Rachel Kate Joiner, 21, unexpectedly joined the Lord along with her beloved brother Travis on March 6, 2009. She was born March 30, 1987 in San Angelo, Texas.

Rachel was a beautiful young lady with a happy spirit and glowing smile. She was full of life and always ready for the next adventure. She freely gave of her time, talents and money to those in her circle of life. She was comfortable being her own person and didn’t mind standing alone. Her joy was complete in her role as both big and little sister to the brothers she adored.

Rachel grew up in Eldorado, Texas. She loved life on the farm, especially the peace and solitude that country life offered. She loved and nurtured all the animals including pets, strays and wildlife. Cats were her favorite and she was always prepared for just one more.

As a little girl and into her elementary years she enjoyed dancing, dressing up for dance recitals, gymnastics, school and rides in the toy jeep with her big brother. Rachel was very close with both sets of grandparents. The time and love they gave her when she was young was returned to them as they grew older.

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LAMPASAS — Curtis Dean Wilson, formerly of Austin, died at his home in Lampasas on Monday, March 23, 2009 after two years of battling colon and lung cancer. He was born in Bastrop County on March 10, 1931 to Frances Ford Wilson and Dennis Dean Wilson.

He attended public schools in Elgin and Stephen F. Austin High School. On April 21, 1951, he married Barbara Joyce Smith at Central Methodist Church in Austin. He began his career at Austin Machine and Grinding Company as an auto part salesman, and then he was employed by The University of Texas at Austin in the Phys. Plant/Operations Department where he retired after 26 years of service. He was an avid University of Texas sports fan.

For many years he had a place in the country near Fentress, Texas. He and Barbara moved in 2002 to a small ranch near Eldorado, Texas, where they spent many happy hours observing wildlife. He loved hunting deer and turkey and just enjoying the outdoors, especially West Texas.

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BRADY — Legendary horsetrader, Charles Miers Johnson, 81 of Rochelle, Texas passed away March 21, 2009 in Brady, TX.

Miers was born April 8, 1927 in Brady, Texas to Jane Miers and  Charles Johnson. He graduated from Lohn High school and then at 17 joined the Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He went to Sul Ross State University on a full football scholarship and was all-conference in 1948. After graduating he coached football in Christoval from 1950-1951, and then in Eldorado from 1951-1953 and for the next 15 years in Rochelle. During that time he received a Smith-Huges Certificate from Sam Houston State University in 1956.

Miers’ love of horses began when he was a small boy and his grandfather Roy Johnson gave him his first horse. He owned thousands of horses in his lifetime, being a horsetrader was what he loved to do. He was known throughout West Texas, where he traveled to area ranches to buy and sell horses. Miers had friends everywhere and everyone has a “Miers” story. He was also involved in trading livestock, equipment and real estate. He was an excellent storyteller and had the most colorful life of anyone. He had countless friends and life experiences. His personality was outgoing, positive and he engulfed a room with his presence.

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Louis F. Dellavechia, Jr., 74, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Kerrville, Texas, after a long battle with diabetes.

Lou was born June 11, 1934, in Port Washington, Long Island, where he lived until moving to California in 1967. Lou attended Post College in Port Washington and served his country in the Armed Forces from 1953 through 1955. He later became an employment counselor and an avid little league coach in Los Angeles.
Lou and Linda retired to Eldorado in 2004 to spend time with their family and often revisited friends in California. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Richard Louis Dellavechia. Lou is survived by family and friends in Eldorado, California, Florida, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

His zest for life will be missed by all who knew him. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the Alzheimer’s Association. 4400 N. Big Spring, Suite C32, Midland, TX 79705.