Teachers and Administrators
Lockhart School System 1945-1957
Lockhart, Texas

John Cardwell 1924-2012

John Madison Cardwell was born Sept. 25, 1924, to Gus Withers Cardwell and Betty Matthews Cardwell in Lockhart, Texas.

John graduated from Lockhart High School and Texas A&M University. His education was interrupted when he joined the U.S Marine Corps during WWII. He served as an aerial gunner with a dive bomber squadron, Marine Air Group 13, 4th Marine Air Wing. He had Central Pacific Duty May 1944 to July 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

After the war John returned to A&M to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Education. When he graduated he worked as an instructor for The Luling Foundation Ag School for Veterans.

Later, he joined the faculty of Lockhart High School where he taught VO Ag for 35 years. He was honored for his contribution in the implementation and success of the Caldwell County Livestock Show and for distinguished service to the Future Farmers of America. After his retirement he was a full-time rancher. Along with his son, he developed the Oak Trails Subdivision.

John was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lockhart and the American Legion. Also, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club for many years and was their club president in 1960. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Polonia Water Corps, and a member of the Texas S W Cattle Raisers Association. In 2000 he was named Agribusinessman of the Year by the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce.

His special loves were his family, his cows and his tractor. Also, his many friends from all walks of life.

Heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people at Oak Creek Nursing and Rehab in Luling and CTMC hospice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mark Madison Cardwell; granddaughter, Sky Ann Cardwell; brother, Gus Calhoun “Boots” Cardwell; and his sister, Betty Bowden.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; daughter-in-law, Ann Cardwell; grandson, Travis M. Cardwell and wife, Yumi, of Tokyo Japan; son-in-law, Rick Vees; and also a number of nephews and nieces.

Family received friends at McCurdy Funeral Home, from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart, with the Rev. Don Duvall officiating.

Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, (512) 398-4791.

Dr. William Edward Hooper 1924-2012

Dr. William Edward Hooper, age 88, died Dec. 2. Funeral: 10am Thursday at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite with interment to follow in Laurel Oaks Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mildred, who died one year ago. He is survived by sister, Eloise Lumpkin; sons, Thomas and John and their wives, Becky and Debby; daughter, Bonnie Bunn and husband, Roger; and granddaughters, Ann, Natalie, Maddison and Kelly.

Bill graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and served in WWII. He attended the University of Alabama graduating with a BA in Music. Other degrees, MA in Administrative Education, Masters in Music and PhD in Administration and Curriculum. His career in education started in 1948, moving to Mesquite in 1955 as band director; then Director of Fine Arts, supervising art, music and theater programs for MISD. Dr. Hooper was instructor and director of the Millette Amateur Circus and Scout Troop Leader for many years, including accompanying scouts to Philmont Ranch twice. In the sixties he did psychedelic light shows for rock bands in the Dallas area. Bill served as an Elder, Adult Class teacher and chaired the Christian Education Committee at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

Coach Red Burditt 1926-2012

February 11, 1926 - November 5, 2012 Jesse "Red" Burditt (Jesse Newton Burditt, Jr.) died on November 5, 2012 at the age of 86. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, Texas. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas with Reverend Rick Sitton and Dr. Morris House officiating. Interment services will follow at Bryan City Cemetery.

Red was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 11, 1926. He was the second child born to Dr. Jesse Newton Burditt and Lanier Connolly Burditt.

Red and his lifelong sweetheart, Elinor, met as children in Abilene, Texas. They would later marry on December 28th, 1947 after his return from World War II service as a radioman in the United States Navy. Perhaps his greatest pride and accomplishment was being a member of the famed "Kiddie Korps", A&M's young squad that successfully competed for A&M during the 1943 football campaign. After a 7-2-1 record, the team was invited to meet LSU in the Orange Bowl. He would later return to A&M to finish his degree and compete in additional football, baseball, and basketball seasons for the Aggies.

He was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 as one of only eight athletes to receive varsity letters in three sports. He was instrumental in the formation of the Texas A&M Letterman's Association and also led the Kiddie Korps of 1943 to fund a scholarship endowment. He was a lifelong Methodist and a faithful member of Bryan First United Methodist Church for over 60 years.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dr. Tom Connolly Burditt of Abilene, Texas, and daughter-in-law Deborah Sue Robinson Burditt. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elinor Frances Sivley Burditt of Bryan, and his two children: Jesse Newton Burditt, III, of Bryan; and Charles Bryan Burditt and his wife Pamela Diane Burditt of Conroe, Texas.

