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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bill Blackley Collapses at Football Practice, Passes Away

Bill Blackley
William P. “Bill” Blackley, 43, apparently suffered a fatal heart attack or aneurysm during a Plowboy Alumni football practice at Plowboy Field on Saturday afternoon.  He was not engaged, however, in any contact or strenuous activity at the time since the practice was just a walk-through for the new players.   He was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, where he passed away. 

The Plowboy Alumni team, now in its second year, is made up of ex-Plowboy football players who get together once a year to play a game against another high school’s alumni team. The team includes players from the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s.  Despite the tragedy, the team is still planning at this time to go ahead with this spring’s game against Stamford. 

Blackley, who graduated in 1988, was a lineman for the Plowboys in his high school years.  He had just married Cheri Peavy on February 1.  

His funeral was yesterday at the First Baptist Church with interment at the Buffalo Gap Cemetery.  An obituary is provided below.



At its last meeting the Roscoe City Council ordered an election on May 11 to elect one Council Member to a three-year term.  The opening results from the expiring term of current Council Member Ken Brawley.

The deadline for applications is March 1.  As of yet, no one has applied to fill the position.  For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.



Plowboy Landon Jones, a senior, has been selected to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Big Country All-Star Football Game on June 8 at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.  Jones, a fullback and linebacker, will play for the North. 

The North team, coached by Dublin’s Bob Cervetto, has some of the best players in the Big Country, including 6 players from Stephenville, the 3A State Champs, and 5 from Abilene High’s 12-1 team.  The South team, led by Abilene Cooper’s Todd Moebes, will have seven of his former Cougars as well as several other stars.



A number of Roscoe FFA students are exhibiting their animals at the San Antonio Livestock Show, which has been running last week and this week.

Showing barrows are Derrick Creed, Kendall Moses, Alura Renteria, Stina Tomlin, and Torrey Willman.  Kamren Fisher and Stina Tomlin are showing steers.

Last week, Tait and Ty Fullwood showed their lambs.



On Monday, the Sweetwater Reporter reported as its “Crime(s) of the Week” two burglaries that occurred in Roscoe the last week of January.  One was at the apartments on Cedar Street, where several items were taken, including a flat screen television, DVDs, and other household items.

The other took place at a residence just east of Roscoe.  The owner came home to find a male inside the house who fled on foot upon being discovered.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or indictment.  You need not give your name.  For more information, call 325-235-8477.



The flags were flapping in yesterday's high winds.
Most of the past week was a repeat of the week before with highs in the sixties and lows of around forty.  Some days, including yesterday, were windy with gusts up to 35mph or so.

Yesterday and last night it rained about quarter of an inch, and the forecast is for a 50% chance of rain today and 70% tonight. 

Tomorrow should be sunny, windy, and cooler after a cold front passes through.  Tomorrow night may have a low of 30°F or thereabouts, so bring in any plants that may not be able to stand a freeze.

Friday’s high should be only in the fifties, but the weekend should be a little warmer.



Pauline Smith Heine
Funeral services were held yesterday at the Church of Christ for Pauline Smith Heine, 105, Roscoe’s oldest citizen, who passed away Friday at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Pauline Smith was born on September 6, 1907, in Ballinger to William and Arlie Smith.  She moved to Roscoe in 1919 and married Max Herman Heine on August 21, 1926, in Sweetwater.  She operated a private nursery and kindergarten in Roscoe for many years and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Gayle Romeros and husband Michael of North Richland Hills; grandson, Gary Lipscomb of Arlington; a great grandson, Sean Lipscomb and wife Lindsey of Mansfield; great-great grandchildren Grace and Pieper Lipscomb of Mansfield; and son-in-law Wyatt Lipscomb of North Richland Hills; two step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Herman Heine, on March 18, 1992, a daughter Wanda Jean Lipscomb, her parents William and Arlie Smith, sisters Alma Kreidel and Helen Monroe, and brother Wilson Smith.



Services were held yesterday at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church for William Parker “Bill” Blackley, 43, who passed away on Saturday, February 16, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.  Interment was at the Buffalo Gap Cemetery.

He was born in Bryan on September 20, 1969, and had lived in Roscoe since 1975.   He graduated from Roscoe High School in 1988, attended Western Texas College, and graduated from Sul Ross University in 1993.  He was also a graduate of the D.P.S. Academy and a trooper for a few years in Snyder.  He married Cheri Peavy on February 1, 2013, in Sweetwater.

He is survived by his wife, Cheri Blackley of Roscoe; daughter, Breigh Lynn Blackley of Roscoe; parents, Kay and Jim Blackley of Roscoe; brother, Scott Blackley and wife Jenny of League City; sister, Wendy Stanley and husband Bryan of League City; stepson, Kane Peavy of Roscoe, one niece and two nephews.

Pallbearers were David Pantoja, Jack Brown, Aaron Brown, Kenny Hancock, Millard Kendrick, and Johnny Blanchard.



Services are being held at 10:00am this morning for John Thomas Hyde, 67, at the First Baptist Church in Sweetwater.  He passed away on Saturday, February 16, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.

John Thomas Hyde was born in Sweetwater on March 28, 1945, to Mack and Tommie (McCoy) Hyde.  He graduated from Divide High School in 1963 and married Linda Sue Saunders on July 25, 1964, in Nolan.  He attended McMurry on a track scholarship and graduated in 1967 with a degree in Education.  He was a coach at Paint Rock and then at Highland, where he also became a principal.  He was inducted into the Six-Man Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2003.  He served as Director on the Board for Taylor Telephone Coop from August 1979 to March 1996.  He was hired as Assistant Manager in March 1996 and General Manager in November 1997.  He retired in March 2010.  He was a member of the Nolan Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Duane and wife Cyree of Highland; daughter, Stacy and partner Lara  of Lubbock; grandchildren Kristin Gomez and husband Jonathan of San Angelo, and Michael of Highland; sisters, Angie Daves and husband Drennan of Sweetwater, and Marsha Alexander and husband Kim of Roscoe; mother-in-law, Rae Self of Sweetwater; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers are Louis Brooks, Jr., Lane Jackson, Earl Jones, Dalton Owens, Steve Singletary, and Bill Whisenhunt.  Honorary pallbearers are the Taylor Telephone Board of Directors.


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