Hazel Leota Brock, age 91, of Kermit, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at her residence. She was born the 18th of September 1912, in Timpson, Shelby Co., TX. She was the daughter of a farmer and schoolteacher, Cornelius Allen Bogard and his wife, Una Belle Kyle. The Bogards moved to West Texas, Vernon/Quanah area in 1920.
After graduating from Quanah High School, Quanah, TX in 1929, Hazel attended Ranger Junior College, Ranger, TX, then taught grades 1-7 for one (1) year at Star Valley School, near Chillicothe, TX.
In 1931, Hazel attended Texas Tech University at Lubbock for one semester until all of her students finished picking cotton and harvesting for the year and they returned to school. For four years, she taught at the Medicine Mound School in Medicine Mound, TX, being the first teacher to be hired from the hometown area. She taught grades 3 and 4 for two years, then grades 2 and 3 for two years. After the School District began hiring only affiliated teachers, she went back to Star Valley and taught in the one teacher school again in 1935-36.
Hazel married Leo Langford Brock on April 25, 1937 in Chillicothe, TX. Their next several years were spent traveling with Leo’s job with Gulf Oil Company in seismograph, or “doodle bugging”, and having two daughters, Sandra Kaye and Celia Belle. After several years of moving from place to place with Leo’s work, Hazel returned to college in Crosby, North Dakota where Leo was stationed. She was only allowed one semester there as Leo was transferred to Kansas, then on to Donaldsville, LA. Hazel then attended classes at Nacogdoches, TX and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in August 1955, from Stephen F. Austin University. She taught 4th grade in Kirbyville, TX during 1955-1956, then moved to Jasper, TX where she taught 3rd grade for 4 years. Hazel received her Masters Degree in Education in August 1959 from Stephen F. Austin as Sandra finished High School in Jasper.
Leo retired from Gulf Oil and they moved to Kermit, TX in August 1960, near his sister Melba Carr (Melba has since moved to California and passed away January 31, 2002). Hazel taught 3rd grade in Kermit for 4 years, went to Sul Ross State Teachers University to earn her counselor’s certificate, and was Counselor at Kermit Junior High School for 15 years. She was Student Council Sponsor, administered commercial academic tests as well as aiding students with various tasks and problems.
Hazel loved her job, the students, her co-workers and staff. Her memories about her work with the students of Kermit have always been her favorite subject since retiring from the school system in 1975. She was a member of: Texas Classroom Teachers Assoc., KISD Retired Teachers Assoc., Lifetime member of Texas State Teachers Assoc., Volunteer/Member of Texas Youth Commission 1990, Eastern Star, Jasper, TX, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kermit, TX, National Retired Teachers Assoc. and Charter Member/Officer of the KISD Credit Union aka Winkler County Credit Union.
Leo and Hazel had two daughters, Sandra Kaye Brock, who passed away in October 2000, from the neuromuscular disease, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Sandra had also received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Stephen F. Austin and taught High School English until receiving her Masters Degree and assuming the position of Media Coordinator of the Keller School District, Keller, TX. Sandra was married and had three sons, Terry, Jamie and Jay Lucas. Terry and Jamie are both pilots for American Airlines and Jay is assistant manager of a door and window manufacturing company. Terry and his wife, Carol, and their three sons, Dustin, Daniel and Jacob live near Denton as well as do Jamie and his wife Michele and daughters Jessica and Jennifer. Weldon Lucas, Jr. (Jay) lives in Corinth with his wife Kimber and sons, Kyle and Brock.
Their second daughter, Celia Belle Brock, married Charles Ray Bolf and lives in Kermit. Celia received her Bachelor of Arts degree at UTPB in Odessa and teaches elementary school in Kermit. They have two sons. Thomas Bolf is manager of the Kermit office of Tessco Electric. He and his wife, Dina and their two sons Jerid and Jeremy live in Kermit. Lang Bolf is an electrician for the City of Austin Power Company. Lang lives in Bastrop with his wife Jeanette, stepson Bradley Sutton, and Lang’s son Marcus. Another stepson, Justin Sutton lives in Midland.
Hazel has been a loving influence to all of her family and we will remember her patience, concern and sincerity about each person’s life that she touched. May God bless Hazel and receive her into his Kingdom.
Those left behind to cherish Hazel’s love and memories are her Daughter: Celia Bolf and husband, Charles, of Kermit, TX; Two Brothers: Alton Bogard of Midwest City, OK and Herschel Bogard of Anniston, AL; Two Sisters: Lois Poissoit of Conroe, TX and Stella Sims of Arlington, TX.
Five Grand sons: Thomas Bolf and wife, Dina, of Kermit, TX, Lang Bolf and wife, Jeanette, of Bastrop, TX, Terry Lucas and wife, Carol, of Aubrey, TX, Jamie Sim and wife, Michele, of Crossroads, TX and Jay Lucas and wife, Kimber, of Corinth, TX.
Thirteen Great – Grandchildren: Jerid and Jeremy Bolf of Kermit, TX, Daniel and Jacob Lucas, of Aubrey, TX, Dustin Lucas of Weatherford, TX, Jessica and Jennifer Lucas of Crossroads, TX, Kyle and Jay Brock of Corinth, TX, Justin Sutton of Midland, TX, Bradley Sutton and Marcus Bolf both of Bastrop, TX and Ashton Prather of Kermit, Texas.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Langford Brock, in 1989.
Funeral Service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, August 23, 2004 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Loren Gardner officiating. Concluding Service will follow Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at Chillicothe Cemetery in Chillicothe, TX with Rev. Bud Kidwell officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, TX
SCHELL, Grace Truman: 1909 – 2011
Grace Truman Schell passed away peacefully on August 6, 2011, at the age of 102. Grace was born in Medicine Mound, Texas, on July 4, 1909, the 8th of 13 children. At one year of age, she traveled by covered wagon from Texas to Oklahoma.
In 1926, at the age of 17, she married Marvin Wood and had two daughters and a son. Grace lost her son to spinal meningitis when he was still a young boy. In 1943 she moved to Berkeley, CA. At age 51, when most people are thinking about retirement, Grace enrolled in Beauty College, received her license, and proceeded to work as a hair dresser until she was 80. She later relocated to Lakeport.
Grace moved from Lakeport to Ukiah in 1998. She volunteered at the Senior Center Thrift Shop at least once a week, until her late 90′s. When she turned 98, she requested her family take her down to the DMV to renew her driver’s license. She took the test, and her license was renewed for five more years. At the age of 99 and 9 months her family finally convinced her to sell her car and let someone else do the driving. Grace continued to make lemon meringue pies “by hand” and play Dominoes until nearly 100 years of age. Grace loved her church, the First Baptist Church in Ukiah, and attended services until the last few months when she became confined to a wheelchair. When she would ask her granddaughter Stacy how much longer it would be before the Lord came to take her home, her granddaughter always told her, “Only God knows, and he isn’t telling.”
Grace Schell is survived by her daughters, Twyla Benevedes of Ukiah, and Carolyn Bellante of Lincoln, CA, granddaughters Stacy White of Hopland, Tami Graeber of Klamath Falls, Nicole Backster, and grandson Michael Lynch of New York. Grace was great-grandmother to Ryan Funderburg of Bend, Oregon, Madison White of Hopland, Michelle White, Lola Lynch and Kyle Forrester. Grace welcomed her name-sake and great-great-granddaughter Cassidy Grace Funderburg three years ago. Grace was preceded in death by her grandson, Randy Benevedes. A memorial service is planned for Friday, August 12, 2011, at 1:30 at the First Baptist Church. The church is at 302 Henry Street, Ukiah.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Ukiah Senior Center are appreciated. Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on August 10, 2011
HUBACEK, Latrese Gray (Bellamy): 1918 – 2010
Hubacek, Latrese Gray Helen Latrese Bellamy Gray Hubacek, age 91, of Allen, Texas passed away April 7, 2010.
She was born November 3, 1918, in Lockney, Texas, to Madison Jacob and Annie Bertie Covington Bellamy. Latrese attended schools in Hardeman County, Texas, at Medicine Mounds, and graduated from Kings High School. She married Willie (Bill) Paskell Gray on September 1, 1936, in Greenville, Texas. They lived in Merit, Texas for a short time, and then moved back to Chillicothe area. One son, David Madison, was born to the union in Medicine Mounds, Texas.
They lived in Medicine Mounds, in Amarillo during World War II, Quanah, settled in Chillicothe until 1955, then moved to Richardson, Texas. Both worked at Texas Instruments in Dallas at the time. Bill Gray passed away January 13, 1975. Latrese married John Hubacek on December 28, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also resided in Richardson, Texas.
She retired from Texas Instruments in May 1981 after 23 years. Latrese and John moved to Kemp, Texas in 1982. John passed away in 1999, and in 2001 Latrese moved to McKinney, Texas, where she lived until she moved to Allen in 2007.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, as well as her brother, Wilmot H. Bellamy, and her sisters, Lomare Bell and Louise Johnson. Her survivors include daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (Liz) Gray of Lucas, TX; grandsons, David Madison Gray II of Melissa, TX, John Michael Gray of San Francisco, CA and Jeffrey Stephen Gray of McKinney; stepsons, Elick, Alvin, George, Anthony, and Johnny Hubacek; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. A graveside service will follow at Big Valley Cemetery, in Chillicothe, Texas at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to funeral service.
To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com.
YOUNT, Kathleen May: 1945 – 2007
Kathleen May Yount, 89, of Gainesville, Texas, formerly of New Bethlehem, died Wednesday morning, December 8, 2010, in Gainesville.
Born April 29, 1921, in Lazare, Texas, she was the daughter of Thomas and Carrie Toland Beasley.
She married Vernon T. Yount on August 10. 1945. He preceded her in death on October 16, 2007.
Mrs. Yount was a registered nurse. She worked as a civilian nurse for the United States Army. She then worked in various doctors’ offices and hospitals in Clarion, Brookville and Kittanning.
She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in New Bethlehem.
