Our Obituaries

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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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, 1914 - April 10, 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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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, 1951 - 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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Caswell K. Walker

April 15, 1951 - March 18, 2014

We have come together to celebrate the home going of Caswell King Walker, also known as "Bitter" and "Sweet Cakes". Bitter was born to Mr. Alfred Casmon Walker, Sr., and Mrs. Mary Louise Walker on April 15, 1951. On March 18, 2014, Bitter's earthly life ended while in the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin, Texas. Bitter was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Casmon Walker, Sr...
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Bessie Lee DeShay Thompson

June 28, 1916 - March 12, 2014


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Lloyd Austine Bradley

January 31, 1917 - March 11, 2014

A Time to be Born: Austine Cashaw Bradley was born on January 31, 1917 in Benchley, Robertson County, Texas to the parentage of Mrs. Minnie Sadberry Cashaw and Mr. Austin Cashaw. A Time To Learn: Austine believed in education and came from a family of educators. Her great uncle Horace Smith gave the first $5.00 to build Huston-Tillotson in Austin, Texas. ...
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Ruth Laverne Glasper

December 15, 1930 - March 11, 2014

On a special winter day of December 15, 1930, "Baby Ruth" Fowler was born to Willie Etta Fowler and David Fowler in Garfield, TX. After moving to Austin, TX, she attended Blackshear Elementary, Kealing Junior High School, and Anderson High School. Baby Ruth united in marriage to the late James Jones and in that union she gave birth to her only child – beautiful, loving daughter Janice...
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Nancy Belle Johnson

April 15, 1923 - March 9, 2014

Nancy Belle Lawrence Johnson was born April 15, 1923 in Franklin (Williamson County), near Nashville, Tennessee to Effie and Felix Lawrence. She spent most of her youth on a very large farm with one Sister, Anna, and Six brothers - Elighe; Herman, Frank, Ollie, Jasper, and Felix. She graduated from Tennessee A&I in Nashville (Later named Tennessee State University) with a BA in Speech and Drama...
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Pearl Clemons Foster

December 9, 1911 - March 7, 2014

Rev. Pearl Clemons Foster (Aunt Pearl) was born on December 9, 1911 in Burton, Texas to Mack and Nancy Manuel Dotson Clemons. She was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. Aunt Pearl attended Burton Elementary School in Washington County. Her love of God manifested itself at an early age. She professed Christ and was baptized at 12 years of age at Hollow Spring Baptist Church in Burton,...
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Freddie G. Swain

November 3, 1940 - March 5, 2014

Freddie Gene Swain was born November 3, 1940 to the late James "JD Swain" and Lillian R. Swain-Williams, the oldest of nine children, in Caldwell County, Dale, Texas. He was educated in Travis County Independent School District. Freddie accepted Christ at an early age at the St. John Regular Missionary Baptist Church where he was an active member and served in Sunday School and the church...
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Bryan Michael Ward

February 26, 1993 - March 1, 2014

Bryan Michael Ward was born on February 26, 1993 in Hinsdale, Illinois to Edward DeWayne Ward and Tina Elaine Ward, MD. He was the second of two children. Bryan began his education in the Eanes Independent School District and graduated from Westlake High School in 2011 where he was a member of the National Honor Society and worked as a student employee of the Eanes ISD Information Technology...
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Ozia Lee King

September 29, 2008 - February 26, 2014

Ozia Lee Anderson King was born on September 27, 1919 to union James Frank King and Liza Elizabeth King. Ozia Lee was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church where she played piano and taught Sunday School. Ozia Lee and her siblings were a part of the founding members of Union Baptist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina under the leadership of the late Pastor Abraham McDaniel presently...
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Michael Calvert

November 3, 1959 - February 24, 2014

Michael Calvert was born in Austin, Texas to Mrs. Louise Calvert-Norwood on November 3, 1959. He served as a Baptist Minister after announcing his call into the Gospel Ministry. Michael served in the Armed Services and worked for Travis County and the City of Austin until his health failed. His mother, Louise Calvert-Norwood and wife Sandra Jo Johnson Calvert preceded him in death. He leaves...
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Infant Jayceon Lee Washington

