OBITUARIES - 2001

Charles Bryant Nall
Charles Bryant Nall, age 65, formerly of Seymour, Texas, passed away January 1, 2001, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Services were held January 3, 2001, at New Sulphur Freewill Baptist Church, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home, Inc. Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Graveside Services will be Friday, January 5, 2001, at Truscott Cemetery, Truscott, Texas, with Glenn Faulkner officiating.
Charles was born on May 13, 1935 in Crowell, Texas. Charles married Winnie Sue Jones on September 18, 1952, in Benjamin, Texas. Charles was the owner of McClellan’s processing in Cane Hill and worked his own farm in Prairie Grove area. He was a past member of the Prairie Grove School Board and a member of the Arkansas Soil Conservation Service. He was a deacon at the New Sulfur Freewill Baptist Church for fifteen years.
Survivors include his wife Winnie Sue Nall of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; two sons: Charles Michael (Mike) and Lynn Nall of Prairie Grove; Johnny Mark and Dawna Nall of Cane Hill, Arkansas; two daughters: Cathy Gardisser of Springdale, Arkansas and Jeannie Calvert of Prairie Grove; his mother, Willie Belle Nall of Prairie Grove; one sister: Dena Thornton of Greenville, Texas; three brothers: Bo Nall of Prairie Grove; George Nall of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and Larry Nall of Johnson, Arkansas; fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Mitch Nall; Jeff Clavert, Jeremy Calvert; Matt Gardisser; Eric Hignite; Gaylon Dowdy and James Samuels. Honorary Pallbearers: Buster Yell; Tom Boren; Hank Sargent; Robert Brockman, David Cross; Les Jones; Ken Bailey and Jimmy Baker.


Joye Lea Roddy JohnstonJoye Lea Roddy Johnston
Joye Lea Roddy Johnston, age 65, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour, with the Rev. Jim McCurley officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the Direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnston was born June 24, 1935, in Seymour, Texas. She married Kennith Johnston on September 9, 1953, in Seymour. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, the Seymour Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star, where she had served as past Worthy Matron. She was a homemaker and a baby-sitter.
She is survived by her husband, Kennith of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter,Kim Jennings of Seymour, Texas; by one son and his wife, Ken and Chris Johnston, of Ft. Worth; by one sister, Josephine Laws of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Jack Roddy, Jr. of Burkburnett, Texas, and W. J. Roddy of Seymour, Texas; by five grandchildren, Shannon Mead and her husband, Joe of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kendra Johnston and Kayla Johnston, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Derrick and Drake Jennings, both of Seymour, Texas; and by one great-grandson, Kiernan Collins Mead of Ft. Worth, Texas.


Dorris Elkins
Dorris Elkins, age 86, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at Weatherford, Texas.
Services were Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 2:00 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Seymour officiated by A. B. Martin. Interment was in Henson Cemetery, Red Springs, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Dorris was born August 22, 1914 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She worked as a nurses aide at the Seymour Hospital. She and Johny Elkins were married in December of 1934. He preceded her in death in November, 1982. She moved to Weatherford, Texas in 1997. She was a member of the Church of Christ and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Gist of Poolville, Texas; two grandsons, Chad and Brett Gist; two great-grandsons, Cody and Cade Gist.


Bedrick Bartos
Services for Bedrick Bartos, 86, of Lubbock were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2001 in Resthaven Funeral Home’s Abbey Chapel with Reverend Malcolm Neyland officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Mr. Bartos died Thursday, January 18, 2001 at Sister’s Loving Arms Convalescent Home.
Bedrick was born October 1, 1914 in Bomarton, Texas. He married Edith Francis Pribyla on August 17, 1937 in Haskell, TX. They moved to Lubbock in 1953. In 1956, he started his own irrigation company, Aluminum Metal Products, where he continued until his death. His business interest also included farming and rental property.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Edith on June 23, 1995 and his daughter Patricia Ann (Bartos) Mitchell on December 5, 1988.
Survivors include his sisters Albina Macha (106 yr.) of Lubbock and Eula Kocurek (96 yr.) of Seymour, TX His son Jimmy Bedrick Bartos and wife, Debra, of Slaton, a daughter, Theresa Kay (Bartos) Drewell and husband William Edward “Bill” of Lubbock, seven grandchildren: Edith Arlene “Edie” (Bartos) Morris, of Lubbock; Anna Marie (Bartos) Thwaits of Azle, TX; Julie Jane Bartos of Lubbock; Ginger Faye (Bartos) Hall of Lubbock; David Wayne Drewell of Lubbock; Stephen Edward Drewell of Lubbock; Krista Lyn Mitchell of Lubbock and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Lee Hall and Julian Daniel Hall of Lubbock
Pallbearers were Felix Macha, Charles Pribyla, Bill Drewell, Brian Morris, Kim Thwaits, Phil Palmer, David Drewell and Stephen Drewell.


Goldia Biggerstaff
Goldia Biggerstaff, 79, a homemaker, died Friday, January 26, 2001 in Granbury.
Funeral was at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Januray 29, 2001 at the First Baptist Church. Burial was at Granbury Cemetery under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.
Goldia Biggerstaff was born May 7, 1921 in Vernon. She was preceded in death by a brother, Luke Morgan and a half-sister, Louise Morgan.
Survivors: husband, Homer Biggerstaff of Granbury; daughter, Martha Ann Blankenship of Heth; son, J. H. Biggerstaff, Jr. of Granbury; half-brother, Weldon Stokes Morgan of Huffman; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


Bryan Quillin
Bryan Quillin, age 53, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, in a Wichita Falls, Texas hospital.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, February 1, 2001, at 3:00 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ron Fox officiating. Interment was at Willbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Bryan was born October 13, 1947 in Crowell, Texas a son of the late Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr. and Carolita Quillin. He married Sherian Anderson on September 21, 1973 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Bryan was a graduate of Vernon High School in 1965 and attended Baylor University. He served in the National Guard for six years. He owned Chicken Express from 1981 to 1999. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vernon.
He is survived by his wife, Sherian of Vernon; one son, Hudson Bryan Quillin, of Vernon; two daughters, Sherian Shawn Quillin of Wichita Falls, and Kelly Gail Quillin of Vernon; his mother, Carolita Quillin of Abilene, Texas; his step-mother, Floy Beth Binker Quillin of Seymour; and two sisters, Paula Ford of Abilene and Nancy Long of Austin.
Pallbearers were Clay Duke, Mike Baskerville, Monty Hall, Bob Bolton, Pat Knight, and Gene Howery. Honorary Pallbearers were the 2000-2001 Vernon Lion Varsity Football Players.
Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Vernon or Golden Wings Hospice Foundation.


Glen Maurice ShumateGlen Maurice Shumate
Glen Maurice Shumate, age 74, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at his residence in Odessa, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2001, at the Red Springs Baptist church, with Reverend Jack Bennett, Pastor, and A. B. Martin, officiating.
Interment was in the Henson Cemetery in Red Springs, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Shumate was born October 25, 1926, in Red Springs, Texas. He married Ruth Wood on May 17, 1950, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a field operator for Phillips Petroleum for 30 years. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Odessa, Texas; three daughters, Cindy Clark of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Gay Gann of Gardendale, Texas, and Vicky Reel of Olive Branch, Mississippi; two sisters, Senna Jane Winn of Red Springs, Texas, and Lucille Coker of Ft. Myers, Florida; two brothers, John Shumate and Joe Shumate, both of Graham, Texas; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Charles W. Reagan Jr.Charles W. Reagan Jr.
Charles W. Reagan Jr., 60, of San Angelo passed away Thursday, February 1, 2001, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral Service were held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 5, in Johnson’s Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Shields officiating. Burial followed in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Reagan was born May 28, 1940, in Truscott to Charles Reagan Sr. and Ruth Hanley Reagan. He married Laura Louise Price on August 20, 1959, in Seymour. Mr. Reagan was employed by GTE for 30 years and was a reserve police officer in Georgetown for 13 years. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Louise Reagan of San Angelo; two sons, Charles D. Reagan of Wellington, Kansas, and Timothy D. Reagan of San Angelo; two special nephews, Ronnie and Richard Moore of Houston; a sister, Melba Griggs of San Angelo; three grandchildren, Nathan and Emily Reagan of McPherson, Kansas, and Jason Reagan of Galveston. Mr. Reagan was also a brother-in-law to Katheryn Opela and Annie Joe Copeland of Seymour.
The family requests memorials be made to VistaCare Family Hospice or a favorite charity.


Pauline Quisenberry
Pauline Quisenberry, age 85, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Graveside services were held at Masonic Cemetery, in Seymour, Texas, on Sunday, February 4, 2001, at 3:00 p.m. under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, with Dr. Ed Hart officiating.
Mrs. Quisenberry was born December 5, 1915, in Seymour, Texas. She married John Carl Quisenberry. He preceded her in death in 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
She is survivied by two sons, Carl Quisenberry and John Quisenberry, both of Seymour, Texas; two sisters, Gladys Bowman and Lucille Cole, both of Levelland, Texas; two grandchildren, Cody and wife Dana Quisenberry and Casey Quisenberry; one sister-in-law, Madelyn Eggleston; one brother-in-law, Roy Quisenberry, Jr. of Seymour, Texas.


Helen Miller Stiles
Helen Miller Stiles, 67 of Eastland, passed away Monday, February 5, 2001, at her home. Services were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with Shawn Brewer officiating. Burial was in Eastland City Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland, Texas.
Mrs. Stiles was born in Seymour, Texas, and lived in Red Springs until she married Alton Stiles in 1953. Her husband was in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and they lived in five different cities stateside and two foreign countries. They moved back to Eastland in 1974 where they were members and worked in the Preschool Department of the First Baptist Church until 1996. They owned and operated Stiles Air Conditioning and Appliance Store since 1985.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years Alton Stiles of Eastland; a son, Randy Stiles of Melissa, Texas; two daughters, Brenda Millican and Cheryl Busk both of Eastland; two sisters, Vernice Doyle of Seymour and Betty Hill of Abilene; two brothers, Eugene Miller of Odessa and Bob Miller of Seymour; nine grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Preschool Department of the First Baptist Church, or to Big County Hospice.


Robert M. "Bob" CousinsRobert M.“Bob” Cousins
Robert M.“Bob” Cousins, age 80, of Seymour, Texas, died Friday, February 9, 2001, at the Haskell Memorial Hospital, Haskell, Texas.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 12, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Seymour, Texas. Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of First Baptist Church and Reverend Larry Crumpton, Pastor of First United Methodist Church officated. Burial was at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Cousins was born September 6, 1920 in Haskell, Texas. He graduated from Haskell High School in 1937. He was a World War II veteran. He served as sheriff of Haskell County, Texas for six years after the military. At the time he was elected as sheriff, he was the youngest sheriff in Texas. He then went to work for the Department of corrections in January of 1955 as Captain of the correctional officers on the Darrington Unit. In July of 1969 he began serving as Warden of the Ellis Unit. He later served as Sr. Warden of the Coffield Unit at Palestine, Texas until his retirement in 1984. He and Ella Grace Higgins were married November 8, 1977. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a charter member of the Texas Rangers Foundation Association. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sybyl King Cousins in 1976 and a son, Jesse Al Cousins in March of 1992.
He is survived by his wife Ella Grace Cousins of Seymour, Texas; one daughter, Judy Myers of Alvin, Texas; one son, Robert Chang Cousins of New Waverly, Texas; two step-daughters, Judy Hardin of Denton, Texas and Georgann Higgins of Frisco, Texas; one sister, Alberta Earnest of Richmond, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Otis E. ThomasOtis E. Thomas
Otis E. Thomas, 89, died Saturday, February 10, 2001, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2001, in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview, with Mr. Charles Thomas Thomason of Faith Village Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
A son of the late Frank and Isabell Wright Thomas, he was born July 5, 1911, in Seymour, Texas. A resident of Wichita Falls since 1945, he was an active member of the community. He was a member of Faith Village Church of Christ for over twenty years. Otis was commissioned as an honorary Texas Ranger by Colonel Garrison in 1964 and was a member of the Maskat Shrine Temple, the Masonic Lodge and was the founder of the Alcoholics Anonymous program in the prison in Huntsville, Texas. He was a leader in criminal rehabilitation programs, giving a second chance to numerous individuals. Otis owned and operated Otis Thomas Auto Sales from 1952 until 1972. He is preceded in death by his three brothers, Luther, Roy and Lafoy and two sisters, Lilly May King and Elizabeth Harris.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 71 years, Roberta; his sons, Charles and Jake; daughter, Nancy Thomas Huddleston; one sister, Doris Jo Minton; brothers, T. J. and Virgil Thomas; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He will be sorely missed by friends and family alike although his positive influence on others will live on for generations to come.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P. O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas or to Faith Village Church of Christ Missinary Fund, 4100 McNiel, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.


Wallace K. GoreWallace K. Gore
Wallace K. Gore, age 71, passed away Monday, February 5, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home, with Reverend Graig Whisnand officiating. Interment was in the Vera Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Wallace was born October 1, 1929, in Vera, Texas, to the late Johnnie B. and Mary Lou McKinney Gore. He married Clara Ileta Hughes on December 14, 1947, in Vera, Texas. He worked for Marathon Oil Company for 32 years, and in the past several years had worked as an independent consultant in the oil industry. He was an avid gardener, loved to cook, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ileta Hughes Gore of Seymour, Texas; one son, Ken Gore of Seymour, Texas; by two daughters and their husbands, Patti and Dusty Land of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Ginger and Joe Tijerina of Wharton, Texas; by a daughter, Marie Helene Toscani of Buda, Texas; by two brothers and their wifes, Jerry and Barbara Gore of Hobbs, N.M. and Doug and Marie Gore of Vernon, Texas; and by his grandchildren, Melissa Gore Wicker and her husband, Cody of Midland, Texas, Tawny Tijerina of Wharton, Texas, K. C. Gore of Midland, Texas, Micah Land of Lubbock, Texas, Tara Land of Wichita Falls, Texas and Nathan Tijerina of Wharton, Texas.


Shonda Rene JordanShonda Rene Jordan
Shonda Rene Jordan, 24, a lifetime resident of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Sunday, February 11, 2001, in Wichita Falls.
Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Reverend Christopher Davis, Wichita Falls, and Michael Swinson, Iowa Park, officating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Iowa Park, under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home, Iowa Park. A special thanks to Benny Archer of Archer Funeral Home in Seymour for preparing Shonda for her final resting place.
Miss Jordan was born June 5, 1976, in Wichita Falls. She graduated from Iowa Park High School, where she was Varsity Basketball Manager, very active in livestock shows, FFA and 4-H. She was also an Art aide and volunteer at Iowa Park High School. Shonda was a #1 Hawk Fan. She was pursuing her Shampoo Technician License in Cosmetology. She was a member of Association of Retarded Citizens and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Survivors include her parents, Gene and Pasty Jordan of Wichita Falls; two sisters, LeAnn Jordan and Sandi Jordan, both of Wichita Falls; a future brother-in-law, Cletus Schenk of Lakeside City, Texas; and her grandparents, Jerome and Henrietta Motl of Seymour, Eddie and Peggy Ford of Seagoville, Texas, and Faye Lockard of Wichita Falls. Several special aunts and uncles, cousins and numerous friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Floyd Jordan in 1993.
Memories may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Association of Retarded Citizens and the North Texas Rehab Center.


Opal M. KisselburgOpal M. Kisselburg
Opal M. Kisselburg, 96, of Seymour, Texas, died Sunday, February 18, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church, Seymour, Texas, on Thursday, February 22, 2001, at 9:00 a.m. under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home of Seymour, Texas. Reverend Tony McGee, Pastor of Grace Community Church, officiated.
Graveside service will be Thursday, February 22, 2001, at 3:00 p.m. at the Hale Center Cemetery in Hale Center, Texas.
Mrs. Kisselburg was born August 4, 1904, in Bosque County, Texas. She and Charles Kisselburg were married April 6, 1919 in Gainesville, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1965. She was also preceded in death by four children: Virgil Kisselburg, Lorene Booher, Wesley Kisselburg and Faye Lamb. Mrs. Kisselburg lived in Hale Center, Texas, for many years. She moved to Seymour, Texas 1989. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by: three daughters, Margaret Shad of Roswell, New Mexico, Joyce Fields of Amarillo, Texas, Betty Shook of Seymour, Texas; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 78 great-great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-great- grandchildren.


Olga E. HostasOlga E. Hostas
Olga E. Hostas, age 99, passed away Friday, February 16, 2001, in Seymour.
Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Deacon Jim Novak.
Funeral Mass was said at 10 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Fr. Richard Eldredge officiating.
Interment was in the Bomarton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hostas was born on December 29, 1901, in Ammonsville, Texas, to Joe and Emile Bohac Motl. She married Ignac Hostas on November 20, 1923, in Bomarton, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1989. She was a homemaker, and member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the K.J.Z.T. Lodge.
She is survived by one daughter, Floriana Tousek of Seymour, Texas; by two sons and their wives, Marcelian and Julie Hostas of Seymour, Texas, and Herman and Willie Mae Hostas of Seymour, Texas; by one brother and his wife, Jerome and Henrietta Motl of Seymour, Texas; by 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Hostas, Eric Hostas, Kevin Hostas, Leslie Tousek, Jarvis Tousek, Delvin Hostas, Gene Wheeler and Darin Hayes.
The Family requests that memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund.


Alta Bess Ratliff
Alta Bess Ratliff, 83, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, in Knox City, Texas.
Graveside services were held Monday, February 26, 2001, at 10 a.m. in Goree Cemetery with Charles Baker officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ratliff was a homemaker.
Survivors include a son, Tom of Colorado Springs; a sister, Ella Grace Cousins of Seymour; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Elba Mae Lawson
Elba Mae Lawson, age 90, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Glenn Shock officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lawson was born September 18, 1910, in Stamford, Texas. She married Arthur H. Lawson on October 26, 1929, in Anson, Texas. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1979. She worked for the C.M. Randal Company for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour, the Lydia Sunday School Class, the Seymour Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and the Home Demonstration Club.
She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Sue and Bobby King of Seymour, Texas; by one son and his wife, Bob J. and Belle Lawson of Sanger, Texas; by one sister, Jewel Hall of Ft. Worth, Texas; by five grandchildren, Pam Dumas and Joan O’Brien of Dallas, Texas, Mike Lawson of Haiti, Rob King of College Station, Texas and Kim Lawrence of Seymour, Texas; and by ten great-grandchildren.