He is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Kimberly Anne Burditt of Carlsbad, California; Bethlyn Burditt (husband Randall Mason) of Bethesda, Maryland; Bryan Collin Burditt (wife, Teri) of Cypress, Texas, Christenn Anne Burditt of Houston, Texas; 5 grandchildren: Cassandra Elizabeth Burditt Mason of Bethesda, Maryland, Jesse Connolly Burditt Mason of Bethesda, Maryland; Charles Braeden Burditt of Cypress, Texas, Madeleine Grace Burditt of Cypress, Texas, and Owen Brooks Burditt of Cypress, Texas. And the many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the many young men he coached, and always referred to as "his kids", throughout his coaching career for the Hamlin Pied Pipers, Lockhart Lions, and Bryan Broncos.

Red passed away at home in Bryan surrounded by his family. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him. He loved God first, his family and friends, Texas A&M University and the Bryan Vikings.

Jeanne Bowers 1932-2011

Mary Jeanne (Andrews) Bowers, formerly of Lockhart, was born April 26, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, and passed away April 13, 2011. She was the daughter of Bolivar Coleman Andrews and Nan Dickinson Andrews.

Jeanne is survived by two children, William Gary Bowers, of Dripping Springs, and Brenda Nan (Bowers) Van Scyoc, of Katy; a brother, Bolivar Coleman Andrews, of Houston; and three grandchildren, Kimberley, Tyler Dillon, and Mary. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Billy Joe Bowers.

Jeanne grew up on a farm near Pharr, Texas, and enjoyed horseback riding, barrel racing, and the sweet smell of citrus orchards. She obtained a degree in home economics from Texas State University and soon thereafter married Bill, her husband of 36 years. She taught home economics in Lockhart and Victoria secondary schools and inspired many talented cooks.

A meal at Jeanne's place was always an adventure. She enjoyed cross-stitch and had a passion to tend and care for all kinds of animals. She liked serving her community and neighbors, with particular passion for Christ's Kitchen in Victoria, serving needy families and providing uplifting conversation. Jeanne was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Friends and family were invited to attend the memorial service, which was held Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Eeds Funeral Home in Lockhart. Burial was held in the Lockhart Municipal Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support breast cancer research through Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

All arrangements with Eeds Funeral Home, 408 S. Main, Lockhart, Texas. (512)398-2343.

Patty Swenson 1928-2010

Patty T. Swenson passed away February 28, 2010 at the age of 81 from injuries suffered in an auto-pedestrian accident in Los Angeles on January 6, 2010. She was born October 9, 1928 to Albert J. and Katie Turek in Yorktown, Texas. She is survived by her sons, Tom and his wife Kayla, and Bill and his wife Sandy; her sister Shirley Turek; and five grandchildren, Clark, Kate, Blake, Will and Stephanie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Glen T. Swenson.

Patty graduated from the University of Texas in 1950. During school she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and remained active in Alpha Chi alumni matters for many years by serving on the house corporation board and as alumni chapter advisor. Patty married the love of her life Glen in 1951. Before Tom and Bill were born and after they began school she taught math, homemaking and computers in Lockhart and Austin for over 30 years. During her teaching career she went back to school and obtained her master's degree in education from Antioch College.

After retirement, Patty was an active member of the Austin Women's Club, PEO and LAMP. Patty was also a deacon at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. She participated in many church activities, including mission trips to Nicaragua in 2005 and Zambia, Africa in 2008.

In her spare time, Patty co-owned and operated Katie's Dress Shop in Yorktown for over 30 years. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling, spending time at her cabin in Bastrop with her sister and friends and attending all of types of activities of her five grandchildren. Patty was an avid and knowledgeable football fan. She loved to cheer for the teams coached by her husband and the teams her sons and grandsons played for, including the Texas Longhorns, Reagan Raiders and Austin High Maroons. Most of all, Patty was a devoted wife, mother and "Pappy" to her five grandchildren and giver to those in need. We will miss her, but are inspired by her remarkable life and her love of God and family.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3rd at Weed- Corley-Fish Funeral Home, North Lamar. A memorial service celebrating Patty's life will be held at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas 78746 or a favorite charity. Obituary and guestbook available online at

Fred "Hollis" Latimer 1921-2008

HURST -- Fred "Hollis" Latimer, 87, went to be with his Lord and his lovely wife on Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Funeral: 2 P.M. Sunday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Hurst. Graveside service: 12 Noon Monday at Emory City Cemetery in Emory. Visitation: 4-6 P.M. Saturday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst. Hollis was born February 21, 1921 in Nacogdoches, TX to the late James and Rosa Latimer. He grew up in the area of Joaquin, TX. After serving in the United States Air Force, he graduated from SFA with a degree in business and later earned a MBA from UT.

