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Hazel Carroll, age 91, of Bee House, Texas, died Tuesday August 26, 2014, at Will-O-Bell Nursing Home in Bartlett. Hazel was born May 17, 1923, in Bee House, Texas, the daughter of Charlie Chambers and Lillie Mae (Smitherman) Chambers. She was a homemaker, and worked as the assistant postmaster at the Bee House Post Offi ce. Hazel was a lifelong resident of Coryell County up until those fi nal months. She was a strong and devoted member of her community. Survivors include her sons, Keith Carroll and wife, Maryloretto of Georgetown and Wayne Carroll and wife, Barbara of Goldthwaite. Hazel was preceded in death by her sisters, Alavard and Frances; her brother, Charles; and by her husband, Lee. Funeral services are scheduled for today (Saturday), August 30, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. Burial will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery near Izoro, TX. Sign our online guestbook at Sneed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

May 9, 1922 - August 23, 2014 Doris Marie Sohm, age 92, of Gatesville, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with Father Timothy Vaverek officiating. Burial followed at Smith Cemetery in Purmela. Doris was born on May 9, 1922, in Los Fresnos, Texas, to the late Joseph Staufer and Ida Muellenberg Staufer. She attended school in Los Fresnos, Texas, quitting in the sixth grade to help support her family. She married R.Q. Moore on July 2, 1942, in Brownsville prior to his entry into the service. After Mr. Moore’s discharge they moved to Coryell County in 1945. She spent most of her life working in health care, 20 of those at Coryell Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and was very active in the prayer chain for many years and at the time of her death was the oldest member of the church. She was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, a member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary, the Care Center, and very active in all of her children and grandchildren’s school activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Q. Moore; husband, Melvin Weaver; husband; John Sohm; brother, Kenneth Staufer; and sisters; June Bourn and Loretta Heinz. Doris is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Pilkington of Mineral Wells, Barbara Coates and Belinda Moore, both of Gatesville; son; Raymond Mendoza of Odessa; sisters, Joyce Gullett of Oregon, and Idella Lout of South Dakota; brothers; Lyle Staufer of Virginia and Walter Staufer of Louisiana; seven grandchildren;  11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1108 W. Main Street, Gatesville, TX 76528 or to the charity of one’s choice.

July 24, 1946 - August 24, 2014 Edwin Erle Powell Jr., age 68, of Gatesville, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, August 24, 2014. A private family graveside service was held. A celebration of his life was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Gatesville, Texas, with the Rev. Gene Gurley officiating. Edwin was born on July 24, 1946, in Temple, Texas, to Erle and Mary Ross Powell of Gatesville. He graduated from Gatesville High School in 1964 and was a 1968 cum laude graduate from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1971 and was a member of Delta Theta Phi. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. He married Diana (DeDe) Spiva in Fredericksburg on November 28, 1970. They resided in Austin for one more year while Edwin finished law school before moving back to Gatesville in 1971. After passing the bar exam, he began the practice of law and served as city attorney. He was later elected county attorney of Coryell County, an offi ce he held for more than 30 years. He later became the executive director of the Gatesville Housing Authority for nine years until his illness. He also continued in private practice. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas and was past president of the Coryell County Bar Association. Edwin has always been very active in civic groups like the American Cancer Society and the Lions Club. As a proud Lion, he was named Lion of the Year in 2009 and served as the Tailtwister. He also was on the Coryell Memorial Hospital Board and the board of CASA, the Children’s Advocacy Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Banks of Central Texas. He also was the president of the Gatesville I.S.D. Education Foundation, which grants to deserving Gatesville teachers for their classrooms. Last fall, he was presented the Norris Graves Award for Outstanding Alumna of Gatesville High School. Edwin was an avid Gatesville Hornet and Texas Longhorn sports fan, who had season tickets for UT baseball for more than 35 years. He and his family visited every major league baseball park on summer vacations. During the last several years, he enjoyed going on cruises all over the world. He was preceded in death by his son, Ryan Spiva Powell in 2005. Edwin in survived by his wife of almost 44 years, DeDe Powell; and by his daughter, Dina Powell of Austin. He is also survived by his parents, Erle and Mary Powell; his sister, Celia Healey and her husband, Dr. William Healey of San Antonio; two nephews, Peter Healey and his wife, Ashley and Michael Healey; and greatnephew, Preston Healey. Honorary pallbearers were Van Jones, Dr. Bob Bates, Dr. John Bates, Hal Anderson, Hon. Phil Zeigler, John Ward, Danny Loerwald, Jack Maxwell, Bob Scott, Reed Williams, Hon. Lee Yeakel, Gary Chumley, his nephews, Peter Healey and Michael Healey, his godson, Patrick McAndrew, David Martin, Dick Gellasch, Gary Davis, Dr. Joe Kenworthy and Jose Peña. In lieu of fl owers, memorials may be made to The Ryan and Edwin Powell Scholarship Fund, c/o The National Banks of Central Texas, P.O. Box 779, Gatesville, Texas 76528 or The Gatesville I.S.D. Education Foundation, P.O. Box 245, Gatesville, Texas 76528. Memorials may also be made to the Gatesville Lions Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Kathy Crawford, 118 Gates Dr., Gatesville, Texas 76528; First United Methodist Church, 2600 E. Main St., Gatesville, Texas 76528; or the American Cancer Society, 102 Alta Mira, Gatesville, Texas 76528. The family would like to thank Coryell Home Health Care, especially Martha James, Geneva Muff, and Katie Doyle for their excellent care.