E.J. Jones
E.J. Jones, 89, of Abilene, Texas, died on Sunday, March 4, 2001.
Mr. Jones was born June 11, 1911, in Newton County, Mississippi. He was one of 14 children born to Emma Carolyn Cooper Jones and John Wesley Jones.
The Jones family moved to Goree, Texas in 1916. He met Grace Evelyn Reed, and they were married December 25, 1933, in Goree.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones moved to Floydada, Texas in 1949, after living for a number of years in California. Mr. Jones was employed as produce manager at Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Floydada. He also raised cattle and farmed in Dougherty near Floydada for approximately 25 years. E.J. was in business for himself as a house painter in Floydada prior to his retirement.
E.J. and Grace moved to Abilene in 1985 to be nearer family members. Mr. Jones was a member of Lytle South Baptist Church in Abilene.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Grace Evelyn Jones of Abilene, and two sons, Jimmie Gerald Jones of Abilene and Gary Dewayne Jones of Amarillo, Texas. He is also survived by three sisters, Lois Howard and Fannie Belle Lambeth both of Munday, Texas, and Agnes Stewart of Socorro, New Mexico; four grandchildren, Eddie Ray Jones of Graham, Sharon Lynn Brannon of Abilene, Darla Elaine Bowen of Amarillo, and Donna Gail Cooper of Amarillo; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-granchildren.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6th, at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Abilene, Texas. Reverend Rodney Watson, pastor of Lytle South Baptist Church, officiated. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. in Goree Cemetery.


Freddy Stevens
Freddy Stevens, 42, of Seymour, Texas, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Services were held Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Northeast Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Kay Pruitt. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Freddy was born November 6, 1958, in Jacksboro, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Seymour, Texas where he worked as a roofer.
Survivors include his parents, Richard and Billie Stevens of Seymour, Texas; three brothers, Monty Stevens of Lubbock, Texas, Barry Stevens of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Randy Thorn of Seymour, Texas; four nephews and 1 niece.


George L. “Buzzy” Jackson
George L. “Buzzy” Jackson, age 53, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at the local hospital. Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Friday,March 2, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Jackson was born April 1, 1947, in Seymour, Texas, to G.B. and Zonelle Perkins Jackson. He married Patricia Marek on June 29, 1968, in Seymour. She preceded him in death on December 31, 1999. He worked at Lawrence Brothers, Holub Tire, and had his own lawn care and landscaping business. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is survived by one daughter, Denise Lawrence of Seymour, Texas; by one son, Gary Jackson of Seymour, Texas; by his mother Zonelle Jackson of Vernon, Texas; by three sisters, Peggy Bohanon of Crowley, Texas, Debbie Sosolik of Vernon, Texas, and Cathy Hutchens of Ft. Worth, Texas; by two brothers, Billy Don Jackson of Eastland, Texas, and Mike Jackson of Quanah, Texas; and by three grandchildren, Kevin and Eric Marsh, and Stormie Lawrence, all of Seymour.


Bettye Louise Morrison Pierce
Bettye Louise Morrison Pierce, 69, a retired bookkeeper, died Saturday, March 3, 2001 in Ft. Worth.
Funeral services were held 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by Richard Morrison, her husband of 35 years and father of their daughters. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who loved her family dearly.
She is survived by Harley Pierce, her husband of 11 years, her three daughters, Cathy Dawson of North Richland Hills, Karen Morrison of Fort Worth, and Sharen Darter and her husband Bobby of Fort Worth, one brother, two sisters, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Margaret Faye Caraway
Services for Margaret Faye Caraway were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at the Welch Funeral and Memorial Center, with Reverend Marvin Wittenburg officiating. Burial was in Judson Cemetery. Mrs. Caraway died Saturday at her residence.
Mrs. Caraway was born April 8, 1924 in VanAlstyne, Texas to Roy and Imogene Smith. She had been a resident of Longview for over 30 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Judson. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Caraway.
Mrs. Caraway is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Linda Hileman of Mesa, Ariz., and David and Angela Caraway of Decatur, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Royce Baxley of Longview, Texas and Linda and Gary Donnell of Seymour, Texas; a brother, Joe Smith, of Evanston, Wyo.; a sister, Jean Lee, VanAlstyne, Texas and ; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Submitted by the
Welch Funeral and
Memorial Center Longview, Texas


Mozelle Christenson
Mozelle Christenson, age 80, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2001, in the local Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Charles Lynn Chandler, nephew, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Christenson was born August 24, 1920, in the Levelview Community in Baylor County. She married George Neskorik on June 29, 1940, in Seymour, Texas. He died in September of 1947. She married Burton Christenson on November 3, 1948. She had been a hairdresser, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Burton Christenson of Seymour, Texas; by five sisters, Louella Chapman of Abilene, Texas; Mildred Roach of Atlanta, Texas; Lera Nell Morgan of Irving, Texas; and Bonette Kovar and Sue Powell, both of Seymour, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Beth Ellen Neskorik on December 17, 1942; by her parents, Charlie P. and Clara Bell Donald Chandler; by one sister, Clara Bell Chandler; and by six brothers, Earl, Carl, Johnny, Baylor, Eddie and Rufus.


Annabelle Brown
Annabelle Brown, age 80, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2001, in the local nursing home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock, officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rotan Cemetery, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Miss Brown was born on December 15, 1920, in Rotan, Texas. She received her bachelor of science degree in education from Mary Hardin Baylor University. She taught school for one year in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas, and moved to Seymour in 1946. She taught school in the Seymour School system for 36 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour, a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association, the Retired Teachers Association, and AARP.
She is survived by one nephew, John D. Harrell of Russellville, Arkansas, and one grandniece, Janet Parker of Mississippi.


R. J. PackR.J. Pack
R.J. Pack, 76, a resident of Scotland, Texas, since 1969, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, in Scotland, Texas.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dannie Gwinn, New Covenant Church, officiating. Burial was in the Charlie, Texas, Cemetery.
Mr. Pack was born November 3, 1924, in Wolfe City, Texas. He married Mozelle Hamilton on June 20, 1943, in Henrietta, Texas. He served with the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. In 1969 Mr. and Mrs. Pack moved to Scotland, Texas, where he farmed until retirement in 1996. He was retired from oil well service work with Halliburton, where he worked from 1944 to 1967.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mozelle Hamilton Pack of Scotland, Texas; his aunt and uncle, Wayne and Nonnie McWhirter of Wolfe City, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


William D. "Red" WestWilliam D. “Red” West
William D. “Red” West, age 92, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2001, in the Munday Nursing Center. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2001, at the Red Springs Baptist Church with Reverend Jack Bennett, Pastor, and Reverend Bob Tremaine, former pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Johnson Cemetery in Munday, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. West was born November 8, 1908, in Parker County, Texas, to the late Isaac L. and Mary Angeline Loftis West. He married Ruby E. Reagan on April 27, 1929, in Haskell, Texas. Red worked on a ranch in Benjamin, Texas, before moving to his farm in Baylor County in 1946. Red was a very active member of the Red Springs Baptist Church, and served as song leader for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ruby E. West of Munday, Texas; by two daughters, Joyce King of Houston, Texas, and Wanda Gaynor and her husband, Gale, of Wichita Falls, Texas; by six grandchildren, Kathy Winn, Tim King, Stacey Dagher, Scott Gaynor, Billy West and Starla Cherryhomes; by one sister, Vina Clark of Dallas, Texas; by three great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Billy Joe West, on September 16, 1983; one grandson, Sidney Wayne Gaynor in 1986; by two sisters, Linnie and Lizzie; by five brothers, Benton, Hollis, Oscar, Harrison and Hershel; and by a niece, Marcelle.
Pallbearers were John Kisinger, Carl Kisinger, Arnold Winn, Pete Winn, Cye Lane, Joy Morgan, his brother-in-law, Ralph Cypert; and grandsons, Scott Gaynor, Dan Dagher and Tim King.


Ronnie Harrell Condron
Ronnie Harrell Condron, Age 57, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2001, in a Wichita Falls, Texas Hospital. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the Goree Cemetery, with Reverend Charles Coulter, Youth Minister of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Condron was born November 22, 1943, in Mineral Wells, Texas; he was a farm laborer and a Baptist. He had lived in Seymour for 11/2 years.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Jenkins Condron of Seymour, Texas; his mother, Julia Condron of Goree, Texas; one son, Jonathan Harrell Condron, of Seymour, Texas; one step-daughter, Peggy Sue Householder of Haskell, Texas; and by one sister, Carol Flores of California.


George Morris WilliamsGeorge Morris Williams
George Morris Williams, 96, a retired General Dynamics office salesman with 15 years of service, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Restland Cemetery in Olney, Texas.
George Morris Williams was born April 12, 1904, in Covington, Hill County, Texas. He was a resident of Fort Worth since 1942. He married Floy Louise Stewart of Olney December 1941 in Walters, Okla. He was a member of Baptist church since 1923.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Floy Louise Stewart in 1983; his son, Johnny Morris in 1981; and grandson, Ray Williams in 1972.
Survivors: Daughter, Betty Clowdus of Alvarado; grandsons, Eric Clowdus of Alvarado and Zachary Clowdus of Evant; granddaughters, Tracey Melissa Hutson, Carole Ann Clowdus both of Alvarado, and Amanda Elizabeth LaFerney of Rockport; and great-grandchildren, Heath Hutson and Avery Hutson both of Alvarado.


Helen Collier Randolph
Helen Collier Randolph, 88, of Abilene, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Sears Methodist Nursing Center.
Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at the First Baptist Church Chapel, with Reverend David Leyerle officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Homes and Cemetery. Burial followed in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Randolph was born in Gilliland, Texas. She was a graduate of Seymour, Texas High School and received a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education from North Texas State University & also attended Hardin-Simmons University. In 1938, she married James T. Randolph in Vera, Texas. She was a school teacher.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the W.M.U., the Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Survivors include her son, Dr. James C. Randolph of Martinsville, Indiana and a nephew, David Talbott of Ballinger, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. “Jimmie” Randolph in 1984.
Memorials may be made to Sears Heritage Place, 1250 E.N. 10th St. Abilene, TX 79601.


Genela Mae Cooper
Genela Mae Cooper, 82, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, in Electra.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 23, 2001, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Electra with Reverend Jack T. Riley, pastor, officiating, assisted by Reverend Charles Nichols, pastor of Southside Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Interment was in Electra Memorial Park under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cooper was born October 12, 1918, in Seymour, Texas. She and Cleo Edgar Cooper were married September 14, 1940 in Seymour, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Electra. She worked several years for Perkins-Timberlake Store in Electra. She also worked for Dickey-McGann and Rowe for several years.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Viavanettee of Burkburnett, Texas; and Sherry Gayle Clubb of Seymour; one sister, Mildred Laney of Seymour; three grandsons, Larry Dale McCubbin of Seymour; Trent Viavanettee of Wichita Falls and Joe Viavanettee of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 406 West Garrison Ave. Electra, Texas, 76360.


C.E. "Gene" SnyderC.E. “Gene” Snyder
C.E. “Gene” Snyder, 70, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24, 2001.
Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at North Richland Hills Baptist Church. Burial was at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials be made in “Gene’s Memory” to Arc of N.E. Tarrant County at P.O. Box 14455, Haltom City 76117; or to one of the following funds at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 4001 Vance, North Richland Hills 76180; The Children’s Building Fund, Childrens Camp Scholarship Fund, Cornerstone Assistants Network, or Lay Witnessess For Christ.
Clinton Eugene Snyder was born September 14, 1930, in Bomarton to Charlie Daniel and Vera Joines Snyder. He was a member of the last graduating class of Bomarton Rural School in Baylor County. He married Gwendolyn LaMoyne Thomas July 2, 1950, in Bomarton. They had lived in North Richland Hills for the past 47 years. He was employed by Convair (General Dynamics) for 10 years and retired in 1995 from Bell Helicopter Textron as a Product Assurance Representative after 35 years.
He dedicated his life to his family and the work of the Lord with every ounce of his energy. He was ordained as a deacon at Springdale Baptist Church in 1954. The family joined North Richland Hills Baptist Church in 1956. He served these congregations faithfully as a teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon Chairman, children’s camp counselor, and in other leadership positions. Gene was a blessing to those whom he came in contact and his constant encouragement, positive attitude, and witty sense of humor will be greatly missed.
He was a charter member of Arc of N.E. Tarrant Co., and a prior member of the Fort Worth Garden Club.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Louis Ray Snyder.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, LaMoyne Thomas Snyder of North Richland Hills; sons, Terry Snyder of Fort Worth and Stephen Todd Snyder of North Richland Hills; daughter, Karen Pirzchalski and her husband, Stan, of Colleyville; brother, Charles Snyder of Waco; sister, Sue Yates and her husband, Carl, of North Richland Hills; granddaughters, Susan and Lisa Pirzchalski, and Lynda Blanton; great-grandson, Cameron Brown; sisters-in-law, Pat Wilkinson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sharon Elliott of Seymour; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Albert Edward BoydAlbert Edward Boyd, III
Albert Edward Boyd, III, age 61, of Vera, Texas, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the Vera Baptist Church, Vera, Texas, with Reverend Delmar McBeath and Reverend Royce Denton officiating. Burial was in the Vera cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Albert Edward Boyd, III, was born November 13, 1939, in Knox City, Texas to Albert Edward Boyd, Jr. and Alma Boyd. He attended Vera Schools and graduated from Seymour High School in 1958. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and then the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era where he was trained as a chemical staff specialist and a technical intelligence specialist until he was honorably discharged in 1965 and returned to his home in Vera. He the went to work for Carl Snyder Electric and R.T. Lewis. He worked for B-K Electric for several years before returning to Vera to own and operate Boyd Elevator in Vera and Dundee for several more years. Edward was a farmer and rancher in Vera, Texas, the place he always called home no matter where he lived. He and Tressa Nix were married July 27, 1990, in Seymour, Texas. Edward was a member of the Vera Baptist Church, the Demolay Lodge, Cattlemans Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Horse Association and the National Quarter Horse Association.
He is survived by: wife, Tressa Boyd of Vera, Texas; two daughters, Debbie Archer and husband, Benny, and Melissa Garcia and husband, Felix, of Seymour, Texas; two sons, Michael Boyd and wife, Cember, and Jesse Grimaldo both of Seymour, Texas; one step-daughter, Misti Spear and husband of Wichita Falls, Texas; one step-son B.J. Murray of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Charlotte Roberson of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Lynda Beck of Vera, Texas; one aunt, Maurine Paris of Vera, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jaci Harlan, Carli Sosa, Kayla Sosa, Kourtney Sosa, Lance Boyd, Kaegyn Spear, Kersten Boyd, Kameron Spear and Kyler Spear.


William Howard Gross
William Howard Gross, 63, of Abilene, passed peacefully in his sleep at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, April 15, 2001, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Beltway Park Baptist Church with David McQueen officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mr. Gross was born in El Centro, California on March 5, 1938, and was raised in Seymour, Texas, where he married Mary Lou Booein in 1959. The couple moved in 1964 to Stamford where they reared their children. Mr. Gross was instrumental in organizing the Little League Program in Stamford. In 1982, he moved to Kerrville where he lived until moving to Abilene in 1989. At the time of his death, he was employed by Hendrick Regional Laboratories. He retired in 1994 from Lone Star Gas Company as construction and maintenance supervisor after a 38 year career.
A loving father and grandfather, he was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their various sports activities. He enjoyed playing Bridge and had achieved the Bronze Life Master status.
Mr. Gross was preceded in death by his parents, William Jarvis Gross and Freida Norene Sprowles Gross, and a brother, Freddy Gross.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Gross of Abilene; sons, Tim Gross and wife Laurie, of Abilene, and Ty Gross and wife, Susan, of Northridge, CA; grandchildren, Matt Gross and Leslie Gross of Abilene, and Bryan Gross and Adam Gross of Northridge, CA; and a sister, Shirley Edwards of Greenville, South Carolina.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Vasquette, Jerry Willis, Mike Kenny, Dale Lain, Sam Harris, and Bob Young.
Memorials may be made to Beltway Park Baptist Church Building Fund, 4009 Beltway South, Abilene, TX 79606.


Frances Gafford
Frances Gafford died peacefully Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Alice Pon and her family, in Auburn California, after a long illness.
Funeral services were held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Mausoleum, followed by a requiem service at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Frances was fortunate to have spent time with all three of her daughters after the loss of her husband, Raymond, in 1990. They were married for 53 years. Raymond was a well-known and respected golf professional at Ridglea Country Club from 1950 to 1976.
Frances’ heart was in Texas, having been born in Seymour in 1916. She attended high school and then graduated from Peter Smith Nursing School in Fort Worth in 1938. She met Raymond on a blind date arranged by friends and had to wait for him to finish a round of golf before the date. She never practiced nursing but worked with Raymond at Ridglea Country Club, keeping the books and working in the pro shop. Her family and friends will always remember Frances’ warmth, humor and spirit.
Frances was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Clyde and Roger Franklin.
Survivors include: daughters and their families, Sue Piner and husband, Gary, of New Braunfels, and grandson, Paxton Piner of Dallas, Ann Bailey and husband, Frank, of Fredericksburg, and grandson, Mike Bailey and wife, Ginger, of Carrolton, and great-grandchildren, Jacob, John and Lauren Bailey, grandson, Stephen Bailey of Houston, and great-grandson, Jeremy Bailey, Alice Pon and husband, Ron, of Auburn, California, and grandchildren, Anji Pon, Gerritt Pon; and brother, Wesley Franklin of Onalaska, Wis.
Frances was a cousin to Virgil, Irwin, and Arch Hall of Seymour.


