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OBITUARY ARCHIVES

Larry Campsey

   QUANAH – Larry Campsey of Quanah died on Feb. 18, 2014 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are pending with Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.

 


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Avie Marie Gardner

   QUANAH – Avie Marie Gardner, 87, of Quanah, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Vernon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Buck Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Gardner was born May 2, 1926 to the late Edward and Lizzie Whitmire in Folsom, Okla. She married Don Gardner in April 20, 1954 in Quanah. She attended beautician school in Wichita Falls and worked and owned a beauty shop in Quanah for many years before moving to California and becoming a homemaker and mother. She taught Bible class and daycare for several years while living in California, returning to Quanah in 2002. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Gardner enjoyed painting, quilting and other crafts. She was a cook and a baker.
   She is survived by her husband, Don Gardner of Quanah; one son, Daryl Kent Gardner of Tennessee; one daughter, Alisa Ann Ramos of Idaho; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one brother, Clyde Whitmire of Quanah. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Whitmire, and a sister, Ruby Muncrief.
   The family requests memorials to the Quanah Senior Citizens.


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Una Faye Hall

   Una Faye Hall, 79 of Wichita Falls, died on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. John Robertson. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Hall was born Tuesday, May 1, 1934 in Bonham. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Cox and the late Ina Hendry Cox. She married Roy Van Hall on Sept. 23, 1951 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on May 8, 2001. She had lived in Vernon since 1940. She was a operator for the Electra Telephone Company and operated the family business office for her husband, Hall Television Repair Service. She was a member of Primitive Baptist Church in Vernon.
   She is survived by four sons, Jerry Lynn Hall, Larry David Hall, Joe Tracy Hall and Jimmy Van Hall, all of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Charles Hall, Cameron Hall, Sean Hall, Kevin Brown, Rick Bray and Keith Shackleford.
   Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Delbert (Ed) Wilkinson Jr.

   Delbert (Ed) Wilkinson, Jr., 71 of Vernon, Texas died on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
   Wilkinson was born Monday, June 29, 1942 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Delbert Edgar Wilkinson Sr. and the late Alice Amelia Adams Wilkinson. He was married to Mary K. Green. She preceded him in death March 31, 2008. He had lived in Fort Worth for 42 years and has lived in Vernon for two years. He worked as a carpenter, He loved doing odd jobs. He served in the US Army. 1961-1963. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by his son, James Wilkinson of Joshua; two daughters, Johnna Burrows of Grand Prairie and Jan Warrick of Crowley; four brothers, Frank Wilkinson, Orville Wilkinson, Kenneth Wilkinson and Stephen Wilkinson, all of Vernon; two sisters, Betty Hays of Monticeno, Wash., and Barbara Wesley of Cibolo, and three grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Leo G. Hickman

   Leo G.  Hickman, age 85, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in Childress. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Childress Church of Christ with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Childress Cemetery.
   Leo was born Thursday, April 5, 1928 in Rockdale, Texas to Matthew and Mary Ellen (Lyle) Hickman. He and Billye married on Sept. 2, 1949 in Beaumont.
   Leo joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1956. Leo was a fourth generation law enforcement officer and had always aspired to be a Texas Ranger. He fulfilled that dream in 1971and upon his retirement was the oldest active Texas Ranger at age 72. He loved his job and was an expert marksman.
   Leo was a great husband and father who raised four children. He was a Christian man and was a member of the Childress Church of Christ. He had lived in Childress since 1971, Leo was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lee Hickman, and one sister, Mary Ellen Hickman. Survivors include his wife, Billye Hickman of Childress; two daughters, Kay Hubbard and husband, Norman of Moody, and Jan Wrzesinski of Hurst; son, Jay Hickman and wife, Rhonda, of Childress; grandchildren, Jaron Hubbard and wife, Holly; Derek Wresinski and wife, Agnieszka; Nicholas Wrzesinski; Jacob Bass; Benjamin Hickman and Rachel Hickman, and numerous family, friends and law enforcement family.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Childress Regional Medical Center Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 1030, Childress, Texas 79201 or the Former Teexas Rangaers Foundation, P.O. Box 3195, Fredricksburg, Texas, 78624.


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Dewayne Lee Pearson

  

   Dewayne Lee Pearson, 77 of Vernon, died on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Larry Mays. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Dewayne was born Tuesday, March 17, 1936 in Lone Wolf, Okla. He was the son of the late Venor Nesberth  Pearson and the late Lola Beatrice Allison Pearson. He married Delores McNeely on Oct. 6, 1965 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2007. He later married Lupe Dudley on May 6, 2007 in Vernon. He retired after 20 years in the US Army as  Sgt. First Class, serving in Vietnam and receiving the Bronze Star. He was involved in law enforcement, working at Vernon State Hospital, Supervisor of Security. He loved collecting stuffed bears, mowing grass, plowing, raising miniature donkeys and horses. He enjoyed puppies and cats. He was a member of Lockett Baptist Church and a member of Vernon Masonic Lodge.
   He is survived by his wife, Lupe Pearson of the home; two step-daughters, Mamie Tully and husband Tim of Vernon, and Nancy Galves Brown and husband Joshua of Vernon; one step-son, Victor Edward Martinez of Vernon; one step-grandson, Leefe Eros Brown of Vernon.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Neda O’Rama.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Wilbarger County Humane Society.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Bernardo Ceniceros

   QUANAH – Bernardo (Benny) Ceniceros, 50, of Altus, Okla., died on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Quanah Memorial Park with Rev. Wayne Hollenshead officiating, Interment will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Ceniceros was born Aug. 20, 1963 to the late Hipolito Ceniceros, Sr. and Frances Valdez in Quanah.
   He is survived by two daughters, Martika and Julia of Waco; three brothers, Lupio Ceniceros, Larry Ceniceros and Frank Ceniceros, all of Altus, Okla.; five sisters,  Elida Ceniceros of Quanah, Connie Jalamo, of Quanah, Rebecca Schenk of Piedmont, Okla., Carmen Butler of Houston, and Irene Ceniceros of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hipolito Ceniceros Jr., and Arthur Ceniceros.
   Family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.


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Patricia Mae Lagunas

   Patricia Mae Lagunas, 63 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Harold Brown. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Lagunas was born Thursday, Nov. 9, 1950. She was the daughter of the late Obie Archa and the late Wanda Isham Archa. She married Seferino Joe Lagunas Jr. in 1967 in Quanah. He preceded her in death on June 13, 1998. She had lived in Vernon most of her life. She had worked for Coy’s Discount Foods and Vernon Manufacturing Co. She was a member of First Assembly of God and Eastside Baptist Church.
   She is survived by three sons, Joseph Lagunas of Oklaunion, Jeff Lagunas of Spring Branch, and Tobie Lagunas of Bartlesville, Okla.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one sister, Connie Cook on Oct. 12, 2004.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Heart Association
   Pallbearers will be Derrick Lagunas, Brandon Lagunas, Seth Lagunas, Dakota Lagunas, Brady Lagunas, Tyeler Lagunas, Trenton Lagunas, Trace Lagunas and Mickey Lagunas.

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


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Karon McLain

  

   Karon Sue Payton McLain, 56, of Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.,  Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Yucca Lane, Vernon, with Rev. Toby Castleberry and Rev. Ron Fox officiating. Interment will be in the Old Electra Cemetery.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home, 1801 Houston St. in Vernon. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Karon was born July 4, 1957, in Electra to Leonard Richard “Bill” and Mary Louis Sefcik Payton. She married Gerald “Jerry” McLain on March 17, 1980, in Wichita Falls. They have two children, Christopher Grady, 26 and Jeremy Richard, 23.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Danny Dale Payton.
   Karon was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Vernon where she was active in community and church events. She was a second grade Sunday School teacher for Calvary Baptist Church for 25 years and had taught Sunday School at First Primitive Baptist Church in Wichita Falls and First Christian Church in Crowell. She was a member of the Calvary Celebration Choir.
   Karon was especially active in the Boy Scouts of America. She served as Den Leader for Pack 87 Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Dens, as well as Assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster for Pack 87. She also served as a Troop 87 leader and directed many workshops, fundraising activities and Scout camps locally as well as throughout the 12 county area of Northwest Texas Council. She was a member of Order of the Arrow Lodge 35 and received the Friends of Scouting Award, District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award and the Glenn Stout Award.
   She was active in community service in Vernon, serving on the Wilbarger County United Fund Board and working with the Humane Society and the American Cancer Society. She also worked with the American Diabetes Association, Vernon Lions Band Boosters, American Red Cross Blood Drive and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. She was a fan of Star Trek and a founding member of the Tejas Star Trek Fan Club.
   She retired from the business office of Texas Agrilife Research Chillicothe-Vernon in 2011 after 30 years of service.
   Her family includes husband, Jerry of Vernon; son, Christopher and fiancée, Jessica Lancaster of Waco, and son, Jeremy of Austin; brother, Gerald Payton and wife Tresia of Amarillo, and a sister, Teresa Pennartz and husband, Jerry of Harrold; sister-in-law, Lynne Payton, wife of Danny Dale; two nieces, three nephews and five great-nieces and nephews.
   Memorials can be made to the Northwest Texas Council Boy Scouts of America or Calvary Baptist Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

 

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Ruth Milligan

   QUANAH – Ruth Milligan, 95, of Quanah, died on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Milligan was born Sept. 19, 1918 to the late Floyd and Ollie Macom.
   She is survived by two daughters, Tempie Rodgers of Houston and Joyce Hostutler of Alamo’ one son, Don Milligan of Houston; one brother, Bill Macom of Houston; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 at Smith Funeral Home.
   Memorials to the Hardeman County Museum or Meals on Wheels.


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G.T. (Jim) Barnett

   G.T. (Jim) Barnett, 87 of Chillicothe, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Chillicothe, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at Chillicothe Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Wallace Clay. Interment will be under the direction of Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.
   Jim was born Thursday, Dec. 16, 1926 just south of Chillicothe, Texas. He was the son of the late Roy T. Barnett and the late Augusta Bogard Barnett. He married Dorlene Lutz on Sept. 24, 1960 in Vernon. He served in the US Marine Corp. He was a custom harvester/farmer all of his life. He also was a school bus driver. He served on the Farmers Coop Board, Federal Land Bank, Hardeman Co. Appraisal District and Heritage Foundation. He loved playing the guitar and playing in bands. He loved his family immensely. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Darlene Barnett, of the home; his son, Jimmy Barnett and wife, Kelli, of Chillicothe; his daughter, Sherry Coffman and husband, Kevin, of Lubbock; his grandchildren,

   Haley Coffman and fiancée, Joshua Heffernan, of Snyder, Kendra Mitchell and husband, Ryan, of Snyder, Cale, Kenli and Cade Barnett of Chillicothe; great-grandchildren, Watson, Brooks and Rylan Warren of Snyder; one brother, David Barnett of Jasper; three sisters, Gerri Bell of Crowell, JoAnn White of Durby, Kan., and Margaret Brewer of Richardson. He was preceded in death by a brother, R.T. Barnett Jr.

   Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.

   Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe.

 


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Cruz Reyes Tobar

   Cruz Reyes Tobar, 83 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Feb 9, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Joy Joseph. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Tobar was born Sunday, Sept. 14, 1930 in Thrall, Texas. He was the son of the late Aciano Tobar and the late Atanasia Reyes Tobar. He married Rosa Chappa on Sept. 15, 1956 in Vernon.  She preceded him in death July 27, 2012. He had been a resident of Vernon since 1938. He was a professional presser at Spears Cleaners. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

   He is survived by his son, Donnie Tobar of Fort Worth; two daughters, Rosemarie Tobar Trinidad and Brenda Leija, both of Vernon; three brothers, Lupe Tobar of Vernon, Carmen Tobar of Kyle and Ernest Tobar of Chicago, Ill.; one sister, Elizabeth Delarosa of Plano; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

   Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to favorite charity.

   Pallbearers will be Brandon Leija, Edward Leija, Stephen Leija, Tim Leija, Chris Leija, Brandon Lee Leija, Jr., Christian Ortiz and Marcello Trinidad.

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


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Neda Beavers

   QUANAH – Neda Beavers, 93, of Quanah, passed away Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014, in Vernon. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at the chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Beavers was born Nov. 18, 1920 in Hardeman County to the late G.Y. and Lizzie Marshall. She married the late T.J. Jake Beavers on Nov. 4, 1949. He preceded her in death July 1991.  She was a lifetime resident of Hardeman County. She graduated from Goodlett High School and was of the Baptist Faith.

   She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Gamble, of Quanah; one son, Gaylan Beavers of McGregor; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   Memorials may be made to the Senior Citizens of Quanah.

 


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L.E. (Bud) Echols

   L.E. (Bud) Echols, 90 of Vernon, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be Randy Echols, Brad Echols and Donnie Mayberry. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Echols was born Sunday, Nov. 11, 1923 in Electra. He was the son of the late Clomer Echols and the late Rosie Wadlow Echols. He married Alice Servatius on June 10, 1943 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2001. He had been a resident of Vernon since 1936. He severed in the US Army. He was a self-employed welder, and he was a horse breaker, farmer, rancher and hay hauler. He was a member of the Vernon Riding Club.  He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by three sons, Bobby Echols, Jimmy Echols and Randy Echols, all of Vernon; three daughters, Margaret Echols Anthony of Argyle, Nancy Echols Johnson of Graham and Rosa Echols Woodard of Vernon; 28 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, B.P. (Skeeter) Echols of Vernon and Glenn Earl Echols of Velma, Okla.; two sisters, Sylvia Robison Dobbs of Velma, Okla., and Laura Robison of Gillum Wash., several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter Sandy Williams; two sons, Richard and Joseph Echols; grandson Greg Mayberry; two granddaughters, Kim Edens, Stacy Echols; one great-grandson Michael Paul Echols; one brother, Olan Randal Robison and one sister, Betty Robison Acox.
   Pallbearers will be Mark Anthony, Jeff Anthony, Chris Anthony, Kenneth Edens, Cory Echols, Bobby Woodard, Zack Woodard, Bobby Echols, II, and Cody Paul Echols
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, or Wilbarger County Humane Society.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Natalie Alaniz

   Natalie Alaniz, 55 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Natalie was born Sunday, July 6, 1958 in Wild Rose, Wis.  She was the daughter of Clara Mercado Herrera and the late Melchor Herrera. She married Raul H. Alaniz on Feb. 28, 1975 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2004. She had been a resident of Vernon since 1973. She worked in the nursery at the First United Methodist Church for 13 years.
   She is survived by her son, Raul H. Alaniz, Jr. of Vernon; her daughter, Marie Alaniz of Wichita Falls; one brother, Melchor Herrera Jr., of Yulee, Fla., four sisters, Mary Salese of Vernon, Lucy Baldwin of Gilbert, Ariz., Sarah Hinojosa of Quitaque and Gloria Estrada of Vernon; two grandchildren, Cameron Jae Alaniz of Vernon and KeAnu Kai Alaniz of Wichita Falls.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Pallbearers will be Ruben Hinojosa, Brian Herrera, Richard Chavez, Nicholas Adrian Navarro, C.J. Alaniz, Samuel Alaniz, Johanthan Alaniz and Ryan Alaniz. 
   Memorials can be made to Wilbarger County Relay for Life.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Earl Wayne McKnight

   Earl Wayne McKnight, 67 of Odell, Texas died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Bell Cemetery; Officiating will be the Rev. Wallace Clay. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   McKnight was born Friday, Oct. 4, 1946 in Vernon, He was the son of the late James McKnight and Dorothy Johnson McKnight. He married Diane Wheeler on June 25, 1973 in Virginia City, Nev. He worked for Wilbarger County Pct. 3 and the Odell Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Odell Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Diane McKnight of the home; his mother Dorothy McKnight of Neosho, Mo.; two sons, Robert McKnight of Neosho, Mo., and Michael Wheeler of Durant, Okla.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother, Arnold McKnight of Neosho. Mo., and two sisters, Melba Knight and Annbell McKnight,both of Missouri. He was preceded in death by a son Aaron McKnight, one brother and one sister.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Odell Volunteer Fire Department.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Billy John Rader

   CROWELL – Billy John Rader, 76, of Crowell, died on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in the Crowell Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett, officiating. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Rader was born on May 7, 1937 in Crowell, a son of the late John and Cora Belle Fergeson Rader. He married Pinky Smith on Nov. 18, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nev.
   He was a lifetime resident of Crowell and a 1955 graduate of Crowell High School. He attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He was a retired loan officer for the Crowell State Bank. He was a former custom harvester and a farmer. He was a Methodist and an avid golfer.
   He is survived by his wife, Pinky Rader of Crowell; two daughters, Bambi Ann Lutrick of Abernathy and Kristi Martin of Coalinga, Calif.; one son, Jon Rader of Mansfield; two step-daughters, Carla Morrow of Burkburnett and Gail Hamel of Burnet; one step-son, Kevin Hadison of Irving; two brothers, Jimmie Rader of Cornith and Lynn Rader of Round Rock; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildrem


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Gerald W. Myers

   CROWELL – Graveside services for Gerald W. Myers, 76, who died on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Crowell, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in the Truscott Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Rhodes of Crowell officiating. Interment will be the Truscott Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home.
   Myers was born March 20, 1937 in Truscott, a son of the late Robert Wilson and Luvinia Weatherred Myers. He married Susie Gilreath on June 20, 1963 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a longtime resident of Crowell. He served in the United States Army. He was a retired supervisor for the Texas Department of Transportation.
   He is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Leonard Myers of Missouri and David Myers of Denton; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Myers on May 19, 2010; one son, Ernie Myers on Oct. 5, 2005; a grandson, Cody Myers on Aug. 14, 1988; a sister, Wanda McGarr on April 5, 1992, and a brother, George Myers.


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Ivanell Fuller Carlson

   LEVELLAND – Funeral services for Ivanell Fuller Carlson, 82, who died on Jan. 29, 2014 in Levelland, were held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Austin Street Church of Christ with Jay Kelly officiating. Interment was in the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home.
   Carlson was born on Sept. 20, 1931 in Sayer, Okla., a daughter of James Roe and Thelma Irene Story Fuller.  She married Richard Carlson. She worked at Cook Memorial Hospital and Covenant Hospital as a medical records clerk. She became Director of Medical Records and held that position for the next 25 years until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and painting. She was a member of the Austin Street Church of Christ.
   Survivors include her daughter, Debra Ybarra of Lubbock; sons, Gordon Allen Blevins of Vernon, Richard Paul Carlson and Thomas Carlson, both of Lubbock; brother, James Paul Fuller of Clovis, N.M.; sister Doris Payne of Austin, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.

 

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Margaret Jan Ray

   Margaret Jan Ray, 80, of Burkburnett, died on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Burkburnett with Rev. Bill Liggett officiating. Interment will follow at Electra Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett. 
   A daughter of the late Margaret and Ogden Givens, Margaret was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Electra, Texas.  She worked at the Wichita Falls State Hospital for 28 ½ years prior to her retirement. Margaret was a member of the First Baptist Church of Burkburnett. Her greatest passion in life was her grandchildren. 
   Along with her parents, Margaret was also preceded in death by a brother, Monty Givens; a sister, Peggy Ariola,  and step-sister, Judy Young. 
   Margaret is survived by a daughter, Dawn Fisher and husband, Scott, of Vernon; sister, Daisy Varner of Burkburnett; step-sister, Becky Burris of Wichita Falls; step-brothers, Ralph Gum and wife, Adrienne, of Arlington, James Gum and wife, Cathy, of Houston and Ricky Gum and wife, Angelica, of El Paso; grandchildren, Codi Fisher of Stephenville and Clayton Fisher of Vernon; sister-in-law, Sally Beth Givens, of Burkburnett, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
   The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett. 
   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent Hospice of Wichita Falls or First Baptist Church of Burkburnett Building Fund. 
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.


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Mildred B. Scott

   Mildred B. Scott, 82 of Vernon passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Wichita Falls.
   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Wilbarger Street Church of Christ, 2515 Wilbarger with Bro. Marshall Steward officiating. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home of Vernon.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Scott was born Sept. 18, 1931 in Amarillo to Milton and Caroline Boyce. Mildred has been a resident of Vernon for 80 years. She married the love of her life Leo Scott on April 23, 1947 in Vernon. They were married 59 years until his passing in 2006.
   Mildred is survived by one sister Margaret Copeland of Vernon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ireland Scott, Jr. of Vernon; three daughters, Carolyn Steward and husband Marshall of Victorville, Calif., Leola Robinson-Biles and husband Larry of Apple Valley, Calif., and Gloria Scott-Sare and husband Nick of Chino Hills, Calif.; one son, Charlie Scott and wife Ruby of Vernon. She had eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
   Mrs. Scott has been a faithful and active member of the Wood Street Church of Christ since 1949. Her daily motto was “Be strong, God is in control of all circumstances.” She retired in 1993 from the Texas Dept. of Mental Health. She was instrumental in heading up a number of successful programs in community. After retirement, she worked for 20 years as a volunteer at the Wilbarger General Hospital Auxiliary. A few of Mildred’s favorite hobbies were studying the word of God, gardening, and collecting antiques.
   For those desiring memorials contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

  


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Delmar Paul McBeath

   CROWELL – Delmar Paul McBeath , 87, died on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2-14, in Kennedale. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. Officiating will be Dr. Joe Bob McGinnis of Valley View. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   McBeath was born May 16, 1926 in Thalia, a son of the late James Lamar and Effie Ola Booth McBeath. He married Mildred Ozelle Marlow on July 31, 1944 in Crowell.

   He was a graduate of Crowell High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist College. He served in the United States Navy, during World War II. He was an ordained minister and pastored the Lockett Baptist Church, Lone Oak Baptist Church, B. H. Carroll Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Mission Baptist Church, Vera Baptist Church and the Seymour Christian Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a Foard County farmer and a former employee of Osborne’s in Vernon.

    He is survived by one son, Larry McBeath of Arlington; two daughters, Brenda McGinnis of Valley View and MarjAnnette Maynard of Burleson; one brother, Sherman McBeath of Crowell; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter  and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred McBeath on March 5, 1983; one daughter, Paulette Ownbey; four brothers, Homer McBeath, J.L. McBeath, Carlos McBeath and Leon McBeath.

   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.

    Memorials may be made to the Foard County Veterans Wall, % Donna Baize, P.O. Box 323, Crowell, Texas, 79227.


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Shellie Ray Rinne

   Shellie Kay Rinne, 46, of Canyon died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Amarillo. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with J.J. Rinne, husband, and Marty Teitel, friend, officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m., Tuesday at Wilbarger Memorial Park Cemetery in Vernon. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St. Amarillo.
   Shellie was born on April 3, 1967 in Abilene to Jessie and Glenna Gail Appleby. She was raised in Vernon and moved to Canyon in 2006. She and her husband owned Innovative Nutrition.
   Shellie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. More importantly, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was always sharing her faith with others. She never complained during her nearly four year battle with cancer. Shellie loved gardening and breeding and raising animals.
   She married Robert Allen King in 1990. He preceded her in death in 2003. She married J.J. Rinne in 2006 in Vernon. She was also preceded in death by her mother.
   Shellie is survived by her husband, J.J.; four sons, Blade King and his wife Michelle, Thad King, Beau King and Luke King all of Canyon; one daughter, Hannah King of Amarillo; her father, Jessie Appleby of Vernon; one brother, Marty Appleby of Vernon, and three grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua and Annabelle.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Olivia’s Angels in care of BSA Hospice.


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Lisa L. Walser

   CROWELL – Lisa L. Walser, 62, of Crowell, died Saturday, Feb. 1, in Quanah. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Crowell. The Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy church of Lockett, will officiated assisted by the Rev. Damon Stalvey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Crowell. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery in Crowell under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Walser was born on July 18, 1961, in Quanah, a daughter of Weldon (Bubba) Eugene and the late Carolyn Sue Aydelott Monkres. She married Dorman Walser on May 12, 1982 in Crowell.

   She was a longtime resident of Crowell. She was a graduate of Pompano Beach High School of Pompano Beach, Fla. She was a graduate of nursing school at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview.  She was a member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett.  She was a pediatric Home Health nurse in Quanah, school nurse for the Crowell Independent School District, former WIC nurse supervisor in Littlefield. She was a certified CPR instructor and former employee for the Crowell Nursing Center. She was a homemaker.

   She is survived by her husband, Dorman Walser of Crowell; one daughter, Lauren Walser of Vernon; one son, Kent Walser of Vernon; one sister, Lauri Brints of Vernon; her father, Eugene (Bubba) Monkres of Crowell . She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Sue Monkres, on April 24, 2004.


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Jim Wood

   QUANAH – Jim Wood, age 76, of Quanah, died on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Crowell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Stacy Conner and Rev. Joseph Jones officiating, Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Wood was born July 30, 1937 to the late Wesley and Barbara Wood in Tonkawa, Okla. He married Helen Gore in 1959. He has been a resident of Quanah since 1976. He graduated from Oklahoma State University. He was a professional coach with Calgary Stampeders in Alberta, Canada. He coached for three years at Alan Hancock Junior College and nine years at New Mexico State University. He spent one year scouting for the New York Giants and ended his career as the Athletic Director for Quanah High School for over 20 years. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Helen Wood of Quanah; two daughters, Cathy Bauer of Bushland, and Laurie Fickle, Buena Vista, Colo.; two sons, Don Wood of Bushland and David Wood of Muleshoe; one sister, Tana Stufflebean of Elgin, Okla., 1 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church and Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

 


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Margie Aaron

   QUANAH – Margie Aaron, age 84, of Quanah died on, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 in Crowell, Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Aaron officiating.  Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Aaron was born July 5, 1929 to the late James and Ivy Mae Dawson. She married Norman S. Aaron on Feb. 8, 1947 in Quanah. He preceded her in death in 1974. She was a longtime resident of Quanah. She graduated from Quanah High School. She was a former owner of The Meat Mart and Chief Packing Company. She was a former Rural Mail Carrier and member of the First Baptist Church.
   He is survived by one son, Ricky Aaron of Quanah; two daughters, Linda Sims of Quanah and Debbie Bivins of Quanah; one sister, Bobbie Bell of Garland; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
   Memorials may be made to the Meals on Wheels and First Baptist Church.  


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Rachel Hawkins & Steven Hawkins

   A double funeral service for Rachel Denise Boatman Hawkins, 28, and Steven Hawkins, 31, both of Vernon, died on Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ at with Dave Winn officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. The service is under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Rachel Hawkins was born on May 9, 1985 in Vernon. She was the daughter of Billy Joe Boatman and the late Karen Denise Short Boatman. She was a 2003 graduate of Vernon High School and a graduate of the Vernon College School of Nursing where she became an LVN. She was currently working at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon on the Spruce unit and had previously worked at Texoma Christian Care Center. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She had lived in Vernon all of her life.
   Steven Hawkins was born on July 20, 1982 in Wichita Falls. He was the son of Tony Hawkins and Janice Varenhorst Hawkins. He had lived in Vernon since 2003 and was currently working for Meridian Drilling of Oklahoma City, Okla. He had previously worked at Sullivan Funeral Home/Wilbarger Memorial Park on the cemetery crew for seven years. He was a Baptist.
   Rachel and Steven Hawkins were married on Nov. 4, 2013 in Vernon.  Together the couple had five children, including three sons, Aaron Hawkins and Hunter Boatman of Vernon, and Jordan Hawkins of Frederick, Okla., and two daughters, Destiny Hawkins of Frederick, Okla. and Carlie Hawkins of Vernon, Texas.
   Rachel Hawkins is also survived by her father and step-mother, Billy and Christy Boatman of Vernon; four brothers, Billy Joe Boatman II, of Dallas, Jacob Boatman and Tyler Boatman of Vernon, and Brandon Short of Amarillo, and one sister Skyler Boatman of Vernon; maternal grandfather, Wendell Short of Amarillo; maternal grandmother Linda Trawick of S.C., and paternal grandmother, Mary Boatman of Vernon. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Norman Boatman, and her mother, Karen Denise Short Boatman in October 2013.
   Steven Hawkins is also survived by his mother, Janice Hawkins of Vernon; one sister, Julie Parks of Frederick, Okla., and maternal grandmother, Eula Mae Varenhorst of Frederick, Okla.
   Visitation will be held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014 at the funeral home.
   Pallbearers will be David Boatman, David D. Boatman, Allen Overby, Billy Joe Boatman II, Benton Overby, Eddie Dearman and Michael Booth.
   Online condolences may be made to sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Hubert Durham

  

   CROWELL – Hubert Durham, 80, died on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Crowell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in the Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. Officiating will be Ervin Asiatico, pastor of the Assembly of God Church of Crowell.  Interment will be in Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Durham was born on June 10, 1933 in Wylie, a son of the late Murton Dudley and Georgia Eubanks Durham. He was a longtime resident of Crowell. He was a retired auto mechanic for Jim Christanelli Ford, Inc., in Vernon. He built auto transmissions and worked for various dealerships in the Metroplex area. He was a retired custom harvester and owned and operated his own lawn service.
   He is survived by three daughters, Vanessa Harrison of Bonham,  Valerie Durham of Lewisville and Debbie Durham of Valleyview; two sons, Dwight Durham of Sanger and Gaylon Durham of Melissa; three brothers, Charlie Durham and Jerry Durham, both of Crowell, and Melton Durham of Colorado; one sister, Adeline McCurley of Crowell; 69 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
   Memorials may be made to: Crowell Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 613, Crowell, Texas 79227.

 


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Norma Jean Streit

   Norma Jean Streit, 84, loving wife of Robert C. Streit for 66 joyful years, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in San Antonio.  She was born in Plainview, Texas to parents Elonzo and Adelle Stroud.
   Jean and Robert were married on March 15, 1947 in Vernon, Texas and spent much of their years together following a passion for big band and country western dancing.  They belonged to the Carousel Dance Club, Starlight Dance Club, Candlelight Dance Club, and Martinez Social Club.  Bob and Jean have been members of Christ Lutheran Church since 1977.
   Jean was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.  She is survived by husband, Bob Streit; daughters, Linda Salt, husband William; Marsha Collier, Terri Gurley, husband Steve; grandson, Brian Gurley; granddaughters, Devon Higgins, Susan Buchanan, Brynn Ray, and Blair Salt; four great-grandchildren, and sister, Marge Vralsted.
   Services will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at the Christ Lutheran Church, 6720 Broadway, San Antonio. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or Christ Lutheran Church.
   You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.poterloring.com.
   Arrangements are with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232; (210) 495-8221.

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Joseph Timothy Strange

   Graveside services for Joseph T. Strange, 86, of Brownfield will be at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Terry County Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home. Memorial services for Joseph will be held at 2 p.m. that afternoon at Brownfield First Baptist Chapel with Randy Land and Dan Martin officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Brownfield Funeral Home.
   Joseph was born on Nov. 3, 1927 to Joseph Timothy Strange Sr. and Nancy Tanner in Vici, Okla. He graduated from Electra High School and then Southwestern Theological Seminary. Joseph married Janice Sullivan on May 15, 1970 in Vernon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Joseph is preceded in death by his first wife, Blanche Evelyn Nevels on April 30, 1969, parents, Joseph and Nancy Strange, sister, Rena Taylor, and brother, Amos Strange.
   Joseph is survived by his wife, Janice Strange of Brownfield; a son, Rodney Strange of Brownfield; a daughter, Sandra Wall and husband, Dana, of Electra; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Carroll Edwin Strange of Augusta, Ga.; a niece, Colleen Martin and husband, Dan, of Dallas.

 

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James Weaver Logan

   LEVELLAND – Funeral services for James Weaver Logan, 78, of Levelland, who died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Levelland, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at First United Methodist Church, Levelland, with the Rev. Rusty Dickerson officiating. Interment was in City of Levelland Cemetery under direction of George Price Funeral Home.

Born on Sept. 13, 1935 in Quanah, Logan graduated from Quanah High School in 1954. He attended West Texas State College and graduated from North Texas State College in 1960. He married Mary Catherine Plunkett in 1959 in Quanah. He coached and taught school at Uvalde, Ingleside, Granger, and Vernon from 1960 to 1972. He was principal of Shive Elementary in Vernon in 1972 and 1973. The family moved to Klondike in 1973 where Logan was principal for one year and superintendent until 1987. The couple moved to Merkel in 1987, where he was superintendent and retired after 39 years in the Texas education system in 1999. In 2006, the Logans moved to Levelland. Logan was an active member of the Theta Chi Fraternity while at North Texas. He was also active in the Lions Club in Merkel as well as the Rotary Club in both Vernon and Levelland. He was the district treasurer for the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) in the Abilene and Lubbock Districts.
   Survivors include his wife of Levelland; two sons, John Logan of Levelland and Mark Logan of Texico, N.M.; a daughter, Catherine Ann Dewbre of Lubbock; two sisters, Margie Prater of Quanah and Frances Daugherty of East Port, Mich., and 10 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
   Condolences may be left at www.georgepricefunerals.com.


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Bobby Dale Carter

   Bobby Dale Carter, age 72, of Quanah, died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Amarillo. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Henderson officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Carter was born March 25, 1941 in Quanah to the late Fred and Ollie Belcher Carter. He lived in Quanah all of his life, joining the Army in 1959. He was a photographer overseas until 1964. He worked various jobs until going to work at Georgia Pacific in 1971, retiring in 2006. He married Sharon Knouse in June 1993. He was a member of the American Legion of Quanah and an avid member of the N.R.A. He was of the Baptist faith.
   He is survived by his wife, Sharon Carter of Quanah; one daughter, Suzy Evans of Dallas; two sons, Bobby Dale Carter Jr. of Amarillo and Ricky Carter of Quanah; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ollie Carter; two brothers, Richard Carter and Fred Carter Jr., and a daughter, Lisa Carter.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Smith Funeral Home.
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Weldon Ogerly

   Weldon Ogerly, 83 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ogerly was born Saturday, Sept. 27, 1930 in Northside. He was the son of the late Frank Ogerly and the late Minnie Thurman.

   He married Lillie Mae Duncan on April 4, 1984 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a graduate of Northside High School. He worked for the Waggoner Ranch for 17 years, and for Osborne’s. He retired from the Vernon State Hospital as a mechanic. He was a member of Wilbarger Street Church of Christ.

   He is survived by his daughter, Jackie Ewing of Iowa Park; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to favorite charity.

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

 

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Shirley Sue Chancellor Rider Goodrum

   Former Vernon resident Shirley Goodrum, 78, died Jan. 8, 2014, in Aiken, S.C.
   Shirley was born Jan. 3, 1936 in Comanche, Texas to Virgil and Thelma Chancellor. Her family moved to Vernon when she was a young girl, where she spent most of her adult life. She moved to Aiken to be with several of her children after retiring from her job as head cook at the State Hospital in Vernon.
   Shirley loved to do arts and crafts. She crocheted, sewed, quilted, embroidered, made and collected dolls. She also loved to cook and was known for her delicious meals.  Most important to Shirley was that she was saved and loved the Lord. She read scripture often until her eyesight failed her, then she would recite scripture from memory. 
   Mrs. Goodrum is survived by her children, step-children, and their spouses: Jerry and Laura Goodrum of Vernon, Donna and Dan Erin of Vernon, Shirley and David Buchanan of LaPlace, La., Bill and Michelle Rider of Vernon, Ron and Mary Rider of Beech Island, S.C., Marie and Carl Trubee of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Ralph Rider and Deb Perry of Williston, S.C.
   She is also survived by many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Goodrum, and two sisters, Peggy Seale and Dorothy Knight.
  At her request, Shirley was cremated. A memorial service will be held in Vernon, Texas at the Wilbarger Auditorium- Westerner Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Service will begin at 10 a.m. and be officiated by Shirley’s longtime friend and minister, Rev. Cain.
   In lieu of flowers the family asks that a covered dish be brought for the luncheon that will immediately follow the service and invite all to fellowship in remembrance of her.
   Online memorials may be made at sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Phillip E. Prescott

     FORT WORTH — Phillip E. Prescott, 74, beloved father, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
       Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Terrace, 1600 Texas St., 76102.
       Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Terrace Ministerial fund.
       Phillip was born March 15, 1939, in Medicine Mound to Emmett and Ona Lee Prescott. He resided in the Medicine Mound and Quanah area of the state the majority of his life. He moved to Fort Worth seven years ago to be closer to his children and grandchildren. 
       Phil was happiest when outdoors in the rural areas and never turned down a cup of coffee with his friends.
       Phil was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Mary Ellen Prescott.
       Survivors: Children, Teresa Prescott, Donna Epps and husband, Jim, Dallas Prescott, Glen Tole and wife, Samantha, and Michele Miller; grandchildren, Austin Tole, Emma Epps, Colton Tole, Aggie Miller and Pate Miller.

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Buddie F. Rivers

   The greatest man we ever knew passed away today Jan. 20, 2014. We called him Dad. Those who knew him called him Buddie.
   Buddie F. Rivers was born in Vernon in 1939 to Barney and Alberta Rivers on Feb. 25. He went on to graduate from Vernon High School in 1957, and in June of 1958 he married the love of his life, Jetone Smith Rivers. He was a life time resident of Vernon. He went on to be a proud graduate of Texas Tech University where he received a degree in engineering and got his first and only job at the Department of Transportation in Vernon where he retired after 39 years as Area Engineer. Daddy was a proud member of the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce Red Coats and a former member of the Santa Rosa Palomino Club. He was on the Wilbarger Hospital Board of Directors for 30 years, many of those years as Chairman of the Board. He tried to make a difference in the town he loved. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death of his wife of 54 years. Surviving are his children, daughter, Robbie Elliott (Stanley) of Alvarado and son, Russell Rivers (Sabrina) of Seymour; his grandchildren, BreAnna Dray (Cliff) of Fort Worth, Tarrington Rivers and Hanna Rivers, both of Seymour, and great-grandson, Colton Dray of Fort.Worth.
   A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Kelly Russell. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Wilbarger General Hospital Ladies Axillary or Seymour Hospital Pink Ladies.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Keith Melton

 

A memorial service for Keith Melton, 51 of Granbury will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Quanah.  A reception will follow at the Quanah Country Club. 
   Keith died Dec. 24, 2013 in Fort Worth.  He was born on Nov. 13, 1962 in Quanah to Charles Kenneth Melton and Peggy Campsey Melton.
   Survivors are his children, Craig Melton and wife Jenni, daughter Jessica Melton; two grandchildren, Evan and Madix Melton;  siblings, Mike Melton and wife Sherry, Todd Melton and Elaine, Mark Melton and wife Sherri , and stepmother Jan Melton. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Peggy Melton, and nephew, Ty Melton.

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Ronald Ray Hubbard

   CROWELL – Ronald Ray Hubbard, 71, of Crowell, died on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Crowell.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Hubbard was born Monday, Sept. 28, 1942 in Wichita Falls. He was the son of the late Hatton Brown Hubbard and the late Eva Janice Bishop Hubbard. He married Gladys Marie Christopher on July 15, 1982. She preceded him in death on July 25, 2005. He had been a resident of Vernon, Crowell and Dallas all of his life. He served in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany from 1964-1968. He was an automobile salesman for W. O. Bankston in Dallas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Vernon.
   He is survived by two sons, Kevin Baker of Crowell and Kim Baker of Clearwater, Fla.; a daughter, Dana Mills of McKinney; his sister, Paula Murray of Austin; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a grandson, Matthew Lee Shores Baker.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Heart Association.
   Pallbearers will be Kevin Baker, Kim Baker, Chuck Tarula, Jason King, K-Mac McGregor, and Mike Taylor.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Addie Edmona Foley

   Addie Edmona Foley, 53, of Wichita Falls, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Wichita Falls.
   Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 at Wilbarger Memorial Park with Rev. Gary Chapman officiating. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Addie was born Friday, April 29, 1960 in Clinton, Okla., she was the daughter of Lee Foley Jr. and the late Martha Schiwart Foley. She was a graduate of Vernon High School and she was a homemaker.
   Surviving are one son, Jody Martinez of Vernon; four brothers, Lee Foley III, John Foley of Dallas, Wesley Ivey of South Carolina, and Charlie Ivey of South Carolina; one sister, Charlene Haueter of South Carolina; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews
   Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
   Family will be at 4033 Circle Drive, Vernon.
   Pallbearers will be Jody Martinez, Adrian Martinez, John Foley, Josh Billings, Aaron Crumbley and Noah Hernandez.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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J.W. “Buddy” Jackson, Jr.

   J.W. “Buddy” Jackson, Jr., 84 of Vernon,  went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Hilda Cavazos. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Buddy was born Wednesday, March 13, 1929 in Carter, Okla. He was the son of the late James W. Jackson, Sr., and the late Catherine Zipperle Jackson. He married his high school sweetheart Ruth Herchman on June 25, 1949 in Vernon.  He moved to Vernon in1930. He was a graduate of Vernon High School in 1948 and attended Draughon’s Business School and Refrigeration School. Buddy farmed and ranched with his brother Bill for 64 years and was a former employee of Sullivan Funeral Home. He was a member and served three times as Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge #655, and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Faith Chapter of Wichita Falls. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
   Buddy’s greatest loves were his daughters, Jyme  D. Baker and son-in-law Casey of Porter, Texas, and Jan E. Baumann and son-in-law Mike of Vernon, Texas; his grandchildren, Kymberly, Jynefer, Scott, Royce, Ricky and Lyndsey; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tayler, Tayte, Trayce, Jacksyn, Emri, Ciara, Chaelynn, Payzlea, Tori, Brenee, Krystalyn and Destini.
   Buddy is survived by his wife, daughters and sons-in-law, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews,  Valerie and James Dillard, Randy and Barbara Jackson; sisters and brothers-in law, Lavon and Gary Sneed, Sherry and Larry Wright and Diana and Larry Everson.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bill Jackson on June 10, 2012.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Faith United Methodist Church or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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Elizabeth Jane Keene Downes

   Whitesboro- A visitation will be held for Elizabeth “Betty” Jane (Keene) Downes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon.

