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Michael Marmion Spann W5IMF
September 27, 1922 - October 21, 2014

FUNERAL SERVICES: Friday, 11:00 am. October 24th at Harrell Memorial Chapel. 

INTERMENT: Dublin Liveoak Cemetery with Military Honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. 

VISITATION: 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, October 23rd at Harrell Funeral Home. 

Michael Marmion Spann (92) was born September 27, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas. He went to be with his LORD October 21, 2014 at his residence. He was the son of Michael Crowley Spann and Corinne Ysabella (Marmion) Spann. He was united in marriage to Mildred Marie Nethery on August 17, 1951 and she preceded him in death on June 17, 1995. On November 14, 1999 he was united in marriage to Susan (Scoggins) Wiggins. 

Michael is survived by his wife, Susan Spann of Dublin; his daughters, Deborah Corinne George of Mansfield, Texas and Charlotte Irona Spann of Alvin, Texas; His grandchildren, Michael Sodolak, David Allen Murin, Joseph Daniel Murin, Tracy Johanna Weeks, Cory Wayne Kollatschny, Victoria Reeves and Corinna Pulatie; (8) Great-grandchildren: His sons by marriage: Mark Reeves and wife, Mona of Damascus, OR. and Gerald Wiggins of Valdosta, GA. and a host of other relatives and many friends who will miss him dearly. 

Michael was a graduate of Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942, he had his Radio Ham Operator's License since the age of 14 (Call Sign W51MF),a veteran of the U.S.Navy in W.W.II, a Charter Member of the Parker Co. Radio Club and a member of the Highland Ave. Congregational Methodist Church in Dublin. He retired from the Exxon Company in 1978 as a Research Engineer. 


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112 N Camden St
Dublin, TX  76446

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William Ramsey O’Connell   W5YO

November 22, 1944 – September  26, 2014

William Ramsey O'Connell was born in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1944 and died in Austin on September 26, 2014 at the age of 69. "O'C" was a skinny man with a beautiful voice and a big personality; an important figure in Austin broadcasting and advertising for over four decades. He was originally a newsman, but later would become an innovative producer of radio sports programming for national and international events. 

The son of a career military family, Bill traveled the world, living in Texas, California, Kansas, Washington, DC, Germany, and Italy. He graduated from The University of Texas in 1968 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in statistics. Following a tour of active duty in the US Army, he then served in the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas State Guard.

After working at KUT-FM during college, Bill went on to work as News Director at KOKE-AM and Sales Manager and Station Manager at KNOW-AM. In 1977, Bill opened his own business, Market Research of Austin, subsequently The O'Connell Company, based on East 6th St. He was a graduate of the inaugural year of Leadership Austin (BCE 1980) and served on the Historic Landmark Commission (1980-1984). 

O'C became very involved in radio sports broadcasting, serving as producer for the Longhorn Sports Network, the Southwest Conference Radio Network, Host Communications, and the NCAA CBS Radio Network. For many years, beginning in the mid-1980s, Bill served as the on-site producer for national radio coverage of the Men's Basketball Final Four and Executive Producer of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. He also produced countless broadcasts for NFL Monday Night Football, Major League Baseball, NFL Europe, and especially enjoyed the opportunity to work as a broadcast producer at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and Lillehammer, Norway. A true sports fan, Bill continued to work as a radio producer for one season with the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. Throughout his career, his voice could be heard in many political campaigns, commercial voiceovers and narrations for a wide variety of clients. 

Bill was a loyal UT alum, a long-time baseball season ticket holder, and a fan of UT football and women's basketball and volleyball.

O'C was a legendary figure to those fortunate enough to work with him. He enjoyed traveling to Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, and Chile. More recently, Bill served as the Quality Manager of Global Accounts for Harte-Hanks in Austin, working for such clients as Microsoft and the MLB Network. Additionally, O'C was a long-time participant in amateur and ham radio activities; his call sign was W5YO. He retired in the summer of 2013.

O'C was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel William H. and Isabel Ramsey O'Connell, his stepson Timothy Hair, and his son, William Sean O'Connell. He is survived by his sister Mary Ann O'Connell Martin, her husband Captain Richard L. Martin, USN, their children Michele and Dan Martin, Dan's wife Kyla, and their children Lucas, Ethan, and Trey; niece Tere O'Connell and her son Ben Kinsey; his former wife Barbara Bassford O'Connell, stepchildren Janet Brown and Keith Hair, and countless friends around the world. 

A memorial service honoring Bill and his family will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas at 3 PM on October 14, with an informal reception beginning at 2 PM. Memorial donations reflecting Bill's lifelong love of radio and The University of Texas will be welcomed at KUT-FM, PO Box 7600, Austin, Texas 78713. 

