maxine Dickerson departed her earthly journey. She was born July 7, 1934 in Mendoza, Texas. She was the youngest of three siblings born to Benjamin Johanna Lewis (BJ) and Lucille Kimble Lewis. She joined Concho AME Church at a very early age in San Angelo, Texas. After the family moved, she joined Center Union Baptist Church in...
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Brice Edward Clark

February 28, 1969 - April 5, 2014

Brice Edward Clark was born February 28, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa to Edward Clark and Dorothy Myles. He married Polly White on June 4, 2005 and they loved each other for fourteen years. Brie loved god. He was self-employed. He enjoyed playing basketball and watching all sports. His hobby was that he was an avid video game player. He loved socializing with friends and family. He was a...
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Vance Griffin Hester

May 13, 1941 - April 5, 2014

Vance Griffin Hester was born May 13, 1941 in Burlington, North Carolina the son to Manley W. Hester and Alease Mebane Hester. Mr. Vance G. Hester was united in marriage to Gladys Jenell James Hester on July 12, 1969. Vance was a Barber by trade, then he enlisted into the United States Army where he was a Staff Sargent, serving during the Vietnam War. Returning home and transitioning into...
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Joshua Brown

November 7, 1924 - April 3, 2014

Joshua "Johnny B" Brown was born November 7, 1924 in Cuero, Texas to Sadie Franklin Brown and Moses E. Brown. Mr. Brown was baptized at an early age at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgar, Texas under the pastorage of Rev. Ned Henderson. His other church affiliations include Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Austin), DelValle Missionary Baptist Church (DelValle), Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church ...
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Barbara Hunter

July 16, 1947 - April 1, 2014

Barbara Hunter was born on July 16, 1947 to Matthew Hunter and Icella Jackson-Hunter in Bastrop County. Barbara was the second child of ten. She was educated in Austin public schools. Barbara received Christ at an early age beginning at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church. In 1963, the family was a part of the originating members of Rehoboth Primitive Baptist Church under the leadership of...
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Sharon Salone Palacios

November 14, 1961 - March 31, 2014

She was beautiful. She was beautiful for the way she thought. She was beautiful for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile even when she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. Sharon Palacios was born on November 14, 1961 in...
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Nettie Lavania Rivers

June 11, 1955 - March 31, 2014

Nettie Lavania Rivers, affectionately known as "Cookie", was born on June 11, 1955 to James and Violet Faye Rivers in Austin, Texas. She departed this life on March 31, 2014. Nettie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a young age and was a member of Rising Star Baptist Church. She graduated from Albert Sidney Johnston High School in 1973, where she excelled in general academics. ...
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Julius Elliott Groves

July 19, 1923 - March 28, 2014

Julius Elliott Groves was born to Albertha Simms and Joseph I. Groves in Muskogee, OK on July 19, 1923 and departed this life of natural causes on March 28, 2014. He moved with his siblings to Leon County Texas after his mother died in 1932. Elliott and his siblings were spread out between his grandparents, Israel and Joe-Anna, his grandfather, Ambus Simms, and his father's siblings until each...
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Kesha Marie Morris

August 9, 1976 - March 27, 2014

Kesha Marie Morris was born August 9, 1976 in Hays County to Deborah L. Morris of Buda, Texas and Lester King of Kingsville, Texas. Kesha was a healthy, happy baby until at 10 months old, she was ravaged by a sickness that had doctos predicting she would die within her first year of life. Obviously God knew different. Kesha grew up in a loving household with mom, uncles, aunts, Grandmother...
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Alberta Allen

June 27, 1945 - March 24, 2014

Alberta McCarther Allen was born on June 27th, 1945 to Mr. Albert McCarther and Mrs. Lillie Ward McCarther in Austin, Texas, where she spent her childhood and adult life. Alberta met and married Mr. Dennis Allen who preceded her in death. She was a very spirited person who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She enjoyed family, life, laughter and music. She was always...
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Florence Etta Temple

August 18, 1935 - March 23, 2014


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Annie Mae Bruton

March 21, 2014 - March 21, 2014

Sis. Annie Mae Easley Bruton was born in Paige, Texas to Lonnie and Gertrude Easley, January 5, 1934. She attended Longview and Center Union public schools in Paige, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Delight Baptist Church, Paige, Texas. She later joined Greater Love Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Marlin R. Carter where she served as a...
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LeRoy Edward Stevens

December 28, 1957 - March 20, 2014

LeRoy E. Stevens was born on December 28, 1957 to his loving mother Catherine Stevens in the great city of St. Louis, Missouri. He accepted Christ at an early age.   LeRoy was preceded in death by his mother (Catherine), his brother (Russell), and his sisters (Kathryn "Kitty" and Dee Ivory). He was the seventh of eight siblings.   LeRoy met and was united in Holy Matrimony to Lillie...
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Linda Ruth Pollard

August 7, 1949 - March 19, 2014

Linda Ruth Pollard was born in Kerns, Texas on August 7th, 1949, she departed this life on March 19th, 2014. Linda was born to Reverend Robert Smith, Sr. and Jimmie Ruth Turner. Linda professed a hope in Christ at an early age. Linda was united in marriage to Larry Campbell and they spent 31 years together. Linda was employed at Draco Residency for 13 years. She was preceded in death by her...
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