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(Ovalo Eagles) - Class Of 1943

Dorothy Marie Chasteen Jetton

March 18, 1925 - October 21, 2021


Mrs. Clyde(Dorothy) Jetton

Abilene - Dorothy Jetton, 96, of The Woodlands formerly of Abilene passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021 after a long and fruitful life.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11:00 A.M in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 5701 Hwy. 277 S. in Abilene.

Dorothy was born on March 18, 1925 in Ovalo, Texas to her loving parents the late Aaron and Lela (Patton) Chasteen. She was reared on a farm outside of Ovalo, where she enjoyed working alongside her father. It was during this time she cultivated a strong work ethic, her day began early completing chores before going to school. She graduated from Ovalo High School in South Taylor County. Her friendly and warm personality caught the attention of a young serviceman, Clyde T. Jetton at a local skating rink. After he came back from the war where he was injured and became an amputee, she married the love of her life on November 30, 1944, in Temple, Texas. After marriage, the family moved to Sweetwater, and then to Lubbock as her husband pursued his Doctorate in Psychology. The couple moved Abilene in 1947 for Clyde's career; he served as a psychology professor for many years at Hardin Simmons University. Dorothy was as devoted homemaker, and took great care of her husband and son, Ron. She enjoyed traveling across the United States and abroad, and experiencing new things. She enjoyed quilting, and shared her quilts with special people in her life. Dorothy was naturally creative and enjoyed many forms of art from painting, detailed embroidery work, and sculpting. She loved George Strait and went to several of his concerts. She will be remembered as a hard worker and a friendly person who never met a stranger. While living in Abilene she was a member of University Baptist Church and Pioneer Drive Baptist Church respectively, before moving to the Houston area to be close to her son.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Dr. Clyde T. Jetton; and one brother and one sister.

She is survived by her devoted son, Dr. Ronald C. Jetton, ED.D. and his wife, Sheryl of Willis, Texas; and one cherished granddaughter, Laura Lea Robbins and her husband, Kyle of Cypress, TX and great-grandchildren, Mason and Matthew Woods.

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Posted online on October 23, 2021

(Tuscola Tigers) - Class Of 1947

Troy Ervin Rosson (Tuscola Tigers)

Troy Ervin Rosson

July 7, 1929 - October 11, 2021

Troy Ervin Rosson was born in Winters, Texas on July 7, 1929 and left this earthly home Monday, October 11, 2021. He is preceded in death by his lifelong love, Eunice Rosson, his parents, Robert Ellsworth and Cleta Rosson, brothers, Robert Kenneth Rosson and James Milton Rosson. Troy is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Troy married Eunice Sanford on October 23, 1948. They were together for 72 wonderful years. Their love knew no bounds and grew with every passing day. If ever there was an example of forever love, it could be found in this couple. 

Troy worked for AT&T for 31 years. After retirement from AT&T, he enjoyed farming and tending to his cattle. Troy was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed baseball, golf, and hunting. 

Troy was a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge for 60 plus years and served as Worshipful Master of Hope Lodge in Comanche as well as Worshipful Master in Merkel Lodge No. 710. He was 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to the Suez Shrine Club. 

Throughout his life, Troy resided in numerous Texas towns. After retirement he lived in Comanche, Merkel, and Granbury. He was a member of the Merkel First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. Comfort is found knowing that Troy was saved by grace through his faith in Jesus Christ and we will see him again one day! 

Visitation will be held prior to service Friday, October 15, 2021 from 10:00-11:30 AM at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel, 201 Edwards, Merkel, Texas 79536. Services is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 301 Locust Street, Merkel, Texas 79536. Graveside to follow at Elmwood Memorial Park, Abilene, Texas.

Class Of 1974

Danny Roy Lafoon

Danny Roy Lafoon

March 5, 1956 - October 10, 2021

LAWN: Danny Roy Lafoon, 65, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021, he was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 5 to 7pm at Fry~Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola.