Vesta Lee Morris
Vesta Lee Morris, age 81, of Irving, Texas, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Irving. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, with Reverend Andy Mangum officiating. Services were under the direction of Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home of Irving, Texas.
Mrs. Morris was born May 5, 1919, in Seymour, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Morris.
She is survived by one son, Jim D. Moss of Irving, Texas; a daughter, Linda Morris of Irving, Texas; a sister, Wanda Kriedler of Texarkana, Texas; by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Billie L. GlassBillie L. Glass
Billie L. Glass, age 82, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the local nursing home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ, with Bud Branson officiating. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Glass was born May 27, 1918, in Baylor County, Texas, to Lawson J. and Velma Fuller Scott. She was a retired L.V.N. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include four sons, Royce Joe Glass of Seymour, Texas, Vance Glass and his wife Peggy of Liberty, Kentucky, Troy Glass and his wife Stella of Seymour, Texas, and Bill Glass and his wife, Kim of Seymour, Texas; Three grandsons, Monty and Jason Glass of Seymour, and Jimmy Gann of Jacksboro; by four granddaughters, Jenni and Elizabeth Glass of Seymour, Texas, Vickie Sue Glass of Liberty, Kentucky, and Linda Gann of Jacksboro, Texas; by four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Tatum and Tanna; and by one sister, Frances Brook of Caldwell, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by one brother, Lawson Joe Scott, Jr.


Jimmy Allen Haynes
Jimmy Allen Haynes, age 69, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2001, in Seymour, Texas.
Graveside services were held Saturday, May 12, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Roy Crawford. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Haynes was born December 14, 1931 in the Odgen community near Seymour, Texas. He and Barbara Crawford were married July 16, 1955 in Fredrick, Oklahoma. He worked for the Seymour Independent School District as a maintenance man, retiring in 1991. Since his retirement he has been self-employed. he was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Haynes of Seymour, Texas; two daughters, Diane Bumpass of Joplin, Missouri and Sherry Stone of Seymour, Texas; three brothers, Grady Haynes of Corinth, Texas, Jackie Haynes of Clinton, Oklahoma and Ray Haynes of Seymour, Texas; four sisters; Louise Davidson of Flagstaff, Arizona; Loucile Eidson of Burleson, Texas, Mary Daymude of Iowa Park, Texas, and Becky Goodwin of Megargel, Texas; two grandsons, Eric Bumpass and Aaron Stone. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation and may be left at or mailed to Archer Funeral Home, 111 N. Cedar St., Seymour, Texas 76380.


Minnie Estelle Brasher
Minnie Estelle Brasher, age 87, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2001, at the local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was held in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brasher was born January 7, 1914, in Caney, Texas. She married Commie Eugene Brasher on January 17, 1934, in Haskell, Texas. They moved to Seymour in 1947, and she had been a resident since that time. He preceded her in death on October 23, 1976. She was a homemaker, a member of the Church of Christ for 51 years, and a member of the Ladies Bible Class.
She is survived by three sons, Thurman Brasher and his wife, Mary, of Leakey, Texas, Clayton Brasher and his wife, Sherry, of Seymour, Texas, and Mike Brasher and his wife, Vicky, of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Maggie Merchant of Haskell, Texas; and by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


Dena Mae HammDena Mae Hamm
Dena Mae Hamm, 99, a longtime Fort Worth resident, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Bedford Care Center.
Funeral service was held Monday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth with Reverend John Redfearn officiating. Burial was in Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle, Texas.
A native of Erath County, Texas, born October 6, 1901, Mrs. Hamm was a resident of Vera, Texas, for many years before moving to Fort Worth in 1941. She was a devoted member of North Fort Worth Baptist Church for more than 60 years and was a member of the Faith Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Will & Luda Roberson; her husband Leonard E. Hamm; her sisters, Annie Lee Feemster, and Eva L. West
Survivors include a brother, Reverend Clinton Ellis Roberson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and numerous loving cousins, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.


Johnnie Franklin Martin
Johnnie Franklin Martin, age 80, died Sunday, May 20, 2001 in Seymour, Texas.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, at the First Methodist Church officiated by Reverend Larry Crumpton. Burial was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Martin was born October 5, 1920 in Westover, Texas to William Edward and Lillie Viola Martin. He graduated from Westover High School in 1938. He attended Texas Tech University for two years before serving in the Navy during World War II. He and Billie Hurst were married July 15, 1945. They renewed their wedding vows at their 50th wedding anniversary on July 15, 1995. He was a lifelong farmer and rancher.
Mr. Martin was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Eastern Star, V.F.W., American Legion and was a 50 year member of the Seymour Masonic Lodge. He served as past president of the Seymour Country Club and was named outstanding Farmer-Conservationist in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Martin of Seymour, Texas; one son, Johnny Frank Martin and wife Pam of Seymour, Texas; two daughters, Linda Conner and Terry Cooksey and husband, Wayne, all of Seymour; one sister, Viola Henderson of Abilene, Texas; two brothers, Travis Martin of Lubbock, Texas and Jerry Martin of Seymour, Texas; six grandchildren, Cheri Zacharias and husband, Troy, Candice Conner, Crystal Cooksey, John Cody Martin, Courtnie Martin and Shelby Martin; three great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Conner and Cade Martin Zacharias.
If desiring, the family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Texoma Cancer Center on Kell Street, Wichita Falls, Texas.


James Edward “Pat” Taylor
James Edward “Pat” Taylor, age 91, of Goree, Texas, died May 16, 2001 in Munday, Texas.
Services were held Friday, May 18, at Vera Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Royce Denton. Burial was in the Vera Cemetery, Vera, Texas, under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Taylor was born November 12, 1909 in Vera, Texas, and was a retired fence builder.
He is preceded in death by his wife Lillie Odessa Hollabaugh on November 15, 1987.
He is survived by: two sons, James Edward, Jr. of Bowie, Texas and Eugene Taylor of Rockwall, Texas; three daughters, Francis Long of Hon, Arkansas, Lena Charlotte Struck of Wichita Falls, Texas, Dorothy Sanders, Boles, Arkansas; two brothers, Benjamin Leo “Pete” Taylor Spanish Fort, Utah, Wiley Taylor of Longview, Texas, three sisters, Lynn Ridennoure, Fowler, Texas, Pearl Brooks, Sunset, Texas, Sue Brockett, Carmi, Illinois, 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.


Matthew Williamson Beecher McCord
Matthew Williamson Beecher McCordMatthew Williamson Beecher McCord died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls from head injuries sustained in a one car rollover on Hwy 183 between Vernon and US Hwy 277. Funeral services were held May 23, at First Baptist Church in Haskell with Reverends Scott Edmonson and Jim Gordy of Lubbock, Scott Hensley of Rule, and Kevin Hall of Haskell officiating. Eulogy was given by Matthew’s former junior high basketball coach, John Foster and the family’s special memories of Matthew were read by his uncle, Mark McCord of Seymour. A special poem written for Matthew by his cousin, Tanya Greenwood of Denton, was read by Reverend Jim Gordy. Larry LeFevre of Haskell sang Home Where I Belong. Tessa Hall, soloist of Haskell, and a large community choir sang Midnight Cry and Brian Burgess of Haskell sang The King is Coming.
Pallbearers were Matt Blanks and Casey Burgess of College Station, Jason Briles, Erik Everett, Lyle Fouts and Ryan Mauldin of Lubbock, Nick Jiminez of Slaton, Bo Kesey of Shallowater and Michael Manske of Sagerton. Serving as honoary pallbearers were members of Matthew’s high school basketball team and his coworkers at the Texas A&M Experimental Station in Lubbock.
Born in Wichita Falls on December 8, 1978, Matthew was the youngest son of Christye and Andrew Gannaway of Haskell and Texas Ranger Dusty McCord and Terri McCord of Lubbock. Matthew married Megan Jones of Rule on Dec. 1, 1998, and was residing in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1997, he graduated with honors from Haskell High School. He lettered in track and tennis, but his first love was basketball. Even though he was not as tall as the other members on the team, Matthew was a vibrant spark for the Haskell Indian basketball team coached by Mark Coffman thoughout his high school career. Matthew’s honors included first team all-district, first team All-Regional, Abilene Reporter News All-Big Country and Region 11-2A All-Tournament team. In 1996, he was a member of Coffman’s team that qualified for the state tournament. He was a member of the National Honor Society, served as editor for the high school paper, War Whoop, and was voted Most Handsome.
On May 12, 2001, Matthew graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and had a deep faith in God which which he shared with young and old. He undertook everything he did with energy and enthusiasm and his winning smile made him unforgettable to anyone who ever met him.
He is survived by his wife of Lubbock; his parents; one brother, Kurt McCord and one sister, Alexandra, both of Lubbock; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Joyce Greenwood of Goree; paternal grandparents Fred and Mary Lou McCord of Seymour; Lucille Gannaway of Haskell; paternal great-grandmother Nola Musgrove of Seymour; Butch and Heather Greenwood and family of Seymour; Joel and Deanna Greenwood and family of Weatherford; Rickey and Amy Redder and family of Munday, Texas; Randy and Janey McCord and family, Mark and Carol McCord and family of Seymour; and many more aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Pete and Pauline Beecher of Goree; Lola Green wood Moore of Munday; Fred, Sr. and Alice McCord of Seymour.
Matthew’s generous spirit was evident in his decision to become an organ donor, and today six different individuals are looking forward to longer and healthier lives because of the unselfish decision of this outstanding young man.


Sherman “Abie” Floyd Squires
Sherman “Abie” Floyd Squires, formerly of Seymour, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the age of 87. He was born in Harrison, Arkansas on June 6, 1913 to J.L. and Vivian Jan (Pierson) Squires.
Known by all as “Abie” he is survived by Minna Lo (Porter) Squires, his wife of 61 years; sons and daughter-in-laws, Jimmy Floyd Squires and Linda of Dallas, Tommy Dale Squires and Dixie of Darlington, England; two “adopted” daughters, Pat Barkhimer and Mary White of Wewoka; one sister, Mary Ledgerwood of Wewoka; one grand-daughter, Lacey Squires of Wharton, Texas and a host of nieces and nephews.
Abie was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers, Richard and Glenn Squires.
Abie served in WWII in the Navy Seabees in Port Hueneme, California and Okinawa as an instructor of 20MM Anti Aircraft Guns. He was a building contractor by trade, worked with his father and brothers and later for the Federal Government, building Air Force bases.
Abie and Minna Lo were “snow birds”, avid fishermen and lived full time in their travel trailer.
Honorary Pallbearers are great and great-great nephews Charles and Rodney Troglin, Clifford and Jeff Cook, Carl Blaine and Seth Barkhimer. Burial and graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the Tate Mountain Cemetery just south of Wewoka under the direction of Stout Funeral Home. Reverend Herb Prater officiated the services.


Vern Dewart Teague
Vern Dewart Teague, age 85, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 28, 2001, at the First Presbyterian Church of Seymour, Texas, officiated by Pastor Matt Miles and Dr. Ed Hart. Burial was at the Teague Farm seven miles south of Seymour, Texas on Hwy. 283 under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Teague was born April 17, 1916, in Durant, Oklahoma. He graduated from Megargel High School. He served as a First Class Seaman in the Navy during World War II. He and Mary Louise Derr were married May 5, 1939. She preceded him in death on October 12, 1999. He was also preceded in death by six brothers. He was a farmer and rancher.
Mr. Teague was a member, elder and past treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #604 and a member of the Scottish Rite. He received the award for outstanding Conservation/Farmer in 1983 and was named Rancher-Cattleman of Baylor County in 1997.
He is survived by one daughter, Marjorie Stewart and husband, Pat of Seymour, Texas; three grandsons, Robb A. Stewart and wife, Melinda; Brad L. Stewart and wife, Lynann; all of Seymour, Texas and Matt L. Stewart and wife, Claudia of Coppell, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Jade Stewart, Calleigh Renee Stewart, Ethan Robert Stewart, Garrett Lane Stewart and McKenna Marie Stewart.


Gladys Beach Oranday
Gladys Beach Oranday, age 49, of Port Arthur, Texas died Wednesday, May 30, 2001.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 3, 2001 at the Vera Baptist Church. Burial was in the Vera Cemetery, under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Orandy was born August 1, 1951 in Vera, Texas. She lived in Vera until 1956. She had lived in Port Arthur, Texas since 1991 where she was assistant activity director at Gaspards Nursing Home. She was a Baptist.
She is survived by: two daughters, Linda Nieto of Port Arthur, Texas and Sheri Durgin of Hamlin, Texas; three sisters, Pat Green and Nettie Wampler, both of Breckenridge, Texas, and Senada Beach of Stamford, Texas; one brother, Tommy Beach of Hawley, Texas; and four grandchildren.


Vera Valley Studer
Vera was born July 2, 1912, to Lola and Henry E. Lewis and departed this life on June 2, 2001, having lived a very active and rewarding life.
Services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Seymour with A.B. Martin officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Vera came to Baylor County with her family when she was 3 years old, making the journey in a covered wagon from Ballinger, Texas. Following her father’s death her mother married Tim Wall.
A resourceful child, Vera once made a bridle for the family dog, “Old Shep” and rode him approximately two miles to school. On another occassion she and her cousin, Cora, assigned to wash and dry the dinner dishes, had other plans: they put the dishes in the floor and invited the dogs to come lick them clean.
As a young girl she chose to work in the fields with Daddy Wall rather than doing household chores. On June 2, 1928, she and Clarence Studer were married as they were sitting in a car with Bro. Garner reading the vows as he stood by the car window.
They settled in the Ogden Community for several years, then they moved to the Carter-Taylor Ranch. There they broke and gentled horses. It is said she was very much a “cowgirl” and could outride any man when it came to riding broncs. She also learned to ride horses “Roman Style”.
During all this time she began birthing and raising her six children. The next adventure for Vera was becoming a farm wife and a farm hand.
In 1950, she began her “waitress career” which she enjoyed for some 35 years. Then in 1985, she became a part-time city employee as a school crossing guard until she became too ill to continue her job in 1999.
During this time she would sit up with housebound or hospitalized patients. She often referred to the “old people” she sat with.... many of whom were 10 to 15 years younger than she was.
Part of the farm life she enjoyed was the travel through the northern states on harvest. While working for Homer Connell she cooked for some 20 men and her family. In the 1950’s they went all the way to Canada with the harvest.
Her beloved companions in later years were Tiny and Little Bit, two toy poodles.
As a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Seymour, Texas she was active in helping others in time of need and could always be counted on to supply food and kept a supply of ice ready when needed.
Vera was preceeded in death by her husband, Clarence Studer; one child, Henry T. Studer; her parents, three sisters: Ruby, Lydia and Johnnie; two brothers: J.T. & Dee.
Survivors include: 3 daughters: Gay McAfee, Linda Douglas and Mona Hayes; 3 sons: Jim, Ralph and Tracy Studer; 1 sister: Totsie Cade; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.


Annis Rodgers Dobson
Annis Rodgers Dobson, age 85, passed from this life at 1:30 p.m. on June 14, 2001, in Brownfield, Texas. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with her grandsons, George Wages, Jr. and Mike Dobson officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dobson was born July 2, 1915, in Red River County, Texas, near Deport, Texas, to John Robert Rodgers and Emma Lee King Rodgers. She and Cecil LeRoy Dobson were married on July 5, 1941, in Lamar County, Texas. They moved to Seymour, Texas in 1945, where they owned and operated the Riverside Drive-In for many years. Mr. Dobson preceded her in death on October 22, 1986. Annis was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour. She had moved to Brownfield in January of 2000, and had lived there until her death.
She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Wanda and H.C. Langston of Palestine, Texas; by two sons and their wives, Billy and Nancy Dobson of Brownfield, Texas, and Jerry and Linda Dobson of Savannah, GA; by one sister, Leona Elmendorf of Seymour; by one Brother, Roy Rodgers of Bowie, Texas; by eight grandchildren, George Wages, Jr. of Arlington, Texas, Laurie Ann Carroll of Palestine, Texas, Mike Dobson of Garland, Texas, Mark Dobson of Wichita Falls, Texas, Greg Dobson of Ft. Worth, Texas, Brent Wages of Suffolk, Va., Randy Dobson of McDonough, Ga. and Sandra Van Horn of Valdosta, Ga.; by 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Mary Ethel Woods; and by seven brothers, Alvin, Edgar, Milton, James, William, Harold and Coy Rodgers.
Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons, Mike Dobson, Mark Dobson, Greg Dobson, Curtis Dobson, Clint Carroll, Clay Carroll, and George Wages, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers were Randy Dobson and Brent Wages.


Donnie Wesley KillianDonnie Wesley Killian
Donnie Wesley Killian, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2001, at 8:00 PM in the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Casa Grande, Arizona, in the arms of his daughter Sandra Kay and her husband Paul. Both were equally embraced by their father. Donnie was born on December 6, 1933, in Munday, Texas, to George Jackson Killian and Lora Lee (Crouch) Killian.
Donnie was especially proud of his Father’s Day daughter, Sandra Kay, who was born on June 18. Donnie, along with his family, moved to Arizona in 1971 from New Mexico During his career, he was a district manager in retail, which required much travel time by airplane from coast to coast. Later Donnie worked as a manager of finance and leasing in a dealership, and as a security guard sergeant before retiring. Donnie loved his family and was known for his sensitivity and honesty. He was also personable, well-liked and had a good sense of humor to the end. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, eating good food (especially ice cream and steaks) and liked dogs. He also enjoyed collecting ball caps. His true passion was sports, especially pro football and basketball. He was an avid fan of Texas Tech, the Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Cowboys, until the firing of Tom Landry as head coach! He even kept up with the Munday High School football games. Winifred Ponsolle enjoyed several Christmas holidays with Donnie, Sandra and Paul, and knew him to be a kind, generous caring man. Donnie was a loving son, brother, father, Gran Dad, uncle and friend. He is loved by his family and will be deeply missed.
Donnie was proceeded in death by his parents George and Lora Lee, his sister Baby Killian, half-brothers Faye and Olen, nephews Kenneth Kay Killian and Rodney Wayne Killian. Survivors include his daughter Sandra Kay Ponsolle and husband Paul of Gilbert, Arizona; his granddaughter Jana Kay Smith and husband Daniel of Mesa, Arizona; his step-daughter Janice Lynn Sofilkanich and husband Richard, and step-granddaughter Krista Ann Nunziato, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother Charles Wayne Killian of Seymour, Texas, and Delores Crawford Killian, also of Seymour, parents of nephews Rodney Wayne (deceased), Rickey Don and wife Dawn and children of Heflin, Louisiana, Chuckie Glenn and wife Kim and children of Seymour, Texas, and; brother Clifford Daniel Killian of Munday, Texas, and his children Danny, Trevella, Telina, Ray, and stepchildren Randy, Rhonda and Ricki; as well as other numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Cremation has taken place. Sandra and Paul are bringing Dad home in their arms to his final resting place at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday, Texas. Pastor Royce Denton will officiate graveside services at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 30, 2001. If you wish, memorial contributions may be made in Donnie’s memory to his favorite charity, St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38015.


