James Vaughn, Jr. of Brookshire passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:40 A.M. Born April 12, 1925, he was age 89 years, 6 months and 12 days. Mr. Vaughn was employed for 38 years as a fork lift operator for Daniel Industries. After retirement, he tried to enjoy his time breeding, raising and training quarter horses, but missed being around people. He returned back to work and was a Greeter and Sacker for 15 years at the Katy Brookshire Brothers Grocery. A church Deacon, he was chosen and appointed the position at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brookshire, TX. Visitation was held Saturday, November 1, 10:00-10:45 and Services for Mr. Vaughn were held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Curry Baptist Church, 4716 South Street in Brookshire. Interment was in the Brookshire Memorial Oaks Cemetery,  Brookshire, TX. James Vaughn, Jr. was the son of James Vaughn, Sr. and Luna Josey Vaughn. His grandparents were: Rev. Henry Allen Vaughn and Rosetta Brandyberg-Vaughn and Tommy Josey and Gertrude Thompson-Josey. The mother of his children was Ida Lee Vaughn. Children include: James Bernard Vaughn, Sr., Bertha Jean Price Grant, Willie Mae Clark-Baker, Don Allen Vaughn, Debra Ann Vaughn Patrick, Gregory Thomas Vaughn, Perry Gene Vaughn, Sonny Ira Baker, Rev. Charles Edward Price, Sr., Kenneth Ray Vaughn, Norman Clinton Vaughn. James Vaughn, Jr. had 30 plus Great Grand children and several Greatgreat Grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were: Glenn W. Vaughn, Stanley Curtis, Sr., Theodore Josey, Jr., Clifton O. Vaughn, Stanley J. Lewis, Jr., Orwan Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers were his sons and brother, grandson and Samuel Emerson and Deacon Leonard Giles. Funeral services were under the direction of: Miller-Josey Mortuary, LLC 428 West Meyer Street, Bellville, TX.

Minnie Annie Stasny Bell was born on January 23, 1914, and lived her entire life as a resident of Waller County. Her parents, Annie and Charlie Stasny, raised Minnie, her sister, Adele, and foster daughter, Helen Mikeska, at their home on north Adams Flat Road. After graduating from Pattison High School in 1932, Minnie married Fred Bell. Later, Minnie and her sister Adele opened B & G Grocery Store in Monaville. At the age of 100, Minnie still loved to travel, work in the yard and played bingo and dominoes. She also loved to dance and just enjoyed staying busy. She was a long time member of the Pattison United Methodist Church in Pattison, Texas. Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; father and mother, Charlie and Annie Stasny; sister, Adele Griffin, and brother-in-law, Merle Griffin; Helen Zadelsky, who was like a daughter to Charlie and Annie Stasny, and Louie Zadelsky. Minnie is survived by her cousin Mary Helen Guinn (Vern); and many other nieces and nephews. Family received friends from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Brookshire. Funeral Service was held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Pattison United Methodist Church with Reverend Dottie Dumas officiating. Interment followed in the Pattison Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Pattison Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 502, Pattison, TX 77466, or to the Pattison United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, Pattison, TX 77466.

