Updated July 26, 2013

Please, if you have any that you would like to contribute, let us know. We are always looking for new ones to add to collection.
NOTE: Obits are placed in no certain order. Added as submitted by various volunteers doing research.


Helen Julia Bauman Kuykendall, at the age of 92, passed away peacefully on
November 28th 2009 in Llano, Texas, surrounded by her loving family.

Helen was born in Valley Spring, Texas on August 12, 1917 to August Julius
(A.J.) Bauman and Ella Goodman Bauman. She had one sister, Anna Louise
Bauman, and one brother, Douglas Julius Bauman.

After graduating from Cherokee High School in 1934, Helen attended the
University of Texas in Austin where she studied in business. Helen was
married on January 6, 1938 to Randall Gray "Smokey" Kuykendall and they
raised three children together, Graylene Julia, Randall Julius and Eula
Louise. They made their home together in Valley Spring where she resided
until her passing.

Helen grew up ranching and made that her profession, working hard, never
complaining and doing what she loved. As a young woman she was an avid
barrel racer and involved with the Girls Rodeo Association which formed in
1948. Helen was a supporter of 4-H, the Livestock Raisers Association and
lifelong member of the Valley Spring Methodist Church.

Surviving family members include one son, Randall Julius Kuykendall and his
wife, Sara of Valley Spring; three grandchildren, Kippi Kenney, Keith
Shaffer and his wife, Gina; Ken Shaffer and his wife, Kathy; all of Valley
Spring along with six treasured great-grandchildren, Scott, Alyson, Sterlin,
Heather, Garrett and Steele.

Proceeding her in death were her parents, husband R.G."Smokey"Kuykendall;
two daughters, Louise Kuykendall and Graylene Owens; one sister, Ann Hillman
and one brother, Douglas Bauman .

Funeral services were held at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral home
in Llano, Tx. on December 1, 2009 at 2:00pm. Memorials can be made on her
behalf to a charity of their choice.

(contributed by Sharon McNary [who states she has permission to use] from San Saba News & Star, Dec. 3, 2009 issue)

From the Llano News, Thursday, August 17, 1995, page 2 Obituaries
Graveside services for Irene Bode Draper, 85, of Llano were held Thursday, August 10, at Cold Creek Cemetery in Llano with Bro. Eugene Greer officiating. 
She was born Jan 7, 1910 in San Saba and died August 8, 1995 in Llano. She was a homemaker and lifetime resident of Llano County.  She married Orville Leroy Draper on November 3, 1928.  She was a member of the Llano Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband Orville Draper; son Melvin Draper, daughter Elizabeth Draper Radetsky, grandson Stephen Radetsky; two brothers Hugo Bode and Felix Bode; four sisters, Sadie Sharp, Clara Bodkins, Stella Willman and Weleski Barber.
Survirors include daughter Dolores and husband Gene Gilcrease of San Antonio; son Raymond and wife Valerie Draper of Sonora; sister Florence Fairchild of Houston, Margaret Johnson of Rosenberg, and Elaine Cook of Athens; brother Ted Bode of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Draper, Bobby Draper, Carey Draper, Jerry Don Draper, Kelly Carta, Frisby Bible, Jimmy Rath, Tony Whiteman and Jimmy Petrutsas.
(contributed by Jerry Crabtree)

From the Llano News, August 15, 2001, page 6:
Funeral services for Thelma Long Faris, 88, of Llano, Texas, were held Saturday, August 11, at the Waldrope, Hatfield, Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano with Reverend Don Henderson officiating.  Interment followed at the Llano City Cemetery.
She was born February 13, 1913 in Placid, TX to Oliver and Eva Mae (Carothers) Long and died August 8, 2001 in Llano.
She was married to Will "Bill" Faris on June 11, 1939 in Brownwood, TX.
She was retired from teaching.  She loved school and knew early that she wanted to be a teacher.  She began her teaching career at 18 in Lone Grove where some of her students were as old as she was.  After two years, she returned to Daniel Baker College to finish her degree, graduating in 1934.  She taught at Buffalo School (Coleman County) for five years, then 24 years in the Austin ISD including the Old Palm, Brooke, and Dawson elementary schools. She and Bill raised their family in Austin.  In 1977 they retired to the Faris family ranch in Llano.  Not truly being ready for retirement, Faris substituted in Llano ISD and told stories at the school library.  She made a real difference in many lives.  She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Women's Democratic Party.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bill Faris in 1988; sister Lucille Jackson and brother, Vinson Long. Survivors include daughter Juaneva Jamar and husband Jeff of Austin and their children Ben and Jenny; son Bill Faris and wife Chris of Austin and their sons Hunter and Alex; also of Austin, and one great-grandchild Ashley.
Pallbearers were Hunter Faris, Alex Faris, Ben Jamar, Hal Faris, Vinson Faris and Jerry Kassaw. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lone Grove Community Center at P.O. Box 33, Llano, TX 78643 or your favorite charity. Arrangements were made under the direction of Waldrope, Hatfield, Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. (contributed by Jerry Crabtree)

