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Geneva Tubbs died July 21, 2014. Services were held Friday, July 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Riley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at

September 6, 1925 – July 17, 2014 Joseph Clayton Patterson, age 88, of Pearl passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Murphree Cemetery in Evant. Joe was born on September 6, 1925 in Coryell City, Texas to the late Bob and Belle Moore Patterson. Joe graduated from Gatesville High School in 1944 and joined the Army Air Corp and US Air Force serving during WW II and the Korean Confl ict. After completing his time in the Air Force he married Helen Bates in 1962. He began his career with Bell Helicopter and worked there several years before moving back to Coryell County in the early 1970s. After moving back he had a small TV repair shop and loved to garden and share his produce. Joe was passionate about reading and bird watching. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Faye Patterson; and siblings, John Fate “Pete” Patterson, Theodore “Ted” Patterson, Charles Edward “Mutton or Bo” Patterson, Bobby Gilbert Patterson, Ralph Raymond “Vick” Patterson, Bonnie Killgore, Omajane “Red” Applegate, Junie Dean Williams, Thelma Elowese “Pug” Smith, LaVerne Bates Joe is survived by his step-daughter, Kay Baker and husband Buddy and their children, Shane and Micah Baker and step-great grandchildren, Trinity and Landray; siblings, Mayme “Pat” Mc- Donald, Dolores “Snookie” Ramsey, Georgia Arnett and Joy Bates Ross.

June 4, 1926 – July 23, 2014 James M. (Junior) Smith Jr., age 88, of Gatesville passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Turnersville Cemetery with Minister Deral McWhorter offi ciating. Junior was born on June 4, 1926, in Fairy, Texas, to the late Melvie Smith Sr. and Maggie Overcash Smith. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Helen Baize on October 17, 1947. Junior resided in Gatesville until 1973, moving to Mart and back to Gatesville in 2000. He was a farmer and rancher and worked for 13 years at Rocketdyne. He was a member of Cedar Ridge Church of Christ. Junior is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen Smith; sons, Jim Smith and Randy Smith and wife, Kathy, all of Gatesville; daughters, Dianne Gidley and husband, Johnny of Salado and Janet Whitt and husband, Danny of Gatesville; brother, George Smith of Spring; seven grandchildren, Kevin Smith, Chad Smith, Brandon Whitt, Jeff Smith, Jamie Whitt, Mandy Smith and Kaitlin Shaw; and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Cedar Ridge Church of Christ, 104 Cedar Ridge Road, Gatesville, TX 76528.