   Pallbearers will be Jason Downes, Jonathan Schwartz, Justin Posey, Jimmie Joe Smithhart, Matthew Roberts, Dustin Wheat, Brandon Baugus, and Josh Smithhart.  Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park.
   Betty passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Pecan Tree Manor in Gainesville, Texas. Betty was born Dec. 11, 1942 in Vernon, Texas to Samuel Wallace Keene and Rosa Lee (Key) Keene.
   Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She  is survived by her husband of 54 years, Marvin Downes of Whitesboro, Texas; children, Duane Downes and wife Patricia of Springtown, Texas,  Jackye Sherman of Azle, Texas, Melissa Smithhart and husband Jimmy of Celina, Texas, Scott Downes and wife Nancy of Tioga, Texas, and Amy Steger and husband Richard of Whitesboro, Texas;  12 grandchildren;  18 great grandchildren; siblings, JoAnne Long and husband John of Borger, Texas; Don Keene and wife Barbara of Howe, Texas, Micki Dodd and husband Tommy of Plano, Texas, and Barbara Ainsworth of Knox City, Texas.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Wallace Keene, mother, Rosa Lee Keene, and a brother, Homer Edward Keene.
   The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.


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Otto Julious Obenhaus

   Otto Julious Obenhaus , III, 70 of Vernon, died on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Obenhaus was born Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1943 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Otto Obenhaus, Jr. and the late Dorothy Crawford Obenhaus. He had been a resident of Vernon all of his life He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   He is survived by two songs, Otto Obenhaus IV of Vernon and Travis Obenhaus of Austin; a sister, George Ann Wagner of Houston; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was
   preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Obenhaus, on Sept. 12, 2011.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan 17, 2014 Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   Pallbearers will be Otto Obenhaus, IV,, Travis Obenhaus, Bruce Herring Michael Herring, Shane McCoy and Brandon McBroom.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Don Barnes

   Don Barnes, 74, of Quanah, died, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Quanah. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Goodlett Baptist Church with Monte Lumpkin officiating.

   Barnes was born August 13, 1939 in Quanah to the late Raymond and Ada Jowers Barnes. He was born and raised in Quanah and worked as a truck driver for Rock Quarry and Pantex for many years. He was a dispatcher at Hardeman County Sheriff Office for four years. He served in the United States Army. Barnes enjoyed music very much. He played the guitar and other instruments.
   He is survived by two daughters, Donna Sue Jones, Albuquerque, N.M. and Dalana Johnson, Joshua; one son, Danny Ray Barnes, Tulsa, Okla.; one brother , Raymond Darrell Barnes, San Antonio;  one sister, Dayna Spradlin, Eldorado, Okla.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Glen Barnes, and  two sisters,  Doris Hobbs and Ima Jean Barnes.


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J.W. Jackson Jr.

   J.W. “Buddy” Jackson, Jr., 84 of Vernon, died on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 11 a.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Hilda Cavazos. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Jackson was born Wednesday, March 13, 1929 in Carter, Okla. He was the son of the late J.W. Jackson, Sr. and the late Catherine Zipperle Jackson. He married Ruth Herchman on June 25, 1949 in Vernon. He moved to Vernon in1930. He was a graduate of Vernon High School in 1948 and attended Draughon’s Business School and Refrigeration School. He was a farmer and rancher and a former employee of Sullivan Funeral Home. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #655 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. He served three times as Worshipful Master for Lodge #655 and Faith Chapter in Wichita Falls. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Ruth Jackson of the home; two daughters, Jyme D. Baker of Porter and Jan E. Baumann of Vernon; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Faith United Methodist Church or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Jovita Sanjuan

   Jovita Sanjuan, 53 of Vernon, died on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 2 p.m.  at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.Officiating will be Pastor Davila. Interment will be held in Mexico at a later date.
   Sanjuan was born Monday, Feb. 15, 1960 in Mexico. She was the daughter of Dominga Saldana and the late Felicano Saldana. She married Marco Sanjuan on Aug. 13, 1985 in Vernon. She had worked for Wright’s, Tyson’s and Sheppard Air Force Base, VISD, Texas Youth Commission and Congregate Meals. She was a member of Templo El Shaddia Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Marco Sanjuan of the home; her mother; Dominga Saldana; one son, Cesar Sanjuan; two daughters, Esmeralda Gutierrez and Veronica Sanjuan; one brother, Joel Sanjuan; eight sisters, Cirilia Ortiz, Josefina Sanjuan, Cathalina  Maricio Sanjuan, Adreana Sanjuan, Tele Sanjuan, Margarita Sanjuan, Marie Sanjuan, and Wadalupe Sanjuan, and five granddaughters.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.



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Maggie Bee Harper

    Maggie Bee Harper, 94, of Seymour, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church in Seymour with Jeff Sedberry, officiating.  Burial will be in the Benjamin Cemetery, Benjamin, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
   Maggie Bee was born Nov. 10, 1919 in Rhineland to Lance Owen and Bessie Shipley Mayberry.  She was the last surviving girl from a family of 12 children, seven boys and five girls. She married Richard “Dick” Harper on Oct. 1, 1943 in San Antonio.  He passed away Feb. 10, 2012. The couple moved to Seymour from Lockett in 1997. Bee worked as a beautician and was a homemaker.  She was a Baptist.  She was preceded in death by a grandson, Herbert Milton (Jake) Propps.  Everyone always gathered for Bee’s cooking, where she entertained with her quick wit, always joking and making people laugh.  She enjoyed dancing and fishing, alongside her husband, Dick.  Bee’s most important role, however, was as mother and grandmother
   Survivors include two daughters,  Judy Bland and husband, Bill, and Dickie Propps and husband, Herbert, all of Seymour; one brother,  Bobby Joe Mayberry of Paducah; three grandchildren,  Lisa Johnson, Billy Richard Bland and James Propps; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 Monday, at the funeral home.
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C.D. (Tootsie) Frith

   C. D.  (Tootsie) Frith, 93 of Vernon, died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Vernon.  Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 3 p.m.  at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Brian Pounds. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   C.D.  was born Monday, Sept. 13, 1920 in Harrold, Texas. He was the son of the late Tom Frith and the late Mattie Burks Frith. He married Frances Myers on June 29, 1947 in Vernon.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2001. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He worked for RM Wells Plumbing Supervisor and worked as a self-employed plumber before retiring. He was a member of United States Coast Guard, United States Mounted Patrol serving oversea during WWII and he was a life time member of VFW. He was a member of Wilbarger St. Church of Christ .He loved to fish, hunt and he was a loving family man who loved his grandkids.
   He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Brackeen and husband J.W. of Vernon; grandchildren, Brian Brackeen of Vernon and Timmy Brackeen of Vernon;  great –grandchildren, Ashley Brackeen of Levelland and Kaylee Brackeen of Vernon; one brother, Buck Frith of Vernon; one sister, Opal Gibson of Guthrie, Okla.; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by a son, Jerry Don Frith, in 1970, six brothers and sisters.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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David Alan Lucas

   David Alan Lucas, 59 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Vernon.Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Lucas was born Sunday, Oct. 24, 1954 in Concord, Calif. He was the son of Minnie Jones Clark and the late Billy Ray Lucas. He had lived here for several years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp.
   He is survived by his mother, Minnie Clark of Vernon; one son, Cody M. Lucas of Massachusetts; two daughters, Amber Ray Lucas and Jamie L. Lucas, both of Massachusetts.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Pollye Roddy

   Pollye Roddy, 87 of Vernon, died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Quanah. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan.  14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Roddy was born Monday, Dec. 26, 1926 in Hollis, Okla. She was the daughter of the late Henry Rash and the late Ora Free Rash. She married Lowell Roddy on May 20, 1946 in Clarendon.  He preceded her in death on March 17, 2011. She had been a resident of Vernon since 1962. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her son, Gary Roddy of Burkburnett, and one grandson. She was preceded in death by husband, a grandson Zach Roddy and a granddaughter Rebekah Roddy.
   Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. until service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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L. Jack Rogers

  

   L. Jack Rogers, Sr., 96 of Vernon, died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Vernon,. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 10 a.m., at the First Assembly of God Church. Officiating will be Rev. Brian Pounds and Rev. Phillip Weitner. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Jack was born Saturday, May 26, 1917 in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. He was the son of the late Jesse “Jake” Rogers and the late Emily Scott Rogers. He married Henrietta “Susie” Snodgrass on Sept.  25, 1938 in Altus, Okla. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2010. He was a 1937 graduate of Vernon High School and National Honor Society. He served in the US Army at the end of WWII. He was owner and operator of Vernon Redi-Mix and Rogers Concrete Contracting. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church, and he was a deacon and administrative board member.
   He is survived by his son, Lee Jack Rogers, Jr. and wife Annette of Yazoo City, MS.; his daughter, Cheryl Townson and husband Roger of Vernon; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-great – grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Lindley Roger, and 11 brothers and one sister.
   Memorials can be made to First Assembly of God Church Building Fund.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Mary Ruth Eavenson

   CROWELL – Graveside services for Mary Ruth Eavenson, 87, of Crowell, who died on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in Quanah, will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan, 13, 2014, at the Crowell Cemetery with services and interment under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett.
   Eavenson was born July 9, 1926 in Foard County, a daughter of the late George Smiley and Ella Elizabeth Whitley Black. She married Earl E. Eavenson on March 7, 1950 in Benjamin. She was a lifetime resident of Foard County. She was a homemaker.
   Eavenson is survived by three sons, Tommy Eavenson of Crowell, Danny Earl Eavenson of Crowell and George  Eavenson of Choctaw, Okla.; one sister, Patty Tyree of Crowell; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Eavenson, on Jan. 10, 2000, and a son, Billy Wade Eavenson on Oct. 9, 1999.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m ., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
  Memorials may be made to the Foard County Veterans Wall.

   
  

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J.D. Jones

   J. D. (Jake) Jones, 78 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 1 p.m., at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Jones was born Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1935 in Farmers Valley. He was the son of the late Donald C. Jones and Laura Vaughn Jones. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He worked for North Texas State Hospital as custodian retiring in 2001. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by three daughters,  Nancy Lea Perez of Vernon,  Rhonda Gail Ortiz of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Amanda Alvarado of Vernon; eight grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Jones, and a sister, Peggy Burk.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Heart Association or Wilbarger County Humane Society.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Harrold Ray Key

   Harrold Ray Key, 73 of Vernon, died on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Wichita Falls. Services will be held at a later date at Eastview Cemetery.
   Key was born Monday, Jan. 8, 1940 in Clarksville, Texas. He was the son of the late Rufus Key and the late Margaret Mabry Key. He married Linda Daniel on July 5, 1963 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Lone Star Gas Co. and Texas Youth Commission. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church

   He is survived by his  son, Jason Key of Vernon; brother, John (Sonny) Key of Bridgeport; sister, Carol Schumann of Bridgeport; three nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Raynell Key on Nov. 28, 2012, and his brother, James Key.

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


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Donna Jean Goodrich

   Donna Jean Goodrich passed away in her Austin home on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2013. She was 69 years old.
   Donna was born on June 7, 1944 to Winston and Artie Mae Graham. She grew up on the Waggoner Ranch and graduated from Oklaunion High School in 1962. After graduating with an Elementary Education degree from Midwestern State University in 1966, she taught at the Emporia State Teachers College Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas, along with Sheppard Air Force Base Elementary in Wichita Falls, Texas.

   Without question, Donna’s greatest joy was her children, who remember her ability to make everyday occasions special. She became “CoCo” with the birth of her first grandson and cherished her role as a grandmother. Donna was also a loyal and loving sister and friend. She had impeccable taste and always presented the most thoughtful and beautifully wrapped gifts at just the right moments. Her love of interiors, estate sales and antiques flourished during the eleven years she worked for Katherine Edwards Interiors. She also loved to travel.

   Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Winston and Artie Mae Graham of Vernon, Texas. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Joe Szczytowski of Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Brienne Goodrich of Austin; two grandsons, Witt and Quinn Szczytowski; a granddaughter, Dean Goodrich; sister, Karen Thomas of College Station, TX; brother, Richard Graham of Rockport, TX; five nieces, Carey Graham McBride of Wichita Falls, Lisa Graham Gawenis of League City, TX, Michele Thomas Stevens of San Antonio, Shannon Thomas of Austin, Kendra Goodrich Kelly of Edmond, Okla.; and one nephew, Jeff Goodrich of Edmond, Okla.

   A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Grace Church in Wichita Falls with Pastor Tom Rodgers officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Grace Church,
 5214 Stone Lake Drive, Wichita Falls, TX 76310 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at donate.lls.org.
   Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.

 


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Ralph Brandon

   Ralph Brandon, 83, of Quanah, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Abilene. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. James Greer, Rev. Wayne Hollendshead and Rev. Chris Holland officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Ralph was born May 6, 1930, in Grosbeck, TX to the late Orval and Ottiss Brandon. He married Sharon Brandon on Feb. 21, 1961 in Goodlett, TX. He was a boiler operator and fireman in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a farmer and rancher raising wheat, cotton and cows. He was a member of Farm Bureau and the First United Methodist Church, Quanah, TX.
   He is survived by: his wife, Sharon Brandon, Quanah; one daughter, Becky Wiloth and husband Mike, Albany; two sons, Clifton Brandon and wife Stephanie, Albany, and Bruce Brandon and wife Denise, Abilene; five grandchildren, Cassie Biggs and husband, Brandon; Cody Wiloth and wife, Amanda; Kye Brandon and wife, Tanya; Teagan Brandon and Colton Brandon; seven great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kaleb, Karter, Kaleigh, Emily, Brylee and Bronc; two sisters, Wanda Wilkins, Lamesa; Martha Jane Smith and husband George, Iowa Park; one niece, Diane; four nephews, Mike, Les, Steve and Mark.
   Family visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Quanah, TX.

 


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Carol Jones Simonton

   Carol Jones Simonton, 62, a loving mother, daughter and sister died on Jan. 2, 2014, after a valiant and courageous two year battle with ovarian cancer.  Carol was an amazing, loving woman known for her kind heart, love of children, shopping and food.  Her thirst for knowledge never ended.  Her greatest joy in life was her family, her friends and the many children she taught over 39 years.
   Carol Ann Jones, born in Vernon, Texas on July 15, 1951 was the middle of five children of A.J. and Mary Jones.  She grew up in Vernon and graduated from Northside High School in 1969 and from Midwestern University in 1973.  Carol married William Steven Simonton on Sept. 1, 1974 in Vernon.  After graduating from Midwestern, Carol began a long career in education.  She taught in Paducah and Houston ISD before finding her home in Channelview ISD.  Carol taught in Channelview from 1978 until her death. She was a dedicated first grade teacher who always believed that every child was special.  Even when she was diagnosed one of her top priorities was always her kids at school.

   Surviving family who loved Carol deeply include son William Scott Simonton of Humble, daughter Jennifer Simonton Kirik and her husband Captain Vyacheslav Kirik (USMC) of Oceanside, Calif.; mother Mary Jones of Vernon; brother Alan Jones and wife Kara of Vernon; sister Kay Fullerton and husband J.R. of Vernon; brother Charlie Jones and wife Kim of Vernon; sister Betty Williams and husband Ted of Lubbock; father-in-law Herbert Simonton of Orange; sister-in-law Karen Steck and husband John of College Station; and brother-in-law James Simonton and wife Diana of Pasedena.  Other survivors include many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Carol was preceded in death by her husband William Steven Simonton and father A.J. Jones.

   The family would like to extend thanks to not only the many medical professionals who cared for her, but also the many relatives and friends who kept up her spirits.  We are forever grateful for the tremendous support and encouragement of friends and family through prayer, visits, phone calls, food, cards and other expressions of love and concern during Carol’s illness.

   For those desiring to honor Carol’s memory, please consider: Project Joy and Hope (a hospice for children), PO Box 5111 Pasadena, Texas 77508 joyandhope.org; Crosby United Methodist Church, PO Box 1385 Crosby, Texas 77532; Houston Hospice 1905 Holcombe Houston, Texas 77030 houstonhospice.org or the charity of your choice.

   Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with Carol’s family from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble.  A celebration of Carol’s life will also be held at Rosewood on Monday at 10 a.m.



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Troy Ethan Eavenson

   Troy Ethan Eavenson, 94 of Seymour, died on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Wichita Falls. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Lloyd Daniel. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
    Eavenson was born on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1919 in Gainesville. He was the son of the late Thomas Everett Eavenson and the late Maggie Baldwin Eavenson. He married Pauline Ellis on Jan. 24, 1954 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on Feb. 1, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in England, assigned to Air Force, maintaining bombs and fuser. He went to work for the Waggoner Estate in 1948, working there for 36 years as a cowboy and at the grain elevator. He worked the Lake Kemp Moonshine gate for many years. He attended the Western Trail Cowboy Church.
   He is survived by his son, Mike Eavenson of Seymour; two daughters, Lena Jean Foster of Longview and Lola Jane Probert of Blanchard, Okla.; one brother, Slim Eavenson of Vernon; one sister, Maggie Faye Divuvier of Lompoc, Calif.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Loyd Heath Hammonds; and three brothers and four sisters.
   Visitation will be from 1 p.m., until service time on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials may be made to Seymour Meals on Wheels or the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com



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Lula Belle Starnes

   GLEN ROSE — Lula Belle Starnes, 83, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Glen Rose.
   Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Rainbow Baptist Church in Rainbow. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Starnes was born March 24, 1930, in Floydada, Texas, to Elmer Lee Smith and Banksie Nevada King Smith. In 1960, she married Billy Starnes, Jr., and he preceded her in death in 1993. In 2001 she married Robert Lee Avery, and he preceded her in death in 2012. She had lived in Glen Rose since 1984 and was a member of Rainbow Baptist Church. Mrs. Starnes retired from Pruitt Realty in 2003 after 20 years. She enjoyed bird watching, traveling and crafting. Her church was a big part of her life. Preceding her in death were her parents, two husbands, one brother and five sisters.
Survivors: Sons, Charles Avery and wife, Barbara, of Glen Rose, Tim Starnes and wife, Phyllis, of Glen Rose, Dale Bentley and wife, Tracy, of Lorena; daughters, Dena Wilson and husband, John, of Lewisville, Tonya Cary of Euless; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; seven great -great grandchildren; sister, Mary Cozart of Hale Center, Texas.


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William F. Jeter

   William F. Jeter, “Coach”, 82, passed away on Dec. 28 at his home in Wichita Falls.  The family will receive visitors at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home on Jan. 1 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A private burial will be held at Crestview Memorial Park on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 11:30.  Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. that same day.
       Bill “Coach” Jeter was born on Jan. 4, 1931, in Olton, to Carl and Leota Jeter. He attended schools in Plainview and Floydada.  At Floydada High School, he was a recognized football player for the Floydada Whirlwinds and was honored as the “Best All-Around” male student.

   His college football began at Cisco Junior College in Cisco, TX.  After playing two years at Cisco, he received a football scholarship to Midwestern State University.  At MSU, he was elected team captain both years and was honored as Lord Midwestern by the student body.  He graduated from MSU with a B.S. in History and later earned a Master’s degree in Education.

   Upon graduation, he joined the Naval Air Cadets in Pensacola, FL, to fulfill his dream of becoming a jet pilot.  At the allowable time, he transferred to the Marines Air branch with further training at Chase Field in Beeville, TX.  After earning his wings, he was transferred to Cherry Point, N.C.

   Bill married Robbie Streit on Dec. 21, 1955 in her hometown of Vernon, TX.  They lived in Cherry Point for two years before he and his squadron VMF 334 were sent to Atsugi, Japan. Upon his honorable discharge, he followed his lifelong desire to coach football.  Coach Joe Golding, Athletic Director, hired him to coach for the Zundy Junior High Eagles before moving to Wichita Falls High School to coach the Rowdies. Later he became defensive line coach for the Coyotes. The high point of his high school coaching career was winning the 1969 state championship.  At the end of the game, his linemen carried him off the field on their shoulders.  While coaching, he invested his energies with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and encouraged other schools to begin huddle groups.

   Although he wasn’t ready to quit coaching, he accepted the position as vice principal at WFHS, working under his mentor and friend, Hunter Kirkpatrick.  A few years later, he became principal at his beloved “Old High.”  In 1979, he became Athletic Director for the Wichita Falls ISD. During his tenure, he supported new programs for girls’ sports such as soccer, softball, basketball, and track.  He was inducted into the Athletic Director Hall of Fame in 2001.

   “Coach” was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, moderator for the property committee, and a member of the personnel committee.  He was instrumental in bringing one of the first full-time youth ministers to the church.  He was a faithful member of the Koinonia Sunday School class.

   His greatest joy was his family. His heart was filled with love for his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He found pleasure also in flying his plane, playing golf, traveling, enjoying friends, watching sports, participating in church activities, and being a friend to those in need.

   Coach is survived by his wife of 58 years, Robbie; Daughter, Lyn, and husband Mike Hardage of Dallas and daughters Hannah, Mallory, and Mariel; Daughter, Susan, and husband Chris Wommack of Waco and children Alex and Chase.

   The family requests that memorials be made in his memory to First Presbyterian Memorial Fund, 3601 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308, Rathgaber Hospitality House, 1615 12th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301, Faith Mission & Faith Refuge 1300 Travis St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301
   
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.

 


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Jan Smith Geraci

   Funeral services for Jan Smith Geraci, 40 of Vernon, who died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Wichita Falls, will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry, Rev. Kelly Russell and Rev. Phillip Weitner. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Geraci was born Monday, Oct. 8, 1973 in Wichita Falls. She was the daughter of   Barbara Swaim Smith and the late James Wade Smith. She married James Joseph Geraci on Jan.10, 2007 in Lawton, Okla. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, James Joseph Geraci of the home; one son, Nicholas James Geraci; one daughter, Lauren Elise Geraci; one stepson, James Geraci; her mother, Barbara Ann Smith; one nephew and one niece, all of Vernon; two aunts and several cousins.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.

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


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Thomas William Pope Sr.

   Thomas William Pope, Sr., passed away Dec. 23, 2013 in Wichita Falls.  He was born Feb. 15, 1973 in Wichita Falls to Lynn Pope and Debra Turkett.
   He was preceded in death by his brother Donald Clayton Pope, his grandmother Virginia Turkett, and grandfather William Raymond Turkett.

   Thomas is survived by his children Thomas William Pope Jr., Kimberly Gene Pope of Cleburne, and Ashlye Victoria Schackai of Wichita Falls; his mother Debra Patterson and his father Lynn Pope; a sister Kellye Schackai of Wichita Falls, and a grandchild Kayson Eli Pope.

   Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
   
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fallsfuneralhome.com.

 

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Chris Smith

   Word has been received of the death of Chris Alan Smith, age 60, of Vernon, formerly of Frederick, Okla.  Mr. Smith passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Frederick, Okla..
   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home of Frederick, Okla..
   He was born March 24, 1953, in Lawton, Okla. to Max Alan and Sally Ann (Washburn) Smith. He grew up in and attended Frederick  schools and  graduated with the class of 1971. He attended Oklahoma State University. He worked as parts manager for B & L John Deere Tractor, Wright Foods and then Tyson Foods. He loved computers.
   He is survived by his sister: Sherri Scott and husband Russell, of Vernon;  two nieces: Stephanie Young, of Lubbock, and Katy Gamblin, of Burkburnett, and four great nieces and nephews.
   An on-line guest book and sympathy cards are available at: www.OrrGrayGishfuneralhome.com or www.Tiptonfuneralhome.com

 


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Bettye S. Hord

   Bettye S. Hord, 83 of Vernon, Texas died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Vernon.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Truscott Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Bettye was born Thursday, Sept. 11, 1930 in Haskell County, Texas. She was the daughter of the late J.D. Smith and the late Ina Dean Welch Smith. She married Marion Hord on Dec. 6, 1947 in Truscott. She was a licensed beautician working for many years in Pampa. After completing Floral Designing School in Amarillo she was a florist for many years in Panhandle and in Knox City for many years. In 1991 she moved to Vernon and was a florist working several years for United Supermarket Flower Shop. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Marion Hord of the home; two daughters, Sandra Railsback of Knox City and Janet Compton of San Angelo; two brothers, Otis Paul Smith of Vernon and Jim Tom Smith of Panhandle; one sister, Mary Dean Phillips of Marble Falls; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Wilsie Smith and Dean Welch.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at  Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials may be made to the Wilbarger County Humane Society.

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

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William Darrell Cape

   William Darrell Cape, 57 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox.
   Cape was born Sunday, Jan. 29, 1956 in Ballinger. He was the son of the late Chester Cape and the late Sarah Woods Cape. He had lived in Vernon for four years, moving from Ranger.  He worked for Jones Monument Co. for several years and Sterling Monument Co. in Eastland. He worked at the Leather Shop with the late David Fox and was owner/operated Granite Works
   He is survived by two daughters, Mary Cape and Misty Cape, both of Vernon; one brother, Daniel Cape of Abilene and one sister, Darlene Greer of Abilene as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, David H. Cape.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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Jan Smith Geraci

   Jan Smith Geraci, 40 of Vernon, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry, Rev. Kelly Russell and Rev. Phillip Weitner. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Geraci was born Monday, Oct. 8, 1973 in Wichita Falls. She was the daughter of   Barbara Swaim Smith and the late James Wade Smith. She married James Joseph Geraci on Jan.10, 2007 in Lawton, Okla. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, James Joseph Geraci of the home; one son, Nicholas James Geraci; one daughter, Lauren Elise Geraci; one stepson, James Geraci; her mother, Barbara Ann Smith; one nephew and one niece, all of Vernon; two aunts and several cousins.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Maude Elise Draper

   Maude Elise (Manar) Draper was born Aug. 27, 1921 in Boswell, Okla.to J.A. and Daisy (Burkett) Manar.  She attended school and grew up in Farmers Valley, Texas on the family farm.
   During WWII, she moved to California and worked at an airplane parts factory. She returned to Chillicothe, Texas to help on the family farm. It is in Chillicothe while working at the local variety store that she met the love of her life, William C. Draper. There were married on Aug. 16, 1947. They had three children; Mike, Jane and Steve. She became a full time homemaker, but was also active and supportive in her husband’s hay/trucking company.

   She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who was totally dedicated to serving her family, friends, church and her Lord, Jesus Christ. She was a member of the First Assembly of God where she taught a Beginners Sunday School class and was active in the Ladies Ministries of the Church.

   She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William Draper; her children, Mike Draper and Jeanette, Jane and Ken Robinson and Steve and Linda Draper; her 14 grandchildren and spouses: Ricky and Linda, Joe and Katrina, Yvette and Jason, P.J. and Rudy, Kyle and Amber, Kenda, Kade, Levi and Andrew; her six great-grandchildren; Kayla, Allen, Kirsten, Bert, Ava and Willow; her one great-great grandson, Karder; two sisters Carrie Taylor and Betty Strayhorn; five sisters-in-law: Laverne Rush, Berneace Lapham, Lillian Barnes, Lorene Stinson and Nora Draper and four brother-in-laws; Wayne Strayhorn, James Rush, R.D. Draper and Doug Draper, and several nieces and nephews.

   The celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 3 p.m., at the First Assembly of God Church, 2430 Sand Road. Officiating will be the Rev. Brian Pounds. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   She will be deeply missed by her family and friends….but to be absent from this life is to be present with her Lord for eternity. I Corinthians 5:18.

   Pallbearers will be grandsons; Ricky Draper, Levi Draper, Joe Draper, Allen Draper, Kyle Robinson, Rudy Cardona, Kade Robinson and Andrew Draper.

   Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God building fund.

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

 


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Donald E. Todd

   CROWELL – Donald (Don) E. Todd, 78, died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 in Signal Mountain, Tenn. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, dec. 31, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell with the Rev. Tyler Looper, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crowell, officiating. Interment will be Tuesday in the Crowell Cemetery under direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Todd 
was a former resident of Quanah and longtime resident of Chattanooga, Tenn.  He was a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he taught electrical engineering and computer science. He owned and operated Todd Engineering Company.
   Todd is survived by his wife, Judy Bean-Todd of Hixson, Tenn.; one daughter, Tonya Justice of Lagauna Niguel, Calif.; two stepchildren, Sharon Thomas of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and John Bean of Scottsdale, Ariz., as well as two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Eugene R. Todd.

   Memorials may be made to the Crowell High School in honor of the Todd Family.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.

 


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Leonard J. Schoppa

   Leonard J. Schoppa—farmer, pastor, counselor, and a much-loved husband, father, brother, and grandfather—passed away on Dec. 27 at the age of 75. He was born in Wilbarger County in 1938 and grew up on a farm near the Red River in Elliott.  In his youth, he picked and chopped cotton in these fields and helped his father both with the farming and with his construction work. From his earliest years, he was also an active member of the congregation at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harrold, where he was baptized, confirmed, served as pastor, and (most recently) as chairman of the congregation.
   In between his long years of life in Harrold and Vernon, Len served as a missionary in Japan. He left home to attend Valporaiso College in Indiana, but was called to take up the ministry, and so completed his studies at Concordia Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. He volunteered to serve as a missionary, and was sent by the Church to Japan, where he spent the first two years in Tokyo learning Japanese.

   He then founded the Lutheran Church in Oasa on the island of Hokkaido. He preached in Japanese to a small but loyal congregation and returned there in his later years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the congregation’s founding.  He is remembered fondly by the members of this congregation.

   In 1974, upon his return from Japan, he began working as Director of Outreach for Wilbarger County, providing community mental health services to the residences of the local area. He counseled families and individuals dealing with all of the challenges of life. He continued in this role until he retired from this position in 2000.

   Starting in the 1980s, Len took over farming the old family homestead in Elliott, growing cotton and wheat and raising cattle.  He built his home on the old farm, continued farming after his “retirement,” and took particular joy in caring for newborn calves.

   Len was a devoted husband to Beverly Schoppa of Harrold, who will miss him immeasurably. He was also a generous and loving father to seven children, all of whom graduated from Vernon High School.  Many of us spent the Christmas holidays with him, and he presided as usual at Christmas dinner with words of appreciation for his wife and family, as he led us in prayer.

   He is survived by his children: Leonard J.r of Charlottesville, Va.; Laura Schoppa of Alexandria, Va.; Nathan Schoppa of Boulder, Colo.; Greg Briscoe of Harrold, Tx.; Melanie Galinger of Hebron, Ky.; Brian Briscoe of Evergreen, Colo., and Stacy Briscoe of Centennial, Colo.; by his sisters, Clara Noack of Montague, Tx.; Marilyn Rogers of Murphy, Tx., and Lydia Miller of Franklin, Tenn., and his grandchildren Melina, Isabelle, Alex, Ana, Bradley, Samantha, Michael, Matthew.

   Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harrold, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Visitation will be at Sullivan Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

   Memorials may be made in Len’s name to the Memorial Fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Harrold, Tx.

 


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Deborah K. Austin

   Deborah (Debbie) K.  Austin, 60 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014  at  Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Kelly Russell.
   Austin was born on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1953 in Austin. She was the daughter of the late Edwin Peck and the late Lucille Scribner Peck. She married Gerald Austin on Aug. 17, 1986 in Wichita Falls. She had lived in Vernon since 1961. She worked as a mental health worker and security guard at Vernon State Hospital. She was a member of the Patriot Guard. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Gerald Austin of the home; two sons, Mark Austin of Seminole, Okla., and David Couch of Burleson; one daughter, Cindy Cloud of Celina; one sister, Connie Newberry of Moore, Okla., and seven grandchildren.

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

 


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Olga Cano

   CHILDRESS – Olga Cano, 68, of Vernon died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Childress with the Rev. Ismael Ortiz officiating. Interment will be in Childress Cemetery.
   Cano was born on June 10, 1945 in Mercedes. She was active in the Bread of Life Church of Vernon.

   Cano is survived by a sister, Olma Rodriguez of Vernon; one niece, one aunt, one grandchild, three stepsons and four stepdaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Guadalupe G. Suarz, and her husband, Ramiro Cano Sr.

   A prayer service for Cano will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home in Childress.



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Mary Jacquelyn “Jackye” Antwine

   Funeral for Mary Jacquelyn “Jackye” Antwine, 70, of Lawton, Okla. will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Central Christian Church of Vernon, Texas with Rev. Jim Hall, minister of Fletcher Christian Church, officiating.
   Jackye passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Lawton, Okla.

   Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

   Jackye was born on Feb. 26, 1943, in Grandfield, Okla. to Samuel Rudell and Mary Lou Fudge Russell. She went to school in Grandfield, Okla., graduating in 1961. She was active in many extra-curricular activities including choir and band. In the band, she served as drum major her senior year. She married Jim Antwine on March 25, 1961 in Grandfield. She was an outstanding Bible class teacher, and she traveled to many places in the U.S. conducting workshops on teaching Bible lessons to pre-school children. Her life focused on loving her family and serving the Lord. Jackye touched the lives of countless families during her over 20 years of service to Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens.

   Loving family members include her loving husband of over 50 years; daughters, Jacquelyn “Jeanye” and Phillip Mercer of Waxahachie, Texas and Jamye and Jamey Whitehorn of Lawton, Okla., and Martha Antwine of Elgin, Okla.; grandchildren, Tyler and Melissa and daughter Ellie Jaclyn Mercer of Red Oak, Texas, Jenna Mercer and Will Myrick of Lawton, Leah Whitehorn and Christopher Maple of Durant, Okla., and Ariel Whitehorn of Lawton; brothers, Samuel Russell of Lawton, Tom and Brenda Russell of Cache, Okla., Dan and Jean Russell of New York, Larry Russell of California, and sisters, Frankye Jones and Billye Gaines, both of Seattle, Wash.

   Jackye is in Heaven with her parents, her beloved parents-in-law, Bob and Lily Faye Antwine and her granddaughter, Jaclyn Hope Mercer.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, 2100 Sand Road, Vernon, TX 76384.

   Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the funeral home.

 

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Jackie Walker

   CROWELL – Jackie Walker, 77, of Crowell, died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 in Quanah. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett assisted by the Rev. Tyler Looper, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crowell.
   Walker was born Feb. 27, 1936 in Portales, N.M., a son of the late Jack and Hazel Miller Walker. He married Jo Kaemmerling on Aug. 9, 1997 in Elide, N.M. He was a longtime resident of Crowell. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crowell and served in the United States Army. He was a longtime driver of Central Express Trucking Company. He was a custom farmer and a former Foard County Deputy Sheriff.
   He is survived by his wife, Jo Walker, of Crowell; three daughters, Debra Baize of Crowell and Eryn Boehler of Abilene; three sons, Jeffrey Walker of Burkburnett, Bill Ford of Leroy, N.Y., and Mark Ford of Chanute, Kan.; one sister, Maxine Heffelfinger of Crowell; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell. Memorials may be made to the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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David Lee Blackburn

   CROWELL – David Lee Blackburn, 54, of Crowell, died on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Margaret Methodist Church with Rev. Damon Stalvey officiating.
   Blackburn was the son of Joe and Icyphene Blackburn, born on Oct. 13, 1959 in Irving.  He was a general contractor , doing carpentry work around the area. He was a disabled veteran after serving in the Army for two years. Blackburn lived most of his life in Crowell and around the Dallas area.
   He is survived by his mother, Icyphene Blackburn of Crowell; one brother, Rex Blackburn of San Antonio; two stepsons, Brian Marsh of Houston and Travis Marsh of Lubbock, as well as two aunts, nieces, nephews and great-nieces.  He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Blackburn.
   Memorials may be made to Margaret Methodist Church or a favorite organization.


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John Wayne Adams

   John Wayne Adams, 62, of Vernon died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Adams was born on Sunday, Feb. 4, 1951 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Lewis Adams and the late Doris Henson Adams. He had lived most of his live in Vernon. He worked for the Vernon State Hospital for many years.

   He is survived by two brothers, Gary Adams and Randy Adams, both of Vernon; four sisters, Joyce Gant, Linda McPeak and Rita Hopper, all of Vernon, and Sherrie Parker of Houma, La., as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Lou Fennell, and four brothers, Bob, Tony Layton (Bud) and Ricky Adams.
 Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Ludene Bailey

   QUANAH – Ludene Bailey, age 77, of Quanah, died, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Crowell. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at the Chapel at Smith Funeral home with Rev. Oscar Martinez and Rev. Sam Dody officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Bailey was born July 6, 1936 in Corsicana to the late A.J. and Eddie Murt Mitchell. She was a longtime resident of Quanah and a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

   She is survived by one son, Bobby Joe Bailey of Quanah; one brother, Billy Mitchell of Quanah; one niece and two nephews


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Jimmy M. Fox

   A memorial services for former Vernon resident Jimmy M. Fox, 82, who died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the Western Trail Cowboy Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox.
   Fox had lived in Vernon for several years. He retired from the Vernon State Hospital after many years of service there. He served in the US army and four tours of duty in Korea and four in Vietnam. He served as advisor to the 251st Vietnamese Artillery Battalion. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, he had received the Vietnam Beret, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He also received four Commendation Medals, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Airborne Wings and two General’s Aide Awards. He had the privilege of serving as General Critz’s Aide and General Palmer’s Aide. He had the honor of a visit from General Palmer one day while working at Vernon State Hospital. He was a member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church. He was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Fox of Oklahoma City, Okla., and nephew, the Rev. Ron Fox of Vernon as well as several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Fox. 


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Clara Lee “Muff” Butcher Christine

   Clara Lee “Muff” Butcher Christine, 92, of Gillett, died Dec. 19, 2013.  She was born June 15, 1921, to Charlie Clinton Butcher and Carrie Bitely Butcher.  Muff was a homemaker and a member of Gillett United Methodist Church.
     Muff was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Tom Christine; two sons-in-law, Norman Neely and Dr. Layne Collums, Jr.  Survivors include her daughters, Betty Neely of DeWitt and Jackie Collums of Vernon, TX; four grandchildren, Christy Wells of Maumelle, Jodi Owen of Vernon, TX, and her children Molli, Ben, and Jaci, LeAnn (Chris) Thomsen of Tempe, AZ, and Ken (Robin) Collums of Abilene, TX, and their children Anna and Layne.
     Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Gillett United Methodist Church with burial in Gillett Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Gillett Cemetery, c/o Jennifer Lowe, P.O. Box 124, Gillett, AR . 72055, or Gillett United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 88, Gillett, AR..  72055.

 


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Victor Vidal Chavarria

   Victor Vidal Chavarria, 46 of Vernon died on Monday, Dec.16, 2013 in Vernon, Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Ismael Ortiz. Interment will be held at Thalia Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Chavarria was born Saturday, July 29, 1967, He was the son of the late Maria Vidal Chavarria and Roman Chavarria. He had lived in Vernon for 20 years. He worked for Sharp Veterinarian Clinic.

   He is survived by his wife, Debra Chavarria of Dallas; his father, Roman Chavarria of Vernon;
 his son, Stephen Chavarria of Dallas; his daughter, Erica Chavarria of Dallas; three brothers, Enrique  Vidal Chavarria of Temple, Gudberto Chavarria of Vernon and Joquin Chavarria of Vernon; four sisters,  Elvira Vidal Chavarria, Estela Chavarria and Janny Chavarria, all of Vernon, and Maria Luisa Chavarria of Calfornia; two granddaughters and 26 nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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

 

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Rudy Neel

   Ruby Neel, 84 of Irving, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Irving. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at the Bell Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Neel was born Sunday, April 7, 1929 in Odell. She was the daughter of the late John Boyd and the late Gracie Robinson Boyd. She married Presley (Bigboy) Neel on Aug. 2, 1946 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2009. She was a retired worker for Vernon State Hospital. She was a member of the Pearl Street Baptist Church.

   She is survived by two sons, Danny Neel of Tool and Rickey Neel of Lewisville; two brothers, Roland Boyd of Arlington and Daulton Boyd of Bullhead City, Ariz.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

   Visitation will be from 1 p.m., until service time on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to the Bell Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Patsy R. Penwright

   Patsy R. Penwright of Yukon, OKLA  died  Dec. 9, 2013 in her home in Yukon, Okla., surrounded by her family.  Born July 5, 1929 in Vernon, Texas to L.E. (Les) and Thida Byars,  Pat was a member of the Silver Chords choir in Yukon, the First Christian Church of Calumet, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
   Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill; daughter, Cathy Penwright  Menz Reese; grandson, Joshua M. Penwright;  and both parents.  She is survived by her sister, Cornelia Vickery, Dallas, Texas;  daughter Anne Penwright and husband Sam of Yukon, Okla.;  son, Marshall and wife Marci of Houston, Texas; Les Penwright of Yukon, Okla.; son-in-law, Bob Reese of Calumet; 7 grandchildren;  13 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

   Viewing will begin Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at the First Christian Church in Calumet, Okla.,  with interment to follow at El Reno Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Calumet, PO Box 8, Calumet, Okla., 73014.  Services are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, El Reno, Okla.


