Obituaries

Olan A. Tomme

Date of Birth: July 22, 1945  |   Date of Death: May 22, 2016   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Saturday, May 28, 2016. 

Olan A. Tomme

Olan A. Tomme of Dale, Texas passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the age of 70.  He was born in Livingston, Texas to Ottie and Helen (Snell) Tomme on July 22, 1945. He is survived by a son, Kyle Tomme of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Tenille Eubanks of San Antonio, Texas and Jennie Peek of LaVernia, Texas; sister, Carolyn Taylor of Willis, Texas; and seven grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, May 28, 2016, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Josh Walters officiating. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Rose Marie Duvall

Date of Birth: April 18, 1938  |   Date of Death: May 24, 2016   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, May 29, 2016. 

Rose Marie Duvall

Rose Marie Duvall of  Lockhart, formerly of Dripping Springs, Texas, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in Lockhart, Texas  after a long illness, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the age of 78.  She was born in Austin, Texas, to Horace and Mertie (Mason) Reneau on April 18, 1938. Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted husband, the Rev. Don Duvall; two sons, Ray Duvall and wife, Irene of Floresville, Texas, Gibb Duvall and wife, Julie of Maxwell, Texas, sister, Doris Jones of Garfield, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Rose’ Life will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Lockhart, Texas, with the Rev. Grady Roe officiating.  There will be a private graveside service at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Martindale United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 552, Martindale, Texas 78655-0552. 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.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Annita D. Albers

Date of Birth: May 28, 1940  |   Date of Death: May 23, 2016   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Friday, May 27, 2016. 

Annita D. Albers

Annita D. Albers, 75, of San Marcos, Texas passed away on May 23, 2016.  She was born May 28, 1940 in Springfield, Colorado to Leslie and Leone (McEndree) Van Campen.  She married  Larry Albers in Springfield, Colorado on May 22, 1960 and before his death in 2013, they were blessed with 53 years of marriage. In 1970, she and Larry moved to San Marcos where Larry  began his 43 year career at Tuttle Lumber Company.  Annita was President of the Kids of the Kingdom Council at First Lutheran Church in San Marcos, where she was a very active member.  She volunteered much of  her time to helping members of the church and the local community. Annita is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Larry Albers (2013).  She is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Cost and husband, Chris of San Marcos; granddaughters, Caitlin and Cristen Cost and the Cost family. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:00 P.M., at First Lutheran Church of San Marcos, with the Rev. Tim Bauerkemper officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church of  ...

Anthony Wayne Tomblin

Date of Birth: October 24, 1943  |   Date of Death: May 24, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Anthony Wayne Tomblin

Born October 24th, 1943, he was named Anthony Wayne Tomblin, but even as a boy he knew that he was different from all the rest.  He was living with his eight siblings and mother in a two-bedroom apartment in San Antonio when he found a bike. He decided he was Lucky. And with that, he decided that he’d direct his own fate.  Friends, family, even his mother called him Lucky. The name suited him as he made his way through a challenging childhood.  He was brought up by his loving mother with the help of the nuns at his Catholic school, but still ran the streets of “south side” San Antonio at night.   He put himself through college at Southwest Texas, where he met and fell for a beautiful, dark haired girl named Rebecca.  Never one to be deterred, he followed her home and convinced her that they should be together.  He was right: they were soul-mates. Lucky and Becky married, and he attended St. Mary’s Law school. Money was lean but soon, their first child, Tiffany came into their lives and made everything richer and brighter in all the true ways ...

Sylvestre T. Miranda

Date of Birth: December 31, 1924  |   Date of Death: May 19, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. 

Sylvestre T. Miranda

Sylvestre T. Miranda, 91,  of  San Marcos, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2016 at CTMC in San Marcos.  Mr. Miranda was born on December 31, 1924 in Fentress, Texas to Severo and Petra Miranda. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lucia Moreno Miranda and their five children, Olga (Chris) Avalos, Yolanda Lucio, Elsa (Manny) Garcia, Tony Miranda and Monica (Raul) Rendon.  Mr. Miranda is also  survived by nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Miranda contributed to the San Marcos community before retiring from the City of San Marcos.  He enjoyed working with his hands and loved spending time with his family on his back patio. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings of which he was the last surviving of five. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with the Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M., on Monday, May 23, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Fr. Wade Russell, Celebrant.  Interment to ...

Georgia Ruth Wentz Cox

Date of Birth: October 19, 1940  |   Date of Death: May 15, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 21, 2016. 

