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Diane Haschke Townsend

Diane Townsend, age 88, went to join her husband, and the love of her life, Robert Townsend, in heaven on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Diane lived the last 8 months in Georgetown, near her daughter, Mary Townsend and husband, Wes Moncus, and her granddaughter, Carrie Faulkner and husband, Harrison, grandson, Craig Moncus, and great-grandson, Stetson. Diane and Robert previously resided in assisted living in The Woodlands, Texas, until his passing in March 2019, near great-grandson, Marcus Norvell, his wife, Miranda, and great-grandsons, Leland and Westen and granddaughter, Krystal McCormick and great-granddaughter Mallory of Tomball, Texas. Previously, Diane and Robert lived for 20 years on the family ranch, located on the Blanco River, in Fischer, Texas, next door to son, Steven Townsend and his wife, Nanette. She and Robert raised goats, chickens, cats, dogs, a garden and fruit trees. Diane enjoyed cooking and baking cakes and was a member of the Fischer Store Homemakers group. Diane loved the Texas Hill Country and spent many of her summers and holidays, as a child, along with her sister, Imogene Haschke Koch, riding horses, fishing and swimming on this ranch, originally purchased by their parents, Gus Walter and Catharine Haschke, of San Antonio, Texas in 1941. Diane was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attended and was a proud graduate of Alamo Heights. She and Robert married young and shared 69 years of marriage together making memories on Sunday family outings, picnics at the beach, enjoying travel with family and friends, and attending their church, Cowboys for Jesus Fellowship in Fischer, Texas. Diane, who was always good with numbers, also worked as an accountant/bookkeeper, both in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas, where they raised their three children, Steven, Mary, and Kathleen (husband, Mark Norvell of Barksdale, Texas). Diane is also survived by grandson, Matthew Norvell and great-granddaughter Madelyn of Phoenix, Arizona. A private family service will be on Friday, April 24th, at Fischer Community Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Cowboys for Jesus Fellowship, 8400 FM 32, Fischer, Texas 78623.

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Donald Joseph Bisett

On Friday, April 10, 2020, Donald Joseph Bisett passed away at age 90 in San Antonio, Texas. Don was born May 21, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and cherished his childhood with family in Rolla, Missouri. Don applied his many talents across a life that proudly included cowboy, rodeo announcer, photographer, hunting guide, auctioneer, and third generation professional in the oil business. On retirement, Don and his life’s love, Billie Marie Riquelmy Bisett, moved from their farm in Ledbetter, Texas to Wimberley, Texas. Don was proudly recognized as 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Shared Beat, Inc., a non-profit group of doctors, nurses, and volunteers providing medical services to children and families in Guatemala. Residing in his final year at Poet’s

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Larry Musselwhite

Larry Musselwhite of Wimberley, Texas went to his final resting place on March 27, 2020. He was born in Cleveland, Mississippi to Vergia Mae and John Musselwhite who preceded him in death along with our youngest daughter, Lori Gosnell. Larry was proud to have played football for the Nederland Bulldog State Championship team coached by “Bum” Phillips. He retired from the Sherwin Williams Company with 37 years of service and was a member of the Wimberley Church of Christ. He enjoyed his grandson, hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking. Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Brenda; daughter, Lisa Musselwhite, of Tucson; grandson, Strummer, and son-in-law, Darin Gosnell, of Wimberley. Entombment was Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at Wimberley Church of Christ at a later date. For more information, visit www.thomasonfuneralhome.com.

Ruby French

Ruby French, 99, a longtime resident of Wimberley, TX passed away in Wimberley on Friday, March 13, 2020. A graveside service is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 18th at the Wimberley Cemetery. For more information and to sign the online guest registry please visit www. thomasonfuneralhome.com

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Sam Davis

A memorial service will be held for Sam on March 20, 2020 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Wimberley. He fought so hard to overcome the cancer that invaded his body and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his friends and family on March 8, 2020.

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Royce Phillip ‘Phil’ Baker

Royce Phillip (Phil) Baker, aged 72, affectionately known as Bepa/Boppa, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020. He was born in 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Mary Baker who preceded him in death. He had no siblings, but very close cousins by the dozens. He spent many days fishing, hunting, and enjoying being in God’s great creation.

