THOMAS, David Matthew, Sr.

David Matthew Thomas, Sr., passed away into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on April 6, 2017 after years of suffering from diabetes. He was born on November 8, 1934, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lois Roberts Thomas of Leander, his mother Margaret Patterson Shaffer of Austin; his sister Patricia Thomas of Leander; his son David M. Thomas, Jr., of Florida; his daughter Janice Wakefield of Trinidad, Texas, and his grandson Adam Knox of Leander. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Murlene Parker Thomas of Round Rock; his children Richard Thomas of Austin, Judy Thomas Veach and her husband Cecil of Leander; Jackie Doyle of Lockhart, Greg Wakefield of Trinidad, Texas and sister Geraldine Thomas Lozano and husband Glenn of Buda, Texas, as well as 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

David retired after many years at the Coca Cola Company. He dedicated his life to youth sports as a coach for Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball. David was a lover of many sports, particularly the Texas Longhorns.

Public visitation will be held at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home in Leander, Texas from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Interment service will be held at Bagdad Cemetery at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Central Texas Office of the American Diabetes Association.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2017

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CLUCK, Waurane Jones

Waurane Jones Cluck, 89 a lifelong resident of Leander, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Waurane’s family will gather for visitation and a time of support on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 East Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, Texas. A service celebrating Waurane’s life and her faith will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00AM at Beck Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Bagdad Cemetery, where Waurane will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Joe Smith Cluck.

Waurane was born November 30, 1924 in Lometa, Texas to the late Warren Webster and Lura Curtis Whited Jones. Her family moved to the Leander area shortly after she was born and she remained there. Waurane was a long time active member of the Leander Church of Christ. Waurane met the love of her life, Joe Smith Cluck in Leander and they were married on January 26, 1946. She enjoyed traveling with her family all over but her favorite destination was Red River, New Mexico. Waurane had a talent for quilting and enjoyed sharing her artistic creations with friends and family. Many memories will be cherished by her skillful hands. Being an avid Longhorn fan, she cheered them on every opportunity she had to watch. Waurane spent the last few years living with her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Charles Broun, they will always cherish the precious time they were given with her in their home. Waurane is preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Lura Jones, her sister, Betty Jo Carter, her daughter, Eva Jean Waley and her husband of over 45 years, Joe Smith Cluck.

Waurane leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Cathy Broun and her husband Charles Lee, Jr.; her grandchildren, Warren Madison Waley and his wife Keli, Timothy Ramsey Waley and his wife Nellie, and Joshua Pulaski Waley and his fiancé Pam; her great grandchildren, Myles Waley, Cole Waley, and Emma Rose Waley; along with numerous other family members and friends.

Waurane’s family would like to give an extra special thank you to the owner and staff of “Our House of Central Texas – Nancy and all her girls, for all the loving care they have shown to Waurane over the last two years. And also to special friend Catherine Bunton, for giving of her time and love to help care for Waurane over the years.

Memorial donations in Waurane’s memory are request that they are sent to the Alzheimer’s Association to further research.

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BENNIGHT, Jesse Helton

Jesse Helton Bennight, 80

Born November 18, 1932, passed away peacefully at home in Leander on January 12, 2013. He was smiling and joking just moments before.

Jesse was born at home in Buda, Texas to Jesse and Etta (Knapp) Bennight, who preceded him in death along with his brother Harold Bennight and sisters Billy Jean Woodall and Betty Bennight.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margie Woods Bennight, his soul mate and love of his life. He is also survived by his brother Joe Bennight and wife Charlotte of Round Rock; sister Doris Toliver of Dickerson; sons Jesse Bennight and wife Michelle and Brian Bennight of Austin; daughters Celia Bennight of Leander and Misty Bennight Webb of Caldwell; grandchildren Holly Foster and husband Derek of Longview; Charles Vincent and wife Justine of Leander; Jessica Vincent and Jazpir Logan Bennight of Granger; great-grandchildren, Lily and Cooper Foster of Longview and Alaina and Brandi Vincent of Leander and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jesse was a very special person to everyone he knew. He never met a stranger. He had a wonderful dry wit and always loved to joke. He adored his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful smile and strong arms that he used often for hugs.

Jesse was a proud Eagle Scout and served also as his sons’ Scout Leader. Jesse served in the Navy Reserve at Austin High, then joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. After serving his country he joined the Austin Fire Department where he served for 31 years and retired in 1987. The AFD was an extended family with many friends there. Jesse was a lifetime member of the VFW in Leander. Jesse will be missed but will live in our hearts forever.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 Bagdad Road, Leander. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment will follow at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 15, 201