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FREE: LETTERS: Available to sign at H-E-B Lawsuit filed Continued from A7

Continued from A7 tion lacks the phrase “actual innocence.� Graves filed a lawsuit in February against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state’s top law enforcement officer, seeking a declaratory judgment of innocence that would pave the way for him to receive the compensation. Graves’ attorney, Jeff Blackburn, said Wednesday he will press on with the suit even though the money issue has been resolved. Graves, who lives in Austin, said having the money will mean he can finally help his mother, whose health is declining.

year-round to pack and ship the care packages to the U.S. military serving overseas. Neikark said IBC Bank has been involved with the project for four years. “It started with the IBC Bank in McAllen and rolled out to all locations,� she said. Aggie Experience Council was approached by IBC to join it for the drive this summer. “We’re pleased and really excited that Texas A&M University is hosting a letterwriting campaign,� Neikark said. The newly formed Aggie Experience Council is a group of student volunteers who serve the university’s special events and do some

PETS: Glad to see Mom Continued from A7 Smoke billowed above her house on County Road 302 as she left and spent most of the next three days thinking it was destroyed. On Wednesday, she convinced authorities to allow her to go back. She passed a grove of trees and saw Sunshine, a golden retriever-beagle mix, shivering on the porch. She opened the door, and mutt Sammy went ballistic, pawing and licking Halcombe. “And the cat was getting in

on the action, too,� Halcombe said. “He thinks he’s a dog.� After her son and daughter left to attend college, her only constant companions were the pets. They follow her around the house from room to room and sleep curled up against her. She said she was heartbroken but strangely at peace. As she approached her home, she was ready to face whatever she would find. “Sometimes, we hold on too tightly to things in this world,� she said. “I’ve learned you have to learn to let go.�

MUNSE: Always upbeat Continued from A7 said. “He prided himself on being Irish even though he was German.� Munse continued coming to work on days he should’ve been in bed, Garrett said, determined to go on with his daily business. “‘Give up’ was not even a word to him,� he said. Garrett said he walked on pins and needles whenever the two did serious radio interviews. “Sometimes [interviewees] got out of the room, and sometimes they didn’t,� he said. Apart from his easy-going demeanor, Munse also possessed a deep love for the art of radio, sometimes buying equipment at his own expense, Garrett said. He held a friendly, hometown approach to radio that is uncommon today, and his death marks the end of an era in Bryan-College Station, he said. “He always saw it the way it was when he first started,� Garrett said. “I don’t know if there’s anyone like that anymore. I’ll miss that about him.�

Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting general manager, hired Munse in the early ’80s. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Munse still exuded the same positive energy he had when the two first met, Downs said. “He was never, ever down, never morose,� he said. “He was upbeat and that carried through with his disease.� Downs also remembers Munse’s generosity and love for the community. He credits Munse with the inception of the annual Radio MASH Toy Drive, which raised 10,000 toys its first year. “He used that popularity as a broadcaster to make these things happen,� Downs said. Chip Howard, host of Sports Talk KZNE The Zone, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. He and Munse talked about their struggles and related to one another before Munse’s death. “We were members of a club we didn’t want to be members of,� he said. “He had a unique sense of humor. Everyone who knew Roy will smile when they say that.�


Joe “Pepe� Salcido Garcia January 22, 1937 - June 19, 2011

Joe “Pepeâ€? Salcido Garcia, 74, of Austin, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Hillier Funeral Home Chapel with Msgr. John McCarey oďŹƒciating. Interment will follow in Bryan City Cemetery.

Joe was born to Francisco B. and Luisa (Salcido) Garcia in Bryan, Texas. He lived most of his life in the Bryan/College Station area and moved to Austin ďŹ ve years ago. He worked for several dierent companies in the local area including Ray Criswell, Central Electric and then retiring from Wells Fargo after 25 years of service. He enjoyed driving down to Bryan to visit friends and relatives. His drive from Austin to Bryan was like driving from Bryan to College Station, no hesitation. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

service projects within the community. “We joined with them a couple weeks ago at the kickoff, and there were two letter writing events on campus as a follow-up,� said Cynthia Gay, director of external relations at Texas A&M. The Aggie Experience Council also hosted the twoday follow-up event on June 21 and 22, during which students and community members were encouraged to visit letter writing tables on campus and share their thanks for U.S. soldiers. Gay said it was a good turnout. “We got around 300 letters,� she said.


