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Obituaries


 

William “Bill” Mock

William “Bill” Mock, 58, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Childress.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 14, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Ronnie Shoffner and Dr. Craig Darter officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 3-5 p.m.

Bill was born on Jan. 24, 1956 in Childress to Charles and Mary Helen (White) Mock. A lifetime resident of Childress, he was a Class of 1974 graduate of Childress High School. He married Patty Atchley on June 20, 1975 in Childress.

Bill enjoyed playing dominoes and golf. When the weather was nice, you could find him sitting on the back patio and drinking red wine. In recent years, he also loved making daily trips to the grocery store. He was a fun-loving person who enjoyed making people laugh and enjoy life. Most of all, Bill loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

He was a member of the Childress Country Club and of Elks Lodge #1113.

Memorials may be made to the Childress Elks Lodge #1113, 800 21st St. Nw, Childress, TX 79201

Survivors include his wifePatty Mock of Childress; daughter Lindsey Mock and spouse, Kelly Crouch of Childress; son Kyle Mock and wife, Jindy of Childress; brother Chuck Mock and wife, Sue, of Conroe; sister Diana Garrett and husband, Skeet, of Houston and four grandchildren, Kyla Mock, Keely Mock, Kayden Mock and Kensi Mock a niece, Lynna Hejl of Huntsville and two great nieces.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.



Mary Faye (Hamilton) Cooper


On the morning of April 11, 2014, Mary Faye (Hamilton) Cooper, at age 101, and was reunited in heaven with her Savior and many loved ones who have gone on before.

Services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Trey Morgan, Minister of Childress Church of Christ, officiating . Burial will be in Childress Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Faye was born on November 11, 1912 in Haskell, TX, a daughter to the late Dudley W. and Evie (McClain) Hamilton. She was raised on the family farm in Haskell County, and graduated high school in Rochester, Texas. She married Joe L. Cooper on January 1, 1933, and they were married for 58 years. Faye has lived in Childress since 1942. She was a homemaker, and was the oldest member of the Childress Church of Christ at the time of her passing.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Joe L. Cooper, Son-Joe W. Cooper and Great-Great-Granddaughter- Emma Kay Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice and Childress Church of Christ.

Survivors include: a daughter Rebbeca Cooper York and husband Jack of Wichita Falls; a son, John D. Cooper and wife, Robyn of Childress; four grandchildren: Robin Cooper O’Neal and husband, Steven; DeAnn M. York, Scott M. York, John Eric Cooper; three step-grandchildre: Stacey Carachure, Justin Cory, Victorea Pickle; three great-grandchildren - Natalie O’Neal Mitchell, Nicholas O’Neal, and Malorie M. Dickey.




Glen Dair Bowman

MEMPHIS – Services for Mr. Glen Dair Bowman, of Memphis, were held on April 12 at Church of Christ in Memphis. with Minister Mark Lance and Bro. Dale Miller, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Memphis under the direction of Peppers Family Funeral Home in Memphis.

Mr. Bowman, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Amarillo.

Mr. Glen Dair Bowman was born August 6, 1923, to the late Mr. Carl B. Bowman and Mrs. Quay Virginia (Bruce) Bowman in Hulver,. He attended elementary school in Hulver and attended high school in Estelline.

Glen married Georgia Nichols on January 18, 1950 in Childress. He served in the United States Army. He retired from the Ft Worth and Denver Railroad. He also worked as a farmer. Glen was a member of the Church of Christ in Memphis.

The following is a letter from Lt. Col. Robert E. O’Brien Jr. on March 7, 1945:

“It is a pleasure and a privilege to send you the enclosed citation which your son received when he was awarded the Bronze Star.” The citation reads, Sergeant Glen D. Bowman 38342655, 38th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), United States Arm. For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 7 March 1945, near Vischel, Germany.

As his platoon closed on the center of a German town, Sergeant Bowman, a tank commander, noticed an enemy machine gun firing from the far end of the village. Realizing that this gun would cause considerable causalities if not neutralized at once, Sergeant Bowman ordered his squad to dismount and to follow him under cover. He manned the anti-aircraft gun on his tank and launched a daring attack against the position.

Although the enemy was heavily armed with Panze –fausts, the speed and boldness of Sergeant Bowman’s attack did not allow fire to be delivered upon his tank. He over-ran and killed the enemy machine runner after which he directed his driver inside a country yard to force the remainder of the enemy to surrender.

The continued fire of his machine gun forced the enemy to flee into the street where they were captured by the dismounted men of his squad. The heroic action of Sergeant Bowman vitally assisted the remainder of his platoon in the successful attack on the town. Such action reflects great credit upon Sergeant Bowman and upon the United States Army.

Glen is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia May Bowman on January 11, 2012, sister, Del Ray House, brother, C.B. (Buster) Bowman.

Mr. Bowman is survived by his two sons, Billy Bowman of Lefors; Thomas Tippett and wife, Sonia of Memphis; 2 daughters, Linda Huddleston of Memphis and Debbie Wiles and husband, Gerald of Memphis, 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, a twin sister, May Fair Barnet of Albuquerque, NM;

The family request memorials be sent to Church of Christ Memphis, 1625 N 18th St, 79245.

You may send condolences online at www.peppersfuneralhome.com




Alice C. Musgrove

Alice C. Musgrove, 83, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Childress.

Alice Musgrove was born on April 23, 1930 to Walter Price and Lucille (Street) Price in Childress.
She was a registered nurse.

Private interment was held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Alice was preceded in by her parents, one brother and one sister.

Survivors include a son Doug Musgrove of Childress; husband Wade Musgrove of Childress; son Phillip Musgrove and wife Suzie of Childress; daughter Mina West and husband David of Wichita Falls; son Doug Musgrove and wife Terry of Childress; five grandchildren, Kelly Gardner and husband Mike, Suzanne Ellis and husband Rusty, Tiffany Youell and husband Brad, Dana Friel and husband Kris and Alicia Hunter and husband Justin; and 12 great grandchildren, Lauren Voss, Payton Barnes, Mason Ellis, Joshua Ellis, Jordan Musgrove, Kaden Hunter, Makenna Gardner, Alex Friel, Landry Hunter, Zane Youell, Harper Hunter and “Baby” Friel.
Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.



Margaret Boykin


Margaret Boykin, 87, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Childress.

Services were held Monday, March 31, 2014 in First Baptist Church of Childress with Kerry Wood officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Margaret was born Feb. 8, 1927 in Hereford to Fred and Nola Musgrove.

She was a member of the Bridge Club for over 40 years and was an avid golfer.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, W.J. Boykin.

Survivors Include daughter, Brenda Brown and husband Tommy, of Paducah; son David Boykin and wife Missy of Vernon; five grandchildren, Robert Stotts of Childress, Kara Bottom and husband Brad of Cheyenne, Okla., Jodi Yoakum and husband Will of Raydon, Texas, Tanner Brown and wife Heather of Fort Worth, Josh Brown of Wichita Falls; six great grandchildren, Taylor Brown, Hadley Brown, Sydney Bottom, Sealey Bottom, Kyler Hickman, Gentry Yoakum; two sisters, Freddie Sue Howard of Childress and Mary Lou McCord of Seymour; brother-in-law Troy Boykin and wife Pat of Childress and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.




Dannie Tiffin

Dannie Tiffin, 62 of Childress, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Childress Church of Christ with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating. Burial followed in Quitaque Cemetery with Stuart Smith, Pastor of Turkey Church of Christ, officiating.

Dannie was born on Feb. 18, 1952 in Plainview, Texas to Joe Henry and Pauline (Speiker) Tiffin. He married Keitha Beck on Feb. 27, 1986.

Dannie was a hard worker, a caring and giving person, and was always willing to lend a hand to help someone. A wealth of knowledge on many subjects, others looked to him when they had a question, problem, or were just in need of an uplifting conversation because he loved to talk and listen. He was a great person to be around, fun-loving, and never met a stranger.

A collector of many things, he loved old cars, guns, auctions, cooking and making dishes from his garden, was a wine connoisseur, and playing golf. Loved by all who knew him, Dannie was especially dear to the Childress Elks Lodge #1113 and the Childress Country Club where he was a member. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend and left behind a legacy of love and friendship.

He was preceded in death by one brother, J.P. Tiffin, and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Keitha, of the home; three sons, Randy and wife, Kelli, and John and wife, Holly, all of Amarillo; and Artumus and wife, Christeena, of Port Orchard, Wash.; one sister, Peggie Wilkerson of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Johnny Tiffin of Silverton; and seven grandchildren, Tyler, Aleshia, Tate, Amberly, Tanner, Marshall and Viveann.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284- 1125 or to the Childress Elks Lodge #1113, 800 21st Street NW, Childress, TX 79201.




Oleta Statham

Oleta Statham, 81, died Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Chad King officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.
Oleta Faye Statham was born on June 9, 1932 in Childress County to Pierce Ben and Roxie Faye Heckathorn Snider.

Oleta worked at Royal Park Sewing Factory, Lancer Mobile Homes and Watkins for many years. She grew up running a dairy farm where she learned to milk cows. Oleta graduated from Childress High School. She loved to bake sweets. Oleta was known as “E” to her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gene Statham, two brothers, Linus Snider and J.D. Snider and sister Frankie Weatherly.

Survivors include two sons, Rusty Statham and wife Lennie of Wellington and David Statham and wife Donna of Childress; daughter, Ann Statham of Childress; sister, Sherry McKelvey and husband Mike of Macallister, Okla.; and four grandchildren, Scott Statham, Shane Statham and Will Statham all of Childress and Jay Statham of Wellington; and sister-in-law Gladys Morgan of Greenville, Tenn.



James L. “Jimmy” Kuhn


CLARENDON — James L. “Jimmy” Kuhn, 92, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 in Amarillo.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Clarendon with Don Stone, officiating. Burial followed in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Jimmy Kuhn was born Oct. 20, 1921 in Breckenridge, Texas to James L. and Fostina Gude Arrington Kuhn. He married Armenta Mathers on July 17, 1941 at Albany, Texas. Mr. Kuhn had served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a veteran of World War II. Jimmy graduated from Texas Tech with a civil engineering degree and was in a corps of engineers that built Army bases and water dams. His engineer corps engineered and established Greenbelt Lake and the pipeline for the communities that the lake would serve. Jimmy moved from Childress to Clarendon in 1968 to serve as the General Manager at Greenbelt Municipal and Industrial Water Authority. Mr. Kuhn had also served as mayor of the City of Clarendon and was a member of the Clarendon Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pat Kuhn on Dec. 3, 2012; a son, James L. Kuhn, Jr.; and a daughter Patricia Harris.

Survivors include a son, Robert Kuhn and wife Kay of Amarillo; a brother Bill Alexander and his wife Lea of Tuscola, Texas; seven grandchildren, Jim D. Harris, Christie Lee Schmelter, Tony Kuhn, Renee Thompson, Kelcy Williams, Brandon Kuhn, Devin Kuhn; 17 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

The family request that memorials be made to Turn Center, 1250 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Sign the online guest book at www.RobertsonFuneral. com.




Andrew Edward Trammel

Andrew Edward Trammel, 93, passed away on March 28, 2014 in Olathe, Kan.

Andrew was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Quanah to Henry and Vanita Trammel. Andrew married Laverne Yandell on Dec. 25, 1951, and they made their home in Fort Worth for 32 years and Childress for 18 years before moving to Olathe, Kan. in 2003. Andrew served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a Master Seargent.

He is survived by his son Andrew M. Trammel and wife Caroline of Olathe, Kan. and one step-son Joe Trammel and wife Glenda of Cordell, Okla., three grandchildren Abby and her husband Kellan, Evan and Brad, one great-granddaughter Amelia Joy, one step-grand daughter Kelly, and one-step great-grand-daughter Shyanne. He is also survived by his sisters Laverta Mahan and Stella Mahan. Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne, and his parents.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. To leave a message for the family, please visit www. Penwellgabelolathe.com 



Delfina “Del” Villarreal


Delfina “Del” Villarreal, age 38 of Childress, passed away on March 25, 2014 in Wichita Falls.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronnie Shoffner, officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Rosary will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel.

Delfina was born August 26, 1975 in Wellington, Texas to Guadalupe Villarreal, Sr. and wife, Candelaria Gonzalez Villarreal. She was a very outgoing person who loved to talk. Del loved the outdoors and loved to dance. She was always cheerful, and you would never see her without a smile.

Delfina was preceded in death by her father, Guadalupe Villarreal, Sr.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Chadwick of Childress; son, Paul Allin Walker of Childress; husband, Jeffrey Chadwick of Childress; her mother, Candelaria Villarreal of Childress; sister, Gracie Sanchez and husband, Ruben, of Lubbock; brother, Daniel Villarreal and wife, Betty, of Lubbock; sister, Delia Thomas and husband, Randy, of Wellington; brother, David Villarreal and wife, Mary, of Childress; Brother, Guadalupe Villarreal, Jr. and wife, Alice, of Childress; sister, Celia Castillo of Lubbock; sister, Christella Vasquez and husband, Ricky, of Childress; and 20 nieces and nephews. 




Dominga “Wella” Hernandez


Dominga “Wella” Hernandez, 91, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Amarillo.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 in Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father David Contreras officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Dominga was born on Dec. 20, 1922 in Gonzales, Texas to Ramon and Francisca (Gonzales) Vitella. She loved to cook for everyone, and if you came to her house you had to eat. Her house was always open, and you could expect a pot of beans to be cooking if you told her you were coming to visit.

Dominga loved people and her family, and loved for everyone to call her “Wella.” She also liked to crochet, knit and quilt. An avid gardener, she loved to work in her yard and garden, and had the most beautiful yard around. Dominga was also a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Dominga was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two daughters, three grandsons and one great-grandson.

Survivors include seven sons: Frank of Amarillo, Joe of Childress, Mike of Childress, Johnny and wife Vivian of Collinsville, Bobby and wife Patricia of Childress, Raymond of Collinsville and Charlie of Collinsville; three daughters: Rosie Abrego and husband David of Collinsville, Mary Ragsdale of Collinsville, and Betty Hernandez of Gainesville; 35 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-grandchildren.




Robert Johnson

Funeral services for Robert Johnson, 79, were held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at The First United Methodist Church with Johnny Robertson and Lou Ellerbrook officiating. Burial was in the Childress Cemetery.

Robert L. Johnson was born on Feb. 25, 1935 Callahan County to Ruby and Lewis Johnson. He married Shirley Saverance on Sept. 5, 1953. Robert worked for West Texas Utitlies for 41 years retiring at the age of 59.

Robert served as President in many organizations which included Bobcat Boosters, Greenbelt Bowl and the Hughes Bible Class at the First Methodist Church. Robert was a Christian man and loved his church family. Robert had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. He and his hunting buddies remained good friends through the years.

He loved his family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all living in Childress. He was a loving husband, father, and Papa. Robert would help anyone who needed help. He loved his little dog Jax.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Johnson; one son, Larry and his wife Sharon; two daughters, Becky Barley and husband Tony; Glenda Cribbs and husband Bud; eight grandchildren, Landon Johnson, Larin Boles, Toby Barley, Brooke Baize, Bradley Cribbs, Reese Cribbs, Zach Pierce and Mallorye Pierce and 10 great-grandchildren, Maddi Bryant, Hayden Cribbs, Addi Baize, Laney Johnson, Max Boles, Jaidee Cribbs, Gavin Navarrette, Gunner Pierce, Casey Martin, and Cole Martin.




Kenneth Ray Neighbors

Kenneth Ray Neighbors, 53, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Lubbock.

Memorial service was held Monday, March 17 at the Fair Park Amphitheater, with Randy Wilson officiating and Kerry Wood assisting.

Kenneth was born Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1960 in Childress to Al and Marolyn Neighbors.

Kenneth loved his family and lived his life to the fullest. Survivors include his wife Tammy, daughter Nicole Murdock and husband Corey, and son Craig and wife Nichoel; grandchildren Jocelyn, Riley, Christian, Zeth, Arison, Aeryn and Rachelle; parents Al and Marolyn Neighbors; brothers Lynn, H.T. “Travis, and John and families.

In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www. woundedwarriorproject.org or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.



Jerry William McLain


Jerry William McLain, 73, of Stephenville passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 in Fort Worth. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 11, at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Gardens of Memory cemetery.

Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

Jerry was born on March 21, 1940 in Anna to the late Jessie William and Aldine Polston McLain. He married Nancy McDaniel on September 5, 1958 in Childress. Jerry was retired and had worked for Shell Oil for over 25 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Keith McLain; daughter, Lisa and husband Ken Lyon; grandsons, Ryan McLain and Christian Lyon; sister Christine and husband, Robert Henson, numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.