Danny was born on March 5, 1956, to Roy Lafoon in Abilene. Danny attended school at Jim Ned from the start to his senior year. He went to work in the oilfield and then came back and opened Auto and Truck Repair in Lawn. It was not long that he found his calling in the scale business and went to work maintaining and installing scales of all sizes. It was in middle 1990’s that Danny took the leap and opened Western Weigh Company. He had planned to sell Western Weight and retire next year.

Danny stumbled across a young lady that he discovered was a lot like he was, always honest and they both loved Star Trek. He married Karen Hufford on September 30, 1983, at their house in Lawn. In their thirty-eight years of marriage Danny and Karen never moved from Lawn. Danny and Karen’s love for Lawn runs deep, with Danny serving on the Lawn city council for several years and Karen working at the Lawn elementary school.  

Danny and Karen celebrated the birth of their only child Logan, this changed his life and Danny was often found supporting Logan and his accomplishments, he was close to his older sister Robbie, as her little brother he loved to annoy her, but she became a very close and trusted confidant later in life.

He was well versed in a variety of subjects, trains being one of his favorites, not just any train but Union Pacific’s steam train, Big Boy. Danny, along with a few other thousand train enthusiast, chased Big Boy during its Texas tour last year. A steam train is an engine mounted on wheels with moving parts that he could watch, but Danny enjoyed all engines and appreciated not only how they worked but how they where also built. To relax, he could be found watching old westerns and tinkering with something new. He was a talented guitar player and at one time had a small rock band called Stonehenge.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Lawn; son, Logan Lafoon and wife Cassandra of Abilene; sister, Robbie Patterson and husband Ira of Norman, Ok.

He was preceded in death by his father Roy Lafoon.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Union Pacific’s steam train, Big Boy.

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Class Of 1978

Teresa Elaine Zimmerlee (Gregory)

Teresa Elaine Zimmerlee Gregory

May 1, 1960 - October 2, 2021


Teresa Zimmerlee Gregory, 61 of Abilene passed away October 2, 2021. Visitation will be Sunday, October 10, 2021 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Fry-Smith Funeral Home. Services will be Monday, October 11, 2021 10:30 AM at Lawn Baptist Church with Diane Walker and Mark Moore officiating. Burial immediately following at Dewey Cemetery. Arrangements being made by Fry-Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola, Texas.

Teresa was born May 1, 1960 in Abilene, Texas to Johnny and Bernie Zimmerlee. Being born a twin, she loved to tell the story about being the "surprise". She grew up in Lawn and attended school at Jim Ned, graduating in 1978. She loved people especially the elderly and less fortunate. God gave Teresa the gift of turning strangers into friends, and the gift of making these people feel like she was their best friend. She made them feel so special. Her hobby was finding treasures at estate and garage sales. She loved Harleys and rock-n-roll.

Teresa is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Mark Gregory of Abilene, daughter Stephanie McClure and husband T.J. of Midland, daughter Megan Norman and husband Terry of Brady, grandchildren Sawyer, Ellis, John Davis, Atticus, and Jude, brother James Zimmerlee and wife Karren of Lawn, sister Paula Connel and husband Mitchell of Lawn, her best friend and twin sister Twylah Stewart and her husband Tony of Ozona, aunt and uncle Bettye and Frank Garza of Lawn, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." - John 8:36

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October 10, 2021
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fry~Smith Funeral Home
Tuscola, TX 79562


October 11, 2021
10:30 AM
Lawn Baptist Church
P.O. Box 268, 518 Ave D
Lawn, TX 79530


(St Flying Tigers) - Class Of 1957

Shirley Ann Lambert Spinks-Coffey

June 11, 1938 - September 18, 2021

TUSCOLA: Shirley Ann Spinks-Coffey, 83, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her house in Tuscola. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 202,1 at 10:00am in the Cedar Cap Cemetery, Directed by Fry~Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola. A visitation will be held Monday, September 20, from 5 to 7pm at the Funeral Home.

Shirley was born on June 11, 1938, in Cedar Gap to Roy and Ruby Glaze Lambert. She attended school at South Taylor County and was a proud cheerleader for the South Taylor County Tigers. She married Donald Spinks and lived in the Cedar Gap area until his passing in 1983, she later married Charles Coffey in 2007, they spent the next seven years making their home Abilene until his passing in 2014.

