Vernell Dvorak

Vernell Dvorak, age 84, of Thrall passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Temple Hospital after a short illness.

Vernell or more affectionately known to us as “Granny” was raised in the Hutto/Round Rock area and attended school in Hutto and graduated from Round Rock High School in 1950.  She met the love of her life, James Dvorak, on a blind date. They were married on Feb. 18, 1951, and were blessed with 58 years of happily married life together living and raising a family in Thrall.   


Virginia Louise Smith Schuhsler

Virginia Louise Smith Schuhsler went home to glory to be with her Lord Jesus Christ at 8:43 p.m. April 1, 2017. She was looking forward to her entrance into heaven and to beholding the face of her Lord, Jesus Christ.  Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Oak Hill Pavilion.

Virginia Louise was born to Charles Cecil Smith, Sr. and Annie Foreman Smith March 8, 1921. She was the youngest of three children.

She was preceded in death by her beloved brothers, Charles Cecil Smith Jr. and Joe Simmie Smith.

She has one son, Charles Schuhsler. Virginia is also survived by three nieces, Shirley Smith Harrison of Bartlett, Tenn., Sandra Smith Grindle of Plano, and Dorcas Smith Owens of Rockdale; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. 


Charles Taylor


Charles Taylor, 53, of Pampa and formerly of Cameron, died March 29, 2017, in Pampa. 

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Charles was born June 15, 1963, in Cameron where he was a 1981 graduate of Cameron High School. He worked in customer service in the grocery business and had worked for a while at KRXT Radio in Rockdale. His true love was being a disc jockey, spinning records for 30 years. This afforded him the opportunity to rub elbows with many famous musicians, including John Conlee, Pat Green and Montgomery Gentry. His favorite musician was Johnny Cash.  Charles moved to Pampa in 2014 and he was a member of Soldiers for Christ Church.

Survivors include two sons, Benjamin Taylor of Round Rock and Kirby Taylor of Cedar Park; a daughter, Susha Towels of Versailles, Missouri; a brother, Leland Taylor of Skellytown; a sister, Mary Posival of Abilene; and four grandchildren.


Larry Joe Spivey

Larry Joe Spivey passed away on Saturday March 25, 2017, at the Hospice Unit Veterans Hospital in Temple. 

He was born in Rosebud on Sept. 19, 1949.  He graduated from Rosebud High School in 1968 where he was a standout running back for the Rosebud Black Panther Football team.

He served in the United States Army Reserves and then in the Active duty Army from 1971 to 1975.  He was Honorably Discharged from both the Reserves and the Army.

Larry had a Masters Degree in outdoor sculpture.  His art work is seen all over Central Texas.  His murals are on several buildings in downtown Cameron. He always placed a member of this family into the paintings. His father is in the “12 Horsemen.”  He is in the center of the line.  His mother is the little girl sitting on top of the bale of cotton in the mural of the “family going to town.” One of his proudest accomplishments is the large eagle steel sculpture in downtown Rosebud.


Vickie L. Shuffield

Vickie L. Shuffield, 56, of Cameron, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in a Georgetown hospital. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.  Burial will follow in the North Elm Cemetery. 

Mrs. Shuffield was born Oct. 18, 1960, in Cameron to Calvin H. and Patricia Lynn (Williams) Smith. She married Harold “Buddy” Shuffield on Nov. 25, 1978.  She had worked as a waitress and owned a house cleaning business for several years before earning her CNA license and working for Girling Health care until retiring.  She enjoyed fishing, spoiling her grandkids, and loving her husband and daughter and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law, Lawanda Shuffield. 


Ida Mae "Susie" Simpson Pope

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Mae “Susie” Simpson Pope, age 91, of Beaumont,  formerly of Sour Lake and Cameron,  will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron, with Reverend Billy Crow officiating.

Mrs. Pope was born on Oct. 9, 1925, in Old Olive, Texas, to Artie Misha Dosier and John Henry Simpson. She passed away March 28.

Mrs. Pope was preceded in death by her husband Joseph A. Pope in 1996.

Survivors include: her son, Joseph C. Pope and wife Marion of Sugar Land; and daughter,  Misha Pope Bruno and husband Shawn of Beaumont. She is also survived by grandchildren, Justin A. Pope and Natasha A Pope.

The family suggests donations to The Alzheimers Association

Visitation will be held Saturday at the Oak Hill Cemetery Pavilion from 12-1 p.m.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Green-Patterson Funeral Home. 


Edmund Larry Tiemann

Edmund Larry Tiemann, 70, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Larry was born July 27, 1946, in Taylor, to Edmund Henry and Ruby Moerbe Tiemann. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale where he was baptized and confirmed. He graduated from Thorndale High School in 1964. After graduation, he worked along with his father at Tiemann Garage. He joined the U.S. Army in 1965, and served until 1968, with a one year tour in Vietnam.

On Sept. 13, 1969, he married Betty Symank. They were blessed with three children, Sherri, Jason, and Sheila. He was employed with Alcoa for 33 ½ years before taking retirement. He was an active member of the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department until his death, being chosen as Fireman of the Year on one occasion. He enjoyed barbeque cookoffs, rattlesnake handling, attending car races, deer hunting, and had a passion for Ford vehicles.


Ronald Joe "Cowboy" Dillinger

Ronald Joe “Cowboy” Dillinger, 75, of Cameron died Saturday, March 18, 2017, in a Temple hospital. 

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Cowboy, a retired painter and carpenter, was born May 16, 1941, in Ohio to George W. and Eleanor A. (Decker) Dillinger. He moved to Cameron in 1981 and married Shirley Rogers and she preceded him in death in 1999. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard L. Dillinger and Willard Dillinger. He is survived by numerous friends and special friend, Crystal Nelson.

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


Rudolfo "Rudy" Rangel

Mr. Rudolfo “Rudy” Rangel died Sunday, March 26, at a Temple hospital.

A visitation for Mr. Rangel will be held Thursday, March 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Green-Patterson Funeral Home.

Mr. Rangel was born April 12, 1964, in Memphis to Juan and Juanita Juarez Rangel. He was employed by the City of Cameron.  He was a Baptist.

Survivors include: his wife, Delores Tijerina of Cameron; mother, Juanita Rangel of Cameron; two sons, Richard Vargas and Rudolfo Orlando Rangel, both of Cameron; daughter, Corina Rangel of Cameron; four brothers: Ines Rangel of Cameron, Juan Rangel Jr. of Temple, Randy Rangel of Cameron and Gabriel Rangel of Cameron; three sisters, Olga Rodriguez of Cameron, Dora Rodriguez of Okeene, Okla. and Rachel Avila of Buckholts. Also surviving are seven grandchildren.


Bertha Jean Proctor

Bertha Jean Proctor, 69, of Cameron died Monday, March 20, 2017, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ms. Proctor was born January 8, 1948, in Milam County to Lonnie and Bertha (King) Gaines. She had worked as a nurse’s aide at Cameron Nursing Center for many years.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Proctor; and by a sister, Judy Sawyer.  She is survived by: sons, Jimmy Proctor of Austin and Anthony Proctor of Buckholts; daughters, Sheila Mireles and husband Sergio of Rockdale and Amy Abila and husband Michael of Buckholts; brother, David Gaines of Maysfield; sisters, Paulette Gossick of Elgin, Brenda Roe of Rockdale, and Renee Gaines of Cameron; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren


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