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Nora “Jo” Kirchmeier died Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the age of 91. Funeral services were held Thursday at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville. A private burial followed at Gatesville City Cemetery. Mrs. Kirchmeier was born March 10, 1924, in King to Joe and Cora (Pruett) Blacklock, the youngest of six children. She met Earl Kirchmeier in House, NM, and married him on Nov. 3, 1941, in Tucumcari, NM. They raised two boys in Alamagorda, NM, and returned to Gatesville in 1961. She worked at Fort Hood as a civil service employee for 13 years. She was preceded in death by her husband in January 1995, five sisters, one brother and one grandson. Survivors include two sons, Milton of Belton and Leon of Arlington; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to missions at Westview Missionary Baptist Church, 1102 W. Main St., Gatesville, TX 76528.

November 15, 1927 – November 18, 2015

Charlene Francis Thomas, age 88, of Gatesville, TX, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. A celebration of Charlene’s life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today (Saturday), November 21, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home, 2425 E. Main, in Gatesville with Bro. Miles Miears officiating. Visitation with family will be one hour prior to the service. Charlene was born November 15, 1927, in Indian Creek, Brown County, TX, to Albert Allison (Jimmy) and Emma Margaret (Grelle) Grayson. She graduated from Comanche High School in 1945, and attended Tarleton State College, taking courses in business. On March 25, 1950, she married James Stanley Thomas at her parents’ home in Comanche, TX. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Charlene and Stanley lived most of their married life in Mc-Gregor, TX, and raised their four children there. She loved her Lord and was a very active part of College Avenue Baptist Church during the McGregor years. Charlene was employed as an assistant administrator at Westview Manor, McGregor, until her retirement in 1988. After retiring, the two of them built Charlene’s dream home at “the Ranch,” west of Gatesville near the community of Pearl where they have lived and hosted countless family gatherings for the past 26 years. Charlene was a devoted wife and mother, and the best grandmother ever. Nothing made her any happier than having family around with lots of food, activity and laughter. She was a faithful member of Pearl Baptist Church until her health began to fail. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; and her two beloved brothers, Alvin Grayson and Glen Grayson. Left behind to cherish memories are her husband, Stanley Thomas of Gatesville; two daughters, Janet (Tom) McPherson of McGregor, and Shirley (Ronald) Weir of Childress, TX; two sons, Joe Thomas of Lorena, TX, and Doug (Cindy) Thomas of Comanche, TX; seven grandchildren, Scott (Beth) McPherson of Wylie, TX, Mark (Kelli Ann) McPherson of Mound, TX, James (Suzanne) McPherson of McGregor, Megan Thomas of Lorena, Amanda Thomas of Hutchins, TX, Michelle (Cody) Hughes of Aledo, TX, and Kimberly (Cody) Young of Comanche; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Sidney McPherson of Wylie, Kinsley, Anna and Allie McPherson of Mound, Mason and Audrey Hughes of Aledo, Jade and Olivia Young of Comanche and Eli McPherson of McGregor. Charlene’s eleventh great-grandchild (Jade and Olivia’s little sister) will be born early next year. Charlene’s family would like to extend their grateful thanks to the wonderful staff of The Meadows nursing facility in Gatesville, TX, for the attentive care given to our beloved wife, mom and grandmother over the last 21 months of her life, and to the caring people associated with Gentiva Hospice who gave her such loving care in her final months. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

August 2, 1935- November 17, 2015

Glen McCarver, age 80, of Gatesville, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 20, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Wheat officiating with burial following at the McCarver Family Cemetery. Glen was born on August 2, 1935, in Coryell County to the late Lawrence and Maedell Pollard McCarver. He graduated from Gatesville High School in 1953. After high school, he worked for the Highway Department before joining the United States Navy and served for almost two years. After serving our country, he worked as the manager of Interstate Financial Company in Killeen for many years. He also worked as a private detective for a law firm in Killeen. Glen enjoyed his farm and raising cattle most of his life in Gatesville. Glen married Jerry Thomson on July 17, 1970 in Killeen. Glen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, J.L. McCarver. Glen is survived by his wife, Jerry McCarver; sons, Terry McCarver and wife, Linda, and Tim McCarver, and Rodney Hanson; siblings, Sue Hodges, Linda McClure and Gary McCarver; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.