John Alfred Miller

Family will have a private burial at a later date, per John’s request, for Mr. John Alfred Miller of Estelline,.

Arrangements are under the direction of Peppers Family Funeral Home in Memphis, Mr. John Alfred Miller, 66, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 in after a lengthy illness.

John was born on July 22, 1947 in Fort Worth, to Vernice Ellis Miller and Frances Juanita Middleton Miller and was raised in Breckenridge. He attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls and enjoyed a 32-year career in telecommunications at Southwestern Bell/AT&T in Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth.

John married the love of his life, Rene Pardue Miller on June 3, 1988.

Mr. Miller is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Harold Miller and James Miller.

Mr. John is survived by his his wife, Rene Miller of Estelline; 3 sons, John Miller of Richardson, , Frank Miller of Dallas, Brad Proffitt of Haslet; 2 daughters, Ginger Nichter of Aubrey, Belle Thomas of Tyler; 12 grandchildren; and a host of friends and former co-workers.

The family suggest memorials be sent to Estelline Cemetery Association, PO Box 32, Estelline, Texas 79233; The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, Texas 75231; or a favorite charity.

You may send condolences online at www.peppersfuneralhome.com




Nancy Jean Henry Rothwell

Nancy Jean Henry Rothwell, 82, of Pampa, passed on to meet the Lord, Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Pampa at Coronado Healthcare Center.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa followed by a funeral service at Highland Baptist Church of Pampa at 4:00 pm, with Pastor Paul Nachtigall of Highland Baptist and by Pastor Clint Henry of Central Valley Baptist Church of Meridian, Idaho, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Nancy was born December 14, 1931 in Pampa to John and Ruby Whelchel. She was a graduate of Pampa High School and resided in Pampa, Borger, Childress and once again Pampa. She worked at Wilson Drug of Pampa during her early years and later at the Childress hospital. For a number of years she was a bookkeeper/receptionist at Earl Henry’s Wheel Alignment in Pampa. She attended the Methodist Church of Childress, Texas and was most recently a member of Highland Baptist Church of Pampa.

She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her life was devoted to her family, and she left no doubt that they were her priority. She was full of God’s love and was someone you would never forget. She loved to cook and make quilts, and certainly possessed the gift of giving. Nancy will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and neighbors whose days she always brightened.

Survivors include her two married sons, Curtiss and Mary Henry of Pampa, Clint and Jeannette Henry of Meridian, Idaho, their father Earl Henry of Pampa; five granddaughters, Kelsey Henry of Pampa, Kristen Wyatt, Kinsey Henry, Kimberly Cumby, and Kara Boone and their husbands all in Idaho; and seven great grandchildren (so far all girls); one sister and her husband, Sandy and Doug Brown of McKinney, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Bill Rothwell of Childress, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Home Health, 2217 Perryton Parkway Pampa, Texas 79065, or to Highland Baptist Church, 1301 N Banks Pampa, Texas 79065. To God be the glory!

Sign the on-line guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com 


Delmer Jackson


Delmer Jackson, 62, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Tennessee Colony.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Childress Cemetery with Don McFarland officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Delmer Ray Jackson was born on March 21, 1951 in Childress, Texas to Delmer “Buster” and Mildred Jackson. He was a loving brother and father, and was a good man.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include a son, Steven Jackson, of Amarillo; a daughter, Judy Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pa. a brother, Billy Jackson of Childress and two grandsons, Bryan Allen and Robert Allen.




Johnny Thomas


Johnny Thomas, 67, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in Childress.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Childress Church of Christ with Trey Morgan and Charlie Johnston officiating. Graveside followed in Northfield Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Johnny Keith Thomas was born on Sept. 23, 1946 in Childress to Alan L. and Wilma Bethany Thomas. Johnny loved God, his church and his old white pick-up truck. His favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting and golf and he was the Bobcats’ biggest fan. His favorite sport teams were the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, depending on the season.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Soundra Thomas, and his brother and sister-in-law Joe and Lola May Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, Okla. 73550 or to the Northfield Cemetery Association, C/O Betty Simpson, 1712 FM 94A, Northfield, Texas 79201.

Survivors include: two daughters, Clessie LeMay and husband Chad of Platte City, Mo. and Sarah King and husband Kyle of Edmond, Okla.; three grandchildren, Legen Belcher, Braylee Belcher and Jaylen Belcher all of Edmond, Okla.; a sister, Jerry Miller of Northfield; two nephews, Shade Miller and wife Sharla of Kingsman, Texas and Shane Miller of Northfield; a niece, Shanna Scott of Albuquerque, N.M.; one great nephew and five great nieces; four cousins, Teddy Hightower and wife Raydell of Childress, Rusty Favor and wife Debra of Childress; Michael Worthington and wife Nola of Childress and Gary Hightower and wife Karen of Midland; an aunt, Jessie Faye Thomas of Amarillo; two step grandchildren, Callie King and Zachary King of Edmond, Okla. and numerous other cousins.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.




Gene Klapper

Gene Klapper, 68, died Feb. 23, 2014. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Worship Center with Ronnie Shoffner officiating. Private burial will be at the Goodlett Cemetery.

Phillip Eugene Klapper was born March 15, 1945 in Quanah to Phillip and Minnie Klapper. He attended school in Quanah and also served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rhonda and a sister Dorothy Goodson.

Survivors include a daughter, Angie Husband of Childress; a son, Phil Klapper of Afghanistan; two brothers, Billy Klapper and wife Roberta of Pampa and Joe Klapper, and wife Brenda of Amarillo; a sister, Johnnie Taylor of Vernon and four grandchildren.




Byrda Mae Woodard

Byrda Mae Woodard, 73, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Abilene. Her funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 24 in the First Baptist Church Chapel, Abilene with interment following in Elmwood Memorial Park.

Byrda was born in Childress, Texas on April 7, 1940 where she grew up and graduated from high school. She married Floyd Woodard on March 20, 1971. She worked for Lone Star Gas for 33 years in both Childress and Wichita Falls before moving to Abilene in 1995 where she worked several years at Hardin- Simmons University. Byrda was a loving Christian wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed researching her family’s genealogy and doting on and spoiling her granddaughters.

Survivors include her husband Floyd Woodard of Abilene; her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Jennifer Woodard of Abilene; her granddaughters, London, Mollie and Emmerson Woodard; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her parents Jess and Lena Vandiver and her brother, Wendall Vandiver preceded her in death.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www. elmwoodfuneral.com 


Kenneth Charles Moore


Kenneth Charles Moore, 88, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Estelline. Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in First Baptist Church of Memphis with Anthony Knowles officiating and Nick Moore and Ronnie Shoffner assisting.

Kenneth was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Roby to C.H. (Charlie) and Emma Stuart Moore. He was seventh of 11 siblings. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. He married Evelene Boen on May 22, 1950 in Roby. He was a farmer, rancher and cowboy.

Kenneth and Evelene moved to Estelline in 1963 with their five children. He and Evelene moved to Phillips Ranch in Valmora, New Mexico in 1976 until 1985 then moved back to Estelline. They moved to Bell Ranch, New Mexico in 1989 until 1999 then back to Estelline again where they lived surrounded by children and family. He had a love for gardening and had a skill of growing anything bigger and better. He grew a state fair champion cabbage while working on the Bell Ranch. Most of all he loved to be with his children, family and friends he had met throughout his long life. He was a great storyteller and had an exceptional memory of his childhood, family and life experiences to the very end. He was a member of the Estelline Baptist Church.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Evelene in April of 2009; a grandson Shawn in November of 1979, as well as, four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Moore of Estelline, Charlie Moore and wife Cindy of Estelline, Vernon Moore and wife Connie of Childress; two daughters, Vickie Ferguson and husband Richard of Estelline and Cindy Osborn and husband Alfred of Amarillo; two brothers, Kyle Moore of Roby and Neil Moore of Sweetwater; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals. net.




Juanita (Ortiz) Macias

Juanita (Ortiz) Macias, 90, a longtime resident of Hollis, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at her home in Hollis with many family members by her side.

Juanita was born in Alamo, Texas on Aug. 29, 1923 to parents, Ladislado and Rafaila (Gonzales) Ortiz. On Aug. 12, 1940 Juanita married Jose Macias in Alamo, Texas and they raised a beautiful family and were married for over 50 years before Jose’s death on Jan. 1, 1993. Throughout her years in Hollis, Juanita cleaned houses for several ladies and was custodian at Stockman’s Bank and she also worked at the Headstart when it first opened in Hollis. Juanita was very active with her membership at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hollis. She, along with others, worked very hard at getting Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church built, and she even had Mass Services in her own home until a proper location was built. She also was very important to the church in keeping it maintained as long as she was able to. Juanita enjoyed gardening, sewing, driving the tractor, babysitting and spending time with her grandchildren, and taking care of her church and her family, and she will be missed very much.

Preceded in death by her husband Jose Macias; her parents, Ladislado and Rafaila Ortiz; two brothers, Gregorio and Jesus Ortiz; two sisters, Olivia Benavidez and Concepcion Garza; four grandchildren, Miguel Angel Macias; Vicente Macias, Jr.; Miguel Antonio Aguilar; Guadalupe “Wally” Macias; two great grandchildren, Anthony Stephen Macias and Jacob Macias; Juanita is survived by two sons, Jose “Little Joe” Macias, Jr. and wife Virginia of McKinney, Texas; Vicente Macias, Sr. and wife Janie of Gould; one daughter, Anna Maria Aguilar and husband Candelario of Hollis; one brother-in-law, Candelario Villarreal of Alamo, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Stephen Macias and wife Minda of McKinney, Texas; Jose Macias, III and wife Melissa of Bartow, Florida; Marta S. Macias and husband David Valles of Childress, Texas; Alex Macias and wife Stormy of Amarillo, Texas; Nicolas Macias and wife Hallie of Quanah, Texas; Olivia Macias of Childress, Texas; Monica Castillo and husband Johnny of Altus; Florenda Beardon and husband Jeff of Duke; and Jerome Huerta and wife Chelsey of Altus; JoAnn Slaughter and husband David of Goodwell, Oklahoma; Rebecca Luna of Hollis; Dianna Guerra and husband Blas Jose of Arlington, Texas; 45 great grandchildren; 17 great great grandchildren; a granddaughter-in-law, Maria Macias of Sherman, Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rosary services were Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Harmon County Funeral Home’s Chapel in Hollis.

Funeral Mass services were at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hollis with Father Arokiasamy Andarias officiating. Interment followed at Gould Cemetery under the direction of Harmon County Funeral Home.

Online tributes may be made to the family at www. HarmonCountyFuneral.com




Jo Walton

Jo Walton, 66, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Midland.

Graveside memorial services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Childress Cemetery with Tommy Sims officiating.

Jo was born on Jan. 31, 1948 in Childress to Travis and Rosie (Ricks) Simmons. She was a homemaker.

Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Travis A. Simmons, Jr.

Survivors include husband James Clyde Walton of Midland; son Ken W. Arp, Jr. of Midland, daughter Jo L. McLure of Midland; stepson James Walton, III of Kentucky; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. 




Gary Rothwell


Gary Rothwell, 62, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Childress. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Shoffner officiating.

Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

Gary was born Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1951 in Childress to O.T. and Floy (Richardson) Rothwell. He had been a farmer in Childress all of his life.

A member of the Childress Country Club, he was an avid golfer who played every time the weather permitted, and will be greatly missed by his golfing buddies. He also loved playing dominoes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Leland Rothwell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, 75284-1125.

Survivors include his brother, Terry Rothwell and wife, Beth of Childress and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and extended family.




Leo G. Hickman

Leo G. Hickman, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in Childress. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Childress Church of Christ with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

Leo was bornThursday, April 5, 1928 in Rockdale to Matthew and Mary Ellen (Kyle) Hickman. He and Billye married on Sept. 2, 1949 in Beaumont.

Leo joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1956. Leo was a 4th generation law enforcement officer and had always aspired to be a Texas Ranger. He fulfilled that dream in 1971, and upon his retirement was the oldest active Texas Ranger at age 72. He loved his job, and was an expert marksman.

Leo was a great husband and father who raised four children. He was a Christian man and was a member of the Childress Church of Christ. He has lived in Childress since 1971.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lee Hickman; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hickman.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Childress Regional Medical Center Hospice at PO Box 1030, Childress, TX 79201 or the Former Texas Rangers Foundation at PO Box 3195, Fredricksburg, TX 78624.

He is survived by his wife, Billye Hickman of Childress; two daughters, Kay Hubbard and husband Norman of Moody and Jan Wrzesinski of Hurst and a son, Jay Hickman and wife Rhonda of Childress; grandchildren Jarrod Hubbard and wife, Holly, Derek Wrzesinski and wife Agnleszka, Nicholas Wrzesinski, Jacob Bass, Benhamin Hickman and Rachel Hickman along with numerous family, friends and law enforcement family. 



Carolyn Prescott


Carolyn Prescott, 75, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in Childress.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Darrell Brown and Chad King, officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

Carolyn was born Saturday, Aug. 13, 1938 in Childress to Van and Ila McCoy.

Carolyn loved to cook and sew, and was a very talented musician. She sang in a gospel trio, and taught herself to play the piano.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Doris McCoy; and one brother, Ronald McCoy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Childress Regional Medical Center Hospice, PO Box 1030, Childress, 79201.

Survivors include her husband, R.L. Prescott of Childress; two daughters, Lori Scott and husband, Gary of Childress and Lisa Jones and husband, Robert of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, DawnAnn Dyer and husband, Landon of Denton, Carol Scott of Childress, Jillian Jones of Amarillo, Jaclyn Daniel and husband, Bryan of Childress, Jennifer Keever and husband, Chad of Memphis, Brandy Crutchfield and husband, Shannon, of Abernathy, and Johnny Scott of Amarillo; and nine great grandchildren. 




James Odell Sweeney

James Odell Sweeney was born April 18, 1921 near Ada, Ok to J.T and Dora (Bottoms) Sweeney. The family moved in covered wagons, to King county, Tx in the fall of 1924 and settled near Grow, Tx.

James was employed in California, after leaving home until being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was inducted on November 27, 1943.
James fought valiantly in the European theater during WWII, participating in 4 of the 5 major battles in Europe, including landing at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, D-Day.

James was twice decorated for his heroic actions by his beloved General George S. Patton. On the second occasion he was introduced to and also decorated by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles de Gaulle, and Omar Bradley, for his heroics in the Ardennes Offensive, better known as “The Battle of the Bulge.”

James came home after WWII to pursue the farming and ranching he loved and to be near his mother and sisters, for whom he credited praying him back alive from the war. Soon he met and married Billye Jean Barrett on September 1, 1946.

She was the love of his life and preceeded him in death on October 17, 1990. James was also preceeded in death by his parents, brothers Walter and Everett, and sisters Lynne Hobbs, Minnie Havins, and Edna Futch.

James is survived by sisters, Mildred Mayberry and Mary Hill. Sons: Jim and wife Lynette, David and wife Sue, and beloved daughter Janabeth Jones and husband Steve. He is survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday January 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Paducah at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Garden of Memories in Paducah.

James was a member of the “Living Church of Jesus Christ at Midway.” In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations or memorials be made to Midway Church Building Fund P.O. Box 422 Paducah, Tx. 79248




Jack Donald Henderson

Jack Donald Henderson went to be with the Lord on Jan. 10, 2014. You are invited to join Jack’s family in a celebration of his life at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery.

A family visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Jack Donald Henderson was born in McNary, Arizona on February 10,1947. Jack spent his early years in McNary before moving with his family to EI Paso, Texas.

After graduating from Irvin High SChool in EI Paso in 1965, Jack fulfilled his dream of joining the United States Marine Corp. He went to Vietnam on his first assignment. Although he suffered an injury and was unable to continue a career in the Marines, he was always a Marine at heart. After many months of rehabilitation Jack returned to EI Paso and attended college at the University of Texas EI Paso, receiving a degree in Business.

Jack worked with his father at the family business, Plains Mobile Homes in EI Paso for a few years while attending and after graduating from college. He then opened his own business, Circle KMobile Home Park.

While living in EI Paso, Jack dreamed of moving to Childress where both his mother and father had grown up. He had many great memories of visiting his grandparents and family in Childress and always wanted to be a farmer. He eventually sold his home and business in EI Paso and moved to Childress. He loved his dogs, spending time on his farm and tending to his cattle.

Jack was a devout Christian and loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved studying the Bible.

Jack was a true friend to everyone he met and loved helping people. Jack had many friends in Childress and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jack was greeted in heaven by his mother, Edwina Cope Henderson.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer L. Lara of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jacquelyn S. Berry (Jason) of Fredericksburg, Va.; his grandchildren Lauren, Dylan, Brheanna, Bryleigh and Blake. Jack is also survived by his father Doyal “Speck” Henderson, brother Doyal S. Henderson, brother John C. Henderson, and sister Lena “Marty” Mares, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only San, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Memorials may be made to the Childress Church of Christ, 210 2nd Se, Childress, Texas, 79201 or to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301. 




