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Jul 01, 2015   09:14 PM

(October 31, 1940 - June 29, 2015) 


Linda Kay Fletcher, 74, of San Angelo passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at Arbor Terrace Nursing Home in San Angelo.
She was born October 31, 1940 in Ballinger to Arthur and Margaret (Ladwig) Crockett. After high school, Linda married Curtis Fletcher on October 17, 1958 in Midland. They shared 51 loving years together before his passing in 2010. She was a loving mother and homemaker.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and grandson, Zachary.
She is survived by her two children, David Fletcher and wife Kim of Abilene and Andrea Fletcher of Bryan; grandchildren, Ethan and Elizabeth Fletcher; brothers, Bill Crockett and wife, Renate of Virginia and Ronnie Crockett and wife, Carol of Houston; and nieces, Petra, Sonya, and Cindy.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 2 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Rev. Ferris Akins officiating.



Jun 26, 2015   10:27 PM

(April 28, 1936 - June 24, 2015) 

Billy Joe Martin “Prairie Dog”, 79, of Millersview, Texas passed away at his residence, Wednesday, June 24, 2015 after enduring a long illness.


He was born in White Flat, TX, on April 28, 1936, to Ray and Josie Martin. Billy Joe will be forever remembered by those who knew him as a tough, stubborn guy who had a heart of gold. He was a genuine cowboy who loved horses, rodeos, the outdoors, steak and potatoes, country music, and always dreamt of living in the Wild Wild West. At an early age, Billy Joe was employed with the Matador Ranch, Pitchfork Ranch, 6666 Ranch, and then moved on to be a ranch foreman for Joe Clark, owner of Tubbs Estate in Ector County, TX. After many years of being involved in the ranching industry, he moved to Iraan, TX to take on the oilfield. In 2005, he retired and moved to Lake Ivie.


He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Katherine Martin and Doris Osborn.


He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Carolyn. He is survived by his five sons from their loving, blended family; Joe Keith Martin and wife Sonia, Ricky Martin and wife Beth, both of Odessa, TX; Ricky Clark and wife Mary, Sheldon Collins and wife Bettina, and Doug Collins, all of Iraan, TX. He is also survived by three brothers, Charlie Martin and wife Patsy, Rex Martin and wife Gloria, Jackie Martin and wife Sharon; one sister, Raynita Newman, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


A memorial service to celebrate the life of Billy Joe will be held at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, TX on Monday, June 29 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Car Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79104-0001 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, Tennessee 38101-9950.


His infectious laugh and optimistic personality will be sorely missed by all that knew him.



Jun 23, 2015   05:31 PM

(August 12, 1965 - June 21, 2015) 
Glenn Dean Bilbrey, 49, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, June 20th 2015 in Ballinger.

He was born September 12th, 1965 in Ballinger to Dee Jr. and Annie Lee Bilbrey. After graduating high school, He began a lifelong career as a welder. Among many other trades he obtained throughout his life. He was a member of The First Baptist church in Ballinger. He was an avid fisherman, mechanic, gardener and a wonderful cook. Amongst many other activities he enjoyed, He was a free spirit that took life for everything it had. He always had a smile on his face, a song to sing or whistle and he would never turn down the opportunity to dance.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, Dee Jr. and Annie Lee Bilbrey of Ballinger. His brothers, Jimmy Ray of Lubbock, Gary Dale of Bronte and Larry Duane of Winters.

He is survived by his sons, Jeffery Glenn Bilbrey of San Angelo and Curtis Bilbrey of Scottsdale AZ; sister, Tammie and husband Steve Englert of Lake Corpus Christi; granddaughter, Krystal Ann Bilbrey; girlfriend, Ginger VanStory of Ballinger; niece Kerri and husband Ray Wallace of Ballinger; and lots of nieces and nephews in all different states and here in Texas, that he loved so much.

Visitation for family and friends will be 10:00- 12:00 pm on Wednesday June 24th, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 4:00pm Wednesday, June 24th at The First Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. David Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at The Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger.

Our family would like to thank The First Baptist Church and Lange Funeral Home for going above and beyond for our family and friends.



Jun 23, 2015   05:16 PM

(October 29, 1955 - June 19, 2015) 

Felton Gene Hilliard, 59, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Friday, June 19, 2015.

Felton was born October 29, 1955 to Elver Gene and Cordelia (Keesee) Hilliard in Ballinger. He worked as a painter and contractor in the area. He married Becky Bowman Gift on August 30, 1982 in Ballinger, and they had all together seven children and stepchildren: Mindy Wilson of Hamilton, Amy Hilliard of Groom, Helen Rae Gift and husband John Guenther of San Angelo, Robert Gift III of Albuquerque, NM, Amanda Lynn Anderson and husband Mike of San Angelo, Tawnee Cavazos and husband Gilbert of Ballinger, and Kelly M. Gift and spouse Roxanne Warren of Conroe.

Felton was preceded in death by his sister, Diane, and by two grandchildren, Chase Gift and Atalie Gift.

Felton is survived by his wife, Becky; mother and stepfather, Cordelia and John Tenny; siblings, Betty Ellis and husband Keith, Sandra Boydston, and Kelly Hilliard and wife Barbara; seven children, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Felton enjoyed joking and giving people a lot of heck! (Especially his wife, Becky)

Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Keith Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Winters. Sons-in-law and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.



Jun 20, 2015   09:31 AM

(September 3, 1925 - June 18, 2015) 


U.S. Veteran
Omer Ben Halfmann, 89, long-time and well-known resident of Olfen, Texas went to meet his heavenly Father and Savior on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

He was born September 3, 1925 in Olfen to Albert E. and Anna Katherine Marie (Multer) Halfmann. In 1943, his senior year of high school, Omer enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country as a Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class (CB) until 1946. Omer and Bernice Glass were married on February 10, 1947 at St. Joseph Church in Rowena, and the couple farmed and ranched in the area during their 68 years together.

Omer’s love of God, country, and family were always evident. As a faithful member of St. Boniface Church, Omer served on the Church Council and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2772 since 1947 and a member of the 4th Degree K.C.’s Assembly in Rowena. He headed the committee to erect the Veteran’s Monument at Olfen and erected the bell monument by the church, honoring all the Olfen area religious vocations. He and his long time friend, Rupert Beach served as chairman/co-chairman of the sausage making committee for the annual parish festival for 39 yrs. He also served as a board member of the Olfen School. He was a member of VFW Post 9196 and was proud to be a veteran. He also served as a chaperone for the Children’s Home youth hunt at Lake Ivie for many years. He took great pleasure in his family and their activities. Fishing was his favorite pastime.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Laura Halfmann; and brother, Albert (Al) Halfmann.

Omer is survived by his devoted wife, Bernice, and his children, Thomas Halfmann and wife, Lorene, of Coleman; Janelle Book and husband, Tommy, of Miles; Dwain Halfmann and wife, Brenda, of San Angelo; Richard Halfmann and wife, Debra, of Lake Ivie; Mark Halfmann and wife, Ruth, of San Angelo; and Jacalyn Pruser and husband, Howard, of Winters. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at St. Boniface Church in Olfen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla and Fr. Hugh Wade con-celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Boniface Seminarian Burse c/o St. Boniface Catholic Church or a favorite charity.



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