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Sammy L. Abbott

Sammy L. Abbott of Gilliland, Texas passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Mr. Abbott was 81.

Mr. Abbott was born September 1, 1933 in San Angelo, Texas to James and Zella Abbott. He was a farmer and rancher most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Marilyn Lutich, and his wife Frances.

Mr. Abbott is survived by one son, Scotty and wife, Helene Abbott of Lewistown, Maryland; one daughter, George Anne and husband, Dale Foster of Lake Coleman, Texas; grandchildren, Morgan Abbott of Lubbock, Texas, Nichole Abbott and Jonathan Abbott of Aledo, Texas, Kelly and wife Salena Estrada of Midland, Texas and John McCarthy of San Diego, California; and brother in law Baldo Lutich. Also, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2014, at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Gilliland Baptist Church in Gilliland, Texas, with Minister A.B. Martin officiating. Interment followed in Truscott Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday. 



Floyd Dale Baker


Floyd Dale Baker of Haskell, Texas passed away Monday, September 29, 2014, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas after a brief illness. Mr. Baker was 64. A visitation was held at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, October 3, 2014, at Smith Family Funeral Home in Haskell with Rev. Brian Burgess offering up prayer.

The only son born to Rev. Lee Roy and Mary Baker, Floyd was born September 12, 1950, in Dumas, Texas. He attended high school in Knox City. Floyd married Penny Meinzer on December 26, 1968, in Knox City. While living in Amarillo, Floyd and Penny owned and operated The Wooden Nickel Restaurant for 8 years. After moving to Odessa, they owned and operated The Water Place and Advanced Cellular Phone Store for 7 years. Floyd and Penny moved to Haskell in 2002 where Floyd owned and operated Smitty’s Auto Supply until his death.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

Floyd will be missed by so many in the community, but most importantly his wife of 46 years, Penny of Haskell; Bea and Maggie, his beloved dogs; 2 sisters, Marian Nix of Shallowater, Texas and Elaine Evers and husband Charles of Breckenridge, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Judy Logsdon and family of Cisco, Texas.

The family encourages contributions in Floyd’s name to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 E. 55th St., Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022.

Online condolences can be shared with Penny and family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.



Sterling Bingham

Sterling Bingham, 84, of Houston, formerly of Bryan, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Houston. Funeral Services are set for 2PM Saturday, October 4, in the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Bryan. Reverend Craig Yates will officiate and burial will follow in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday October 8 at 1:30PM. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to the services on Saturday, October 4 in the Church.

Born August 13, 1930 in Lou, Texas, he was the son of Samuel Grant Bingham and Lenora Julina (Hackworth). At Raymondville High School he received the American Legion Award. While stationed in Japan he was named Airman of the Month and later named a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force. He loved flying and greatly enjoyed teaching Sunday School, as well as teaching at San Jacinto Junior College. Sterling was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
His parents, eight brothers and five sisters precede him in death.

Sterling leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 62 years Dolly J. (Eubanks) Bingham; a son, Mark W. Bingham and his wife Heather; two daughters, Audrey J. Burge and Wanda E. Jennings and husband Scott; a sister Pearl (Bingham) Billings and her husband James; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church or Hospice Brazos Valley in his name.
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Wreatha Muriel Fitzgerald

Wreatha Muriel Fitzgerald resident of Knox City, Texas, passed away at Library of Legacies in Slaton, Texas. Mrs. Fitzgerald was 98. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City with Rev. Jim Wright officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the services at the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Visitation was planned for Thursday evening, October 2, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Knox City located at 210 Avenue A.

One of seven children, Wreatha Walters was born December 2, 1915 in Christovol, Texas to Maggie Ola (Hatten ) and Boley Conner Walters. Wreatha attended school in Brady, Texas and then on to nursing school where she became an RN. Wreatha worked in Fort Worth, Texas and in 1938, moved to Knox City and was a RN at the hospital. She later became the school nurse for the school district.
Wreatha married Alton Fitzgerald April 7, 1940, in Knox City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was an active member. Wreatha was also involved for many years in the Retired Texas Teachers Association, Pink Ladies, American Legion Auxillary, and the Knox City Chamber of Commerce.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, Alton who passed January 23, 1995; and one sister, Viola Richerson.
Wreatha is survived by her daughter, Donna Ricks and husband Claude; son, Alton Leslie Fitzgerald, Jr., and wife Zena; grandchildren, Lisa Teutsch, Terrell Cantrell, Gayla Bux Kemper, and Whitney Fitzgerald; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Wayne Walters; and 3 sisters, Pauline Cooper, Ira Kuzniarek, and Melva Nixon.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com. 



Evelyn Irene (Garvin) Trice

Evelyn Irene (Garvin) Trice formally of Knox City, Texas and most recently of Weatherford, Texas passed away September 23, 2014, at the age of 85 at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in O’Brien with Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating and Brother Bruce Bolling assisting with the Eulogy and Don Roberts assisting with the music.

Interment will take place immediately following at the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Born to Alvy Ross Garvin and Minnie Ellen (Corley) Garvin on January 3, 1929, near Albany, Texas, Evelyn married W. L. (Bill) Triceon May 1, 1949, at the First Baptist Church of Albany, Texas. This is where they also answered the call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; later attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Evelyn and W.L. were blessed to have three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. One Son, John Mark Trice married to Gena (Fisher) Trice of Sanger, Texas; Two daughters, Renda (Trice) Carlton, married to Walter Carlton of Weatherford, Texas, and Ruthie (Trice) Acree, married to Bob Acree of Knox City, Texas. John and Gena have one son, Josh Trice of Carthage, Texas and one daughter, Jaqi Trice of Sanger, Texas. Renda and Walter have one son, Casey Carlton of Arlington, Texas, and three daughters, Marti Gresham of Stephenville, Texas, Jodi Sprinkle of Midland, Texas and Toni Smith of Springtown Texas. Ruthie and Bob have one son, Matthew Acree, of Knox City, Texas. Evelyn lovingly assisted her husband serving as pastor of several Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado churches including 1st Baptist Churches of Lueders, Hawley, and O’Brien, and Trinity Baptist Church in Stamford. Evelyn loved her Lord Jesus Christ first and her husband and children second. Her passion and ministry was teaching and discipling to equip the saints for the ministry of the Gospel. Bible Study and prayer was a daily event in her life.
She would pray for each of her family members by name, while on her knees. Evelyn and her husband have been living in Weatherford, Texas with their daughter Renda for the last several years so she could attend their health needs. Evelyn was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Weatherford. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh. com.




Timothy Taylor Ward Sr.

Timothy Taylor Ward Sr. passed away on Sept. 21, 2014, at CU Hospital/ Anschutz Cancer Center in Aurora, after a year-long battle with leukemia. Tim was born June 13, 1941 in Knox City, Texas to W.T. and Aldine (Melton)Ward.

Tim attended school in Benjamin, TX and Fountain, CO, where the family ran Midway Ranch “midway” between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. He was a talented athlete and graduated in 1959 from Fountain High School. Tim married Nancy Ballard Harris of Colorado Springs. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past June. After many years spent ranching, he moved on to land and water development businesses. He was an active member of Soil Savers/Soil Conservation Society, a 32nddegree Mason, an original member of the Colorado Springs Country Club, a member of the Pikes Peak and Colorado Cattleman’s Association and a supporter of Easter Seals. He loved to play golf and spend time in the mountains with his family. His laugh and friendship will be missed by many.

Tim is survived by his wife Nancy, children Kim Simshauser (Wayne Simshauser) of Fountain, TimothyWard Jr. of Colo. Springs, and Jennifer Jill Ward (Loren Bersch) of Carr, CO; brother Bill (Donna), nephews Bill (Lisa), Scott and Kevin Ward, and niece Bonnie Benham ( Jeff ). His parents preceded him in death.

A “Celebration of Life” party will be held at a later date. 




Betty K. Tomlinson Williams  

 
Betty K. Tomlinson Williams, 72, of Munday passed away Sunday, September 14. Cremation was handled by Girdner Funeral Home of Abilene.

Betty was born August 29, 1942 in the Knox City Hospital and grew up in Munday.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of the home in Munday; sister Judy Brewer of Abilene; brother Larry Tomlinson of Munday; three children, Mike Davis, Tim Davis and Lana Dennis; two grandchildren, Kristen and Brandy Davis.




Alton Eugene Hester

 

Alton Eugene Hester, Sr., 90, passed away Friday, Sept. 5. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church, Panhandle. There were also services Tuesday, Sept. 9 at O’Brien Baptist Church, O’Brien. Burial followed Tuesday in O’Brien Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Alton was born Dec.16, 1923 in Haskell County to Allie and Roy Hester. He loved singing, playing the harmonica and listening to LaUna play the piano. Alton enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing golf. Mr. Hester loved his family, church family and all it stood for. Nothing would bring a smile to his face more than spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Alton Eugene Hester, Jr.; grandson, Timothy Hester; brothers, Truett Hester, Sydney Hester; and sister, LaVerne Hewitt.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, LaUna Hester of the home; daughters, Cathy Mitchell and companion, Gene, Elaine Eaton and companion, Buddy, all of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Brenda Robinson and husband, Doyle of Panhandle; nine grandchildren, Angie Hester, Monte Mitchell, Destiny Mitchell, Ginger Smith and husband, Wesley, Jay Bob Eaton and wife, Reba, Jessica Eaton, Jennifer Herzberg and husband, Kalen, Mande Mulkey and husband, Jeremy, Zach Robinson and wife, Sherra; sixteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family.



James Robin “Rob” Jenson


Rob Jenson was born Dec. 20, 1935 in Mexia. He was reared by his aunt and uncle, Ruth and John G. Robin.
Rob made an impact on his family, friends, and community.

He believed in hard work and dedication having worked on the railroad for 40 years, being a faithful member of Slaton’s First Baptist Church for 50 years, and was married to the same radiant woman for almost 58 years.

He was called by the Lord to serve in His kingdom on Sept. 2. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ruby Jenson, brothers; Albert Jenson, Jerry Jenson, A. C. Jenson and sisters; Helen Jenson and Maurine Jenson.

Loved, but never forgotten, we will forever celebrate the amazing life of James Robin Jenson.

Rob is survived by his wife, Jimaileen Jenson, daughter Janee McAnally (Mike) sister, Ruth Minix, twin brother, Robert “Bob” Jenson, grandchildren, Joshua Stewart (Adrienne), John Robin Stewart (Cathryn), Callie Stewart (Blake), and great granddaughter, Robin Stewart.

Funeral services were held Sept. 5, 2014 in Slaton’s First Baptist Church. Burial was Sept. 6 in Brookshire Cemetery near Bronte under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

There was a family visitation Sept. 4 at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials in Rob’s name to BGL Mission in India, PO Box 6397, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. 




Cecelia Bland Nelson


Cecelia Bland Nelson, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Corsicana, TX. Memorial service are pending in Post. She was 71.



Luis Bejar

Luis Bejar, 78, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Luis was born February 5, 1936 in Mexico to Rafael and Elvira Bejar.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Ricardo Bejar in November of 1991.

Luis is survived by three sons, Joe and Lupe Bejar of Munday, Ralph and Stella Bejar of Irving, and Manuel and Kristin Bejar of Lewisville; three daughters, Marisela and Willy Sanchez of Irving, Nora Perry of Munday, and Vera and Jason Beauchamp of Munday; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rosary was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 25 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.



Dixie Elliott

Olney ~ Dixie Elliott, age 83, died Friday, August 22, 2014, at Grace Care Center in Olney, Texas. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas with Scotte Clark, of Olney, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.

Dixie was born on September 28, 1930 in Sudan, Texas to the late Leroy Jefferson and Addie Agnes (Morris) Hammock. She married J.C. Elliott on June 6, 1949 in Seymour, Texas. He preceded her in death in June of 1987. While living in Goree, Dixie served as a teacher’s aid at the elementary school, owned and operated “Dixie’s Hobby Hut”, and worked as a postal clerk at the United States Post Office. She was a seamstress for anyone who needed her talent. She moved to Olney, Texas in 2004. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Bob Hammock, and two sisters: Maye Bennett and Georgeanne Auburg.

Survivors include her sons: Fred Elliott and wife Terri of Goree, Texas, and Mike Elliott and wife Reta of Clyde, Texas; one daughter, Judy Barnes and husband Dave of Mesquite, Texas; four grandchildren: Jay Elliott and wife Brandie of Olney, Texas, Justin Elliott and wife Jennifer of Goree, Texas, Jon Barnes of Mesquite, Texas, and Tamie Hemmingson and husband Mike of Aztec, New Mexico; two sisters: Tommye Sue Feagans of Decatur, Texas and Faye Locklear and husband Silas of White Settlement, Texas; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; or, Hamilton St. Church of Christ, P.O. Box 736, Olney, Texas 76374.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.lunnfuneralhome com.




Billy Joe “Bubba” Large

Billy Joe “Bubba” Large former long time resident of Knox City, Texas, and most recently of Azle, Texas, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 23, 2014, surrounded by his family. Mr. Large was 71.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Foursquare Church in Knox City. Burial, with Military Honors, will take place immediately following the service at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. A visitation is planned for Wednesday evening, August 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home located at 210 Avenue A.

Billy Joe was born July 28, 1943, in Knox City to Bessie Mae and Eli Dell Large. He graduated from Knox City High School in 1961 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Billy Joe was honorably discharged on March 4, 1967, after 2 years of service. He returned to Knox City where he married Linda Kay James on June 1, 1968. Billy and Linda remained in Knox City where Billy worked for more than 30 years as a pumper and roustabout in the oilfield.

After retirement, he and his devoted wife, Linda Kay moved to Azle, Texas to be close to their two boys. Billy Joe will be remembered by all for his love of old cars, collecting, karaoke, and his sense of humor. He will be remembered by his family for his generous spirit and his deep devotion to his wife, sons, and grandchildren. Not to mention, the over-the-top Christmas decorations and Easter egg hunts. All that knew him, loved him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eli Dell and Bessie Mae Large.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Kay ( James) Large; his two sons, Billy Wayne and wife Lisa, and their children, Lindsey and Kelsey; and Aaron Dell and his wife Kristen, and their children Lucas and Riley; 2 brothers, Glen Dale Large and Eddie Dean Large; and sister, Bessie Alene Webb; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.




Idella Katherine Escobar


Idella Katherine Escobar, 88, joined her Savior on Saturday, August 9, 2014

A visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a vigil starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Abbey Chapel of Resthaven Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with interment to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Idella was born November 25, 1925 in Stamford, to Jesse and Josephine (Nieto) Acosta.

Idella had many hobbies, some of which included quilting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, gardening, reading, and working on puzzles.

The lights of her life were her family, particularly her four grandchildren. She was an active member of Santa Rosa Church for over fifty years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ray Escobar.

Idella is survived by her daughter, Janie Sue Esparza and husband Robert; son, Charles Ray Escobar and wife Annette; grandchildren, Emily Arreola and husband Aaron, Michelle Escobar and Jimmy Shuping, Trisha Molloy and husband Benjy, Anthony Escobar; sister, Ida Escobar; brother, Jay Acosta and wife Helen, Alfred Acosta and wife Lydia; sister, Stella Caram and husband Freddy; brother, Paul Acosta and wife Phyllis, Jack Acosta and wife Roseann; and brother-in-law, Tony Flores.

The family extends their gratitude to all her special caregivers at the Garrison Center for their compassionate care of Idella during her stay there.

Condolences and online guestbook can be found at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.





Jodie Moon

Jodie Moon, 83, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Wichita Falls.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Munday with Pastor Robert Harrison officiating, under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home.

Jodie was born in Munday on October 10, 1930. She was the youngest daughter of Emry and Delia Mullican. Jodie was a cheerleader in high school and graduated from Munday High School in 1948. Jodie worked at Eiland Drug in Munday as a teenager and went on to work there many more years as a pharmacy tech, long before the position was popularized. Jodie met the love of her life, Jessie “Dub” Moon at a dance and Dub asked Jodie to marry him at the Stamford Rodeo as they were standing by the bull pins. Jodie and Dub were married July 6, 1951 in Munday at Jodie’s parent’s home. Jodie worked with Dub at Osborne Distributing in Munday from 1970 until her retirement in 2000.

Jodie was a founding member of the Munday Homecoming dances for 30 years and loved organizing all of these events. After retiring, Jodi also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Jodie and Dub raised two children, who were the delight and joy of their lives. Dub and Jodie had a wonderful relationship, worked together for 25 years and their love for each other was evident. Jodie was always willing to do anything for anyone at any time. She loved working in the public and loved people. Jodie was outgoing, cheerful, fun, loving, warm hearted, strong, and tenacious. She taught her children to work hard, help others, and always treat people as you would want to be treated.

Jodie was preceded in death by her parents, Emry and Delia Mullican, and her five older sisters: Pauline Morrow, Ruby Meers, Viola Cude, Dorothy Lee Howry, and Louise Fruehwirth.

Jodie is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jessie “Dub” Moon and two children, Mark and Kimi, all of Wichita Falls, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Memorials may be made in Jodie’s honor to Parkinson’s Research or to your favorite charity. 




Elma Rodriguez-Garcia


Elma Rodriguez-Garcia, 57 of Hobbs, NM was called home by our Lord on July 10, 2014. She was born on March 14 to Vidal and Erminia Rodriguez. On August 30, 1975, she married Eulalio Garcia at the Santa Catholic Church in Knox City, TX.

Elma was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church and of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She participated in Relay for Life and was always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile and a heart of gold.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Eulalio; 2 daughters and a son: Tricia Sam (Rodney) of Arlington, TX; April Garcia ( Joseph Cotton II) of Hobbs, NM; Joseph Garcia of Arlington, TX; 3 grandchildren: Issac and Elijah Lopez of Arlington, TX; and Arien Kai Rice of Hobbs NM. Brothers: Martias Rodriguez (Mary) of Coleman, TX; Ernest Rodriguez (Martha) of Boyd, TX; Richard Rodriguez (Annie) of Brush, CO; Mike Rodriguez (Mary) of Odessa, TX; Henry Rodriguez (Anna) of Abilene, TX; Leonard Rodriguez (Martina) of Hobbs, NM; sisters: Anna Flores (Manuel) of Rule, TX; Margaret Ribera ( Jesse) of Hamlin, TX; mother-in-law Santos Zavala of Harlingen, TX and numerous family and friends all of whom she lovingly called “SUNSHINE”.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Vidal and Erminia Rodriguez; in-laws: Juan and Julia Garcia; granddaughter: Isela Lopez; nephews: R.J. Pedroza and Nathan Rodriguez.

A mass was celebrated at St. Helena Catholic Church with Deacon Pablo Merjil of Artesia officiating.




James Benjamin Klutts

James Benjamin Klutts, longtime resident of Knox City, passed away Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Mr. Klutts was 79. Funeral services were held Friday, July 18, 2014, at Foursquare Church in Knox City with Rev. Gary Schnable, Rev. J.C. Amburn, and Rev. Dennis Duke officiating. Burial took place immediately following the services in Knox County Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Visitation was Thursday evening.

James was born August 28, 1934, in Palestine to Thelma Lois (Rogers) and Joe Leon Klutts. James married Rose “Jimmie” Klutts on June 20, 1975, in Durant, Okla. He is a retired heavy equipment operator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Thelma Klutts, three brothers, and one sister. James is survived by his wife of over 39 years, Rose “Jimmie” Klutts of Knox City; son, Joe Klutts and wife Brenda of Tulsa, Okla.; daughters, Lois Keith and husband Terry of Haskell and Barbara Gene Klutts of Mill Creek, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, Janin, Barbie, Joe Ross, John, Amanda, Irene, Eddie, Jason, Michelle, Kristin, Crystal, and Johnathon; 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and “one on the way.” Serving as pallbearers were John Klutts, Terry Keith, Dicky McCanles, Charles Griffith, Chad Rainwater and Tracy Cartwright. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh. com.




Geraldine B. Thompson

Geraldine B. Thompson, 99, was born on April 2, 1915 in Knox City. She passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

Gerry attended the University of Texas where she was a proud participant of the University Glee Club. She graduated with a degree in elementary education and art.

Gerry married Aristel D. Thompson of Munday, Texas on September 2, 1938. She taught second grade at Hyer Elementary School in University Park. Gerry was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aristel, her parents, and her three sisters. She is survived by her son, Wayne B. Thompson of Dallas and his wife, Margaret, her daughter, Sandra L. Dickey of Plano, and husband, John, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial was held July 23 in Munday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Gerry’s name. 




Mrs. Rose Marie (Stodghill) Williams

WHEELER, TX – Services for Mrs. Rose Marie (Stodghill) Williams, of Wheeler, TX, will be at 10:00 AM Friday, July 11, 2014 at Church of Christ in Wheeler, TX with Minister Carroll Thomason, officiating. Burial will follow at 4:00 PM at Plainview Cemetery in Plainview, TX under the direction of Peppers Family Funeral Home in Wheeler, TX.

Mrs. Williams, 84, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 in Wheeler, TX.

Mrs. Rose Marie (Stodghill) Williams was born October 22, 1929 in Silverton, TX to the late Mr. John Lyle Stodghill and Mrs. Bertha Lucille (Shaw) Stodghill. She graduated from Munday High School. She married Delwin Leon Williams on September 1, 1948 in Plainview, TX. He preceded her in death July 2, 1992.

Rose Marie worked with her late husband, Delwin, in their business, Williams Sheet Metal and retired in 1993. Although, she worked beside her husband many years, she always made time for her family. Free time was spent playing dominoes or cards with brothers and sisters and in-laws and outlaws. Marie taught her husband to hunt and fish, spending many hours together at the lake or out hunting quail or dove. She was always at sports events with her children, grandchildren, or friends. Everyone knew her as “Granny,” and she greeted everyone with a smile. When the great-grandchildren began to enter her life, she was always nearby, ready for her turn to hold, cuddle and entertain them. Family and friends were always a source of great joy and happiness. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plainview, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Thomas Williams brother, Herbert Stodghill; 3 sisters, Jane Rose, Ruth Rodgers, Betty Lemaster; brother-in-law, Gene Groce; sister-in-law, Catherine Stodghill; in-laws, Frances Richardson and husband, James; Billy Williams; Bob Dorman; Keith Williams and Wife, Geri; Jake Ray; Brenda Hall.

Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons. Terrell Wayne Williams and wife, Nancy of Abilene, TX; Billy Leon Williams and wife, Marilyn of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Dianna Dale (Williams) Johnson and husband, Skeet of Wheeler, TX; 6 grandchildren, Robin Sanchez and husband Alex of Watauga, TX; Mike Johnson and wife, Rexann of Canyon, TX; Reid Williams of Abilene, TX; Randi Williams of Abilene, TX; Garrett Williams of Mesa, AZ; JJ Houska and husband, Mike of Wheeler, TX; 7 great-grandchildren, Anthony Williams of Mesa, AZ; Mylo Sanchez of Watauga, TX; Hadley Johnson of Canyon, TX; Jake Houska, of Wheeler, TX; Jacob Williams of Mesa, AZ; Lily Sanchez of Watauga, TX; Audrey Houska of Wheeler, TX; sister, Sue Groce; brother-in-laws, Charley Rodgers; Lee Lemaster; in-laws, Marilou Powell and husband, Bill of Rock, TX; Jamie Williams and wife, Bobbie of Garrison, TX; Pauline Dorman of Lubbock, TX; Gaynelle Schuler and husband, Walter of Hot Springs Village, AR; Sharon Ray of Claude, TX; and Jim Hall of Keller, TX.

You may send condolences online at www.peppersfuneralhome.com



Lois Darine Hutchinson


EASTLAND – Lois Darine Hutchinson, 72, of Eastland, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 in Eastland. Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Knox City Foursquare Church with Pastor Gary Schnable officiating. Burial followed in the Knox City Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland. The family received friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. Lois was born on June 29, 1942 in Paris, Texas to Roy and Myrol (Hanley) Whisenhunt. She married Weldon Hutchinson on November 18, 1974 in Taylor County. Lois was a member of the River of Life Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She a caregiver, cook at Eastland Memorial Hospital, and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon on January 19, 2014; one brother; and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Ricky Hibbitts and wife Sheila of Amarillo, Randy Hibbitts and wife Melissa of Hamlin, and Ronnie Hutchinson and wife Laurie of Eastland; two daughters, Darlene Roan and husband Robert of Breckenridge, and Tammy Campbell and husband Randy of Haskell; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.



Dr. Russell Curtis Reynolds

COMANCHE-- Dr. Russell Curtis Reynolds, age 51, of Comanche, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Comanche serving the community that he cared so deeply for.

He was born on July 26, 1962, in Knox City, to Gerald and Nancy (Patterson) Reynolds. On July 31, 1982, he was united in marriage to Sherry Mowrey in Quanah, Texas. Russell graduated from Quanah High School in Quanah in 1980. He attended Tarrant County Junior College in Fort Worth for his pre-med from 1980 until 1982, and attended Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, from 1982 until 1985. On August 4, 1986, Dr. Russell Reynolds opened Reynolds Chiropractic Center in Comanche.

Dr. Reynolds was a member of the First Baptist Church of Comanche. He was a Deacon, a Sunday School Teacher for many years and an RA Leader. He was active in many clubs including, Kiwanis Club of Comanche, Gideons and Comanche Chamber of Commerce where he served as President for two terms, Kiwanian of the Year, Comanche Man of the Year and he served as Comanche Youth Council Coach for twenty years. Russell was a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Reynolds, was a devoted husband, father, and son. He worked tirelessly and selflessly for his patients, his church and community and was beloved by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Reynolds of Comanche; his son, Brandon Reynolds and wife Megan of Fort Worth; daughter, Katy Reynolds Pratt of Comanche; parents, Gerald and Nancy Reynolds of Comanche; parents-in-law, Jerry and Shirley Mowrey of Granbury; brother, Rick Reynolds and wife Michelle of Comanche; niece, Stormy Cooper and husband Clay of Dublin; great-nephew, Caden Cooper of Dublin; nephew, Richard Reynolds of Comanche; and nieces, Sarah Ground of Dublin, and Michaela and Rachael Reynolds of Comanche.

A memorial service for Dr. Reynolds was held at the First Baptist Church of Comanche at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, with Dr. Van Christian officiating. Comanche Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lunch for the family was noon on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Comanche.

In lieu of flowers family requests memorials be made to the Russell Reynolds CHS Scholarship Fund. Please make donations to First Baptist Church at 407 N. Houston Street, Comanche, Texas 76442.

View and Sign Guest Book at www.comanchefh.com 




Dwight Ephram Burgess


Dwight Ephram Burgess of Weinert passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the age of 83. Dwight was born August 14, 1930 in Petersburg, TX to Earl Alton and Henrietta Burgess. He married Lavita Massingill on July 26, 1949 in Gilliland. They farmed and raised their family in Gilliland. He was active in the community, having served on the school board and as a deacon in the Gilliland Baptist Church. Dwight and Lavita moved to Weinert in 1990 when they retired.

Visitation was held from 5-6 P.M., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the funeral home in Munday. Funeral services were held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Weinert Baptist Church with Dan Bullock officiating. Interment followed in the Gilliland Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

Dwight had many hobbies including fishing, boating, woodworking, and square dancing. He loved music, especially country and western music, and it gave him great joy to play his harmonica and mandolin for family and friends. He also enjoyed reading, especially his Bible, and taught Sunday School for several years.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Orville Burgess and Earl L. Burgess, one sister; LaRue Reeves, and one grandson; Chad Wayne Zeissel.

 Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lavita of Weinert, two daughters; Barbara and husband, Wayne Zeissel of Munday and Kay and husband Randy White of Colleyville, five grandchildren; Misti Zeissel of Munday, Mindy Zeissel Hopewell of Ft. Worth, Miranda Zeissel of Munday, Brian White of Austin, and Tracy Howren of St. Louis. Also, three great-grandchildren; Caroline White of Austin, Mirabelle Howren of St. Louis, and Jonathan Boatright of Ft. Worth



William Alton Sanders

William Alton Sanders, age 85, went home to be with the Lord on July 1, 2014 in Haskell, TX. He was born to A.J. Sanders and Fronia Alexander Sanders in the Haskell County Texas on September 14, 1928. He met his sweetheart and the love of his life, Millie Havran while in Weinert High School. They were married on June 12, 1947 and shared life together for more than 64 years before Millie passed away on March 2, 2012. Alton lived his entire life within 8 miles of Weinert where he and Millie had two sons, Terry and Jerry.

He is survived by his sons Rev. Terry and Beth Sanders of Garland, Jerry and Joyce Sanders of Munday; 5 grandchildren, David and wife Dalia Sanders, Amanda and husband Rev. Chad King, Kerre and husband Chaplain Aaron Thorne, Jeremy and wife Jessica Sanders, and Abby Sanders and fiance Tyler Castle; 6 great-grandsons, Andrew Salazar, Kolton King, Lucas Sanders, Nick Sanders, Jackson Thorne and Calvin Thorne; 3 great-granddaughters Chanda King, Hadleigh Sanders and Piper Sanders; 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Ann Sanders and Betty Jo Sanders; a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, and “sons and daughters by other parents.” He was preceded in death by his wife Millie, parents, sisters: Laura Bell Sanders and Myrtle Phemister Therwhanger: brothers: David Clarence, Eddie Jackson and R.S.

Alton leaves a wonderful legacy to his family and friends based on the foundation of his faith in Christ. He became a Christian in August 1951 when Al and Millie walked the aisle together in their professions of faith. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Weinert where he served 46 years as the music director and 41 years as a deacon.

In addition to work in his church he served associational music director for 6 years and helped conduct 3 backyard Bible Schools in West Virginia. In 1973 he and Millie went on the first of 5 overseas crusades to Germany, Korea, Ecuador, and Norway. God transitioned their ministry in 1982 and he participated in 143 Lay Renewal/Experiencing God weekends across 18 states - 141 of those with Millie. In most of these weekends he served as the music coordinator. For the past 15 years Alton has served as co-host of the Lay Renewal Gathering at BCBA.

Alton was a loving father, Granddaddy and PA. He started farming in 1947 and retired in 1993. After his retirement he went to work for the Boll Weevil Eradication Programn when it first started and ended his work there when the program finished in this area. He enjoyed deer hunting with his close friends Wayne Jossellett and Vernon Teaff and was also a Boy Scout Leader for 8 years.

Funeral services for Alton will be held on Thursday July 3, 2014 at First Baptist Church Weinert at 3:00 p.m. under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday with Rev.

Terry Sanders, Rev. Jessie Edwards (“son by other parents”) and Rev. Dan Bullock presiding. He will be laid to rest at Weinert Cemetery following the service. Memorials may be given in honor of Alton to First Baptist Church Weinert or the Weinert Cemetery Association. Visitation will beWednesday from 7 to 8 pm at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday. 



Lester James Adams


Lester James Adams was born in Munday, Texas on October 29, 1962. Lester attended West Bulah Baptist Church during his childhood. He graduated from Munday High School where he played on the Munday Mogul football team.

Lester James Adams was born to parents Alvin and Ruby Adams who preceded him in death. Lester is preceded in death by grandmother; Eula Adams, four uncles; Perry, Brownson, Floyd, and Otis James Adams, three brothers; Ralph Gray, Perry Don, and Gary Lynn, and his twin sisters.

Lester leaves to cherish his memories, two sons; Lester Jr. and Anderson, six sisters; Gertrude (Charles), Emma (Benny), Marlene, Ethel Lee, Yvonne, and Monica, one grandchild; Jazzie, five brothers; Daniel (Berniece) Alvin Jr. (Donna), Quiency (Faye), Otis (Tina), and Hollis Wayne, oen loving uncle; Lester Adams, and one aunt; Eula Mae Adams. Also a host of nieces, nephews, and friends including two very close friends; Barry Ratliff and Tony Fernandez and family.