Charlotte Lillian Freeby

December 14th, 2013, Charlotte Lillian Freeby joined two of her children, Randall and Robert Freeby, her parents, Nell Ruth and Charles Parrish, her brother Charles (Buddy) Parrish, and one grandson, Richard W. Smith, in union with our Savior Jesus Christ. Our Mom was 88 years, 7 months, and 19 days in this life on Earth, born Charlotte Lillian Parrish, Apriil 25th, 1925, in Nowata, Oklahoma, graduating high school in California. She passed from this life in McKinney.

Charlotte was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, but she also sang like a songbird, using her talents for many, in their time of sorrows. Her legacy is her great love of music and music history, but she was also a nurse for many years, particularly for those families with terminal illnesses. In her earliest years, she also worked as a young secretary for Frank Phillips, Phillips Petroleum Company, in Oklahoma.

Our mother loved Jesus Christ and demonstrated His love throughout her life. She was always young at heart, looked younger than her years, and gave great examples to her children. She will be remembered and cherished for many things.

Charlotte married and moved to Texas with husband Richard in the 1940s and is survived by one sister, Mackey Hyatt of California, with numerous nieces and nephews out that way. She is also survived by three children: Marinell Smith of Angleton, Luwana Westover (David) of McKinney, Charles Freeby of Laguna Beach, California, and a whole universe of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, as follows:

Grandchildren, Tammy Turner Toon (Robert), Melanie Scott (Phillip), Heather Brewer (Ryan), David Smith (Angelica), all of Angleton, Christopher (Kathy) of Cedar Park, Christian, Kevin, and Jeffrey Freeby of Waco, Misty Freeby, Kiersten and Jarrod Freeby of California, and Elisa O’Brien of McKinney.

Great grandchildren are Danny Duke, Justin Wofford, Timothy, Trenton and Jessica Scott, Malia, Jacob, and Mykah Frost, and Charlie Brewer, all of Angleton, and Mathew Smith and Jessica Freeby.

Great great grandchildren are little Micah and Tracie Duke of Angleton.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date by her entire family and others who knew her. We loved, honored, and respected our Mom, and she has left a very large mark in the hearts of many.

Our Mom will be so missed by all of us.

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William Henry “Bill” Abington

William Henry (Bill) Abington, a former Texas state legislator and longtime oil industry executive, passed away in Austin on January 4, 2014 at age 92. Abington was born on September 6, 1921, in Childress, Texas at the home of his parents, Hallie Crawford Abington and Edward Bannerman Abington. He graduated from Childress High School and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1939. He attended Texas Christian University until the beginning of World War II at which time he enlisted in the Army Air Corp.

He was assigned to the 486th Bomb Squadron, Eighth Air Force, located in East Anglia, England. He served from 1942 to 1945 during which he met and married his wife, Katherine Ruth Salisbury. After VE Day, he returned to the United States and his wife, Katherine Ruth Salisbury Abington and daughter, Judith Ann, who was born while he was overseas. Following his return from active duty, Bill served four consecutive terms as a member of the Tarrant County delegation in the Texas House of Representatives from 1946-1953. Also, during this period, he attended Baylor University Law School and received his LLB and JD degrees and entered into private law practice in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1950, a second child was born to Ruth and Bill, Thomas Edward Abington.

He left his private practice in 1953 when asked to join Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (now Texas Oil & Gas Association) to serve on staff as an attorney. He was then promoted to General Counsel in 1960 and further promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 1971. In 1981, he was made President and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989.
He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 1990 recognizing his service and leadership to the development of the Texas petroleum industry throughout his career. Abington was a prominent figure in the petroleum industry for almost four decades.

Bill had many avid interests. Among them were golf, travel, gardening, politics and entertaining. As a member of golf clubs in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and Colorado Springs, he shared many memories with friends, business associates and most fondly with his son, Tom. He also fulfilled a life-long dream of playing some of the most revered golf courses in Scotland and Ireland with Tom.

He loved and valued his family, friends and country. He had an exceptional way with people regardless of their station in life. He was truly interested in others and that endeared him to all that knew him. Among his many admirable qualities were his sense of optimism and his integrity which served him well throughout his life and provided a role model for others. In 1998, he lost his wife, Ruth, to Alzheimer's disease after many years of his committed care for her. A year later, he married Nancy Sayers and they enjoyed years of travel and sharing of friends, family and good times. The Sayers and Abington families dovetailed beautifully and he considered Nancy's sons, their wives, children and grandchildren his family as well.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents, Hallie and Edward Abington, his brother, Edward Gordon Abington, a step- mother, Hazel Hunter Abington and his first wife, Katherine Ruth Abington. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Sayers Abington, daughter Judith Ann Abington, son Thomas Edward Abington and wife Glynda Abington. Also, surviving grandchildren are Leigh Abington, Ashley Abington Mannschreck, husband Chapman Mannschreck, their daughter, Campbell and son, Colt. He is survived by nephew, Edward G. Abington, Jr. and wife Simone, nephew, Kerry Abington, and wife Deborah, niece, Catherine Abington Faircloth. Also surviving are great nieces, Alexandra Abington, Karen Abington and Lisa Faircloth Arnold. He is survived by step-son, Scott Sayers, wife Julie and their children, Charisse Sayers, Samantha Sayers Bernstein, husband Stuart Bernstein, their daughter Blake Sofia and son, Stuart Bowman. He also is survived by stepson, Dr. Brian Sayers, wife Maryann Sayers and their children, Christopher Sayers, his wife Emily and daughter, Ann Tinsley, Anna Sayers Balthazar, her husband Matt Balthazar and Mary Claire Sayers.

A service was held on Wednesday, January 8th at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road Austin.

Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com 



Clara Belle King

Services for Clara Belle King will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in the Joe E. Jones Memorial Chapel with Gary Mclendon officiating. Burial will be in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Clara Belle King was born on March 6, 1926 in Alvord, Texas to Glen and Beatrice Mason Jones. Clara loved being with her children and grandchildren. She loved to sew.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband- Jack Downing, husband- Monroe King, 2 Sisters- Mary Scott and Shirley Salmon, Brother- Joe Jones.

She is survived by: daughter Caroline Davis, Childress; two sons Travis Downing and wife Debi, Canyon Lake, Texas and Billy Downing and wife Brenda, Kirkland; grandchildren - Terry Davis, Lexington, S.C., Wendy Richards, Denton, Sonny Downing, Denton, Sonya McCurley, Vernon, Angela Poteet, Vernon, Chesnea Davis, Burkburnett, Brent King, Lubbock and 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.





Russell “Gene” Statham

Russell “Gene” Statham, 83, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 in Lubbock. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Chad King officiating. Burial will be in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Russell Eugene Statham passed from this life on December 26. He was born June 20, 1930 in Mount Calm, Texas to Russell and Maurine Rogers Statham. In 1938, the family moved from Elk, Texas to Childress. He attended school at High Point and graduated from Childress High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Air Force after graduation, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He and Oleta Snider were married February 6, 1953 in Hollis, Okla. He worked 33 years as a machinist for Burlington Northern. He had farmed all of his life and continued to do so after retiring from the railroad. When his health declined to where he could not drive a tractor, he and Oleta continued to run cattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ruben.

Survivors include his wife - Oleta Snider Statham, Childress. Two sons - Rusty Statham and wife Lennie, Wellington; David Statham and wife Donna, Childress; Daughter - Ann Statham, Childress; Brother - Lee Statham, Bastrop; Sister Doe Jonson - Moody; Four grandchildren - Scott, Shane and Will Statham all of Childress and Jay Statham of Wellington.





L.J. Brannon

Graveside services for L.J. Brannon, 92, will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio with Bro. Tatum of Sunray Church of Christ officiating.

He passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Childress.

L.J. was born Feb. 24, 1921 in Bonham, Texas Ike and Lizzie Parker Brannon.

During his first marriage to Ruby L. Brannon he had six children.

L.J. was proud to have served his country as a veteran of the United States Air Force for 21 years. His military career took him all over the world until he retired with the rank of Staff Sgt. at Kelly Air Force Base. He then worked as an administrative clerk for Kelly AFB until his second retirement.

L.J. married Mattie Crayton on Dec. 25, 1978 in San Antonio. He was a loving father and husband and a happy, jovial man who made the happiness of those around him a priority. He and Mattie moved to Childress in 1990.

He attended services faithfully at the West Laurel Street Church of Christ while living in San Antonio and later at Harper Street Church of Christ. A God-fearing man, L.J. believed in “walking the straight and narrow” and was a Job accordng to his wife, always encouraging her to be patient and wait on the Lord. They taught their children that they should strive to do the Lord’s will, not man’s, and to always obey the law and “do the right thing.” He was an Associate Pastor, having formerly served in San Antonio and New Braunfels, and most recently here in Childress at Fairview Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Lizzie Brannon; a daughter, Lisa LaMon Mitchell; two brothers Lottie and B.C. Brannon; two half brothers, Erliss and Opal Harris; and six sisters, Corene Cobb, Rose Ann Harris, Pearline McAlister, Josephine Diggs, Rose Lee Walking and Earlene Staples.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie Brannon of Childress, two daughters, Pauline Robinson and Carol A. Brannon, nine sons Lonnie J. Brannon, David J. Brannon, Clifford J. Brannon, Donald Brannon, Rubin Brown Brannon, Joshua Brown Brannon, Rudy Brown Brannon, Jason Brown Brannon, and Jeremy Brown Brannon, two sisters, Henrietta Verdell Turner and Addell Bateman, 20 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675 or to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301.




Gilbert Raymond Perry, Sr.


Gilbert Perry, 92, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 in Childress. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in Garden of Memories in Paducah with Kerry Wood officiating. Burial followed in Garden of Memories under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Gilbert was born on Aug. 19, 1921 in Melrose, Texas to Walter and Leathie (Pate) Perry. He married Claudia Canon in 1948 and together they had one son, Gilbert “Dink” R. Perry, Jr.

Gilbert was very proud to have served his country in the Army Air Corps, flying 50 missions in World War II as a Tailgunner of a B-52 Bomber. He was the oldest living member of the Elks Lodge #1113, and was also a member of the Childress VFW Post 2512.  A graduate of Roaring Springs High School, he became a mechanic after serving in the military, working in the Honeycomb section for United Air Lines for 32 years. After retiring, he lived in San Augustine for many years and was a farmer and rancher there. The Perry family homestead was in Chireno, Texas. In 1999, he moved and made his home in Childress.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Stanley Perry; one sister, Velma Robinson; and one nephew, George Robinson.

Survivors include sister Tomie Cheatheam and husband, Carroll, Childress; son Gilbert “Dink” R. Perry, Jr. and wife, Kate, Fayetteville, N.C.; niece Pat Boyle and husband, Raymond; nephew John Rochelle and wife, Nancy; nephew Randy Rochelle; nephew Ernest Robinson; niece Regina Humphrey; nephew Charles Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Elks Lodge #1113, 800 21st Street NW, Childress, TX 79201 or to the Childress VFW Post 2512, 610 Ave F NE, Childress, TX 79201. 




H.B. “Buddie” Morris Jr.

H.B. “Buddie” Morris Jr., 92 years old, passed away December 20, 2013. Services are scheduled for 3:00pm on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Carey Baptist Church whith Rev. Randy Wilson officiating. Family visitation will be from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm, Monday, December 23, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home.

Buddie was born July 29, 1921 to Hubert and Carrie Morris. Buddie married Rudell Schronk on April 10, 1946 in Malone, They lived in Childress, where Buddie worked for Childress County as a road grader operator. Buddie also served in the United States Army from September 1942 until March of 1946. Buddie was very proud of his job at Childress County and to have served our country during World War II. He enjoyed telling stories of World War II and of how he met Rudell.

Buddie was preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Carrie Morris; wife, Rudell Morris and 3 sisters.

Buddie is survived by Daughter-Linda Miller and husband Don of Westcliffe, CO. Son-Ron Morris and wife Marsha of Sunray. Granddaughter-Christie Jones and husband Jason and Great Granddaughter- Layla of Amarillo. Granddaughter Lisa West and husband Jason and Great Granddaughter-Sophia and Great Grandson-Liam of Dumas. Granddaughter- Lori Brazeal and husband Jeremy of Dumas. Buddie was especially proud of “Papa’s Angels” his Granddaughters and his Great Grandchildren. Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Buddie will be missed greatly by his family and friends, but are comforted to know he is in Heaven with his wife Rudell “Mama”. The family would like to say a very special thank you to Childress Healthcare Center and Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice for the excellent care they have provided.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would request memorials be made to Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice at P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX, 79105.




Morris Leon Manley

Stephenville— Memorial services for Morris Leon Manley, 76, educator, coach, and principal, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Stephenville with Rev. Howard Martin officiating. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home.




William Murrell (Bill) Knight

William Murrell (Bill) Knight passed into our Lord’s hands on Wednesday December 11, 2013. Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday December 21, 2013 in the J.A. Hodges Chapel of First Christian Church with Reverend Herb Lynskey officiating.

William was born December 27, 1928 in Childress, Texas to Bertram D. Knight and Gertrue E. Wilkinson Knight. He first came to Lubbock from Childress in 1946 and attended Texas Technological College (1946-1950) graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Finance. In 1950 William joined the U.S. Army taking basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. He was subsequently promoted to Corporal and assigned to the 45th Infantry Division Finance Office. He faithfully served in the Korean Conflict having been stationed in Japan and Korea and was discharged in October, 1952. Returning to Lubbock, William began his business career at Kuykendall Chevrolet (1952-1955); was promoted to Kuykendall Investments (1955-1963); moved to Lubbock Savings and Loan (1963-1980); and concluded his career at First Federal Savings Bank (1980-1994).

William was always active in serving the Lubbock community. He was Past President of both the Retail Merchants Association and the Exchange Club, Past board member of both the Kuykendall Foundation, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, member Lubbock Economics Counsel, Texas Tech Red Raider Club, Texas Tech Alumni Association, assisted Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Finance area, and has been a continual supporter of the Lubbock Children’s Home and Boys Ranch. William and Glyneth both had an active interest in farming and ranching and enjoyed traveling, particularly to Colorado.

William joined First Christian Church in 1958 and had been a faithful member ever since. He was, until recently, a regular attendant at the weekly men’s church breakfast. On June 15, 1957 he married the love of his life, Miss Glyneth Armene Armstrong, at the Lubbock landmark home known as Tara.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Bertram D. Knight (1977) and Gertrue E. Wilkinson Knight (1983); nephew, Brent Dee Knight (1961); brother, Joe Tom Knight (2003); William & Glyneth’s family poodle, Elizabeth Antoinette (Toni) (1997), his loving wife, Glyneth Armene Armstrong Knight (2012); and a local cousin, Dr. Leslie R. Ansley (2013).

William is survived by his sister-in-law, Lois O. Knight; niece, Beverly L. Schifani (Joseph G. Schifani); great-niece, Faith C. Schifani; nephew, Brian D. Knight (family dog, Delaney); cousins including Frances Ansley, Dwayne Tidwell (Elizabeth Jackson Tidwell), Bruce Ansley, Leslie Ansley (family poodle, Cleo Pawtra), Dr. Justin Tidwell (Julie Hartman Tidwell), Tiffany Tidwell Pett (Mark Pett); plus families of these and numerous other cousins.

The family wishes to thank William’s home caregivers Ramona, Melva, Barbara and Elana as well as his doctors, nurses and the staff at Lubbock Heart Hospital, Covenant LTAC Hospital, Crown Point and Hospitality House for their excellent care. In addition, all of the support of First Christian Church is greatly appreciated. The family suggests memorials to the Humane Society of West Texas, P.O. Box 94788, Lubbock, TX 79493, First Christian Church, 2323 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401, The American Cancer Society, 3513 10th Street, Lubbock, TX 79415 or the Texas Boys Ranch P O Box 5665. Lubbock, TX 79408.

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Hazel L. Hughes


Hazel L. Hughes, 88, was called home to be with our Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Wellington, Texas. Services were Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in St. John Baptist Church with Rev. Hank Swanson of First Church of God in Christ and Rev. R.H. Hamilton of New Hope Baptist Church officiating . Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Hazel was born on June 30, 1925 to the late Florence and Willie Evans in Eureka, Texas. She was married to the late Mr. Curtis Hughes, Sr., and they were blessed with 12 children - four boys and eight girls.

She was a wonderful mother to her 12 children and a dedicated woman of God as a missionary at her home church, First Church of God in Christ in Childress. Hazel “Big Momma” was a kind-hearted woman with a sense of humor that could uplift anyone’s spirit that she was around. Her laughter was contagious and she made those around her feel like “family”.

