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November 12, 1923 - May 25, 2015 Alma Louise Hasty, age 91, of Gatesville, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2015, with her family by her side. A Celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m. today (Saturday), May 30, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Gurley offi ciating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. There is no set time for visitation. Louise was born November 12,1923, in Gatesville, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Carl L. Snow and Tansy Murray Snow. Louise grew up and attended school in Gatesville. She married Walter Louis (W.L.) Hasty on August 19, 1941. They had four children, Walter Ray Hasty, Jack Hasty, Larry Dean Hasty and LouAnn Hasty Cole. She worked for Coryell Memorial Hospital and the State School for Boys for over 20 years. Louise was an amazing and loving person. The greatest joys in her life were her husband, children, grandchildren, family and serving her Lord and Savior. She was an avid gardener, loved cooking, sewing, knitting and fi shing. You could always see her walking in the community or at the fi tness center to stay fi t. She was a member of the Gatesville Garden Club and Order of the Eastern Star, as well as volunteered at the Gatesville Care Center. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her devoted and loving husband; one son, Jack Hasty; three brothers; and two sisters. Louise is survived by her two sons, Walter Ray Hasty and wife, Eva and Larry Dean Hasty and wife, JoAnn; daughter, LouAnn Hasty Cole and husband, Bobby; sisters, Mamie Snow and Evelyn Taylor; brother, Jim Edd Snow; 10 grandchildren; and 25 greatgrandchildren; and a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family in Christ and many friends. 

October 4, 1919 – May 26, 2015 Sophie V. Melbern passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Services will be at Scott’s Funeral Home today (Saturday), May 30, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with interment following at Hemmeline Cemetery. Sophie V. Melbern was born October 4, 1919, in Gatesville, Texas, daughter of Grover C. Voss and Myrtle Patteson Voss. She attended Plainview School and graduated Gatesville High School in 1937. She married Robert L. Melbern on September 21, 1943. Sophie was a long-time member
of First United Methodist Church of Gatesville. She served as Sunday School teacher in the Children’s Department and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was a member of Morris ederation, Gatesville Eastern Star #1005 and Waco Eastern Star #7. Sophie worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Gatesville and Washington, D.C. She also worked at the Selective Service Offi ce and was secretary of the Gatesville Lion’s Club. Her husband, Bob, was a farmer and rancher his entire life and Sophie supported him in all his volunteer and community service activities. She devoted her life to making others’ lives better while needing very little for herself. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Della Shelton. Survivors include son, Bill Melbern and wife, Penny of Gatesville; daughter, Paula Weeks and husband, Rhuben of Hewitt; twin sister, Pauline Lawrence of Belton; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Gatesville, 2600 East Main Street, Gatesville, Texas 76528.

Billy F. Haines, age 84, of Gatesville, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home with Jimmy Williamson offi ciating. Burial followed at Smith Cemetery in Purmela. Billy was born in Purmela to Frank G. Haines and Vida Mayberry Haines on October 4, 1930. He grew up in Purmela and attended school in Evant, Purmela and Gatesville. He then went on to school in Fort Worth, receiving a technical certifi cate. On May 26, 1961, Billy was united in marriage to Beth Burt. He worked as a cable technician at Cable Vision in Gatesville for over 10 years. He then went to work for Centel Telephone Company in Killeen, retiring at the age of 63. Billy enjoyed farming and ranching and taking his grandkids fi shing at the farm. He also enjoyed listening to the gospel, the Gaithers, and watching westerns. He especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Johnny Watkins Sunday School Class and a member of Purmela Baptist Church. Billy is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Beth Haines of Gatesville; three daughters, Pam Hopson and husband, David of Mound, Tammy Roe and husband, Kevin of Glen Rose, and Patti Thompson and husband, Billy of Longview; sister, Robbie Neta Menn of Yorktown; nephews, Paul and Bill Menn of Yorktown; eight grandchildren, Kelli McPherson, Shelby Gibbs, Amanda Cargill, Lindsey Oh, Paul Hopson, Chase Roe, Collin Thompson and Trent Thompson; and four great-granddaughters, Kinsley, Anna, Allie and Addison.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Chase Roe, Paul Hopson, Collin and Trent Thompson, Allen Oh, Mark McPherson and Mike Cargill. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Johnny Watkins Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to Eastwood Baptist Church or the Johnny Watkins Sunday School Class