Janice Eron Schutts
Janice Eron Schutts, 54, resident of Soper, Okla. passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at her home.
Jan was born August 2, 1946 in Knox City, Texas, the daughter of Lloyd and Jimmie Lou Gilbert. She graduated from Lee High School in Midland, Texas, married Jim Schutts on December 3, 1966 in Houston, Texas and moved to the Soper area in 1971. She started her own bookkeeping and income tax business in 1990. Jan attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1995 Magna cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Her business was successfull not only because of her knowledge, but also because she truly cared about her clients.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Jim Schutts; two sons, Chuck Schutts of Boswell and Steve Schutts of Soper; her father, Lloyd Gilbert of Seymour, Texas; her stepfather, Harlan Weinert of Weinert, Texas; one brother, Mike Gilbert of Graham, Texas; four grandchildren, Randi Schutts of Boswell, Okla., Eric and Zach of Perryton, Texas and Jamie Schutts of Soper, Okla.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 23, 2001 at the Boswell Community Church in Boswell, Okla. with Tim Harless officiating.
Memorials may be made to: CTRC Institute for Drug Development, 14960 Omicron, San Antonio, Texas 78245.


Verdie Elsie Powell
Verdie Elsie Powell, 88,of Throckmorton, died at the Seymour Hospital on June 19, 2001.
Graveside services were held Saturday, June 23, 2001, at the Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater, Texas. Reverend Orvel Brantley officiated.
Mrs. Powell was born April 16, 1913 in Blackwell, Texas. She was a retired waitress and had lived in the area since 1950. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Powell; two sons; and three sisters.
Survivors include: son, LeRoy Howard Hitchcock of Forsan, Texas; four daughters, Martha Henry of Coahoma, Texas, Doris Mitchell of Woodson, Texas, Ada Smith of Woodson, Texas, and Ruth McArthur of Throckmorton, Texas; two sisters, Mary Thompson of Del Rio, Texas and Rosalee Williams of Dallas, Texas; 30 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.


Faye McGee
Faye McGee, age 51, of Hereford, Texas, died Monday, June 25, 2001 at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28, 2001 at Avenue Baptist Church in Hereford, Texas with Reverend Rory Murphy, Chaplain of the Clements Unit, officiating. Burial was at the West Park Cemetery under the direction of Rix Funeral Directors.
Faye Greer was born July 20, 1949 in Huntsville, Alabama to Charles and Oma Greer. She married O’Dell McGee on April 1, 1963 in Seymour, Texas. They moved to Hereford, Texas in 1979 from Lubbock, Texas. She was employed by Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a COIII corrections officer at the Clements Unit in Amarillo, Texas for the past six years. She had been previously employed as manager of the Bluewater Garden Apartments for nine years and for three years as manager for Long John Silver Restaurant when the Hereford location was opened. She was an avid bowler since 1979 and was a member of several leagues. She was a volunteer for the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center.
She is survived by her husband, O’Dell McGee of Hereford, Texas; one daughter, Sheila Reyes of Canyon, Texas; two sons, Roy Dell McGee of Carlsbad, New Mexico, T.J. McGee of Hereford, Texas; three sisters, Lea Scott of Seymour, Texas, Shirley Thompson of Little Rock, Arkansas, Angie Anderson of Huntsville, Alabama; three brothers, Jim Bice of Montana, Jimmy Greer and Tony Greer both of Arkansas, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by stepfather Bill Bice.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, P.O. Box 348390, Sacramento, California 95834-8390.

B. M. “Dutch” Froelick
B. M. “Dutch” Froelick, age, 78, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2001, at the local nursing home. Graviside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2001, at the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, with A. B. Martin, officiating. Services were under the Direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Froelick was born February 17, 1922, in New York. He married Florence Mary “Flo” Wallace in February 1961, in San Antonio, Texas. He was the Southwest Division Sales Manager for Frito-Lay, Inc. in Dallas for many years, retiring in 1974.
He is survivied by his wife, Flo Wallace Froelick of Seymour, Texas.


Bill Noble Jungman
Bill Noble Jungman, age 76, died Friday, January 12, 2001, in Seymour, Texas.
Graveside services were held January 14, 2001 at Proffitt Cemetery, Proffitt, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Bill was born June 21, 1924 in Pep, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a farmer in Pep, Texas for ten years. He moved to California and worked as a carpenter and later as a mechanic. He moved to Seymour, Texas in 1988. He and Jeannie Blocker were married October 25, 1992 in Seymour. He was a Catholic.
He is survived by his wife Jeannie Jungman of Seymour, Texas; A son, Jerry Don Strother, of Edgewood, New Mexico; A daughter, Lisa Jungman, of Littlefield, Texas; four sisters, Adeline Diersing of Graham, Texas; Gladys Wotipka of Grayford, Texas; Lorena Diersing of Littlefield, Texas; and Mary Loomis of Burleson, Texas and three grandchildren.


Lillie Parvin Shelley
Lillie Parvin Shelley, age 95, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2001, in a Justin, Texas, nursing home. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Glenn Shock, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home,
Mrs. Shelley was born December 24, 1905 in McKinney, Texas. She married Jack W. Shelley on December 4, 1927 in Quitaque, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1988. She had lived in Baylor County since 1945, and had been in Justin since 1997. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour.
She is survived by their three daughters, Bettye Pierce and her husband Harley, of North Richland Hills, Texas; Jackie Reynolds and her husband, Ted, of Seymour, Texas; and Wanda McMurry, and her husband, Edman, of Big Springs, Texas; by one son and his wife, John and Lynn Shelley of Tow, Texas; by two sisters, Lucille Strother and Nettie Cooper, both of Waynoka, Oklahoma; by ten grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


John Howard Reding
John Howard Reding, 78, of Haskell died Saturday, January 13, 2001, in Haskell.
Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Haskell, with Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating. Burial will be in Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden-McCauley Funeral Home.
Mr. Redding was a farmer and worked in construction.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Haskell; a son James of Seymour; a daughter, Jane of Austin; a sister, Joyce Thomas of Haskell; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


W. C. “Speck” Baldwin
W. C. “Speck” Baldwin, age 87, died Sunday, January 21, 2001 at the Seymour Hospital.
Services were held Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Reverend Jim Ritter officiated. Interment was at the Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Baldwin was born October 29, 1913 in Baylor County, Texas. He and Avis Marie Gordon were married January 24, 1934 in Seymour, Texas. She preceded him in death on August 3, 1987. Speck was a lifetime resident of Baylor County where he operated a seed cleaning business from 1961 to 1977.
He is survived by two sisters, Mozelle Beasley of Plainview, Texas and Lula Mae Baugus of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; a son Jerry Edward Baldwin of Seymour, Texas; two daughters, Bonnie Jo Edwards of Euless, Texas and Betty Lou Rhame of Amarillo, Texas; nine grandchildren; fifteen grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Frank Ludvick Hons
Frank Ludvick Hons, age 80, passed away Friday, January 26, 2001, in the Seymour Hospital. Christian Wake Services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Funeral Mass was said at 10 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Hons was born September 9, 1920, in Seymour, Texas, and was a lifelong resident of Baylor County. He married Helen Christine Sykora on June 11, 1946, in Megargel, Texas. He was a farmer and a diesel mechanic for Montgomery Tractor and Joe Cuba Firestone. He was an Air Force Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the KJT Lodge.
He is survivied by his wife, Helen, of Seymour, Texas; by three daughters, Patricia Tomanek and Margaret Blackburn, both of Seymour, and Dolores Schenk of Scotland, Texas; by two sons, Frank Michael Hons of College Station, Texas, and Paul Anthony Hons of Denton, Texas; by two sisters, Rosie Reinke of Seymour, Texas, and Dorothy Laney of Wichita Falls, Texas; by one brother, William Hons of Olney, Texas; by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Gertrude Farabee
Gertrude Farabee, age 91, of Seymour, died Monday, January 29, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church officiated by Reverend Marvin Griffin and Reverend Jim Ezzell. Interment was held in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral home, Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Farabee was born September 11, 1909 in Eastland County, Texas. She was married to Clifford Farabee, who preceded her in death on November 30, 1987. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lenora Mahkon in 1993. Mrs. Farabee was a homemaker and moved to Seymour from Young County in 1975. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
She is survivied by one daughter, Peggy Gray of Seymour, Texas; three grandchildren, Gil Gary, Trude Skelton and Kari Skelton; seven great-grandchildren, Erin, Adam and Tai Gray; Whitney and Jordan Skelton; and Seth and Shea Skelton.


Mary K. Humphries
Mary K. Humphries, age 74, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Thursday, February 1, 2001, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral Services were held at the Loop 11 Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas on Monday, February 5, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. A. B. Martin and Michael Harbour, Preacher of Loop 11 Church of Christ officated. Graveside Services were held at the Gilliland Cemetery in Gilliland, Texas, on Monday, February 5, 2001, at 3:00 p.m. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Humphries was born October 27, 1926 in Gilliland, Texas. She and R. E. Humphries were married September 4, 1946 in Knox City, Texas. She and her husband moved from Gilliland to Wichita Falls in 1952. She worked at Cloth World as a clerk, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, R. E. Humphries of Wichita Falls, Texas; two daughters, Sharon Brewer of Wichita Falls, Texas and Anita Humphries of Fort Worth, Texas; two granddaughters, Stacy Stevens and Stephanie Daniels; three great grandchildren, Marlee Stevens, Jace Stevens and Jacob Daniels.


Kenneth Clyde
(K. C.) Moore

Kenneth Clyde (K. C.) Moore, 75, of Wichita Falls died Monday, February 5, 2001, at home. Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday at Floral Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Wilkinson, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Crestview Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Mr. Moore was born February 7, 1926, in Clyde, Texas. he and Lois Laney were married in 1944. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Moore moved to Wichita Falls in 1945 and began working in the oil field industry. He was owner and operator of K & N Engine Sales & Service, and acquired Nortex Engine and T-M Parts. Favorite activities for Mr. Moore were his family, traveling, his home at Possum Kingdom Lake, and golfing with all his friends at WFCC.
He was survived by his wife, Lois Moore; his children, Tommy & Lana Moore Valenta of Dallas, Texas and Cynthia Moore of Burleson, Texas; eight grandchildren, and one great grandson. Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde & Bessie Moore of Red Springs, Texas, and his brother, Donald Ray Moore of Olney.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Pallbearers at the Service were Mr. Moore’s grandchildren; Chip Somodevilla, Neil Somodevilla, Todd Somodevilla, Adam Kinney, Chuck Fleenor, and Stephen Valenta. Honorary pallbearers were: Archie Horne, Jimmy Whitmire, A. P. Clark, Wayne Trott, Doug Trinton, Tom Miller, Joe Cadle, Jeff Kootnz, Lex Graham, Dick Gaines, Mike Pitts, Carl Milstead, John Smith, Leroy Finkler, Billy Hall, David Stiles, Paul Taggert, Keith Pistocco, Hy Bridges, Tony Black, Jerry Fouts, Bobby Lloyd, Don Massey, Gerald O’Brian, Tuffy Smith, Bill Swan, and Ed Barnett.


Stella Pearl BishopStella Pearl Bishop
Stella Pearl Bishop, nee Martin, born on February 24, 1908 in Hill County, TX passed away in Cary, NC on February 3, 2001. Her burial service was conducted on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Derrell Patterson of Abilene, TX officiating at Stella’s request. She was laid to eternal rest in the family plot at the Masonic Cemetery.
Stella was the first of six surviving children born to Annie Mae (nee Legate) and Joseph Franklin Martin. Still a small child she arrived in Baylor County in a railroad boxcar. Her father and his brothers had learned of available land in this frontier part of Texas. They cleared land in Rendham and built a house. Later, Stella’s father traded that place for land in Westover. Here, the Martins settled and Stella helped raise her sisters and then her brother, along with orphaned cousin Gladys, taken in as a foster child. She and her siblings plowed the land behind a horse. She attended school in Westover until her father built a house in Abilene, TX where Stella and sisters Myrtle and Rubye stayed to receive higher education at McMurry College. Stella earned a teaching certificate, but more importantly became impressed with a handsome young man from Killeen, TX who worked his way through college by doing odd jobs around the campus. That first and lasting love of her life was J. Belmont Bishop. Belmont brought his group of chanters to the Martin girls’ house to serenade young Stella.
The courtship lasted for two years during which time both Belmont and Stella worked to save up enough money to get married and start a family. During that time Stella taught school at Round Timber, TX. Finally, on August 2, 1931 they got married in Westover. For a wedding present, Stella’s parents had given three chickens to the young couple, which they took with them on their honeymoon trip to the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX. In those depression days it was hard to carve out a living. Belmont’s next teaching job was in Floydada, TX where Stella took in other teachers as boarders. Other assignments were schools in Archer City, TX and Megargel, TX. Stella and Belmont finally acquired some land west of Westover and settled there to raise their family. Tragedy struck early, when the couple’s first two children, son Harold Lee, and daughter Monte Joyce died as infants. Both were buried in the Westover cemetery. The Bishops then adopted a three day old boy, born on May 3,1936, and named him Michael Mann. Seven years later, on August 26, 1943, a son was born, Jack Belmont, and another three years later, on April 6, 1946, a girl, Rebecca Jane.
While Belmont rose at 4:00 a.m. to work the land, and then drive the school bus into Seymour, where he taught school all day, Stella provided a nurturing home to her children and their father. Being an expert seamstress she prided herself in sewing beautiful clothes for her children and later her grandchildren. In her garden she grew vegetables and fruits to feed the family and she canned as much as she could save for a cold day. Always there were flowers to adorn the homestead. In 1957 Stella and Belmont designed and built a house in town on Plants Street where they lived for the next 30 years.
Stella taught piano and played the organ at the First United Methodist Church of Seymour. She loved music and also sang in the choir. At church she belonged to the Methodist Women, Escalator Class, and the Harmony Club.
Stella and Belmont were family oriented, their large extended family in Seymour and vicinity included her parents Annie Mae and Joseph Franklin Martin, sister Jo and husband George Farr, sister Rubye and husband Joe Loe, sister Myrtle and husband Pat Barton, sister Oneita and husband Art Harris, brother Derrell Martin and wife Otekia, and their many children. Additionally, there were all the Martin cousins. This large family was further extended by Belmont’s relatives, brother Cyril Bishop and wife Mildred, and their children. All holidays and family events were celebrated in this large family context, and therefore made for many memories in Stella’s life.
Shortly after having moved into town, Stella was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo grueling treatment, including extensive surgery and radiation therapy. These were trying times for the entire family when the teenage children had to take over all the household chores. But Stella through much worrying and praying survived this cancer, and later survived two other bouts of cancer. Coping with illness turned her into an advisor for many other women who asked her for advice when they were confronted with that disease. She also developed her handicrafts to new heights. She made quilts for all the children, knitted, made rugs, ceramics, embroidery, all to help her forget the cancer, but also to shower as much love on her family as she could express with her hands. She also became an avid reader, loved the game of Bridge, and loved winning. She and Belmont later joined a square dancing club and enjoyed traveling with that group.
In 1985 Stella became gravely ill with heart disease and over the next few years underwent numerous heart procedures including open-heart surgery. This illness also forced Stella to move out of her home on Plants Street to Wichita Falls, to be closer to a cardiac intensive care unit. She had had to stay in that unit often. While Stella’s frequent serious medical problems put a severe emotional and material strain on the family, they also forged even tighter bands between Stella and Belmont, her children and grandchildren, and her siblings. They all thanked God for the wonderful opportunity that He had given them for being together as a family.
Stella’s illness also introduced her to host of new friends, her doctors and nurses at Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, and at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Lasting friendships developed. She especially appreciated caretakers at Rolling Meadows Retirement Community, Arbor House, both in Wichita Falls, TX, and Carolina House, and Heartsfield Retirement Communities in Cary, NC.
Stella’s strength came from her strong belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. Much of her handiwork was devoted to Christian symbols. Her last words with her daughter were praying the 23rd Psalm. A few days later, after her son Jack had stayed up with her all night, she bowed her head as she went to be with the Lord while Mark Walkowe, her granddaughter Jill’s husband, held her hands and prayed with her.
Stella Pearl Bishop is survived by her husband of 69 years, J.Belmont Bishop, son Jack B. Bishop,Ph.D., and wife Irene of Raleigh,NC, daughter Rebecca J. Hein and husband H.A.Tillmann Hein,M.D. of Dallas,TX, daughter-in-law Charlotte Bishop of Milpitas,CA, grandson Monte M. Bishop and wife Debbie of San Jose,CA, granddaughter Jodie Robinson and husband Don of Eugene,OR, granddaughter Jill Walkowe and husband Mark of Durham,NC, grandson Jamin B. Bishop and wife Jaime of Wake Forest,NC, granddaughter Bettina M.C. Hein of St.Gallen,Switzerland, grandson H.K.Florian Hein of Mannhein,Germany, great-grandchildren Alex and Bailey Bishop, Michael Robinson, Michael and Derek Walkowe, and Jeremy Bishop, sister Jo Farr and husband George, and brother Derrell L. Martin and wife Otekia, both of Seymour,TX, and cousin Gladys Dormier of Arlington,TX. She was preceded in death by her sons Harold Lee and Michael Mann, daughter Monte Joyce, and by her sisters Myrtle Barton, Rubye Loe, and Oneita Harris.


