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Benny "Spider" Balderaz

Amanda Jones Kreji

Amanda Jones Krejci passed on to glory July 12, 2024, in Sterling City, TX. She was born October 12, 1951, in Fort Stockton, TX, the second daughter of Fred William and Nancy Moore Jones. After losing her father at a young age, she was fortunate to enjoy a loving relationship with her stepfather Montgomery B. (Sonnie) Noelke of Mertzon, TX, and his family.


Amanda attended Mertzon High School where she was a cheerleader. A gifted basketball player and track runner, she graduated from Incarnate Word High School. She began her college studies at Angelo State University and then transferred to The University of Texas at Austin. An avid and lifelong Longhorn, she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Biology.


An enthusiastic and creative educator, Amanda taught 33 years, initially in Bay City and then at Travis Elementary in San Angelo. After a blind date and follow-up courtship, she married Ronnie Krejci, the love of her life, on August 17, 1986. Her joyful career as a PE teacher with the Sterling City ISD then began. Amanda taught elementary and secondary students the importance of health, good nutrition, and being active throughout life. She was a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the national teachers professional organization, Theta Omicron Chapter, and was elected to several offices, including chapter president.

Amanda was also an active community volunteer. She successfully competed for an HEB Corporation grant to develop and lead a week-long summer camp for Sterling City elementary students at the HEB Camp in Leaky, TX, for several years. One of her proudest achievements was establishment of the Dr. Swann Wellness Center in Sterling City for residents to exercise. Amanda attended St. Paschal Catholic Church while teaching children’s religious classes and participating in numerous ACTS Retreats.


After retiring in 2010, Amanda created an independent business to market Juice Plus nutritional supplements. She loved educating people about the value of optimism, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Because of her outstanding sales, the Juice Plus Company named Amanda a National Marketing Director in 2022. Her success encouraged other women to take on similar careers, including her daughter.

Ronnie and Amanda enjoyed travel throughout Texas and other areas of the USA. A memorable trip to Europe, however, provided a very special visit to the Czech Republic. They met members of the Krejci family who learned about relatives who immigrated to Texas in the 19th Century.


The Krejci house was a place of hospitality and entertainment. Amanda loved music and dancing with Ronnie. She never met a stranger and had friends in many states and various countries. She treasured her former students, and her big heart caused her to reach out with help for many young people over the years. Amanda deeply appreciated her Juice Plus Team and every single Juice Plus customer. She delighted in her San Angelo Mahjong Club and hated to miss a session.


Amanda’s survivors include husband Ronnie Krejci; son Dan Alan Jenkins (Amanda) and daughter Katrina Virginia Krejci Goodwin (Chais); grandchildren Dan Alan III and Ty Bradley Jenkins and Grace Virginia, Gavin William and Graham Gage Goodwin. Others are sister Sally Virginia Jones Andrade of San Antonio/El Paso and nieces and nephews: Marisa Virginia Andrade, Lucas William and Emma Virginia Andrade, as well as Carlos Antonio Andrade, Isabel Helena and Joaquín Isidro Andrade. Her Fort Stockton cousins include Joe Page Moore (Cay) of Burleson and Mary Virginia ‘Muff’ Moore Bischel (Bryan) of Amarillo.


The family expresses its deep gratitude to the medical and nursing staff of Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital, San Angelo; Msgr. Larry Droll, Sacred Heart Cathedral, San Angelo; Father Prem of Saint Lawrence Parish Catholic Church; her caretaker at home Marjo Thomas, Christoval; and all the family members, friends, and neighbors who came to see and help Amanda during her illness. Special thanks go to her loyal housekeeper, Virginia Sanchez of Sterling City.


The Rosary for Amanda will be held at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church on Thursday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass. The burial will take place at the Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Foster Funeral Home of Sterling City.


After the graveside service, everyone is invited to dinner and visitation at the Saint Lawrence Parish Hall while celebrating the life of Amanda Krejci. She would want you to wear something colorful, such as her favorite green, instead of the usual black attire.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in memory of Amanda be sent to the Dr. Swann Wellness Center, P.O. Box 726, Sterling City, TX 76951.


May the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, may God.

Hold you in the palm of his hand.


Howell Bowen, Jr "Butch"

Benny Balderaz, aka Spider, 74, passed into the arms of Jesus July 14, 2024.


A remembrance service will be at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Power Church, 1344 SE 10th Ave. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors. 


He was born on November 17, 1949, in Sterling City, Texas, to Jesus and Elida Balderaz. He married Teresa Leal on August 3, 1969 and they were blessed with two daughters. He worked most of his life as a sheep shearer, and truck driver hauling potatoes, silo, sugar beets, and fertilizer, alongside his father and brothers. 


Spider was loved by all the ladies. He always had a smile on his face and always had a joke to tell. He had a love/hate relationship with the Dallas Cowboys. Spider loved to watch Westerns and cruise the streets of San Angelo in his Ford F-150.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Elida Balderaz.


Spider is survived by his daughters, Amanda Balderaz of Sterling City, and Crissy Rodriquez, and husband Sid of Amarillo, Texas; siblings, Olivia Rodriguez, Guy Balderaz, Roy Balderaz, and Elvira Alvarado; grandchildren; Amber Ramos, John Arispe and wife Sierra, and Aaron Ramos; great-grandchildren, McKenna Arispe, Zayleigh Hase, Zariah Hase, and Zaiden" Bubba" Hase; and bonus great grandchildren Maliah Hase, Myleigh York, and Katie Beck.

Louis Latimer

Jessie Carl "Crowder" Crowder

Jessie Carl "Crowder" Crowder, 76, of Gardendale, Texas, passed away on March 24, 2024. He was born on March 21, 1948, in Brownwood, Texas to the late Carl and Midge Lane.


Crowder proudly served in the US Army for 6 years, where he received accolades such as the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Sharpshooter Combat Infantryman Badge, and Army Commendation Medal. He was also recognized as a 1st Class Gunner M-60 MG.


After his military service, Crowder pursued a career that reflected his dedication and excellence. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Odessa Country Club.


Crowder is survived by his daughters Jessica, Sarah, and Britney. He is also survived by grandchildren Justin Richardson, Hillary Donaldson, Jake Hull, Karli Hull, Levi Skees, Landen Skees, Bailey Crowder, Aubrey Crowder, Jase Appleton, and many great-grandchildren.


 He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Midge Lane, Brother Bruce Crowder, Sisters Vivian McKee and Gerry Shipler, and daughter Jeannie Crowder.


A graveside service will be held at Montvale Cemetery in Sterling City, Texas, on Friday March 29,2024 at 2:00p.m. Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City, Texas, is assisting with the arrangements.


Crowder will be remembered for his dedication to his country, his love for golf, and most importantly, his devotion to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.


Maria Enriqueta Hernandez de Ibarra (Queta)

Louis Latimer, of Sterling City, Texas, passed away on Saturday, February 17th, at the age of


Louis’s life was nothing short of storied. He was born in Mount Calm, Texas, on March 1, 1937,

along with his twin brother, Lonnie. He was the third youngest of nine children. His family were

farmers in the Mount Calm/Birome area of Central Texas. He attended school at nearby

Penelope. After graduating from Penelope High School, he joined the United States Air Force,

where he served as a Firefighter and Paramedic from 1954 to 1958 at Webb Air Force Base in

Big Spring, Texas. His firefighting career lasted another 19 years: 9 more at Webb Air Force

Base as a civilian, then 10 years serving the City of Midland. He would leave that life behind to

then work in the oil fields of West Texas for many years. He also served as Sterling County

Justice of the Peace for three terms. He was also a beekeeper at one point. He could fix pretty

much anything you put in front of him…granted, it may not be ‘the same,’ but it worked. He even

drove a bus for Sterling City ISD for several years. And if you have lived in Sterling City for

longer than the last 10 years, then he has probably worked on your air conditioner at least once.


Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Dee Latimer; his parents, John and Bertha Latimer; his

siblings Mozelle (Mo) Cunningham, Jane Northrup, Vernell Taylor, Raymond Latimer, Joyce

Hawthorne, Joe Latimer, Lonnie Latimer, and Shirley Latimer. He is survived by his children

Jane Houston (Kevin) of Imperial, Texas, Lexie Latimer of Midland, Texas, Jeff Latimer

(Michelle) of Sugar Land, Texas, Lonniejay Latimer (Cari) of Waco, Texas, Bobby Ross Blair

(Karleen) of Sterling City, Texas, and Laurie Colvert (Shawn) of Sterling City, Texas, as well as

6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, to whom he was known as ‘Papa.’ There are also

countless nieces and nephews, many of whom often regard Louis as their ‘favorite uncle!’


