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L.J. Autrey, age 85, of Gatesville, passed away in Clifton on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Restland Cemetery. L.J. was born on March 31, 1930, in the Turnover community of Coryell County, Texas, now part of Ft. Hood. He was the son of the late E.L. Autrey and Ada Carothers Autrey. He married Naomi Voss on August 20, 1948, in Jonesboro. They resided in Waco and Amarillo before moving back to Gatesville in 1991. He worked at I.B.M. for 36 years in Waco and Amarillo until he retired in 1987. He was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church of Waco.  e was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Autrey on June 6, 2014.L.J. is survived by his sons, Jim Autrey and wife, Paula of Turnersville and Rick Autrey and wife, Janice of Burnet; grandchildren, Lance Autrey, Tim Autrey, Trey Autrey and Sherry Elsberry; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Mary Lou Springstun, age 85, of Austin, formerly of Gatesville, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Gatesville. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery. Mary was born July 22, 1930, in Odessa, Texas, to Martin Hayden Boone and Lula Fay Petree Boone. She received her bachelor’s degree from S.M.U. where she was a talented flautist. She was accepted to study with a renowned flautist in Philadelphia after she graduated. She married Richard Springstun on July 22, 1953. Mary taught elementary school in Gatesville, retiring in 1988. She resided in Gatesville until 2003, moving to Austin to live with her daughter and grandchildren. Mary was a craftsman when it came to hosting parties, was an avid bridge player and had a passion for music.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Springstun, 1996; son, Tom Springstun, 1984; and sister, Dottie Mason. Survivors include daughter, Shane Oldham; brother, M.H. Boone; grandchildren, Hayden Oldham and Katie Oldham; and beloved dog, Hallie.

Roy Wittie, age 90, of Gatesville, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Gatesville. Private graveside services will be held at Walker Cemetery in Ft. Hood. Mr. Wittie was born March 15, 1925, in the Spring Hill community of Coryell County, now part of Ft. Hood. He grew up and went to school in Spring Hill. He married Dorothy Fay Rose in 1943 and the next month entered the U.S. Army. He served mostly in the Philippines and was discharged in 1945. After he came back from the service, they made their home in Coryell County. She preceded him in death in 1998. He worked as a civil service employee for a short time at Ft. Hood. He owned and operated Mountain Grocery Store for many years and was a farmer and rancher in Turnersville. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Shoemaker, Tanna Jones and Rita Wood; son, Danny Wittie; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.