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Grace Lorraine Whitehead, 91, of Lometa, TX, died Friday May 6, 2016, in Lometa. She was born May 10, 1924, in Rio Dell, California, the daughter of Harry R. Shafer and Doris (Bowman) Shafer. She attended school in Klamath, CA. Grace married Otho Smith Whitehead on January 28, 1944, in Cresent City, CA. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Church of the Hills in Lometa. Burial followed at Senterfitt Cemetery. Survivors include, son, James (Jimmy) and Beverly Whitehead of Kemp, TX; daughter, Betty and Greg Hines of Gatesville; grandsons, James Jr. (Jamie) and Ginger Whitehead of Lewisville, Shane and Tabitha Whitehead of Lometa, Jason and Summer Whitehead of Eustace, Toby Hines and fiance’, Silvia Talhami of San Antonio and Tannon and Roxanne Hines of Manor; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Adele Davis, Pat Whitehead and Wanda Shafer; and a host of nieces and nephews in Texas and California. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, by her parents, by three brothers, one sister and an infant son. Sign our online guest book at Sneed Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Dorothy Denham of Oglesby, Texas, passed away April 20, 2016, at the age of 78. Born July 26, 1937, in Norwich, England, she was the daughter of Muriel Elsie Ames. She moved to the United States in July 1958 and later became a citizen of this country in March 1964. She is survived by her children, Don Ely and wife, Margaret of Gatesville, Susan Monroe and husband, Patrick of Temple, Mark Ely of Sugar Land, David Shaffer and wife, Teresa of Gatesville; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Bruce Denham. She worked most of her life as a waitress and then for several years in housekeeping at the Best Western of Gatesville before retiring in 2006. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was passionate about taking care of her yard, flowers and hummingbirds. A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at Davidson Cemetery, FM 1829, on May 28, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

Paul J. Ashby passed away in Kerrville, Texas, on May 16, 2016. Mr. Ashby was the eldest son of the late Earl and Alice (Jeffers) Ashby. He was born March 23, 1928, in Gatesville, Texas. Paul met Eleanor Marie Blair in Gatesville and they married February 3, 1945. Paul graduated from Gatesville High School and Southern Methodist University. His career with Mobil Oil Corporation spanned over 40 years. Mr. Ashby retired to Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and then moved to Kerrville in 2007. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor in 2008; and his son, Wendell Ashby in 2014. He is survived by one brother, Bill Ashby of The Woodlands, Texas; son, Jerry and wife, Sharon Ashby of Kerrville, Texas; son, Randy and wife, Mary Ashby of Clearlake, Texas; son, Doug and wife, Cindy Ashby of Prosper, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Tina, wife of Wendell Ashby. Paul was revered by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday), May 21, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Kerrville, officiated by the Rev. Ryan Barnett. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the charity of your choice is appreciated. The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.