Hollis taught at Lee Jr. College, OBU, and finished his career as head of the computer science department at Tarrant County College. Hollis was the most wonderful person you could ever want to meet. He greatly loved music and animals. He was active in North Richland Hills Baptist Church and served as the Senior Adult Choir Director and also was a member of the Kingsmen Choir. Hollis was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Thelma Batts Latimer; loving wife of 61 years, Jena Fletcher Latimer; son, George Latimer; brothers, Billy Latimer, Robert Batts, A.J. Batts, and Joe Batts. Survivors: Daughter-in-law, Rosalie S. Latimer; grand-daughter, Emily D. Latimer; "adopted" daughter, Betty Whitley and husband Jack; caregiver, Shannon Dykes; sister-in-law, Dru Latimer; sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Dean Rucker; very special friends, Bob and Camilla Wells; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst, 817-285-7777.

JENA LATIMER 1922 - 2008

Jena Latimer, 85, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 4001 Vance Road. Interment: 2 p.m. Thursday in Emory Cemetery in Emory. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Richland Hills Baptist Church senior adult program.

Jena received Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She was very active in her church and as a teacher. Jena taught for 33 years from universities to preschools. She loved her work and her family. She also ran her father's produce business.

Jena was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas J. and Alice I. Fletcher; son, George H. Latimer; and brothers-in-law, Billy Latimer, Robert Batts, A.J. Batts and Joe Batts.

Survivors: Husband of 64 years, Fred Hollis Latimer; daughter-in-law, Rosalie S. Latimer; granddaughter, Emily D. Latimer; "adopted" daughter, Betty Whitley and husband, Jack; brother, Douglas J. Fletcher Jr. and wife, Jeanette; sister, Edith L. Williams; sisters-in-law, Dru Latimer, Juanita Rucker and husband, Dean, and Pat Batts; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 3/12/2008.


May 12, 2004

Coach Travis R. Raven, age 81, of Austin, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2004.

He was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended the Austin Public Schools, and was all state fullback his junior year at Austin High. In 1940, he was a member of the State Junior college Championship team at Schreiner Institute. He entered the University of Texas in 1941 and graduated in 1948 with three years in between in the US Air Force. While at UT, he played football and was on one conference championship team and two winning bowl teams. In 1967 and 1968 his Reagan team was selected as National Co-Champions with Coral Gables, Florida, and National High School Champions in 1970.

On September 6, 1941, he married his high school sweetheart, Mildred Westling.

Coach Raven coached for 26 years with several district championships, one State Baseball Championship, and won the 4A State Football Championship at Reagan High School in 1967, 1968, and 1970. He coached the 1969 High School All Star Team to a victory in the Cotton Bowl and he was chosen as the Texas High School Coach of the Year in 1969.

He survived by his wife of 62 years, Mildred Mimi Raven of the family home in Austin; sons, Travis Jr. of Ingleside, TX and Terry of Kingsland, GA; a brother, Frank and wife, Brenda Raven of Galveston, TX; uncle, Wilson Raven and wife, Hazel Raven of Austin; granddaughters, Misty and husband, Gary Andrews, of San Antonio, and Cristy and husband, Ken Orvis of Ridgway, CO; great-granddaughter, Sarah; and two great-grandsons, Richard and Tracy, all of Ridgway, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 13, 2004, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2004, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 West Anderson Lane with Pastor Karl Gronberg officiating. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in Coach Raven's honor to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, or the Alzheimers Association. Please join us in honoring Coach Raven by visiting our Memorial at


September 5, 1917 Cleburne, Texas ... May 3, 2004 Ft. Worth, Texas

Graveside services for Monroe Bicknell Jr., 86, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cleburne. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Rosser Funeral Home.

Mr. Bicknell passed away on Monday, May 3, 2004, in Fort Worth. He was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Cleburne, Texas, to Monroe Bicknell Sr. and Lethia Jane Eaves.

Mr. Bicknell was a retired educator after graduating from Cleburne High School. On May 15, 1942, he married Kathryn Moon in Cleburne and he attended TCU and received a B.A. degree majoring in music.

He entered the Air Force where he later served in Guam- after the war he returned to TCU and received a masters degree in administration and did graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin working toward a doctorate degree. He served administrative positions in Lockhart, Texas, and Arlington, Texas.

He was a lifetime member of TSTA and an active 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason. Mr. Bicknell was a past member of the Kiwanis Club where he had perfect attendance for 24 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he had taught the Young Men's Bible Class and was also an avid golfer and Eagle Scout.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathryn Bicknell of Cleburne; son, Monroe "Skip" Bicknell III and his wife Linda of Roswell, N.M.; granddaughter, Dusty Whitney and husband Jay of Chandler, Ariz.; three grandsons, Ray Bicknell and wife Leigh of Broker, Texas, Tony Bicknell and wife Mel of Huntingburg, Ind., Bryan Anderson of Greensboro, N.C.; sister, LaMonne Price and husband Jack of Cleburne and nine great-grandchildren.

All of Monroe's many friends are his honorary pallbearers.