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Jewel Caroline Haynes

   Jewel Caroline Haynes was born to Dan and Lula Passmore in Russell, Okla. on April 8, 1934. On Sept. 8, 1950, she married Cecil Perryman, and they had three children: Larry, Linda, and Sharon. Jewel later married Bill Haynes on June 18, 1982. She lived in Oklahoma until 1985 when she and her husband, Bill, moved to Texas. Jewel passed away in Vernon, Texas on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the age of 79.
   Mrs. Haynes is survived by her husband, Bill Haynes, of Vernon; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kay Perryman of Mangum, Okla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Terry Brooks of Lindsay, Okla.; and a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mike Montgomery of Roosevelt, Okla.  There are two step-daughters: Amaryllis Mullins of Burkburnett, and Betty Smith of Portland. Jewel also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
   Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Lula Passmore; two brothers, Marshall and Lonnie Passmore; three sisters, Grace Lee Passmore, Clara Mae Smith and Vida Lee Ratliff, in addition to four stillborn siblings.
   The family request that any memorials donations be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Haynes will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Vernon with Dr. Darrell Monday officiating and Rev. Kelly Russell assisting.
   Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home of Vernon.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Billie Jo Levario

   Billie Jo Levario, 73, of Abilene, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  Billie was born and raised in Vernon, Texas to Willie and Hattie Knight Swanson.  She married Juan Levario on Nov. 9, 1979. She loved to fish and to sew.  Billie was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 6873.  She loved people and never met a stranger.
   Billie was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Nelda Baker. She is survived by her husband, Juan Levario;  three daughters, Donna K. Winkles and husband, Homer, of Abilene, Cathy L. Martinez of San Antonio,  Ronda C. Phipps of Colorado; five grandchildren: DeeAnna, Robert, Brandy, Michael, and Chris; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Baker of Vernon, Texas and several nephews.

   Online condolences can be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.

 


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Johnnie D. Barrier

   Johnnie D. Barrier, 85 of Vernon, died on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Barrier was born Sunday, Dec. 2, 1928 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Dave Edgar Barrier and the late Nancy Ann Hutchens Barrier. He married Joyce Ann Rosson on April 25, 1948 in Vernon . She preceded him in death June 2, 2006. He had lived all of his life in Vernon. He was a farmer and hay hauler. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his son, Tony Barrier of Muleshoe; two daughters, Rebecca Waggoner and Kathy Hite, both of Vernon; two sisters, Velma Butler of Wichita Falls and Emma Jean Capps of Levelland; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Shelton Guion Clayton II

   Funeral services for Shelton Guion Clayton, II, 70 of Vernon, who died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Wichita Falls, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Irl Holt. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Clayton was born Monday, Feb. 1, 1943 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Shelton Guion Clayton and the late Louise Truelove Clayton. He married Carla Thomas on June 25, 1966 in Vernon. He had lived all of his life in Vernon. He was a salesman for Riddell Sports Inc., since 1979. He was owner and operator of North Texas Hardware from 1970 to 1979. He was a member of NRA, American Quarter Horse Association, and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was a member of Fargo United Methodist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Carla Clayton of the home; one son,
 Shelton Guion (Trey) Clayton, III of Vernon; one daughter, Angelieque Matthys of San Antonio; one brother, Anthony Clayton of Coppell; one sister, Trudy Cook of Duncan, Okla., and two grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Gene and Naomi Thomas Scholarship Fund at Vernon College.

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

 


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Betty Jean (Russell) Box

   Betty Jean (Russell) Box, 84, former Altus resident of Vernon, Texas, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013in Vernon, Texas.  The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at the Kincannon Funeral Home.  Private family graveside services will be held at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home. 
   Betty Russell was born on March 3, 1929 to James W. and Anna (Foreman) Russell in Altus, Okla. She attended Altus Public Schools and graduated from Altus High School in 1947.  Betty and George L. Box, Jr. were united in marriage on May 30, 1947 in Vernon, Texas.  He preceded her in death in January of 1994.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus, Okla.  She loved watching her grandchildren play football and watching Texas Rangers baseball.  Much of Betty’s time was spent sewing, quilting and cooking.
   Betty is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry Russell and Jim Russell; infant brother, Donnie Joe Russell, and a son-in-law, Lane B. Taylor.
   She is survived by her children, Leslie Taylor and husband, William Toy, of Vernon, Texas and Mark Box and wife, Sherry, of Kingston, Okla., a sister, Kay Talbott, of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Carl Russell of Kingsville, Texas and John Russell of Escondido, Calif., six grandchildren, George L. Rhett Box and wife, Leslie, Ryan Mark Box and wife, Adrienne, Reade Cotney Box and wife Sarah, Brandon Douglas Cross and wife Lillie, Lacey Jean Ownby and husband, Ken, and Timothy Lane Taylor; and 11 great-grandchildren, John Mark Box, James Rhett Box, Jessie James Box, Skylee Blake Box, Quinton Reade Box, Dyson Grant Lee Box, Adlynn Beth Box, Jacob Lee Martinez and Jordan Lane Martinez, Kaitlyn Ashley Cross and Corey Brandon Cross.
   Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com. 


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Larry Thomas Haynes

   Larry Thomas Haynes, 67 of Vernon, died on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 1 p.m.,  at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rick Rosales. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Larry was born Monday, Dec. 31, 1945 in Fort Worth. He went to school in Amarillo until the 6th grade when he moved to Vernon, where he graduated in 1964. He began dating Ruby Labeth on Jan. 15, 1974 and was with the love of his life for almost 40 years. He worked with his father then later owned Exxon Service Station, which he sold in 1975. He became a self-employed trucker driver for over 30 years until his retirement. He loved hunting and fishing on his deer lease. He also enjoyed coffee with his buddies.

   He is survived by his mother, Vynetta Rose (Cagle) States; his wife, Ruby (Labeth) Haynes of the home; one daughter, Andria Franco and husband John of Lawton, Okla., one son, Larry (Todd) Haynes and wife Amy of Frederick, Okla.; one sister, Kay Chisholm and husband Bob of Greenville, Texas; one brother, Dale Haynes and wife Betsy of Greenville, Texas; one uncle, J.W. Haynes and wife Lawanda of Vernon; six grandchildren, Cody, Chance, Justin Hagerman, Courtney and Bryce Haynes, John Franco. He was preceded in death by his father T.J. Haynes on June 25, 1982, a brother Troy Haynes on Feb. 8, 1959, a sister Rose Hopkins on Feb. 29, 2011 and his step-father Marvin States on April 1, 2008.

   Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.

   Pallbearers will be Duane Chisholm, Todd Haynes, John Fisher, Robert Haynes, Booth Freeman, Ollie Garrett and Bobbie Haynes.

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

 


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Mary Swanson Breshears Jordan

   Funeral services for Mary Swanson Breshears Jordan 89, who died Dec. 6, 2013 in McLoud, Okla. following a lengthy illness, will be held  be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be in Fargo cemetery in Fargo, Texas.
   Jordan was born July 10, 1924, in Vernon, a daughter of Thomas A. Swanson and Myrtle Shankles Swanson. She married Cloys Breshears in 1941 and later married Emmitt Jordan in 1976.

   Surviving are one sister, Eunice Boyd; a son,  Mike Breshears of Longview;  a daughter, Wanda Doolen of McLoud, Okla.; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Emory, Willie, Carl and Earl Swanson, and four sisters, Ima Neely, Ruby Crisp, Jewel Eason and Murl Moore.


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David Lewis Duckworth

   David Lewis Duckworth, 66 of Chillicothe died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are pending at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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Edwin (Gino) Johnson

   QUANAH – Edwin (Gino) Johnson, of Quanah died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Quanah. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Quanah Memorial Park with Sam Doby officiating. Interment is under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Johnson was born July 27, 1962. He was a longtime resident of Quanah. He graduated from Crowell High School and was a former employee of the Crowell Calif.,p Factory. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Crowell.
   He is survived by his wife, Serina Petty-Johnson; two daughters, Ashley Petty of Amarillo and Dominue Lindsey of Oklahoma City, Okla; two sons, Dareus Johnson of Quanah and Edwin Johnson of Wichita Falls; his mother, Carolyn Johnson of Pacoima, Calif.; one brother, Reggie Jackson of Venice, Calif., three sisters, Trina Childress, Los Angeles, Calif., Kamika Batch, Los Angeles, Calif., and Felicia Williams, Gardena, Calif. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rico Williams and Jose Williams.


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Presley Lamar (P.L)

   Presley Lamar (P.L.)  Pippin, Jr., age 76, of Archer City, Texas, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013, at a Wichita Falls, Texas hospital.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Archer City, with Roger Deerinwater, pastor, officiating.  Interment with full Military Honors will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Pippin & Hill Cemetery in Hopkins County, Texas under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City. 
   P.L. was born Aug. 3, 1937 in Rains County, Texas to Presley L. Pippin and Pattie Lois Gresham Pippin.
   He was retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service and then was retired from Archer County as Sheriff in 1995.
  He and Sherry (Shorty) Stanford were married Nov. 29, 2000 in Decatur, Texas.
   He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Denise Cato of Chillicothe, Texas; two sons, James Pippin of Graham, Texas, and Brad Pippin of Lansing, Kan.; two stepsons, Rusty and Dusty McCord of Archer City; one step-daughter, Phyllis Shoemaker of Dean, Texas; the mother of his children, Janice Kay Smith of Vernon, Texas; and three grandchildren, Wesley and Rebecca of Lansing, Kan. and Gwendolyn of Wheeling, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his sister, Francis Garrett, and two brothers, Jimmie and Basil (Bunk) Pippin.
   The family suggests memorials to the Archer County Sheriff’s Dept., P.O. Box 517, Archer City, Texas  76351 for specialized training for their officers.


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Dorthy Ann (Dottie) Salters Garrison

   Long time Vernon resident, Dorothy Ann (Dottie) Salters Garrison, age 79, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 following a short battle with cancer. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Visitation is planned for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Dottie was born June 17, 1934 in Fort Worth, where she spent the majority of her formative years. She enjoyed a brief career as a fashion model in the Dallas market and also sang professionally around the Fort Worth area. During her time at Paschall High School, she was named runner-up in the Miss Fort Worth Pageant. In 1951 she graduated from Paschall High School and then attended Texas Tech University where she was a member of Las Chaparitas and was ROTC Sweetheart.

   She married Earl Joe Garrison, originally from Levelland, on July 9, 1952. They moved to Vernon, April 1, 1956 as co-owners of KVWC Radio.

   Mrs. Garrison was actively involved in the daily operations of KVWC Radio with her husband, Joe, as a marketing and sales representative. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Vernon and was a active member of the church choir, where she especially enjoyed Christmas and Easter pageants. She was also a charter member of the Junior Service League and involved in many community activities, her favorite being the Red Stocking Follies and singing with her husband. But most importantly, she was a homemaker, spending her life devoted to her husband and three daughters. Upon retiring from KVWC Radio, Dec. 31, 1990, Dottie and husband traveled the world and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren.

    Mrs. Garrison was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Minnie Salters and her husband, Joe Garrison. Mrs. Garrison is survived by three daughters, Rhonda Klappenbach and husband, Mike, of Vernon, Jan King and husband, Tommy, of Lubbock, and Cindy Harrison and husband, Tom, of Shreveport, Louisiana. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Jennifer Stockton and husband, David, of Houston, Jason Klappenbach and wife, Tessa, of Wichita Falls, Jeffrey King and wife, Suzanne, of Sunray, Hannah Midgett and husband, Sam, of Wichita Falls, Bryan King of Lubbock, and Travis Harrison and wife, Meredith, of Anacortes, Washington. She is also survived by five great grandchildren, Sam and Will Stockton, Luke and Shelby Klappenbach and Isla King.

   Pallbearers will be her four grandsons and two grandsons-in-law.

   The family of Dottie Garrison requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Vernon, Texas, American Cancer Society or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
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   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Shelton Clayton

   Shelton Clayton age 70 of Vernon, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are pending at Sullivan Funeral Home.

 

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Ronald (Ron) E. Hamm

   Funeral services for Ronald (Ron) E. Hamm, 79 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Vernon, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Hamm was born Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1934 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Clifford Cortez Hamm and the late Thelma Price Hamm. He married Frances Mote on July 23, 1960 in Vernon, He had lived most of his life in Vernon. He was assistant city recreation director for the City of Santa Fe, N.M., and he was a conductor for Harris Semi in Palm Bay, Fla., and the Middle School & High School I.S.S. Coordinator in Vernon. He retired from Vernon State Hospital as a Mental Health Supervisor. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Frances Hamm of the home; one daughter, Amy Hamm of Vernon; three grandchildren, and a sister, Linda Plummer of Plano. He was preceded in death by a son Mitchell Hamm in March of 2005; a grandson, Cullen Hamm-Goolsby, and a brother Larry Hamm.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Cancer society or Wilbarger County Humane Society.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Mary Swanson Breshears Jordan

   Mary Swanson Breshears Jordan 89, died Dec. 6, 2013 in McLoud, Okla. following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be in Fargo cemetery in Fargo, Texas.
   Jordan was born July 10, 1924, in Vernon, a daughter of Thomas A. Swanson and Myrtle Shankles Swanson. She married Cloys Breshears in 1941 and later married Emmitt Jordan in 1976.
   Surviving is one sister, Eunice Boyd; a son,  Mike Breshears of Longview;  a daughter, Wanda Doolen of McLoud, Okla.; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Emory, Willie, Carl and Earl Swanson, and  four sisters, Ima Neely, Ruby Crisp, Jewel Eason and Murl Moore.

 

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Ellie Edwin Chappell

   ABILENE, Texas – Former Vernon resident Ellie Edwin (Edd) Chappell, 88, passed away Dec. 1, 2013, in Abilene after a lengthy illness.
   Visitation in Abilene will be held at North’s Funeral Home Abilene, on Thursday evening Dec. 5, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Sullivan’s Funeral Home in Vernon, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Doug Shelley of Big Spring and David Sims of Abilene, officiating.  Interment will be at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Mr. Chappell was born July 13, 1925 in Idabel, Okla., a son of the late James Ellie and Hattie Bell Holland Chappell.  He married Mozelle Louvae Townsend on April 26, 1945, in Durant, Okla. They were married 50 years before her death Dec. 14, 1995.  Mr. Chappell married Jessie Edwards of Abilene on March 3, 2002 where they have resided since his passing.

   The Chappell family lived in Lockett during his early childhood years and later moved to Achille, Okla. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a veteran of World War II. He was discharged in 1946 and worked as machinist in Fort Worth for many years before being ordained as a Baptist minister in 1958. Pastor Chappell served as the minister at Riverside Baptist Church in Meridian, Texas; Victory Baptist Church in Wichita Falls; Immanuel Baptist Church in Pueblo, Colo.; and Beacon Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He was the pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Vernon from 1974 to 1993.

   He was also instrumental in establishing churches in India by sponsoring missionary Solomon Rao and his family through East Side Baptist Church. Chappell was faithful to the ministry until his retirement in 1993.  He was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Abilene. He enjoyed fishing, playing his mandolin and singing, and volunteering at the Rose Park Senior Citizen’s Center.

   Survivors include his wife, Jessie, of Abilene; a son, Derrel Chappell of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Tracye Mendez, of Kyle, Texas; three step-sons, James Edwards of Abilene, Randell Edwards of Stephenville and Mark Edwards of Abilene; a step-daughter, Alice Grissom of Abilene; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and one  sister Beatrice Salyer of Austin.

   He was preceded in death by three brothers, Oran Chappell, George Chappell and Oscar Chappell, and a sister Joe Alice Livingston.

   Pallbearers will be James Prescott, Lonnie Collier, Gordon Schulz, Bill Sutton, Emmitt Moore, and Robert Vincent.

   Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice of Abilene, Rose Park Senior Citizens Center in Abilene, or Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

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

 


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Stanley S. Kothye

   Stanley S. Kothe of Fredericksburg passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1 in the Knopp Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 83 years.
   Stanley was born Dec. 20, 1929 in Fredericksburg, Texas to Herman and Emma Schmidt Kothe. He married Olga Woerner on Feb. 20, 1951.  He operated the Sands Motel in Vernon in the 1970s.
   He  is survived by his wife: Olga Woerner Kothe of Fredericksburg; two daughters and three sons and spouses: Darrel and Cindy Kothe of Fredericksburg, Stevie and Julie Kothe of Fredericksburg, Dennis and Jerri Kothe of Vernon, Cindy and Dale Turkett of Fredericksburg, 
Stannett and Kenneth Raute of Fredericksburg; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one brother and spouse: Kenneth and JoAnn Kothe of Fredericksburg.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Terry Parker
   Funeral services for Stanley Kothe were held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., in the chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg. Graveside services and interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.
   For those who so desire, you may make memorial contributions in his memory to the Fredericksburg V.F.D. or to the charity of your choice.
   Pallbearers: Darrin Kothe, Dustin Kothe, Shane Turkett, Jonathon Turkett, Kegan Raute, Kye Raute, Kreger Raute.
   Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.
   Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg.


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Glenn Edwin Quisenberry

   QUANAH – Glenn Edwin Quisenberry, 68, of Quanah, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Quisenberry was born May 7, 1945 to the late Wes and Vivian Baker Quisenberry in Vernon. He married Jana Rozell July 2, 1986 in Quanah. He was a resident of Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties all of his life. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed racing cars and was a member of the Church of Christ.

   Survived by his wife, Jana Quisenberry of Quanah; two sons, Jeff Quisenberry and Casey Quisenberry, both of, Quanah; two sisters, Glenda Boyd, Vernon and Marietta Inglish of Famers Valley; one brother,  Jimmy Quisenberry; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Family visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home.

   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Thomas Sawyer Library.

 

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Lewis Dorris

   Lewis Dorris, 78 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Vernon. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Dorris was born Sunday, May 26, 1935 in Nashville, Tenn. He was the son of the late Lilland Dorris and the late Sara Margrett Dorris. He married Florence McElfresh on March 31, 2010 in Springfield, Tenn. He had lived in Vernon since 1988. He was owner and operator of Dorris Service Company Heating & AC for 60 years. He served in the US Army Staff Sgt. serving in Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
   He is survived by his wife, Florence McElfresh of the home; two sons, Terry Dorris of Celina, and Shawn Dorris of Vernon; two daughters, Stacey McKinney of Sherman and Shay Barker of Thackerville, Calif., two sisters, Josephine Checker and Eunice Vickers; one brother, Floyd Dorris, nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Dorris and James Dorris, and two sisters Iren Sexton and Elizabeth Shelton.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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Darrell Elbert Lambert

   Darrell Elbert “Pat” Lambert, 85, of Vernon, died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Vernon.
   Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Western Trail Cowboy Church. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Pat was born Thursday, April 19, 1928; he was the son of the late Oad Lambert and the late Molly Forehand Lambert. He married Patricia Davenport on Aug. 27, 1950 in Vernon. She preceded him in death Dec. 18, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in a Korean War MASH Unit. He was owner and operator of Pat Lambert Body Shop. He was a member of Western Trail Cowboy Church.

   He is survived by one brother, Sid Lambert of Lake Arrowhead, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a sister Wilma Mitchell, and two brothers Joe Lambert and Laudy Lambert.

   Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Western Trail Cowboy Church.

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



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Dale Ray Shelton Sr.

   Mr. Dale Ray Shelton Sr., age 73, of Ozark, Mo., was born June 30, 1940, in Vernon, to Oscar Ray and Helen Betty (Daniel) Shelton.  He went to be with his Lord and Savior, Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:10 a.m., on Thanksgiving Day, after battling with COPD, emphysema, and congestive heart failure.
   He leaves behind his wife of 49 years and six months, Charlotte May (Root); one son, Dale Ray Shelton Jr., and wife, Kimberly A. (Viles) Shelton; two grandchildren, Levi Charles Shelton, age 17, and Abbie Rae-Ann Shelton, age 15.

   Dale was a wonderful husband, providing Charlotte with love, compassion, and an everlasting friendship.  He loved his son, Dale Jr., very much and was his greatest fan while Dale Jr. was playing in sports.  The grandchildren, Levi and Abbie, were his sunshine.

   Dale worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a lineman and signal maintainer, retiring at the Springfield, Mo., signal shop, in 2001. He served in the U.S. Navy, and as a fireman for the U.S. Air Force while stationed in Germany.

   The visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Mo.  The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, also in the
 funeral home.  Burial, with military honors, will follow the service in Brookline Cemetery, Brookline, Mo.  Online condolences may be shared at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com


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Edna Ethelene Bledsoe Gibbs

   Edna Ethelene Bledsoe Gibbs, 81 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ with Joe Dale Wilson officiating, interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Edna was born Sunday, July 17, 1932 in Avoca. She was the daughter of the late Evert Jordan and the late Mary Clevenger Jordan. She married Delroy Bledsoe on April 1, 1952. He preceded her in death on July 12, 1986. She then married Charles Gibbs on July 18, 1991. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1999. She was a 1949 graduate of Avoca High School. She graduated from Nursing School at Amherst College in Amherst in 1950. She worked as a lab tech at Christ The King Hospital. She was a member of the Lockett Extension Club and was a member of the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ.
   Surviving are two sons, Jim Bledsoe and wife Robin of Archer City and David Bledose of Childress; one daughter, Debbie Ramsey of Vernon; two brothers, Monroe Jordan of Lueders and Caroll Jordan of Fayetteville, Ark.; one sister, Flossie Jordan of Norman, Okla.; grandchildren, Damaris and Tim Horn, Heath Ramsey, Loren Anne Ramsey, Brady Bledsoe, Ethan Bledsoe, Evan Bledsoe and Jordan Bledsoe;
   Five great-grandchildren and one due in February of 2014. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Jordan and Jimmy Jordan.
      Visitation will be held on Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
      Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Pallbearers will be Heath Ramsey, Brady Bledsoe, Evan Bledsoe, Ethan Bledsoe, Jordan Bledsoe and Tim Horn.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Mrs. Donald Marsh

   Mrs. Donald Marsh, 84 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Macklin officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Marsh was born on Nov.30, 1928 in McClennan County. She was the daughter of the late Rhea Blanton and the late Electa Wall Blanton. She married Donald Dean Marsh on Aug.14, 1948 in Hewitt. She had lived in Vernon since 1955. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and she was a homemaker.
   Surviving are husband, Donald Marsh of the home; two sons, Ed Marsh and Donald Marsh, Jr., both of Vernon; one daughter, Bobbi Graf of Vernon; one sister, Jean Mirick of Fort Worth;
   14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Blanton.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday Nov. 25, 2013 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Lottie Moon Offering.
   Pallbearers will be Greg Graf, Brian Graf, Mark Graf, Justin Marsh, Tyler Marsh, Jason Marsh, Jordan Marsh, Jonathan Marsh, Josh Marsh and Jerod Marsh.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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James William Walters

   QUANAH – James William Walters, 67, of Quanah, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Quanah. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Wayne Hollenshead officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Walters was born July 15, 1946 to the late Erie and Helen Walters in Stevens Point, Wisc. He married Brenda Thompson Walters on Aug. 23, 1982 in Tulsa, Okla. He grew up in Appleton, Wisc. He moved to Texas in 1976 and has lived in Quanah since 2007. He was a machinist at Dingo for 10 years and also other various machine shops. He loved Harley motorcycles, hunting and bowling.
   He is survived by his wife, Brenda Walters of Quanah; one son, Michael Lee Walters of Fort Worth; two daughters, Niki Sue Swokowski of Appleton, Wisc., and Lacey Michelle Braziel of Bedford; two stepchildren, Denise Surles of Big Spring and Sherri Shepard, Portland, Tenn.;  two sisters, Lawana Vandenboom  of Appleton, Wisc., and Nancy Kelly of Shawno, Wisc.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Erie Walters; his mother, Helen Walters, and three brothers, Chet Walters, Junior Walters And Freddy Walters.
   Family visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home.
   Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association or Meals on Wheels.

 


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Ina Baldwin

   Ina Baldwin, 84 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Stephenville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Baldwin was born on Saturday, Aug. 24, 1929 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Louis Walker and the late Bertha Baker Walker. She married Carl I. Baldwin on June 3, 1947 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1991. She lived all of her life in Vernon. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where she was a teacher and director of the two and three-year-old Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker.

   She is survived by three daughters, Linda Wilson of Vernon, Donna Donohue of Stephenville and Shelia Hutson of Vernon; one foster son, Charles Ritter of Vernon; three sisters, Mary Arnold of Vernon, Louise Watson of Arizona and Thelia Brock of Vernon; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Pallbearers will be Ricky Baldwin, Jerry Baldwin, Leslie Denton, Kim Arnold, Ken Brock and Paul Simmons.

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

 


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Teena Kay Brown

   Teena Kay Brown passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at the Azle Church of Christ. 
   Teena was born in Vernon Sept. 1, 1955 to the late Harry and Lois Shannon. She was an honor graduate of the 1973 class of Vernon High School and the 1975 class of Vernon Regional Junior College. Teena retired from North Texas State Hospital after many years of service. She will be greatly missed.
   Survivors include her daughter, Meagan Urbanek of Fort Worth; son, Zack Brown of Mesquite; grandson, Eli Brown of Ardmore, Okla.; sisters, Deena Adams of Seymour and Rhonda Flores of Wichita Falls, and a niece, nephews and many other loving family members and friends.       

 


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Charles Edward Shultz

   CROWELL – Charles Edward Shultz, 55, of Crowell died on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in the Margaret Cemetery in Margaret with the Rev. Damon Stalvey, pastor of the Margaret United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Margaret Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Shultz was born Dec. 8, 1957 in Foard County, the son of Loyd and Jackie Wesley Shultz. He graduated from Lubbock schools. He was a carpenter.

   He is survived by two daughters, Mary Watson of Lubbock and Letha Shultz of Graham; one son, Brandon Shultz of Lubbock; two brothers, Keith Shultz of Lubbock and James Shultz of Margaret; one sister, Trudy Robinson of Crowell; his parents, Loyd and Jackie Shultz of Margaret, and five grandchildren.

   Memorials may be made to the Margaret United Methodist Church.

   Visitation will be from 12 noon until service time on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.


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Alvin E. Lewis

   Alvin E. Lewis, was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Chillicothe, Texas to the late Dempsey Daniel Jr. and Bertha Mae (McAdams), and passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Alvin enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He was a high school math teacher before becoming an automobile mechanic. Alvin was preceded in death by two brothers, Milton and Tommie, and four sisters, Lenora, Gracie, Eunice, and Maydelle.
   Those left to cherish him memory are his sisters, Hester Clark of Lubbock, Oleta McCubbin of Wichita Falls; son Michael Lewis and wife Amy of Lubbock; son David Lewis of Bismark, North Dakota; daughter Kim Lewis of Wichita Falls; daughter Melanie Lamar and husband, Larry of Fort Worth; and five grandchildren Russell, James, Joshua, Audra, and Jessica.

   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at the Chillicothe, Texas Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Ron Fox. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at Smith Funeral Chapel, Chillicothe, Texas

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

 


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Gene Autry Martin

   QUANAH – Gene Autry Martin, 72, of Quanah, died on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Quanah. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. John Spangler officiating.
   Martin was born Feb. 18, 1941 in Winslow, Ind., to the late Charles and Vivian Norick. He worked as a maintenance manager and CNA at the nursing homes in Quanah, Crowell and Quanah.

   He is survived by: four daughters, Donna Glover of, Quanah, Peggy Koonce, Kathy Sapler and
 Mary Martin, all of Princeton, Ind.; one brother, Leroy Martin of Princeton, Ind; three sisters, Mary Lewis, of Indianapolis, Ind., Delpha Jane Norick of Winslow, Ind, and Jill Wright.

 

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Lyvonne Marie Harper

   Lyvonne Marie Harper, 65 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at Hurricane Cemetery in Arcadia, La. under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Lyvonne was born Friday, March 19, 1948 in Hodge, La. She was the daughter of the late Elmer Trussell and the late Louise Moreland Trussell. She was born and raised in Louisiana. She graduated from high school in 1966. She enjoyed dancing more than anything, and she was  active as an instructor for numerous weight loss organizations. She was a mortgage banker for many years, and she was a member of Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
   She is survived by her daughter, Kala Martinez of Vernon; a sister, Una Hutchins of Grand Prairie; three grandchildren, Allison, Kelsey and Austin, all of Vernon, and nieces and nephews, Holly Hutchins of Sugarland, Mark Bramlett of Austin, Kimberly Bramlett of Austin, Gary Hutchins of Austin, and Nicole Hutchins of Austin. She was preceded in death by a son. Gary Alan Harper, in 1995.
   Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Troy Joe Bailey

   IOWA PARK – Troy Joe Bailey, age 74, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at his residence in Iowa Park, Texas.Services were held  at 1 pm Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harvey McMurry, Hospice Chaplain, officiating.  Burial was in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
   Troy was born June 24, 1939 in Chillicothe, Texas to Lennie Joe and Nona Carlile Bailey.  He was a 45 year employee of the BNSF Railroad, where he worked as a railroad clerk.  He and Joan Wilson were married Jan. 28, 1961 in Chillicothe.  They have resided in Iowa Park since 1978.

   His parents and a son, David Joe Bailey, preceded him in death.

   His survivors include his wife, Joan of Iowa Park; son, Michael Bailey and wife, Vonna of Iowa Park; brother, Royce of Gainesville, Texas; 2 grandchildren, Tara Loyd and Ericka Walsh; three great-grandchildren, Madison, Bailey and Lawson, and two nephews.

  The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

   Messages of condolence may be given at www.duttonfuneralhome.com. 


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Maria Delores Ranjel Herbert

   ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. – Former Vernon resident Maria Dolores Ranjel Hebert, 54, of Rock Springs, Wyo., died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Services were held for Hebert, who had been a resident of Rock Springs since 1992.
   Hebert was born on April 25, 1959 in Vernon, the daughter of Sabas Ranjel and Augustina Longoria. She graduated from Vernon High School in 1978. She married Lynn Glover in 1982 in Vernon. He preceded her in death. She married Kenneth Joseph Hebert on June 22, 2000 in Green River. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2013.
   Survivors include her mother, Augustina Ranjel of Crowell; one son, William Hebert of Rock Springs, Wyo.; one daughter, Nikki Glover Renz of Rock Springs, Wyo; six brothers, Jacinto Ranjel of Oklahoma City, Sabas Ranjel Jr. of Wichita Falls, Augustine Ranjel of Georgia, John Ranjel and Trino Ranjel of Brigham City, Utah, and Roberto Ranjel of Vernon; seven sisters, Maria Greene of Altus, Okla., Louise Brown of Crowell, Sostenes Hernandez of Wichita Falls, Linda Ranjel of Dallas, Janie Ranjel of Maryland, Frances Jankord of Watertown, S.D. and Blanca Van Duyne of Stuttgart, Germany; three grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands; father, and two brothers, Manuel Ranjel and Pete Ranjel.
   Condolences may be sent in care of Robert Ranjel, 4430 Sand Oak, Vernon, Texas 76384 or http:/www.vasefuneeralhomes.com.


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Eddie Quisenberry

   Eddie Foy Quisenberry, 85 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Brian Pounds. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Quisenberry was born Wednesday, Jan.18, 1928. He was the son of the late David Phillip Quisenberry and the late Hettie Ann Wilson Quisenberry. He married Doris Kreig on Dec. 4, 1953 in Vernon. He was a lifetime resident of Wilbarger County. He was a farmer and truck driver for Ayes Oil Co. for several years. He enjoyed woodworking in his shop and dirt work and shredding with his tractor. He served in the US Army as a sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris Quisenberry of the home; one son, Dennis Quisenberry of Vernon; three daughters, Brenda Eddy, Sharon Quisenberry and Karen Nice, all of Vernon; two sisters, Dorothy Gillespie of McKinney and Geraldine Lam of Security, Colo.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Gail Seale, on Dec. 2, 2007, and a son, Eddie Dale Quisenberry, on Dec. 4, 1957; three brothers Johnny Quisenberry, Wess Quisenberry, and Bud Quisenberry; six sisters, Geneva Thomas,  Bonnie Morris, Helen Monday, Betty Morris, Anona Mowery, and Lorena Lisenbee, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. The family will be at 2106 Stadium Drive.

   Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Wichita Falls Chapter, 901 Indiana Suite 350, Wichita Falls, TX 76301. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Bettye Flake Graham-McLeod

   Funeral services for Bettye Flake Graham-McLeod will be held on the 15th day of November 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held following at Chillicothe Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Bettye passed away Nov.  9, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. from complication of a sudden illness.

   Bettye was a retired child nutritionist for BISD in Fort Worth. She was known as Granny by everyone long before she was even a grandmother. Her uplifting spirit, contagious smile, and love of children earned her that nickname. She was born to Willie Mae Graham and George Vernon Graham on Sept. 2, 1949 in Miami, Texas.

   Bettye married Willie Faye Holt on Oct. 5, 1966, Willie passed away in 1987. They had four children together. In 1992, Betty married John McLeod, who passed away in 2009.

   Bettye is survived by four children Brenda Hawkins of Ada, Okla, Angela Ackerman of Azle, Tony Holt of Azle, and Laura George of Ada, Okla; her grandchildren, Buddy McLaughlin of Vernon, Brandon Ackerman of Azle, Courtney Ackerman of Azle, Seth Hawkins of Ada, Okla., Stephen Hawkins of Ada, Okla., Cheyenne George of Ada, Okla.,Joshua George of Ada, Okla., Frankie Holt of Vernon, Ashley Plyer of North Richland Hills, Bailey Holt of Granbury, Brady Holt of Granbury, as well as eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Violet Guyette; her brother, Jimmy Graham, and grandson, Justin McLaughlin.

   Visitation will be held on Nov. 14, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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


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Linda Lindsey Goins

   Linda Lindsey Goins, 72 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Ben Macklin and the Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Goins was born Tuesday, June 10, 1941 in Mangum, Okla. She was the daughter of the late Walter Lindsey and the late Lois Harris Lindsey. She married Bill Goins on July 17, 1981 in Lubbock. She worked at Hawkins School and Central School as a para professional teacher’s aide for 33 years for music students. She was a member of the Yamparika Club and Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church and social chairman for First Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Bill Goins of the home; two daughters, Angie Boyd of Vernon and Deborah Cape of Atlanta, Ga.; one stepson, Billy Goins of Vernon; one brother, Robert Lindsey of Austin; two sisters, Shea Cotter of Arlington, and Donna Stribling of Vernon; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Darrell King

   LUBBOCK – Darrell King, 83, formerly of Vernon, died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in Lubbock. The son of Mason and Lonnie (Bunch) King, he was born October 22, 1930 near Eric, Okla. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at the Texhoma First Christian Church with Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. Donnie Callaway officiating.  Interment will follow in the Texhoma Cemetery. Services are under the care of the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.
   King attended school in Goodwell, graduating with the Class of 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Imogene Curtiss on Nov. 25, 1957 in Texhoma. They moved from Texhoma to Lubbock in 1998 and attended the Shawdow Hills Baptist Church. Following seven years in the Army, King worked for the U.S. government in the helium industry.
   Survivors include his wife, Imogene King of Lubbock; five children, Diane Maples of Lone Oak, Jean King of Lubbock, Buddy King of Texhoma, Okla., Gabrielle King of Trulock, Calif., and Lesia King of Midwest City, Okla. as well as 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Vicki Thies; grandson, Gary Eslinger Jr., and two sisters, Doris Ford and Janell Moore.
   The King family will greet friends Thursday evening, November 14th between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home, 122 NE 7th Street in Guymon, Okla.
   Friends can sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com.


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Danny Charles Felty

  

   QUANAH – Danny Felty, 72, of Quanah, died, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jason Stidham, Rev. Chris Holland and Ronnie Ingram officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Felty was born Dec.15, 1940 in Quanah to the late Herbert and Dee Scarlet Felty. He married Linda Green Felty on Dec. 1, 1961 in Chillicothe. He was the office manager at Georgia Pacific for 30 years. He began working for the City of Quanah in 1997 as a water clerk and became the City Administrator in June 2002 until his retirement in February 2012. He was on the Quanah City Council for 17 years. He was a lifetime resident of Quanah and attended the First United Methodist Church.
   He is survived by  his wife, Linda Felty, Quanah; one daughter, Mindy Felty of Fort Worth; two sons, Kevin Felty, of Joes, Colo., and Kyle Felty of Fort Worth; one sister, Neita Brandon of Quanah and three grandchildren.
   Memorials made be made to the First United Methodist Church or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday.

 

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James E. Downes

   James E. Downes, 75, died in Wichita Falls on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. He fought a long and courageous battle with diabetes and the associated complications for 47 years.
   James was born June 25, 1938 in Lott, Texas to Bennie and Alice (Albert) Downes. He married Glenda Bradford on January 20, 1958.
   He graduated from Lockett High School in 1956 and Draughon’s Business College. He owned Vernon Pump Service for 31 years. He attended Amarillo College ADN Nursing Program, and West Texas A&M School of nursing, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. He at age of 57 proudly became a Registered Nurse. James retired from North Texas State Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church, served on the Texas State Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association, and participated in several double blind studies for diabetes research.
   He is survived by his wife, Glenda, of the home; three children, Michael (Mike) Downes and wife Carie of Waco, Angela Bradford and husband Keith of Vernon, Cody Downes and wife Chelsea of Amarillo, and Dr. Cris and Maris Delgado of Winderemere, Fla.; six grandchildren, Misty Ulrey and husband Brad of Dallas, Ian Bradford of Vernon, Evan Bradford of Vernon, Cliff Dunham of Dallas, Chad Dunham of Waco, and Caylee Dunham of Austin; two great-grandchildren, Kairi Ulrey of Dallas and Brooklynn Bradford of Vernon; one brother, Arnold Downes, and wife Jean of Wichita Falls; three nieces, four nephews, aunts, and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Alice Downes, an infant sister, and two brothers, Calvin Downes and Charlie Downes.
   In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice of Wichita Falls.

 

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Dorthy L. Devoll

   CHILDRESS – Dorothy L. Devoll, 87, of Childress died on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in Childress. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Childress with the Rev. Johnny Robertson and the Rev. Lou Ellerbrook officiating. Interment will be in Childress Cemetery.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Childress.
   Dorothy was born on March 1, 1926 in Quanah to Kirby and Jessie Horsley Chambliss. She was raised on the family farm in Hardeman County. Being kind-heart and fun-loving, she enjoyed animals of all kinds, especially horses and dogs. She was a homemaker and a seamstress who sewed for many in the community. Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Childress.
   Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Beasley of Childress and  Sheila Wormsbaker and husband, Bryce, of Childress; four grandchildren, April Vasquez and husband, Felix, of Childress, Mercedes Day and husband, Matthew, of Lubbock, Taryn Sloan and husband, Michael, of Amarillo, and Kelcey Wormsbaker and wife, Jamie, of Lubbock, and five great-grandchildren, Synghyn Vasquez, Karch Vasquez, Ryder Wormsbaker, Gunnar Wormsbaker and Scoutlynn Day.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Virginia McDaniel, and two brothers, Dana and Julian (Bubby) Chambliss.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718, 


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Edna Moss Fish

   CROWELL  – Edna Moss Fish, 86, died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in Crowell. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in the First Christian Church in Crowell with the Rev. Gerald McLain, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home, Crowell.
   Fish was born July 3, 1927 in Paducah, a daughter of the late Frank and Viola Young Moss. She married Harold Hume Fish on July 7, 1954 in Clovis, N.M. She was a 1944 graduate of Paducah High School. The day after her graduation, she and her family traveled to Seattle, Wash. to work in the shipyards. On Jan. 22, 1945, she entered nurses training and graduated from the Northwest Texas Hospital Cadet Corps in January 1948. She worked at the Paducah Hospital for 10 years, the Foard County Hospital for 21 years, and the Childress Regional Medical Center for 15 years, retiring in 2001. She actively served as a Registered Nurse for 53 ½ years. She and her husband lived on their ranch in Foard County, until moving to Paducah in 1992.
   She is survived by one daughter, Gail Fish of North Richland Hills; one son, Richard Fish of Lubbock; eight grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, David Fish on June 19, 1969, Gene Fish on Nov. 5, 1993, and Joe Micheal Fish on Jan. 8, 2013; her husband, Harold Hume Fish on May 7, 2004; a grandson, Kendrick David Fish, and two brothers Buford Moss and Leland Moss.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
   Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Hospice of Childress.


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Barton Kitchens

  

   Barton Kitchens, 83, passed away on Nov. 9, 2013 in Dallas. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2 p.m., at Eastview Cemetery with Rev. Hilda Cavazos officiating. Funeral arrangement is under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Barton was born on Aug. 11, 1930 in Vernon. He was the son of the late James Kitchens and the late Oleta Clauson Kitchens. He married Dorothy Marie Hendry on Feb. 11, 1950 in Vernon. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2003. He had moved to Dallas in 1968, living in Denton before that. He was a member of the Ferndale Baptist Church and was a Journeyman/Electrician.
   Survivors include three sons: Monty Keith Kitchens and wife Donna of Dallas, Glen Weldon Kitchens of Dallas, and Bruce Lynn Kitchens of Dallas; two daughters, Sylvia Jean (Jeannie) Alverado of Vernon and Dorothy (Dottie) Mae Ramos and husband Desi of Denton; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Marie Kitchens; daughter, Brenda Darlene Mondey; three brothers, Leroy, Kelly and Delbert Kitchens and one sister, Norma Kitchens.
   Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Brenda Ann Parker

   Brenda Ann Parker, 63 of Vernon, died on Monday, Nov.11, 2013, in Wichita Falls. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 at the Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Long officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Parker was born Wednesday, June 14, 1950 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Clarence Cocks and the late Betty Wall Cocks. She had lived in Vernon most of her life. She had worked at the Wilbarger General Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist Assistant and Inhalation Therapist for several years. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

   Surviving are one son, Shawn Muse of Vernon; one daughter, Dawn Bounds of Tecumseh, Okla., one brother, George Goins of Vernon, three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Goins and Lucille Gribble; one brother, Buddy Cocks, and one grandson, Deavon Muse.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2013 pm at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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Alan Layne Smith

   Greenfield, Dade County, Mo – Alan Layne Smith, 49, died in Dade County, Mo., on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon, Nov. 25, 2013 at the Zumwalt Center, Stockton, Mo.
   Smith was born June 30, 1964 in Lamar, Mo, the son of Robert Lee and Beverly Ann (Pentecost) Smith. He graduated from Webb City High School, Webb City, Mo. and from Spartan School of Aeronautics. He worked for many years refurbishing power plants around the mid-west and worked at the Oklaunion Power Plant. He was a member of the Insulators Union Local 63 in Springfield, Mo.
   He is survived by his mother; one daughter, Amanda; one grandson; three brothers, Travis, of Greenfield, Mo, Mark, of Woodbridge, Va., and Wesley of Dallas, Ga.; several nieces and nephews, and other aunts, uncles and other relatives.
   Donations be made to American Cancer Society; http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Alan_Smith or to: Wesley Smith, 91 Murray Way, Dallas, Ga, 30157.