She was a true representation of a wise and devoted woman who leaves behind a legacy of love and commitment to Christ and family. She loved her family dearly with all of her heart, but she loved God first and foremost, She lived her life for the Lord, working for Him and for His blessings in her family and was a faithful Christian until her death.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis Hughes Sr.; one son, Billy “Frank” Hughes; four brothers, Willie Evans, Jr., Curly Evans, Jake Evans and Leemon Evans; and one sister, Eula Hughes.

“Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his Mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.” - Psalms 131:2.

Survivors inlude: daughter - Artra Buckley, Dallas; daughter - Erma Simms, Oklahoma City; son - Curtis Hughes, Jr., Colorado; son - Albert Hughes, Wichita Falls; son - Leonard Hughes, Arlington; daughter - Virginia Williams, Thorton, Colo.; daughter - Sarah Drew, Childress; daughter - Rachael Horrice, Dallas; daughter - Florence Reuna’ Collins, Dallas; daughter - Hazel Hughes- Choyce, Thorton, Colo.; daughter - Christine Brown, Atlanta, Ga.; sister - Linnie McDaniel, Dallas; sister - Margaret Hodge, Dallas; brother - Robert Earl Evans, Dallas; brother - Billy Ray Evans, San Francisco, Calif.; brother - Bernell Evans, San Diego, Calif. Her survived family also includes 32 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren who loved their “Big Momma” tremendously!



Linda Darlene Stephens


Linda Darlene Stephens, 65, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013.

Linda Stephens nee Green was born to Dayton Worth Green and Dorothy Green nee Overby in Childress on October 28, 1948. After graduating from High School in Rule, Linda attended McMurry College where she would meet her future husband, Mike Stephens. Linda belonged to the Delta Beta Sorority and received a B.S. in Education from McMurry in 1972.

On July 22, 1972, she and Mike were married, and six years later their son, Zac was born. Linda was a wonderful mother to her infant son that she saved by adoption and made her own with the truest sort of love. She was the foundation of the home, as she and Mike shared 40 years of life’s joys and sorrows and raised their son.

Linda leaves a legacy in the minds of her grandsons, whom she adored with every ounce of her being, and her quiet strength and tenacity as a 30-year cancer survivor will continue to serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit to all.

As she has gone to join her Father, Linda leaves behind her husband, Mike Stephens; son and daughter-in-law, Zac and Amy Stephens, and their three children, Justin, Blake, and William Worth Stephens, all of Aledo. 



Joe Charles Webb

Funeral services for Joe Charles Webb, 61, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. J.M. Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitiation will be held Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

He passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in Lubbock.

Joe was born in Wynnewood, Okla. to the late Catherine and Charles Webb on May 16, 1952. He grew up in Norman, Okla. and graduated from Norman High School in 1970. He received his BS in Behavioral Science from the University of Houstin in Clear Lake. He married Mary Dee Meinzer in 1972.

Joe’s success in business took him throughout the United States and Europe. He also taught math and coached football in Alvin, Texas. He owned a successful restaurant in Marietta, Ga.; he was an outstanding auctioneer and real estate broker. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and The Scottish Rite. He had served as a member of the school board in Alvin and was a former president of the Sugarland Rotary Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dee Webb of Lubbock; a daughter, Ashley Webb of Lubbock; a son, John Webb of Atlanta, Ga.; and an aunt, Mary Helen Rose and husband Roy of Moore, Okla.

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Wauree Saverance

Wauree Saverance was born April 5, 1919 to Ivy and Willie Bates in Ballinger, Texas. She passed away on December 5, 2013 in Childress, Texas. She was raised in Coleman County. Waurree was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.

Wauree married Randolph Saverance on February 29, 1936, they had 5 children.

After Wauree retired from being a hair dresser she and Randolph loved to travel with friends and family, They loved to go boating, fishing, and riding four wheelers on the Coleman Lake where they lived in the summer in their cabin which they built themselves. They moved to Clyde, Texas and lived there for 13 years before moving to Childress, Texas in 2000. Wauree loved to garden and work in her yard. In 2002 she won the “Beautiful Yard Award” for her lovely flowers and garden.

She is survived by four children: Shirley and husband Robert Johnson, Childress, Texas, Patsy and husband Lewis Reyher, Tell, Texas, Peggy and husband Gene Bland, Baird, Texas, Randall and wife Georgene Saverance, San Angelo, Texas; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; one sister Wanda Cummings, of Grapevine; and one sister-in-law, Zelam Bates of Lubbock, Texas. She also had many nieces and nephews and a host of close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph; daughter, Nancy Ward; her parents, Willie and Ivy Bates; one brother, Floyd Bates; two sisters, Lorena Sumners of Abilene, Texas and Pearl Palmer of Grapevine, Texas.

She was a wonderful wife, Mother, and Grandmommy. She loved her family and was proud of them.

Funeral services will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM, officiated by Reverend George Price, DS. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM prior to the service on Tuesday.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Childress Healthcare Center for taking such wonderful care of their mother through the years.

Online condolences and memories may be left for the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com




David Wesley Gentry

Graveside services for David Wesley Gentry, 78, of Childress were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock with LaDena Earp officiating.

David, known to most as “Papa David” or “Pops,” was born on March 21, 1935 to Edgar and Stella Gentry. The Lord called him home on November 29 after a glorious Thanksgiving celebration with family.

David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorris of Childress; a daughter, Kristi and husband Gary Barber of Amarillo; son, Keith and wife Adri Gentry of Houston; four grandsons, Kolby, Kaleb, Sebastian, and Nicolas.
Survivors also include sisters: Carolyn and husband Bob Wooten, Angie and husband Tony Rogers, Connie Fisher; brothers: Jacky, Mike, and Steve Gentry all of the Lubbock area and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kristopher David Gentry; and a sister, Billie Young.

The family greeted friends at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home in Lubbock on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with all invited to the graveside service at Resthaven at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donating to the American Cancer Society or Childress Hospice can be done in memory.



Luella Davis

Funeral services for Luella Davis, 79, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 with Steve Ball officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

She passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Childress.

She was born Aug. 13, 1934 to Andrew and Gracie Mahler Banks in Childress. She was a loving sister and mother.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents; husband Homer Eugene Davis; one son, Clayton Eugene Davis; and three brothers, Eugene, Junior and Larry Wayne Banks.

Survivors include a daughter, Rochelle Carnes of Andrews; a brother, Roy Banks of Childress; a sister, Goldie Potts and husband Doyle of Lubbock; a sister-in-law, Helen Banks of Alvin; seven nieces, two nephews, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

I lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Childress Meals on Wheels, 1000 3rd Street Nw, Childress, Texas, 79201 or to the Childress Senior Citizens, 403 South Main Street, Childress, Texas, 79201. 




Maynette Stiner

Maynette Stiner, 96, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Childress. A memorial service will be held later next spring.

She was born Sept. 20, 1917 in Childress and was a lifelong member of Central Christian Church of Childress. She was also a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Confederacy.

She was preceded in death by brothers Fred Stiner, Glenn Stiner, Raymond Stiner and Donald Stiner; sister Billie Turner; sisters-in-law Lois Stiner, Stella Stiner and Mary Lou Stiner; brother-in-law Cliff Turner.

Survivors include a sister, Emogene Watkins and husband Elven of Fort Worth; a niece, Jeanine Gostenhofer and husband David of Temecula, Calif.; and three nephews, Robert Miller and wife Lisa of Crowley, Don Miller and wife Tammy of Temecula, Calif., and Tony Stiner and wife Patricia of Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Christian Church, 310 2nd Street, NE, Childress, 79201. 




Ida Vera Johnson

Funeral services for Ida Vera Johnson, 84, are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the Fairview Church of Christ with Doc Smith and Franky Lemmons officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home.
She passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

She was born Nov. 11, 1929 in Henderson, Texas to Samp Burist Sr. and Vera (Baysinger) Burist.

Ida was a homemaker who loved to make handmade quilts, baking and cooking and acapella music. She loved kids, was well liked by the community and enjoyed spending time and visiting with her many friends. She was a member of Fairview Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Felix Johnson; her parents; three brothers, Equilla Burist, Melvin Burist and Samp Burist; one sister, Mae Henderson and a grandson, Travis Johnson Jr.

Survivors include two sons, Travis Johnson of Childress and Jarvis Johnson and wife Keoloha of Dalhart; special daughter, Ruth Garibaldi and husband Jimmy of Childress; four brothers, Herman Burist of Tyler, William T. Burist and wife Mary Ann of Cushing, Willie D. Burist of Cushing and Eoles Burist Sr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; six sisters, Ethel Woodard of Dallas, Wilma Hollis of Dallas, Maxine Mitchell of Nacodoches, Maurine Nealy of Nacodoches, Verlene Burist of Nacodoches, and Margie Hart of Henderson; six grandchildren, Jarvis Pettit of Jamaica, Kirston Rae Burns- Johnson of Childress, Alesio Paul Jaques and wife Deanna of Amarillo, David Johnson of Rapid City, S.D., Tamisha Simon of Baker, La., and Nalea Black and husband Steve of Salt Lake City, Utah; and seven great grandchildren.

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John Leslie “Johnny” Sparks, Sr.

John Leslie “Johnny” Sparks, Sr., age 74, of Childress, Texas, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on October, 5, 2013.

John was born on December 31, 1938 , in Estelline, to J.L. Sparks and Bettie Irene Morris Sparks Pitman.
John married Edna Donnalene “Donna” Williams onDecember 7, 1956.

John worked as a mechanic. John was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed repairing cars, spending time with his family, and visiting with friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna, and a younger brother Teddy Sparks.

John is survived by; Daughter-Johnna Gray and husband Keith of Childress, Tx. Son- John Leslie “Les” Sparks and wife Tricia of Baton Rouge, LA.

Two Grandsons-Michael Clark and wife Beka of Lawton, OK.; Chris Gray and wife Teela of Childress, Tx.
Granddaughter- Leslie Ann Sparks of Baton Rouge,LA.;

Two Great granddaughters- Samantha Clark of Lawton, OK.; Kiera Gray of Childress, Tx. Great grandson-Zander Gray of Childress, Tx.

Sister-Quetta Mitchell and husband Robby of Lubbock, Tx. four Sister-in-laws- Peggy Sparks of Idalou, Tx; Edrena Bucklew of Mayflower, AK.;Molly Poole and Husband Claude of Belen, NM; Lorna Maddox and husband Gordon of Turprin, OK. Numerous nieces and nephews

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to CRMC Hospice or Childress Meals on Wheels.

A Memorial Celebration of Life for John Leslie “Johnny” Sparks, Sr. will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Trinity Worship Center, 209 Ave. J



Viola Elena Saucedo

Services were held Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 for Viola Elena Saucedo, 19, in Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father David Contreras officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Rosary was held at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

Viola was bornThursday, Dec. 23, 1993 in Childress to Cecilio and Silvia Saucedo.

Viola loved taking pictures and wanted to be a professional photographer. She had a big heart and was never selfish, always putting others before herself. She loved to clown around and was a prankster. No matter what the situation was, you would never know that she was sad or angry or upset because she always kept a smile on her face.

She loved the colors of red and maroon. Viola’s number one rule was to never go without her “war paint,” and would always fix her hair and put on her makeup before she went to bed “because you never know what may happen or who you’ll see.”

She loved her family deeply, and was like a mother hen to all of her cousins.

Viola was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jesus Saucedo; and by her great grandfather, Luis Munoz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund at National Bank of Commerce, 501 Commerce St., Childress, 79201.

Survivors: Mother - Silvia Saucedo and husband, Erasto Salgado, Childress,Father - Cecilio Gonzales, Jr. Brother - Alfredo Salgado, Childress, Brother - Santiago Salgado, Childress, Grand Mother - Emilia Saucedo, Childress, Grand Mother - Dora Sargent and husband Charlie, Altus, Grand Father - Cecilio Gonzales, Sr., Quanah, Great- Grandmother-Paula Munoz, Childress, Aunt - Laura Saucedo, Childress, Aunt - Cristina Lepe, Cabot, Ark., Aunt - Angie Garcia, Vernon, Uncle - Jose Luis Saucedo, Big Spring, Uncle - Alfredo Saucedo, Mexico, Uncle - Augustine Gonzales, Austin, Uncle - Joey Gonzales, Austin, Uncle - Tommy Gonzales, Wichita Falls, Numerous Cousins And Other Family




Missy Detwiler

Missy Detwiler, 40, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Childress. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in First United Methodist Church with Dr. Craig Darter officiating and Lou Ellerbrook assisting. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Annesha was born Saturday, Feb. 10, 1973 in Memphis to Tim and Anne Detwiler.

Missy loved to work and care for others. She was the Director of Nursing at Childress Healthcare Center. All of the Childress Healthcare Center staff are like family to her.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents J.D. and Cecil Mills and grandparents W.F. Detwiler and Capitola Scheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to CRMC Hospice.

Survivors include her daughter, Aspyn Hess of Childress; her mother, Anne Detwiler of Childress; her father, Tim Detwiler of Bonham; her brother, Chad Detwiler and wife Larissa of Childress; her niece, Saydee Detwiler of Childress; her nephew, Tuck Detwiler of Childress; two aunts, Jackie Taylor of Childress and Janie Robertson and husband Tommy of Andrews; and two cousins, Kelly Greer of Childress and Dusty Robertson of College Station.



James “Dude” Lawrence


Services for James “Dude” Lawrence were held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in First United Methodist Church with Mark Keys and Lou Ellerbrook officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

James was born Sunday, Aug. 1, 1937 in Paducah to S.D. and Audie Mae Lawrence.

Dude met the love of his life, Janis, and they were married for 53 years. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, they went on a cruise with their family.

He was a loving father who loved his family.

He worked for TxDOT for 37 years.

Dude also loved the mountains in the summer time.

He is preceded in death by his father, S.D. Lawrence Sr., mother, Audie Mae Lawrence, and brother, S.D. Lawrence Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Lawrence, Childress; daughter Julie Barber and husband Jeff, Amarillo; grandchildren Emily Barber and Addison Barber, Amarillo; great grandchild, Collin Barber, Amarillo and numerous other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CRMC Hospice or Meals on Wheels.




Vicente S. Macias

Vicente S. Macias, age 47, of Childress Texas, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at his residence in Childress.

Vicente was born in Hollis, Oklahoma on August 20, 1966 to Vicente Macias Sr. and Celia Saenz. Vicente graduated from Gould High School in 1984. While in school he showed livestock, was a member of the Gould FFA, and played baseball. After high school, Vicente enlisted in the United States Navy, where he proudly served his country. Upon returning home from the service, Vicente began his long time ambition of farming. Following in his family footsteps before him, Vicente managed all aspects of farming from harvesting to livestock, and also started M & M Weed Spraying, which he operated for ten years. He later owned and operated a farm in Greer County where he grew wheat and raised cattle. Vicente worked at American Gypsum and Capital Wire in Denton Texas as a maintenance technician before moving to Dallas in 2007 and going to work in the oil field industry as a private contractor and later in Columbus Mississippi. Shortly after becoming ill, Vicente returned home to Childress where he could be close to his family and friends.

Preceded in death by three grandparents, Jose Macias, Marcos and Manuela Saenz; one brother Miguel Angel Macias; two cousins, Guadalupe Macias and Miguel Angel Aguilar; two uncles, Abel Saenz and Gilberto Aguilar Jr.; and two aunts, Alicia Olvera and Flora Saenz. Vicente is survived by his parents, Vicente Macias Sr. and wife Janie of Gould and Celia Saenz of Childress; three children, Traci Earls and husband Colby of Hollis, Keegan Macias of Hollis and Mikal Macias of Hollis; three grandchildren, Lana Jo Earls, Brooklynn Earls and Tripp Earls; grandmother, Juanita Macias of Hollis; seven siblings, Marta S. Roblez and David Valles of Childress, Alejandro (Alex) S. Macias and wife Stormy of Amarillo, Nicolas S. Macias and wife Hallie of Quanah, Olivia S. Macias of Childress, Florinda Bearden and husband Jeff of Duke, Monica Castillo and husband Johnnie of Altus and Jerome Huerta and wife Chelsey of Altus; three uncles, Jose Macias and wife Virginia of McKinney Texas, Adam Saenz of Memphis Texas and Mike Saenz of Hollis; three aunts, Adelfa Lopez of Wellington Texas, Ana Rose Aguilar of Hollis and Ana Maria Aguilar and husband Candelario of Hollis, which are Vicente’s God Parents along with many more relatives and close friends. Vicente was a loving son, father, grandfather, and uncle.