There will be a graveside funeral service held at Montvale Cemetery in Sterling City on Friday,

February 23, 2024, at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be at Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City on

Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Honorary pallbearers include Jack

Clark, John Davis, Lynn Denton, Melvin Freeman, Mark Sullivan, and Johnny Youngblood.




Maria Enriqueta Hernandez de Ibarra (Queta) went to be with our Lord and Savior on February 3, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 29, 1943 to Manuel Hernandez & Aurelia Silva. She was the fifth out of seven children. 


She married the love of her life Victoriano Ibarra in 1972. Spending majority of their life’s together in San Carlos, Mexico they finally made the move to Sonora, TX in 1980 for a few years. They decided to make Sterling City, TX their permanent place of residence in 1991. 


They had 3 beautiful children, Victor Ibarra (wife Amy), Maricruz Marin (husband Sergio), and Marcos Ibarra who mean the world to her. Her greatest blessing was when she became a grandmother to her grandkids: Nikkiana (husband Nathan), Desi, Antonia, Isabela, Amber, Cruz, and Kylie. You could always find her following them around to all their sporting events and celebrating every single birthday of theirs. The greatest part of her life was when she got promoted to a great-grandmother. Navy & Nevaeh spent their time watering the plants and grass with their Guela. She also looked forward to sharing the love of food with them in the morning when they would go over to have breakfast as part of their daily routine with her. 


You could find her making her famous tamales during the holidays and playing lots of loteria with her family, not only for prizes, but money. Her absolute favorite was to go gambling. Holidays were her favorite, because that’s when all the family would get together and make new memories. She was one amazing woman full of so much love and laughter, that never went unnoticed. She will be deeply missed by all of her family, and friends that she’s made in her 80 years of life. 


A viewing will be held on Tuesday February 6, 2024 at 9am at St. Paschal Mission Church in Sterling City, TX. Rosary will be held at 7pm. Mass in her honor will be held on Wednesday at 10am at St. Paschal Mission Church. Meal to follow. 


The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers & condolences during this difficult time.


Howell Bowen Jr (Butch), 88, of Wilmeth, Texas was called home on July 3, 2024. He was born on September 1, 1935 to Howell and Jessie Bowen on the farm near Wilmeth. He went to Maizeland School in Wilmeth until the 7th Grade. After that he helped his father on the farm full time. When he was around 15 years old, he went to work with his brother Charlie on the Earl Bailey Ranch, south of Sterling City. After that he went to work roughnecking and working in the oil field around Sterling City, Midland and Odessa.


In 1956, he went to work for El Paso Natural Gas and worked on the pipeline dynamite crew. While working there, he met his future wite, Pearl Hinrichs. The following year, on July 10, they were married in Ballinger. He then went to work at Elroy Butler's Texaco Service Station in Sterling City, TX. They welcomed their son, Mike Bowen in November 1958. In his spare time he worked for Cletus Smith, drilling water wells and Elton Hull, in his welding shop.

In 1963, Butch started Bowen Well Service. Butch and Mike worked together drilling water wells and installing and servicing windmills and pumps for Sterling County and the other surrounding counties until 1994.


In the late 1990s Butch and Pearl moved to the Bowen Homeplace west of Wilmeth. He continued working part time until he fully retired in 2004. His remaining years were spent on the farm, a place he truly loved and cherished, until he passed away at the nursing home in Winters, TX.


Butch enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. Butch, Pearl, Mike and friends were always at the deer lease on opening day of hunting season. He loved to go to the coast and the Guadalupe River with friends on many fishing trips. One of his lifelong fishing and hunting buddies was Arvil Cotter, who he knew since the age of 7 or 8. He also enjoyed organizing the Maizeland School reunions.


Howell Bowen Jr (Butch) is survived by his wife, Pearl Bowen of Wilmeth, son Mike Bowen and wife Sandra of Saint Jo, TX, grandson Michael Bowen and wife Jessika of Muenster, TX and his three great-grandchildren, Nikole, David and Emily of Muenster, TX and sister Louise Gartman.


Butch was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Tana Bowen, brothers and sister-in-laws Charlie and Laverne Bowen, Gene and Lucille Bowen, his sisters, Rosie and Christine, sister and brother-in-law Blondie and Rance Hord and brother-in-law Robert Gartman.

Visitation will be at Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City on Sunday, July 7th from 4pm-6pm. Graveside service will be Monday, July 8th starting at 10am at Montvale Cemetery in Sterling City. Services are being handled by Ross Funeral Home.


Psalm 23

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."


Memo Rodriguez

Memo Rodriguez, 71 years old, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, in Sterling City, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ambrosio and Manuela Rodriguez.  Memo leaves behind his twin brother, Santos and his wife Nancy Rodriguez; and sister, Martha Rodriguez; five nieces, four nephews, nine great-nieces, six great-nephews who all loved him very much.


Viewing will be 12pm-1pm Friday, October 13, 2023, at the City Cemetery in Sterling City, Texas. Funeral services will immediately follow the viewing at 1pm. Services are under the direction of Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City, Texas, you may contact them at (325)895-0444.


James Clifford Snitker



James Snitker departed his Earthly home and ascended into the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, August 24, 2023 after a brief illness. 


James Clifford Snitker was born on June 24, 1957 in Muleshoe, Texas to Johnnie Carolyn (Green) and JC Snitker. He grew up on the family farm in Enochs, Texas and graduated from Bula High School.


James met his sweetheart, Beverly, on March 6, 1975 while "making the drag" in Morton, Texas. After a whirlwind high school romance they were married on November 7, 1975. They had two children, Doug and Casey. They also claim Melanie and Mike as their kids, and absolutely adore their grandkids Xander, Miley, Sydney, and Jack. 


James retired from Chevron after an impressive 43 years. Daddy pursued many interests including being a licensed minister in the Assembly of God Church, an avid wood worker, a lover of gardening and green lawns, camping and fishing. He made many friends over the years in the oilfield and everywhere else he went. 


Everyone knew Daddy liked Dr Pepper, the Dallas Cowboys, and sequential numbers; but mostly he loved his family fiercely. You never saw Daddy without Mama. People around town would ask where they had been when they weren't riding around, and the answer was either they were with the grandkids or back from another adventure. 


James is survived by his loving bride, Beverly; his two children Doug Snitker and his wife, Melanie; and Casey Allison and her husband, Mike; and their grandkids Xander and Sydney Snitker and Miley and Jack Allison; his sisters Judy and Cathy and brother, John. He was loved by his nieces and nephews, his extended family, and all of his friends that became his family. He was preceded in death by his parents. 


The family would like to extend their thanks to the Sterling County Sheriff's Office, the Sterling County EMS, and Shannon Hospital. 


There will be a viewing for friends and family at Ross Funeral Home Sunday August 27, 2023 from 5-7pm. Services will be held at the First Methodist Church on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 1pm. Graveside will follow at the Sterling City Cemetery.


J. Vonne Fulks


J. Vonne Fluks, age 89, passed away on June 17th in San Angelo, Texas. Mr. Fulks spent most of his life in ranching and custom cattle care. He was a Navy veteran and lived most of his life in Friona, Texas. He was a Master Mason and Scottish Rite for 60 years. 

He met his wife, Evelyn (Hext) Fulks at Texas Tech University. They married in 1955 and celebrated 62 years together, until her death in 2017.

J. Vonne leaves behind three children; Nell (Jessie) Whitlow of Mertzon Texas, Jamie (Paul) Stern of Sarasota Florida, and Cole Fulks of Tyler Texas. Mr. Fulks also had the joy of having five grandchildren-Garrison & Paige Fulks, Kasi (Hunter) Shofner, Jace Whitlow, and Tate (Brandi) Whitlow; and five great-grandchildren-Jett Whitlow, Braylon & Jordan Shofner, Kyndal & Carter Whitlow.

The family will have a small private ceremony at a later date.

Robert "Bob" Leon Browne

Leo Cal Stewart

Bob was born in Mitchell County, TX on August 23, 1943, to Clarence and Irene Browne. He attended Colorado City High School and graduated in 1961. In 1965, he graduated from Department of Public Safety training and was stationed in Ozona. Bob was transferred to Sterling City in 1966 where he served as a DPS officer for 15 years. He was elected as Sterling County Judge in 1987 and served for 20 years.