 

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James Lee Hollar

   James Lee Hollar, 86, of Dallas, died Nov. 6, 2013, with his family by his side.  He was born in Lubbock, on Aug. 1, 1927, to Isaac and Jewell Hollar.  He graduated from Vernon High School, and received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University. He was married to Audrey Hollar, and resided at Churchill Estates in Dallas.
   James owned a contracting business until his retirement.  He enjoyed family, hunting, fishing, and snow skiing.
   He was predeceased by his brother, Gene Hollar, and his son, James Lee Hollar Jr.  He is survived by his wife Audrey, his sister Jane Elliot, and his children, Nancy King of Austin, Susan Hollar, Cindy Underwood, and Gail Hollar of Arlington, Tim Hollar of Camas, Wash., and three stepchildren, Suzann Delaughter, Tool, Texas, Tim Vaughn, Tool, Texas, and Phil Vaughn, Thailand.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
   A visitation will be held Friday, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home.  A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. Please contact Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home for details.
   The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, at www.woundedwarrorproject.org. His passion for life was contagious, and we will all miss that big, hearty laugh.


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Steven Keith Fleming

   Funeral services for Steven Keith Fleming, 44, of Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, with Dr. Eddie Chennault officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
   Steven was born in Kerrville on March 26, 1969 to Lemuel Edward and Barbara Louise (Crisp) Fleming. He passed away on Nov. 1, 2013 in Plano.

   Steven worked as a Gainesville Police Officer his entire law enforcement career beginning on Feb. 4, 1991.  He had 22 years and 9 months of service with the city of Gainesville. He graduated from Chillicothe High School in May 1988.  He attended the University of North Texas as well as North Central Texas College.  He graduated from Arlington Police Academy in Arlington, Texas in 1990. Steven was a member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT).  He also had his PADI open water dive certification.  He held a Master Peace Officer’s Certificate, Instructor Proficiency Certificate, and was a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner. He logged over 3,500 police training hours. He served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee with the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) as well as the CASA Board of Directors.

   Growing up he participated in both 4-H and FFA activities, receiving the highest awards in each (4-H Gold Star Award and the FFA Lonestar Award), something he shared with his daughter, Maegan. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, the Optimist Club, Gainesville Masonic Lodge #210, and the Fort Worth Scottish Rite. He was an avid hunter and fisherman enjoying the many deer hunting trips to the family land in Junction, Texas.

   He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kimberly Kay Fleming of Gainesville; daughter Maegan Elizabeth Fleming of Gainesville; mother Barbara Fleming-Franklin and her husband David of Howe; brother, Jimmy Edward Fleming of Chillicothe, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Janet Hunter of Vernon 
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He was preceded in death by his father on Dec.9, 2003.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Steven Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund, First State Bank, 801 E. California St., Gainesville, Texas 76240.

   You may sign the online registry at geojcarroll.com.

 

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Rev. Oliver Cleo Harper.

   Rev. Oliver Cleo Harper was born on Aug. 10, 1914 in Sunset to Aaron Curtis and Dora Ellen Harper and died Nov. 4, 2013.  He married Marie Delvenia Dollard in 1938 and raised two sons, John Curtis and Robert Lowell Harper.
   After graduating from TCU with a B.A., he attended Brit Divinity School and was ordained in 1951 as a Christian Disciples of Christ minister and served numerous churches in Texas for 53 years.
   As a member of the Masonic Lodge, he received the Golden Trowel Award in 2003 from Nocona Masonice Lodge #753 and was an endowed member of the Scottish Rite.  After retiring in 1976, he served a long interim ministry at Central Christian Church in Nocona during which time his beloved wife, Marie of 60 years, passed away in 1998.  Fourteen years later, he moved to Wichita Falls, where he met and married the second love of his life, Joan Kelley. They launched a wonderful new life on a ranch north of Harrold in their nineties. While at the ranch, he was inspired to write and published the book, “The Way We Were,” an inspiring account describing his journey from a lowly farm boy to a distinguished clergyman.
   He came from a large family of seven siblings, all of whom are deceased, five sisters: Florence Honor Harper, Flaura Jane Magness, Zella Elizabeth Newsom, Pauline Isabell Lumsden and Zula Belle Eason; three brothers, William Roy, Aaron Vivan,and Arley Glenn Harper, and  one deceased step-grandson, Kevin Gray.
   He is survived by his wife, Joan Elizabeth Kelley Harper; brother-in-law, Max Scheid; one step-grandson, Andrew Kelley; one step-great-great-granddaughter, Mia; one step-grandduaghter, Christine Kelley; his two sons, Robert Lowell and John Curtis Harper and wife Patricia Katherine; three step-grandsons, Keith, Kent and Kirk Gray and their wives, Cindy, Pam and Debbie Gray; three step great-grandsons, John Paul, Tyler, and Kody Gray; four step-great-granddaughters, Savanna, Taylor, Katelyn Gray and A.J. Hollub and husband Ryan; two step-great-great-grandsons, Parker and Colten Gray, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Graveside family services are to be held at Nocona Cemetery, Nocona, Texas on Nov. 7, 2013 at 12 p.m. under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home, Nocona, Texas. The family will meet at the Jerry Woods Funeral Home and proceed to the Nocona Cemetery. Arrangements can be sent to Jerry Woods Funeral Home, 600 Clay St., Nocona, Texas 76255 (940) 825-3285.
   Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church, 3701 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 with Dr. David Hartman officiating services on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. with lunch reception following at the church hall.  Church phone (940) 692-2282.


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Martin Montez Jr.

   Martin Montez Jr., 55 of Wichita Falls, died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in Wichita Falls. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at New Life Baptist Church, 714 Indian, in Vernon.
   Montez was born on Nov. 3, 1957 in Vernon. He married Delores Urango on Oct. 21, 1972. He farmed and worked construction all his life. He was a Catholic.
   Survivors include his wife, Delores Montez of Wichita Falls; two sons, Joe Montez of Wichita Falls and Henry Montez of South Bend, Ind., and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ezperanza Bustamante, his parents Martin Montes Sr. and Francisca Reyna Montes, and a brother, Trino Tobar.
   Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310. Condolences may be made at www.fallsfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wynonah Matthews

   CROWELL – Wynonah Matthews, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. The Rev. Tom Carter of Olton will officiate. Interment will be in the Thalia Cemetery.
   Matthews was born June 27, 1922 in Hereford, a daughter of the late George and Jimmie Hunter Hembree. She married J.F. Matthews Jr., on April 15, 1949 in Vernon. She was a longtime resident of Foard and Wilbarger Counties. She was a former teacher at the Five and One Schools. She was a former member of the Thalia Methodist Church, the First United Methodist Church of Crowell and present member of the Faith United Methodist Church of Vernon. She and her late husband were longtime farmers in the Thalia community.
   She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.F., Matthews Jr., on May 19, 2002.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 2420 High School Drive, Vernon, Texas 76384.

 

         

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Paul Charles Palmer

   Former Vernon resident Paul Charles Palmer, 78, of Spring Branch, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in San Antonio.
   Palmer was born Oct. 26, 1935 in El Reno, Okla., a son of Dewey and Beatrice Palmer. He moved to Vernon with his family in 1942. A 1953 graduate of Vernon High School, he graduated from North Texas University in 1958. He married Nancy Bishop on Aug. 25, 1958 in Denton. After attending Tulane University in New Orleans, he moved to Kingsville where he taught history and geography at Texas A&M University until his retirement in 1998 to Spring Branch. He was active in the Audubon Society and genealogy research and enjoyed reading and music.
   Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of the home; sons, Bryan and Andy of Houston and Paul of Istanbul, Turkey, six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Beatrice James of Vernon, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy; three brothers, Jack, Kenneth and D.H., and one grandson.


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Mary M. Emberlin

   Mary M. Emberlin, 71 of Wichita Falls, died on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Emberlin was born Friday, July 3, 1942 in Roscoe. She was the daughter of the late William Mullen and the late Eveleen Ebarb Mullen. She married Alva Emberlin on May 18, 1996 in Vernon. She worked for WTU in San Antonio, transfer to the Oklaunion Power Plant, working as a operator retiring after 30 years of service w AEP/WTU. She was a Baptist.
   She is survived by her husband, Alva Emberlin, of the home; one son, Harry Kaplan, Jr. of El Paso; three daughters, Charlotte Kaplan of San Antonio, Denice Chason of Chico, Calif.,  and Carla McCoy of Wichita Falls; two stepdaughters,  Lynn Smith of Fallon, Nev., and Andrea Wade of Rowena; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Time Chason; four brothers, one sister.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Sharon Moses McGuire

   Sharon Moses McGuire age 62 of Vernon, died Oct. 29, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services are pending at Sullivan Funeral Home.


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Robert Vernon Tyler

   Robert Vernon Tyler, 90, of Quanah, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Tyler was born March 11, 1923, in Chillicothe to the late B.J. and Emma Loveless Tyler. He married Evelyn Annis Tyler on Oct. 15, 1949 in Kings High, Texas.  He was a lifetime resident of Hardman County and was a farmer and carpenter. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Annis Tyler of Quanah; two sons, Bruce Tyler of Brownfield and Keith Tyler of Amarillo; five granddaughters and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Cleaver Tyler, Kenneth Tyler, Charles Tyler and J.D Tyler, and two sisters, Jewell Ensey and Margaret Hamby.
   Family visitation will be  from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,Thursday at Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer Research.

 

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George Luther Randall

   George Luther Randall, 78 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   George was born Sunday, Dec. 16, 1934 in Vinson, Okla. He was the son of the late Willie Randall and the late Zada Fields Randall. He married Phyllis Duke on Dec. 3, 1953 in Vernon. He had lived most of his life in Vernon. He opened George Randall Automotive Shop in the early 1970s. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the outdoors, spending time with family and close friends telling stories. His grandson said he was the “Best man I’ve ever known.” He attended Second Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Randall of the home; one son, Tim Randall of Durango, Colo.; two daughters, Janice Randall of Lubbock and Tracee Littlecreek of Abernathy; two grandsons,
 Dalton Littlecreek of Vernon and Mychal Littlecreek of Lubbock; two sisters, Mollie Simmons of Artesia, N.M. and Vertie Simmons of Artesia, N.M. and numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Wayne Randall.
   Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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

 


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William Bryan Wittlinger

   William Bryan Wittlinger died Sept. 6, 2013. A celebration of life will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 1, 2013, at the Days Inn and Suites, 4500 Kell, Wichita Falls.
   He was born Nov. 1, 1951, in Vernon. He attended Midwestern State University. He was a songwriter and poet. He loved people and animals. He will be missed by many.
   Mr. Wittlinger was preceded in death by John Mark Wittlinger Jr. and Virginia Ellen McCaleb Wittlinger.
   Survivors include sons, Anthony Wittlinger and James Wittlinger; brother, John Mark Wittlinger III; sister, Margaret Wittlinger; grandchildren, Austin Wittlinger and Haley Wittlinger; nephews, Jack Chapman, Bill Chapman, George Chapman, Max Neal, John Mark Wittlinger IV; niece, Kay Neal; many friends and “adopted family.”


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John Edward Lutz III

   John Edward Lutz III passed away Oct. 17, 2013 at a nursing home in Euless, Texas.  He was born in Vernon on June 4, 1932 to Juanita Mercer Lutz and John Edward Lutz Jr.  His grandparents, Maude Thurman Lutz and John Edward Lutz Sr., were early settlers/long time residents of Vernon.
   He lived most of his life in Fort Worth as did his parents. He began school in Vernon and graduated in Fort Worth, then attended UT in Austin. He was a reserve officer in the U.S. Army and participated in the Korean War. His civilian life was centered in the Real Estate Business and The Masonic Order. Survivors are sisters, Mary Virginia Kahn of Prairie Village, Kan., and Myra Lynn Akins of Fort Worth; niece, Kandyce Virginia Kahn; nephews Jon Eric Kahn, Wiley Edward Akins,  Mark Bradley Akins, and Cheney Akins. Vernon area cousins are Judson Byars, Lon Byars, Marcia Haynes and Joni Streit. Other cousins are from various locations in the U.S.
   His ashes will be interred at the National Cemetery, located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211, telephone (214) 469-3374.  Additional information from Neptune Agent, Gary Larsen  (817) 501-1846.

 

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Rev. David Ray Fox

   Rev. David Ray Fox, 55 of Vernon, died on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at the Western Trail Cowboy Church with the Rev. Ron Fox and the Rev. Josh Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. The service is under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Fox was born Thursday, April 10, 1958 in Stephenville. He was the son of the Rev. Ron Fox and Latrelle Duckworth  Fox. He married Cathy Douglas on Oct. 30, 1976 in San Antonio. He was a graduate of John Jay High School in San Antonio and a graduate of Tarleton University with a bachelor of science degree. He was the pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church in Vernon. He collected pocket watches and pocket knives and worked with leather.
   Surviving are his wife Cathy Fox of the home; one son, J.D. Fox of Syracuse, N.Y.; one daughter, Chelsey Fox of Vernon; one brother, Phil Fox of Guthrie; one sister, Linda Borchardt of Vernon; his parents, Ron and Latrelle Fox; his maternal grandmother, Lucille Duckworth of Vernon, and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Pallbearers will be Ty Fox, Blake Fox, Cody Borchardt, Sarah Borchardt, Kasey Borchardt and Tanner Kieschnick.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at the funeral home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Richard Harris Meads

   Richard Harris Meads, 59 of Springdale. Ark., died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Springdale. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at the Chapel of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Ark. Cremation will be handled by Nelson-Berna following the service.
   Meads was born Dec. 26, 1953 in Oak Harbor, Wash., a son of Stephen Meads and Theresa Tooley Meads
   He was a graduate of Vernon High School. He married the former Katie Gehlbach on Jan. 6, 1982 in Dallas. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and was self-employed as a Certified Public Account. He was a member of the Springdale Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of Old Wire Road Church of Christ.
   Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Katie Meads of the home; two daughters, Allison Meads of Fayetteville and Jennifer Meads of Springdale; two sisters, Denise Emerson, of Ocala, Fla. and Stephanie Jones of Wichita Falls; one brother, Dan Meads of Pottsboro, and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.
   The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until service time on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
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Don Gary

   Don Hulon Gary, age 86, died Monday Oct. 28, 2013 in Vernon after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday Oct. 31, 2013 in the Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held by nephews David and Lawrence Richie.
   Gary was born in Odell on Sept 20, 1927 to the late Donnie Otis Gary and Willie Mae Carlton Gary. He married Betty Richie on June 30, 1954 in Vernon.  He attended schools in Odell, Medicine Mound and California. He served two years in the United States Army. He received his “boot training” at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and spent 18 months in France. He served several years as a sergeant for the Vernon Police Department and captain in the Fire Department and also worked for the Sherriff’s Department. In the early 1970s he was elected Tax Assessor – Collector and served two terms. In late 1970s he began his own business as Don Gary Construction. In addition he did his own farming and raised quarter horses. He was a founding member of the Vernon Riding Club. He was a member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church.

   Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his only son Mark Randel Gary on Oct. 16, 1976. He is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Gary and Lori Gay Combs, all of Vernon; one granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; a step great-great-grandson; one sister, Quova Wilhelm of Irving, and a brother Dan Gary of Wichita Falls. 

   Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Pallbearers will be Jeff Bradford, Jimmy Ray Bradford, Chris Wright, Neal Daniel, Chad Jolly and Charles Jolly.

   Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Farrar, Pat Lambert, Calvin May and Keith McDaniel.

   Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or a favorite charity.

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

 

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Obbie Tom Basinger

   Funeral service for former Davidson resident Obbie Tom Basinger, age 79, of Vernon, was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel in Frederick with Rev. Les Banks and Rev. Kelly Russell officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Cemetery under the direction of Jackson Funeral Home. Mr. Basinger passed away, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Vernon.
   Obbie Tom Basinger was born Dec. 31, 1933 in Frederick, Okla. to Thomas Allie and Ethel Lorene (McClure) Basinger. He attended IXL, Frederick and Davidson Schools, where he graduated from Davidson High School in 1951. He later attended Cameron Junior College, and then transferred to Oklahoma A. & M. in Stillwater where he graduated in 1956 with a B.A. Degree in Business. Tom served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958 and then served in the reserves until 1962. He farmed and ranched in the Davidson area his entire life. On Aug. 10, 1988, he and Micki (Fillmore) Polk were united in marriage at Creede, Col. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vernon. He served as a mentor with the Texas Youth Commission for many years and worked with the Gideons International.
   Survivors include his wife, Micki Basinger of the home; one son, Thomas Basinger of Dallas; one daughter, Lori Varner and her husband Keith of Frederick, Okla.; two step-sons, Eddie Polk of Garland and Rick Polk of Rockwall; two grandchildren, Brandon Varner and his wife Audra of Frederick, Okla., and Leesa Varner of Tonkawa, Okla., and two great-grandchildren, Cade and Brinley Varner.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Davidson Cemetery Fund in memory of Obbie Tom Basinger.
   An online guestbook is available at: www.jacksonfuneral.net.

 

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Brock Haynes

   Former Vernon resident Brock Haynes was killed in an accident in Santa Rosa, N.M., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Haynes was born Aug. 5, 1973 in Wichita Falls and graduated from Vernon High School in 1991. He was the son of former Vernon resident Tony Haynes and nephew of Rusty Haynes of Vernon.
   He is survived by his wife, Jana, and two children of the home in Poolville as well as two step-children.

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Monette Hannah Baskerville

   Funeral services for Monette Hannah Baskerville, who died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Hamilton Hospital in Olney, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church with Kelly Russell officiating. Interment will be at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Baskerville was born Friday, Sept. 7, 1917 in Fargo, Texas. She was the daughter of the late William Jefferson Hannah and the late Emma Devada Lee Hannah. She attended school in Quanah.
   She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she worked in the Children’s Sunday School for 57 years. She taught sewing at the Boys and Girls Club for 37 years. She was honored as Woman of the Year at Doan’s Picnic in 2010. She loved to travel, and she especially enjoyed attending athletic events from professional baseball to school events and little league.
   Survivors include one son, Mike Baskerville of Vernon, and one daughter, Kay Berry of Olney; seven grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Bill Baskerville, as well as two sisters and six brothers.
   Visitation with family will be Friday, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., t Sullivan Funeral Home. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
   Memorials can be made to Vernon Boys & Girls Club.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Helen Margaret Chavarria

   Funeral services for Helen Margaret Chavarria, 73 of Vernon, who died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in Wichita Falls will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ortiz and Pastor Christopher Whitney officiating. Interment will be held at Thalia Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Chavarria was born Thursday, Oct. 17, 1940 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Raffael Kuba and the late Maria Munoz Kuba. She married Roman Chavarria in 1983 in Vernon. She had lived in Vernon all of her life She retired from Vernon State Hospital in the housekeeping department. She was a member of New Life Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Roman Chavarria of the home; three sons, Gudberto Chavarria, Victor Chavarria and Joaquin Chavarria, all of Vernon; three daughters, Estela Chavarria, Janie Chavarria and Mary Chavarria, all of Vernon; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Richard Dale Gibbs

   PADUCAH – Former Vernon resident Richard Dale Gibbs died on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the Garden of Memories in  Paducah with Ronnie Gibbs officiating.
   Gibbs was born on Oct. 24, 1943 in Paducah. He was a state meat inspector. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paducah and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

   He is survived by his wife, Laquita Gibbs; three daughters, Shaunah, Stacey and Shera, and a sister, Rita Hughes.

   Following graveside services, the family will gather at the Paducah Community Center for those who would like to visit.    


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Walter Ramsey

   Walter’s parents, Joe Valentine and Sally Cole Ramsey, reared nine children on land that is now the Santa Rosa Rodeo grounds. Walter was the youngest boy. He had great memories of his parents, brothers, and sisters. He often said that his father was the kindest, gentlest person that he had ever met, and he never punished his children. “You just wanted to please him,” Walter remembered. 
   Walter was always a man of the land. When he was a young child, his family raised vegetables and melons that they sold in Vernon, from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. 
   Walter married Hazel M. Gamble on March 2, 1940 in Foard, County, Texas. After their marriage, they moved to Thalia, Texas, where they rented and then bought land. For the rest of his life, Walter farmed and ranched in Foard County. 
   He had a very limited, formal education, but he could tell you, within a pound, a calf’s weight. He could drive through a field and tell you what the wheat would yield. He could tell you, within a dollar, what a herd of cattle would bring. He was very particular about his land and equipment. Walter could have been the model for his friend, Red Steagall’s poem, “The Fence That Me And Shorty Built.”
 “The wire is runnin’ straight and tight

  With every post in line.
  The kinda job you’re proud of,
  One that stands the test of time.”
   Walter stood the test of time. In his 98 years, he saw world wars and depressions, but he was determined to leave the world a better place than he found it. He was instrumental in bringing water to Thalia and paving country roads. He served his community in many ways. He chaired the school board, served as a member and Deacon of the Thalia Baptist Church, raised money for a new ambulance for the Crowell Ambulance Service, and raised money for the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department. He was constantly thinking of ways he could help his community to be a better place to live, work, and play. 
   He had many honors throughout his life, but one he was most proud of came in 1995, when he was recognized for his 29-year service as Crowell Parade Chairman. Of course that was not the end of his leading the Crowell Parade. In 2007, he was honored again for his tenth and last time as Parade Marshal. Walter’s knack of never meeting a stranger helped him make friends all over the country and entice them to come to Crowell and enter the parade.
   He also participated in the Santa Rosa Palomino Riding Club for many years. Traveling with the Palomino Club allowed Walter to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes – riding a good horse. He enjoyed riding over the pastures, checking cattle and fences, and just being outdoors. 
   Walter’s pride and joy was Hazel, his wife of 73 years. They enjoyed entertaining their multitude of friends at the Bunk House. Together, their passion was their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. 
   Walter is survived by his wife, Hazel of Crowell; two daughters, Gaye Henry and husband Jim of Crowell and Mary Ann Fergeson and husband Ken of Altus, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Jodi Bond and husband Billy, Jarrod Fergeson and wife Lara, Casey Gilliam and husband Gabe, Fred Henry and wife Lisa, Billy Henry and wife Michele; ten great-grandchildren, Levi Bond and wife Haylee, M’Lainey Churchwell and husband Logan, J. Henry and wife Cindy Donna Griffith, Jimmy Bond, Lex Bond, Shelby Henry, Brayden Henry, Halle Gilliam and Bennett Foard Gilliam; two great-great grandchildren, Karson Rich and Zoee Powell.  
   Services will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Crowell, with Rev. David Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett, officiating, assisted by Rev. Tyler Looper, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crowell, and Gabe Gilliam, family member, of San Jose, Calif. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery, under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Womack-Manard Funeral Home. 
   The family requests memorials be made to the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 814, Crowell, Texas 79227.

 

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Dr. Joseph Black

  Joseph Lee Black was born on December 21, 1938, the only child of Bradley Lee and Bessie Lee Heffington Black. He attended schools in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and developed friendships with many cousins, some lifelong, as his family traveled and operated restaurants across the High Plains.
   Joe earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1960, where he met and married Mary Sue Myers. After working in engineering for three years, he entered medical school in Galveston and completed his residency in psychiatry. He and Mary Sue were blessed by three daughters, Laura Jean, Rebecca Lee, and Karen Elizabeth. After serving at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls for two years, Joe opened a private practice in Garland, Texas, where he lived for 10 years.
   Board Certified in Psychiatry, he increasingly pursued work focused on substance abuse and other addictions, holding positions at Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services of Texoma in Sherman and Charter Plains Behavioral Health Services Hospital in Lubbock. In 1985 he married  Ann , who became his ally in all things vocational and personal. Joe hit his professional stride as forensic psychiatry became an established field, and he was one of the first U.S. physicians Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry. Since 1992 he served as medical director of North Texas State Hospital in Vernon. In 2008 his work was recognized by the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians’ Distinguished Service Award.
   Intelligent and independent, he read continually, worked outside tending trees and livestock whenever possible, and enjoyed competitive marksmanship. His incisive wit presented itself in humor as well as in authoritative guidance, and he remained sharp even as he experienced physical decline. He always appreciated a High Plains landscape and skyscape.
   Joe died of lung disease on Sunday, October 20, 2013. He was preceded in death by both his parents, and many of his cousins. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughters Laura Black (Don Greer) of Bozeman, Montana, Rebecca (Stacy) Obenhaus of Dallas, Karen (Chris) Moseley of Allen, and Stephanie Woodruff of Lubbock; granddaughters Emily and Rachel Obenhaus and Bess Moseley, and grandson  Jacob Woodruff.
   A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home, 1801 Houston Street. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that contributions be offered to the Wilbarger Humane Society, 2801 Sullivan Street.
   The family would also like to thank Integracare Hospice.

 

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Julia Calvillo

   Funeral services for Julia Calvillo, 94 of Vernon, who died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Vernon. will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 at the Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Pounds officiating. Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Calvillo was born Monday, March 17, 1919 in Hondo, She was the daughter of the late Isidro Trinidad and the late Richarda Reyes Trinidad. She married Cosme Calvillo Sr. on Feb. 4, 1933 in Crystal City. He preceded her in death on June 5, 1983. She was a homemaker all of her life. She was raised in Hondo, moving to Vernon over 40 years ago. She enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family.
   Surviving are sons, Cosme Calvillo Jr. of Colona,Ill., Alfredo Calvillo of Vernon, Daniel Calvillo of Vernon, Elias Calvillo, Sr. of Vernon, Jose Calvillo of Vernon, and Luis Calvillo of Houston; daughters, Josie Calvillo Ramirez of Vernon, Janie Calvillo Rangel of Lockett, Paula Calvillo of Vernon and Maria Najera of Vernon; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sons, Isidro Calvillo and Elias Calvillo Jr.; daughters, Victoria Calvillo Escobedo and Virginia Calvillo Guerra; grandchildren, Alfredo Calvillo, Jr., Martin Calvillo, Armando Calvillo and Irma Guerra, two sisters, and three brothers.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 at the funeral home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

 

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Patricia Ann Young O’Neal

   Patricia Ann Young O’Neal, 72 of Holliday, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Wichita Falls, after a long and courageous battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).
   Funeral service will be held Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013 at 2 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Fox officiating. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Patricia was born Monday, Dec. 9, 1940 in Culver City, Calif. She was the daughter of the late Cecil and Melba Azbell Young. She married Wes O’Neal on Nov. 5, 1960. She was the high school registrar for 29 years at Electra Independent School Dist. She was a member of Rock Crossing Baptist Church and a Vacation Bible School Leader.
   She is survived by her husband, Wes O’Neal, of the home; two daughters, Tracy Ray and husband Greg of Weatherford, and Tammy Hatfield and husband Reggie of Guthrie; four grandchildren, Summer Campbell, Kristen Hager, Cody Heath Hatfield and Cole Wes Hatfield, and five great-grandchildren, Cutter, Carsyn, Kenzli, Owen and Brenley. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Young.
   Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Arthritis Foundation.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Barbara Ann Haseloff

   Barbara Ann Haseloff, 74, of Vernon, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Neuberger officiating. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Barbara was born Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1939, in Dallas. She was the daughter of the late W.H. (Billy) Skidmore and the late Mary Mangram Skidmore. She married Johnny Haseloff on Sept. 2, 1960 in Wichita Falls. Barbara was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and director of Vacation Bible School, Christmas program and a Sunday School teacher for both St. Paul Lutheran and Zion Lutheran Church for many years. She was a member of the Wilbarger General Hospital Auxiliary, Boys & Girls Club board of directors, Community Concert board director and TYC volunteer for Youth Bible Study. Barbara was awarded the Volunteer of the Year by President George W. Bush. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, Johnny Haseloff of the home; two sons, Jonathan Lynn Haseloff of Morton and Andrew Todd Haseloff of Vernon; grandson, Dylan Haseloff; granddaughter, Cheyenne Haseloff, and one brother, Billy Skidmore and wife, Teresa, of Hico. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Crowley, and a brother, Gary Paul Skidmore.
   Visitation with family and friends will be held at 14795 FM 2074. Friends are encouraged to come to the home at their convenience.
   Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

                


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Orlando Rivas Escobedo

   Graveside services for Orlando Rivas Escobedo, 41 of Vernon, who died on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Vernon, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be Deacon Art Casias. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Escobedo was born Oct. 9, 1972 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was the son of the late Felipe Escobedo and the late Virginia Rivas Escobedo. He had lived in Vernon since 1989. He was production supervisor at Tyson’s for several years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
   He is survived by his son, Jonathon Escobedo of Vernon; his daughter, Jasim Escobedo of Vernon; seven brothers, Margarito Escobedo of Vernon, Felipe Escobedo of Brownfield, Miguel Escobedo of Olney, Salvador Escobedo of San Antonio, Mario Escobedo of San Antonio, Juan Escobedo of San Antonio and Rodrigo Escobedo of Vernon; five sisters, Alicia Escobedo of Vernon, Norma Alonzo of Azusa, Calif.,Maria del Rosario Escobedo of Vernon, Sonia Escobedo of San Antonio and Mayra Escobedo of Juarez, Chihuahua, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
   Visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until 1:30 p.m. before service time Wednesday at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Nannie Ellen Dorris

   Nannie Ellen Dorris, 69 of Vernon, Texas passed away on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 11 a.m.,  at Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon with Pastor Greg Johnson officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., on Saturday prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Nannie was born Saturday, May 13, 1944 in Commerce, Texas, to Esker Booth and Bertie Marie (South) Booth. She worked for the Vernon Independent School District, North Texas State Hospital, and as a florist. She enjoyed crafting and being with family and friends. She was a member of Vernon Church of God.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son Leland Chaney.
   Survivors include her children, Tommy Chaney of Dallas and Cindy Henderson and husband Ted of Vernon; granddaughter, Nichole Thomas and husband Greg of Vernon, and great-grandson Gregory III of Vernon; one brother, Gary Booth of Vernon, and several nephews and nieces.
   Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and Wilbarger County Humane Society.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Zachary Lowell Roddy

   Zachary Lowell Roddy, 27, of Fayetteville, Ark. passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Burkburnett with Lane Davis, officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Cemetery in Vernon, Texas under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.

   Zachary was born Sept. 9, 1986 in Vernon, Texas to Gary and Angela (Morris) Roddy. From the moment of his birth he was a lively presence. People who knew him would say he could light up a room. His love of music became evident early on with listening to Beatles albums and throughout high school his passion grew. He knew at that point that music would be his livelihood. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he got a job at the Tulsa School of Arts and Science. It was there he found his true calling, teaching music. His gift for teaching and the enthusiasm he put behind it taught his students to live life to the fullest, follow dreams, put everything into whatever pursuits were undertaken and make themselves better. He was truly an inspiration to all of them. He had just begun his new career at Bentonville, Arkansas High School where he was an assistant band director and taught the middle school students. From the Beatles to classical, jazz to techno, Zach loved and saw importance in every kind of music. His creativity was evident in original compositions he wrote as well as new arrangements of other songs.  He arranged music for marching bands and his jazz students.

   Zach leaves behind his parents, Gary and Angela Roddy of Burkburnett; a brother, Nathan Roddy and wife Airicca of Lincoln, Neb.; grandparents, Pollye Roddy, and Jimmy and Earlene Morris all of Vernon; his aunt and uncle, Monica and David Morris of Hurst, and seven cousins as well as extended family and hundreds of friends and students. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebekah Roddy, and his grandfather, Lowell Roddy.

   Zach will be missed by all who knew him and will be remembered for his love of life and passion for music. He left behind a legacy that will not be forgotten by any whose lives he touched.

   The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett

   For those desiring, memorials may be made to Tulsa School of Arts & Science, 3441 E. Archer, Tulsa, OK 74115.

   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.

 


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Marianna Poston Schulz

   Marianna Poston Schulz was born July 21, 1926 in San Angelo and went to be with her Lord on Oct. 7, 2013, age 87.
   She was the daughter of Floyd R. and Shelby (Hall) Poston of Vernon. She attended schools in Tyler, Shreveport, and Post, graduating from Vernon High School in 1943. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, now known as Texas Women’s University, and Arlington State College, now known as University of Texas at Arlington.

   She married Arnold Schulz on Sept. 4, 1948, who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 2005, after 57 years of marriage.  Survivors are son, Randy Schulz of Southlake; grandsons, Michael Schulz of Frisco, and Adam Periman of Grapevine, and his two children, Tucker and Madisen; daughter, Sandy Ericksen, husband, Scott Ericksen; grandchildren, Eli and Maggie of Carrollton, and grandson Caleb Ericksen, wife, Jessica and great-granddaughter, Kennedy, (age 8 days), Fort Worth; several nieces and nephews and their families in California, Arizona; cousins in Rockwall, N.C., and many friends at church, and places of work.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Shelby (Hall) Poston; baby sister, Nancy Carolyn Poston; brother Jerry Poston, and daughter-in-law, Laura (Fuston) Schulz, Randy’s wife.

   Employment included IBM Dept of Resistol Hats, Garland; Computer Services, Dallas; American Meter Co., Fullerton, Calif.; University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.; U. S. Department of Defense, Corps of Engineers, CERL, Champaign, Ill., in Computer Operations. She returned to Texas in 1987 when her husband, Arnold, retired from Kraft Foods, Champaign, Ill., locating in Carrollton. She retired in October 1995 after 20+ years with the Corps of Engineers, Dallas.

   She was a former member of Peace Lutheran Church, Garland and served as their first treasurer of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was an active Member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Carrollton, LWML, Careciple Group, POP’s Senior Citizens, and the Church Library since 1997. She was also a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Capter 1139, North Dallas (NARFE).

   Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rhoton Funeral Home, 1511 I35E, Carrollton, TX  972-242-5261. Services will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton 75007, 972-447-9887.
   Graveside will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m, Restland Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX  75382, 972-238-7111

   There will be a luncheon provided for the family and friends of Marianna Schulz provided by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church after the service.

 


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Bobbie Sue (Horton) Feemster

   Bobbie Sue (Horton) Feemster, 79, of Wichita Falls, died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Graveside services will be conducted at 3p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. 
   A daughter of the late Maudie (Banks) and Ray Mantooth, Feemster was born on Aug. 20, 1934, in Hugo, Okla. She worked in a variety of jobs including home health care. 
   She was also preceded in death by a sister, Tommie Lou Mantooth and brothers, Billy Ray, Troy Dena and Donnie Mac Mantooth and grandchildren, James Roland Lee and Becky Sue Lee-Aultman. 
   Feemster is survived by her children, Rita Lee of Vernon; Joyce Gray of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Glenda Morris of Wichita Falls and Glen Horton of Weatherford; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Billie Jo Patterson, Fairy Mantooth and Margaret Mantooth, and brothers, four James Mantooth, Jimmy Mantooth, Jerry Perkins and Terry Perkins. 
   The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com. 


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Mary K. Daniel

   CROWELL – Mary K. Daniel, 83, of Iowa Park, died on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in the Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell with the Rev. Gerald Powell officiating. Interment will be in the Truscott Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Daniel was born on Sept. 7, 1930 in Truscott, a daughter of the late Cecil and Lola Bay Chowning. She married Roy Daniel on April 21, 1977 in Vernon. She was a longtime resident of Crowell and Truscott, moving to Iowa Park in 2008. She was a Baptist. She was a farmer and a retired LVN for North Texas State Hospital in Vernon.
   Survivors include one brother, Martin Chowning of Iowa Park; two sisters, Faye Powell of Berea, Ky., and Jan Kaspar of Tucumseh, Okla., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lumir Tomanck, and her second husband, Roy Daniel on Dec. 11, 1993.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson


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Faustino Valverde Ramirez

   Funeral services for Faustino Valverde Ramirez, Jr., 63 of Vernon, who died on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Wichita Falls, will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Bryan Pounds. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ramirez was born Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1950 in Cameron. He was the son of the late Faustino Ramirez and the late Martha Valverde Ramirez. He married Josie Calvillo on April 5, 1969 in Vernon. He had lived most of his life in Vernon, Odell and Chillicothe. He served in the US Army as Spc. 4 from 1972 to 1985 and in the National Guard. He served in the Vietnam conflict. He was a farm hand and a member of First Assembly of God Church

   He is survived by his wife, Josie Ramirez of the home; two sons, Augustine Ramirez and Faustino Ramirez III, both of Vernon; one daughter, Sylvia Nava of Electra; six brothers,

   Sylvester Ramirez of Bowie; Bill Ramirez, Porfito Ramirez, Patricio Ramirez, Pedro Ramirez and Jesse Ramirez, all of Vernon; six sisters, Anita Rodriquez of Wichita Falls, Mary Ramirez of Vernon, Fay Ramirez Montes of Vernon, Nicky Flores of Lubbock,  Lola Ramirez of Lubbock, and Helen Ramirez of Aspermont; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ignacio Ramirez, and one sister Rita Maldonado,

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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


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Sibyl Powell

   PERRYTON – Sibyl Powell, 93, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Perryton. Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Chapel in Perryton with the Rev. Richard Laverty officiating. Interment was in Ochiltree Cemetery under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton.
   Powell was born July 13, 1920 in Perryton. She was a bank secretary.

   Survivors include two sons, Nathan Powell of Oklaunion and Banks McGarraugh of Perryton; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Banks and Bessie Ranson, and a sister, Janette Ranson Dudley.

   Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to www.boxwellbros.com.


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Antonia “Tonie” Wilson

   Antonia “Tonie” Wilson, 88 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church. Officiating will be Deacon Art Casias. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Tonie was born Thursday, Sept. 3, 1925 in Lockhart. She was the daughter of the late Juan Sanchez and the late Manuella Galvez Sanchez. She married Robert Emerson Wilson on Feb. 1, 1958 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1979. She had lived most of her life in Vernon. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a homemaker.
   She is survived by her son, Jim D. Wilson and wife Evelyn of Stamford; her daughter, Janet Case and husband Jeff of Vernon; two sisters, Sabie Tobar of Vernon and Mattie Hulett of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren,
   Robert Emerson Wilson, David Allen Shores, Cody Dale Shores, Robert Morton, Rance Morton and Bambi Nava; eight great grandchildren, Breanna, Colby, Sadie, Tyson, Jackson, Anabelle, Xander and Mila.
   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Abdon Sanchez, Henry Sanchez; three sisters, Pat Sanchez, Vickie Gamez and Olivia Tobar.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 and a Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., both at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to favorite charity.
   Pallbearers will be Robert Emerson Wilson, David Allen Shores, Cody Dale Shores, Robert Morton, Rance Morton and Clinton Nava.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Gladys Ritchie Blassingame Wood

   QUANAH – Gladys Ritchie Blassingame Wood, 84 of Quanah, died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Wichita Falls.  Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at The First Christian Church with Rev. Wayne Hollenshead officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Blassingame was born Oct. 6, 1928 in Quanah to the late W. T. and Ditula Ritchie. She married the late Otis Blassingame Sept. 8, 1945. He preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1974. She married the late Roby Wood on Nov. 5, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2003. She was a lifetime member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and current member of the First Christian Church in Quanah. She was a longtime employee of Vernon Center South. She was a member of the Shady Ladies Card Club and a lifetime resident of Quanah.
   She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Pricenski of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Barbara Kindrich of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; three sisters, Cora Lee Lewis of Quanah, Lorraine White of Quanah and Francis Heath of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Fannie Mae Price; one brother, William Ritchie.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at Smith Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Quanah.

 


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Opel Inez Willson

   CROWELL – Opel Inez Willson, 95, died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in Lubbock under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Willson was born on June 17, 1918 in Rotan, the daughter of the late James Leonard and Lulu Belle Poppham Thomas. She married Thomas Glenn Willson on Dec. 1, 1939 in Lubbock. She was a longtime resident of Wichita Falls and a former longtime resident of Crowell. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of UMW for many years.
   She is survived by one daughter, Sheryl Burke of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Ruth Madison of Amarillo and Lela Lewis of Lubbock; one brother, Dwight Thomas of Lubbock; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was p receded in death by her husband on Feb. 3, 1999, and a daughter, Glenda Karen Wheeler on Dec. 22, 2009.
   Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Inc., P.O. box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas, 76308.

 

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Allen J. Hamburger

   Allen J. Hamburger, 70, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, Okla. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.
   Allen was born June 27, 1943, in Clinton, Okla. to Conrad E. and Lillian Hamburger.  He grew up on a farm southwest of Weatherford, Okla. The farm sold in 1957 and the family moved to Clinton. He attended grade school and junior high in Weatherford and graduated from Clinton High School in 1961. Allen graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agronomy. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard for six years. Allen retired from Chillicothe Research Station in Chillicothe doing small grain research.

