Clifton M. Laywell

Clifton M. Laywell, 88, of Bryan, passed away on March 13, 2018. Cliff was born in Cameron on Aug. 2, 1929. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bertha Laywell; and brothers, Raymond, Cecil, Ed, and Ralph Laywell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ellen Laywell; daughter, Kim McFall; son, Paul Laywell; and grandsons, Zachary and Brandon Kindt.


David "Len" Harris

David “Len” Harris died at his home outside the Thorndale/Lexington, Texas, area recently at the age of 78.

He is survived by his brother James “Jim” Harris and wife Linda of Austin; daughter, Deana Caffey and husband Billy of Thorndale; grandson, Joshua, also of Thorndale; and nephews, Seth Harris and family, as well as nephew Kris Hoddo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Harris and Connie Hendon Harris Stillings; sister, June Hagan and husband Jim; and niece, Vivi Hoddo.

Len was born in San Angelo, on July 30, 1939. He served in the Navy and after leaving the navy, worked as an electrician for many years with I.B.E.W. and was currently retired.

The family will not be having any public services. In lieu of services the family invites Len’s friends and acquaintances to toast his memory and share their favorite story of “Len” at their next opportunity.  


Alice DuBois

Alice DuBois, 100, of Austin and formerly of Cameron, died Feb. 26, 2018, at her home. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2017, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Donna DuBois officiating.

Mrs. DuBois was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Cameron to Russell Bramble and Blanche (Owens) Rylander.  She married Wilburn DuBois Jr. on Feb. 19, 1938, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1974.  She had worked in the Insurance and as a real estate agent. 

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diane DuBois; and a granddaughter, Cheryl Newlin Frye. 

She is survived by: daughter, the Rev. Donna DuBois of Austin; granddaughter, Brook Foster; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Ashley.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.


Iven John Vogelsang

Iven John Vogelsang, 98, of Ben Arnold, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in a Temple hospital.

Graveside services were held on Friday, March 2, at the Vogelsang Cemetery near Ben Arnold.  Visitation was held March 1 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Iven was born to Will and Ida (Laake) Vogelsang in the Vogelsang Community on Feb. 12, 1920. He married Doris Miller on Feb. 1, 1947, in Austin and they were committed to each other and always together. A lifelong resident of Milam County, Iven was a farmer and rancher. He enjoyed working in his fruit tree orchards, gardens, and with his grapevines. Iven was a beekeeper and produced many gallons of honey. Hunting and fishing were special interests. He and Doris especially enjoyed their roses and long country drives. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren visits were always welcomed with joy.


Nellie B. Johnson

Mrs. Nellie Beatrice Johnson, 94, of Temple, formerly of Maysfield, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in the Kathryn W. Green chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 26, 1923, in Maysfield to Purn and Beatrice (Renfrow) Rosemond. They preceded her in death as well as several brothers and sisters.

She was a beloved aunt to a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron. Condolences for the family may be left at


Nelson Ray Granzin

Nelson Ray Granzin was born June 12, 1937, in Thorndale.

He was called to the Lord on Feb. 27, 2018, at the age of 80.

He is survived by his loving children, Susan Lust and Rob and Suzanne Rice; his loving grandchildren, Olivia Lust and Katie and Brandon Stewart; his great-grandchild, Carson Stewart; and his sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Wilbert Schneider, of Elgin. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 20 years, Helen Granzin; and his parents, Emil and Esther Granzin.

Nelson was a veteran and retired from Featherlite Brick Company. During his lifetime, he enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, and spending time with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. John Lutheran Church of Thrall or a charity of your choice.

Services will be held on March 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Thrall.


Pamela Lorraine Beale

Pamela Lorraine Beale, 67, of Oklahoma, died Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Stillwater, Okla.

Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron.

Ms. Beale, was born Oct. 6, 1950, in Tulia, Texas, to C.D. and Martha Lou (Squyres) Beale. She retired as a school secretary. 

She is survived by: children, Christy Newport and husband Kenlan, Angela Freeman and husband Jimmy, and Chasen Roacher and wife Leanna; brother, Michael Beale and wife Maria; sister, Deanna Norris and husband Eddie; five grandchildren, Malorie Reynolds, Kennedy Freeman, Asher Newport, Adelynn Newport and Brooklynn Roacher.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.


Orlia Charles "Chip" Dunsmoor

Orlia Charles “Chip” Dunsmoor, 66, of Minerva, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Milam County Cowboy Church near Rockdale with Rev. Greg Spears officiating. Burial will follow in Minerva Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.


Jayla Na'Chelle Rider

Jayla Na’Chelle Rider, 10, of Cameron died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018,as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Earnest Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jayla was born May 13, 2007, in Temple to Amanda Rider and William Wells. She was in the 5th grade at Cameron Elementary School. 

She is survived by: her mother, Amanda Wells of Cameron; her father, William Wells of Lubbock; brother, William Wells Jr. of Cameron; sisters, Alexis Wells of Cameron, Mariah Rider of Cameron, and Kierra Wells of Cameron; grandparents, Penny and Ricky Taylor of Cameron, Ron Rider of Rosebud, and James Wells of Cameron; great-grandparents, Mary Rider of Cameron, Louise Muston of Cameron, and William Alexander of Cameron; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins


Glennie Lee Laughlin

Glennie Lee Laughlin, 94, of Thorndale, passed away the morning of Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Austin after a short illness. 

Graveside services at Lawrence Chapel Cemetery will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2018, with Rev. Jeff Stull officiating. 

Glennie was born March 8, 1923, to Oscar William and Melissa Leonora Smith at their home in the Shiloh Community.  She and Jesse Kevil Laughlin were married on June 26, 1944.  They lived in Agua Dulce, and later moved to their home in Robstown. She worked for Nueces Electric Co-op until she retired. Glennie returned to the rural community are she was born and always loved. She enjoyed spending time outside tending to her plants and flowers. Paintbrushes and bluebonnets were her favorites.  Feeding and watching the native birds was another hobby of hers.  Most of all, she enjoyed the time she spent with family and friends.


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