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Bradley Shane Arnold passed away July 14, 2015, at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes. Brad was born April 14, 1969, living in Gatesville, Texas, during his childhood and graduated from Gatesville High School in 1987. He moved to Dallas to work in the technology field, also working in Oklahoma and Las Vegas. Brad served in active duty in the Air Force in San Antonio, TX, Chicago, IL, Homestead, FL and San Diego, CA. He then served in the Air Force Reserve for several years. Brad was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gatesville. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Bob and Birdie Arnold and Fred and Gloria Koch of Gatesville. He is survived by his father, Gene Arnold and wife, Suzie of Gatesville; mother, Joyce Milarski and husband, John of Plano; and sisters, Gena Kerins and husband, Doug of The Woodlands and Dawn Holden of Gatesville; along with loving nieces and nephews. A reception in honor of Brad’s life will be held Saturday, August 8, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gatesville. In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association at

Mattie Freeman died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the age of 61. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, at New Zion Baptist Church in McGregor. She was born May 1, 1954, in McGregor to Willie Mae Sims and Clay Berkley. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1973. She was employed by Smead Mfg. until medical retirement in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and two brothers. Survivors include her daughters Minister LaShanda White and Lesley Freeman, of Waco; son, Keith Freeman of Gatesville; sisters, Doris Hicks of McGregor, Leslie Woodson of Waco, Avonda Talley of Temple, Reeta Finley of Hallsburg and Margie Henderson and Trudie Hamilton of Waco; brothers, James Berkley of Los Angeles, Clayton Berkley and Rickey Berkley, both of Waco; and three grandchildren.