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home 
North3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811  

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Roy Maurice Costolow  W5ZOZ

October 21, 1920 - August 9, 2014  

In loving memory of Roy Maurice Costolow, who died peacefully on August 9th. He was a retired pharmacist. He was born in Paduka, Arkansas but spent his childhood in Spur, Texas. He married Mary Novotny, who he met in college and they celebrated 71 years of marriage this year.   

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas in 1943. He was the recipient of “Citation of Achievement” from the Texas state board of Pharmacy for faithfully completing 50 years of devoted service and making meaningful contributions to the profession of pharmacy.   

His hobbies included Amateur Radio operator /technician licensed with the FCC since 1953. He was a member of the “Old Old Timers” Amateur Radio Club and “Quarter Century Wireless Association”.   

He loved fishing and making rods and reels for himself and others. He had a special talent for designing and flying model airplanes. His values were enjoying a simple life which included loving his wife Mary, spending time with his small brown Chihuahua, Willie, talking on his Ham radio with friends every morning and visiting with his extended family of nieces and nephews. He especially enjoyed the homemade cakes his sister in law Henrietta brought to his home often.   

We will miss his wonderful stories and his favorite jokes. He was lovingly cared for at his home the last 3 years by Beatrice Lawong. He bragged she was a very good cook and especially enjoyed his Friday dinner which was her special pancakes. He felt so lucky to spend his time in his den watching tv and playing solitaire. His favorite deck of cards were worn very thin.   

He is preceded in death by his father Marcus H Costolow and his mother Anna Pearl Miller Costolow.  

He is survived by his wife Mary Costolow, brother John Joe Costolow Pasadena,TX, sister in laws Francis Novotny, Corsicana,TX, Henrietta Novotny, Ennis, TX, and Evelyn Novotny, Waxahachie, TX, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Byrum Funeral Home Inc.
425 N. Dallas Avenue
Lancaster, TX 75146
Telephone: (972) 227-2121

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Robert J. Doxtater  N5RJD

August 11, 1944 – March 19, 2014  

HERKIMER – Mr. Robert J. Doxtater, age 69, a native of the Mohawk Valley and currently of Picayune, Mississippi, passed away at his home on March 19, 2014.   

He was born on August 11, 1944 in Little Falls, a son of George Doxtater and Rosamond (Primmar) Doxtater. He was educated in Fort Plain schools. He served in the United States Navy Seabees for twenty years, retiring as a chief Petty officer.   

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his parents, George Doxtater, of Willsboro, NY, and Rosamond “Rosie” Doxtater, of Herkimer; his children, Robert Doxtater, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Keuka Lake, NY, Randy Doxtater, of Carriere, Mississippi (formerly of Oppenheim), and Melissa Adams, of Picayune, Mississippi; his brothers, George Doxtater and his wife, Ruth Ann, of Oppenheim, and Donald Doxtater, of Ilion; his sisters, Joann Mason, of Willsboro, NY, and Helen DeMars and her husband, Jake, of Herkimer; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.   

There are NO services. Robert’s obituary was planned with the assistance of The Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY. Harry & Kevin Enea, Directors. (315) 866-1011.  

An online memorial page in honor of Robert J. Doxtater has been established at Anyone wishing to share a memory of Robert, or add to his online memorial, may do so on the website.

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1942 – December 4, 2014  

Joseph “Joe” Lincoln K5FNW of Spring TX, became a Silent Key on December 4.  Joe requested no funeral services and is buried in Hearne Texas.  

Joe was a retired software programmer and enjoyed home brewing, watching the weather with his weather and seismic station, and was a great musician playing many different instruments.  He was an active member of the 7290 Traffic Net and was a big help during emergencies both on 7290 and locally.   

Joe is survived by his wife, Betty, a brother Glenn and his wife, two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.    

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Charles Cavin N5BMB

August 16, 1925 - March 8, 2014

Charles became a Silent Key in Houston, TX on March 8, 2014.  He is survived by  his wife Pearl Cavin of Elm Mott, TX and one daughter. 

Charles had many talents and professions during his lifetime including policeman, a teacher in Humbolt, TN, plumber and a Master Machinist.    

Charles was an active Net member and we will miss hearing him check in as N5 butter milk biscuits.

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Rick Gene Nash W5AWQ
October 25, 1952 – April 3, 2014


Rick G. Nash passed away April 3, 2014. His Memorial service will be held 11:00am Saturday April 12, 2014 at Martin United Methodist Church in Bedford.   

Rick was born October 25, 1952 in Fort Worth to Bob and Wanda Ward Nash. He began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 15. Upon graduating from L D Bell high school in 1971 he enrolled at TCJC and graduated with an Associates degree in Fire Science. It was there where he met Mary Lou Mason and they were married January 10, 1976.   

