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John Walter Reed, age 77, of Bruce, MS, formerly of Gatesville, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Post Oak Cemetery in Oglesby. Mr. Reed was born June 21, 1937, in Oglesby to John Baxter Reed and Clara Walter Reed. He attended school in Moody and Gatesville. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked in road construction. He married Sarah Vance on Feb. 7, 1993. He was preceded in death by his parents; and fi rst wife, Donna Faye Reed. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Reed; sons, William Terry Reed and Jon Charles Reed, both of Gatesville; daughter, Kathy Leah Zacha of Gatesville; sister, Nancy Johnson of Oglesby; brother, James Baxter Reed of Gatesville; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two step-children.

May 6, 1937 – December 7, 2014
Robert Ed Pancake, 77, of Gatesville, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Turnersville Cemetery. A Mass for the Repose of his Soul was celebrated at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Robert was born on May 6, 1937, to C.E. and Georgia Painter Pancake in Coryell County, TX. He attended school in Turnersville and later married Jerre Raley on July 16, 1954, in Hamilton. In 1957, Robert joined the United States Army and served for two years. Robert was a hardworking father and husband. He worked for the State School for Boys for a number of years and was a master carpenter and retired from MATES as a security guard. Robert was an avid bass fi sherman, loved to hunt for arrowheads and was a hunter in his younger days. Robert was preceded in death by his father; his wife; and his brother, Bill Pancake. Robert is survived by his daughters, Betty Storey and husband, John, Peggy Chastain and husband, Dutch, and Shirley Bankers and husband, Al; son, Richard Pancake; mother, Georgia Beechley; sister, Jean Hartman; seven grandchildren; fi ve great-grandchildren; and his beloved pet, Jo Jo. In lieu of fl owers, memorials may be made to Scott & White Hospice, 3000 Herring Avenue, Waco, TX 76708.

December 14, 1955 – December 9, 2014
Charles Francis Knapp, age 58, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at a Round Rock hospital. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 12, 2014, at Davidson Cemetery. Charles was born December 14, 1955, in Gatesville, Texas. He was the son of Frank Knapp and Joan Marshall Knapp. Charles was a carpenter by trade. He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Jimmy. Charles is survived by his wife, Melissa Knapp; mother, Joan Knapp; sons, Daniel Knapp and Mike Bushong; daughter, Jessica Knapp; granddaughter, Alexis Bushong; sister, Mary Ann Snyder; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.