Funeral services for Vicente S. Macias will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hollis with Pastor Joseph Sundar Raju Pudota officiating with interment to follow at Gould Cemetery under the direction of Harmon County Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Harmon County Funeral Home on Tuesday October 29 from 5 – 6 P.M. and a Rosary Service to follow at 6:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Harmon County Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

Online tributes may be made to the family at HarmonCountyFuneral.com



Daniel Ramos Martinez

Daniel Ramos Martinez, 46, of Childress, Texas passed away October 28, 2013 in Childress.

He was born on May 1, 1967 in Paducah, Texas to Reyes and Mary E. Martinez. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Daniel loved cooking out and camping. His family was everything to him.

Visitation was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with funeral services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, at First Baptist Church in Childress with Chad King officiating. Internment followed at Childress Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Reachel Martinez, of Childress; a son, Daniel Zackary Martinez of Childress; four daughters, Desirae Martinez of Childress, Natasha Eason of Childress, Krystal Leathers of Hollis, Okla. and Amy Dial of Canadian, Texas; a son, Jeremiah Vasquez, of Amarillo, Texas; his father, Juan Reyes Martinez, of Wellington, Texas; his mother, Mary Ellen Martinez, of Childress; five brothers, Jacob Martinez, of Childress, Reyes Martinez, Jr., of Childress, Joel Martinez, of Childress, Moses Martinez, of Wellington and Joshua Martinez, of Childress; three sisters, Mary Jane Hinson, of Wellington, Tina Molina, of Wellington and Ester Martinez, of Midland, Texas; his father-in-law, Raul Villareal, of Childress; his mother-in-law, Frances Villareal, of Childress; and five grandchildren. 




Randall “Randy” Duane Gressett

Randall Duane (Randy) Gressett, 58, of Amarillo, passed away on Oct. 12, 2013. He was born in Childress, Texas on July 17, 1955. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Childress.

After graduating high school, Randy pursued various careers including working as a paramedic for Rural Metro Ambulance Service, a machinist with JM Huber, and an operator for Phillip’s Petroleum Company, all in Borger.

Survivors include his wife, Penny Gressett, of the home; two daughters, Danielle Jones and her husband Donnie, of Temple and Madison Gressett of College Station; three sons, Justin Hendricks and his wife Amber of Marshall, Mo., Matthew Hendricks of Wichita Falls and Aaron Procter and his wife Erica of Minden, La.; five granddaughters, Maggie, Hope, Emilee, Amelia and Reese; two grandsons: Lochlan and Cayden; his brother, Jerry Gressett and his wife Ann of Childress; sister, Norma Johnston and her husband Bob of Eldorado, Okla. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Bernard Gressett, his mother, Marie Gressett and two sisters, Gaynelle DeForest and Mary Janiece Gressett.

After receiving a lifesaving organ transplant in 2006 Randy became an advocate for organ donation.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Life Gift (Southeast Region, 2510 Westridge Street, Houston, Texas 77054) and help spread the word of the Gift of Life.



Timothy D. Atchley


Timothy D. Atchley, 53, of Childress passed away October 15, 2013 in Amarillo.

He was born October 29, 1959 in Childress, the son of Marvin and Betty Atchley. He graduated from Childress High School in 1979. He loved to fish, hunt, camp out and loved spending time with family and friends. Also his beloved pet, July.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Childress.
He is proceeded in death by his father Marvin Atchley and brother Monty Atchley.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Atchley; daughter and boyfriend, April Modesto and Shelby Curry of Lubbock; son and fiance, Ethan Atchley and Jeanie Cravens of Elk City, Okla.; son, Evan Atchley of Clinton, Okla.; grandchildren, Christopher, Alexis, Isaiah and Noah Modesto, all of Lubbock; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Suzanne Atchley of Childress; sister, Susie Thomason of Childress; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Bill Mock of Childress; sister and brother-in-law, Gwena and Billy Sharp of Childress and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.



John Leslie “Johnny” Sparks


John Leslie "Johnny" Sparks, Sr., age 74, of Childress, Texas, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on October, 5, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

John was born on December 31, 1938 , in Estelline, to J.L. Sparks and Bettie Irene Morris Sparks Pitman.
John married Edna Donnalene "Donna" Williams onDecember 7, 1956.

John worked as a mechanic. John was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed repairing cars, spending time with his family, and visiting with friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna, and a younger brother Teddy Sparks.

John is survived by; Daughter-Johnna Gray and husband Keith of Childress, Tx. Son-John Leslie "Les" Sparks and wife Tricia of Baton Rouge, LA.

Two Grandsons-Michael Clark and wife Beka of Lawton, OK.; Chris Gray and wife Teela of Childress, Tx.
Granddaughter- Leslie Ann Sparks of Baton Rouge,LA.;

Two Great granddaughters-Samantha Clark of Lawton, OK.; Kiera Gray of Childress, Tx. Great grandson-Zander Gray of Childress, Tx.

Sister-Quetta Mitchell and husband Robby of Lubbock, Tx. four Sister-in-laws- Peggy Sparks of Idalou, Tx; Edrena Bucklew of Mayflower, AK.;Molly Poole and Husband Claude of Belen, NM; Lorna Maddox and husband Gordon of Turprin, OK. Numerous nieces and nephews

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to CRMC Hospice or Childress Meals on Wheels



Betty Corgill Parrish

Betty Darlene (Corgill) Parrish, 82, passed away in Perryton Monday, October 07, 2013. She was born August 30, 1931 near Estelline in Hall County, Texas. She graduated from Childress High School in 1948.

A memorial service and celebration is scheduled for Thursday, October 10 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Perryton with Rev. Terry Williams officiating. The family will receive visitors at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Parrish; son Charlie and wife Barbara of Perryton, two daughters; Suzy Gilless and husband Ron of Oklahoma City, and Linda Knighton and husband Jeff of Pampa; one sister, Mary Trones of Childress; ten grandchildren, Charlie Parrish, Anissa Bussell, Chris Parrish, Kimberly Morgan, Tanya Bergeron, Renea Tucker, Lisa Allen, Lori Williams, Josh Knighton and Kaleb Knighton; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Mittie (Greenroyd) Corgill of Childress.

High school sweethearts, Betty and Clarence celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on September 19th. Their marriage was a true example of loving devotion and service to one another. They have made Perryton their home for over 50 years. She was secretary for Key Heights Baptist Church for 44 years, retiring this past February. She is loved by all who knew her, especially for her kind and loving spirit, and was sought out for her wise counsel and friendship. She was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord.

Memorials are suggested to Key Heights Baptist Church or OGH Hospice volunteers. The family wishes to thank Betty’s wonderful Hospice caregivers and volunteers and Dr. Claude Betty and Mary Betty.




John S. Martin

John S. Martin, 72, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Childress. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Childress with Ronnie Shoffner and Lou Ellerbrook officiating. Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 evening from 6-7 p.m.

John was born on March 26, 1941 in Rison, Ark. to John Donaldson Martin and Euna Louann Ramsey Martin. He was the eldest of seven siblings. After graduating high school, he joined the Navy and served his country for eight years. Upon leaving the Navy, he moved to Florida and began working for NASA as a builder and engineer for the Apollo projects. John was instrumental in getting Apollo 11 to the moon. Once NASA made it to the moon, they laid off many employees including John. He got a job at Central Telephone Company in Tallahassee, Fla. where he met the love of his life, Diane Kincaid. They married soon after and immediately moved to Kerrville, Texas. There, he worked as Vice President of the Kerrville Telephone Company. On John and Diane’s fourth anniversary, they received the best anniversary gift ever; the adoption of their only child, Karin. The little family of three were inseparable. Family meant everything to John. John retired from the Kerrville Telephone Company and joined TRC Engineering for several years where he retired again before moving to Louisiana. John and Diane lived in Winnsboro, La. for 10 years before they moved to Childress in 2012, just before the birth of their grandson, Elijah. John was an avid reader. He loved to learn new things, work in his yard, tell stories, and visit with family and friends. His greatest joy was as a husband, father and grandfather. He was an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville and then First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro. He enjoyed going on mission trips and working on local mission projects with the Methodist Men. John loved Jesus and lived out his faith with honor, integrity, and by loving others.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Lifus Wigley; and one brother, Roy Wigley.

Survivors include wife, Diane Kincaid Martin of Childress; daughter, Karin Renee Johnson and husband Joshua of Childress; grandson, Elijah Allen Johnson of Childress; brother, Carroll Martin and wife Linda of Malvern, Ark.; brother, Jim Wigley and wife Trecie of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister, Paula Damon and husband Coy of Benton, Ark.; sister, Mary Smith of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister, Sharon Black and husband Clay of Bismark, Ark.; sister-in-law Claralene Wigley of Hot Springs, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CRMC Hospice at Childress Regional Medical Center Hospice PO Box 1030 Childress, TX 79201 or to any church youth group.


Wana Lou Richardson

Funeral services for Wana Lou Richardson were held Monday, September 23, 2013 in First Baptist Church with Norman Rushing and Kerry Wood officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Wana Lou Richardson was born on September 3, 1914 in Altus, Oklahoma to Sim N. and Minnie Zee Briscoe Tawwater.

Wana loved gardening, lawn work, knitting and sewing.

Her first profession of faith was in the First Methodist Church of Quanah. In 1946, she joined and was baptized into The First Baptist Church of Childress. She taught adult Sunday School for 45 years. She was a member of Women’s Missionary Union for 43 years as Director, President and Group Leader.

Wana was affectionately known as “Mammy” to family and friends.

She was prededed in death by Husband, Afton Richardson, Son, Charles Grant, two sons-in-law, Bill Trosper and Harvey Compton, two brothers, Woodrow Tawwater and Bill Tawwater and two sisters, Wilma Swindell and Clara Tawwater.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or your favorite charity.

She is survived by: two Daughters - Sue Trosper, Childress,; Cynthia Kay Compton, Bryan; two brothers - Sim Tawwater, Jr., Oklahoma City.; Wilton “Tut” Tawwater and wife Dorothy, Plainview; sister - Betty Ellis and husband Vernon, Quanah; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 36 great great grandchildren; 2 great great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.



Terry Lynn Crabtree

Terry Lynn Crabtree, 55, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in Childress. Services were held Monday, September 23, 2013 at The Bible Baptist Church with Alan Egerton officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery.

Terry Lynn Crabtree was born on September 14, 1958 in Quanah to Tommy and Iris Lavon Webb Crabtree.

Terry farmed and ranched, construction carpentry, mechanics and much more, everything from mending fences to mending a broken heart, he could fix it all.

He was an outdoor kind of man, running dogs out hunting raccoons, to riding bulls as well as his love for horses.

Terry was preceded in death by his father Tommy Mauriece Crabtree and brother Tommy Gene Crabtree.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona Crabtree of Kirkland; a son, Zackary Don Hollis and wife Crystal Lynn Russell of Childress; mother Iris Lavon Crabtree of Kirkland; daughter, Debra Mumford; four grandchildren, Tanner Mumford of Moore, Okla., Hailey Mumford of Moore, Okla., Tanner Russell of Childress and Kayla Russell of Childress; brother Bobby Crabtree of Kirkland; four sisters, Judy Crabtree of Kirkland, Barbara Egerton and husband Alan of Kirkland, Sandy Sumpter and husband Dennis of Childress and Nina Grant and husband Randy of Paducah; five nephews and one niece.


Lola Mae (Powell) Stone

Lola Mae (Powell) Stone, 99, of La Grange, Texas, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange, Texas.

Lola was born in Kirkland, Texas on November 17, 1913, the daughter of the late John and Josephine “Josie” (Hawkins) Powell. She married Lloyd Stone in Hollis, Oklahoma in 1932.

Lola was a homemaker and later in her life enjoyed cleaning houses, cooking for the Rotary Club and the cattle sale barn. Lola was an excellent self-taught cook and gifted gardener. She was quick witted and hilarious. Lola was fiercely independent, salty and crass at times. She spoke her mind and told it like it was. A person never had to guess where they stood with her. She was honest and loyal. Her compassion, generosity and humbleness are not often found in the amounts in which she spent them. Although her education was short and her life’s hardships many, she never waivered in her faith and determination. She learned to live life on her terms.

Her first 70+ years were spent in the surrounding Childress area. When she decided to move to La Grange to be closer to her family, it was a new era in her life. She claimed it was some of the happiest years. She lived her life for today wherever she called home.

And it wasn’t very long after her move that the residents became aware of her. Her humor, listening skills and generosity were freely shared. We can’t even count the number of her famous homemade pies she gave away, but we know all the folks that were blessed with her generosity will never forget. Her life became the epitome of how a life should be lived and folks should be loved.

She is survived by a daughter, Jo Hughett and husband, Dick, of La Grange; two granddaughters: Vicki Watson and husband, Jay, of La Grange; Karyn McNicoll and husband, John, of Kyle; grandson, Brett Hughett and wife, Tracy, of La Grange; five great grandchildren: Brittany and Deke of Montgomery; Derek Watson of San Marcos and girlfriend, Kendall Kovar, of Austin; Marshall and Rachel McNicoll of Kyle; great great granddaughter, Aubree Neves of Montgomery; nephew, Leonard King of Childress; and other special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; three sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 and on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Childress Cemetery in Childress, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Childress Cemetery Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson St., La Grange, TX; Childress Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1073, Childress, TX 79201; or Keep Childress Beautiful, c/o Linda Reese, 300 3rd St., Childress, TX 79201.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.




Virginia Butler

Virginia Butler, 86, died Monday, September 16, 2013 in Childress. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Virginia was born November 4, 1926 in Memphis Tenn. to Garner and Katherine McCarter. She was formerly married to Dr. Robert Butler, and they moved to Childress in 1952. Virginia was a long-time employee of Gibsons Discount Center, Fox Clinic and TDCJ-Roach Unit. She was an avid square dancer and a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Garner and Katherine McCarter, a brother Dr. Garner McCarter, Jr. and a grandson Taylor Inman.

Survivors include daughter Gina Inman and husband John of Childress; son Brent Butler of Lubbock; daughter Lisa Thomson and husband Mike of San Angelo; grandchildren Kara Duke of Burkburnett, Megan Carroll of San Angelo, Lindsey Inman of Carrollton; great grandchildren Easton and Gage Duke, Walker and Wyatt Carroll, Parker Hagen.



Mattie Lou Meinzer


Services for Mattie Lou Meinzer, 93, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Trey Morgan officiating.

Family visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home at 6-8 p.m. on Friday September 20.

At 11:20 a.m. on September 17, Mattie Lou Meinzer was elevated to glory as the result of a massive stroke. In the preceding 93 years, she was highly regarded for her wisdom and strength by both friends and family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lewis H. Meinzer and four brothers.

She is survived by daughter, Mary Dee and her husband Joe Webb of Lubbock; granddaughter, Ashley Webb, grandson John Webb.

Marchelle “Butch” Zuber, her caregiver, friend, and companion held a very special place in her life. Numerous nieces and nephews, especially Bob Meinzer and Cheryl Meinzer, constantly expressed their love and admiration never forgetting Aunt Mattie.

Thank you to Dr. Mike Henderson who generously watched over her well being for the last forty years. We will miss you but know that you have made the journey home to your final reward.



Ross Smith

Ross Smith, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Childress. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church with Cliff Johnson and Randy Lanford officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

Ross was born Feb. 13, 1929 in Childress to Herman and Agnes Ross Smith. He was the grandson of T.A. and Pearl Ross who were pioneers that helped settle Childress in 1898.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and a proud member of the Boneheads in his youth. He graduated from Childress High School in 1946 and received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M College in 1950. After graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged and released from service with the rank of Captain. Upon leaving the Armed Forces, he returned to Childress and went into business with his father as partner and eventually was owner of Smith Motor Company. His service to the community included President of the Childress Chamber of Commerce and President of the Childress Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He and former Janet Camp married July 16, 1955. She was the source of his greatest happiness for over 58 years.
Ross was a 60-year Mason and was active in the First Presbyterian Church serving as deacon and elder. He was also a charter member of the Childress Red Cross.

Ross was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and relished his many friendships that were cultivated over a rich lifetime. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Agnes Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Smith of Childress; daughter, Susan Keener and husband Terry of Childress; son David Ross Smith and wife Connie of Flower Mound; sister Ruth Wood of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three nieces, three great nieces and two great nephews.




Pauline Byars Carson

Pauline Byars Carson, 89, of Dumas, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Amarillo.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in First Baptist Church in Dumas with Jerry Howe, pastor, officiating. Burial was private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave. Mrs. Carson was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Childress to Lonnie and Myrtle Byars.