   Allen moved to Amarillo in 2005, living at Canyonview Estates and Heritage Convalescent Center for the past two years.  He enjoyed square dancing while living in Chillicothe. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Vernon and attended St. Luke Presbyterian Church until his health prevented him from attending.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Betty Sigle.

   Survivors include two brothers, Richard and wife Kay of Amarillo and Maurice of Phoenix, Ariz.; three nieces, Naomi and husband Jamie Dovall of Oklahoma City, Okla., Kelly and husband Robbie Laster and Kimberly and husband Fred Herm, all of Amarillo.

   The family suggests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1977, Vernon, TX 76385-1977; St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79106; or to a favorite charity.

   Family visitation will be from 5:30 p.m.- :30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the funeral home.

   Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.


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Margaret Ann Cobb

   Margaret Ann Cobb, 74, of Grand Prairie, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Grand Prairie. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. David Fox. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Cobb was born on Saturday, Aug. 19, 1939, in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late W.B. Johnston and the late Faye Leverett Johnston. She married Robert E. Cobb Jr. on July 19, 1957 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2013. She had lived most of her life in Vernon. She worked for the Vernon Manufacturing Company for many years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God where she was pianist and praise and worship leader. She was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her daughters, Sherri Hendrix of Centerpoint, Ind., and Dianna Knight of Arlington; her brother, Wayne Johnston of Vernon; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at The Community at Lakeridge, 1151 Manshield Webb, Arlington, Tx., 76002, and from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday before the service at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the famiy at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Jimmy Stokes

   A memorial service for Jimmy Stokes, 74 of Vernon, who died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Vernon, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Randy Echols. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Stokes was born Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1938 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Lois B. Stokes and the late Helen Wenona Neely Stokes. He worked for Golden’s Furniture and he retired after many years of service with Charter Tire. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by his son, Ronnie Stokes of Sherman; two daughters, Lisa Lee and Terri Quisenberry, both of Vernon; one brother, Robert Stokes of Shawnee, Okla.; three sisters, D’Lois Azbell of Vernon, Linda Sills of Fort Worth and Donna Welch of Shawnee, Okla.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at Sullivan’s Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Carolyn Jacobs

   Carolyn Jacobs, 87 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will be at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Jacobs was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Earnest Thompson and the late Joyce White Thompson. She married Wayde Alexander Jacobs on Dec. 7, 1944 in Frederick, Okla. He preceded her in death April 10, 1994. She had lived all of her life in Vernon She worked for Coco Cola Bottling Company and J.C. Penny’s. She was a member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church and a homemaker.
   She is survived by her sons, Richard Jacobs of Vernon and Jerry Jacobs of Tomball; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by two brothers Raymond Thompson and Aubrey Thompson.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to the Western Trail Cowboy Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Vickie Irene Dean

   Vickie Irene Dean, 92, of Haskell, Texas passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Willow Cemetery in Haskell with Rev. Tony Grand and Rev. Kelly Russell officiating.  Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home.
   Vickie Irene Turnbow was born in Hohenwald, Tenn. on Oct. 29, 1920 to Minnie (Dobbs) and George Turnbow.  Many will remember the beautiful girl with the blonde hair that sat at the ticket booth for the Texas Movie Theater in Haskell. Vickie enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing along with family camping. She loved her friends, her church and her community.  Vickie was a long time devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Haskell.

   She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Minnie Turnbow; husband, Jesse Dean; two sisters, Oca Karr and Whitney Johnson.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Jo Ann Hannsz and husband Greg of Abilene and Carol McNair and husband Mark of Vernon; son, Bobby Dean of Haskell; five grandchildren, Tiffany Hannsz, Dustin Hannsz, Amanda Lee, Dakota McNair and Sheridyn McNair; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   If desired, memorials can be given in Vickie’s name to Buckner Baptist Children’s Home, 5200 S. Buckner Blvd., Dallas, TX 75227; Gladney Center for Adoption, 6300 John Ray Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76132; or Hendrick Home for Children, 2758 Jeanette St., Abilene, TX 79602.

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

 


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Leroy Brandon

   QUANAH – Leroy Brandon, of Quanah, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Mansfield. Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Goodlett Cemetery with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

   Brandon was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Goodlett to the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brandon. He married the late Dorothy Brandon on Nov. 30, 1942 in New Port, R.I. Brandon was a lifetime resident of Quanah. He was a retired Navy Veteran and served in World War II. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Quanah. He attended Goodlett Schools and graduated from Goodlett High School.
   He is survived by two grandchildren, Georgia Suggs of Mansfield, and Virginia Brandon of Washington, D.C. and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Frank Roberts Brandon.
   Family visitation will be from 7p.m. to 8 pm Thursday at Smith Funeral Home.  

 

 

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Phillip Royal Tarrant

   WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — Phillip Royal Tarrant, 76, of Wynnewood, Okla., died on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Wynnewood. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at the Eastern Gate Baptist Church home in Wynnewood, Okla., officiated by Rev. Lloyd Christensen. Services are under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Wynnewood, Okla. 
   Tarrant was born on May 14, 1937 in Wichita Falls to Ola (Elliot) and T.W. Tarrant. He grew up and attended school in Vernon, graduating from Vernon High School and Vernon Regional Junior College. He married Patsy Ruth Coffman on April 3, 1959 in Vernon. They made their home in Vernon until 1979 when they moved to Fox, Okla. In 1992, they moved to Wynnewood where he lived the rest of his life.

   Survivors include his wife Pat of Wynnewood, Okla.; one daughter, Phyllis Ann Brown of Lawton, Okla.; two sons,  Michael Aaron Tarrant of Pauls Valley, Okla., and Delton Gordon Tarrant of Wynnewood, Okla.; one brother,  Joseph Tarrant of Houston; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


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Shirley Dean Stout Cox

   Funeral services for Shirley Dean Stout Cox, 68 of Brazil, Ind., formerly of Vernon, who died on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Brazil, Ind., will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at the Second Baptist Church. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Cox was born May 28, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Henry Stout and the late Arel Gable Smithson. She graduated from Lockett High School in 1963. Following high school, she attended Vernon College for two years. She married the late James Cox on Feb. 12, 1968 in Crowell. She worked as the Food Service Department Manager at North Texas State Hospital for 40 years, where she retired in November of 2005.
   After moving to Brazil, Ind., in 2010 to live with her daughter, she enjoyed church activities, Bible studies, reading and spending time with her family.
   Cox is survived by her daughter, Ashle` Cox Hogan of Brazil, Ind.; three grandchildren; one brother, Bill Cooper of Wright City, Okla.; one sister, Lynda Logsdon of Vernon, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Claude Stout of Silverton; her parents, Benjamin Forest Smithson and Arel Jean Gable Smithson of Vernon; her husband, James Melton Cox of Vernon, and a daughter, Shelly D. Cox Johnson of Dallas.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Second Baptist Church of Vernon. The family will be at 4706 Cottonwood Lane.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Esperanza Bustamante

   Esperanza Bustamante, 82 of Vernon, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday Sept. 26, 2013 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Deacon Art Casias officiating, interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Bustamante was born Friday, July 24, 1931 in Kamay. She was the daughter of the late Tranquilino Tovar and the late Francis Tovar. She married Marcos Bustamante in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1969. She had worked at the Vernon Care Center in the dietary department and at the Best Western Village Inn as a housekeeper. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and had been a resident of Vernon all of her life. She was a homemaker.
   Surviving are two sons, Robert Bustamante and Lupe Bustamante, both of Vernon; four daughters, Sue Chavez, Rosa Bustamante, Mary Maldenado and Stephanie Callejas, all of Vernon; one brother, Martin Montez, Jr. of Wichita Falls; 28 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by sons, Johnny Bustamante in 2012, Jesse Bustamante, Ruben Bustamante and Danny Bustamante; a step-daughter, Sarah B. Perez and a brother, Trino Tovar.
   A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Patricia (Patsy) Hammonds

   CROWELL – Patricia (Patsy) Hammonds, 81 of Crowell, died on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
   Hammonds was born Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1932, She was the daughter of the late Lloyd Fox and the late Katherine Wheeler Fox. She married Billy Hammonds, who preceded her in death in 1998. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Crowell. She was a homemaker.
   Surviving are her son, Ricky Hammonds of Thalia; her daughter, Kathy Carroll of Crowell; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013, at Womack Manard Funeral Home, Crowell.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Rathgeber Hospitality House of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Joan Hite

   Joan Hite, 76, of Vernon, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
   Joan was born Nov. 18, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to the late Harvey Dewey and Lettie (Boyd) Hite.  She retired from Santa Rosa Telephone Co. where she worked for over 40 years. Joan loved animals and was a founding member of the Wilbarger Humane Society where she was an active volunteer. She was also preceded in death by her four brothers, Bill, Keith, Don, and Dewey Hite, and two nephews, Ronnie and Byron Hite. 
   She is survived by her sister, Doris Hudson of Altus, Okla.; nieces and nephews, Joe, Heidi, Robin, Cindy, Paula, Janet, Robert, Cheryl, Glen, and Lisa, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends who will miss her dearly. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilbarger Humane Society, 2801 Sullivan St., Vernon, TX 76384. 
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.

 


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Pauline Reynolds

     QUANAH – Pauline Reynolds, 91, of Quanah, died on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Arlington. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Quanah Memorial Park with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Reynolds was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Eldorado, Okla., to the late Glenn and Bonnie Fought. She married Jessie Wrex Reynolds on Aug. 17, 1946 in Quanah. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1982. She was employed by the Quanah Independent School District for 23 years and was a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Assn. She was a member of the first Baptist Church in Quanah since 1946.
   She is survived by two sons, Clay Reynolds of McKinney and Tim Reynolds of Kennedale; one sister, Lena Grey Ferris of Beaumont; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, at Smith Funeral Home.
   Memorials may be made to Thompson Sawyer Library and the Depot Museum.

 

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Sandra McCrary Andrews

  Sandra McCrary Andrews, 76, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, in Bedford, Texas.
   Sandra was born October 3, 1936 in Vernon, Tex. She was the daughter of the late Tommy and Louise Aynes McCrary.
   Sandra discovered music and dance as a child and this became a thread throughout her life. She performed as a young girl, played piano at college sorority events and for church services, family gatherings and holidays. She even played for fellow residents of her memory care facility. She was a graduate of Vernon High School Class of 1955. Sandra attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at TCU and remained active in the organization her entire life, serving as Alumni advisor and seeing her daughter initiated into the same chapter.
   At TCU she met Kendall E. Andrews, Jr. and was married after graduation, residing first in Dallas, then Fort Worth and later in Irving where she was very active in many civic and school organizations. Sandra’s passion was helping others and she became a Registered Nurse, working in psychiatry and chemical dependency in the DFW area. Most of her career was spent with Brookhaven Hospital in Dallas and Charter Grapevine where she was renowned for her ability to work with difficult patients. After retiring from nursing in 2001, Sandra moved to her family ranch in Quanah, Texas, but remained active. She was a member of Quanah Chamber of Commerce, volunteer with the Thompson Sawyer Public Library in Quanah and Depot Museum. She joined the First United Methodist Church in Quanah and was an active participant in all aspects of church life but particularly involved in the music for services. She was self-sufficient, a wonderful dinner and travel companion and a devoted mother, grandmother and friend.  Sandra approached life with a happy determination and adventurous spirit.  She will be missed for now but loved forever.
   She is survived by her loving family: her son, Blake Andrews and wife, Janie of Wichita Falls, Texas; their children Kyle and Kendall; her daughter, Sherri Andrews Taylor and husband, Tracy of Southlake, Texas; their children Blake and Haley.
   Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Vernon. Officiating will be the Rev. Chris Holland. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon.
   Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Vernon.
   A Celebration of Life will be held at Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth, TX from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday, Sept 23, 2013 in the La Puertita.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.org or 2630 W. Freeway, Suite 100 Fort. Worth, TX 76102 or the Tri Delta Foundation PO Box 5987 Arlington, TX  76005.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Pauline Flores

   QUANAH – Pauline B. Florez, 81, of Quanah, died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Lawton, Okla. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Lionel Mounce officiating. Interment will follow at Big Valley Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Florez was born April 4, 1932 in Childress to the late John D. and Anna Mae Briscoe. She married Ricardo Florez in 2001 in Quanah. She was the former owner of Pauline’s Antiques and Collectibles. She was a longtime resident of Quanah and member of the United Pentecostal Church. She is survived by her husband, Ricardo Florez of Quanah; one son, Johnny Knowles of  Amarillo; one stepson, Richard Florez of Quanah; four stepdaughters, Rebecca Brannan, Rhonda Platts, Rachel Keating, all of Fort Worth, and Sylvia Rico of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Bobby Briscoe of Pilot Point and Edward Briscoe of San Bernardino, Calif.; one sister, Mary Graham of Denver City; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

   Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday at Smith Funeral Home.

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Robert Kurz

   Robert Kurz, 74, brother of Vernon resident Monika Thompson, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Troisdorf, Germany. Funeral mass is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Catholic Church there. Kurz was born on Feb. 24, 1939, in Hessental, Germany. Other survivors include his wife, Renate Kurtz, two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Alfons and Karoline Kurz; two brothers, Hermann and Alfons Kurz, and a sister, Elfriede K


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Katherine Langford

   QUANAH – Katherine Langford, age 80, of Quanah, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are pending with Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.

   

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Eddie Lou Krebs Graf

   Funeral services for Eddie Lou Krebs Graf, 88, who died Sept. 14, 2013 in Carrollton, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Neuberger officiating. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Graf was born June 14, 1925, in Vernon to the late Ella Krebs and Ed C. Krebs. She married Floyd Graf on Jan. 4, 1942, in Vernon. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1994
   The couple were co-owners of Greenbelt Farm Machinery for many years where she worked as bookkeeper. She was a lifelong and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was active In the Hospital Auxiliary for many years; served as an ambassador for Atria Assisted Living in Carrollton, and was an avid Vernon Lion and Baylor Bear and Texas Ranger fan.
   Survivors include: three daughters, Marcella Bell of Denver City, Texas, Tony Raines of Garland, and Dianna Wilson of Plano; six grandsons, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Chris Krebs, of Hamilton, Mont. She was preceded in death by her sister, Anna Marie Graham.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to Birnbaum Scholarship Fund at St. Paul Lutheran.
   Pallbearers will be Doyle Graham, Jr., James Graham, Ronnie Karcher, Don Karcher, James Karcher, Charles E. Graf, Clifford Graf, Terry Graf, Randal Graf, and Robert Namken.


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Lethal Wayne Wiseman

   QUANAH – Lethal Wayne Wiseman, Sr., of Quanah, died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Quanah. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will be follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Wiseman was born Aug. 8, 1949 in Chandler, Okla. to the late Madison Wiseman and Letha Corene Houk. He was a longtime resident of Quanah. He was a farmer and enjoyed riding horses and fishing.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
   He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Cree and Carrie Wiseman, both of Quanah; one son, Lethal Wiseman Jr.; two sisters, Dorothy Honea and Mary Ann Tyler, both of Quanah, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Madison Wiseman; mother, Letha Corene Houk Wiseman; one sister, Maehala Clemens, and two brothers, Madison Wiseman, Jr. and David Wiseman.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home.

 

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Angie Wood

   Angie Wood, 62 of Vernon, died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. David Fox. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home
   Wood was born Wednesday, May 16, 1951 in Vernon. She was the daughter of Inez New Turkett and the late Marvin (Turk) Turkett . She married Alton Wood, Jr. on April 4, 1969 in Vernon. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked Vernon State Hospital for several years. She was a member Vernon Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, Alton Wood, Jr., of the home; her mother, Inez Turkett of Vernon; two daughters, Misty Evans and Jana Perry, both of Vernon; two sons, Lee Wood and Michael Wood, both of Vernon; two brothers,  Johnny Turkett and Alvin Turkett, both of Vernon, and seven grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Pallbearers will be Justin Garcia, Ryan Garcia, Joshua Wood, Johnny Turkett, Jr., Kevin Holland and Clay Henry.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Eddie Lou Krebs Graf

   Eddie Lou Krebs Graf, age 88, died Sept. 14, 2013 in Carrollton, TX. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Neuberger officiating. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Eddie Lou was born June 14, 1925, in Vernon to the late Ella Krebs and Ed C. Krebs. She married Floyd Graf on Jan. 4, 1942, in Vernon. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1994.
   They were co-owners of Greenbelt Farm Machinery for many years where she worked as bookkeeper. She was a lifelong and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was active In the Hospital Auxiliary for many years; served as an ambassador for Atria Assisted Living in Carrollton; and was an avid Vernon Lion and Baylor Bear and Texas Ranger fan along with Floyd.
   Survivors include: daughters, Marcella Bell (Kenneth) of Denver City, TX; Tony Raines of Garland, TX; Dianna Wilson (Steve) of Plano, TX; grandsons, Ken Bell, Bradley Bell, and Tyler Wilson; granddaughters Gayla Raines, Kristi Box, and Abby Raines; 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and one brother, Chris Krebs, of Hamilton Montana. She was preceded in death by her sister, Anna Marie Graham.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to Birnbaum Scholarship Fund at St. Paul Lutheran.
   Pallbearers will be Doyle Graham, Jr., James Graham, Ronnie Karcher, Don Karcher, James Karcher, Charles E. Graf, Clifford Graf, Terry Graf, Randal Graf, and Robert Namken.


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Steven Paul Vaughn

   Steven Paul Vaughn, 57 of Electra, died on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Wichita Falls, after a lengthy illness.
   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Tanner. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Steven was born Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1956 to Leroy and Annie Nash Vaughn in Vernon. He retired from Waggoner Ranch in 2009 after more than 20 years of dedicated service in the oil field production.
   He is survived by his son, Steven D. Vaughn and Wife Lorri of Plano; his daughter, Dede Vaughn McAlister and husband Kevin of Electra; his mother, Annie Nash Vaughn of Vernon; grandson, Kolton McAlister; granddaughter, Averie McAlister; two brothers, David Ray Vaughn and Michael Vaughn, both of Vernon, and one sister, Beverly Ham of Vernon. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Vaughn; brothers Keith Vaughn and Mark Vaughn, and sisters Marsha Vaughn and Deborah Vaughn Echols. We will always carry you memory in our hearts.
   Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at  Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Lung Association for COPD.
   Online condolences may be made to www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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Kathryn Mason

   CROWELL – Kathryn Mason, 90, of Crowell, died on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Crowell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in the Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. The Rev. Gary Chapman, pastor of the Vernon Baptist Church in Vernon, will officiate. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.
   Mason was born on Oct. 29, 1922, in Foard County, a daughter of the late Henry Clay and Montie Oberia Adams Lankford. She married Ralph Mason on Sept. 3, 1969 in Ryan, Okla. She was a former Crowell resident and longtime Vernon resident. She was a graduate of Crowell High School and member of the First United Methodist Church of Crowell. She was a former telephone operator in Crowell and was a former employee of El Paso Natural Gas. After 19 years, she retired as a secretary for Harrold public schools. She was an avid golfer, winning the New Mexico state championship for four years and the Roswell, N.M. city championship for two years. She enjoyed quilting and won numerous blue ribbons in Texas, Oklahoma, and California.
   She is survived by two sisters, Anna Jo Collier and Oleta Nash, both of Vernon; two stepsons, Sidney Mason and Don Mason, both of the Waggoner Ranch; three step-brothers, J.W. Whitley, Bill Whitley and Ace Whitley, all of Crowell; five step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her  husband, Ralph Mason, in 2002; three brothers and five sisters.
   Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Foard County Veterans Wall.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon.

 

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Thomas David Mitchell Sr.

   Thomas David Mitchell Sr., 81, of Maxey, Texas, passed away on Aug. 30, 2013 of Alzheimer complications in Athens, Ga. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Maxey Community Center  for family and friends. Haston Magnuson, a nephew, will officiate. A Mitchell Family reunion will be held afterward on Saturday and Sunday. His final resting place will be at Mill Creed Cemetery in Hilliard, Fla.
   Mr. Mitchell was born in Telephone, Texas, Fannin County, to Cora Elizabeth (Lizzie) Owens Mitchell and Doc Benjamin Mitchell on Feb. 27, 1932. He was a carpenter by trade in Oklahoma, California and Florida. During his retirement, he had a farm in Maxey and raised cattle. Mr. Mitchell had lived at the home of his daughter, Mary Lou Williams, for the last three years of his life.
   He had three children: Mary Lou Williams of Flowery Branch, Ga., Glenn Dale Mitchell (died November 2009) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Thomas Mitchell Jr. of Plano; three grandchildren, James Wriley Brooks Jr. Williams, Jonathan Carman Mitchell and Adam Kelly Glenn Mitchell, and one adopted granddaughter, Laya Wilson.
   Surviving are two sisters, Maggie Flois Hickey and Cora Elizabeth (Bess) Knight; three brothers, Willie Joe Mitchell, Doris Darrell (Buck) Mitchell and Decatur Bob Mitchell; three brothers-in-law, Loy Knight, Alton Hickey and Ken Nava, and two sisters-in-law, Tina Mitchell and Pat Mitchell.
   His daughter,  ary Lou, would like to give special thanks to Jerry Lee and Melissa Wilson, including Layla, her brother, sister-in-law and niece (Mr. Mitchell’s extended family) for being his caregiver, for the love they showed him and all their support for she couldn’t have taken care of him without their help, support and love. It is greatly appreciated.


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Richard Glenn Chisholm

   Richard Glenn Chisholm, 75, of Jay, Okla., departed this life on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Grove Nursing Center after a long illness. 
   Richard entered this life on Dec. 30, 1937 in Vernon, Texas, one of 10 children born to the late Homer and Claudia (Danials) Chisholm. He was raised in Vernon, where he attended Vernon High School. Richard served his country honorably in the United States Army. After the service on Nov.15, 1958, he was united in marriage to IllaMae Seabourn and to this union two daughters were born.  In 1978 they moved their family to Jay, Okla. Richard was a rancher and owner of Chisholm’s TV & Appliance, and a number of other businesses.  He enjoyed his airplane and traveling. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Albert Chisholm, Willie Chisholm, Howard Chisholm, and two sisters Lucille Smith, and Marie Fennell. 
   He is survived by his wife of 54 years IllaMae of the home; two daughters: Vickie Lynn Chisholm of Surprise, Ariz., and Kathleen Diane Scott and her husband Doug of Jay, Okla.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers: James Chisholm and wife, Bobby Chisholm and wife, and Lonnie Chisholm and wife; sister Linda Vanek and husband; and a host of other relatives and friends. 
   Per Richard’s request there will be no services held. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, Okla. Friends and family may leave notes of encouragement by viewing Richard’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.

 

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Daniel W. Eichman

   Funeral services for Daniel W. Eichman, 68 of Dalhart, who died on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Amarillo, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. David Fox. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Eichman was born Monday, Sept. 3, 1945 in Dodge City, Kan. He was the son of the late Alvin T. Eichman and the late Charity D. Fakes Eichman. He married Carolyn Campbell on Sept. 28, 1970 in New Boston, Texas.  He served in the US Army as Staff SSgt active duty and reserves for six years. He worked with his father as a welder and steel fabrication. He was a member of the Borger Missionary Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Eichman of the home; a daughter, Charity E. Bennett of Borger; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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J.E. Chaney

   J.E. Chaney, 70, of Electra, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Wichita  County.
   Graveside services will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon with Pastor Greg Johnson officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home before service time.
   J.E. was born Sept. 16, 1942 in Hackberry, Texas  to John Earick and Lorella (Keys) Chaney. He married his loving wife, Leona Zipperle on Sept. 9, 1999. He was retired from Vernon State Hospital. He was a painter, carpenter, and craftsman. He enjoyed being in the country, working with his hands, tinkering with things, gardening and chocolate. His love of his family and spending time with them was what he cherished the most.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Leland Chaney; brothers, Deward and Edwin Chaney, and sisters, Patricia Keel and Delores Chaney.
   Survivors include his wife, Leona of Electra; son, Tommy Chaney of Dallas; daughter, Cindy Henderson and husband Ted of Vernon; granddaughters, Nichole Thomas and husband Greg of Vernon, Kayle, Laramie, and D.C. of Oklahoma; great-grandson Gregory III of Vernon, sisters, Lenora Steinman of Vernon, Norene Mauk of Omaha, Neb. Ola Mae Martinez of Spring Valley, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Bennye Lou Owen

   AUSTIN – Bennye Lou Owen, 90, died on Friday Sept. 6, 2013 in Austin. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept.9, at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, and internment will be conducted in Vernon at a later date.
   Owen was born July 17, 1923, a daughter of Hardin and Lucy Ross, in Odell. In 1940, she graduated from Northside High School. She attended Central Oklahoma Teacher’s College in Edmond and Texas Women’s University in Denton. She was a Montessori teacher and later taught Bible school. She was an active member of the Church of Christ.
   On Aug. 6, 1944, she married Roger K. Owen. The couple lived in Amarillo and Abilene, until recently settling in Austin to be closer to family.
   Owen is survived by her husband, Roger, and their four children: Ann (Owen) Hilgers, Ken Owen, Mark Owen, and Carol (Owen) Snelson; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was also a mother to a number of foster children over the years.
   Memorials may be sent to High Plains Children’s Home in Amarillo.

 

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Wilma Louise Durham

   CROWELL – Wilma Louise Durham, 73, of Crowell, died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Quanah. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in the First Baptist Church of Crowell with the Rev. David Manney of Yukon, Okla., officiating. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral  Home.
   Durham was born on Feb. 24, 1940 in Wheeler, a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Atwood. She married Elbert Ray Durham on Dec. 22, 1960 in Pampa. She was a longtime resident of Crowell and a graduate of Wheeler High School. She was a former employee for the Crowell Nursing Center and a member of the Assembly of God Church of Crowell.

   She is survived by one daughter, Laurie Lopez of Rockwall; five sons, Cris Durham of Waco, Greg Durham, Crowell,  Jimmy Durham, Monty Durham and Marty Durham, all of Crowell; one brother, Ted Atwood of Pampa; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Ray Durham, on Oct. 6, 2011.

   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home, Crowell.


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Brenda Ann West

   Brenda Ann West was born in McCamey, TX on July 16, 1949 to Isaac Millard White and Teddy Caroline White. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Lovington, NM where her father worked for Shell Oil Company. Brenda completed all 12 grades of school in Lovington, graduating in 1967. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM before beginning a career in banking and medical office bookkeeping. Brenda married Eddie Don West on March 9, 1985 in Roswell, NM. The couple moved from Roswell in 1986 and lived in Big Spring TX for 2 years and Vernon, TX for 2 years. In Vernon, Brenda served as one of the church secretaries of First Baptist Church before moving to Clovis, NM in 1990. In Clovis Brenda worked as financial secretary for First Baptist Church while Eddie worked at Cannon Air Force Base. In 2005 the couple moved to Norman, OK when Eddie’s job transferred to Tinker AFB.
   Brenda died on Aug 31, 2013 after a brief fight after suffering a severe stroke on Aug 23, 2013.  Brenda was preceded in death by both parents and her only sibling, William R. White. She is survived by her husband Eddie of the home and their beloved Bichone, Clara Mae. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Danny and Nancy West of Vernon, TX as well as nieces, Rachel West Nowels of OKC and Lydia West Strong of Yukon, OK.
   Eddie will receive friends on Thursday, September 5th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.in the Narthex of First United Methodist Church, 201 W Main in Moore, OK.  A memorial service will be held on Friday September 6th at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of FUMC in Moore at the same location under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel. Her ashes will be returned to NM which she considered her home.

 

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Tomas (Tommy) Wayne Cokendolpher

   Quanah has lost a great man and a great friend to many. August 30th, 2013 Tommy Cokendolpher went to be with THE LORD.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Quanah, Chris Holland and Monte Lumpkin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Quanah Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Quanah.
   Thomas Wayne Cokendolpher was born on Oct. 12, 1936 to Tom and Flora Mattie Cokendolpher, in Clay County, Texas.  He moved to Hardeman County in his first year of life and has lived there ever since.  On Feb. 2, 1957, he married Judy Burke in St Luke Methodist Church in Quanah.

   The son of a farmer, he grew up farming and farmed/ranched until he retired.  Tommy was voted Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1987 Lower Pease River SWCD.  He was a trustee in the First United Methodist Church and served as chairman of various committees over the past 40 plus years.  He served on the board of the Quanah Farmers Co-op.  He loved the Lord and served in the Emmaus community sponsoring, mentoring, and witnessing.
   Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Flora Mattie Cokendolpher, and sister Juanita Purdy.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judy, daughters, Melody Mehan and special friend Craig Rice of Wichita Falls, April Driver and husband Robert of Wichita Falls , four grandchildren, Dustin Mehan, Jarrod Mehan, Davis Driver, and Delaney Driver all of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Virginia Boehning and husband Carl, of El Paso, and Joy McCullough and husband Don of Wichita Falls, and many nieces and nephews and extended family members. 
   The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.
   Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church of Quanah or Hospice of Wichita Falls.

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Hondeana Hawkins

   QUANAH — Hondeana Hawkins, 65, of Quanah, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Quanah, with Rev. Chris Holland and Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls
   A daughter of the late Margriet (Sawvel) and William Matlock, Hawkins was born on Aug. 24, 1947, in Grove, Okla. She was a homemaker.
   She was also preceded in death by a sister and a brother. Hawkins is survived by her husband, Dan Hawkins; daughters, Dolly Hawkins and Dawn Mergy; son Robert Dean Hawkins, all of Quanah; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five sisters, three brothers, numerous nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.

 

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Debra Ann Hickok

   Debra Ann Hickok, 56 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
   Hickok was born Tuesday, July 23, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late William Herdliska and the late Betty Bryan Herdliska. She married David Hickok on Sept. 21, 1996 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on June 14, 2012.
   She is survived by her son, Damian Marsh; step-son, Jonathan Hickok; step-daughter, Elisabeth Marti, and brother, Rick Herdliska.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Katherine Frances Cartusciello

ARLINGTON — Katherine Frances Cartusciello, 95, a former Vernon resident, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Fort Worth.
       Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.
       Katherine was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Shelton and Laura Lee Huffman; and her brothers, Robert Hall and Dale Hall.
       Survivors: Sons, John Cartusciello and wife, Sherry, of Arlington and Paul Cartusciello and wife, Alexia, of Kennedale; sister, Mary Jo Liles of Shalimar, Fla.; grandchildren, Melissa Rouswell and husband, Josh, of The Woodlands, Rebecca Cole and husband, David, of Dallas, Cody Cartusciello of Dallas and Casey Cartusciello of Dallas; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wade Family Funeral Home 
Arlington, 817-274-9233

 

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Rosemary Wendt

   Graveside services will be held for Rosemary Wendt of New York City at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 in the Wilbarger Memorial Park  and Mausoleum  in Vernon, Texas.  Rosemary was born March 9, 1939 and died July 18, 2013 in New York City.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother,  Charles Wendt.  Her father, Frank Wendt, was the County Agent in Wilbarger County for many years.  Her mother, Anna Lou Baskin Wendt, was a teacher in area schools, and in Lockett for many years.  They were long time members of the First United Methodist Church of Vernon.
Rosemary graduated from Vernon High School in 1957 and from Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1961, where she was a member of Cardinal Key and elected to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” She was the editor of Southwestern Magazine and a member of the University Council.
     Rosemary also did a year of graduate work at the University of Denver. She was employed by Audio Productions, Inc. of New York City and taught drama in Connecticut before going into banking.  She was an executive at Citi Bank in San Francisco,  Calif.  She  retired and chose New York City as her home.
   She is survived by her nieces, nephews, and a sister-in –law.

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Charlene Frerich Golleher

   QUANAH – Charlene Frerich Golleher, 79, of Quanah, died, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Quanah. Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at Smith Chapel. Mass will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Jack Mckooms officiating, Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Golleher was born April 9, 1934 to the late Charles and Josephine Frerich in Scotland, Texas. She married the Gordon Golleher June 20, 1958 in Wichita Falls. She lived in Hardeman County since 1969.  She was a retired bookkeeper and administrative assistant.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Gordon Golleher of Quanah; five daughters, Regina Jacoby of Vernon, Jolene Foster of Cleburne, Rebecca Golleher of Fort Worth, Monica Thompson of Eldorado, Okla., and Carrie Butler of Eldorado, Okla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Koetter of Scotland, Texas.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

 

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Billie Mae Roper

   Billie Mae Roper, 86, of Vernon, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Roper was born on Monday. Dec. 20, 1926 in Amarillo. She was the daughter of the late William Burt Gilbert and the late Anna Mae Alderson Gilbert. She married John L. Buley in 1956 in Canyon. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1974. She later married Freddie (Bill) Roper on Nov. 8, 1978 in Amarillo. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 2000. She moved to Vernon in 1982 from Amarillo. She retired from the Vernon State Hospital. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her son, Donald Hall of Vernon; two daughters, Mary Margaret Murphy and Lois Ann Vincent, both of Vernon; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, John Luther Buley.
   Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Bryan Derwin, Tim Hall, Kenneth Vincent and Zack Turney.
   Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Ray Holder

   A memorial service for Ray Holder, 84 of Vernon, who died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Tom Long and the Rev. Howard Quiett. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Holder was born near Millsap on April 4, 1929 to Newman B. and Fleta May Holder. He graduated from Harrold High School and attended Howard Payne College. He served in the US Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. After returning home from the military, Ray worked for Waggoner Estate for 15 years. He later worked in Civil Service at Sheppard Air Force Base, and left to be a welding instructor for Vernon Junior College. After being retired for a brief period of time he worked for Clay Tank Trucks in Denver City, Texas for six years.
   He married Edith Luton of Lubbock in 1971. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Winsome Sunday School Class. He loved all sports, golf, hunting and fishing.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Holder, and a brother, Lawton Holder.
   Survivors include two daughters, Shelli Rainbolt of Lubbock and Sharron Davis Wichita Falls, Texas; three sons, Richard, Ray and Randy all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandsons, a granddaughter, two two nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Holder, and a brother, Lawton Holder.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the parlor of First United Methodist Church.
   Donations may be made to a favorite charity or Integra Care Hospice, 2733 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Mary Lou Price Coleman

   DECORDOVA — Mary Lou Price Coleman died Aug. 15, 2013 at her home. Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the First Christian Church, Granbury.
   She was born May 20, 1932 in Olney. She graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 1950. She attended TCU, the University of Houston, and graduated with honors from Howard Payne College in 1975. She was involved with her children in PTA, Girl Scouts, and church and community activities too numerous to count. While in Brownwood, she was vice-chairperson of the Brown County Republican Party.
   Mary Lou participated fully in life until recently when her illness curtailed engagement with family and friends, church and community. She was the quintessential wife, mother and grandmother, enriching and encouraging each family member to find and live in her or his unique gifts. Mary Lou’s personal gifts, grace, laughter, and love will be truly missed by all who loved her.
   A plaque given her on Mother’s Day, 1984 demonstrates the love and esteem in which she was held by her family: “Presented to the Mother, Mary Lou Price Coleman, on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1984: – who has loved us and taught us to love others, – who has counseled us and kept us interested in all pursuits of life, – who has shown us by her example about Theology, citizenship, politics, and the Good Samaritan, and -who has been our very best friend!”
   Her parents preceded her in death, Mary Ellen and William Eugene “Gene” Price.
   She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Rogers K. Coleman, M.D., three children: Pamela Jean Travis and her husband, Father Douglas Travis; Candace Stroup, and Chris Coleman and his wife, Jenny. She is also survived by her brother, William Harold Price, eight grandchildren, Megan Stroup and her husband Ugur Sener, Alexandra Travis and her fiancé, Shawn Strider, Katrina Stroup and her fiancé, Josh Hilscher, Christina Coleman, Nyssa Hoerner and her husband, Brett, Micah Stroup and his fiancé, Nyssa Sherazee, Katherine Coleman, and Ben Coleman, and two great-grandchildren, Isabel Sener and Grey Sener, numerous nephews and numerous extended family and loving friends.

                


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Louie Lee Holder Sr.

   Louie Lee Holder, Sr., 93 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in Corpus Christi. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug.19, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Irl Holt. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.  
   Holder was born Wednesday, Sept.10, 1919 in Electra. He was the son of the late Matthew Holder and the late Alma Samuel Holder. He married Hazel Johnson on June 22, 1940 in Frederick, Okla. She preceded him in death on Jan.28, 2008.

   He was a graduate of Vernon High School and received an undergraduate degree and a master degree from Texas Tech and a graduate degree from North Texas State University. He was a retired band director and assistant superintendent of Vernon High School. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 50 year member of the choir and director of the choir for 20 years. He was also a longtime member of the Rotary Club.  He served in the US Navy during WWII as a radar instructor. He was a resident of Vernon for most of his life.

   Survivors include a son, Louie Lee Holder Jr. of Corpus Christi, one grandson and five great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, and a son Keith Holder on March 31, 2001.

   Memorials can be made to Thomas Music Fund at the First United Methodist Church.

   Pallbearers will be Jimmy Collins, Joe Rogers, Horace Joe Tabor, Paul Bay Ekern, Dr. Marvin Sharp and Olan Dale Bourland.

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

 

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Jacqueline Nichole Barnes

   Jacqueline Nichole Barnes, 31 of Vernon, died on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Vernon. A private family service will be held at a later date.
   Barnes was born Saturday, Aug. 7, 1982 in Knox City. She was the daughter of Jackie Cornwell and the late Bobby Phil Denton. She married Rex Barnes on Dec. 6, 2011 in Vernon. She had been a resident of Knox, Baylor and Wilbarger counties most of her life. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, Rex Barnes of the home; three daughters, Autumn Rose Denton, Summer Rain Denton and Vivica Nichole Barnes, all of Vernon; her mother, Jackie Cornwell of Dallas; one sister, Erika Ramirez of Abilene; one brother, Michael Ramirez of Dallas, and her grandmother, Opal Denton of Lubbock.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

                           

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Mary Helen Pippen Elliott

   Mary Helen Pippen Elliott passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11 in Amarillo, Texas.  Mary was 76 years old.
   Mary was born on May 13, 1937 in Nappanee, Indiana.  She was the daughter of Charlotte Price Pippen and Everett Pippen, Jr. She has one sister, Pat Wenger of Nappanee and one brother, John Pippen of Nappanee. 
   Mary graduated from Nappanee High School in 1955 and Ball State University.  She earned her graduate degree in instructional media from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  Her teaching career included jobs in Mishawaka, Indiana, Long Island, NY and Albuquerque, N.M.  Mary opened a new library at Grant Los Altos middle school in Albuquerque.  Mary was an employee of Vernon College from 1972-2006.  Her jobs included librarian and dean of instruction.  She spent many hours overseeing instruction at the Vernon campus, Wichita Falls campus and Sheppard Field.  Mary was a member and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Vernon.  She was also a volunteer for Camp Fire Girls and the United Way.  Creating United Way slide shows gave her great pleasure.  Mary was an active parent in her children’s activities.  She spent many hours cheering for John and Matt in various sports.  She later became a big fan of her grandchildren’s activities and Matt’s high school teams.  She and her husband traveled to many sporting events in her life.
   Mary Elliott is survived by her husband, Tom Elliott of Vernon/Amarillo.  Her children include a daughter, Jenny and husband Sean of Amarillo, a son John and wife Joelene of Plano, and a son Matt and wife LuAn of New Braunfels.  She had seven grandchildren:  Kacie, Katie Lynn, Aubrey, Trey, Averey, Lauren and Luke. 
   Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Vernon, Texas on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
   Visitation will be held at Sullivan Funeral home in Vernon on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
   Memorials may be made to Tom and Mary Elliott scholarship fund at Vernon College (mail to: Office of Institutional Advancement, Vernon College 4400 College Drive, Vernon, Tx 76384) or to First Presbyterian Church in Vernon. 

 

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Tommy Logan

   QUANAH – Tommy Logan, 82, of Paducah, Ky., and a native of Quanah, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 7:20 a.m. at Lourdes Hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 5, at the Lone Oak Chapel Milner & Orr Funeral Home with Dr. Ben Boon officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with military honors.
   Logan was a member of Lone Oak United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean Conflict and served on the ship U.S.S. Shields. He was a member of the Paducah/McCracken County Retired Teachers Association, the Kentucky Retired Teachers, and was a former teacher at Lone Oak High School, Lone Oak Middle School, and finished his career in education as principal of Concord Elementary School. He was a Kentucky Colonel.
   Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nancy Carolyn Wyman Logan; one daughter, Cindy Logan of Paducah; one son, David Logan of Boaz; two sisters, Margie Prater of Quanah and Frances Daughtery of Traverse City, Mich.; one brother, James Logan of Levelland; two grandchildren;  two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernest E. Logan and Z.O. White Logan; six sisters, and three brothers.
   Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Lone Oak United Methodist Church, 3835 Old U.S. Highway 45 South, Paducah, Ky. 42003. Message of sympathy may be made at www.milnerandorr.com.