Services were held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Munday. Interment followed in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home of Munday.





Weldon Skiles

Weldon Skiles, longtime resident of Knox City, Texas passed away late Saturday evening, May 31, 2014, at Haskell Healthcare in Haskell. Mr. Skiles was 80. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Knox City with Jimmy Rogers and Ronnie Lambert officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Weldon and his twin brother, Willard, were born September 18, 1933, in Caney, Oklahoma to Zelma (Samples) and Ulrich Skiles. He attended Weinert schools and entered the U.S. Army on July 21, 1954. PFC Skiles served at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and was honorably discharged June 22, 1955. Five days later, on June 27, 1956, he married Estelle Jenkins in Forestville, Maryland.

Weldon and Estelle soon moved back to Knox City where Weldon and his twin brother owned and operated Skiles Brothers Service Station. He enjoyed fishing and golfing and coaching baseball. Weldon was known for his famous red beans that he loved to share with his family while spending time together. He was a wonderful man that will be missed not only by his family, but many wonderful friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ulrich and Zelma Skiles; brothers, Lester Roy Skiles and Harold Skiles; and his twin brother, Willard.

Weldon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Estelle of Knox City; 2 sons, Donny Skiles and wife Sharla of Haskell, and Greg Skiles of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter, Rhonda Thane and friend, John Slovensky of Odessa, Texas; granddaughter, Kimberly Skiles of Abilene, Texas; grandsons, Aaron Skiles of Haskell, Texas and Jeremy Conway of Knox City, Texas; and great-granddaughter, Alexis Skiles of Abilene, Texas. In addition, Weldon is survived by his 3 sisters, Joyce Harmon of Hurst, Texas, Peggy Flores of Cisco, Texas, and Linda Freiman and husband Ron of Baird, Texas; 2 brothers Jimmy Skiles and wife Judy of Potosi, Texas and Larry Skiles and wife Amy of Cisco, Texas; sister-in-law, Bettye Skiles of Knox City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be given in Weldon’s name to the First Baptist Church of Knox City at 200 S. Central Avenue, Knox City, Texas 79529.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh. com.



Jimmy Darrell Duncan


Jimmy Darrell Duncan passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. We gathered for fellowship and remembrance from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. A tribute of Jimmy’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Jimmy Darrell was born on September 12, 1946 to R. J. and Lidia Oates Duncan in Knox City, TX. He graduated from Munday High School and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Jimmy was employed as telecom administrator with Covenant Medical Center for the past 14 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Paula Jo Payne and her fiancé, David Owen; granddaughter, Taylor Renee Payne; two Sisters, Shirley Welch and husband, Don, and Becky Offutt and husband, Dan; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, R. J. Duncan, and mother, Lidia Duncan; and girlfriend, Janet Minor.




 Jacqueline Clowdis Lowrance

 Jacqueline Clowdis Lowrance, 74, of Munday, went home to the Lord on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

She was born in Munday on November 27th, 1939 to Jack and Ellen Clowdis. Jackie graduated from Munday High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University.

She married Homer K. Lowrance on December 22nd, 1957 and taught at Littlefield ISD for 20 years. Jackie loved and served the Lord by investing her life in others, especially children. She loved teaching children of all ages and giving the gift of learning. She opened her heart and her home to everyone around her. Jackie’s joyful personality, wealth of selflessness, and friendly smile will be sorely missed by her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ellen Clowdis.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Homer, daughter Michelle Lowrance and daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Jeff Dutton. She is also survived by grandchildren Jarrod, Kacee, Hannah, Lendon, and Ali and also one great granddaughter Audra as well as one on the way. She is also survived by three sisters, Patricia, Margaret, and Deborah.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A visitation will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, June 4th at McCauley -Smith Funeral Home.

Jackie’s life will be celebrated at 11am, Thursday morning, June 5th at First Baptist Church in Munday followed by interment in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the The First Baptist Church of Munday’s Childrens Fund or Hiz Kiz Ministry via First Bank Texas of Munday. 




Alice Elizabeth Cypert Yates


Alice Elizabeth Cypert Yates, 87, of Weinert, passed away into the arms of her Savior Saturday evening, May 17, 2014, after a brief illness.

She was born on October 1, 1926 to Ivy Cypert and Clara Stovall Cypert at Lake Creek near Weinert, Texas. She attended Lake Creek and Weinert schools. She married Toby Yates of Munday on September 21, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2012.

Alice was a farm wife and also worked in several local businesses. She was actively involved in many local and Haskell County civic organizations, such as Weinert Home Demonstration Club. Haskell County TEEA, Meals on Wheels, and was a 4-H and Cub Scouts leader. Alice was instrumental in building the Weinert Day Care Center, was an avid blood donor, and helped make numerous quilts for the West Texas Rehab Center, as well as family and friends. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Weinert, where she went on mission trips, taught Sunday School, RAs, Sunbeams, and Kingdom Kids. She also served on many committees, directed VBS for many years, and sang in the choir, women’s quartet, and Yates family quartet. She was two-time Haskell County Club Woman of the Year and was 2002 Weinert Citizen of the Year.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brothers T.B., Oscar, Ralph, Robert, and Billy Paul Cypert and one sister, Beda Cypert.

She is survived by one son, Joe and Caron Yates of Weinert, two daughters, Mary and Ed Murphy of Weinert and Linda and Ricky Wade of Bryson; one granddaughter Shanna White and fiancé Gregg Sellers of Stamford; six grandsons, Jace and Tessa Yates of Wichita Falls, Dusty and Lily Yates of Lincoln, Neb, TJ Yates of Abilene, Lane and Amy Murphy of Waco, Taylor and Kendra Wade of College Station, and Tanner Wade of Waco. She leaved seven great-grandchildren, Braken and Toby White, Harper and Hazel Murphy, Waylon and Leona Yates, and Jude Yates. She is also survived by two sisters, Rowena Hester of Haskell and Dorothy Brown of Munday, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Weinert Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Weinert Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

Memorials may be sent to Wienert Baptist Church, P.O. Box 98, Weinert, Texas 76338. 




Charles Lyndel Lambeth


Charles Lyndel Lambeth, 76, of Goree, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Wichita Falls.

Graveside services were held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m., in the Goree Cemetery with Rev. Sonny Smart, officiating, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Lyndel was born September 21, 1937 in Hefner to John and Effie Hicks Lambeth. He attended school in Hefner. Lyndel married Dulah Thompson on June 21, 1969 in Goree. She preceded him in death on September 19, 2004. He worked for the Goree Coop Gin for many years before going to work for Knox County, driving a maintainer. He attended the Goree Baptist Church and served on the Munday Water Board. Lyndel was also preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers; 1 sister; and a great grandson.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia VanSchalkwyk and Connie Woods, both of Seymour; and Linda Poteet of Goree; four sons, James Harding of Amarillo; Roy Don Harding of Burkburnett; Laurence Harding of Stephenville; and Ronald Harding of Munday; a brother, John Lloyd “Sandy” Lambeth, Jr. of Munday; a sister, Immogene Land of Post; 14 grandchildren and 3 great granddaughters.

The family suggests memorials to the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 6839, Abilene, Texas 79608.



Elaine Vaden Lewis

Elaine Vaden Lewis, age 78, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Haskell. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Knox City. Interment was in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Elaine was born April 20, 1936 in Seymour to Clarence Edward and Ida M. Thorn Vaden. She was a homemaker and had served on the Knox City City Council and as the City Judge in Knox City. She was an avid seamstress and sewed for the public for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Knox City, and had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 119 in Knox City.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Deering and husband, Larry of San Antonio; four sons, Danny Lewis and wife, Amber of Knox City, Troy Lewis and wife, Sheri of Lubbock, Todd Lewis and wife, Missy of Haskell, and Shane Lewis and wife, Aimee of Yukon, Okla.; two sisters, Neva Elliott of Princeton, Texas, and Nancy Davis of Seymour, Texas; three brothers, Ed Vaden of Wichita Falls, Carl Vaden of Seymour, and Jimmy Vaden and wife, Barbara of Seymour; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Bobby Lewis, and a sister, Patsy Cassle.

Memorials may be made to the Hendrick Hospice in Abilene, Texas.

A visitation was held Tuesday evening at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.seymourmemorial.com.




Emma Fetsch

Emma Fetsch, age 97, went to meet our Lord in Heaven on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Just Like Home in Seymour.

She was born November 21, 1916 in Muenster. She married Leo Fetsch on April 10, 1939 and they resided on their farm located between Rhineland and Munday for the entire 65 years they were married.

For 35 years, Emma managed their insurance company which was located in their home while Leo continued the farming operations.

Leo passed away February 3, 2004. Emma lived independently on the farm until 2009.

Emma loved her church family. She was an accomplished musician and served 52 years as an organist for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland and Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Knox City. She taught music to many young people in the area.

In her retirement, Emma enjoyed quilting, walks on her country lane, and pilates. She volunteered weekly at the Knox County Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies.

Emma was a “people person” and a caring friend to many. She found joy in helping others. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, “west nana”, and great-grandma.

Survivors include: one son, James and wife, Kathy of Shreveport, La.; two daughters, Lori Ware of San Diego, Calif., and LaVerne and husband, Bill Funderburk of Hamilton; one sister, Clara Stanley of Seminole; Grandchildren: Kendall and wife, Theresia Ware of Summerville, S.C., Kraig and wife, Lynn Ware of Williamsburg, Va., Kristi and husband, Andy Bailey of Shreveport, Brain Funderburk of Carrollton, Kyle Funderburk of Houston, and Clint and wife, Karri Funderburk of Kennedale. Great-grandchildren: Kendall Ware, Jr. of Dallas, Kristan Ware of Sumter, SC, Ashleigh Burn and Emma Lee Ware both of Summerville, Shelton, Ashton, and Easton Ware, all of Williamsburg, Amber and Andrea Fetsch, both of Shreveport.

Visitation was held Friday, May 9, 2014 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Jeanette Zeissel

RHINELAND — Jeanette Zeissel 83, of Rhineland, died Monday, May 5 at her home.

Services were Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Perikomalayil officiating. Burial will be in Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday. Rosary was at 6p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Jeanette was born January 9, 1931 in Knox County to the late Liberatus and Bertha Loran.

She was a loving wife to her late husband Marvin Zeissel for 63 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her farm life. She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church where she began singing in the choir there at an early age, and continued until her health diminished. She was also a member of Saint Anne’s Christian Mother’s Society.

She was preceded in death by a son Greg Zeissel of Rhineland.

She is survived by two daughters: Patsy and her husband Rick Meinzer and Mary Denise and her husband Kenneth Groves, both of Rhineland, Texas; Seven Grandchildren: Kandi & husband Jr. Miranda of Rhineland, Jason Zeissel and wife Brooke of Seymour, Crystal Zeissel of Munday, Jared Groves & wife Heather of McKinney, Seth Meinzer of Austin, Curt Groves of Rhineland & Logan Groves of Lubbock, and six great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a sister, Sister Andrea Loran of St. Scholastica’s of New Blaine, Arkansas; and a brother, Brother Eric Loran of Subiaco Abbey, in Subiaco Arkansas. Along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Renovation Fund.



Kenneth Eugene (Gene) Brown

 Kenneth Eugene (Gene) Brown of Munday passed away on May 5, 2014 in Knox City. Gene was born May 13, 1930 in Knox County to Crockett and Zerna Brown. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Munday, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher, and traveled on many missionary trips. He was a volunteer fire fighter and an EMT as well as retired from the highway department.

He was married Oct 22, 1949 to Dorothy Cypert in Rochester. Survived by his wife Dorothy, of Munday; one son, Danny and wife Sherri Brown of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Judy and husband Donnie Voss of Burleson; Cindy and Hal Guess of Weinert; daughter-in-law, Missy Brown of Scotland; brother John Brown of Wichita Falls; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by one son, Mark Brown, and two grandchildren, Angel and Moriah Brown; brothers, Frank Brown and Bill Brown; and sisters, Lena Owen, Louise Hamilton, and Helen Clemmer.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Services are Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Munday with Donnie Voss officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home. 




Jesse G. Dena


Jesse G. Dena, 57, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Abilene. He was born January 12, 1957 in Mexico to Juan and Dolores Dena. Jesse and Diana Arismendez were married June 28, 1979 in Munday.

Jesse is survived by his wife Diana of Goree, two daughters; Rebecca and husband, Ismael Rodriquez of San Diego and Arica and husband, Brock Patera of Caldwell, Idaho, two sons; Mark and wife, Mandy Dena of Munday and David Dena of Georgia, four brothers; Jaime and wife Maribel Dena of Houston, Isias and wife Shari Dena of Houston, David and wife, Magdalena Dena of Houston and Eli Dena of Houston, two sisters; Vera and Daniel Palomo of Grand Prairie, and Liz Dena of Abilene. Also, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the funeral home. Services were at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Munday with Sonny Smart of Seymour officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Jimmy Luther (J.L.) Hunter

Jimmy Luther ( J.L.) Hunter passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the age of 70. He was born March10, 1944 in Knox County to J.E. and Gladys Hunter. He was a farmer most of his life.

J.L. was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Hunter and two sons; John David Hunter and Jimmy Paul Hunter.

Survivors include his mother; Gladys Hunter of Knox City, four daughters; Kathrine Hunter of Georgia, Jennifer and husband, Joel Martinez of Junction, Cindy Hunter of Austin, and Kristen Hunter of Huntsville, two grandchildren; Haley Martinez of San Marcus, and Drew Martinez of Junction, his companion; Pam Miller of Munday, one brother; Johnny Hunter of Knox City, and one sister; Judy Hunter of Cedar Hill.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the first United Methodist Church in Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral  Home.



Elvis Lous Blake  


Elvis Louis Blake, 81, passed away Friday, March 4, 2014 in Wichita Falls, TX. Elvis was born January 1, 1933 in Knox County to Louis and Ida Blake. He was a lifelong resident of Knox County.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Blake.

Survivors include two sons; Charles and wife, Jeanette Blake of Goree, and James and wife, Lori Blake of Wichita Falls, two sisters; Dorothy Winchester of Frisco, TX and Janie and husband Richard Mraz of Ennis, TX., four grandchildren; Jason Blake of Goree, Greg Blake of Goree, Brice and Kellie Blake of Wichita Falls, and Brady Blake of Hamlin, one great-grandson; Jaron Blake of Goree, and several nieces and nephews.

Rosary was held, Monday, March 7, 2014 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was at 10:30AM, Tuesday, March 8, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday


Doug Cunningham


GOREE — Walter “Doug” Cunningham, 84, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Doug was born June 1, 1929, in Haskell County to Jimmy and Irene Cunningham. He and Marion Moore were married August 31, 1950, at the Goree Church Of Christ.

Doug graduated from Bomarton High School in 1946. Then joined the Army. He was on duty in Korea and at other forts in the U.S. He was discharged and decided to start college. In 1950 he married Marion and she worked for the coaches as a secretary while he went to school. He graduated from A&M in 1953. Then he pursued his career in the military for 25 years. He retired in 1975 as a Lt. Colonel. He managed the gin in Munday and also the gin in Seymour.

Doug is survived by his wife, Marion of Goree, two sons, Mark and wife Tina Cunningham of Texarkana, Texas, and Scott and fiancé Emily Keys of Lubbock, Texas; two grandsons, Tyler and Jordan, and one granddaughter, Ashley; two sisters, Rheba Clark of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Joyce Roberts of Washington state. Also, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Services will be at 2PM, Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Munday Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday. 


Edd Martin Bowman


Edd “Martin” Bowman, 77, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas. Edd was born June 14, 1936 to Floyd and Frances Bowman in Brushy, Texas. Edd married his wife, Barbara on November 11, 1957 in Silver, Texas. They were married 56 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Munday.

Edd loved his family, he was interested in everything they were doing and involved in. He kept up with everything. He had a remarkable memory.

Edd is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Goree, one son; Michael and wife, Kim Bowman of Munday, one daughter; Michele and husband, Mark Haskin of Midland, one brother; Don and wife, Shirley Bowman of Munday, six grandsons; Payden and wife Tandi Bowman of Haskell, Taylor Bowman and Ben Bowman of Munday, Dean and wife, Jerrie Haskin of Cedar City, Utah, Alan and wife Ashley Haskin of Midland, and Justin Haskin of Midland, two great-grandchildren; Kaydence Haskin of Midland and Kylie Haskin of Cedar City, Utah. Also, one niece and one nephew.

Visitation was held from 5:30-6:30, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the funeral home. Services will be at 2PM, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Munday. Burial will follow in Brushy Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home.



Manuela A. Sanchez

Manuela A. Sanchez, 94, went to be with her heavenly Father on March 23, 2014. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at Templo Emanuel Assembly of God, 460 Fir Ave., Munday, Texas, with Reverend Samuel C. Lopez and Reverend Eusebio Bueno officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday. The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., March 26th at the church in Munday.

Ms. Sanchez was born in Sierra Blanca, Texas to Rodrigo M. Sanchez and Angela Acosta. She was the second of thirteen children, living most of her life in Munday, Texas. As a migrant worker, Manuela traveled as far as Minnesota and Indiana. In 1984 she moved to Wichita Falls to live with her sister Lupe Enriquez, where she was an active member of Premira Assemblea de Dios and in 1994 was named “Virtuous Woman of the Year” for that section. In 2011, Manuela moved to Abilene with her sister Julia Lopez and became an active member of Gethsemani Assembly of God. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, sewing, baking and sharing the word of God with friends and children. Manuela loved and looked forward each year in going to the Women’s Camp. She was loved by many and will surely be missed.

Left to cherish her memories are two sisters, Julia Lopez of Abilene and Raquel Lopez of Ulysses, Kansas; Numerous nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Ms. Sanchez was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Gregorio Sanchez, Ramon Sanchez, Jose Sanchez, Thomas Sanchez and Matias Sanchez; five sisters, Soledad Sanchez, Maria Enriquez, Cruz Salazar, Lucia Vargas and Lupe Enriquez.

Honored to be pallbearers are Felipe Lopez, Ricky Salazar, Simon Chavez, Daniel Orosco, Alex Orosco and Jesus Barrios.

Online condolences and guest book may be signed at www.abilenefuneralhome.com



William Fitzgerald

A celebration of life for William Fitzgerald will be held at 2PM, Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.



Ina Mae Brown


Iowa Park – Ina Mae Brown, age 81, died Friday, February 28, 2014 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Monday, March 3, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Iowa Park, with Rev. Glen Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Ina was born May 4, 1932 in Goree, Texas to John William and Lula Mae (Weaver) Jones. She and John C. Brown were married January 23, 1954 in Munday, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Iowa Park. She has lived in Iowa Park since 1970, coming from Graham, Texas. She was a clerical worker for Shamburger Lumber Company for a while.

Her parents, a sister, Mary Wilson and 3 brothers Earl, Austin, and L.D. Jones preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, John Brown, of Iowa Park; children, Randy Brown and wife, Amy of Iowa Park, Suzan Bartow and husband, Lowery of Waco, Texas, and Scott Brown and wife Kathy of The Colony, Texas; a sister, Darlene Sims of Winters, Texas, a brother, Wincel Lee Jones of Wichita Falls, Texas; six grandchildren, Chasity, Johnna, Randy, Matthew, Clinton, Ashley and a great grandson, Braxten.

The family suggests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.
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Allene Beaty


Allene Beaty was born in 1922 as the first child to Jasper ( Jay) & Drucilla Baker on a small farm in Hefner, Knox County, Texas. Allene departed this life on February 12, 2014 in Munday, Texas. She resided in Knox County for 91 years. George Harrison Beaty, Jr. and Allene Baker were married Aug, 1940 in Munday, Texas. Allene was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years upon his death in 1971. George & Allene had one son, Rev. Gary N. Beaty. Gary is married to Jan (Myers) Beaty also of Munday.

Preceding her in death, also, were her father and mother, Jay & Durcilla Baker and two brothers, Doyle & Boyd Baker.

The delight of her life were her two grandchildren, Lt. Col Gary Lynn Beaty of Austin and Jill Browning of Lubbock. She had 4 great-grandchildren: Garrett H. Beaty & Connor B. Beaty and Trevor T. Browning & Madison F. Browning.

Allene enjoyed hand work of many kinds. She crocheted, did needle-point and cross-stitch.

Although Allene was a stay-at-home Mom for Gary, she was very involved in the family business of Beaty Builders. She later had her own picture framing business. In addition, she worked @ the Munday Library for several years.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Munday.

On behalf of the family we thank you for your kindness and prayers. We rejoice that ‘Mom’ in now at home with her Heavenly Father.
The family received guests on Saturday, February 22, from 9:30-11:00 A.M. at the funeral home in Munday. Graveside services were held at 2PM, Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home.




William Franklin Fitzgerald


William Franklin Fitzgerald, 71, went home peacefully to be with his Savior on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Munday, Texas. His final wish was to donate his body for research to Texas Tech University School of Medicine. A celebration service for his life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with McCauley Smith Funeral Home.

William (Bill) was born August 24, 1942 in Knox County to Cecil and Mildred Fitzgerald. He graduated from Munday High School in 1960 and received degrees from UT Arlington, Perkins School of Theology, Texas Tech University and The University of Florida.

Bill and Barbara Fitzgerald were married for 48 years. As a Methodist minister, he served churches in Carrollton, Brownfield, Abilene, Amarillo and Roby, Texas as well as Wellman, Florida. From 1978-1986, Bill was honored to serve as an agricultural missionary in Nigeria, Africa, which included teaching in a Bible School for pastors. This time in Nigeria had a profound spiritual effect on each member of the family.

Survivors include his beloved wife and five children: Rachael, Angie, Joel, Aimée, and Mike ( Jennifer); seven grandchildren: Braxton, Brittany, Camryn, Madeleine, Chloe, Makenna and Rylan; and two sisters, Wynelle Craft and Sharlene (Billy George) Drennan, and many more nephews, nieces and cousins, beloved friends, classmates and parishioners.

Preceding Bill on his last journey were his parents, Cecil Fitzgerald and Mildred Fitzgerald, a sister, Marquitta Ward, and a daughter, Celeste. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611, would be appreciated. 




Merle Elizabeth Anderson


Merle Elizabeth Anderson finished her earthly life February 14, 2014 in the Munday Nursing Center, to join her sweetheart, Jeff of 69 years. Born the fourth child to Alonzo McElmurray and Elsie Kegans McElmurray, Merle Elizabeth was born July 3, 1927 in their White Flat home. She was taught and perfected the art of sewing, cooking and being a homemaker while attending school. It was at school where she met the love of her life and married 18 year old Riley Jefferson Anderson at the age of 16 on February 4, 1944 in the home of her parents. The couple immediately left for California where Jeff was stationed in the Navy. As soon as World War II was over they headed back to Texas and lived in the weaning house on her in laws ranch. Jeff and Merle eventually moved to Colorado with their three small children. Soon they moved back to Merkle Texas. In the late 1950’s they moved to Munday, Texas and eventually opened the Munday Auto Supply.

Merle was a member of the First United Methodist Church and spent years serving on committees. She was very active in the lives of her three children as a room mother, Cub Scout leader and brownie leader. Merle took pride in her flowers as she worked hard perfecting the art of gardening. Home cook meals were always on the table with fresh food from the food her and Jeff grew. She was an exceptional seamstress and took pride in sewing her husband and children’s clothes.

Merle’s husband, Riley Jefferson Anderson, her mother, father, two brothers, Clovis and Max McElmurray and a sister, Mildred Snow precede her in death. She is survived by her sister, Lonelle Teaft of Merkle, Texas, daughter Judy Massey and son- in – law John Massey of Amarillo, Texas; son Andy Anderson and daughter – in-law Susan Anderson of Decatur, Texas; son Max Anderson and daughter – in –law Toni of Tyler, Texas. Nine grandchildren, seventeen great -grand children and four great -great grandchildren also survive her.

Merle is also survived by many wonderful friends of Munday,Texas who she loved dearly.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Munday Nursing Center for their unconditional love, service and excellent care of their matriarch, Merle Anderson. They are truly appreciative of the many volunteers who assisted Merle with kind, dedicated love.

Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Munday, Texas on Sunday, and February 16, 2014 at 2:00p.m. with graveside at the Johnson Cemetery, Munday, Texas under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home. 




Ida Oustad


MUNDAY — Ida Oustad, 90, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014. She was born May 27, 1923, to Nira and Rozene Newton in Hamilton County. She married the late Thomas Oustad on May 31, 1941, in Hamilton, Texas

Mrs. Oustad was the “parts woman” at Quality Implement for many years. She loved to garden and bake cookies and made sure a person had plenty to eat before leaving her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

Survivors include sons George and Linda Oustad of Munday and Greg and Sindy Oustad of Vernon; sister Zelma Harper of Munday; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; also, many nieces and nephews.

Services were Wednesday at Munday Church of Christ. Interment followed in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Munday Church of Christ, Munday Nursing Center or the charity of your choice. 





Billy L. Lamberth

Billy L. Lambeth, 80, passed away at the Seymour Rehab Nursing Home on Saturday, January 25, 2014. He was born on May 6, 1933 to Homer and Gladys Lambeth in Goree, Texas. He has been a resident of Seymour since 1997. He also lived in Lubbock for 26 years and worked at the Lubock airport before retiring in 1993.Billy served in the Air Force for over 13 years before becoming medically discharged. In 1957, he married his love, Mary Nell and was married 56 years. They had three children.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one daughter Diane Bevill in 2012.

Billy is survived by his wife, Mary of Seymour, two Children; Anna Winn of Lubbock and Joe Lambeth of Seymour. Four grandchildren; Marcus Bevill of New Braunfels, Mason Bevill of Austin, Shelby Winn and Haley Winn of Lubbock, one sister, Geri Hardin of Wichita Falls and one brother Keith Lambeth of Ft. Worth. Also, Three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2PM in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Toni Holt

WEINERT — Toni Holt, 88, passed away January 18, 2014, in Abilene, Texas. Toni was born August 11, 1925, to Marion and Addie Lodgston in Haskell County. She was a very strong-willed person and achieved what ever she set her mind to do.

Toni was preceded in death by her only son and her husband W.C. Holt.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services are set for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1PM in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.



Weldon Hutchinson

EASTLAND — Weldon Hutchinson, 78, of Eastland, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Eastland. Services were Thursday at the River of Life Church in Eastland with Rev. Jerry Maston officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Knox City Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland. The family will receive friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 until 8:00 p.m.

Weldon was born on February 10, 1935 in Knox County to Charles Cleveland Hutchinson and Opal Leone (Branton) Hutchinson. He graduated from O’Brien High School. He married Lois Whisenhunt on November 18, 1974 in Taylor County. He was a truck driver and a Mason.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Cleveland Hutchinson and his twin brother, Wayne Hutchinson.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Hutchinson of Eastland; 3 sons, Ricky Hibbitts and wife Sheila of Amarillo, Randy Hibbitts and wife Melissa of Hamlin, and Ronnie Hutchinson and wife Laurie of Carbon; 2 daughters, Darlene Roan and husband Robert of Eastland, and Tammy Campbell and husband Randy of Haskell; 2 sisters, Melba Pharr of Knox City, and Ila Kay Gross and husband George of Knox City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be made in Weldon’s name at First Financial Bank.

Tony Navarrette

RULE — Antonio “Tony” Castellon Navarrette passed away January 17, 2014 at the age of 74. Tony was born on April 11, 1939 in Knox County, Texas to Nicholas and Martina Navarrette. Tony married Rachel De Los Santos in Benjamin, Texas on December 16, 1957. Mr. and Mrs. Navarrette made their home in Rule, Texas, where Tony worked as a farmer and bull dozer operator. Tony loved watching his favorite Westerns and making people laugh. He never missed a chance to amuse his audience with stories of his younger years.

His first son, Antonio Navarrette, Jr., preceded Tony in death in 1958. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Nicolas and Martina Navarrette, siblings: Davis Navarrette of Odessa, Texas, Santos Navarrette, Sr. of Rule, Texas, and Paul and Mary Helen Navarrette of Munday, Texas.

Tony is survived by his wife, Rachel, siblings: Martin Navarrette of Houston, Texas, Nick Navarrette of Minnesota, Jimmy Navarrette of Kansas, Marty Navarrette and Beatrice Reyes of Munday, Texas. He is also survived by seven children: Carmel Navarrette and husband, Leo Sanchez of Odessa, Texas, Gilbert Navarrette and wife, Cindy of Rule, Texas, Danny Navarrette and wife, Linda of Abilene, Texas, Joe Navarrette and wife Margie of Haskell, Texas, Noel Navarrette of Rule, Texas, and Sara Navarrette Sepeda and husband, Greg of Munday, Texas. Twenty grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews that will miss him deeply additionally survive Tony.

Rosary will be held at 6PM, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the funeral home in Munday.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2PM, Monday, January 20, 2014 at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas. Internment will follow at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Fr. David Bellinghausen

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Father David Bellinghausen, monk of Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Ark., and a member of the Order of Saint Benedict, strengthened with the sacraments and the prayers of his brother monks, died at 12:52 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.

At the time of his death, Father David was 74.

He had been a professed monk for 52 years and a priest for 27 years.

Gerald Raymond Bellinghausen was born Aug. 31, 1939, in the rural community of Rhineland, Texas. He was the ninth youngest in a family of 10 children — three girls and seven boys. His elementary education was under the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters at St. Joseph Parochial School, followed by four years of secondary education at Rhineland High School where he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1957. He attended one year of college at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, before coming to Subiaco Abbey as a candidate for the Benedictine brotherhood on Jan. 17, 1960.

Jerry Bellinghausen professed his vows as a monk of Subiaco Abbey on Aug. 15, 1961, receiving the name David. For nearly two decades Brother David worked primarily as a linotype operator, printer and manager of the Abbey’s print shop until its closure in 1981. In addition, he was for a time a Christian Doctrine instructor at nearby Scranton, Ark.

Discerning that God was calling him to take a further step, Brother David began his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, La., and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

Graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and philosophy in 1983, he entered the Pontifical College Beda in Rome, Italy, for his theological studies, while living at Collegio Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine center in Rome. Brother David had the unique privilege of serving as deacon of the Lenten Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1986, at Santa Sabina Church in Rome, receiving the blessed ashes from the hands of the Holy Father.

Brother David completed his theological studies for the priesthood with honors in June 1986.

Returning to Subiaco Abbey, he celebrated his 25th anniversary of monastic profession at a Mass offered by Abbot Raphael De Salvo on Aug. 10, 1986.

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Nov.1, 1986, Deacon David Bellinghausen was ordained to the priesthood at Subiaco Abbey by Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock. For the next two years he was on the faculty of Subiaco Academy. During the summer sessions of 1987-88 Father David attended graduate programs at St. John University, Collegeville, Minn., and the Pastoral Institute at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio respectively.

In 1989 he was assigned as pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in Clarksville and its mission of Sacred Heart Church in Hartman, Ark. He was sent to Texas in 1994 as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Muenster which, at that time, was the largest parish staffed by the Benedictines of Subiaco Abbey.

Father David was the last Benedictine pastor of this Texas parish to be appointed by Abbot Jerome Kodell. In 1997, after 104 years of faithful Benedictine ministry, the monks of Subiaco Abbey relinquished their pastoral care of Sacred Heart and the parish was returned to the Diocese of Fort Worth under the auspices of Bishop Joseph Patrick Delaney.

Father David returned to Subiaco Abbey where he was appointed Prior of the monastery by Abbot Jerome Kodell on July 15, 1997, a position he held until August 2012, when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church in Altus, Ark., where he was pastor until the time of his death.

Serving the community as prior for some 15 years, Father David also gave wholehearted assistance to the Abbey’s Black Angus cattle farm. In this competitive industry, he kept abreast of technical data on each animal in the herd.

