Essie Pearl Ellis
COLORADO CITY-- Essie Pearl Ellis, age 90, died Saturday morning at her residence. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2015, in the Kiker-Seale Chapel with Roy Rosson officiating. Burial followed in the Dunn Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ellis was born September 27, 1924 in Lancaster to James Andrew Greene and Janie Anabelle Dockery Greene. She married Othal Forest Ellis on September 6, 1947 in Snyder. He preceded her in death on August 15, 2004.
From a very early age, Mrs. Ellis developed a love for art. After raising her family, she started taking classes at Western Texas College in Snyder. In the beginning, she enrolled in cake decorating classes. Then she took every art class she possibly could, maintaining a perfect 4.0 average. She also enjoyed photography, genealogy, doll collecting, cooking, sewing, and crafts. She always loved children, especially her own children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She taught the 5-year-old Sunday school class at 37th Street Church of Christ for over 30 years. After moving to Colorado City, she was a member of the 22nd & Austin St. Church of Christ and has attended The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills for the past five years.
She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl and husband, Terry Haggerton of Colorado City and Connie and husband, Bill of Fort Worth; a son, Ray and wife, Jeanne Ellis of Colorado City; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Greene; a sister, Pauline Ashley; and a great-granddaughter, Kylie Uptergrove.
The family requests memorials be made to the Dunn Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 181, Ira, Texas 79527.
Leon S. Light
COLORADO CITY-- Leon S. Light, age 86, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his residence. Services were held 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Spade Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Leon was born August 13, 1928 in Colorado City to J.J. and Ethel Hartsfield Light and had been a lifelong resident. He married Pauline Thompson on April 15, 1951 in Colorado City. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2013. He was an installer and repairman for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 29 years. He was also a veteran of the US Army and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 37 years and custodian for 15 years. He was a Little League coach for 18 years.
He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn and husband, Bill Franklin of Austin, Patricia Light of Euless and Janet Light of Colorado City; two sons, Steven D Light and Bruce Light, both of Springtown; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Leon is also preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James William Light and Charles L Light.
The family received friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Dorothy Maurine Sparks
SAN ANGELO – Dorothy Maurine Sparks, 90, went to Heaven on Saturday, January 25, 2015. She was born on March 26, 1924, to Claude and Grace McCutchen Murtishaw in Coke County. She was one of eight children who were raised in the Wildcat Community of Coke County.
She is survived by her children, W. D. (Dub) Sparks, Jr. and wife, Kay, Bud Sparks and wife, Kay, Tony Sparks and wife, Jessica and Linda Owens and husband, David, all of San Angelo. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Maurine married a Coke County boy, Wilfred Sparks, on March 28, 1941 at the Methodist Church in Bronte. They were married 54 years until his death in 1995. After their marriage, they lived on various ranches, farms and dairies in Coke and Mitchell Counties, where he was a ranch hand and she was a homemaker. The family settled into a permanent home in 1951 in Colorado City, when Wilfred went to work for Cosden Refinery.
After the children were raised, Maurine ventured out into the working world. She worked as a sales clerk at Anthony’s in Colorado City for 13 years before retiring. She and Wilfred (Blackie) then moved to San Angelo in 1982, where she lived the remainder of her life. Maurine was a Christian and was a founding member of the Quail Valley Baptist Church, serving as treasurer for many years.
Maurine was a loving wife and mother during her children’s childhood, staying at home to raise her family. Her legacy to be remembered is that she was always there for her family, lovingly tending them when they were sick, reading to them, teaching them about the Bible and Jesus, showing right from wrong, and always lovingly supporting them. She taught them to drive out on the back roads of Mitchell County. She was a moral compass for them, showing by example how one should live. Years come and go quickly, but the love of a mother never dies.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” Proverbs 31.28.
Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to www.shafferpioneer.com.
Daniel Reyes was granted his angel wings on January 27, 2015. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Daniel was an electrician. He enjoyed being around his family and friends. He loved watching NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys. Danny was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Gregoria Reyes.
Daniel is survived by his brothers and sisters Julian Reyes of Amarillo, Diana Acuna of Sweetwater, Judy Rivera, Charles Reyes, Manuel Reyes, Christopher Reyes of Colorado City, Arthur Reyes of Plainview, Alice and Lupe Gamez of San Angelo, Miguel and Carmen Rivera of El Paso, Anthony and Maria Macias of Honolulu, Hawaii and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Colorado City on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. A rosary will be held at St. Ann’s on Wednesday immediately following mass.