Leon Walker
Graveside funeral ceremonies for Leon Walker, age 81, of York, Arizona were conducted Tuesday morning, at 10 a.m., at the Duncan Cemetery by Joel Miller.
Leon Walker was born November 2, 1916, in Vera, Texas, the son of Jim and Annie Walker. he grew up and obtained his education there. Following his education, Leon continued to reside in Vera, as he farmed the land. In 1935, he met Dolly Kingkedoll. They were married later that same year. In 1947, Leon relocated to Arizona, settling in York as he obtained work with Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation of Morenci as a driller and later as a carpenter. Leon dedicated the next 30 years of service and hard work to his duties at the mine. In 1972, Dolly passed on after a lenghty illness. Following his retirement in 1977, Leon met and soon married Annie Ashland. In 1978, Annie fell ill and passed away. Leon has continued to reside in York until his passing this past Thursday evening.
Leon leaves behind his three stepdaughters, JoAnn Daniels, of Tucson, Melva Watts, and Betty Gray; his stepson, Fred Ashford; and one brother Roy; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Arrangement were entrusted to Caldwell Funeral Home, Stafford, Arizona.

Submitted as is... Ran in the February 15, 2001 Baylor County Banner.


Jud D. Conner
Jud D. Conner, 82, a retired farmer-rancher, died Monday, February 5, 2001, in a Forth Worth Hospital.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Funeral Home with Reverend Weldon Brenham, Brother Wayne Ford and Reverend Hamilton officiating. Interment was in Allison Cemetery in Lipan, Texas.
J.D. was born August 10, 1918 in Archer City and grew up in Baylor County. He and Emma Gene Fancher were married July 30, 1948 in Seymour. He was a Baptist and a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. J.D. loved life and people. His good mood and smile earned him many lasting friendships.
He is survived by his wife Emma Gene and sons and daughter-in-laws, Rick and Linda Conner of Granbury, David and Debbie Conner of Nemo, Texas; daughters and son-in-laws, Linda and John Young of Greenville, Patsy and Nick Reynolds of Lipan and Janie Stallings of Glen Rose; grand daughters Cindy and Janet Conner and Joree Reynolds. His six grandsons were pallbearers, Jason Young, Jarred Reynolds, Ryan Stallings, Brad, Cliff and Kent Conner; Brothers, Gene, Joe, Roy and Loyd; sisters, Mary Ella, Pat and Marlyn and Uncle Jim Conner.


Annie Eudora Robertson
Annie Eudora Robertson, of Duncanville was born May 22, 1909, in Stamford, Texas, and passed away on February 2, 2001.
She had been a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church since 1948. She retired from Continental Insurance Company. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Gussie and Mary, by three brothers Loyd, Henry and Alvin.
She is survived by one sister, Ruth Joyce and husband Ted of Duncanville, one brother Morris Robertson and wife Faye of Seymour, Texas; and two sister-in-laws Paulyne Robertson of Corsicana and Lois Robertson of Waxahachie, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted by Reverend Mike Simmons, assisted by Reverend Bob Joyce at David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Duncanville at 2 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2001. Interment follows at Little Bethel Memorial Park at Duncanville, Texas.


Rheta Brown
Rheta Brown, 47, of Lake Kemp, passed away Monday, February 19, 2001, at a Wichita Falls, Texas Hospital.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Crowell, Texas on Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of the Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell, Texas. Reverend Curt Plaxco, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene of Wichita Falls, Texas, officiated. Interment was held at the Crowell Cemetery.
She was born December 26, 1953, in Crowell, Texas. She married Jackie Brown on June 12, 1970, in Crowell, Texas. She was a resident of Lake Kemp, Baylor County, Texas and a former Crowell, Texas, resident. She graduated from Crowell High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Seymour, Texas. She lived in Foard County until 1988, when she and her family moved to Baylor County. She was gate keeper at the Cara Blanco Park for the W.T. Waggoner Estate.
She is survived by: her husband, Jackie Brown of Seymour, Texas; one daughter, Kim Bergt of Vernon, Texas; one son, Jason Brown of Seymour, Texas; her mother; Edith Howard of Crowell, Texas; three sisters, Rhonda Whitley of Wichita Falls, Texas, Judy Cates of Amarillo, Texas; Joyce Hayes of Seymour, Texas; one brother, Gerald Howard of Bonham, Texas; one grandson, Kaden Bergt of Vernon, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dillard Howard, and by one brother, Edward Howard.
The Family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.


Frances Vita HrncirikFrances Vita Hrncirik
Frances Vita Hrncirik, age 91, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2001, in Seymour.
Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Jim Novak officiating.
Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Fr. Richard Eldredge officiating.
Interment was in the S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery under the Direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hrncirik was born February 14, 1910 in Bomarton, Texas, to Joe and Ludmila Cykala Vita. She married Albert Adolph Hrncirik on November 14, 1932 in Bomarton, Texas. He passed away December 21, 1987. She was a homemaker, a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Altar Society, The V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge.
She is survived by three sons and their wives, Wesley and Genevieve Hrncirik of Seymour, Texas, Johnny Joe and Wanda Hrncirik of Holliday, Texas, and Billy Wayne and Susan Hrncirik of Wichita Falls, Texas; by one brother and his wife, Ernest and Catherine Vita of Seymour, Texas; by nine grandchildren, Judy Ayres, Sandra Moorhouse, Todd Hrncirik, Brent Hrncirik, Rodney Hrncirik, Jon Hrncirik, Misti Richger, Chasti Armstrong, and Clyde Sullivan; and by 14 great- grandchildren.
The Family requests that memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund.


Jerold Wayne Jeske
Jerold Wayne Jeske, 60, of Olney, Texas, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, in the Olney Hospital.
Funeral services were at 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2001, at St. Luke Lutheran Church with Reverend Robert Holaday, of Clara, Texas, officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mr. Jeske was born March 29, 1940, in Young County, Texas to the late Gerhardt and Ella (Barlau) Jeske. He and Agnes Ann Schumann were married July 28, 1961 in Harold, Texas.
He was a farmer and a rancher. He received an associate degree from Tarleton State University and attended North Texas State University. He served as director for the Red River Regional Water Board, FSA County Committee, Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Bureau, Co-Ag Cotton Gin, Baylor Water Supply Corporation, Steering Committee for the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, and the Olney I.S.D. Facilities Committee. He was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church where he held many offices and served as an elder. He also taught Sunday School and Bible Class.
Survivors include his wife: Agnes Jeske of Olney, Texas; three daughters: Charlotte Givhan and Diana Tubb both of Olney, and Cheryl Gruetzner of Lubbock, Texas; two brothers: David G. Jeske of Mart, Texas and Phil B. Jeske of Olney, Texas; two sisters: Janice Gauger of Olney, Texas and Sandra Barr of Lombard, Illinois; and three grandchildren: Heather Givhan, Thomas Tubb, Jr., and Krista Tubb all of Olney, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, American Heart Association, or ones favorite charity.


Edna Florence Henderson
Edna Florence Henderson, age 60, passed away Friday, February 23, 2001, in a Ft. Worth, Texas , hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Reverend Floyd Stevenson officiating. Interment will be in the Old Seymour Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Henderson was born November 20, 1940, in Seymour, Texas. She was the widow of John Beamon. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Tanya Peterson Ozokwo of Ft. Worth, Texas; by two sisters, Phyllis Meyi and Lizette Meyi, both of Los Angles, California; by two brothers, Thomas Meyi and David Meyi , both of Los Angles, California; and by six grandchildren, Vera Nell Hardeman, Terry Ann Dockins, Barbara Ann Lockwood, James Robert Beamon, Billy Earl Beamon and Christopher Beamon, all of Seymour.


Jackie Darnell
Jackie Darnell, 79, of Seymour, Texas, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Services were held Sunday, March 4, 2001, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Interment was in the Round Timber Cemetery, Round Timber, Texas.
Mrs. Darnell was born February 14, 1922, in Lawn, Texas. She was married to C.L. “Cop” Darnell. He preceded her in death in 1992. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sydney Jane Livingston in February of 1983. Mrs. Darnell graduated from Artesia High School in Artesia, New Mexico in 1940. She moved to Baylor County in 1946. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by: one son, D.B. Darnell of Abilene, Texas; one brother, Randal Jenkins of Carlsbad, New Mexico; three grandchildren, Brandi, Casey and Missy Livingston; two great-grandchildren, Mason Livingston and William Haile.


Virginia Anne Green
Virginia Anne Green, 85, of Azle, Texas, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Azle, Texas.
Services were held Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Calvary Baptist Church with Reverend Kenneth Laird of Weatherford, Texas, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Green was born May 18, 1914, in Randham, Texas. She and Thomas Green were married June 7, 1937, in Seymour, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1974. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church. She resided in Seymour before moving to Forth Worth in 1948.
She is survived by: one son Thomas G. Green and wife Ida; two grandchildren, Tammy Lynette Green Sanderford and husband, Eric and Kimberly Kay Green Newton and husband, David; two great-grandchildren, Traci Leigh Green and Britney Nicole Newton; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Vickers and Mattie Vickers.


Dee Dwight WallD. Dwight Wall
D. Dwight Wall, age 70, passed away Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating, assisted by Dr. Edward Hart, A.B. Martin and Gene Robinson. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Dee was born May 30, 1930, in the Ogden community in Baylor County. He married Doris Marie Turner on January 25, 1950, in Lubbock, Texas. After serving time in the United States Army, Dee returned to Baylor County in 1958, where he became a partner in Wall and Howell Electric. In 1963, he became sole owner of Dee Wall Appliance and Electric, and continued that business for 21 years. He later joined the First National Bank in Seymour and worked for nine years as a vice-president in the loan department, and for three years as compliance officer for Baylor Bancshares. He retired in 1998.
Dee was very active in the business life of Seymour, holding office or membership in the Chamber of Commerce, School Board, Lions Club, Seymour Golf and Country Club, Library Board, City Council where he served as mayor pro-tem, Industrial Board, Outreach Center, Child Welfare Board, and the North Texas Rehabilitation Center. Dee was named Seymour’s Outstanding Citizen in 1986. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and taught a Sunday School class there. He was a member of the Seymour Masonic Lodge #604 AF & AM, serving as Worshipful Master in 1969, and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
He is survived by his wife Doris of Seymour; by one son, James D. Wall of Weatherford, Texas; by two sisters, Vera Studer and Totsie Cade, both of Seymour; and by two grandsons, Dale Wall of Denton, Texas, and Warren Wall of Weatherford, Texas.
Dee was preceded in death by his parents, Tim K. and Lola James Wall; by three sisters, Ruby Studer, Lydia Johnson and Johnnie Howell; and by one brother, James Tim Wall.
Pallbearers were Hardy Bell, Mark Davis, Jesse Moore, Mike Ligon, Buddy Jackson and Joe Mendoza. Honorary Pallbearers were John Underwood, Ralph Culver, Butch McWhorter, Manford Elliott, James Styles, Vern Teague, Claude Cowan, Bill Thornhill, Carl Lohman, Pinky Arledge, Forrest Martin, Doug Duncan, Lee Wayne McGuire, Gene Adams, Gene Porter Robinson, Rea Carter, Hershell Hatter, Don McDermett, Bob Clay, Ed Hart and A.B. Martin.
Dee’s death followed a long illness, and the family request that memorials be made either to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.


Mikel Nick JurecekMikel Nick Jurecek
Mikel Nick Jurecek, age 57, of Seymour, Texas, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at his residence in Seymour.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at First Baptist Church, Seymour, with the Reverend Glenn Shock officiating. Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery, Seymour. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Jurecek was born December 30, 1943 in San Angelo, Texas. Mikel graduated from Eldorado High School in 1962, then attended Baylor Univeristy where he graduated in 1966. He was a member of the Baylor Bears football team, playing guard, and played in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1964.
Mikel married Connie Sanders on August 26, 1967 in Wichita Falls. He became a partner in Bunkley & Jones Isurance Agency in 1973 and became owner in 1982.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Seymour, a volunteer for the Seymour Fire Department, and an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. Survivors include his wife, Connie of Seymour; a daughter, Nicole Bufkin and her husband Marty of Seymour; a son Blake and his wife Stacey of Lakeside City, Texas; his father, Nick Jurecek of Eldorado, Texas; a sister, Nancy Schwertner of Farwell, Texas; a brother, Dennis Jurecek of Dinero, Texas; and a granddaughter, Malorie Bufkin of Seymour.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Kate Jurecek in 1997.
Memorials may be made to the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, the Booster Club or a charity of your choice.


Mary Christine Howe
Mary Christine Howe, 83, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in North Richland Hills.
Services were held Saturday, March 24, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Crumpton Officating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Howe was born May 24, 1917, in Baylor County, Texas. She and Ralph Howe were married in 1963 in Seymour, Texas. Her husband preceded her in death on April 25, 1988. She was a homemaker and lived in Seymour until March 2000 when she moved to North Richland Hills. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Janice Ross of Irving, Texas; one step-daughter, Giva Loys Shafer; two sons, Joe Glen Bohanon of North Richland Hills, Texas and Bobby Bohanon of Newark, Texas; two sisters, Betty Jo Crawford of Seymour, Texas and Dorris London of Throckmorton, Texas; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.


Jon Thomas Hill
Jon Thomas Hill, age 61, of Luther , Oklahoma, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at home. Services were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home of Luther, Oklahoma.
Jon was born April 3, 1939. He was retired from the city of Edmond.
Survivors include: one daughter, Mary of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Cora Stone of Yukon, Linde Reeder of Luther, Mandy Nance of Luther; one brother, Burt Hill of California.
In lue of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice.


Leon J. Mocek
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, at Holy Cross Catholic Church for Leon J. Mocek, former General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of SLEMCO, who died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in his home after a battle with cancer. He was 67.
Father Floyd Calais, retired, was Celebrant of the Mass. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Mocek worked at SLEMCO, Louisiana’s largest rural electric cooperative, for 37 years. During his eleven-year tenure as CEO, which ended with his retirement in January of 1996, he was credited for effectivily guiding the large cooperative through the local economic slump of the 1980’s. Mr. Mocek and his superb management team, board of directors, and employees also pursued a number of acclaimed educational initiatives with the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), which is now part of the University of Louisiana system. While he was at the helm of the cooperative, SLEMCO established the Enterprise Center, a $1 million dollar joint venture with USL; created the SLEMCO Scholarship Fund, which provided 20 yearly scholarships for students to attend the University; and initiated the USL SLEMCO Endowed Professorship Fund.
By the time he retired in January of 1996, SLEMCO had improved its long held stature as one of the most distinguished electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.
A superb manager and leader, Mr. Mocek served on various regional boards and was an active citizen of the community. He was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, Cajun Electric Power Cooperative of Baton Rouge, the Enterprise Center of Louisiana, Central Area Data Processing of St. Louis, Mo., and Mocek Enterprises, a family corporation.
He also served on the board of directors of the Lafayette United Way Campaign, was past president of the Acadiana Safety Council, and was invloved in numerous other councils, organizations, and church activities.
After receiving his degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, he worked for the Texas Electric Service Company, until his employment was interrupted by military service. During a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Germany and worked with heavy artillery. After finishing his service at the rank of Captain, he resumed his career in the utility industry by joining SLEMCO in 1958. He was born on January 12, 1934, in Seymour, Texas, the son of George and Julia Mocek. Survivors include his wife of forty years, the former Elizabeth Louise Hebert of Jeanerette; his son Gregory George Mocek and daughter-in-law Avery Swing Miller of Washington, DC; his daughter Karen Louise Mocek Juruez, son-in-law Dr. Daniel Juruez, and grandchild Ella Julia Juruez of Lafayette; his son Dr. Christopher Kent Mocek, daughter-in-law May Meleton Mocek, and grandchildren Joshua Christopher Mocek and Jonathan Christopher Mocek of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter Claire Alane Mocek Haydel, son-in-law Dr. Michael Haydel, and grandchildren Andrew Michael Haydel and Madeline Claire Haydel of Houma, Louisiana; son Steven Louis Mocek, and daughter-in-law Callie Sere' Mocek of Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his twin brother Leonard Mocek.
Pallbearers were his brothers, Victor, George, and Richard Mocek, his brother-in-law Floyd Trahan, and his nephews, Jackson Davis, Trey Trahan, and Jeff Davis. Honorary pallbearers include Alex Parma, Dr. Frank Coufal, Paul Manna, Louis W. Hebert III, Dr. Gary Harter, Dennis Boerner, Carr Wilkerson, Al Laviolette, Dr. Robert Fell, Glen McZeal, and all the fine current and former employees of SLEMCO.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Mocek’s name may be made to Hospice of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA.


Robert "Bob" WillinghamRobert “Bob” Willingham
On Friday, March 30, 2001, Robert Caldwell Willingham left his home near Lipan, Texas. He had faced a 27-month battle against Stage IV cancer. During this period he was able to spend valuable time with family and friends. He passed away at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st.
Bob was born Dec. 8, 1931, in Abilene to Alton Jackson and Nell Blanche. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1950. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served through the duration of the Korean War. While in the service of our nation he married Sivlene Allen from Columbus, Ga. on Oct. 10, 1953.
After receiving his wings in the Air Force, he was a pilot in the Air Rescue Services, based on Kwajalein Atoll until 1956. Upon completion of his military service, he earned a BBA degree from UT-Austin. Bob developed a career in residential home building that began in Abilene and eventually moved to Arlington. He retired in 1980 to a ranch in Parker County. Although in frail health, Bob was able to enjoy one last fight as pilot, taking a glider through numerous aerobatic maneuvers last year, drawing upon his experience in the Air Force.
His father, Alton, and his mother, Nell, preceded Bob in death.
He is survived by his wife, Sivlene and their three children, youngest son, Alton James Willingham is married to Linda with two children, Cole and Katrina, his daughter, Marian Nell, is married to Barry Pfennig with their children, Jackie Allen, Chris and Travis. Robert Allen Willingham is married to Jeanie with a daughter, Hailee Elayne; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Herman Schaffer of Abilene and their children, Jeffrey, Susan and Andrew.
Lifelong friend, Ronnie Parker, conducted graveside services at “The Ranch” in Palo Pinto County with his wife June beside him. Other friends and relatives know who they are and we appreciate their thoughts and prayers. Thanks for a lot of good years.


