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San Angelo - Edward William Kafer was born in Hurnville, Texas, Aug. 25, 1917, and died Nov. 14, 2014. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Willa Dene Kafer; children, Gary Kafer and wife Mary of Gatesville, Judy Hurst and husband Paul of San Angelo, and Jim Bob Kafer and wife Becky of San Angelo; grandchildren, April Eagan and husband Scott of Bishop, CA, Michelle Ridenour and husband Curtis of Littleton, CO, Matt Hurst and wife Jessica of Waco, Kylen Kafer and wife Amanda of Virginia Beach, VA, Clayton Kafer and wife Bailey of Dallas, and Canyon Kafer of Bedford; great-granddaughter, Aubrey Anna Ridenour of Littleton, CO; sisters, Rosemary Schaffner of Eula and Ruth Gardner and Anna Lee Lewis, both of Abilene. He was preceded in death by parents, Karl and Anna Kafer; and sister, Lydia Althof. Ed served his country as a PFC in the Army, transporting prisoners from Le Havre, France, to New York Harbor and then transferring them by train to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, during the latter stages of WWII. He farmed and ranched in North, Central and West Texas regions when conditions were harsh in the 1950s. He relinquished dryland farming and purchased a stock farm in the early 1960s in Hamilton County. In 1965, the family moved to Gatesville, Texas, where he worked for the Texas Youth Council as a correctional offi cer on the night shift for 15 years. Following retirement from the state, Ed and Willa Dene bought and managed the Silver Spur restaurant in Roby, Texas, where they worked hand in hand serving local business clubs and the general public for a few years before selling the business. They worked part-time for the Fisher County Senior Citizen Center, cooking and delivering meals to the elderly of the community for several years. Ed and his wife later moved to Bronte, Texas, where they became active members of the First Baptist Church. In 2002, they relocated to San Angelo to be near family. For enjoyment, Ed took annual hunting trips with his brothersin- law. He was also a master gardener, harvesting fruits and vegetables to share from his backyard bounty. His grandchildren have fond memories of rides in the country, drinking Dr. Pepper, having ice cream parties on the front porch, and playing football in the front yard when he was 80 years of age. His later years were spent at the Senior Care Center of San Angelo. The family is appreciative for the tireless support and loving care provided not only by the excellent nursing staff but also by dedicated friends of the family. Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. in Johnson’s Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 16, with Dr. James A. Miller offi ciating. Burial was at 1:00 p.m. on Monday in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Limestone County with the Rev. Clifton Jones offi ciating. Memorials may be given to San Angelo Meals for the Elderly, Boys and Girls Club of Gatesville, and Gatesville Care Center. Family and friends may sign the online register book at

September 8, 1936 – November 17, 2014 Billy Mayhew, age 78, of Gatesville, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014, after losing his courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral HomeChapel. He was born on September 8, 1936, in the Pancake Community of Coryell County, Texas, to the late Monroe and Gladys Jones Mayhew. He graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1955, and then he served in the United States Army. On August 15, 1963, he married Betty Wilkins in Gatesville. He later attended T.S.T.I. to study machine shop technology and ran his own machine shop for 45 years in South Mountain. Billy never bought anything he could build himself, from a bulldozer to riding lawn mowers. He was a machinist by trade, a perfectionist, and a very hard worker. He was instrumental in the incorporation of South Mountain and served as mayor of South Mountain for years. He was also president of the Mountain Water System for a number of years. In his later years, Billy became an avid woodworker. He was a master of making scale model stage coaches, wagons and anything else he saw in a western movie. He spent many hours with his grandchildren building many different things and teaching them some of his knowledge. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Sammy Mayhew. Billy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Mayhew; son, David Mayhew and wife, Marci; daughter, Suzanne Mayhew; grandchildren, Jake and Marleigh; niece, Janet Lopez; nephew,Johnny Mayhew; and his long time Army buddy, J.W. Gore and his wife, Judy. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.