From the Llano News, Thursday, November 20, 1980, page 11, Rites Held for Otis Light:
Otis L. Light, 88, of Llano, died Thrusday, November 13, in Llano Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were at 2 P.M Saturday, November 15, at the Waldrope Funeral Home in Llano, with Reverend Roger Rogers officiating.
Burial was a the Six Mile Cemetery.
Mr. Light was born on January 29, 1892 in Llano County, the son of Vach D. Light and Sarah E. Gibson Light.
He married Bena Tatsch on September 16, 1914 in Llano. He was a retired blacksmith and a well-known fiddle player.
Survivors include his wife Bena, of Llano; three daughters, Mrs. Alvena Russell of Winter, TX, Mrs. Clara Sullivan of Llano, and Mrs. Betty Smith of Llano; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Wooten of Llano; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Otis L. Light, who died in 1924. Pallbearers were Lewis Najar, H.A. Adams, Bud Otto, R.L. Adams, S.B. Moss, and Elmer Smith. (contributed by Jerry Crabtree)


Russell Hill; Llano News, Thursday, February 28, 1985, page A-2:
 Funeral services for Russell Arden Hill, 74, of Llano, will take place Thursday, February 28, 1985, at Waldrope-Hatfield Chapel in Llano at 2 P.M. The Rev. Rodger Croker will officiate.  Burial will be in Llano City Cemetery.
 Mr. Hill, who died February 24, was the son of Hugh Hill and Leola Anglin Hill.  He was born June 25, 1910, in the Babyhead community near Llano.  A Baptist and a member of the VFW in Fredericksburg and the American Legion in Llano, he belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Austwell, Texas, and also the Eastern Star Chapter 686 in Austwell.  He had been a lifetime resident of Llano, except for the time of his service in the United States Navy during World War II.
In 1949, at San Raphael, California, he and the former Florence Ellington were married.  She survives him, as do three sons, Robert L. Pope of Austin, Donald Pope of Llano, and Christ W. Pope of Wilcox.  Other survivors are Wallace Hill of San Antonio and Bill Hill of Norwalk, California, his brothers; four sisters, Helen Henley of Fort Stockton, Texas; Alva McClean of Brian; Maxine Keasler of Atlanta, Texas, and Edna Gail McComb of Lubbock; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Donald Harned, Harry Isenberger, James Rhoades, Gary Plummer, Berne Osburn and Keith Caldwell.
(Note: the correct spellings are San Rafael, not San Raphael, and Bryan, not Brian, per contributor Jerry Crabtree)

Sue Carothers York:
From the Llano News, Monday, December 23, 1940, last page:
Mrs. D. R. York Succumbs:  Mrs D. R. York died at her home in Llano the past Thursday and was buried in the Llano cemetery Saturday morning.  Mrs. York, the former Miss Sue Carothers, was born March 8, 1885 in Dime Box, Lee County, Texas. She was married to D. R. York, at Wright's Creek, in Llano County, on January 4, 1903, who survives.
Besides the husband, Mrs. York leaves three children, Don C. York, D. R. York, Jr., and Mrs. Della Hanes.  Also two sisters, Mrs. Eva Churchill of Austin and Mrs. Lillie Tinsley, of Fort Worth; two brothers, John and Horace Carothers, both of Placid.  There are also four grandchildren surviving.
Following her marriage, Mrs. York and her husband lived for a short while in Cherokee, then moved to Richland Springs.  They returned to Llano in 1936, where they had made their home since. Mrs. York was a member of the Methodist church, Richland Springs.
 Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend J. C. Jones, pastor of the Llano Methodist church and interment was under the direction of Miles Buttery, Llano undertaker.
 Pallbearers were Wallace Hazlewood, Lycurgus Fabian, Dan Hackworth and Elmon Stewart.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our friends for their many acts of kindness during the illness and death of our loved one.  We wish it were possible for us to thank each of you personally, but circumstances prevent this.  May you always know we are grateful, though.
                                           D. R. YORK
                                           AND CHILDREN
                                           AND EVA CHURCHILL"
(Note:  Placid is in McCulloch County, northeast of Brady. Obit contributed by Jerry Crabtree)

George Plummer dies in Austin:
George Plummer, 77, of Llano died Monday, March 13 in an Austin Hospital.div>
Services were held Wednesday, March 15 at the Central Christian Church in Austin.  Burial was at the Capital Memorial Park under the direction of the Weed-Corley Funeral Home.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Plummer of Llano; and a great-grandson, Mark Plummer of Los Angeles, California. (page 9 of the Llano News, Thursday, March 16, 1978 - submitted by Jerry Crabtree)

