Preston Solomon Class of 1963
March 9, 2005
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 17 Mar 2005
Pete Solomon, 59, of Minerva died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, in the Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, March 14 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Luther Shelander officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Minerva.
He was born on July 15, 1945 in Rosebud to H.D. “Shorty” and Alma Ruth (McAlpine) Solomon.
Mr. Solomon was raised in Rosebud and moved to Rockdale in 1953. He was a 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School.
After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served at Ft. Polk, LA and Ft. Carson, CO. Mr. Solomon was a working cowboy, raised horses, cowboyed, and also worked at several ranches in Texas.
He married Gail Ferrell on June 12, 2004 in Minerva.
Mr. Solomon was preceded in death by his father on Aug. 20, 1999, daughter, Stephanie Young on Feb. 1, and brother Richard B. Solomon.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Solomon of Minerva; sons, Billy Solomon of Rockdale, Dean Solomon of Kopperl, Michael Young of Stephenville; daughter Amanda Burkett of Minerva; mother Ruth Solomon of Minerva; two brothers, Wayne Solomon of Minerva, Edric Solomon of Minerva; 12 grandchildren; also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers included Michael Young, Rod Roderick, Edric Solomon, Bobby Jenkins, Roy Dale Triggs and Alva Brown.
Honorary pallbearers were James Ray Solomon, Bobby Farrell, Sonny Adams, Joel Graham and Derek Solomon.
Thomas Jerry Teetz - Class of 1963
July 22, 1965
Rockdale Reporter July 29, 1965
Jerry Teetz Funeral Held on Saturday
Funeral services for Thomas Jerry Teetz, 21, of Rockdale were held at 2:00 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church in Kerens with burial in the Mankin Cemetery near Trinidad.
The rites were conducted by the Rev Don Walker, Pastor of the Baptist Church in Kerens, and the Rev A. L. Andrews.
Mr Teetz, who was employed with a jewelry firm in Corsicana, died in Hillcrest Hospital in Waco at about 4:30 AM last Thursday. He had been there since sustaining injuries in a one-car auto accident at 8:00 PM July 19 in Corsicana.
He was born November 12, 1943 in Troup, and was a 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School. While in high school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Reporter and had also served the Rockdale Babe Ruth League for several seasons as official scorekeeper.
Following graduation from RHS, he attended Kilgore Junior College before going to work in Corsicana.
Survivors include his parents, Mr and Mrs Thomas J. Teetz, and one brother, Ray Teetz of Rockdale.
Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Tony Owens Class of 1963
March 15, 1999
Tony Owens, 53, of Silsbee died Sunday, March 14 at Christus St Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service was held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 16 at Davis Cemetery in Beulah Spring under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
A longtime resident of Silsbee, he was a retired manager of Eddie's True Value Hardware Store in Silsbee.
Survivors include his wife Faye Byerly Eberhard Owens of Silsbee; sons Bradley Owens of Silsbee, Kenneth Eberhard of Lindale, Mark Eberhard of Houston, and Douglas Eberhard of Lumberton; daughters Kelli Owens and Ronda Page, both of Silsbee and Susan Everett of Orange, mother Wilma Owens of Rockdale, brother Calvin Estepp of Pflugerville; sisters, Betty Kostelka of Bryan, and Cil Howell, Pat Owens, and Linda Dodge, all of Houston; and nine grandchildren.
Obituaries of Friends of the Class of 1965
Mary Ellen McQuinn Brannon - Class of 1963
April 16, 1971
Rockdale Reporter April 21, 1971
Funeral services for 26 year-old Mrs Ronnie (Mary) Brannon, victim of leukemia, were held at 4:00 PM Saturday at Phillips and Luckey Chapel with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Rev. J. N. Foreman, former Pastor of First Baptist Church of Rockdale, and Rev. D. D. Simpson, current Pastor of that church, officiated.
Mrs Brannon, whose leukemia was discovered just one month before her death, died at 6:50 AM Friday at Scott and White Hospital in Temple where she had been under treatment.
A 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School where she was head majorette of the Tiger Marching Band, she was a lifelong resident of Rockdale. She was born here Feb 11, 1945, daughter of Mr and Mrs Baxter B. McQuinn. Her father preceded her in death, May 16, 1963.
She and Ronnie W. Brannon were married in Rockdale on June 12, 1964. The husband survives her as do two young daughters, Lori, 4, and Leah, 3. Other survivors are her mother, Mrs B. B. Elsie McQuinn; two sisters, Mrs Weldon (Bettie Jean) Alford and Mrs William E. (Peggy Jo) Stauffer; and one brother, Bruce McQuinn of Rockdale.