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Tomasa Jiminez De La Garza

   Tomasa Jiminez De La Garza, 76 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday Aug. 9, 2013 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Deacon Art Casias officiating, Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   De La Garza was born on  Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1937 in Alpine. She was the daughter of the late Casimiro Jiminez and the late Luz Almodova  Jiminez. She married Adam De La Garza in Vernon on April 30, 1964. She moved to Vernon in 1961. She worked at Wood’s Nursing Home for several years. She loved sewing and made quilts and clothing for newborns. She also enjoyed playing bingo and working in her garden. She was a memeber of the Holy Family Catholic Church.
   Surviving are her husband, Adam De La Garza of the home; seven sons, John  Robert Dominguez of Vernon, Danny David Dominguez of Des Moines, Iowa, Jose (Chico) Dominguez of Davenport, Iowa, Michael Edward Dominguez of Chico, Calif.,Frank Dominguez of Wisconsin
   Julio Dominguez of Cookston, Minn., and Raymond De La Garza of Wichita Falls; one daughter
   Juanita Hernandez of Fort Worth; one brother, Jose Jiminez of Crowell; one sister, Valentine Rodriguez of Fort Worth; 28 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Nicholas Anthony Dominguez; a grandson, Robert St. John Dominguez, and one brother, Herman Jiminez.
   A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 8, 2013 at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Dewayne (Turk) Dodd

   Dewayne (Turk) Dodd, 54 of Vernon died on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., m Thursday Aug. 8, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Eric Lane and Richard Keeling officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Dodd was born on Friday, April 10, 1959 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Edwin (E.B.) Dodd and the late Mamie Lee Smith Dodd. He married Pam Dodd on April 26, 1979 in Frederick, Okla. He had lived in Vernon all of his life and was a member of the Word of Life Church. He had worked in the oil field and as a truck driver.
   Surviving are his wife, Pam Dodd of the home; three sons, Michael Dodd, Shawn Dodd and Chris Dodd, all of Vernon; one sister, Brenda Paschall of Haltom City, and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother, Bobby Edwin Dodd, and a sister, Karen Dodd.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Rudolph Trammell

   QUANAH – Rudolph Trammell, 91, of Quanah, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, in Dallas. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at the Goodlett Baptist Church with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Trammell was born Nov. 11, 1921 to the late Daniel and Leana (King) Trammell. He married the late Joyce Trammell Sept. 4, 1952 in Goodlett. She preceded him in death Nov. 20, 2004. He served in the United States Air Force during WWII.  He had lived in Hardeman County since he was four years old. He worked for the City of Quanah for 29 years and was a member of the Goodlett Baptist Church.
   He is survived by one daughter, Debra Castillo of Dallas, and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Leana Trammell; wife, Joyce Trammell, and one son, Michael Rudolph.
   Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home.


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Francisca Garcia

   Francisca (Francis) Garcia, 74 of Vernon, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug.7, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Joy Joseph. Internet will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Garcia was born Monday, Aug. 22, 1938 in Eden, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Luther Lara and the late Tomasa Soto Lara. She married Jimmy M. Garcia on June 26, 1952 in Eden. He preceded her in death in 2004. She had lived in Vernon since 1952. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a homemaker.
   She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Garcia, Jr. of Vernon and Danny Garcia of Abilene; four daughters, Sue Garcia of Vernon, Sylvia Garcia of Vernon, Elena Marquez of Hale Center, and Mary Jane Garcia of Round Rock; one sister, Lydia Bell of San Angelo; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, five half-brothers and five half-sisters.
   She was preceded in death by her son, David Martinez Garcia on Aug. 18, 2012.
   Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 at at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Pallbearers will be Edward Garcia, Michael Baker, Jaime Baker, Adrian Marquez, Rolando Marquez and Billy Garcia.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Jack English Hightower

   Jack English Hightower, a small-town lawyer who devoted his life to public service at the local, state and national levels, died peacefully on August 3, 2013 in Austin, Texas of complications due to Parkinson’s Syndrome. He was 86.
   Jack Hightower was born in Memphis, Hall County, Texas, on September 6, 1926, the son of Walter Thomas Hightower and Floy Edna English Hightower.

   Jack spent his early years working in the Hightower Greenhouse, the family-owned flower shop and nursery. He told many stories about delivering corsages and collecting bills on his bicycle.

   After graduation from Memphis High School he attended Baylor University for a summer term. His study at Baylor was interrupted by his service in the Navy in 1944. After serving during World War II, Jack was discharged in 1946, and returned to Baylor University where he worked in the Texas Collection, a library of Texana, was surrounded by books that were his passion throughout his life. It was at Baylor where he met Colleen Ward from Tulia, who he would marry in 1950. He graduated in 1949 and went on to receive his law degree from Baylor in 1951.

   Jack and Colleen moved to Vernon, Texas in 1951, where he joined the law firm of Storey, Storey and Donaghey. Shortly thereafter, there was a vacancy in the office of State Representative.  He was convinced that this was his opportunity to embark on a career in public service, so he ran for and was elected as a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives in 1952, where he served one term.  He returned to Vernon and in January 1957 he was appointed District Attorney for the 46th Judicial District.  He was named “Outstanding District Attorney of Texas” for 1959.   He served as District Attorney until 1961.

   Jack and Colleen were members of the First Baptist Church of Vernon for 35 years where he served as a Deacon and taught a men’s Sunday school class. He was a member of the Vernon Lions Club and Vernon Lodge #655.

   In 1962 he was named to the Board of Regents of Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Eager to continue in public service, he was elected to the Texas Senate in 1965 and served for ten years. He was a delegate to the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention, which met in Chicago to nominate Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey for the Presidency. Elected as President pro Tempore of the Texas Senate, he served as Governor for a Day on April 3, 1971. During this time he was instrumental in making Vernon Regional Junior College, now Vernon College, a reality.

   Jack received a Doctor of Laws Degree from Howard Payne University in 1971. From 1972 until 1981 he was a Trustee at Baylor University and in 1978 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 1972 he was elected Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. and A.M.  In 1974 he was a delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention.

   Jack was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress.  He served in Congress for five terms, from January 1975 until January 1985.  He served his district with distinction as a member of the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees and the Select Committee on Hunger.

   After a disappointing bid for a sixth term, Jack returned to Texas and was appointed First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, serving from 1985 until 1987.

   Jack’s next and final elected position was as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court from1988 until 1995. While serving on the bench, Jack became the founding President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, of which he is the President Emeritus.

   Following his retirement from the Texas Supreme Court in 1995, he was Of Counsel to the law firm of Hilgers and Watkins in Austin.  He served as Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Rite Hospital of Texas in Dallas from 2001 until 2006 and Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Rite Education Association of Texas.

   Jack was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church of Austin, where Colleen was the assistant organist.

   He taught the Zollie Steakley Sunday school class for many years.  He served as a Trustee at Wayland Baptist University from 1991 until 2001 and received his LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia in 1992. He was appointed to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science by President William J. Clinton from 1999 until 2004.

   To commemorate Jack’s 80th birthday, the Baylor Collections of Political Materials opened an exhibit about the life of service shared by Jack and Colleen Hightower. Jack donated his collection of over 3,000 first edition and autographed books as well as other collector’s items and historical memorabilia.  His personal collection included books signed by all United States Presidents from John Quincy Adams through Barack Obama.  The theme of the exhibit is “The Hightowers: Integrity ~ Justice ~ Service.” Jack and Colleen Hightower have been members of the Baylor library’s Board of Advisors for several years and are lifetime members of the Baylor Alumni Association.
Jack lived a good life, characterized by true public service, devotion to his family, and love of his church and his Lord. He will be missed.
   Jack will be laid to rest with a Masonic burial at the Texas State Cemetery at 10 am on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  A memorial service and celebration of Jack’s life will be held at First Baptist Church of Austin at 2 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2013, followed by a reception at the church.

   The family would like to thank the healthcare staff at the Summit at Westlake and Heart to Heart Hospice Care.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Poage Legislative Library, One Bear Place #97153, Waco, Texas 76798; the Scottish Rite Hospital of Texas in Dallas, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219; First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin, Texas 78701, or the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center, 12871 North US Hwy 183, Suite 105, Austin,Texas 78750.

   Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home – (512) 452-8811. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com


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Stephanie Dugger Woodard

   Stephanie Dugger Woodard, a woman who loved life entirely, fully and without hesitation or regret, died peacefully on Friday, July 26, 2013, with her family near in Fort Worth, Texas.
   Her family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.  A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, with a reception following at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church.
   Stephanie Lee Dugger was born on Dec. 20, 1967, in Austin to Erwin and Janet Johnson Dugger.  A 1986 graduate of Round Rock High School, Stephanie earned a B.A. in philosophy from U.T. Austin in 1989 and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1992.  She met Gary Leonard “Len” Woodard II, a 1986 graduate of Vernon High School, while taking an economics class together at UT.  They were married on July 10, 1993, in Austin.
   Last month Stephanie and her family were able to return to their beloved Crystal Beach, a place of happiness and renewal over the years.  The trip was incredibly fulfilling. It was there she died just a few weeks after celebrating their 20th anniversary.
   What Stephanie loved most in life were her four special men – Len, Dunson, Grey and C.J.  An involved mom, she was immensely proud of her boys and fully supported their sports teams and school activities.
   A respected family lawyer, Stephanie was proud of her 10-year partnership with Tom Hill. While a talented lawyer, she was known more for the many personal relationships she formed with clients and colleagues alike.
   Stephanie’s passions included cooking and entertaining, singing karoake, playing softball, the family’s cats and dogs, and her writing.
   She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Len Woodard; sons, Dunson Taylor Woodard, William Greydon Woodard and Coleman Johnson Woodard; mother, Jan Johnson Percy and her husband, Joe; brother, Mike Dugger and his wife, Carrie, and their children, Daelynn and Raelee Dugger; Len’s parents, Gary and Chrissie Woodard, and aunts, Kathy Nickels and Nell Richie.
   In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to
 Bird Sanctuary Donation Account for Len Woodard, FBO Stephanie Woodard, Trinity Bank, 3500 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, or to a charity of choice.
Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory
702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104  817-336-0345



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Warren Russell Agnew

   Warren Russell Agnew of Fredericksburg passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1 at his home at the age of 70 years.
   Russell was born Feb. 2, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas to Warren and Faye Brooks Agnew. Russell married Deborah Prehn on May 22, 1975 in Vernon, Texas.

   Russell is survived by his wife: Deborah Prehn Agnew of Fredericksburg; five children and spouses, Shawn and Angie Agnew of Angle Fire, N.M.; Denise Agnew of Oklahoma; Aaron and Katie Agnew of Jersey City, Texas; Laura and Matthew Bonser of Fredericksburg; Eric and Lauren Agnew of Fort Worth; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; mother, Faye Agnew of Anson; sisters, Delores and Maxine, and mother-in-law, Virginia Prehn Beam of Vernon.

   A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday Aug. 5  in the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Social Hall with Dr. J. Jason Fry officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center (FFNC), Hill Country Hospice, or to the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.

   Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home of Fredericksburg.

 

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Elaine Risinger

   QUANAH – Elaine Risinger, 67, of Quanah, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Quanah. Graveside Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 with Rev. Wayne Hollenshead officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Risinger was born Dec. 29, 1945 to the late Raymond L. and Ollie Edmondson in Quanah. She married the late Dennis Dee Risinger on Sept 19, 1981. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1999. She graduated from Quanah High School in 1963. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and attended the First Christian Church.
   She is survived by two sons, Reese Risinger of Quanah and Kade Risinger of Vernon, and one sister, Loretta Edmondson of Quanah.
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Ethel Lee Haynes Payne

   QUANAH – Ethel Lee Haynes Payne, 98, died on Monday, July 29, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the Quanah Church of Christ with David McSpadden officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park.
   Payne was born Dec. 17, 1914 in Hardeman County. She was a daughter of the late John Henry and Eunice Melinda Yarberry Haynes. She graduated Quanah High School and married Earnest Payne in 1933.

   She enjoyed travel with her Quanah friends throughout the United States and Canada in her latter years. She was a member of the Quanah Church of Christ.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ernest Payne, sisters, Lorene Jones and Leona G. McSpadden; brothers, Freddie Hanyes and J.D. Haynes, and a granddaughter, Mary Ardath Payne.

   Survivors include her son, Cleston Ray Payne of Grapevine; daughter, Ardath Ann Payne Krentz of Houston; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorials may be made to Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, Okla. 73550 or Quanah Senior Citizen Center for Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 492, Quanah, Texas 79252.

 

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Danny Wayne Jones

   Danny Wayne Jones, 54 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Jones was born Monday, Dec. 22, 1958 in Vernon. He was the son of Wanda Wattenbarger Odom and the late Bobby Joe Jones. He was married Peggy Kasparek on July 13, 1988 in Seymour. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He retired from Vernon State Hospital as a rehab tech. He was owner and operator of Jones Hand Made Boots. He was a member St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Peggy Jones of the home; one daughter, Hannah Jones of Vernon; his mother, Wanda Odom of Vernon; one brother, Terry Jones of Wichita Falls, and several nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Loy Waldo

   QUANAH – Loy Waldo of Quanah died Sunday July 28, 2013 in Quanah. Funeral arrangements are pending with Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.

 

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Nancy Beth Morgan Eiland

   Nancy Beth Morgan Eiland, 82 of Vernon, died on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Wichita Falls. A graveside service will be held at Olney Cemetery Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. David Carpenter officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Nancy was born Tuesday, May 5, 1931 in Olney, to C.V. and Nadine Sherwood Morgan of Olney. She graduated from Stephens Collage and Texas Tech University. She retired after 25 years employment in Vernon with the State of Texas.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, C.V. Morgan, Jr. (Sonny), and one grandson, Jacob Leath Trulock.
   A longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vernon, Nancy was also committed to Vernon College, Women’s Auxiliary of Wilbarger General Hospital, Red River Valley Museum, Carnegie City-County Library, and Wilbarger County Meals on Wheel.
   She is survived by three daughters, Martha Martin and husband Terry of Snyder, Susan Smith and husband T. Darty of Austin, Carol Trulock and husband Jeff of Snyder; one sister, Jo Anne Hunt of Olney; one granddaughter Hope Veiga and husband Anderson; one great-grandson, Joshua Veiga; step-grandchildren, Tamara Cannon and husband Greg and their children, Catherine and Martin, Brandon Martin and wife Annie, and their children, Tyler and Andrew. One niece KAnne Schriver, one nephew, Ernest Hunt, Jr.; cousins, Carol Covington and Jim Wright, and three great-nieces also survive.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Red River Valley Museum in Vernon, Hospice of Wichita Falls or the charity of your choice.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Gladys Taylor

   QUANAH – Gladys Taylor, 98, of Quanah, died on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Dallas. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m.,  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Holland officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Taylor was born Dec.19, 1914 in Streator, Ill., to the late Mack and Freeda Ayoub Saied. She married the late Floyd Taylor on Jan. 29, 1939 in Lawton, Okla. They moved to Quanah in 1941, opened the Leader Department Store and operated several business over the years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hudgins of Quanah and Rebecca Bird of Richardson; one brother, Dr. V.C. Saied of Wichita Falls; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.

   Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 30, at Smith Funeral Home. 


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George R. Black

   CROWELL – Graveside services for George R. Black, 82, of Crowell, who died on Friday, July 26, 2013 in Vernon, will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in the Crowell Cemetery with interment to follow under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell. Officiating will be James Grady McDaniel of Lake Arrowhead.
   Black was born on April 6, 1931 in Foard County. He was the son of the late George Smiley and Ella Elizabeth Whitley Black. He married Charlene Parker on Sept. 20, 1952 in Vernon. He was a native of Foard County and also a former resident of San Antonio. He attended Crowell schools and served in the United States Air Force. He was a building contractor.

   Black is survived by his wife, Charlene Black of Crowell; one daughter, Gayle Stutts of Crowell and San Antonio; one son, Steve Black of Covington, La.; two sisters, Mary Ruth Eavenson and Patty Tyree, both of Crowell; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Aydelott on Aug. 20, 2003, and Doris Haggard on June 12, 2011, and three brothers, Norman Black, Charlie Black on March 7, 2007, and Loyd Black on Feb. 26, 2008.

   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.


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James Eagle Knight

   James Eagle Knight, 89, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died Thursday, July 18, 2013.
   He was born on March 17, 1924 in Statesville, N.C. He was the son of the late Hill Knight and the late Jessie Pauline Eagle Knight. He married Oleta Boone on Dec. 24, 1946 in Farmers Valley, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Oleta Knight of Albuquerque, and one son, Dwaine Knight of Las Vegas, Nev.

   Major Knight had a long and honorable career in the United States Air Force. He entered military service on May 13, 1942 and completed 20 years plus active military service.  During his service to our country, Major Knight has earned the following decorations and service awards: Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award ribbon with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also authorized to wear six bronze service stars for participation in the India-Burma, Central Burma, China Defensive, China Offensive, Korea Summer-Fall, 1952 and third Korean Winter Campaigns. He was Commander of the Honor Guard for President Kennedy in 1963 receiving an accommodation from the president. He was a Baptist.

   Jim Knight loved flying P-40s, P-51’s, F-80’s, playing golf, fishing, but most of all he loved his lovely wife of 67 years, Oleta.
 James Knight’s funeral service will be in Chillicothe, Texas on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the First Baptist Church with military honors. Officiating will be the Rev. Leland Hall. Interment will be held at Chillicothe Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Smith Chapel, Chillicothe,
   Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Chapel. Memorials can be made to a favorite charity.


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Marquritta Pybus Barnes

   Graveside services for Marquritta (Quitta)Pybus Barnes, who died July 17, 2013, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. The family will be at the 4-H Building, 2215 Harold Street, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 23.
   Barnes was born on May 15, 1938. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Bell Walker; her father, Charles Pybas; two brothers, one sister, one son, two grandsons, two aunts and one uncle. She is survived by three sons, Jim of Mesquite; Reggie of Burleson, and Michael of Minnesota; two daughters, Cindy Ali of New Mexico and Renee Davila of California; two brothers, four sisters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 


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Carolyn Faye Davis

   EULESS  Carolyn Faye Davis, 69, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Church of Meadow Creek in Bedford. Interment will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Chillicothe Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Survivors include her companion, Beni Shelton; son, Randy Smith; daughter, Crystal Davis; mother, Pearlie Mae Rodgers; grandchildren, Michael Blake, Billy Smith, James Ratliff and Dallas Smith; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Valarie, Damien and Andrea Blake, and niece, Belinda Rodgers.


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Hubert D. Raschke

   Hubert D. Raschke, 78 of Harrold, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Electra.
   Hubert was born Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1934 in Wilbarger County. He was the son of Otto A. Raschke and the late Minnie Arlot Raschke. He married Audrey Faye Dhane on April 25, 1955 in Harrold. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2012. He was a farmer and a former roughneck. He enjoyed fishing, water skiing, watching westerns, especially those with Audie Murphy in them and in recent years trying to grow different varieties of vegetables in his garden. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

   He is survived by his children, Randall Raschke and wife Debbie of Wichita Falls; H.  Glenn Raschke of Dalhart; Karen Costello and husband Jim of Ravena, N.Y., and Sandra Raschke of El Reno, Okla.; his sister Junell Skelton and husband Charles of Wichita Falls, and his brother, Leon Raschke and wife Anna of Electra; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey; a daughter Glenda; his brothers, Edward and Aubrey, and his sisters Caroline Wernecke, Jeraldine Sweeny and Ella Nora Cearley.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 19, at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   There will be a viewing and a luncheon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church for whomever wishes to attend at 11:15 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Weslie Odom Interment will be held at Electra Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home

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



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Sybil Bell

   Sybil Bell, 85 of Vernon, died on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Vernon. There will be no service at this time.
   Bell was born Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1928 in Herrin, Ill. She was the daughter of the late Dewey Meadows and the late Daisy Mae Williams Meadows. She married James Arthur Bell on March 13, 1947 in Dallas. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1968. She worked as a lab tech from 1962-1963, received her LVN license in 1965, worked as a nurse at Foard County Hospital from 1965-1973 and also worked at MHMR Center, Crowell Nursing Home and Home Health. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Crowell.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Janis Everson of Crowell, and Donna Harris of Andrews; her brother, Bob Meadows of Sacramento, Calif., five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Samuel Steven Bell; a sister, Elaine Champion, and a brother, Gordon Meadows.

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


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Terri Lee Halencak

   CROWELL – Funeral services for Terri Lee Halencak, 43, of Crowell, who died on Monday, July 15, 2013 in Crowell, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Halencak was born Nov. 18, 1969 in Crowell, a daughter of Bobbie and Frankie Knotts Hopkins. She married Wesley Halencak on Jan. 11, 1991 in Crowell. She was a lifetime resident of Crowell, was a homemaker and a member of the Crowell Church of Christ.

   She is survived by her parents, Bobbie and Frankie Hopkins of Crowell; one daughter, Jamie Peters of Wichita Falls; three sons, J.J. Halencak of Wichita Falls, Chad Halencak of Virginia Beach, Va., and David Halencak of Crowell; two sisters, Lisa Henslee and Lori Henslee, both of Crowell, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 27, 2011.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.


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Huber Raschke

   Hubert D. Raschke, 78 of Harrold, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Electra.
   Hubert was born Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1934 in Wilbarger County. He was the son of Otto A. Raschke and the late Minnie Arlot Raschke. He married Audrey Faye Dhane on April 25, 1955 in Harrold. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2012. He was a farmer and a former roughneck. He enjoyed fishing, water skiing, watching westerns, especially those with Audie Murphy in them and in recent years trying to grow different varieties of vegetables in his garden. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

   He is survived by his children, Randall Raschke and wife Debbie of Wichita Falls; H.  Glenn Raschke of Dalhart; Karen Costello and husband Jim of Ravena, N.Y., and Sandra Raschke of El Reno, Okla.; his sister Junell Skelton and husband Charles of Wichita Falls, and his brother, Leon Raschke and wife Anna of Electra; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey; a daughter Glenda; his brothers, Edward and Aubrey, and his sisters Caroline Wernecke, Jeraldine Sweeny and Ella Nora Cearley.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 19, at Sullivan Funeral Home.

There will be a viewing and a luncheon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church for whomever wishes to attend at 11:15 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Weslie Odom Interment will be held at Electra Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home

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


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Terri Lee Halencak

   CROWELL – Funeral services for Terri Lee Halencak, 43, of Crowell, who died on Monday, July 15, 2013 in Crowell, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Halencak was born Nov. 18, 1969 in Crowell, a daughter of Bobbie and Frankie Knotts Hopkins. She married Wesley Halencak on Jan. 11, 1991 in Crowell. She was a lifetime resident of Crowell, was a homemaker and a member of the Crowell Church of Christ.
   She is survived by her parents, Bobbie and Frankie Hopkins of Crowell; one daughter, Jamie Peters of Wichita Falls; three sons, J.J. Halencak of Wichita Falls, Chad Halencak of Virginia Beach, Va., and David Halencak of Crowell; two sisters, Lisa Henslee and Lori Henslee, both of Crowell, and four grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.


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Jane Grange Darling

   FORT WORTH — Jane Grange Darling, 91, died on Monday, July 15, 2013.Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Chillicothe Cemetery under the direction Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home of Fort Worth.
   Darling was born Dec. 9, 1921 in Chillicothe, the last of five children born to Samuel Matthew and Beulah Nethery Grange. She was a member of the Baptist Church and worked as a supervisor for Monnig’s Department Stores in Fort Worth. After 25 years in Houston as the cosmetics supervisor at Battlestein’s Department Store, she returned to Fort Worth in the early 1990s.

   Survivors include eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Darling was preceded in death by her four siblings; her children, Cherie Gribble, Merie Walter and Berie Sprinkle, and her grandchildren, Kathleen Jane Holliman and Stephen Spencer Holland.

   Memorials may be made to the National MPS Society, P.O. Box 14686, Durham, N.C., 27709-4686, info@mpssociety.org.

 


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Georgia Carpenter Foerster

   Georgia Carpenter Foerster, 80 of Vernon, died on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Kenneth Bersche. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Foerster was born Monday, July 10, 1933 in the Five-in-One Community. She was the daughter of the late James (J.T.) Carpenter and the late Mary Price Carpenter. She married Junior Foerster on June 30, 1950 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on April 3, 2001. She worked for Herring Bank as a bookkeeper and retired from Cargill Seed Company. She was active in Wilbarger County 4-H. She was a quilter and a noodle maker. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by four sons, Donald Foerster of Hereford, Larry Foerster of Dawn, Jerry Foerster of Baltimore, Md., and James Foerster of Vernon; one brother, Jimmy T. Carpenter of Amarillo; one sister, Janet Obenhaus of Vernon; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Oma Matthews.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Ladies Aide at Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Ann Dee McGlocklin Shepherd

    Ann Dee McGlocklin Shepherd, 46 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Vernon. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Leland Hall. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Shepherd was born Friday, Aug. 26, 1966 in Dallas. She was the daughter of the late Dormalie Ione Shepherd and Andrew McGlocklin. She grew up in Quinlan and in Chillicothe. She was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in 1984. She worked for North Texas State Hospital for a number of years. She was a Baptist

   She is survived by her parents, Andy and Cheryl McGlocklin of Chillicothe; one son, Blaise Russell of Jakarta, Indonesia; one daughter, Tristyn McAbee of Spring;  two sisters, Carol McGlocklin of Vernon and Jessie Arbelo of Wichita Falls, and her grandmother,  Elsie Turner of  Quanah. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dormalie McGlocklin; grandparents, Stephen and Irene Shepherd, H.B. and Cleta McGlocklin and Edward Turner.

   Memorials can be made to favorite charity.

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

 


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Wyatt Dale Terasas

   Wyatt Dale Terasas, 3, of Vernon, died on Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Mineral Wells. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Eastview Cemetery under the director of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating will be Pastor Gary Elrod.
   Wyatt was born on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 in Graham. He is survived by his mother, McKenzie Terasas of Vernon; stepdad, Keaton Hennessee of Vernon; father, Aaron Terasas of Graham; sisters, Dixie Mae Terasas and Breese and Blythe Shroyer; brother, Brandon David Terasas; grandparents, Eunice Fondren of Vernon, Larry Thompson of Vernon, Tony and Tracey (Nana) Terasas of Graham; great-grandma, Bobbie Gable of Vernon; great-grandparents, John and Jane Mayo of Dumas and Carolyn Terasas of Brownwood; great-great-grandmother, Belle Snider of Brownwood; aunts, Crystal Canada of Wichita Falls and McKayle Fondren of Vernon; uncles, Mark Fondren of Pampa, Jeremy Fondren of Pampa, Michael Miller of Oklahoma and Troy Mayo, Temple Mayo and Roy Frias, all of Graham; cousins, Riley, Jackson and Brighton, all of Wichita Falls, Caleb and Colton of Pampa and Lizlynne, Dominic and Nathaniel Frias, all of Graham.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Sullivan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Tommy Nichols

   Tommy Nichols, 68 of Vernon, died on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. David Fox and the Rev. Doug Stenberg. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Tommy was born Friday, Nov. 3, 1944 in Fort Worth. He was the son of Wallace Nichols and the late Edith Lollar Nichols. He married Inez Henderson on June 18, 1965 in Vernon. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He was a coach for Kid League baseball, soccer, and basketball at the Boys and Girls Club for many years. He was a member of Palomino Club for 15 years, serving as club president in 1995, and he went on the trip to Cody Wyo. He was a NHRA fan. He was an automotive enthusiast, working at Nichols Automotive Corporation for 53 years. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Inez Nichols of the home; one son, Steven Nichols of Vernon; three brothers,
 Gene Nichols, Bobby Nichols and Wayne Nichols, all of Vernon; his mother-in-law, Marjorie Henderson of Vernon; his girls, Nikki, Jacie and Abby, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Cary W. Nichols on March 5, 2006, and loving family pets, Delsie and Missie.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to American Heart Association or the Wilbarger Humane Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Margaret W. Harden

   Margaret W. Harden, 78 of Vernon, died on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lawton, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Wallace Clay. Interment will be held at Goodlett Cemetery at 3:30 PM under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Harden was born Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1934 in Quanah. She was the daughter of the late W.C. (Slim) Barnes and the late Mattie Jenkins. She had lived in Vernon since 1971. She worked for Vernon College in the library for 16 years and Vernon State Hospital in medical records for 15 years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
   She is survived by her son, David Harden of Austin; her daughter, Cindy McIntyre of Quanah; two sisters, Linda Garrison of Altus, Okla., and Myra Buchanan of Quanah; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Vernon College Library.
   Following the funeral service, the family will be at 37 Elbert Heights in Quanah.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Tony Lee Stokes

   CHILLICOTHE – Tony Lee Stokes, 61 of Chillicothe, died on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery with the Rev. David Fox officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home
   Stokes was born Friday, Dec.14, 1951 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Bill E. Stokes and the late Mattie Lee Shelton Stokes. He had moved back to the Hardeman County area in 2007. He had worked in construction in the Waco area for over 40 years.
   He is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Sue Duckworth on June 2, 2013, and one brother Benny Stokes.
   Memorials may be made to the Northside PTO, American Cancer Society or the Carnegie County Library.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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 Margaret Aileen White

   QUANAH – Margaret Aileen Clark White of Amarillo died on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   White was the daughter of Otto and Ruby Jones Clark and was born in Quanah on March 31, 1928. She grew up in and around Medicine Mound and graduated from Medicine Mound High School in 1945. She moved to Quanah and went to work for Jno T.L. Jones Insurance Agency in 1945.  She met Van White in February of 1947 and they married on Sept. 4, 1947. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

   She is survived by her son, Van R. (Bill) White of Quanah; one daughter, Cathy Reyna of Amarillo, and five grandchildren.

   The family will receive visitors on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 


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Ann Dee Irene Shepherd

   Ann Dee Irene Shepherd, 46 of Vernon, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services are pending at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon.


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Oleta Eavenson

   Oleta Eavenson, 88 of Vernon, Texas died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Vernon. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday July 6, 2013 at the Crowell Cemetery in Crowell with the Rev. David Fox officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon.
   Eavenson was born on Friday, Aug. 29, 1924 in Crowell. She was the daughter of the late Henry Meharg and the late Millie Black Meharg. She married Slim Eavenson on July 20, 1943 in Frederick, Okla. She had been a lifelong resident of the Foard and Wilbarger County area and had attended the Western Trail Cowboy Church and the First Baptist Church. She had worked at the Waggoner Estate for several years. She was a homemaker.
   Surviving are her husband, Slim Eavenson of the home, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.
   Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday July 5, 2013 at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to the Crowell Cemetery or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Darlene Dunnam

   Darlene Dunnam, 81 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Wichita Falls.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Dunnam was born Friday, Oct. 2, 1931 in Haskell. She was the daughter of the late John Wesley Earp Jr. and the late Delia (Ruth) Smith Earp. She married Al Dunnam on April 12, 1951 in Weinert. For 30 years she worked in the banking business starting in Haskell 61 years ago, Vernon, First State Bank, Lubbock, Bank of the West, serving as vice president. She was a member of Hillcrest Ladies Golf Association, and she was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Al Dunnam of the home; one son, David Dunnam of Austin; one daughter, Sue Robinson of Vernon; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2013 at at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls of Calvary Baptist Church.

   Pallbearers will be Dustin Dunnam, Jeffery Stuffings, Jerrod Lingle, Adam Beam, Billy Skidmore, Ashley Langley and Charlie Brown.

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

 


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Steven Dale Raines

   Steven Dale Raines, 59, of Denton, Texas, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013. Steve was a devoted husband, awesome dad and loving grandpa whose greatest  joys were his family, golf and traveling — in that order.
   Steve and his wife, Ruby, had an enduring love that started with love at first sight on the steps of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square and lasted 35 years. They married on July 22, 1978, within a year after meeting and built a wonderful life and family together filled with laughter and joy. Steve was a proud, loving father to Tyler and Stacey, and was excited to see the Raines family grow when they married their spouses, Anne and Travis. He was most excited about becoming a grandpa last year to his first grandchild, Karlee Deann.

   Steve was born on May 21, 1954, in Vernon, Texas, to Dean and LaNita McBride Raines. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and worked in the land title industry for 35 years.

   Steve is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughter, Stacey Raines Hooker, and husband, Travis; son, Tyler Hill Raines, and wife, Anne; grandchild, Karlee Deann; sister, Paula Raines Golden, and sister, D’yon Butler, and husband, Gary; stepfather, Paul Hawkins and wife, Sunny; extended family members; Don and Gail Hill; Mike Hill and Ruth; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors.

 


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Dorthy Spears Pannell

   CHILLICOTHE – Dorothy Spears Pannell, 78 of Chillicothe, died on Monday, July 1, 2013, in Chillicothe. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. Officiating will be the Rev. David McDonald. Interment will be held at Chillicothe Cemetery under the direction of Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.
   Pannell was born Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1935 in Wilbarger County. She was the daughter of the late R.W. Spears and the late Vina Sanford Spears. She married Monte Pannell on June 2, 1956 in Tolbert. She had lived all of her life in Wilbarger County and in Chillicothe. She was a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide at Chillicothe schools. She was a member of Chillicothe Booster Club and Stock Show Home Economics. She was also a member of Quanah Women’s Golf Association and Chillicothe Exec’s Association. She was a member of First United Methodist and Methodist Youth Director at the Church.

   She was survived by her husband, Monte Pannell of the home; Patti Williams of Chillicothe nad Sheri Pannell of Chillicothe; one brother, Tom Spears of Medicine Park, Okla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Spears, and a sister Joy Allen.

   Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Randall Wayne Edwards

   Randall Wayne Edwards, 60 of Vernon, Texas died on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Vernon, Texas.
   Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:00 Pm at Sullivan funeral home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. David Fox. Interment will be at Olustee Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Randy was born Thursday, June 11, 1953 in Vernon, Texas; he was the son of the late Carroll Edwards and the late Drucilla Waggoner Edwards. He had lived all of his life in Vernon. He worked as a security guard at Jackson Co. Memorial Hospital. He participated and helped with the Wilbarger County Relay for Life. He was a member of Western Trail Cowboy Church.

   He is survived by his son, Michael Edwards of Clovis, NM,; two sisters, Janet Gower of Vernon, TX  and Camille Gaines of Davidson, OK; three grandchildren, Chyenne, Joseph and Brooklyn; several nieces and nephews.

   Visitation will be Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6 to 7p.m.at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorial can be made to Wilbarger County Relay for Life.

   Pallbearers will be Brandon Gower, Cory Gower, Colton Gaines, Justin Marsh, Matt Lytle and Stan Glosgow.

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


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Rhea Tubb

   Rhea Tubb, age 72, of Archer City, formerly of Wichita Falls, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 in the Archer City Nursing Center.
   Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Aulds Funeral Home with Larry Shields, Sr. Adult Minister of Faith Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, and Roger Deerinwater, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Archer City, officiating. Interment will follow in the Archer City Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.
   Rhea was born March 31, 1941 in Quitman, Texas to Richard Lee Tubb and Johnihue Morgan Tubb. He graduated from Vernon High School and then proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1959 until 1963.
   Rhea and Sandy Graham were married July 8, 1966 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She preceded him in death on June 24, 2013.
   He attended Bethania Radiological Technology School and was an X-Ray Tech for 64 years until his retirement.  Rhea was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.
   Survivors include one daughter, Shana Tubb of Magnolia, Texas; one brother, Bill Tubb of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Larry Graham and wife, Vicki of Archer City; sister-in-law, June Hannah and husband, Bill of Oklahoma City, Okla., and one granddaughter, Taryn Tardy of Magnolia.
   The family suggests memorials to Faith Baptist Church, 3001 Southwest Pkwy. Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.

 

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Jack (Cowboy) McLaughlin

   Jack (Cowboy) McLaughlin, 81 of Vernon, died on Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Joe Dale Wilson. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   McLaughlin was born on Tuesday, July 7, 1931 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Fred McLaughlin and the late Adell Barnfield McLaughlin. He married Grace Lynn on Oct. 6, 1956 in Tucumcari, N.M. He had lived all of his life in Vernon, Chillicothe and Northside community. He was a car salesman for Jim Christanelli for 40 years. He served in the US Navy for four years. He was a member of Lockett Church of Christ.

   He is survived by his wife, Grace McLaughlin of the home; two sons, Maxie McLaughlin of Vernon and Jay McLaughlin of Vernon,; four daughters, Susan Wilson of Vernon, Kimmy Edwards of Vernon,  Jackie Woody of Whitney and Bea Theriot of Vernon; one brother, Freddy McLaughlin of Chillicothe; 18 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jack Dale McLaughlin, in 1996 and a grandson, Justin Dale, in 1988.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Lockett Church of Christ.

   Pallbearers will be Tommy Glynn Love, Chris Love, Adam Love, Dusty Nava, Jacob McLaughlin, Lonnie Woody and Buddy McLaughlin.

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

 

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Candy Dian Stephens Butler

   Candy Dian Stephens Butler, 56, of Vernon, died Wednesday June 5, 2013.  A memorial service will be held at a future date.
   Butler was born Nov. 15, 1956, in Seminole Okla. She graduated from Frederick High School in Frederick, Okla. in 1975. She attended Vernon College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Office Technology. She had worked for the Vernon Wal-Mart as front-end cashier since 2005.

   She is survived by her two sons: Justin Butler of Harrold, and Joshua Butler of Electra, three grandchildren, four siblings, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorials may be made to Children’s Miracle Network.


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Anna M. Hixon

   Anna M. Hixon succumbed to a three year battle with lung cancer on June 23, 2013.  She was courageous and optimistic to the very end.
   Anna was born Oct. 4, 1947 in Vernon, Texas to C. R. and Ruby Atkission, who preceded her in death.  Anna left her small town roots and enlisted in the US Army at a young age.  She eventually returned to Vernon where she lived until 1990.  At that time, a professional opportunity moved Anna to the Dallas area where a new chapter in her life began and the final chapter was written.  During her lifetime, she was a long-standing member of the Business & Professional Women’s Group and actively volunteered in her community.  Anna was a devoted caregiver and hostess to various non-profit causes.  She embraced being a southern lady and will be remembered for her hospitality and grace in any situation.
   Anna was survived by her two daughters, JoAnna Hixon of Little Elm and Beth Smith of Houston; one brother, Cecil Atkission Jr. of Kerrville; two sisters, Ruby Faye Chism of Anna and Maria Tissing of Austin; six nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews, and  her grand-dog, Barkley.
   A celebration of Anna’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Gaston Oaks Baptist Church located at 8500 Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX.  Please join the family after the service for a catered lunch in her honor.


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Martha Elouise “Weesie” Ham

   Martha Elouise “Weesie” Ham age 80 of Vernon, died June 27, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Martha was born July 1, 1932 in Elliott, Tx. She was the daughter of the late Roy Lemon and the late Ruby Houtchens Lemon. She married David Harry “Red” Ham on Aug. 8, 1953 in Quanah. He preceded her in death Sept. 1, 1991. She had lived in Vernon since 1956. She worked for Vernon Manufacturing Co., Vernon State Hospital in housekeeping and cooked at the Vernon Boys & Girls Club. She was a member of Pease River Quilters, Vernon Travelers Square Dance Club. She was also member of Wilbarger Street Church of Christ.
   She is survived by her children, David Ham and Wife Beverly of Vernon, Carolyn Dobbs and husband Harvy Paul of Childress, Alan Ham & Wife Beverly of Weatherford, Diana Morrison and husband Jack of Quitaque, Okla.; grandchildren, Christy Ham of Arlington,  April and Larry Hanks of Vernon, Dawn and Ryan Aulgar, Paul and Katy Dobbs of Childress, Sharon and Alan Hopper of Poolville, Jared and Lauren Ham of Weatherford, Brendon and Sharon McLaughlin of Amarillo; great-grandchildren, Larson and Hannah Hanks, Vanessa Ibarra, Joshua Arrellano, Haley and Branon Doss, Trevor, Trista and Tripp Hopper, Kaleb and Lily Ham; great – great-grandchildren, Haven Mata and Isaac Schlinker; brothers,  Jodie Lemon of Quanah and Jackie Lemon of Electra; one sister, Maxine Cato of Lubbock.
   She was preceded in death by a grandson, Keith Ham; brothers, Troy and Gene,  and sisters Mildred, Merle and Foy.
   Visitation will be Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.
  Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Alfredo Sosa Martinez Sr.