Father David’s favorite pastime was to read a good book or listen to Italian opera.

A Christian Wake service was Jan. 2 with the liturgy of Christian burial on Jan. 4 at Saint Benedict Church in Subiaco. Interment was in the Abbey Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris, Ark.

Survivors include two sisters, Catherine (Mrs. B.W. Pavlicek) of Colleyville, Texas, and Phyllis (Mrs. Randall Barker) of Fort Worth, Texas; and three brothers, Urban of Munday, Texas, Alvin of Amarillo, Texas, and Charles of Justin, Texas.




Norval Johnson

MUNDAY — Norval Johnston, 83, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at his home. He was born May 14, 1930, in Haskell County to Jesse and Georgia Johnston. He was an electrician most of his life. He also served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

Survivors include a brother, Melburn Johnson, and wife, Caruth, of Clovis, N.M.; two sisters, Robbie Lewis of Kalispell, Mont., and Darlee Tabor of Albuquerque, N.M.; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were Jan. 2 at the Munday Church of Christ. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.



Reba Nix

WICHITA FALLS — Reba Nix, 79, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013, in Wichita Falls. She was born April 3, 1934 in Vera, Texas to Henry A. Patterson and Dora Norman Patterson.

Reba enjoyed yard work, fishing, singing, and working at church. She was always ready to help when needed, but usually quietly behind the scenes. She deeply loved her children, grandchildren and extended family.

She is preceded in death by: Her parents, Eight brothers: Guy Patterson, Glenn Patterson, Rex Patterson, Ted Patterson, Brownie Patterson, Pete Patterson, Loran Patterson, and Alton Lee Patterson. Two sisters: Norma Thornhill Jones and Wanda Sweat Holland.

Reba is survived by: One sister, Leota Cardwell of Starkville, Mississippi, One daughter, Kathy Schuessler and husband Joe of Lubbock, TX., One son, Tim Nix and wife, Kim of Seymour, TX, Three grandsons, Robert Nix of Nashville, TN., Phillip Nix and wife Keri of Lindale, TX., and Bryan Nix and wife, Alyssa of Oklahoma City, OK. Also, one grandson, Daniel Nix of Lindale, TX.

Visitation will be held from 5-7PM, Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the funeral home in Munday. Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Munday Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, TX under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Sammy Baugh White

KNOX CITY — Sammy Baugh White went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday. Dec. 31, 2013.
Celebration of Life services were Jan. 3 at First Baptist Church of Knox City with Bob Acree officiating.
Sammy B. was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Rule, Texas, to C.H. and Eva Baugh White. The family moved to Rochester where he attended school. His studies at Texas A&M were interrupted by World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy serving as Quartermaster on the USS Ammen in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and received the Philippine Liberation Victory medal. He returned to Texas A&M and graduated with the class of 1947.

Sammy B. married Winifred Walker on Dec. 28, 1947; they were married for 63 years. He returned to Knox City after his graduation and farmed for more than 60 years. He was also retired as a social worker from the Texas State Department of Human Services.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Knox City, where he served as deacon and taught Sunday school for more than 53 years. He was a member and past president of the Knox City Lions Club and Knox City Country Club. He was a former city councilman. He also served on the board of directors of the O’Brien Co-op Gin and Rolling Plains Ground Water Conservation District.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred, and grandson Ross Baker. He was the last surviving member of the family of C.H. and Eva White.

Sammy B. is survived by his daughter Karen White and husband, Ron, of Graham; daughter Teresa Baker and husband, Bobby, of Weatherford; son Sammy Jr. and wife, Reneé, of Georgetown; grandchildren Chris White and wife, Amy; Whitney Flack and husband, Allen; and Matt White, all of Dallas, Texas; Samantha White and Meredith White of Georgetown; and great-grandson Charles Flack.

Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home of Knox City.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 355, Knox City, TX 79529.




Etta “Louise” Burt

Etta “Louise” Burt, 77, went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2013. She was born to the late J.B. and Ruby Adams, September 11, 1936. She married the late Kenneth Burt on December 22, 1954, in Knox City, Texas.

She was an active member of the Knox City Foursquare Church, where she had been a member since her teenage years. Her relationship with God was the most important thing in her life, and she has left a beautiful heritage for her children and grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Kenneth Burt, her mother Ruby Collins, and fathers J.B. Adams and Claude Collins, three sisters, Betty Runnels, Diane Johnson, and Janis Clark, one brother Jerry Johnson, and a grandson, Josh Burt.

Louise is survived by her four children, Debbie Merrill and husband Tom Merrill of AR, Kenneth Burt of Knox City, TX; Marylon Stewart of Nashville, TN; and Melinda Casey of Haskell, TX. She is also survived by four sisters, two brothers, twelve grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous family members and friends.

A visitation will be at the Foursquare Church in Knox City, TX from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Knox City Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements provided by Clinton Funeral Service. Visit the online book of memories at www.clintonfuneralservice.com <http:// www.clintonfuneralservice. com




Lendon Walling


Lendon Walling, 86, of Munday, passed away November, 29, 2013. He was born March, 23, 1927 to R. J. and Treasure Walling in Knox County. He and Joyce Milford were married July 19, 1945 in Munday, TX.

Lendon was a lifetime resident of Knox County and an avid Mogul football and track fan. He was also a Deacon of Gillispie Church and helped in building the church as it stands now. He was also the song leader and taught classes for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing baseball and basketball.
 
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the All Service Champion Basketball Team. He retired from the Texas Highway Department on December 31, 1989.

Lendon was preceded in death by his wife in 2008, his son, Jimmy Dale in 1967, and brother Dennis Walling in 2012. He is survived by three sons; Lynn and wife, Barbara of Abilene, Jerry and wife, Andrea of Pampa, Greg of Houston, two daughters; Debbie and husband, Matt Harrington of Knox City, and Brenda and husband, Stanley Hager of Weinert, four brothers; Weldon Walling of Bowie, Randall Walling of Powell, Wyoming, Tommy Walling of Wichita Falls, Larry Walling of Seymour and one sister; Doris Beasley of Wichita Falls; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and family friend, Ross Jones of Coleman.

Services were held Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Gillispie Baptist Church. Burial followed in Gillispie Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Lola Mae McGregor


Funeral services for Lola Mae McGregor, 100, of Midland, formerly of Lamesa will be held on Monday November 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Second Baptist Church with Gerald Parsons officiating.

Burial will follow in Lamesa Memorial Park under the direction of Branon Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Sunday November 17, 2013 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home.

Lola Mae passed away on Thursday November 14, 2013 in Sulphur Springs.

She was born on October 21, 1913 in Bonham Co. to Barney and Melissa (Young) Lawrence.

She married Johnie McGregor in 1934. He preceded her in death in 1956; they were married for 22 years.

Lola Mae is survived by her children, Barbara Powers and husband, Max of Midland, Betsy Schaeffer of Sulphur Springs, Tyrus McGregor of Lamesa, Nancy Scharnberg and husband, Ken of Spencer, Iowa, Judy Walton and husband, Elmer of Lamesa, and Kim Green of Lamesa; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers; 1 sister; and one grandchild Randy Schaeffer.

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Mavis Jeanette Olson

Mavis Olson joined her parents on October 25, 2013 at the age of 63. She was born on August 16, 1950 to Girth and Louise (Bigelow) Dykes in St. Francis, Kan.

Mavis and her brothers, Dallas, Allan, and Roger grew up in Limon, Colo. She met and married Ron Weeder of Hugo, Colo. on February 14, 1966. They had 2 children: Jay of Elm Creek, Neb. and Sherry of Brighton, Colo. They divorced after 14 years.

Mavis met and married Chuck Olson on September 10, 1988. They were married for 25 years and resided in Hugo, Colo.

Mavis is survived by her devoted husband, Chuck; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Skye, their 7 children and 11 grandchildren; daughter, Sherry and her 3 children and 2 grandchildren; stepson Derek of La Junta and his children. She was also the neighborhood mom and grandma of several kids. She is also survived by nieces and nephews of her brothers.

Mavis was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, one sister and father-in-law, Bob Olson.

There was no visitation due to cremation, but the family is appreciative of the expressions of sympathy and for those who attended the memorial service celebration in honor of her, which was held November 2, 2013, 2 pm at the Eastern Trails Depot Facility located at 635 4th St. in Hugo, Colo.

Brother Dallas and wife Dorothy attended the services in Colo.



William Roy Baker


William Roy Baker, 83, beloved husband, father, and grandfather entered the heavenly realms NOVEMBER 5th, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Frankie, and two children; a daughter Temi and husband Jerry Webb of Knox City, a son William R. Baker II and wife LaRetha of Wichita Falls. His grandchildren were the joy of his life; Hadley Baker and his wife Christie, Landry Matthies and wife Candace, Dillon Matthies , Carson Matthies, Whitney Loper and Britney Webb. Great grandchildren, Caris Baker, Ethan, Breckyn and Jayven Matthies ,and Aiden Loper added a new dimension to the family. He is also survived by very special and close family friends, Tommy and Ronnie Walker and Marjana Dray.


The grandson of W.A. and Mattie Collins Baker and of Thomas Paul and Molly Pinson Frizzell, William R. Baker was born May 4, 1930 in Knox City Texas to Roy A. and Marjorie Frizzell Baker. His family is deep rooted in Knox County, with his family being some of the original pioneers coming to Knox County in 1902.

William R. (Bill) Baker graduated from Knox City High School in 1947 and achieved a BA from HSU in 1951, and a Master’s in Education from Mc Murry University in 1961. He married Frankie Jo Tanner on April 2, 1953 in Knox City, TX. Bill taught school in the community of Mattson in 1951, Knox City in 52-53, Merkel in 53-54, returned to Mattson for the years 1954- 1962, serving as Superintendent from 1956-1962. At the invitation of the School Board, Bill served as Superintendent of the O’Brien Schools from 1962 – 1968. During this tenure Bill worked diligently to get a program started for Special needs children and achieved enormous success, receiving recognition from the State. This program led to the establishment of the Haskell-Knox education Consortium. Bill also implemented integration, stating that it should have been done long before. In 1968 Mr. Baker was invited to become the Superintendent of schools at Knox City,serving until his retirement in 1986. There he implemented many of the same programs. He had many challenges to overcome with the new position, but used his determination and knowledge to achieve great successes for this school district. After retirement he also served as a interim Superintendent for Haskell, Hamlin, Aspermont and the Knox City Schools.

Bill loved all things Knox County, and especially Knox City. His love and passion for preserving both its’ history and future was evidenced in the boards he served on. He served on the Founding board of the Knox County Water Development Board, the 1976 Non-Profit entity for the recruitment of Doctors for Knox County, the Knox County Hospital Board, Knox County Historical Commission, the Knox County Appraisal Board, Chairman of the Airport Development board of Knox City, Chairman of the Knox City Economic Development Boards A & B, Trustee of the Knox City Cemetery Foundation, the Brazos Valley Rodeo Association, Chairman of Trustees at First United Methodist Church in Knox City, Chairman of the Knox County Republican Party for 20 yrs, Delegate to the Republican national convention in 1992, and the Noah North Adv. Council. He was a 45 Yr. Member of the Lions Club, a 60 Year member of the Masonic Lodge of Texas, and a long time member of the Knox City Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Baker was highly respected by his peers, being the first person nominated for Superintendent of the year for Region 9 TX School Board Association. He also served on several State committees, was a member of the Retired Teachers District and State Legislative Commission for 20 yrs., and served as Chairman of the Texans for Equitable Taxation.

Bill Baker, the educator, historian, loving father, and devoted husband, was beloved and highly respected by his family, his peers in the education world and his hometown community of Knox City. He was honored as the Citizen of the Year in 1974 and again in 1986. He was also honored by the school that he poured his heart and soul into with the naming of the W. R. Baker Auditorium. William Roy Baker was a man who made a difference in each and every life he came in contact with, and whose legacy will live on.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday Nov. 8th, at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City.

A family visitation will be Thursday from 5-6 p.m. at FUMC.




Rhonda Gerette Albus

Rhonda Gerette Albus went to be with her Lord Jesus on November 3, 2013 in Knox City, Texas.

Rhonda was born September 10, 1969 in Dallas, Texas. She came to make her home in Knox City, Texas with her parents David Albus and Betty Monat. As a young person, she loved to spend time playing with her friends in the neighborhood. She also had a very loving relationship with elderly people who lived near her. She attended Knox City Schools where she was a popular student who excelled in athletics and was a leader of her peers. Cheer leading was a great passion of hers and she loved “cheering on” her Greyhounds. She graduated Knox City High School in 1988. She attended South Plains Junior College and graduated from Howard County Junior College as a License Vocational Nurse. She spent her nursing career working in nursing homes where she served her patients with utmost love and care. More recently she worked at Abilene State Supported Living Center where she lovingly cared for patients who were in great need.

Rhonda had special love for animals and interacted with them with a unique and mysterious understanding. She had a special laughter and a sparkling personality that drew other to her.

Rhonda will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory are her father, David Albus and step-mother, JoAnn; her mother, Betty Monat; her brothers, Michael Albus, Greg and wife, Pam, and Mike Oliver all of Knox City. She is survived by her grandmother, Clara Herring of Munday, her nephew Riley Albus of Grapevine, and surrogate niece, Alyssa Cummings of Abilene. Also, step-brother David Kinney and wife, Mandy of Graham, and step-sister Melissa Muller and husband Rick of Grapevine, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Rosary and visitation will be at 7PM, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, November 6, 20013 at 11AM at St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

If desired, memorials can be made in her name to Knox County Aging Center, P.O. Box 306, Knox City, Texas 79529of Helping Hands Ministries, P.O. Box 501, Knox City, Texas 79529 


George Daniel “Jack” Johnson

George Daniel “Jack” Johnson of Haskell, Texas passed away Wednesday morning, October 16, 2013 in Enid, Oklahoma at Integris-Bass Baptist Hospital.  He was 51.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Knox City with Mr. Philip Sims and Rev. Jose Muniz officiating.  Interment will immediately follow the services at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Visitation is planned for5:00 p.m.,  Friday, October 18, 2013 at the funeral home in Knox City located at 210 Avenue A.

“Jack” was born August 29, 1962 in Knox City, Texas to Josephine (Reynolds) Lewis and Garry Johnson.  Born and raised in Knox City, he moved to Haskell in 2003 and married Malinda Ruiz on November 4, 2004.  “Jack” was a dedicated family man and adored Malinda and his children.  He was a hard worker and proud “Texas Oil Man” that took a great deal of pride in his work.  “Jack” was a collector of stamps and a member of the Church of Christ in Haskell.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, C.E. and Fannie Mae Johnson; his maternal grandmother, Ida Reynolds; and step-father, Sterling Lewis.

“Jack” is survived by his wife, Malinda Johnson of Haskell; 2 sons, Darren Johnson and Bobby Johnson both of Haskell; daughter, Gloria Johnson of Haskell; grandson, Hayden Johnson of Haskell; mother, Josie Lewis of Knox City; father and step-mother, Garry and Olga Johnson of Knox City; sister, Nonie Maston of Seymour; brother, Clint Lewis of Knox City; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers are Greg Maston, Garry Lee Manley, Robert Johnson, Clint Lewis, Jimmy Flye, Bobby Johnson, and Jesse Lopez.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.



Charles A. Pierce

Charles A. Pierce, 70, of Haskell, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Rule Cemetery in Rule officiated by Tex Cox. Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home.

Charles was born July 21, 1943 in Stonewall County, Texas to Helen (Tribbey) and James H. Pierce. He resided in Old Glory until after finishing school when he moved to Knox City. Charles was a longtime Knox City Booster member, president of the Little League, and built the horn and bell that is used at the high school football games.    He was a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church of Knox City.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen and James Pierce; and 1 brother, Don Pierce.

Charles is survived by his 2 daughters, Missy Lewis and husband Todd of Haskell, and Michelle Stanfield and husband Jeff of Knox City; 1 son, Nathan Pierce and his wife Maria of Haskell; 6 grandsons, Eric Lewis, Andy Shaver, Zack Shaver, Payne Stanfield, Keifer McNeely, and James Pierce; 3 granddaughters, Emily Lewis, Lacey Pierce, and Cassidy Pierce.



Ben Clifford Smith

HURST — Ben Clifford Smith, 66, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Graveside service was Saturday at Sweets Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Lucas Funeral Home of Hurst.

Ben was born July 15, 1947. He was a native of Knox County and attended Knox City schools.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Lee Smith; parents, Zeb Ivan and Mary Beth Smith; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Harold Staats; and mother-in-law, Frances Borden



Jeff Anderson

MUNDAY — Riley Jefferson “Jeff” Anderson departed this life Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 3:08 a.m. in the Munday Nursing Home while resting next to his loving wife of 69 years.

Jeff entered this mortal life December 1, 1925. He was born the first child to James Jefferson Anderson and Bertha Utley Anderson on the family ranch in Eskota. Being raised on a ranch and one of the three boys, Jeff learned the art of hard work, perseverance, respect and service, which is a legacy he instilled in his children and passes to generations.

Eighteen-year-old Jeff married the love of his life, 16-year-old Merle Elizabeth McElmurry, on February 4, 1944. They immediately left for California, where Jeff began serving his country in the U.S. Navy. Serving as a shore patrolman, he was stationed in China when World War II ended.

After the war, Jeff and his small family ranched in Texas then near Colorado Springs, Colo. He and his family later moved to Merkel, where Jeff worked in the oil and gas industry and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
In 1959, Jeff and Merle moved their family to Munday and became members of First United Methodist Church, where he served in many positions.

He worked at Hogsett Chevrolet as a service manager and eventually bought a service station. In the early 1960s, he opened Munday Auto Supply, which he operated until he retired at the age of 65.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister Ruth Anderson; and brother Thomas Anderson.

Survivors include his wife, Merle Anderson; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and John of Amarillo; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Susan of Burleson; son and daughter-in-law, Max and Toni Anderson of Tyler; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Munday. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.



Roy Rebus Guess

HASKELL — Roy Rebus Guess, 89, passed away Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, at his home in Haskell.

Following a graveside service Saturday afternoon at Willow Cemetery, family and friends gathered for a memorial service in Rebus’ honor at Cornerstone Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Burgess and the Rev. Morris Johnson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes of Haskell.

One of 11 children, Rebus was born January 20, 1924, in Mattson, Texas, to Emily Belle (Weaver) and Rebus B. Guess. As a boy, Rebus, often called June, enjoyed the usual activities of rural life, including his little gray mare he rode up and down Miller Creek looking after cows and sheep, plus the school activities of the Mattson School. He said the first thing he could remember was climbing a ladder to save his cat. He was 4 years old, and he fell from halfway down, breaking his collarbone.

He married Leora Stiewert in the home of Baptist pastor, Brother Whatley, on December 31, 1942. The couple lived on the Guess farm in Mattson until World War II took Rebus to Germany in 1944.

Assigned to the famed 42nd Rainbow Division of the Third Army in Germany in 1945, Pfc. Guess was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge in recognition of his exemplary performance of duty in ground combat against the enemy. Rebus spoke of the war only in recent years and said he always knew he would return home to his Leora.

After the war, the Guesses lived in Weinert, Sunset, Goree and Munday. In 1952, Rebus began working as A Rural Route 2 carrier for Goree, and, in 1959, he began delivery of Rural Route 2 in Munday. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 and moved to Haskell so he and Leora could be near their grandkids.

Rebus enjoyed playing dominoes, raising cattle, singing, watching his children and, later, his grandchildren in their activities. But his favorite activity may have been the art of conversation.

After retiring, his routine included the important business that occurred daily at the DQ around the coffee pot. In recent years, he spent those mornings at the Double A, where he shared in sausage and biscuits with another group of friends. On the return drive from doctor visits, he enjoyed re-enacting the conversations he had struck up with all the other patients in the waiting room. He loved to tell jokes, but struggled to deliver the punch line because of his uncontrolled laughing, which began as a suppressed “cough” but grew quickly, impeding his ability to speak.

Rebus and Leora were members of Cornerstone Baptist Fellowship Church in Haskell, where, at its conception, Rebus was honored to lead the singing. He spent the week looking at the songbook, contemplating which songs to plan for the next Sunday.

Rebus is preceded in his arrival to heaven by his parents; brothers Bailey Guess and Bob Guess; sisters Mabel Derr, Otie Bell Mayfield, Rita Hughes, R.B. Guess, LaVerne Mayfield, LaVera Hummel and Jeannie Brown.

Rebus believed himself a most blessed man. He will be missed by his wife of 70 years, Leora, of Haskell; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Brian Burgess and Kimberlee and Tom Bassett, all of Haskell; grandchildren Casey Burgess, Bree Shaw, Ryan Burgess, Aubrey Bassett, Crissy Bassett and Cash Bassett; great-grandson Luke Shaw; brother H.L. Guess of Weinert; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

If desired, memorials may be made in Rebus’ name to Cornerstone Baptist Church or Leuders Baptist Encampment.



Ronnie Doyle Lowrance


MUNDAY — Ronnie Doyle Lowrance, 45, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013. Ronnie was born January 17, 1968, to Doyle and Pat Lowrance in Knox City.

He married Jamie Ridlehuber on December 26, 1992, in Iowa Park.

Ronnie was in his 11th year of coaching the Munday Moguls football team and was also the Mogul track coach. A member of the 1984 Mogul state championship football team, he would go on to successfully coach his alma mater in two other state football championships in 2007 and 2012. In addition, he coached his Mogul track team to three consecutive state championships.

He was a very loving husband and father to his own three children and to many of his students.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie, of Munday; children Mitchell and Kasey, also of Munday, and Kandace of Stephenville; parents of Colorado City; and brothers John of Lubbock and Donny of Colorado City.

Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at Scruggs Field at Munday High School. Burial was in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.



Beverly Harlan Hamilton

Beverly Harlan Hamilton of Bakersfield, California, made her way home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2013 after a hard fought, 3-year battle with cancer.  She will be cremated.  Beverly was a member of the Catholic Church.

Beverly was born on June 20, 1948 in Knox City, Texas, and grew up on a farm in Goree and attended school there until her senior year when she graduated from Munday High School in 1966.

Beverly was a Certified Relocation Professional and was a Licensed Realtor in California and an Associate Broker in Louisiana.  After 30 years in the real estate field she retired in 2012 as Director of Corporate and Relocation Services at Coldwell Banker Pelican in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Previous to that she was Director of Relocation at Century 21 Beachside in Huntington Beach for many years where she managed 135 relocation team agents.  Beverly was a public speaker, created agent training materials and did many presentations at Century 21 seminars nationwide.

Survivors include son, Chris Bellinghausen, of Bakersfield, California.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Tommye Harlan, and grandparents, Ola and Dude Coffman.





Jimmie Ruth Lusk Redder

SEYMOUR — Jimmie Ruth Lusk Redder, 79, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, in Wichita Falls. She was born March 7, 1934, in Knox City to Sam A. and Patsy Ling Lusk. She married Philip A. Redder in Rhineland on June 20,1953.

They spent most of their married life in Wichita Falls. After retirement, they moved to Seymour.

He preceded her in death January 27, 2008.

She is survived by her four children: daughter Pattie Redder of Wichita Falls; son Sam Redder and wife, Kathy, of Wichita Falls; daughter Barbara Horne and husband, Tim, of Gilliland; daughter Gloria Toney and husband, Mike, of Lakeside City; seven grandchildren: Jim Williams and wife, Sabrina; Andrea Bedau and husband, Randy; Nick Williams and wife Katie, Aaron Redder, Justin Horne and wife Christina, Clint Horne and wife Julia and Amanda Toney. Also, 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Williams, Randy Bedau, Nick Williams, Aaron Redder, Justin Horne and Clint Horne.

Rosary was Sunday and funeral mass was Munday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.




Richard Gerald Averitt

HOUSTON — Richard Gerald Averitt, Sr., 89, passed away on August 1, 2013, in Houston, Texas.  He was born on August 13, 1923 in Rule, Texas, to Joe and Ada Maye Averitt.

Gerald grew up in Knox City, where he graduated from high school. He attended Texas A&M University for a short period of time prior to joining the U.S. Navy in October 1942.

He served his country as an Aviation Radioman and Aerial Gunner during World War II. He became a member of Davy Jones Locker after being shot down in the South Pacific, where he spent two days in a life raft awaiting rescue.  

In 1944, while still enlisted, he married Ruth Colleen Cole in Knox City. When his tour of duty ended, he farmed with his father-in-law, W.H. Clonts, in both Knox County and Hill County, Mont.

In 1956, he and his father opened Averitt and Son Insurance Agency in Knox City, where he resided until 1968. He spent the remainder of his years in South Texas as an avid fisherman.
 
Gerald is survived by his son Richard Averitt Jr. of Amarillo, daughter Colleen Fisk of La Porte, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 2006; brother Billy Joe Averitt and son John Conrad Averitt.   

No public services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Hill County Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 67 Ingram, TX 78025.




Hope Poe

Lifelong resident of Knox City, Texas, Hope Poe passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Brazos Valley Care Home in Knox City.  Mrs. Poe was 89.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Knox City Cemetery in Knox City with Paul Chambers officiating.  Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

One of six children, Hope was born in Stamford, Texas on October 31, 1923 to Valley Lee (Vincent) and William Leslie Ducan.  She married Oather Poe in Knox City on March 23, 1940.  Hope is retired from the food service industry and she enjoyed her time spent as a Hostess for Smith Funeral Home in Knox City.  She was a faithful member of the Eastern Star and devoted to O’Brien Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Oather Poe; parents W.L. and Valley Ducan; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and one granddaughter.

Hope is survived by her daughter Bonnie Peysen and husband John of Knox City; 2 grandchildren, Ronnie Bruce and wife Annie and Rhondi Rodriquez and husband Augustin all of Knox City; 6 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and one brother, Billy Ducan.

If desired, memorials can be made in Hope’s name to Hospice.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com <http://www.smithfamilyfh.com> .



Robert Lee (Bob) Brown


Robert Lee (Bob) Brown age 91, of Munday, Texas, died Friday, August 30, 2013 in Munday. Born February 9, 1922, in Edom, Texas, he was the son of the late Robert Wesley and Martha Josie Brown.

Bob was a businessman in Munday for over 48 years and owner and operator of Munday Tire and Appliance, Inc. for 32 years.  He enjoyed all activities involving Munday youth and was an avid follower and supporter of Knox County 4-H and Junior Livestock Show programs and the Munday Moguls.

Throughout his life, Bob accomplished many achievements.  Some of those include:  a Marine Corps combat veteran in World War II, selected Citizen of the Year in Munday in 1997, and he was a charter member of the Munday Lions Club receiving his 60 year pin in 2013.  He also served as Deacon at First Baptist Church and a former Munday ISD Board Member.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Allene Brown of Munday, daughter, Sandy and husband Jerry King of Munday.  Grandchildren include Kerry King and wife, Rhonda of Lubbock, Rev. Chad King and wife, Amanda of Childress, Rob Anderson of El Paso, Jason Anderson of San Diego, CA, and Angela Grantham of Austin. Great-grandchildren include Kendell King of San Marcos, Kelsey King of Stephenville, Chanda and Kolton King of Childress, Blessing Anderson of Stillwater, OK, Riley and Kaley Grantham of Austin, Bryson and Brooklyn Hampton of Austin and many other loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Pauline Dale, brothers, Henry and J.W. Brown and one daughter, Linda Kay Anderson.

Funeral services for Bob Brown will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, September 2, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Munday with Dr. Randy White, Rev. Chad King, and Rev. Shane Kendrix officiating under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday on Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Keep Munday Beautiful or First Baptist Church.




Martell Tankersley

Martell Tankersley, known to all as “Granny,” left this world on Friday, August 23rd, just shy of her 93rd birthday.

She is celebrating in Heaven alongside her Savior Jesus, her beloved husband E.H., her eldest son Bobby, her granddaughter Jodie, and great-granddaughter Crystal. Granny had long awaited this reunion.

Born to Ernest and Floy Goodson in Comanche County on August 30, 1920, Martell adored life on the farm. She moved to Haskell County as a young girl and remained a resident in the area for most of her days.

She married E.H. Tankersley on November 28, 1937 and made a happy home filled with the sounds of gospel music and the smell of bacon. E.H. and Martell were the proud parents of Bobby Aaron, Frances Lynelle, and Jimmy Neal.Granny devoted her life to taking care of her family.

She will be lovingly remembered for her endless supply of bottled cokes, her love of pulling a trailer, her delicious southern cooking, and countless other things that conjure a picture of a weed-killing, hairnet-wearing, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and farme

Those rejoicing her life are: a daughter, Nell Williams and husband Ken of Abilene; a son, Jimmy Tankersley and wife Ann of Knox City; a daughter-in-law, Judy Tankersley Mitchell and husband Jim of Wichita Falls. Grandchildren include Payton Tankersley and wife Kristi of Knox City, Shane Tankersley Porter and husband Scott of Wichita Falls, Kim Clonts and husband Greg of Knox City, Ken Williams II of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lawri Lynn and husband Scott of Knox City, Boyce Tankersley and wife Maria of Abilene, and April Mercer and husband Matt of Abilene. Martell and E.H. had 21 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great–grandchildren, and numerous other relatives

She was loved by us all.Granny’s loved ones gathered in her honor for graveside funeral services on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Knox City Cemetery, under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.

Online condolences may be viewed at www.tankersleyfuneralhome.com <http://www.tankersleyfuneralhome.com>



Andrew Lavern “Treetop” Rogers

ROCHESTER — Andrew Lavern “Treetop” Rogers, 75, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013 in a local hospital.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 9th at the Rochester First Baptist Church with Pastor Joseph Barrett officiating. Burial will be in the Rochester Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Smith Family Funeral Home in Rochester.

Lavern was born December 11, 1937 in the Mattson Community, Haskell County, TX to Hershel and Evelyn (Ayers) Rogers. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and attended Draughon’s Business College. Lavern married Patsy Tibbets February 7, 1959 in Rochester. He was a man of many talents. He built residential homes for over thirty years, was in the cable TV business for several years and retired as a postal mail carrier in 2010. He also served as a volunteer and chief on the Rochester Fire Department for thirty-five plus years.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Rogers; daughter Venetia Strickland and husband Paul; son Craig Rogers and wife Sammie all of Rochester; five grandchildren, Shane, Colton, Macy, Alexandra and Bryce; and two great grandchildren, Seth and Bree’.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Tamara Strickland.

You may view and sign the online guestbook at www.starbuckfuneralhome.com




Theresa Annie Jungman Anderson

Theresa Annie Jungman Anderson died August 25, 2013 in Decatur, TX.

Funeral was held at 10AM, Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Rhineland, TX. Rosary was held at 7PM, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.

Pallbearers were Danny Anderson, Jim Anderson, Tommy Reeves, Troy Arnold, George Lopez and Keallen Anderson. Honorary pallbearer were be Skylar Anderson.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Rhineland.

Theresa was born November 21, 1918 in Rhineland to Walter A. and Annie Jungman. She was married to Lester Anderson for 59 years at his death in 2005.

She was also preceded in death by two sons Jerry Anderson and Ronny Anderson and two brother’s Joe Jungman and Walter L. Jungman.

Theresa worked at Consolidated-Vultee Plant in Fort Worth during WWII as a Rosie the Riveter helping build the B-24 aircraft fleet for the United States Army Airforces.Theresa had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur at her death.

Theresa is survived by her sons Jimmy Anderson and wife Linda Kee of Decatur, Bobby Anderson and wife Mary of Corpus Christi and daughter Anita Burt and husband Gary of Snyder. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister Clara Herring of Rhineland and brother Alvin Jungman and wife Glenna of Seymour.




Clistene Rue Del Roberts

Clistene Rue Del Roberts passed away at 1:11 PM at the Munday Nursing Center, Munday,Tx on Friday, August 16, 2013.