February 21, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Jayceon Lee Washington was born February 21, 2014 to Regina Washington. God called His angel to heaven on February 21, 2014. He is survived by his mother Regina Washington; siblings Montinique Washington and Sydnee Tatum; grandmother Joyce Washington; grandfather Robert Washington, aunt Shanta Washington; and many other relatives.
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Ruby Lee Burse

June 19, 1950 - February 18, 2014

On a blessed summer day of June 19, 1950 Ruby Lee Burton Burse was born to Calvin Burton, Sr. and Dorothy Wells Burton in Branchville, TX. She attended school at Branchville Elementary. After moving to Austin, she graduated from the Old L. C. Anderson High School in 1968. She later attended Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. Ruby united in marriage to the late Michael Curtis Johnson...
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Willard Charles Duncan

June 26, 1925 - February 17, 2014

Willard Charles Duncan passed away at the age of 88 on Monday, February 17, 2014. He was born in Smithville, Texas to Mable and Willie Duncan. He was a very hardworking and honorable man and taking care of his family was his first priority. Going fishing was his favorite way to spend his free time. Willard served in the United States Navy in World War II as a Stewards Mate, and afterwards...
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Bertha Beatrice Houston

August 10, 1933 - February 15, 2014

Parentage: On August 10, 1933, in Taylor, Texas a baby girl was born to the union of Caldwell and Beatrice Washington. They named her Bertha B. Washington. Church Affiliation: At a young age, she joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Taylor, Texas. In 1985 she joined Life Connection Church in Round Rock, Texas and remained a member until her death. Time of Life: She attended Blackshear High...
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Howard Davis, Sr.

August 22, 1928 - February 14, 2014

Howard Davis Sr., age 85, of Austin, Texas was called home to be at rest on Friday February 14, 2014. He was born on August 22, 1928 in Austin, Texas to Frank and Martha Bedford Davis. He professed a hope in Christ at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Mr. Howard Davis attended schools in the Austin Independent School District and training in the United States Army while serving time during the Korean...
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Ret. SMSgt Charles E. Walker

March 25, 1932 - February 14, 2014

Brother Charles E. Walker was born the third child of Thomas & Effie Walker in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended public schools there and received an athletic scholarship to Tennessee State College where his stay was interrupted by a draft notice during the Korean War era. Noble Walker enlisted in the U.S Air Force, where he served his country for 28 years, spending 18 of those years overseas...
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Ruby Lee Haywood

June 9, 1943 - February 13, 2014

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Patricia Ann Wallace

December 20, 1950 - February 12, 2014

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Harry Louis Jefferson, Jr.

March 26, 1972 - February 12, 2014

Harry Louis Jefferson Jr. was born March 26, 1972 in Amhurst, Texas to Harry Louis Jefferson Sr. and Linda Sloan Jefferson. Harry was united in marriage to Caprécia Danea Hester on July 18, 2008. Harry accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. King in Sudan, Texas. He attended public schools in Sudan and Houston, Texas. ...
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Roy Lee Haywood

February 15, 1951 - February 12, 2014

On February 15, 1951, Roy Lee Haywood was born to Roy Haywood, Jr. and Beulah Clark Haywood, both of whom preceded him in death. He attended the Austin Independent School District (Sims, Allen and Johnston). He worked in the Contract Maintenance/Construction Field(s). Roy Lee worked hard his entire life, but become disabled prior to his time of death. Roy Lee was raised in the fear and...
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Edward Ray Tealer

July 22, 1942 - February 11, 2014

Edward Ray Tealer, Sr. was born on July 22, 1942 to Robert and Lucille Tealer in Taylor, Texas. Edward accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Taylor, Texas. 55 years ago, Edward met and married Alice Marie Collins and together they raised 11 children. Yankee as he was better known, was an Assembly man by trade, but a Carpenter by heart. He...
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Arthur Ernest Jones