On April 26, 2023, Bob went to meet his Lord and Savior. Survivors include his wife, Diane; son Michael Browne of Big Lake; daughter-in-law Sherri Browne; grandchildren Cady and Chase Kendrich of San Antonio, Cameron and Savana Browne of Abilene, and Kasey Browne of Austin; great grandchildren Anna and Cody Kendrich, Everly and Olivia Browne.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father; wife Ann Blassingame Browne; son Randal Browne; grandson Cody Browne; and daughter-in-law Cyndy Browne.

Graveside services will be in Montvale Cemetery, Sterling County at 2:00pm Saturday April 29, 2023. A reception will follow at Sterling City First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Kilpatrick, Jack Clark, Roy Blair, James Lange, Ron Burch, Jesse Trevino, and John Jones.



Charlie Don Howard

Leo Cal Stewart was born September 24, 1950, in San Angelo, Texas to Horace Lee “Buddy” and Emma Lou Stewart. At an early age, Leo trusted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized. Leo attended San Angelo public schools and graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1968.  

Leo met Tracy Jackson, the love of his life, in 1980 and they joined their lives in marriage on May 29, 1981, at First Baptist Church, O’Donnell, Texas and were faithful to each other for 41 years and 10 months. The lights of Leo’s life were his children, Mandi and Courtney and his greatest joy came from his grandchildren, Colton, Emma and Oaklee.

Leo learned the value and importance of a strong work ethic as a young man which served him and his family well throughout his life. Leo believed he was fortunate to have opportunities to work in various professions, master numerous skills, and serve the public with good people and the best of friends. Early in his career, Leo worked for Ross Foster in Sterling City and then farmed for John Stephens in O’Donnell. When Leo and Tracy made San Angelo their home, Leo worked in car sales; worked in tire sales alongside Tracy at Swindell Tire Company; and served the community in the maintenance department of the Tom Green County Jail where he retired. After retirement and until March 2023, Leo was the safety consultant for O’Donnell Oil and Butane Company, Inc. where he enjoyed serving the customers and farming community that he loved with Tracy’s parents, Maurice and Patsy Jackson, who Leo lovingly referred to as his other mom and dad; his son, Courtney; and his friend, Alex Gutierrez. 

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the age of 72, Leo entered Heaven where he was welcomed by Jesus and where Leo joined his parents; brother, Lee Allen Stewart; sister, Lou Ella Westbrook Standifer; brother-in-law, Charles Westbrook; best friend and brother-in-law, Lanny Jackson; nephew, Carter Jackson; and other relatives and friends.

Leo is survived by his forever love, life partner, and dedicated wife, Tracy; daughter, Mandi Thompson and husband, Buddy of Post; son, Courtney Stewart and wife, Tamara of O’Donnell; grandson Colton Thompson of South Park, Colorado; granddaughter, Emma Thompson of Lubbock; granddaughter, Oaklee Stewart of O’Donnell; father- and mother-in-law, Maurice and Patsy Jackson of O’Donnell; sister-in-law, Pattie Griffin and husband, Griff of San Angelo; sister-in-law, Patsy Stewart of Amarillo; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; and a host of dear friends. 


Leo bravely battled an aggressive form of cancer, and his family is thankful for the care and dedication of the medical professionals who treated him, including Dr. Carl Anderton; Dr. Andy Hall; Shannon Hospital 4th, 5th and 6th floor nurses and staff; and Hospice of San Angelo/West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

Leo’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, O’Donnell, followed by interment in O’Donnell Cemetery under the direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes with Reverend Taylor Wood as officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be Leo’s friends Skeete Foster of Sterling City, Jesse Lujan of Midland, Randy Brewer of London, Alex Gutierrez of O’Donnell, Jeremy Harrison and Clint Harrison of San Angelo, and Benny Gass and Corey Gass of Lubbock. 

In lieu of flowers, Leo’s family requests that you consider contributing to a charity of your choice.





Don Howard passed away on Tuesday February 28, 2023. A graveside service celebrating his life is planned for Friday March 3, 2023 in Montvale Cemetery at 3pm. Services are under the direction of Ross Funeral Home.  

Jean Carolyn Cauble Long

Barbara "Bitsy" Durham Kirby


Barbara (Bitsy) Durham Kirby, of San Angelo, Texas was joyously welcomed by our Lord and Savior on August 27, 2022.  Bitsy was born on February 6, 1947, in San Angelo, Texas to Worth and Mary Jo (Nance) Durham and raised on the family ranch in Sterling City, Texas. She loved family above all and was a diligent, hardworking, independent woman.  She was a wonderful mother to three sons and all their friends.  She was a loving and doting grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a loving wife to Monty Kirby.  While she was strong enough to work fulltime, raise three boys on her own and survive three terminal cancer diagnoses; she always carried a sunny disposition and had a deep well of faith that she was willing to share with others.  The Lord never left her side.  She was a dedicated volunteer at Shannon Hospital and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.  She was blessed with the greenest of thumbs and was always working in the yard and the garden to produce beautiful spaces and provide abundant fruits and vegetables.  She was a masterful cook, blessing her family and friends with wonderful meals and tasty desserts.  Upon request, she provided each of her children and grandchildren with a list of her favorite recipes with pictures of her prettiest flowers that will be sure to be of use in many family dinners in the future.  Above all, she left us with a sense of what it is to be loved.  While we may never know the full extent of God’s love on this mortal plane; it must feel something like her love. 

Bitsy was preceded in death by her parents Worth and Mary Jo Durham and brother David Durham.  She is survived by her husband Monty Kirby; her children Jason Arp and wife Leslie, Lance Arp and wife Christina, and Phillip Arp and wife Betty; brother Drew Durham and wife Dawn; and also, by twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Numerous loved nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.


A very special thank you to Monty Kirby for your love for Bitsy and the care you provided.  A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Sterling City at 11:00 on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 under the direction of Ross Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at the Montvale Cemetery following the memorial service.


Lou Wilhoit Hinderliter

Lou Wilhoit Hinderliter, 73, passed peacefully at her home on December 8, 2022. Lou was born in Portales, New Mexico on January 6th, 1949, to E.B. & Neva Wilhoit. She married Danny Hinderliter on May 11th, 1968, and together they started the family that she loved so dearly. 

She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, was in the choir in high school, and received the Betty Crocker Award that she was teased about repeatedly. She was an employee of the First National Bank of Sterling City for 32 years. She strove to be the model wife, mother, and grandmother, always welcoming any family at any time. Words cannot describe the meaning of family to her. Having grown up as the second of seven children, she had many stories of family gatherings. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Will Hinderliter. She is survived by her husband Danny, siblings: Glenda & Harold Cross, Berry & Vicky Wilhoit, Andrea Good, Sandi Allison, Jim & Connie Wilhoit, and Sheri & Darwin Chenaut; her children: Cody & Rachel Hinderliter, Amy & Tommy Wright, and Waylon Hinderliter; her grandchildren: Molli & Tanner Latham, Cooper & Savannah Hinderliter, Kersti & Taylor Davis, Kobi Wright, and Josh Hinderliter; her great grandkids: Carter & Kutter Latham, Laekyn & Grace Hinderliter, and Katie Lou & Ruby Davis; her sister in law Cathy McEntire, as well as many nieces & nephews. 

Having been born to a humble beginning and knowing what it was like to live in a dug out, she passed rich beyond all measures with the love of a family. 


Services will be held at the Church of Christ in Sterling City on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers are Cody & Cooper Hinderliter, Tommy & Kobi Wright, Waylon & Josh Hinderliter, Taylor Davis, & Tanner Latham. 


