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From the family of Robert Earl (Pat) Patterson Sr., we would like to express our deepest and heartfelt thanks to everyone that prayed and ministered to us with their presence during this very diffi cult time. Our gratitude towards everyone can never be thanked enough for the food, fl owers and items brought to our home and the meal that was prepared for our large family by Mountain Baptist Church. The visits, phone calls, cards, emails  and posts have been so kind and have made us feel soloved. We would like to thank Scott’s Funeral Home for their care for the family during our time of grief. We would also like to thank Matt Massingill for the song sang and the Singing 60’s for singing Pat’s favorite hymn at the funeral, they were both beautiful! A special thanks to Kurt Fuessel and Wray Nunn for their kind words and giving such honor to Pat’s life during the service and most of all for being a part of Pat’s life and loving him. Pat never was the kind of man to tell you that he loved or cared about you but you never had to question that he did. Pat had the heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back as long as he thought that you were trying to help yourself. Pat’s answer to most issues in life was the motto, “Pants, Boots, Work.” Pat was the hardest worker that we have ever known and was an amazing provider for his family. He loved his family dearly and was a great big brother to his sisters and brother. Pat loved JoAnn more than any of us could imagine and loved all three of his children. Grandpa absolutely loved people and was so full of life. Pat loved going to the auction barns and visiting his friends and he loved drinking coffee with the guys at, what he called, his branch offi ce at ACE Hardware. Pat loved his church, Mountain Baptist and being a Deacon and a part of the Singing 60’s. Pat loved serving others in need and studying his Bible. Pat found a way in his later years to use his gifts for the Lord and to help bring people to the Lord. We don’t know of anything else in this life on earth tha t is more precious than that. Pat has impacted so many people in his life and he will be so greatly missed by so many people. We love you Pat, Dad, Grandpa and Brother, and we can’t wait to be reunited with you in heaven someday. 

James Millsap, age 85, of Purmela, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville. Burial followed at the  Murphree Cemetery in Evant with military honors.Mr. Millsap was born on June 28, 1929, in Adamsville, TX. He was the son of the late Albert and Ola Carroll Millsap. He married Bertie Townsend in 1951, and then later that year he entered the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean War in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1953. They resided in Hewitt and Woodway. He owned and operated Millsap Pest Control and Storage in Hewitt before his retirement. He was a big supporter of Midway athletics and Midway FFA while his girls were in school. He served on the Woodway City Council for many years as a councilman and was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Woodway. He was on the Structural Pest Control Board of Texas and served as president of the Central Texas Pest Control Board for a number  of years. He was also a ham radio operator. The passions of his life were the love for his wife of 64 years and his children. He was a big gardener and loved giving vegetables to friends and family. He also enjoyed hunting and fi shing. He loved going to the Pearl Bluegrass Jam in Pearl, TX, and recording their stage shows for a number of years.  Survivors include his wife, Bertie Townsend Millsap; threedaughters, Sharon Cumby and husband, Larry, Cheryl Pratka and husband, Thomas, and Shirley Oliver and husband, Sonny; seven grandchildren, Kelly Jackson and husband, David, Jeremie Cumby and fi ancé, Jamie, Marla Cowan and husband, Reed, James (J.T.) Pratka and wife, Misty, Cody Pratka and wife, Maggie, Brandon Oliver, and Kristie Oliver and fi ancé, Jackson; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee Doyle Millsap and wife, Jean; and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Pearl Community Center, 2082 FM 1690, Gatesville, TX 76528. 

Mildred Antonece Bertrand Rogers,  94, of Coryell County, passed away in College Station on January 26, 2015. The celebration of her life service was held at the First United Methodist  Church of Oglesby on Thursday, January29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. The burial took place immediately following the service at Davidson Cemetery in the Pecan Grove community. Antonece was the eldest daughter of Rabb Albert and Mildred Retta (Cook) Bertrand and was born at her Purmela, Texas, home where she lived until she graduated from Gatesville High School. She moved to Stephenville, Texas, to attend John Tarleton State College. Following the completion of her associate’s degree, she worked during the war years as the head secretary for the dean of the School of Agriculture. She met her husband, a World War II veteran, Harmon Arch Rogers Jr., at college and they were married in Stephenville, Texas, on August 16, 1947. They moved to College Station, Texas, for her husband’s completion of his civil engineering degree at Texas A&M  ol ege in 1949. During that time, she continued her work as an administrative secretary in the Texas A&M School of Agriculture. She returned to work in 1966 as the executive secretary for the  American Red Cross, Coryell County chapter. Her tenure in thisrole included service to many military families residing adjacent to Fort Hood during the Vietnam War. Following retirement in 1986, she spent much of her time on “the Ranch” and as a church and civic volunteer. She served as secretary for many years for  the administrative board of Oglesby United Methodist Church. Her leadership in the community included service as a member, leader and offi cer of Oglesby PTA, Oglesby Home Demonstration/ Extension Education Club, Gatesville 4-H Club, Coryell CountyExtension Family and Consumer Sciences Committee, Morris Federation, Coryell County Museum and the Daughters of American Revolution. Her high school alma mater recognized her exemplary community service with the Norris Graves Outstanding Alumnus Award. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband; sister, Charlotte Ruth Bertrand Chafi n; and two brothers, Dr. Anson Rabb Bertrand and Dr. Clint Albert Bertrand. Antonece leaves behind to cherish her memories, her daughter, Dr. Margaret Antonece Rogers Hale and husband, Ray of College Station, Texas; and son, Dr. Harmon Arch Rogers III and wife, SuAnn of Pullman, Washington. She also leaves behind six  granddaughters, Carla Rogers McCord and husband, Cam Mc- Cord, Karen Rogers DeJohn and husband, Chris DeJohn, Kristi Rogers Knapp and husband, Julian Knapp, Bethany Cox Smithand husband, Chris Smith, Natalie Hale Randazzo and husband, Chris Randazzo, and Kimberly Hale Shortell and husband, Alan Shortell; and a grandson, Christopher Ryan Cox and wife, Aris Cox. She loved being “Great Gran” to great-grandchildren, Nathan and Caitlyn Jackson, Brooke and Cooper Smith, Ella Cox, Kori, Gabriel, and Rhylee Tamayo, Allison, Alaina, and Nicholas Randazzo, and Zachary and Kathryn Shortell. She also leaves behind two sist rs-in-law, Ruth Bertrand and Gloria Bertrand; and nieces and nephews, including Steven Bertrand, Wayne Bertrand, Sharon  Bertrand Rickard, Cynthia Bertrand Smith, Dr. Leslie Bertrand and Vicky Cook Johnson. The family wishes to thank Pam Simon, who lovingly assisted with the care for Antonece over the past four years. In lieu of fl owers, memorials may be made in honor of Antonece Rogers to the American Red Cross, Heart of Texas Area Chapter, 4224 Cobbs Dr., Waco, TX 76710.