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Aug 25, 2015   11:37 AM

(January 9, 1925 - August 24, 2015) 

U.S. Veteran

Albert Ross “Pete” Murchison, Jr., 90, of Ballinger passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger.

He was born January 9, 1925 in Ballinger to Albert and Jessie (Trail) Murchison. After high school, he served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Army. Pete attended Sul Ross University in Alpine. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and began a life long career as a biologist. Pete married Shirley Halverson. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael Murchison; and a sister, Marsha Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; stepchildren, Cheryl Hovaral and husband, Kirk of Christoval, Larry Small of Boone, NC, and Dorothy Upton of Big Springs; special niece, Jennifer Schroeder and husband, Paul of San Angelo; brother, Dick Murchison and wife, Cindy of Pacyune, MS; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 30 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger with Wilma Harris officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Carnegie Library, Meals on Wheels, or a favorite charity.

Aug 25, 2015   11:35 AM

(July 25, 1944 - August 21, 2015) 

John Britton Parks, 71, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Friday, August 21, 2015.
He was born July 25, 1944 in Ballinger to Lee and Wilma (Morgan) Parks. After high school, John began a life long career in sales. Recently, he owned and operated a used car sales lot in Ballinger.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jackie Flo; and a sister, Sue Allen.

He is survived by his children, Jay Parks of Abilene and Janna Perez and husband Eric Sr. of Ballinger; sister, Betty Wicker of Abilene; the mother of his children, Josephine Parks Partin; and his grandchildren, Brandon Vasquez, Jordon Vasquez, Jayse Vasquez, and Eric Perez, Jr; and his little companions, Pixie and Belle.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 29 at the First Methodist Church in Ballinger with Myron Halford officiating.

Aug 17, 2015   05:16 PM

 (November 11, 1944 - August 16, 2015) 

Paula Kay (Ayers) Tinkler of Ballinger, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas. Kay was born in Ballinger, Texas on November 11, 1944. She married Harry Tinkler on August 3, 1970; they were married for 45 years. Kay is preceded in death by her parents Dick and Minnie Ayers, and brother Richard Ayers. Kay is survived by her husband, Harry, children, Jay and Jennifer Tinkler, Karol and Doug Kunz, and Amber Tinkler, grandchildren, Payton Spreen, Haley Spreen, Theo Kurlander, Jake Kurlander, Conor Tinkler, sister, Jan and Bob Kurtz, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. Visitation will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21 at Lange Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lange Funeral Home. Guests may register online at

Aug 16, 2015   07:59 AM

(May 22, 1911 - August 14, 2015) 

Julie M. (Kudlacek) Lisso passed away in Ballinger on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the age of 104. She was born May 22, 1911 to Joseph and Marie (Bubenek) Kudlacek in Runnels County. She attended Groenwald School and played on the winning women’s basketball team in 1928. She married Arthur A. Lisso on November 2, 1929 in Rowena and they celebrated 62 years of marriage before he passed away on August 8, 1992. She was also preceded by her parents; her son, Erwin R. (Bud) Lisso; her daughter, Evelyn L. Richardson; and a brother, Ed Kudlacek and his wife, Ella.

Julie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena as well as St. Ann’s Altar Society. She was a long time and active member of the Lowake Home Demonstration Club. She was well known for her sewing abilities, making all of her daughter’s clothes, with the exception of her wedding dress. She also made lots of dresses, shorts and jackets for her granddaughters. She enjoyed making kolaches and cream pies but would have rather been outside, helping with the livestock and farming and gardening.
Julie is survived by her daughter-in-law and caregiver, Frances Lisso of Rowena; four granddaughters (“her girls”, who spent so many weeks out on the farm and learned so much), Susan Harney and husband, Jerry, of Wolfforth, Paula Reed and husband, Raymond “Bubba,” of San Angelo, Betty Johnson and husband, Clark, of Seguin, and Tricia Varquera and husband, Hector, of Saginaw; 8 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great granddaughters.
There will be a visitation at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger on Sunday, August 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm with a Rosary following at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Rowena.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center and to Ballinger Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Joseph Building Fund, Lowake Community Center or a favorite charity.

Jul 27, 2015   06:48 PM

(May 31, 1926 - July 24, 2015)  

U.S. VeteranBernard A. Beach went to meet his Lord on Friday, July 24, 2015 in Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 31, 1926 in Westphalia, Texas to Eugene and Marie (Sokoloski) Beach. Bernard attended school in Westphalia, Olfen, and Rowena. He then served his country in the army during World War II and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Bernard married the love of his life, Grace Hoelscher, on June 2, 1948 in St. Boniface Church in Olfen, and they had a wonderful 67 years together.
Bernard worked as an auto technician for 43 years. He and his wife, Grace, had their own shop for the last 10 of those years. He also was a farmer and rancher. He was a charter member and president of the Rowena Fire Department and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion (Pat Williams Post 8) and commander of the post for four years. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rupert, Norbert, and Daniel; and sisters, Catherine Lange and Julitta Holtman.

Bernard is survived by his loving wife, Grace; a son, Gregory Beach and wife Sara of Bandera; daughters, Judy Lowe and husband Billy Don of Ballinger, and Karla Byrd and husband Randy E. of San Angelo; grandchildren, Brad Beach (JoAnne), Monica Beach (Manuel), Alice Dalton (Stephen), Brian Lowe (Amber), Aaron Lowe (Dana), Randy L. Byrd (Vicky), and Stacy Byrd; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Eugenia Lange of Rowena, Margie Zentner of Rowena, and Anna-Marie Haechten and husband Marvin of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be Monday, July 27, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm prior to the 7:00 pm Rosary, both held at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A Celebration Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, July 28, at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla, and Fr. Hugh Wade concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Neices and nephews will be pallbearers.

The family requests that memorials be made to Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center or St. Joseph Church, Rowena.

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