She was born August 4, 1920 to Winifred and Genevee Sessions Brewster in Munday. She was a resident of Knox County for 71 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wally Roberts; previous husband, John R. Peysen; mother Genevee (Ginks) Tyler; father, Winifred (Dutch) Brewster; and sister, Joyce Lemae Crain.

Surviving her are daughters, Jimmie Del and Mike Killpatrick of Kyle, TX; Exa Lee and Joel Smith of Munday, TX; Anna Marie Latta of Lakeland, FL; son, John R. and Bonnie Peysen, Jr. of Knox City, TX; step-daughter, Ina Ruth Laney of Seymour, TX; and step-son Sam Roberts of Fort Worth, TX.

She graduated from Floydada High School in 1938. Known as Rue Del all her life, she had been a newspaper reporter/photographer for the Wichita Falls Times for 5 years and for 9 years she delivered the aforementioned newspaper in Munday. In the 1960’s she became secretary on the Director of the North Central Texas Municipal Water Authority until she began working for the City of Munday as a clerk from which retired. She married Wallace (Wally) w. Roberts on October 27,1972 in Burkburnet, TX.

Later in the 1970’s the couple established Wally’s Barbeque Café in Goree, TX where she baked the bread and cooked all the pies and side dishes. Her passion was vegetable and flower gardening. She enjoyed walking, roller skating, sewing, music, singing, and quilting. She loved her 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

In the 1950’s she was an active member of the Home Demonstration Club and the 4-H Club. She was a care-giver for the elderly in her life. She was a member of the Munday Church of Christ and had taught Sunday School Bible Class for preschoolers for 10 years.

Pallbearers are grandsons/grandsons-in-law: Ned Rock, Joey Martinez, John Wilson, Kevin Curry, and great-grandsons, Ryan and Evan Anderson.

Visitation will be 6-7 PM, Monday, August 19, 2013 at the funeral home. Services for the celebration of her life will held Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the Munday Church of Christ at 2PM. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

In lieu of flowers or plants, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Arms of Hope in Quinlan, TX are suggested.



Mary Reddell

SEMINOLE — Funeral services for Mary Reddell, 83, of Seminole will be conducted Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Marion officiating and assisted by Rev. Ned Nugent. Services will be under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole. Mary passed away Wednesday, August 14th in Seminole.

Mary was born March 21, 1930 in Haskell County, Texas to Lonzo and Bertie Poe. Mary and Leo Reddell were married September 2, 1950 in Munday, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a homemaker and was a gin secretary. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mary delivered Meals on Wheels, started Gaines County Cotton Promotion Club in 1975 and was a member of the Seminole Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Mary is preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mary is survived by  her husband of almost 63 years Leo Reddell of Seminole; three sons Greg Reddell and his wife Vida of Abilene; Lonnie Reddell and his wife Linda of Milesand; David Reddell and his wife Erin of Odessa; three daughters Linda Blum and her husband Dennis of Snyder; Mona Schultz and her husband Chris of Plano; Christy Garner and her husband Charles of Seminole; two sisters Edith Broach and Betty Poe both of Knox City and 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Dennis S. Blum, Kyle Blum, Aaron Reddell, Cade Reddell, Zachary Schultz, Caleb Schultz, Jordan Schultz, Charlie Garner and Quinton Garner.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church of Seminole.

Family and friends visitation will be Friday, August 16th from 6:oo -8:00 P.M. at the Ratliff Funeral Home.




Bobbie Meinzer

KNOX CITY — Bobbie Farrington Meinzer, longtime resident of Knox City, Texas, passed away with her family at her side, Thursday afternoon, July 25, 2013 at Stamford Memorial Hospital in Stamford.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Knox City with Rev. Paul Chambers officiating.  Visitation is planned prior to the service, at the funeral home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will take place immediately following the service at Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

One of 5 girls, Bobbie Floyd was born September 7, 1924 in Munday, Texas to Lewis Casey and Agnes (Bell) Floyd.  She married Doug Meinzer December 6, 1945 in Haskell.  Mrs. Meinzer enjoyed playing buttons and forty-two and she was a member of the First Baptist Church.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Agnes Floyd; husband Doug Meinzer; 4 sisters, Irene Floyd, Leta Stubblefield, Ora Lee Hutchinson, Willie Joy Hediger; and her beloved pet, Bo.

Bobbie is survived by her daughters, Judy Logsdon of Cisco, Penny Baker and husband Floyd of Haskell; son Tyke Meinzer and wife Gina of Haskell; granddaughter, Kristi Harrison of Cisco; grandsons, Scott Skiles of Abilene, Tom Skiles of Cisco, Riley Meinzer and Dalton Meinzer of Haskell; 2 great-grandsons, Chris Johnson Skiles of Clyde, and Justin Harrison and his wife Chelsea of Cisco; 2 great-granddaughters, Ariel Smoot of Cross Plains, and Stormy Farmer and husband Tyson of Cisco; and 1 great-great grandson, Stayden Harrison of Cisco; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

If desired, memorials can be given in Bobbie’s name to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene, Texas 79605.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.




Eddie Redder

RHINELAND — Edward “Eddie” Redder,83, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 in Knox City. Eddie was born October 25, 1929 in Rhineland, Texas to Victor and Angela Redder.

He was a farmer most of his life. He also served two years in the Army as a Military Policeman.

Survivors include his girlfriend of many years, Doris McNulty, three brothers; Raymond and wife, Mary Ann Redder of Seymour, Rhiney Redder of Munday, and Billy and wife, Jeanene Redder of Munday. Also several nieces and nephews.

Rosary was held at 6PM, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held at 11AM, Thursday, July 25, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Alma Counts

Alma Counts, 96 years old, longtime resident of Rule, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Knox County Hospital in Knox City.

She was born in rural Haskell County on September 30, 1916 to Thomas L. and Ollie B. (French) Johnston – the youngest of eight children. She lived in Rule during her early years, but later moved to Munday, where she worked as a beautician. Alma also met her future husband, Walter David Counts, Sr., there, and they married on October 5, 1933, in Haskell.

They lived in Munday for a short time before moving to Rule in 1939. Walter passed away in Haskell on July 30, 1983, and Alma lived alone afterwards. She became a resident of the Brazos Valley Care Home, in Knox City, in January, 2012.

Alma was a devoted member of the Rule Church of Christ. She owned and operated a small beauty shop near her home in Rule up until a few years ago, and was a member of the Haskell Memorial Pink Ladies for several years.

Visitation is scheduled for July 19, 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Smith Family Funeral Home, in Rule. Funeral services will be held at the Rule Church of Christ on July 20, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., with John Greeson and Steve Pepper officiating. Burial will take place immediately following at Rule Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Alma is survived by her three children, Pat Grimsley of Knox City, David and Mary Counts of Knox City, and Cheryl and Bobby Robinson of Rule. Her grandchildren are Walta Grimsley of Knox City, Jamie and David Phillips of Graham, Pattie and Steve Holmes of Aledo, David and Jill Counts of Midland, Shelly Cox of Rochester, Rusty and Jan Grimsley of Knox City, Jerri and Fritz Buerger of Haskell, Cory and Keri Robinson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eric and Crystal Robinson of Abilene, and Gena and Ben Lazcano of Maypearl. She has 24 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren, as well as several step-great-great grandchildren.

If desired, memorials can be given in Alma’s name to the Rule Church of Christ or the Haskell Pink Ladies.

Online condolences can be shared at www.smithfamilyfh.com.

Smith Family Funeral Homes 304 North 2nd Street Haskell, Texas 79521




Beverly Bostick Moore


Beverly Bostick Moore departed this life to enter the gates of Heaven on July 14, 2013 at the age of 68. Born on September 16, 1944, she was the daughter of Cecil and Edith Bostick. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her two brothers, Terry Don Bostick and Kenneth Bostick.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Lyndon Moore; her two children, Shawnda Moore and Kendall Moore all of Munday; three brothers, Robert Bostick of Rising Star, Ronnie Bostick of Littleton, Co., and Darwin Bostick of Rising Star; three grandchildren, and many other family, friends, and caregivers.

Rosary will be held at 6PM, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be at 11AM, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




Geraldine Clara Koenig


MUNDAY — Geraldine Clara Koenig, 81, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013.

She was born July 15, 1931, to Joseph and Alice Koenig in Knox County.

Geraldine was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Mothers Christian Society. She was a bookkeeper for many years.

She loved to make quilts and often donated them to the church for raffles. She also loved to cook, and her divinity, which according to her family, was “world famous.”

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Arnold and Jerome Koenig.

Survivors include brothers Mark Koenig and wife, Alice, of Hereford and Leo Koenig and wife, Pansy, of Munday; sisters Frieda Koenig of Wichita Falls and Margaret Dexheimer of San Antonio; also, many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Jane Ann and Lindsey Penman.

Rosary was Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the funeral home. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday



Pearl Frances Yates

GOREE — Pearl Frances Yates, 82, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pearl was born November 1, 1930 in Seymour to Lem and Ludie Betts. She and Charles O. Yates were married December 21, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1979.

Pearl loved working in the yard and was very much involved in Goree. She worked for Bickleys Dept. Store, Allied Pharmacy and also Goree Independent School District.

Pearl is preceded in death by he parents, Lem and Ludie Betts, her husband, Charles O. “Cowboy” Yates and sister, Faye Dobson.

She is survived by two sons; Danny and wife, Doris Yates of Seymour, Macky and wife, Janet Yates of Munday, two daughters; Pam and husband, Mike Chesher of Wichita Falls, and Jan and husband, Larry Cure of Roswell, N.M. Nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great- grandchild. Also, one brother: GL and wife, Edna Betts, and one sister; Ruth Loving.

Visitation will be held from 6-7PM, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the funeral home in Munday. Services will be held at 11AM, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Goree Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.




Sister Jovita Stengel

FORT SMITH, Ark.— The family of Fred and Elizabeth Blake Stengel welcomed their daughter, Wilhelmina Eva, Sept. 7, 1918, in Rhineland, Texas. Wilhelmina Eva entered St. Scholastica Convent on Aug. 21, 1935, and received the name of Sister Jovita on her investing day. She spent 59 years in the culinary department preparing meals for the sisters. After she retired she did many chores around the monastery.

Sister Jovita was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sister Marcella; four brothers, Edward, Paul, Gerald, and Herbert. Vespers for the dead will be Sunday, July 07, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Monastery Chapel. The funeral Mass will be Monday, July 08, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Mark Stengel as presider. Burial will be in the Monastery cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund P.O. Box 3489 Fort Smith AR 72913.

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James P. Cartwright

James P. Cartwright of Miami, FL and Montgomery, TX, known to his friends as Pat or as Jim, passed away June 26 after a valiant fight with Pancreatic Cancer.

Pat was the son of Mary and Al Cartwright of Munday, born May 25, 1953. Al remarked on the way home that the Cotton was up, the Wheat crop looked good and was about ready to cut and that they were bringing home a big, healthy son- what more could one ask for?

Pat graduated from Munday High School in 1971 and then served in the U.S. Army through 1973. He was a 1977 graduate of Texas A&M University and spent his entire career in the Agriculture Crop Research and Chemical Business. He was a member of the Church of Christ and numerous trade organizations. He was a devoted and avid Fisherman and Hunter and was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, Al, in 1993. He is survived by his mother, Mary Cartwright of Munday; brother Lou Cartwright and his wife Janis of Austin and children Ali Bailey, her husband Alex and son Sam of Abilene and son Cliff and his son Gunnar of Abilene; sister Lisa Cartwright of Garland and children Rachel Flutcher and husband Seth of Frederick, Co. and her son Jaron Peek and his wife Tiffany of Euless; sister Cathy Martin and husband David of Rockwell and children Randall and his wife Dani of Grand Prairie, son Phillip of Denton, daughter Kate and her daughter Maddi of Waxahachie and daughter Samantha of Bryan. He is also survived by lifetime best friend Phillip (Holbrook) Smith and wife Denise of Katy and children Phillip and his wife Dana and son Ayden of Katy, son Kyle and his wife Teresa and son Owen of Magnolia and daughter Lorin of Katy.

Contributions in his honor may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the Noah Project, The Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research, Wounded Warrior Project or of course the charity of one’s choosing.
Services will be at 2PM Sunday, June 30 at Munday Church of Christ with Minister Wayne Speer officiating. There will be visitation with the family after the service.




Mary Lynn Fowler

Mary Lynn Fowler formally of O’Brien, Texas, but most recently of Midland, Texas passed away Monday evening, June 3, 2013 in Midland at the age of 61. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Knox City with Don Hawkins and Rev. Bud Adkins officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the services at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. A visitation is planned for Thursday evening; June 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Knox City.

Mary Lynn Adkins was born December 18, 1951 in Knox City to Edwin “Eddie” and Virginia “Meme” (Tankersley) Adkins. Mary Lynn “Mare” was voted the friendliest and best all around in many events through her school years and was involved in basketball, volleyball, FHA, tennis, and was a cheerleader. She graduated top of her class as valedictorian and was also voted into the Future Homemakers of America office. In college, Mary Lynn was a member of Gama Phi Beta Sorority. She married Ronnie Fowler in O’Brien on May 12, 1972.

In 2002, Mary Lynn was voted member of the year in the Women’s Council of Realtors. She was a successful realtor for many years in Snyder, Texas and Abilene, Texas. Mary Lynn was a member of the O’Brien Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Meme Adkins; and her only brother, Jim Ed Adkins.

Mary Lynn is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ronnie Fowler; the best dog ever, Buster; son, Brian Anthony Fowler and wife Melissa; daughter Leigh Anne Bass and husband Tony; 5 grandchildren, Madison Fowler, Brayden Fowler, Emily Bass, Katie Bass, and Lecy Childs and her husband Michael.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.

Smith Family Funeral Homes
304 North 2nd Street
Haskell, Texas 79521





Kole David Gray

Kole David Gray, 24, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013. He was born to Terry and Karen Gray on November 22, 1988.

Kole was a man who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. Kole had a close family bond others could only dream of having. This bond was second only to his relationship with his wife, Katie. Kole rew up in Goree, TX, and graduated from Munday High Schoo; in 2007. He quickly obtained hos welding certification soon after from CJC. Kole was drawn to agriculture ant the unique desire to be involved in its operations. This is how he and Katie found themselves in Sunray, TX. Kole was working for a very large corporation farm, taking care of center pivots and enjoying agriculture on an impressive scale. When Kole wasn’t working, he was enjoying the country life. He was passionate about hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, writing music, and drawing. If you spent time with Kole, you spent time laughing and smiling. When you think of Kole, this is how he is to be remembered.

Survivors include his wife; Katherine Diane Gray, his parents; Terry and Karen Gray, tow sisters; Kayla and husband, Nick Hord, Tanya Gray and Keith Cypert, two nephews; Karson Hord and Kelby Cypert, two nieces; Ambrey Myers and Maci Hord, his grandmother; Margueritte Gray, also numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins,

He was preceded in death his grandparents, Louis and Margaret Urbanczyk and Joe Gray.

Rosary will be held at 6PM, Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the funeral home. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, TX on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.






Mary Elaine Gulley

Mary Elaine Gulley, 96, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Munday, TX. Elaine was born September 15, 1916, in Deleon, TX to Calvin and Victoria Smith. She and Thurman Gulley were married September 4, 1936 in Haskell.

Elaine was a member of First Baptist Church of Munday.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters and five brothers.

Elaine is survived by one son, Danny Gulley and wife, Susan, of Munday; daughter Mary Herring and husband, C.H. Jr., of Breckenridge; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were at 2 p.m. June 21 at First Baptist Church of Munday with the Rev. Dr. Pete Bradfield officiating. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.





Max Jentsch

Max Jentsch, born November 6, 1927, to Herman Max Jentsch and Alma Hellbush Jentsch of Archer County, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on June 18, 2013.

Max and Dolores married on September 27, 1952 and were married for 49 years at the time of her death in 2001. Funeral services were June 21 at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Graham. Burial was in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Max was a farmer until he joined the Army and became a part of the Military Police stationed at Fort Jornada del Muerto, New Mexico. After the Army, he returned to Archer County where he worked for Norris Brothers Lumber Company, then became a roustabout for the oil industry. He celebrated 54 years of employment with the Medders Oil Corporation and officially retired on June 6, 2013.

From 1997 until June 2013 he lived in Guthrie, Texas. Those who knew him well and worked with him described him as a “company man.” However, he was first of all a friend, especially to those in need. While living in Archer County, he would help with grass fires, bailing hay, mending fences, fixing automobiles; anything that anyone needed assistance with. Although in recent years he has not been able to provide physical help because of his health, he would find a way to help.

Survivors include daughters Sharon Kenner and husband, Jimmy, of Archer City, TX and Debbie O’Daniel and husband, James, of Plano, TX; five grandchildren, Courtney O’Daniel Baugh and husband, Jeff, of The Colony, TX, Crystal O’Daniel of Plano, TX, Ray Sanders and wife, Holly, of Richardson, TX, Amanda Reeve and husband, Chris, of Archer City, TX, and SFC Clint O’Daniel of Fort Riley, KS; eight great-grandchildren, Jeffery Reeve, Lori Baugh, Sarah Baugh, Erin Baugh, Zane Baland, Gracie Reeve, Ellie Reeve, and Leighton Sanders; brother, August Jentsch of Wichita Falls, TX; brothers-in-law, Homan Miiller of Llano, RLee and Zelma Jones of Katy, TX, and sisters-in-law Pat Jentsch of Wichita Falls, TX and Doris Jones of Seymour, TX. Many nieces and nephews, as well as many friends, co-workers, and oil field brothers.

Max is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores , parents, Herman and Alma Jentsch, sisters, Pauline Armbrecht, Clara Ray, Martha Unfried, Louise Simons, Inez Miiller, and brother, Oswald Jentsch.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rathgeber House, Wichita Falls, or The Wounded Warriors Project.

Family visitation will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Joe Warren

KNOX CITY — Joe Warren, lifelong resident of Knox City, passed away Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, at Munday Nursing Center in Munday. Mr. Warren was 94. Funeral services were Wednesday at Gillespie Baptist Church with the Rev. Matt Harrington and the Rev. H.B. Graves officiating. Burial was in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Joe Wellington Warren first saw the light of day on the 11th day of March in the year 1919 on his family’s farm near the King/Knox county line. Joe attended and graduated from Knox City High School, after which he began farming.

He was baptized in the Grace Missionary Baptist Church on August 16, 1935.

Joe married Oma Nell Rushing on January 21, 1955, in Goree. Joe and Oma Nell raised two boys, Ricky and Rodney, and together, continued to farm.

Joe smoked for 60 some odd years until giving it up and sticking with chewing tobacco. As a boy he smoked corn silk.

In spite of diabetes, Joe ate a variety of sweets daily. He loved coffee and cookies. He passed to his grandchildren the love of peanut butter, maple syrup and Country Crock margarine. He spread the trio on pancakes, biscuits and waffles. His high blood pressure didn’t stop the flow of the saltshaker.

Joe grew tomatoes in his back yard. He said, “The stuff they sell at the store ain’t fit to eat.”

He served as a deacon at Gillespie Baptist Church. Joe often wore pink shirts to church. Oma Nell said he looked “handsome in pink.” He wore every silly tie his grandchildren gave him. Joe was one heck of a fisherman.

He loved his wife, kids and grandkids with all he had. We have never known a gentler, honest, genuine and even-tempered man.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Tackitt; father, J.O. Warren; his wife of 50 years, Oma Nell; son Ricky Warren; and a special cousin, L.E. “Jack” Warren.

Survivors include son Rodney Warren and Linda Hearn of Knox City; sister, Edna Wooldridge of Wellington; grandchildren, Julia Warren and husband, Wendal Elam, of Knox City, Josh Warren also of Knox City, Jala Brunkow and husband, Jason, of Post; Savanah Warren of Giddings; and eight great-grandchildren.

Online condolences can be shared with the Warren family at smithfamilyfh.com.



Bertha Wilde

RHINELAND — Bertha Herring Wilde, 92, passed away Friday, June 6, 2013.

Bertha was born February 23, 1921, to Peter and Bertha Herring in Rhineland.

She and Arnold Wilde were married October 10, 1942 in Rhineland.

She was a retired licensed vocational nurse, a member of St. Joseph’s Church and St. Anne’s Christian Mothers Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Gifford Wilde and Edwin Wilde.

Survivors include daughters Betty Wilde of Rhineland and Sandra Wilde Schulte of Lubbock; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Juanita Grimes

WEINERT — Juanita Grimes, 91, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Munday Nursing Center.

Juanita was born April 8, 1922, in Haskell County to Rube and Pearl Lackey.

Juanita was a lifelong resident of the Haskell and Weinert areas and attended Weinert Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Rick Hambleton and wife, Susie, of Weinert; one daughter, Kathy Patterson and husband, Tommy,
of Mineral Wells; one grandson, Scottie Hambleton and wife, Mindy, of Dallas; one granddaughter, Katrina Patterson and husband, Dale, of Mineral Wells; sister Frieda Fry of Baird; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Wednesday at Gillespie Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.



Abraham Lopez


Abraham Lopez, 98, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Abraham was born May 4, 1914 to Francisco and Maria Lopez in Mexico. Abraham is survived by two sons; Elias Lopez of Forney, Texas and Abraham Lopez, Jr. of Cornelius, Oregon. Six daughters; Anita Garcia of Sunnyside, Washington, Mary Gomez of Alliance, Nebraska, Janie Sanchez of Munday, Texas, Lydia Cordova of Harriah, Washington, Hope Gomez of Tacoma, Washington, and Gloria Martinez of Yakima, Washington. Also, 36 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren and numerous great-greatgrandchildren.

Visitation was be held Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6-8PM at the funeral home. Services were held at 10AM, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Assembly of God Church in Munday. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial
Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.



Thelma Byrd


MUNDAY —Thelma Byrd, 79, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013. Thelma was born April 17, 1934, in Knox City to Dan and Lucille Booe.

Thelma was instrumental in organizing the “Spring Fling” to help get Munday’s first ambulance. She was also an EMT and EMT instructor. Thlema worked for Farm Bureau for many, many years.

Thelma loved to play softball, loved the Dallas Cowboys, and most importantly loved her family and spending time with them.

Thelma is survived by son Greg and his wife, Nonie, of Seymour, Susan and husband, Ronnie White, of Benjamin, and Cindy and husband, Randy Maxwell, of Abilene; brother M.M. Booe of Munday; sisters Ruby and husband, Don Roberts, of Timeron, N.M., and Mary Gross of Abilene; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were Monday at the Church of Christ in Munday. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.


Clifford Cornett


KNOX CITY — Clifford Holly Cornett, 88, of Knox City, Texas passed away on April 17, 2013. Funeral services were Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Knox City, under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford. 

Clifford was born January 2, 1925, in Knox City, Texas, to William Henry and S.A. Cornett. He married Jo Nell Carver on October 9, 1943, in Munday, Texas. 

Clifford was a farmer and rancher in Knox and Haskell County for his entire life. He raised cotton, wheat, milo and cattle for over 70 years in Knox and Haskell County, Texas. He was a member of Knox City First Baptist Church for 76 years and served as a deacon for 52 years, he sang in the church choir and served for a time as part-time song director. 

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was stationed in San Diego, California. He was a 32nd Degree Mason for 64 years. He was on the Knox City Independent School District Board for six years and was on the Knox County School Board for four years and was a member of the Wichita-Brazos Soil & Water Conservation District Board for over 30 years.

His parents were married in Knox County and established their home and farming operations there. Clifford had a large network of friends and family in the Knox City area. 

Clifford was optimistic and enjoyed life and his family. He was a good farmer who took pride in his land and crops. He saw beauty in a level field with healthy growing crops and no weeds. He spent much of his life praying for rain. His great nieces and nephews would say, “Let’s go to church and hear Clifford pray for rain.”

He loved his wife, Jo Nell, who survives him. Their marriage of 69 years ended with his death. Clifford loved his family and friends and enjoyed his church. He gave back to the community with his civic responsibilities. He was well known and loved in the Knox City community.





Mary Frances Shannon

Mary Frances Shannon longtime resident of Knox City, Texas, and most recently of Abilene, Texas, passed away Sunday morning, April 14, 2013 in Abilene.

A private family graveside service will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Mary Frances was born in Slaton, Texas, on March 16, 1922, the youngest child and only daughter of Bill and Lillian Reeder. She soon moved with her family to Knox City, a town her grandparents helped establish. Mary Frances married Fuller Shannon, a Knox City native, in 1942. When Fuller’s military service ended, the couple made Knox City their home.

Mary Frances loved her family and her friends. She touched the lives of hundreds of children as fifth-grade teacher in the Knox City public schools. She had a keen interest in education issues and was an active member of the retired teachers association.

In 2004, Mary Frances moved to Mesa Springs Retirement Community in Abilene. The many friends she made there greatly enriched her last years of her life.

Mary Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Fuller; and three brothers, Murray, Ted and Herman Reeder.

She is survived by her son Patrick Shannon and his wife, Cynthia, of Austin; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of Austin: Katherine Shannon Clark and husband, Adam, and their sons, Wyatt and Mason; Joseph Shannon and wife, Maci, and their daughter Hailey; and Andrew Shannon, wife, Kate, and daughter Marion. Mary Frances is also survived by two special sisters-in-law, Claudia Sue Reeder of Albuquerque, N.M., and Elizabeth Hargis of Conway, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family extends its warmest thanks to Margaret Lewis for the loving care she gave to Mary Frances. The family also thanks Drs. Keith Robinson and Udaya Swarna for their years of attentive care, the nurses and staff at Mesa Springs for their many kindnesses, and the nurses in the progressive care and hospice units at Hendrick Medical Center for making Mary Frances’ last days so comfortable.

Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, 4407 Bee Cave Road, Suite 520, Austin, TX 78746.

Online condolences can be shared with the Shannon family at smithfamilyfh.com




Jeffrey S. Decker

BRYSON — Jeffrey S. Decker, 50, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Jeff was born December 22, 1962, to Thomas and Arleda Decker in Dallas. Jeff married Ann Kuehler on December 9, 1989, in Rhineland, Texas.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Ann, of Bryson; daughter Tonya Decker of Weatherford; mother, Arleda Decker of Munday; also several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rosary was Thursday at the funeral home in Munday. Funeral mass was Friday at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.  




Danny Carden

Daniel Lee “Danny” Carden, lifelong Munday resident, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, at the age of 59. Danny was born February 2, 1954, in Knox City to Raymond and Bernice Carden.

Danny is survived by his son, Kaleb Rodriquez of Munday; father, Raymond Carden of Munday; and his brother, Billy Carden of Munday; also, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Munday. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.





J.D. Allred

TEMPE, Ariz. — John “J.D.” Allred, 74, lost his battle with a long-term illness on April 7, 2013. He was born November 5, 1938 in Munday, Texas. He married his childhood sweetheart on December 21, 1957. After moving to Denver in 1958, they had two sons, Devin and David. JD was employed by the Martin Marietta Co. in the aerospace industry. Later, J.D. continued in the industry in Phoenix with Bell Industries and Future Electronics.

J.D. was preceded in death by his parents, Opal and Dee Allred. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; his sons, Devin and David. He also leaves behind a brother, Gaylon “Scott” (Billie Jo) Allred; Aunt Bonnie Glenn and nephews, Joe and Jeff All
red. His sidekick Bingo will miss him very much as well as many friends on his final journey to be with God.

A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday at the Fiesta Resort. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Arizona Humane Society. www.azhumane.org.

Arrangements entrusted to Tempe Mortuary.



Billy Huffman

Arvis “Billy” Huffman, 80, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013. Billy was born October 29,1932 in Jack County to Edwin and Annie Huffman.

Billy married Joyce Faye Shahan on May 17, 1952. Billy was preceded in death by his wife, five brothers, and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn and wife, Vickie, of Goree, Dale and wife, Mary, of Munday; one daughter, Teresa and husband, Dave McKee, of Abilene; one brother, Wayne, of Graham; five grandchildren, Brian and Rebel Huffman of Tyler, Amy and Mario Sigala of Munday, Elisha and Ryan Gromatzyk of Keller, Crystal Graham of Goree and Kyle Speck of Knox City; six great-grandchildren, Zac, Madison, Mackinzi, Branson, Bailey and Kaitlyn.

Graveside were Wednesday in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.



Leon Watson
Aubry Leon Watson, lifelong resident of Knox City, passed away Tuesday evening, March 26, 2013, at the Knox County Hospital in Knox City. Mr. Watson was 77 years old.

Funeral services were Saturday at Foursquare Church with the Revs. Gary Schnable and Paul Chambers officiating. Burial was in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

One of three children, Leon was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Knox City to Chester Franklin and Allie Mae (Vickers) Watson. He married Norma Elloise Gresham in Munday on Nov. 1, 1959. The two chose to make Knox City their home where Leon was a faithful member of Foursquare Church in Knox City and over many years served as secretary, treasurer as well as other duties where the church could benefit from his ministry. He also proudly served Knox City as a council member. In his leisure time, Leon enjoyed camping and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Allie Mae Watson; and his brother, Archie Watson.
Leon will be dearly missed by his wife of 53 years, Elloise; daughter Kelly Hutchinson of Bartlesville, Okla.; son Craig Watson and wife, Christina, of Midland; grandchildren Krystal Hawkins and husband, Jack, of Bartlesville, Okla., Cameron Hutchinson and wife, Tasha, of Ponca City, Okla., Taylor Crisp and wife, Kimberly, of Midland, and Miranda Watson also of Midland; great-grandchildren Braden, Brecken, Bryce, Carter Marie, Jackson, and Evan; sister Chestene Thornburgh and husband, Bill, of Mesquite; and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences and memories can be shared with the Watson family at smithfamilyfh.com.




Pauline Marie “Polly” Marion


Pauline Marie “Polly” Marion, lifelong resident of Knox City, Texas, passed away at her home Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Mrs. Marian just celebrated her 86th birthday. Funeral services were March 15 at Abundant Life Church in Knox City with Derrell Marion and Jim Hatcher officiating. Interment was in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Polly Cagle was born March 2, 1927, in Knox City to Walter Jackson and Maggie (Love) Cagle. She married E.L. (Dickie) Marion in Haskell County on December 11, 1943. Polly was a lab and X-ray technician for more than 50 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dickie Marion; parents, Walter and Maggie Cagle; sisters, Marguerite Wright and Stella Curd; and son-in-law, William Frank Duke.

Polly is survived by her daughter, Doris Marie Duke of Levelland; son, Derrell Marion and wife Cathy of Olney; grandchildren, Marian Miller and husband Ronny of Trent, Rance Marion and wife Misty of Austin; Mitzi Underwood of Burkburnett; Ryan Marion and wife Tina of Carthage. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Devin Marion, Lexi Miller, Morgan Marion, Austin Underwood, Madeline Underwood, Mason Underwood, Kenedy Marion, Harrison Underwood, Blake Marion, Tag Underwood, and Lilly Turns; and 2 sisters-in-law, Dean Stiewert and husband Marvin of Haskell, and Auta Marion of Knox City.

Serving as pallbearers for Mrs. Marion are her grandsons and great-grandsons, Ronny Miller, Rance Marion, Ryan Marion, Devin Marion, Austin Underwood, and Mason Underwood.

Those serving as honorary pallbearers are Leon Burkham, Brandon Carr, A.P. Denton, Oscar Mangis, Tim Moss, Maverick Barnum, and D’Wayne Johnson.

If desired, memorials can be made in Polly’s name to the Pink Ladies of Knox City, P.O. Box 90, Knox City, TX 79529.
Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at smithfamilyfh.com.



Louise Ingram Kemletz


Louise Ingram Kemletz, lifelong resident of Knox City, Texas, passed away Monday morning, February 4, 2013, at the Knox County Hospital in Knox City. Funeral services were February 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City with the Rev. Tom Carter officiating. Interment was in Johnson Cemetery in Munday.