She was an optometric specialist for Martin-McCormick for 22 years. Mrs. Carson helped operate Dumas Wrecker Service with her husband Oscar for many years. She was a member of Dumas City Council for many years and a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Pi. She also was a member of Dumas Professional Women’s Organization, Moore County Christmas Sharing, and First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Carson.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Carson of Flower Mound and Paul Carson and wife Debbie of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Angie Lucio and husband Jaime, Scott Carson and wife Inge, and Sydney Carson; two greatgrandchildren, Lauren and Oliver; and a great-greatgrandchild.

The family suggests memorials be to Craig Methodist Alzheimer Bluebonnet Unit, 5500 SW 9th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to Hospice Care of the Southwest 6600 Killgore Dr #110 Amarillo, TX 79106.

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers. com.



Wayne Love


Wayne Love, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Lubbock. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Chester Wayne Love was born Feb. 12, 1936 in Childress to R.K. “Dude” and Bonnie Whitley Love.

Wayne was a jokester. His favorite passtimes were fishing and watching old western movies. He was a truck driver and carpenter for many years. After his retirement he worked at Childress Walmart for seven years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, John Mikeals and sister-inlaw, Vicke Love.

He is survived by two sons, Leslie Wayne Love of Childress and Bryan Love and wife Tammy of Lubbock; daughter, Shelia Crisp and husband Corky of Childress; two sisters, Dorothy Mikeals of Iowa Park and Loretta Couch and husband Lloyd of Kilgore; four brothers, Robert Love and wife Lu of Clovis, N.M., Tommy Love and wife Francis of Georgetown, Texas, Don Love and wife Etta Lee of Lubbock, and Sammy Love of Amarillo; former wives, Betty Brachwitz of Childress, and Diane Love of Childress; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.




Jeff Morris


Estelline – Funeral services for Jeff Morris, 56, of Estelline, were held Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Estelline, with the Anthony Knowles officiating and Nick Moore assisting. Burial followed in Estelline Cemetery under the personal care of Hughs Funeral Home of Memphis.

Jeff Morris was born on June 9, 1957, in Memphis, to Mrs. Jewel Osborn Morris and the late Mr. J.D. Morris. He passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Dallas.

Jeffrey grew up in Estelline and graduated from Estelline High School in 1976. He attended the First Baptist Church in Estelline.

He was a truck driver for many years and also worked for the Hall County Maintenance Department. He loved working on the heavy machinery and also loved carpentry work and fixing up houses.

Jeffrey was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Joel Morris.

He is survived by his mother, Jewel “Sis” Morris of Estelline, a brother, Mark David Morris of Estelline, a sister, Janice Richey of Estelline, his nieces and nephews, Coby Richey of Amarillo, Kayla Richey and husband Greg of Amarillo, Stacy Morris of Estelline, Will Morris and wife Tatum of Dublin and Denver Morris of Estelline and his great nieces and nephew, Madison Richey, Bailee Morris, Abby Morris, Ainslee Morris and Jack Morris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Estelline or to Hughs Funeral Home.

You may send condolences online at www.hughsfuneralhome.com.



Jerry Selman Dugan

Jerry Selman Dugan, 82, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 in Fort Worth. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 in Childress Cemetery with Todd Rasberry officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday evening, Aug. 29, 2013 from 7-9 p.m.

Dugan was born Sept. 17, 1930 in Sand Springs, Okla. to Charles and Novelline Selman Dugan. He lived most of his life in Childress, where he graduated from Childress High School.

He attended Texas A&M University and was a proud member of the Texas Aggie Band. He graduated from A&M as a Distinguished Student ad Distinguished Military Student.

After serving in Korea as captain with the U.S. Army, he married his wife of 59 years, Dolores “Dory” Moorhead in El Paso, Texas. They moved to Shreveport, Lousiana where he was employed on an executive training program with Arkansas Fuel Oil. Dugan then opted to go into business with his father as a Phillips Petroleum jobber in Childress.

While living in Childress he was active in many community activities. He served as President of the Childress Hospital Board of Directors, President of Childress Lions Club as well as District 2T-1 Zone Chairman of the Organization. He was a director of the Childress First Federal Savings & Loan as well as First Bank & Trust. He also worked with Meals on Wheels and the Boy Scouts of America.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he was on the Board of Stewards and teacher of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He had also been chairman of the Selective Service.

After Dugan’s retirement and the sale of his business, he and his wife moved to Fort Worth where they resided at Trinity Terrace finding many friends among the residents and employees of the retirement community. He attended the Inquirers Class at the First United Methodist Chuch and found pleasure serving on committees at Trinity Terrace.

After his family, to whom he was devoted, Texas A&M held a special place in is heart.

Survivors include his wife, Dory Dugan of Fort Worth; two sons, Mark Dugan of Fort Worth and Dr. Guy Dugan and wife, Karen of Chicago, Illinois; and six grandchildren, Patrick, Shannon, Trevor, Sarah, Matthew, and Rachel.




Wayne Love

Wayne Love, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Lubbock. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Chester Wayne Love was born Feb. 12, 1936 in Childress to R.K. “Dude” and Bonnie Whitley Love.

Wayne was a jokester. His favorite passtimes were fishing and watching old western movies. He was a truck driver and carpenter for many years. After his retirement he worked at Childress Walmart for seven years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, John Mikeals and sister-in-law, Vicke Love.

He is survived by two sons, Leslie Wayne Love of Childress and Bryan Love and wife Tammy of Lubbock; daughter, Shelia Crisp and husband Corky of Childress; two sisters, Dorothy Mikeals of Iowa Park and Loretta Couch and husband Lloyd of Kilgore; four brothers, Robert Love and wife Lu of Clovis, N.M., Tommy Love and wife Francis of Georgetown, Texas, Don Love and wife Etta Lee of Lubbock, and Sammy Love of Amarillo; former wives, Betty Brachwitz of Childress, and Diane Love of Childress; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.




Herbert Reavis

Graveside services for Herbert Reavis, 80, were held 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 with Kerry Wood officiating. Burial followed in the Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Herbert Reavis was born on Jan. 14, 1933 in Clarendon to Hollis and Allie Morris Reavis. Herb was married to the former Mary Harper Overbey for 32 years.

He attended Childress High and played football with the district champs in 1950. In track and field he was 1951 District Champion in shot put. He then attended Midwestern University on a football scholarship.

He retired as operations and engineering superintendent for Lubbock Power and Light.

Herb was a member of South Park Baptist Church, Southwest Rotary Club and Red Raider Club while residing in Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. and Allie Reavis; and sister, Beth Reavis.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of the home; a son, Herb Morris, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Mary Lynn Almand, of Grand Prairie; two step sons; and nephew, Ron Cason.




Winna Belle Castleberry Wilson

Winna Belle Castleberry Wilson, 81, went to be with Jesus Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in Lubbock.. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in First Baptist Church of Childress with John Givens and Randy Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Winna was born Oct. 31, 1931 in Childress to J.V. and Georgia Castleberry.

She married William Leon Wilson June 17, 1950.

Winna’s joys in life were serving God, her family, music, and teaching others.

She led numerous people to the Lord, being an example to her children and grandchildren.

She had the Winna Wilson School of Music and taught music and piano beginning at the age of 12 until June of this year. Winna was known for teaching the Word and playing piano in every town they lived. Many times she verbalized her mission field from the piano bench.

Winna will be missed by all who loved and knew her, but her music will live forever. She had many doctors and nurses who cared for and loved her.

They mourn her death and celebrate her eternal life in Heaven.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.V. and Georgia Castleberry; husband, Leon Wilson; brother, LaNoel “Huck” Castleberry; and nephews, Charles and Chris Castleberry.

Memorials may be made to: Carey Baptist Church 7394 Loop 328 Childress, Texas 79201.

Survivors include son, Van Wilson, and wife, Carolyn; son, Dan Wilson, and wife, Lisa; daughter, Ann Morris; daughter, Jan Woods, and husband, Mark all of Lubbock, son, Randy Wilson, and wife, Becky, of Childress; son, Dr. Scott Myers, and wife, Susan of Wichita Falls; sister-in-law Wana Castleberry of Childress, brother-in-law, Joe Wilson Jr., Vernon, sister -in-law, Melba Helm and husband, Albert of Childress and 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.




Johnnie Lee Lott

Johnnie Lee Lott, 77, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in Donley County. Services are pending with Johnson Funeral Home.

Johnnie was born Dec. 13, 1935 in Childress to John and Ara Owens Lott.

He and the former June Hall married July 16, 1954.

As a young man, he worked as a machinist for Burlington Northern Railroad. He later worked for White Home and Auto and became district manager while residing in Denver. After moving back to Childress in 1977, he opened a franchise of OTASCO on Main Street and is still operating at the 800 block of U.S. 287 as Lott Home Center.

Johnnie was one who loved God, his family and his community.

At Childress Church of Christ, he was a lifetime member and served as elder for over 30 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and granddaughter, Lauren Lott.

Survivors: Wife - June Lott of the home; Daughter - LaDon Weston and husband Greg of Ashland, Ore.; Daughter - Terri Allen and husband, T.A., Altus, Okla.; Daughter - Lee Ann Dean and husband, Scott, Childress; Daughter - Joan Willis and husband, Tiger, Childress; Son - John Mark Lott and wife, Arica, Childress; Sister - Creta Voyles, San Angelo; Sister - Ellen Graham and husband, Jimmy, Childress; Sister - June Bassett and husband, Art, Childress; Grandchild - Randy Allen and wife, Haley; Grandchild - Emory Allen; Grandchild - Ara Barnett and husband, Heath; Grandchild - Caleb Weston and wife, Melissa; Grandchild - Titus Weston and wife, Tina; Grandchild - Micah Weston; Grandchild - Tanner Dean and wife, Hannah; Grandchild - Miranda McCurley and husband, Matt; Grandchild - Arlo Willis; Grandchild - Trent Willis; Grandchild - Sara Willis; Grandchild - Mark Willis; Grandchild - Coleman Lott; Grandchild - Bo Lott; Grandchild - Haggan Lott; and 12 great grandchildren.



Aubrey Dean “Pete” Henley


Pete Henley passed away peacefully at home in Dallas on August 8, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born in Childress Texas on February 27, 1933 to J.F. Henley and Leta Henley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ledainne Combs Henley. Surviving with her are his sister Nadine Parr and three grandchildren, Weston, Carter Grace, and Justice Henley. He was preceded in death by his son, Burke Henley, and brother, Leon Henley.

Pete served in the Army during the Korean War conflict. The young couple was married in 1953 while he was in the Army. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954 to allow him to pursue his interest in geology through studies at SMU. He graduated from the geology program at SMU in 1959 and immediately was hired by the Dallas firm of Mason-Johnston & Associates, Inc. – now Henley-Johnston & Associates, Inc. Over the next 50+ years he practiced Engineering Geology all over Texas and the world. For more than 30 years, he was President and CEO of the company and was Chairman of the Board until his death. He planned, coordinated, and directed foundation investigations for military installations, dams, airports, high-rise buildings, tunnels, and power plants. He led geotechnical consulting teams on projects across the USA and overseas in Mexico, The Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. Some of Pete’s major Dallas projects were City Place Development, Frito-Lay National Headquarters, ARCO Tower, Southwestern Bell Plaza, Thanksgiving Tower, Allied Bank Tower, First City Center, and DART. The solid foundation on which the core of the Dallas business district rests is based on the knowledge and leadership that Pete provided.

Pete’s commercial successes were mirrored by his contributions to the field of Engineering Geology. He was a Registered Geologist in Texas and several other states. He was in the forefront of the successful effort for registration of geologists in the State of Texas. He was a member of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the International Society of Rock Mechanics, and the United States Committee on Large Dams. Pete served as both vice president (1970-1971) and president (1971-1972) of the AEG. In 1986 he received the AEG’s Floyd T. Johnston Service Award and was name an honorary member in 1996. He authored or co-authored numerous technical publications relative to investigative techniques and the behavior of weak rock under applied stress. He was a guest lecturer at SMU and Texas A&M. Pete mentored numerous young engineering geologists who have gone on to excel in their careers.

Pete was a loving, hard working, and honest person. His sense of humor was a delight to experience. He will be deeply missed by all of his family, friends, and professional associates. He served as an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church since 1962. A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place at 2:00 PM on Thursday August 12, 2013 at the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, 8525 Audelia Road, Dallas, TX  75238. A reception will follow the service. The church has set up a memorial fund in Pete’s name. The family has asked that any donations be sent to the church in lieu of flowers.




Lorene Newman Raines

Lorene Newman Raines, 86, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Paducah. Services will held Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Porter and Talmadge Porter officiating. Burial followed in Cee Vee Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Lorene Newman Raines was born on Dec. 22,1926 in Mangum, Okla. to Clemence Austin and Mary Etta Anderson Newman.
Lorene was a member of Primitive Baptist Church for over 41 years. She was also a member of Austin’s Old 300, Texas 1st Families and Descendants of Mexican War Veterans 1846-1848. She enjoyed teaching art throughout Texas and loved to square dance with her beloved husband.

Lorene was instrumental in getting the Historical Marker placed at the Haven of Rest Cemetery as well as the Historical Marker placed at the Cee Vee Community.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Amma Lea Newman Garvin, Cora Bell Resech, niece, Paula Marie Simpkins, great niece, Rebecca Lynn Jones, great nephew, Phillip Lee Garvin, Jr., two Nephews, Lee Davis Crain, Jess Alton Crain, two great great nieces, Gene Hali Boothe, Bethany Lakin Harris.

Survivors include her husband, John Paul Raines of Cee Vee; a son, Charles Paul Raines of North Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter, Candace Carol Hludzinski of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Joshua Nabors and Cameron Nabors of San Antonio; a niece, Phyllis Ann Cross and husband Billy Joe of Plainview; a nephew, Phillip Lee Garvin and wife Marion of Paducah; a niece, Pamela Jean Wilhite and husband Ronnie of Eastland; a nephew Paul David Garvin and wife Margaret of Mexia; a niece, Kathleen Kay Frederick and husband Buster of Fort Worth; a niece, Arleen Gray Carlton and husband Rusty of Fort Worth; a niece, Darleen Cheverier and husband Mike of Amarillo; two great nieces Gene Heather Harris of Eastland and Gwen Holly Conklin and husband Michael of San Angelo and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Memorials my be made to Alzheimers Association and Cee Vee Cemetery Association.

Funeral services for Jimmy Jack Fields, 69, were held Friday, July 26, 2013 in the Guthrie School Activity Center with Cody Cockron officiating. Burial followed in Guthrie Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
He passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 in Childress.

Jimmy Jack Fields was born Oct. 23, 1943 in Long Beach, Calif. to Fletcher and Sarah Bolton Fields. He graduated from high school in Roy, joined the Army, and served his country in Vietnam. After returning home, he began a long career as a cowboy. He worked the 6666’s, Pitchfork, Matador, Tongue River, Moorhouse Ranches and other ranches in Texas and New Mexico. He met and made many friends along the way and always seemed to find someone he knew wherever he went.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laquita Bomar Fields; two children, daughter, Misty Hendren of Alpine, and son, Byron Fields of Childress; three grandchildren, Kadin Hendren, and Emilee and Avery Fields; two cousins, Barbara Currie and Joy Rose.

Memorials may be made to the Silverton Cemetery Fund, Tom Butler Memorial Scholarship or the Matador Reunion Fund.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.




Jimmy Jack Fields

Funeral services for Jimmy Jack Fields, 69, were held Friday, July 26, 2013 in the Guthrie School Activity Center with Cody Cockron officiating. Burial followed in Guthrie Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
He passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 in Childress.

Jimmy Jack Fields was born Oct. 23, 1943 in Long Beach, Calif. to Fletcher and Sarah Bolton Fields. He graduated from high school in Roy, joined the Army, and served his country in Vietnam. After returning home, he began a long career as a cowboy. He worked the 6666’s, Pitchfork, Matador, Tongue River, Moorhouse Ranches and other ranches in Texas and New Mexico. He met and made many friends along the way and always seemed to find someone he knew wherever he went.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laquita Bomar Fields; two children, daughter, Misty Hendren of Alpine, and son, Byron Fields of Childress; three grandchildren, Kadin Hendren, and Emilee and Avery Fields; two cousins, Barbara Currie and Joy Rose.

Memorials may be made to the Silverton Cemetery Fund, Tom Butler Memorial Scholarship or the Matador Reunion Fund.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.


Danny Wayne Jones

Danny Wayne Jones, 54 of Vernon, Texas died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Vernon, Texas Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Reverend Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Danny was born Monday, December 22, 1958 in Vernon, Texas; he was the son of Wanda Wattenbarger Odom and the late Bobby Joe Jones. He was married to Peggy Kasparek on July 13, 1998 in Seymour, TX. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He retired from Vernon State Hospital as a rehab tech. He was owner and operator of Jones Hand Made Boots. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Jones of the home; his daughter, Hannah Jones of Vernon, TX; his mother, Wanda Odom of Vernon, TX; one brother, Terry Jones of Wichita Falls, TX; one sister, Barbie Reid and husband Jerry and neice Brandi of Childress and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, August 2, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com



Vance Porter Osborne

Vance Porter Osborne of Waxahachie, Texas, was born February 16, 1920 in Tell, TX and passed away July 29, 2013 at 93 years old.

