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.

ELDORADO — Eula Yvonne Kerr passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. She was born in Eldorado, Texas, on Aug. 16, 1940, to Fred and Louise Logan.

She married her true love, Rony Kerr, in Eldorado on July 5, 1956, and was married for 54 years. They raised two children, Kelly Jack Kerr and Ronda Von Kerr.

Yvonne loved life and lived it fully. She enjoyed being a housewife, card games, bowling, Beta Sigma Phi, Mias Amigas with her classmates and ranching and fishing trips with family.

She worked in Eldorado when the children were young as a bookkeeper, medical transcriptionist at the Schleicher County Hospital.

Yvonne is survived by sister Charleen Sudduth and her husband, Myrl, and their children and great-grandchildren; her son, Kelly Kerr and his children and grandchildren; and her daughter, Ronda Kerr; sister-in-law Phyllis Daniel and her children and grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Larry and Rena Kerr and children; sister-in-law Kathy Kerr Davis and husband Bob;

Tracy Walser Payne and husband Jim and their children and grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were husband Rony Kerr; parents Fred and Louise Logan; brother James Logan; brother-in-law Tony Kerr; and niece Leslie Kerr.

Funeral service was Friday, July 27, 2012, at Mertzon Highway Church of Christ. Burial followed in Eldorado Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Kerbow Funeral Home.

Stacy Dawn Haynes passed away on her 54th birthday, July 17, 2012.  She was born in Graham, Texas, on July 17,1958 to Dewey and Joyce Meyers.  Stacy married her soul mate, Mike Haynes, in Andrews, Texas, in 1975. Mike and Stacy had an amazing love story and would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on July 19, 2012. The couple moved to Eldorado, Texas, in 1981, where they made their home and raised two children, Mindy, born in1979, and Tanner, born in 1984.

 

The devoted mother loved being at home with her children in their early years, then found her second passion when she began working for the First National Bank of Eldorado in 1982.  Her gifts of working with people and crunching numbers came together as she progressed from teller to Vice President over a 30 - year career. Stacy also served as the secretary of the board of directors and as loan officer,and she was affectionately known to many as their “personal banker.”

 

Stacy was also very involved in the community that she loved.  She served as a member of the Eldorado City Council, Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations throughout her years in Eldorado.  Nearest to Stacy’s heart was her membership and participation in the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado. She was a faithful participant of the Wednesday night Bible study group, Sunday morning worship, and Christian Cooking.

 

Stacy is survived by her husband, Mike Haynes of Eldorado, Texas, and their two children – daughter, Mindy Sellers and husband, Tye Sellers of Midland, Texas; son, Tanner Haynes and wife Erin Haynes of Weatherford, Texas – and one granddaughter, Ailee Grace Haynes. Stacy is also survived by her parents – mother, Joyce Jackson of Andrews, Texas; father, Dewey Meyers and wife, Alice Meyers of Odessa, Texas; sister, Sherry Berry and husband, Bill Berry of Katy, Texas. She is preceded in death by her stepfather, Kenneth Jackson of Andrews, Texas.

 

Stacy’s battle with cancer only confirmed everything what friends and family already knew about her strong faith and character. Her family has shared that through her painful struggle, she never once complained, but instead reminded her family and friends to look to God and His daily blessings. Even through multiple rounds of chemo, Stacy fought to stay active in her daily life.  From going to work on days when everyone thought it impossible to traveling back and forth to Houston, Texas, for treatment, Stacy showed amazing perseverance and unwavering strength.
Though her departure from this life was much too soon, our hope remains in the One who holds her now in His embrace will some day welcome us home.
Services will be held Friday July 20 at 11:00 am at the 1st Presbyterian Church with burial following in Eldorado Cemetery.

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.