Louise Ingram was born August 11, 1918 in Munday, Texas, to Seth Patton and Louise (Broach) Ingram. She graduated from Munday High School and went on to North Texas University where she graduated with a degree in education. Louise married A.V. Kemletz in 1941 and after 23 years of marriage. A.V. passed away in 1964. Mrs. Kemletz continued on in Knox City where she was a first-grade teacher for more than 32 years with the Knox City/O’Brien ISD. Mrs. Kemletz was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Knox City and of the Knox County R.T.A.

Mrs. Kemletz was known as a very kind and gentle woman who treated everyone the same. She loved children and teaching them what she hoped would be values they could carry with them a lifetime. She continues to be adored by many of her students that have long since been in her class. Mrs. Kemletz grace and goodness will be missed by so many.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, William Preston Ingram, and his wife, Marjorie, of Dallas.

She is survived by her nephews, J. Preston Ingram and his wife, Rita, of Burnet, Texas, and Mark H. Ingram and his wife, Becky, of Highland Village, Texas; great-nephews, Michael Preston Ingram and his wife, Hannah, of Killeen, Texas and Jeffrey Mark Ingram of Fort Worth, Texas; great-nieces, Rachel Camille Ingram Kuhlman and her husband, Matthew J. Kuhlman, and their son Gage Michael Kuhlman of Baton Rouge, La., and Katie Rebecca Ingram of Midland, Texas.

If desired, you may make a donation to your favorite charity in Louise’s honor.

Online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting smithfamilyfh.com.




J.B. Booe


J.B. Booe, 86, lifelong resident of Munday passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Seymour.


Mr. Booe was born May 1, 1926, in Knox County to James and Ella Booe.

Services were Monday at First United Methodist Church in Munday. Burial was at  SPJSP Cemetery in Seymour the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.


Mr. Booe is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Munday; one daughter, Phyllis and husband, Rickey Barrick, of Seymour; one sister, Gladys Hunter of Knox City; five grandsons, Stacy James of Dalhart, Chad James of
Wichita Falls, Jay Barrick of Seymour, Dustin Barrick of Seymour and Eril Barrick of Fort Worth; also, five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Ruby Meers


Ruby Mullican Meers passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Knox County Hospital at the age of 95. 


Ruby was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Knox County to Emery and Delia Mullican. She and Boyd Meers were married, July 23, 1937, in Haskell. Ruby lived her entire life in Munday.


Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, infant son Charles Emery Meers, and son Jerry Wayne Meers.


She is survived by one son, Boyd Lynn and wife, Christine, of Munday; daughter-in-law, Karen Meers of Lubbock; two grandsons, Todd and wife, Lezli Meers, of Munday, Kyle and Kelli Meers of Lubbock; three granddaughters, Angela Herricks of Munday, April Meers of Munday, and Dawndra and husband, Calvin Sechrist, of Lubbock; five great-grandchildren, Jacob Herricks of Munday, Kaylen and Kason Meers of Lubbock, Brice and Tatum Sechrist of Lubbock. 


Services were Monday at First Baptist Church under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.





Donna Marie Hardin Tyra

Donna Marie Hardin Tyra passed away peacefully in her home on February 10, 2013 in Frisco.

Donna fought a courageous year long battle with cancer and inspired many of us who knew and loved her.  Her loving companion and best friend, Samuel Tyra, was by her side and cared for her during her most difficult months. Donna was 57-years-old and leaves behind two children, Danyelle Tyra, 22, and Sam Tyra, 20. Other survivors include her mother, Marjorie Hardin of Plano, her brother, Ronnie Hardin and wife Shirley of Breckenridge, her sister, Judy Floyd and husband Elton of Lone Oak, Danyelle and Sam’s father, Samuel Tyra, and numerous friends and other family members. Donna was preceded in death by her father, Ray L. Hardin.  

In her life Donna had a dynamic variety of careers.  She worked as a prison guard in Benjamin, owned a restaurant in Goree, a lab technician in Dallas, a hair stylist in Plano, worked at the cotton gin in Munday and ultimately completed her career as a Senior Right of Way agent with Stateside in the Dallas area.

Donna was born with an artistic spirit about her.  She loved to cook, paint and draw, create beautiful flower arrangements, garden, spend hours fishing, and spend special times with family and friends.   Her quiet presence, wit, sense of humor and contagious laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.



SANDRA GWENETTE ALLEN-ARCHIE

Sandra Gwenette Allen-Archie was born on June 21, 1957 in Knox City to Raymond and Willie Allen.

Growing up in Goree, Sandra was raised in a Christian household.  She attended Goree Public Schools, a graduate of Goree High School, Class of  1986.  Off to a promising start, she attended Clarendon College for General Studies and then National Education Center, Fort Worth, where she studied Medical Assisting.  Upon graduation she was employed as a lab assistant at the National Education Center.  

Sandra served on the Usher Board, and in the choir for many years under the leadership, Rev. Carl P. Small. All who knew her experienced first-hand Sandra’s infectious personality, love of laughter, fierce loyalty and dedication to family. We shall miss the warm and loving personality of  Sandra.

She met and married Windsor Archie on May 17, 1992, and to this union were added two beautiful children, a son A. J., and  daughter, Ashleigh Jenae Archie.  They were married 13 years.

On February 8, 2013, at seven-thirty o’clock in the morning, Sandra Gwenette Allen-Archie, became absent from the body to be present with the Lord.  She is preceded in death by her son A.J.

Memories cherished - Sandra is survived by her parents, Raymond and Willie Allen of Munday; extended parents, Napoleon and Trish Johnson of Fort Worth; one daughter, Ashleigh Jenae Archie; brothers: Freddie Allen of Wichita, Jeffrey Jordan (Tonya) of Dallas, Anthony Stinett (Erma) of Frisco; sisters: Ruby Allen Collier (Lawerence), Wilma Allen Hill (J.C.), Clara Allen, Leticia Allen, of Munday, Lesha Johnson of Fort Worth, Dr. Lynea Laws-Jacobs, of Fairburn, Ga., Bertha Spells, of Munday, Charlotte Jordan, of Dallas.

Special Friends: Gwen Swearington, Elaine Broussard of Mansfield, Christina Landaverde,  Dr. Phyllis Laws-Dukes of Mansfield.

Cousin Isabella Cobbs – who was there to encourage, and assist Sandra thorough the trial and testing period of her illness.

And a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Sandra’s family and friends will always be touched and will miss her and her loving memory will continue to live forever.





MANUEL VELA

Manuel Vela, 93, of Moody,  passed away January 17, 2013 after a long illness.  Manuel was born in Cadereita, Mexico to Jesus and Maria Vela on November 17, 1919.  Manuel married Juanita Vela and from this union, fourteen children were born.  He was a very loving father and worked as a farmer.
 
Manuel is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, son Ruben Vela and daughter, Joanie Jaramillo.  

Surviving children are daughter Marie and husband Gilbert, daughter Dora and husband Bobby, daughter Rosa and husband Pete, daughter Amelia and husband Andy, and daughter Linda and husband Darwin all of Amarillo; daughter Aurora and husband Daniel of Kansas City; daughter Minnie and husband Claudio Jr., daughter Lupe and husband John all of Wichita Falls; son John and wife Vickie of Waco; daughter Olivia of San Marcos; daughter Oralia and husband Orlando of Burkburnett; and son Jesse of Ft. Worth; and numerous grand-and great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Our Lady of San Juan Chapel in Moody followed by internment at Old Perry Cemetery.  
 



WILLIE SMITH ROSE SR.


Willie Smith Rose Sr., 72 of Munday went to be with the Lord on Sunday January 27, 2013 at his residence.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday February 1, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Munday with Brother Shane Kendrix, officiating.  Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.

Willie was born July 21, 1940 in Rowena to William Banner and Lula Sue (Holloway) Rose.

He worked as a pipeline technician for El Paso Natural Gas for over 27 years.  He loved fishing, getting together with all his loved ones and going to the casinos.

He is survived by his wife; Saundra Rose, his first wife; Martha Fough, three daughters; Cathy Pittman of Rule, Pam Rose and husband, Larry Corbell of Lewisville, and Fonda Harvell and husband, Michael of Midland; four sons; Eddie Shipman, and wife, Vickie of Round Rock, Willie S. Rose Jr. and wife, Angelita of Georgetown, Michael Rose and wife, Sue of New Braunfels, and Keith Williford and wife, Bridget of Buffalo Gap, eighteen grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wants to extend a special thanks to Wichita Falls hospice doctors, nurses and staff for the loving care shown to our family during this time.

Willie’s obituary and memorial guestbook may be viewed at www.robertmassie.com




VIRGIL GLENN “SONNY” CRAWFORD

Virgil Glenn “Sonny” Crawford, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. at his home in Munday, Texas. Sonny was born in Seymour, Texas on April 17, 1933 to Thomas Monroe and Lennie Mae Crawford.

Sonny attended Seymour schools and began working for B. K. Electric as a summer intern in 1953. He later became a full-time employee and worked there for 42 years, ultimately serving as Area Supervisor.

Sonny met Tommie Mae King when they were children. The story is told by Sonny’s best friend who says he and Sonny were walking down the street when Sonny saw a pretty little red haired girl walking with her friends. He told his friend he was going to marry her. By ages 13 and 14, Sonny and Tommie were boyfriend and girlfriend. They would never date anyone else and were married three years later. In May they would have been married for 62 years.

Sonny was an avid sportsman. He loved hunting, fishing, and golf. For decades Sonny and Tommie would travel to Colorado for annual deer and elk hunts with the same group of close friends and family. He was a member of the Believer’s Chapel church, which he helped to build from the foundation up. His favorite thing was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sonny is survived by the love of his life, Tommie, 1 son, Gary Crawford and wife Cheryl, a daughter Karen Longan and husband, Bill, and a daughter Regina (Sudy) Howry and husband, Gary. All the Crawford children make their home in Munday. Sonny is also survived by a sister, Delores Killian of Wichita Falls, a sister-in-law Violet Patterson of Vera, and his childhood, lifelong, closest friend, Thelbert Blankenship. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Wayne Crawford of Seymour and Donald Crawford of Sweetwater. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, his hunting buddies, and a host of other friends.

The family greeted friends and relatives at a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at the McCauley Smith Funeral Home in Munday. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Believer’s Chapel in Munday. Burial followed the service at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Believer’s Chapel, the Munday Volunteer Fire Department, or Keep Munday Beautiful.



ALPHONSE KUEHLER

Alphonse Kuehler passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013, in Wichita Falls, TX at the age of 92. Alphonse was born August 25, 1920 in Knox County Texas to Joseph and Catherine Kuehler. He and Mary Loran were married August 6, 1944 in Scottfield, Ill. Mary preceded him in death in 2003.

Alphonse was a Army Air Corp Communication Specialist in the Air Force and served in WWII. After leaving the service, he returned to Rhineland, Texas where he lived and farmed the land on which he was born and raised. He was an active member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas.

He enjoyed his garden, especially the corn and okra which he proudly shared with family and friends.

He was a loving father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, always thinking of his family first.

Alphonse was also preceded in death by one daughter, Bernadette in 1954.

Survivors include: one son, Marion and wife Gayle of Wichita Falls, TX; five daughters, Suzan Thompson of San Diego, California, Mary Landrum, Deborah Anderson, and Beth and husband Ricky Arnold all of Wichita Falls, TX, and Lou Ann Brookshire of The Colony, Texas; one sister, Adelaide Roznovsky of Fort Worth, Texas; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be held at 6 PM Sunday, January 20, 2013 at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday Tx. Mass will be Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11 AM at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland,TX.

Interment will follow at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church Renovation Fund, Rhineland,Texas.




JOHN B. CHILCOAT

KNOX CITY — John B. Chilcoat, 95, of Knox City, Texas, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in the Knox County Hospital in Knox City, Texas.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2012 at the Benjamin First Baptist Church in Benjamin with Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating. Burial will be in the Truscott Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes of Knox City, Texas.

John, the only son with nine sisters, was born December 1, 1917 in Gilliland, Texas to John and Martha Chilcoat. He married Frances Jones on September 18, 1945 in Crowell, Texas and she remained the love of his life for 67 years. John was a member of the Benjamin First Baptist Church and served as song leader and Deacon for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII where he served as an instructor, gunner, and radio operator on the B-17.

John was an oilfield pumper for Marothon Oil for 36 years. He loved to sing, hunt, fish, and be with family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and PaPa John. He was the kindest, most generous and unselfish man there ever was or will be and loved by so many.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha Chilcoat; 6 sisters, Bettye Killingsworth, Ladelle Abbott, Ethel Mae Ratliff, Connell Houston, Mayre Jo Chilcoat, and Estelle McLain.

John is survived by his wife, Frances Chilcoat of Knox City, Texas; one son, Ronnie Chilcoat and wife Maria of Knox City, Texas; one daughter, Gayle Morgan and Charlie Pankhurst of Munday, Texas; 3 sisters, Chrys Fannin and husband Wendell, and Dorothy Thomason, all of Amarillo, Texas, and Gaye Nell Barclay of Napa, California; 5 grandchildren, Elaina and Joey Mathis, Jayson and Rhonda Morgan, Tony Morgan, Lisa and Chip Smith, and Mike and Misty Chilcoat; 11 greatgrandchildren, Cody Reece, Cory Mathis, Keegan Morgan, Colin Morgan, Kelsey Morgan, Joshua Potts, Jason Morgan, Jerrica Morgan, Tyler Chilcoat, Riley Smith, and Lane Smith.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening, January 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.




FRANCES CYPERT

Frances Jenell Cypert, 86, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, in Abliene, Texas. Frances was born January 30, 1926, in Knox County to C.A. and Maude Reagon. She and Ralph Cypert were married January 30, 1946, in Benjamin, Texas. He preceded her in death in 2010. Frances lived most of her life in the Munday area. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Munday and retired from Munday ISD.

Frances is survived by two sons, Gary and Lisa Cypert and Randy and Sharon Cypert, all of Munday; one daughter Sue and husband, Rick Liles, of Lubbock; seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren; also, several nieces and nephews.

Services were Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Munday. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Munday Fire Department, Make Munday Beautiful or First Bapist Church of Munday.


JAMES BYRON STEWARD JR.


James Byron Steward Jr., 47, of Ranger, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, in Ranger. A memorial service will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Memorial Building in Goree.


James was born June 23, 1965, in Haskell to James (Jack) and Berniece Hudson Steward. He was raised on a farm in the Hefner community. He graduated from Goree High School, University of North Texas in Denton and Tarleton State University with a master’s degree in finance. He was a member of the Church of Christ.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Survivors include a daughter, Jaryn Steward of Lubbock; two sisters, Pat Steward of Ranger and Tonya Cypert and her husband, Buddy, of Haskell; a nephew, Cody Cypert and his wife, Breann, of Lubbock; two nieces, Jacy West and her husband, Brad, of Haskell and Kristin Bishop and her husband, Russell, of Abilene; an aunt, Faye Lermaseaux of Bernalillo, N.M.; four great-nephews, Colby and Caden West, Jathan Bishop and Mason Cypert; two great nieces, Averie Cypert and Kerra Bishop; numerous cousins and a host of friends.




JOHN ED WILDE


John Ed Wilde passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 in Lubbock at the age of 82. John Ed was born June 24, 1930 in Rhineland, Texas to Joe and Mary Wilde.


While living in Lubbock, John Ed was a crop insurance adjustor. John Ed donated his body to Texas Tech for research.


John Ed is survived by 3 sons; Gary and wife Judy, Jerry and wife Nancy both of Munday and Craig and wife Jamie of Knox City. Also, nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, twelve brothers and sisters and one son, John Lee Wilde.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11 AM at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas.




FRANCIS VICTOR REDDER

Francis Victor Redder passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, in his home at the age of 88. Francis was born October 24, 1924, in Rhineland to Victor and Angela Redder.

Francis served in the Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was the manager of the Shamrock Station for many, many years.

Francis was a kind, gentle, honest, and hard working man. He will be missed by many and will be forever in our hearts. We love you.

Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, his mother and father, Victor and Angela, one brother, John Redder, one sister, Gertrude Kuhanek, and one sister-in-law, Reba Redder.

Mr. Redder is survived by three daughters, Laura and Bill Fiest, Stacy Latham and Lisa and Bob Hall all of San Angelo; one son, Mark and Francine Redder of Runaway Bay; four brothers, Raymond and Maryann of Seymour, Eddie and Doris Ann of Knox City, Rhiney of Munday and Billy and Jeanene of Munday; nine grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

Rosary was Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral mass was Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rhineland with interment following in the church cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.




JAMES FRED REDDELL JR.


STAMFORD — James Fred Reddell Jr. 85, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Fort Worth. Graveside services were held 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2012 in Gillespie Cemetery in Knox County with Rev. John Erwin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Kinney- Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.

James Fred Reddell, Jr. was born April 30, 1927, in a farmhouse close to Sunset Community, the second of five children born to James Fred Reddell, Sr. and Iva Goldie (Huckabee) Reddell. After graduating from Sunset School, he attended Draughn’s Business College in Wichita Falls. On July 29, 1945, Fred enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Berlin, Germany during World War II. While serving in the Army, he played trumpet for the Army Band. After honorable discharge from the Army, Fred returned to Knox County and ran the general store in the Thorp community for a few years. He then became the manager for the Farmers Coop Gin in Munday. Fred moved to Ft. Worth to further his education at Texas Christian University and while taking voice lessons, he met and fell in love with his piano accompanist and love of his life, Velma Maxine Smith and they married in Munday, Texas on October 1, 1977. As music had brought this union together, Fred and Maxine used their musical talents by participating in a musical group of folks named “Taps and Tunes”. Fred would play his “horn” as he called it and Maxine would accompany him on the piano, entertaining for various groups with singing songs such as “Unforgettable” and “Tenderly”. He was a member of the River Oaks Masonic Lodge #1311, earning his 50 year pin in 2006. Fred was instrumental in teaching many young men to be raised a Master Mason.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons, James Fred Reddell, III, and Scott Shane Reddell; and a sister, Jeanette Phillips.

Family left to cherish his memory are his wife, Maxine Reddell of Ft. Worth; daughters, Rheasa Lynne Onder and husband Joe of Wichita Falls, Rochie Lea Underwood and husband Chico of Stamford, Shirley Paschal of Cresson; son, Wayne Horner of West Linn, Oregon; four grandchildren, Joshua Stocks and wife Sara of Hughes Springs, Stephanie Boatman and husband David of Claremore, Oklahoma, Luke Spraberry and wife Betsy of Anson, Molly Spraberry of Anson; five great grandchildren, Kyle, Avalynne, and Tyler Stocks, Natyleigh and Brooklyn Boatman; two brothers, Royce Reddell and wife Neldra of Palestine, Leo Reddell and wife Mary of Seminole; a sister, Loyce Richardson of Knox City; and nineteen nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials be given to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 6100 Western Place, Suite 800, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107 or St. John’s United Methodist Church Christmas Dinner, 201 South Ferguson Street, Stamford, Texas 79553.

View and sign the guestbook for Mr. Reddell at www.kinneyunderwoodfuneralhome.com




DONOVAN EARGLE WHITWORTH JR.

SEYMOUR — Donovan Eargle Whitworth Jr., age 75, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, December 13,2012 at his home.

Donovan was born October 9, 1937 inHaskell Texas to Donovan Sr. and Mary Whitworth.

Donovan retired as a Sergeant First Class receiving numerous awards during his time of service such as; Vietnam Service Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.

After retiring he spent his time reading, singing and telling stories and jokes. He was a very giving man and loved to help others.

Donovan is preceeded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Greebon and sister Patsy Combs.
Dovonan is survived by his wife, Yvonne of Seymour. 5 sons; Dusty and wife Dana Greebon of Seymour, Jimmy Greebon of Plesanton, Texas, Danny and wife Lynda of Seymour, Texas, Sam and wife Linda of Tehachapi, California, and Charles Adams of Seymour, Texas. 6 daughters; Melinda Greebon of Austin, Texas, Trevella Llyod of Seymour, Texas, Telinda and Mike Dixon of Jarrell, Texas, DiAnn Hardman of Tahachapi, California, Minnie Hope Whitworth of Seymour, Texas and Tamanda Lehr of Fort Worth, Texas. One brother, Richard and Louise Whitworth of Kernville, California and one sister, Bobbye Selbo of Sun City West, Arizona.

Visitation will be held from 4-5P.M. Sunday, December 16, 2012 at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas. Services will be 2P.M. Monday, December 17, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Munday. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home.





BETTY SUE BELLINGHAUSEN

Betty Sue Bellinghausen, 79, of Fort Worth, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 10, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhinelandwith the Rev. David Bellinghausen, Order of Saint Benedict, officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.  

Betty is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles; sons and daughters-in-law Chuck and Sharon; Paul; Mark and Jennifer; daughters and sons-in-law Loretta and Barry, Lisa and Don; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Betty is also survived by brothers Robert and Charles, and sisters Peggy, Nancy and Mary.  

Betty was preceded in death by parents Clifton and Mozelle Patterson, and sister Jerry Honeycutt.

Betty was born October 29, 1933, in Seymour. Although she spent time following her father’s employment in Arizona, Betty moved back to Seymour at age 7 and graduated from Seymour High School in 1951, after which she worked at a variety of jobs before becoming assistant to Dr. Crowley in Munday.

It was during that time that she met and married Charles Bellinghausen, before Charles served in the U.S. Army and spent time overseas. When Charles returned to the U.S., they moved to Fort Worth and Charles went to work for John Deere. In 1957, Charles and Betty settled in Bedford and started their family.  

The family requests donations be made to the New Dawn Hospice in Desoto, or the Renal Center of North Denton.





STEVE REYES


Esteban H. “Steve” Reyes, 97, of Knox City died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Wichita Falls.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. Tex Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  

Esteban Reyes was born on May 12, 1915, in Alpine to Jose and Nellie (Holgin) Reyes. He married Benita Flores. Mr. Reyes was a mechanic and owned a Phillips 66 service station in Knox City.  

Steve served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in October 1945 as a Fireman First Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Manuela Reyes; his wife, Benita Flores Reyes; sons Steve Jr. and Rueben; two sisters; four brothers; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters Nellie Lewis of Knox City, Beatrice Caram, Mary Ann Palma and Stella Brand, all of Wichita Falls; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorials can be given in Mr. Reyes’ name to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310; or Texhoma Christian Nursing Center, 300 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76305.

Online condolences and memories can be shared with the Reyes family at smithfamilyfh.com.




ANITA GARZA

Anita Garza, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Wichita Falls. She was born March 29, 1949, in Falls City to Juan and Juanita Garai.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Alfred Garza of Wichita Falls, Andrew Garza of Wichita Falls, Anthony and Jamie Garza of Wichita Falls, Arthur and Laila Garza of Seymour and Adam Garza of Wichita Falls; daughter Alisa Garza of Munday; and special friend Drew Silvas of Munday; and 19 grandchildren.

Rosary was Tuesady at St. George Catholic Church in Haskell. Funeral Mass was Wednesday at the church. Burial was in Weinert Cemetery in Weinert. Arrangements were under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.


AMEROLIS GUINN

Amerolis Guinn, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2012, at her home in Knox City.

Graveside services were Nov. 29 at Johnson Cemetery in Munday with Mel Rich officiating. Burial was under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes in Knox City.

She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Truscott  to William Frank and Virginia Mae Dockery  Hutcheson. She married L.C. Guinn June 16, 1936. She was lifelong resident of Knox County and a self-employed partner of Guinn Sheet Metal and Plumbing. She was a member of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Church in Knox City.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Genie Holcomb of Knox City and Sue and Joe Rich of Garland; grandchildren Courtney Johnson, Mel Cure, Samantha and Cheré; and her wonderful extended family and caregivers, including Adina Roberson, Rena Johnson, William Watson and Tonya Manuel, all of Knox City; along with Hospice, Wichita Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Guinn; sisters Freddie Long and Jessie Henderson; brothers Hershel Hutcheson and Douglas Hutcheson; granddaughters Shelia and Simone; and grandson Chris Cure.

Online condolences and memories can be shared with the Guinn family at smithfamilyfh.com.



JOHN WILDE


MUNDAY — John Lee Wilde, 60, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012, at his home. John Lee was born December 14, 1951, in Knox City  to John Ed and Maxine Wilde.

John Lee loved being in Ruidoso and going to the horse races. He loved cooking for family and friends.
Survivors include his father, John Ed Wilde, of Lubbock; daughters and sons-in-law Sheri and Greg Urbanczyk and Rhonda and Jimmie Cook, all of Munday; brothers and sisters-in-law Gary and Judy Wilde of Munday, Jerry and Nancy Wilde of Munday  and Craig and Jamie Wilde of Knox City; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Rosary was Tuesday at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday. Funeral mass was Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.


WILLIAM H. “DOC” STEWART

MUNDAY — Dr. William H. “Doc” Stewart, DVM, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012, at Haskell Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. “Doc” was born August 17, 1920, in Bedias, Texas, to Franklin and Sally Stewart.
Before joining the Air Force, “Doc” married Elsie (Thorn) on January 3, 1942. While serving, he was a captain in the Air Force where he participated in 25 missions over Germany as a bomber pilot of a B-17 flying fortress. After serving in the Air Force, “Doc” graduated Texas A&M in 1950 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He moved to Munday and started his veterinarian practice in the summer of 1954 where he lived until his passing.
Suvivors include son Bill Stewart of Emory; daughters Nancy Harris of Munday and Susan Wertenberger of Grapevine; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; also, several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were Monday in  Johnson Memorial Cemetery with a memorial service following at the First Baptist Church in Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Peggy McGaughey

Peggy McGaughey, age 79, of Knox City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Knox County Hospital.Services will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City with Rev. Tom Carter officiating.  The family will hold a private burial prior to the service in Vera Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City.

Peggy was born May 8, 1932 in Austin, Texas to C.P. and Frances Milligan.  She married Allen McGaughey on August 27, 1949 in Seymour, Texas.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 27, 2010.  She was an active memberof the First United Methodist Church in Knox City serving in many capacities.  Peggy was a charter member of the Knox County Hospital Auxiliary acting as President for many years.  She spent thousands of hours volunteering in the Pink Ladies Thrift Shop. Peggy also served 12 years on the Knox County Hospital District Board and was an avid blood donor.

Peggy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was loving and eager to serve others in need.  Her home was always a gathering place for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; four sisters; and her parents.

Survivors include her daughters, Lou Ann and Tom Winegar of Borger and Sarah and Jeff Harbaugh of Keller; sons, David and Beverly McGaughey of Munday and Mark McGaughey of Knox City; and one brother, Collie and Shirley Milligan of Moore, OK.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way.

If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 575, Knox City Texas 79529 or the Knox County Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 90, Knox City, Texas 79529.



BILLY DALE PITTMAN

 

Rochester, Texas - Billy Dale Pittman, 45, passed away in Abilene, Texas, January 9, 2012.  Visitation will be Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home in Rochester.  Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Rochester with Bro. Joseph Barrett officiating.  Burial will be at the Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

 

Billy was born February 5, 1966 in Knox City to Billy Kenneth and Winnie (Goode) Pittman.  He married Cathy Rose in Haskell on February 17, 1993 and has lived in Rochester most of his life.  Billy was a shop foreman and fabricator with Smith Pipe of Abilene.  He was a member of HOG, an avid welder and diesel mechanic.  He enjoyed and was interested in anything to do with trucks.  Billy owned a trucking company.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Billy Kenneth Pittman; two uncles, Ken Wolsch and Elmer Goode; his grandparents, Floyd and Bobbie Goode, Maudie Hargrave, and Charles William Pittman.

 

Billy’s survivors are his wife, Cathy Pittman of Rochester; his daughter, Tina Pittman of Rochester; a son, Colton Pittman and wife Adria of Haskell; two step-daughters, Shauna Caldwell and husband Jeffery, and Erica Schwind and husband George; his mother, Winnie Pittman of Rochester; a brother, Kenneth Pittman of Rochester; 5 sisters, Angela Campbell of Wichita Falls, Alicia Shaw of Rusk, Terry Hill of Rawls, Shirley Nichols of Akron, OH, and Karen Holmes of Corpus Christi; 9 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.




Benjamin, Tx- Francis L.”Dutch” Young

Benjamin, Tx- Francis L.”Dutch” Young, 82 passed away in Munday, Texas, December 28, 2011.  A visitation was scheduled for Friday evening, December 30, at Smith Family Funeral Home in Knox City from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Services were held at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2011 in Benjamin with Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating.  

Burial immediately followed at the Benjamin cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Mr. Young was born May 29, 1929 in Edhubie, Texas to Wayne and Carmen (Adcock) Young.  He married Imagean Nunley in May of 1946.  For 30 years, Dutch worked for the Texas Department of Transportation which he also retired from  He was a volunteer with the Benjamin Fire Department and was also a past Councilman with the City of Benjamin.  Dutch was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Carmen Young; 2 brothers, Wayne Young Jr. and Jackie Young; sisters, Dorthy West and Patsy Benson; and a daughter, Brenda Golleher.



Betty Kay Monsen


Betty Kay Monsen passed from this earthly life November 24, 2011 in Los Altos, California.  Ms. Monsen was born in Knox City, Texas on August 18, 1935.  She graduated in 1954 from O’Brien High School and from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene in 1958.

Betty began her teaching career in Denver, Colorado and moved to the Sacramento, California area the next year.  She taught English and Spanish at the high school level.  She, also, received her Master’s degree during that time.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Delia Kay of O’Brien.  She is survived by three sons, Monrad and wife Cindy of Thornton, Colorado, Kris and wife Nancy of Los Altos, California and Gerard of Long Beach, California, a sister Doris Kay Jones and husband, Don, of Wichita Falls, Texas, one niece Jamie Caldwell of Weinert, Texas, two nephews, Eddie Benham of Holliday, Texas and Jerry Jones of Wichita Falls, Texas, and four grandchildren.

Betty’s memorial service was held in Roseville, California on December 10, 2011, and was attended by her sister and niece.



Pauletta Faye Moore

Pauletta Faye Moore, 65, passed away in Knox City, Texas on November 28, 2011.  Services will be held at Foursquare Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011 in Knox City with Pastor Gene Ward and Pastor Gary Schnable officiating.  Burial will be at the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  A visitation is planned for the evening of November 30 at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pauletta was born May 19, 1946 in Stamford, Texas to L.B. and Jessie Cox, Jr. She has lived in Knox City for 35 years and was the ‘class favorite’ at Rule High School her junior year, Coronation Queen in 1964, her senior year, a 5-star manager at Dairy Queen,  the Resident President  and the Welcoming Committee Chairman at Munday Nursing Center.

Pauletta is survived by her daughter, Kim Stafford and her husband James of Knox City; two grandchildren, Kristopher (Bubs) Stafford al of Knox City and Kursten Martinez and her husband Matthew of Abilene; her mother, Polly Cox of Rule; a brother, Gary Cox of Rochester and his wife Shelly; sister, Nellon Dillard of Denton, Texas; two nephews, Bryan Cox of Graham, Texas and Heath Dillard of Lubbock, Texas; a niece, Cary Cox of Rochester, Texas; and numerous aunts and cousins.

 

She is preceded in death by her father in 1995, L.B. Cox; also, Burt and Naomi Cox of Rule; and Lowell and Lucy Fulbright of Rule.



Chauncey Burl (C.B.) Ray

Chauncey Burl (C.B.) Ray, 90, passed away in Big Spring, Texas, November 11, 2011.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2011 at Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 US Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes of Haskell.