Mrs. Yount was a member of the American Legion in New Bethlehem and enjoyed volunteering and quilting.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Thompson and her husband, Jay, of Gainesville, Texas, formerly of New Bethlehem; eight grandchildren, Michael Pence of Wytusing, Melissa Flores of Arlington, Texas, Kevin Thompson and Matthew Pence, both of Fort Worth, Texas, Michelle Hatcher of White Settlement, Texas, Barbara Thompson, member of the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, Megan Nulph of Oak Ridge, Carrie Thompson of Gainesville, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Beasley.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Rupert Funeral Home in New Bethlehem.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, December 17, 2010, at the funeral home with the Rev. Rob Ryver, pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Distant, Armstrong County.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com.
HARRIS, E.D. Buster: 1920 – 2012
E.D. Buster Harris, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 in Childress. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Childress Church of Christ with Trey Morgan officiating . Burial followed in Goodlett Cemetery.
Buster was born Aug. 19, 1920 in Lazare, Texas to John and Carrie Thomas Harris. Buster married former Helen Kyle, June 27, 1942. She passed away March 26, 1957. Buster later married Emmalene Vonessen on Aug. 1, 1964. Emmalene died Sept. 4, 2004.
Buster farmed in the Kirkland and surrounding area all his life.
He is preceded in death by two wives, Helen and Emmalene, three brothers, Jack, Norman, and Rex and one sister, Sue Holtman.
Survivors: Daughter – Mary Goodin and husband, Henry, of Eldorado, OK; Two Sons – Ken Harris and wife, Brenda of Kirkland; Jim Harris and wife, Barbara, of Kirkland; Two Brothers – John T. Harris and wife, Jean of Amarillo; Sam Harris and wife, Leone, of Amarillo, eight Grandchildren – Shane Harris, Ronda Harris Smith Lisa Harris Lee, Michelle Harris Thomas, Josh Harris James Harris, Melissa Goodin Sill, and Eddie Goodin; 11 Great Grandchildren; 4 Great Great Grandchildren.
BEASLEY, Paul: 1927 – 2010
Paul Beasley, 80, died Tuesday, October 2 in Lake Worth. Born Paul Thomas Beasley on August 25, 1927 in Lazare to Thomas and Mae Beasley. He served his country in the United States Army.
Beasley was preceded in death by his wife, LeAnne Beasley and son, David. Survivors include son, Terry Beasley and wife, Sandra of River Oaks; daughter, Beverly Renois and husband, Paul of Boyd; granddaughters, Laurie Honeman of New Orleans, Erica Guilbea of Fort Worth, Hannah and Heather Halvey of River Oaks; grandsons, Brad Beasley of the U.S. Army serving in Washington, D.C., Coy Northington of Mount Gilead, Oh, Shannon Dowdle of Azle; 6 great-grandchldren; sister, Kay Yount and husband, Vernon of New Bethelhem, PA.; brother, Bill Beasley and wife, Jeane of Midland.
McGUIRE, Verna Jo: 1923 – 2004
Verna Jo McGuire, 80, of Mountain Home, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at a care center in Mountain Home.
No local services will be held. Funeral services will be held in Quanah, Texas, at a later date, with burial to follow in Goodlett, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mountain Home.
Verna Jo was born May 19, 1923, in Goodlett, Texas, the daughter of Joe and Ona (Ross) Anderson.
Verna Jo worked as a clerk for the City of Quanah and at local nursing homes. In 1998 she moved from Quanah, Texas, where she had lived on the family farm for 77 years, to Mountain Home to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law.
Verna Jo was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Mountain Home.
She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family.
Verna Jo is survived by: her daughter, Judy Dow and her husband, Don, of Mountain Home, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Juddy.
MERCIER, Ruth: 1930 – 2001
Ruth Mercier, 70, of Grand Ronde, died July 8.
She was born July 25, 1930 in Goodlett, Texas. She moved to Willamina in 1942 and then to Grand Ronde in 1950.
She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Survivors include her husband, Darrel, whom she married Jan. 25, 1950 in Grand Ronde; sons, Mark, Douglas, John and Lowell, all of Grand Ronde; daughters, Carmen Mercier and Barbara Lake, both of Willamina, Margo Mercier of Grand Ronde, Constance Lopez of Sells, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Ronde with private interment in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde cemetery.
Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun – July 11, 2001
BRYANT, Frank: 1937 – 1997
Services for Frank Bryant, 60, of Quanah will be at 4 p.m. today in Price-Jackson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Spangler officiating.
Burial will be in Quanah Memorial Park.
Bryant died Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 7, 1937, near Goodlett. He moved from Lubbock in 1988, where he was a retired meter repairman for Pioneer Gas Co. He was a member of Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his mother, Faye Bryant of Quanah; and two sisters, Helen Gerred of Quanah and Janice Formby of Wichita Falls.
The family suggests memorials to Golden Wings Hospice Foundation.
PELOQUIN, Margie H.: 1926 – 2007
Margie Evelyn Peloquin, 81, of Baytown, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in her home. Margie was born April 29, 1926, to Claborn and Beadie Hooper in Goodlett, Texas.
She graduated Valedictorian of her senior class from Cedar Bayou High School in 1945. Margie remained a lifelong learner and avid reader throughout her life. Her family celebrates her life as a lover of trees, crosswords, books, life, any worthy challenge, and as a true southern lady.
She was a member of Cedar Bayou Methodist Church. Margie retired from GTE in 1990 after many years of faithful service and career growth. She will be deeply missed by all family and friends who knew and loved her.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Clifford Hooper and Alvis Hooper; sisters, Ruby Herron and Rosemary Hooper, and former husband of 20 years, Allen Peloquin. She is survived by daughter and best friend, Susan Peloquin of Baytown; sons, Allen Peloquin and wife, Cheryl of Austin, TX., Jason Peloquin and wife, Leslie of Baytown, Paul Peloquin and wife Lenay of Baytown: brothers Wayne Hooper of Baytown, and C.M. Hooper Jr. of Hamilton, TX; Sister, Edna Mulkey of Hamilton, TX; Grandchildren, Lyssa Peloquin, Brynn Peloquin, Lacee Peloquin, Greg Peloquin, Somer Peloquin, Kylie Peloquin and Logan Peloquin; and treasured friends, Billie Jean Wright, Loetta Sossaman, Nancy Robinson and Dee Dee Mondini.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday July 21, 2007 at Cedar Bayou Methodist Church, 2714 Ferry Road, Baytown, with Reverend Tommy Lyles officiating.
SIMMONS, Edith Marie: 1916 – 2011
Edith Marie Williams Simmons, age 94, died Tuesday, the 14th day of June 2011 at The Villlage At Ware Memorial in Amarillo, Texas. She was born July 15, 1916, in Goodlett, Hardeman County, Texas, to Freeman M. and Stella May Ramsey Willams. She was raised in Childress and married Francis Lee Simmons on September 15, 1934. Edith and Francis remained in Childress where they worked and raised their family. She retired from United Supermarket after many years of service.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 17, at The Johnson Funeral Home Chapel at 307 Avenue C. N.W. in Childress. Burial will be in the Childress Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome to join in the celebration of her life.
Work was the most important thing to Edith, but in addition she loved gardening, fishing, crocheting, canning and cooking for her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She was a caregiver for many friends and residents around the Childress community even in her later years. If someone was in need, Edith was just the person to help. A favorite memory of Edith and Francis’ years together was in 2005 when they were crowned King and Queen of the Old Settler’s Rodeo.
Edith will be remembered for her honesty, integrity, hard work, perseverance and her no-nonsense personality that allowed her to raise her seven children.
Edith is survived by her daughter, Shirley Mills and husband, Robert of Childress.
Daughter-Sharon Wadley and husband, Ronnie of Childress.
Daughter-Gayle Canon and husband, Roger of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Daughter-Toni Schubarth of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Son-John Simmons of Dumas, Texas.
Son-Harold Simmons and wife, Donna of Dumas, Texas.
Son-Bill Simmons and wife, Grace of Atoka, Oklahoma.
Brother-Bob Williams and wife, Madie of Olton, Texas.
Life-Long Friend-Florence Gallagher of Childress, Texas.
22 Grandchildren 41 Great-Grandchildren 22 Great-Great-Grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 2006, parents, brothers; Joe Willams, Carroll Williams, Bill Williams and sisters; Mabel May, Roxie Parnell and Johnnie Cramer, and son-in-laws, Jimmy Moates and David Schubarth, and a grandson, Mark Moates.
Edith’s family would like to thank her Ware Memorial family for the love and kindness that was shown to her and her family during her illness the last couple of years.
In lieu of flowers the Simmons family request donations be made to The National Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or by mailing it to Alzheimer’s Association Star Chapter, 4687 N. Mesa St., Suite 200, El Paso, Tx 79912.
KLAPPER, Anna Mae: 1912 – 2000
Former Hardeman County resident Anna Mae Klapper, 87, of Arlington, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, in Arlington.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Price-Jackson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cliff Johnson, pastor of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Goodlett Cemetery.
Klapper was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Paris, Texas, a daughter of the late George T. and Millie M. Moree Melton. She married Vernon M. Klapper on Oct. 7, 1929, in Hollis, Okla., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1999.
A Hardeman County resident for most of her life, she was a homemaker and a former schoolteacher who taught for five years at Lazare. She was a member of Goodlett Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Verna Jo Werner of Arlington; a sister, Veda Melton of Oceanside, Calif.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care or Goodlett Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
TIDMORE, Virginia: 1933 – 2011
Virginia Tidmore, 78, of Amarillo formerly of Quanah died Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Dumas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church in Quanah with Monte Lumpkin, pastor of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Quanah Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Virginia was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Crowell to Ralph and Fern McKown. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Quanah where she was a GA sponsor and member of women’s Bible class. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thad Tidmore.
She is survived by a son, Ron Tidmore and wife Meg of Roswell, N.M.; a daughter, Pat Barrett and husband Galen of Amarillo; a sister, CloVonne McMichael of Hurst; eight grandchildren, Cody Posey, Brandon Tidmore, Casey Brown, Andy Barrett, Cody J. Barrett, Jenci Huebner, Thad Tidmore and Sarah Tidmore; and seven great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from noon until services time Wednesday at the church.