Llano News on August 9, 1923, page 5 column headed "Kingsland News"
Friends here and throughout the county of W. H. Hill are glad to know that he has so improved from a long siege of illness that he was able to be removed to the home of his son Hubert Hill of Llano last Saturday morning, where he will remain several days.  Mr. Hill is one of the few old timers in this section whose friends are legion and whose interest is centered upon him in the hope that he will finally regain his strenghth and be up and about with his friends once more.
Llano News, Thursday, November 15, 1923, Page 1:
W. H. Hill, one of Llano County's most worthy and best known citizens, died at his home in Kingsland last Saturday morning after a lingering illness which covered several months.  Mr. Hill would have been 64 years of age on the 17th day of next February.  He was a native Texan and for the past 37 years has been a resident of this county, during the major portion of which time he has been engaged in business at Kingsland.  He was a man quite active in the public affairs of his county and was widely known in this and adjoining counties, where he had a large circle of warm friends.
Mr. Hill had been married twice.  His first wife was Miss Carrie Moore, and to this union six children were born; Mrs. Hatterfield, Cincinnatti, O.; Mrs. Grace Linsey, Center Texas; John Hill, West, Texas; Mrs. Harry E. Pendleton, Monterey, Cal; and Hubert Hill of Llano.  His second marriage was to Miss Sallie Phillips of Valley Spring, and to this union one son was born, Herbert Hill of Llano. The children survive him.
Mr. Hill was a member of the Christian church and for a long number of years had been a consistent worker in that faith. Henry Hill was a man of strong convictions, yet liberal with his fellow man.  He was filled with energy and until quite recently had lived a very active life.  He was known and admired for his sterling qualifications.
Several months ago Mr. Hill was taken ill.  For sometime he was very low at his home, then began to improve and was able to come to Llano, where he spent several weeks at the home of his son Hubert.  He continued to improve most of the time while here but after returning to his home in Kingsland, began to fail in health, until the body could no longer stand the illness, and the Angel of Death entered to free the spirit from the earthly prison of pain and sickness.

The funeral services were conducted at Kingsland Sunday afternoon, when a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to their departed loved one and friend.  Henry Hill will be missed by the children, by other relatives and by friends, but he has passed on from the world of sorrow and pain to join with those who have gone before. To the bereaved children and other relatives this paper joins in extending sympathy to the death of this good man.
Llano News, Thursday, January 1, 1925, page 5 column headed "Kingsland News"
The remains of Mrs. Martha A. Hill were brought from Liberty Hill Saturday and interred in the King cemetery that afternoon.  She was the mother of W. H. Hill, deceased; and was 89 years, five months, twenty nine days old.  Reverend J. A. Foster, pastor of the Kingsland Methodist Church preached the funeral. 
* Note that only five children are listed from his marriage to Carrie Moore, while the narrative says six.  Apparently the Kingsland Cemetery was known as the King Cemetery at the time of these deaths. (comments per submiter Jerry Crabtree)

Llano County Journal on September 15, 2010, page 4A
Lloyd Robert Klueh Sept. 21, 1917 - Sept. 9, 2010
Lloyd Robert Klueh, 92, of Kingsland died on Sept. 9, 2010 at the Kingsland Hills Care Center.  He was born on Sept. 21, 1917 in Louisville, Ky. to Robert and Mabel Van Winkle Klueh. He was baptized at Foster's Ridge Christian Church near Uniontown, Indiana.  His childhood was spent in Bristow, Indiana.  He graduated from Bristow High School in 1934, the valedictorian in a class of 10 seniors.      Lloyd joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1938.  He was stationed at Fort Harrison, Indiana, Kelly Field, Texas and Ellington Field, Texas.  During WW II he served in the China-India Theater for a year.  He was discharged in 1945.  He re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1948.  He was stationed at Perrin AFB, Texas, RAF Station Woodbridge, England and McConnell AFB, Kansas until his retirement as Senior Master Sergeant in 1961.
Lloyd married Esther Pearl Hanson June 1, 1941.  She preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 1974.  After his retirement he enrolled at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in electronics technology in 1964.  He had been employed at Honeywell until his final retirement in 1975. Lloyd moved to Kingsland after his retirement where he joined the Kingsland Community Church, American Legion and a local square dancing club.  His minister at the church, Ray Lawler, died in 1976 and a few years later, thanks to the plotting of friends, family and Sunday school members Lloyd and Verba Lucille Hilliard Lawler started spending time together which led to their marriage June 25, 1978.  Lloyd and Verba were active in the church, and loved square dancing. He was member of the Hill Country Roadrunners and the Camping Squares and for the next 20 years spent many months traveling all over the country and Canada, along with his beloved buddy, "Matt the Cat".  He enjoyed puttering around the yard, taking care of his garden, grape vines, flowers and various trees and bushes they brought home from California and Arizona. 