C.B. was born August 25, 1921 in Aspermont, Texas to Lee Curtis and Adora May (Edwards) Ray.  He graduated from Levelland High School and enlisted into the U.S. Navy on August 4, 1942.  During WWII C.B. was stationed in Perth, Australia as a shipfitter,First Class.  While in Australia, he met Trixie Hilzinger and they married in 1943.  C.B. was honorably discharged on October 14, 1945 and he and Trixie moved back to Texas and settled in Potosi.  They lived many years in Potosi and C.B. owned the gas station there along with 14 others in the Abilene area.  C.B. purchased 3,200 acres of land in Knox City, and he and his family sold the gas stations and moved in order to farm his land.  Trixie passed away June 10, 1976.

Along with Trixie, C.B. is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Adora Ray; a sister Beverly Ruth Edwards; and two brothers, Curtis Ray and Donald Ray.

C.B. is survived by his four children, Kerry Lee Berry of Knox City, Debbie Kimmel of Abilene, John Allen Ray of Houston, and Mike Ray of Knox City; 10 grandchildren, Ron Jacobs, Brandy Brown, Cassidy Brown, Haley Morrow, Cody Brown, Condell Doyle, RonJacobs, and Brandon Peak, Mikey Ray, and Regina Ray Roy; and 13 great-grandchildren.


CARLA MARIE MERTON

Arlington, Tx – Carla Marie Merton passed peacefully away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. 

A Memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Moore Funeral Home Chapel. 

Carla Marie Merton was born Dec. 29, 1950.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Evelyn Shelton of Knox City.  

Survivors: Husband, Robert E. Merton; daughter, Carley A. Merton: son, Matthew W. Merton and wife, Tabitha; sister, Sheri-Lynn Shelton and partner, Brent A. Alexander; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.



ACE DUSTIN CAMPBELL-TREVINO

Our little angel, Jace Dustin Campbell-Trevino, infant son of Crystal Campbell and Lawrence Trevino, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.  Jace was born on Oct. 19, 2011.  A graveside service was held at Elmwood Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 24.

Jace is survived by his parents of Knox City, maternal grandparents, Ray & Paula Campbell of Knox City, paternal Grandparents Lorenzo Trevino & Wendy McCane of Deer Park, Tx; Jonda Trevino and Bobby Carrizales of Knox City, Tx; uncles Ruben McCane, Eddie & Sevin Trevino of Deer Park, Tx; Tommy & Joe Ray Campbell; Aunt Katelyn Carrizales of Knox City; paternal great-grandparents Jose & Diana Trevino, and great-great-grandparents Cruz & Frances Lopez all of Andrews, Tx.  Special adopted aunts & uncle Britt Roberts of Rule, Tx; Mandy Morris & Tim Sanders of Rochester, Tx.

Jace was preceded in death by 3 uncles Jeremy, Patrick & Jesse Trevino & his maternal great-grandparents Doug & Gerry Rankin.

JAMES ROLAND COPPEDGE, SR.

James R. Coppedge, Sr. passed away at home surrounded by family, Friday, October 21, 2011 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.  He was a strong inspiration for his family, friends and those he met along the way. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8p.m. Friday, October 28
th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, Tx.

Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. at Wellborn Cemetery.

Celebration of Life Service at Christ United Church in College Station, Tx. At 11:00 a.m.

He was born November 21, 1941 in Sweetwater, Texas, to Arlyn B. and Mary Elizabeth Coppedge.

James grew up and attended school in Benjamin, Texas, where he still has many friends and family.  He graduated from Benjamin High School in 1960, and he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jackson in December, and they moved to Lubbock, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology from Texas Tech University in 1965. After graduating, he and his family moved to College Station, and he began working with the Agricultural Research Service as an entomologist at the Insecticide Cotton Insect Research Lab in College Station.  During that time, he attended Texas A&M and completed his Master’s Degree and PhD in 1971.

In 1974, he and his family moved to Weslaco, Texas, where he worked at the Citrus Research Lab.  In 1975, he transferred to the Screwworm Research Lab in Mission, Texas, as part of a team charged with developing technology to reverse the reinvasion of the Screwworm into the United States, becoming the Research Leader of the Screwworm Research Lab in 1978.  In 1979, the screwworm was declared eradicated from the US. with the closing of the Laboratory in Mission.

In 1981, James left the federal government, and he and his family moved to Uvalde, Texas, where he established a consulting business working with cotton, corn, and vegetable growers in the Wintergarden area and with chemical company representatives worldwide.

In 1989, he re-entered Federal service as the National Program Leader for Applied Entomology in Beltsville, Maryland, where he lived with his family for five years.  Upon his return to College Station in 1994 he served as Research Leader of the Area-Wide Pest Management Research Unit, later being appointed Lab Director of the Southern Crops Research Lab.  In 1998, he was appointed Associate Area Director of the USDA Southern Plans Area, where he retired in December 2010.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty, daughter Lisa, Daughter-in-law Charlene Coppedge-Link, grandchildren: Stephanie, Sarah, Justin & wife Britney, Jacob & wife Brandy, Shawna, and D.J., great-grandchildren: Aslynn & Anthony James, sisters: Helen & husband Jimmy Green, Bobbie & husband David Valasquez, Mary Ann & husband Jerry Robinson, brothers: Gary & wife Linda Coppedge, Loyd & wife Judy Coppedge, and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arlyn & Mary Coppedge, a sister Betty Rhodes, and his son James Roland Coppedge, Jr.

James enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing.  He especially enjoyed getting to spend time with his great-grandchildren, Aslynn and Anthony James.  He loved to have parties and get-togethers for family and friends and working at his land.

The family would like to express thanks to all the many doctors and nurses who helped along his journey with cancer.  Thank you to all our family, friends, & co-workers for their prayers, support and care.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to D Anderson, Christ United Methodist Church, Hospice of Brazos Valley, or a charity of your choice.



Jackie Ray Nunn

Jackie Ray Nunn of Petersburg passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:15 p.m. at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. 

He was born March 16, 1944 to Raymond and Faye (Bass) Nunn in Rocky Ford, Colorado.  His family moved to Levelland in 1952 and that is where Jackie grew up, attended school, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.  In 1961, Jackie joined the Army, receiving his high school diploma, and spent the next three years as a medic in Germany and Italy.  Upon honorable discharge in 1964, he attended junior college in Uvalde.  In 1965 Jackie moved back to the South Plains area, and spent the next few years driving a truck and running a service station.  During these years he coached several Little League and Pony League baseball teams.

Jackie took a job on a ranch in Dickens in 1971 and lived in that area for the next 17 years.  During that time he also worked as a gin manager, co-owned a cement company, and along with his first wife, ran the Ponderosa Grocery Store.  In 1988, Jackie moved back to Lubbock where he met and married Gail Rowan.  He owned and operated Southwest Weed Control until his health declined, and at that time he went to work as a dispatcher for his good friend, Jerry Meers, at Meers Pest Solutions.  In 2002, Jackie and Gail bought a home Petersburg, and for the last nine years he has become a part of that community, making some of the best friends of his life.

Jackie is preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his wife, Gail of Petersburg; daughter, DeAnne Roberts and husband Rod of Dickens; brother, Jimmy Nunn and wife Judy of Levelland; sister, Barbara Epperson of Lubbock; two grandsons, Logan Timberlake and Landon Roberts; aunt, Pat Wright of Odessa; uncle, Clyde Nunn of Amarillo; and a special group of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Petersburg.

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EDDIE WILLIAMS

Eddie Williams, age 66, of Highland Village, Texas, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011, in Flower Mound.

He was born March 3, 1945 in Childress, Texas to Clyde Edward Williams, Sr. and Betty Pray Williams.  Eddie married Joan on July 4, 1984 in Highland village.  He was a member of Denton Bible Church in Denton and retired as a captain from Southwest Airlines.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Dede Martin, Todd Halfmann, Scott Halfmann and Jason Small; grandchildren, Reece, Ross, Emma, Taylor, Tye, Savannah and Kelci and brother, Phil Williams.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laci Williams in 1966.

A memorial service to celebrate Eddie’s life will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at Denton Bible Church, Reverend Tommy Nelson will officiate the service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to

www.marycrowley.org. For online condolences please go to www.mulkeymason.com.




BENNY DAVID BRADFORD
Benny David Bradford, 59, passed away in Wichita Falls, Texas, September 30, 2011.  A memorial service was held at Abundant Life Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in Knox City with Rev. Tex Cox officiating.

Services were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City.Benny was born March 21, 1952 in Crowell to Kenneth D. Bradford, Sr. and Lorene Henderson.  He worked in the oilfield and was an avid fisherman.  Benny was a true servant to neighbors ad friends in the time of need.

He is survived by his mother, Lorene of Knox City; brothers, Duane and wife Janie of Knox City and Johnny of Abilene; sisters Carolyn Bettes of Garland and Yolanda Roberts and husband Church of Midland; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Benny is preceded in death by his wife, Pam Walker Bradford; father, Kenneth; grandparents, Ben and Ester Bradford and Benjamin and Martha Henderson.


Linda Joyce Gambill McQueen

Linda Joyce Gambill McQueen, 61, of Naples, Florida, passed away September 26, 2011.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia (Bledsoe) Buell, her brothers David Gambill and Jimmy Gambill, and her father, Dr. Calvin Gambill, of Seymour Texas.  She was born in ­­­Baird, Texas on July 29, 1950.  She grew up in Cross Plains and Seymour Texas, where her father, Dr. Calvin Gambill, was an important part of the Seymour and Wichita Falls communities.  Linda graduated high school in 1973 and continued her education at Angelo State University by earning an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1980 and then receiving her Bachelors of Science in health education and administration at the University of North Texas in 1985.
 
She spent the majority of her life as a registered nurse in Denton and Krum, Texas, where her nursing practice allowed her to touch many lives.  She managed a small farm and raised quarter horses with her late husband, Philip Dudney, near Sanger Texas. Linda loved her dogs and was very fond of the many pets she adopted throughout her life. She loved the Dallas Cowboys and in her later years enjoyed her regular trips back to Texas to spend time with her children and grandchildren after retiring to Naples, Florida, in 2005.  Her 31 years of nursing spanned the entire life continuum, from her work as an obstetrical nurse, to a pediatric nurse and toward the end of her career, geriatrics where she provided nursing home and in home health care in Naples, Florida.
 
Linda and her late husband Philip endowed several academic scholarships at the University of North Texas including the Grace Ann Dudney Memorial scholarship to assist full-time master's degree students in the Department of Applied Gerontology. She also established the Linda and Philip Dudney scholarship to assist students enrolled in the Health Promotion and Recreation programs at the university.
 
Linda was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother. Her survivors include her husband, Pat McQueen of Naples Florida; her children, Mr. and Mrs. Steven White of Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Chris L White of Plano; and Jim White of Arlington; stepsons, Jason and Sean McQueen; grandchildren, Lyndsey, Michael, Mitch, Ava, Nicholas and Payton; her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gambill of Fort Worth; stepmother, Linda Rae Gambill of Iowa Park. Grave side services and internment will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Seymour, Texas at 12:00 P.M, on Thursday, October 6, 2011.
 
"In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the University of North Texas Foundation by contacting Tena Curley.

Roy Dwain Day

Knox City, Texas Dateline:Roy Dwain Day, 77, lifetime resident of Knox City, and fondly know as "Pea Vine" and "D-Bar", and was a man who wore only one spur, passed from this life on September 15, 2011 in Abilene.  He was president of Rodeo Club at Abilene Christian College, President of Sull Ross University.
 
Roy Swain was born to the late Roy and Essie Day on June 2, 1934.  He graduated from Knox City High School and attended Abilene Christian College, Ranger Junior College and Sul Ross College.  He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.
 
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Knox City at the Knox City Cemetery with Tex Cox and Leon Burkham officiating and directed by Smith Family Funeral Homes.  Visitation will be Saturday evening, September 17, 2011 at Smith Family Funeral Home from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 
Roy is survived by his daughter, Dana K. Day of Kona, Hawaii; a son, Darin Day and wife Cherone of Olive Branch, MS; 4 brothers, Hardy Day of Jamuel, CA; Bobby and Kenneth Day both of Lubbock, Clyde Day of Albuquerque, NM.; 2 sisters, Dessie Egenbacherof Lubbock and Romain Stubbs of Knox City; 8 granchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a dear, long time companion, Elizabeth "Mrs. Poodles" of Knox City and many who enjoyed his kindness and generosity will miss him the most.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Damon Day.

Services may be viewed on You-Tube.

Wesley Rogers

Wesley Rogers, 48, passed away in Abilene, Texas, September 8, 2011.  Services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Rochester with Brother Joseph Barrett and Tex Cox officiating.  Burial will be at the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  A visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2011 at Smith Family Funeral Homes in Rochester, Texas.
 
Wesley was born November 29, 1962 in Knox City to Henry E. Rogers, Sr. and Arabelle Reynolds.  He worked in the oilfield as a roughneck and has lived in the area all his life.Wesley is survived by his parents, Henry and Arabelle of Rochester; two sons, Christopher and his wife Ashley of Stamford, and Seth of Alaska; two brothers, Kenneth of Rochester and Henry Jr. of Rule; two sisters, Belinda Rogers of Rochester and Melissa Befart of Longview; and three grandchildren, Cayden, Corbin, and Kenlin.
 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, and a brother, Jimmy Rogers.


Richard Wesley Shahan

Richard Wesley Shahan, 67, passed away in Knox City, Texas, August 30, 2011.  Services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2011 in Knox City with Rev. Jerry Vincent officiating.  Burial will be at the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
 
Richard was born January 31, 1944 in Hobart, Oklahoma to Carl Wesley Shahan and Mary Inez Pixley.  He married Mary Anne Megehee in Gainsville, Texas on December 15, 1968 and lived in Knox City since 1985.  He was an oil field worker and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Knox City.
 
Richard is survived by four daughters, Sherry Ellis and husband Steven of Knox City, Andrea Coffman and husband Artie of Knox City, Betty Belshe and husband John of Tecumseh, OK, and Mary Shahan and Will Martinez of California; two sisters, Barbara Shahan of Knox City, Gale Short of Knox City and husband Owen of OK; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend Maritetta McWhorter of Rochester.
 
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Anne; his parents; one grandchild, Mariah Shahan; 3 sisters, Connie David, Judy Gonzalez and Joyce Shahan; and one brother Ronnie Cecil Shahan.

Esther Grindstaff

Esther Grindstaff, 67, joined our Lord on August 20, 2011.  Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in O'Brien, Texas with Rev. Gary Snoble, Rev. Paul Chambers, and Joe Ramos officiating.  Burial will be at the O'Brien Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes of Knox City, Texas.
 
Esther was born on November 23, 1943 to Manuel and Anita Saenz. She married her beloved late husband Sammy Grindstaff on August 24, 1964 in Seymour, Texas.
 
She is survived by her daughters; Sherry Harper and husband Ed of Fort Worth, Kandy Hickerson and husband Ed of Abilene, Jennifer Grindstaff and fiance Harry Steen of El Paso; sons Johnny Grindstaff and wife Christina of Lubbock, Danny Grindstaff of Knox City, Sammy Grindstaff Jr and wife Melanie of Rule; one sister, Sarah Casillas of Seymour; brother-in-law John Grindstaff and wife Peggy of Knox City; grandchildren, Heather, Suzanne, Patricia, Aaron, Becca, Audrey, Haven, Tyler, Brittany and Mason; great grandchildren, Annesa and Jacob; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
 
Esther is preceded in death by her husband, Sammy, who passed in 2010; her parents; 4 brothers; and 3 sisters.
 
"We will miss and love you forever, Mama.....In God's Grace we pray."
 
The family would like to give a special thank you to Rosemary Aguayo, who was Esther's home healthcare giver.

Mr. Arche Elton Lieb

Funeral service for Mr. Arche Elton Lieb, 86, of Monroe, LA formerly of Knox City, TX will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, August 15, 2011, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Rd. Monroe with Rev. Norman Bryant officiating.  Graveside service will be held 10:00AM Wednesday, August 17, 2011at Albany Cemetery in Albany, TX. 

After a courageous and determined battle to overcome injuries suffered in a fall, Arche Lieb went to his eternal rest on August 13, 2011.  Mr. Lieb was born on Jan. 1, 1925 in Albany, TX to Eual Green Lieb and Odessa Withers Lieb.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Bobby Withers Lieb.

Mr. Lieb is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia, son John Charles and his wife, Manda, granddaughters Bonnie Virginia and her husband, Chad Leggett and Julianna Lieb and one great grandson, John Peyton Leggett.

Mr. Lieb was a graduate of Albany High School and Texas A&M University.  He was an employee of USDA, Soil Conservation Service in Aspermont and Knox City, TX, retiring in 1980.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot from 1943 to 1946 and the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a Captain.

Mr. Lieb was a believer and had a heavy burden for the lost.  He was a member of Rowland Road Baptist Church and Gideon’s International.  He taught several Bible study groups.

He and his wife moved to Monroe in 2005 to be near their son, Charlie and his family.

Visitation will be 1:00 PM until 2:00 P M with the funeral service to follow.

Memorials may be sent to Rowland Rd Baptist Church or Gideon’s Int., P.O. Box 4612 Monroe, LA.

Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com

Becky Sue Earwood

Becky Sue Earwood, 56, was carried by her Heavenly Father to her Eternal Home on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  Four days in the hospital under extreme conditions with pneumonia and lung disease, with the best medical care at Oro Valley Hospital and the very best of 24 hour heroic care that could be given.  After a transfer to UMC for hope for strategic measures, she was unable to accept the process and her broken body internally shut down and our Lord came to take her to Himself.  His Will is perfect.
 
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Texas under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  Funeral services were held at the Barrier Chapel Casas Adobes Church in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 .
 
She is survived by two daughters, Caroline Ruth Rakoce and husband Cpt. Bradley James Rakoce of Washington, and Kristan Danielle Somogyi and husband Jonathon Somogyi of Tucson; three grandchildren, Alexis Danielle Earwood, Steven Daniel Bailey and David Alexander Somogyi; parents, Ken and Doreece Earwood of Benson, Arizona; and five siblings; sisters, Linda Baugh, Laurie Baker, Allison Melendez, Melanie Earwood and brother, Ken Earwood.  Also one uncle, Jim Weaver of Houston, Texas as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended families.
 
Becky led a very successful life moving from California in 1994 to be near mom and dad Weaver.  She had licenses in two states for nursing and real estate.  She worked with mom, Doreece, in real estate and then fully in nursing.  Becky was excellent in every area she worked in.  She had a gift of kind, gentle spirit and the touch of healing hands.  She ministered to her aging grandparents in California and receiving her nursing license at Cuesta College later. And more recently, she aided mom thru her successful healing of ovarian cancer.  She was always available.  The joy of her life was her grandchildren.  She sailed the oceans of France and Europe at age 16 with her beloved grandfather one summer.  She was looking forward to going to England with her mom this September, but it was not to be.  Instead, she traveled with Our Lord to Heaven where she will live eternally.  Her favorite scripture was Psalm 30:5, "Weeping endures for the night, but Joy comes in the Morning", it came to her on Wednesday.


William Carrol Kendrick

William Carrol Kendrick, born on August 1, 1961, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 6, 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Durham Kendrick; step-son, Bradyn Durham; daughter Hannah Kendrick of Cross Junction; VA; mother, Barbara Oliver of Front Royal; VA, father, William Carroll Sisson of Powatan, VA; sister and husband, James and Wendy Stricker of Front Royal, VA; sister, Stacia Kendrick of Stephen County, VA; three nieces, Kelsey, Lacey and McKenna, one nephew, Quincey. Memorial services were held on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Benjamin with Troy Culpepper presiding.

In lieu of flowers, all contributions should be sent to the First Baptist Church in Benjamin Texas in memory of William Kendrick.

Mary Clodell (Jackson) Duke

Mary Clodell (Jackson) Duke, 88, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Iowa Park.  Funeral Services were held at 10 AM on Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Benjamin United Methodist Church in Benjamin, Texas, with Dennis Duke officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home of Iowa Park.

Mary was born in Knox County to Fred and Auneta Jackson and was a resident of Knox County for 81 years.  In 2004, she moved to Iowa Park because of health reasons and lived there until her death.  She was a graduate of Benjamin High School where she also worked in the school cafeteria for many years spoiling the kids with her famous hot rolls and special treats.  Until her retirement, she was employed by the Knox County Appraisal District as a deputy clerk.

On August 11, 1940 she married Earl Duke and they raised five children.  Mary Sawyers and husband, Derrell of Hamlin, Texas; Jan Pollock of Iowa Park, Texas; the late William “Butch” Duke, whose wife, Doris, lives in Levelland, Texas; Gaye Roberts and husband, Ken of Wichita Falls, Texas and Sue McCarthy and husband, Denny of Iowa Park.

She was “GRAN” to six grandchildren, Wendy Pollock of North Richland Hills, Texas; Marian and husband, Ronny Miller of Trent, Texas; Mark Roberts and wife, Alyssa of Channelview, Texas; Will McCarthy and wife, Valerie of Flower Mound, Texas; Marcy and husband, Joe Maines of Red Oak, Texas; and Michael Sawyers of Midland, Texas

She was also GRAN to 9 great grandchildren, Lexi Miller; Conner, Kaiden, Makinen, and Morgynn Maines; Mikenzie and Michaela Sawyers; and Cohen McCarthy.

She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Harris and husband, Jim of Sugar Land, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Butch, her sister, Ila Bohannon; and brother, Darr Jackson.  Her grandsons will serve as Pallbearers, Will McCarthy, Mark Roberts, Mike Sawyers, Ronny Miller, Joe Maines, and Conner Maines.

Mary was “Clodell” to most and was well known as a great cook who spent many hours making special treats for her family and many friends.  She was mom, gran and friend, who will be greatly missed by all of us who loved her.

Visitation was held from 6 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in the Chapel of Dutton Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Benjamin Cemetery Association in Benjamin, Texas or to the Benjamin United Methodist Church.  Please share your tributes with the family at www.duttonfuneralhome.com.


Charles Alexander Watson

On July 16, 2011 the Lord came and called another one of his angels home.

On January 15, 1947 a baby boy named Charles Alexander Watson was born to Ammie Jo and Charles Watson in Knox City, Texas. He was the second oldest out of 14 children. He attended McWard School then went on to graduate from Knox City High School. After graduation, he attended Cisco College. Mr. Watson was a member of the US Air Force for several years, after which he moved to Canada and played Pro Football. He also met and married Marria. The couple was blessed with 4 wonderful children. Mr. Watson leaves behind his wife, Marria; 3 of his children, 6 grandkids, 7 sisters and 6 brothers.

Some of those who survive Charles are: Marie and Vernadean of Abilene; Adina and Rena of Knox City; Mona of Keline; Maryanne of Wichita Falls; Neice of Denton; Robert of Munday; William of Knox City; Bo Johnson of Bridgeport; Ray Flye of Amarillo; Jerry of New Jersey.

He is proceeded in death by both parents, one sister, Joanne Brown and 1 daughter.

A private memory service will be held on Saturday July 23, 2011 at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Canada on Monday.

Harry Elwood Hackney

Harry Elwood Hackney was born July 31, 1917 in Bosque Co, Texas to Clyde and Eva Hackney. 

He departed this life on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at the age of 93 in Settler’s Ridge Nursing Home, Celina, TX.

The Hackney family moved to Knox County when Elwood was very young. He graduated from Sunset High School.  There he met and married Bonnie Nell Rowan. 

They were long time members of the Knox City Church of Christ where Elwood served as an elder. 

They farmed in Haskell County until they retired in 1977.  Elwood was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.  He loved playing any type of game.

Elwood was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie Hackney; his sister, Lillian Hester; his niece, Kay Johnson and his son, Joe Hackney.  

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Hackney, of Celina; his son, Jim Hackney and wife, Sue, of Fort Worth; daughter-in-law, Hazel Hackney, of Celina and three grandchildren: Todd Hackney of South Dakota, Talanda Dorsey and husband Tommy of Fort Worth and Marla Hackney/Young and husband, Nick, of Celina and Joe’s adopted son, John Pitts. 
He is also survived by  5 great grandchildren: Sean, Suzy, Mason, Shelby and Lyric.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 22, at 10:00 am at the Heritage Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas.

The committal service will be held Thursday, June 23, at 2:00 pm at the Knox City Church of Christ in lieu of a graveside service. He will be buried in Knox City Cemetery.

Alvin "Ray" Speck

Alvin "Ray" Speck, 79, born June 17, 1932, passed away Friday, June 17, 2011 at his home in Knox City. 

Services will be held Monday, June 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Knox City Foursquare Church with Paul Chambers and Gary Schnable officiating.  Burial will be at the Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  The family will receive visitors at the Smith Family Funeral Home in Knox City on Sunday evening, June 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ray was born in Haskell County to Alvin David Speck and Thelma Strickland Speck. He worked in the oilfield as a young man.  Later, he was a building contractor and a retired farmer/rancher.  He was also a caregiver, caring for many of his family members throughout the years.
 
Ray is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jo Karen Singleton Speck; his little precious dog, Heidi; two sons; David Ray and his wife Beverly, Danny and wife Sherry; one daughter, Carol Speck Judiscak and husband Joe; two step-daughters, Rhonda and Angie; 5 grandchildren; Elisha, Jeremy, Kyle, Adam and Ty; six great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Tom Singleton and wife Peggy; and a host of nieces and nephews.
 
Ray will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Marie Lusk Darr

Marie Lusk Darr, 90, of Knox City died peacefully on May 25, 2011.  Marie was born on January 13, 1921 in Eastland County and joined a family of 4 older sisters who were married and 2 older brothers and later 3 additional brothers were born.Times were very hard in those days so Marie learned a lesson of hard work at a very early age.  When she was 13, her mother died so she had to take on the role of homemaker and the care of her 3 younger brothers. By the time Marie was 16 she came to Knox County to visit one of her sisters and brother and was spotted by a young 23 year old named Dewey Darr. They hit it off right away and even tho each of them had said they would never marry, but 6 weeks later they were married in Rochester on November 6, 1937. And the love affair began that lasted 60 years until Dewey's death in 1998.It is almost impossible to speak about Marie's life without including Dewey.  Everything they did was done together as a team.

Early in their marriage Dewey and Marie moved to Gorman, Texas and opened a gas station and wrecking yard.  This was during World War II and with the young men all gone to war Marie worked side by side with Dewey repairing flats and delivering 55 gallon barrels of gasoline to their customers.

There were not a lot of women doing "men's work" in those days so she stood out not only because of her good looks but because of her hard work.  Around this time Dewey and Marie were joined by a daughter in 1946 named Pam. 

They owned various businesses together including a juke box route and running a portable skating rink where they traveled to over 200 towns throughout Texas. 

But in 1953 a tornado hit Knox City killing Dewey's dad and seriously injuring his mother so they moved back to Knox City to care for his ma. They began to farm the family land west of town and Dewey started pumping for several oil companies. 

In 1956 their family of 3 welcomed a son, Kent. Marie became a custom hay baler and worked for many farmers throughout the area.  There wasn't any farm equipment or machine that she wouldn't get on and drive. 

For Marie's 60th birthday, Dewey bought her an 18-wheeler tanker truck to haul salt water.  She always said it was the easiest job that Dewey had ever given her.  She and Dewey founded Rolling Plains Well Service in Knox City and when they began to grow older, Marie spent her time caring for her yard and home.Marie was a long time member of the Knox City Church of Christ and she considered all the church members as family.  She was also a 20 year member of the County Extension Club and a founding member of the Brazos Valley Quilt Guild. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dewey, four sisters, three brothers and a grandaughter, Erin Mongrain. She is survived by a daughter, Pam Mongrain and husband Rocky of Knox City; son Kent Darr and partner James Wilson of Ft. Worth; a brother, Cavin Lusk of Abilene; four grandchildren: Greg Donaldson and wife Vickey of Wichita Falls, Angela Carnley and husband Michael of Round Rock; Alan Donaldson and wife Kristi of Wichita Falls; Mandy Rippen of Poto, Oklahoma; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.The family will be receiving friends at the Darr  family home Friday evening, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., Church of Christ, Knox City with Jim Hatcher and Leon Burkham officiating under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.  Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery. For those desiring memorials, they may be made to the Knox City Church of Christ or a charity of you choice.

Sybil Simmons

Sybil Simmons, 92 died on Friday, May 13, 2011 in Vernon, Texas  Date and Place of Birth: July 17, 1918 – Gilliland, Texas, daughter of the late J. R. Spivey and Clara Bates Spivey
Married to William Hewitt Simmons on November 28, 1940 in Gilliland, Texas
 Date and Time of Funeral Service: Monday, May 16, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.                            
Place of Funeral Service: Gilliland Baptist Church - Gilliland, Texas
 Officiating:  Rev. Marq Brockett, pastor of the Gilliland Baptist Church of Gilliland, Texas
Assisted by: Rev. H. B. Graves of Knox City, Texas
Date and Place of Burial: Monday, May 16, 2011 – Truscott Cemetery – Truscott, Texas
Under the Direction Of: Womack-Manard Funeral Home– Crowell, Texas
Background: She was a lifetime resident of Gilliland, Texas, a graduate of Truscott High School, member of the Gilliland Baptist Church, and a retired teacher’s aide.
 Survived by: Son – Ronnie Simmons and wife, Sherri, of Crowell, Texas
 5 Grandchildren, 2 Great Granddaughter

Idalou Cato

Idalou Cato, age 80, of Vernon, Texas, went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2011.  Family visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 7:00-8:00 at Sullivan Funeral Home.   Funeral services will be April 21, 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Vernon with Dr. Ben Macklin and Rev. Ron Fox officiating.  Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery.

Mrs. Cato was born October 5, 1930, in Vernon, Texas, to the late Dow Jordan and  Ida Kyle  Waggoner.  She married Glenn Cato on Nov. 1, 1949.  A lifetime resident of Vernon, she graduated in the top five of her class from Vernon High School in 1948.  She worked alongside her husband in building a farm and ranch operation.   She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Charity Sunday School class.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Glenn Cato, and her four children, Travis and Diane Cato of Chillicothe, Teena and M.G. Garvin of Garland, Terry and Donita Cato of Vernon, and Twyla Mills of Garland.  Surviving grandchildren are Chris Cato, Kelly and Luis Hernandez, Brianna Baily, Kristi Garvin, Matthew and Jenny Garvin, Kelley and Tracy Cato, Steven and Dacia Cato, John and Amilia Cato, Shelley and Jason Streit, Kyle Mills, and Kendra and Travis Deans and eleven great grandchildren.   

She is also survived by siblings Dorothy Burton, Drucilla Edwards, and Dee Wayne Waggoner, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her siblings Lois  Gaston, Joe Waggoner, Faye Withers, Katherine White, Dow Waggoner, Jr., and Larry Waggoner.

Pallbearers are grandsons Kelley Cato, Chris Cato, Steven Cato, Matthew Garvin, John Cato, and Kyle Mills. Honorary pallbearers are Luis Hernandez, Jason Streit, and Travis Deans, husbands of the granddaughters Kelley Cato Hernandez, Shelley Cato Streit, Kendra Mills Deans, Kristi Garvin, and Brianna Baily.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Vernon, Texas


Lorene Cotton Grill

Lorene Cotton Grill, age 88, of Knox City, Texas, formerly of Seymour, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011 in Knox City.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the Seymour Catholic Cemetery with Deacon Jim Novak officiating. Services are under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grill was born January 18, 1923, in Star City, Arkansas. She married Dr. Ben F. Grill on May 25, 1941, in Texas City, Texas, and served as the office manager for his dental office in Seymour for many years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by one son, Benny Grill and wife, Belle of Benjamin, Texas; three daughters, Mary Kay Linn and husband, Mark of Austin, Texas, Patsy Gonzales of Knox City, Texas, and Elizabeth Grill and partner, Janie Miller of Houston, Texas; by her grandchildren, Matt Linn and wife, Kristin, Kate Grill Roesler and husband, Alex, Micah Linn and wife, Andi, Diahndra Grill, Nikki Gonzales, Kassidy Collins, Michael and John Alligood; and by her great-grandchildren, Sarah Linn, Sydney Linn, Ben Jacob Roesler, Joaquin Linn, Summer Roesler, and Sofia Linn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Ben Grill; a grandson, Nefro Gonzales, Jr.; six brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Family Requests donations be made in the memory of Lorene Grill to: Texas Dentists for Healthy Smiles, 1946 S. IH 35, Austin Texas 78704

Joe Edward Hackney was born on November 1944 in Knox City, Texas. He departed from this life on March 31, 011 at Medical Center of Plano following heart surgery. He was a member of the High Pointe Church of Christ He was a graduate of Collin College where he taught electronics and semi-conductor manufacturing for many years where he won several teaching awards during his tenure.