Rosser Funeral Home, 1664 W. Henderson St., Cleburne, Texas, 817-641-4800


Kathryn Moon Bicknell

Graveside service for Kathryn Moon Bicknell, 85, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 2008 at Rosehill Cemetery, with Dr. Danny Crosby officiating. Mrs. Bicknell will be laid to rest alongside the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Monroe Bicknell Jr.

Kathryn Moon Bicknell passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2008 in a Cleburne nursing facility after a three month illness. Kathryn was born in Cleburne on January 21, 1923, the daughter of T.S. and Ethel Moon.

She attended Cleburne schools and graduated from Cleburne High School. Always a good student, she was liked by teachers and classmates alike. The high school band named her Band Sweetheart and she proudly carried the flag at football games and other school events.

In 1986, Cleburne High School named Kathryn the Coming Home Queen for all Homecoming events; an honor respected by all Cleburne Alumni. Kathryn was always known as a beautiful young woman who remained unaffected by honors she received.

Kathryn and Monroe were married on May 15, 1942. The early years of their marriage were World War II years, with Monroe enlisted in the Army and Kathryn living in Cleburne awaiting the birth of their first and only child. Monroe “Skip” Bicknell III was born on December 10, 1945 and did indeed become the joy of their lives.

When Monroe returned home, they moved to Lockhart, Texas where he was principal of Lockhart High School. Those were very busy years. As devoted parents they were involved in their son’s activities including Boy Scouts, school and church groups.

The years passed and after a move back to Cleburne, Skip graduated from Cleburne High School. Not long after, Kathryn and Monroe moved to Arlington where both were employed by the Arlington ISD. He was vice-principal at Sam Houston High School and Kathryn was head librarian at Crowe Elementary School, a job she truly loved.

After Monroe retired in 1984, they moved back to Cleburne to enjoy their retirement years. Having learned to play bridge during her high school years, Kathryn became an avid and competitive player in duplicate bridge circles. She enjoyed bridge all her life.

Kathryn and Monroe joined the First Baptist Church of Cleburne in their youth and were life members.

Kathryn Moon Bicknell is survived by her son, Monroe Bicknell III and wife, Linda, of Roswell, NM; grandchildren, Dusty Whitney of Phoenix, AZ, Ray Bicknell and wife, Leigh of Booker, TX, Tony Bicknell and wife, Mell, of Huntingburg, IN, and Bryan Anderson of Greensboro, NC; adoring great-grandchildren, Chase, Dylan and Hannah Kathryn Whitney of Arizona, Gunnar and Gage Bicknell of Texas, and Chastity, Brittany, Harley Ray, and Ansley Bicknell of Indiana; sister, Ethel Ray Houston of De Cordova, Texas; sister in law and brother in law, Lamonne and Jack Price of Cleburne.

She is also survived by her nephews, Lynn Houston of De Cordova, Shelby Houston of Salem, Oregon and Allen and Bill Moon, both of Dallas; cousins, Sheron Allen of Montgomery, TX, D. B. Walker of Dallas and Mary Heaton of Champaign, IL.; and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Monroe Bicknell, Jr. in May 2004; and brother, T. S. Moon, Jr.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


March 1, 1915 ... February 19, 2002

Aileen Louise Schulz Bodemann, age 86, of Lockhart, died Tuesday, February 19, 2002. She was born in Lockhart, on March 1, 1915, the daughter of Harry Gustav and Frieda Kuse Schulz.

Since retiring from teaching her main interests were her family, genealogy and needlework.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Bodemann; brother, Elmer Harry Schulz and sister, Shirley Schulz Bates.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Kinstley and husband Warren, of Carrollton, Texas; Elizabeth "Beth" Maupin and husband Bob of Austin; brother, Edward Ross Schulz and wife Sue of Liverpool, NY.; sisters, Lyndelle Vance of Houston and Mildred Dunaway of Uvalde; sister-in-law, Velma-Lois Schulz of LaGrange Park, IL.; grandchildren, Ronald Alan Maupin of Dallas, Patrick Evan Maupin and wife Janet of Austin, Joseph Daniel "Dan" Maupin and wife Marta of Austin, Diana Davenport and husband, Joh, of Leander, Valerie Kinstley of Carrollton, Kenneth Kinstley and wife, Maria Kinstley of Walnut Creek, CA and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, February 22nd with Rev. Tom Bruns officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemtery.

Pallbearers were Ron Maupin, Pat Maupin, Jim Mason, Dan Maupin, Curtis Ohlendorf, Kenneth Kinstley Warren Kinstley, and John Davenport. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Fund or the American Heart Fund, The Caldwell County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.