November 15, 1932 - February 8, 2014

Arthur was born November 15, 1932. He was the second child born to Odell Bobbie Arnold and Albert Jones. At an early age he professed a hope in Christ and was baptized. He grew up in Pflugerville, Texas and attended the Pflugerville Public Schools. Arthur was employed at the Villa Capri Restaurant for over 30 years. He sacrificed his life for many years to take care of his father and mother....
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David Garfield Jones II

September 16, 1965 - February 8, 2014

David Garfield Jones II was born in St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the first born of David G. and Irma P. Jones. He lived in Nashville, Tennessee and Boston, Massachusetts and Ventura County, California. His primary and secondary schooling were completed in California. David attended Tuskegee Institute for a short period and had to leave early because of illness. David was...
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Pearlie Mae Davis

August 31, 1932 - February 7, 2014

Mrs. Pearlie Mae Carrington Townsend Davis passed away February 7, 2014. She was born August 31, 1932 to Elo Johnson and Annie Carrington. Pearlie confessed a belief in Christ at an early age. She attended Pflugerville School. She was preceded in death by her husband L. D. Davis; son, Larry D. Davis; granddaughters, Pearl L. Townsend and Tamika Ross; Father, Elo Johnson; mother, Annie...
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James Davis, Sr.

September 19, 1938 - February 6, 2014

James Davis, Senior fondly known as Jimmy, entered this world through the grace of God and favor of Jesus Christ on September 19, 1938 in Austin, Texas. God loved Jimmy from the beginning and blessed him with a loving father, Walter Davis, Sr. and a devoted mother Rubelia Davis (both deceased) who nurtured him in the fear and admonition of God. Jimmy's upbringing was such that he had no...
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Essie Mae Ellis

March 15, 1927 - February 4, 2014

Essie Mae "Honey" Ellis, was born March 15, 1927, to Perry and Eula Henry in Bastrop, Texas. She attended Public Schools in Bastrop, Texas, and later moving to Austin, Texas she attended the Austin Public Schools. Essie professed Christ at an early age and united with St. Edwards Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of the late Reverend A. Dewitty. She later united with Mount Zion...
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Betty Franklin Ford

June 25, 1959 - February 3, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.
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Nathaniel James Riddick III

February 21, 1942 - February 2, 2014

Nathaniel James Riddick, III was born to Nathaniel James Riddick, Jr. and Martha E. Minns Riddick Jones on February 21, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia. Riddick attended Blessed Sacrament School (grades 1-8) and New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York. Following high school graduation, he joined and proudly served in the United States Air Force. On December 12, 1964, Riddick was united in...
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Susie Mae Scott

January 16, 1946 - February 1, 2014

Mrs. Susie Mae Thornton-Scott was born to Rosie Moore ans Willie Thornton on January 16, 1946 in Austin, Texas. Susie attended schools in Taft, Texas and Austin, Texas. Susie married twice. She first entered a union with Billie Joe Porter. In 1979 she entered a final union to Stanley Scott. They remained together until his passing in 2005. No children were born to either union. Susie was...
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Lula Mae Green

February 24, 1936 - February 1, 2014


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Alice Faye Traylor Mann

March 27, 1964 - January 29, 2014


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Robert Louis Fennell, Sr.

May 12, 1936 - January 28, 2014

Robert Louis Fennell. Sr. was born in Luling, Texas on May 12, 1936 to the late J. C. Fennell (Big Daddy) and Susie (Corley) Fennell. Robert was the second son born out of four boys. Soon after, Big Daddy met and married Geneva (Walker) Fennell who actively became the step mother to William Lee, Robert Louis and Jessie Ray. Together the family relocated to the St. John addition of Austin,...
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William Weldon Booker

September 18, 1937 - January 28, 2014

William Weldon Booker was born on September 18, 1937, to William M. and Monnell Booker. He was preceded in death by his father William M. and mother Monnell Booker, sisters Dorothy Ross and Queetie Ausbie, brother Duane Booker, sons Duckie Houston, Arthur Charles, and Darrell Harris, and daughter Liznita Harris. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was a faithful member of New Lincoln...
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Timothy Ray Carr

August 26, 1966 - January 27, 2014

Timothy Ray Carr was born on August 26, 1966 in Terrell, Texas to Lois Jean Carr and Joseph Rafael Perkins (Austin TX). Timothy was baptized and accepted Christ at an early age of 8 at Church of the Living God the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Terrell, Texas. The family moved to Austin in 1984 where he attended and graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1985. He was preceded in death...
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Alvin Hatley Simms, Sr.