Jean Carolyn Cauble Long was born June 26, 1939 to Lois and Naomi Cauble of Roby, Texas.  Early years were spent helping her father pick his cotton fields and gathering eggs which paid for her piano lessons, which started her passion for music.  She started singing in the adult choir at Roby Methodist Church at 7 years of age and by her 8th birthday she accepted Christ and began playing the piano for the evening Sunday services.  She was a member of the High School band where she played the baritone, French horn and cornet.  Her love for music and Jesus started early.  After graduating from high school, she attended Texas Tech University and met the love of her life - Sidney Long.  They were married in 1958 and moved to Starkville MS and in 1960 had her first child - Richard Long.  Later that same year - they moved to Gail Texas where she begin to teach private piano and vocal lessons in her home.   Her home was always filled with love and music. She gave birth to Scot Long in 1963 and Linetta Long in 1968.  She continued to be active in church, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.  In 1976 she and her family moved to Robert Lee where she shared her talents as the Choir Director and Youth Minister at Robert Lee Baptist Church. She conducted many beautiful Cantatas and took hundreds of students on mission trips all over Texas. She was a member of the Billy Graham Crusades where she traveled to Europe 4 different times to share her love for Christ with others. In 1998 she spent 2 months at Mission Arlington, in Arlington Texas where she witnessed to underserved communities. These mission trips were the most spiritually moving experiences in her life,  She loved sharing the truth of the gospel with everyone she met.  She continued her love and devotion for music and Christ by leading worship and praise at Robert Lee Baptist Church for over 50 years.


Carolyn was a devoted mother and wife. She shared her love of music with her children, teaching them all to play the piano and to sing.  She loved staying fit and working out.  She taught Jazzercise classes at the church and always encouraged others to eat healthy and live an active life.   She was an amazing seamstress.  Creating beautiful dresses for her daughter and making cherished quilts for her family and friends.  She loved the outdoors - hunting deer and planting vegetables. She created a loving home where all her children and their friends felt warm and welcomed.


Carolyn devoted her entire life to the Lord.  She showed that love in all that she did and with everyone she met.  Her greatest gift to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and everyone she encountered was her example of living and loving as Christ lived. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lois and Naomi Cauble, her husband Sidney Long and brother Keifer Cauble. She is survived by her 3 children, Richard Long and wife, Deann, Scot Long and wife Shelli of Sterling City. Linetta Long of Dallas.  5 Grandchildren: Colton Long and wife Hilary of Amarillo, Clayton Long of San Angelo, Mason Long and wife Ashely and MaHaley Long of Sterling City. and Sydnie Long of Dallas.  Four awesome great grandkids: Bryson, Jentry, Maci and Nolan.  The family would like to thank special friends, Cindy Caston and Tiffany Alexander for their love and care of their Mom.  In leu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gentiva Hospice Family Care, San Angelo, TX.


Memorial Service will be at Sterling City Methodist Church, Sterling City Texas on Thursday, February 16th at 2pm.


Eva Lu Wheeler Wright

Patricia Cooke Badger Copeland

Eva Lu Wheeler Wright was born November 2, 1935 to Marlin and Katie Wheeler.  She went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2022 at the age of 86.

Eva Lu grew up in the Santo area and graduated from Santo High School. Born the 7th of 10 children, she was raised valuing family life above all earthly things. It was a belief she never strayed from and she was proud to be from the Wheeler clan. She graduated from Santo  and worked her way through college to graduate from Texas Christian University majoring in journalism. On June 6th, 1960 she married Tommy Wright in Ft. Worth Texas. She managed their grocery stores in the Fort Worth area and worked tirelessly toward their goal of moving their family to a small town.  In 1980, they moved their five children to Sterling City, Texas where she fell in love with and proudly supported her community through hard work, encouraging words, and endless baked goods. Many grew to know and appreciate Eva Lu at the Hitchin' Post Grocery, where sometimes it was hard to determine who was extended family and who were just customers.  She raised her children in the First Baptist Church, where she now leaves behind a special Sunday School class.  In recent years, she also frequented the Church of Christ service as well and she blessed and was blessed by both congregations. A true sports enthusiast, she could often be seen and heard in the stands supporting the Sterling City Eagles as well as keeping up with the pros. She always enjoyed a minute or an hour critiquing the latest game and the players involved.  Her unshakeable faith, quick wit and servant's heart made Eva Lu a pure joy to be around.  Through trials and triumphs, Eva Lu nurtured an extremely strong faith in God and was a consistent example and godly leader for her family. She was an outstanding mother, loving wife and committed community member. 


She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Tommy Wright, and many siblings: Everett Wheeler, Vernell McCalla, Burkie Thornton, Jeannette Burnett, Joe Von Wheeler, Max Wheeler, Harold Wheeler and Franna McCullars.


She is survived by her children: daughter Lori Cooper; son Tommy and wife, Amy Wright; son Timmy and wife Blenda Wright; daughter Tami and husband, Joe Russell, and daughter Jimi Wright. She cherished her many grandchildren. granddaughters: Kersti Davis (great granddaughters Katie Lou and Ruby Davis)  Tayler Schulze (great granddaughter Reevie Schulze), Chaney Cooper, Kat Russell and Bailey Zoh and her grandsons and pallbearers: Dax Cooper, Kobi Wright, Trevor Wright, Gage Cooper, Holden Lindsey, Taylor Davis and Dalton Schulze.


The family wishes to have as honorary pallbearers: the San Antonio Spurs, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys-so they can let her down, one last time. 

The funeral will be June 18th at the Sterling City Church of Christ.  Visitation will be from 10am-11am, with the service beginning at 11am. 

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Born September 13, 1934, on her mother’s birthday in Ozona, Texas, to parents Archibald and

Nora Woods Cooke. Pat had one older sister Betty Cooke. Nora worked hard to make sure her girls had what they needed during the depression. Pat says the successes she had in her life were due to the fact that she had such a good mother. She lived 87 years and accomplished a great many things. She loved children, butterflies, and crosses. She was an artist in many mediums. Painting pink roses were one of her favorite pastimes. Encouraging people and giving them hope was one of her greatest talents. She saw the good in people and helped them build on their strengths.


Pat, a gifted student, started kindergarten early at 4 years old. She then skipped 2nd grade and

at the ripe old age of 15 graduated high school in May of 1950 with honors. She and her mom relocated to San Angelo so she could start nurses’ training at Shannon School of Nursing that September. Pat was the youngest student they had ever allowed in, and she was determined to make it work.


Pat graduated nursing school as a Registered Nurse in 1953 and married Bertrand McCullough

(Mac) Badger 4 days later on Oct. 4. Mac a graduate of A&M, was in the Army attached to the Air Force training in helicopters. They lived in San Marcos, Texas, where Mac was stationed at Gary Air Force Base. He shipped out to San Francisco and was deployed to Korea before that Christmas. Pat move back to her mom’s home and worked as a nurse at Shannon Hospital. Thrilled to learn she was pregnant; she and Mac wrote letters dreaming of the life they would have when he got home. Sadly, Mac did not make it back. He died in a helicopter crash on June 7, 1954. Pat was 5 1/2 months pregnant. She gave birth to their son, Bertrand Brandt Badger July 31, 1954.


James Curtis introduced Pat to C.J. Copeland in the spring of ’55. She and Brandt dated C.J. until

they married on Nov. 5, 1955, and moved out to Sterling County where she lived the remainder of her life. First, living out on part of Copeland Brothers’ Ranch in the Canyons then moving over to what was called the McCabe Place, where Brandt, Judy, and Jeff were raised until they built a house in town in 1966. Jim was born later that year. Being a rancher’s wife and mother to four kept Pat extremely busy. Meals were homemade. Her oven seldom got cold. Friends were always welcomed. Four kids involved in all kinds of sports and activities meant endless hours of cooking for and serving in the concession stand, crafting all kinds of things, supervising activities, and over 25 years of service in the PTA. She and C.J took road trips all over Texas and occasionally to New Mexico for sporting events. She also served on a number of boards and committees. She was a loving and devoted mom.


In 1972 Pat resumed her nursing career. She worked outside the home for 26 additional years

and retired as the Director of Nurses at the Sterling County Nursing Home. She got her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree at almost 60 years old. She loved being a nurse. It was her true calling. She also loved inspiring others in the nursing field. Our small town depended on her medical knowledge and willingness to help. It was not uncommon for the doorbell to ring to find friends and neighbors seeking medical advice and treatment.


In 1998, Pat’s next career was riding shotgun with C.J. They ranched together for the remainder

of C.J.’s years. Like all ranchers, they had their fair share of close calls and near-death experiences. Tough as nails, they survived an angry bull attack complete with broken ribs when Pat was in her seventies. A friend said, “They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore!” She and C.J. celebrated 56 years of marriage before he died in a car accident in 2011. We were heartbroken.


Pat and C.J. had known and loved Grover Johnson and his wife Tommie for about 30 years.

