Melody Curry Jan. 26, 1963 ~ April 26, 2013
Melody Curry, 50, of Austin, passed away April 26, 2013 at Southwood
Care Center. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday May 1st at The
Chapel at the Assumption Cemetery in Austin, with Randy Curry
officiating, under the direction of Piersall Benton Funeral Directors,
Melody Ann Herridge Curry was born Jan. 26, 1963 in Houston and adopted
at an early age by William C. (Johnny) and Wynelle Herridge. The family
lived in Houston until Melody was 9 and then moved to Marble Falls,
where they raised horses and cows on a small plot of land.
She graduated from high school in Marble Falls in 1981.
Annie Randle Ward Oct. 28 1919 ~ April 26, 2013
Annie Randle Ward, 93 died Friday, April 26, 2013 in Austin. She was
born Oct. 28, 1919, to William and Mary Fountain. Annie earned a
bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State Women’s College and a master’s
degree from Louisiana State University. She taught school for a few
years prior to raising her children.
Billy Joe “Bill” Gibson Jan. 15, 1931 ~ April 26, 2013
Billy Joe "Bill” Gibson, 82, died at his home in Marble Falls on April
26, 2013. He was born Jan. 15, 1931, at his family’s home on the Coca
Cola Ranch, known today as Horseshoe Bay. He was preceded in death by
his parents and by five sisters and three brothers: Bernice Bruns, Marie
Crownover, Esterrea Crownover, Annie Moore, Modena Gibson, B.M. (Hoot)
Gibson, I.V. Gibson and Ray Gibson.
Bill served in the Navy on Nov. 30, 1948, and was honorably discharged
Nov. 21, 1952. He met the love of his life, Marie Kolb on a blind date,
one month prior to leaving the Navy. It was leap year so Marie asked
him to marry her. He smiled and raised her question with "how about we
go to Texas”. So they did and were together for 60 years.
Dianne Mahan July 14, 1944 ~ April 24, 2013
Dianne Mahan, 68, of Kingsland died Wednesday, April 24, 2013. She was
born on July 14, 1944 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Geneva (McDowell)
Harris and Leslie Harris. Dianne was married to Milton (Jimmy) Mahan II
on September 4, 2001 in Tomball, Texas. She enjoyed playing bingo and
cards and loved her five dogs.
Survivors include her husband Milton (Jimmy) Mahan II of Kingsland;
daughters Brenda Reichert and husband Chris of Conroe, and Charmagne
Acevedo of Porter; son Teddy Doyle Whitaker of Tomball; sisters Judy
Bruetting of Baton Rouge, La., Polly Arnold, Donna Havis, Virginia
Butler and Bonnie Palmer all of Georgia; brothers Carl Plitt and Alvin
Plitt of Denham Springs, La.; nine grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her father Leslie (Tamper) Harris, mother Geneva McDowell
Plitt and son-in-law Hector Acevedo.
Betty Slaughter May 18, 1927 ~ April 25, 2013
Betty Slaughter, 85, died April 25, 2013 at home in Spicewood with her
family beside her. She was born in Wausau, Wis., on May 18, 1927, to
Bill and Lila (Geier) Tatroe. Her parents and their siblings were in
vaudeville and traveled until she was 4. She has lived in Coffeyville,
Kansas and Harlingen where she met and married Charles Slaughter. She
also lived in Austin and Ozona before settling in Spicewood.
She graduated from Harlingen High School in 1945 and attended Trinity
University in San Antonio. She was a Red Cross volunteer in the 1950s
and 1960s and worked the Mississippi floods. Betty served as the Red
Cross Disaster Chairman for Cameron County, taught Red Cross first aid
and was a water safety instructor for many years in Harlingen.
Eloy Ramirez May 5, 1962 ~ April 23, 2013
Eloy Ramirez, 50, of Houston and formally of Marble Falls died April 23,
2013 in Houston, Texas. He was born to Louis and Clarita Rachael
(Rocha) Ramirez on May5, 1962 in Robstown, Texas.
Ramirez enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a hard worker. He spent
several years in the concrete business as a laborer in the Texas Hill
Country. He was employed in the landscape business at the time of his
Eloy is survived by his wife Laurie of Houston, daughter Nancy Ramirez
of Houston and a son Eloy Jr. also of Houston. Also surviving are
grandsons Isaac, Isaiah, Izekiel and Ilias De La Cruz and sisters Linda
and her husband Donald Heath of Priddy, Sophie Ramirez of Priddy, Olicia
Ojeda of Priddy, Rachael Ojeda of Priddy, Carol and her husband Ramon
Anaya of Houston, and Mary Alice and her husband Thomas Lopez of
Lockhart. Other survivors are his brothers Richard and his wife Olga
Ramirez of Comanche, and Pablo and his wife Melissa Ojeda of Granite
Shoals. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Douglas G. Van der Pool July 25, 1918 ~ April 30, 2013
Douglas G. Van der Pool, 94, of Horseshoe Bay died April 30, 2013. He
was born to Orville and Emily [Fennimore] Van der Pool on July 25, 1918
in Bronxville, N.Y.
Douglas served his country during three wars in the United States Air
Force. He and Joy Laune were married in 2003 in Marble Falls, Texas. He
was a member of the Church at Horseshoe Bay, V.F.W., Horseshoe Bay Club,
Military Officers Club. In his spare time he enjoyed golf, poker and
He is survived by his wife, Joy Van der Pool of Horseshoe Bay, son
Douglas K. and his wife Linda Van der Pool of Northumberland, Penn.,
grandchildren Megan E. Van der Pool of Northumberland, Penn., Gregory J.
and his wife Heidi Van der Pool of Ft. Stewart, Ga., sister Virginia
Newell of Cape Coral, Fla.
Roger Dale Holt June 30, 1942 ~ April 30, 2013
Roger Dale Holt, 70, of Buchanan Dam died April 30, 2013. He was born to
James J. and Ruth Kathryn Fair Holt Jr. on June 30, 1942 in Rockford,
Holt served his country in the United States Air Force, serving during
the Vietnam War, retiring in 1981. He was married to Anita Svenddal in
1984. He was a member of the V.F.W., and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Jack Randall “Jay” Price Dec. 6, 1960 ~ April 30, 2013
Jack Randall "Jay” Price, 52, of Tow died April 30, 2013. He was born to
Carl and Sandra (Woner) Price on Dec. 6, 1960 in Lincoln Park, Mich.
Price was a concrete pump operator and his passion in life was working. He was married to Melissa Sullivan on August 17, 1985.
J. E. ‘Johnny’ Hale April 15, 1923 ~ April 26, 2013
J. E. (Johnny) Hale, 90, of Buchanan Dam died Friday, April 26, 2013 of natural causes.
He was the born to the late Cora and John Hale April 15, 1923 in Wise,
Va. He was preceded in death by his third wife Bobbie Hale and his
second wife Vivian Huffines Hale.
One of nine children, Johnny was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Johnny was a mechanic, a body repairman, bar owner (he referred to his
bar as a community center), a handyman, a pilot, a motorcyclist, a
fighter, a Merchant Marine, a stuntman, an adventurer, and in the end - a
Christian. As a Merchant Marine, he flew supplies to fighting troops in
WWII, often under heavy fire. As a stuntman in the Circus of Death
traveling stunt show in the 50’s, he performed many death-defying feats
including being strapped to the hood of a car as it jumped off a ramp
and through a wall of fire. He would also drive a car on two wheels on
its side, and ride an Indian motorcycle in the famed Cage of Death.
Asked how he would practice such stunts, he just shrugged and said, "You
just had to get out there and do it.” He once said, "If I had known I
was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”