November 3, 1934 - January 26, 2014

On November 3, 1934, Alvin Hatley Simms, Sr. was born in Williamson County, Texas to Virginia and Oscar Simms, Sr. Alvin attended public schools in Austin, Texas. Alvin worked for Seton Health Systems until his health began to fail resulting in his retirement. Alvin enjoyed listening to various types of music and hanging out with his nephews. Following a long battle with illnesses, Alvin...
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Irving Quay Hurdle, Jr.

July 25, 1946 - January 25, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas
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Rosezetta Walker

April 30, 1926 - January 22, 2014

ROSEZETTA WALKER was born on April 30, 1926 to Ellis Franklin and Ella Reddic in Reagan, Texas. Rosezetta departed this life on January 22, 2014. Rosezetta married Moses "Clifton" Walker on April 25, 1945. Rosezetta lived in Tahoka, Texas with her children and grandchildren and was a member of the Church of God in Christ. In 1990 she moved to Rockdale, Texas with her family and continued to...
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Jerry Lemond Favors

October 26, 1967 - January 21, 2014

On October 26, 1967; a beautiful baby boy was born named Jerry Lemond Favors to Mr. L. C. and Johnnie Mae Favors in Austin, Texas. He attended public schools in Austin, Texas where he graduated from the John H. Reagan High School 1985, and Capital City Trade and Tech in 1986 where he received his degree in Auto Mechanics. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Emmanuel...
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Wilfred Sneed

March 17, 1935 - January 19, 2014

Wilfred Sneed, the youngest child to the late Rev. Herbert Allen Sneed and Alma Lee Franklin, was born on March 17, 1935, in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He was baptized at the age of 8 under the leadership of his father at the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Wilfred attended Blackshear Elementary School, Kealing Jr. High and graduated from the Old L. C. Anderson High School in 1954, whee he was...
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Jackie Louise Pittman

December 27, 1958 - January 17, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas
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Evelyn Marie Shackerford

March 13, 1943 - January 17, 2014


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Thomas Ellison, Sr.

April 5, 1923 - January 16, 2014

Thomas Ellison, Sr., 90, of Austin departed this life peacefully on January 16, 2014, surrounded by loving family members. He was born April 5, 1923 to Beatrice and Walter Ellison, Sr. He was married to Jessie Harvey Ellison (deceased) for 66 years. Thomas was a loyal employee of Braniff International Airlines for 35 years. He started out as a skycap at the old Austin airport (off Airport...
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Josephine Alexander Davis

March 7, 1949 - January 15, 2014

Josephine Alexander "Josie" was born to Henry Perry and Wilmur Alexander on March 7, 1949 in Austin, Texas. At an early age she confessed a hope in Christ under the pastorage of Reverend E. M. Franklin. She attended the Del Valle School District. She united in marriage to George H. Davis Jr. Josie was employed at Quality Seafood for nineteen years. She also worked for HEB for several years...
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Lewis Edward Phoenix, Sr.