Shirley was a CNA, working for the Abilene State School, and then she retired in 2006 from Hendrick house calls to become a housewife and grandma.

Shirley liked to dance and spend time with her family, she loved to crochet and made many Afghans for the West Texas Rehab center annual telethon. She was active in sports and not only watched softball and volleyball but played in several adult leagues.
It was football that she was her real enjoyment each fall. Watching, and being a true Texan at heart, it was Dallas Cowboy football that was her passion. She never missed a game and was often the best assistance coach Jerry Jones or the Dallas Cowboys ever had. Her living room coaching style was famously known about in her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Paula Freeman of Cedar Gap, Patricia and Darrell Earnest of Lawn, Lisa Spinks and Patricia Arredondo of Cedar Gap; son Dallas Smith of Queen City: two sisters, Ruby Claudette Nevels and Sandy Jackson both of Cedar Gap; and a brother Joe Lambert of Cedar Gap. She is also survived by five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Donald Spinks and Charles Coffey, son, John Hudson, brothers, Richard and Dave Lambert.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hendrick Hospice, 1651 Pine Street Abilene, Texas 79601.

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September 20, 2021
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fry~Smith Funeral Home
Tuscola, TX 79562


September 21, 2021
10:00 AM
Cedar Gap Cemetery
83/84 Hwy, 641 B CR 150
Tuscola, TX 79562

(Tuscola Tigers) - Class Of 1943

Elva Jean Kidd Davis

August 31, 1926 - September 21, 2021

Jean Kidd Davis, age 95, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on September 21, 2021, while in the care of Hospice of Abilene after an extended illness. She was residing at Silver Springs Nursing home on North Treadaway at the time of her death. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 26 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. with graveside services to follow on Monday, September 27 at the Cedar Gap Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.

Elva Jean Kidd was born August 31, 1926, in her home in what is now the Cedar Gap community to Elva Brian Kidd and Illah Belle (White) Kidd. Jean grew up on a cotton and wheat farm with her parents and brother Charles Conway Kidd, two years her junior. Jean loved movies as a teenager and attended the “picture show” in Tuscola as often as allowed. She knew all the movie stars and had pictures of Clark Gable and others adorning her bedroom wall. She attended several grade schools in southern Taylor County and graduated from Wylie High School before attending Hardin Simmons University. Upon completion of coursework, she began her career as a legal secretary which occupied the majority of 40 years, both in Abilene and briefly in Odessa.  She worked for the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, D.C. after High School and at the end of World War II, always returning to the Scarborough Law Firm in Abilene. She was a member of the National Legal Secretary Association and held offices in the Abilene Chapter for many years.

Jean married Clifford Lane Davis in 1947 and they had one son, Steven. She was an accomplished pianist and played for services at the old Cedar Gap Baptist Church on Sundays when possible. Jean was a faithful and dutiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, putting all her energy in giving to others. After retirement she volunteered for Hospice of Abilene utilizing her secretarial skills in an office position to maintain support staff. She had many friends and worshipped those relationships. She survived the great Depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the War in the Middle East. She was wise beyond her years and always put herself in another’s frame of mind first. The book of Luke, chapter 6, verse 35, states that if you do good things expecting nothing in return, great rewards will be bestowed upon you. This verse captures the fundamental essence of Jean Davis. She is a Saintly Spirit joining those who have gone before.

Jean is survived by her son, four grandchildren, Zachary Davis (Nicole) of Garden City, Kansas, Zane Davis (Melody) of Denton, Texas, Kelli Edwards (Nicholas) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Brian Davis (Patricia) of Beaufort, South Carolina. She has seven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, estranged husband and two sisters-in-law.

Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Davis, Zane Davis, Brian Davis, and Nicholas Edwards.

Memorials may be given to the Cedar Gap Cemetery Association at 641 B County Road 150, Tuscola, TX 79562 and/or the American Red Cross.

The family of Jean Kidd Davis wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Hospice of Abilene, Nurses and Doctors, and the Nurses and Support Staff of Silver Springs Nursing Home of Abilene.

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