Obituaries

Leona Charlotte Kenney

Date of Birth: July 13, 1930  |   Date of Death: August 28, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 2, 2014 

Leona Charlotte Kenney

Leona Charlotte Kenney went to be with the Lord on August 28, 2014.  She was born in Fashing, Texas on July 13, 1930. Leona is preceded in death by her husband, William H. Kenney, her parents, Hubert and Elizabeth Henke, brother, Hubert F. Henke, sister, Margaret Jarzombek, son-in-law, Robert Dembowski, and grandson, Brandon Kenney. Leona is survived by her daughter Denise Dembowski, son Ernest Kenney and wife Kathy, son Patrick Kenney and wife Frieda Jones, daughter Patricia Kenney and husband Frank Tello, daughter Amy Kenney and partner Oscar Rojas, son Wayne Kenney and wife Mary, sister, Irene Bodden, brother Alvin Henke and wife Mary Ann. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Shane, Jamie, Ben, Andrew, Lauren, Ashlee, Cameron, Dylan and Thomas, five great-grandchildren and other loving family members. Her love of God, family and her Catholic faith were at the forefront of her life.  Her career was bookkeeping but her main purpose in life was raising her children.  Hobbies included cooking, baking, dancing, playing dominoes and caring for her parakeets.  After retiring, Leona spent her time volunteering at the Lockhart Senior Activity Center. Special thanks to Dr. Arjun Mohandas ...

Lillie Lee Pearson

Date of Birth: July 20, 1925  |   Date of Death: August 26, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 29, 2014 

Lillie Lee Pearson

Lillie Lee Pearson, 89, of Dale, Texas, passed away on August 26, 2014. She was born on July 20, 1925 in Slagle, Louisiana to John and Lillie Tumlinson. She is survived by her two sons, Morris “Buddy” Pearson and Charles Wylie; three daughters, Mary Handley, Myrtle Cardwell and Linda Wylie; one brother, Jack Tumlinson; three sisters, Mable Saxon, Gloria Ann May and Dorothy Holman; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at The Gospel Lighthouse from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Thursday, August 28, 2014. Graveside service will be at 10:30am, Friday, August 29, 2014 at Lytton Springs Cemetery with Minister Charles Wylie officiating. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com

Betty Jean Bowers

Date of Birth: September 16, 1930  |   Date of Death: August 25, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 1, 2014 

Betty Jean Bowers

Betty Jean Bowers left this life on August 25th, 2014 after an absolutely wonderful 83 years. Morsey (her family - grandmother name) was a woman with an endless grace, kindness and love that she shared with all that she knew. We have all been blessed with her presence and spirit. Memories will bring smiles, stories and laughter! Betty set a high bar for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to aspire. Morsey, each one of us is eternally grateful for your unconditional love and gentle prodding; you have taught us well and are our family’s beacon. We will try to carry forward your positive light! Morsey left behind children and spouses: Kay and Joe Sleeth, Pam and Larry Tokaz, Rex and Kathy Bowers; grandchildren: Megan and Chris Chrisman, Ashley and Eric Walker, Conor and Amber Tokaz, Molly Tokaz, Amanda and Tyler Rabun, Hunter Bowers, and Trevor Bowers; and great grandchildren: Caleb, Logan, Kendall and Kate Walker, Harper Morsey Tokaz (born last week) and Parker Laurence Chrisman being born this week! This is only the immediate family, and there are so many others family members and friends that we would love to list- each of you held ...

Edwin T. Hitchcock

Date of Birth: December 27, 1943  |   Date of Death: August 25, 2014   |   Service Date: 3:00pm, Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Edwin T. Hitchcock

