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Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press March 22, 2017 REEVES Joan Lorraine Reeves, age 85, of Buda, beloved daugh- ter, wife, mother, grand- mother and friend passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. She was born in Norman, Ok on Dec. 2, 1931 to Justin and Ruby Craig. She was proceeded in death by her husband C. L. Reeves, her mom Ruby and her sister Peggy. She is survived by her two sons, Steven L. Hill and Jeffrey C. Hill and wife Pam of Driftwood TX, daughter Kelly A. Carwile and husband Mike of Fredericksburg, TX, grandchildren, Clint Hill and Matthew Hill, Camaran Breshears and Carl Ann Carwile; as well as several great-grand- children and an extended family. Jo's talents spanned a variety of careers and interests that included time spent working for Senator Roy Harrington, Davis and Davis Attor- neys at Law and the Texas State Realtors Commis- sion. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, painting and playing Bunko with her friends. She will be dearly missed by not only her family but by many friends who loved her. STARLIN Jack Carroll Staflin, 83, passed away on March 3, 2017 in Seton Medical Center Hays, in Kyle, Texas, Funeral services were held March 8, 2017 at Harrell Funeral Home, Kyle. Burial followed at Live Oak Cemetery in Man- chaca, Texas. Jack Starlin was born in Winfield, Kansas on Octo- ber 21, 1933. He married Roberta Jean Thomason on Sept. 28, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1968, retiring after 20 years of service. He was awarded Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War medal, United Nations Service medal. He became a Cer- tified Peace Officer and worked for Capitol Police until retirement. He was Post Master and member of Live Oak Lodge 304 in Kyle, Texas. Jack is survived by Roberta J. Starlin, chil- dren Robert E. Starlin, Patricia J. Stephens, Chris A. Starlin and spouse Lisa, Dean A. Starlin and spouse Lavin. He had 10 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Pallbearers were Chris Starlin, Dean Starlin, Eric Starlin, Andrew Starlin, Andrew Starlin, Jr. and Lane Starlin. Honorary pallbearers included Ja- son Byrd Starlin, Damian Martinez Starlin and Jack Starlin. Donations to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children may be made in lieu of flowers at www. Please visit www.Har- to share a fond memory, photograph, or condo- lence with Jack's family on his online memorial site. WILKES Bette Jean Wilkes, loving mother, grand- mother, great- grand- mother and master gar- dener, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Hays Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Marcos, TX. She was 91 years old. Bette was born Feb. 1, 1926 to Frank B. and Edna (Hodgkins) Neel in Albuquerque New Mexico. Bette was a seamstress by trade but her passion and talents revolved around gardening. She was a master gardener, taught gardening to elementary school age children and worked with the city of Albuquerque in land development and conservation. She was always busy. She helped establish the South Valley's Growers Market and was known as the "Gourd Lady" because of her painting of gourds which she sold at the market in Albuquerque. Bette loved being outdoors. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Bette had a great sense of humor which she maintained throughout her diagnosis of dementia. She was always cracking jokes and delighted her physicians. Bette was preceded in death by her husbands; Robert LeRoy Deering Sr. in 1982 and Perry Wilkes in 2006. She was also predeceased by her siblings; Walter Neel, Mildred Foster and Ray Neel. Bette is survived by her son Robert LeRoy Deering, Jr, his wife Mary, her grandchildren Andrea Deering, Glen Deering and his wife Rebbecca. She will also be missed by her great- grandchildren Ryan Deering, Sean Deering, Catherine Deering, Marie Bernadette Deering, Gabriel Deering and Monica Deering. Friends and family were invited to Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle on March 16, 2017 for calling hours and a rosary service. A memorial mass was held March 17, 2017 at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda. Interment of her cremated remains followed at Assumption Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or to their favorite charity. Please visit www. Harrellfuneralhomes. com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Bette's family on her online memorial site. Texas History Continued from pg. 1C to-face talks about the Santa Fe prisoners. The two must have hit it off because in a matter of weeks every American was homeward bound. Freedom for those captives with Texas addresses took much longer, but in time they too were released. In September 1842, Mexican troops struck San Antonio for the second time in six months. They stayed only long enough to massacre a small force commanded by Nicholas Dawson and to take three dozen civilians back across the border as human trophies. Upwards of 500 Texans gave chase, but the raiders beat them to the Rio Grande. Most turned back, but the rest kept going and fought a Christmas Day battle with Mexican regulars in the border town of Mier. Running low on food, water and ammunition, 176 capitulated in the mistaken belief they would be treated as prisoners-of-war. Their captors went back on their word - if, in fact, it was ever given - and orders were issued from on high for their execution as bandits. As soon as Waddy Thompson learned of the imminent mass murder, he hurried to the office of the foreign minister. The official running the show in Santa Anna's absence refused to hear him out. "They are not American citizens, and you have no right to interpose on their behalf." "They are human beings and prisoners-of- war!" Thompson retorted. "It is the right and duty of all nations to see that Mexico does not violate the principles and usages of civilized warfare." But the foreign minister would not budge. "Then, sir, shoot them as soon as you choose," said Thompson rising to his feet. "But let me tell you that if you do you will at once involve a much more powerful enemy than Texas." His parting words changed history and saved lives. The death decree was amended to spare nine out of every ten Texans. The condemned were selected Upwards of 500 Texans gave chase, but the raiders beat them to the Rio Grande. Most turned back, but the rest kept going and fought a Christmas Day battle with Mexican regulars in the border town of Mier. by lot with the unlucky drawing infamous black beans. Thompson spent his last 14 months in Mexico City lobbying for better conditions for the Mier prisoners and negotiating for their eventual release. Two weeks after submitting his resignation, he paid a final call on Santa Anna. After exchanging pleasantries, Thompson asked "The Napoleon of the West" what he planned to do with the 36 Texans kidnapped in San Antonio a year and a half earlier. "Do you intend to keep them always?" The persuasive southerner gradually wore down Santa Anna, until he finally asked for the names of the prisoners the visitor wanted let go. ' Ml of them," Thompson answered. "How can I distinguish between men, all strangers to me personally, whose cases are in all respects the same, and why should you?" Waddy Thompson left Mexico a few days later with 36 very happy and very grateful Texans. 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