Obituaries

Emma Claire Smith

Date of Birth: January 24, 1934  |   Date of Death: April 22, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 

Emma Claire Smith

Claire Smith, formerly of San Marcos, Texas, passed away in Katy, Texas with her loving sons by her side on April 22, 2015.  She was born  and raised in Uvalde, Texas, where she met and married her husband of 32 years, Hollis Wilson Smith. During the Korean Conflict, Hollis and Claire were stationed in Germany.  After returning from Germany, they made San Marcos their lifelong home.  She was active in the successful campaign of her husband for his election to city council, school board and mayor. Claire graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a major in education.  She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.  Her much loved, lifelong teaching career in the San Marcos ISD spanned 32 years.  She taught at Travis Elementary where she was awarded the honor of “Teacher of the Year”. After retiring she practiced Real Estate and later taught at the Kyle Correctional Center in Kyle, Texas. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in San Marcos, a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and president of the Classroom Teachers Association in San Marcos. Claire was a devoted loving wife and mother ...

Donald “Don” Fatout

Date of Birth: February 12, 1940  |   Date of Death: April 19, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Please call 512-557-5812 for more information. 

Donald “Don” Fatout

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Don Fatout was released from the bonds and bounds of earthly life to fish, build, and barbeque with his Father in Heaven.  Don was born February 12, 1940, in Winfield, Kansas. Those who remain include his wife Leslie, daughter Jara, grandson Eli, granddaughter Gracie, sisters-in-law Janet and Karen, brother-in-law Dan, nieces and nephews Marcy, Leslie, Sherri, Gregg, Kelly, Danno, Christopher, Erin, and Amanda and great-nieces and nephews Morgan, Adriane, Myra, Benjamin, Jacob, Patrick, Brendan, Nathan, Emma, Leo, Will, and Riley.  Those who went on before him include his wife Willie, daughter Gina, nephew Terry, grandparents Cliff and Alma, parents Tom and Marie, brothers Jerry and Gene, and sisters-in-law Bobbie and Sherry. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m. Please call (512) 557-5812 for more information. Memorial donations to Christ the Redeemer Church are welcome: www.christredeemerchurch.com.  Cards and letters may be sent to 114 Timber Ridge Drive, San Marcos  TX  78666. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311.  www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Henry Edward Sodke, Jr.

Date of Birth: Nov 18, 1923  |   Date of Death: April 3, 2015   |   Service Date: Laid to rest in San Marcos, Texas. 

Henry Edward Sodke, Jr.

Henry Edward Sodke Jr., born in 1923 in Martindale Texas, passed away on April 3 2015 at the age of 91. He is preceded in death his parents Henry Sodke Sr. and Mable Sodke (Bowdoin) and by his wife Petrea “Tiny” Sodke (Petersen), his daughter and son-in-law Sue Ellen and Robert Sarmiento. He is survived by his son Henry Sodke III and his wife, Arlene Hoffman and his 4 grandchildren Laura Sarmiento, Kevin Sarmiento, Kaibab Hoffman Sodke, and Bjorn Sodke Hoffman. Edward was known as “Tex” by all. He was a career Navy officer. He joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor cutting short his attendance at Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. He obtained a Masters degree from Purdue. He served on the USS Bushnell and the USS Albemarle. He became a pilot and flew P2V submarine hunters. He retired to Lakeway and later moved to Air Force Village in San Antonio.  Tex had the most wonderful laugh, and was loved by all who knew him. Tex was laid to rest in San Marcos Texas. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com    

O.C. Haley

Date of Birth: February 12, 1941  |   Date of Death: April 4, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 18, 2015. 

O.C. Haley

O. C. Haley, 74, died on Saturday, April 4, 2015, following a brief illness. Haley was a longtime resident of San Antonio until he retired from NEISD in 2002 and moved to San Marcos, Texas. Haley was one of Texas State University’s most dedicated and beloved alumni.  He and his wife Johanna supported campus organizations and attended countless university events. "O.C. Haley was a wonderful friend of the university as well as a close personal friend of mine. He supported the university financially, but also with enormous contributions of his time, talent and involvement. It is hard to imagine Texas State University without O.C.'s presence and enthusiasm. We will miss him very much," said Texas State University President Denise Trauth. Haley was born on February 12, 1941, in Poteet, Texas, to Wilbert Wynn Haley and Lottie Edna Jordan. His early life was filled with hunting, fishing, skipping rocks and playing football.   A legend at Poteet High School, he was on the All-District football teams for three years; the only three times Poteet advanced to UIL post-season play in football. In 1959, his senior year, Haley was named First Team All State ...

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast

Date of Birth: April 21, 1933  |   Date of Death: April 4, 2015   |   Service Date: Visitation 10:00 A.M. & Service 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 9, 2015. 