He proudly served his country in World War II; as well as being an ordained Baptist Deacon and spending over 40 years in Education. He will be dearly missed by his loving family.

Vance is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Myrl Osborne; sister; Mareese Grimes of Childress; sons, Valton and wife Linda Osborne of Red Oak; Donald Osborne and wife Cindy of Lewisville, Dewayne Osborne and wife Billie of Waxahachie; and Robbie Osborne of Royce City; 15 grandchildren; Coby, Tracy, Terry Chase, Myrna, Vance, Lauri, Brandt, Kaycee, Kelly, Chanah, Lacy, Brianna, and Evelin; 9 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in his passing by brothers and sisters; Sam Osborne of El Paso, Henry Osborne of Amarillo, Grady Osborne of Stinnett, Maggie Simmons of Lubbock, Pauline Moore of Dumas, and one daughter, Saralda Caskey and one grandchild, Jonathan.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 P.M Sunday, August 4, 2103 at Williams Memorial Chapel in Garland, Texas. Services will follow beginning at 3:30 P.M. Graveside services will be held Monday, August 5, 2013 at 1:00 P.M at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo, Texas.




Wanda Joye Owen Hawley

Graveside services for Wanda Joye Owen Hawley, 77, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Childress Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

She passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013.




Lola Irene Eason

SEAGRAVES-Lola Irene Eason passed from this life on Friday, July 19, 2013, with her family at her bedside at Odyssey Hospice Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Mrs. Eason has joined her husband, Rev. Roy Eason, who arrived in heaven in 2003 and was there to meet her with her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Eason was a licensed Assemblies of God minister who held a tremendous knowledge of the Bible. She made sure she read through it at least once each year.

Mrs. Eason served faithfully beside her beloved husband in ministry for over 60 years. They pastured and worked to keep small churches open and building them.

Mrs. Eason was born to John and Sadie Campbell on Aug. 8, 1922, in Wapanucka, OK. She saw her husband across the church in Estelline, TX during her teen years and went home and told her parents he was the one she’d marry. On Sep. 28, 1940, she married the man of her dreams. Rev. Eason had made the same statement to his mother.

It is told they never kissed or even held hands during their yearlong courtship until after they were married.

Mrs. Eason was known for her knowledge of the Bible and prayer life by both ministers and laypeople throughout the west Texas district. She was an avid cook and gracious host to all who knocked upon her door.

She loved to laugh and cherished her children, whom she leaves behind: John and his wife Carole from Bastrop, Texas; Beth Jones and her husband Mark of Seagraves, Texas; and Dee Dee Cain and her husband Donald from Lewisville, Texas; seven grandchildren, 11 greatgrandchildren and one great great-grandson.

Graveside services were held in Childress, Texas on Tuesday July 23, 2013.



Audrey Womack Seigler

Funeral services for Audrey Womack Seigler, 90, were held July 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church Chapel with Kerry Wood officiating. Burial followed in Marlow, Okla. under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

She died Saturday, July 20, 2013.

She was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Crosses Farm, Clayhidon Devon, United Kingdom to Gilbert and Winifred Gothard Warren. She married Henry Womack in England in 1945 and followed him to the United States in 1946.

After his death, she married Eldred Seigler of Matador where they resided for many years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, raising animals and traveling in her RV.

She is preceded in death by her husband, a stepson, two stepdaughters, her parents and sister Nora Spiller.

Survivors include two stepsons, Herbert Seigler of Kerrville and Pat Seigler of Matador; a sister, Betty Grabham of Cullompton, Devon, UK; and two brothers Geoffrey Warren of Exeter, Devon, UK and Llewellyn Warren of Wellington, Somerset, UK. Memorials may be made to Childress Meals on Wheels.




T.M. “Smitty” Smith

Decatur: T. M. “Smitty” Smith, 83, a loving husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather departed this world to that of our Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Fort Worth.

Funeral service were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24th at First Baptist Church in Boyd, Texas with Reverend Mark Autry officiating. Interment: Oaklawn Cemetery. Family will received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include Rob Davis, Jeff Hicks, Lyndon Hill, Bill McElroy, Mark Camper, Koby Hunt, Cody Kimbro and Tony Kimbro. Honorary Pallbearers and Fellow Deacons of First Baptist Church of Boyd include Jim Lambert, Don Herriage, Pat Berman, Emory Russell and Ernest Partin. Smitty was born July 29, 1929 on a ranch in Swenson, Texas to Charlie and Opal Smith. He was a graduate of Aspermont High School and after receiving a Business Degree from Draughons Junior College, he worked at the Houston McCarty Ranch at Nara Visa, New Mexico.

In 1948, Smitty moved to Fort Worth to work for General Dynamics. The Fort Worth area afforded him greater opportunity to work more rodeos. During his younger days, he competed in the bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, and steer wrestling events.

Upon his return in 1952 from serving his country in the U. S. Army, Smitty and Earnest McHood formed the M Bar S Ranch Rodeo Company and started furnishing roping calves for roping events, and soon thereafter began producing a weekly rodeo at Keller, Texas. After a few years they decided to go on the road, covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. In the middle 1950’s, they bought the Duke Gibbs Triangle Bell Rodeo Stock of Belton, which gave them a top string of bucking horses and bulls. The M Bar S Ranch Rodeo had a lot of “firsts” during their years: the first ever to produce a rodeo at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas other than the RCA Sponsored Circuit Rodeo, the first to produce the Keller Rodeo, the first organized rodeo in Graham, Texas, and the first organized rodeo for the General Dynamics Recreation Association Rodeo Club. Smitty helped many young cowboys get their start in all phases of rodeo competition and production.

He continued to compete in roping and steer wrestling events until he retired in 1978 at the age of 48. Smitty was a founding member of the Central Rodeo Association, charter member of the International Rodeo Association and Permit member of the RCA. After selling the Rodeo Company, he began raising Registered Texas Longhorn Cattle. In 1988 at the first World Show held in Fort Worth, Texas he had the “Grand Champion” of her class. He continued to serve in the Longhorn Association and was a past President of the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association. He retired from General Dynamics in 1990, after 41 1/2 years of service. Smitty was an avid pilot, proudly owning a Cessna Cardinal 177 for many years.

He was a member of the Rodeo Cowboy Alumni, the Rodeo 50 Club, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association, the Cowboy Gathering Association, and a former member of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol. Smitty was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004 in Belton, Texas. He has attended Rodeo Reunions from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. His passions were farming, cattle, rodeo, and flying.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Jean Smith of Boyd, three sons, Charles Huston and wife Janet of Fort Worth, Terry Huston and wife Susan of Fort Worth, Don Brown and wife Shannon of Sonora, Texas, sister, Doris Dillard and husband Elmer Dillard of Buffalo Gap, TX; six (6) grandchildren: Eric Huston, Jessica Corley, Cristen Martin, Jordan Huston, Collin Brown, and Carly Brown; and seven (7) great- grandchildren.

Smitty was preceded in death by his first wife of 22 years, Patsy Smith, his parents, his sister Camilla “Lady” Pittcock of Aspermont, and brother W. L.”Dub” Smith of Aspermont . Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Boyd, 140 N. FM 730, P.O. Box 336 Boyd, TX 76023 or the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, P. O Box 4430, Fort Worth, TX 76164.





Jimmy Fields

Funeral services for Jimmy Fields, 69, of Childress will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Guthrie School Activity Center in Guthrie with Cody Cockron officiating. Family visitation will be Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.



Lorene Newman Raines

Funeral services for Lorene Newman Raines, 86, of Cee Vee will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Porter officiating and Talmadge Porter assisting. Visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.



Annie Belle Goodwin

Annie Belle Goodwin, 97, died Monday, July 15, 2013 in The Woodlands. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Childress with Robert Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Annie was born Feb. 10, 1916 in Telephone, Texas to Jesse and Lou Ella Stephenson.

She was a long time member of the Kirkland Church of Christ and later, Fairview Church of Christ of Childress. Annie never met a stranger, and was devoted to family, to cooking, and to hospitality. Her door was always open to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Ray Goodwin, April 22, 2013; daughter, Wanda Woods.

Survivors: Daughter - Virginia DeShazo , Santa Rosa, Calif. Daughter - Jettie Huff and husband, Bobby, The Woodlands. Son - Robert Hicks and wife, Stephanie, Childress, Son - Perry Hicks and wife, Shirley, Hereford, Ariz. Sister - Lucille Spain, Durham, Calif. Extended family members include, Corrine Whitley, Waco, James Goodwin, Craig, Colo., Troy Goodwin and wife, Nancy, New Braunfels, Don Goodwin, Wichita Falls, Brenda Cozad and husband, Craig of Mesquite and son-in-law,
Charles DeShazo.




Irma Griffin Butler


Irma Griffin Butler, 92, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Amarillo. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, at the First United Methodist Church of Borger. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Irma was born in Childress, Texas to Ed and Lillian Mae Griffin. She married William Butler in August 1943 in Childress. Irma taught school in the Borger and Dumas schools. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Borger.

She was preceded in death by her husband William in November 2008.

Irma is survived by her sons William Butler and wife Sandy of Denton, Texas and Greg Butler and wife Debbie of Amarillo; daughter Bretta Butler of Ft. Worth, Texas; Grandchildren Eric and Abby Butler, Brent and Heather Casados, Brad Butler, Lindsey and James Murphy, Whitney Butler Holt and husband Wayne; Great-Grandchildren Blake and Ava Butler, Brayden and Berkley Murphy.

Family request that memorials be made to the American Lung Association.



Silas Ballard “S.B.” Crain

Silas Ballard “S. B.” Crain, II, 89, of Amarillo died Monday, July 08, 2013.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel with Elder James Baker, pastor, Primitive Baptist Church, Borger, Texas and Dr. Charles Jones of Hollywood Rd. Community Church officiating. Interment will be in Tell Cemetery, Tell Texas. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

Mr. Crain was born October 9, 1923 in Hall County, Texas to Claude and Birdie Crain. He married Mary Bryant on April 15, 1980 in Childress. S.B. worked two full time jobs, Cook Book Bakery for 25 years and ASARCO for 30 years. Some of his enjoyment came from traveling, taking pictures, and talking with everyone.

S.B. was preceded in death by two sons, Jess Alton Crain and Lee Davis Crain, and a granddaughter, Elise Keely Carlton.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Crain, three daughters, Kathleen Frederick and husband Buster of Ft. Worth, Arleen Carlton and husband Rusty of Amarillo, and Darleen Cheverier and husband Mike of Amarillo, a step daughter, Jan Bryant Davis of Amarillo, a step-son, Mike Bryant of Amarillo, four sisters, Sandy Aultman and husband Donnie of Dallas, Maxine Atkinson of Dallas, Claudine Perry of Amarillo, and Fern Powers of Washington State, a brother Bob Crain and wife Cheryl of Amarillo, four grandchildren, David Frederick, Nicole Frederick, Craig Carlton, and Alexandra Chase, five step grandchildren, Cassi Risseeuw, Cyndi Hulsey, Christa Hobbs, Chris Bryant, Shawna Hancock, and one great grandchild, Ashley Frederick.

Family suggests memorials be made to the Elise Keely Carlton Scholarship Fund c/o the Amarillo Little Theatre, 2019 Civic Circle, Amarillo, Texas 79109

Family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30PM, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Please sign our online guest register at www.schoolerfuneralhome.com.




William Lloyd Lowe


William Lloyd Lowe, 81 of Kingston, Oklahoma passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home in Kingston. He was born on August 30, 1931 in Hugo, Oklahoma to the late William Henry Lowe and Grace Emma Rankin. William was raised in Hugo and later moved to Childress, Texas where he graduated from the Childress High School. He served for 4 years in the United States Navy and received the Navy Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense, United Nations Service, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and China Service Medal. William moved back to Childress where he worked at Whites Auto and married Theta Slaton on March 1, 1953 in Childress. He transferred to Whites Auto in Amarillo where he worked for 30 years before going to work at Amarillo Hardware. William retired in 2000 and moved to Kingston where he lived the rest of his life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and American Legion in Amarillo, Texas. William was also a member of the VFW and the NRA. He enjoyed working with leather, hunting, fishing, gardening, farming and ranching.

He is survived by his wife, Theta Slaton Lowe, Kingston, Oklahoma; His sons: William Curgus Lowe and wife; Beverly, Kingston, Oklahoma, Kenneth Lee Lowe and wife; Maggie, Amarillo, Texas Sisters: Frances Tea, Tyler, Texas, Dondra Miller, Cedar Hill, Texas, 11 Grandchildren 10, Great Grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday at 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at Watts Funeral Home, Kingston with a family hour from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Services will be Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Kingston, Oklahoma. Steve Beebe will officiate the services. Interment will be at the Woodville Cemetery, Woodville, Oklahoma. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.




Joe Morgan Norman

Joe Morgan Norman, 77, retired Insurance Adjuster, of Lexington, Texas, went to be with His Lord and Savior on Tuesday July 2, 2013.

Joe was born September 28, 1935 to Joseph and Edith Norman in Childress, Texas. He was a loyal husband and wonderful father who devoted all of his time to his Kids, Grandkids and Great Grandkids.

Joe enjoyed being around family, friends, cooking, sports and serving The Lord. He was a past Elder for Adina Christian Church and Elgin Christian Church.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Peggy, children; Joe Jim, Steve and wife, Melanie, Toni and her husband Earl. Grandkids; Heather, Nicole, Amy, Amber, Kimberly, Stevie, and Shelby. Great Grandkids; Lauren, Paige, Dylan, Hanna, Aubree, Macey, Kinsley and Brayden.

Siblings; Lola Pond, Helen Hassell, Jerry and Sue Norman, and sister-in-law Emma James.

Special thanks to Odyssey Hospice of Austin, First Christian Church of Elgin and Adina Christian Church of Lexington.

Visitation will be Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel with Services to follow at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Adina Cemetery In Lexington.

Donations can be made to Odyssey Hospice or charity of your choice. The family invites you to sign the “on-line Guest Book” at www.providencejonesfuneral home.com. Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.



Irene Sis Stephens


Church Services for Irene Sis Stephens, 86, were held Friday July 5, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Matador with Anthony Knowles officiating. Interment followed at East Mound Cemetery in Matador under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Matador. Sis passed away July 1, 2013 in Childress.

Sis was born Jan. 3, 1927 in Hayes, Kan. to Jack and Rose Rumsey. She graduated from Elmdale High School in 1945. Working part time and having five children at home she started college at Phillips University in Enid, Okla. in 1963. She transferred to West Texas State University in Canyon and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1973. Sis married William Morris Stephens on May 21, 1972 at the +S Ranch in Whiteflat, Texas. She began her teaching career at Matador Elementary in August 1973. Sis continued her teaching career at Motley County Intermediate School, Crosbyton Junior High School, Childress Prison System and finally at Valley School before retirement.

She was preceded in death by eldest daughter Merry Gaye Lyons 1950, eldest grandson Jack Leon Lyons May 1994, husband William Morris Stephens November 2000, eldest son Had Franklin Lyons October 2007, granddaughter Jessica LeaNora Lyons July 2005, daughter in law Cherri Fallis Lyons March 2012.

She is survived by her children Sherry Faye White of Waynoka, Okla., Matt Eugene Lyons of Woodward, Okla., Luke Lynnwood Lyons of Cherokee, Okla., and Shonda Kaye Martin of Clarendon. She had 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Bob Rumsey, Jim Rumsey, Bill Rumsey, Patty Kaul, Annie Black, Eddie Walcott, and Larry Walcott




Martha Elouise “Weesie” Ham

Martha Elouise “Weesie” Ham, 80, of Vernon died June 27, 2013 in Vernon.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was Dave Winn. Interment was held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Martha was born July 1, 1932 in Elliot, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Roy Lemon and the late Ruby Houtchens Lemon. She married David Harry “Red” Ham on Aug. 8, 1953 in Quanah. He preceded her in death Sept. 1, 1991.

She had lived in Vernon since 1956. She worked for Vernon Manufacturing, Vernon State Hospital in housekeeping and cooked at the Vernon Boys & Girls Club. She was a member of Pease River Quilters, Vernon Travelers Square Dance Club. She was also member of Wilbarger St. Church of Christ.