Ida Mae VadenIda Mae Vaden
Ida Mae Vaden, Seymour native, and Knox City resident since September 7, 1986, where she resided in the Brazos Valley Care Home, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2001.
A memorial service was held Saturday, April 7, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour. Johnny Johnson, pastor, of the First Baptist Church in Knox City, Texas, officiated assisted by Ronnie White, of Knox City. Interment was in the Woodmen of the World Cemetery in Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Ida Mae Thorn was born on July 18, 1915, in Baylor County. Having lost both of her parents as a child, her older brother and sister kept their three siblings together until they were grown. Mrs. Vaden graduated from Seymour High School. Ida Mae and Clarence Edward Vaden were married on July 30, 1932, in Seymour. Mr. Vaden preceded his wife in death on January 6, 1970. Mr. and Mrs. Vaden owned the Star Bakery in Seymour. After his illness, the bakery was sold and Mrs. Vaden worked at the hospital and later as Interim Administrator at the care home. She also worked at the Russell Newman Factory and was an H & R Block tax preparer until her health declined and she was forced to close her business. Ida was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour and served in the nursery for many years. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church at the time of her death. Her love of children was utmost in her life.
Survivors include four daughters, Elaine Lewis and Nancy Davis, both of Knox City, Texas, Neva Elliott of Vernon, Texas, and Patsy Cassle of Sargent, Texas; three sons, Edward Earl Vaden of Wichita Falls, Texas, Carl Wayne Vaden of Seymour, Texas, and Jimmy Van Vaden of Knox City, Texas; 18 grandsons, Danny Lewis, Todd Lewis, Marty Vaden, Randy Elliott, Larry Elliott, Eddie Cassle, Jackie Vaden, Charlie Vaden, Jody Hudson, Troy Lewis, Shane Lewis, David Scott, James Elliott, Zachary Cassle, Darrell Cassle, Van Vaden, Donald Joe Hudson, Jay Hudson; eight granddaughters, Patricia Deering, Leann Long, Cindy (Vaden) Gordon, Lajuana Montez, Phyllis McWhorter, Gayle Murphy, Kristi Caldwell, Misty Davis; 57 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her first grandchild in 1974, Bobby Lynn Lewis, age 21; two brothers, John and Joe Thorn, and two sisters, Mrytle and Rosa Lee Thorn.


Virgil Jackson Drew, Jr.
Memorial services for Virgil Jackson Drew, Jr., 77, of Lubbock were held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2001, at Bowman Chapel in the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, with Reverend Bruce Parks, officiating and Reverend Marisue Smith, assisting. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m., under the direction of White Funeral Home of Lubbock.
He passed away Friday, April 6, 2001, at his residence in Lubbock.
Mr. Drew was born February 23, 1924, in Clarendon, Texas, to the late Virgil Jackson Drew and Oma Griggs Drew. He attended grammar school in Oklahoma. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1941 and then attended the University of Oklahoma. He married Jonnie Dabney on October 26, 1947, in Seymour, Texas. He moved to Lubbock from Amarillo, Texas in 1956. For seventeen years he was a salesman for R.C. Brown Co. Inc. in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. In 1983, he opened JDI & Associates, Inc. where he was owner and CEO until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Southwest Football Officials Association and the Southwest Conference Umpire Association. Mr. Drew was the Umpire-in-Chief at Texas Tech for Berl Huffman. He was a member of the Yellowhouse Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He served for the US Air Force in the 82nd and the 101st Airborne Troups during WWII. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock.
Survivors include: his wife, Johnnie Drew of Lubbock; three sons, Virgil Jackson “Tripp” Drew, III of Colorado Springs, CO, John Otis Drew of Cypress, TX, and Jerry Cloud Drew of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Janeen Holmes Gilliam of Lubbock; one sister, DeAnn Drew Britton of Lubbock; and eight grandchildren.
The family suggest memorials be made to a favorite charity.


Charles L. Strickland
Charles L. Strickland, age 80, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2001, in Gillette, Wyoming. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Strickland was born May 29, 1920, in Seymour, Texas. He married Ruby Pauline Harris on July 14, 1939, in Baylor County, Texas. She preceded him in death on October 5, 1997. They lived in Monahams, Texas, where he owned Basin Service Electric for 38 years. They returned to Seymour in 1987. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist, a 50 year member of Monahams Masonic Lodge #952, and a liftime member of V.F.W. Post #4004.
He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Paula and Jerry Buie of Gillette, Wyoming; by two grandchildren, Chuck Buie of Gillette, Wyoming, and Kathy Benedict of Lawrence, Kansas; and by two great-grandchildren, Griffin Buie and Trevor Benedict.


George Alexander Ferrier
George Alexander Ferrier, 62, of Axtell, Texas passed away March 29, 2001, at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite, Texas. Interment was Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
George was born January 3, 1939, in Austin, Texas, to LaVonia and Otho Ferrier. He attended Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, and Kansas City Junior College. He served in the Special Services for the US Army on the Cape Fear River in Willington, North Carolina. He was employed by Kimbell Office Furniture from 1979 to 1986. He was self-employed until his retirement in 1999.
George was preceded in death by his father Otho Ferrier and brother Eddie Lile. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Disher Ferrier of Axtell, Texas; children Alex Ferrier and Lauren Ferrier both of Austin, Texas, Brenden Ferrier and Mallory Ferrier both of Axtell, Texas; mother LaVonia Poe of Seymour, Texas; sister Nancy Gill and her husband Stan; brother Donald Ferrier; and sister Linda Baught; several nieces and nephews; and many great friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030-4095 or Providence Hospice, 514 Meadowlake Center, Waco, Texas 76712.


Dorothy Ann Bishop McFall
Dorothy Ann Bishop McFall, 69, a Somervell County District Clerk, died Friday, April 20, 2001, in Bronte.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 23, 2001, at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial was in Squaw Creek Cemetery.
Dorothy McFall was born August 9, 1931, in Bertram. She served as deputy court clerk for Somervell Counties 18th and 249th District Courts and was elected court clerk for two terms from 1980 to 1988.
Survivors include: daughter, Kay Lynn Styles of Bronte; sons, James Bishop McGaughey of Havelock, N.C. and Carlyle McFall of Cleburne; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Merrilynn Devrow of Seymour and Barbara Welch of Wichita Falls; brother, Clayton Bishop of Wimberley; aunt, Evelyn Taylor of Austin and uncles, J.B. Bishop of Cary, N.C. and W.W. Taylor of Marianna, Fla.


Verna Mae Tipton
Verna Mae Tipton of Huntington Beach, California passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 in Huntington Beach.
Mrs. Tipton was a former resident of Seymour.
She is survived by two sons: David Tipton of Huntington Beach, California and Lewis M. Tipton of Prescott, Arizona; two grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


Mary M. Johnson
Mary M. Johnson, 84 of Eastland and formerly of Seymour, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at an Abilene hospital. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2001 at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday, Texas with Rev. Randy Gresset officiating, directed by Edwards Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnson was born November 13, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to David W. and Nellie Mae (Rawlings) Huddleston. She married James Moody Johnson on July 24, 1932 in Chattanooga, Oklahoma. She worked with her husband as a bookkeeper for Moody Johnson John Deere Implements in Seymour for 20 years. She later worked for Houges Grovery in Seymour and at Farmers Co-op, until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, James Kelly Johnson, two brothers, and a sister.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Noakes and Gordon of Corpus Christi, Nell Ruth Glover and Roy of Rockhill, South Carolina, and Maribeth Ford and Bob of Eastland; a brother, D.W. Huddleston of Richmond, Texas; two sisters, Eileen Hubbard and Willie Mae Wells both of Tipton, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford St., Abilene, Texas 79605-9989.


Ernest M. Hale
Ernest M. Hale, “Captain”, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, passed away at his home in Westover, Texas, early Wednesday morning, May 2, 2001.
Mr. Hale was born October 2, 1911, in Westover, the fifth son of the late Will and Florence (Riley) Hale.
Mr. Hale was a lifelong resident of Baylor County where he pursued a livelihood as a farmer and rancher. When World War II began, ernest immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served at first as a Sergeant and Drill Instructor in California and later accompanied a class of his recruits to the Pacific Theater as a Lieutenant with the 1st Marines, attached to the 3rd Army’s Amphibious Battalion. Mr. Hale served with distinction on Pelelieu Island in 1944, where he received the Purple Heart, and on Okinawa in 1945. He ended his tour of active duty in 1946 and remained in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1958, attaining the reserve rank of Captain.
Mr. Hale returned to Baylor County after World War II. He served locally as County Commissioner during the time that the Seymour Hospital and Baylor County Courthouse were built. He was active in V.F.W. and the Masonic Lodge No. 604 A.F. & A.M. in Seymour, Texas.
He and “Bobbie” Anna Oleta Russell were married July 24, 1939 in Lovington, New Mexico. She preceded him in death as did his siblings. He is survived by his first cousins James Riley of Sweeney, Texas, Joy Bill Riley of Amarillo and Barney Hale of Brownsville, Texas; as well as by several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Lunn Funeral Home Chapel in Olney, with relatives and friends officiating. Masonic and Military graveside services were held in the Westover Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 222 Welborn St., FL 4, Dallas, Texas 75219.


Ernest A. Beck
Ernest A. Beck Jr., age 80, a resident of Vera, Texas, died Friday, May 4, 2001, in Lamesa, Texas.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2001, in Vera Methodist Church, Vera, Texas, with Reverend Vergil Ichtertz and the Reverend Wesley Holland officiating. Interment was in the Vera Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Beck was born November 11, 1920, in Vera, Texas. He served in the Army during World War II. He and Wilma Lee Bratcher were married December 16, 1942. Mr. Beck was a lifetime resident of Vera, Texas. He had farmed since 1946 on the Benge farmland that had been in his family for over 100 years. He was a member of the Vera Methodist Church and had served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Land Bank in Haskell for 23 years.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Vera, Texas; two sons, Bill Beck and wife, Iva, and Danny Beck and wife Teresa, all of Lamesa, Texas; one brother, Harold Beck and wife, Edith, of Vera, Texas; one sister-in-law, Aleitha Beck of Vera, Texas; five grandchildren, Nancy Patterson, Andy Beck, Brian Beck, Cheryl Schmidt and Kathy Beck; and five great-grandchildren, Sara, Laura and Hannah Patterson, and Caity McPherson and Brianna Beck. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Beck.


Charles Edgar Cannon
Charles Edgar Cannon, 56, died April 13, in a Bedford hospital after a courageous battle with a long-term illness, surrounded by family and friends who loved him. Funeral services were held April 18, at St. Paul Methodist Church in Abilene with the Reverend Bill Libby, the Reverend Archie Echols and the Reverend Paul Bauernfeind officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery.
Charles was born January 9, 1945, in Wichita Falls. He grew up in Abilene, graduated from Cooper High School and Texas Tech University. While at Cooper, he played varsity football and baseball. He lived briefly in Ruidoso, NM, and then returned to Abilene where he was co-owner of Lawrence-Cannon Drilling, Inc. He subsequently sold farms and ranches for Nelson-Scoggins Real Estate and was a real estate broker for Cannon Real Estate in San Angelo. He will be remembered with love by his friends and family for the lessons he taught us in compassion, caring, faith, and hope.
He was preceded in death by his son, Haney Cannon; his parents, Cecil and Virginia Johnson Cannon; and grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Johnson, of Seymour. Survivors include his son, Cecil N. Cannon II of Abilene; sister and brother-in-law, Gina and Jerry Kinnaird of Bedford; nephew and niece-in-law Trey and Kim Kinnaird; nephew, Caleb Kinnaird; aunt, Elizabeth Johnson Davis of Wichita Falls; cousin, Elisa Davis Faye of Dallas; uncle and aunt, Edgar and Elaine Johnson of Abilene; cousins Ed, Larry, Cedric Johnson; and a multitude of caring friends who nurtured him till the end.
Pallbearers were Trey Kinnaird, Caleb Kinnaird, Roy McCharen, Monroe Lawrence, Evan Anderson, Ben Love, Tex Elliott, Repps Guitar, and Robert Seago.
Honorary pallbearers were John Payne, Dick Dobrovolny, H. Grady Payne, Jr., and Howard Payne, all cousins from Ft. Worth.


Linn Porter Harkrider
Linn Porter Harkrider, 55, died Sunday, May 13, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Linn was an educational consultant for Region 2 education service center. She had also lived and taught in the Seymour area.
Survivors include her father and mother, Charlie and Mary K. Porter, and two brothers Tom and Carl all of Seymour.
For those desiring, in liew of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
In the words of a friend:
Linn put such an energy into living that just seemed to make life want to work for her - to the point that no day was ever ordinary for her or for anyone around her. I can never listen to Neil Young singing “Long May You Run” without thinking of Linn “with her chrome heart shinning in the sun”. She seemed to make things happen just by her being there. For instance Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande is not a place where one would expect to hear bag pipe music echoing, but one fall day some wondering Scottish piper found himself a pefect place to play and the canyon found Linn there to hear. And when midnight found Linn high in the rigging of the tall ship Elissa taking in sail under gale force winds, her reaction was “at the very worst, I would be the first Porter to die at sea!”. She waded the watery passageways and crawled through the bat guano of River Styx Cave and years later slipped into the burial caves in Hawaii’s lava tubes to reflect on the skeletons of the old ones in their Koa weed burial canoes. Gathering cattle with Paniola crew on the slopes of Mauna Kea is something few ever experience, but Linn did. And she would take herself miles from towns and light pollution and lie there on a cold night under the stars waiting for the meteor showers to begin. One exceptional Easter Sunday found Linn on the Big Island at almost 14,000 ft. having a snowball fight with friends, followed by a hike to a snowmelt lake and a cheese and cracker super while waiting for darkness and the appearance of the comet Hale-Bobb, of course, it did appear.
Everytime I see a sailboat or a shooting star I will think of her, and every slim graceful form going down a seawall on rollerblades will for a moment be her. “with her chrome heart shinning in the sun”. Comets like Hale-Bobb and people like Linn are in a way, a lot alike. They are very special, very rare, and they don’t come along very often.
Written for the friends & family by Joel Nelson.


Gladys Howe
Gladys Ethel Barby, the second daughter born to Otto N. Barby and May Beebe Barby, was born on July 24, 1906, at the ranch home southwest of Knowles.
Gladys died on April 23, 2001, after a lengthy stay in the Beaver County Hospital in respite care, at the age of 94 years and nine months.
Gladys attended grade school at the Sunnyside School, District 26, starting at five years of age. She attended high school at Panhandle Agricultural Institute at Goodwell, graduating in May 1924. She attended high school there because at that time the Beaver High School was not an accredited school. All three of her brothers and two sisters also graduated from that school. She was active in music events while attending school.
In the fall of 1924 she enrolled at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. attended for a year and a half, having to leave due to emergency appendectomy surgery Her major was music and the highlight of her stay in Lindsborg was singing with the Messiah Choir.
While in school her former boyfriend, Beryl, called her from Texas. They had met while attending school at Goodwell. Gladys was sitting in the window of a dormitory practicing her flute and he passed by on his way to eat lunch A lasting friendship developed.
Gladys and Beryl Howe were married at the ranch home near Knowles on November 25, 1926. To this union were born Roy Loo, Lena May and Barby Maurice.
Except for two and a half years right after they were married when they lived in Seymour, TX, she lived her life on the ranch east of Beaver. They moved back to the ranch in 1929 when Beryl started working for the ranch. Gladys taught school at home for two years for the youngest children living on the ranch.
In November 1997 she bought a home in Beaver, where she lived until it was necessary for her to go into respite care.
Gladys was a very hard working person. After returning to the ranch she cooked for the hired men that bunked at their place. She raised a large garden and many jars of food were canned every year to feed the family and men. She also raised chickens for eating and for the eggs they would produce.
Gladys, along with Beryl, were 4-H leaders for several years. They were State Honorary Lifetime members. She was a 50 year member of the Riverside Extension Club. Other organizations she actively participated in were the New Hope Club, Order of Eastern Star, Beaver Historical Society, Beaver County Nursing Home Auxiliary, and the Mary Martha Circle at the Christian Church.
Gladys received Christ into her life while she was in school at Goodwell, and began her membership in the First Christian Church here in Beaver in 1953. The greatest joys in life were her family and her Church, of which she was a very devoted and working member. She taught Sunday School, assisted and organized many clothing drives, women’s auxiliary and in many other ways where she felt she was needed. Her Church family was very special to her.
Gladys was one to always be busy. She has made quilts for each of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and for many others. Earlier she made countless needlepoint pictures and pillows and later she completed many counted cross-stitch projects. Her crafts have won many top ribbons at the fair. When they had the auctions during family reunions her donated items were desired and treasured by many. She volunteered her talents with many clubs and church activities including cooking, baking, quilting, and her time.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Beryl, son of Loo Howe; their son Barby; a son-in-law, Dearl Evans, and daughter-in-law, Louise Howe; her parents and stepmother; her three brothers and three sisters; and a half brother and half sister.
She is survived by her son Roy Loo Howe and wife May Belle of Wichita, KS; her daughter, Lena May Allen and husband Alvin of Arapahoe, CO; six grandchildren: Larrell Howe and wife Cindy of Santa Maria, CA; Beverly Hammersmith and husband Steve of Great Bend, KS; Paul Howe and wife Linda of Mulvane, KS; Eric Howe of Wichita, KS Marqueleta Wall and husband Robert of Manhattan, KS; Kenneth Allen and wife Judy of Alamogorda, NM; 11 great-grandchildren: Michael and Brandon Howe, Katie Hammersmith, Megan and husband Jim Waldren and their son Zane, Melissa and Jacque Howe, Travis Wall, Trenton Allen, Jessica and Todd Garrison; and sisters-in-law, Celestine Barby and Sondra Barby; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
From Gladys Memoirs she stated, “I am grateful to the Lord for the 90 (some) years that He has given me and the many blessings in my life. I have a loving and concerned family and an extended family who affectionately call me “Aunt Gladys.” I was blessed with a wonderful husband and three precious children. I have six grandchildren who love me dearly, 11 great-grandchildren (...and one great-great-grandson) who bring me great JOY. My nieces’ and nephews’ children bring me great joy also.” The most important legacy I can leave is this: “To live for what is right, to maintain a strong faith in God, and to love one another. I would close with this scripture: “Beloved, if God so loved us we ought also to love one another. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfect in us. 1 John 4:11-12.”
Funeral services were Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Beaver First Christian Church with Paul Sisson and Bob Blazek officiating. Interment was in Pioneer Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to: the Beaver First Christian Church, Beaver County Historical Society or Beaver Senior Citizens.