November 10, 1948 - January 12, 2014

Lewis Edward Phoenix, Sr. was born on November 10, 1948 to the late Riley Phoenix, Sr. and Ethel Mae Mayberry. He confessed his faith in Christ at an early age. He attended school at Blackshear O.L. Price in Taylor, Texas. After graduating from high school he joined the U. S. Air Force. He did his basic training at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he met and married the...
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Georgia M. Robinson

March 10, 1932 - January 12, 2014


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Raymond Jackson

March 22, 1941 - January 10, 2014

Raymond Jackson was born March 22, 1941 in Travis County, Austin, Texas. He was born the 7th of 9 children to the late Kermit and Geneva Jackson. He came from a strong family background therefore, professing his faith at an early age. Raymond was a long life member of the Olivet Baptist Church and served faithfully in the footsteps of his parents. He served faithfully in the Olivet Ushers...
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James Jean Batiste

May 16, 1930 - January 9, 2014

James Jean Batiste went home to be with the Lord on January 9, 2014. He was born in Morgan City, Louisiana on May 16, 1930 to Joseph Batiste and Lillian Ford. They preceded him in death. He accepted Christ at an early age. In 1952 he united with the Olivet Baptist Church where he remained as a faithful member and Deacon until his death. He was a strong believer in Christ and dedicated to...
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Betty Ann Hill

December 7, 1946 - January 9, 2014


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Lee Arthur Thomas, Sr.

May 27, 1952 - January 8, 2014

Lee Arthur Thomas, Sr., age 61 passed away at his home on January 8, 2014. He joins in heaven his mother Mary Lou Thomas, his father Clarence Lee Thomas, Sr; three brothers Clarence Lee Thomas, Jr., Donald Charles, Thomas, Sr, and Marvin Louis Thomas and one sister Clarise Ann Thomas; his best friend and mother of his first born Audry Mae Simmons. He leaves to cherish his memories five...
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Roger William Thomas, Jr.

July 15, 1927 - January 8, 2014

A time to be Born…Roger William Thomas, Jr. was born July 15, 1927 in Austin, Texas. He was the second of nine children born to Roger W. Thomas, Sr. and Eva Morgan Thomas. A time to Learn… Roger Jr. attended Olive Street Elementary School at the age of 6, continuing at Kealing Jr. High and graduating from L.C. Anderson High School in 1948. He received a Bachelor's Degree in...
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Augustus Smith

February 22, 1932 - January 8, 2014

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.
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Darwin Russell Reynolds

May 18, 1926 - January 8, 2014

Darwin Russell Reynolds, son of the late, Pearl Kelley Reynolds and John D. Reynolds, was born on May 18, 1926 in Springfield Community, Limestone County, Texas. He attended Kate Long School in Limestone County and later moved with his family to Mexia, Texas and attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. He united with St. John's A.M.E. Church in Mexia at an early age. He moved to Dallas and...
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Michael Charles Norwood

October 18, 1965 - January 1, 2014

Brother Michael Charles Norwood was born October 18, 1965 to Mr. James Norwood and Mrs. Carolyn Norwood in Austin, Texas. Michael was the oldest of four children. He accepted Christ at an early age under the pastorage of Rev. N. W. Bacon, Jr. at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church. Michael was a very faithful believer in Christ and was dedicated to reading his bible daily. Michael attended...
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Mary Etta DeVore

February 8, 1927 - December 30, 2013

Sister Mary Etta DeVore was a devoted wife and mother to many nieces and nephews. She was born to Dock and Roberta Aldridge in Bastrop County on February 8, 1927. Mary confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age. She attended Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church before moving to Austin. She moved her membership to Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church where she remained a member until...
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Infant Christopher Nuckols, Jr.

December 28, 2013 - December 28, 2013


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Cornelius Walker

May 14, 1956 - December 28, 2013

Mr. Cornelius "Boots" Walker was the eighth child born to the union of Linzy Walker and Theresa House. Boots was born on May 14, 1956 in Gonzales, Texas. He later moved to Austin with his beloved mother and siblings. Boots professed his love of Christ at an early age, attending New Lincoln Missionary Baptist Church. Boots attended schools in the Austin Independent School District. Boots was...
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Pamela Denise Pleasant-Davis

May 28, 1961 - December 28, 2013

Pamela was born to Eddie Louis & Mildred Pleasant in Temple, TX. She attended school in Temple TX and later graduated from Temple High School in the class of 1979. Pamela was joined in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, Pastor Herbert Ray Davis for 30 years, and to this union three beautiful children and 9 precious grandchildren were born. She was a very dedicated Wife, Mother, and...
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Carol Lynette Banks

April 18, 1963 - December 27, 2013

Carol Lynette Banks was born on April 18, 1963 in Sioux City, Iowa to John Wesley Banks, II and Verna Jo Fowler Banks. She departed this life on December 27, 2013. Carol professed her faith in Christ and was a member of the Radiant Church in Surprise, Arizona. In 1992, after serving in the United States Air Force, Carol moved to Austin and was employed by Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Texas. At...
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Sylvester Walker, Jr.

