LAMPASAS — Curtis Dean Wilson, formerly of Austin, died at his home in Lampasas on Monday, March 23, 2009 after two years of battling colon and lung cancer. He was born in Bastrop County on March 10, 1931 to Frances Ford Wilson and Dennis Dean Wilson.

He attended public schools in Elgin and Stephen F. Austin High School. On April 21, 1951, he married Barbara Joyce Smith at Central Methodist Church in Austin. He began his career at Austin Machine and Grinding Company as an auto part salesman, and then he was employed by The University of Texas at Austin in the Phys. Plant/Operations Department where he retired after 26 years of service. He was an avid University of Texas sports fan.

For many years he had a place in the country near Fentress, Texas. He and Barbara moved in 2002 to a small ranch near Eldorado, Texas, where they spent many happy hours observing wildlife. He loved hunting deer and turkey and just enjoying the outdoors, especially West Texas.

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BRADY — Legendary horsetrader, Charles Miers Johnson, 81 of Rochelle, Texas passed away March 21, 2009 in Brady, TX.

Miers was born April 8, 1927 in Brady, Texas to Jane Miers and  Charles Johnson. He graduated from Lohn High school and then at 17 joined the Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He went to Sul Ross State University on a full football scholarship and was all-conference in 1948. After graduating he coached football in Christoval from 1950-1951, and then in Eldorado from 1951-1953 and for the next 15 years in Rochelle. During that time he received a Smith-Huges Certificate from Sam Houston State University in 1956.

Miers’ love of horses began when he was a small boy and his grandfather Roy Johnson gave him his first horse. He owned thousands of horses in his lifetime, being a horsetrader was what he loved to do. He was known throughout West Texas, where he traveled to area ranches to buy and sell horses. Miers had friends everywhere and everyone has a “Miers” story. He was also involved in trading livestock, equipment and real estate. He was an excellent storyteller and had the most colorful life of anyone. He had countless friends and life experiences. His personality was outgoing, positive and he engulfed a room with his presence.

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Louis F. Dellavechia, Jr., 74, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Kerrville, Texas, after a long battle with diabetes.

Lou was born June 11, 1934, in Port Washington, Long Island, where he lived until moving to California in 1967. Lou attended Post College in Port Washington and served his country in the Armed Forces from 1953 through 1955. He later became an employment counselor and an avid little league coach in Los Angeles.
Lou and Linda retired to Eldorado in 2004 to spend time with their family and often revisited friends in California. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Richard Louis Dellavechia. Lou is survived by family and friends in Eldorado, California, Florida, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

His zest for life will be missed by all who knew him. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the Alzheimer’s Association. 4400 N. Big Spring, Suite C32, Midland, TX 79705.

BAY SPRINGS, MS  — Rev. Herman E. (Gene) Early, 71 died Monday  April 6, 2009.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 9, at Mt. Vernon Congregational Methodist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. Interment followed in the Ellisville, MS. Cemetery.
After suffering many years with Huntington’s Chorea disease, the Rev. Early went to be with his Lord, Monday April 6, 2009.

The Rev. Early was born January 19, 1938 in Brady, TX, moved to Eldorado as a very young boy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Early. During his high school days, Gene (also known as “Herk”, was an employee of Parker Foods. The meat department was his love, but he worked throughout the store, including using his artistic abilities as the many signs displayed on the front windows. Gene’s father was an employee of the city for many years, working first in the street department and later working as the night watchman, until he was disabled because of Huntington’s Chorea disease. Both of Rev. Early’s parents are buried in Eldorado cemetery.

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