Pallbearers were Dr. L. E. Selden, Jackson Bownds, James Surovik, James McDaniel, Jack Leggett, and Denson Crouch.
Mrs Brannon was a member of First Baptist Church.
RHS Class of 1963
Kenneth Galbreath Class of 1963
June 21, 1984
Rockdale Reporter, Thursday, June 28, 1984 Page 9-A
Funeral services for Kenneth Lee Galbreath, 39, were held at 10 AM Saturday in the Phillips & Luckey Chapel with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Rev. James GoForth officiated.
Mr. Galbreath died about 12:30 AM June 21 in Richards Memorial Hospital. He had resided in the Gay Hill Community
near Rockdale for the past three years and had been manager of the Rockdale Brookshire Brothers supermarket for about a month after serving as co-manager for three years.
He was born March 2, 1945 in Milano to Mr. and Mrs. David R. ( Inez Beavers ) Galbreath.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Galbreath of Rockdale; three sons, Kevin Galbreath of Elk City, Oklahoma, Kory Galbreath of Elk City, Oklahoma, and Morgan Galbreath of Rockdale; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Galbreath of Rockdale; a brother, Master Sgt. David Ray Galbreath of Rapid City, South Dakota; two sisters, Mary Ann Ford and
Linda Sue Baxter, both of Rockdale.
Pall bearers were Harry Lee Ormsby, James Youngblood, Alvisa Peeples, Ernest Baggerly, Terry Urban, and
Honorary pall bearers were Charles Seely, Jesse Hurt, J. T. Morgan and Albert Martin.
Mr. Galbreath was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Rockdale High School and Texas Tech University. He had been in the grocery business for 27 years in west Texas, 11 of those years in management. He was a Vietnam veteran.
Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lola Ruth Dymke Kidd Class of 1963
March 15, 1992
Rockdale Reporter March 19, 1992
Funeral services for Lola Kidd, 46, were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 17 in teh Phillips and Luckey Chapel with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Rev Morris Cook of First Baptist Church officiated.
Mrs Kidd died Sunday evening, March 15, in Richards Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. She had resided in Rockdale for 13 years.
She was born July 20, 1945 in Cameron to Mr and Mrs Frank (Dorothy Brock) Dymke. She was a bookkeeper, was employed for 13 years at Internal Revenue Service, and for 10 years as an Austin American-Statesman carrier.
She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Neal Brock, in 1962.
Survivors include her parents, Frank and Dorothy Dymke of Rockdale; a son, James Kidd of Rockdale; a brother, Frank H. Dymke of Wortham.
Pallbearers were Clifford Caffey, D. C. Drummond Jr., Wayne Brock, Floyd Brockenbush Jr., Charles Sledge, and Preston Covert..
Mrs Kidd was a member of First Baptist Church. She had also been a den mother for Boy Scouts of America Pack 789. She was an avid bowler.
Robert Simank - Class of 1963
July 17, 1977
SIMANK, Bobby of Atlanta, TX. Age 32. Died 7/1977 (Sunday) (in paper 7/21/77 & 8/4/77) in Atlanta following a motorcycle accident. Funeral services were held 7/19 (Tuesday) at the Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, TX. Burial in the Atlanta Pine Crest Cemetery. He was BORN 11/3/1944 in Thorndale to M/M. Fred Simank. Graduate of Rockdale High School. He was a mortician and had worked for Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, Condra Funeral Home in Taylor and Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. SURVIVORS: Wife, Carolyn Simank of Atlanta; son, Bobby Simank of Atlanta; daughters, Renee Simank and Susie Simank of Atlanta; parents, Fred & Mable Simank of Rockdale; 2 brothers, Billy Ed Simank of Caldwell and Al Simank of Rockdale; sister, Mrs. Cheryl Bush of Rockdale. SS Death Benefit on #466-72-8087
Cameron Herald, Thur., 10 Mar 2005
"Second Minerva victim dies - Hearne man to face capital murder charges"
by MIKE PECK, Managing Editor
A Minerva man has died from injuries sustained in a Feb. 1 attack that left his stepdaughter dead and his wife seriously injured and the attacker will likely face a new charge of capital murder, local authorities say.
Hospitalized since suffering massive head injuries from an attack with a three-pound hammer, Preston "Pete" Durell Solomon, 59, of Minerva died at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Bell County Precinct 3 Judge David Barfield notified officials with the Milam County Sheriffs office of the death early Wednesday.