Joe was married to his wife Hazel for 41 years. They have lied in Irving, Baytown, Lufkin, Plano and Celina, Texas. In Baytown and Lufkin, Joe owned his own sporting goods business. He also had his own local TV show. All of his life, Joe was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by wife Hazel; one daughter, Marla and Nick Young; 2 granddaughters, Shelby and Lyric who were the delight of his life; one son, John; his father, Elwood Hackney; and his brother, Jim. He is also survived by brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a whole host of friends and students.

Don Railsback

Don Railsback was born May 7, 1930 in Goree, Texas to Charlie Wyatt and Edna Blanche (Trimble) Railsback. He attended schools in Knox and Baylor Counties. Don managed a service station before marrying Nelda Faye McGaughey, July 21, 1950 in Vera, Texas.

Don joined the Methodist Church shortly after marrying Faye and became active in the church, community, and Methodist Men. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

Don began working for M Systems Supermarkets in Seymour in July of 1952. He came to Knox City with his family in August of 1957 and was the meat market manager of the Knox City store. In January of 1981 he became store manager. Shortly after, he was named “Manager of the Year” by owner J.C. Pace and Company. Not long after receiving this honor, he was promoted to supervisor for the Knox City, Munday, Haskell, Seymour, Anson, Alpine and Sweetwater stores, where he served the remainder of his grocery store career. Don retired in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, Charles.

Don is survived by his wife, Faye, daughter Donna of Knox City, son and daughter-in-law Brent and Crystal of Dallas, son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Sandy of Knox City, granddaughter Katelyn of Vernon, Craig, Becky, and Hanna Weatherly of Bronte, John and Lisa Weatherly of Amarillo, Robert and Virginia Weatherly of Amarillo, 9 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren, sisters Louise Collier of Graham, Norma Ram of Waxahachie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11:00am, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, Knox City, with Rev. Tim Trimble and Rev. Ernie McGaughey officiating. A visitation will be held Monday evening from 6:00-7:00pm at the church. Services are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City.

Fernando Molina

Fernando Molina, 56, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Seymour.

     Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Albert Francis and Deacon Jim Novak, officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery in Olney, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

     A Christian Wake Service was held Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Deacon Jim Novak, officiating.

Fernando Molina was born September 7, 1954 in Edinburgh, Texas to Henry Molina, Sr. and Betty Severa Molina. He later moved to Olney in 1977. Fernando married Phyllis Casillas Marin on August 18, 2000 in Wichita Falls. They lived in Seymour where he worked as the General Manager at the KGET plant. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Molina.

     Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Molina of Seymour; his mother, Betty Molina of Olney; 2 sons, Fernando Molina, Jr. and Leslie Villa of Olney; and Joel Marin of Wichita Falls; 4 daughters, Rubi Molina of Seymour; Veronica Molina of Olney; Felicia Garcia and husband, Nick of Seymour; Leticia Perez and husband, David of Wichita Falls; 5 brothers, Penny Molina and wife Irma of Olney; Ricky Molina and Hope Espinosa of Academy; Homer Molina and wife, Kelly of Olney; David Molina of Wichita Falls; and Armondo Molina and wife, Sarah of Olney; 7 grand-children, Jayden; Avagene; Noah; Alanna; Joel; John and Marissa.


Patsy Ruth Lankford

Patsy Ruth Lankford, 78, passed away April 2, 2011 in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 10am at the Knox City Cemetery under the directon of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City.Patsy was born July 13, 1932 in Munday, Texas to Ezra Pryor and Effie Yeager.  She married Jackie Wayne Lankford December 24, 1952. 

She was retired from the Knox City Department of Human Resources where she worked as a secretary. 

She was a longtime resident of Knox City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and nephew Terry Hollar.

Patsy is survived by a daughter, Janet Kay Herzog of Wichita Falls; 2 sons, Michael Wayne Lankford of Round Mountain, and David Lynn Lankford of Knox City; 1 sister, Marjorie Hollar of Burleson; 5 grandchildren, Jill King of Wichita Falls, Emily Herzog of Wichita Falls, Douglas Pierce of Norfolk, VA, Audrey Lankford of San Angelo, Sondra Lankford of Lubbock; and 1 great grandson, Chaz King of Wichita Falls.

Memorials can be given to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Texas and the Wichita Falls Humane Society.

Joe Edward Hackney

Joe Edward Hackney was born on November 1944 in Knox City, Texas. He departed from this life on March 31, 011 at Medical Center of Plano following heart surgery. He was a member of the High Pointe Church of Christ He was a graduate of Collin College where he taught electronics and semi-conductor manufacturing for many years where he won several teaching awards during his tenure.

Joe was married to his wife Hazel for 41 years. They have lied in Irving, Baytown, Lufkin, Plano and Celina, Texas. In Baytown and Lufkin, Joe owned his own sporting goods business. He also had his own local TV show. All of his life, Joe was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by wife Hazel; one daughter, Marla and Nick Young; 2 granddaughters, Shelby and Lyric who were the delight of his life; one son, John; his father, Elwood Hackney; and his brother, Jim. He is also survived by brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a whole host of friends and students.

Lewis E. Lyles

Lewis E. Lyles, the son of Boy and Marie Lyles passed away March 24, 2011.  He was born on October 19, 1925 in Turkey, Texas and graduated from Morton High School in 1943. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benjamin. Lewis served in the United States avy from 1943 to 1946 on the USS Chester (San Diego, California).  In 1948, he married Betty Coats in Henrietta, and two children were born of this marriage, Judy and Mike.  He owned Lyles Construction Company with his brother from 1950 until he retired in 1976.  Upon retiring from the contruction company, he and Betty moved to Benjamin and pursued ranching at the Lyles Ranch in Knox County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boy and Marie Lyles; his brother E.J. Lyles; and sister Geraldine Woods and Dorothy Hutchison.

He is survived by his wife Betty of Benjamin, daughter Judy and husband John of Sherman; son Mike and wife Tammy of Benjamin.  He is also survived by his  grandchildren:  Sonya Robinson and Jessica of Raleigh, N.C., Susanne Brackeen and husband Monty ofGunter, Sarah Gonzalez and husband Leo of Austin, Stephanie Granberry and husband Brandon of  Prosper, Joy Lynn Pool and Kip of Lubbock, Tom Lyles of Benjamin, Jacy Collins and wife Jara of Munday, Tyler Collins of Lubbock, Cassandra Lyles of Benjamin,and 10 Great-Grandchildren.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Benjamin with Sue McCurley and Rev. Troy Culpepper officiating. 

Burial followed in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. 

A visitation was Friday evening from 6pm to 7pm at the funeral home in Knox City. Memorials may be made to Wichita Brazos Musuem:  PO Box 104, Benjamin, Texas 79505.

Betty June Weaver

Betty June Weaver, age 84, of Knox City, Texas, formerly of Mangum, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011, at Knox County Hospital, in Knox City, Texas. 

Mrs. Weaver was born on June 22, 1926, in Hannah, Oklahoma to Henry and Mary Jane (Sorrels) Harris. At an early age, the family moved to Southwest Oklahoma near the Gould area where they lived for several years. On May 24, 1945, she married the love of her life, William L. (Bud) Weaver and they were married sixty-one wonderful years before his death on January 31, 2007. After their marriage, they lived in Southwest Oklahoma, near Mangum, for many years. In 2004, they moved to Knox City, to be near their family. Betty was an excellent cook who prepared delicious food for her family, in cafes, day care and elder care centers most of her working life. 

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Dolly Schoolcraft; one son, Timmy Weaver, five brothers and five sisters, she is survived by three sons, Dale Weaver and wife LaWana of Smithville, Texas; Floyd Weaver and wife Darlene of Weatherford, Texas and Cecil Weaver and wife Tammy of Knox City, Texas; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Betty Weaver will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Greer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Callins officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum. 

The family will greet friends at Greer Funeral Home on Friday, March 25, 2011, from 6 until 7 p.m.

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



Pretrecia Ann Kinzer

Pretrecia Ann Kinzer, 68, of Grandfield, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home in Tillman County, Oklahoma.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Grandfield, with Dr. Tim Owens officiating.

Interment will be in the Grandfield Memorial Cemetery,  under the direction of Gray Funeral Home, Grandfield, Oklahoma.

Pretrecia was born June 26, 1942, in Knox City, Texas, to B. Blueford and Vivian Leona (Rankin) Hendrix. She grew up and attended Knox City School, graduating with the Class of 1960. She attended Bud Hall Beauty School in 1961. After graduating she was a beautician in Wichita Falls and in the Houston area. She married William Frank Kinzer on March 24, 1975 in Houston, Texas. She was employed by NCR in Wichita Falls, Texas from 1975 until 1981. Pretrecia was the Superintendent's secretary for Grandfield Public Schools from 1981 until 2007, and also the Grandfield School's Treasurer from 2007 until 2010. She gave her heart and soul to Grandfield School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grandfield, where she served as Nursery Director for more than 20 years. Pat was so proud of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, William Frank Kinzer, of the home; two sons, Kent William Kinzer and Kevin Frank Kinzer, both of Grandfield; two daughters, Kimberly Kay Colbert of El Reno, OK, and Kristy Kay Barnett, and husband, Marc, of Frederick, OK; one brother, John Hendrix and wife, Rose Ann Riggs of Truscott, TX; two sisters, La Docia Morris of Fort Worth, TX, and Francis Howell and husband, Jimmy, of Canyon Lake, TX; a sister-in-law, Sue Kinzer of Hillsborough,  NC; eight grandchildren, Kourtnee, Karrigan, Kinnedey and Kotton Kinzer; Kaspen and Kason Colbert; Kole and Kinzer Barnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, B. Blueford and Vivian Hendrix and her beloved sister, Leona Lanear Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. 3rd Street, Grandfield, OK 73546,  the Grandfield Public Library, 101 W. 2nd, Grandfield, OK 73546, or the Grandfield Ambulance Fund, PO Box 655, Grandfield, OK 73546.



Bernice Jerene  Rowan
O’Brien, Texas

Bernice Jerene Rowan, 94, of Henrietta, Texas and formerly of O’Brien, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 21, 2011. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the O’Brien First Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Cameron officiating and assisted by grandson in law, Rusty Oglesby.  Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford. The family will be receiving friends at the Smith Family Funeral Home in Knox City, Texas on Friday evening from 7 until 8 p.m.

Bernice was born October 14, 1916 in Haskell County to Ellis Herbert “Hub” and Clara (McWhorter) Tankersley. She was raised in the area and attended Cliff School.  She married Walter Milton Rowan on December 25, 1936 in Knox City, Texas. Bernice was a homemaker, a member of the O’Brien First Baptist Church and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include two sons, Lowell Rowan and wife Sue of Denton, Texas, Jerry Rowan and wife Margaret of Henrietta, Texas, one daughter, Debi Burson and husband Trey of Haskell, Texas, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers, Jack Tankersley, Jewel Tankersley, E. H. Tankersley Jr., and Lynn Tankersley, and one sister, Ruby Tankersley.
Serving as pallbearers will be C. H. Underwood, J. M. Emerson, David Albus, David Ellis, Paul Chambers, and E. G. “Mutt” Ivie.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the O’Brien Baptist Church, P. O. Box 88, O’Brien,Texas 79539.

Online condolences may be viewed at www.tankersleyfuneralhome.com or www.davisfuneralhome.net



Francisco (Frank) Puga Garcia

Francisco (Frank) Puga Garcia, 65, passed away March 8, 2011 in Knox City, Texas.  A Graveside service was held Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:30pm at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home, Knox City. Frank was born September 8, 1945 in Goliad, Texas to the late Pablo Garcia and Guadalupe Puga.  He served in the Army and worked in the oilfield.  He was a Knox City resident for 47 years and baptized Catholic.Surviving relatives include his children; Kathy Sosa of Abilene, Mellisa McClendon of Grandberry, Matthew Garcia of Knox City, and Christopher Garza of Munday; 3 sisters; Janie Garcia of Beeville, Imelda Rodriquez of Knox City, Irene Lankford of Knox City; 2 Brothers; Richard Garcia of O'Brien and Felix Garcia of Austin; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Pablo Garcia, Jr. and sister Yolanda Garcia.

ANSON-MICHAEL KEITH WILSON

ANSON-MICHAEL KEITH WILSON, 52, died Monday, March 7, 2011 in Austin, TX. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Bethel Baptist Church in Funston, TX with Lewis Turner officiating.  Internment at Bethel Cemetery will be at a later date directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home.                      
Born May 19, 1958, in Anson, TX, Michael was the son of George Ernest Wilson and Paula Geneva Baucum. He was a 1976 graduate of Knox City High School and married Cheryl Browning in June of 2000 in Austin, TX. Michael worked for AMD Spansion as a lab technician since 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal grandparents (Paul & Geneva Baucum).
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Wilson of Austin; seven sons, Brandan Wilson (and wife, Alecia) of Rockport, TX; Brent Wilson of Austin, TX;  Ben Wilson of  Tennessee Colony, TX; Nathan Wilson of Vernon, TX, Jimmy Counts  and Justin Pierce of Chico, TX, Jess Counts (and wife, Jessica of Spring Lake, NC;  two brothers, Jon Tabor of Albuquerque, NM and Brian Tabor (and wife, Deanna) of McKinney, TX; two grandsons, Dakota Counts and James Michael Counts; three granddaughters, Brayden Michael Wilson, Alyssa Christiana Wilson and Audrey Rose Counts.
Family visitation will be Saturday, March 12, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at Adams-Graham Funeral Home 732 Ave I – Anson, TX  
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Care Communities P.O. Box 16529 Austin, TX 78761 or Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. Suite 100 – Austin, TX 78759

Thomas "T.W." Barton

Thomas "T.W." Barton, 93, of Rochester, went to be with ihs Lord and Savior March 7, 2011. A Funeral Service will be 10:30am, Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Foursquare Church, Knox City. Burial will follow in the Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home. Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday in Knox City. A viewing was held in Rochester on Tuesday.
 
T.W. was born April 23, 1917 in Tarrant County, to the late T.M. Barton and Mary Ann Dowd Barton. On January 26, 1936, he married Vera Strickland, she preceded him in death January 4, 1975. He later married Modelle Manley-Ballard on April 18, 1980. He attended the Foursquare Church in Knox City. T.W. was a lifelong farmer. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Vera, brothers L.W. Barton, T.B. Barton, sisters Edith Greer, Addie Hawkins, and Lorena Vance.
 
T.W. is survived by his wife Modelle Barton of Rochester, daughter Sandra Chambers and husband Paul of Knox City, grandchildren Paula Carter and husband Tracy of Knox City, Kimberly Goodwin and husband Jesse of Troutman, NC, Kristi King and husband Chris of Knox City, Jodi Elizabeth Chambers of Cornelius, NC, great grandchildren Jordan Carter, Cassidy Carter, and Zachary Carter of Knox City, Austin King and Ethan King of Knox City, Luke Goodwin of Trouthman, NC, nieces nephews and a host of dear friends.

Elsie M. Lawson

Elsie Mae Lawson, 88, of Knox City died Thursday, February 24, 2011, one day after the death of her beloved husband of 59 years, Ken.  They were together in life, together in death, and will be forever together in life after death, always a blessing to us. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home of Knox City.
 
The daughter of Alvin T. Bromley and Mollie Wood Bromley, she was born August 2, 1922 in Whitney, Texas.  She grew up in Gilliland, Texas and married Ken Lawson on August 18, 1951.  Ken and Elsie along with Ken’s parents, Otto and Leota Lawson, owned and operated City Hardware for 41 years.  Elsie was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church.
 
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Allene Bromley and Elba McMahon, and a brother, Treat Bromley.
 
Survivors include sons James Eiland and wife Svetlana, Ken Lawson and wife Rachael, brother Ray Bromley and wife Dorothy, grandchildren Erik Eiland and wife Renee, Jamie Garlow and husband Richard, Sara Lawson and fiancée Seth Hart, and great grandchildren, Erika, Tristan, and Zachary Eiland, and Noah and Elliot Garlow.
 
Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 25, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Smith  Family Funeral Homes


Kenneth A. Lawson

 Kenneth A. Lawson, 85, of Knox City died Thursday, February 23, 2011, one day before the death of his beloved wife of 59 years, Elsie.  They were together in life, together in death, and will be forever together in life after death, always a blessing to us.
 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home of Knox City.
 
The son of Otto and Leota Lawson, he was born November 17, 1925 in Vernon, Texas.  He grew up in Knox City and served in the Navy during World War II.  He married Elsie Lawson on August 18, 1951.  Ken and Elsie along with Ken’s parents, Otto and Leota Lawson, owned and operated City Hardware for 41 years.  Ken was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church and the Knox City Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Ken was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Survivors include sons James Eiland and wife Svetlana, Ken Lawson and wife Rachael, grandchildren Erik Eiland and wife Renee, Jamie Garlow and husband Richard, Sara Lawson and fiancée Seth Hart, and great grandchildren, Erika, Tristan, and Zachary Eiland, and Noah and Elliot Garlow.

Fred Ray Pepper

When "Friendly" Fred Pepper shouted the word AFLAC!, he wasn't  talking about insurance. His friends and loved ones knew he was expressing his code word for "I Love You!". Fred Ray Pepper, of Knox City, TX, expressed his last AFLAC! on earth early Wednesday morning, February 16, 2011. He was ready to rest. Ready to "go home". Fred was born in his home May 3, 1934, in Clay County, TX, near the communities of Thornberry, Freiburg and Byers. He attended a one-room schoolhouse until he moved to Wichita Falls, TX. Fred worked dozens of years for SG Eddy's garage in Wichita Falls. After that he owned his own garage "Pepper's Garage" until he relocated. "Peppy's Automotive" was a full service station on the corner Hayes Street. Always greeting customers with his trademark friendly smile, Fred made sure his customers were treated with the best service. Fred loved playing the steel guitar. He always wanted to play and always worked at it. He knew one song, "The Steel Guitar Rag", and was rumored to play it as good if not better than Ms. Barbara Mandrell! Fred loved flying remote control airplanes and was a member of the Wichita Falls Red River RC Club. After retirement, Fred was a security night guard at the Texoma Christian Care Center in Wichita Falls. Before moving to Knox City, Fred was an active member of the Eden Hills Baptist Church where he took pride in being the treasurer and bookkeeper. Fred's greatest passion and hobby in life was doing something for someone else. Fred could often be found at Bud's Café in Knox City, TX at the appropriate "Pepper-Upper” times  of 10-2-4. He wasn't drinking Dr. Pepper, but sipping coffee with his local buddies. Fred was married to Esther "Bong-Bong" Pepper for 24 years. Fred was preceded in death by his parents W.C. Jack Pepper and Hersel Pepper, his brother Jerry Dell Pepper, his wife Esther "Bong-Bong" Pepper, and one granddaughter Kodi Renee´ Hill Degler. He is survived by his children Steve and Kay Pepper of Knox City, TX; Cynthia and Boyce Hill of Bowie, TX; Marvin and Angela Walls of Wichita Falls; Sanudra Thompson of Iowa Park;Glenda Day of Iowa Park; John and Tess Cole of Dallas; and Lela "Lady" Blair of Iowa Park; his brother Don and Peggy Pepper of Wichita Falls; sister Jackie and Don Dean of Wichita Falls; brother Joe and Donna Pepper of Amarillo; and brother Mickey and Darla Pepper of Midland. Fred had 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Family visitation was Friday, February 18, at 6 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, 210 Avenue A in Knox City. Services took place at O'Brien Baptist Church, O'Brien, TX, Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Brother Leon Burkham officiating.  Graveside services followed at 2:30 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls with Brother Bob Butterfield officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes in Knox City. Suggested memorials included the Bible Prison Ministry of O'Brien Baptist Church in O'Brien, TX.

Norma Lee Lowry

Norma Lee Lowry, 87, of Knox City, went to be with her lord, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at her home at Country Elegance in Stamford. A Funeral Service will be 2:00pm, Friday, February 18, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Haskell with Rev. Tom Long officiating. Burial will follow in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Haskell.
 
Norma was born December 8, 1923 in Chillicothe, Texas, the daughter of the late Homer Johnston and Lela (Brown) Johnston. On April 14, 1946, she married William Victor Lowry in Vernon, Texas, he preceded her in death December 8, 2005. While in Quanah, she worked at the bank and later retired from working as a bookkeeper for Judge Williams in Knox City. Norma was a 4-H leader in Jayton as well as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Knox City and was active in the Methodist Women's organization.

Norma Lee will be missed for her kind sweet spirit, her love of giving and doing for others.  She enjoyed being the wife of a Texas State Game Warden and cooking for all the game wardens in the district.  She said she felt blessed when she and Vic were stationed in Jayton and Knox City.  Norma’s greatest joy was living long enough to get to enjoy her grandchildren and Five great-grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 59 years William Victor Lowry, son William Michael “Mike” Lowry, grandson Heath Josselet, sister Ruby Fitzpatrick, and brother Cecil Johnston.
 
Norma is survived by daughter Vickie Josselet and husband Danny of Haskell, grandchildren Cody Josselet and wife Michele of Abilene, Ember Medford and husband Rodney of Haskell, great grandchildren Bethany, Allison and Dylan Josselet, Cutter and Harley Medford, brother-in-law Foster “Kayo” Fitzpatrick of Plano, several nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends.

Pallbearers are Danny Wainscott, Curtis Jones, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Cody Josselet, Rodney Medford, Danny Josselet, Jimmie Wilhelm, and W.O. Nanny.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Knox City, First United Methodist Church, Haskell, Noah's Project North, or a charity of choice.


Leonard C Waggoner, 93

 Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011 at Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Texas.  Memorial service will be held February 13, 2011 at 4 p.m. at Bell Avenue Church of Christ with Mr. Glen Walton officiating.  Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.
 
Leonard was born on June 29, 1917 to James Earl and Rose Etta Waggoner in Clyde, Texas.  He graduated from Abilene Christian University.  He was in the armed forces and served in WWII and the Korean War.  He was stationed in England during WWII as a Chaplin and during the Korean War he was a Chaplain at Fort Hood.  Leonard married Elizabeth Wilson in 1944.  He was a renowned Church of Christ minister throughout the state of Texas. He was a member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ.  He was instrumental in forming the Houston Christian Home for the Aged.
 
He is preceded in death by his wife, and parents and five brothers.
 
Survivors include daughter, Rosalyn Boatman and husband Joe of Boulder, Colorado; two sons, Don R Waggoner and wife Frances, of Houston and Jon R Waggoner of Dallas; brother, Carroll Waggoner and wife, Daisy of College Station, Texas; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and two great- great-grandchildren.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Ranch.


Jeanette Hawkins

Jeanette was born November 21, 1933 to Jay and Estelle Hawkins in Goodwater, Alabama. Shorly thereafter, the new family journeyed to West Texas and made Knox City their home. Jeanette attended school in Sunset and finished her high school years graduating from Knox City High School in 1952In 1966, Jeanette received her diploma from Glen and Lottie's School of Beauty in Abilene, Texas, and owned and operated a beauty salon in Abilene for a few years. Jeanette loved to travel, and had a special fondness for the mountains of Colorado. Jeanette spent the majority of her life caring for others. She was happiest taking  care of her home and family. She was an outstanding cook, probably because she never thought of it as a task, but as an act of love. She enjoyed cooking over a camp fire while on the many camp outs to Colorado and other outdoorsy places. She equally loved preparing large quantities of food, and it did not matter whether it was a challenging entre or a sugary dessert...it was always made with love and enjoyed by all. With her expertise of preparing large quantities of food, along with her love of cooking, Jeanette decided to become a cook at the Senior Citizens Center in Olney, Texas. Following that Jeanette moved to Wichita Falls Texas where she lived for the remainder of her life. Jeanette died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 following a brief illness. Jeanette is survived by her two daughters, Lynn and Merri, along with their children Bill, Lauren, Sarah and Luke. She is also survived by her son, Don Hawkins and his children, Lezlee, Kimberly and Travis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay and Estelle Hawkins, Her sister Betty Taylor, and her husband Shelby Stepp. Jeanette will be missed....but, we, her family, are happy to know she is experiencing true love, joy and infinite happiness in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Winifred Walker White

Winifred Walker White joined her Savior on January 21, 2011. Winifred was born August 5, 1924 in Knox City, Texas, the daughter of Finnice and Othella Myrick Walker. She graduated from Knox City High School
and received her bachelor’s degree from Hardin Simmons University. She married the love of her life, Sammy
B. White on December 28, 1947. They were married 63 years. After Sammy’s graduation from Texas A&M
University, Winifred and Sammy returned to Knox City and began a lifetime of farming.
 
Winifred was active in First Baptist Church in Knox City. She loved the Lord and loved sharing His word.
She was very active in WMU, teaching Girls in Action, Young Women’s Auxiliary and Vacation Bible School
for many years. She, also, taught Sunday School for multiple years from four year olds to adult women..
 
Winifred was active in Eastern Star and Texas Federation of Women’s Club. She served both of these clubs
for many years in many leadership roles. Winifred loved working with the many friends she made in these
organizations, from the communities in and around Knox City and many across the state of Texas.
 
 Winifred was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her life’s work was her family. Each of us was the
Light of her Life, and how she loved us and how we loved her! MeMa made life fun, she taught us how to
live life and live a life for the Lord. We are eternally grateful for such a loving force in our lives.
 
Besides her parents, Winifred was preceded in death by her grandson, Ross Baker.
 
 She is survived by her husband Sammy B. of Knox City, daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ron White of
Graham; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Bobby Baker of Weatherford; son and daughter-in-law, Sam Jr.
and Renee White of Georgetown. Five grandchildren survive; Chris and Matt White of Dallas, Whitney Baker
of Dallas and Samantha and Meredith White of Georgetown. She is, also, survived by two sisters, Olene Seitz
of Dalhart, Texas and Jean Turnbow of Haskell. Several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends
 
A Funeral Service will be held 1:00pm, Monday, January 24, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, Knox City. Burial will follow in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City. A visitation will be Sunday from 3-4pm at the funeral home.


John E. Hayley

John E. Hayley passed away January 19, 2011 in Baird, Texas. Born in Seymour, Texas on June 30, 1936, John was the son of Catherine Gore and John R. Hayley.  On June 23, 1959 he married Daisy Coleman.John was a sergeant in the army in the 2nd armored division and was stationed in Germany during the Korean war era.  He was a retired truck driver and carpenter.  He loved to fish and hunt and was a member at the First Baptist Church, Rochester. John is survived by his wife Daisy Hayley, sons John Ed Hayley, Jr and his wife Kyle of Benbrook and Wesley Don Hayley and wife Melinda of Santo, daughters Jerrie Klenk and husband Randal of Richardson, brothers Glenn Hayley of Rochester and Jerry DonHayley of Clear Lake City, sisters Peggy Massie and husband Kenneth of Mineral Wells, and Sylvia Patterson of Ft. Worth, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 22, at First Baptist Church in Rochester with Rev. Joseph Barrett officiating.  Interment will follow at 3:30 at the Masonic Cemetery, Seymour.


Rena Tankersley

Rena Tankersley of Waco, passed in to the arms of her Savior on January 17, 2011.? She was born in Knox City on October 27, 1922, grew up on a farm in Haskell County and graduated from high school in Weinert.She spent most of her life in Knox City and was a member of First Baptist Church.? In recent years, she lived in a retirement home in Waco.She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mildred Tankersley, and her brothers; Floyd, Loyd, and Hershel.? She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Jack Fisher of Knox City.She is survived by her son in Waco, Jackie Fisher, his wife Vivian, grandsons Ryan and Jason, and a great-granddaughter Lexie.? She is also survived by her son in Dallas, Danny Fisher, his wife Linda, granddaughter Deanna, great-grandson Colby, andgreat-granddaughter Linley.A graveside service will be at 1pm, January 19, 2011 at the Knox City cemetery with Rev. Barry Camp and Don Hawkins officiating under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes, Knox City, Texas.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Knox City.

Mary Lou Noller

Mary Lou Noller, 72, of The Villages in Lady Lake FL passed on Nov 30,2010. She is survived by 2 daughters Terry Gray of Temperance, MI and Patty Mossburg of Knox City, TX; 5 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. 2 Brothers,James Noller of Tiffin OH, and Donald Noller of Leesburg, Memorial Service to be held at St Mary's Church in Belleview FL, Sat Dec. 11, at 10:00 a.m.  Condolences can be sent to Patty Mossburg & Family, PO Box 253, Knox City, Texas 79529.


Victor Del Torro Vasquez

Victor Del Torro Vasquez, Jr., 61 of El Campo, died on November 14, 2010.  He was born on June 15, 1949 in Derby Tx. To the late Corina Del Torro Vasquez and Victor Vasquez, Sr. He was self employed. He is survived by his father Victor Vasquez, Sr. of Knox City, wife Raquel Vasquez of El Campo, sons Dennis Wayne Vasquez and wife Joyce of Grand Prairie, Victor Vasquez, III and wife Maria of Arlington, Roman David Vasquez of El Campo, daughter Wendy Kayla Vasquez Arrambide and husband Marc of El Campo, 12 grandchildren, sisters Sylvia Espinosa and husband Johnny of Knox City, Mary Aguirre and husband Raymond of Abilene, Norma Jones and husband Alex of Wylie, brothers Joe Vasquez of Fort Worth, BobbyVasquez and wife Melissa of El Campo, Ricky Vasquez and wife Diane of Knox City, Ruben Vasquez and wife Mary of Knox City and Jamie Vasquez and wife Faby of Knox City. He was preceded in death by his mother. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am on Friday, November 19, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland.  Burial will follow at the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City. A Rosary will be recited at 7pm at Mansell Smith Funeral Home in Knox City on Thursday. Pallbearers are Victor Vasquez, III, Roman Vasquez, Gilbert Vela, Jr., Ray Perez, Daniel Garcia and Marc Arrambide Memorials in memory of Victor Vasquez, Jr. may be made to Houston Hospice- El Campo.


Mr. Jackie H. Young

Mr. Jackie H. Young, 78, passed away November 4, 2010 at his home in Benjamin.  
Jackie was born in Truscott and moved to Benjamin with his late parents, Wayne and Carmen (Adcock) Young in 1945.
 
He attended Benjamin schools and married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Mary Jane Melton on December 12, 1953.
 
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1952 and was aboard a destroyer for 2 years. He returned to Benjamin in 1956 where he and his father operated Young's Barber Shop in Knox City. In 1962 he was employed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a game warden. During this service the Youngs lived in El Paso, Crowell, Haskell and Lubbock. He was Lieutenant Game Warden in Lubbock.
 
Upon his retirement, Jackie and Mary Jane returned to Benjamin where he enjoyed many volunteer hours serving on the city council, museum board, Knox County historical commission, cemetery board and Benjamin Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Benjamin Christian Church and attends the First United Methodist Church.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne Young, Jr., Sisters Dorothy West and Pat Benson.
 