Joseph Enloe Courtney January 21, 1938-June 16, 2011

Joseph Enloe Courtney, 73, went home to his Lord on Thursday, June 16, 2011 after a valiant battle with cancer. His family welcomes you to visitation at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and to the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. At a later date, family will gather at Restever Memorial Park for his internment.

Born January 21, 1938 to Maurice and Gladys Enloe Courtney in Woodville, Texas, Joe was a life-long resident of our state. After spending most of his public school years in Groveton, he moved with his family to Cameron and graduated from Yoe High School in 1955. The Courtneys then moved to Bryan, where Joe joined his father in working at Woodson Lumber Company. He attended Blinn Junior College, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1960, and served in the United States Army Reserve (90th Infantry Division).

With his experience at Woodson Lumber as the foundation of his unwavering and honest work ethic, Joe became a home builder in 1965 and joined Mr. Don Cain in developing The Oaks subdivision in Bryan. Later, Joe built homes throughout the Brazos Valley with a speciďŹ c interest in assisting “the workingâ€? man or woman in acquiring quality, aordable housing, He was the ďŹ rst president of the Bryan-College Station Home Builders Association, was a founding member of our local Habitat for Humanity and Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Ministries, and was one of the ďŹ rst builders in the Brazos Valley to participate in Elder Aid—a housing program for elderly, low-income residents with physical disabilities.

A lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and steward at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Joe viewed each of his projects—whether a house for one family or a program for the larger community—as an act of service to his Lord and Savior. Joe will be remembered by those who knew him best as a person of deep faith, limitless generosity, and unfailing good humor.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law, Faith Super; and his nephew, SGM Michael W. Clements.

His survivors include his loving wife, Victoria Lynn Courtney; sons, Devon Hanna of New Braunfels and Trent Hanna of Huntsville; granddaughter, Symphony Hanna of Canyon Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Tom Clements of Trinity; a brother, Lee Courtney of Huntsville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Douglas (Skip) and Marilyn Super of Vancouver; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alice and Roy Super of Brenham; nieces, Penne Weidig and family of Bellaire, Pam RoďŹƒno and family of Dallas, Cheryl Clements and family of College Station, and Laura Elizabeth Super of Hawaii; nephews, Mark Clements and family of Manchester, N.H., and Michael Clements’ family of Little Rock, Ark.

Joe had many friends whom he cherished like family, including the Mike Tomchesson family of Bryan, the Doug Webb family of Dallas, and two faithful employees Darthie Kees and Je Jones of College Station.

The family wishes to thank pallbearers Carlos Cordova, Ronnie Lightsey, John RoďŹƒno, John Schaer, John Tomchesson, Doug Webb, Casey Weidig, and John Weidig. Additionally, honorary pallbearers are Charles Arnold, Johnny Bond, Sam Enloe, Chris Galindo, George Hardwick, John Hicks, Lawrence Link, Lee McCleskey, William Seyfus, Gene Shillings, and Marvin Tate. The family wishes to acknowledge the service of Dr. Erin Fleener, Dr. Arezy Daftarian, the sta at St. Joseph’s Manor, and the oncology nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Memorials in Joe’s name are welcome at Habitat for Humanity, S.O.S. Ministries, or the church of your choice. View his Digital Video Tribute™ at

a.m. at Old Bethlehem Baptist Church.

CORDERO, Cruz, 10 a.m. at Hiller Funeral Home.

PAULK, Valeria Jean, 3:30 p.m.

at Callaway-Jones Home in Bryan.

Kirby Jones

Sept. 28, 1920 - June 21, 2011 Kirby Jones, 90, of Bryan, passed away Monday, June 21, 2011 at home. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Jones-Washington Mortuary. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at Kingdom Hall with Eldon Reagan ofďŹ ciating. Interment will follow in Jones Family Cemetery. Kirby Jones was born on September 28, 1920 in Edge, Texas to Ollie and EfďŹ e Jones. He was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed teaching others about the Bible. He also enjoyed ďŹ shing and eating at the Golden Corral. Survivors include his son, Andre L. Jones and wife, Elisabeth Soeurs; daughter, Oran and Bob Salopek; brother, Amon and Mahalia Jones; sister, Eloise Beal; special friends, Eugene and Lavone Jenkins and four grandchildren.


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Jack Clarke

Aug. 1, 1916 - June 21, 2011 Jack S. Clarke, 94, of Waco, died on Monday, June 21, 2011. Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro, Texas.