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast, age 81, died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 4, 2015, after an unexpected battle with Leukemia. Born April 21, 1933 in Reno, Nevada to William and Francis Gast, he lived in several states including Nevada, Indiana, Kansas, and California before retiring in Texas.  He graduated from Downey High School and Long Beach City College in California.  Bill enlisted into the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and later served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for a total of 43 years attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class.  Bill was an entrepreneur and published author. Bill’s strong patriotism to our country, dedication to veterans, and love for his family were his driving values.  His contagious smile, sharp dress and twinkle in his eye were always evident.  Later in life he met and married Cristela Nerio Harrison, they have made New Braunfels their home and have enjoyed many wonderful times with family and friends. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Cristela Gast (New Braunfels, TX); sisters, Nancy Rebensdorf (Chino Hills, CA) and Mary McManemin (Dallas, TX); son, William Gast Jr. (Dripping Springs, TX); daughters, Cynthia Andrade (Valleyford, ...

Nona B. Snyder

Date of Birth: Sept 18, 1934  |   Date of Death: March 30, 2015   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 

Nona B. Snyder

On March 30, 2015 Nona B. Snyder went to be with our Lord surrounded by family.  She lived a full and happy life filled with lots of love and her biggest joy, her family. She is preceded in death by her parents CB and Bernice Land and her husband Charles Snyder. She is survived by her three children Charlotte McGuire, James Snyder (Brenda), and Janie Snyder, her sister Martha Bockholt (Raymond), six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their children. Visitation at 1:30 pm and Services at 2:00 pm, on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Pennington Funeral Home. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Carmen R. Rodriguez

Date of Birth: June 14, 1937  |   Date of Death: March 29, 2015   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 

Carmen R. Rodriguez

Carmen R. Rodriguez of San Marcos, Texas, beloved husband, father, great and great-great-grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away on March 29, 2015, at the age of 77.  He was born June 14, 1937, in Martindale, Texas, to Petronilo and Virginia (Rivas) Rodriguez. He is survived by his wife, Carmen (Velasquez) Rodriguez; son, Petronilo V. Rodriguez and wife, Janie Ramirez Rodriguez of New Mexico; daughter, Christine V. Rodriguez of Lewisville, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos, at 10:00 A.M., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Adell Hamilton, Jr.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1937  |   Date of Death: March 26, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015. 

Adell Hamilton, Jr.

Adell Hamilton, Jr. of San Marcos, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A Celebration of Adell’s Life will be held at Jackson Chapel UMC of San Marcos, Texas on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Adell is survived by four children: Robert Hamilton, Sr., David Hamilton, Sr., Lisa Hamilton, Linda Hamilton and daughter-in-law, Bessie Hamilton; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Phyllis Karon Johnson Carmack

Date of Birth: July 11, 1941  |   Date of Death: March 22, 2015   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., April 11, 2015. 

Phyllis Karon Johnson Carmack

The 1950’s was a carefree era of Sock-Hops, Drive-In diners, and Hot Rods.  This was also when Phyllis Karon Johnson met Jimmie Lloyd Carmack.  Though Phyllis had a 9pm curfew, she and Jim were able to meet, marry and start their lives together in Orange TX. Jim and Phyllis had a daughter Karon Renee in 1961 and a son Lloyd Alan in 1963. Karon is now married and living with her husband Perry Lee in San Marcos.  They have a wonderful son, Brandon Lee.  Lloyd shares his life with Walter Correa in Dallas TX, and they have a beautiful daughter Madison Correa Carmack. Phyllis succumbed to the effects of a long fight with breast cancer on Sunday March 22, 2015. Phyllis passed in the loving company of her family and friends in San Marcos TX where she and Jim have lived for the past several years. Phyllis was a true angel and never had an ill word for anyone.  She is survived by her husband Jimmie Carmack, her 2 children Karon and Lloyd, and grandchildren Brandon Lee and Madison Carmack Phyllis’ parents, William Thomas Johnson and Maurine Collins Bryant passed many ...

Charles Steven Jackson, Jr.

Date of Birth: October 27, 1950  |   Date of Death: March 25, 2015   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 30, 2015. 

Charles Steven Jackson, Jr.

Charles Steven Jackson, Jr., 64, passed away in Seguin, TX on March 25, 2015. Steve was born to Stephen and Betty Jackson in San Marcos, TX on October 27, 1950. Steve was a beloved father, Papa, brother, uncle and coach.  He lived his life for his children and grandchildren.  One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his girls, throwing a softball around in the backyard.  Not only did he coach his daughters but he influenced numerous others throughout the community.  He was a very proud father seeing his girls follow in his footsteps.  He was an avid sportsman and a master carpenter. Give him a hammer and nail, and he could build anything.  Steve was a very generous man with a big heart.  He never met a stranger and by the end of a conversation with Steve, you were friends.  He will be greatly missed by all.  Your girls, fondly known as your brats, will hold you in their hearts forever. We love you Dad! His parents and his sister, Evelyn Jackson preceded him in death.  He is survived by three daughters, Kristen Griffin of Davis, OK, Kimberly ...

Irene Marilyn Witherspoon

Date of Birth: May 22, 1948  |   Date of Death: March 19, 2015   |   Service Date: See obituary below for information. 