December 6,, 1919 Lockhart ... September 7, 2001 Lockhart

Clifton T. McCrury, age 81, of Lockhart died Friday, September 7, 2001. He was born in Lockhart, Texas on December 6, 1919, the son of Tient and Maudie Warren McCrury. He graduated from Sam Houston University with a B.A. and Master Degrees. He retired after 42 years as a Vocational Ag Teacher. He introduced broom corn to the Caldwell County area. He was a member of Kiwanis Club and Young Farmers Association.

He married Ila Cabaniss on June 10, 1954 in Lockhart. He was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Ila L. McCrury of Lockhart; Son, Cliff McCrury and wife Trisha of Stephenville; daughter, Evie Kemp and husband Thomas of Decatur, Texas; brother Horace "Moody" McCrury and wife Genie of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Betsy Sneed of Grand Junction, Colorado; grandchildren, Clifton McCrury, Kayla McCrury, Kayci McCrury, Kristin Kemp, Katy Kemp and Kyle Kemp.

Family visitation was Sunday, September 9, 2001 at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held Monday, September 10, at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roman Hudler and Rev. Carolyn Rosenbalm officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were William T. Voigt, Snuffy Etheredge, John Cardwell, Austin Pittman, John Floyd and Bud Etheredge.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


October 10, 1903 Bell County - June 17, 1997 Caldwell County

John Laguinn Buckley, of Lockhart, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 17, 1997. He was born in Bell County October 10, 1903.

He was a graduate of Baylor University and received his Masters Degree from the University of Texas. Mr. Buckley taught school at Salado, White Deer and Nocona before moving to Brenham where he served as principal of the elementary and high schools. He came to Lockhart where he was superintendent of schools from 1945 until his retirement in 1969. J. L. and Bernice Robinson were married July 9, 1930, in Nocona.

He is survived by his wife; son, Sims Buckley and wife, Jean, of San Antonio; daughter, Jorene Lawrence and husband, Don; granddaughters, Melanie Callahan and husband, Ken, Melissa Witek and husband, Keith; great-grand- daughters, Billie, Kenni and Taylor Callahan, Jayme and Jodi Witek, all of Austin.

Mr. Buckley was ordained a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Brenham. He continued to serve at First Lockhart Baptist Church where he taught the Men's Bible Class and was church treasurer. Other community involvement included the Kiwanis Club where he was local club president as well as Lieutenant Governor of the division. The Chamber of Commerce named him Most Worthy Citizen in 1976. He received the Golden Trowel Award in 1995 for exceptional service in Lockhart Lodge #690 A.F. and A.M. He held 50 year memberships in the Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997, at the First. Lockhart Baptist Church with burial to follow at the Memory Lawn Cemetery in Martindale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lockhart Baptist Church, Hospice Austin or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E, Pecan St. Lockhart, Texas


February 5, 1912 Lytton Springs ... November 29, 1996 Travis County

Lura Forister Smith, 84, of Lockhart, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 1996. She was born Feb. 5, 1912 to the late Tom and Mary Forister in Lytton Springs. She graduated from Lytton Springs High School and received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in English from the University of Texas. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Lura taught English in Texas public schools for over 40 years, the last 20 being at Lockhart High School. For many years she was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Lockhart Business and Professional Women's Club and First United Methodist Church.

Lura is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl P. Smith, her sister Helen Forister and brother-in-law Vernon Smith.

Survivors are her niece, Carol Senn of Elgin; a great-nephew, David Senn and wife Sondra of Elgin; and her sister-in-law, Jenella Smith of Lockhart.

Funeral services were held Sunday at McCurdy Chapel with the Rev. Ann Locasio officiating. Burial followed at the Lytton Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bubba Coker, Billy Peck Westmoreland, Willie Pope, Pat Kirksey, George Glass and Gilbert Smith.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Lockhart.

Funeral arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


February 25, 1905 ... November 2, 1996

Janet Lipscomb Alexander, 91, of Lockhart died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996. She was born in Lockhart on Feb, 25. 1905, the daughter of James O. and Naomi Clark Lipscomb.

She was a member of the DAR, and taught school in Luling and Lockhart for 43 years in the first grade.

Survivors include many cousins. First cousins were Betty Jean Haun of Lockhart, Roy Thomas Clark of Austin and James Clark of Austin; second cousins, W.P, Clark Jr., Roxie Clark Decker, Jim Haun, Kent Fehr and Clark Fehr all of Lockhart; Joe Pierce and Scott Fehr of Austin and Kearby Fehr of Houston and numerous other cousins and relatives.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov, 25. at the McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ann Locasio officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donaly E, Brice, Tom Gay, Jim Haun, James H, Haun. Billy Clark and, Frank Schulle Jr.

Those who wish may make memorials to charity of ones choice. Funeral arrangements hy McCurdy f:uneral Home, Lockhart.