Edwin T. Hitchcock, 70, of Lockhart, Texas, passed away on August 25, 2014. He was born on December 27, 1943 in Shelbyville, Illinois to Edwin Terry and Laverna Glee Hitchcock. Ed served his country in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the USAF, he went to work for the LCRA in 1970 and retired in 1997. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Verna Glee and Edwin Terry Hitchcock; aunt and uncle, Iva and Emmett Blackburn; father and mother-in-law, A.B. and Mary Schaefer; sister-in-law, Agnes Schaefer Merka; and brother-in-law, Clyde Cannop. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Schaefer Hitchcock; his sons and daughter-in-laws, Edwin Terry Hitchcock V, John Thomas and Catie Hitchcock, Richard Wayne and Linnet Hitchcock, and Robert William and Ashley Hitchcock; along with numerous other “adopted” sons and daughters. Ed is also survived by his brother and sister-in-laws, John Richard and Renee Hitchcock, Thomas and Joann Hitchcock, and Mary Schaefer Cannop. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brooke and Max Hitchcock, Robert Hitchcock, Jr., Dakota Hitchcock, Richard Hitchcock, Jr., Jason Edwin James Hitchcock, and Emberleigh Hitchcock; the expected ...

Dollie Ann Cole

Date of Birth: May 13, 1930  |   Date of Death: August 24, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Dollie Ann Cole

  Dollie Ann Cole, age 84, passed away on August 24, 2014. Mrs. Cole, widow of the late  Edward N. Cole, former President of General Motors Corporation, was a respected businesswoman, serving in leadership roles on numerous national and local boards including on the board of  PBS, Project HOPE (World Health Organization), The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, the National Corvette Museum, HPSC, a national leasing and finance company based in Boston, National Captioning Institute for the Hearing Impaired, National Academy of Sciences Presidents' Circle, and the 100 Club of Central Texas, a charitable organization established to support the families of officers killed while serving the public. Mrs. Cole was also a member of the Corvair Society and was a Distinguished Woman of Northwood University. Mrs. Cole's interests included historic preservation, attending auctions and she was a great supporter of projects in and for Texas, including the Settlement Home for Children. Mrs. Cole also worked as a Senior Editor for Curtis Publishing. Outspoken, bright and attractive, Mrs. Cole set a high profile standard for the auto executive wife when she arrived in Detroit in the early 1960's. Mrs. Cole commanded the same desk ...

Donald Eugene Tokar

Date of Birth: July 29, 1932  |   Date of Death: August 8, 2014   |   Service Date:  

Donald Eugene Tokar

  Donald Eugene Tokar died peacefully on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Warm Springs in New Braunfels, Texas. Donald was born on July 29, 1932 to Joseph c. Tokar and Stella H. Wojack in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the second of their four sons together. He was able to receive track scholarships and worked hard to obtain a Business Degree from the University of Minnesota. During this time he married Mary Alice Loesch of Minneapolis. After graduation he entered the Air Force. He was trained as a pilot; one of the true loves of his life. He served his country proudly for 2S years, retiring when he was no longer able to fly. He took up residence in Austin, Texas to be close to his daughter. He was a tax consultant until his death. He is preceded in death by his father Joseph, mother Stella, brother Jerry, and his three wives Mary A. Tokar, Helen Tokar, and Gloria McCue. Survivors include his brothers Robert D. Tokar and wife Elsie, Joseph c. Tokar and wife Mary, his daughter Barbara L. Mars and husband Tommy, brother-in-laws John R. Irvine Jr. and wife Yvonne, and William ...

Dorothy Joyce Taylor

Date of Birth: November 14, 1929  |   Date of Death: July 27, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 31, 2014 

Dorothy Joyce Taylor

Dorothy Joyce Vestal was born the “cotton-topped daughter” of Alice Louella (Norman) Vestal and William Reagan Vestal on Nov. 14, 1929, in the Hays Community in Cooke County, Texas. She entered into her Father’s Kingdom on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Lockhart, Texas. A lifelong teacher and artist, Dorothy married James Billy Taylor on Aug. 23, 1952. The couple lived in Huntsville while James earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Agriculture. It was there that their first son, David, was born. Later, the family moved to the Rio Grande Valley, where Dorothy attended Pan Am University, taught third grade for several years. During this time, Roger Mark, Bradly and Alice Taylor were born. As her four children grew, Dorothy traveled with them in the summers; taking them to Gainesville with her while she pursued her master’s degree from the University of North Texas. In 1972, the family moved to Lockhart, where Dorothy continued to teach, becoming a beloved elementary school teacher until her retirement in 1995. An active, longtime member of the First Lockhart Baptist Church, Dorothy never let retirement slow her down, instead choosing to share her life, and the lives of her friends, through two popular columns in the Lockhart Post-Register, ...