Authorities said Solomon's body would be sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science at Dallas for an autopsy.
Meanwhile, the attacker, Ben Contreras, 41, of Hearne will likely face a capital murder charge, a first-degree felony, stemming from a case that, with Solomon's death, has become a double homicide.
Section 12.31 of the Texas Penal Code sets punishment in a capital murder case at life in prison, or at the state's discretion - the death penalty.
District Attorney Kerry Spears, who is reviewing the case, said Wednesday that she has not yet made a determination on whether the state will seek the death penalty.
Contreras was previously charged with murder in the death of Stephanie Young and for the attempted murder of Solomon
and his wife, Marian Gail Solomon, all of Minerva. A murder charge carries a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison.
Authorities have described Contreras as the estranged boyfriend of Stephanie Young.
The series of incidents on Feb. 1 began when county authorities received a call about a man (later identified as Solomon)
who appeared to have been struck by an auto, lying alongside County Loop No. 232 near Minerva.
While authorities were answering that call, a second call from the Minerva area indicated that a woman (Gail Solomon) had been shot and another woman (Stephanie Young) and her children were possibly being held inside a mobile home.
The series of events led to an hour-long standoff between authorities and Contreras, at a mobile home owned by the Solomons.
Milam County Sheriff Charles West, with the help of Contreras' parents, managed to talk Contreras into giving up.
Stephanie Young's nude body was found inside a bedroom of the residence. She had been bludgeoned and stabbed to death.
Her children had been locked in a bathroom and emerged from the home uninjured.
Sheriffs Department officials later learned that Solomon was driving Contreras to either Hearne or Cameron to pick up money from one of Solomon's relatives.
Authorities said it was during that drive that Contreras attacked Solomon, left him alongside the road and drove Solomon's car back to the Solomon residence.
Once there, Contreras confronted Gail Solomon and Young. Gail Solomon sustained gunshot wounds to the arm and chest,
but managed to escape. She drove herself to a relative's nearby home and called authorities.
Following his arrest, Contreras gave a verbal confession to all of the offenses.
Authorities said Contreras, an unemployed carpenter, had a relationship with Young that ended about a month before the incident. After the break-up, Contreras had been living with Young's uncle in Minerva and making regular visits to the
Preston Solomon residence.
Authorities believe the violence might have been sparked by a disagreement between Contreras and Young on the day of
Elizabeth Dunnam (Diver) - Class of 1963
October 20, 2008
Dunnam, Elizabeth A.
Death Notice DUNNAM, Elizabeth A , 64, retired secretary, of Austin died Oct 20, 2008. Services will be private Arrangements by Cook Walden Funeral Home
Margie Crump Brinkley
March 29, 2014
Wayne & Margie Brinkley
(Died March 29, 2014)
Funeral services for Odis Wayne Brinkley 67 and Margie Nell Brinkley 69 of Rockdale are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Milam County Cowboy Church at 2100 North Highway 77, Rockdale. Pastor Greg Spears of Milam County Cowboy Church will officiate. Cremation will follow. Visitation for Margie and Wayne will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
Margie Nell Brinkley was born January 23, 1945 in Rockdale to Jack and Ola (Doss) Crump, one of five children. She was a lifelong resident of Rockdale, a 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School and was an Entrepreneur and business owner of real estate. Margie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jean Skrhak.
Odis Wayne Brinkley was born March 6, 1947 in Austin, Texas to Marvin and Ruby Viola (Brown) Brinkley and one of six children. Wayne and Margie were married May 7, 1964 in Austin. Wayne served 3 years in the United States Army and received the rank of Sergeant. After his discharge in May of 1969, he worked as a Journeyman Electrician, attended the Police Academy and became a Milam County Constable. Wayne was also an Entrepreneur and business owner of real estate. He was a board member of Cross County Water Supply Corporation and a past board member of Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Wanda Johnson, Mary Boswell and LaVerne Jordanger.
Wayne and Margie were together on Saturday morning, March 29th, when the automobile accident occurred taking them both.
Surviving Wayne and Margie are their three children, Greg Brinkley and wife Debbie, Wendy Pickett and Jennifer Strelsky all of Rockdale. 9 grandchildren, Sarah Brinkley, Ethan Brinkley, Emily Brinkley, Taylor Pickett, Chase Pickett, Emma Pickett, Amber Reyes, Katie Strelsky and Dustin Strelsky. Two great-grandchildren, Kyrsten Jones and Ayden Reyes. Margie's brothers, Richard Crump and wife Anita of Rockdale, Robert Crump of Lexington and sister, Bonnie Robinson of Rockdale. Wayne's brothers, Jerry Brinkley of Austin and Virgil Calaway of Conroe.