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Verba; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Forrest Denney of Manhatten, Kansas, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Glenna Klueh of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Serita Lee Blankenship, Steven Robert Klueh and Andrew Allen Klueh; two great grandchildren, Forrest Dean and Shauna Rose Blankenship; two great great grandchildren, Shaela Rose McConkey and Elija Thacher Howard.  By marriage, he is survived by Arthur Presley Lawler of Athens, Texas, Leta Rhea Govett of Kingsland, Texas; three grandchildren, Brien Lawler, Analisa Lawler and David Govett; five great grandchildren, Addison and Jessica Miller and Garrison, Griffen and Graysen Lawler.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Esther, his parents, brother, Coy Lee and sister, Wanda and granddaughter by marriage, Shari Miller.
A Celebration of Lloyd's life was held at the Kingsland Community Church on Monday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tommy Beck and the Highland Lakes Honor Guard officiating.  Private burial will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingsland Community Church, Highway 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639.  Arrangements handled by Putnam Funeral Home 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (submitted by Jerry Crabtree)


From the Llano News, November 13, 1913, page 1 (lead article):
Death of Alex Gillon
     Alex Gillon, formerly a citizen of our town, died at the home of his daughter, in Lincoln, Texas on last Sunday afternoon at 4:45 and the remains were shipped to Llano where they were interred in the city cemetery Tuesday afternoon.
     Mr. Gillon was 74 years of age at the time of his death.  He was born in Alasco, Scotland on January 29, 1839 and at the age of two years, came to this country with his parents.  They landed at Philadelphia where they made their home for some time.   From there, Mr. Gillon, when quite young, came west and has resided in Texas most of the time since.
     He was married to Miss Susan Swift, whose death occurred some time ago.  To them were born four children, three of whom are still living, Robert and John Gillon and Mrs. Maggie Kenekles.
     The services were conducted at the Catholic church in Llano Tuesday afternnoon at two o'clock, by Father Sassbender, and from there the remains were carried to the cemetery, where a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last respects to all that remained of their former friend and loved one.
     Mr. Gillon was well and favorably known in this town, having lived here for several years, though at the time was in feeble health and seldom left his home.
     Thus another one of the pioneer citizens has gone to his reward to join his companions of other days. 
     This paper joins with the friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved children and other relatives in their hour of sorrow.  May the sweet assurance that their father is now being rewarded for a life well spent come as great consolation to them.

(Transcribed by volunteer Jerry Crabtree. NOTE: since this is an old obit and hard to read, the transcription was done as seen by the transcriber and is to the best of his ability accurate, but not gauranteed) 

THOMPSON - Graveside service for Chester Franklin Thompson, 68, of Llano, TX was held Thursday, December 30, 1999, at the Llano City Cemetery. Thompson was born June 2, 1931 in Brownwood, TX and died December 29, 1999 in Kerrville, TX.  He was married to Dolores Riggs in 1972 in Llano. He was retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service in both Korea and Vietnam. He had lived in Llano most of his life and was a member of the American Legion in Llano.  He and his wife owned Thompson's Boot Shop in Llano from 1972-1994. He was preceded in death by both parents and one sister. Survivors include his wife Dolores Thompson of Llano; daughter Petra Hoffman and husband Roy of Llano; sister Virginia Mayes of Waco, TX; grandchildren Philip, Benny, Cindy, Arlett and Cole; and greatgranddaughter Alivia. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association."
From the Llano News, March 27, 2002, page 2:
THOMPSON - Graveside services for Dolores G. Thompson, 75, of Llano, TX were held Sunday, March 24, 2002 at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano with Pastor Glenn Smith officiating. She was born January 15, 1927 in Breckenridge, TX and died March 21, 2002 in Llano. She was married to Chester Franklin Thompson. She had lived in Llano for over 30 years coming from California.  She was a retired nurse and was of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Franklin Thompson. Survivors include her son Roy O. Hoffman and wife Petra Thompson Hoffman of Llano; daughter Ramona Conally of California; sister Rita Pierce; five grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, three nieces and three nephews. Arrangements were under the direction of Waldrope, Hatfield, Hawthorne Funeral Home, Inc
NOTE: The daughter's name was spelled "Ptera" in the published obituary, which I took to be a typographical error. (submitted by Jerry Crabtree)