Survivors include his wife Mary Jane Young of Benjamin, son Jackie Young, Jr. and wife Cindy of Round Rock, daughter Debbie Niell and husband Barry of Boca Raton, FL, sister Billie Faye Cummings of Henderson, brothers F.L. (Dutch) and Imajean Young of Benjamin, Butch and Letha Young of Ft. Worth, grandsons Dustin Collins and Trevor Niell of Boca Raton, Fl, great grandchildren Colin Niell, Krista Niell, Payton Collins all of Boca Raton, Fl, several nices, nephews and a host of dear friends.
 
A Funeral Service will be held 2:00pm, Monday, November 8, 2010 at Benjamin Memorial Building with Rev. Tim Trimble, Dr. Troy Culpepper and Dennis Duke officiating. Burial will follow in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City. A visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00pm, Sunday at the funeral home in Knox City.
 
The family requests that memorials be made to Wichita Brazos Musem, Box 104, Benjamin, Texas  79505 or the First United Methodis


Mary Alice Doley

Mary Alice Doley, 74, of Abilene went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2010. The viewing will be from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian Texas. There will be a private burial on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Mary was born in Iredall, Texas on August 17, 1936 to Clyde C. and Nettie Phillips. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was married to Curtis Baxter in 1954 who preceded her in death in 1968. She remarried to John Duley of Andrews, Texas in 1980 who also preceded her in death in 2003.
Mary graduated from Meridian High School in 1954. She worked for Kirby West in Andrews, Texas for 25 years and retired as Human Resources Director. Mary loved cooking, gardening, camping, and fishing with her grandkids and family.She was involved with many charities and Church organizations over the years. Mary was a devout Christian and often said she loved her Bible and felt comfort in knowing she was saved by God’s loving grace. She was preceded in death by her daughter Holly, her parents, her brother, Conrad. She is survived by her sister, Norma, of Lovington NM; four sons, Mark and Audrey of Tuscola Texas, Matt and his wife, Estella, of Knox City, Texas. Sam and his wife Dina of West Columbia, Texas and Clyde and his wife, Heather, of Minneapolis. Minnesota. Thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She had numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Mary had requested donations be made to Northern Oaks Nursing Home/ Staff Christmas fund or the charity of your choice
Sign the guest register book at www. Lawsonfuneralhome.net.
Lawson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Pack

Memorial services for Gary Pack, 58, of Liberty City are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2010 at First Christian Church with Rev. Bill Blanks officiating. Mr. Pack passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Tyler.
Mr. Pack was born March 6, 1952 in Knox City, Texas. He worked for Plains America as a Transport Driver and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Pack will be missed by all of his loving family and friends he leaves behind. He is preceded in death by his father, William Earnest Pack. Mr. Pack is survived by wife of 37 years, Linda Pack of Liberty City; son, Gary Pack of Kerrville, Texas; daughter, Crystal Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada; and daughter and son-in-law, Amber and John Browning of Lindale; mother, Lela Mae Pack of Knox City, Texas; brothers, Don Pack of Houston and Randy Pack of Odessa; grandchildren, Christian Bell, Jayden Bell, Trenton Bell, Aaron Browning and Carter Pack.

George Martinez Espinosa

Corpus Christi, Texas- George Martinez Espinosa, 44, went to be with our Lord on Monday, October 4 2010. He was born on April 25, 1966 in Knox City Texas to Pete and Tomasa Martinez Espinosa. He was a store manager for Times Market and will be missed by all of his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Adelmira Gaitan Espinosa, his son George Nicolas Espinosa of Corpus Christi, Texas,; his parents, Pete and Tomasa Espinosa;  his brother Teddy (Melissa) Espinosa of Knox City. He will me missed by numerous other relatives and friends.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.  on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Primera Internment Baulista in Edroy, Texas. Internment will follow at Edroy Cemetary.
Pallbearers will be Henry Longoria, Joe Salinas, Raul Gaitan, Zachary Bulger, Arturo Martinez, Antonio Martinez. Honorary will be Leonel O’Balle and Gabriel Longoria. A special thanks to Mr. Leonel O’Balle and all the staff at Fresenius Dialysis and H-E-B Pharmacy.

H.D. "Derrell" Hord

H.D. "Derrell" Hord, age 92, of Truscott, TX, died Saturday, October 2, 2010, in Truscott, TX.
Graveside serves will be held October 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Truscott Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Mark Brockett. Interment under the direction of Womack - Manard Funeral Home, Crowell, TX.  

H.D. was born March 15, 1918 in Eastland County, TX.
He was the son of the late W.M. Hord and the late Vera Stella Traweek Hord. He married Vula Campbell on February 25, 1939 in Truscott, TX. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2004. He was a framer & rancher. He was of Baptist.

He is survived by
Two Sons:
Jimmy Hord, Truscott, TX.
Randell  Hord, Truscott, TX

One Brother:
Marion Hord, Vernon, TX

Two Grand Children
Five Great-Grand Children

Preceded in death by grandson Tracy Hord July 18, 1986.

Memorials can be made to favorite charity.

Karen Beth (K.B.) Guerry, 67

Karen Beth (K.B.) Guerry, 67, of Plano, TX received her “Tee Time” with the Lord on September 27, 2010.
 
Karen Beth, or as she was more affectionately known, K.B., was born on May 19, 1943 in Sundown, Texas to the parents of C.O. and Mary Ellen Guerry.  She was one of three children of that union; the other two being brothers, C.M. Guerry and Phil Guerry.  She recognized Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in April 1955 at the age of 12 in the First Methodist Church of Denver City, Texas.
 
She began her education in the first grade at Levelland, Texas, and fondly regarded that year as her “first year of teaching” due to the fact that her teacher put her in charge of the “Blackbird Reading Group.”  She completed her early years of schooling in Denver City, Texas, finishing high school as a junior, and at age 17, entered West Texas State University from which she earned a B.S. degree in 1964.
 
K.B. married Jerry Cox on July 4, 1964.  She began her formal teaching career in 1965 as a second grade teacher for Archer City Independent School District.  In 1967, Jerry was transferred to Great Bend, Kansas and K.B. too a third grade teaching position with that school district.
 
In October of that year, to their great joy, Jerry and K.B. learned that she was expecting a baby.  That baby was a boy and because K.B. was such a staunch, died-in-the-wool Texan, she insisted on naming him Tex since he was born in Kansas instead of Texas.  Tex Cox was born on May 3, 1968 and from that moment on, a loving bond was created between Mother and son that could not be broken.
 
In March 3, 1972, Kasey Beth Cox was born much to the delight of K.B.’s entire family.  This little curly-haired girl completed the Cox Family and was a true gift to K.B. who had been told she could not have a second child.  Again, a loving bond was created….this time between Mother and daughter that could not be broken.  Kasey Beth was to have the initials of her mother’s name and, within family, became Lil’ K.B. at an early age and later K.B. II.
 
K.B. resumed her teaching career with Seminole Independent School District and taught for this district for 17 years.  In 1985, K.B. and Jerry were divorced, she lost her parents in 1989 within 75 days of one another and upon Kasey Beth’s graduation from high school, K.B. and Kasey Beth moved to Odessa, Texas.
 
K.B. was employed by Ector County Independent School District in 1990 and taught for ECISD for 8 years, became a Curriculum Enrichment Specialist for the district for 2 years, and then moved to Plano, Texas.  She taught for Allen ISD for four years and retired in 2004 with a total of 35 years of teaching.
 
In 1995, Tex married Melesha Eldridge or Boo, as K.B. called her and 2 years later, in 1997, Kinslee Beth, K.B. III was born.  In 1999, Hailee Morgan was born to the little family.  In 2003, GranGoobies (as she was known to her grandchildren) received a surprise with her first grandson Corban Jerry; and in 2008, the Tex Cox family was completed with the arrival of her second grandson, Coltan Guerry.
 
In those 35 years of teaching, K.B. was honored in many ways:  she was named: Teacher of the Year for Blackshear Elementary, Teacher of the Year for Alamo Elementary, Teacher of the Year for Ector County Independent School District, and Teacher of the Year for Bolin Elementary.  She continued to be nominated for Teacher of the Year right up to retirement. K.B. was also named to Who’s Who of America’s Teachers twice and nominated for Disney’s Teacher of the Year four times, as well as nominated for HEB Teacher of the Year.
 
K.B. always wanted this to be written on her tombstone: “Those Who Knew Her Best, Loved Her Most”.
 
Surviving family include son Tex Cox and his wife Melesha of Knox City, Texas; daughter Kasey Beth Cox of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, two brothers, Phil Steven Guerry of Dallas, Texas and Connie Max Guerry of Midland, Texas, and Staci Clemmer of Plano, Texas.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Friday, October 1, 2010, at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel in Lubbock with Tex Cox and Kasey Beth Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. Please join us in celebrating K.B.’s life by visiting her memorial at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Tex Cox Ministries, P.O. Box 339, Knox City, Texas 79529.

Joe Murray Clonts

Joe Murray Clonts, age 82, passed away September 14, 2010. Born September 1, 1928, Joe Murray lived most of his life in Knox City, Texas, devoting himself to his loving wife and children. One week after the tornado struck Knox City, he married Margie Lowrey on March 20, 1953, and enjoyed 55 wonderful years of marriage.
Nicknamed “Mr. Methodist,” he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. The church called on him for tasks great and small from chairing the Administrative Board to teaching Sunday School; serving on the Finance Committee or capturing an errant bat in the building. Joe was Knox City’s resident “Pie Man,” providing buttermilk and pecan pies for church dinners, families in need and prison ministry.
An Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, and Silver Beaver Award recipient, his Boy Scout involvement provided him principles he followed throughout his life. Active in his community, Joe was a longtime member of the Freemasons and the Lions Club. He served for many years as the President of the North Central Municipal Water Authority.
A 1949 engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, he proudly wore his smooth Aggie ring. After graduation, he continued his fathers business- Clonts Hardware and Furniture- until his retirement in 1990. His popularity as a gunsmith brought people from all over the Big Country to the store. After his retirement, he delivered mail for Knox City.
He loved his wife Margie and his children Diane and Mark and their families, his truck, and his dog, Luke. Joe is preceded in death by his loving wife, Margie, his parents, Eugene and Dovie Clonts, and his sister, Doris Elaine Clonts Gunn. He is survived by his daughter and spouse, Diane and Burton Balch of Katy, Texas; his son and spouse, Mark and Lillian Clonts of Dripping Springs, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Pat Clonts; his grandson and spouse William and Kristen Balch; grandson Martin Balch; sister-in-law Wynell Wadzeck; brothers-in-law and sisters –in law Buster and Dottie Lowry, Sammy and June Tankersley, Charles and Faye Reed; along with many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family received relatives and friends from 5 to 6 at Smith Funeral Home in Knox City, Thursday evening. A funeral service was held Firday, September 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers , memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Knox City, Texas at Box 575, Knox City.

William Jesse Cerveny

Funeral service for MSG (Ret) William Jesse Cerveny, 96, Lawton was held 1:30 p.m. September 11, 2010.Sergeant Cerveny died September 9 , 2010.
Burial with full military honors was at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Sergeant Cerveny was born July 24, 1914 in Vontress, Texas to Joseph and Minnie (Coufal) Cerveny. He joined the Army in 1936 and served for twenty four years.  He was stationed in the Marianas Islands at the close of World War II, and served in the Korean Conflict. Because of his expertise he spent most of his military career as the chief Gunnery Instructor at Fort Sill, where he instructed all ranks from highest to lowest.  He was extremely proud of his Czech heritage.  He loved to listen to Czech music.  William was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Lawton Heights United Methodist Church.  He married Emma Lee Richter in Lawton on November 19, 1941.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four children and spouses, Tony and Lynn Cerveny of Georgetown, Texas, Melvin Cerveny of Lawton, Nancy Cerveny Zinno and Anthony of Lawton, and Lynda Cerveny McFerren and David of Norman; four grandchildren, Jesse and wife Miquela Yoder, Stephanie Yoder, Mitchell McFerren and Taylor McFerren; two great grandchildren, Jeslyn Yoder and Champ Yoder; a step great grandson, Adonis Anderson; a sister, Lillian Hicks of Rochester, Texas; a sister in law, Julie Cerveny of Vernon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a dear family friend, Pauline Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leonard and Bert Cerveny, and a sister, Rosie Reidenbach.
Memorial contributions may be made to the veteran’s association of the donor’s choice.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com

John Averitt

John Averitt, former Knox County resident, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 63 on September 5 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.John was born on December 14, 1946 in Knox City, TX to Richard Gerald and Ruth (Harrell) Averitt. He graduated from Knox City High Scholl in 1965. He attended college briefly before joining the Navy. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War.
John considered himself to be a jack-of-all-trades. He loved to rodeo in his younger days. He spent many years in the oil field, both off-shore and on. He was Bexar County deputy sheriff for nearly 10 years. He owned and operated a variety of businesses before he retired. After retirement, he spent much of his time recording and editing home movies to share on Youtube and blogging as “mejicojohn” on Xanga, where he had friends all over the world. He was a member of the Villa Hidalgo chapter of the Manosos Riders motorcycle club.
John will be remembered for his sense of humor and his easy-going, fun loving nature as well as his generosity- he opened up his home to many people in need over the years and was always quick to offer anything he had. He was a devoted father and loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother, Ruth, a stepson, Alan Prado; and sister-in-law, Nellie Averitt.
John is survived by his father and step mother, Gerald and Tomi May Averitt of Rule; wife, Irma of Nuevo Loredo, Meico; daughters, Paula Haynie and her husband, Jay; Rhonda Molina and her husband, Joseph, all of Munday; daughter, Lisa torres and her husband, Andres, sons, John Averitt and William Averitt; step daughter, Karla Gonzalez; and Stepson, Beto Prado all of Mexico; a brother, Richard Averitt of Amarillo; and a sister colleen Fisk and her husband, Dan of Borger, eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends and acquaintances who will miss him very much.
Funeral Services took place in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on Sunday, September 6, 2010. Plans for a memorial service to be held locally have not been finalized.



Grady Elmer Murry 


  Grady Elmer Murry peacefully passed into the loving arms of his Savior and Lord on July 23, 2010 surrounded by his family.

    Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, July 26, 2010, in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Plainview, with Dr. Travis Hart officiating.  Burial will be Monday afternoon in OBrien Cemetery under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview.


Sammy L. Grindstaff


    Sammy L. Grindstaff, 70, who had lived in Haskell and Knox County through all his life, passed away in this same place, Knox City.  He farmed the land that he loved. Graveside services are 11:00 am, Friday at O'Brien Cemetery with Rev. Paul Chambers officiating, under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home. Sammy was the son of John L. and Gladys Grindstaff.  He had graduated from O'Brien Carney High School in 1957.  Esther Saenz and Sammy were married in 1964.  He had also been general manager of O’Brien Co-Op Gin.  Sammy served as mgr. and president of Knox City Country Club.  He was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Esther, of the home, three sons; Sammy Jr. and Melanie of Rule, TX., Danny of Knox City, Johnny and Christina of Lubbock, three daughters; Sherry Harper and Ed of Ft. Worth, Kandy D. Hickerson and Ed of Abilene, Tx., Jennifer Grindstaff of Knox City; one brother; John L. Jr. and Peggy of Knox City, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


  Raymond "Rex" Bohannan  


 Raymond "Rex" Bohannan, 58, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010 evening.  A graveside service will be 10:00am, Monday, June 21, 2010 in Benjamin Cemetery with Rev. Tim Trimble officiating under the direction of Mansell-Smith funeral Home, Knox City.Visitation will be on Sunday evening from 6 to 7 pm at the funeral home in Knox City.Survivors include his wife, Leticia of the home; two brothers: Roger and wife Betty Bohannon of Benjamin, Sammy Bohannon of Arizona and several nieces and nephews.


Mr. Ed Pharr


    Mr. Ed Pharr, 76, of Knox City passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Celebration services will be at 1 pm, Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Foursquare Church with Bro. Gary Schnable and Bro. Paul Chambers officiating. Arrangements made by Mansell Smith Funeral Home.

    Ed was born on January 24, 1934 in Brownwood, TX to the late Weldon and Oleta Pharr. He recieved his B.B.A. from Hardin-Simmons University. Ed married Melba Hutchinson in Knox City on October 23, 1955. He was district supervisor for Kelly Moore Paint for 25 years. Two of his greatest joys were his grandchildren and his dogs which always were his passengers.

   He was a member of the Foursquare Church.

   Survivors include his wife Melba of the home; two sons A.J. Pharr and wife Dana of Lubbock and Weldon C. Pharr and wife Elaine of Irving; two sisters Kathryn Belt and Danny Compton of Knox City and Betty Ray and Allen Ray of Austin; four grandchildren Patrick W. Abbott, Jennifer Abbott Sharp, Shelby L. Pharr and Joshua C. Pharr and one great grandson.

   The family asks that memorials be made to the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, Knox City, Texas, 79521.


Mary Ann Ryser Boone


     Mary Ann Ryser Boone, 75, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City with Rev. Tim Trimble officiating. Burial will follow in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Mansell Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.

     Mary Ann was born September 11, 1934 in Honey Grove, Texas to W.R. and Francis Ryser. Mary Ann was the oldest of seven children. She graduated valedictorian from Honey Grove High School. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Knox City.

     Mary Ann married the late Joe Boone on November 28, 1953 and raised five children. At the age of 50, she went back to college and became an RN. Mary Ann wrangled children, horses, cattle, and she showed us all how to live, worship and love.

     Mary Ann was strong willed and her greatest concern was for others. She worked for Jordan Health Services until she went into the hospital.

     Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, brother Charles, and husband Joe.

     She is survived by her brother Wayne Ryser, sisters Laverne Kirkpatrick, Jane Peters, Elaine Hughes, and Donna Ryser, sons Brett Boone and wife Melinda of Ft. Worth, TX, Kelley and Stacia Boone of Vernon, TX, daughters Lisa Cockerell of Weatherford, TX,Kris Boone of Manhattan, KS, Leah Tsoodle and husband Rodney of Clay Center, KS, 10 grandchildren, 1 and a half great grandchildren, and a host of dear friends.

Viola Louise Carlson

Mrs. Viola Louise Carlson, 81, of Knox City passed away Saturday night. Funeral services are Tuesday at Foursquare Church; Burial in Brady, Texas, arrangements by Mansell Smith Funeral Home.

She was married to Marvin C. Carlson and had live the past 29 years in Knox County. She was a member of the Foursquare Church.

They have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Bobbie Marshall


    Services for Bobbie Marshall, 75, will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Hale Center with Dr, Carrol Green and Rev. Jimmy Cameron officiating. Burial will follow in the Hale Center Cemetery under the direction of Abell Funeral Home and Flower Shop.

      She died at her residence on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

      She was born December 28, 1934 in Knox City, Texas to Elmo and Pauline Brown Stephens.  She graduated as salutatorian from Carney High School in O'Brien, Texas. She married Carl Marshall on July 25, 1952 in O'Brien and moved to Hale Center in November of 1952. She owned  and operated The Flower Basket in Hale Center for 29 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church since 1953 where she taught Sunday School and participated in the youth programs. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Lemon Chapter 38 and was worthy Matron and Distict Deputy Worthy Grand Matron. She was very active in the 4-H program serving as an adult leader in Hale County for 32 years.

      She is survived by her husband Carl Marshall of Hale Center; daughter, Melody & Kenny Campbell of Hale Center, grandson, Jason & Amanda Campbell and granddaughter, Michelle & Trapper Burrus, her second mother Janoma Stephens of O'Brien, TX and 4 great grandchildren.

      She is preceded in death by her son, Carl Stephen Marshall, her father and mother, Elmo and Pauline Stephens, a brother Elmo Stephens, Jr and a niece Suzanne Stephens.

      The family will have visitation at the funeral home from 6:00 - 7:30 pm Tuesday evening.

James "Allen" McGaughey

 

Allen McGaughey, age 80, of Knox City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Knox County Hospital.

 

Services will be held Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:30 am, at the First United Methodist Church in Knox City with Rev. Tim Trimble officiating. Burial will follow in the Vera Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Mansell Smith Funeral Home, KnoxCity.

 

Allen was born August 15, 1929 in Vera, TX to Arthur and Esther McGaughey. He married Peggy Lou Milligan on August 27, 1949 in Seymour, TX. Allen and Peggy recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Allen farmed in Knox County for over 65 years.He served his community as a member of the Knox City- O'Brien school board for many years. He was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Knox City serving in many capacities.

 

Allen was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was honorable and hard working, always helping others in need. His love for children was evident in the relationships he had with his children and grandchildren.

 

Allen was preceded in death by an infant sister and parents.

 

Survivors include his wife Peggy of the home, daughters, Lou Ann and Tom Winegar of Borger, and Sarah and Jeff Harbaugh of Keller. Sons, David and Beverly McGaughey of Munday, and Mark McGaughey of Knox City. Sisters, Edith and Harold Beck of Vera, Fayeand Don Railsback of Knox City, and Carol and Larry Dan Gore of Iowa Park, one brother, Rev. Ernest and Marianna McGaughey of Tulia. He was also survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren and a special aunt, Loys Welch, of Seymour.

 

If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 575, Knox City, Texas 79529.

Ruby “Naomi” Andress

    Ruby “Naomi” Andress, age 92, went to her Lord on March 25, 2010. She was born in Haskell, Texas on May 13, 1917 to Rueben and Olien Buford Lackey. She grew up in Haskell enjoying her family of sisters and cousins. On Dec. 3, 1932, she married JT Andress, her best friends brother. Together they had three children: Billie Somerville (Dave deceased) of Globe, Ariz; Ron (Ruth) of Chino Valley Ariz., and Gary (LaVerna) of Globe, Ariz. In 1940 they moved to Miami Ariz. Where JT found work with the mines and they raised their family. In 1945, Naomi and JT joined a group that had a vision of establishing a southern Baptist church in the area and became charter members of Trinity Baptist Church. Naomi was active in church activities- teaching Sunday school, supporting youth and mission activities, doing whatever needed to be done and, most importantly, adding by her Christian example. In 1959, the closing of Miami Copper Mine forced them to move to Grants, NM where JT found work. They were able to move back to the area and their home church when, in 1965, they established the Burger Box in Lower Miami across from George Washington School. Naomi ran the Burger Box, cooking her renowned hamburgers until 1979. Naomi loved to go on picnics, fishing and camping. She eagerly awaited and planned for the annual family two week camping trip to the White Mountains. The Rusty Nail, as the campsite came to be known, was where family and friends- sometimes as many as 40 plus, gathered for good fun and great food. She was a wonderful cook and her cobblers and biscuits and gravy were treats in store for campers. She loved having her family around her- playing card and board games, sharing stories, games and songs around the campfire and participating in talent show nights. Everyone knew grandma was hard to beat at Rummy. She enjoyed crocheting, especially afghans for her family, and working word puzzles. For 65 years she remained a faithful member and contributor to Trinity Baptist Church, regularly attending Sunday School and church until her death. She was a good and lifelong friend to many, offering her counsel and sharing her ability to enjoy life. She was an inspiration and a role model for friends and family alike. She dearly loved her family and family holidays and celebrations, having just attended her great-great granddaughters costume birthday party before the end of February. Mom, Mother, Grandma, Nana, GiGi will be greatly missed by her daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

She also leaves two sisters, Frieda Fly of Rochester, Texas and Juanita Grimes of Weinert, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years JT Andress, sisters, Willie Andress and Alta Faye Davis of Haskell, Texas; sister-in-law and friend, Lola Faye Wisler. Memorials may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM)- Schwenk in care of the Trinity Baptist Church, PO Box 2733, Globe, Ariz. 85502.

Visitation and funeral services were held March 30 at Trinity Baptist Church in Globe. Internment is at Globe Cemetery.


Kenneth O. Burt


    Kenneth O. Burt, 79, of Knox City passed away early Monday morning. Graveside services will be at 2 pm, Wednesday in Knox City Cemetery with Billy Bob Reynolds, Sequoyah Reynolds and Bro. Gary Schnable officiating. Arrangements by Mansell Smith FuneralHome. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

     Kenneth was born on August 2, 1930 in San Angelo, TX to the late Clarence L and Velma Burt. He married Louise Adams on December 22, 1954. He was self employed as a carpenter and concrete contractor.Kenneth served in the US Army during the Korean War.He was a member of the Foursquare Church in Knox City.

     Survivors include his son Kenny Burt of Knox City; three daughters Marylon Stewart of Nashville, Tenn., Debbie Merrill of Clinton, Ark. and Melinda Wilson of Haskell; eight brothers Leonard of Baytown, Jimmy of Knox City, Danny of Burkburnett, Donnie of Snyder, Charles of Ralls, Harvey of Dallas and Gary of Snyder; one sister Helen Parker of Austin; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

     Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one grandson.


Mrs. Pearce H. Manning


    Mrs. Pearce H. Manning, 58, of Knox City, passed away Tuesday in a Wichita Falls hospital. Funeral services will be 2 pm, Thursday, April 1, at the First Baptist Church in Knox City with Rev. Gayle Baucum officiating. Burial will follow in O'Brien Cemetery under the direction of Mansell Smith Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Manning was born on October 3, 1951 in Hamlin, to the late Prentice and Juanita Holland. She graduated from school at Sillsbee High School. She married James Manning in 1972 in Knox City. The love of her life was her five granddaughters and she attended every activity they were part of.

    Mrs. Manning was a member of the Foursquare Church.

    Survivors include her husband James, of the home; a son Cody Manning and wife Brandi of Knox City; a daughter Christie     Greenwood and husband Eric of Holiday; two brothers Butch Holland of Houston and John Holland of Hamlin and five grandchildren Shailee, Abby, Ainsley, Cydnie Manning and Camryn Greenwood.


Jean Healy


    Mrs. Jean Healy, 79, of Knox City (formerly of Grand Rapids, Michigan) passed away Friday in the nursing home in Knox City

    Mrs. Healy was married to the late Clifford Terrah Healy. She had lived the past 10 years in Knox City.

    She is survived by her daughter Mary Healy Rios and husband, Larry Rios of Knox City, granddaughters Lauren Amanda Rios, Sarah Elisabeth Rios, Brie Anna Jean Rios, great grandchildren Mia Mariah Munoz, Levi Lawrence Munoz, Jena Marie Munoz, Quincy Lorenze

Sorrells and three brothers and two sisters.

    Survivors:

    Daughter: Mary Healy Rios and husband, Larry Rios, Knox City

    Granddaughters: Lauren Amanda Rios, Sarah Elisabeth Rios, Brie Anna Jean Rios, Brie Anna Jean Rios.

    Great Grandchildren: Mia Mariah Munoz, Levi Lawrence Munoz, Jenna Marie Munoz, Quincy Lorenze Sorrells

3 brothers and 2 sisters

Jessie Ledesma

Mr. Jessie Ledesma, 66, of Knox City passed away Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Monday, March 1, 2010, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rhineland with Rev. Father Charles Gorantia officiating. Burial will follow in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Mansell Smith Funeral Home. Rosary will be Sunday, 7 pm, at the funeral home in Knox City.

Mr. Ledesma was born on October 19, 1943 in Knox City. His parents were the late Federic Ledesma and Juanita Garcia Ledesma. He married Connie Parga on April 13, 1966 in Zalpa Zac, Mexico. He had retired from cotton ginning.

He was a member of the Catholic Church.

    Survivors include his wife Connie, of the home; four sons Steve and wife Alishia Ledesma, Fred and wife Tanya Ledesma, Alex and wife Juli Ledesma, and Jessie Ledesma Jr. all of Knox City; three daughters Faby and husband James Vasques of Knox City, Cynthia and husband Donny Taylor of Spur and Sonia Hoeckenorf, Vine Grove of Kentucky; brother Tony Ledesma of Hollis OK; four sisters Rosie Nevarez of Vernon, Yolanda Herrera of Rule, Mary Lou Vargas of Dallas and Reyes Barrientz of Benjamin; 25 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Alma Ruth Smith

    Alma Ruth Smith, 79, of Rule, passed away on Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 in Stamford.  Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Rule with Rev. Russell Stanley officiating.  Burial  followed in the Rule Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.

    Alma was born February 23, 1930 in Rule, Texas to W. V. and Hazel Almond.  She was a lifetime resident of Rule.  She married Donald Kent “Speedy” Smith on January 23, 1949.  She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church and loved china painting with the ladies of Rule.

    Alma is survived by 2 daughters, Beverly Speck and husband David of Knox City, Kay Perry and husband Bill of Haskell, 1 son, Kent Smith and wife Sharla of Rule, 6 grandchildren, Shana Marin of Knox City, Matt Perry of Beaumont, Melanie Grindstaff and husband Sam of Rule, McKenna Smith of Rochester, Dwayne Chaney and wife Keri of Abilene, Amanda Johnson and husband Brice of Abilene, and 7 great grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 59 years, 2 brothers, Wesley Almond and Weldon Almond, and 1 sister, Betty Almond.

    Online condolences may be viewed at tankersleyfuneralhome.com


Larry Don Day

    Larry Don Day, 50 years old, Born March 21,1959, in Knox City, Texas, passed away December 30, 2009 in Irving, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Reana of Irving; daughter, Christi of Arlington; son, Dennis of Irving; mother, Glenda Huff of Knox City; sister, Sandra Stone of Knox City; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


Mary Ann (Brown) Harbour


    After a long illness, Mrs. Mary Ann (Brown) Harbour, 67, passed away Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Circle of Light Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas.
    Pastor Bill Parker of trinity Baptist Church of Sand Springs, Oklahoma will officiate at private services at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, which will be under the direction of the Wesson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Pall Bearers will be Bill Brown, Rick Harbour, Larry Mason, Kenny Dugan, David Berry and Gary Harbour.
    The family and friends will gather at 1:30 p.m. at the trinity Baptist Church in Sand Springs to honor Mary Harbour and the memories she has left them with a memorial service.
Mrs. Harbour was born at Quanah, Texas on March 15, 1942 to J.R. and Vivian (Winstead) Brown of Truscott, Texas. She was a descendant of early Texas families, including her mother’s Ham and Bowen lines, which arrived in Texas before it became a republic, and the Browns, who not long afterward, entered North Texas, later moving from Clay county to Knox County in the 1890s.
    Mrs. Harbour graduated from Crowell High School. She and McCater Alexander “Mac” Harbour married on April 6, 1968. They lived in Wichita Falls for a time, and in Germany while he was in the service, but lived in Oklahoma most of their life together, with Owaso, Oklahoma City, and Sand Springs being their homes at different times.
    In Oklahoma, Mary was in banking for years while Mac managed paint stores.
The Harbours were married 36 years before he passed away in 1998. At the time of his death, they owned and both worked for their paint stores in Tulsa and Amarillo. After his death, Mary moved to Arkansas.
    Other family members who preceded her in death included her parents; a daughter, Dianna lynn; a brother; Wayne Dolan Brown; and her grandparents, W.A. and Mary (Luckey) Brown of Truscott and dr. L.A. and Annie Cherokee (Ham) Winstead of Jack County, Texas.
    Mary is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Ann Fry; one grandson, Andrew Fry, both of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; two brothers, Jack Winstead Brown of Truscott and Donald Joe Brown of Scarsdale, New York; several nieces and nephews including Bob Brown of Crowell, Mrs. Ruth Mescall of Baytown, Texas; Mrs. Jacquelyn Richey of Houston, Bill Brown of Whiteface, Texas and Jonathon Brown of New York City.
    In recognition and appreciation of the loving care given to Mary Harbour and her family by the professionals and staff of the Circle of Light Hospice during Mary’s time there, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers that those wishing to honor Mary Ann (Brown) Harbour will make memorial gifts to Circe of Light Hospice at 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas, 72762
    Online condolences maybe left at www.wassonfuneralhome.com.

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