Donald “Don” G. Light, 75, died of lung cancer on Jan. 24, 2015, at Scott & White Round Rock Hospital. At Light’s request, he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Waldrope- Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland. He was born on Sept. 3, 1939, in Llano. He joined the U.S. Navy on Sept. 14, 1956, and was discharged on Sept. 13, 1962. His next big adventure was with The Santa Ana California Fire Department, from which he retired in the 1980s and went on to other adventures. Light enjoyed fishing, water skiing and riding his dune buggy in Blythe, California, where we had a spot on the river for long weekends and summer vacations. His family and friends will always remember him as “a character” and a good cook.
Jeremi Todd Sanders, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky, died on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, of a heart attack. He was a graduate of Burnet High School in 1998. He was an outstanding student, cheerleader and track athlete. Sanders attended the University of Louisville on a cheerleading scholarship and graduated in 2003 with a degree in communications. Upon graduation, he began working for Jamfest where he organized, conducted and judged cheerleading competitions throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Sanders enjoyed life and worked hard to help improve the lives of many young people. He is survived by: his parents, Jerry Don and Helen Sanders, ofBertram; sisters and a brother-in-law, Suzanne Perkins of Abilene and Keri and Andy Waide of De Kalb, Texas. A memorial service was conducted in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.
Alice Doniece Griffin Isenhower, 89, died on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Sugar Land, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Kingsland. Isenhower was born on July 18, 1925, in Bryan, Texas, the daughter of Minnie Alberta and Guy Lee Griffin. She grew up in Sinton, Texas. After high school, she worked in the post office at Texas A&M University, where she met her future husbandBrannon (aka “Ike”,) who was serving in the army. They married on Jan. 8, 1944, in the Baptist parsonage in College Station. Isenhower spent most of her adult life in Sinton, Texas, where she enjoyed raising her children, always being there on the sidelines to cheer them on at their sporting events or other activities. She was a member of the Sinton Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and even competed in the ladies pumper truck competitions.
Ramie Joseph “Joey” Griffin, Jr., died on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. A funeral service will be held at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. Griffin was born Feb. 24, 1999, in Llano, to Ramie Joseph Griffin and Laura Bell Henderson. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, gaming and listening to music. He will be remembered by those who were close to him as a great and loyal friend who was smart and always honest. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Wesley Young; a sister, Brianna Griffin; grandparents, Tommy and Janie Spear and John and Billie Parker; aunts and uncles, Tommy Shawn Spear, Cody and Carrie Young, James and Jaime Dyer, and cousins, Hope Eskew, Christian Eskew, and Luke Dyer.
Lorin Erna Miiller, 82, of Llano, died on Tuesday, Feb. 3 2015. She was born January 25, 1933, in Llano County, the daughter of Carl and Frieda Miiller. She was a homemaker and took care of the elderly. Her nieces and nephews were her joy in life. She will be remembered for her generosity and for how she was always involved in her entire family. Lorien was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Castell She was preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Frieda Miiller, and two sisters, Margaret Wensel of Brenham and Ella Toellner of Carmine. Survivors include: sister, Olien Crenshaw, of Breckenridge; brother, Homan Miiller of Castell, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. Burial followed in the Miiller Family Cemetery in Llano County. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano.
Phyllis Meryl Alexander, 64, of Llano, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was born March 4, 1950, to Lena Belle Lockhart and William Earl Alexander in Llano, Texas. She worked as a CNA for many years and also had a cleaning service. She enjoyed painting and drawing. She loved being outside working in the yard. She loved to go country dancing. Her grandchildren were her world. She is survived by: daughters Angela Kullenberg and husband, Harvey, of Kingsland, and Jayme Kuhn of Austin; her son, Chris Minter of Bastrop; three grandchildren, Brenden Cotton, Alexus Cotton and Madison Maynard; sisters, Jean Daltwas of Lyman, South Carolina and Marcia Allen of Llano, and, a brother, W.E. “Bill” Alexander, Jr. of Llano. A family service will be held at later date. Time Time is of the essence I’ve often been told and Valued with money it’s as precious as gold. So cherish every moment Be strong- Be Bold For time is not ours.
Junior L. Turman, 73, of Kingsland, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 11, 1941, to Leon L. Turman and Willie Lorene (Hunsinger) Turman. He was raised in Cookson, Oklahoma, and moved to Texas when he was young. He did odd jobs until he found the trade he was passionate about. – trim carpentry, which he did in the Texas Hill Country for about 40 years. He was very well known for his work of wood and the love of his work, as well. A man of God, he worked for the Llano Assembly of God in Llano. Turman is survived by: his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Greg Gale of Laguna Vista, Texas; son, Bobby L. Turman of Monahan, Texas, and, daughter, Donna Horton of Hazelwood, Missouri. He had remarried on March 10, 1984, to Janice Turman and helped raise her children, including: son, Robert Ploch and his wife, Carolyn, of Paul Valley, Oklahoma; daughter, Tammy Qualls, of Burnet, and son, John White, also of Burnet.
Mary Vick Scott Hamilton, 86, died Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. Hamilton was born on Nov. 15, 1928, to Jeff Davis “Babe” and Laura Ellen (Clinger) Scott. She graduated in 1946 from Llano High School, where she had played the baritone and worked on the school newspaper.Upon graduation, she worked for several years at the Texas Highway Department in Austin, where she lived at a boarding house with her girlfriends. On an evening at the state theater, she met her future husband, Kenneth Kling Hamilton, with just a wink and a smile. “Vicki,” as her husband liked to call her, was a devoted and loving mother of three girls, Laura, Celeste and Barbara. She raised her girls in Texas moving frequently to follow her husband’s career in the oil tool business. Llano was their retreat and she was known to be at her happiest when she was fishing for catfish or deer hunting with her family.
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.