, Leonard Harold
Obit found on Page A-2 of the October 17, 1991 issue of the Llano News:
Funeral services for Leonard Harold Smith, 74, of Kingsland, were held October 11, 1991 at Campbells Chippewa Funeral Home in New Waterford, OH. Burial followed at Crest Haven Memorial Garden in New Waterford. He died October 5, 1991 at Kingsland Hills Care Center in Kingsland. He was born Sept. 6, 1917 in Louisville, IL to Leonard H. Smith and Myrtle Benner Smith. He was a ceramic engineer, a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include his wife Thema Smith of Kingsland; one son, Leland A. Smith of Norfolk, VA; four daughters, Patricia Martin of Beaver Falls, PA; Mary K. Cook of East Liverpool, OH; Frances K. Joy of Ogden, UT; and Joanne P. Elkins, also of Beaver Falls; one sister Gennelle Slagley of Dothan, AL; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren."
(submitted by Jerry Crabtree)

FISHBECK, Florence
Florence Fishbeck, 97, of Llano, died November 14, 1985.  Graveside services took place in Llano, the the Reverend Rodger Croker officiating, on November 16.  Burial was at Llano City Cemetery. She was born March 14, 1888, in LaSalle County, Texas, to A. J. Anglin and the former Hixie Burton.  She was a florist, a lifetime resident of Llano, a member of the First Baptist Church of Llano, and the Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Llano Chapter 216. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews."
(submitted by Jerry Crabtree)

 Buck Dewey Riggs, 78, of Llano died April 10, 1986.   Graveside services took place in Llano City Cemetery on April 11.  Mr. Riggs, who was born to Sam Riggs and the former Eva White in Texoma on July 21, 1907, married Geraldine Lena Harp on October 2, 1925, in pan id="lw_1294376221_3" class="yshortcuts"> Orange County, California.  He had been a master welder. He is survived by his wife, Gerry, of Llano; two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Delores) Thompson of Llano and Mrs. Jack (Rita) Pierce of Ardmore, Oklahoma; one sister, Iva Rose, Sacramento, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Waldrope-Hatfield Funeral Home was in charge."  
(Note:  Geraldine died the following year (1987) and is buried next to Buck.  There are 4 other Riggs buried in Llano County)

(Researched & submittted by Jerry Crabtree.)

On page 7 of the July 15, 1965 issue of the Llano News:
Funeral services for Thomas W. Smith, 64, were held at the Waldrope Funeral Home Monday morning, July 12, with the Reverend C.C.McKinney officiating. 
Burial was in the Llano Cemetery. 
Mr. Smith was found dead at his home Saturday night. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James David Smith, he was born February 26, 1901, in San Saba County. He had lived for the past eight years in Llano County where he was employed on a ranch. Survivors are two brothers, J. B. Smith of Hattiesburg, MS, and Dan Smith of Mineral Wells. Pallbearers were Kenneth Lee Wooten, Blaine Wooten, Daniel Wilton, Pete Airheart, Walter Brewer and Louis Griffin."

(Researched & submitted by Jerry Crabtree)

Thursday, November 2, 1995 issue of the Llano News:
 Graveside service for Irene B. Schnaubert, 89, of Llano were held Wednesday, November 1 at Bluffton Cemetery. 
She was born November 12, 1905 in Louise, Texas and died October 30, 1995 in Llano.
She was a bookkeeper and worked in the grocery business and oil field equipment. 
She had been a resident of Llano since 1988 and was a previous resident of Odessa, Andrews, Fort Stockton and Hobbs, N.M. 
 She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Andrews.
Survivors include her daughter Edna Lee Grigsby Ford of Andrews; son A. G. (Sonny) Schnaubert of Buchanan Dam; brother Lee Barnett of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice."
(submitted by Jerry Crabtree)


Note: This is part of an obituary found in a Church Newspaper called The Methodist Protestant. I don't have the entire clipping. The page from the Newspaper is in the possession of Lloyd and Yvonne Morgan of Oklahoma City. I thought there was enough here to help somebody researching the Scott family. (Submitted by Carol Martin) state.
Bro. Smith was afterwards killed and scalped by the Indians. Bro. Scott married his daughter; Miss Catherine Smith Sept. 28, 1856. He joined the first M.P. Church
organized west of the Brazos river in Texas; which was Ebeneezer Class in Burnet county. He joined in 1857 with Rev. Isaac Hoover, Bro. Smith and others in
forming this church and was the last male member of the original church.
  Bro. Scott was truly a pioneer in our church there having belonged half a century; having seen our work grow from one church to two white annual conferences
and one colored conference in this territory. His integrity was unquestioned; his honesty excited the admiration  of men; his veracity was never doubted;; his
firmness nothing could shake. And was always at church when his health permitted. He was a Christian who was found to be the same all the time; ever persistent
and steadfast. He was a kind husband and parent and though he suffered much, he was very patient in his last sickness. He was prepared and ready to die. He was a
staunch Methodist Protestant..........................................................................................................
   None of these under 82 years of age. Sister Catherine Scott died  March 7, 1873. On July 1, 1873 he married Miss Rhoda Hughs who still survives him. He had
12 children; one son who is dead and eleven still living. Six of them were present when he died.
  He has gone to his reward; but those who knew him will always remember the sturdy, truthful and honest John Scott.