Rick was the epitome of a loving father, husband, all around family man and community servant. He was the third paid member of the Bedford Fire Department, and he retired after 36 years of service with them. Most recently Rick enjoyed working at Donna Park Elementary as well as owning Rick's knife shop, an online retail store. Rick was a longtime member of Martin United Methodist Church where for years he manned the BBQ smoker at the Lord's Acre Fall Festival and was a member of The Journey Class. Rick served as a mentor to the Boy Scouts, helping them earn their fire related badges and was one of the founding members of the Citizens Fire Academy and CERT. He participated in Amateur Radio (W5AWQ) and Santa USA, and was active in local political campaigns.   

He loved his furry companions Annie, Macy, Holly, Biddie, and especially his best buddy Belle, who lived for rides in "their" beloved truck. Rick also enjoyed classic movies and TV and collecting and playing ukuleles and trumpets.  

Rick is survived by his loving wife Mary Lou and daughters Niki Nash of Austin and Angie Nash of Hurst. Father Bob Nash of Keller, Brothers Randy Nash of Fort Worth and Tim Nash of Euless, Sisters Connie Fleming of Keller and Kelly Maddox of Arlington, Mother-in-law Mary Mason of Hurst. In lieu of flowers, please donate to


Forest Ridge Funeral Home
705 Airport Freeway
HURST, TX 76053
817-285-7777 Fax: 817-282-7577

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Bill Garvey   WB5LYB
September 29, 1949 - March 22, 2014  

Funeral services for Bill Garvey, 64, of Leesville, Louisiana will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Leesville.  

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 26th from 6 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Thursday, March 27th from 8:00 a.m. until service time in the chapel.   

Bill, the son of William Austin Garvey, Sr. and Norma Garvey was born September 29, 1949, in Ft. Meade. He passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his residence in Leesville.  

Mr. Garvey retired from the Ft. Polk Fire Department as a Crew Chief.  

He is survived by his sons, Anthony Garvey of Scott, LA and Bill Garvey, III of Denver, PA; sisters, Lisa Garvey of Bossier City, LA & Jenny Garvey Rodriguez of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Caitlyn Amber Garvey & William A. “Austin” Garvey IV and one great grandson, Mark Garvey. 


Labby Memorial Funeral Homes
601 South Fourth Street
Leesville, Louisiana   71446
Phone: 337-238-1358
Fax: 337-238-0389  

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David Alexander Binns  W5VXI
May 23, 1930 - March 23, 2014

David Alexander Binns, born May 23, 1930, in Nashville, TN, died March 23, 2014, in Caddo Mills, Texas.  Service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, March 29 at Lynch Funeral Service at 4238 Hwy 34 South in Greenville, TX.  

He is preceded in death by father and mother, Frank David and Minnie Busby Binns.  Survived by wife of 58 years, Frances Smith Binns, daughter Carolyn Binns Brown (Ron); grandchildren David Brown (Tennille), Jason Brown and Julie Brown Booker (Chris); great grandchildren, Taylor  Brown, Callie Norwood, Victoria Brown and William Brown; sister Janet Binns Williams.    

David grew up in Nashville, graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1948 and received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1959.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  

David loved and worked in the communications/technology industry most of his life, starting as an engineer for radio station WLAC¬ AM in Nashville. He enjoyed a successful career in many sales and engineering positions.  He was a licensed pilot, loved ham radio and exploring new technology.  

Family requests memorials be made to American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be made at


Lynch Funeral Service 
4238 State Highway 34 South
Greenville, Texas   75402
Phone: 903-883-4383

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Robert D Myers W5RDM
October 31, 1949 - February 25, 2014  

Robert D. Myers of Malakoff, TX passed away on February 25, 2014 in Athens, TX at the age of 64.  

Service pending at a later date.


Tomlinson Funeral Home
E Royall Boulevard 
P.O. Box 2050
Malakoff, TX 75148
Telephone: (903) 489-1500
Fax: (903) 489-0764

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1951 – February  20, 2014

Memorial Services will be held at Delhomme Funeral Home Chapel of the Flowers on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM for Keith Wesley Hendrick, 63, who passed away on Thursday February 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM at Lafayette General Regional Medical Center.  

Reverend John Wamsley, Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church will conduct the funeral services.  

A private burial will take place at a later date at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.  

Keith, a resident of Lafayette, LA was the son of the late John O. Hendrick, Jr. and the former Kathryn Keith.  

