Jessie “J.C.” Gossett
COLORADO CITY - Jessie “J.C.” Gossett, 70, passed away peacefully at the Mitchell County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with his family by his side. J.C. was born in Rockwall on April 14, 1946 to Manuel and Clara Halbert Gossett.
J.C. married the love of his life, Virginia White on May 17, 1965 in Big Spring, on the day after her 17th birthday. They spent 51 years side by side raising their family and enjoying life. J.C. drove a truck for T & T Transport for 29 years He was an ornery man who was set in his ways and very loyal to his family. J.C. enjoyed being outdoors and fishing and would not be seen without a Dr Pepper in one hand and dip of Copenhagen in his mouth. When he wasn’t working or spending time with family one could find him in his garage tinkering on a car or a lawn mower.
J.C. is survived by his wife, Virginia Gossett of Colorado City; his sons, Tony Gossett of Colorado City, Jessie Ray Gossett and wife Nancy of Abilene, and Danny Gossett also of Colorado City; and by his daughters, Tammy Watkins and husband Wally of Colorado City and Windy Campbell and husband Kenny also of Colorado City. Also surviving is his sister Martha Kozlowski and her husband Whity of Lafayette, Colorado, 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David Gossett and Roby Gossett and by a sister, Freta Mae Dickerson.
A funeral service was held at the First Assembly of God Church of Colorado City on Wednesday, October 19th at 10 am with Rev. Mike Foster officiating. Burial followed in the Westbrook Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Those wishing may leave online condolences by visiting www.kikerseale.com
Ann Ruth Bradbury
LORAINE - Ann Ruth Bradbury left this earth to claim her reward on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home in Loraine.
Services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the 22nd and Austin Street Church of Christ in Colorado City with graveside to follow at Colorado City Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 8, 1934 to James Leonard and Myrthle Josephine Gustafson Adams in Clifton.
She was raised in Cranfils Gap, a Norwegian-American community in central Texas, where she was the first person in her family to earn a high school diploma.
She met and married Korean War veteran James Oscar Bradbury in 1954. Their marriage was blessed with 49 years of laughter and seven children.
They were longtime residents of Colorado City, known in the community as hard workers and good neighbors, taking every opportunity to help others.
When her kids were almost all out of the house, Ann worked in Colorado City as a cashier at Dairy Queen and later as a clerk at Eddie’s Pharmacy until she retired.
Ann’s legacy is one of unconditional love shown to her family, and a humble and obedient love for God.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years; her parents; two sisters and spouses, Katherine and Cecil Warren and Geraldine and Joedale Johnson; her brother, Charles Adams; and her son in law, Dean Musser.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Nadine Adams; her children and their spouses, Virginia Stagner of Fort Worth, Jim and Cheryl Bradbury of Henderson, Delores and Wes Ballard of Lubbock, Douglas and Jill Bradbury of San Angelo, Charlotte Musser of Arlington, Cheryl and Dwayne Smith of Loraine, Robert and Tara Bradbury of San Antonio; her grandchildren and their spouses, Windy Dano, Justin and Laura Bradbury, Kevin and Ashley Bradbury, Sandra Gibson, Jeff and Esmey Ballard, Amanda and Joe Pangelinan, Ronnie and Lacy Stagner, Laura Ferguson, Chris and Mary Musser, Natalie Bradbury, Aaron Bradbury, Nathan and Kara Smith, Sarah and Scott Dykowski, Alicia and Kelly Harmon and Gavin Box; 16 great-grandchildren and many other friends, neighbors and relatives who love her dearly.
A visitation for Ann was held at Kiker Seale Funeral Home on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6-8 pm
Those wishing may leave online condolences by visiting www.kikerseale.com
Ialee (Sammye) Turner
MIDLAND - Ialee Kay (“Sammye”) Turner passed away peacefully at age 86 on October 12, 2016.
Ialee Kay McGee was born June 22, 1930 to Poley P. McGee and Lily McGee in Midland. She spent her youth in Colorado City wrangling two dear brothers, Lane and Larry McGee, and attended Colorado High School (where we understand the pep squad was outstanding… from her own accounts!).