A. Low; Pastor
Lone Grove, Texas   Aug. 5, 1907 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NOTE: This obituary was in a Church Newspaper from 1907 called  The Methodist Protestant. The original Newspaper is in the possession of Lloyd and Yvonne Morgan of Oklahoma City Oklahoma and was inherited by them from Liddie Morgan who was a granddaughter of William and Mary "Polly" Tow. I have to add that "Aunt Polly" as she was called was actually born in Barren county, Kentucky a daughter of James and Jane Kelsay. She has been listed on many sites as Mary Jane Kelsay. She had a sister Jane Kelsay; but had no middle name that I am aware of. There is a Mary J. Tow buried in Tow cemetery who was the wife of William H. Tow and a daughter-in-law of Wilson Tow and I think her stone and "Aunt Pollys'" stone have been confused.             (submitted by Carol Martin)

From The Methodist Protestant Newspaper:

TOW-Sister Mary Tow was born in Morgan county, Missouri March 3, 1814  and died at Tow, Llano county, Texas August 2, 1907 aged 93 years, 7 months and 29
days. She was married to William Tow at the age of 16 in State and County of birth. Her husband died 18 years ago. She was converted in Missouri when only 18
years old and joined the Presbyterian Church. They moved to east Texas and from there to Tow, Llano County where she  joined the Methodist Protestant Church
in 1859 and remained in it until she died. She was a member of the church over 75 years and her Bible and Hymn Book  were her constant companions and she
was always full of religion and glad to have her Pastor come and talk and pray with her.
The writer was always glad to visit her and came back feeling that a hoary head is a Crown of Glory if it is found in the way of righteousness.
  God grant that our young people may be like her when they get old. She had 13 children; five have preceded her and eight are left behind. Her remains were
laid to rest in Tow cemetery beside her husband. People will not soon forget "Aunt Polly" as she was commonly called.
A. Low, pastor
Lone Grove, Texas  Aug. 5, 1907


Michele Baird



Died at his home, Llano County, Texas, on the 14th of November 1887, Capt. James M. Trussell, aged 78 years, 10 months and 19 days. The
deceased was a native of Tennessee and was born in Franklin, now Coffee county, that state on the 26th day of December 1808, but spending
the earlier years of his life in Green county, Alabama. He was married and settled in Mississippi in which state he lived from the year 1838 until
the year 1877, in which time he accumulated a good property and commanded the esteem and respect of all who knew him. In 1877 he moved to
this state where he has finished his course and his body has found a resting place until the morning of the resurrection.

Father Trussell was for about 33 years a consistent Baptist, and for many years an acting Deacon. At the time of his death, he was a member of
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. It may be well said of Father Trussell that he was faithful in all thing and in all the relations of life as a citizen, a
church member, and a father ever exerting influence for the good of all about him. Deeply experimental, sound in faith and intelligent in the
scriptures, he was ever a living manifestation of the power of the religion of Christ. But he is gone; we shall meet his venerable bearing no more
on earth, nor shall we again hear his affectionate Christian salutation nor his prayer. As we may suppose his last end was peace. Death was no
terror to him sustained by a vigorous faith and contemplating in the light divine, his future portion he often expressed a desire to depart and be
with Christ. As the grain of the field ripened for the arms of the reaper, so he was gathered home, calm and peaceful as the setting sun; so his
powers gave way and he fell asleep in Jesus. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

Father Trussell left a widow, the companion of many years, together with several children and many friends to mourn his loss, yet consoled by
the thought that their loss is his gain.

His daughter, O.O.R

Packsaddle, Llano Co., Texas.

November 26th, A.D. 1887.

**NOTE: the above letter was written by Olivia O Trussell Kennedy Reynolds and it appeared in the Kingsland, Llano County, local

