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Edward Allen Schmidt  KG5FRZ
June 22, 1949 - February 3, 2022  

Edward Allen Schmidt, 72, passed away February 3, 2022 at Copiah County Medical Center. Visitation will be 9am-10am Wednesday at St. Martin Catholic Church. Service will be 10am Wednesday at St. Martin Catholic Church with burial at Wesson Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.  

He was born on June 22, 1949 in Independence, LA. He was a Superintendent in Commercial Construction and worked as a Public Assistance Task Force Loader for Emergency Management. Mr. Schmidt was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps serving six years and was a Vietnam combat veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Welch Schmidt, Clarence Joseph Schmidt and Edward O. Hutchinson; and grandchild, Everette Allen Schmidt.  

He is survived by his wife, Anita Carol Schmidt; children, Chris Schmidt (Janet) and Amber Schmidt Watts (Jess); brother, Ron Hutchinson (Judy), Russell Schmidt (Pam), Mike Schmidt (Amy), and Tony Schmidt (Karen); sister, Annette Schmidt Harreld; grandchildren, Clarence James Schmidt (Lauren), Andrew Nicholas Schmidt, Hadley Barrett Watts, Caitlyn Marie Burns, Sheldon Burns, and Dalton Burns; and great grandchildren, Kaiser Alan Schmidt and Marley Carrol Schmidt  

Memorials may be made to St. Martin Catholic Church in Hazlehurst.


Stringer Family Funeral Homes
28023 Highway 28
Hazlehurst, MS


Thanks to Ed's grandson, CJ, for informing us

E. Ray Taylor  N5NAV
June 19, 1933 - January 26, 2022

E. Ray Taylor, 88, of Schertz, Texas, went home to be with his Lord on January 26, 2022. Ray was born on June 19, 1933 to George and Mable Taylor in Tucumcari, New Mexico. 

Ray had quite a list of accomplishments under his belt before he grew up, including repairing radios, fighting a forest fire, and installing sound and lighting for the 10th-anniversary episode of the Truth or Consequences Radio Show hosted by Ralph Edwards in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (formerly Hot Springs.) His family moved to Plainview, Texas in 1951 where he graduated from Plainview High School. 

After a short stint as Display and Advertising Manager with Sears & Roebuck in Plainview, Ray joined the Air Force in 1952. He was first stationed at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. During this time, he attended First Baptist Church of San Antonio, where he met the love of his life, Alice Maroney. They married in 1954. Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany, where he and Alice lived until 1956. Upon returning to the United States, they eventually settled in Alamogordo, New Mexico where Ray worked for the companies of Radiation Corp. and Land-Air Corp. at White Sands Missile Range. During this time, he was also the Fire Marshal of the Boles Acres Volunteer Fire Department. In 1971 they moved to New Braunfels, Texas where Ray was employed by MSI Data Corporation as an Electronics Service Technician until his retirement in 1988. 

Ray belonged to Fellowship Bible Church in New Braunfels. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was a boy. His faith in God was unwavering throughout his life. He was the music director in almost every church in which he was a member, and together he and Alice frequently sang duets during Sunday services. He and Alice loved to study the Bible and whenever the church doors were open, they were in attendance, 

At a young age, Ray developed a fascination and love for HAM radio, which lasted his whole life. His most recent call sign was N5NAV. Some of the roles he performed as a radio operator were South Texas Section Manager for the ARRL West Gulf Division, Net Control for the 7290 Traffic Net, and Emergency Radio Coordinator for the City of New Braunfels.

He loved food, eating out, and outfitting his kitchen with whatever cookware, appliances, and utensils you could possibly need to prepare any dish. He loved reading cookbooks and he had what might easily be the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of cookbooks.

Ray always had a quick wit and a warm smile. Everywhere he went, he brought a smile to everyone’s face. He had a magnetic personality and made fast and sure friends. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow church members. 

He is survived by three sons: Richard Guy (Nancy), Michael Ray (Kerry), and George Barry. His loving grandchildren are Beriah Vetter, Anthony Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Bethany Tefertiller, Rebecca Wyatt, Kirsten Otto, and Kathryn Taylor. His great-grandchildren are McKenzie Tefertiller, Judah Wyatt, Taylor Wyatt, Levi Wyatt, and Elijah Vetter. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Alice. 

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Fellowship Bible Church, 4026 Morningside Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78132. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to his granddaughter who is volunteering overseas by going to and selecting Taylor, K (285).


Thanks to Ray's son, Barry, for informing us

Ray's Memorial Service at Fellowship Baptist Church
New Braunfels, TX
September 21, 1947 - January 1, 2022

James Russell Helmke went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 1 in Floresville, Texas, at the age of 74 years, 3 months, 11 days. Jim, as he was known to his family and friends, was born on September 21, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, the only son and child of Florence Meerscheidt Helmke and Stanley L Helmke. He married the love of his life, Beverli Baumann Helmke on August 12, 1972 at the First Lutheran Church in Floresville. 

 While Jim lived in Floresville, from 1976 until 2010, you would find him in La Vernia at Baumann’s Supermarket where he helped manage the family business, along with his brother-in-law. Since 1986, Jim has been known as “the Voice of the Floresville Peanut Festival”. His voice was recognizable by all who would hear it! He served as the parade announcer/producer, media liaison, electronic media coordinator, and general “hired hand” performing many other jobs behind the scenes. Jim was also known as the local weather expert in Wilson County, always keeping an eye on the sky and warning of approaching storms or inclement weather. He also lent his voice to the Floresville Opry from its inception until COVID put a halt to the shows. Jim also enjoyed photography and spending as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. Jim was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Floresville. 

Jim is survived by his beautiful children, Linnci Helmke Angle and fiance Richard Silva and Blake Russell Helmke and his wife Bridget Penshorn Helmke; his beloved mother-in-law, Florence Baumann; loving sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kimberli and Edmond Pruski; his precious grandchildren, Kaeden Angle, Kambri Angle, Landri Helmke, Journi Helmke, Courtney Silva Thresher, Patrick Silva, and Jacob Silva; and his adoring nieces, Tiffani Vickery and husband Dwayne, and Brittani Matthews and husband Mac as well as many loving great nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his parents and his father-in-law, Henry Baumann. 

Visitation with family and friends will be held at Finch Funeral Chapel, La Vernia on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, with prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm this same evening.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022
10:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
1406 6th Street
Floresville, Texas 78114  

Pastor John Conrad will officiate the services with interment following at Floresville City Cemetery in Floresville, Texas. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1406 6th Street, Floresville, Texas 78114 or to the Floresville Academic Scholarship Fund, 1200 5th Street, Floresville, Texas 78114.

Thanks to W5OMR for informing us.  

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