It was there that she met the love of her life, Walter L. Turner. After Walter convinced Mr. and Mrs. McGee that he was a worthy man to take care of their daughter, the elder McGees approved, and Walter and “Sammye” (a nickname she acquired in high school) were married on June 26, 1947.
They soon began the adventure of their new lives together in Midland, which they called home for the rest of their lives. After a honeymoon phase of a few years, the adventure expanded with the addition of their three children: daughter Kaylynn, daughter Suzanne and son Clay.
In their first years in Midland, Sammye worked in a photography studio and discovered a lifelong love of photography. Her favorite subjects to photograph were her children and grandchildren, historic Texas courthouses and Texas wildflowers from all over the state. A spring “flower tour” of much of the state they loved, was an annual ritual for Walter and Sammye during each April when the wildflowers were at their peak.
The family ultimately expanded to grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Although most made their homes in Midland, some are spread as far afield as Austin and New Orleans.
Sammye and Walter’s adventure together ended after 63 years of marriage with Walter’s death in 2010. Sammye continued on her path alone but surrounded by loving children and grandchildren until her death on October 12, 2016. She was loved and will be very much missed by all including her grandchildren Cody Peck, Mandy Hendrix and Chris Turner-Neal
A private burial will be held in Colorado City. In lieu of flowers. The family requests donations be made to Home Hospice of Midland.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Harry Ratliff, Jr.
COLORADO CITY - Mr. Robert “Bob” Harry Ratliff Jr., age 91, lifelong resident of Colorado City, passed away on October 12, 2016 at Mitchell County Hospital. A funeral service was held at 2 pm on Saturday, October 15th at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Bass officiating. Burial followed in the Colorado City Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Bob was born on April 21, 1925 to Robert Harry Sr. and Isabel Smith Ratliff in Colorado City. He was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He spent two years and one month in Europe during World War II. Robert earned four Bronze Stars for Battle of Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; and Central Europe. He attended McMurry University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business in 1950. Bob married Peggy Bodine on December 24, 1951. They shared many blessed years together along with their two children, Mike and Kathy. Peggy preceded Bob in death on December 31, 1997. Bob established Ratliff Insurance Agency in 1954; a family business operated along with his son, Mike. Bob was always involved and participating in community relations. He was a member of the Methodist Church where many will remember him serving as a greeter for more than 30 years, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, various church committees, Heart of West Texas Museum Board for 50 years, and he was a 32nd degree Mason for over 65 years and a Shriner. One of his favorite pastimes was golfing; he was an avid player. Bob married Geneva Findley on June 26, 1999. They shared many happy years together. Bob will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He will be remembered for his kind, giving nature and the great friend and helping hand that he was to many in the community.
Those left to cherish Bob’s memories, are his loving wife of 17 years, Geneva Findley Ratliff of Colorado City; his son, Mike Ratliff and wife Janna of Colorado City; his daughter, Kathy Zellers and husband Tom of Houston; step-son, Wayne Findley and wife Stephanie of Whitney; two grandsons, Chase Ratliff and wife Kylie, and Cole Ratliff; one granddaughter, Stacy Diane Greene and husband Patrick; as well as three great-grandchildren; Audrey and Abby Ratliff, and Henry William Greene.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Isabel Ratliff; his first wife, Peggy Ratliff; brother, Hubert “Hub” Ratliff; and his step-son, Macca Findley.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, October 14th at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City or the Heart of West Texas Museum of Colorado City.
Online condolences may be made at www.kikerseale.com
Paula Marie St. John
BIG SPRING - Paula Marie St. John, 91, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 in a local hospital. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Latan Cemetery in Mitchell County.
Paula was born August 13, 1925 in Mitchell County and married George Edwin St. John November 18, 1942 in Colorado City. He preceded her in death June 2009.
She loved sewing, crocheting, cooking and gardening.
Paula is survived by two daughters, Marie Copeland and husband, Gary of Big Spring and Debbie Wallace and husband, Barry of Richmond; a son, Edward St. John of Big Spring; four grandchildren, Jennifer Roland, Paul Wallace, Robert Copeland and Michael Copeland and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Savannah Roland.
She was also preceded in death by a grandson, John Oliver Wallace, her parents, Seba Albian and Fannie Mae (Sweatt) Jones and two brothers, Lewis Jones and Sidney Jones.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com.