The family suggests memorials be sent to Memorial Hospice, 224 E. Second St., Dumas, TX 79029.
Amarillo Globe-News, April 5, 2011
CARREGO, Frutoso “Frank”: 1943 – 2010
Frutoso “Frank” Carrego, 67, formerly of Quanah, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010.
Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today in Smith Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Deacon Art Casias officiating. Burial will be in Goodlett Cemetery.
Mr. Carrego was born Jan. 21, 1943, in Beeville to Erasmo and Genara Gomez Carrego. He and Erlinda Fuentes were married on Sept. 17, 1967, in Post.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Zerina Carrego and Roxzy Lucio, both of Rosenberg, and Karla King of Wichita Falls; a son, Darryl Carrego of Quanah; two sisters, Mary Lopez of Houston and Natalie Monsebais of Beeville; a brother, Joe Carrigo of Quanah; and seven grandchildren.
Amarillo Globe-News, July 11, 2010
COKENDOLPHER, Arthur Hilton: 1925 – 2010
Arthur Hilton Cokendolpher, 84, formerly of Amarillo, Texas, died Sunday, April 25, 2010.
Celebration of life services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Faith Fellowship Church with the Rev. Gary Hoffman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Boones Mill. Arrangements are by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.
Mr. Cokendolpher was born July 12, 1925, in Goodlett, Texas, to Dave and Georgia Lee Tanner Cokendolpher.
Mr. Cokendolpher and his wife, Helen, lived the majority of their lives in Amarillo, owning and operating Cokendolpher Tax Service until retiring to Virginia to live near their son.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Otha Brownlow, Oscar Cokendolpher, Tom Cokendolpher and Olen Cokendolpher; and a sister, Oma Hawthorne.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife, Helen Hyden Cokendolpher; a daughter, Linda Marlene Smith and husband Lowell D. Smith of Pennsylvania; a son, David Cokendolpher and wife Judy of Boones Mill; five grandchildren, Jason Smith of New York, Dana Garnier and husband Rick of Pennsylvania, Bradley Cokendolpher and wife Claire of North Carolina, Zachry Cokendolpher and wife Valarie of Callaway, and Joshua Cokendolpher and wife Kathrina of Boones Mill; seven great-grandchildren, Austin and Tyler Garnier, Olivia and Ethan Cokendolpher, Caleb and Andrew Cokendolpher, and Calum Fader.
The family suggests memorials be to Boones Mill Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 61, Boones Mill, VA 24065.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at Faith Fellowship Church.
Please sign the online guest book at www.tharpfuneralhome.com.
Amarillo Globe-News, April 27, 2010
MONTGOMERY, Don Alvin: 1936 – 2011
Don Alvin Montgomery passed away at home on Sunday, August 28, 2011. Don was born January 22, 1936, in Goodlett, TX to Cephas and Thelma (Guthrie) Montgomery. The family moved to Washington, where Don graduated from Renton High School in 1954.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955, then in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1961, and was a Veteran of the Korea War. He married Mable Doris Sikes in 1961, and raised two children, Steven and Michelle. He married Debra Larsen in 1984, and had two children, Chad and Dane. Don was the Radio Technician for the Washington State Department of Transportation until 1991, when he retired. He was an active member and past Commander of the Cashmere V.F.W Post #64, played Golden Age softball, was a 4-H leader, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Playing along with his children and grandchildren was also a favorite activity. Don always had a smile and a good story to share, and was willing to help out anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Henry; and sister, Vela. He is survived by his longtime partner, Marlene Peterson of Cashmere; son, Steven James (Penny) of Monroe, WA; daughter, Michelle Renee of Cashmere; sons, Chad Taylor (Margo) of Genesee, ID; son, Dane Thomas of Cleveland, OK; grandchildren, Laken, Arieca and Tarrah Te Velde, Emerald and Clifton Montgomery and Tyler, Kaedan and Logan Montgomery; brothers, Kenneth “Dale” and Cephas “Butch”; and sisters, Hazel “Lou” and DeLois. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Cashmere Legion Hall, 401 Sunset Highway, on Monday, September 12, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. Service to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Graveside Military Honors. Lunch will be following at the Legion Hall. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Cashmere V.F.W. Post #64 or to WSU Chelan County 4-H Equine Program. Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.
LEONARD, Auther “AC” Clyde: 1925 – 2011
A.C. Leonard, 82, a former Dumas resident, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011. Graveside Services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Dumas Cemetery. Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Dumas will be officiating. Arrangements are by Morrison Funeral Directors.
A.C. was born on August 15, 1928 in Goodlett, Texas to Sol and Ora Lenoard. He married Reba Boswell on September 3, 1948 in Dumas. She preceded him in death on July 4, 2004. A.C. was a hard worker. He was employed at the smelter plant in Dumas for 25 years. He moved to Plainview in 1972, and was a resident there for 38 years. He worked for Occidental & Zip Fertilizer until his retirement.
A.C. loved to ride motorcycles. One of his greatest joys was riding at the Canadian River with his son-in-laws and grandkids. He loved the outdoors, camping out and fishing with his family. They were his life, and he was a very dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, everyone listened. He was a Christian, and a member of Seth Ward Baptist Church in Plainview.
Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Henry and husband Farrell of Dumas and Cathy Myers and husband David of Plainview; one sister, Valine Ballard of Dumas; and numerous other family members.
The family will be at 1707 Lewis in Dumas.
BUCKLEY, George Truitt: 1926 – 2011
Graveside services for Mr. George Truitt Buckley will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 3:00p.m. at Union Cemetery near Freestone.
Bro. Scott Matthews and Minister Ricky Misseldine will officiate.
Mr. Buckley passed away early Sunday morning, July 24, 2011 at his farm near Freestone.
He was born on October 20, 1926 in Goodlett, TX to Vessie Houston and Bridget Mae Buckley. Mr. Buckley served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He loved all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Throughout his lifetime, he achieved many things including owning his own welding shop, racing horses, ranching and farming. You could usually find him on his tractor, digging a new pond, hatching a batch of chickens, fishing, gardening, or telling stories and playing jokes on his grandchildren. He dearly loved his “angel” & wife, Alice Buckley and was a devout believer in Jesus Christ. “Now he walks with his angel on one side and his Father on the other”. Mr. Buckley was a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and friend. He was always ready to help those in need or fix something that was broken and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by two sons, Danny Buckley & wife Cheryl of Baytown and Craig Buckley & wife LaDonna of Humble; seven daughters, Betty Rice & husband Jimmy of Alabama, Rose Johnson & husband Richard of Donie, Louise Rice & husband Neil of Alabama, Judy Niekamp & husband Don of Fairfield, Katherine Koepp & husband Dwight of Cross Roads, Martha Garduno & husband Johnny of Conroe, and Kimberly McAdams & husband Paul of Streetman; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister; other relatives and friends.
Mr. Buckley was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Alice Buckley.
HODGES, Anna C.: ? – 2000
Mrs. Anna L. Collins Hodges, 74, of Lamar died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.
A native of Goodlett, Texas, she was a daughter of the late King and Abby Roulston Collins, a Baptist, and was preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Hodges.
Survivors include her husband, T. R. Hodges; three sons, Terry Robert Hodges of Lamar, Kelly Hodges of Dover, and Randy Hodges of Fremont, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Humphrey Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville.
The body will be cremated.
HORN, Mike: 1923 – 2011
Mike Horn, 88, of Farmington, died on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Farmington. He was born July 24, 1923, in Goodlett, Texas.
Services are pending with Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.
COLE, Jack: 1931 – 2009
Jack Junior Cole, 77, died June 5, 2009. He was born July 28, 1931 to Issac and Nettie Sherman Cole. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Darlene Cole of Henderson, NE, and Jackie Ray and Mary Ann Cole of Houston; a sister, Nadine Austin of Hutchinson, KS; 4 grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews. Burial was at Goodlett Cemetery with arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home.
POOLE, Mildred Lucille: 1930 – 1998
Mildred Lucille Poole, 68, of Quanah, Texas, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, in a Hardeman County hospital.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Spangler, minister of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Goodlett Cemetery under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Poole was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Luther, Okla. She and Joe Poole were married June 12, 1947, in Guthrie, Okla. She had lived in Hardeman County since 1948. She was a homemaker and a retired supervisor for De Long’s Sportswear. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Sharon Carroll, Delores Smith and Janet Spangler, all of Quanah, and JoAnn McCoy of Caldwell, Texas; one brother, Charles Lowry of Guthrie, Okla.; four sisters, Nellie Bumgarner, and Mary Butler, both of Wellston, Okla., Alice Harrold of Elgin, Okla., and Ina Townsley of Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
CUMMINS, Marlon: 1913 – 1999
Marlon Griffin Cummins, 85, of Quanah, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jesse Dea officiating. Burial will be in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cummins was born June 7, 1913, in Goodlett, Texas. She and James Tucker were married March 9, 1975. He died April 3, 1983. She and A.B. Cummins were married June 30, 1989, in Altus, Okla. He died Dec. 31, 1994. She was a graduate of Quanah High School and attended Texas State College for Women at Denton. She also attended West Texas State University. She was a homemaker and a member of 1904 Club and many civic organizations. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, James A. Currie of Abernathy, Texas; a sister, Fern Nippert of Quanah, Texas; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
DAVIDSON, Charlie Barlow, Jr.: 1925 – 2012
Charlie Barlow Davidson, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia passed from this life on Tuesday, February 28th at the age of 86. He was born in Goodlett, Texas to parents Charlie and Maybell Davidson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean C Davidson, daughter Debra Binns and husband Michael; two sons, Charlie B Davidson III and wife Connie and Steven Davidson and wife Tracey. He is also survived by a sister Nina Parks, 5 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was a veteran of World War II and also the Korean War. Among the medals and honors he received was the Silver Star. He retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years of service and worked many years for the Virginia State Tax Department. He was a member of The Chosin Few and was one of the original campaign members for the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.