Georgia Ruth Wentz Cox

Georgia Ruth Wentz Cox of  San Marcos, Texas, beloved  mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 75.  She was born October 19, 1940, in Brownsville, Texas, to Dr. George Willis Wentz, Jr. and Ruth  Eleanor (Ewing) Wentz. She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, George Robert Wentz, and a sister, Helen Wentz Meyer. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Cox Welsh of San Marcos, Texas and Rebecca Cox Northcutt of Katy, Texas; one sister, Doris Wentz Adle of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A retired teacher, librarian and administrative assistant, Georgia worked at schools in both lower and higher education.  She enjoyed collecting turtles, sewing, crocheting and baking.  Georgia was devoted to her family and she will be greatly missed. Family will receive friends at 1:00 P.M., with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, Texas. The Rev. Jeff Latham will officiate. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

George (Carrol ) Fuller

Date of Birth: October 3, 1937  |   Date of Death: May 16, 2016   |   Service Date: No Services. 

George (Carrol ) Fuller

George (Carrol) Fuller, 78, passed away in Cibolo, Texas on Monday, May 16, 2016.   He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on October 3, 1937, to Glyn and Lillie (Burrows) Fuller. He grew up on a dairy and poultry farm owned and operated by his family.  He attended schools in Nacogdoches including Steven F. Austin, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree.  He moved to Houston, Texas where he worked for HISD teaching Science and Math, and also driving a school bus in the evening for several years.  He joined the Driver Education Department for HISD leading to a supervising teacher certification from Texas A & M University.  This is where he developed a deep devotion for traffic safety.  He also moved to Dallas, teaching for several years, before moving to Austin, Texas working for Region XIII as a consultant for bus driver training.  He then moved to El Paso working for Region XIX continuing his devotion for driver education and traffic safety.  After a few years he moved back to Houston, Texas taking a job with Houston Community College in driver education where he worked for a Master’s Degree before retiring ...

Oralia Contreras

Date of Birth: October 28, 1930  |   Date of Death: May 15, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016 

Oralia Contreras

Oralia Contreras was born on October 28, 1930 and was escorted to her heavenly home by God’s angels on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Oralia was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Archicofradia Society, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Oralia will forever be remembered for her sense of humor, laughter, generosity, and friendliness to others.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Raul Contreras,  son George Contreras, daughter Gloria Juarez, son-in-law Gabe Juarez, and two grandsons Gabe III and Greg Juarez.  She is also survived by her sister Felipa Espinoza (Ben) and four brothers, Robert (Connie), Emilio (Sandy), Larry (Lupe), Raymond (Mary) Villanueva, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Lazaro and Julia Villanueva, daughter Minnie Contreras and three sisters, Frances Cruz, and Lucy and Reyes Villanueva. Viewing at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, TX from 4:00-6:00pm including rosary at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016.  Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00am- Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park, Martindale, TX. Arrangements under the care and guidance of ...

Melvin Eugene Whittington

Date of Birth: August 22, 1923  |   Date of Death: May 7, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Thursday, May 12, 2016. 

Melvin Eugene Whittington

Melvin Eugene Whittington passed away on May 7, 2016, at the age of 92.  He was born in Mountain City, Texas to John and Evie Gold Whittington on August 22, 1923. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Johnnie C. Whittington, his siblings Ruby Dees (Ernest), Adell Dees (Sid), Mose Whittington (Sarah), Curtis Whittington (Florine), Van Whittington (Pat), Lola Smith (George), and his step daughter-in-law Flo Gallagher. He is survived by his sister Edna Teddlie of San Marcos; his step children Mary Gafford (Gail) of San Marcos; Michael Gallagher (Yvette) of Park City, Utah; his grandchildren  Amanda Johnson (Steven) of Temple; Kevin Gafford of New York City; Lauren Bowen(Ian) of Portland, Oregon; his great grandchildren Brianna, Abigail, and Luke Johnson, and Harper Bowen.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews, his special friend Jean Horn and her family, and a host of other relatives and friends. Melvin loved his Lord, his family, and his friends.  As a young man, Melvin was a cowboy.  He was a skilled horseman and adept at treating animals.  He moved to San Marcos in 1962 and worked at Texas State University until his ...

Milton Eugene Lunsford

Date of Birth: March 23, 1936  |   Date of Death: April 29, 2016   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, May 15, 2016. 

Milton Eugene Lunsford

Milton Eugene Lunsford, 80, passed peacefully on April 29, 2016 at The Christopher House, Austin, Texas. Gene was born March 23, 1936, to Ida G Hamby and Wiley Andrew Lunsford. He was raised by Ida G and Charlie Clinton Hamby and grew into the man we all love and cherish. He is preceded in death by his father, Wiley Andrew Lunsford, mother, Ida G Hamby and stepfather, Charlie Clinton Hamby. He is also preceded in death by his only sister, Benita Ann Miller. He is survived by his wife, Ellene Kathryn Rockwell Lunsford; his daughter, Mary Kathryn Lunsford and her spouse Lenase Hughley; daughter, Sharon Trammell and her husband Richard Trammell; and their sons Clinton and wife Samantha Trammell and children Caleb & soon to be born baby boy; son Marcus and wife Dawn Trammell and son Titan; son Jason Trammell & fiancée’ Brandi Butterworth and soon to be born baby boy. Daughter, Tracy Lunsford and her daughter Elizabeth Ellene Swift and son William Taylor Swift; daughter, Julie Melson and husband Edward Melson and sons Andrew Charles Lunsford, Bradley Eugene Lunsford-Ozment and wife Erica Lunsford-Ozment and children Kelan, Riley, Kyler & Genevieve; ...