March 28, 1928 - December 26, 2013

Sylvester Walker, Jr. was born on March 28, 1928 to the late Sylvester Walker, Sr. and Thelma Almeda Walker. He was the youngest child of four born to this union. He retired from Austin ISD where he worked for a number of years. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age at St. John Regular Baptist Church. Later he joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where he was ordained...
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Billie Jean McDonald

July 1, 1939 - December 22, 2013

Obituary Billie Jean McDonald was born in Pope Bend, TX on July 1, 1939 to JT Walker and Morjorie Wilson. She attended public school in AISD, graduated L.C. Anderson High School. She was employed with Commission for the Blind. Her passion was working for AISD as Teacher Assistant until her retirement in 2004. Preceded in Death Her father JT Walker Sr., Mother Morjorie Walker; Brother: JT...
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William Earl Crisp

August 22, 1941 - December 22, 2013


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Joe Parks Ockleberry, Jr.

January 20, 1969 - December 21, 2013

Joe Parks Ockleberry, Jr. was born on January 20, 1969 to Mr. Joe Ockleberry, Sr. and Mrs. Frankie Parks Ockleberry who preceded him in death along with two sisters Francis Parks, JoAnn Flowers and one brother Rudolph Parks. He graduated from William B. Travis High School. He leaves to mourn five children, Aneeka Lowe, Joe Ockleberry III, Brandon Ockleberry, Aubrinna Ockleberry; one step...
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Reather Belle Griffin-Winn

December 23, 1919 - December 18, 2013

Reather Belle Griffin-Winn was born December 23, 1919 in Palestine, Texas. She was the second child born to the late Rev. Thomas "T.J." Jefferson Griffin and Allie Mae Taylor. She was united in holy matrimony to Roosevelt Winn and to this union one son, Tommy Winn, was born. God called Reather home on December 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Roosevelt Winn, parents Rev. and...
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Glenda Faye Guyton

May 31, 1954 - December 16, 2013

Mrs. Glenda F. "Twin" Guyton was born on May 31, 1954 in Waco, Texas to the late Mr. Odell Curtis ad Mrs. Margie Curtis along with her twin Linda. She met and married Mr. Glenn Ray Guyton, Sr. on September 12, 1973 and to their union two children were born; Kim and Glenn Jr. She worked for many years at the Beta House as the head cook. On December 16, 2013 at 6:05 a.m. she took flight to be...
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Darold Lynn Fowler

May 31, 1955 - December 14, 2013

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.
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David Lewis Billingsley

December 10, 1925 - December 13, 2013

David Lewis (Mr. B.) Billingsley was born December 25, 1925 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Willie and Chaney Lewis. David struck out on his track of life at a very early age. He joined the U. S. Navy during the summer of 1942. He served in the Armed Forces as a Navy cook and was honorably discharged in 1946. He would later find himself relocated to Galveston, Texas where he worked on the Seawall...
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Novella Jackson

April 1, 1924 - December 11, 2013

On April 1, 1924, Reverend Tim and Josephine Davenport welcomed Novella into this world in Lexington, Mississippi. She spent her early years in Howard, Mississippi also know as Howard's Bottom. She was the oldest daughter of nine children. Novella accepted Christ and was baptized at Rosehill Church. She received her elementary education at Rosehill School, also in Mississippi. After her...
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Frank Henry Bonner

