Retired MSG (P) Phillip S. Brown, 81 of Lampasas died May 27, 2018 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. He was born 26 May 1937 in Elberta, AL and grew up in Pensacola, FL. He graduated high school in 1955 and joined the U.S. Army, where he served 22 years. He was extremely successful and highly decorated. His career was in Army recruiting where he was the honor graduate at recruiting school.
After retirement he worked as a civilian intelligence officer with III Corps at Ft. Hood for 25 years. He was awarded the Knowlton Award (named after Gen. George Washington’s Intelligence Officer, LTC Knowlton). Phil retired from civil service as a GS-12. Being a gifted speaker allowed him to serve as Chief Instructor for Security Managers Training at Ft. Hood. He was also a lay reader at several Episcopal Churches, including St. Mary’s in Lampasas
where the family attended. He was an avid gardener, reader and cook. He married Ann Crawford in 1988 and had lived in the area for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Brown of Lampasas; daughters, Tulisha Wendele (Paul) of Lampasas and Robin Nickell of Leander; grandchildren, Travis Carson (Kabrina), Abbie Carson, Kaleb Nickell and Cole Nickell and a great-grandchild, Tate Carson; stepsons, Cecil Milton Crawford III (Ann) and Robert Wells Crawford (Leticia). Step-grandchildren include Taylor, Caitlin, Robert Jr., Crystal, Brandon. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters and granddaughter, Allison Carson. A funeral service will be Friday June 1st at 10am at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lampasas. Burial will be Monday June 4th at 11am at Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen. Sneed Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Mary Gonzales Castro, 77 of Lampasas died May 27, 2018 with her loving husband and children by her side. She was born July 2, 1940 in Lampasas, TX to Bernabe and Basilia Gonzales.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Phillip, Joseph, Lee, Martin, Nacho and Ben Gonzales. She met her husband of 45 years, Ramon Castro Sr. at a dance and they were married June 30, 1973. Mary and Ramon enjoyed spending time together with family and gardening. She was also a homemaker for over 45 years.
She is survived by her husband Ramon Castro Sr. Daughter, Estella Castro Perez Sons; Ramon Castro Jr. Roberto Castro Grandchildren; Angelica Perez, Isaac and Luis Castro Great-grandchild, Felipe Valles Sister, Adela Miller and many nieces and nephews Rosary will be recited Friday June 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Mass will be Saturday June 2, 2018 at 10:000 a.m. at ST. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. She was very loved and will be missed greatly. Sneed Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.