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December 20, 1942 - September 25, 2015

George “Cooter” Nowlain, age 72, of Valley Mills, TX, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015. A graveside service was held September 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Lanes Chapel Cemetery near Mosheim, TX, with the Rev. Bobby Dickey officiating. He was preceded in death by his dad, Earl Nowlain; son, Elmo Nowlain; and grandson, Caden Nowlain. He is survived by his 95-yearold mother, Una Mae Nowlain of Hamilton, TX; wife, Lois Nowlain of Valley Mills, TX; three brothers, Noble Nowlain and wife, Frances of Hamilton TX, Elmo Nowlain and wife, Wanda of Clifton TX, and Dub Nowlain; sister, Nell Spence from Hamilton, TX; children, Darrell Nowlain and wife, Tammy of Crawford, TX, and Donna Jordan and husband, Greg Jordan of Brady, TX; grandchildren, Cody Nowlain and wife, Emily of Lubbock, TX, Erica Dugue and husband, Christopher of Bryan, TX, Roz Roueche of Tuscan, Arizona, Webb Roueche of Brady, TX, Kristy Nowlain of Austin, TX, Rachel Nowlain and husband, Clint of Carson City, Nevada, Kaci Nowlain of Gatesville, TX, Dustin Jordan of Fredericksburg, TX, Gavin Jordan of Brady, TX, and Cierra Jordan of Seguin, TX; great-grandchildren, Maylee Nowlain of Lubbock, TX, and Kendall, Colt and Luke Dugue of Bryan, TX; numerous nieces and nephews and so many friends. Pallbearers were Cody Nowlain, Webb Roueche, John Williams, Scotty Williams, Ricky Spence, Jimmy Starr, Richard Nowlain and Kelly Hillhouse. Our hearts are heavy with loss, but we are grateful to have been a part of George’s life.

November 13, 1922 – September 30, 2015

Virginia Rhodes, age 92, of Gatesville, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Laney officiating. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery. Virginia was born on November 13, 1922, in Provencal, Louisiana, to the late T.J. Byrd Jr. and Bertha Tynes Byrd. She lived in Louisiana before moving to Gatesville in 1959. She married Marshall “Dusty” Rhodes on March 9, 1936. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1988. She loved her family and was a member of Live Oak Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Quinton Byrd; and sons-in-law, Laddie Howell and Don Palmer. She is survived by her daughters, Juanita Howell of Natchitoches, LA, Cheryl Palmer of Gatesville, and Kim McLearen and husband, Curtis of Gatesville; sons, C.W. Rhodes and wife, Vivian of Waco, and Ronnie Rhodes and wife, Sharon of Gatesville; sisters, Clovis Whitehead of Natchitoches, LA, Doris Bynog of Shreveport, LA, and Glenda Fennison of Kentucky; brother, Hugh P. Byrd of Hughes Springs; 13 grandchildren, Greg and Gary Howell, Lisa Methvin, Johnny and Scotty Rhodes, Jennifer Campbell, Steve and Casey Rhodes, Pam Pack, Jarrod and Aaron Palmer, and Kristin and Dustin McLearen; 21 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Live Oak Baptist Church, 113 FM 107, Gatesville, TX 76528.

June 19, 1928 – September 28, 2015

Faye W. Thorp, age 87, of Gatesville, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at 3:30 p.m. at Blanco City Cemetery in Blanco, Texas. Faye was born in Barksdale, Texas, to Minnie Ivory Brown and Walter Alvin Waddell. Faye went to Blanco High School and graduated May 17, 1945. She married the love of her life, Maurice Thorp Sr., on September 22, 1945. They moved to Gatesville in January of 1951. She retired from Texas Department of Corrections. Faye managed her RV park for over thirty years until her illness. Faye loved to cook and was known for her pies, which were wonderful. One of her favorite pastimes was playing the fi ddle and getting together with her friends to play music. She loved the outdoors and much preferred to be outside. Her family ran a Girl Scout camp when she was young and those days were her greatest adventures. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a wonderful gift to her family and will be deeply missed. Faye gave of herself to everyone and left a special message in each of our hearts. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband and one grandchild, Trey Thorp. She is survived by one sister, Beverly Modgling and husband, Hank of Medina Texas; children, Maurice (Butch) Thorp and wife, Diane of Gatesville, Texas, Ramona Thorp of Austin, Texas, and Pam Mettlach and husband, Len of Gatesville, Texas; six grandchildren, Jerry Wright, Christi Smalley, Audrea Beckett, Jessica Parr, Clint Mettlach and Melody Furr; 13 great-grandchildren, Ashten, Kelsie, Jordy, Payden, Jake, Jace, Lexie, Cade, Jaxon, Zoey, Hannah, Levi and Jaxson; and one great-great-grandchild, Isaiah.