Annie Mae Jochec

Annie Mae Jochec, 88, of Marak, died Friday, June 24, in a Cameron nursing facility. Funeral services were Monday at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak with Rev. George Thirumangalam officiating.

Burial follow in the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery.  Rosary was recited Sunday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mrs. Jochec, a homemaker, was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Cameron to Vladmir and Mary Frances (Sklenar) Zavrel.  

She married Frank Joe Jochec and he preceded her in death in 1989.

She was a member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak and KJZT.  

She was preceded in death by eight siblings.

She is survived by sons Frankie Jochec, Raymond Jochec and. Steve Jochec, all of Marak; daughter Genevieve Schoppe of Marak; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

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



Graham Dickerson

Funeral services for Graham Dickerson, 98 of Thorndale are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. 

Burial will follow in the Salty Cemetery in the Salty Community.

Rev. Ray Prince of Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church will officiate. 

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

Graham Dickerson was born Feb. 1, 1918 in the Conoley Community in Milam County to Gus Lewis and Bessie Elizabeth (Smith) Dickerson. 

He attended Conoley school through eighth grade and was a 1935 graduate of Thorndale High School. He attended two years at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

In May of 1943 he served in the 1923rd Ordinance Ammunition Company Aviation or the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was stationed in England, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. He was discharged as a Sergeant in December of 1945. 


LaWanda Jane Shuffield

LaWanda Jane Shuffield


LaWanda Jane Shuffield, 78, of Rockdale died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Matt Higginbotham officiating.

Burial will follow in the North Elm Cemetery near Cameron.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Mrs. Shuffield, a retired seamstress, was born in Ben Arnold on Jan. 25, 1938 to Cullen Thomas and Jewel Dahlia (Johnson) Raney. She married Donald “Duck” Shuffield on June 12, 1955. 

During her career as a seamstress, she managed several apparal factories. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockdale. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen and Jack Raney. 

She is survived by:


Guadalupe Tena Revilla

Service for Guadalupe Tena Revilla, 71, of Caldwell are set for 2 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2016 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell with Rev. Joe Williams officiating.

Interment will follow atMasonic Cemetery in Caldwell.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 19, also at the funeral home.

Mrs. Revilla died June 16, 2016 in Houston.



Curtis Roy Unnasch

Curtis Roy Unnasch

Curtis Roy Unnasch, 76, of Thorndale, died Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale. Burial will follow at Detmold Cemetery. Pastor Mel Sowyer will officiate.

Mr. Unnasch was born at home in Detmold, Texas on Sept. 13, 1939 to Leroy and Ella Unnasch. Mr. Unnasch went to school at San Gabriel Elementary and graduated from Thorndale High School. Mr. Unnasch graduated from Arlington State College. 

On April 1, 1961, he married Betty Bachmeyer. Curtis and Betty Unnasch celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year.

He enjoyed his cattle and feeding his catfish. He never missed a sporting event and was a loyal Thorndale Bulldog fan.

Mr. Unnasch was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Ella Unnasch. 


Mary Ann Pilling McGuire

Mary Ann Pilling McGuire of Temple, entered into eternal rest on June 6, 2016.

Funeral services were held June 10, at Ocker Brethren Church with Rev. Ron Winsman and Bruce Mercer officiating. Burial followed at Ocker Brethren Church Cemetery. 

Mary Ann was born on Nov. 22, 1936, and after growing up on a farm in rural Milam County, she attended Yoe High School where she graduated in 1955. 

She went on to attend nursing school where she was honored as the 1000th graduate of the Scott and White School of Nursing. She began her 39-year career at Scott and White where she eventually became the Supervisor of the Dialysis Unit, and she retired on Dec. 31, 1997. 

During nursing school, she met the love of her life, Billy Wayne McGuire, and the two were married at Hope Lutheran Church on March 5, 1960. 

Mary Ann and Bill had two daughters, Sheryl Ann and Terri Dawn. 


Richard E. Cummings

Richard E. Cummings, 62, of Cameron died Monday, June 13, at his home. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at North Elm Cemetery Pavilion in Yarrelton. Burial will follow in the North Elm Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Cummings was born Sept. 10, 1953 in Cameron to Clarence and Anna (Arisman) Cummings. He married Judy Hollas on May 20, 1978. 

He worked for Milam Music for many years as a route manager. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Moody. 

He is survived by his wife Judy Cummings of Cameron; on Scott Cummings and wife Amy of College Station; daughter Teri Vaculin and husband Brad of Cameron; brother David Cummings and wife Cari of Cameron; sisters Billie Kudlacek and husband Larry of Cedar Park and Virginia “Ginger” Beathard and husband Earl of Milano; and five grandchildren: Tessa, Jett and Callen Vaculin and T.K. and Ellie Cummings


Shirley Jo Brooks Dodd

Shirley Jo Brooks Dodd

Shirley Jo Brooks Dodd, 80, of Cameron, died Thursday, May 26, in Temple nursing facility. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the North Elm Cemetery Pavilion near Cameron.

Ms. Dodd was born Oct. 21, 1935 in Yarrelton to Flake and Annie “Barrett” Brooks. She graduated from Brazosport High School in Freeport and worked for several auto dealerships before moving to the Ben Arnold Community. She worked for the Milam County Tax Office for 18 years. She was a Baptist. 

Her brother, John Brooks and nephew John Brooks, Jr. preceded her in death. She is survived by sister Joyce Ann Rhodes; stepsons    Lee Dodd, Ted Dodd and Dow Dodd; nieces Sue Rose, Joanna, Flake and Lynn; nephew Roy D. Rhodes; and her home care giver, Donna McGower.

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


Jeanette Charanza

Jeanette Charanza

Jeanette Charanza, 69, of Cameron died Thursday, June 9, in a Temple hospital.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Church in Cameron.

Mrs. Charanza was born March 13, 1947 in Milam County to James and Florence (Shafer) Williams. She married Bobby Lee Charanza and he preceded her in death in 2014. 

She had worked as a convenience store manager for many years. 

She is also preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. 

She is survived by sons Bobby Charanza, Jr. of Rockdale and Joseph David Charanza of Salado; daughter Nanette Lorton of Cameron, brother Melvin Williams of Nevada, Texas; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren

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


Elizabeth Belle Cantwell Ireland

Elizabeth Belle Cantwell Ireland passed away on the evening of June 12, 2016 at her family home in Thorndale. She had been battling cancer for many years.

“Liz” was born in Austin on March 28, 1966 to Myrtle and Bill Cantwell.

She is survived by her husband Wayne L. Ireland Sr., a daughter Tiersa Heine, a son, Wayne, Jr., son-in-law Gregory Heine, five sisters, two brothers, nine grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews and her mother Myrtle Cantwell.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Ash’leah Ireland and her father Bill Cantwell.

She loved her grandchildren and family.

She was a loving and caring CNA and had worked at most all of the nursing homes in the area. Liz was also an avid bingo player. Later in life she had been baptized and loved the Lord.

The Ireland and Cantwell families would like to thank the community for all their help and support throughout Liz’s illness.


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