May 14th Paper

Reynaldo “Rey” Galvan

Reynaldo “Rey” Galvan, 61, passed into heaven on May 7, 2015 at his home in Abilene, TX.  Services will be 11:00 a.m.,  Saturday, May 9,

2015 St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home.

Rey was born on August 10, 1953 in Anson, TX to Lupe and Ben Galvan Sr.

and was welcomed into this world by his five older brothers and a large loving family.  Rey was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Manuel, Rueben and David Galvan.

Rey lived most of his life in Abilene where he worked and enjoyed life. If you were one of the lucky people to get to know Rey, you were greeted with a big welcoming infectious smile, strong hand-shake or hug and his ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world at that moment.  He was a good listener and an even better story teller!  He loved his family…both his true by birth family and his true by love family that came to know and love him in the last 7 years.

Rey also loved the simple things in life such as new babies, baby goats, Dr. Pepper, riding Abilene Citilink, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, and anything that his second mother on earth, Mary Slaughter cooked.  He was a helpful, thoughtful, funny, loving, kind and caring man that was always ready to stand up and protect those who needed him. Rey was loved and will be remembered by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.

Rey is survived by his brothers, Luis Galvan, Ben Galvan, Joe and wife Kathy Galvan of Anson as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Rey is also survived by Mary Slaughter, Cody and Ariel Slaughter, Jackson, Paxton, and Chloe Reyann, who was born 5-7-2015 all of Abilene.  Wendi and Justin Frasier, Tootsie, Budro and Duke of Cisco, Tx.

Visitation and rosary was held Friday, May 8, 2015 at Adams-Grahams Funeral Home in Anson.




May 7th Paper

Betty Brueggeman

Betty Brueggeman entered eternal life on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Her spirit is carried on by her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and an extended family of relations and friends. Those who knew Betty were blessed to learn many valuable life lessons during her 85 years. She was diversified with many talents; as a homemaker with wonderful cooking skills, working at Safeway for 18 years, to maintaining her home, yard and spending time with family, especially the great grandchildren.

Betty Jean Blackwell was born July 18, 1929 in the Plainview Community. She was the daughter of the late Claude and Pearl Blackwell. She graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1945. Betty and Curtis Brueggeman were united in marriage on December 26, 1945 in Haskell, Texas. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1980. She was a member of Central Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter Sandra Muehlstein of Avoca; a grandson Curt Muehlstein and wife Naomi of Stamford; a granddaughter, Melinda Dunn and husband Steven of Abilene; three great grandchildren, Emily Jean, Curtis Dylan and Wesley Paul Muehlstein of Stamford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Tammy Brueggeman, a granddaughter, Kathy Sue Muehlstein, four brothers, Monroe, Carl, Elmer and Billy Joe Blackwell, three sisters, Madlyn Capps, Frances Arend and Della Pearl Shelton, a son-in-law Gary Muehlstein.

Family and friends gathered for visitation at Tankersley Funeral Home 807 S. Columbia Stamford, Texas on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6-7:00 p.m. Funeral Services for Betty were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Central Baptist Church 301 E. Moran Street, with the Rev. Bill Wood officiating. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home.

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April 31st Paper

Frances Alvarez

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Frances E. Alvarez of Mansfield, Texas and formerly of Stamford, Texas, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.

Frances Escobedo was born on October 10, 1924 in Stamford, Texas to Benito and Juana (Salas) Escobedo. In 1941 Frances married Julio B. Alvarez in Sterling City, Texas, to this union 6 children were born. She worked as a seamstress at Russell Newman Sewing Factory for 40 plus years. She was a loving wife and mother. Throughout her life, Frances found joy in family gatherings, shopping with her daughters and granddaughters and going out to eat. She moved to the Stamford area in 1973 and resided here until moving to Mansfield. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Frances is survived by six children; Mary Rodriguez and husband Tony of Everman, Texas, Rey Alvarez and wife Frances of Stamford, Texas, Janie Young of Arlington, Texas, Adella Ortiz and husband Sam of Rockwall, Texas, Renee Alvarez and wife Janie of Saginaw, Texas, and Olga Vasquez and husband Jacob of Mansfield, Texas, 1 sister, Mercedes Perez, and 4 brothers, Rufino Escobedo, Fedencio “Chief” Escobedo, Julian Escobedo, and Nati Escobedo, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Ruby Torres, three brothers, Alfredo Escobedo, Bernie Escobedo and Elisa Escobedo and a grandson, Eric Alvarez.