"Llano News" - Jan 9, 1913  Vol. 29, # 26 - Abstract.
Mrs Amelia Holmig died yesterday at her home in E. Llano at 6:00. She had been in bad health for a year. The remain will be buried in the City cemetery. Services by Elder John C. Oatman
David Kaufman found dead in bed, Tuesday a.m. at his home in Llano. He was 90 years, 10 mo. and 7 days old. He was bured at city cemetery yesterday at 11:00 a.m.
'Llano News" - Jan 23, 1913, Vo. 29, # 27
Ida Scott, died 16th inst. after a brief illness. She had been operated on for appendicitis on Wed. and died the next day. She was the eldest  dau. of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E.  Scott of N. Llano. She was born Aug. 2, 1901. Services will be conducted by Pastor J. M. Streater of the Christian Church, assited by Reb. Robinson Oatman.
Alfred Hibdon Sr., died at his home near Pontotoc, last Sunday p.m. had been invalid for 7 years and totally blind. He came to this country in 1881 and resided all this time near Pontotoc and Field Creek. Survived by 3 children. He wil be buried Monday.
Pete Norris died, near his home, at Lone Grove, last Sunday at 9:00 a.m. He had been in bad health for several weeks. He had a carbuncle that was the direct cause of death. He was about 40 years old. Will be buried at Lone Grove Cemetery, Monday.
Volley Chism died Dunday, Jan 12, 1913 at 8:30 at home of brother in law, Dave Wlaters, of pneumonia. He was a young man and, had taken sick in Burnet. He was buried in Bluffton cemetery with Pastor Leney Nobles making a religious address and then the W.O.W., Tow Camp # 2739. He leaves a mother, 1 sister and 4 brothers.
"Llano News" - Feb. 27, 1913, Vol. 29, # 32
Mrs. Maggie Oatman (John C.), dau. of Thomas and Mary Adcock, born, April 20?, 1855 in Tallapoosa Co. AL and came to TX with her borther and his family in 1875. Her mother and sister came later.
She married Dec. 26, 1876, to John C. Oatman on his 28th birthday. She has lived in Llano since. She has 4 daughters, Beulah, eldest, May second, married W. B. Collins, Editor and Proprietor of the "Llano News"
Jessie Clark, 3rd daughter, died in infancy. The 4th and youngest daughter is Miss Sweet Oatman.
Brother Oatman joined the Christian Chruch in Dec. 1882. Services will be conducted at Oatman home by Rev. Mizzell, Lawlis, Bourne and Robinson. Songs were sung by Mrs. Sykes, and Mr. Alexander Hagon.
(No date givin of death or burial arrangements)
Lois Christene Nixon, nee Strack on Feb. 20, 1913, at her home on Squaw Creek, at 1 p.m. She had been ill for 1 month and 2 days.
She was born in Franshausen, Nasseau, Germany, Oct. 31, 1845, lived there until 5 years old. Emigrated ot U.S. in 1850. She and her people among the old Germany pioneers that settled Fredericksberg in 1850. She lived with her paretns to age 17, then married Andrew Jackson Nixon and lived in Fredericksburg for 7 years, then moved to Squaw Creek. She had 16 children, 9 boys, 7 girls of which 7 boys and 4 girls still live. The father died (or was buried) Jun 9, 1905.
"Llano News" - Mar. 13, 1913, Vol. 29, # 34

F. E. Jackson received message last Saturdayday on the death of his grandfather, I. N. Jackson who died on Comanche Creek last Sat. at 2:30. He was a longtime resident and had moved to Comanche abt 15 years ago.
Death of Mrs Ricketson -  "Llano News "Mar. 13? 1913 ( I have to check on this date, I didn't get it copied, am just guessing from the others that I did.

"Mrs Mary Ricketson, one of Llano county's oldest citizens, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Leverett, near Llano, last Sunday morning. Mrs. Ricketson had been sick for some time and that together with her age, was more than the frail form of this noble old lady could stand. Therefore, the angel of death came and on wigs of love carried the spirit of Mrs. Ricketson to that home on high to dwell with her loving husband who had gone before.
Mrs. Ricketson was born in Georgia, but came to Texas when quite young. She was married to Ben. J. Ricketson who died at his home, near Oxford several years ago. Mrs. Ricketson was one of the county's oldest and most widely known citizens and the announcement of her death cast a veil of sorrow over all sections where she was known and loved so well.
The remains were laid to rest in the Oxford cemetery Monday at noon beside the grave of her husband. A large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives followed the corpse to the grave and there paid their last earthly respects to their friend of former days.
Mrs. Ricketson is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Abner Ricketson of Marble Falls and Mrs. W. W. Willbern and Mrs. James Leverett of Llano.
This paper joins with the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved daughters and other relatives in their hour of sorrow and while the dark cloud hoovers near may the rays of sweet consolation penetrate them in the happy thought that their loved one is free from every earthy care and is safe in the arms of her Master whom she served so long and so well.
submitted by Sue Ashby

Submitted by ~Deb~, obtained by Jerry Crabtree April 2009

The following appeared in the Obituary section of the December 11, 1986, Llano News, page 2:
     Services for Willie M. Collett, 96, of Llano, were held on December 6, 1986, at Waldrope-Hatfield Chapel with the Reverend Stanley Nixon officiating.  Burial followed at Cherokee Cemetery.
     Mrs. Collett, the widow of Sterling Collett, died December 3.  She was born to Joe Benskin and the former Susie Byers in Blanco County on January 14, 1890.
     Survivors are a son, Arthur Thomas of Garland; two brothers, Fred Benskin and Grover Benskin, both of Tow; three sisters, Frankie McCall of Austin, Velva Hoffman of Flatonia, and  Elsie Phillips of Llano, and one granddaughter.
     Pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church of Tow. Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield Funeral Home.