Celsa Rodriguez

Date of Birth: April 18, 1945  |   Date of Death: July 24, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00am, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Celsa Rodriguez

Celsa Rodriguez, 69, of Lockhart went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 24, 2014. She   was born on April 18, 1945 in Lockhart, Texas to Ascencion and Josefa Mojica Rodriguez. Celsa was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and loved to cook for them. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Lorenzo “Boogie” Cano; and two sisters, Crispina Herrera and Guadalupe Ancira. She is survived by her husband, Jesus Celestino Gonzales; one daughter, Connie Amaya; three sons, Julian Cano, Jr., Joe R. Gonzales, and Jesse Gonzales; one niece/daughter, Christina French; one brother, Ascencion Rodriguez, Jr.; five sisters, Katy Navarro, Josie Peralez, Dominga Estella Cerda, Epifania Ibarra and Anita Gonzales; and seven grandchildren, Christine Amaya, Kristianna Aranda, Cecilia Amaya, Lorenzo Cano, Leilani Gonzales, J.T Mendoza and Isaiah Mendoza. Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home, from 5pm – 7p.m., with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014. Mass of a Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lockhart. Arrangements under the care and guidance of ...

Otila S. Garza

Date of Birth: October 5, 1925  |   Date of Death: July 18, 2014   |   Service Date: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

Otila S. Garza

Otila S. Garza, 88, of Lockhart formally of Alice, Texas passed away on July 18, 2014. She   was born on October 5, 1925 in Alice, Texas to Isidoro and Luisa Garza. Otila was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. She was devoted to her family and was avid to her gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers; her sisters and son, Frank Canales. She is survived by her son, Juan Jose Garza from Andrews, Texas; her daughter, Cynthia H. Lopez from Dale, Texas; her sister, Maria Antonia Garza of Belton, Texas; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home, from 6 – 8 p.m., with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014. Mass of a Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lockhart. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com

Dustin Wayne Koehler

Date of Birth: October 31, 1995  |   Date of Death: July 8, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00am, Friday, July 11, 2014 

Dustin Wayne Koehler

Dustin Wayne Koehler, 18, of Lockhart, Texas, went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 8, 2014. He was born on October 31, 1995 in Austin, Texas to Bryan Wayne Koehler and Ronda Joann Smith Koehler. Dustin was a devoted son, grandson and brother who thought of others before himself. He had a love for music and his video games. He is survived by his father, Bryan Koehler; mother, Ronda Koehler; brother, Jacob Koehler; sister, Katie Koehler; maternal grandmother, Claudia Smith; paternal grandparents, Keith and Shirley Koehler all of Lockhart; and also numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, July 11, 2014, at McCurdy. Interment to follow at Jeffrey Cemetery in McMahan. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com  

Mary Jo Bourg

Date of Birth: March 5, 1926  |   Date of Death: July 6, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:30am, Thursday, July 10, 2014 

Mary Jo Bourg

Mary Jo (Fowler) Bourg was born on, March 5, 1926 in Wellington, Texas the eleventh child of James Griffin Fowler and Gertrude Stanley Fowler.  She entered into rest on July 6, 2014 having attained the age of 88 years, 4 months, 1 day. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wilfred M. (Fred) Bourg; her brothers Aubry Eugean Fowler, Linnie Raymond (Jake) Fowler, Roy Bland (Buddy) Fowler, James Griffin (Preacher) Fowler, III; her sisters Alma Elizabeth Griffin, Willnia Frances Clogston, Nelle Katherine Glick-Middleton, Lillian Gertrude Nix; her daughter-in-law Cathy Lynn Bourg and her grandson William Randall Weyel.  She is survived by her brother, Wiley Wayne (Dub) Fowler of Corpus Christi, TX; her sister Mildred Juanita Voelkel of Corpus Christi; her children Mary Connell (Connie) Weyel and husband Carl of San Antonio, TX, W. M. (Fred) Bourg, Jr. and wife Karen of Melissa, TX, and David James Bourg and wife Debby of Round Rock, TX; her grandchildren Jon Bourg, Lauren Dill, Joseph Weyel, Jeff Bourg, Matthew Lindwall, Melanie Schaab, and Andrew Lindwall; and eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A longtime resident of Lockhart, Texas, Mary Jo was ...