31 January 1915 ... 30 Jan 1996

Marie Denny

Marie Denny, 80, of Lockhart died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996. She was born in McMahan on Jan. 31. 1915, the daughter of Zeke and Odie Johnson Hilliard.

Mrs. Denny graduated from Southwest Texas University with an M.S. in Homemaking. She taught in Nacogdoches and Belton School Districts and retired from Lockhart School District after teacher over 40 years. She was a charter member of the First Lockhart Baptist Church and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, Women on Mission, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Retired Teachers Association.

Marie was preceded in death by one brother, Vernon Hilliard. She is survived by her son, Paul Denny of Lockhart; sister, Mildred Laney of Bakersfield, California; granddaughters, Renee Denny and Megan Denny both of Denver, Colorado; three nieces and one nephew and many loving friends and former students.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 4 at the First Lockhart Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Rodgers officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Newton Hilliard, Bill Clark, Theodore Miller, Arthur Eckford, Raymond DeLeon, Wayne Fischer and Vern Stillwell. Honorary pallbearers were Tobe McGee, M.D. Conley, Ellis Clark, Paul Hardwick, Dean Cooper and Jim Honeycutt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Lockhart Baptist Church in Lockhart.

Funeral arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.

Note: Marie married George Oscar Denny (b. Aug 1919) on 21 April 1950.


May 31, 1903 Lockhart ... October 20, 1993 Lockhart

Julia Coopwood, 90. of Lockhart died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1993. She was born in Lockhart on May 31, 1903, the daughter of Dr. T .B. and Eva Putnam Coopwood.

She earned her Masters Degree at the University of Texas in 1939 and retired from the Lockhart Independent School District after 43 years teaching American history and Spanish. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her brother, Benton Coopwood and wife Bert of Austin; nephews, Dr. Thomas B. Coopwood of Austin and Douglas Coopwood of Austin; niece, Kate Coopwood Robertson of Mechanicsville, Virginia and her sister-in-law, Kate E. Coopwood of Lockhart.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 21 at Lockhart City Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick Glazener-Cooney officiating.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 313 W. San Antonio. Lockhart. TX 78644 or favorite charity.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


December 29, 1904 Checotah, Oklahoma ... January 15, 1993 Caldwell County

Martha Ellis Grebe, 88, of Lockhart, died Friday. She was born Sept. 29, 1904 in Checotah, Oklahoma. the daughter of Judge John T. Ellis and Elizabeth Reed Ellis.

Mrs. Grebe was preceded in death by her parents. and her husband, William H. Grebe.

Martha was a teacher in area schools. She was a member of the Caldwell County Retired Teachers Association and Saint Mary's Catholic Church.

Graveside service was Monday, Jan. 18 at Lockhart City Cemetery, with Father Leopoldo Reyes officiating.

Arrangements with McCurdy Funeral Home. Lockhart.


May 8, 1896 Lockhart ... April 6, 1992 Lockhart

From "Historical Caldwell County" (1984): I am the last member of the W.E. Field family living in Lockhart. In spite of our grandfather's difficult start in Caldwell County, it has been a pleasant place to live all of my life, spent mostly as an elementary school teacher in the Lockhart public schools. How wonderful it would be if he could see this beautiful land as it is today, the land we love and enjoy! Willie Lynn Field


Mrs. Willie Lynn Field, 95, of Lockhart, died April 6, 1992 in the Cartwheel Lodge of Lockhart. Miss Field was born May 8, 1896 in Lockhart to William Edward and Susie Victoria Clardy Field.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. April 11 in the Lockhart Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Lockhart with the Rev. Fred Rider officiating.

Miss Field is survived by three nephews, Robert Ritchie, William Armentrout and Charles Armentrout all of Dallas.

Arrangements with Eeds Funeral Home, Lockhart.


October 8, 1895 Lockhart ... September 4, 1990 San Marcos

Louise Cabaniss Thomas, 94, of San Marcos died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1990. She was born in Lockhart on Oct. 8, 1895, the daughter of Champ and Ella McGinnis Cabaniss.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Lockhart and a member of Texas Retirement Association. Mrs. Thomas taught school for 37 years, most of them in Lockhart, having retired from Bay City ISD. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Rice University, her master's of arts degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos; she did graduate work at The University of Texas.

Survivors include her son, Bill Thomas of San Marcos; nieces, Ila McCrory of Lockhart, Helen Brown of Connecticut; nephew, David Cabaniss of Tolland, Connecticut.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 6 at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Walther officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Creigh McDowell, Austin Pittman and Oran Coker.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


March 19, 1910 San Antonio ... April 12, 1990 Lockhart

Lockhart City Cemetery
Sgt. U.S. Army WWII

Edith Grigsby attended Mary Hardin Baylor University, Sul Ross State at Alpine, the National University of Mexico and Southwest Texas State at San Marcos. She served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.