Irene Marilyn Witherspoon

Irene Marilyn Witherspoon, 66, from San Marcos, Texas went to her heavenly home on March 19, 2015, after struggling with many health issues.  Her love of family and life kept her going to the end. Irene was born to the late Ben Hoffart and Margaret (Mock) Hoffart in Conroe, Texas on May 22, 1948.  She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1969, with a degree in education.  On February 27, 1970, she was united in marriage to Edward Ray Witherspoon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.  During their time together, she and her husband were blessed with two children, Jake and Chrissy.  Irene, unfortunately, became a widow at the young age of 38, but persevered through her faith in the Lord, a loving devotion to her children and her strong, independent nature.  Her career in education spanned 37 years as a dedicated junior high and high school math teacher at public schools in north and central Texas. She enjoyed life to the fullest, loved to socialize, and will be remembered as the “party planner.”  She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend.  Her hobbies included collecting antiques, fishing, and going to the beach.  In retirement, she loved ...

Douglas Mac Arthur Lakey

Date of Birth: April 17, 1945  |   Date of Death: March 16, 2015   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

Douglas Mac Arthur Lakey

Heaven has welcomed another Angel Douglas Mac Arthur Lakey age 69 on March 16th 2015.  He was born to William and Annie Lakey April 17th  1945 in Austin, Texas.  He proudly served his country in the US Army 1965-1967.  He married his sweetheart Brenda July 4th 1967; they celebrated 48 years of marriage together. They had 3 children, Sheila Foster & husband John of Reedville, Natalie Lakey & husband Shane of San Marcos, Kent Lakey & wife Erica of Kyle.  9 Grandchildren Nikaley, Ashley, Kaley, Seth, Austin, Mariah, Mason, Devin and Rayden.  2 Great Grandchildren Johnny & Lilly.  He is also survived by 2 sisters Maggie Gandy & Illi Billings of Lampasas and many nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by parents William & Annie Lakey, brothers Hubert Lakey, Howard Lakey and sisters Ethel Pruitt, Viola Lakey, Geneva Hitchcock, and Mary Jane Moreno. He was a very humorous man, loved to make you smile and he also loved fishing with his family. He also kept his grandchildren on their toes and always laughing wondering what was going to come out of his mouth next. Graveside Services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at ...

Alfredo Vargas

Date of Birth: July 28, 1953  |   Date of Death: March 15, 2015   |   Service Date: Private Memorial. 

Alfredo Vargas

Alfredo Vargas, M.D., 61 years old born Reynosa, Mexico.  He leaves behind his greatest accomplishments, his daughter Nikkye Re’Anne Vargas, son Ethan Alfred Vargas and stepson Chad Craft.  He was a respected Emergency Room Physician for more than 30 years.  Alfred took great pride in sharing his vast knowledge with medical students.  He was generous to a fault. We love you and wish you happiness. Private Memorial will be held in a field of bluebonnets as he requested. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Olivia Barrera Arzola

Date of Birth: Jan 22, 1926  |   Date of Death: March 14, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 20, 2015. 

Olivia Barrera Arzola

Olivia Barrera Arzola, a resident of San Marcos, was called to her eternal rest and was escorted by the Angels to be with Our Father in Heaven on March 14, 2015 at the age of 89.  Olivia was born January 22, 1926 in San Marcos.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Jose A. Arzola, Sr., her beloved son, Joe Arzola, Jr., and parents, Jesus and Estanislada Barrera, brothers, Maximo, Eliseo, Esequiel, Abraham, Roberto, Samuel, Rodolfo and sisters, Juanita, Elvira, Fidela Villapando, Elizabeth Puente. She is survived by a brother, Ismael Barrera from San Antonio and sister, Naomi Pinales from Austin.  Surviving children are Sylvia Hernandez and husband, John Hernandez, Jr., Rudolph Arzola and wife, Cinda Arzola from Waxahachie, and Patricia Arzola from San Antonio.  She has eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, March 19, 2015. Church Services will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 104 Lee Street in San Marcos, Texas, at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 20, 2015.  Rev. Michael Miller from ...

Clifton Ray Posey

Date of Birth: November 18, 1934  |   Date of Death: March 8, 2015   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. 

Clifton Ray Posey

Clifton Ray Posey, 80, of Wimberley, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Austin, Texas.  Clifton was born in San Marcos, Texas on November 18, 1934, to Howard and Nollie (O'Banion) Posey. In 1953 Clifton graduated from San Marcos High School.  He married Jeanette (Worthy) Posey on February 14, 1952 and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2002. Clifton especially enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing and hunting.  He spent many hours while in Beaumont volunteering at Boys Haven of America, Inc. educating their youth and participating in fund raisers. Clifton's parents, Howard and Nollie Posey and his wife, Jeanette Posey preceded him in death. Clifton is survived by his two sons, Clifton Posey, Jr. of San Marcos, TX and Charles Posey and wife, Lisa of Buda, TX; and a daughter Janis Fletcher and husband Chris of Bossier City, LA; two grandchildren, Sarah Jolley and husband Steven, and Hanna Posey, one great grandchild, Austin Lee Tidwell, two sisters, Maureen Graham of Burton, TX, and Helen Burnett of New Braunfels, TX and one brother, Kenneth Posey of Wimberley, TX.  Clifton had one brother, Harlan Posey and one sister, Florence Hild ...