Submitted by ~DEB~ 2009

Lockhart Post-Register June 3, 2005...

Eula Moore Grimes

Eula Moore Grimes, 88, of Lockhart died on Dec. 26 at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with her daughter at her side. Mrs. Grimes lived in Lockhart the last 15 years moving from Austin, where she had resided for 48 years. Mrs. Grimes was an independent insurance agent for more than 35 years and owned Eula M. Grimes Insurance from 1962-1977 when the business was sold. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #803 in Austin. While living in Lockhart, she remained active spending time with her two grandchildren, working in the Pathways to Discovery Program at First United Methodist Church and volunteering at Golden Age Home where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 1998. Through the Senior Employment Program administered by the Catholic Charities of Texas, Inc., she worked at the Lockhart Housing Authority and at the Lockhart Area Senior Activity Center. At the time of her death, she ran "Eula's Craft Corner" at the Senior Activity Center where she sold handmade items to benefit the Center. During her life, she loved gardening, quilting, crocheting, and sewing beautiful clothing for her daughter and granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Moore and Sarah Marilla Coursey Moore and two brothers, Edgar Lee Moore and Thomas Euel Moore. Mrs. Grimes will be sadly missed by her loving daughter, Deborah Blanton and husband, James; granddaughters, Sarah Blanton and Shannon Blanton; great-granddaughter, Sierra Blanton; sisters, Mozelle Boultinghouse of Cherokee, Texas, Ruth Auth and husband, Harry of San Antonio, Texas, Leta Dinwiddie of Llano, Texas, Neta Reed of Clute, Texas and Becky Birdwell and husband, Arthur of Meridian, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 30 at First United Methodist Church in Lockhart. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30 at Honey Creek Cemetery in Llano. Honoring Mrs. Grimes as pallbearers will be James Blanton, Steve Boultinghouse, Arthur Birdwell, Harry Auth, David Auth, and Ronnie Reed.
Funeral services under the care of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, Texas, 78749, (512)892-1172.



 Original 1898 newspaper obit submitted by Winnie Tate-Morgan 2009


Mr. Franz Otto 1919 Obit - submitted by Rhoda Schmidt 2009




The following article appeared on the front page of the August 12, 1965 issue of the Llano News:
Layman York Ratliff, 47, has been charged with the murder with malice of Sam Loftis Cates, 51.
Llano County Sheriff Gale Ligon filed charges Friday.  Ratliff is being held in the Llano County jail in lieu of $7,500 bond.
The shooting took place about 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, August 5, in the Ratliff home.  Ligon said Cates was shot in the head with a 30-30 rifle.
Funeral services were held at the Waldrope Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, August 8, with the Reverend Howard Smith officiating.  Burial was in the Llano Cemetery.
Cates, son of Mrs. Nancy Pearl Cates of Llano and the late Sam Cates, was born in Llano March 7, 1914 and was a lifetime resident of Llano County.  He served in the armed forces in World War II and also in the Korean Conflict as an electronic technician.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.  He was married November 4, 1944, in England to Miss Dorothy Lee who survives him.
Survivors, in addition to his wife and mother, are four sons, Sam Cates Jr., Michael Cates and Charles Cates, all of Llano, and Bobby Sam Cates of Salinas, Calif; Two daughters, Linda Susan Cates and Lisa Ann Cates; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were George Williams, John Cummings, C.B. Maultsby, Gerald Garrett, Bill Needham and Herman Cassaday."

((researched and submitted by Jerry Crabtree)


Hidden away on page 9 of the July 28, 1977 issue of the Llano News was the following short article:/font>
Lamon York Ratliff, 60, died Sunday at his home in Llano.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Waldrope Funeral Home and burial was at Llano City Cemetery.
Ratliff was born Oct. 23, 1916 in Llano.  He was a major in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include a sister, Loleat Vetter of Dallas and two nephews.
Pallbearers were Bailey Ratliff, Bryant Ratliff, Joe Ratliff, Billy Ratliff, Charles Ratliff and W. H. Ligon."

(researched and submitted by Jerry Crabtree)


Jan. 9, 1919 Llano News:
"Allan D. Martin,
The remains of Allan D. Martin, son of L. B. Martin of this county, arrived in Llano on January 6 and the following day was laid to rest in the Llano Cemetery.  Reverend E. D. Shirley conducted the services.
Although we have attempted to ascertain facts with regard to the passing of this young man, we have not been able to do so.
From what we learn, Allan died Saturday night at Valley View, Oklahoma and the inference is he was a victim of pneumonia.
The many friends of this young man will regret to hear of his untiely death.  While we do not know his age at the time of death he was young and was just entering his years of greatest possibilities.
To the grieved father and other relatives we offer words of consolation and sympathy."

(researched & submitted by Jerry Crabtree)