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December 15, 1959 – July 14, 2014
Diann Christopher, age 54, of Gatesville, Texas, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on July 14, 2014. Funeral services will be held on July 23, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville. A family burial will be held at Rusk, Texas, at a later date. Diann was born on December 15, 1959, in Rusk, Texas, to the late Dean Christopher and Pat Christopher. She graduated from Rusk High School in 1977. She then attended Stephen F. Austin University to earn her bachelor of arts degree. She then later on earned her master’s of education degree. After getting her master’s, she became a counselor at the Gatesville High School, where the kids in that school for the last seven years meant a great deal to her. She took pride in her job and tried to help every student that came to see her. Diann is survived by her daughter, Adriana Frietag and fi ancé, Cody Bray, both of Gatesville; mother, Pat Christopher of Rusk, Texas; brother, Dean Christopher of San Antonio; and brother, Steve Christopher and wife, Laura of Rusk, Texas; along with family and friends. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of her name.

January 31, 1983 - July 13, 2014
Jason Todd Byrd, age 31, of Gatesville, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. Funeral services were at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery. Jason was born on January 31, 1983, in DeLeon, Texas, to Lee Barton and Tammi Byrd Barton. He loved riding his motorcycle, playing horseshoes and hunting for arrowheads, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Jason loved being happy and enjoying life, which he did to the fullest. He loved playing jokes on people; he was a man of few words but words of wisdom. He was preceded in death by his “Papa,” Rick Watts, whom he loved very much; and uncle, Ricky Byrd. Jason is survived by his loving wife, Lonna Gossett, as he called her “My Angel”; his children, Braiden, Brayleigh, and Brookelynn “Jumbo”; his dad, Lee Barton; his mother, Tammi Barton and Ronnie Warren, Lance Nichols and Brandi and Courtnie Zacha and Franky; his sisters, Jessica and Kobi Works, Tiffany and Andrew Cullar, and Stephanie Barton, and Harley McGovern; his “Nanny,” Dolly Watts; his “Pawpaw,” Sam Byrd; his aunt, Sharon Hohertz, Heather, Hailey, and Hopie Hohertz; his mother-in-law, Christine Patterson, Donna and Wayne Watts; nieces, Paislee and Saydee Cullar, Ginny Rhymes and family, Justin Cooper and family; nephews, Braxton and Levi Works, Harley and Cole Patterson; and many cousins and friends; grandson, Layden Nichols, whom he called “Uncle Grandpa.”

October 27, 1926 – July 14, 2014
Howard Weldon Lacy, age 87, of Lampasas, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Lampasas, Texas. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kurt Fuessel offi ciating. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery. Weldon was born October 27, 1926, in Pearl, Texas, to Bessie Olivia Ballard Lacy and Reed Harvey Lacy. In 1940, the family moved to Gatesville where he attended high school. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps July 21, 1944, and served until December 31, 1946, at which time he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. On November 24, 1944, Weldon married his sweetheart and best fi shing buddy, Evelyn Deane Blanchard. Following the birth of their three children, they moved to Premont, Texas, in 1955 and Weldon began his career with Trunkline Gas Co. They lived in Kountze and Cypress, Texas, and Shaw, Mississippi, before returning to Premont, where he retired in 1985. He began his second career, Lacy’s Custom Woodworking, and Weldon and Deane continued to fi sh, golf and travel. They especially enjoyed their trips to New Mexico, Colorado and Branson, Missouri. In 2012, Weldon moved to Burnet, Texas, to be closer to family. Weldon was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Howard Weldon Lacy Jr.; his grandson, Larry Darren Lacy; his stepmother, Lavail Bishop Lacy; and his beloved wife of 64 years, Deane. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Diane Lacy of Burnet, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Chris Archibald of Corpus Christi, Texas; his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Lori D. Lacy and Jonathan Thompson of Austin, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Carl D. and Martha Lacy of Gatesville, Texas; his stepsister and brother-in-law, LaNell and Delton Stone of Abernathy, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Baize, Peggy Blanchard and Linda Blanchard; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Darlene and Ollie Ellis and Delores and Billy Soltow, all of Gatesville, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Thank you to the many caring people at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas and the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen. Your kindness will always be remembered. Memorials may be made to Mountain Baptist Church, 6319 E. 
Hwy. 84, Gatesville, TX 76528.