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William Kelly McKnight
McKnight's Wrecker Service
Arlington, TX

William Kelly McKnight, 87, died peacefully at home on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, at First Baptist Church, 300 South Center St., Arlington, Dr. Charles Wade and Wayne Ogle officiating. Interment: Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Kelly was born April 6, 1925, to Will A. McKnight and Mabel Kelly McKnight. The McKnight family was a pioneer Arlington family, as his great-grandmother and her six children moved from East Texas to Johnson Station in 1869.

Kelly graduated from Arlington High School in 1943. He joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served his country in Saipan during World War II. After returning home from the war in 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Rebecca Farmer. He opened his first gas station in 1948 and bought his first wrecker in 1958 which started Kelly McKnight Wrecker Service. In 1965 he moved to his current location. He served as president and was active in the business until 2005. He also supported the towing industry on a state and national level through TTSA and TRAA where he served in numerous capacities. Kelly was a member of First Baptist Church of Arlington for over 60 years.

Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Mabel McKnight; sister, Peggy Simmons; brother, Tom McKnight; and grandson, William Kyle McKnight.
Survivors: His wife of 65 years, Rebecca; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca A. and Hershey Muse of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, William E. "Bill" and Becky McKnight of Mansfield; granddaughter, LeighAnn and husband, Toby Yeary of Mansfield; great-grandchildren, Sembree Lynn Yeary and Will Ryan Blake Yeary of Mansfield; sister, Ann Truver of Arlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wade Family Funeral Home
Arlington, 817-274-9233


Charles Thomas Ketner
Midway Wrecker Service
Kerrville, TX

Memorial services for Charles Thomas Ketner, 32, of Boerne, will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 22nd at the Christian Temple Church in Colorado City. Mr. Ketner passed away January 18th.

 Charles was born in Caldwell, Idaho on May 5, 1978. He had graduated from Colorado City High School. Charles had worked in the oil fields near Big Spring, as well as with his father at PJ’s Wrecker Service in Colorado City. He had also been employed by Midway Wrecker Service in Kerrville, San Antonio and Boerne. His hobbies included listening to music and cooking barbeque.

 Survivors include his parents, Charlotte Ann (Couch) and Patrick Jay Crow of Colorado City; two sons, Jayden Ketner of Boerne and Charles “CJ” Ketner of Nixon; one daughter, Hailey Ketner of Seguin; three sisters, Tonya Cooper of Colorado City, Gigitte Taft of Boerne, and Christina Bolt of Colorado City; two grandfathers, Charles Thomas Couch of Caldwell, Idaho and Jim Crow of Pokatello, Idaho; two grandmothers, Betty Darnell of Loraine and Sherry LeDuc of Caldwell, Idaho; six nieces and nephews; and one great nephew.

Ronald M. Jett
Pat Gray Towing & Recovery
Big Spring, TX
Ronald M. Jett, 57, of Big Spring, died March 17, 2011, in Noloan County. Funeral services 2:00 PM, March 22, 2011, Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Visitation 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, March 21, 2011, at the funeral home. Survivors: Wife, Linda Jett, Big Spring; sons, Ronnie Jett, Chris Jett and wife, Falisa all of Big Spring; daughters, Elizabeth Ford and husband, Michael of Apache Junction, Arizona, Tobi Brim and husband, Justin of Big Spring; thirteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers; three sisters; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on March 20, 2011

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