January 23, 1945 - December 9, 2013


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Edward Forest Houston

March 19, 1927 - December 7, 2013

Parentage: On March 19, 1927, in Taylor, Texas a baby boy was born to the union of Early Houston and Inez Killingsworth Houston. They named him Edward Forest Houston. Church Affiliation: At a young age he joined Mt. Arial Baptist Church in Taylor, Texas and was baptized by Rev. Sanders. He has been a member of the Life Connection Church in Round Rock, Texas since 1985. Time of Life: He...
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Edward Forest Houston

March 19, 1927 - December 7, 2013

Parentage: On March 19, 1927, in Taylor, Texas a baby boy was born to the union of Early Houston and Inez Killingsworth Houston. They named him Edward Forest Houston. Church Affiliation: At a young age he joined Mt. Arial Baptist Church in Taylor, Texas and was baptized by Rev. Sanders. He has been a member of the Life Connection Church in Round Rock, Texas since 1985. Time of Life: He...
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Charles Leonard Cleveland

October 16, 1937 - December 7, 2013

Charles Leonard Cleveland began his life on October 16, 1937. He was the first child born to the late Reverend Willis Stephen and Lavata Jett Cleveland in Pflugerville, Texas. Both parents preceded him in death. He accepted Christ at an early age at Saint Paul Baptist under Reverend Boyd Hansborough. He later united with David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the late Reverend Dawson...
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Alice Faye Horton

August 14, 1948 - December 4, 2013

Alice Faye (Faye Faye) Coleman was born August 14, 1948 to Lenno and Frankie Coleman in San Antonio Texas. After moving to Austin with her family she attended Austin area schools. She later graduated from Old Anderson High School. She later went on to further her education at an Austin area business school. Alice Faye met and married Harvey Smith, Sr. and from this union four kids were had...
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Elder Charles Douglas Lewis, Sr.

September 11, 1945 - November 30, 2013

Charles Douglas Lewis, Sr. was born September 11, 1945 in Altair, Texas to Mrs. Althea Miller who preceded him in death. He departed this life on November 30, 2013 at St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas. Charles attended school in Eagle Lake, Texas. Upon graduating from E. H. Henry High School in 1965, he attended Whorton Junior College. He then attended the Gary Job Corp in San Marcos,...
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Robert Vargas

June 1, 1988 - November 28, 2013

Robert passed peacefully from this life the morning of Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving family. Robert Vargas was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Robert is survived by five children and spouse, Robert Vargas, Jr., Robyn Vargas, Joel Vargas, Genesis and Neveah, wife Maribel Duran; father and mother, Pedro and Rosie Vargas; sister Blondie Vargas; brother...
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Willie Lonzo Murry

July 8, 1953 - November 28, 2013


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Alice D. Pinkston

April 25, 1951 - November 25, 2013

Alice passed from this life the morning of November 25th, after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded by her loving family and caregivers in the last days of her life. Alice was born in San Antonio, Texas but had been an Austinite since the early 1970's. Alice dedicated her life to helping those in need. She was affectionately called "mom" by all who knew her. Alice had many that...
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Larry Lee Carter

May 23, 1956 - November 24, 2013

On May 23, 1956 in Austin, Texas, a wonderful event occurred in the life of Leroy and Lourine Shelton-Carter, they welcomed a handsome baby boy, Larry Carter. Larry professed his hope in Christ at an early age and was a long time member of the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. Larry attended public schools in Austin and graduated from J. H. Reagan High School in 1975. In...
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Lulla Williams

October 23, 1925 - November 23, 2013

Lulla Williams was born to Novella Brown and Abram Richie on October 23, 1925 in El Campo, TX. She grew up and attended public school in El Campo, TX. She married Allie B. Williams and their marriage lasted over 40 years. Lulla accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mount Olive Baptist Church under Reverend R. J. Williams where she attended actively and faithfully until she...
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Silvestra Covos

November 25, 1947 - November 23, 2013


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James Strongs, Jr.

June 23, 1948 - November 21, 2013


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Larry J. Rogers

January 7, 1949 - November 21, 2013


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