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Gary Lynn Berry

Gary Lynn Berry, veteran of the United States Army, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 70 years. Cremation services were selected and you may share memories with the family at . Local arrangements are under the care and direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.

Gary was born November 11, 1944 in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of the late E.V. and Claudia (McGriff) Berry. He married Barbara Faulks on June 3, 2000 in Anson, Texas. Gary was a veteran of the United States Army and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a Baptist.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Sammy Berry.

Family left to cherish Gary’s memory and life are his wife, Barbara Berry of Stamford; 3 daughters, Sonya and husband Blake Reid, Samantha Berry, Tanya Berry; a son, Jimbo and Stephani Emerson; grandchildren, Natasha Reid, J.D. Emerson, Kevin Emerson, Isaac Reid; and a great grandson, Jax Emerson; one sister, Susie and husband Steve Crossley; and one niece, Chrissy Berry.

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Coyt Orland “Peavine” Smith

Coyt Orland “Peavine” Smith, 73, of Lake Stamford, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Stamford. Peavine had made the decision to will his body to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, in furthering the education of medical students.

Coyt Orland Smith was born September 15, 1941 in Stamford, the son of the late Coyt Raymond and Billie (Thompson) Smith. He married Sandy Underwood on April 2, 1981 in Anson, Texas. During their marriage, Peavine and Sandy lived in the communities of Tuxedo, Abilene, Munday for 17 years, and currently resided at Lake Stamford. Throughout his lifetime, Peavine worked as a heavy construction mechanic, a police officer, in Facility Management at Munday Nursing Center and the Juvenile Detention Center in Abilene. Peavine loved people and could find good in everyone he met, which was evident in his sweet, calm nature. He found it a privilege to work with the young people at the Taylor County Juvenile Detention Center as well as the elderly at the Munday Nursing Center. After retirement, his passion was spending time with his family and being patiently attentive to his dogs. Peavine always enjoyed the Underwood gatherings and cookouts in the back yard or at the lake.

Peavine was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sons, Paul and David.

Family left to cherish Peavine’s memory are his wife, Sandy Smith of Lake Stamford; 1 son, Toby; 3 daughters, Kippi, Teresa, Kerri; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren (and one on the way); 2 brothers and their wives, Elvin and Becky Smith, Prior and Rosie Smith; 4 nephews; numerous cousins and extended family; his mother in law, Donna Underwood and the Underwood brothers and sisters.

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Baleriano M. Moreno

Baleriano M. Moreno, 83, of Stamford passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Stamford with Revs. Bill Wood and Tony Grand officiating. Burial followed at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford. Rosary services was said at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Tankersley Funeral Home in Stamford. Bale was born April 14, 1931 in Stamford to Jose and Sabas Moreno. He was a lifetime resident of Stamford. He was a self-employed concrete contractor. Bale married Concha Vasquez on September 4, 1998. Survivors include his wife, Concha Moreno of Stamford, 6 sons, Gabriel Hernandez of Stamford, Arthur Hernandez and wife Joanie of Abilene, John Moreno and wife Gloria, Bobby Moreno and wife Sylvia and Joe Moreno, all of Stamford, and Steven Moreno and wife Rhonda of Hamlin, 2 brothers, Blackie Moreno and wife Amelia and Jack Moreno and wife Minnie all of Breckenridge, 5 sisters, Dora Mendez of Abilene, Mary Gomez and husband Ray of Stamford, Lupe Brown and husband Stan of Tuscola, Yolanda Cedillo and husband Raymond of Watauga, Texas and Linda Russell and husband Rusty of Austin, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be viewed at

William Dillard, Jr.

