Obituaries

Tue
15
Sep

Tommie Lynn Gillen

Tommie Lynn Gillen

Funeral services for Tommie Lynn Gillen, age 69, of Cameron, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home with Reverend Drew Weber officiating.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at the Liberty Cemetery near Milano.
Mr. Gillen died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in a San Antonio hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Gillen was born Aug. 10, 1946, in Dayton, Texas to Tommie and Lila Harrell Gillen and was retired from the United States Army.
Mr. Gillen was a graduate of Dayton High School in 1964 and graduated from Sam Houston State University and later got his master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin.
Mr. Gillen married Rita Stewart on Dec. 22, 1968. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cameron and the Milano Masonic Lodge.

Thu
10
Sep

William R. Kopriva

William R. “Willie” Kopriva, 84, of Gause died Wednesday, Sept. 9, in a Temple hospital.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Deacon Earl Colley officiating. 
Burial will follow in the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Marak.  Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Kopriva, retired farmer and rancher, was born April 11, 1931 in Milam County to Frank Anton and Amelia (Hrachovy) Kopriva, Sr. 
He had been a previous owner/operator of Kopriva’s Cabinets in Pendleton.  He is survived by children  Billy Kopriva of Hayden, Idaho; Mike Kopriva of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Sandy Kopriva Jordan of Cour D’Alene, Idaho, and Pamela Bowmer of Cedar Park; a brother  Walter Kopriva of Temple; a sister Vlasta Reed of Daphne, Alabama; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews

Thu
10
Sep

James O. Larson

James O. Larson

James O. Larson, 77 years of age, of Gause passed away Sept. 5, 2015.
A Memorial Service will be held Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. Pastor Ed Truelson will be leading a celebration of the life and music of James. Recordings of his students’ performances in Bryan, Wellington, and Dulles High School will be heard.
A private graveside service will be held at the Clifton, Texas cemetery at a later time.

Wed
09
Sep

Timothy Patrick Gleason

Timothy Patrick “Pat” Gleason of Glendale, Mo, passed away Sept. 1, 2015 after a brief illness with cancer.
Born Dec. 4, 1930 in Burlington, he was the son of the late Timothy Patrick Gleason of Burlington and the late Doris White-Gleason of Maysfield.
Pat grew up in Maysfield on the family farm with his brother, the late Tommy Gleason of Tomball and graduated from Yoe High School in Cameron. He married Billie Carlin of Crowley, La. in 1951.
After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he graduated from Texas A&M with a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering.
Pat and Billie moved to Glendale, Mo. in 1959, where he worked 47 years for Willert Home Products. He retired at the age of 75 as the VP of Sales and Marketing.

Wed
09
Sep

Cecil Edward Arnold

Cecil Edward Arnold

Cecil Edward Arnold, 72, of Houston and formerly of Cameron died Aug. 18, 2015.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron.
Cecil was born and schooled in Cameron and at 17, entered the US Army, where he learned the discipline, skill and confidence to go forward in the world. He became a Houston City fireman and a commercial pilot. After retirement from HFD, he earned his bachelor of arts and Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Houston and became a teacher, heading the Fire Academy at College of the Mainland for 10 years.
Photography, skeet and target shooting, flying, wood-working, boating and writing were just a few of the hobbies he enjoyed. His hand-crafted furniture and bowl turnings are pieces of art and grace the homes of friends all over the world.

Sat
05
Sep

Howard W. Klement

Howard W. Klement

Howard W. Klement, 74, of Rogers died August 31, 2015 in Burleson.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Johnny Kueker officiating.
Burial followed in the Rogers City Cemetery.
Mr. Klement, previous owner/operator of Western Ford in Weatherford, was born Jan. 27, 1941 in Cameron to Frank L. and Mary (Jistel) Klement. He had also worked at Gateway Ford in Fort Worth and Metro Ford. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rogers and Texas Early Days Tractor and Engine Association.
He is survived by son Michael Klement of Alvarado; daughter Donna McCauley and husband Rodney of Burleson; brother Lee Klement of Maryland; sister Jeanette Klement of Flower Mound; wife Joyce Klement of Ardmore, Okla.; grandchildren John Michael Klement, Cooper McCauley, Grady Rhondon; stepsons Rick Davis, Tip Davis, Brad Davis and stepdaughter Leslie Mays; numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sat
05
Sep

Ida Irene Harris

Ida Irene Harris, 94, Waco and formerly of Cameron, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, in a Waco nursing facility. Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial followed in Marlow Cemetery near Cameron.
Mrs. Harris, a homemaker, was born March 28, 1921 in Cameron to Heber and Pearl (Kilpatrick) Tindall.
She married Julian Ray Harris Jan. 2, 1940 and he preceded her in death in 2003.
She is survived by sons James Darrell Harris of Lubbock, Paul Coleman Harris of McGregor and Kevin Patrick Harris of Wortham; five grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Thu
03
Sep

John Douglas “Doug” Lewis, Jr.

John Douglas “Doug” Lewis, Jr.

Funeral service for John Douglas “Doug” Lewis, Jr., 89, of Houston, formerly of Buckholts, will be held at 9 a,.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with Rev. Billy Crow officiating.
Interment will follow at the Corinth Cemetery near Buckholts with full military honors.
Mr. Lewis died Sept. 1, at his home following an illness. He was a retired machinist in the oil field industry.
Mr. Lewis was born Aug. 22, 1926 to J. D. Sr. and Ida Belle Peters Lewis in Buckholts. 
He graduated  from C. H. Yoe High School in 1943. He proudly served in WWII in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Benge Lewis,  one son, Paul Lewis of Houston and one daughter, Lori Pettett  and husband, Robert, of Freeport; one sister, Dorothy Gause of  Gause. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Pamela, Derek and Lisa Lewis and Chase, Aubrey and Sydney (Peanut) Pettett.

Wed
02
Sep

Louis Edward Rozner

Louis Edward Rozner, 70, of Cameron, died Monday, Aug. 31, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Walter Dhanwar officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Mr. Rozner was born June 6, 1945 in Cameron to Joe and Matilda (Zavrel) Rozner.
He worked for Cameron Iron Works for over 20 years and then he worked and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
20
Aug

Donald Ray Elkins

Donald Ray Elkins

Funeral services for Donald Ray Elkins, 52, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Cameron Church of Christ with Minister Gene VanNord officiating.
Mr. Elkins died Aug. 15 at his home.
Mr. Elkins was born July 4, 1963 to Arnold Ray and Virginia Williams Elkins in Houston. He was an apartment manager.
Mr. Elkins is survived by one son, Bobby Ray Elkins of Michigan, one daughter, Brittney Elkins of Porter, his mother, Virginia Elkins of Cameron, and two sisters, Alene Fay Bennett of Cameron and Kathy Ann Miller of Ledbetter. Also surviving are nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins that he was very close to.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.
Condolences for the family may be sent at www.green-pattersonfuneralhome.com

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