Archive - 2012 - Obituary
James Melford Vause, 82, of Sweetwater, Texas passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Military Honors will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Rev Paul Collins of Gastonia, North Carolina and Bo Whitaker of Abilene, Texas will be officiating services. Family visitation will be Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Barbara Jean Hanks, born Dec. 28, 1927, went to be with her Savior and family on April 26, 2012. She was a loving, sweet mom and devoted wife. Greeting her at the gates was her husband of 45 years, Billy Ray, who left this earth on Nov. 20, 2011. He served in the Marine Corps. Among others waiting to rejoice with her was her dad, George Edward Jocoy and mom, Fannie Elena Dooley Jocoy. Her father-in-law, WWII Veteran, Maynor Benjamin Hanks and mother-in-law, Lila Geisler Hanks, a sister and numerous cousins and friends were also waiting.
Phil Montoya, 57, was killed in a car accident in Utah on Saturday. He was a man of many interests and much intelligence, more than anything, Phil was known as a friend.
He grew up in Utah, and settled in Texas after hitchhiking through most of the Western United States. He married and had two daughters, Traci and Lauren.
Phil owned two successful tax offices and enjoyed making a living in a practical way that helped people.
Billy Joe âBillâ Tucker, 81, of Sweetwater, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Sweetwater. He will be cremated under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home and no further services are planned at this time.
Billy was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Sweetwater. He married Rosemary Jones on May 12, 1972, in Sweetwater. He was a Baptist. Billy owned and operated Big State Roustabout for several years. He was a member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of Suez Shrine Temple in San Angelo.
Private family memorial services will be held at a later date for John Everett Walton, Jr., 72, of Sweetwater. He died on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Mr. Waltonâs body will be cremated.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
He was born in Fisher County on July 8, 1939 and married Wanda Kay Jones on Sept. 19, 1961 in Grapevine. He was a lifelong Sweetwater resident and a member of the Sweetwater Elks Club. He also loved ranching and cooking.
Hilda Pauline Humphreys, 84, formerly of Abilene, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at a nursing facility in Sweetwater, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Abilene City Cemetery (Cedar Hill section), with Frankie Santiago officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene. The family will receive friends at a visitation 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the funeral home.
SWEETWATER â James (Stubby) Smith, Jr., passed away April 13, 2012.Â He was born Oct. 20, 1941, to James Eldon Smith and Elsie Vida Gober in Brownwood, TX.Â The light of his life was his daughter, Amanda Leigh Knight, who preceded him in death in 2008, along with his parents; and brother, Jerry Don Smith.Â
Sedan â Margaret Irene Conner, 64, of Sedan, Kansas formerly of Sweetwater, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012 at her home in Sedan.
She was born March 11, 1948, in Shidler, Okla. to Henry Coleman Smith and Billie Jean (Burke) Smith. She grew up in the Shidler area before moving to Sweetwater, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1966. After high school she married Gene Shaffer and they later divorced in 1980.
Linda Yvonne Tidwell, 63, of Abilene and formerly of Roscoe, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Mrs. Tidwell was cremated and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Fred M. Springer was born June 30, 1928 in Washington, D.C. to George E. and Marguerite Springer. They were of Iowa ancestry who migrated west after the Revolutionary War. Fred is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution as his Dutch ancestors fought in the New York Militia. He was raised in Houston, Texas so viewed that as his home having graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in 1945.