Tommie died the week before C.J. It was a very sad time for both Pat and Grover. They decided they much preferred being together to being alone. They became each other's best friends and travel companions for the next 8 years. They loved to travel. From Alaska to Florida, they visited with people and saw the sights. They loved seeing old friends and making new friends. Grover died in June of 2020. Pat settled back down full-time in Sterling City.


Pat thanked God daily in her prayers for a very good life. She dearly loved her children,

grandchildren, sister, extended family, and friends. The folks of Sterling County held a special place in her heart. She was so thankful for all those God put on her path throughout the years.


She is survived by her children: Brandt Badger, Judith Copeland Eubank (John Eubank), Jeff

Copeland (Shari Lewis Copeland), and Jim Copeland (Carmen Keel Copeland); grandchildren: Brooke Badger Mulkey (Jason Mulkey), Jordanna Copeland Franklin (James Franklin), Katherine Eubank, William Eubank, and Jason Wood; great-grandchildren: Collin Mulkey, Caroline Franklin, and Case Franklin; sister: Betty Allen Fields; nieces and nephews: George Allen, Johnny Copeland, Janie Copeland Anderson (Roland Anderson) Marilyn Newcome Gutierrez (Eddie Gutierrez), and Larry Turney (Carolyn Turney).


Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, at First United Methodist

Church of Sterling City, and funeral services at 2:00 pm to be followed by a graveside ceremony at Montvale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to First United Methodist Church of Sterling City or your

favorite charity.

For more information, please contact Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City at (325) 895-0444.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, at First United Methodist Church of Sterling City, and funeral services at 2:00 pm to be followed by a graveside ceremony at Montvale Ceremony.

Guadalupe Escobar (Armas nee)


Guadalupe Escobar (Armas nee) was born to Antonio Armas and Rosa Nunez on March 22, 1955 in El Paso, Tx. The eldest daughter of 8 children lived at Ft Hancock,Tx and Dell City through her childhood life and graduated from Ft Hancock in 1973. She left Ft Hancock and lived in the Dallas area where she worked as a clerk for Employers Insurance of Texas. She transferred to the El Paso area office and worked there.  She met a young soldier stationed at Ft Bliss on October 30th 1976 and they fell in love. She married Ray Escobar on March 30th 1977. They had two children Javier and Jessica Escobar and were the proud grandparents of  Zandra Cynthia Julietta Ojeda and Joshua Matthew Escobar. She was a homemaker until the children were school aged and while stationed overseas she cared for her children.

When Ray retired from the military, they settled down in Ft Hancock was employed by the Hudspeth County Water District until they relocated to Sterling City where she worked at the Sterling County Nursing Home, first as a nurse’s aide and then as the Business Office secretary until she retired in July 2018. She worked there for 21 years. 

Lupe’s first battle with cancer began while they were stationed in Ft Huachuca, AZ in 1990. She remained in remission for 27 years and the disease came back in 2017. She fought this battle never giving up on her faith in Jesus. She fought the good fight until Feburary 4th 2022 at 9am and died at her home with her husband, mother and her sister Toni physically present and with 4 siblings via video chat. 

She is survived by her mother Rosa Armas,  her husband Ray, son Javier, and daughter Jessica. Two grandchildren Zandra and Joshua. Four brothers Jose Armas from Safford , AZ ; Ignacio Armas from Clint, TX; Arturo Armas from North Pole AK; and Isabel Armas from Kyle, TX. Three sisters Antonia Martz of Austin, Elvira Quiles of Wiley, TX and Rose Green also from wiley. In-laws include Chester Martz, Jose Quiles and Patrick Green and sister-in-law Sunki Armas and Gloria Armas. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and a lot  of adopted grandchildren who called her “Grandma”.

Lupe, as she was formerly known by everyone, can say that her best attributes were her faith in Jesus Christ and how she always had a word of encouragement for everyone, and always had a smile on her face that lit up the room when she made an entry.

Memorial service will be held at 6pm at La Hermosa Baptist Church at 6pm. Funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Sterling City at 10am with graveside service at the city cemetery.

Pallbearers to be announced later.

Arvil Elton Kinsey

Arvil Elton Kinsey age 74 of Sterling City passed from this world Monday, January 24, 2022 peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Arvil was born February 17, 1947 in Brady Texas to Arlice & Vera Kinsey where he grew up and graduated from Mason High School in Mason, Texas.  After graduation, Arvil soon joined the armed forces with the army division where he served three years which included serving in the Vietnam War. Arvil served as a military policeman, expert riffle ‘Pistol’ and M-60 MG. Arvil received National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, and Meritorious Unit Commendation. After returning from the Armed Services, Arvil moved to Menard where he met his beautiful wife Mary Lou McCartney and was married on April 13, 1972.

After working in Menard for several years he moved to Sterling City where he started their new journey. Arvil worked on two different ranches until he found himself going to work as a deputy sheriff for the Sterling County Police Department. Arvil protected and served the county for two years. Arvil could not get ranching out of his system so decided to go back to his passion of working on the Martin Reed Ranch where he called his home now for 30 plus years. Arvil worked for Martin and Mary Helen Reed and after their passing he continued to work for their son Mims Reed. Arvil really enjoyed working for Mims and throughout the years he did not see Mims as just an employer he thought and felt of Mims and his family as a part of his own family.  They formed a very special relationship and cherished the years spent together.

Arvil had a passion for team roping in his spare time and met a lot of wonder people on the way. Way too many to mention but he loved them all and always had a smile for all of them. He loved his family and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Had lots of friends and family around for as many gatherings as he could. Arvil will be forever missed by everyone. He will live on through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Arvil is preceded in death by his parents Arlice Elton “Jack” Kinsey and Vera Violet Wright Kinsey; Brother James Richard “Ricky” Kinsey andwife Cindy Kinsey.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Mary Lou Kinsey of Sterling City, TX; One daughter Sheila Kinsey Barrientes and Husband Noel Barrientes of Midland TX; One son Jack Elton Kinsey and wife Lara Kinsey and
Justin Hahn of San Angelo; 6 grandchildren, Christina “peanut” Kinsey of Midland TX, Buddy Trinidad of Midland TX, Summer Aguilar and husband Danny Aguilar of Midland TX, Kaela Barrientes of Lubbock TX, Morgan Kinsey of San Angelo TX, and River Kinsey of Sterling City TX, and 7 great grandchildren. Two sister in laws Sally Hudson and husband Mike Hudson of Ranger TX, Donna McCartney of Tye TX, One brother in law John Nicholas of Eden TX, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Sterling City, TX at 2:00 p.m. on February 19, 2022 to celebrate his life and special lasting memories.


Marjorie Iola Humble Augustine

Marjorie Humble Augustine went to be with her Lord in Heaven on October 11, 2021, in the Sterling County Nursing Home.

Marjorie, affectionately known as Mom and Granny, was born on September 28, 1927 in Whiteface, Texas, to Tom and Verdie (Cain) Humble.  She attended Sterling City schools from second grade until her graduation in 1944, then attended Texas Tech for one and a half years.

Marjorie married the love of her life, Tommy Augustine on March 21, 1947.  They lived and ranched in Montana, New Mexico, and Texas and she was a good helper to Tommie in all they did.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother that loved to sew, cook, work jigsaw puzzles, and do handwork.  She had been a resident of Water Valley, Texas since 1964, where she taught Sunday School for many years as a member of the Water Valley Baptist Church.


She is survived by children Diane Browne (Robert) of Sterling City, Kay Augustine Blair (Tom) of Water Valley, and Kenneth Augustine (Sharon) of Tatum, New Mexico;  grandchildren Dennis Haar (Angie) of Decatur, Gary Haar of Weatherford, Ritchie Olson of Weatherford, T.J. Sexton (Sara) of Water Valley, Amanda Madrid (Cody) of Sterling City, and Melissa Aday (Brian) of Carlsbad, California; great-grandchildren Savanna, Addison, Aubree, and Lillian Sexton, Jeremy and Jace Aday, and Sadie Madrid;   brother, Bill Humble (Pinkey) of Sterling City, Clara Cooper (sister-in-law) of Tulsa, Oklahoma and nieces and nephews Amy Green, Susie Gibson, June Humble, Paul Rawlings, Alice Brown, Kathy Weide, and Kevin Cooper.

She  preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Augustine, Tom and Verde Humble, sister Laura Rawlings, nephews, David and John Rawlings, Ross Cooper, and Will and Angie Augustine.