Mr. Davidson’s funeral service will be held at Woody’s Funeral Home on Parham on March 8th at 11am. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park. The reception following will take place in the Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter Gardens. We welcome family and friends to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the National Museum of the Marine Corps or The Wounded Warrior Project.
MARSHALL, Joyce: 1925 – 2003
Joyce Marshall, 77, of Latham died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at 2:15 p.m. at her home.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, with the Rev. Marvin Mungle officiating.
Burial will be in Illini Township Cemetery, Warrensburg.
Mrs. Marshall was a homemaker.
She was born June 6, 1925, at Goodlett, Texas, to Henry and Wilma Arnett Scott. She married Wilbur “Pinky” Marshall Jr. in Goodlett, Texas, on Oct. 12, 1951.
Surviving are her husband, of Latham; one daughter, Wilma (and Richard) Stanley of Latham; a daughter-in-law, Pam (and Leo) Schmidt of Latham; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Nina Ham of Hickman, Calif., Frances Poole of Goodlett, Texas, and Beulah Malone of Holly, Colo.
She was preceded in death by one son, Larry, who died in 1989, and two grandchildren.
She was a member of Latham Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the church or to the Marshall family.
SEARCY, Lavenia Clark: 1923 – 2006
Mrs. Searcy passed away at her home in Tularosa on Friday, Aug. 4, after a long illness. In 1949, Lavenia and her husband, Raymond Clark and their two sons moved from Goodlett, Texas to Ruidoso. After Raymond’s death, she married Frank Gardner and moved to Tularosa where she and Frank owned and operated the Gardner Pipe and Steel Co. Lavenia continued to run the company for several years after Frank’s death. In 1990 Lavenia married cliff Searcy. Lavenia had been active in the Adobe Dabblers, Tularosa Senior Citizen Center, Otero Widows’ Group, and Ruidoso Doe’s. Lavenia was born July 20, 1923 in Paducah, Texas to Jess and Pearl Allen. She is survived by her two sons, Wesley Clark and his wife Linda of Ruidoso, Kenneth Clark and his wife Peggy of Ruidoso; a step son, Derek Searcy and his wife B.J. of Huachuca City, Arizona; grandchildren, Jennifer Clark, Scott Clark and his wife Annie, Kendra Caraway, Wendy Clark, Randy Clark, and Matthew Searcy; great grandchildren, Kelcey Clark and Zack Caraway; her brothers, Louie Allen, William Allen, Mel Allen, Glenn Allen; sisters, Edna Stutzman, Joyce Campbell, Johnnye Riggan and numersous nieces and nephews.
WOODALL, Howard Leon (Woody): 1924 – 2002
Howard Leon (Woody) Woodall, 77, former mayor of Grand Saline and retired publisher of the Grand Saline Sun, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline. Rev. Roger Garbs will officiate. Bartley Funeral Home will direct the services. Burial will follow a Woodside Cemetery in Grand Saline.
Mr. Woodall and his wife, Fern, owned the Grand Saline Sun and Edgewood Enterprise from 1972 until late 1986. They also owned and operated, at various times during that period, the Van Progress, the Tri-County News in Mabank and the Wood County (Quitman) Democrat.
Mr. Woodall was born August 18, 1924, in Goodlett, Texas, and later graduated from Williams High School near there. He was a medical corpsman in the European Theater during World War II and survived both the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. In 1949 he married Fern Barham of Wright City, Texas.
He worked as a roughneck and then as a pumper and gauger in the East Texas oil field and later in Kansas and Oklahoma. In 1963, he joined the Jacksonville Daily Progress as an advertising account executive but most loved his additional duties as a sports writer. He worked there until he and his wife bought newspapers in Grand Saline and Edgewood.
While in Grand Saline, he served as president of he Chamber of Commerce and held various other offices in the chamber and the Grand Saline Economic Development Corporation. He served as mayor for two terms from 1987 until 1991.
In 1991, he was named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline. He was for many years an active member and director of Texas Press Association and North and East Texas Press Association.
After they sold the newspaper company, the Woodalls traveled extensively by motor home, spending time in every state except Hawaii and visiting most of the Canadian provinces. He was an avid reader, hobbyist photographer and loved maps. Mr. Woodall was also an amateur artist, working in pencil and watercolors. He completed art consignments for a number of families and organizations in Grand Saline and Jacksonville.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Fern; by son, Bill and his wife, Nanette, of Tyler; by son, Bert, and his wife, Denise, of Prescott, Ariz.; and by daughter, Lisa Reid, and her husband B.J., of Tulsa, Okla.
He is also survived by grandson, Josh Woodall, and his wife, Emily, of Omaha, Neb.; granddaughter, Katie Noland, and her husband, Mike, of Tyler; granddaughters, Meagan and Kelsey Reid, both of Dallas; step-granddaughter, Heather Crist, and her husband, Chip, of Tyler; and by step-grandson, Phil Shinalt, and his wife, Reagan, of Jacksonville. He is survived by two great-grandchildren, Jackson Noland and Faith Crist, both of Tyler; and several step-great-grandchildren in Lubbock and Forney.
Also among the survivors are sisters, Beth Homes of North Plate, Neb., and Barbara Woodall of Grove, Okla.; and brother-in-law, Con Rogers of Manassa, Colo. He also leaves countless friends.
Pallbearers will be John Rash, Floyd Stewart, Bruce Cheatham and Jimmy Shield of Grand Saline, Oscar Rodgers of Will’s Point and Pat Allison of Dallas.
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2002
BRANDON, Doris Ernestine (Brandon): 1915 – 2010
Doris Ernestine Brandon, 95, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010 in Wichita Falls. Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Quanah Memorial Park with Robert Rasberry officiating. Services are under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home.
Doris was born April 11, 1915 in Goodlett, TX to James A. Brandon and Bessie M. (Alexander) Brandon. She attended Goodlett schools until the 10th grade and graduated from Quanah High School in 1932. She was a graduate of St. Paul School of Nursing in Dallas, TX where she became a Registered Nurse. She was an active Registered Nurse for 35 years, 27 of which were in the US Army Nurse Corps. Doris was a member of the St. Paul Alumni Association for 60 years, the National League for Nurses for 25 years, and was a Charter Member of Texas Nursing Service Administrators. She entered into the Army Nurse Corps during World War II and retired as a Full Colonel in 1970. After retirement, she volunteered for the American Red Cross and also helping those in need.
Doris is survived by three nieces and is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Thurston, A.J., and Buddy Brandon; one niece, Karen Rasberry; and one nephew, James Brandon.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the Presbyterian Manor for all of the love and care shown to Doris during her 20 year residency. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
ALEXANDER, George E.: 1931 – 2007
George E. Alexander, 75, of Security passed away on April 8, 2007 after a short illness. He was born April 28, 1931 in Quanah, Texas to William and Anne Lee (Blackburn) Alexander. He married Margie Brandon on July 7, 1950 in Quanah, Texas. George served in the US Navy from 1948-1952 and later worked in Civil Service. He and Margie moved to the Security area in 1959 where they raised their family. George is survived by his beloved Margie; his children, Bob Alexander, Jim Alexander, Deborah Alexander, Carla Alexander, Chris Sandusky, Kellie Owens, Jennifer Allen, Troy Allen and Samantha Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10, 2007 from 4-6P.M. at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S. Hwy 85/87, Fountain. Visitation will also occur on Thursday, April 13, 2007 from 8:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon at Smith Funeral Home in Goodlett, Texas. Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Goodlett Cemetery, Goodlett, Texas. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Ste. 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Published in The Gazette on April 10, 2007
HOLLIS, Verlyn: ? – 1998
DUMAS – Graveside services for Verlyn Hollis, 71, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dumas Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Unwin of First Assembly of God Church in Plainview officiating.
Burial arrangements are by Morrison Funeral Directors.
Mr. Hollis died Thursday, May 21, 1998.
He was born in Acme and had lived in Dumas for 25 years. He worked for the Dumas Co-op Grain Elevator and was a veteran of the Army.
In 1950 he married Jean Jeffers in Vernon. She died in 1996.
Survivors include four sons, Ricky R. Hollis, Larry Hollis and Terry Hollis, all of Dumas, and Gary Hollis of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Rae Nita White of Tulia; a brother, Ernest Hollis of Snyder; a sister, Faeoline Norton of Memphis; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Memorial Hospice, 224 E. 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029.
GALLANT, Wynona Colleen (Essary): 1926 – 2009
Wynona Colleen Gallant (Essary) passed away on August 15, 2009 at the age of 82.
She was born in Acme, Texas on August 26, 1926 and grew up in Quannah, Texas. She will be remembered most for her caring heart, sense-of-humor and directness. After graduation from Quannah High School, she moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Oklahoma City Hospital.
After WWII she moved to Santa Maria where she worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Sister’s Hospital (Marian) where she met her husband Bill Gallant (1908-1994). She was married August 21, 1948 in San Luis Obispo and moved to Orcutt where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was extremely proud to be a member of the Orcutt Den of the Lions Clubs International (LCI) for over 30 years. Serving in several positions of responsibility including President of both the Orcutt Lions and Lioness. In 1997 she was granted lifetime membership in the Lions Project for K9 Companions for Independence.
Colleen is remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family and friends and as a second mother/grandmother to 3 generations of Orcutt families. She is beloved and will be missed by many, her children Patrick Gallant (Sandy Hamilton), Kay Bohanan (Ed), Melissa Elitzak (Jack), Jerome Gallant (Barbara Schneider) and Linda Hamilton: her grandchildren Kristy (Steven Anson), Jennifer (Matt Bernhardt), Michael (Nicole Cavalier), Stacey (Patrick Hanna), Amanda, Kaitlyn and Julia Schneider: and her great grandchildren Zachary, Zechariah, Armando and DC.