William “Bill” Alex

Date of Birth: April 5, 1937  |   Date of Death: July 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00pm, Monday, July 7, 2014 

William “Bill” Alex

William “Bill” Alex, 77, of Lockhart, Texas, passed away on July 4, 2014. He was born on April 5, 1937 in Luling, Texas to Henry C. and Gertrude Schreiber Alex. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice Alex and Imelda Bailey; and his brother-in-law, Milton Pfefferkorn. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Annie Mae Thompson Alex; two sons, Sammy Ernest Alex and wife, Peggy and William Henry Alex and wife, Cindy; two daughters, Leslie Ann Lee and Billie Ann Loep and husband, Jack; one brother, Melvin H. Alex; two sisters, Allyne Pippus and husband, C.A., and Lillian Pfefferkorn; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Family received friends at McCurdy Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Services were held at 2:00pm, Monday, July 7, 2014, at McCurdy with Pastor Clint Browning officiating. Interment to follow at Luling City Cemetery in Luling. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com

LaVerne Voigt

Date of Birth: April 23, 1921  |   Date of Death: July 2, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00pm, Saturday, July 5, 2014 

LaVerne Voigt

LaVerne Voigt, 93, of Houston, Texas, formally of Lockhart, passed away on July 2, 2014. She was born on April 23, 1921 in Rockdale, Texas to John and Lottie Yoakum Pruett. She was a resident of Caldwell County for 50 years and was the secretary for the Caldwell County Extension Office for 24 years. She moved to Houston 3 years ago to be closer to her family. She was a member of the Woodland Hills Church of Christ in Conroe, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Voigt who passed away in 1966. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Holt and husband, Randy of Houston, Texas; one sister, Evelyn Romoser of Houston; two grandchildren, Lacey Holt and Kelsy Holt. Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, with services following the visitation, on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Interment to follow at Pettytown Cemetery in Bastrop County. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com  

Chester Harris

Date of Birth: March 19, 1920  |   Date of Death: June 30, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 3, 2014 

Chester Harris

Chester was born in Dale, Texas, to Jake and Jimmie Ellen Pittman Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Hershell Harris, and sister Loma Mullins; one surviving sister, Selma Roberts. He finished school by the 10th grade in Dale doing old jobs at a gas station, the cotton gin, and raising turkeys to sell until he volunteered for the Army Air Corp in 1942. He worked on P-39 air-craft. He married Helen Meta Fahrig on Dec 31, 1943, and was discharged from the service in 1945 returning to Lockhart to work at Lockhart Implement Company until he retired in 1986. He was a real mechanic and shop foreman that worked on Lincoln Continentals and farm tractors in the same shop. He liked raising cattle on the family farm. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son Danny Harris and wife Marty; his daughter Diane Rodgers and husband Vance; grandchildren Michael Rodgers, Kathy Willette, Mary Forester, and Jason Harris; eight great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Visitation at McCurdy’s Funeral Home on Wed, 5 to 7 pm with graveside services in the LockhartCityCemetery on Thursday at 10 am.

James Cleveland “J.C.” Taylor

Date of Birth: June 29, 1925  |   Date of Death: June 24, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 27, 2014 

James Cleveland “J.C.” Taylor

  James Cleveland “J.C.” Taylor, 88, of Lockhart, Texas passed away on June 24, 2014. He was born on June 29, 1925 in Taft, Texas to J.C. and Zula Mae Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Norma Harris Taylor; two step-sons, Clay Boyd (Ruth) of Austin and Jo Boyd (Nancy) of Granbury; two step-daughters, Toni Mosier (Gary) of Fredericksburg and Lorraine Wheeler (Ronnie) of Odessa; his brother, Roy Taylor (Bonnie) of Lawrence, Kansas; his sister, Genevive Ormand of Austin; thirteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Funeral Services will be at 11:00am, Friday, June 27, 2014 at McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart with Rev. Gary Rodgers officiating. Interment to follow at the Lockhart City Cemetery in Lockhart. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, 512-398-4791. Obituary and guestbook online at www.mccurdyfuneralhome.com