Visitation will be at Ross Funeral Home located in Sterling City, Texas on Friday, October 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Graveside services will be Saturday, October 16th at 11:00am in Montvale Cemetery, Sterling City, Texas.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


Words cannot begin to express the thanks and gratitude the family has for all of the staff, and nurses of the Sterling County Nursing Home for all of the care our mother has received in all the years she was there. 

Darrin Gray "Bo" Ivey


Darrin Gray Ivey “Bo” of Sterling City Texas, received his angel wings at the age of 35 on March 21, 2021 while surrounded by family and friends. 


Bo graduated from Columbus High School in 2003 and went on to complete an engineering degree from Texas Tech University. Bo built a loving home and successful family business.


Bo is survived by his beautiful wife Morgan, children Ryanne and little Tate, mother Donna Yates, father Todd Noletubby, step father Jay Calvin, brother Colton Ivey and wife Rachel, sister Tara Noletubby, nephews Conner and Brody, and niece Layla, grandfather Mike Foster and wife Jakie, aunts, uncles, and many crazy cousins.


Bo strived to succeed and always placed priority on family first. His reputation as a great friend is known by many. He was always the life of any gathering and never failed to provide us with many hilarious memories. He will survive in our hearts until we meet again.


Visitation will be held at Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City, Texas, March 23, 2021 from 5-7 pm.  Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Sterling City on March 24, 2021 at 10 am. His vessel will be laid to rest beside his favorite and just as crazy Memaw “Phyllis Foster” at the Foster cemetery in Sterling City, Texas.


In lieu of flowers, Bo ask that you refrain from voting Democrat in the next election.

Ira Marvin "Cotton" Frizzell


Ira Marvin "Cotton" Frizzell was born on August 11, 1924 in San Saba, Texas to John Wesley Frizzell and Jemmy Mae Bessent Frizzell. He passed from this life on December 30, 2020 in Sterling City, Texas. From an early age, his nickname was ‘Cotton’ – the only name most of his friends and acquaintances from San Saba to Sheffield to Sterling City have known.

Cotton was drafted into the U. S. Army near the end of World War II. He was on a troop ship heading west across the Pacific when Japan surrendered. His troop ship was then directed to Korea to serve in the occupying force following WWII and before the Korean War.

After his service in the Army, Cotton returned to his birthplace and worked several different jobs though his heart was set on being a cowboy. He soon met a young lady named Christine Hibler. From the moment he met her, he decided she was the girl he intended to marry. Cotton and Christine were married on March 27, 1948. March 2020 marked 72 years of devoted marriage. On the day before Cotton passed away, he told his daughter that he really missed ‘your mama’ and said, “You know that we were married 72 and a half years.”

Cotton’s dream to be a cowboy was realized when he hired on with the Flying V Ranch between San Saba and Cherokee, Texas just over a year after marrying Christine. The move to the Flying V marked the beginning of 51 years of working on a ranch or managing a ranch, the most of which was 35 years as the manager of the VJ Ranch at Sterling City, Texas. Cotton’s first son, Chris, was born not long before the move to the Flying V and his second son, Craig, was born while Cotton and Christine were living there.

From the Flying V, Cotton and Christine moved to a ranch near San Antonio owned by a member of the Yates family, the location of which proved attractive to relatives who wanted to visit San Antonio. Those same relatives always wanted to go to the zoo. After a few such visitors came through, Cotton said, “Y’all can go ahead to the zoo if you want to, but I’m staying home.” [As we know there weren’t enough horses at the zoo to get his attention.]

The next ranch was the Halbert Ranch on the road between Sonora and Ft. McKavett. The last years of the drought of the 1950’s were spent there. The drought broke in early 1958 at which time Cotton and Christine’s daughter, Cathy, was born in February. Six weeks later Cotton moved his family to the Lee Allison ranch west of Sheffield, Texas.

The years Cotton spent on the Allison Ranch were good years enhanced by the family’s growing participation in the Sheffield Church of Christ. Cotton and Christine were baptized into Christ in February 1958 almost a year after moving to Sheffield. Their baptism marked a wonderful change that led to active participation in four different churches and association with many Christian people for the remainder of their lives. After the Sheffield Church of Christ, Cotton and Christine were members of three other congregations: Sonora, Sterling City, and Ninth & Main in San Angelo. Cotton served as a deacon in the Sterling City Church of Christ.

The majority of Cotton’s years in ranch management were spent on the VJ Ranch between Sterling City and Big Spring. The long-time relationship with owners Jack Wilkinson, Sr. and Jack Wilkinson, Jr. resulted in a sizeable herd of registered Charolais cattle from which numerous prize-winning show calves and dozens of herd bulls were sold. They took pride in both the calf crop and the lamb crop every year. Cotton retired from the VJ in June 2000 and he and Christine moved to town for the first time in their married life.

Cotton was devoted to his wife, Christine, and often spoke of his affection and appreciation for her and for the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren they shared. Cotton really enjoyed meeting and visiting with people, knew just about every rancher and cowboy from San Saba to Sonora to Sheffield to Sterling City and back to San Saba via San Angelo. He was blessed with an outstanding ability to remember names and faces and could recall the same up to his very last day on earth. With every person he met, he was always looking for the common acquaintances they shared.

Cotton’s survivors include his children Chris and his wife, Gene Ann, of Granbury; Craig and his wife, Gaye, of Muleshoe; and Cathy Brown and her husband, Dan, of Christoval; 9 grandchildren, Stephanie Baldwin and her husband, Coby Dale, Justin Frizzell and his wife, ShiAnn, Colby Frizzell and his wife, Keli, Holly Frizzell, Jason Frizzell and his wife, Beth, Ashley Frizzell, Christie Joyce and her husband, Jack Alan, Stacy Mecke, and Coke Hendry; 13 great-grandchildren: Garret Baldwin, Rustin Baldwin, Makylee Baldwin, Bayley Frizzell, Cy Frizzell, Kelby Frizzell, Kaylyn Frizzell, Sage Joyce, Jett Joyce, Sawyer Mecke, River Hendry, Olivia Hendry, Reid Frizzell; 2 great great-grandchildren: Blakelee, Brixtyn.

He survivors also include two sisters, Dell Castleberry of San Saba; Doris Halliburton of Corpus Christi.


Cotton was preceded in death by his parents, by three brothers, Raymond, Buck, and Marvin, and two sisters, Willie Bell and Bess.

He was also preceded in death by one great-grandson, Eli Baldwin

The funeral will be a graveside service at the Montvale Cemetery near Sterling City, Texas on Saturday, January 2 at 2:00 p.m. In regards to the current situation, please use your discretion regarding attendance and take necessary precautions.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Sterling City Church of Christ, P.O. Box 606, Sterling City, Texas, 76951.

Pallbearers: Justin Frizzell, Jason Frizzell, Colby Frizzell, Coke Hendry, Coby Dale Baldwin, Jack Alan Joyce, Garret Baldwin, Rustin Baldwin, Cy Frizzell, Kelby Frizzell

Honorary pallbearers: Rustin Baldwin, Cy Frizzell, Kelby Frizzell, Jett Joyce, Sawyer Mecke, River Hendry, Reid Frizzell

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to all the staff of the Sterling County Nursing Home for their loving care of their parents during their time of residence in the Home and particularly the care they received in their last days.

Services will be handled by Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City, Texas.

Patsy Jo Bynum

Patsy Jo Bynum, aged 81, died peacefully on July 4, 2016 at her home in Sterling City, Texas. Patsy was born March 4, 1935 in Sterling City, the daughter of Ralph and Bertha Davis.


Patsy was raised on a ranch and loved and embraced that heritage all her life. She told stories of the cowboys at the U Ranch, where her father was ranch foreman when she was young. It was there she learned the love of camp coffee at a very early age! She also learned a love and respect for the land and a love for horses that led her to the rodeo arena, where she competed as a young girl. One fateful day while driving home with her father, they had a flat tire. While changing that tire on the side of the road, a man and his son stopped to offer assistance. That is when she met the love of her life Billy Ralph Bynum. They were married on June 12, 1952. They began ranching and raising a family together first in Blackwell, Texas and then later in Sterling City, Texas. They had three children: Bobby, Tommy and Patti. Together they instilled in their children the values of hard work and stewardship of the land and lifestyle they so loved and embodied. Patsy was known for being a good cook and always keeping a warm welcome ready for all! The smell of homemade bread and delicious pies and other goodies was ever present in the home. Her talents didn’t stop there! When she was young, her father traded a horse and brought home a piano! She sat down and started picking out tunes and chords and was soon able to play almost any song she heard by ear. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, she was blessed with grandchildren! That is when her name became “Mama Pat” to one and all! She attended every rodeo, 4-H event, sporting event, one-act play, singing and drama event that any one of the grandchildren were in! She loved them all, and she loved them well. She showed them strength beyond measure when she lost her life love in 1992. She taught them how to carry on by picking up the yoke and taking on where Billy left off, both on the ranch and serving as a County Commissioner for Sterling County. She had a servant’s heart that helped her family, her community, and her church. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, and Noratadata Club in Sterling City. She leaves a lasting legacy, and she will be dearly missed. Fly high Mama Pat. We love you big as the sky!