A memorial service is being planned for November 15, 2009 at the Orcutt Lions. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be sent to your local Lions Club projects. Arrangements are in the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
Mortuary & Crematory
Published in Santa Maria Times on September 4, 2009
NORTON, Facoline: 1917 – 2011
Facoline Messer Norton, the sister of Ernest Hollis of Snyder, died Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Funeral service for Mrs. Norton, 83, was set for 2 p.m. today in the Travis Baptist Church with the Revs. Phillip Shelton and Tom Posey officiating. Burial was to follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.
Born in Acme, she had been a resident of Memphis most of her life where she owned and operated the Messer CafE. She was a member of the Travis Baptist Church and the Rebekah Lodge.
Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by two husbands, C.J. Messer and Russell Norton; and a son, Charles Messer.
Survivors also include a daughter, Jaussetta Martin of Memphis; two stepsons, Larry Norton of Childress and R.L. Norton of Denver; two stepdaughters, Jo Thompson and Pat Norton, both of Amity, Ark.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
KINNAMAN, Donald Anthony: 1999 – 2011
A memorial service for Donald Anthony Kinnaman, 12, of Quanah, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at First Christian Church in Quanah with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah. Kinnaman died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.
Donald was born Jan. 16, 1999, in Lawton, Okla., a son of Donald and Juanita (Dominguez) Kinnaman. He was formerly a student of the Quanah ISD and was a lifelong resident of Quanah. He was a member of the First Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frederick and Helen Kinnaman and Juana C. Dominguez, and by two uncles, Andy and Eduardo Dominguez Jr.
Survivors include his parents, of Quanah; grandfather, Eduardo Dominguez of Borger; two sisters, Yolanda Allen of Moriarty, N.M., and Genie Turney of Quanah; and four brothers, Nathan Ward of Edmond, Okla., Edward Nuncio of Moriarty, N.M., and Samuel Nuncio and Simon Nuncio, both of Quanah.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the National ADHD Foundation, P.O. Box 547882, Orlando, Fla. 32854.
BELCHER, Floyd W., Jr.; 1964 – 2011
Floyd W. Belcher Jr., 47, of Chillicothe, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Chillicothe. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in First Christian Church of Quanah with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
He was born Oct. 25, 1964, in Quanah, a son of Floyd Belcher Sr. and the late Patricia Lea Podrovitz Belcher. A lifelong resident of Quanah, he was a graduate of Quanah High School. He and Fran Fisher were married on Sept. 19, 1988, in Goodlett. He was a crew chief for the Texas Department of Transportation and owner of Belcher Wild Hog Company. He was a member of the First Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother on June 14, 2009.
Survivors include his wife, of Chillicothe; a son, Stefan Belcher of Chillicothe; his father, of Quanah; four sisters, Jan Guzman of Texarkana, Ark., and Mary Belcher, Melinda Belcher and Gina Belcher, all of Quanah; and a brother, James Belcher of Quanah.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
BAUCUM, Wynona Grace: 1922 – 2011
Wynona Grace Baucum peacefully left this life Sunday, October 30, 2011, around 2 a.m. surrounded by her family. The last 2 weeks of her time was spent in the company of many friends and her husband, children, grandchildren and a new great-grandchild. An atmosphere of peace and love made our letting go of “Nana” a gift to remember.
Born in Tipton, Oklahoma October 3, 1922, to Madge and Clarence Bailey, she had a idyllic childhood. With no siblings she became a great lover of animals which included a pet pig and rooster that rode in the car with her and captivated the imagination of her grandchildren. She married James Donald Baucum of Altus, Oklahoma in January 1943, and followed her husband as he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. They began their family shortly after the war and had three children starting in 1947. Teaching in northern Oklahoma for a short while and then moving to Quanah where they raised their family the next forty years. During this time Wynona finished her teaching degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and Don left his school administration office to enter banking with a close friend. Wynona retired from teaching after 25 years to enjoy grandchildren and travel.
Their children were a long time joy and provided vacations and holidays with a rich closeness. Their oldest son is Bob Baucum of Quanah, husband of Marida and father to Bailey, Libby and her spouse Matt Kolar, Jim and his spouse Magdalena, and Austin. Wynona’s great-grandchildren are Hensley and Kate Baucum of Wichita Falls, Max and Cecilia Kolar and another daughter due in February of San Antonio, Texas. Their middle son, Gary Baucum and his spouse Deb live in Long Beach, California. Gary’s three children are Katy and her husband John Yates of Reunion, Colorado, Danny Baucum of Long Beach, California and Mark and his wife Jaclyn of San Pedro, California. Wynona’s great-grandchildren are Makenna, Brooklyn and Josiah Yates of Colorado, Isabela and Luke Baucum of San Pedro and Michael and Cailean Vitullo of Long Beach, California. Their youngest is a daughter, Janet. She and her husband, Jim Sims of Boerne have cared for Wynona the last few months.
Don and Wynona enjoyed retirement in Kerrville, Texas for several years and then moved to Taos, New Mexico. While in Taos for 8 years, they made many close friends of neighbors and from their church, St. James Episcopal. They returned to Texas last March and have sorely missed their home in Taos. “Nana” was revered for her extraordinary pie crusts, flower gardens and exhortations towards a lively faith.
Family visitation will be at the El Salto home of their son Bob Baucum, Friday evening November 11th, from 7:30 until 9:00. Her service “A Celebration of Life” will be held in Taos, Saturday November 12th, 10:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. Memorials are requested to be sent to: St. James Episcopal Church, Food Pantry 5794 NDCDU Taos, New Mexico 87571. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, TX.
DARBY, Katherine Ann Thompson: 1941 – 2011
Former Quanah resident Katherine Ann Thompson Darby, 70, of Duke, Okla., died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Altus City Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Chapman and the Rev. Scott Gramling officiating. A memorial service followed in Duke First Baptist Church. Services were under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
She was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Duncan, Okla., a daughter of the late Robert G. (R.G.) and Zoel Wheeler Thompson. She was a graduate of Duncan High School and attended the University of Oklahoma, where she met and married Jon David Darby on June 1, 1962. The couple finished their schooling at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she received a degree in elementary education. They lived in Altus and Eldorado before moving to Quanah, where she taught first grade. In 1970, they moved to Duke to join the family business. She taught in Duke and Mangum and then spent 28 years teaching in Altus, helping to start the first special education program there. She was a member of the Duke First Baptist Church, the Towne and Country Club, and the Duke Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Kristin Medders of Altus, Okla.; two sons, Blake Darby of Altus and David K. Darby of Oklahoma City; a sister, Sharon Sue Quick of Nashville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Duke First Baptist Church Youth; to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309; the Alzheimer’s Association, 6465 South Yale, Suite 312, Tulsa, Okla. 74136-7810; or to a favorite charity.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON, Martha Deane: 1936 – 2011
Martha Deane Hamilton, 75, of Yukon, Okla., died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in Oklahoma City.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Yukon’s First Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Odell Baptist Church in Odell, with the Rev. Wallace Clay officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Brad Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Chapel of Chillicothe.
She was born Jan. 10, 1936, in Lubbock, a daughter of the late Fred Morrison and the late Wilma Moore Morrison. She married Robert Guthrie (Bob) Hamilton on Aug. 15, 1955, in Morton. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2002. She had lived in Chillicothe since 1989, moving to Yukon in 2005. She was a graduate of Morton High School and attended Texas Tech University. She was a member of Yukon First Baptist Church and was a former member of Odell Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a Tupperware manager for over 40 years.
Survivors include a son, Robert Guthrie Hamilton III, of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Kim Smid of Yukon, Okla., and Traci Deane Goldstein of Oklahoma City; a brother, Tommy Morrison of Vernon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.
Memorials may be made to Odell Baptist Church.
McDANIEL, Bearl: 1918 – 2011
Bearl McDaniel, 93, of Quanah, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Quanah.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin, pastor of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
He was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Gould, Okla., a son of the late Paul and Sally Patrick McDaniel. A graduate of Gould High School, he served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He and Virginia Chambliss were married on Aug. 22, 1947, in Quanah. He was a longtime resident of Quanah and a farmer and rancher. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, of Quanah; two sons, Galen McDaniel and Lannis McDaniel, both of Quanah; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
BROWN, Doyle Wayne (D.W.): 1949 – 2011
Former Quanah resident Doyle Wayne (D.W.) Brown, 62, died of lung cancer at his home in Cedar Creek on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., in Austin. Arrangements are by Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 14, 1949, in Dumas, the youngest of Maudie Victoria King Brown and Oliver Harrison Brown’s five children. During the Vietnam era, Brown served as a nuclear power instructor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and a machinist mate on the nuclear-powered submarine the U.S.S. Gurnard, but was never on direct duty in the Vietnam Theater itself. He was honorably discharged after eight years in the U.S. Navy. After military service, Brown worked as final test supervisor and instructor at Eaton Corporation on the ion beam implanters. He then moved to Sematech/SVTC as a mechanical engineer on the ion beam implanters and other equipment. He served as a volunteer on the Flood Plain Task Force in Austin and as a water quality monitor for Colorado River Authority and at McKinney Falls State Park, where he was the driving force in getting swimming allowed again.
Brown loved to design and build and delighted in sharing his knowledge with others. He designed and built his present home with the help of his wife, son, and brothers. He also designed and built a cedar chest, multiple Bible boxes, kitchen cabinets, and all of the desk and furniture in his home computer room. At the time of his death, he was working on a stained glass carousel horse and an intarsa carousel horse.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Pat.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ethel Butts; a son, Jeff Brown; two brothers, Richard Earl and Carl Brown; a sister, Linda Brown; two grandchildren; and two foster grandchildren.
LEWIS, Orvazine: 1920 – 2011
Orvazine Lewis, 91, of Quanah, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Vernon. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joseph Jones, pastor of First Baptist Church in Quanah, officiating. Interment followed in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born March 25, 1920, in Eastland, a daughter of the late Robert William and Fannie Taylor Brown. A longtime resident of Quanah, she married Elbert “Monk” Lewis on July 16, 1937, in Quanah. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She was formerly an activity director of the Quanah Nursing Home, a former member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Bonanza Belles Birthday Club for more than 50 years.