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Judge Charles R. “Charlie” Holcomb

Funeral services for Judge Charles R. “Charlie” Holcomb, 86, of Wimberley and formerly of Alto will be Thursday, March 5, at 11 AM in the A. Frank Smith Methodist Church in Alto. There will be a graveside service at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin Friday, March 6 at 2 PM. Judge Holcomb will have the honor of burial in the state Cemetery because he had served as a State Judge on the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2010. Judge Holcomb passed away in his sleep Friday, February 28 at his home in Wimberley. He was born September 8, 1933 in Alto, Texas to Henry Lee Holcomb and Hazel Lee Thompson Holcomb, the oldest of 4 children. Charles married his high school sweetheart, Anita Jane Heintschel, his wife of 68 years. Charles and Anita had 3 children Sherry, James and Katrina. Charles attended Lee College in Baytown and Lamar University in Beaumont before receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the South Texas School of Law in 1958. He began his career in private law practice while also continuing to work at Shell to make ends meet, before becoming the city attorney for Deer Park in 1959. He moved to Orange later in 1959 and became the city attorney for about 12 years. In 1967 he was elected Orange County Court-at-law Judge and served until 1972. From 1972, after moving to Alto, until 1981 he was in private practice at the Cox, Holcomb & Sinclair law firm in Rusk, contemporaneously serving as Cherokee County attorney from 1974 until 1981. In 1981 Charles was elected Cherokee County District Attorney and served until 1991. In 1992 he was elected to the Twelfth Court of Appeals in Tyler serving until 1998. While serving on this court, it was ranked as a top performing appellate court by the state legislative budget board. From 1998 to 2000 he was assigned by Chief Justice Tom Phillips to serve the Dallas Trial and Appellate Court to eliminate a backlog of cases. Judge Holcomb was elected to the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals in 2000, re-elected in 2006, and served until 2010. He was an avid golfer and a member of the A. Frank Smith Methodist Church in Alto. Dearly loved by his family and very well liked and respected by those who knew him.He was preceded in death by son James Austin Holcomb. He is survived by wife Anita Holcomb of Wimberley, daughters Sherry Holcomb Seago and husband William of Orange, Katrina Holcomb Thompson and husband Edward of Driftwood, 6 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. A visitation will be held Wednesday at the funeral home in Alto from 6-8 PM.

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Alana Marie Biggs

Alana Biggs passed away peacefully in her home on February 28th, 2020. She was wrapped in the love of her family during one of her favorite times...a rare, warm, and sunny day in February filled with singing birds and the first hints of spring.

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Nancy J. McCarley

Nancy J. McCarley, age 90 and a resident of Wimberley, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Nancy was born January 13, 1930 to parents Royce and Mary Mitchell.ley of Center Point, Texas, she is also survived by dear friend, Jill Zuehlke of San Angelo, Texas. Services were held Friday, February 28, 2020 at Thomason Funeral Home, Wimberley, Texas. Visit www.thomasonfuneralhome.com for more information and to sign the guest registry. She graduated high school in 1948 and continued her education at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Nancy was married to Robert R. McCarley on October 4, 1952 in Crane, Texas. They were married 64 years. Nancy began her teaching career in Kermit, Texas then taught school for the Calhoun County ISD. Following her husband’s retirement in May 1985, they moved to Wimberley, Texas. She continued teaching in Dripping Springs, Texas until her retirement. Nancy was preceded in death by husband Robert. She is survived by daughter Lee Ann McCarley of San Angelo, Texas and Steve Askew, daughter Laurie Sisak and husband Jimmy of New Braunfels, grandson Tim and wife Stephanie and grandchildren Avery and Peyton of Seguin, Texas, her dear cousin Kelly Ludeke of New Braunfels, Texas, special niece, Julie Brooks and husband Ash-

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Jeffrey P. Oakford, Sr.

Jeffrey P. Oakford, Sr., age, 70 of Wimberley, Texas, passed away on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at his home surrounded by family. Jeff was born on January 28th, 1950 to Helen and George Oakford in Cleveland, Ohio. He met his wife, Dorothy, of 50 years at a basketball game in Newberry, Ohio in 1970 and was married later that year.

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