ELDORADO — Lennie Eugene "Gene" McCalla passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, to receive his heavenly reward.
He was 91 on May 30, 2010. He was born to G.A. and Lizzie McCalla in Corinth, Miss., in the year 1919. They moved to Santo, Texas, in a covered wagon when he was a young boy.
He grew up with a sister, Sallie, and two brothers, Herbert and George. Gene attended Santo High School where he met the love of his life, Vernell Wheeler, and were married 69 years.
To provide for his family he worked for the Eldorado Woolen Mills for 25 years. There he made Army blankets. Gene served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines from 1942 to 1946. Gene and Vernell then operated McCallas Department Store till 1984.
Betty Lynn Autrey Smith, 78 (Granny Betty)of Eldorado Texas, passed away in her home Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, surrounded by her children who loved her very much.
She was born July 1, 1932 in Ballinger, Texas to E. Cleburne and Verna Lee Autrey. She graduated from San Angelo High School, class of 1950. She was raised in San Angelo and lived the majority of her life in the San Angelo area. She called Eldorado, Texas home since 1995.
She loved her children, computer, old romance novels, crossword puzzles, gardening and fishing. She was very proud of her 14 years of work at the Schleicher County Senior Center and the Concho Valley RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). She received several Presidents’ call to Service award pins and certificates of recognition for being a vital force in the future of the community and the nation through understanding and compassionate service.
Betty was a very special person who had a wonderful sense of humor. Her wisdom and wit will carry on through her children who loved her very much. She was absolutely one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that knew her!
Rollin Alon (Bud) Haynes, 83, of Mertzon, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born in Clay Center, Kansas on April 30, 1927 and was welcomed into heaven on October 13, 2010. The only child of Raymond and Mildred Haynes, Bud and his family traveled across Kansas with the Salvation Army, which was the basis of his life-long faith.
Bud married his wife, Shirley, on May 23, 1949 and they shared 61 years of marriage. Together they had four children, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
In 1948, Bud began a life-long career with Northern Natural Gas, working in Kansas, Eldorado, Andrews, and Big Lake. He retired in 1982, from his final position as Operations and Maintenance Manager. Following his retirement, Bud and Shirley moved to Mertzon where he took on a variety of “post-retirement” projects such as caretaker for the cemetery, EMS ambulance driver, and substitute minister for the church.
Daisy Mikeska, 78, passed peacefully to her heavenly home on October 5, 2010. Daisy was born November 1, 1931 in San Angelo, Texas. Left behind to cherish her memory is her husband of fifty-seven years, Wayne Mikeska.
Her children were the joy of her life: son Lanis Mikeska and wife, Lynna of Eldorado; daughter Janis Wilkerson and husband, Shannon of Eldorado; and son Mike Mikeska of San Angelo. Beloved grandchildren include: Miles and Macy Mikeska; Mitch Wilkerson and wife, Courtney; Cole Wilkerson and fiancee, Codi Waldrep; and Margo Mikeska. Other family members include sisters, Elaine Boykin, Ann Lossing, twin sister Doris Yeary, Virginia Perry, Lucille Murphy, Linda Day, and brother Boley Brodnax. Daisy will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family friends.