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OBITUARY: Earl Woodrow Layfield, 97, of Kingsland dies Jan. 31, 2014

Earl Woodrow Layfield, 97, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away Jan. 31, 2014. He was born to James R. and Katie M. (Moseley) Layfield on Oct. 21, 1916, in Corsicana, Texas.

Mr. Layfield was an aircraft and rocket mechanic for Lockheed in the early days of aviation and commercial rocketry, which became the forerunner for the Gemini Manned Space Missions. He was involved with the first commercial rockets being launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Earl retired to Texas and enjoyed playing bridge. He was a deacon in the Kingsland Community Church. He was married to Esther for more than 60 years before her passing just a month ago.

He was a true Texas gentleman and a wonderful uncle and father-in-law.

Earl is survived by his son-in-law, Charles Archer of Kingsland; nephews Ted Lockwood and wife Michele of Purcellville, Va., Bruce Tatters and wife Michelle of Ontario, Canada, and Doug Tatters of Ontario, Canada; nieces Marlene Gilmour of Ontario, Priscilla Markgraf and husband Ken of Sunrise Beach, Patsy Condon of Santa Maria, Calif., Gail Frederickson and husband Curt of Los Altos, Calif., Cindy Bates and husband David of Ontario, Beverly Lockwood of Ontario and Betty Dow of Ontario; and foster daughters, Karren Vasquez and Patricia Burrell of California.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Archer; nephew David Lockwood; niece Jane Andrews; and brothers and sisters, Willie Mae Layfield Brunette, Eula Estella Layfield Clark, Noel Austin Layfield, Maudie Lue Layfield Jones, Wilmont Tesson Layfield, Ruby Pearl Layfield Pemberton, Thelma Leona Layfield Jones, James Riley Layfield, Minnie Moseley Layfield Quattlebaum, Minton Moseley Layfield, Dennis Hamilton Layfield, Denton Cleburn Layfield and Mary Florence Layfield Graham.

A funeral service was Feb. 5 at Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008, with the Rev. Dick West officiating. Interment followed at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet.

An online guest register may be signed at www.putnamcares.com.