William Dillard, Jr. was born July 18, 1932 in Clarksville, Texas to the union of William and Ona (Smith) Dillard, Sr. He received his education at Cheetham High School in Red River County. He later moved to Stamford, Texas. William united in marriage to Lina (Baker) Dillard who preceded him in death. He was employed for over 40 years as a cook at the Cliff House Restaurant in Stamford. He also worked as a compressor at the Stamford Cotton Oil Mill for many years. William was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He played on a traveling baseball team as a back catcher. His favorite pastime was fishing with friends and family. William Dillard, Jr. departed this life for life eternal on February 20, 2015 in Richardson Texas. Funeral services were held on March 1, 2015 at 2 pm at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas Texas with interment following on March 2, 2015 at Lincoln Memorial Park in Dallas Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife (Lina), one daughter, Evilene (Dillard) Turner; 6 brothers, Otis Dillard, Leo Dillard Sr, James A. Dillard, JS. Dillard, Odis Garland and Jimmy Dillard; 5 sisters, Elizabeth Dillard, Laura Garland, Ruby Goodwin, Clara Washington and Marie Collins. He leaves to cherish his memory, 2 sons; Dwayne Hicks (Elaine) of Antelope CA., Willie Ford (Marie) of Abilene TX; 3 daughters, Eva Johnson (Kelvin) of Abilene TX, LaTonya Hubbard (Rev. Michael Hubbard Sr) of Garland Tx, and LaTrisa Edwards (Virdel) of Richardson TX; 2 brothers, Henry W Willard (Floretta) of Abilene TX, and Ambrose Dillard of Lubbock TX; one sister, Ola Mae Johnson of Stamford TX; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Billy Joe McKeever

Billy Joe McKeever was born August 26, 1928 in the Berryhill community in Shackelford County to Joseph S. and Fannie Lee McKeever. He passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the age of 86. Billy graduated from Stamford High School in 1945 and attended Abilene Christian College on a football scholarship where he received all conference honors his sophomore year. He married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jean Wedeking, and to this union there were two sons born, Joseph Andrew and James Michael. Billie Jean passed away at a young age. Billy Joe later married Beth Thompson on July 21, 1962 and to this union there were born 2 daughters, Mandy and Kristi. Billy was a long time member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Stamford and was involved in various areas of the church for many years and was also a former board member for the Stamford Independent School District. He farmed all of his adult life.

He is survived by his wife, Beth McKeever of Stamford, 2 sons, Andy McKeever and wife Lisa, and Mike McKeever and wife Susie all of Stamford, 2 daughters, Mandy Gott and husband David of Round Mountain, Texas, and Kristi Gray of Stanton, Texas, 7 grandchildren, Brady Simpson, Blake Simpson, Kathryn McKeever, Renee Vallejo and husband Jordan, Grayson Gray, Zachary McKeever and Kolter Gray, and two great grandchildren, Lily and Eligh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, two sisters, Nona McKeever and Retha Mae Ivy, and 3 brothers, Leo McKeever, Wilbur McKeever, and Stanley McKeever, 1 grandson, Beau Simpson, and 1 son in law, Jim Bob Simpson.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the St. John’s United Methodist Church with Rev. John Erwin officiating. Burial followed at the Spring Creek Cemetery in Avoca. The family received friends at the Tankersley Funeral Home on Friday, March 13, 2015.

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Tussy Patty

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Tussy Patty of Stamford, Texas, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, taking with her hard working ethics and the love she had for her family. She was 90 years old. Mary Belle Willoughby was born April 17, 1924 in Lueders, Texas to Ted and Barbara Willoughby. She was raised in the Lueders and Ericksdahl areas and graduated from Lueders High School in 1942. She married Desha Patty June 23, 1945 in Avoca, Texas. To this union three children were born. Tussy, as she was lovingly known, was a member of the Lueders First Baptist Church, a farmer, rancher, homemaker and worked at the Hinds Department Store in Stamford for several years. Tussy is survived by 2 daughters, Joan Hager and husband Jay of Stamford, and Julie Garner and husband Don of Tuscola. 1 sister, Ruby Hahn of Stamford, and 6 grandchildren, Shayla Teichelman and husband Toby, Ross Hager, Marissa Gould and husband Steven, Mason Garner and wife Maegan, Austin Garner and wife Kaley, and Kaleb Garner, 8 great grandchildren, and a special caregiver, Lala Acosta. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 1 son, Spencer Patty, 2 sisters, Faye Young and Norma Ford, 1 brother, Carl Willoughby. Funeral Services was at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Tankersley Funeral Home at 807 Columbia, Stamford, Texas. Burial followed at the Rockdale Cemetery. The family received friends after the service at 1213 Wells St., Stamford, Texas. The family requests that memorials be made to either the Hendrick Hospice Care at 1682 Hickory St., Abilene, Texas 79601 or to the Rockdale Cemetery at 1213 Wells St., Stamford, Texas 79553. Online condolences may be viewed at