Patsy Maxine Ochsner, 76, of Midland, Texas, died on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Kelview Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, with the Rev. Jerry Berry officiating. A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church of Llano on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, starting0 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Jerry Berry officiating. Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery. Ochsner was born on Feb. 19, 1938, in Southmayd, Texas, the daughter of Beulah (Earl) and Robert Akin. In 1956, she graduated as valedictorian from Seagoville High School, where she was an All-State and All-Star basketball player. She earned a basketball scholarship to North Texas State University, where she graduated in 1959. She moved to Midland and went to work as a school teacher. Shortly thereafter, she met and married George Ochsner on May 28, 1960.
Wilbur “Bill” Lloyd Harlan,94, died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. A memorial service will be held in Harlan’s honor at First Baptist Church in Llano at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, with the Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating. He was born in Houston on Feb. 16, 1920, to Charles T. Harlan and Mary Elizabeth Brown Harlan. Harlan served in the U.S. Navy in World War II in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in a PBY sub hunter, rescue plane. He had to “work” to enlist, as he was too tall to enlist at six foot six-and-a-half inches. Squadron 143 was rushed to Alaska to stop the Japanese island hopping in the Battle of the Aleutian Islands in June 1942, which became known as the ‘Forgotten War’. He was a master Mason and member for over 65 years, most recently as a member of Llano’s Mason Lodge No. 242. Harlan was the first appointed bailiff of the District Court and Llano County Court and he served 17 years.
Mrs. Beulah Irene Wright, 91, of McMinnville, Tennessee, died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Raintree Manor in McMinnville, Tennessee. A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel, with the Brothers John Jones and Bobby Vickers officiating. Her grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers as interment follows at 11 a.m. (EST) Saturday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton, West Virginia, with Gary Pennington officiating. The Wright Family will receive friends today, Oct. 15, from 4-8 p.m. and tomorrow, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home in McMinnville, Tennessee. Wright was born on Feb. 08, 1923, in Narrows, Virginia, to Opie Earl and Ella Frances Crawford Hylton. She previously worked in retail sales and was a member of Sunny Hills Baptist Church.
Fredrick (Fred) Allen Ricks, 64, died on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. A celebration of his life and memory will be held by family and friends on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, starting at 5 p.m. at Long’s Fishing Camp on the Llano River in Kingsland, on Highway 1431. Ricks was born July 14, 1950, and lived in Buchanan Dam for the past 20 years, during which he was a certified water system operator. He was known as a “jack of all trades” as he was experienced in construction, plumbing and electrical services. He is survived by step-son, Colt Barry, and ex-wife, Tamyra Taylor.
Lora Lamae Dunbar, 32, of Kingsland died Sept. 2, 2014. She was the daughter of Ricky and Penny Cooper, born in Tyler, Texas, on Sept. 11, 1981. Lora had worked in business, but was currently a homemaker. She loved animals and her family, as well as gardenning and cooking. She is survived by her husband of three years, Chris Dunbar of Kingsland; a son and daughter, Tanner Robertson and Heather Robertson, both of Llano; a father and step-mother, Ricky and Dorrie Cooper, of Mason; her mother, Penny Cooper of White Oak, Pennsylvania, a brother, Scott Cooper of Mason, Texas. A memorial service was held at Putnam Funeral Home on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, with Rev. David Smith officiating. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
Douglas Harold Aston, Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born on Feb. 29, 1932 to Greely Ray and Minnie (Ward) Aston in Corsicana. He was a resident of Llano since 1968. He came from Big Spring. Douglas married Jean Thorpe on July 20, 1954 in Lovington, N.M. They were married for 60 years. Douglas was a minister, and he retired from LCRA in 1994. He spent many years serving the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Greely and Minnie Aston. Survivors include wife, Jean Aston of Buchanan Dam; son, Douglas Aston, Jr. of Austin; daughter, Neshia Brown and husband, Dr. Steve Brown of Boise, Idaho; brother, Kenneth Ray Aston of Abilene and he is also survived by his grandson, Stuart Aston Brown of Frankfort, Ky. Visitation was held on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. A funeral service was held on Friday, Aug.
David Carroll Crotty, 81, of Llano passed away, July 31, 2014. He was born to Robert and Dollie Mae (Gallagher) Crotty, Sr. on Sept. 15, 1932 in Houston. Mr. Crotty proudly served his country in the United States Marines during the Korean War. After the war, he became a real estate salesman. He was proud to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa while he was in college and was very intelligent. He was married to Christine, the love of his life and they settled in the Texas Hill Country during their retirement years. David enjoyed watching the stock market and spent countless hours on the computer researching stocks. David is survived by his wife, Christine, of Llano; stepdaughter, Lori Kriegh as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Crotty, Jr.; and sister and stepdaughter Renee C. Harris. There is no service planned at this time.