She is survived by her children, David Ham and wife Beverly of Vernon, Carolyn Dobbs and husband Harvy Paul of Childress, Alan Ham and wife Beverly of Weatherford, Diana Morrison and husband Jack of Quitaque, Okla.; grandchildren, Christy Ham, Arlington, April and Larry Hanks, Vernon, Dawn and Ryan Aulgar, Paul and Kathy Dobbs, Childress, Sharon and Alan Hopper, Poolville, Jared and Lauren Ham, Weatherford, Brendon and Sharon McLaughlin, Amarillo; great grandchildren Larson and Hannah Hanks Vanessa Ibarra, Joshua Arrellano, Haley and Branon Dobbs, Trevor, Trista and Tripp Hopper, Kaleb and Lily Ham; great great grandchildren, Haven Mata and Isaac Schlinker; brothers Jodie Lemon, Quanah, Jackie Lemon, Electra; sister Maxine Cato, Lubbock.

She is preceded in death by a grandson Keith Ham and brothers Troy and Gene, sisters Mildred, Merle and Foy.

Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www. sullivanfuneralhomevernon. com.




Neal Dan Scott

Neal Dan Scott, 67, died Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Childress. Services were held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Childress with Christopher Tipa officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery.

Neal was born in Wellington to J.C. and Atha Scott, Jr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the Army from 1963 through 1966 and then was transferred to serve in the Air Force, being discharged in 1977. He and wife, Carol, married Nov. 10, 1978 in Childress. In Wichita Falls, he worked for PPG Industries #4, and Brahms; in Childress he was employed at Allsups # 83.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Don Scott, and son, Michael Kuhns.

Survivors include wife, Carol Scott, and motherin- law, Stella Mahan both of the home; three sons, Leslie Daniel Scott, Wichita Falls, Edward Scott, Wichita, Kan., James Scott, Oak Point, Texas; three daughters, Barbara Lamar, Wichita Falls, Crystal Russell, Childress, Ruth Kinder, Ft. Riley, Kan.; 14 grandchildren - Meagan Shannon, Marissa Muse, Samantha Scott, Bruce Scott,, Mark Bedford, Cameron Brasket, Devon Scott, Roman Scott, Tanner Russell, Kayla Russell Zoey Scott, Jarom Kinder, Mileah Kinder, and Tessa Pancake; and three great grandchildren, Cache Pancake, Marissa Pancake, and Aria Shannon.

Memorials can be made to The Kirkland Cemetery Association.



Genta Marie Morren

Memorial service for Genta Marie Morren, 77, will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Childress Church of Christ with Trey Morgan and Dr. Mike Henderson officiating.

Visitation for the family will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home.

She passed away June 23, 2013 in Dallas.

Genta Marie Vaughn was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Erick, Okla. to Sim and Audie Vaughn. She married Perry Lee Morren on Jan. 29, 1956 in Childress. Genta worked for 38 years for Southwestern Bell and retired in 1992. She was very active in community work including the Childress Public Library, Meals on Wheels, The American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Census. In 1997 she was awarded the
Community Service Award by the Childress Chamber of Commerce and she was the 2002 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism by The Childress Index.

She was also an active member of the Childress Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents Sim and Audie Vaughn.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Perry L. Morren of Childress; a daughter, Lee Ann Morren of Van Nuys, Calif.; a son, Perry L. Morren, Jr. and wife Bonnie of Dallas; three grandchildren, Bonner, Lucie and Madeleine Morren all of Dallas; two sisters, Carolyn Williamson and husband Jerry of Jacksboro and Jane Wiemers and husband Wayne of Marfa; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Westview Boys Home in Hollis, Okla. at PO Box 553, Hollis, Okla., 73550.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.




Don Ferrel


MEMPHIS – Funeral services for Don Ferrel, 73, of Memphis, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Memphis with Robert G. Blum officiating and Gerald Powley assisting. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the personal care of Hughs Funeral Home of Memphis.

Don Ferrel was born on Dec. 14, 1939, in Parnell, to the late Crump M. and Nelda (Hood) Ferrel. He passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Amarillo.

Don went to school in Parnell and graduated from Estelline High School in 1958. He attended West Texas A&M and graduated in 1962. He married Bettye Orcutt on June 13, 1959 in Estelline. Don grew up and lived in Hall County and he and Bettye have lived in Memphis since 1968.

Don was a farmer and rancher in Hall County and was an elevator owner for 25 years. He was on the Memphis Country Club Board, the Memphis School Board, the Memphis State Bank Board, the Appraisal Board, the Memphis Farmer’s Gin Board and the Hall County Hospital Board. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Memphis. He loved watching his grandkids playing various sports. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Bettye Ferrel of Memphis, his daughter, Donna Fox of Houma, LA, his son, Mike Ferrel and wife Kristy of Parnell, his grandsons, Ethan and Keenan Ferrel, his brother, Billy Ferrel and wife Francene of Parnell, his sister, Cleta Bradley and husband Dale of Lubbock and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family suggests memorials be made to BSA Hospice, 600 N. Tyler, Amarillo, TX 79106, Medical Center League House, 7000 W. Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106 or to a favorite charity.

You may send condolences online at www.hughsfuneralhome.com.



Esther Frances Wright


Esther Frances Wright, 102, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Craig Methodist Retirement Center, Amarillo, Texas. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 in First United Methodist Church with George Price officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday, evening from 6-8 p.m.

Esther was born Nov. 26, 1910 in Richmond, Texas. She was the eldest daughter of Paul and Ruby Pierce. In January of 1916, her family moved to Childress where she lived most of her life except for a few years residing in Vernon and Burkburnett. After graduating from Childress High in 1929, she then attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and Draughon’s Business School in Wichita Falls. She and Harold “Hap” Wright married Nov. 25, 1935 in Amarillo. After 16 years, she retired as administrative assistant at Childress High School. She then assisted Judge Dean Decker for five years.

Esther was a loving mother and was an avid reader who remained active in Childress book clubs and the Order of Eastern Star. She was longtime member of First United Methodist Church and Choir. In 2005, she moved to Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold (Hap ) Wright; brother, Joel C. Pierce, and two sisters, Jean Schleicher and Joyce Pierce.

Family suggests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 Ave. D, NE, Childress, TX 79201.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Wright and wife Sandra of Apex, N.C. and John Wright and wife Yvonne of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Violet White of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Eric and wife Lisa, Sean and wife Kristy, Ryan and wife Kelli, Paul and wife Natalia and Kathryn; and five great grandchildren.




Nelda Hightower

Services for Nelda Hightower, 71, were at the First Baptist Church, Paducah, Texas on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. following graveside services at Garden of Memories Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Nelda passed away June 6, 2013 in Paducah.

Nelda May Cranford Hightower was born on October 18, 1941 to Richard (Dick) Cranford and Neza Cranford. After attending elementary school in Delwin, Texas, she graduated from Paducah High School in 1959. She attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, and married L.F. Hightower on January 14, 1961. He died September 4, 1971. Nelda and Rufus Gibbs were married in Paducah where they owned and operated the Paducah Implement and Paducah Motor Co. In October of 1988, she was blessed with a granddaughter, Melanie Joan Wood who was the apple of her eye. Nelda was a doting grandmother who enjoyed watching Melanie mature. Her hobbies included painting, reading, crocheting, quilting, square dancing and playing cards with dear friends. She owned and operated Jones and Renfrow Abstracters until the time of her death.

Nelda was a member of the Delwin Baptist Church until 1967, when she moved her membership to Paducah First Baptist Church. She served on the Cottle County Museum Board and the Cottle – King Livestock and Rodeo Association Board. She enjoyed membership in the Ladies Auxiliary Post of Childress and Memorial Day Committee of Paducah, and helping honor the veterans.

She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Melanie Joan Wood, husband, L.F. Hightower, parents, Richard and Neza Cranford and sister Juanita Nixon.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Kevyn Wood; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Janice Cranford; sisters-in-law Nila Hightower Chambliss and Pearl Hightower Baker.

Donations may be made to the Melanie Joan Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank, Box 310, Paducah, Texas.






Alice Ann Hageman Cheek


Funeral services for Alice Ann Hageman Cheek, 80, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 in the Childress Church of Christ with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating. Burial followed in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

She passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Childress.

Alice was born on June 27, 1932 in Longview to A.C. and Blanche Hageman. She married Harold on Sept. 16, 1961 and they were married for almost 46 years at the time of his passing. Alice was a longtime member of the Childress Church of Christ. She and her husband owned and operated R.H. Norris Hardware and JC Penny’s. In more recent years, she worked at Lott Home Center. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and crafts.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Cheek; and one son, Richard Cheek.

The family suggests memorials be made to Childress, We Can Care at 16070 FM 164, Childress, Texas, 79201.

Survivors include a daughter, Carla Springer and husband Rick of Childress; four grandchildren, Landon Garrison and wife Cassie of Wichita Falls, Colton Springer of Carbondale, Ill., Rochelle Springer of Childress, Nathan Frazier of Childress; one great grandchild, Cal Garrison of Wichita Falls; a brother, Charles Hageman of Midland and many nieces and nephews.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsonfunerals.net.





Joyce “Sue” Lankford


Joyce “Sue” Lankford, 69, died Monday, June 3, 2013 in Childress. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013 in First Baptist Church with Chad King officiating. Burial will be in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

Sue was born June 1, 1944 in Memphis to William Thomas and Mamie Sue Upton Collins. As a young woman, Sue earned her cosmetology license. She attended vocational school where in 1979, she earned her LVN. She had worked both at Childress Regional Hospital and retired from a local nursing home in 2001. Sue loved her grandchildren and her little dachshund, Trixie. Her favorite passtime was cross stitch.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; and brother, David Collins.

Survivors include two sons, Darwin Lankford and wife Tanya of Childress and Darrell Lankford and wife Sharlie of Childress; a daughter, Delyn Trevino of Childress; son-in-law Ruben Trevino of Amarillo; two sisters-in-law, Stella Mae Lankford of Amarillo and Gale Wells of Lubbock; nine grandchildren, Austin, Bethany, Dylon, Jonathan, Destinee, Devon, Matthew, Ciara, Dacota; one great grandchild, Blaydon; special friend Edna Mae Smith and family and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sign the online guest register at www.johnsfonfunerals.net.




Ronnie Dale Wadley


Ronnie Dale Wadley, 59, died Monday, June 3, 2013 in Childress. Memorial Services and celebration of life were held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel.

Ronnie was born on July 6, 1953 in Altus, Okla. to Fred and Juanita Lathem Wadley. As Track Foreman, Ronnie worked for BNSF Railroad for 29 years, but also farmed and did mechanical work on the side. He married Sharon Simmons on Jan. 2, 1993 in Childress.

Ronnie was very loving, kind and always supportive. He loved and enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and his extended family, and was especially close to Harold Simmons. Playing his guitar and hunting were some of his favorite passtimes.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Juanita Wadley; father and mother-in-law, Francis and Edith Simmons; sisters, Oneta Wadley Kellison and Kathy Sue Wadley, and brother Dickie Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Simmons Wadley of Childress; four sons, Roy Don Wadley of Midland, Ricky Gambol of Tyler, Monte Gambol of Bastrop and Daniel Gambol of Midland; two daughters, Jennifer Bell of Bastrop and Shayna Acuff of San Angelo; four brothers, Kenneth Wadley and wife Carol of Amarillo, Fred Carl Wadley of Hollis, Gary Mac Wadley and wife Alice of Dennison and Eddy Wadley of Hollis; three sisters, Jo Nell Murphy and husband Ronnie of Winslow, Ark., Rita Chance and husband Jerry and Kelly Wright and husband Jimmy of Hollis; and 12 grandchildren.

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Virginia Peyton Van Bibber


Virginia Peyton Van Bibber, 95 of Childress, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Childress.

Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the Joe E. Jones Chapel in Childress Cemetery.

Virginia was born March 14, 1918 in Childress to Wade and Maybelle Knight McConnell. She and Karl Van Bibber married April 10, 1943 in Childress. He was a draftsman for the railroad and an accomplished cartoonist. He preceded her in death, April 20, 1957. Virginia’s career included working for Mahon and Broughton Attorneys, Burlington Northern Railroad, Childress Chamber of Commerce, and retired with Bird and Bird Law Firm. Virginia adored Childress and it’s people. She enjoyed travel, literature, and music.

Being fun loving, she never met a stranger and was always quick with humor and wit. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and so enjoyed her church, Sunday school class and UMW Circle. In honor of her 90th birthday, her family donated a fountain to the City of Childress.

Survivors include a nephew, Ed McConnell of Amarillo and a niece, Ginny Cocanougher of Dallas.

Memorials may be made to Keep Childress Beautiful, c/o Linda Reese, 300 3rd St., Childress, Texas 79201.

Interment will be in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.




Bonnie Faye Hodges Robertson


Bonnie Faye Hodges Robertson, 92 of Vernon, Texas died on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Vernon, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon

Bonnie was born Tuesday, April 19, 1921 in Farmers Valley, Texas; she was the daughter of the late A. A. Hodges and the late Sally Jennings Hodges. She married Harvey E. Robertson, Jr. on November 2, 1941 in Vernon. He preceded her in death August 19, 2006. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked was a cafeteria worker for V.I.S.D. retiring in 1975. She & Harvey were instrumental in putting on musical show for the senior citizens. She was a member of Wilbarger St. Church of Christ. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Dale Robertson and wife DiAnn of Burleson; a daughter, Cherri Bradshaw and husband Steve of Farmers Valley; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters Ava Hodges Ranjel, Hazel Hodges Taylor and one brother Glenn Hodges.

Memorials can be made to favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com




Virginia Peyton Van Bibber

Virginia Peyton Van Bibber, 95 of Childress, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Childress.

Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the Joe E. Jones Chapel in Childress Cemetery.

Virginia was born March 14, 1918 in Childress to Wade and Maybelle Knight McConnell. She and Karl Van Bibber married April 10, 1943 in Childress. He was a draftsman for the railroad and an accomplished cartoonist. He preceded her in death, April 20, 1957. Virginia’s career included working for Mahon and Broughton Attorneys, Burlington Northern Railroad, Childress Chamber of Commerce, and retired with Bird and Bird Law Firm. Virginia adored Childress and it’s people. She enjoyed travel, literature, and music.

Being fun loving, she never met a stranger and was always quick with humor and wit. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and so enjoyed her church, Sunday school class and UMW Circle. In honor of her 90th birthday, her family donated a fountain to the City of Childress.

Survivors include a nephew, Ed McConnell of Amarillo and a niece, Ginny Cocanougher of Dallas.

Memorials may be made to Keep Childress Beautiful, c/o Linda Reese, 300 3rd St., Childress, Texas 79201.

Interment will be in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.



Sammy Lee Braidfoot


Sammy Lee Braidfoot was born October 24,1961 in Memphis, Texas to Dortha (Proffitt) Braidfoot and Eddie Braidfoot. He passed away on May 7, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 51 years.

Sammy was a 1980 graduate of Memphis High School. He participated in sports during his high school days. Football was his favorite. He also was a member of the Memphis FFA and enjoyed working with and showing hogs. After high school he worked in and around Memphis and farmed. Later Sammy joined the United States Army. He was based at Ft. Drum in New York. Later he served in Germany. He also served in Saudi Arabia before being transferred to Fort Hood where he was discharged. Sammy loved to hunt and fish in his spare time.

After the Army, Sammy worked in San Antonio at Kelly Air Force Base for the defense contractor Lockheed Martin almost 20 years. He is survived by his wife Veronica of the home, his parents Eddie and Dortha Braidfoot of Memphis. A brother Eddie Wayne Braidfoot and his wife Cindy of Childress as well as two nephews John and Matthew Braidfoot. Sammy is also survived by a host of other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held in San Antonio on Saturday May 18, 2013. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 in the Chapel at Fairview Cemetery in Memphis beginning at 10 am. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family requests memorials to a favorite charity or to the American Cancer Society.




Clint Wayne Crawford


Clint Wayne Crawford, 79, died Thursday, May 9,2013 in Childress.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Childress Church of Christ with Trey Morgan officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery.

Clint was born on Aug. 30, 1933 in Roswell, N.M. to Martin and Bertha Rea Crawford. Stationed in Greenland, Clint served his country in the Army.

He and Joyce Story married Nov. 11, 1962 in Electra, Texas. They had celebrated 50 years together. He retired from Burlington Northern Railroad as materials manager.

Clint loved life and people. A few of his favorite pastimes were fishing, gardening, and putting puzzles together with Joyce.

In a large part of Texas, Clint knew all the good eating places. He was a member of Childress Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Bertha Crawford.

Memorials may be made to: Marcelo and Matraca Toro Mission Fund c/o Childress Church of Christ PO Box 239 Childress, TX 79201

Survivors include wife, Joyce Crawford, Childress; daughters, Becky Fuller an