   Alfredo Sosa Martinez, Sr., 72 died on Monday, June 24, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Toby Castleberry. Services will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.   Martinez was born Monday, July 22, 1940 in Moore, Texas. He was the son of the late Tomas Martinez and the late Rymons Sosa Martinez. He married Elida Olivo on Oct. 3, 1961 in Vernon. He had been a resident of Vernon since 1959. He retired as a construction worker for Zack Burkett Crop.  He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
   He is survived his wife, Elida Martinez of the home; one son, Alfredo Martinez Jr. of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Carolyn “Kelly” Woodard of Vernon, and Jennifer Chavez of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Valentine Martinez and Paul Martinez, Sr., both of Vernon; three sisters, Janie Balderas of Muleshoe, Minga Lopez of Fort Worth, and Carmen Botello of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Christene Smith

   Christene Smith, 88 of Lubbock, died on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Lubbock. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1 p.m.,  at Lockett Church of Christ. Officiating will be David McSpadden. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Smith was born Friday, June 12, 1925 in Wellington, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Nath Griffin and the late Rose Trotter Griffin. She married Bill Smith on Nov. 22, 1945 in Anton, TX. He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 2008. She had lived in Vernon since 1964. She farmed in the Lockett Community and a member of Lockett Church of Christ and taught Sunday School there. She was a grade school teacher in Dallas Public School, Anton, and Garland ISD. She was a member of Lockett Demonstration Club.
   She is survived by two sons, Larry D. Smith of Hampton, SC. And Billy C. Smith of Lubbock, TX.; one daughter, Jana Beth Long, of Granbury; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was precededin death by a grandson William Griffin Smith.
   Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, 120 W. Broadway, Hollis, Okla. 73550.
   Pallbearers will be Donnie Smith, Rodney Handley, Santiago Rodriquez, Gary Rogers, Dan Tingle, and Paul O’Briant.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 


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Josephine Limon

   Josephine Limon, 56 of Vernon, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Limon was born Monday, July 2, 1956 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Jesus Limon and the late Sabina Ranjel Limon. She had lived most of her life in Vernon. She worked for Wilbarger General Hospital for over 20 years as a CNA then worked as a tech.
   She is survived by four sons, Richard (Ricky) Coston of Weatherford, Albert Coston of Huntsville, John Coston of Big Spring and David Coston of Vernon; five brothers, Jose Limon of Hyde Park, N.Y., Johnny Limon of Electra, Cruze Limon of Vernon, Jessie Limon, Jr. of Vernon and Domingo Limon of Lockett; five sisters, En Graria Negretta of Mexico, Mary Senna of Chillicothe, Sabina Stewart of Vernon, Lupe Noah of Wichita Falls and Shelly Limon of Vernon, and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Limon and Angela Limon, and one brother, Andres Limon.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to favorite charity.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Mary D. Dodge

BENBROOK — Mary D. Dodge passed from this life to eternity, June 12, 2013 at the age of 83. Celebration of Life Service was held  Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the USAF Academy Cadet Chapel. Mary Dodge was born in Vernon,  on  Dec. 29, 1929. She was a champion to her two daughters and  to her husband, seven-years MIA in Viet Nam.  She was a dear life-long friend to many, generous in all ways.  She adored her nine grandchildren and was a fabulous cook.  Thank you Lord for the blessing of her life. 
   Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Ida Lee and William Boyce Dozier; brother William Edward Dozier, and husband, Ward Kent Dodge.    Survivors are daughter, Carol Ann Dodge-Graham and husband Harold E. of Twin Lakes, Colo.; daughter Brenda Sue Russell and husband Bobby Lynn of Benbrook;  sister, Wanda Dickinson of Amarillo; grandchildren, Heather Neal, Carrie Charles and husband Eric, Kent Russell and wife Lauren, JessieDodge, Shawn Dodge, Brianna Graham and great- grandchildren, Ryan and Becca Karr and Addie Charles.

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Jim Greenwood

   Sterling James (Jim) Greenwood, 70, died in his Aspen, Colo., home on Saturday, April 27. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 29. The public is invited. An internment service will follow at Eastview Cemetery.
   The son of Sterling James Greenwood Sr. and Lois Copeland Greenwood, Greenwood was raised in Vernon by his aunt and uncle, Odessa Copeland Rainwater and Clarence Rainwater. He attended Hawkins Elementary School, Vernon High School, and Shreiner Military Institute in Kerrville.
   As a child, he got his start as a newsman by publishing his first paper, the Castleberry Park Times, in the Nowlin’s backyard playhouse on Texas Street; he bragged that he got as much as 25 cents for a political ad.
   Upon graduating from high school in 1961, he moved to Memphis, Tenn., and attended Rhodes College, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He worked as a columnist for the Commercial Appeal and covered the Memphis assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. 
   Greenwood returned to Vernon and was an agricultural columnist for the Vernon Daily Record. He coached baseball teams for the Boys’ Club of Vernon, attended the First Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Hillcrest Country Club.
   He moved to Colorado in the early 80s, when was a columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News and later, editor of the Aspen Daily News; later, he contributed to The Huffington Post.
   In 1982, he founded and published the Aspen Free Press. He proudly promoted it as “Aspen’s worst newspaper.” In 2005, he broke the international story of the death of writer Hunter Thompson, who lived in a cabin outside Aspen.
   Recently, he contributed the Texas research to “Barack Obama, the Story,” a biography of President Obama by Pulitzer-Prize winning author David Maraniss of the Washington Post. Jim had attended Hawkins School in Vernon with Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.
      He is survived by his wife Karen Day of Midland/Aspen, and four children from previous marriages: Hardage, Cope, Katherine, and Alice. He also has seven grandchildren.
   At the very end, in a state of semi-delirium, he asked for his Nocona boots and mumbled that he was “on a wagon train bound for Juarez.” 
   We’ll miss you, Sterling Jim.

 

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Emily Elizabeth Hanna Bintliff

   FORT WORTH –Emily Elizabeth Hanna Bintliff died peacefully late Wednesday afternoon, June 19, 2013, during her 60th year.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 817 Lamar St. Family and friends will gather in the church’s Moncrief Hall following the service. It was Emily’s desire for cremation; her cremated remains will be placed with her parents on the family plot in Eastview Cemetery, Vernon, at 1 p.m. Friday, June 28. Her family will be receiving friends at the Vernon Country Club after the committal service.
   Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to Friends of the TCU Library, Attn: Shelda Dean, TCU Box 298400, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or Fort Worth Country Day School Fund, in her memory, is suggested.
Born in Vernon on Nov. 28, 1952, Emily was the daughter of Fred Sumner and Emily Jayne Hanna. A fiercely competitive tennis player, inspired by her tennis-loving father, Emily represented Vernon High School in the state finals and then went on to Texas Christian University where she was a founding member of the TCU Women’s Tennis Team. While at TCU, she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, where she served as pledge trainer and made many dear, lifelong friends.
 Emily was a devoted and loving mother to her two sons, John and Dan, of whom she was exceedingly proud. While neither of her sons followed in her love for tennis, they chose golf, so Emily walked countless miles supporting and encouraging them during their tournaments for the Paschal High School golf team. But, she also continued competing in tennis herself, as past president, past club champion and interclub champion of the Colonial Country Club Ladies Tennis Association. She also applied her boundless enthusiasm and effort into other interests, including years of competitive interclub tennis at Colonial Country Club, Delta Delta Delta alumni and chapter advisor roles, as an officer in Junior League of Fort Worth, teaching St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Sunday school, reunion chairperson for TCU Alumni, TCU Lettermen’s Association, president of Tanglewood PTA and key roles in University Little League. Then, as a 10-year breast cancer survivor, she was active in fundraising for Susan G. Komen, and most recently was involved with the Carcinoid Cancer Support Group of Dallas. She also contributed her time and talents to a vast number of other civic and charitable causes throughout Fort Worth. In her working career, she shared her abilities and broadened her circle of friends, first at the TCU Library and then at Fort Worth Country Day School. But beyond her time and talents, Emily brought her sharp wit, ready smile, infectious laugh and warm grace to every group and event that she participated in. 
Emily had great passion for the things in life that were important to her, but said that the most important thing to her of all was her eternal salvation. So her family and friends rejoice in knowing that Emily has now reaped that precious reward and she rests today in the loving arms of her Lord.
   Her family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Community Hospice of Texas at James L. West, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, the Courtyards at Fort Worth and Stonegate Nursing Center for the care, kindness and compassion shown to Emily.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, Elizabeth and Fred Hanna and Florence and Emmett Maxon.
   Survivors: In addition to her sons, John and his wife, Hillary, of Fort Worth and Dan of Dallas, and their father, Bob, Emily is survived by her sister, Frances Hanna Boswell and her husband, Brad, of Houston; nephews, Clark and Mason Boswell; her dear friend and companion, Randy Westcott; stepmother, Judy Hanna; stepbrothers, Forrest Nussbaum and his wife, Deanna, and Scott Nussbaum and his wife, Jennifer; stepsister, Susan Fitzgerald and her husband, Scott; and their children, Ethan, Lilly and Bowen Nussbaum, Sean and Chase Nussbaum and Wayne, Henry and Ben Fitzgerald.

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M.L. Palmer Jr.

   M.L. Palmer JR. of Harlingen, formerly of Vernon, died on Dec. 11, 2012 at his home in Harlingen.
    Born June 3, 1923, he was the son of Martin Luther Palmer and Josie Palmer-Shipman. Palmer was preceded in death by his father, mother and two sons, Jimmy and Junior; four brothers, Calvin, Johnny, Simon, and Hollis; three sisters, Maggie, Iva, and Estelle. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; one sister, Velma McGraw of Vernon;  daughters , Debbie, Linda, Sharon and his son, Donnie .

   A memorial service was held by grandson, the Rev. Kenneth Meckfessal, on June 8, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery.


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Frieda M. Hopkins

   Frieda M. Hopkins, 76, of Vernon, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Hopkins was born on Monday, Aug. 10, 1936, in Straubing, Germany. She was the daughter of the late Johann Blasini and the late Frieda Geisberger Blasina. She married Everett Hopkins on Oct. 9, 1959 in Mannheim, Germany. She had lived in Vernon since 1960. . She worked for Vernon Manufacturing, Perkins Dept. Store, Pear Tree Fashions and Grassroots and also Frieda’s Clothing. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Everett Hopkins of the home; two sons, Michael Hopkins of Vernon and Klausi Blasini of Straubing, Germany; her sister, Christel Nicklas of Alburger, Germany; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Ryan Gene Johnson

   Ryan Gene Johnson, 22 of Amarillo, died on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Amarillo. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 1 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Zillmer of Amarillo, his former pastor, officiating. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ryan born Wednesday, March 20, 1991 in Wichita Falls. He was the son of Gena E. Bristo and the late Keith Johnson.  He played little league baseball and was coached by his dad, Keith. He also played basketball and football in Vernon. He was a graduate from Claude High School in 2009, where he was All-District baseball player like his big brother Dustin, also played football and basketball with honorable mention.

   His friends called him Tweeder, because he was the life of the party. He loved the outdoors, fishing & hunting with his daddy and granddaddy.

   He received a license from Amarillo College in heating and cooling, He had worked for Bob Jay’s for three years.

   He is survived by his mother, Gena E. Bristo of Amarillo; his grandparents, Ronnie and Sandra Cox of Vernon, Gene and Cathy Bristo of Vernon, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Johnson, on Aug. 20, 2003, and his brother, Dustin Plyler, on Nov. 27, 2003.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

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

 

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Wilma Sammye Jones Nichols

   CROWELL – Wilma Sammye Jones Nichols, 86, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Lawton, Okla. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Crowell Cemetery with the Rev. David Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett, officiating. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Nichols was born Sept. 17, 1926 in Thalia, daughter of the late William A. and Samantha Joicy Pigg Jones. She married N.A. Nichols on March 29, 1967 in Wise County. She was a former Foard County, Texas resident. She had lived in Lawton, Okla., since 1967. She attended the Cameron Baptist Church of Lawton. She was a homemaker and former secretary for Phillips-Aubrey Chevrolet in Lawton.

   Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Hester of Lawton, Okla., and Janie Schneider of Watauga, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, David Marrow, in 2007, and her husband, N.A. Nichols, on Oct. 6, 2010.

   Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2013, until service time, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.  
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Frances Emilie Masar Pybus

   AMARILLO – Frances Emilie Masar Pybus, 90, of Amarillo died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Amarillo. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Chapel of Hillside Christian Church, 6100 S. Soncy Road, in Amarillo. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 6969 I-40 East, Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
   Frances was born Aug. 10, 1922, an only child of Czech parents, Frank Joe Masar and Cillie Lillie Masar, delivered by a mid-wife in a home outside of Lockett. She graduated from Vernon High School in 1940, where she met and married the love of her life, Luther Joe Pybus on June 7, 1942. Her husband, Joe, was a Staff Sergeant serving in the 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, in the European Theatre during World War II. The family then moved to Amarillo in 1948.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in 1989, and her second son, Douglas Carl, in 2009.

   Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wayne Pybus and wife Judith, and Dr. Charles Jay Pybus and wife Shannon, all of Amarillo; a daughter-in-law, Cheryle Pybus of Plainview; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   She was a most loving, dedicated homemaker all of her life. She was proud to call Harrington Assisting Living “home” for over eight years. She always, always had a kind word for everyone.

   The family will receive friends from 6 p.m., to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

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Martin Calvillo

   Martin Calvillo, 44 of Vernon, died on Monday, June 17, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Jesse Ochoa. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.
   Calvillo was born Friday, July 19, 1968 in Aurora, Ill. He was the son of Alfredo Calvillo and Maria Elsa Guerra Calvillo. He had lived most of his life in Vernon. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
   He is survived by his parents, Alfredo and Maria Calvillo of Vernon; four brother, four brothers,
   Juan Calvillo of Vernon, Ricky Calvillo of Pampa, Steve Calvillo of Pampa, and Ramon Calvillo  of Vernon as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Alfredo Calvillo Jr., in November 2012.
   Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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G. Keith Sales

   G. Keith Sales, age 87, of Electra passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his residence.
   Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, with Joe Ainsworth, Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Electra, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Electra Memorial Park under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Electra.

   The family will receive friends from 1p.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013 at the First Baptist Church.

   Keith was born in Byng, Okla. on Dec. 22, 1925 to Drexel and Irma Henry Sales. During World War II, he served in the Army from April 1944 until April 1946. He was in the European Theater and at the “Battle of the Bulge”.  He was in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria during his time spent overseas.

   He married the love of his life, Warna Dean Cunningham on June 3, 1953 in Ada, Okla. Together they raised three children, Warren Drexel, Keitha Dean and Wayne Lee.

   A high school graduate of Byng, Okla.,  he was named an Oklahoma All State Basketball player. Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from East Central University in Ada, Okla., and a Master’s Degree from Midwestern University.  Keith began his 42 years in education at Vanoss, Okla. as a coach and Industrial Arts teacher.  He was a Coach, Principal and Superintendent at Harrold ISD. He then was a Junior High Principal for one year and a High School Principal at Electra ISD until his retirement in 1992.

   Mr. Sales was a 60-year 32ND Degree Mason, a member of both Texas and Wichita Archer Retired Teachers Association and the Robb Scholarship Board.  He served on the Wichita County Child Welfare Board, Lion’s Club and the Rotary Club.  He was a member of both the National and Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He is listed in the “Who’s Who in American Education” and the Oustanding Ex-Teacher Association. Keith has been honored many times for his various achievements.

   Keith was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Electra serving as a Deacon. He taught in the Adult III Sunday School Department and sang in the choir.  He loved his church and his church family.

   Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Warna of Electra; son, Wayne Sales and wife, Kim of Brenham, Texas; daughter, Keitha Kiselwick and husband, Mike of Brownwood, Texas; sister, Bobbie Gray of Ada, Okla.; nine grandchildren, Micah Gray and husband, Brian of Midland, Aleesha Smith and husband, Trent of Warsaw, Indiana, Deanna Hinojosa and husband, Gilbert of Midland, Drexel Keith Sales and wife, Jennifer of Warsaw, Indiana, Dalton Sales and wife, Martha of Knox City, Kaylee Roznovsky and husband, Brandon of San Antonio, Alayna Sales of Sugar Land, Sydni Brannon and husband, Blake of
 Brenham and Garrett Sales of Brenham; 11 great-grandchildren, Michael and Johnna Morgan of Midland, Cole and Rylee Smith of Warsaw, Indiana, Gilbert Ryan and David Keith Hinojosa of Midland, Camden and Colton Sales of Warsaw, Indiana, Shyann Sales of Knox City, Brooks and Caroline Roznovsky of San Antonio; three step-great-grandchildren, Braydon and Brice Gray of Midland, Breana Boyer and husband, Justin of Minot, North Dakota; and two great-grandchildren, Brannon and Smith to be born later this year.
   He was preceded in death by one son, Warren Drexel; his parents; and a sister, Wanda Landrith.

Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Balthrop, Mark Bateman, Olan Bourland, Billy Clark, Harold Cowley, Rogers Lankford, Robert Palmer and Don Windham.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the First Baptist Church Deacon Body and the Adult III Sunday School.

 The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310, the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Georgia 30368-2454 or the First Baptist Church of Electra, 406 West Garrison, Electra, Texas 76360.


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Wilma Grace Nelson

   Wilma Grace Nelson, 82 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Electra. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Wilma was born Tuesday, May 5, 1931 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Fred Wilhelm and the late Olga Andres Wilhelm. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked for First State Bank for 23 years, and she was a teller for Lone Star Gas Co. for 13 years. For most of her life, she was a seamstress. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Young Couples Club, St. Paul Ladies Aide and a member of Beta Sigma Phi.

   She is survived by her son, Steve Nelson of Childress; one brother,  Freddie Wilhelm of Bryan; two sisters, Edna Alexander of Vernon and Peggy Correno of Culiaoan, Mexico; four grandchildren,  Tandi Humphrey, Jamie Wilkinson, Jason Nelson and Jeremy Wilkinson, and two great-grandchildren,  Joseph Allen Wilkinson and Alexzandria Denise Claborn.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Nelson Wilkinson, Nov. 11, 1995, and a grandson, Joey Wilkinson March 1, 2010.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home

   Pallbearers will be Jeremy Wilkinson, Jason Nelson, Tad Daberkow,  Mike Carter, Chad Carter, Joe Anderson and Dean Gfeller.

   Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Patsy Ree (Pat) Bivins

   Patsy Ree (Pat) Bivins, 78 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. David Fox. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Pat was born Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1934 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Jerry W. Sorrels and the late Eula M. Vaughn Sorrels. She married Douglas (Doug) Bivins on March 16, 1959 in Vernon. She had lived all of her life in Vernon. She worked for Vernon Manufacturing Co., Munden’s and the family business, Bivins Pest Control. She was a member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church and a former member of the Second Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Doug Bivins of the home; her son, Randy Bivins of Vernon, and two grandchildren, Amanda Bivins and Blake Bivins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Bivins, on April 8, 2003.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Western Trail Cowboy Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Michael Lynn Shelton

   ELECTRA — Michael Lynn Shelton, 55 of Electra, died on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Wichita Falls. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 102 East Ida in Electra.
   Shelton was born Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1957 in Vernon. He was the son of the late C.J. Gearld and Patricia Shelton Gearld.

   He had lived in Fort Worth for several years and had lived in Electra for the past 19 years. He was a member of the Pearl Street Baptist Church.

   Surviving are mother, Patricia Gearld of Electra; one brother, Paul Gearld of Vernon; one sister,
Brenda Ashbrook of Lockett, and sveral aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nita Gearld.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Monteen Butts

   QUANAH – Monteen Butts, 86, died Friday, June 7, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday,  June 10, 2013 at  the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Quanah, with the Rev. Monte Lumpkin, pastor of the Goodlett Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Goodlett Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Quanah.
   Butts was born on March 28, 1927 in Tioga, Texas, to the late James and Beulah Miles Fitzhugh. She married the late Lee Butts on April 28, 1945 in Quanah. She had been a resident of Hardeman County since she was seven years old. She was a homemaker and former owner of Monteen’s Restaurant.
   She is survived by one daughter, Peggy Butts, and one son, Richard Buttes, both of Amarillo. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Ruthhardt.

                  

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Kole David Gray

   Kole David Gray, 24, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013. He was born to Terry and Karen Gray on Nov. 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 grew up in Goree and graduated from Munday High School in 2007. He quickly obtained his welding certification soon after from CJC. Kole was drawn to agriculture and the unique desire to be involved in its operations. This is how he and Katie found themselves in Sunray. 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; two 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 6 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the funeral home. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2013. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.


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Billye Sue Duckworth

   CHILLICOTHE – Billye Sue Duckworth, 67 of Chillicothe, died on Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013 M at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.Officiating will be Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan funeral home.
   Duckworth was born Friday, Sept. 14, 1945 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Bill E. Stokes and the late Mattie Lee Shelton. She married David Duckworth on Oct. 17, 1975 in Vernon. She had lived all of her life in Vernon area. She worked for Helen Farabee and supported employment for MHMR Clients since 1976. She enjoyed watching kids’ rodeo, soccer and baseball.
   She is survived by her husband, David Duckworth of the home; two sons, Chad Duckworth of Denton and Tedd Duckworth of Amarillo; one daughter, Kim Bria of Vernon; one brother, Tony Stokes of Vernon and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Benny Stokes.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.ml to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.
   Pallbearers will be David Wilson, Joe Don Wilson, Joel Wilkinson, Wayne McCowen, Lloyd Williams and Jacob Duckworth.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Bobby Dale Bryant

   Former Vernon resident Bob (Boog) Bryant of Albuquerque, N.M., died on May 18, 2013 in Albuquerque. A Celebration of Life for Bryant was held on Friday, May 24, 2013, in Albuquerque.
   Bryant was born on Jan. 22, 1937, to Leona Bryant McGann in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1955. He served in the United States Army, worked for many years for Santa Fe Trails Trucking and retired from the United States Postal Service in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Lanette Bryant; one daughter Kelley Ferguson; one son, Russell (Rusty) Bryant; two stepdaughters, Julie McGowan of Albuquerque, N.M., and Janet Krause of Phoenix, Ariz., 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  


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Gertrude Alice Haseloff Hammonds

   Gertrude Alice Haseloff Hammonds, 89 of Crowell, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Crowell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.Monday, June 3, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. Kenneth Bersche. Interment will be held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Hammonds was born Thursday, Jan. 3, 1924 in Wilbarger County. She was the daughter of the late Henry Haseloff and the late Augusta Schwede Haseloff. She married Fred E. Hammonds on Nov. 29, 1953 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2007. She had lived all of her life in Wilbarger County area. She was a graduate of Lockett High School. She was a former employee of Waggoner National Bank. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was a homemaker.

   She is survived by three sons, Randal Dean Hammonds of Harrisonville, Mo. Roger Anthony Hammonds of Daugherty and Royce  Ivan Hammonds of Rayland; one sister, Evelyn Pechacek of Ennis, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Visitation will be at 6 p.m. to 7 p. m., on Sunday, June 1, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund.

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



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Jonathan Neuberger

  

   Funeral services for Jonathan Paul Neuberger, 21 of Vernon, who died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Lubbock, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Miller. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Neuberger was born Saturday, Dec. 14, 1991 in Carlsbad, N.M. He was the son of Paul and Mary Donndelinger Neuberger. He was a 2010 graduate of Vernon High School,  where he was active in football, track, baseball and wrestling, and was a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, Key Club, National Art Honor Society and was named a Rotary Club Student of the year during his junior year in school. He was named Outstanding Student in English, French, Geography and an International Foreign Language Award Nominee. He attended Vernon College, The University of Texas and Texas Tech University. He enjoyed traveling with his family to new places, water sports, soccer and snowboarding. He worked for Domino’s Pizza. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   He is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Neuberger of Vernon; two brothers, Michael Neuberger and James Neuberger, both of Vernon; maternal grandfather and wife, James and Harriet Donndelinger of Mundelein, Ill., as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Texas Panhandle South Plains Lutheran Camp Association.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Ann Garner

  

   Ann G. Garner, 82 of Vernon died on Monday, May 27, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Garner was born Tuesday, July 29, 1930 in Brownwood. She was the daughter of the late Lonnie D. Gibson and the late Lucille Jones Gibson. She married James Garner on April 9, 1949 in San Angelo. She had lived in Vernon since 1972. She worked for City of Chillicothe for 19 years as a secretary. She was a member of Wilbarger Street Church of Christ and a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, James L. Garner of the home; two daughters, Marsha O’Neal of Vernon, and Dixie Bennett of Ardmore, Okla.; one sister, Alene Jordan of Mansfield; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Joe Gibson, and a granddaughter Christi Ann Ayala on Aug. 21, 2010.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Dr. Reynaldo G. Maniago 

   DR.Reynaldo G. Maniago was a man whose worth was defined by how he managed his life and lived life to love and care for others.  A loving, kind, sweet and thoughtful husband; a caring and giving father to our children Kristine and Paul, Rachelle, and Aileen and Scott; and was a newly doting grandfather to our grandchildren, Valentina and Max.  
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A man whose happiness and priority in life was to give and take care of everyone else except himself.    
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An accomplished man who worked long hours so he could take care and comfort his patients who he loved dearly.     
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A  man with a gentle spirit, a giving and generous heart and a good sense of humor even at the most challenging times.   
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A courageous man who fought to live so he could see and hold his grandchildren, Valentina and Max.   
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A man who grew up following the footsteps of his father, Exequiel, who also was a physician and died when he was seven years old, and who was brought up together with his 2 brothers Jeorge and Enrique and by his mother, Ester. Dr. Reynaldo G. Maniago was a handy-man who loved to put together electronic sounds and visual appliances to produce the most beautiful music in life. He stayed on top of new advances with his camera so he could take pictures of everybody which he so enjoyed. He was a curious man who travelled around the world with me and our children and showed us how other people live and how cultures differ. He was a man who enjoyed trying different foods and considered it as a culinary adventure. He was a man who laughed easily and made people around him at ease and happy. He was a man who never demanded anything from others but gave everything of himself. He was a precious husband who I love so dearly and a great role model to our children who love him very much. My daughter, Rachelle, who was at her father’s bedside everyday taking care of him, cheering him up, encouraging him to eat, talking to him and loving him was a blessing to behold. The rest of our children, Aileen, Scott, Kristine and Paul who came and stayed with their Dad, caring, trying to make their Dad laugh with their babies were all God given gifts. In the end, Dr. Reynaldo G. Maniago joined our Father in Heaven at the Holy Hour of Divine Mercy on the 23rd of April 2013 at the age of 67 surrounded by people he loved and who loved him very much. He was born in the Philippines where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He came to New York City in 1973 where he specialized in Pediatrics. He served as a Pediatrician with the rank of Major in the US Air Force for four years before coming to Vernon in the summer of 1980. He practiced in Vernon for 32 years, taking care of 3 generations of patients with his youngest being a few months old to the oldest in their 90s, with God’s good blessing. They were truly young and young at heart.
Rene was to me, everything I could have asked God for–as a husband, a father to my children, a grandpa to our grandchildren and my best friend. I feel truly blessed to have spent 47 years of my life with him.“Clara, embrace me, I love you.” He then lifted his head to give me a kiss. Those were the last words spoken to me by my beloved husband, Dr. Reynaldo G. Maniago. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on June 8, 2013 at 12 p.m. Following will be a reception at Bryant EnterpriZes, 1423 Main, Vernon, Texas. For those who like to attend the memorial celebration, we ask that you contact Glenna Bryant at (940) 886-8265 by Saturday, June 1. We welcome anyone who wishes to speak and share their memories of Dr. Reynaldo G. Maniago. Kindly inform Glenna Bryant if you wish to do so. Thank you. We hope you will share this special day with us.  

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Wanda Lou White Crudup Brasington

   Wanda Brasington, 83, of Wichita Falls passed away on Thursday May 23, 2013. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the funeral home.
   Wanda was born Nov. 26, 1929 in Vernon, Texas to Jewell and Oscar White. Wanda graduated from Chillicothe High School and attended Texas Women’s University, majoring in journalism. Wanda retired from Sikes Senter Mall office, then worked at Fancy Lady until the age of 78.  Wanda was known to have been at times a little firecracker and religiously attended her Silver Sneakers Club at the YMCA. Celebrating her birthdays was a joyous time except when it fell on Thanksgiving Day, and she enjoyed family gatherings.  Her generous hugs will be missed by many.
   She is survived by her husband, Frank Brasington; three children, David Ezzell of Vernon, Vickie Gray and husband Danny of Wichita Falls, and Karen Tittle Paul and husband Bill of Missouri; five grandchildren, Jeremy Tittle of Denver, Colo., Craig Tittle of  Port St. Lucie, Fla., Ashley Morgan Wilson of Decatur, Michael Morgan of Tuttle, Okla., and Dustin Ezzell of Vernon; seven great-grandchildren; her brother Jervis White of Wylie, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by Barron “Pete” Crudup and son Randy Crudup.
   The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 27,  2013 at Hampton-Vaughn. Special thanks to Betty and Serena for their compassion.
   Those desiring memorials: Meals on Wheels, 1008 Burnett, Wichita Falls, Tx. 76301 or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Tx. 76310.
   Please visit www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com to post messages of condolence to the Brasington family.


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Edna Faye Owen

   Edna Faye Owen, 88 of Iowa Park, died on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Graveside services will be held AT 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Wayne Hollinshead.
   Edna was born Thursday, May 21, 1925 in Wilbarger County. She was the daughter of the late Noah McNabb, and the late Ida Ellen Crisman McNabb. She had lived in Vernon most of her life. She worked at United Supermarket in the meat department. She was a member of the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ.

   She is survived by her loving companion, Jodie Lemon of Quanah; four daughters, June Moore of Iowa Park, Georgia Ann Mackey of Midland, Sherry Johnson of Vernon and Sandy Alexander of Vernon; one brother, George McNabb of Amarillo; two sisters, Ellen Wall of Vernon and Bessie Petitt of Vernon; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Pennington.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Pallbearers will be Cheyenne Pitts, Curtis Boyd, Cody Alexander, Cole Alexander, Matt Ashcraft, and Kenny Alexander.

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


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Max Dean Orr

   Max Dean Orr, 91 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Tom Long. Interment will be held at Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Max was born Thursday, July 7, 1921 in Crowell. She was the daughter of the late Charles Wynn Beidleman and the late Fleta Thomason Beidleman. She married Clois L. Orr on Sept. 8, 1939 in Frederick, Okla. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2003. She had lived in Houston for 41 years before returning to Vernon. She was a graduate of Thalia High School. She was a member of Eastern Star Northshore Chapter #1058 and Past Worthy Matron. She was a lifetime member of United Methodist Women. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
   She is survived by her daughter, Bette Detro of Brenham; a granddaughter, Kimberlin Nixon of Houston, and her best friend, Clara Mae Bell. She was preceded in death by her grandson Clois Nixon in 1985, two brothers and four sisters.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Wilbarger General Hospital Auxiliary. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Bonnie Faye Hodges Robertson

  Bonnie Faye Hodges Robertson, 92 of Vernon, died on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2012 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon
   Bonnie was born Tuesday, April 19, 1921 in Farmers Valley, Texas. She was the daughter of the late A. A. Hodges and the late Sally Jennings Hodges. She married Harvey E. Robertson, Jr. on Nov. 2, 1941 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2006. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked was a cafeteria worker for VISD, retiring in 1975. She and Harvey were instrumental in putting on musical shows for the senior citizens. She was a member of Wilbarger Street Church of Christ. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her son, Dale Robertson and wife DiAnn of Burleson; her daughter, Cherri Bradshaw and husband Steve of Farmers Valley; grandchildren, Chad Robertson, Lori Robertson, Cole Robertson, Matt Robertson, Sally Bradshaw Reeves, Elly Bradshaw Gonzales, Holly Bradshaw Cox, Byron Bradshaw, Jennifer Martin, Katie Evans, Shelley Walls, and 24 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Ava Hodges Ranjel and Hazel Hodges Taylor, and one brother, Glenn Hodges.
   Visitation will be Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Robert Kent Phillips

   Robert Kent Phillips, 70 of Chillicothe, died on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Arlington. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Smith Chapel in Chillicothe. Officiating will be the Rev. Wallace Clay. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Robert was born Saturday, Jan. 16, 1943 in Dallas. He was the son of Mildred Matney Phillips and late Jack Phillips. He married Frances Woosley on March 30, 1963 in Wichita Falls. He was a graduate of Chillicothe High School and attended Midwestern University and Texas A&M, where he was a member of Corps. He was a graduate of the Wichita Falls Police Academy. He retired from the computer department of S.M.U. in 1997. He was a Methodist.

   He is survived by his wife, Frances Phillips of the home; his mother, Mildred Phillips of Chillicothe; one daughter, Robbie Fuller and husband Danny of Dallas; a granddaughter,
 Julianna Fuller of Dallas, and his extended family and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Donald Ray Phillips.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.

   Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.


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Paul Louis Brannon

   Paul Louis Brannon, 87 of Vernon, died on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Vernon. A private family service will be held at a later date.
   Brannon was born Tuesday, April 20, 1926 in Choctaw, Okla. He was the son of the late Kent Brannon and the late Lillie Mae Maroney Brannon. He married Beverly Jeanne Haynes in 1949, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2005. He moved to Vernon when he was eight years old from Deming, N.M. He was a milk man and a school bus driver. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by two daughters, Paula Brannon and Brenda Brannon, both of Vernon; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Helen Nava

   Helen Nava, 75, passed away May 11, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was born on Oct. 22, 1937 in Vernon, Texas to Sefarino Lagunas and Guadulupe Montez Zenon. Helen grew up and attended Vernon schools. She worked for Best Western Village Inn for 18 years. Helen also worked for Hillcrest Country Club, Nocona Boot Factory and Vernon State Hospital.
   Helen married Delmer L. Nava on February 15, 1969 in Vernon, Texas. They were happily married for 43 years. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. Helen enjoyed sewing and the company of her family.
   Helen is survived by her husband; a daughter, Regina Nava and her fiancé Brandy,  and four sons, Jesse Maldonado, Mike Maldonado and his wife LeeAnn, Chano Maldonado and his wife April, and David Maldonado and his fiancé Dena, all of Vernon, Texas. Helen is also survived by three sisters of Vernon and three brothers of Burkburnett, Texas, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
   No services will be held for Helen as per her wishes. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fallsfuneralhome.com.

 

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H.W. “Ed” Dozier

   H. W. “Ed” Dozier was born May 12, 1922 in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Edward H. and Bene Gene Dozier. He was raised in Monticello, Ark. and attended schools there including Arkansas A&M College of Business. He also attended the University of New Mexico. He retired from U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major on October 1967, and from the Bank of New Mexico on the same date.
   He joined the staff of the Herring National bank, Vernon, on December 1967 as Executive Vice President and was promoted to President in January 1973 and served in that capacity until his retirement December 1985.
   He was a member of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce and served as president for the year 1972. He was a former member of the Rotary Club and has been a member of the Vernon Lions Club for over 40 years. He is 32nd Degree Mason and served as Chaplain of Vernon Masonic Lodge #655.
   Dozier served in the China, Burma, and India Theater during WWII after serving as a flight instructor of the U.S. Army Air Corps through 1942. He flew what is known as the “Hump” transporting fuel, ammunition, medicine, and personal needed to wage military action against the Japanese Army occupying China. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
   He was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught the James-Carl Smith Sunday School Class for many years. He dearly loved the First Baptist Church and the Faith United Methodist Church and truly sought to be a faithful Christian servant in each. He also served as trustee for the First Baptist Church and served on various committees, primarily fund-raising committees.
   He married Mary M. Hurd on Dec. 17, 1942. She preceded him in death in March 1992. He later married Gitano S. Holliday on Feb. 14, 1993. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Margaret Dozier Quelle, three brothers and two sisters.
   He is survived by his wife Gitano of Vernon, stepson Cliff Holliday of Vernon, stepdaughter Sandra Holliday,of Lake Jackson, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
   Dozier passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Darrell Monday and the Rev. Hilda Cavazas. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park with Air Forces Honors under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church or Faith United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Donald Ray & Jeanne Streit Frosch

   Donald Ray and Jeanne Michelle Streit Frosch of Mansfield died tragically in a plane crash near Fredericksburg, Texas on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Donald was born on March 12, 1969. He was 44 years old. Jeanne was born on Oct. 20, 1971. She was 41 years old. They leave one daughter, eight-year-old Ayden Danielle. 
   Memorial services for Donald and Jeanne will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield, at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Funeral services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Huntsville on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville. 
   Jeanne is survived by Ayden, and parents Janice Streit and Freddie and Sue Ann Streit of Vernon; brothers, Jason and wife, Shelley, and Jarod and wife, Nicki Streit of Vernon, Blair and wife, Anne Streit of Austin, and David and wife, Kate Streit of Irving, and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with Ayden, Donald is survived by his parents, Wayne and Ferne Frosch, Huntsville.
   Donald and Jeanne are also survived by grandmothers, Amanda Schumann of Giddings, and Ruth Streit of Vernon, Jeanne’s aunts and uncles are Judy and Steve Jansa and Jennifer Baldwin of Vernon, Kenneth and Verna Baldwin of Amarillo, Carolyn and Jim Holland of Vernon, Susan and Jerry Jeff Walker of Austin, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
   Donald’s aunts and uncles are Noreen Heck and James of Danbury, the late Milton Frosch and his wife Violet of Giddings, the late Leroy and Gladys Frosch of Lincoln, Herb and Evelyn Frosch of Austin, Clifton and Bernice Frosch of Bryan; Lucille and Louis Sander of Austin, Curtis and Mary Ann Frosch of Giddings, Wesley and Mary Frosch of Broaddus, Lena Mae Vogel and Jerry of Pleasanton, Eldor and Sue Frosch of New Braunfels, Infant twin brother of Wayne Frosch, died at birth; Sharon Kunkel and Jimmie, Austin, Texas; Sherwood and Janet Frosch, Lexington, Texas; and numerous cousins and friends.
   Jeanne graduated from Vernon High School in 1990, and Donald graduated from Huntsville High School in 1987. Donald, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Jeanne, a member of Chi Omega sorority, are both graduates of Sam Houston State University. 
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

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Mary Alice Scott Stillwell

   Mary Alice Scott Stillwell, 56 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Wichita Falls.
   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Roy Jackson. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Stillwell was born Friday, Aug. 24, 1956 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Bennie D. Scott and the late Helen Francis Young. She married Robert Stillwell on Nov. 6, 1986 in Vernon. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked at Vernon Care Center for over 35 years as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and liked to play bingo. She was a member of First Baptist Church at Dean Antelope.
   She is survived by her husband, Robert Stillwell of the home; two daughters, Tasha Scott and Shawayla Scott, both of Vernon; two brothers, James Scott of Irving and Melvin Scott of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Verna Scott, Vera Scott and Virginia Scott, all of Vernon; four stepsisters, Marcella Jones of California, Gloria Love of Pampa, Helen Robinson of Honey Grove and Magnolia Field of Albuquerque, N.M.; three stepbrothers, Winter Jones of Vernon, James Dixon of Pennsylvania and Glenn Dixon of Virginia, and four grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Frank Dixon; one sister, Brenda Johnson, and one stepsister, Ella Dixon.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

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Sandra Jane Barton

   ATHENS-Services for Sandra Jane Barton, 69, Athens, are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. C. William McNatt officiating. Burial will follow in Judson Cemetery near Cayuga in Anderson County under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
   Mrs. Barton died Sunday, May 5 in Athens. She was born Feb. 27, 1944 in Knox City to the late Bacyl Weldon and Margaret Hazel Johnston Barnett. Jane grew up in Vernon where she graduated from high school in 1962. She later attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. She moved to Athens in 1981 and worked for Argon Medical a number of years as manager of the Department of Human Resources. Jane served as a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA), was a member of First Presbyterian Church and several book clubs. She was an avid reader, loved music and was extremely fond of her special cat, Miss Bailey.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Barton in 2003, and a sister Jo Helen Stanfield.
   Survivors include her daughters, Kimberly Pulaski and husband Robb, Rebecca White Griffin and husband Kurt, all of Plano; sister, Marge Logsdon, Amarillo; grandchildren Peyton, Allie and Robbi Pulaski, Joe Nick, Luke and Olivia Griffin; stepchildren, Kim Scott, Athens, Gary Barton, Dallas, Paula Steele, Austin; step-grandchildren, Andrew, Bradley, Harrison and Ellen Scott.
   Pallbearers will be Robb Pulaski, Andrew Scott, Kurt Griffin, Bradley Scott, Joe Griffin and Harrison Scott.
   In lieu of flowers, it would please Jane that donations be made to Henderson County Humane Society, P O Box 162, Athens, Texas 75751.
   You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com.

 

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Vestia Mae Yarbrough

   Funeral services for Vestia Mae Yarbrough, 92 of Vernon, who died on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Vernon, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Central Christian Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jim Antwine. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Yarbrough was born Sunday, April 24, 1921 in Macomb, Okla. She was the daughter of the late A.B. Newsom and the late Vesta Hayes Newsom. She married Lloyd Yarbrough on May 1, 1947 in Vernon. She had lived in Vernon for most of her life She was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Central Christian Church. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Yarbrough of the home; her daughter, Frances Jane Stone of Humble; her sister, Billie Jones of Bentonville, Ark.; one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Central Christian Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Dennis Charles Wallace

   Dennis Charles Wallace, 70 of Vernon, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park  under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Wallace was born Monday, May 25, 1942 in Knox City. He was the son of the late J.C. (Jake) Wallace and the late Louella Sterling Wallace. He married Marilyn Willard on Jan. 1, 1982 in Quanah. He had lived in Vernon since 1974. He attended Munday High School. He received an associate degree and graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at South Plains College in Plainview. He was a retired law enforcement officer for the Vernon Police Deptment. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and attended the Calvary Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Wallace of the home; two sons, William Chris Wallace of Munday and Jeremy Ray Wallace of San Antonio; two daughters, Tracy Lynn Wallace of Munday and Stacy Dawn Nabors of Vernon; one brother, Robin Dale Wallace of Vernon; two sisters, Sonya Sokora and Sherry Reynolds, both of Vernon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gendolyn Walker.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Sterling James (Jim) Greenwood

   Sterling James (Jim) Greenwood, 70, died in his Aspen, Colo. home on Saturday, May 4. A memorial service will be held at The First Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 29.
   The son of Sterling James Greenwood Sr. and Lois Copeland Greenwood, Greendwood was raised in Vernon by his aunt and uncle, Odessa  Copeland Rainwater and Clarence Rainwater. He attended Hawkins Elementary School, Vernon High School, and Shreiner Military Istitute in Kerrville. Upon graduating from high school in 1960, he moved to Memphis, Tenn., and attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. While in Memphis, he worked as a columnist for the The Commercial Appeal.  Greenwood returned to Vernon and was  farm editor for the Vernon Daily Record for a number of years. He coached baseball teams for the Boys’ Club of Vernon, attended the First Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Hillcrest Country Club.

   Greenwood moved to Aspen in the early 90s, where he ran The Aspen Free Press with his wife, Karen Day. He also contributed to The Aspen Times” and The Huffington Post and was published in Newsweek.