She was preceded in death by eight brothers; a son, Robert Lewis; and two grandchildren, Tiffany Mason and Don Lee.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Inks and Carolyn Hughes, both of Vernon; a son, Billy Lewis of Vernon; a sister, Opal Williams of Weatherford; seven grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
LEWIS, Mollie L.: 1918 – 2011
Mollie L. Lewis, 92, of Quanah, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Vernon. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Larry DeLong, minister of the Quanah Church of Christ, officiating, assisted by Jerry Brewer. Interment followed in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
She was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Bone Cave, Tenn., a daughter of the late Andrew and Mattie Mae Johnson Davis. She married William Clopton Lewis in August of 1940 in Quanah. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2002. A longtime resident of Hardeman County, she was a homemaker and a gardener. She was a member of the Chillicothe Church of Christ, where she taught Bible class, and was a former 4-H leader.
Survivors include a daughter, Karla Moore of Lubbock; a son, Max Lewis of Quanah; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
The family suggests memorials to Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, Okla. 73550.
JOHNSON, E.J., Jr.: 1926 – 2011
E.J. Johnson Jr., 85, of Quanah, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Quanah. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Quanah with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead, pastor of First Christian Church of Quanah, officiating. Interment will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
He was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Quanah, a son of E.J. and Alice Poole Johnson Sr. A lifelong resident of Quanah, he was a Quanah High School graduate and attended a year of barber school. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He and Betty Smith were married on Dec. 31, 1948, in Quanah. Johnson was a farmer and rancher and owner of Midway Barber Shop. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a former member of the Airport Board, and served as a Hardeman County precinct election judge for many years.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Eddy Wayne on Sept. 5, 2004, and Johnny Dean on Sept. 17, 2005.
Survivors include his wife, of Quanah; two sisters, Janiece Trout of Azle and Johnnie Hutchens of Fresno, Calif.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels, 1410 Shaw Street, Quanah, Texas 79252.
SMITH, Glen E., Sr.: 1956 – 2011
Glenn E. Smith Sr., 55, of Quanah, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Quanah. A memorial service has now been set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Christian Church in Quanah with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
He was born Sept. 19, 1956, in Hobbs, N.M., a son of the late Sherman Hill and Eddie Beatrice Collins Smith. A longtime resident of Quanah, he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Smith was a longtime self-employed truck driver.
Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Hegwood of Midland; two sons, Jeff Smith and Glenn Smith Jr., both of Quanah; and 10 grandchildren.
GRAY, L.E.: ? – 2011
The man credited with the “QHS Fight Song” when he was band director for the Quanah Independent School District throughout the 1950s, L.E. Gray, 85, of Kerens died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the East Texas Medical Center Hospital in Tyler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leslie Byrd officiating. Burial was in Kerens Cemetery.
A 1943 graduate of Kerens High School, Gray attended Tarleton State University and then North Texas State University. He also served in the Army Air Force, and earned a private pilot’s license. Gray started his teaching career at Kerens, where he was for three years prior to becoming band director in Quanah from 1950 to 1960. From here he moved to Wichita Falls so that his sons could attend Midwestern University. In Wichita Falls, he first taught in junior high and then at Wichita Falls High School, staying in the city for 15 years before moving to Burkburnett, where he stayed 10 years.
At Quanah, Gray not only was credited with the “Fight Song,” but also with initiating the stage band, plus he organized a drive to purchase new band uniforms, to jazz up what became rafter-raising pep rallies in the auditorium, and to allow football players to be in the band and vice-versa.
Gray was remembered with great affection by an entire generation of Quanah High School students who continued to remain in touch with him through the years.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Gray of Broken Arrow, Okla., and David “Bubba” Gray of St. Augustine, Fla.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A scholarship in Gray’s memory has been established by the QHS Class of 1954 through the Quanah Alumni Association. Those wishing to contribute may send checks to the Association secretary-treasurer Helen Parker at P.O. Box 13, Quanah, Texas 79252. If a member of the 1954 class, indicate so on the check.
FLOREZ, Pedro P.: 1936 – 2011
Hardeman County native Pedro P. Florez, 75, of Abilene, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, officiated by Juan Gomez and Jesse Benavidez, with arrangements under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home of Abilene.
Florez was born March 12, 1936, in Hardeman County, a son of Elvira Carlota (Perez) and Santos Zapata Florez. He married Maria Ofelia Perez on March 30, 1956. She preceded him in death. Florez moved from Quanah to Abilene in 1960, where he was employed by Gooch Meat Packing Company and later owned and operated Florez Filter Service. On July 17, 1995, he married Martina Coronado. He enjoyed playing golf and chess.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Santos P. Flores, Goyo P. Flores, and Juan P. Flores; and sisters Jovita Belamy, Guadalupe F. Perez, and Elma P. Flores.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Carlos P. Florez; a stepson, Javier Salinas; two daughters, Nicaela P. Gonzales and Elizabeth P. Cobarruvias; a stepdaughter, Marisela Mendoza; four brothers, Carlos P. Flores, Ricardo P. Flores, Ramon P. Flores, and Francisco P. Flores; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
You may view and sign the guestbook at www.elliotthamilfuneralhome.com.
MOORE, Elbert : 1946 – 2011
Former Quanah resident Elbert Moore, 65, of Odessa, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Odessa, with the Rev. James Archie and the Rev. W.M. Tatum, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Moore was born March 1, 1946, in Quanah, the youngest of Jerry and Buler Moore’s children. A graduate of Quanah High School, he moved to Odessa for a short time, then lived in Dallas for 23 years. He returned to Odessa in the late 1990s. He worshipped at Freedom Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers JB, Joe and Albert Moore; and sisters Jerrienne Toms, Pearline Houston, and Emma Jean Williams.
Survivors include a son, Elbert Miller of Fort Worth; a daughter, Sharon Prophet of Houston; three brothers, Melvin Moore of Santiago, Chile, Calvin Moore and Archer Moore, both of Odessa; two sisters, Mae Francis Carr and Helen Moore, both of Quanah; and four grandchildren.
ABERNATHY, Sweet Pea: 1933 – 2012
Sweet Pea Abernathy passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at her home in Altus. She was born June 29, 1933 in Quanah, Texas to Mayme and Don Drake. After graduating from Quanah High School in the spring of 1950, she married Earl Abernathy in August of that same year.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Altus where she was very active in Sunday school and many other numerous activities in the church. The National Association of Wheat Growers, Oklahoma Wheat Grower’s Association, and the Oklahoma Angus Association. She was a Past President of the Eroleathion Club, member of the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities, and a member of the National Cattlewomen’s Association for 40 years. She was named an Honorary Chapter Farmer by the FFA. In 1988 she was the High Plains Journal Agriculture Woman of the Year for the Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico region. She was heavily involved with the Altus FFA Chapter and the Ag Youth of Jackson County.
Sweet Pea enjoyed being involved in the family’s farming and ranching operation. She was a long time advocate for Agriculture in the State of Oklahoma and enjoyed being involved with many agriculture groups and activities throughout the years.
Sweet Pea’s greatest love, next to her family, was her enthusiastic devotion to the Democatic cause since 1966 when she went to her first convention. She held many positions of leadership in her local Democratic women’s group and worked in the local headquarters for candidates prior to elections. Her leadership positions include: Jackson County Democrat Co-Chair in 1967; Jackson County Chair since 1975; Delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1988 and 1996; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice-president for the Oklahoma Federation Democratic Women; President of the 4th District Democrat Women in 1974 and 1990; Recipient of the Outstanding Federation Democrat Women of the Year in 1988. She hosted many receptions in her home for Democrat hopefuls including David Hall, George Nigh, David Boren, Jim Townsend, Pauline Gore, David Walters, and Billy Carter (representing President Jimmy Carter), Governor Henry, and many others. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Democratic Party Activist Hall of Fame in 2003. Sweet Pea’s commitment went beyond her proclamation to be a Democrat. She “walked the walk.”
Sweet Pea is survived by her husband, Earl; three children, Don Abernathy and wife Gayle of Altus, Marita Lane and husband Kevin of Quanah, TX, Tommy Abernathy and wife Kristy of Altus; nine grandchildren, Ashley Abernathy, Braddock Abernathy, Abby Abernathy, Dr. Lance Lane and wife Lauren, Grant Lane, Alex Lane, Lindsey Dorton and husband Kyle, Lori Miller and husband Boone, and Reed Abernathy; one great grandson, Kamden Dorton.
Services have been scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday, January 5, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Altus with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family will receive guests from 6:30-8:00 pm Wednesday evening at Lowell-Tims Chapel.
On-line tributes can be made to the family at www.lowell-tims.com.
PITT, James Eldon: 1917 – 2011
James Eldon Pitt passed away December 18, 2011 at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He was 94 years old. He was born June 21, 1917 in Quanah, Texas to Emmett Everett and Patsy Loemma (Martin) Pitt. He was predeceased by his former wife, Harriett (Philmus) Pitt, his sister, Mable Clay of Quanah and Milton Pitt of Cedar Hill, Texas.
Mr. Pitt is survived by his sister, Patsy Frasier, of Grapevine, Texas; his three children, David, of Ghent, N.Y., Timothy and his wife Lisa of Putnam Valley, N.Y., Debra of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Denielle, of Washington, D.C., and Katharine and James, both of Manhattan.
Mr. Pitt’s abiding love of music brought him a measure of fame during his undergraduate days at the University of Texas, where he began to develop his talents as a jazz guitarist and singer/songwriter, performing at clubs in Austin with his big band, Jimmy Pitt’s Knights of Note, and in a campus variety show called “Time Staggers On.”
Mr. Pitt first came to New York in 1946 as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he wrote for Stars and Stripes. A year later, he joined Time magazine as a contributing editor, rising through the ranks to become the company’s first director of corporate public relations.
He often returned to Quanah to visit family and attend high school reunions.
A long-time public relations executive, he campaigned to persuade fellow PR professionals that their relevance in a democracy hinged on their willingness to address urgent social issues.