Leroy Keck
Funeral servcies for Leroy Keck, age 66, of Slaton were held Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Englunds Chapel with Jack Gordon, minister of Westside Church of Christ, officiating and assisted by Randy Trammell. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery and under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.
Mr. Keck died Saturday, May 26, 2001, in Covenant Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Mr. Keck was born in Seymour, Texas on November 11, 1934, and had graduated from Seymour High School in 1953. He had married Eva Downes on July 29, 1960 in Vernon, Texas. He had previously lived in Vernon and Lubbock before moving to Slaton in 1970.
He was an active member of the Slaton Tiger and Tigerette Booster Clubs.
He was the Dept. Head of Receiving in the TG & Y Warehouse in Lubbock. He had previously worked for Ham’s Food Mart. He worked for West Mark Realtors in Building Maintenance and Landscape.
Survivors include his wife, Eva of Slaton; one son, Ben Keck of Lubbock; two daughters, Susie Keck of Austin, Texas and Amy Keck of Plano, Texas; one brother, Fred Keck of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Barker of Ft. Worth, Texas; and one grandson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Slaton Meals on Wheels, 230 West Lynn St., Slaton, TX 79364.


Harvey Lee James
Harvey Lee James, age 71, formerly of Bridgeport died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at a Ft. Worth hospital. Mr.James was born September 6, 1929 in Goree, Texas.
He was a retired machinist.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel officiated by Bro. Bud Call. Interment was in the East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Paul Sikes, Peter Sikes, Payton Barnard, Kevin Harris, James Harris, Johnny Wisdom.
Survivors include his daughters: Norma Barnard of Ft. Worth, Sharlette Lester and husband Fred of Ft. Worth, Paula Crist and husband Rowan of Burleson, Brenda Vaughn and husband Tony of Joshua, Donna Tynes of Ft. Worth and Lafleata Fletcher and husband Johnny of Houston; stepdaughters: Lisa, Latricia and Sonya; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers Wayne and Doyle James; sisters: Altie Mae Call, Opal Lu Zedlitz, Edith Brown, Helen Cooper, Linda Kay Large and Marlena Teer.


Oneta StoneOneta Stone
Oneta Stone, age 63, formerly of Seymour, left her family, friends and many loved ones to be with her Lord on May 26, 2001 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
She was a nurses aid and care taker of many. A devoted mother, friend, and a child of God.
Neta was giver to others, and loved to fish, while praying and praising her Lord for all His beauty here on earth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Lucille Stone of Seymour.
Neta left behind four children: three sons, Joe , Mike and Willie Perkins all of Graham; a daughter, Gwen Perkins also of Graham; three brothers, Troy Stone of May, Texas, David and Rickey Stone of Waggoner’s Ranch, four sisters, Jeanie Brown of Abilene, Kathryn David of Vernon, Frances Goswick of Breckenridge and Barbara Robinson of Waggoner’s Ranch; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many, many relatives
Funeral services were held on May 28, 2001 at Graham in the Trinity Christian Center. Burial was at the Vera Cemetery, Vera, Texas.


Brenda Jean Golleher
Brenda Jean Golleher, 53, died Monday, June 4, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2001, in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview with Reverend Harvey McMurry, pastor of City View Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
Brenda was born November 9, 1947, in Knox City, Texas, to Dutch and Imogene (Nunley) Young. She married David Golleher, and he preceded her in death in 1987. Mrs. Golleher was a nurse at University Park Manor for over 30 years.
Survivors include her parents Dutch and Imogene Young of Benjamin, Texas; one brother, Mike Young of Seymour; one sister, Deann Lamb and nephew, Anthony Lamb both of Benjamin.
Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Benjamin Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 285, Benjamin, Texas, 79505.


Myrtle Lee McDaniel
Myrtle Lee McDaniel, age 88, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2001, in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Herman Lancaster, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemtery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. McDaniel was born July 25, 1912, in Tiff City, Missouri. She married John Robert McDaniel on June 27, 1931, in Maud, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1998. She and John returned to Seymour in 1912, and lived here until moving to Ft. Worth in 1996. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church, the Lydia Sunday School Class, Order of the Eastern Star #424, and the Goodwill Ambassadors.
She is survived by three sons and their wives, Robert Lee and Yvonne McDaniel of Wichita Falls, Texas, James Edward and Debbie McDaniel of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Johnny Ray and Peggy McDaniel of Austin, Texas; six grandsons, Clark McDaniel and his wife Linda, Rusty McDaniel and his wife Kathy, Ronald McDaniel, David McDaniel and his wife Cathleen, Joel McDaniel and Craig McDaniel; and by five great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Annakate, Luke and Molly.
The family asks that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, the Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department.


Wilma Lois Machen
Wilma Lois Machen, age 88, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away Saturday June 16, 2001. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Brownfield, TX, with Reverend Randy Land officiating. Interment was at the Terry County Memorial Cemetery in Brownfield, Texas under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.
Mrs. Machen was born in Wilbarger County, Texas on April 20, 1913. She was raised and attended school in Seymour, Texas. She married Sid Machen, January 21, 1933, in Frederick, OK, They moved to Brownfield in 1946. She was employed by Collins Dept. Store from 1947 until retiring in 1989. She moved to Lubbock in 1994 and was a Member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Sid Machen of Lubbock, TX; daughter JoAnne Granbery of Lubbock, TX; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Trook of Amarillo, TX and Ernestine Barker of Mangum, OK.


Charles YostCharles Yost
Charles Yost, respected area business man, cherished husband, honored father, and longtime friend to the community passed away on Monday, May 21, 2001. Services for Mr. Yost were held Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at the Munday Church of Christ at 11:00 a.m. Marshal Coffey served as Minister with Randy Gressett assisting. Interment took place in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday with McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Yost was born on the Yost family farm west of Munday, Texas on June 2, 1936. He lived his entire life in the Munday area. He married Gay Mobley on August 11, 1967 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by a daughter, LeAnna Camille, in 1979. Charles will be missed every day by those who are left to continue his legacy - his wife, Gay, his children Tracee Herring, Russell Routon, Randy Routon, and Chad Yost and his grandchildren Kristin and Kippin Herring, DeNae, LeighAnna and Taylor Routon, and Shane and Mandi Routon.
Other survivors include two sisters, Tommie Raynes and Phyllis Dunn, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Charles’ life was one of quiet, steady successes built on every day routines of living where he applied Christian principles to his marriage, his parenting, and his work life. Charles was married to Gay for almost 34 years. Charles and Gay built a happy home that modeled the way life should be lived to their four children. Because of Charles’ steady guidance and unwavering support, all four children are successfully applying the lessons he taught them in the raising of their families and the way they approach life. The music, songs, and funny stories generated through a life of fun and hard work will be passed along for years to come.
Charles’ life touched almost everything in Knox, Baylor, and Haskell counties and beyond as his work brought him into most of our homes at one time or another. Charles will be fondly remembered for his consistent contributions to the community he loved.
Serving as pallbearers were Byron Gass, Don Bunton, Don Awalt, M.M. Booe, Ken Patterson, Doug Parker, George Oustad, and Mark Warren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Johnson Memorial Cemetery Fund or Charles’ favorite charity, the West Texas Boys Ranch in San Angelo, Texas.


Auborn Gerald Howard
Auborn Gerald Howard, 89, a former Seymour resident, died Sunday, June 17, 2001 in Montrose, Colorado. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21, at the First Baptist Church in Gunnison, Colorado, with interment in the Lake City, Colorado cemetery.
Howard was born April 4, 1912, in Montague County, Texas. The eldest surviving son of Walter L. and Laura Hill Howard, he spent his childhood in Nocona and moved with his family to Seymour in the early 1920’s, when Mr. and Mrs. Howard took over the maintenance of the Seymour Park and swimming pool. He graduated from Seymour High School, where he was an athlete and friend to all. He and his siblings were well known for their swimming abilities and their friendly personalities.
Howard moved to Colorado as a young man and married Ruth Hoffman. They lived in the Gunnison-Lake City area the remainder of his life. His last years were spent in the Gunnison Valley Nursing Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Cornelia Howard Longley of Wichita Falls, and two brothers, W.L. Howard, Jr. of San Antonio and Weaver Howard of Cottonwood, Arizona.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Montrose, CO; three daughters, Elinor Swanson of Bremerton, WA; Marian Hall of Lake City, CO; and Eunice Clayton of Greenville, SC; two sisters, Leela Howard Collier of Westview Care Center in Seymour and Poca Eunice Rigg of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Eula Belle Bartos KocurekEula Belle Bartos Kocurek
Eula Belle Bartos Kocurek, age 96, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001, in Seymour. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Edward C. Hart officiating. Interment was in the SPJST Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kocurek was born October 25, 1904, in Louise, Wharton County, Texas. To Czechoslovakian Immigrants, Maria Sembera and Simon Bartos, who moved to Bomarton in 1910. Eula attented the Corn School. On December 28, 1926 she married Josef Frank Kocurek in Bomarton, Texas and they farmed in the Ogden Community for 54 years. They moved to Seymour in 1980. Joe passed away August 1, 1985.
Mrs. Kocurek was a member of the SPJST and RVOS, and the Ogden Home Demonstration Club. She won numerous prizes for her canned fruits, vegetables and crafts.
She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Peggy Joe and Billy Suggs of Bethany, Oklahoma, Mary Joreen and James Ludeke of Burkburnett, Texas, Helen Jane and Don Mobley of Seymour, Texas; a son and his wife, Joe Eric and Betty Kocurek of Burkburnett, Texas; a sister, Albina Macha of Lubbock, Texas; by fifteen grandchildren, Ulana Strutz, A. Kim Ludeke, Max Ludeke, John Ludeke, Amy Dreimiller, Larisa Ludeke, Donna Crowell, Paul Mobley, Hilarie Bramwell, Clay Mobley, Carly Kocurek, Alex Kocurek, Deborah Bartlett, Kenneth Suggs, John Suggs; by 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by six sisters, Mary Walla, Ludmilla Zavodny, Dolfa Macha, Emma Fojtik, Bessie Franek and Vlasta Simek; and by four brothers, William “Bill” Bartos, Adolf Bartos, Milton Bartos and Bedrick Bartos.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Baylor County E.M.S. or the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department.


Neal Ward JamesonNeal Ward Jameson
Neal Ward Jameson, Sr. age 87, passed away Monday, June 25, 2001, in Plano, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Jameson was born November 3, 1913, in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Edward A. and Emma Halvorsen Jameson. He attended Ball State College in Angola, Indiana. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a glider pilot. Neal completed his glider flight training at the Laurenberg/Maxton Air Force Base. Lurenberg, North Carolina. Soon after receiving his glider pilot wings on September 17, 1944, he was sent to the European Theatre of war.
Neal was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in action during the period of March 24-25, 1945, for action near Wesel, Germany.
He married Dorothea L. Blankenship of Seymour, Texas, on September 18, 1944, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the war in Europe and Japan, Neal worked as a manufacturer’s representative. Later he formed his own independent oil and gas production company in Winfield, Kansas, and remained active in the petroleum business until his retirement in 1933. He was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and the Richardson Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothea Jameson of Richardson, Texas; a daughter, Patricia Ann Rezaie of Houston, Texas, a daughter, Shirley Elaine O’Connell of Richardson, Texas, and a son, Neal Ward Jameson, Jr. of Richardson, Texas; and by four grandchildren, Tracy Michelle Beeson, Neal Ward Jameson III, Kenneth Ward Jameson and Ryan Matthew O’Connell.

Robert Edwin Hamby
Robert Edwin Hamby, age 70, of Texarkana, Texas, died June 12, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Hamby was born Decemer 24, 1930, in the Round Timber Community, Baylor County, Texas. He was a retired employee of Chapman Construction Company. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran of the Korean conflict, and a member of the American Legion. He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dudley Hamby and Jim Hamby; a sister, Chlora Quinton; and a grandson, Cole Hamby.
Survivors include his wife, LuAn Taylor Hamby of Texarkana, Texas; two daughters and son-in-laws, Belinda and Richard Thompson of Texarkana, Texas, and Genese and Bobby Smith of Franklin, Texas; three sons and daughter-in-laws, Taylor and Ginger Cade of Valleyview, Texas, Ken and Dana Hamby of Chandler, Texas, and Dudley and Brenda Hamby of Texarkana, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the Masonic Cemetery in Seymour, Texas, with the Reverend Richard Thompson and the Reverend Glenn Shock officiating. Services are under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
A luncheon for the family will be at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour.
Memorials may be made to the Cole Hamby Scholarship Fund, 126 Royale Drive, Texarkana, Texas 75503.


Helen Krause Perkins
Helen Krause Perkins of Hobbs New Mexico passed away Monday, July 9, 2001 in Hobbs New Mexico.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. officiated by Reverend Carol Tuck, Pastor Jack Lott and Pastor Chuck Ferina. Burial was in the Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home, Inc.
Helen was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. She graduated from Hobbs High School and was married in Hobbs. She was the post mistress of the Monument Post Office. Helen enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. She was a current member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Rubye Mae Garner Krause, Grandparents J.R. and Mandy Lee Kennedy Garner; two uncles, J.C. Garner and Morris Garner.
Survivors include: her husband, L.C.; one sister Freida Maye Crawford of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephews, one uncle and two cousins.
Memorials can be to the Cancer and Heart Fund of First United Methodist Church in Hobbs, New Mexico.


Ara Estelle Barton
Ara Estelle Barton, age 95, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, in Lewisville, Texas.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2001, in Frederick, Oklahoma, Memorial Cemetery, with the Reverend Buddy Bryant officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dalton & Son Funeral Home.
Mrs. Barton was born February 6, 1906, in Denton County, Texas, and grew up in Westover, Texas. She was a daughter of the late Porter and Polly Staples. She was married to Charles H. Barton and they lived in Levelland, Texas, for many years before moving to Earth, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 2, 1955, a daughter, Polly Nita Barton on August 24, 1946; and a brother, William Richard Staples in 1912.
She moved to Seymour, Texas, in 1968 and was employed as a ward clerk at the Seymour Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour where she had been active in Sunday School and the Senior Adult Choir. She moved to Lewisville, Texas, in 1997.
Mrs. Barton is survived by a daughter, Joy Simmons and her husband Daryl, of Lewisville, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Christene Jones and Mrs. Zelma Taylor, both of Seymour, Texas; two grandchildren, Ami Ruppman of Frisco, Texas, and Stephen Simmons of Copperas Cove, Texas; two nephews, Leo D. Jones and Jack H. Taylor, both of Wichita Falls, Texas; a niece, Virginia Pfau, of Seymour; and four great-grandchildren, Trenton, Lindsey, McKenna, and Savanna.


Kenneth D. Warren
Kenneth D. Warren, age 77, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2001, in a Wichita Falls, Texas, hospital. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Larry Crumpton, Pastor and Reverend Lee Roy Collins, brother-in-law of Mr. Warren, officiating. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Warren was born March 3, 1924, in Seymour, Texas, to Raymond T. and Louise Hardy Warren. He married Hester Collins on May 14, 1960 in Aredale, Iowa. He was a helicopter tech rep for the Department of Defense and lived and worked in many places around the world. After his retirement he returned to Seymour in 1990. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, and a 50 year member of Seymour Masonic Lodge #604 AF & AM.
He is survived by his wife Hester of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter, Ann McClintock of Hesperia, California; by one son, Dale Warren of Maineville, Ohio; by his mother, Louise Warren of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Travis Warren of Seymour, Texas, and John Warren of Lovington, N.M.; by one sister, Anna Beth Gray of Flourrisant, Missouri; and by two grandchildren, Michelle and Jesse McClintock of Hesperia, California.
Mr. Warren was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Warren; by an infant sister, Bettie Ruth Warren; and by an infant son.
The family request that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to Alzheimer’s Research.


Olen Clifft Boatright
Olen Clifft Boatright, age 63, of Lamesa died Friday, July 13, 2001 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamagordo, N.M. Services were held Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Lamesa. Burial was in the Lamesa Memorial Park.
Mr. Boatright was born on July 14, 1938 in Lamesa, Texas. He married Connie Morrison on July 13, 1963 in Plainview, Texas.
Mr. Boatright grauated Lamesea High School in 1956 and later Sul Ross State University in 1964. Life long member of First Baptist Church, member of Masonic Lodge #909, Lamesa Rotary Club and the Medical Arts Hospital Auxillary.
He is survived by: wife Connie; two daughters, Kristi Boatright of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jana Boatright of Stephenville, Texas; one son, Michael Boatright of Bridgeport, Texas; one sister, Tawana Arnett of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren; one aunt, Opal Leatherwood, Lamesa, Texas.