Frank Warren Chuber

Date of Birth: December 1, 1922  |   Date of Death: March 18, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 7th, 2016 

Frank Warren Chuber

Frank Warren Chuber 93, passed away peacefully of natural causes on March 18, 2016 in Wimberley, TX. Born on Dec. 1, 1922 to Frank and Marion Chuber in Corona, NY.  Predeceased by his parents, younger brother Ronald,  wife Vicki in 2001 and most recently his wife Beverley on January 16, 2016. Survived by 4 children, Judy Hill (Craig), David Chuber, Kay Buxton (Richard) and Paul Chuber (Pat). 5 Grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew (Tiffany), Reed (Cara), Rebekah and Alex. 3 Great Grandchildren, Cameron, Parker and Brooklynn. A Memorial service is scheduled for May 7th, 2:00 at The Chapel in the Hills, Wimberley, TX. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Chapel in the Hills or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Rufus Caswell Alexander

Date of Birth: August 5, 1923  |   Date of Death: April 30, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 

Rufus Caswell Alexander

Rufus Caswell Alexander, 92, passed away on April 30, 2016.  He was born August 5, 1923, in Round Mountain, Texas to Frank and Bertha (Dodgen) Alexander.  He moved with his family to San Marcos when he was 5 and remained a resident until his passing.  He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church, San Marcos where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. Rufus graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College where he met Mary Ruth Norman and they married on July 4, 1944, while he was on leave from his station on the U.S.S. Bottineau during WWII.  After the war ended, he began his career in ranching, first having his own property, then managing the Freeman Ranch.  He retired from the SWT University bookstore. He and Ruth had two children, son R. Norman Alexander (Roxalyn) of Coatesville, PA, and daughter Kaye Alexander Wilson (Larry) of Austin, three grandchildren, John Alexander, Erika Wilson Nowlin, and Adam Wilson.  After Ruth’s death, he married Jackie Davis and he was lovingly embraced by Jackie’s family, daughter Becky Davis Tomblin (Lucky) of San Marcos, Mike Davis (Charlotte) of Mt. Pleasant, AR, and Larry Davis (Joyce) of San Marcos, ...

Effie Jean Jackson

Date of Birth: August 29, 1933  |   Date of Death: April 29, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 7, 2016. 

Effie Jean Jackson

Effie Jean Jackson, a longtime resident of San Marcos, passed away in her sleep peacefully at home, with her loving family by her side and was received into the hands of our Heavenly Father on April 29, 2016, at the age of 82. Born August 29, 1933 in Gonzales, Texas, she was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Anthony Louis Jackson; her parents, Tilmon and Pinkie (Kirk) Brooks;  sisters, Sue Evelyn Grant and  Della Epps; and granddaughter, Tessa House. Effie worked at Southwest Texas State University now known as “Texas State University” for 20 years where her smile and kindness touched many students throughout her years there.  She was a faithful member of Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church where she did numerous things such as helping to deliver to the sick and shut-in, first communion and her favorite, the Soup Kitchen.  She truly loved her church and church members.  She also loved those Spurs “Go Spurs Go”. She will leave to cherish her memories her brothers, Tilmon Brooks, Jr., Eugene Brooks; her daughters, Teresa Reece (Dennis), Denise Jackson, ...

Milton “Gene” Lunsford

Date of Birth: March 23, 1936  |   Date of Death: April 29, 2016   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, May 15, 2016. 

Milton “Gene” Lunsford

Milton “Gene” Lunsford, age 80, of San Marcos,  Texas, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M., on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in San Marcos. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralnhome.com

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant

Date of Birth: July 26, 1937  |   Date of Death: April 23, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. 

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant (“Grand” “Mom Pat”) passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Kyle, Texas at the age of 78.  She was preceded in death by her son, Carroll Payne Walker and her husband, Walter Merchant and her parents Harry Harrison Forbes and Edna Erna Wiedebusch Forbes. Pat was born in Fitzhugh (Hays County), Texas and attended school in Johnson City and Dripping Springs, Texas before making her home in Mt. Gainor with her first husband Carroll Dale Walker at the family ranch.  Later, Pat and Carroll moved to Wimberley and eventually to their ranch in San Marcos.  She moved to Austin and married Walter, where she started her clothing line, Patty’s Designs where she created Texas Fur.  One of her favorite Texas Fur clients was country music singer Janie Fricke. They eventually moved Patty’s Designs and Texas Fur to Ruidoso, New Mexico and later opened Mountain Man Nut & Candy Store in Branson, Missouri, before moving to Marble Falls during Payne’s illness.  After Walter passed away in 2014, Pat’s health required her to move to Legend Oaks in Kyle, Texas. Pat made many, many friends ...