Memorials may be made in their memory to Rockdale Tiger Booster Club, Attn Denise Betchan, P.O. Box 632, Rockdale, Texas 76567 or to American Cancer Society, Attn Gay Bland, 963 N. FM 908, Rockdale, Texas or to Ronald McDonald House, 2415 South 47th Street, Temple, Texas 76504.
Rockdale Reporter, July 21, 1977
Funeral services for Bobby Simank, 32, were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, Texas with burial in Atlanta's Pine Crest Cemetery.
Mr. Simank died Sunday morning in Atlanta following a motorcycle accident. He was a former resident of Rockdale and had lived in Atlanta for the past four years.
He was born in Thorndale to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Simank.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn Simank of Atlanta; one son, Bobby Simank of Atlanta; one daughter, Renee Simank of Atlanta; his parents, Fred and Mable Simank of Rockdale; two brothers, Billy Ed Simank of Caldwell and Al Simank of Rockdale; and one sister, Mrs. Cheryl Bush of Rockdale.
Mr Simank was a a graduate of Rockdale High School. He was a mortician and had worked for Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, Condra Funeral Home in Taylor, and Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
November 6, 2013
Funeral services for lifelong Rockdale resident Edwin “Ed” Voss, 68, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale. Burial followed in the St. Paul Lutheran Ceme tery with Pastor James Mann and Pastor Sc ot t Schaller of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation was held in the evening of Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
Mr. Voss was born March 17, 1945, in Rockdale to Edgar and Lonie (Junek) Voss.
Ed was a 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School. He played the coronet while in the Rockdale High School’s Big Blue Band and received a full band scholarship, which he used at Blinn College in Brenham.
At Blinn, he received his Associate of Arts degree in 1965. In 1967, he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Sam Houston State University.
From 1968 to 1969, Ed taught science/biology and coached at Buckholts I.S.D.
He returned back to Sam Houston State University to continue his education and earned his Master’s of Science degree in biology in 1973.
While at Sam Houston he began working toward his pilot’s license and was four hours away from receiving his license. After completing his education,
Ed worked 29 years with Alcoa’s Sandow Mines as a heavy equipment operator from 1978 until his retirement in 2007.
He also earned his American FFA Degree, the highest honor one can obtain from the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.
On Jan. 26, 1974, Ed married his soul mate, Joyce Wegner, at St. John Lutheran Church Prairie Hill in Brenham.
Edwin was baptized on May 30, 1975, and confirmed on June 1, 1975, by Pastor Waldemar Wendel at Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale.
He was a farmer and rancher throughout his life and his passion was raising cattle and deer hunting.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale.
Ed went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple after heart complications.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lonie, in 1963 and his father, Edgar, in 1972.
Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Joyce Voss of Rockdale; their daughter, Shannon Voss-Clinard and husband Glenn of Rockdale; granddaughter, Riley Clinard of Rockdale; and numerous cousins and aunts.
Pallbearers were Billy Felfe, Lonnie Felfe, David Goetz, Marty Irwin, Leroy Stephens and Stanley Stork.
Honorary pallbearers were Henry James Bradford, Frank Diaz, Rufus Doss, Gary Jenke, Gus Praesel, Richard Pierce and Kenneth Wiederhold.
Memorials may be made in Ed’s memory to St. Paul Lutheran School, P.O. Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577.
Pam Love Holmes
Pam Holmes, 68, of Rockdale, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 at the funeral home.
Pam was born May 1, 1945 to Harold and Myrtle (Evans) Love in San Diego, California. The family came to Rockdale, where Pam was a 1963 graduate of Rockdale High School. She graduated from college with a Master's Degree.
Pam was a school teacher and had taught in the Rockdale I.S.D., before her retirement. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, secretary with Heart of Texas Purple Cancer Warriors, was a co-representative at the Salvation Army where she helped her husband and was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.
She married Milton Holmes on April 8, 2012 in Lexington, Texas.
Pam is preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Maci Love Dolat. She is survived by her husband, Milton Holmes of Rockdale; daughters, Kelli Dawn Hilton of Rockdale and Staci Love Dolat and husband Jason of Apex, North Carolina; grandchildren, Bailee Sierra Hilton, Hunter Shea Hilton, Joshua Jon Dolat, and Megan Hope Dolat.