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December 26, 1928 - October 2, 2015
Norma Huff Phillips was born on December 26, 1928, in Osage, Texas, and passed away on October 2, 2015, in Carrollton, Texas. Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015, at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Abbey Chapel.

September 6, 1925 - October 5, 2015
Pat N. Westfall, age 90, of Levita, passed away on Monday, October 05, 2015, in Belton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. today (Saturday), October 10, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Monty Van Horn officiating. Burial will follow at the Levita Cemetery with full military honors. There will be no set time for visitation. Mr. Westfall was born on September 6, 1925, in Aspermont, Texas, to the late Elmer Curtis and Allie Bell Hatley Westfall. He grew up in west Texas and graduated from high school in Ira. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 18 and began his 20-year military career. He was a decorated infantryman, being awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart after having fought in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. He later served in the Korean Conflict, again being awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor after surviving the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. This was a brutal 17-day battle in freezing weather, which few survived. Those who survived the victorious battle were nicknamed the “Chosin Few.” Pat Westfall, MSG, was one of the last survivors of what they called themselves “We Few, We Chosin Few, We Eternal Band of Brothers.” He married the love of his life, Rose Ann Newby, on June 11, 1949, in Temple. He retired from the Army in 1963, and they settled in Somerville, Texas, and started his next career with Texas A&M University in the Horticulture Department. He retired from Texas A&M after 15 years of service. He then worked as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerville for 10 years. After retiring, they moved to Levita in 1993, where he enjoyed gardening, his pecan orchard and his family. Pat’s faith was demonstrated in the way he lived his life, supporting and attending various churches in the communities in which he had lived. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rose Ann, who he affectionately called Rosie; two daughters, Patricia Westfall and Janis Davis; son, Duane Westfall; sister, Bernice Tankersly; three grandchildren, Sherrine Moore, Shelley Buerger and Jackie Davis; and four great-grandchildren, Dillon, McKenzie, Brianna and Bentley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be given to the Highway to Heaven Biker Church or Levita Community Church.

December 20, 1942 - September 25, 2015

George “Cooter” Nowlain, age 72, of Valley Mills, TX, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015. A graveside service was held September 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Lanes Chapel Cemetery near Mosheim, TX, with the Rev. Bobby Dickey officiating. He was preceded in death by his dad, Earl Nowlain; son, Elmo Nowlain; and grandson, Caden Nowlain. He is survived by his 95-yearold mother, Una Mae Nowlain of Hamilton, TX; wife, Lois Nowlain of Valley Mills, TX; three brothers, Noble Nowlain and wife, Frances of Hamilton TX, Elmo Nowlain and wife, Wanda of Clifton TX, and Dub Nowlain; sister, Nell Spence from Hamilton, TX; children, Darrell Nowlain and wife, Tammy of Crawford, TX, and Donna Jordan and husband, Greg Jordan of Brady, TX; grandchildren, Cody Nowlain and wife, Emily of Lubbock, TX, Erica Dugue and husband, Christopher of Bryan, TX, Roz Roueche of Tuscan, Arizona, Webb Roueche of Brady, TX, Kristy Nowlain of Austin, TX, Rachel Nowlain and husband, Clint of Carson City, Nevada, Kaci Nowlain of Gatesville, TX, Dustin Jordan of Fredericksburg, TX, Gavin Jordan of Brady, TX, and Cierra Jordan of Seguin, TX; great-grandchildren, Maylee Nowlain of Lubbock, TX, and Kendall, Colt and Luke Dugue of Bryan, TX; numerous nieces and nephews and so many friends. Pallbearers were Cody Nowlain, Webb Roueche, John Williams, Scotty Williams, Ricky Spence, Jimmy Starr, Richard Nowlain and Kelly Hillhouse. Our hearts are heavy with loss, but we are grateful to have been a part of George’s life.