Mr. Pitt’s views about the potentially constructive role of public relations took root in 1951, when Henry R. Luce, Time’s co-founding publisher, personally assigned him to interview Everett R. Clinchy, the newly appointed head of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
The NCCJ—founded in 1928 in response to the anti-Catholic sentiments that attended Al Smith’s presidential campaign – wanted Luce to supply a young writer to prepare a brochure on the organization. The NCCJ, whose founders included Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, had recently broadened its mission, bringing diverse groups together to address interfaith divisions, race relations and social and economic injustice. It is now known as the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Mr. Pitt’s work with Clinchy marked the beginning of three decades of what he called a “rewarding and treasured collaboration.” The brochure grew into Mr. Pitt’s first book, a history of the NCCJ titled Adventures in Brotherhood (Farrar, Straus & Company 1955).
In 1967, as chairman of the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Mr. Pitt invited a succession of distinguished luncheon speakers, including New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay and the psychologist Kenneth B. Clark, to discuss how public relations professionals could help shine a spotlight on the problems of the cities in an especially turbulent decade.
“Public relations practitioners have long been criticized for a failure to show sufficient interest in the world around them,” Saturday Review magazine said in an editorial at the close of his chairmanship. “Pitt’s greatest contribution is the emphasis on public service by Chapter members.”
Mr. Pitt’s efforts later earned him a PRSA Gold Anvil award.
Mr. Pitt remained active following his retirement from Time Inc., working in Washington to promote the National Program for Voluntary Action in 1969. He later returned to New York to work at the Community Service Society.
In 1963, Mr. Pitt was the chief organizer of Time magazine’s 40th anniversary dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, to which the magazine had invited virtually everyone who had ever been on its cover. The wall-to-wall celebrity gala drew 284 guests of honor, 228 media representatives and an audience of 1,668. Bob Hope, the master of ceremonies, said from the dais that “I’ve attended a few affairs in my life – but never anything like this.”
In his later years, Mr. Pitt devoted his public relations expertise to promoting the Jazz Ministry at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in midtown Manhattan, where he worked closely with John Garcia Gensel, Pastor to the Jazz Community and the moving force behind the yearly church extravaganza known as All-Nite Soul.
His yearly gifts to family and friends were cleverly crafted birthday limericks or original ditties delivered over the phone to the tune of his trusty guitar. He had a happy, generous and loving soul.
A memorial service is planned.
SWINDELL, Charles Bryan: 1941 – 2012
Charles Bryan Swindell, 70, of Childress, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, in Quanah Memorial Park with Joe Milligan, Joe Minkley and Gary Swindell officiating. Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home of Childress.
He was born May 7, 1941, in Quanah, a son of Bryan and Reba Trammell Swindell. He married Kathy Milligan on May 28, 1960, in Quanah.
Survivors include his wife, of Childress; two daughters, Darla Felton of Childress and Karla Minkley of Claude; a brother, Gary Swindell of Childress; two sisters, Karen Swindell and Camilla Browder of Quanah; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The online guest book may be signed at www.johnsonfunerals.net.
CLAWSON, W.C. “Bill”: 1926 – 2012
W.C. “Bill” Clawson, age 85, of Quanah, Texas, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Quanah, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church with Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
Mr. Clawson was born on July 26, 1926 and was the son of the late W.W. and Novella (Mote) Clawson. He left school shortly before graduation to join the U.S. Navy in order to serve his country during World War II. Many years later he was honored by a ceremony at Sulphur Bluff High School, Sulphur Bluff, Texas, where he was awarded his high school diploma. He and Joan Major were married on April 17, 1948, in Vernon, Texas, and they rode the Zephyr back home to Quanah. In 2008 the Zephyr returned to Quanah and Bill and Joan met the Zephyr to celebrate their 60th anniversary at the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railroad Depot where both had worked since 1946. He was a resident of Quanah since 1946 and a retired conductor of the QA&P Railroad for 36 years. He was a former employee of Georgia-Pacific for four years and also retired Mid-Tex security guard at the Georgia-Pacific plant. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Quanah Masonic Lodge #689 AF&AM, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by great-grandson Taylor Wiseman in 2008 and three brothers, J.B., Charmie, and Oscar Clawson.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Clawson of Quanah; two daughters, Kathy Jowers and husband Earl of Quanah, Texas, and Vicki King of Wichita Falls, Texas; a sister, Jean Stewart and husband Hollis of Decatur, Texas; three grandsons, James Gresham of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jeremy Jowers and wife Charity of Seymour, Texas, and Kevan Jowers and wife Rebecca of Iowa Park, Texas; and five great-grandchildren, Jay, Erik, Joshua, Joseph and Benjamin Jowers. He was also survived by many dear friends and family members too numerous to mention.
Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family suggests memorials may be given to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 356, Quanah, Texas 79252, or the Veterans Fund in care of First Capital Bank, Quanah, Texas.
ALLEN, Nathan Daniel: 1947 – 2012
Nathan Daniel Allen, 64, of Manitou, Okla., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla.
Allen was born May 18, 1947, in Quanah, a son of Nathan Levi and Minnie (Sharp) Allen. He married Irellia Jones on Jan. 22, 1994, in Odell. The couple lived on Lake Frederick near Manitou for the past four years, where he enjoyed fishing and camping. Allen was known for being Santa’s helper and collecting Toys for Tots. He helped the Snyder, Okla., fire department deliver food and toys to the needy. He also was a cotton farmer for 25 years, and then went to work as a truck driver until his retirement in 2003.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1972.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; his mother; two sons, Loren “Bud” Allen and Bill Allen of Quanah; two step-daughters, Kymberli Read and Krystal Holt; a step-son, Glen “Bo” Gilliam; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
WHITMIRE, Bernice Lee: 1925 – 2012
Bernice Lee Whitmire, 87, of Quanah, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Quanah. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Quanah Memorial Park with the Rev. Joseph Jones, minister of First Baptist Church of Quanah, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Rotan, a daughter of the late Barnie Owen and Audie Valeria (Jenkins) Weems. She was a 1943 graduate of Hobbs High School at Rotan and moved to Quanah the following fall. A longtime resident of Quanah, she married Edward Taylor Whitmire Jr. on April 13, 1945, in Quanah. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1999. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the BYKOTA Sunday School Class. She was a former employee of the Quanah school cafeteria and was a retired employee of the Quanah Tribune-Chief.
She was preceded in death by a son, Owen Lee Whitmire, on July 1, 2001, and by a sister, Helen Parks, on Dec. 1, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Edna Whitmire and Carol Whitmire, both of Quanah; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
HUTCHENS, Avis Lee: 1920 – 2012
Avis Lee Hutchens, 92, of Quanah, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Quanah with the Rev. Joseph Jones, minister of First Baptist Church of Quanah, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Faye, Okla., a daughter of the late Avis Keith and Anna Lee (Parten) Wooten. A graduate of Perryton High School, she attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Waco and West Texas State University in Canyon. She and Ira Mabe Hutchens were married in 1940 in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1984. She moved to Quanah in 1950 and was a longtime assistant superintendent of Hardeman County Schools. She was a member of the ESA Sorority, Quanah Ladies Golf Association, and Quanah Needle Club. She also served as an election judge for the local elections, volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Quanah.
She was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan K. Ussery of Vilseck, Germany; a son, Lee Hutchens of Canyon Lake; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.
The family suggests memorials be given to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 681, Quanah, Texas 79252.
HARRIS, Onita I.: 1926 – 2012
Onita Irene Harris, 85, of Quanah, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Crowell. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Quanah with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin, minister of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Watonga, Okla., a daughter of the late Richard Raymond and Lorene (Fulfer) Hinsley. She and David Crockett Ritchie were married in 1942 in Quanah. He preceded her in death in 1985. She married Martin Luther Thompson Jr. in 1962 in Vernon, and he preceded her in death in 1973. She married William Edward Harris Sr. in 1977 in Chillicothe, and he preceded her in death in 2006. She was a longtime resident of Quanah and a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Wiley Lee Thompson in 2006 and J.D. Ritchie in 1984; and by a stepson, Bill Harris, in 2011.
Survivors include two daughters, Edith Lanning and Brenda Walters, both of Quanah; a son, Richard Ritchie of Quanah; four sisters, Laverne Hiser of Lubbock, Vesta Lee Pitts of Post, Opelia Hunt of Bagwell, and Lula Bishop of Canadian; five brothers, Raymond Hinsley of Dallas, David Hinsley of Michigan, Elmer Lee Hinsley of Arizona, Tommy Hinsley of Flower Mound, and Donnie Hinsley of Vinson, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
HINES, Billie Nell: 1925 – 2012
Billie Nell Whatley Hines, 86, of Quanah, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Crowell. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead, pastor of First Christian Church of Quanah, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Goodlett, a daughter of the late Dave Wood and Grace Zelma (Downs) Whatley. She and Homer Howard Hines were married Sept. 14, 1944, in Goodlett. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2005. A lifelong resident of Hardeman County, she was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She was the owner of The What Shop, manager of the Western Union, and a former employee of Security National Bank.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Jack Smith and Bob Martin, and two brothers, Del and Tom Whatley.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha Turner of Wichita Falls and Lea Ann Loveless of Quanah; a son, Larry Hines of Quanah; three sisters, LaRuth Patterson and Judy Rosser, both of Amarillo, and Kay Simpson of Denton; three brothers, Lester Ray Whatley of Garden City, Kan., Jim Whatley of Borger, and Tony Whatley of California; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time on Friday.
The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
McDANIEL, Virginia: 1926 – 2012
Virginia McDaniel, 85, of Quanah, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Wichita Falls. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin, minister of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born March 1, 1926, in Quanah, a daughter of the late J.K. and Jessie (Horseley) Chambliss. She and B.B. McDaniel were married on Aug. 22, 1947, in Quanah. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2011. She was a lifelong resident of Quanah, a member of the First United Methodist Church, and was a Sunday school teacher. She was a homemaker, a 4-H leader, and a member of the Iris Club and Garden Club.