Joe L. Palermo

Mar. 18, 1915 - Jun. 23, 2010 It’s hard to believe a year’s gone by. Not a day passes that we don’t think about you. We love and miss you Daddy. Your loving wife and family, Elizabeth, Mary, Suzanne, Joni, David, Stephanie, Sarah, David, Don, Andrew and Dylan


PUTMAN, Jessie Carl, 7:30 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Huntsville.


Brion McCray

Brion McCray, 15, of College Station, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011. Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Anderson Elementary School. Interment will be in Longstreet Cemetery in Richards, Texas.


Valeria Jean Paulk

May 24, 1969 - June 21, 2011 Valeria Jean Paulk, 42, of Smetana, passed away Tuesday morning, June 21, 2011, at her residence. Visitation will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011, at CallawayJones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 3:30 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Interment will be in Smetana Cemetery. Valeria was born May 24, 1969, in Longview, Texas, to Marvin and LaDell Paulk. She has lived in the Smetana area for 25 years and worked as a clerk. Survivors include her sons, Vincent Robert Luza and girlfriend, Kelli Gomez, of Smetana, Damian Payne Greer of Smetana; father, Marvin Paulk of Louisiana; mother, LaDell Paulk of Marshall, Texas; brothers and sistersin-law, Clifford and Darlene Paulk,RobertandPennyPaulk, Shane and Candace Paulk, all of Marshall, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Brandy Jones of Marshall, Texas; granddaughter, Lanaiya Zumaya; her ďŹ ancĂŠ G.W. Nash; and her special friend, Philip Bienski of Smetana.

Mr. Clarke was born in Cushing, Okla. August 1, 1916 to Charles and Nell Clarke, but he spent his childhood and young adult years in Fort Worth, Texas. He married Verlie J. Kelley on Sept. 26, 1942 in Damascus, Ark. They lived in Wichita Falls, Texas for 16 years and College Station for 34 years before moving to Waco on July 1, 1996. He worked as an air trafďŹ c controller for the FAA for 34 years both at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls and in Bryan. At the age of 58, he went back View her Book of Memories™ to school at Texas A&M and at earned an associates degree in Electrical Engineering, and then worked for A&M until the age of 70. He was a loving husband and father who faithfully cared for his wife for the ten years she was in a nursing home. He was a member of RichďŹ eld Christian Church of Waco and formerly a very active in First Christian Church of Wichita Falls and First Christian Church of Bryan.


He was preceded in death by parents, his wife, Verlie; a sister, Margaret Roberts; and a daughter, Charlotte Ann Hackley. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Kay Westmoreland and husband, John; son-in-law, John Hackley of Jacksboro; brothers, Richard Clarke and wife, Jean, of Sun Lakes, Ariz. and Mack Clarke and wife, Margie, of Pearland, Texas; four grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to RichďŹ eld Christian Church of Waco or Mothers Day Out Program in care of Memorial Christian Church of Jacksboro.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Fancisco B. and Louisa S. Garcia; brothers, Sam Romo, John Garcia and Raymond Garcia; and a sister, Francis Garza.

Joe leaves behind a son,Joe Garcia Jr.and his partner,Tammy, of Bryan; and a daughter, Michelle Garcia and partner, Brady Scott Lake, of Austin; as well as four grandchildren, Crystal Lee Garcia, Cayce Lea Sunday, Tristin Joe Antonio Garcia and Samuel Michael J. Garcia; and one great-grandchild, Aiden Sunday. Also surviving Joe are three brothers, Marvin and wife, Celia Garcia, of Michigan, Guerillmo Garcia and Robert and Betty Garcia; and a sister, Mary Hernandez; and a sister-in-law, Angelina Garcia, all of Bryan; and Hillier Funeral Home 2301 E. 29th St. • Bryan, TX 77802 numerous nieces, nephews and many 822-1571 • friends. Please view, sign, and share memories at

The H-E-B stores on Texas Avenue and Villa Maria Road also placed letter-writing tables at the front of the store for the duration of the donation drive. The store sold pre-packaged goody bags to be donated to Operation Interdependence along with the thank you letters. Neikark said that H-E-B collected 100 letters on the first day of the drive. Rick Killpatrick, manager of the Texas Avenue H-E-B, said that his store did very well for the drive. “The community has really rallied around it,� Killpatrick said. “Our customers have done well.�



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