Edith Grigsby, 80, of Lockhart, died Thursday, April 12, 1990. She was born in San Antonio March 19, 191O, the daughter of Albert Sidney and Inez Thornton Grigsby.

She was a charter member of the First Lockhart Baptist Church for 70 years and was a school teacher in the Lockhart public schools for 42 years.

Survivors include her sister, Bernice Fikes of Fort Worth; nephew, Sid Fikes and wife, Kathy of Fort Worth; cousin, Mildred Robbins and family of Lockhart; great-niece, Amanda Fikes, and great-nephew, Scott Fikes, both of Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Rodgers officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ben Posey, Tobe McGee, Ellis Clark, Bill Robbins, Gene Crouch and Ross Royal.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


April 21, 1907 ... January 8, 1988

Edrie Medford Kelley, 80 of Lockhart died Friday, Jan. 8, 1988. She was born in Seawillow Community on April 21, 1907, the daughter of William Oscar and Blanche Callihan Medford.

Mrs. Kelley taught school in Caldwell County for 41 years, beginning in 1925 in McMahan. Other schools were Harmony Grove and Post Oaks and in Lockhart Jr. High School from 1952 until her retirement in 1971. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She married Jesse J. Kelley on Oct. 25, 1931. He preceded Mrs. Kelley in death.

Survivors include her son, Jesse L. Kelley of Lockhart; daughter, Jo Ann DeLisle of Austin; step-son, Royce Kelley of Boerne; brother, The Rev. Bruce Medford of San Antonio; sisters, Alva Ree Ewald of San Antonio, Vada Schucany of Dallas; grandchildren, Michael DeLisle, Kelly DeLisle, Rhoda Kelley and Jessica Kelley; great-grandaughter, Krista DeLisle.

Funeral services were held at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 10, with the Rev. Clint Harris officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Guy Kelley Jr.. Fred Roberts, John Cardwell, Kenneth Ewald, Wilbur A. Pope and Otis Reese.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


January 5, 1910 ... July 20, 1987

May Belle Terry, 77, of Lockhart, died Monday, July 20, 1987. She was born in Lockhart Jan. 5, 1910, the daughter of Mike J. and Nannie Harris Terry. Survivors include brother, W.G. (Mike) Terry of Lockhart; niece, Bobbie Perry of Lockhart; great-nephews, Griff Perry and Greg Perry.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 21 at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clint Harris officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lane Bowden Jr., MD, Bill Pennington, Billy Rector, Harry Gilliam, Doak Schuelke and Ronnie Schuelke.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Youth Department, 313 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, Texas 78644.

Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.


c1910 ... March 3, 1987

Virginia Pond, 76, of San Antonio, formerly of Lockhart and Austin, died Tuesday, March 3. She was a retired art teacher. Her husband, Merle Glenn Pond, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Phil Pond, Evergreen, Colo.; son-in-law, Wayne Scott, San Antonio; sister, Mabelle Moore, Hamilton; step- mother, Johnnie Moore; half-brother, Robert Moore, both of Bozeman, Mont.; four grandchildren, Tracey Pond, Kelley Lynn Scott, Leonard Scott and Brad Scott.

Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Weed-Corley Funeral Home in Austin. Burial was at Capital Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar 452-8811,


c1915 ... December 22, 1986 Travis County

The Lan Hewlett Award
For: Outstanding Performance as an Academic Advisor for Athletics
This award is named in honor of Mr. Lan Hewlett, the long-time advisor at the University of Texas, who is generally acknowledged as the first in our field.

An obituary will be posted later.


October 30, 1897 Doss, Texas ... June 29, 1986 Lockhart

Obituary will be posted later.


December 9, 1889 Lockhart ... May 10, 1984 Lockhart

Thursday May 17, 1984 Lockhart Post Register

Long-time Caldwell teacher Miss Bess Randle dies at 94

Special to the Post Register

Caldwell County lost one of its best-known former teachers, one with perhaps the longest tenure of dedicated teaching, with the passing of Miss Bess Randle on May 10, at the age of 94. She had resided at Cartwheel Lodge for several years.

"She was a very fine teacher and a very fine person," commented school board president Tommy Pfeiffer. "You learned something in her classes. She was a no-nonsense person," continued Pfeiffer, one of Miss Randle’s former students.

"Miss Bess Randle contributed freely of her time and talents to the youth and to her friends, church and community throughout the many years," said Mayor Maxine Goodman. "Miss Bess was a truly dedicated professional teacher and will be remembered by many in this capacity. Because of her full Christian life, our community is a better place in which to live."

"Miss Bess", as she was widely known, lived her entire life in the Lockhart area and had at one time or another taught thousands of Caldwell County citizens and others now living nationwide.