Survivors include two sons, Galen McDaniel and Lannis McDaniel, both of Quanah; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MARSH, Helen Doris: 1921 – 2012
Helen Doris Marsh, 90, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Colorado Springs. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Goodlett Cemetery with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin, minister of Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Quanah, a daughter of the late Tom and Ideres (Golston) McCreary. She was a retired archives technician with the government.
Survivors include a daughter, Holly Kramer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and grandchildren.
MOORE, Joyce Ann Davis: 1942 – 2012
Joyce Ann (Davis) Moore, age 69, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Regency Hospital of Odessa. She was born in Quanah, TX on June 25, 1942 to Jack and Tommie (Williams) Davis.
Her parents and her husband, Elmer Joe Moore, precede her in death. She worked at Sunshine Cleaners for twenty years.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Claudia Friar and husband J.L. of Amarillo, three grandchildren: Jasmyne and Jamon Friar of Arlington, Jermell Friar of Amarillo, and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by three cousins, Pat Caldwell, Michelle and Teresa of Midland.
No services will be held at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and condolences to the family may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com.
WRIGHT, Lucretia Gayle Hawkins: 1946 – 2012
Former Quanah resident Lucretia Gayle Hawkins Wright, 65, of Mansfield, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at her home. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Blessing Funeral Home at Mansfield.
She was born in Quanah on Aug. 30, 1946, a daughter of Tom and Wanda Barnes Hawkins. She graduated Quanah High School in 1964. She and Billy F. Wright were married in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 10, 1979. She was employed as a legal secretary.
Survivors include her husband; and a brother, Tim Hawkins.
ATWOOD, Elsie E.: 1921 – 2012
Elsie E. Atwood, 90, of Quanah, died Friday, March 2, 2012, in Quanah.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Larry DeLong, minister of the Quanah Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born on April 20, 1921, in Lakota, N.D., a daughter of the late Matthew H. and Mary Josephine (Holmes) Roman. During World War II she was a ship welder in Seattle, Wash. She was a longtime resident of Quanah and a retired nurse’s aide. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Maxwell of Wasilla, Alaska, Carol Lee of Quanah, and Mary Jane Stokes of Collinsville, Miss.; one son, Michael Atwood of Quanah; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the funeral home.
DOCKERY, Virginia Anabel: 1927 – 2012
Virginia Anabel Dockery was born on September 13, 1927 in Wilbarger County to Roy and Emma Lou Hughes. Her father died when she was very young as a result of injuries he sustained as a WWI veteran. She learned about independence and self-reliance when she and her mother survived the Depression by running a small dairy near White City. After graduating from Vernon High School, she obtained a degree from University of Texas and began her life-long vocation of educating children. Anabel was heading back to school to get her master’s when Kenneth Dockery convinced her to marry him in 1949, and they delighted in 63 years of playing bridge with their friends in Vernon — especially Earl and Peggy Bristo — traveling the world from the South Pacific, to Alaska, to Europe and watching the river flow by their cabin in Colorado while playing cards.
Anabel touched many children’s lives as a teacher at Lockett, Oklaunion, and Shive Elementary in Vernon and Reagan in Quanah. She made a lasting impression as a teacher who cared deeply for them and their future. Not content with her impact in one classroom, she went to summer school to get her long-delayed master’s degree as a diagnostician. She expanded her reach to enhance the lives of special needs children across Hardeman, Foard, and Childress counties. She was so committed to her work, she was pulled out of retirement three times and her career lasted over 50 years.
Anabel passed away peacefully at BSA Hospice in Amarillo on March 2 surrounded by her family. She was the kind of wife, mother, and friend everyone would want…loving, compassionate, tolerant, intelligent — a class act in every way imaginable. She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a guiding light by the most important people in her life: her husband; children, Dr. Holly Dockery (Santa Fe), David Dockery (Johnson City), and Mary Kay Riley and husband Kevin (Amarillo); grandchildren, DeDe Dockery and Allison Clement; and many nieces, nephews, and friends around Texas and New Mexico. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Covert Evans.
A memorial service will be held in Quanah on Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Quanah with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory can contact the Arthritis National Research Foundation, any organization doing dementia research, or the charity of your choice.
DAVIS, Wayland: 1934 – 2012
Wayland D. Davis, 77, passed away at his home in Quanah on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Wayland was born on Sept. 28, 1934 to George (Shorty) and Allie Lee (Carver) Davis. He lived most of his life in Quanah and owned Davis Plumbing Company and Davis Bail Bonds and was former owner of Dutch’s Restaurant. He married his long-time companion and best friend, Vickie Dee Smith, on Sept. 10, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a former member of the Quanah Jaycees, Quanah Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Professional Bail Bonds of Texas. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
He had courageously fought multiple myeloma for the past six years and was an inspiration to those around him. His zest for life and positive outlook will forever by a comfort to those who loved him. He adored his family and was anticipating the arrival of two additional great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife and caretaker, Vickie, of the home; three children, Dina Leal and husband Mando of Quanah, Mike Davis and wife Lois of Quanah, and Mark Davis and wife Sunnie of Quanah; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Ava Lee Collins of Perryton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to favorite organizations.
BRAZIEL, Joy: 1927 – 2012
Joy Braziel, 85, of Quanah, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Fort Worth. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, in First Baptist Church of Quanah with the Rev. Joseph Jones, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
She was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Snyder, Okla., a daughter of the late Roy A. and Audrey (Evans) Croxton. She and Willie Ray Braziel were married on Dec. 21, 1946, in Vernon. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2002. She was a longtime resident of Quanah and a retired teacher’s aide. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the BYKOTA Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Good Sams Club.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Pritchard of Euless, Peggy Phillips of Mesquite, and Sharon Anders of Vernon; a son, David Braziel of Arlington; seven grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
BIRDSONG, Coy Gene: 1928 – 2012
Services for Coy Gene Birdsong, 83, Pittsburg, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Pittsburg.
Mr. Birdsong died Jan. 1, 2012. He was born Oct. 4, 1928 in Acme, Texas, to Ira W. and Laura Mae Skinner Birdsong.
Mr. Birdsong was a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the Air Force, Retired from from both the United States Postal Service and Erman Smith Funeral Home. He was a member of the Greer Blvd. Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Burkhammer Birdsong- Pittsburg; sons. Timothy R. Giles- Floral. Ms. and Joseph E. Giles-Fairview Heights, Il.; daughter, Joyce Arlene Birdsong- Tulare, Ca.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law: Ira & Erman Smith.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MADDOX, Jack Clinton: 1919 – 2006
Jack Clinton Maddox, 86, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2006.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Chapel in PAris, TX with the Rev. Ray Starnes and Tommy Townsend officiating. Interment follows in Woodland Cemetery. Lunch will be served at Woodland Methodist Church following the interment.
The family receives friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Medicine Mound, TX to Benjamin Franklin Maddox and Nettie Hightower Maddox. He was one of 13 children.
He attended Southern Methodist University on basketball and track scholarships but transferred to West Texas State University in Canyon to play on the nationâ€™s tallest basketball team, where he was named All-American in basketball. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II in 1944-1945 and was selected to be in charge of athletics in Honolulu for soldiers returning for R&R. He played for the United States All America Team in Hawaii against such notables as the Harlem Globetrotters and others. He met the love of his life, Reva, who was Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard while on R&R in Honolulu, they married July 24, 1946, in San Francisco.
He played professional basketball in Minnesota from 1946 to 1948. He returned to Texas to be involved in ranching and Quarter Horse breeding. He taught school and was a high school principal and a referee for many years in many county and city basketball games. He operated four ranches near Paris for the Pritchard and Ray Cattle Co., managing herds of Bramha, Hereford and Angus Cattle. He was a regular on the Rodeo Circuit for over 20 years as a calf roper and in 1959 was the first president of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club.
He was chosen by the Pan American and Greyhound travel agencies in 1961 to represent the United States as the typical Texan and American Cowboy and made a one-month â€œVisit the USAâ€ tour of Europe making radio and television appearances promoting Travel of Europeans to the United States. He personally delivered President John F. Kennedyâ€™s â€œVisit USAâ€ message to people of Western Europe and also represented Paris as an Honorary Mayor for this trip. In 1970 he started his own cattle and ranching operation retiring at the age of 78.
He was an exceptional man in many ways, the first to help out in any situation and to tell you that he never met a person he did not like; he will be missed by his many friends and especially his loving family. He was a loving and devoted husband, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a friend to all.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Reva Maddox.
He is survived by his son, Clint Maddox and his wife, Pat and grandchildren, Steven and Jeff of Austin TX . Also, daughter, Cassie Townsend and her husband, Tommy, and grandchildren, Justin, Trent and Blair of Austin; daughter, Pamela Maddox and her son, Chris Barnes and wife, Samantha, of Flower Mound and their children, Riley, Taylor and Kellee Barnes of Dallas.
Granjack will be deeply missed by his grandchildren not only for his keen wisdom but his loving, laughing way in dealing with the realities of life.
Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Townsend, Trent Townsend, Steven Maddox, Jeff Maddox, Barney Bray and Joe Shannon.
His brothers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Jackâ€™s name to the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club.
MCCOMMAS, Peggy Jane: 1932 – 2011
Funeral services for Peggy Jane McCommas, 77, of Hobbs, will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home with Minister Mike Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery. Peggy was born September 28, 1932, in Medicine Mound, TX, to Elmer and Ruby Bell. She died May 30, 2011, in Hobbs. She married Ernest McCommas August 20, 1950.
Peggy graduated from HHS in 1950. She was a master seamstress and was a former owner of R & R Trophy. She also worked at the Hobbs Flare. In recent years she adopted a rescue dog. She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren.
Surviving Peggy is her son, Michael McCommas of Socorro, NM; two daughters, Sharon McCommas and husband Bruce Burr of Woodland, CA, and Teri Winfield and husband Bob of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Leyton Bell and wife Jonnie of Hobbs; eight grandchildren, Angela, Wil, Sarah, Stephen, Bret, Robby, Leslie, Erin; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; two brothers, Laskell and Bob Bell; granddaughter, Jennifer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to CASA, 215 W. Broadway, Ste. 9, Hobbs, NM 88240.