New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, June 14, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
Mr. Thomas Lovett, 78, of Seguin, died June ll, 2003. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003 at First United Methodist Church in Seguin with Rev. Lon n i e Phillips and Rev. Linda Mont-gomery offi-elating; interment will follow in San Geronimo Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Goetz Funeral Home from noon until 9 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2003, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Lovett graduated from Seguin High School, where he served as captain of the football team and president of the senior class of 1947. He graduated from the University of Tfexas at Austin with a degree in sociology. He was an ensign in the Navy during WW1I in tile Pacific Theater. He graduated from Austin Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in divinity and served 25 years as a Presbyterian Minister. He earned a master’s degree1 in counseling horn Trinity University.
He devoted much of his life to youth ministry and Christian outreach. Mr. Lovett was past president of the Seguin Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a benefactor of many organizations, including tile Seguin-Guadalupe County library and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
He was president of the local chapter of the University of
Texas Ex-Students Association and member of the Sons of tile American Revolution.
His accomplishments were many, but none greater than teaching his children about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife, doll nnye Jean Weinert Lovett of Seguin; daughter, Jane Ixjvett Wells and husband, Tfer-ry, of McQueeney; son, John Weinert Lovett, and wife, CHrista, of New Braunfels; daughter. Ann Lovett Baird, of San Antonio; daughter, Mary Lovett Reiley and husband, David, of Seguin; grandchildren, Mark Lovett Wells, of Austin, Matthew Lundin WelLs. <rf Austin, Joanna Wells, of Austin. Hilary Lovett Pre-stoi i, of New York, N.Y., John Wo inert Lovett ll, of New Braunfels, James Thomas Lovett, of New Braunfels, Elizabeth I nvett Baird, of Columbia. Mo., Catherine McClelland Baird, of San Antonio, Maggie McKinley Baird, of San Antonio, Zachary Aaron Reiley, of Seguin and Hannah Beth Reiley, of Seguin; and sister. Noel Jamison, of Seguin.
Pallbearers will be Mark Lovett Wells, Matthew Lu ndin Wells, John Weinert Lovett ll, Zachary Aaron Reiley. Nicholas Scott Preston and .lames Thomas I^ovett. The family requests memor-ia I cont ributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin St., Sc^guin, 78155.
Memorial tributes can be made onlmeatwww.mem.com Ar rangements by:
C ioetz Funeral Home 713 North Austin St.
Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379-2313
is almost always smiling, is a kid-friendly kind of guy.
Evenings, he goes for walks in the neighborhood with his dog, Casper, and as many kids as wish to go along.
In his front yard, Herb has the best swing-set on the block Out back, there’s a trampoline. There are basketball hoops all over the cul-de-sac, and a faded old hopscotch course is marked out on the pavement. An old mark at the entrance of the cul-de-sac where the city cut through for an underground utility marks the play area boundary.
Betsy, who works at the tax office on Mill Street, makes the best cookies around.
His young grandson, Adam Boyce, 2, knows about the cookies. So do the older kids.
If Cindy leaves a door unlocked, the toddler will find his way over to grandpa’s, where there’s a little footstool sitting by the door so he can reach the counter to get his own cookies.
“He’s nice,’’ said grandson,. Michael Vestal, 16. “He gives us lots of things.”
“Grandpa gives us lots of cookies,” Zachary Vestal, 8, said.
“He spoils them big-time,” said Cindy of .her father’s relationship with her kids.
“Every time he drives up, the kids all come running, ‘Papa! Papa!’ He spoils us too, though,” Cindy said.
“How many people have someone living next door they know they can always count on? He has always helped us. He helps everyone. Whenever something broke, I could always count on him to fix it or find someone who could,” Cindy said.
“If the dryer’s broke, call Herb. If the car’s broke down, call Herb,” Betsy 9aid.
“I’m just really lucky to have a dad like him. I really am,” Cindy said.
A New York native whose daughters enjoy joshing him about talking like a Yankee,
Herb spent 26 years in the air force as an aircraft mechanic, retiring as a maintenance supervisor at E-9 rank — the highest enlisted grade.
He applied for a job looking after the courthouse 17 years ago and was hired by then-County Judge Fred Clark to replace a couple who cleaned the courthouse.