Patsy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Billy, and her son Bobby. She is survived by Bobby’s wife, Debby and their children Shanna and Casey; her son, Tommy & wife Vicki and his children Terra & Joseph Gernentz and Bradley & Cori Bynum, Vicki’s children Aaron Canady & Evan Canady; her daughter, Patti May & husband Brian and their children Morgan & Lenny Christo and Mackenzie & Brian Holik and great grandchildren, Hunter Christo, Caroline Christo, Julianne Holik and Blaire Holik, and a precious pink bundle-to-be in October, Hadley Bynum; her brother, Bill Davis and wife Carolyn and her sister, Mitzi Harper and husband Dayton. She is also survived by numerous and greatly loved nieces and nephews.


Family burial will be at 10:00 am Thursday July 7 at Foster Cemetery, followed by a memorial celebration of life service at 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Sterling City, Tx. Memorials can be made to a favorite charity.

Stanley "Stan" Keller Horwood

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Stanley “Stan” Keller Horwood, age 88, transitioned peacefully into his heavenly home on Saturday, August 8th, 2020. Shortly after his passing, loved ones encircled him with prayer; a family tradition Stan has passed down and that will live on with future generations.

Stan was born in Gonzalez, Texas, on September 30th, 1931. His parents Reverend Stanley R. and Robena Keller Horwood adored him as he was the youngest of five children, including three sisters: Esther Dunagin, Ruth Dunagin, and Mary Dibrell, and brother Richard Keller Horwood. A beloved son, Stan reminisced about his loving mother and father often and was grateful for the strong faith and hard work ethic they instilled in him.

A talented athlete, Stan attended Texas Lutheran University on a football scholarship and then transferred to Southwestern University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went on to attend Perkins Seminary at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Hildebrand. After their first encounter flying kites, Stan and Elizabeth were inseparable and were united in marriage in 1955.

Stan and Elizabeth moved to Sterling City, Texas in 1956. After prayerful consideration, Stan elected to leave the pastorate and work for Elizabeth’s father H.L. “Hilde” Hildebrand. Learning the family’s ranching operation was no easy task, however, Stan was dedicated to being a good steward of the land and did so while raising children Lisa, Larry, Lenard, and Lonnie.

Stan shined in his dual roles of rancher and “dad” and became the manager of four Foster Hildebrand ranches in 1962. In 1979, Horwood Ranch Company was formed, and Stan served as both President and advisor for over 40 years while working alongside his sons, two of which are stockholders in the family corporation. Stan utilized techniques that maximized the potential of the land and in 1999 he was named Conservation Rancher of the Year. He was a long-time member and honorary director of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and was presented with the TCU Ranch Management Partners Award in 2015.

A pillar of the Sterling City community for over a half-century, Stan has given generously of his time and talents to many worthy causes. He has served as the Sterling City School Board President, Chairman of the Board at the First National Bank, supported the FFA and 4-H club, and was an active member of the Lions Club. He also served as lay leader, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and Finance Committee Chairman at the First United Methodist Church.

Stan brought countless people to Christ through his godly example and involvement with ministries including Walk to Emmaus, The Methodist Mission Home, and Gideons International. In 2014, he honored the legacy of his late wife Elizabeth by establishing a scholarship for theological students attending the Perkins School of Theology at SMU and Asbury Theological Seminary. For these efforts, he was presented with the Francis Asbury Award which recognizes the support of higher education and campus ministries within the United Methodist Church.

While Stan’s life was filled with great achievements, his greatest treasure and joy was found spending time with the Lord and his family. “Papa and Nanny” never missed a sporting event and proudly adorned the buttons of all their favorite players. Papa supported the education of all his children, grandchildren, and great-children, and encouraged everyone to pursue their passions. He was so giving and yet never asked for anything in return. His humility, servant heart, integrity, and faith are a legacy that his loved ones will carry on.

Stan is survived by his children and their spouses: daughter Lisa and Art Spanjer, sons: Larry and Linda Horwood, Lenard and Debbie Horwood, Lonnie and Kody Horwood; grandchildren: Bill and Melissa Orsak, Ellen and Bobby Shoemaker, Laura and Derrick Bibb, Bailey and Lyle Horwood, Lane and Lathen Horwood, Valerie and Katlin Horwood, Carly and Sam Janca, Trisha and Reggie Halfmann, Tate Horwood, and Tristan Himes. Stan is also survived by his great-grandchildren Owen, Miles, and Grant Orsak, Braddock, Weston, and Stratton Bibb, Bobby, Annie, and Clayton Shoemaker, and Grayson and Keller Halfmann. Stan was also anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Boy Janca and Baby Horwood who he will be watching over from heaven. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his loving caregiver Carmen Rios who lovingly cared for Stan over the last seven years.

Pallbearers will be Stans seven grandsons who brought him much joy; Bill Orsak, Lyle Horwood, Lane Horwood, Lathen Horwood, Katlin Horwood, Tate Horwood and Tristan Himes.

Visitation with family will be Wednesday, August 12th , from 6-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Sterling City. There will be 10 people allowed into the church besides the family at a time so we ask that visits be kept to a minimum to allow everyone to pay their respects. Masks are requested.

Public graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, August 14th, at Foster Cemetery Sterling City. We deeply regret that with COVID 19 guidelines and protocols it has made for hard decisions during these unprecedented times. Please know that this is not how any of us wanted this to be, and if you can’t make it, or shouldn’t make it, or are just afraid to be exposed to a large group of people, that we understand. We love you, and appreciate the love you had for Stan and our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 457, Sterling City, Texas 76951 or to Asbury Seminary and denote “The Elizabeth Ellen Horwood Memorial Scholarship” 204 North Lexington Avenue, Wilmore, KY 40390

Leonard Sanchez

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Leonard Sanchez, age 83, of Carlsbad Texas, went to be with our Lord on August 11 in San Angelo.

Funeral services will be held in Sterling City on Saturday at 10:00 am at La Hermosa Baptist Church, Jody Rodriguez will be officiating. Burial will follow the service at Sterling City cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ross Funeral Home.

Leonard was born in Abilene Texas on May 25, 1937 to Samuel Sanchez and Theodosita Longoria.

Leonard retired from Texas Department of Transportation where he worked for over 20 years. He enjoyed ranch life and was active at the Baptist church in San Angelo.

Leonard is survived by his children Sylvia Aguirre of Dumas, Leonard Sanchez Jr. of Dumas, Elizabeth Perez-Ganesh of Abilene, EV Sanchez of Carlsbad, Brenda Macias of Buda, Pauline Sanchez of Dumas, Sonia Sanchez of Lubbock, Sammy Sanchez of Lubbock, and Leonard F. Sanchez Jr. of Sterling City. Two sisters, Irene Zepeda of Lubbock and Inez Rodriguez of Plainview. He had 25 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Leonard s preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Theodosia, two brothers, Jimmy Sanchez and Cecil Sanchez, and one sister, Ruth Lopez.

Pallbearers will be Jay Sanchez, Jeremy Sanchez, Jeydan Ayala, Joe Velasquez, Santiago Ramos Jr., and Ricky Casanova.

The family would like to give a sincere thank you to Jody Rodriguez.

Masks will be required to attend the service, and following social distancing guidelines is expected.

David Lawrence "Larry" Glass


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David Lawrence “Larry” Glass went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the evening of November 4, 2020.  He was born on June 30, 1934, to James David and Willie Lee Key Glass of Sterling City, Texas.  As his father before him, Larry spent the majority of his life ranching at Lacy Creek some 17 miles west of Sterling City on the Sterling and Glasscock County line.  