Keith was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.  Keith’s interests in Amateur Ham Radio began when he was eleven years old; he had a great passion for his experiences and acquaintances through his years as being a Ham Radio Operator, WA5ISZ or recently known as K5UFO.  Keith and his wife founded Service Communications in 1994 in Broussard, LA and was still active in the business.  Keith loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends at his camp in Butte La Rose for many years and had his Ham Radio set up at his camp, as well as at his office and home.  He had a great love for Mardi Gras and enjoyed watching the New Orleans Saints on Sundays.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Aline “Beanie” Hendrick; his daughter, Michelle Hendrick; his son, Jeffery Hendrick; his two grandchildren, Gavin and Aubree Hendrick; his grand dog “Cubby Dog”; one nephew and several nieces.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John O. Hendrick, III and his sister, Ruth H. Brunson.  

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home on Bertrand Drive on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Visiting hours will continue on Monday from 8:00 AM until the time of service.  

Pall bearers will be Jeff Hendrick, Gavin Hendrick, Ed Antie, Joey Roy, Trent Romero, and Kyle Zerbe.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Rachal M Romero and Mel Simon.  

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Cain and Allison, his nurse practitioner, and their staff for all of the care that was given to Keith, as well as the 9th floor staff of Lafayette General Medical Center.   

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March 26, 1945 – February 23, 2014  

James Henry Hurley, Sr., 68, passed away February 23, 2014.  He was born March 26, 1945 in Beaumont, Texas.  James resided in Willis, Texas with his living wife Edna Marie Hurley.  James served his country in Vietnam War as an Air Force Vet.  He worked as an electrician and served 20 years at the Houston Post.  His passions were his love for his short wave Ham Radio and being a member of CERT team.  James will be remembered as a loyal, funny, loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend.

James is survived by his loving wife Edna Marie Hurley; son and wife James and Angela Hurley; daughter Denise Jacques; grandchildren Kayla Hurley, Jacob Hunter Hurley, Heather Jackson and Donald Miller; great-grandchildren Skylan Jackson and Kynlie Jackson; sister-in law Mary Ann Hurley; his beloved dog “Butch” and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by parents Edgar Edwin Hurley and Mary Ida Gallaway and brother Ed Hurley, Jr.  

Family will receive friends Thursday February 27th from 6 to 8 PM at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas with graveside service February 28th at 2 PM in The Woodlands at Forest Park Cemetery.  

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May 12, 1932 – February 13, 2014

On Thursday, February 13, a little bit of sunshine left this world that will add joy to whatever world comes after this one. 

John Rector Allen, Jr. was born in Austin, Texas on May 12, 1932.  He was a loving man who spread cheer wherever he went, a mischievous little dickens (in the very nicest possible sense of the term) with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye and a wonderful smile, a man who made lives happier because of his presence in them.  He was a true gentleman of the old school. 

Johnny was a member of the marching band at Austin High School.  He attended the University of Texas where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.  His veins ran with the true Orange Blood of a UT man.  At some time during his high school years Johnny developed an interest in amateur radio and he was active in the hobby for the rest of his life.  His call sign was W5TQL.  For most of his business career he was employed by Leif Johnson Ford, first as a salesman then spending many years as sales manager. 

Mourning him are Carol, his wife of 24 years; his son John Travis (Jack) Allen and wife Joan; daughter Katherine Sederholm and her children; stepdaughter Andrea Sellers, her husband Larry and their children.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.     


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LaVerne D. Wilson NQ0B
August 8, 1941  -   January 15, 2014  

LaVerne D. Wilson, 72, Neosho, died Jan. 15, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, following a rapid decline of health. LaVerne was born Aug. 8, 1941 in Burlington, IA and moved to Neosho in 2008 from Plainview, TX.

 He graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Master’s degree in Theology and has been a pastor of the Nazarene Church for 34 years and spent 10 years as a prison chaplain at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Plainville, before moving to Neosho.

 LaVerne served as Newton County ARES Coordinator; Red Cross DAT team; a volunteer foster parent for Faithful Friends Animal Advocates and was very active in Amateur Radio Services. He was an active member of the Neosho Church of the Nazarene. 

LaVerne and Ruth ‘LaVelle’ Bickford were married on June 28, 1963 in Security, CO and LaVelle survives of the home. Other survivors include four children, Brad Wilson and Marla Schmidt, Neosho; Steve Wilson and wife, Christy, Pea Ridge, AR; Brian Wilson and wife, Cynthia, Harlingen, TX and Cindy Dupre and husband, Norman, Neosho; one sister, Kathleen White and husband, Joel, Clinton, ILL; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. 

Services at 2 PM on Saturday Jan 18, 2014.  Visitation Friday  Jan 17 from 6 until 7 PM at the Nazerine Church of Neosho.  Services provided by Clark Funeral Home.


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