William Pierce Kellogg was born in Uvalde, Texas to Willie and Naomi Vickers Kellogg on Oct. 19, 1924. Known as Pierce to friends and family, he grew up in the small Texas town. Pierce lived through the great depression as a child, and though his family was able to survive the difficult times with his father’s truck business, he saw the devastation first-hand and was home when his mother fed as many homeless travelers as she could. Pierce was in high school at the start of World War II. He was anxious to do something to help his country, but his self-described high school marks “did not quite meet the standards” required. So Pierce left home and went to Dallas where he attended Aeronautical School. After graduation, he left for a job in California in an aircraft factory. The job wasn’t to his liking, and his number was coming up in the Army draft. So he decided to enlist in the Navy. Pierce served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a gunner on the LCS 114.
Frank Edward Suttles, 64, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. He was a Christian, a member of the Midland community since 1976 and a proprietor since 1983. Frank was born on March 10, 1950 in Uvalde, Texas, to Irvin and Vernell (Cox) Suttles. His childhood was spent in Camp Wood, Texas. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas and graduated with a Geology degree in 1974. Frank moved to Midland in 1976 and started his business in 1983. He formed Suttles Logging, Inc. with two units and four mud loggers. A little over 30 years later, Suttles Logging has developed into a small corporation with large corporate features, with over 90 employees and 45 on-site geological units. Frank was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and friend. Frank had a great sense of humor and always had a positive attitude. He belonged to several organizations, including the Corvette Club of West Texas, the Good Guys Car Club, and the West Texas Geological Society.
Robert Bradford Wightman, 85, of Utopia died on Jan. 5, 2015, in Pasadena. He was born in 1929 in New Jersey to Everett and Grace Wightman. He is survived by one daughter, Karen Chadwick and husband, Al, of Boerne; two sons, Bill Wightman and wife, Cathy, of Clear Lake and Martin Wightman of Kerrville; four grandchildren, Virginia Gasparini, Crystal Chadwick, Brian Wightman and Kimberly Wightman; and three greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Wightman; and one sister, Virginia Pugh. Cremation is under the direction of Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Barrett C. Blick, 35, died Jan. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born Oct. 5, 1979, in Lansing, Michigan to Cheryl Ward Blick and David Blick. Blick was a youth pastor and active in missionary work in the Rio Grande Valley, where he met his wife, Lissette. According to the family, Blick had a tremendous gift to light up a room with his “larger than life” personality. His drive and desire to serve the local church and reaching out to the young people was a beautiful gift he gave to his community. He later joined the Army and their first child was born in Germany. After returning to the United States, he applied and was accepted to the U.S. Border Patrol where he served out of the office in Uvalde. Blick served as Chaplain in the Border Patrol and was known for his compassion and always wanting to help others. He was a devoted member of Westover Hills Assembly of God.
Beatrice Shirlee Clinch, 95, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 25, 2014. She was born on May 23, 1919, in Detroit, Michigan to Helen Townsend Siegenthaler and Edward Siegenthaler. She attended nurse’s training in Kirksville, Missouri where she met her future husband, Arthur Huston Clinch. Following their marriage, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri where “Doc Clinch” earned his medical degree. After his death, she moved to Arizona, living in Sun Lakes and Phoenix. According to the family, Clinch loved being a nurse, but she was first and foremost a dedicated, loving mother. She made sacrifices for her children as she prepared them for their future. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Clinch, and Sharon Heineman and husband John Berkebile; one son, Charles Clinch and wife, Marianne; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four siblings, Thelma Arnold, Barbara Abbott, Edward Siegenthaler Jr.
Addie Jane Clayton Chaney, 89, of Utopia died on Dec. 29, 2014, in Abilene. She was born on Feb. 6, 1925, in Vanderpool to Lola and Abner Wilson Clayton. Chaney moved to San Antonio after her graduation from Utopia High School in 1942. She got a job as a messenger at Ft. Sam Houston.In 1946, she met Jack Burl Chaney of La Vernia, who had just returned from serving in World War II. They were married on Nov. 1 of that same
year. They raised five children in the home built for them by her husband, outside of San Antonio on 33 acres. According to the family, they took camping trips to the beautiful Sabinal River, where Chaney had spent much
William Hynson, 94, of Barksdale died on Dec. 29, 2014, in Houston. Funeral services willbe held today at 3 p.m. atFirst Baptist Church in Vance. He was born on March 4, 1920, in Comanche, Oklahoma to Ollie Hortman
and Pearl Hynson. Hynson served two tours of duty in the service.First in the Army, then later in the Air Force, where he participated in 53 flight missions as a B-17 tail-gunner with the 301st Bomb Group. Upon his second discharge in 1943, he married his bride of 69 years, Wanda Beatrice Cox, in Camp Wood. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 31 years and retired to Vance in 1984. He is survived by five children, Linda Simon of Houston, Virginia Hynson of Spring, Darrell Hynson of Houston, Lois Dewey of Houston and Dennis Hynson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife
Cayetano C. “Tano” Flores, 79, of Del Rio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Del Rio. He was born on May 24, 1935, in Uvalde to Francisca Cortinas Flores and Jose Maria Flores. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Molina and husband, Chris, of Del Rio and Gloria F. Martinez and husband, Joel, of San Antonio; two sons, Ruben G. Flores and wife, Pam, of Longview and Armando G. Flores and wife, Elizabeth Castillo, of Austin; three sisters, Maria Cisneros of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ester Villarreal of Wisconsin and Lupe Camacho of Houston; three brothers, Placido Flores of Uvalde, Manuel Flores and Jose Maria “Pepe” Flores, both of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren; 28 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leonor Gomez Flores; one grandson, Conrad Flores; and two brothers, Jose Flores and Luis Flores. A memorial service was held yesterday at 10 a.m.
Maria S. Guerrero, 74, of Uvalde died on Dec. 19, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 17, 1940, in Sabinas Coahuila, Mexico to Mercedes Beltran Saucedo and Epifanio Saucedo. She married Manuel Diaz Guerrero in Mexico on Aug. 23, 1962. She is survived by two daughters, Mayela Moreno and husband, Martin, of Rocksprings and Ycela Benavides and husband, Jose Luis, of Uvalde; two sons, Jerry Guerrero and wife, Michelle, of New Braunfels and Manuel Guerrero Jr. of Uvalde; one sister, Victoria S. Retiz of Sabinas Coahulia, Mexico; one brother, Juan Saucedo of Uvalde; and six grandchildren, Lane, Logan, Bracken and Mason Guerrero, Jose Luis Benavides Jr. and Karli Jo Benavides; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. A rosary was recited on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass was held on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.