Betty Elliott Woods was born in Pawnee, Texas on October 23, 1934 to Killis and Doris Elliott. She walked with Jesus to heaven on October 5,  2014 at the wonderful age of 79. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, mentor and friend. She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Lloyd, their children  Gary, David, Laurie and Lezlie, grandchildren Jason, Terra, Zach, Blake, Lance, Ross and David, her great grandchildren Riley, Shelby, Jacob and Brody, and many other relatives and close  friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Killis and Doris, and siblings Jeannine, Norman, Herbert and Dotsy, and granddaughter Lindsey Woods, and her special companion, Abby. Betty grew up in Pawnee, Texas. In their early teen years, Lloyd and Betty met and lived in the same town never realizing they would meet again in adulthood, marry and live a long life together. Betty enjoyed gardening, loved flowers and always kept her yard immaculate. Thanksgiving and Christmas were always her favorite holidays. All family members reported, all hands on deck, each year until 2013 when she could no longer host her growing family. “Everything in its place and everything has a place” was her motto. She watched with great joy as all of her grandchildren grew up in Runge, Texas where she and Lloyd spent 13 amazing  years. They relocated to Bryan in 2000 to be neartheir family. The family requests any donations or contributions be made in her name to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 190, Brookshire, TX 77423 or to the Aggieland Humane Society, 5359 Leonard  Rd., Bryan, TX 77807. Special thank you to her caregivers and companions, Mary Moore, Tina Weido, Mandie Bauer and Esther Trejo. Family was present to receive friends from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Brookshire. Funeral Service was held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Brookshire with Dr. Calvin Webb officiating. Graveside Service followed at 3:00 P.M., at the Woods Cemetery in Yorktown, Texas. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 190, Brookshire, TX 77423, or to the Aggieland Humane Society, 5359 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX 77807. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home  819 Waller Ave. P.O. Box 248 Brookshire, TX 77423 (281)934-2424 phone (281)934-3150 fax www.schmidtfunerals.com

Helen C. (Polasek) Harwell, 81, of Brookshire, Texas, passed away Sunday. August 31, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Helen was born September 14, 1932, in Hobson, Texas, the daughter of Casper and Doris (Lyssy) Polasek. She grew up in Hobson, Texas, and Karnes City, Texas, graduating from Karnes City High School. On January 28, 1961, Helen was united in marriage to J.L. "Buck" Harwell, in Seguin, Texas. She was employed with Lone Star Brewery, Miller Motor Company in Katy, later went to work for Waller County Precinct 4, as the administrative assistant for Judges, Joe Pattison, Jim Koen and Ted Krenek, for 15+ years. Helen enjoyed sewing and bowling with family and friends. Helen is survived by her CHILDREN: Kathryn Wiley and her husband, Charles, of Katy, Gerald Harwell and his wife, Debbie, of New Ulm, and Jeff Harwell and his long-time companion, Wendi Stuart, of Brookshire; GRANDCHILDREN: Emily Wiley, Travis Wiley, and Erin Wiley, Dustin Harwell, Devin Harwell, Samantha Harwell, and Clayton Harwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. "Buck" Harwell, parents, Casper and Doris Polasek, brother, Casper "Sonny" Polasek, and sister Claire Marie Vajdos. Visitation was held from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at the Schmidt Funeral Home, in Brookshire, where Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pattison, with Father David DuBois celebrant. Pallbearers were Kenneth Berger, Buddy Peterek, Gerald "Piggy" Gassner, Randy Bludau, Richard Holderman and Guy Lusher. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mathews, Charles Swize, Nelson Guillotte, Clyde Grimet and Ted Krenek. Interment followed in the Pattison Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4445 FM 359, Pattison, Texas 77466. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, 819 Waller, Avenue, Brookshire, Texas 77423 (281)934-2424 -www.schmidtfunerlas.com

Benito “Benny” Canto Munoz, 59, of Carrizo Springs, Texas, passed away August 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Angelia Munoz; son, Raymond T. Sherlock; brother, Louis Munoz; sisters, Gloria, Suzie and Lupe Munoz and is survived by his wife, Amanthia Munoz of Carrizo Springs; daughter, Jennifer D. Stolar and husband, Richard of Columbus, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew J. Arcos, Dylan J. Arcos, Jesse J. Arcos, RossT Arcos, Elizabeth D. Stolar and Robert D. Sherlock; sisters, Minerva Pate and Leonora Munoz; brother, Manuel Munoz; nephews, George Pate and Timmy Munoz; niece, Gloria Munoz; and numerous other family members and many dear friends. Benny was born on March 21, 1955, in Brookshire, Texas, the son of Manuel and Angelia Canto Munoz. He grew up and attended school in Brookshire. He married Amanthia Sherlock on March 27, 1990. Benny had been employed with Wayne England Rice Farming and also as a maintenance worker for Harris County. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Brookshire, Texas.