James Taylor Virdell Sr., 89, of Llano, died Dec. 11, 2014. He was born in Rochelle, Jan. 22, 1924, the first child of James Clarence Virdell and Annie Myrtle Taylor Virdell. In 1936, he moved with his family to Llano where he has lived since that time. After high school, he served 38 months in the Army Air Corp as an Aerial Engineer on B-25 bombers. He married Annelle Therese Lehmberg in April of 1944 . Beginning his profession as a Water Well Drilling Contractor after the service, he developed and was owner of Virdell Drilling, Inc., a company engaged in the drilling of water wells, pump installation and well service. The Virdells have been drilling wells in Central Texas for five generations, or 114 years. Virdell will be remembered as a devoted family man who took much pride in watching his children and grandchildren in their numerous activities.
Sam Warren Rabb was born Aug. 2, 1923, and died Dec. 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gretel Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at the Llano City Cemetery. Rabb was a 7th generation Texan whose ancestors came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 colonists and had other ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. He lived all of his 91 years in the same house where he was born. Rabb was preceded in death by: his parents, James Richard Rabb and Mamie Hartman Rabb; his brothers, Carl Richard and John; sisters, Doris Alma and Wilma Ann, and his son, Richard Lee Rabb. He is survived by: his wife of 70 years, Mary Elizabeth Willbern Rabb; sons and daughters-in-law, Sam Warren Jr. and wife, Carol; Hilton Stanley and wife, Ginny; Russell Carl and wife, Janie, and daughter-in-law, Debbie Rabb.
Laura Irene Williams, 56, died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Survivors include: her mother, Roby Rudine Rogers, of Midland; father, Jarvel Freeman Williams, of Zephyr, Texas; daughters, Crystalle Palmer, of Weatherford, and Candis Chambers, of Midland; son, Roy Harris Jr., of Llano; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
Billie Joyce Tinnel-Norris passed away Nov. 9, 2014. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona on Feb. 5, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carma Joyce and Bill Davis, and her brother, Wain Davis. She is survived by her: her son, Bruce Bennett; daughter, Billie Johnson, of Washington State; siblings, Carma Cunningham and Willie Davis, both of Llano, Jay and Sharon Davis, of New Mexico; Lee Davis, of Austin; ex-husband, Rod Norris, of Llano, and seven grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Cremation Warrangements were made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano. Email condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Jean Kaspar, 83, of Kingsland, died on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in Three Rivers, Texas, the daughter of Cheatham L. and Joyce (Pullin) Holmes. She married Edward Kaspar on Oct. 9, 1946, in Oakville, Texas. The Kaspars moved to the Highland Lakes region in 1968 from Houston and she served as the business manager for her husband’s construction business. When she and her husband were not traveling in their RV or playing in the 42 Club, they square danced with the Country Cuzzins and cherished the many friendships they made. Kaspar was a very active member of the Kingsland Community Church for over 42 years. She served as a greeter, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, president of the Woman’s Christian Organization and committed much of her time on numerous committees in service to the church. She was also a stellar accumulator for the annual church rummage sales.
Cory Dow Stovall was born in Llano, on Sept. 15, 1970 and died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Nov. 3, 2014 at the young age of 44. He graduated from Llano High School in 1989, then attended Abilene Christian University, where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in 1995. He had a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Stovall lived and worked on numerous pipeline projects all over the United States and in various supervisory positions including superintendent, project manager, environmental inspector and chief. He had been contracted with Kinder Morgan for the past six years. He had a gentle spirit and those who had the pleasure of knowing him or being in his presence were somehow touched by his kindness, ease of existence, generosity and selflessness. Many friends have shared that they are better people for having Cory in their lives.
Wallace “Wally” Edward Montgomery, 73, died on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the home he shared with wife Barbara, in Tow, Texas. Montgomery was born on July 24, 1941, in Georgetown, Texas, the son of William Sherman Montgomery and Myrtle Elizabeth Montgomery. He married Barbara Jean Wood on Feb. 13, 1965. She survives. Montgomery was retired from Southwestern University in Georgetown. He was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife, barbara, Montgomery is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Virginia and Wesley Moerbe and Vickie Montgomery; four grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin and Loretta Moerbe, Morgan and Jeff Moerbe, Elizabeth and Sam Herkomer and Melaine Hutchens; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Coley; his brother and sister-in-law James V. “Butch” and Lyne Montgomery, and, four nephews, along with numerous other family members. A memorial service was held for Montgomery on Monday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.