Rosary services were at 6 p.m. Friday at the Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel and funeral services were at 2 p. m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Stamford officiated by Dr. Jacob West.  Burial followed at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford.

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Sandra Jane Godley Emerson

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, our Gracious Heavenly Father called upon Sandra Jane Godley Emerson to take her place with him in the glorious Kingdom of Heaven.  On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 family and friends will be welcomed for a visitation at Adams-Graham Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m.  Services for Sandy were on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist church of Anson. Burial was at Truby Cemetery directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home.

Sandy was born in Dallas, Texas on October 28th, 1939 to Charles and Mattie Godley.  She grew up in Dallas and graduated from Sunset High School.

On December 24th, 1967 Sandy married James David (Jim) Emerson Jr. and they shared 34 years together.  In 1972 they moved to Anson where they raised their family.  Sandy worked for the Anson School District as a bus driver and later as a teacher's aide.  Her thoughtful kindness, constant smile, quick wit, and contagious laughter warmed our hearts and touched the lives of hundreds of children throughout the years.  She retired in 2002 after over 20 years of service to spend precious time with the love of her life, "Mr. E.".  Sandy enjoyed spending time with her sweet friends, the ladies of the Compere Club.  She loved her Saturday morning "girl's coffee" get together with her friends Katrina and Linda, and their many travels together.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and treasured her time of worship with the ladies in her class.  She especially enjoyed the time she spent helping with Kings Kids.

Sandy's spirit knew a special joy that comes with the knowledge that because of God's love, her time here held an abundance of blessings and as she passes into heaven a joyous homecoming awaits her.  God's love surrounds her as she is reunited in celebration with both her parents Charles and Mattie Godley, her beloved in-laws James David (Jack) and Elva Emerson, her precious son Mark Lee Smith, and her soulmate James David (Jim) Emerson Jr., along with many other family members and friends.

Sandy is survived by 3 daughters, 1 stepson and their spouses: Tori and James Norman of Anson, Toni and Stephen Hudson of Temple, Tammy and Mark Green of Anson, James David (Jimbo) and Stephanie Emerson III of Anson.

She has 7 grandchildren: Crystal Neal, James David (J.D.) Emerson IV, Kevin Emerson, Jace Norman, Lance Norman, Emmy Norman and Charlie Hudson.

 She took special joy in her 4 great grandchildren: Hailey Crutchfield, Ryan Neal, Riley Neal, and Jax Emerson.

Our loss is Heaven's gain.  Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Kings Kids.


Stan Leaf

On Friday, April 24, 2015, The Rev. Stan Leaf of Stamford, Texas, passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, taking with him the love and compassion he bestowed on his family, friends and parishioners. He was 87 years old.

Carl Stanley Leaf was born in Lindsborg, Kansas on June 9, 1927, the oldest child born to Carl Samuel and Carolina Lena (Peterson) Leaf. Stan’s father died when he was only nine years old. After his father died he continued his education in public school graduating in 1945 at Garfield, Kansas. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre until 1948. After being discharged from the Navy, he worked in a garage in Garfield, and then went to work for a telephone company where he became a wire chief. 

Stan married his beloved wife Norma Jo Miles on August 27, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas, they were blessed with three children; Stanley Michael, Daniel Clayton and Erin Jo.   They also provided a home for Sherry (Voth) Lurhing while she attended high school. She and her husband have maintained contact over the years.                  

Stan was very community oriented. He served in many capacities in the community. He was a member of the American Legion in Lueders.  Stan and Norma shared a love for beautiful animals; from the Arabian horses they raised, showed and rode, to their dogs and cats.

