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Sharon Marie Haynes

Jul 29, 1946 – Nov 24, 2016

48th LSCC of Texas Memorial

Sharon Marques Haynes, 70, was born July 29, 1946 in Washington D.C., Maryland, and passed away November 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Sharon graduated High School from Incarnate Word Academy of Houston in 1964, then the University of St Thomas in 1968. A 36 year retiree from Duke Energy (nee Texas Eastern), she enjoyed being a Competition chili cook, reading, traveling across the country, and also was dedicated volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Sharon is preceded in death by her mother Lola Marques. She is survived by her Husband of 48 years, Bob Haynes; Son Edward & Wife Bridget, their son Kyle; Son John & wife Rachael, their children, Michaela, Sebaztain and Trinity. Known as FAVORITE Aunt Sharon by her Favorite nephew, Scott Quinton and Favorite nieces Missy Tidwell and Jaimie Holman and their children and grandchildren; many cousins, of which Sharon was the Favorite from the Marques Family.


Jo Ann Horton
Jun 26, 1941 – Feb 8, 2016

47th LSCC of Texas Memorial

Jo Ann Horton, 74, of Kerrville, Texas passed away in Kerrville on February 8, 2016. She was born in Greenville, Texas to John and Syble Murphy on June 26, 1941. She married Troy Richard Horton on August 24, 1968 in Houston.
Mrs. Horton had a long, successful career in writing and editing. She moved among the stars…actors, singers and even astronauts, in her capacity as Editor of Houston Monthly Magazine, and owner and editor of The Goat Gap Gazette.
She was Queen of the Chili World and always looked forward to attending the annual Terlingua Chili Cook-off.
Writing and collecting friends were her talents. From her chili friends to her card-playing friends to celebrities, including Willie Nelson, and many more, Mrs. Horton was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville, Texas on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Dietert Center in Kerrville and to the Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert – Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cook-off. Mrs. Horton has a memorial website at

Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 18, 2016


Cheryl Nelson
April 1, 1957 – August 23, 2013

Cheryl Ann Nelson was born on April 1, 1957 in Levelland, Texas the daughter of Jerry and Billie May Reed. She had been a resident of Brown County for the past 53 years. She married Bobby Nelson on June 29, 1986 in San Angelo. Cheryl currently served as Brown County Tax Assessor/Collector for the past several years having been appointed to complete a term, then elected to the office. She had previously served on the Brown County Child Welfare Board, and was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had a strong love of animals of all kinds and a passionate love of art. She loved to participate in Chili Cookoffs and attended the Ladies State Chili Cookoff for 25 years straight. She will be remembered for her smile and personality to those she met. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Nelson of Bangs a daughter, Sonja Nelson of Bangs, a son, Buck Nelson and wife Lory of Brookesmith; five grandchildren, Kelby Nelson, Victoria Nelson, Madison Brooks, Keedan Brooks and Marleigh Hardin; a sister, Pam Stockman of Bangs; her mother, Billie Eldredge of Lake Brownwood; her grandmother, Helen May of Brownwood; her aunt, Kay May of Rising Star. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Reed, her step-father, J. R. Eldredge, and Grandfather, Milt May. Cheryl passed from this life on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Brownwood at age 56.



A lifelong Texan, Nina was raised in Dallas, close to her cousins and grandmother. She married out of high school and had three children. In January of 1981, she married the love of her life, Tommy Bennett. Nina was predeceased by her mother, Doris Rees; brother, Mike; and father, W.A. Carter. Nina lived in Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wisconsin, but she came home to Texas. Nina worked as a mortgage underwriter, making friends — which she was always so good at — wherever she went. She and Tommy toured in a motorhome, going to chili cook-offs, visiting family and friends. She won first place at the Ladies’ State Competition in 2000 in Luckenbach and won awards for her beans and was famous for her banana pudding.
In her mid 50s, Nina earned an associates degree from Brookhaven College. During that time, she tutored young people in math, which she was very proud of. She also became the tallymaster for Tolbert Chili competitors, a demanding position, which she held for several years. Eventually, Nina and Tommy settled in Ingram. Again, she adapted quickly and made new friends, becoming the social director at the Ingram Oaks clubhouse. Nina loved football, University of Texas, burnt orange, cooking, her beloved dogs, Dairy Queen, mystery novels and striking up conversations with everyone she met.

She is survived by a boatload of people, including her husband, Tommy Bennett; sister, Annette Carter Anderson of Flower Mound, Texas; children, Phillip Minter of Rowlett, Texas, Donna Gallagher of Concord, Va., and Steven Minter of Magnolia, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda Gallagher of Alamogordo, N.M., Jace Gallagher of Katy, Texas, Randy Gallagher of Concord, Va., Danny Minter of Rowlett, Texas, Nikki Minter of Dallas, Texas, Krystin Owens of Porum, Okla., Jacob Minter of Houston, Texas, and Steven and Seth Minter of Magnolia, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Ellie and Ashlyn Gallagher and Brice, Alyssa and William Owens. She was raised with cousins Mary Seay and Rees Walker; Seay family; Walker family and Carter family.!/TributeWall