The Gatesville Messenger
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December 3, 1924–June 30, 2015 Ben Hering, age 90, formerly of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Graveside services were at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Restland Cemetery. Ben was born on December 3, 1924, in McGregor, Texas, to the late Ben A. and Montry Carpenter Hering. He attended school in Slater and joined the United States Army and served for a brief time during WW II. He married the late Waldine Russell on May 2, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Lucille Bynum. Ben is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Parsons and husband, Jay, and Brenda Alton; sister, Henrietta Young; grandchildren, Gary Parsons, Cindra Wampler, Joey Hayes, Angela Guetzkow and Jessica Alton; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 1314 Paluxy Rd., Suite 200, Granbury, TX 76048.

July 7, 1924 – June 28, 2015 Juanita Snow, 90, of Gatesville, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Gatesville. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Turnersville Cemetery with A.C. Painter offi ciating. Juanita was born on July 7, 1924, in Mosheim, Texas, to the late Wyatt and Ernestine Laxson Brasher. She married Elmer Snow on May 17, 1945, and they lived in Gatesville all their married life. Juanita worked for many years at the State School for Boys and at the Gatesville Senior Center. She was a faithful member of Harmony Baptist Church. uanita was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother and one sister. Juanita is survived by her son, Larry Snow and wife, Joy; and a sister, Joyce Ashcraft.

Shawna Denise Blanchard, age 31, of Watauga, Texas, departed this life June 10, 2015. Visitation and a private family service were held at Mount Olivet Chapel and Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Shawna was born October 9, 1983, to Michael Paul and Donna (Tyler) Blanchard in Euless, Texas. A talented student and athlete, Shawna graduated from Haltom High School and Tarrant County Junior College. A quiet and gentle soul, Shawna will be forever remembered for her quick wit, beautiful smile and sweet laughter. She loved her family, “the Beatles” and butterfl ies. Shawna was greeted in Heaven by her grandfather, William Earl Blanchard, and best friend, Nathan Parchman. Left to cherish her memory are her father, Michael Blanchard, of Lorena; mother, Donna Nowlin, of Watauga; sister, Amber Blanchard and children, Dasia, Dylan and Danielle Lloyd of Memphis, TN; brother, Joseph Mangun and daughter, Addey, of Watauga. Also, grandparents, Nell Blanchard, of Lorena; Wynn and Hazel Tyler, of Lubbock; Linda Blanchard, of Ga  sville; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.