“When I started, it was mostly cleaning and repairing. When the new courthouse opened, we added two more people. As it went on, I picked up more responsibility for maintenance, the budget and the outside buildings and stuff like that,” Herb said.
He also gives courthouse tours.
‘I love the job, and I love the people. They’re easy to work with. Ill be 68 in July, though,” Herb said.
His plans now, he said, are to look after the grandkids — particularly in July while Cindy helps mom out at the tax office.
“He’s going to be grandpa daycare,” she said.
“I’m going to babysit. I’ll be taking them to the children’s museum, to the swimming pool and doing things with them for the summer months while school is out?” he said.
The county is looking for a replacement; and Herb will stay around until he gets one trained.
He also will put up the 4,000 Christmas lights he has traditionally hung on the courthouse each year.
“I haven’t been given a final day yet,” Herb said.
Debbie Braman, commissioners’ court office manager, said the county will find a new buildings supervisor, but it will not replace him.
‘Tm going to miss Herb. He’s a nice guy,” Braman said. ‘You can count on Herb to do anything and everything. If you need something, you call Herb. He’s a gem. He’s always there for you.”
looking into the situation, but has taken no action so far.
County Counsel Geoffrey Barr said there are two options to pursue if Brewster
doesn’t get the papers in.
Failure to comply with platting regulations is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and
up to six months in county jail. The Texas Local Government Code also allows the aggrieved county to collect costs for bringing a subdivi
sion into compliance with platting requirements.
Barr said the county also has possible civil remedies to pursue.
KELLY Lois VV. Kelly passed away J une 12,2003, in New Braunfels. Funeral service will be Reid at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Goetz Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Carl McCauley officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday from I p.m. until time of service. Interment will be held at I p.m. Monday, June 16, 2003 at Alice Cemetery in Alice, Tfexas.
She was born Feb. 29, 1908, in Velva, N.D., to Franklin Andree and Elma CL Wilson. Lois was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose family was dear to her, and she was dear to them.
Survivors include her son, Or. Henry Al Anderson Jr., and wife, Patsy; daughter, Roberta Shelton, and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Carol Engel-Rardt, and husband, Craig, Austin Anderson and wife, Him, Alice Clasen and husband, Randy, Alan Anderson, Scott Anderson and wife, Jill,
Ray B«»eson and husband, BiTja*, Susan IX'mers and husband, ( Tira, and Michael Shelter n. and wife, Heather; greatgrandchildren Brad, Kayla, M at thew, Andrew, Austin David, Will, Alex, Claire, Cl race, Hannah, Noah, Grant, ("atherine and Hailey; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Henry A. Anderson Sr; second hus-band, Aldan C. Kelly; one brot her; and two sisters.
Memorial tributes can be mad* onlux1 at www.mem.oom. Arrangements by:
€ aoetz Funeral Home, 713 N. Austin Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379-2313
Then there was his support of the integration of black students into the New Braunfels school system.
‘‘We had a black school during that period of time — 69 people and four teachers in 12 grades,” Schumann said.
Eventually, the school board closed the school, Booker T. Washington, and its students were integrated.
“I was probably a rabble rouser in the eyes of a lot of people, ” Schumann said.
He got 79 anonymous letters saying if he wanted to continue doing business in New Braunfels, he should change his attitude.
Ultimately, it cost Schumann his position on NBlSD’s Board of Trustees.
Fifteen years later he would be vindicated. In 1971, NBISD invited Schumann to appear at graduation and receive a Silver Unicorn Award.
“The reason I got it was for all the reasons I was defeated,” Schumann said. ‘Tve cherished that award.”
In 1962, Schumann’s life insurance company, Minneso-
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Oeorge Edward Robinson, 58, of New Braunfels, who passed away Friday, June 13, 2003, at Compass Hospital in San Antonio, Tfexas.
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Viewed as a political renegade, Schumann turned to the Republican Party. Once again, he found himself in the minority. He can remember a time when only nine Republicans voted in elections.
He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming the state chairman of medium and rur
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Once, he bet U.S. Sen. John Tower $5 that Tbwer would “take” Comal County. Thanks to Schumann’s work, Tower carried Comal County. The $5 bill he won still hangs on Schumann’s office wall.
Because New Braunfels had a history of being politically conservative, the Republican Party soon became the party of choice for the majority of its residents.
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told me, This is going to work. This is going to work,’" he said.
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