In 1951, Stan entered Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He finished his studies there in 1954, and began studies at Augustana Theological Seminary the same year. After completing his studies there, and spending his internship in Willmar, Minnesota, he was ordained to be a minister.

Rural churches were dear to Stan’s heart. One of his early pastorates was a call to Western Kansas where four churches were barely functioning. Under Pastor Leaf’s leadership the four were consolidated into a “Quad Parish.” The churches progressed and became active congregations with regular pastors. Pastor Leaf also served in North Central Kansas where nine churches were having problems. He became the pastor of the Hanover and Hollenberg Churches. Stan along with three pastors instituted a plan and in a short time, all of the churches were moving forward. An article in the March 18, 1970 issue of The Lutheran described how well the plan worked, and gave Pastor Leaf much of the credit for the success of the project. Pastor Stan was called to serve at Bethel Lutheran Church as their pastor in 1971, where he remained until his retirement in March 1994.

Left to cherish Stan’s memories are his wife of 65 years, Norma Leaf of Stamford, TX; two sons, Mike Leaf of Wellington, KS and Dan Leaf and his wife Kathy of Fort Worth, TX; a daughter, Erin Delleney and husband Casey of Dillsburg, PA; seven grandchildren, Joshua Leaf and wife Christin, Stephen Leaf and wife Shannon, Rebecca Johnson and husband Thomas, Katie Ludwick and husband Scott, Miles Casey Delleney and wife Lindsi and Mallory Jo Muzykoski and husband Alex; 9 great grandchildren; two brothers, Rolland Leaf and wife Verla of Spearville, KS, and John Leaf of Lindsborg, KS; one sister Carolyn Johnson of Raleigh, NC.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law, Sherry Leaf and a brother-in-law, Vern Johnson.

The family gathered for visitation on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Tankersley Funeral Home (807 S. Columbia). Stan was remembered at funeral services Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church at Ericksdahl with Parish Lay Ministers Dean and Pat Quade officiating. Burial followed in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home.

If you choose to do a memorial the family requested the Stamford Food Bank, Stamford VIP or your favorite charity.

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April 23rd Paper

Francisca Gomez

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Francisca Gomez, passed to her home in heaven. She was 80 years old. Francisca Moreno was born June 29, 1934 to Merced and Marta (Rios) Moreno in Robstown, Texas. She was reared and schooled in Robstown, TX. Marcello Gomez and Francisca were united in marriage on December 1, 1962 in Stamford, Texas. She worked in the food service department for the Stamford Schools and at the Russell Newman Factory for over 10 years. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic


Survivors include: a daughter, Rosie Navarrette and husband Tommy of Kerrville, TX; three sons, Maurice Gomez and wife Rhonda or Sweetwater, TX, Tony Gomez and Alfred Gomez both of Stamford, TX; five sisters, Janie Moreno, Irene Garcia, Aurelia Delgado, Dominga Moreno, and Rachel Perez; six brothers, Ben Moreno, Tino Moreno, Vince Moreno, Mike Moreno, Joe Moreno, and Pete Moreno; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and one to arrive any day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Marcello, Jr., five brothers, Larry Moreno, Sr., Merced Moreno, Jr., Frank Moreno, Raul Moreno, Sylvester Moreno; two sisters, Carmen Ballesteros and Susie Vasquez. Rosary was Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Tankersley Funeral Home (807 S. Columbia). Funeral Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Father Angelo Consemino officiating. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home.

Linda Carnes

Linda Carnes, 33, died April Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Jones County. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Mount Hope Cemetery with Greg Taylor and Ed Enzor officiating, directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home.

Born December 17, 1981 in New York, Linda was a daughter of Joe Piniewski and Leiloni Patrizi. She married Dale Carnes in 2011. Linda attended the Mackenzie Trail Cowboy Church and worked for Stake Center Locating.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Carnes of Anson; three daughters, Montana Carnes, Kylee Carnes and Harley Coone; one son, Ethan Carnes; one brother, Joey Piniewski and one sister, Laura.

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