Deborah Denise Matthews Brown, 55, died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was born May, 29, 1959, in Boerne, Texas, the daughter of John Richard Matthews and Ethel Mae Matthews. She was the valedictorian of LBJ High School’s Class of 1976 in Johnson City. On Nov. 10, 1984, she married Marvin Brown and settled in Tow, Texas. Brown was a member of the First Baptist Church there and she and her husband successfully ran the Bluffton Store for more than a decade. Most recently, she earned her Realtor’s license and first experienced success as a real estate agent in the Bastrop area before returning to Llano County two years ago, when she established herself as a trusted real estate advisor. She will be remembered by those who knew her for being most proud of her daughter, Christina, and her grandson, Brayden, who completed her world when he arrived on April 29, 1998. She was his full-time caregiver throughout his preschool years and her support of him continued beyond that.
Michelle Marie Cooper, 57, died on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at her home in Buchanan Dam. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church, 19135 Hwy. 29, Buchanan Dam, with Pastor Steve Leftwich officiating. She was born Sept. 4, 1957, in Fort Worth the daughter of Alvin and Norma Moore. She graduated from Southwest High School in 1975. She was employed as a decorator and real estate agent for a local builder in Austin. In 2002, she gave birth to twins, Marcus and Mariah Mendell. She was devastated by the loss of Marcus last year when he was struck and killed by a car while riding his dirt bike in Buchanan Dam. Her family and friends will remember and honor her for how she fought esophageal cancer, first diagnosed in 2003, with anindependent spirit, selflessness and unconditional love for her family. Cooper was preceded in death by: son, Marcus; grandparents, James R.
Rita Lavelle Holloway, 67, of Llano, died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was born on Feb. 24, 1947, in Llano, Texas, to Ottis and Lucille Halliburton. She was also a resident of Austin, throughout her life. Holloway loved spending time with her family and enjoyed coaching softball, gardening and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. She will be remembered by those who knew her as extremely creative and a person who had a way of making everything seem a little more enjoyable. Holloway is survived by: her daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy and Sammy Leverett, of Llano, and Kim and Wayne DeCesaris, of Austin; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Judy Halliburton of Sierra Vista, Arizona; grandchildren, Jordan Leverett of New Braunsfels, Jessica Leverett of Llano, Connor DeCesaris of Austin; plus numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ottis and Lucille Halliburton; her brother, Tony Halliburton, and a sister, Connie Sue Halliburton.
Rocco Traficanto, 86, of Austin , died on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted today, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, starting at 11 a.m. at Waldrope-Hatfiled-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. Traficanto was born on Dec. 13, 1928, in Scamon, Kansas, the son of Rocco and Dora Traficanto. His family migrated to Chicago at an early age and it is there he spent most of his life. He had been in Texas since 1994. He retired as a machinist many years ago. He was a resident of the Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Home. He was preceded in death by: his parents, four sisters and three brothers. He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Dolores; daughter, Sharon Traficanto, of Austin; son, Mark Traficanto, of Llano; two grandchildren, Courtney and Brittany, and one great-grandchild, Alyssa. He is also survived by: a sister, Pearl Pendergrass, of Arizona, and a brother, Angelo Traficanto, of Illinois; Visitation was held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
Jackie Justis died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. He was born on July 9, 1944, in San Saba County, the son of Charlie and Essie Tyler Justis. He moved to Llano at a young age and later, in 1962, graduated from Llano High School. Justis was involved in many things during his life. He was an avid golfer and loved being on the greens with friends telling tall tales and hanging out at the 19th hole. He also was extremely enthusiastic about fishing and shooting. He was the owner of J&J Construction and had the privilege of working side-by-side with his son, fostering him to learn the art of woodworking even more perfectly than himself. He loved youths and was a supporter of the Llano County Junior Livestock Show. He supported not only his own children, but those who needed a mentor or friend. Justis’ life was full of wonderful events.
Lee B. Duncan, of Llano, died on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin. Duncan was born on Dec. 24, 1927, to Ernest and Nora Duncan in Llano, where he would be a lifelong resident who loved the land and the people of its town. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a kind and serving man who committed himself to his family, church and community. He was a deacon, Bible study teacher and devout member of First Baptist Church of Llano for 80 years. After serving two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy, he barbered in the same chair on Main Street for 61 years. Duncan enjoyed the history of his native Llano County and passed down that appreciation to others in the stories he shared. He was an avid outdoorsman who had countless hunting and fishing adventures. He also cultivated a large garden each year. He was preceded in death by: his wife of 66 years, Virginia Ellen Boswell Duncan; his parents; three brothers and three sisters.
Robert Joe Ewalt, 86, of Llano died on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Saint James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford Street in Llano, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 , starting at 2 p.m. Ewalt was born on Nov. 10, 1928, in Rogers, Arkansas. The last several years of his working life he was the city manager/fire chief of Sunnyvale, a suburb of Dallas. When he retired, he moved to Llano to gain more accessible to the hunting in the Hill Country that he loved so much. He is survived by: his wife, Elaine, of Llano; a daughter Cheryl of Las Vegas, Nevada; a son and daugther-in-law, William and Christine Ewalt of Bishop Monkton, England; a stepdaughter, Beth and husband, Michael, of the Dallas area, and their children, Zachary and Lauren. Ewalt will be cremated and his remains will be buried next to his mother in Sheridan, Arkansas.