 

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Juanita Garcia Morgan

   Graveside services for Juanita Garcia Morgan, 39 of Vernon, who died on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Wichita Falls, will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Morgan was born Monday, March 4, 1974 in Chillicothe to Mary Garcia Montez. She married Ronnie Dale Morgan on May 31, 2008 in Lockett. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked for La Casa Mia as a cook and waitress. She was deli manager at Wal-Mart. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Dale Morgan of the home; her mother, Mary Garcia Montez of Vernon; one brother, Tracy Montez of Vernon, and one sister, Jessica Montez of Wichita Falls. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Ernestor Garcia Morgan.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday May 6, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Ellaree Ford

   Funeral services for Ellaree Ford, 95 of Vernon, who died on Friday, May 3, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the First Baptist Church at Dean and Antelope. Officiating will be the Rev. Bobby Wade. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ford was born Monday, May 28, 1917 in Navasota. She was the daughter of the late Garfield Wade and the late Irene Bennett Wade. She married Willie Ford on April 4, 1953 in Frederick, Okla. He preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1988. She had lived in Vernon since 1959. She was a member of First Baptist Church and Missionary Society. She was a homemaker
   She is survived by her daughter, Gracie Favors of Vernon; her son, Earl Edmondson of Houston; stepson, John Ford of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Estella Ford of Augusta, Ga., Diane Lay of Wichita Falls and May Booker of Vernon as well as 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Onie Monroe and Lola Mae Devourex, and one son, Tommy Edmondson.
   Visitation will be Tuesday at 1 p.m., until service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Helen Williams Brown

   Helen Williams Brown, 87 of Harrold, died on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Harrold. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013 at the First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Darrell Monday and the Rev. Kelly Russell. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Helen was born Tuesday, March 9, 1926 in Oklaunion. She was the daughter of the late Willie E. Williams and the late Mary Goins Williams. She married William E. Brown on Dec. 25, 1954 in Oklaunion. H preceded her in death Oct. 12, 2012. She worked on the farm and ranch with her husband for many years. She was an avid gardener. She was a Sunday School Teacher at Oklaunion Baptist Church and a member of First Baptist Church in Vernon and a Sunday School Teacher there for many years.

   She is survived by her son, Alan Brown and wife, Yvonna, of Harrold; her daughter, Kristie Brown of Wichita Falls; two grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Brandon, and Andrew, and two great-grandchildren, Baylea and Luke. She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and one brother.

   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Juanita Garcia

   Juanita Garcia, 39 of Vernon, died May 2, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services are pending at Sullivan Funeral Home.


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B. Iona Fite

   QUANAH – B. Iona Fite, of Quanah died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Quanah. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Fite was born Feb. 13, 1921 in Cleburne to the late Earnest and Z.O. White Logan. She was the second of 13 children. She married Cecil Fite on June 26, 1938. She cooked for the Hardeman County Senior Citizens, was the cafeteria supervisor for QISD and worked for TYC South Campus in Vernon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Quanah.
   She is survived by two sisters, Francis Daugherty of Traverse City, Mich., and Margie Prater of Quanah; two brothers, Tommy Logan of Paducah, Ky., and James Logan of Levelland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Fite; parents, Earnest and Z.O. White Logan, five sisters and three brothers.
   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday May 3, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home.

 

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Joyce Mitchell

   QUANAH – Joyce Mitchell, of Quanah died on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Crowell. Funeral services are scheduled for 11a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the chapel at Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Mitchell was born Aug. 20, 1928 in Acme to the late Guy and Leola McCain Rine. She married Orville (Jimmy) Poole in Medicine Mound in 1949. He preceded her in death on July 17, 1988. She was a longtime resident of Quanah, formerly of Vernon, and Hollis, Okla.  She was a former employee of Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Hollis, Okla. and Quanah High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Quanah.

   She is survived by one daughter, Donna Poole of Quanah; one son, Ricky Mitchell of Roanoke; two brothers, Jackie Rine and James B. Rine, both of Quanah; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday May 3, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions to Quanah Senior Citizens.

 


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Shirley Ann Williams

   Shirley Ann Williams, 72 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Larry Mays. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Williams was born Sunday, March 30, 1941 in Rural Pine Creek, Mo. She was the daughter of the late William Henry Roberts and the late Gladys Etta Scribner Roberts. She married Stanley L. Williams on Sept. 20, 1962 in Fargo.  She had lived in Vernon since 1954. She was a member of Vernon TOPS Club and a WMU Worker. She was a member of Lockett Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Stanley Williams of the home; her son, James Williams of Vernon, and three brothers, Gene Roberts and Tom Roberts, both of Waynoke, Okla., and Doyle Roberts of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by a son, Stanley L. Williams Jr., on Jan. 12, 2002.

   Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Lockett Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Robert G. Huffman

   Robert G. (Bob) Huffman, 84 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Vernon.
   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry and Randy Echols. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Huffman was born Saturday, March 9, 1929 in Quanah. He was the son of the late William Huffman and the late Fay Gordon Huffman. He married Frances Norton on Feb. 22, 1953 He had lived most of his life in Vernon. He was owned and operated the Memphis Convalescent Center. He was member of Texas Nursing Home Association and the NRA. He was a Staff Sgt. in the US Air Force as a mechanic for four years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Frances Huffman of the home; one son, Brad Huffman of Vernon; one daughter, Melanie Huffman Holcomb of Vernon; one brother, Charles L. Huffman of Corpus Christi; one sister, Mary Jo Andrus of Quanah, and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ileta Davick.
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday May 3, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Hospital or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Karl Tracey Hocker

   Tracey Hocker, 51, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Forney, Texas. Tracey was born on Jan. 18, 1962 to Bill and Barbara Hocker in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tracey would meet and later marry Beverly Fanning on June 20, 1982 in Altus, Okla.
   Tracey loved people. He loved being with friends and co-workers. Tracey was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 25 years, serving the communities of Vernon, Mesquite and Terrell, Texas. Tracey loved helping people, but his passion was his family.

   Tracey loved being a husband, father, son and brother. The time he spent with his wife and children was his most precious time. Loved by all who met him. Respected by all who worked with him. Tracey was a loving spirit of hope and healing that will truly be missed.

   Tracey was preceded in death by his father, Bill Hocker. Those left to celebrate his life include his beloved wife, Beverly; son, Dalton Hocker; daughters, Heather Hocker, Halie King and her husband Kacy, and Shelby Hocker; grandchildren, Kenlie and Tracey James King; mother, Barbara Hocker; brothers, Kim Hocker and his wife, Cynthia; George Hocker and his wife, KiSun; Jesse Hocker and his wife, Kim, and Nathan Hocker; sister, Tami Butler and her husband, Kirk; 16 nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews as well as a host of extended family, friends and neighbors.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 2, at Rafter J Cowboy Church, 10701 CR 305, Terrell, Texas, 75160.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to help with expenses. An account has been set up at the Bank of America in Beverly’s name.


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Shirley Ann Williams

   Shirley Ann Williams, 72 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at Wilbarger Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Larry Mays. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Williams was born Sunday, March 30, 1941 in Rural Pine Creek, Mo. She was the daughter of the late William Henry Roberts and the late Gladys Etta Scribner Roberts. She married Stanley L. Williams on Sept. 20, 1962 in Fargo.  She had lived in Vernon since 1954. She was a member of Vernon TOPS Club and a WMU Worker. She was a member of Lockett Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Stanley Williams of the home; her son, James Williams of Vernon, and three brothers, Gene Roberts and Tom Roberts, both of Waynoke, Okla., and Doyle Roberts of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by a son, Stanley L. Williams Jr., on Jan. 12, 2002.

   Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Lockett Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 


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Gordon Dale Moore

   A memorial service for Gordon Dale Moore, Sr., 85, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Carl Craighead. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Moore was cremated in Muskegon, Mich., where he died while visiting family.
   A small family dinner memorial and tribute will take place in Muskegon, Mich. to celebrate his life.  
   Moore was born May 7, 1927 in Oklaunion to Robert E. Lee Moore and Mattie Leona Mason Moore. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Oklaunion High School in 1944. He volunteered for and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1947. He married Betty R. Chenault in 1947, who preceded him in death in 2005. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1952. He was owner and chief pharmacist at Gordon Moore Drug in Lubbock for many decades. After retirement, he continued to serve as relief pharmacist at many local and outlying rural pharmacies in and around the Lubbock area. He moved back to Vernon 2003. He was an avid gardener and fisherman, enjoyed golfing and watching all sports on television.
   Moore is survived by five children: Virginia Dale Moore Riddle, Connie Lee Moore, Lisa Leona Moore Brandel, Gordon Dale Moore Jr., and Amy Ruth Moore Pauley; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and seven siblings. 
   Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 9 a.m. until service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.

 

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Hallie Sanders

   CROWELL – Hallie Sanders, 90, of Crowell, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Burleson. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Crowell Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Fox of Vernon officiating. Interment will be in Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Sanders was born on Jan. 28, 1923, in Crowell, a daughter of the late William H. and Ida Ferguson Sellers. She married Henry Bernice (H.B.) Sanders on Oct. 8, 1938 in Crowell. She was a former resident of Crowell and Iowa Park and a resident of Fort Worth. She was a homemaker, and she and her late husband were customer harvesters.
   Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Brown of Fort Worth, Sue Underhill of Puerto Rico and Ruth Welch of Fort Worth; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 7, 2000.


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Dr. Reynaldo Maniago

   Dr. Reynaldo Maniago, 67, passed away on April 23, 2013 peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was a Major in the United States Air Force before opening his own practice in Pediatrics in Vernon, Texas. Here he served the community for 32 years, fulfilling his passion of taking care of the young and the young at heart.
   He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Clara; daughters, Kristine, Rachelle, and Aileen; sons-in-law, Paul and Scott, and grandchildren Valentina and Max.

   Funeral services will be held on April 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas. 
                


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James Ralph McLean

   SHERMAN – James Ralph McLean of Sherman died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Sherman. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Hagerman Baptist Church in Sherman with the Rev. Neal Alexander and the Rev. Doug Lacey officiating. Interment will be in Hagerman Cemetery under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home of Denison.
   McLean was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Vernon, a son of John E. and Mary Irene Richie McLean. He graduated from Lockett High School. He married Annette Streit on Oct. 15, 1955. She preceded him in death on July 29, 1974. He married Sarah Lawrence Kennon on June 20, 1975.
   McLean retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1984. He retired from McCoy’s Building Supply in 1999 and was engaged in farming and ranching.
   Survivors include his wife, Sarah McLean of Sherman; sons, Russell McLean and Darell Kennon, both of Vernon; daughters, Beth McLean Cook of Vernon and Delores Kennon of Dallas; one brother, John (Butch) McLean of Vernon, and two sisters, Shirley Nichols of Vernon and Charlotte Lockett of Decatur as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held one prior to the service at the Hagerman Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Larry Guilloud, Jason Gattis, Bob Gattis, Clay Burns, David Hardenburg, Reubin Chambers, Brian Sethaler and Bart Lawrence.
   Memorials may be made to the Hagerman Baptist Church, 4619 Refuge Road, Sherman, Texas 75092. Online condolences may be made to www.johnsonmoorefuneralhome.net.


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Mary Geneva Oliver

   Mary Geneva Oliver, 95 of Austin, died on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Austin. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Tom Long and the Rev. Irl Holt. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Geneva was born Tuesday, March 12, 1918 in Roff, Okla. She was the daughter of the late Harvey Pinkney Gaines and the late Josephine Cocks Gaines. She married Maurice Oliver on Oct. 23, 1938 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1999. Geneva came to Wilbarger County at the age of two in a covered wagon. She moved to Austin in 2007. She was a volunteer for 20 years at the Boys and Girls Club where she taught sewing. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a classroom mother and provided other volunteer support to Vernon School and other organizations. She visited many friends and acquaintances in the hospital and nursing homes over the years, and was a one women support group, offering comfort, support, companionship and care to those in need. She was former co-owner and operator of Purity Bakery in Vernon. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
    She is survived by her daughter, Anna Beth Benningfield and husband Scott Johnson of Blacksburg, Va.; her two sons, Leon Oliver and wife, Penny, of Denton, and Russ Oliver and wife, Sharon, of Austin; five grandsons, Milo Mark Benningfield and wife, Susanna, of San Francisco, Calif.; Alex Oliver and wife, Rachel, of Dallas; Ryan Oliver and wife, Beverly, of Dallas; Lee Oliver of Austin, and Todd Oliver and wife, Christy, of Austin; two granddaughters, Dana Benningfield and husband, Mike Maltby of West New York, N.J., and Lauren Oliver of Austin; great-grandchildren, Jonah and Max Benningfield and James, Ryan, Fiona and Margot Oliver, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the chapel of First United Methodist Church.
   Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Boys and Girls Club or Maurice and Geneva Oliver Scholarship Fund at the Herring Bank.
   Pallbearers will be Milo Mark Benningfield, Alex Oliver, Ryan Oliver, Todd Oliver and Michael Maltby.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

 

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Herschel Lee Swindell

   QUANAH – Herschel Lee Swindell, of Farmersville died on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Dallas. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, at Quanah Memorial Park with Tim James officiating and under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
   Swindell was born Aug. 2, 1939 in Quanah to the late Lloyd and Bertha Davis Swindell. He was retired from the S.C. Johnson Company. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richardson.
   He is survived by his daughter, Tonya Mercer of Farmersville; stepdaughter, Lisa Maire Otto of Richardson; stepsister, Marilyn Whiteside of New York, N.Y., and five grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home.

 

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Lettie Gertrude Matney

   BOWIE – Lettie Gertrude Matney, 103, died on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Bowie. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Bowie with Mike Henson officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon under the directions of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
   Matney was born on March 24, 1910 in Montgomery County, Ark., to Alex and Julie Long. Her family moved to Texas in 1923. She married Leslie Matney on Dec. 17, 1929 in Hollis, Okla. After four years of farming, they moved to Elliott, where they owned and operated a farm equipment repair shop for 41 years. She moved to Bowie and was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1997.
   Survivors include her son, Howard Bunch of McKinney; two sisters, Erma Ingley and Lorene Thompson of Bowie; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Jean Bunch; four brothers and four sisters.
   Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Bowie. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Hospice of Rural Texas.


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Juanita Zajicek

   QUANAH – Juanita Zajicek, 84, of Quanah, died on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013 at The Chapel at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Monte Lumpkin officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
   Zajicek was born Oct. 20, 1928 in Rayland to the late David Harrison and Ruth Lindsey Skelton. She was a longtime resident of Quanah formerly of Foard County. She married Leo Zajicek on Sept. 2, 1950 in Vernon. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Baptist by faith.
   She is survived by her husband, Leo Zajicek of Quanah; one daughter, Diana Zajicek of Vernon; two sons, Charles Zajicek of Fort Worth and Leon Zajicek of Quanah; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
   Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013.
   Memorials may be made to the Ladies VFW Auxiliary. 

 

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Dr. Frank Sessions, PhD

   Dr. Frank Sessions, PhD, 87, a 6 year East Wenatchee resident and former longtime professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, passed away peacefully with his ex wife and longtime friend, Lupy Valverde-Ruelas at his side, Wednesday morning, April 10, 2013 at Argonne Adult Family home in East Wenatchee.
   He was born on Feb. 10, 1926 at Syracuse, Utah, son of the late Charles Elmer and May Maude (Quick) Sessions.  He was raised and received his early education at Ogden Utah.  He graduated from Davis High School in 1944. He continued his education at the University of Utah for one year. He served in the U.S. Air Force with the occupation forces in Japan with the 11th Airborne, receiving his honorable discharge in 1949.  He finished his Bachelors degree at Idaho State University in 1951 and then attended the University of Idaho where he completed his Masters MS in Psychology in 1953. He worked as a Psychology Professor for a couple of years prior to returning to the University of Utah and obtained his PhD in 1963. He worked on research projects as well as teaching at the University of Utah.  In 1967, he became Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska.  In 1968, he became Professor of Sociology at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.  He remained at Central until retiring in 1993 and becoming Professor Emeritus as well as teaching on a part time basis. 
   He enjoyed golfing, skiing, playing backgammon and for many years he ran 7-10 miles four times a week.
   He is preceded in death by his parents, two young sisters and one brother, Charles (Merrill) Sessions.
   He is survived by long-term friend, Lupy Valverde-Ruelas, East Wenatchee; sons, Edward Sessions, Wyoming, David (Elizabeth) Sessions, Ellensburg, Wa., Jay (Denise) Sessions, Santa Fe, N.M.,; step -children, Stevan Ruelas  and Lisa Ruelas-Hals both of Wenatchee; siblings, Jean Parker, Ogden, UT, Fred Sessions, CleElum, WA, Betty Paul, Henderson, NV, Benjamin Sessions, Fall City, WA, Mary Jensen, Rexburg, ID; grandchildren, Conner Sessions, Chantal and Michelle Thornblad and Alexyss Ruelas.
   A special “Thank You” to the care extended by Claudia Arceo, Kristen Orendain and Marita Messick at Argonne Adult Family Home.
   A Commemoration service will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Wenatchee First Assembly of God Church, 1520 McKittrick, Wenatchee, with Pastor Jerry Beebe officiating.  An Inurnment service will be held at a later date at the Syracuse City Cemetery, Syracuse, Utah. You are invited to visit his tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com . Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.  

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Barbara Goodale Mueller Griffith

   GREENVILLE, N.C. — Barbara Goodale Mueller Griffith, 71, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in Oakmont Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas.
   Barbara, born in Washington, D.C., was a 1960 graduate of Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas.  For over 20 years, she was employed as an executive secretary with the Baptist Association. She was involved with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at St. Paul Lutheran Church, as well as Concordia Lutheran Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir in Concordia Lutheran Church.  She was also a member of Oakmont Baptist Church.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Curtis Mueller, her husband of 27 years.

   She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Carl (Roddy) Griffith, Jr.; daughters, Cynthia Kay Mueller, of Dallas, and Susan Diane Zimmerman and husband, Steve; son, Scott Allan Mueller; grandsons, Curtis Scott Pettey and Bradford Lee Mueller; granddaughter,  Madison Mueller, all of Greenville, N.C.; stepsons, Russell Griffith, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Daniel and Kenneth Griffith, both of San Antonio, Texas; step-daughter, Janelle Thompson of Waynesville, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Russell Griffith, Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif.; Kayla Griffith, of San Antonio, Texas, Tasha Marlin, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Blake and Joseph Griffith, both of San Antonio, Texas; brother, John Davis Goodale, of San Antonio, Texas and six godchildren.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834 or the American Legion.Online condolences to www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mark D. King

   Funeral services for Mark D. King, 55, Clinton, Okla. resident, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in the Clinton’s First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Vann Leonard, and burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.
   Mark David King was born March 6, 1958 to Frank and Sue (Skipworth) King in Vernon and passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 at his Clinton residence.
   Mark was raised in Vernon, and he graduated from Vernon High School in 1976.  He was soon married to Jana Propes in 1976 in Vernon, and they moved to Cordell where he sold cars for a short time. He later moved to Clinton and was employed with David Howe Chevrolet. He married Jena Rhodes in 1983 in Vernon, and they made their home in Clinton, and he was employed with David Howe until its closing. For the past 10 years, he repossessed cars, was a process server and was a bail bondsman.
   He was preceded in death by his father in 1982; a brother, Tommy in 2006, and his step father, Henry Mitchell in 2001.
   He was an active member of the Arapaho Baptist Church, and he had served on the Clinton’s Homeless Shelter Mission Board of Directors.
   He is survived by his sons, Chad King and his mother, Jana Propes-King, both from Vernon; and Parker King and his mother, Jena Rhodes-King, both of Clinton; his mother, Sue King-Mitchell of Vernon, and two brothers, Mike King and wife, Sharon of Vernon, and Jonathan King and wife, Nichole of Keller. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.


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Flora Pauline Crose

   Graveside services for Flora Pauline Crose, 82 of Vernon, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Vernon, will be be held at 11 a.m.,  Tuesday,April 16, 2013 at Crestview Cemetery in Wichita Falls, Officiating will be the Rev. David Fox. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Crose was born Monday, March 9, 1931 in Glenwood, Iowa. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Watson and the late Ruby Blanche Ross Watson. She married Sebert T. Crose on Dec. 8, 1951 in Anderson, Ind. He preceded her in death in May 1995. She moved to Vernon in 2005 from Wichita Falls where she had lived since 1979. She retired from Sheppard Air Force Base working in housekeeping. She was a member of Park Place Christian Church in Wichita Falls.

   She is survived by two daughters, Mary Pierce of Vernon and Sharon Lunsford of Dale, Ind.; one brother; Thomas Watson of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one sister, Cheryl McManigile of Glenwood, Ind., a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Crose and Richard Crose, and one daughter, Vicki Alderte.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.

   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.

   Pallbearers will be Keith Claus, Shane Crose, Robbie Claus, Jay Pierce, K.J. Claus, Coy Carroll and Sharladae Hugie.

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


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L.H. Wall

   CROWELL – Funeral services for L.H. Wall, 77, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Oklahoma City, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Crowell. The Rev. Ken Rowland of Crowell will officiate assisted by the Rev. Damon Stalvey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Crowell. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home.
   Wall was born Nov. 3, 1935 in Vernon, a son of the late Leman and Francis Sweatman Wall. He married Barbara Lee Fairchild on Feb. 14, 1959 in Crowell. He was a longtime resident of Crowell. He was a gifted athlete and attended Midwestern State University on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in education and a Master’s Degree in administration. In 1959, following his service in the Army as a captain at Fort Benning, Ga., he moved to Crowell to teach and coach at the Crowell Independent School District. Throughout his 35 years, he served the school as a teacher, head football coach, athletic director, principal, and superintendent. Following his retirement, he continued his service as a school board member. While rearing his family in Crowell, he farmed and raised cattle and horses. He served as a volunteer adult leader for the Foard County 4-H Club. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crowell, where he served as a trustee. In 2012, he was awarded a 50 year breeder award from the American Quarter Horse Association, for his commitment to continuing the legacy started by his father, Leman Wall.

   He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wall of Crowell; one daughter, Leah Wall Pollan of Norman, Okla; three sons, Jay Wall of Wichita Falls, Dan Wall of Edmond, Okla., and Leman Wall of Bushland, Texas; one brother, Sherman Dan Wall of Azle; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leman and Francis Sweatman Wall.

   Memorials may be made to the L.H. Wall Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund or Foard County 4-H Club at the Crowell State Bank, P.O. Box 840, Crowell, Texas 79227.

   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.

 

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Carroll B. Bennett

   Carroll B. Bennett, 72, of Temple, formerly of Vernon, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Temple. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Wilbarger Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Mr. Bennett was born March 13, 1941 in Vernon. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1960.  He then joined the United States Navy, where he received medical training. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division FMF at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He and Delores Adams were married on Sept. 10, 1964 in Oklaunion. She preceded him in death on May 3, 1988. Mr. Bennett was a butcher by trade, working in Dallas, Wichita Falls, and other communities before his retirement. He was a talented artist and especially enjoyed drawing and painting among various other forms of art. 
   In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Bennett.
   Survivors include: four brothers, Jack Richardson and wife Dot of Richardson, Bob Bennett of Terra Haute, Ind., Richard Bennett and wife Pat of Dallas, and Gordon Bennett and wife Sharon of Athens, Texas; several nieces and nephews, and very special friends, Jerry and Don Bates of Temple.
   Visitation will be Saturday from 12 until 1 p.m. before service time at the funeral home.

 

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Ronny Wayne Clifton Jr.

   CROWELL – Funeral services for Ronny Wayne Clifton Jr., 37, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Friona, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Tulia and at 2 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home Chapel in Crowell. The Rev. Damon Stalvey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Crowell, will officiate. Interment will be in the Crowell Cemetery on Monday under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.
   Clifton was born Dec. 24, 1975 in Crowell, a son of Ronny Wayne Clifton Sr., and Kathy Lynn Krop Clifton. He married Jami Hope Scott on June 23, 2012 in Tulia. He was a 1994 graduate of Crowell High School. He was a 2000 graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He was a former employee of Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lockett and a former employee of Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bastrop. He was transferred to Dimmitt in 2005. In 2012, he was employed with J.D. Haskell in Friona. He was a member of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo.
   Survivors include his wife, Jami of the home; two stepdaughters, M’Kenzi Bremmer and Paige Bremmer of Tulia; parents, Kathy and Ronnie Wayne Clifton Sr. of Crowell; one sister, Megan Clifton of Crowell; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Velmeta Clifton, Mae Hancock and Earl Krop.
   Memorials may be made to the Crowell Cemetery Association.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 14, at Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.

 

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Evelyn Sue Bucek

   MARLOW, Okla. — Evelyn Sue Bucek, 62, died on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow, Okla.
   Bucek was born Saturday, June 3, 1950 in Vernon, to Cecil Cane and Gladys Brothers Hardage. She lived in Lawton, Okla., before moving to Marlow 15 years ago. She graduated from Vernon High School and later received a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Lawton. She married Charles Edward Bucek on Oct.15, 1985 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2004. She was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Marlow, Okla.
   Survivors include one son,Carl Clark; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Hardage of Arkansas and James Hardage of Texas, and two sisters, Rena Lawlis of Amarillo and Novela Penick of Atoka, Okla. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Chester Hardage.
   Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysmithcobb.com.

 

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JoAnne Story Sargent

   JoAnne Story Sargent, 64 of Vernon, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Wichita Falls. A memorial graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013. at the Bell Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Jesse Ochoa. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Sargent was born Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1948 in Quanah. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Eugene Farley and the late Edna Rand Farley.  She grew up in Eldorado, Okla., but lived most of her life in Vernon. She was a graduate of the Vernon College School of Nursing, and she worked for Vernon Care Center over 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe.
   She is survived by her son, Terrell Eugene Story of Vernon; her daughter, Edna Story of Vernon, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
   Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday until service time,
   Memorials can be made to favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com JoAnne


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Patricia Rallis

   Patricia Rallis, 78 of Vernon, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be Dave Winn. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Rallis was born Thursday, May 10, 1934 in Chicota, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Jim Wallace and the late Quessie Bankhead Gowdey. She married Robert Rallis on Jan. 1, 1953 in Vernon. She had lived all of her life in Vernon. She worked for Gibson’s Discount Center, Carnegie City-County Library as librarian for many years, and she had also worked for Vernon Drug Store. She was a member of Wilbarger Street Church of Christ.
   She is survived by her husband, Robert Rallis of the home; her son, Pete Rallis of Vernon; her daughter,
   Terri Fitzgerald of Vernon; her brother, Charles Wallace of Vernon, and two grandsons.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.Memorials can be made to favorite charity.       
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

 

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Julia (Judy) Towery

   Funeral services for Julia (Judy) Towery, 83 of Vernon, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013,in Wichita Falls, will be heldat 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronnie Lawson. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Towery was born Saturday, Dec. 28, 1929 in Medicine Mound. She was the daughter of the late Richard Hardage and the late Eva Szenasi Hardage. She married F.M. Towery on Dec. 20, 1968 in Wichita Falls. He preceded her in death on April 22, 2010.
   She had lived in Vernon since 1944 moving from Oklahoma, and she lived in For. Worth for 12 years. She was a graduate of Northside High School. She was a member of the Woodman of the World Lodge #6100. She was owner of Judy’s Fabric Shop and a seamstress, and a private care giver. She was a member of Western Trail Cowboy Church.
   She is survived by her son, Glen Walden of Joshua; her daughter, Ginger Morris of Vernon; one brother, Frank Hardage of Waco; two sisters, Barbara Crawford of Altus, Okla., and Clara Green of Oklahoma City, Okla. as well as seven grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by two sons Ken Towery on March 10, 1993, and Terry Walden on Aug. 11, 1979.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Western Trail Cowboy Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Ada Belle Mayo Collins

   Ada Belle Mayo Collins, 97 of Vernon, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be James Keenum. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ada Belle was born Monday, May 10, 1915 in Odell, Texas. She was the daughter of the late William Joseph Mayo and the late Mary Hilliard Mayo. She married J. Wilson Collins on Feb.16, 1935 in Frederick, Okla. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1988. She had lived all of her life in this area. She was a bookkeeper for White’s Dept. Store, Watkins and retiring from Coleman Shoes. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, District Grand Matron of Eastern Star, a lifetime member of Texas Parent Teachers Association, Wilbarger County Library Board and Red Cross Board of Directors. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Odell Baptist Church for 83 years.
   She is survived by her son, Glen Collins of Vernon; her sister, Wanda Joyce Fuller of Weatherford; two step-brothers, L.D. Mayo of Arlington and Mike Mayo of Fort Worth; a daughter-in-law, Stella Collins Johnson of Odell; a niece, Jeanie England of Cedar Park; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Donald Kent Collins, J. Michael Collins, two sisters and one brother.
   Memorials can be made to Odell Baptist Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Joe D. Lee

   Joe D. Lee, 82 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Joe was born Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1930 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Granville Lee and Hazel Ferrel Lee. He married Norma Matthews on July 3, 1954 in Crowell. She preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 2007. He had lived in Vernon all of his life. He was a graduate of Vernon High School. He served in the US Army. He worked for Texas Highway Dept. as superintendent for 35 years. He was a member of Vernon Jaycees, Lions Club. He was a coach for the Boys & Girls Club. He was very involved in Boy Scouts as a leader. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
    He is survived by his brothers, Billy Nee of New Boston, Texas, and Dale Lee of Mineral Wells, Texas; his sister, Wedonne Gray of Arlington, Texas; several nieces and nephews and close family friend, Pam Gosline of Crowell.
   He is preceded in death by his wife, and a daughter, Leslie Ann Lee, on Jan. 31, 2004.
   The Family will be at 3304 Maiden Street. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home and at 10 a.m., Friday until service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Vernon Boys & Girls Club.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Gayla Ann Jackson

   Funeral services for Gayla Ann Jackson, 45, of Pauls Valley, Okla., who died on Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Elmore City, Okla.,  will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the People’s Cooperative Funeral Home Chapel in Lone Wolf, Okla. The Rev. Allen Caroll will officiate. Interment will be at the at the Warren Cemetery, Warren, Okla., under the direction of People’s Cooperative Funeral Home, Lone Wolf, Okla.
   Jackson was born on Nov. 14, 1967 in Mangum, Okla., a daughter of Gaylord Inks and Donna Aebishcher. She grew up in Granite, Okla., and attended Granite High School before receiving her GED and later attended Nursing School to become an LPN. She married Dale Jackson on April 3 1987 in Electra, and they made their home in Granite. She later made her home in the Pauls Valley area. She was a member of the Satter White Missionary Baptist Church, Satter White, Okla.
   Survivors include her husband, Dale Jackson of Blair, Okla.; a son, Jayson White of Eufaula, Okla., a daughter, Alicia Busey of Elmore City, Okla.; her father, Gaylord Inks of Vernon; her mother, Donna Inks of Granite, Okla.; a sister, Ginger Inks of Granite, Okla.; a step-sister, Tammy Bryant of Vernon, and eight grandchildren.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America at mymsaa.org. Condolences may be left at peoplescooperativefuneralhome.com.


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Sharyn Anderson Vandiver

   Sharyn Anderson Vandiver, 65 of Vernon, died on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Doug Stenburg. Services will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Sharyn was born Tuesday, June 3, 1947 in Vernon. She was the daughter of the late Andy P. Anderson and the late Anna Braziel Anderson. She married Rick Vandiver on Jan.10, 1972 in Wichita Falls. She had lived in Vernon all of her life. She worked for Coy’s Discount Food, Osborne’s, Nocona Boot and she drove the Senior CitizenbBus, She worked for the Bank of Vernon and FDIC.
   She is survived by her husband, Rick Vandriver of the home; her son, Shane Vandiver of Vernon; two brothers, David Anderson and wife Cindy of Acton, and Don Anderson and wife Lucy of Arlington; one sister, Sandra Lankston and husband R.C. of Arlington; one grandson, Kasey Vandriver, and one granddaughter, Dallie Vandriver both of Perryton, and an uncle and aunt, Bobby and Linda Martin of Vernon. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Larry Anderson,
   Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Ken Gfeller

   Ken Gfeller, 69 of Vernon, died on Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Wichita Falls.
   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ken was born Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1943 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Clarence Gfeller and the late Alice Schulz Gfeller. He married Jeanene Stringer on Nov. 10, 1962 in Vernon. He had lived most of his life in Vernon. When he and Jeanene married, Ken had his own barber shop in Lubbock. Ken and his wife Jeanene were owners and floral designers of Flower Cart, opening it in 1974 for 24 years in Vernon.  Ken along with his wife Jeanene were avid crafters, traveling all over the U.S. to arts and craft shows. He loved to play “88.” He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He served in US Army from Sept. 21, 1966 to Sept. 20, 1968, serving in Vietnam and receiving the Purple Heart.
   He is survived by his wife, Jeanene Gfeller of the home; his son, Troy Don Gfeller of Lubbock; his grandson, Troy Don Gfeller, Jr.; his granddaughter, Adrianna Nicole Gfeller; four great-grandchildren, Anthony Junior Gfeller, Ian Werner Gfeller, Mallory Ann Gfeller and Devon Izaiah Gfeller, and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
   Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday before service time at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   Memorials may be made to St. Paul Flowers to Praise God.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Flora Mae Archer

   LEONARD – Memorial services are pending for Flora Mae Archer, 78, of  Leonard who died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Wolfe City.
   Archer was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Chillicothe, the daughter of James (Jim) and Florence Carter. She graduated from Odell High School in 1954 as the salutatorian. She married James Archer on Sept. 28, 1954 and moved to Baytown where she resided until 1993, when they moved back to Merit in the North Texas area. She worked as a CNA doing home health until her retirement in 2000. She was of the Baptist faith.
   Her survivors include her husband, James Archer of Leonard; one son, Darrell Archer of Leonard; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; her sister, Vina Strayhorn of Copeville; four nephews and three nieces. Three brothers, one sister, her mother and father preceded her in death.

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Louise Pate

       QUANAH – Louise Pate, age 83, of Quanah, died, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Quanah, Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Watkins and Rev. James A Callens officiating. Interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

   Pate was born Aug. 22, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Allen and Ludie Wilson. She was a longtime resident of Quanah.She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann McGregor of Quanah; one sister, Cloates Wilson of St. Louis, Mo., three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church.

 

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Roe Hallmark

   Roe E. Hallmark, 89 of Vernon, died on Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Tom and Linda Barrett. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
      Hallmark was born Tuesday, March 4, 1924 in Lula, Okla. He was the son of the late Samuel Hallmark and the late Maggie Johnson Hallmark. He married Wanda Pauline (Polly) Bailey on Sept. 20, 1942 in Altus, Okla. She preceded him in death. He married Pauline Ann Herrol in New Mexico in 1949. He was raised near Harrold and was a graduate of Harrold High School in 1941. He attended college in El Paso. He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1941-1944.He worked as a welder for many years on the pipeline in the south. He also owned various restaurants, motels, and stores and served as a captain in the  Vernon Police Department, retiring in the mid-1980s. He owned and operated the Hallmark Motel for over 30 years, selling it in 2005. He served as pastor of the Community of Christ First People’s Church in Davidson, Okla. He later served as a missionary.
   He is survived by three daughters, Paula Kay Coussons of Vernon, Rosemary Huber of Deming, N.M., and Roellen Kemper of Las Vegas, Nev.; one stepdaughter, Angela Teeple McLain of Colfax, Wash.; one sister, Mattie Rogers of Vernon; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Sammy Roe Hallmark, two brothers and one sister.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2031 at Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

  

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Ed Buesing

   Ed Buesing, 73 of Vernon, died on Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Neuberger. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Ed was born Monday, Sept. 18, 1939 in Ciblo, Texas. He was the son of the late William Buesing and the late Erna Beckerman Buesing. He married Nola Morrison on June 8, 1963 in Vernon. He had been a resident of Vernon since 1942. He was a graduate of Vernon High School. He attended West Texas State. He was owner and operator of Buesing Paint & Body Shop in Vernon. He was a member of Santa Rosa Palomino Club since 1966 and former member of the Vernon School Board and a member of the Vernon Lions Club. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Nola Buesing, of the home; two sons, John Buesing and wife Tracy of Colleyville, and Dan Buesing and wife Kimberly of Vernon; his sister, Lydia Roth of Electra, and his grandchildren, Beau, Elizabeth, Taylor and Blake.
   Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
   Pallbearers will be Rance Adkins, Gus Schumann, Terry Igou, Robert Kimbrew, Donnie Goodrum, Steve Brown, Johnny Haseloff, and Keith Spears. Honorary pallbearers will be the Santa Rosa Palomino Club.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.


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Quinon Oneal (Q.D.) Williams

   Graveside services for Quinon Oneal (Q.D.) Williams, 87, who died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Lubbock, will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Truscott Cemetery in Truscott with interment in Truscott Cemetery the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell. Officiating will be Elder Tom Taylor of Crosbyton.
   Q.D. was born on Dec. 1, 1925 in Hamlin, a son of the late Charles B. and Lola May Cantrell Williams of Rochester. He married Evelyn Joyce Jones on Nov. 3, 1947 at her parents’ home in Truscott.
   He was a longtime resident of Floydada  and a former resident of Knox County. As a young man, Q.D. worked for the Big 4, JY, Pitchfork, and Matador Ranches. In 1944, he entered the Marines, serving in the 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, and 6th Marine Division as a Browning Automatic Rifleman. He served on Guadalcanal and was a part of the assault forces in the Battle of Okinawa, where he was wounded in action. In 1945, after an extended stay in the stateside hospital at McAlester, Okla., he was honorably discharged with the following awards: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Purple Heart; Presidential Unit Citation. He became a pilot for the JY Ranch, flying a J3 Piper Cub.
   In 1953, he became foreman of the Montgomery Ranch (TM Bar) in Floyd and Crosby Counties. In the early 1960s, he and Joyce bought the Headquarters of the TM Bar Ranch, with their home in Blanco Canyon. He was a conservationist. He participated in the re-establishment of Rio Grande turkeys in Blanco Canyon. By roping several deer, he and Dee Adams assisted the Texas Parks and Wildlife in relocating mule deer in Floyd County. He participated in a study concerning the effect of DDT on bald eagles’ hatches. As an excellent marksman, he won the Caprock Peace Association Rattle Snake Roundup in the 1960s, as a Reserve Game Warden. He and his wife hosted the following archeological digs on their ranch: Texas Field School Dig; several Coronado excavations, and 1871 Battle of Blanco Canyon. He was a member of the City Park Church of Christ of Floydada for over 50 years.
   He is survived by his wife, Joyce Williams of Floydada; one daughter, Nancy Farrington and husband, Mark, of Amarillo; two sons, James Williams and wife, Cyndi, of Lubbock, and Thomas (Monte) Williams and wife, Kellie, of Floydada; a brother, Cliff Williams of Crowley; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to: Floydada Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 573, Floydada, Texas 79235; The Children’s Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas, 79408, or a favorite charity of choice.
   Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 905 West California, Floydada. Visitation will also follow the graveside service and will be held at the Truscott Community Center in Truscott.



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Charles Louis Hughes

   Charles Louis Hughes, 72 of Vernon, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas after an illness.
   Louis was born Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1940 in Vernon. He was the son of the late Sam and Minnye Martin Hughes. He was the grandson of early Wilbarger County resident Mr. and Mrs. Boone Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bryan Hughes. Louis attended Vernon public schools, graduating in 1959. He held bachelor and master degrees from the University of North Texas at Denton. He taught English for 25years in Albuquerque, N.M. He was voted Teacher of the Year at Valley High School in 1982-1983…
   Later, in 1992, he returned to Vernon where he taught the Upper Room Sunday School class and served as deacon and elder at Central Christian Church. He played the organ and piano for over 50 years.
   The funeral service will be held at Central Christian Church on March 26, 2013 at 2 p.m., Officiating will be Rev. Gary House and Rev. Jim Antwine. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Pallbearers will be John Baker, Lon Byars, Ron Bunch, Rob Chilton, Ron George and Jimmy Carr.
   Memorials may be given to Central Christian Church or a charity of your choice.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com


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Kenneth Randel Drake

   QUANAH — Kenneth Randel Drake, 65, of Petersburg died on March 22, 2013 in Lubbock. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church of Quanah.
   Drake was born June 15, 1947 in Quanah to Kenneth E. and Elaine Drake. He graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in 1966 and attended Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.  Drake served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving numerous medals and was honorably discharged from active duty on May 6, 1975. All of his working career was in the farming and ranching community throughout the Southeast United States as a gin manager and cotton broker ending his career as the general manager of the Petersburg Grain Co-Op.
   Survivors include his wife, Denise; children, Donna Johnson, Tara Drake, K.R. Drake; stepchildren, Eric Nunnery and Heather McCullough; brothers, Pat and Chuck Drake; two granddaughters; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Memorials may be made to the Kenneth E. Drake Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the First Presbyterian Church of Quanah, P.O. Box 118 Quanah, Texas 79252.

 

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Mildred Christeen Brandon

   Mildred Christeen Brandon, 93 of Vernon, Texas died on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Vernon, Texas. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Kenneth Bersche. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Brandon was born Thursday, February 5, 1920 in Honey Grove, Texas, She was the daughter of the late Dewey Edward Scroggins and the late Annie Mae Wilkinson Scroggins. She married Waymon Thomas Brandon on May 24, 1941 in Frederick, Okla. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1997. She worked for Vernon Manufacturing Company and worked for Allsup’s in Crowell. She was also was a private sitter for the elderly. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
   She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Brandon Adams; three brothers, Joe Scroggins, Norman Scroggins and James Scroggins, all of Texas; two sisters, Rose Dawson and Opal Scroggins, both of Texas. She was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers, Great Grandson Russell Adam Rutledge.
   Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Sullivan Funeral Home and Tuesday, from 1 p.m., until service time at the funeral home.
   Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com