His mother, Willie, told the story that as infant Larry showed an ear for music while even in the highchair.  David and the men would come in for lunch and listen to “The Light Crust Dough Boys” on the radio and “little Larry” would keep time with his spoon.  This was the beginning of a lifetime of musical study and enjoyment playing the piano.  Over his many years behind the ivories, Larry loved to hammer out tunes ranging from ragtime to big band jazz or anything with a Boogie Woogie beat.  He performed for many county events, dance club dinners, and played the preludes to both his sons’ weddings, but it was in the daily playing after work and supper that he took the most pleasure.  His son Robert has fond memories of falling to sleep to the sounds of Larry’s songs coming from the music room.  Larry got a drum set for his son Jeff and the two of them played together for many years. Larry passed his love of music on to his numerous grandchildren. 


There were no busses in Sterling County, so Larry began driving the school car to the front doors of the Sterling City ISD at the confident age of 13. Larry spent his growing up years learning from his parents how to work on the ranch doctoring screw worms, chopping wood for his mother’s stove, fixing windmills and fences, and hunting along the banks of Lacy Creek with his brother Lynn and their dogs.  When younger sister Willene was born, Larry and Lynn both lovingly looked after her all of her life.  


Larry commented that the day he left to attend college at Texas Christian University in the fall of 1952, “My dad shook my hand at the barn early that morning and by that afternoon my mother had put my suitcase on the curb in front of the dorm in Ft Worth and drove off.  I was left standing there in a new world.”  Larry quickly adapted and earned a B.A. in Geology in 1956, and after a two-year graduate course in geology, he received his M.S.  During his college years, he joined the R.O.T.C. and, upon graduation, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served three years as a navigator.  He was stationed in England and Spain and was able to spend his leave time extensively travelling across Europe.  This taste for travel stayed with him throughout his lifetime.


While home on leave, Larry came to visit Lynn, who had followed him to TCU.  It was there that Lynn introduced him to Lynda Ruth Ballenger of Midland, Texas.  A courtship across the waters ensued, and Larry and Lynda married on December 29, 1961, at the First Christian Church in Midland, Texas.  They settled on the banks of Lacy Creek next to David and Willie and, for the next 49 years, celebrated each other and their family.  To them were born Robert David Glass on June 23, 1966, and Jefferson Lawrence Glass on February 10, 1971.  Larry and Lynda were active in the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling City.  Larry was a delightful father who would play with his boys. After work he would wrestle with Robert and Jeff or throw the football in the backyard or get them to play a song together.  Before bedtime he would lie down with them and they would then all listen to Lynda read the Bible and lead them in nightly prayers.  Larry and Lynda provided a Christian spiritual foundation for their sons.  Larry also demonstrated to Robert and Jeff the value of hard work.  He showed them what to do then made sure they did it, believing in the value of sweat equity for his offspring.  


It is a fortunate thing for a man to find one love in his lifetime but it is a blessing of the Lord indeed to have two such helpmates.  Some time after Lynda’s passing Larry took to being noticeably absent for the morning work orders at the ranch.  It wasn’t too long before it was revealed that instead of trading commodities on the web, he was surfing for a wife.  The Lord led Larry to the delightful Mary Helen Walker of Jacksonville, Texas, whom he wed on September 10, 2011.  Mary Helen took to the adventure of being a west Texas rancher’s wife.  She threw herself into working alongside of him gathering sheep, overseeing the Quarter Horses and making a house a home once again.  Her gentle ways of handing Larry brought forth the best in him and the love they shared will be a lasting, treasured memory to the family.


Larry was preceded in death by his parents James David Glass and Willie Lee Key, his wife Lynda and their infant son William Ray, brother James Lynn Glass and sister Willene Glass Boger.  Larry is survived by his wife Mary Helen and sons Robert David Glass and his wife Brooke of Spur, Texas, and their children Riley, his wife ChloeBeth, daughter Rachel, son Ben and Jefferson Lawrence Glass and his wife Priscilla of Keller, Texas, daughter Emily, sons Andrew, Grayson, and Daniel.  Larry is also survived by his sisters-in-laws Helen Sisco Glass of Garden City, Texas, Barba Ballenger Keene and husband David of Plano, Texas, brother-in-law Allen Boger of Austin, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.  


The immediate family will gather for the funeral service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Sterling City, Texas.  Graveside services and burial will be held at the Montvale Cemetery in Sterling City at 2:00 pm. 


Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Riley, Rachel, Ben, Emily, Andrew, Grayson, Daniel and grand daughter-in-law ChloeBeth Glass.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dick Boger, Dennis Fuchs, Salvador Mata, John Phillips, Warner Phillips, Bill Smith, Bill Stroman, and Ray Dawson


Arrangements are made by Ross Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to West Texas Boys Ranch.

Helen Christine Hibler Frizzell


Helen Christine Hibler Frizzell was born in San Saba County, Texas January 30, 1928. She passed from this life on November 25, 2020 in Sterling City, Texas. Her parents were Christopher Columbus Hibler and Vallie Autry Taff Hibler – better known as Chris and ‘Coot.’ Christine was the fifth daughter in a family of nine girls and two boys with three of her siblings passing in infancy or early childhood.

Christine was married to Ira M. ‘Cotton’ Frizzell on March 27, 1948 in Goldthwaite, Texas after which they took up residence in San Saba county. In March 2020 they celebrated 72 years of devoted marriage to one another.

Christine was the epitome of a ranch manager’s wife – working both inside and outside. Their ranch life together began on the Flying V Ranch in San Saba County and ended on the VJ Ranch in Sterling County. As a ranch hand’s wife on the Flying V, Christine was expected to cook for the other hands at times like round ups for branding, shipping, etc. When that responsibility began, she asked Cotton what she should cook. He replied, “I don’t care what you cook, just make sure there is plenty of it.” With those instructions, she went on to become a cook of distinction with every cowboy leaving her table well-fed and looking to return. Her outside ranch work ranged from helping mark lambs, to raising dogies, to going with Cotton to feed (which meant opening gates), etc.


Over the years, Christine made hundreds of her pecan pies for her family, church dinners, funeral meals, friends and for fundraisers. Her batches of chocolate fudge were a delight and joyfully accepted by all who received them. Christine was an excellent seamstress and carefully tended the flowers in her yard. She dearly loved her husband and her family, constantly blessing them with the things she had cooked, grown, or made.

Christine was a member of the Church of Christ in four different congregations: Sheffield, Sonora, Sterling City, and Ninth & Main in San Angelo.


Christine’s survivors include her husband, Ira M. ‘Cotton’ Frizzell, her children, Chris and his wife, Gene Ann, of Granbury; Craig and his wife, Gaye, of Muleshoe; and Cathy Brown and her husband, Dan, of Christoval, 9 grandchildren, Stephanie Baldwin and her husband, Coby Dale, Justin Frizzell and his wife, ShiAnn, Colby Frizzell and his wife, Keli, Holly Frizzell, Jason Frizzell and his wife, Beth, Ashley Frizzell, Christy Joyce and her husband, Jack Alan, Stacy Mecke, and Coke Hendry;13 great-grandchildren: Garret Baldwin, Rustin Baldwin, Makylee Baldwin, Bayley Frizzell, Cy Frizzell, Kelby Frizzell, Kaylyn Frizzell, Sage Joyce, Jett Joyce, Sawyer Mecke, River Hendry, Olivia Hendry, Reid Frizzell; and 2 great-great-grandchildren: Blakelee, Brixtyn.


Sisters and brother: Nadine Maultsby and Pauline Longley of San Saba; Doris Lusty Kriss of Comfort; Shirley Alexander Barbe of San Antonio; Hunter Hibler of San Saba.


Christine was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Annie Laura ‘Runie’ Hibler, Willie Belle Hibler, Hazel Juanita Hibler Longley, Mary Lou Hibler; one brother: Clinton Wade Hibler; one great grandson: Eli Baldwin.


The funeral will be a graveside service at the Montvale Cemetery near Sterling City, Texas on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In regards to the current situation, please use your discretion regarding attendance and take necessary precautions.


Pallbearers: Justin Frizzell, Jason Frizzell, Colby Frizzell, Coke Hendry, Coby Dale Baldwin, Jack Alan Joyce, Garret Baldwin, Rustin Baldwin, Cy Frizzell, Kelby Frizzell


In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Sterling City Church of Christ, P.O. Box 606, Sterling City, Texas, 76951.


Services will be handled by Ross Funeral Home in Sterling City, Texas.

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