She was the fourth of six children of William W. and Fannie Withers Randle and was born in Lockhart December 9, 1889. She attended a private school briefly - Misses Fannie and Sarah Runkle's Institute on San Antonio Street -- before beginning public school at age eight. Following high school graduation in 1909, she received a temporary teaching certificate at the Court House and immediately began her teaching career at Seawillow. Following two years there she taught at Tilmon two years.

She attended the Normal School in San Marcos (now Southwest Texas State University), receiving the Bachelor's Degree in 1918 after attending full-time in 1914-15 and subsequent summers until 1918. She commuted to San Marcos while attending college. She also had a degree in swimming from Normal School. In the fall of 1918 she began her teaching in Lockhart, also clerking in several stores in town after school and on Saturdays. For a number of years, she was an election judge for the city. She later taught at Central Academy on Lytton Springs Road, teaching six grades to seven pupils and then taught at Brownsboro and Dale in the county.

In 1913, she returned to Lockhart Elementary School where she taught reading, health and spelling until she retired in 1955 with a teaching career spanning 46 years. At some time she taught nearly all of her nieces and nephews. Many of her former students recall her love for Texas wildflowers, and she held a spring flower show in her classroom for a number of years.

Survivors include a cousin, Miss Mary Katy Withers, Encinal, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services by the Rev. Clinton Harris, First United Methodist Church were conducted at McCurdy Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, with interment in the family plot in Lockhart Cemetery. Pallbearers were Alton Seeliger, Remus Duke, H.L. Bunch, Cecil Randle of Refugio, Baylor Randle and Kenneth Kumpf of San Antonio.


Coach Swenson coached at Lockhart High School (1951-1953), Austin High School, Austin Reagan High School and the University of Texas. He died in a one-car accident on 14 Oct 1983. The Texas Longhorns established a foundation in his honor.

Obituary: Glen Thomas Swenson age 58, of Austin, died Friday. Mr. Swenson was a lifelong resident of Austin and was employed by the University Of Texas as the Director of Athletic Facilities for thirteen years. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy, 1951 to 1954, Austin High School from 1954 to 1968 and Reagan High School From 1965 to 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Swenson of Austin, two sons, Bill Swenson and Tommy Swenson, both of Houston, and one brother, Connie Swenson of Dallas.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:OOA.M. from The Hyltin-Manor Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Capital Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Glen Swenson Scholarship Fund at the University of Texas Athietic Dept.

Honorary pallbearers will be all the members of the Athletic Staff on which Mr. Swenson had served.


September 15, 1925 Brown County ... May 7, 1981 Temple

From "Historical Caldwell County" (1984): James Reid Hamlett, born September 15, 1925 in Brown County. James married Evelyn Henry in December of 1944. He and his wife Evelyn moved to Lockhart in 1950.

James is the father of Jackie Lynn and Tamye Sue. He began his teaching career in the Lockhart Independent School District as Industrial Arts teacher in 1953. He retired from teaching after 20 years and began his own contracting business.

James was a member of the Masonic Lodge as a Master Mason and he was a member of the Shrine Club. He was an active member of the First Lockhart Baptist Church. James passed away May 7, 1981.

An obituary will be posted later.


March 3, 1979 Travis County

Lockhart City Cemetery 1884-1969
No other information.


Nov 24, 1895 - Aug 2, 1979

Emma Kyle Burleson was born Nov. 24, 1895 in Caldwell County, Texas. She was the daughter of James Green Burleson and Mary Deborah Green. She was the grand-daughter of Edward Burleson Jr and Emma Kyle. She was the great grand-daughter of General Edward Burleson Sr. and Sarah Griffin Owen.

General Burleson was Major General of Texas Volunteers during the Texas fight for independence from Mexico and was later Vice-President of the Republic of Texas and President pro tempore of the Texas Senate.

Miss Burleson did not marry. Her father was president of the First Lockhart National Bank and he died in 1915. After her father's death, she continued to live on San Antonio Street with her mother and brother Edward while she taught school in Lockhart. Her mother died in Lockhart in 1940 and her brother died in Houston in 1960. Emma died on Aug. 2, 1979 in Center Line, Macomb County, Michigan and is buried in Kyle Cemetery, Kyle, Texas


July 30, 1894 Caldwell County ... December 27, 1977 Lockhart

Obituary will be posted later.


June 19, 1977 Caldwell County

No other information.


January 27, 1898 McMahan - November 4, 1974 Lockhart

Lockhart City Cemetery

Obituary will be posted later.


April 21, 1910 Maxwell ... December 9, 1973 Maxwell

Obituary will be posted later.


August 31, 1889 ... November 21, 1967 Caldwell County

Lockhart City Cemetery

No other information.


1910-1966 Buried Cook Walden Cemetery, Austin, Texas

Wife Mary Katherine Mayfield (1908-2000)

No other information.

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