SONORA – Avis Joy, 75, passed away July 30, 2012. She was born July 26, 1937 in Fouke, Arkansas, to Spencer Morton and Nettie Naomi (Browning) McKenzie. Avis spent her first five years living with her paternal grandparents, Robert and Carrie McKenzie. She lived in many Texas communities growing up as her parents, Morton and Lenora McKenzie, relocated with Atlantic-Richfield Pipeline Co.

Avis graduated from Rocksprings High School in 1954, and attended a business college in San Angelo. She married John Wesley

Joy on July 8, 1957 in Sonora. They shared 55 years of marriage and raised four children. Avis was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Eastern Star.

On March 17, 1999, Avis was blessed with a “second birthday” when she received a heart transplant. The donor’s gift gave Avis 13 more years of life.

Avis was preceded in death by her birth parents, Nettie and Morton McKenzie; sisters, Janice Perry and Alta Kuhns; and granddaughter, Carmen Page Joy Preston.

Avis is survived by her husband, John Wesley; mother, Lenora McKenzie of Brownwood; sister, Sherrell Howe of Clyde; sister-in-law, Vivian Joy of Ely, Nevada; children, Kerry Joy and wife Debbie of Eldorado, Lesa Kennedy and husband Bentley of Christoval, Tobin Joy of Sonora, Mitzi Kelley and husband Damon of Plainview; grandchildren, Madolyn Phillips and husband Chris of Eldorado, Jana Aguirre and husband Gilbert of Christoval, Wesley Kennedy and wife Jenna of Midland, Mace Joy of Sonora, Katelyn Kelley and Justin Kelley of Plainview; great-grandsons, Slade and Ryder Phillips of Eldorado, and Colton Aguirre of Christoval.

Pallbearers were Bentley Kennedy, Damon Kelley, Chris Phillips, Gilbert Aguirre, Wesley Kennedy, and Lamar Evans.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, August 1, at First United Methodist Church in Sonora. Burial followed in the Sonora Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the many friends for prayers, food, cards, calls, and visits. We would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. P. Mulgrew of San Antonio and his staff for their exceptional care of Avis the past 13 years. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jessie, Avis’ pharmacist from Walgreens, and the staff and caregivers, especially Amber Shaw, of Odyssey Hospice. You enabled Avis to live the final months of her life at home as she wished.

In lieu of flowers, Avis requested that donations be made to Helping Hands, c/o Roberta James at 410 East Popular Street Sonora, Texas 76950, or a charity of your choice.

Carl Foley 35, of Kingsland ,Tx passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He was born to Lewis B. Foley and Judy L. Hardin Foley of Eldorado, Tx.

Carl was a wonderful son, husband, father, and friend. He was so proud of his three beautiful children Star, Sterling, and William.

His spare time was filled with woodworking, RC Cars, playing his guitar, camping, baseball, scouting, and his family.

Carl and his wife Christy, just celebrated 6 years of marriage out of a very happy and loving 13 year relationship. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Carl is survived by his wife Christy Foley, and two sons, Sterling and William of Kingsland, TX; daughter, Starlynn of Eldorado, TX; parents Judy and Lewis Foley of Eldorado, TX; maternal grandmother Velma Corey of St. Paul, MN; and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Dewey and Isabell Foley and uncle Dewey Don Foley all of San Angelo, TX.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Highland Lakes Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam, TX.

Beulah Mae Kerr Brownson of Driftwood, TX.  Passed away on July 8, 2012 at the age of 89, in Columbus, TX.

She was born and raised in Eldorado, TX.

She is survived by Richard (Tex) Brownson; sons Bates Brownson, Jim (Stormy) Brownson and wife Connie; daughters Joycelyn

Lawrence and husband Wayne, Patsy (Pat) Wenzel and husband Leroy, Barbara Siegmund and husband Ed; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Eddie Bea Franklin and Sammie Lea Teague of Columbus, TX; brother Joe Austin Kerr of

Columbus, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She worked as a revenue clerk at IRS in Austin, TX for 25 years and retired to ranching.

Arrangements handled by All Faiths Funeral Service, South Congress.

Memorial services are scheduled for 1:00 PM on Saturday July 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs, TX.

Thanks to Hospice Brazos Valley in LaGrange TX and Trucare Living Centers in Columbus TX.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley in LaGrange TX or a charity of your choice.

Mertzon — Shirley Aileen (Jackson) Haynes, 81, of Mertzon, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great, great grandmother was born in Vining, Kansas on July 8, 1931, and was welcomed into heaven on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

She was one of five children born to Lester and Fay Jackson of Clifton, Kansas. She spent her childhood on her parent’s farm where she developed her love for all animals. She raised crows, ducks, racoons, rabbits, chickens, ducks, skunks, dogs and finally, her precious cats.

Shirley married Bud on May 23, 1949, and they shared 61 years of marriage. Together they had four children; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

In 1957 Bud relocated the family to Eldorado. There she started her beautician’s career. She specialized in making elderly folks feel beautiful. She carried on this tradition in Andrews, Big Lake and Mertzon (Playhouse Beauty Shop). She was a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mertzon. The love of her church family helped to sustain her through the many trials she has had in her life in these past few years.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Rollin (Bud) and son, David. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Linda Haynes (Fort Stockton), Mike and Stacy Haynes (Eldorado), and one daughter and son-in-law, Alona and Gene Shoffner (San Angelo).

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, July 17, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), US 67 at Juanita, Mertzon, Texas. Burial  followed in the Mertzon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army, 215 Gillis, San Angelo, TX, 76903; or the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 791, Mertzon, TX 76941.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Kerbow Funeral Home, Eldorado, Texas.