Wilma Christine Mitchell Patterson
Wilma Christine Mitchell Patterson, age 82, died Thursday, July 12, 2001 at Benjamin, Texas. Services were held Monday, July 16, 2001 at Benjamin, Texas Memorial Building officiated by Reverend Wes Holland and Dennis Duke. Burial was in the Benjamin Cemetery, Benjamin, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Patterson was born January 3, 1919 in Hall County, Texas to the late Ike and Hazel Mitchell. She graduated from Westover High School in 1937. She and Orel LaMoyne Patterson were married September 7, 1940 in Archer County. They made their home in the Hill County in Johnson City, Texas for nearly 25 years. They returned to the Benjamin area in 1967 to assume the family ranch duties. Christine was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benjamin, Texas, the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter in Johnson City for 30 years, the Knox County Home Demonstration Club and many other community organizations.
She is survived by: husband, LaMoyne Patterson of Benjamin, Texas; two sons, Lynn Patterson of Amarillo, Texas and Kynn Patterson of Benjamin, Texas; one daughter, LaNay Patterson Cash of Gilliland, Texas; three sisters, Juanita Oliver of Littlefield, Texas, Viola Kunkel of Odessa, Texas and Movelda Mayes of Conroe, Texas; one sister-in-law, Jean Mitchell of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Danneva Patterson, Kimberly Miller, Lynn Patterson, Tim Cash and Jason Patterson; and four great-grandchildren.


Marie Owen
Marie Owen, age 77, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2001.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 23, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Seymour with Rev. Glenn Shock officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Frankie Marie Owen was born March 6, 1924 in Haskell County, Texas to Tommy Floyd Jordan and Flossie Randolph Jordan. She attended and graduated from Seymour High School. She worked as a nurse at the old Seymour Hospital. She then worked as a lab tech and x-ray tech at the new hospital for many years. She later worked for the STEP program and then Archer Funeral Home until her death. Marie was a member of the First Baptist Church, VFW Auxiliary and the Eastern Star.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Floyd Jordan.
She is survived by a son, Ronnie Robertson of Vernon; a brother, Charles Ray Jordan of Ozark, Arkansas; a grandson, Michael Robertson of Decatur; and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Samantha.


Billie Jo Stevens
Billie Jo Stevens, age 61, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001 in Seymour, Texas.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Northeast Baptist Church with Helen Roden and Kay Pruitt officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Stevens was born October 15, 1939 in Seymour. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Seymour. She and Richard Stevens were married November 8, 1954. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Mae Wright; a daughter, Phyllis Renae in 1958 and a son, Freddie Stevens in March, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Stevens of Seymour; three sons, Randy Thorn of Jacksboro, Texas; Monty Stevens of Lubbock, Texas and Barry Stevens of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Oleta Trussell of Aurora, Texas and Jackie Gleghorn of Seymour; one brother, Bobby Wright of Seymour and six grandchildren.


J.T. “Jake” Murdock
J.T. “Jake“ Murdock, age 92, of Seymour passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2001.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Seymour, Texas with Rev. Glenn Shock officiating under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery in Hefner, Texas.
Mr. Murdock was born January 15, 1910 in Wood County, Texas. He moved with his family to Knox County at an early age. He married Opal Jackson and they lived at Hefner and were well known in the Hefner-Goree farming community. After he retired from farming, they moved to Seymour in 1978. Opal preceded him in death in 1985. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Henry Kinnaird. He married Lora Wisdom on February 14, 1987. Mr. Murdock was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour.
He is survived by his wife, Lora Murdock of Seymour; a son and daughter-in-law, Mackey and Joanne Murdock of Garland, Texas; a daughter, Gloria Kinnaird of Friendswood, Texas; a sister, Ernie Harpole of Mineola, Texas; a brother, Cecil Murdock of Georgia; four sister-in-laws; four grandchildren, Wayne Kinnaird, Sheri Murdock, Keri Kinnaird and Julie Murdock; one great-grandchild, Shane Chavoya; and numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.


Nadine Glaze
Nadine Glaze, age 83, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2001 in Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Glaze was born January 20, 1918, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to Felix and Ida Jane Wilson Mayers. She married Earl Howard Glaze on April 3, 1941 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He preceded her in death on February 11, 1999. Mrs. Glaze was a babysitter for many years.
She is survived by three sons, Elton Glaze of Seymour, Texas, Sterling Glaze of Lubbock, Texas, and Ronald Glaze of Wichita Falls, Texas; by three sisters, Delecena Jones of Springtown, Texas, Golda Hardwick of Grand Saline, Texas, and Alease Petty of Seymour, Texas; by ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.


Fannie Morrow Chitty Gilbert
Fannie Morrow Chitty Gilbert, age 92, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Seymour. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Marvin Griffin, minister of the First Christian Church in Seymour officiating. Interment was in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gilbert was born December 18, 1908, in Collin County, Texas. She married her beloved husband, Dolphus Victor Gilbert, ”Bitter Creek” on December 24, 1942. He preceded her in death on August 6, 1966.
She is survived by two daughters, Nan Gilbert Mathis and her husband, Harmen of Seymour, and Judy Sue Gilbert Glaze and her husband, Ron of Wichita Falls, by three granddaughters, Stephanie Robin Decker of Wichita Falls, Kandy Annette Atnip and her husband Danny of Seymour and Sherrie Dawn Berend and her husband, Al of Wichita Falls. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Justin Wayne James, Kolten Rance Atnip, and Marie Nicole Berend. and by one niece, Pasty Bradshaw and her husband, Jimmy of Richardson, Texas.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Seymour School Foundation.


Richard Stanley “Sonny” PowellRichard Stanley
“Sonny” Powell

Richard Stanley “Sonny” Powell, age 74, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2001 in Seymour.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday the 8th at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and were officiated by A.B. Martin. Burial was in the Woodmen of the World Cemetery.
Richard S. Powell was born June 26, 1927 in Red Springs, Texas and grew up on his parents' farm. Richard joined the U.S. Navy and served two years in the Pacific aboard the fleet oiler the USS Neches. After WWII, he returned home to Red Springs in 1947.
On April 2, 1951, he and Loretta Elizabeth Malone were married in Seymour. They moved to and lived on the Texas South Plains for forty-six years. Living first in Brownfield, Richard worked in the oil field as an engineer’s assistant. Richard moved to Lubbock and operated a service station business, then tool dealership, and finally retired from glass sales in 1997. The couple returned to Seymour in 1999 and this year celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Richard was a creative and resourceful person and completed many home/shop improvement projects during his life. He enjoyed Baylor County and surrounding areas for dove, quail, and deer hunting.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Eula Powell; and infant son, Richard Lee Powell in 1959.
He is survived by his wife Loretta; son Randall of Allen, Texas; sister Nellie Zachry of Pittsburg, Texas; and brother Bill Powell of Bullard, Texas.
Pallbearers were: Jim Black, John Brooks, Richard Cox, Hershall Hatter, R.E. Massey, Wayne Moore.


Agnes J. Kovar
Funeral services for Agnes J. Kovar, 85, of Richmond, will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, Texas. Interment will follow at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas. Father Richard Eldredge will officiate the services.
There was a Christian wake service Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Archer Funeral Home in Seymour, Texas.
Agnes was born May 9, 1916 in Megargel, Texas to Joseph F. Cernosek and Aloisia A. Balcar Cernosek. She passed away August 5, 2001 in Houston.
She is survived by a daughter, Inez M. Ewart and her husband, William, of Corpus Christi; two sons, Wayne A. Kovar and his wife, Sarah, of Rosenberg, and Albin Kovar and his wife, Flory, of Bellville; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Kovar of Rosenberg; two sisters, Ann Shimeck of Lubbock and Martha Shelley of Olney; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albin J. Kovar, sons, David and Donald M. Kovar and a infant daughter.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.


J.E. Brown
J.E. Brown, age 84, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m Saturday, August 4, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Brown was born July 13, 1917 in Baylor County, Texas to Frank and Lulabelle Hunt Brown, and was a lifelong resident of Baylor County. He married Alma Nix on January 24, 1942 in Seymour, Texas. She preceded him in death on August 26, 1992. He then married Viola Casey on February 14, 1993 in Seymour. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a tractor mechanic for Wesley Harrison and Moody Johnson, and had farmed since the early 1960s.
He is survived by his wife, Viola of Seymour, Texas; by two sons, Ron Brown of Burkburnett, Texas, and Wayne Brown of McKinney, Texas; by three sisters, Glenna Mills of Houston, Texas, Jane Laxson of Franklin, Texas, and Louise Ridgeway of Dallas, Texas; by one brother, Foster Brown of Young County, Texas; by four grandchildren, Melissa Brown, Christina Rippentrop, Joy Ringwood and Daniel Brown; and by four great grandchildren, Marissa Ringwood, McKenzie Ringwood, Justin Rippentrop and Carson Rippentrop.
J.E. is also survived by Viola’s children, Barbara Cook and Sharon Heim, both of Seymour, Texas, Jimmy Wooten of Weatherford, Texas, and Ricky Wooten of Fort Worth, Texas, 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.


Rose Nell Biggerstaff
Rose Nell Biggerstaff, 79, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2001, in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
A longtime resident of Wichita Falls, Rose Nell was born August 24, 1921, in Ferris, Texas, to the late James Wicker and Lola Smith. She married W.W. Biggerstaff, and he preceded her in death. A homemaker, Mrs. Biggerstaff was a Methodist.
Survivors include her sons Roy McClung, Jr. of Seymour and Bill McClung of Georgetown; daughters Linda Morris of Lakeside City and Karla Perez of Richardson; brother Wayne Smith of May Pearl; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity.


Myrtle L. Railsback Brown
Myrtle L. Railsback Brown, age 88, left this earthly life to join her husband, Raymond Brown, in their heavenly home on Friday, August 10, 2001.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, Texas, with Rev. Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown was born February 27, 1913, in Denison, Texas, the daughter of James Martin and Nettie May Railsback. She married Raymond Brown on December 19, 1931, in Munday, Texas, and four children were born to this union. She was a loving housewife and a devoted mother. Mrs. Brown was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Raydean Damon of Crawford, Texas, Evelyn Bailes of Jacksonville, Texas and Ruth and Larry Shook of Arlington, Texas; one son, Robert Brown of Seymour; two sisters, Pearl Carter and Ruby Crawford of Seymour; 10 grandchildren, Cindy Damon and Jamie Burgess of Crawford, Trey Godfrey of Sachse, Texas, Tami Stinger of Corinth, Texas, Tara Welch of Cedar Park, Texas, Jay Bailes of Jacksonville, Texas, Jan Del Toro of Grapevine, Neal Brown of Lampasas, Lisa Wilson of Amarillo, Texas and Stephanie Vinton of Las Vegas, Nevada; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; a host of nieces and nephews, and countless treasured friends.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Charlie and Floyd Railsback; two sisters, Artie Peek and Edna Everett; a granddaughter, Teresa Beckner; and an infant great-grandson, Joseph Joshua Beckner.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers included members of the Escalator Class and Methodist Men including Robert Patterson, Rea Carter, Gene Robinson, Richard Cox, Frank Simaichl and Harry Meetze.
Mrs. Brown was an exceptional lady who lovingly supported her husband for 68 years, provided devotion and security to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews and friends until her passing. Her last request was the she be able to tell everyone of her family and friends that she loved them. Mrs. Brown’s faith and trust in God sustained and comforted her during her illness. She will remain a shining example to us all.
The family requests that memorial be made to the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.


Ludvik Ignis Hons
Ludvik Ignis Hons, age 73, of Wichita Falls, died Tuesday, August 14, 2001. A Christian Wake was held Thursday, August 16, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour. Funeral Mass was held Friday, August 17, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiated by Reverend Richard Eldredge. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery, Seymour, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Hons was born February 9, 1928 in Baylor County, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army in 1951 and 52. He and Jean Laughlin were married February 9, 1953 in Wichita Fall, Texas. Mr. Hons had lived in Wichita Falls since 1953 where he worked as a construction supervisor for Lone Star Gas Company for 42 years. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and KJT.
He is survived by: his wife, Jean Hons of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter, Angela Hons of Wichita Falls; three sons, Ron Hons of Arlington, Texas, Louis Hons of Palm Springs, California and Richard Hons of Wichita Falls; Brother Rudy Hons of Seymour, Texas; three grandsons, Everett, Noland and Cameron. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Eugene.
If desiring, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Heart Association.


Lola M. Baldwin
Lola M. Baldwin, age 80, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at the local hospital. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2001 at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Baldwin was born May 7, 1921, in Baylor County, Texas to Willie Thomas and Ethel Church Thurman. She married Lewis E. Baldwin on December 21, 1935, in Benjamin, Texas. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1988. She was employed for many years as a hairdresser, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Baldwin of DeSoto, Texas, and Jim Baldwin of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Billie Cockerell of Seymour, Texas; by three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Rita Catherine Vita Madole
Rita Catherine Vita Madole, age 51, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2001 in the Seymour Hospital. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating.
Rita was born February 27, 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Ernest and Catherine Vita. She was a graduate of Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tenn., and had received her Masters degree from the University of Memphis. She had lived in New York and Memphis, Tenn., before returning to Texas. She was currently employed as a sales associate at Wells Fargo Bank in Wichita Falls. She was extremely active in church and community affairs in both Seymour and Mergargel.
Rita is survived by one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Madole of Marina Del Rey, Calif., her parents, Ernest and Catherine Vita of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Dennis Russel Vita of Seymour and Ernest Frank Vita Jr. of Houston, Texas, and by many other relatives and friends.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, the Seymour I.S.D. Scholarship Fund, the Baylor County Museum or the charity of your choice.


Jill Hardin McMillanJill Hardin McMillan
Jill Hardin McMillan, age 41, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church of Seymour with Dr. Edward C. Hart officiating. Burial was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Jill was born June 11, 1960 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Billy J. and Ruth Crownover Hardin. Her father preceded her in death January 30, 1999.
She is survived by one daughter, Miki Lynn McMillan of Wichita Falls, by one son, Cody Dean Dickson of Seymour, by her mother Ruth Hardin of Seymour, and by one brother, Jack Hardin of Houston.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.


Burns Ray
Burns Ray, age 96, of Seymour, Texas, died Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2001 at the Munday First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Reverend W.O. Smith will officiate with Dennis Duke assisting. Burial will be in the Benjamin Cemetery in Benjamin, Texas under the direction of McCauley Smith Funeral Home of Munday, Texas.
Mr. Ray was born February 15, 1905 in Belton, Texas. Mr. Ray moved from Benjamin, Texas to Munday, Texas in 1955 and then to Seymour, Texas in 1985. Mr. Ray retired as maintenance supervisor for the Texas Highway Dept. of Knox County in 1969. He and Florence Duke married in Benjamin, Texas on March 5, 1939.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Ray of Seymour, Texas; one son, Douglas Ray of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, June Streight of Wichita Falls and Tammi (Mrs. Dennis) Carrington of Seymour, Texas; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Gladys Dowd
Gladys Dowd, 84, left this world to be with her father on September 11, 2001. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Seymour officiating. Interment was in the Vera, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dowd was born August 27, 1917, to the late S.C. and Eliza Gray Jackson, in Knox City, Texas. She was raised in and around the community of Vera. She married Cecil Dowd on February 14, 1937, in Vera. He preceded her in death on January 30, 1996. She had lived in Seymour since 1953, and for the past seven years had been in a nursing home in Grand Prairie. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church in Seymour.
She is survived by five daughters, Joyce Marie Howe of Graham, Texas, Shirlie Ann Chandler of Grand Prairie, Texas, Barbara Kay Jordan of Munday, Texas, Brenda Diann Depue of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Tammie Jean Densford of Grand Prairie, Texas; by seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a son, Lyndell Dowd on September 28, 1985; an infant daughter, Ruth Laverne Dowd on October 26, 1941; and by three brothers, Claude, Clyde and Roy Jackson.


Lelah Shumate
Lelah Shumate, age 80, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, September 21, 2001, at the First Baptist Church. Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of First Baptist Church and A.B. Martin officiated. Interment was in Henson Cemetery, Red Springs, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Shumate was born July 17, 1921 in Seymour, Texas. She and W.L. “Bill” Shumate were married in August, 1945. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1989. Mrs. Shumate was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a campfire leader; Lifetime PTA member; Charter member of the Goodwill Ambassadors; a member of the Rebecca Lodge and Theta Rho sponsor.
Survivors include: two daughters, Kay Bradley of Seymour and Jan West of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son, Del Shumate of San Antonio, Texas; four sisters, Lena Mae Styles, Doris Holder and Mary Anna Beach all of Seymour, Texas, and Juanice Cook of Rising Star, Texas; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A scholarship fund has been established at the Farmers National Bank in Lelah’s name.


E.T. “Theron” Winn
E.T. “Theron” Winn, 75 of Crane, Texas died on Sunday, September 30, 2001 at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Baker officiating. Burial was in the Crane County Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Staffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.
Mr. Winn was born on May 22, 1926, in Altus, Oklahoma to N.C. and Lola Winn. He married Joyce Ann Casselberry on January 8, 1947 in Vernon, Texas. He had lived in Crane since 1968. He was a production supervisor for Chevron for 44 years, before retiring in 1991. he was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Winn of Crane; daughter, Barbara Webb and husband Richard of Lubbock; son, Ronnie Winn and wife Kama of Crane; three brothers, Arnold Winn of Red Springs, Texas, Wayne Winn of Seymour, Texas, and Clarence L. Winn of Decatur, Texas; a sister, Joy Neithercutt of Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Kimberly Crisler and Channing Crisler both of Lubbock, and Brandon Winn and Matthew Winn both of Crane; two great-granchildren, Silas Crisler and Taylee Crisler both of Lubbock.


Leona Jones
Leona Jones, age 80, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Jared Hardie, Minister of the Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating.
Mrs. Jones was born January 2, 1921, in Fort Worth, Texas. She married Benard Jones on October 8, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas. They lived in Fort Worth until 1966, when they moved to Azle, Texas. They had lived in Seymour since 1983. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Benard Jones of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter, Elaine Jones of Seymour, Texas; by a son, Jimmy Jones of Altus, Arkansas; a sister, Viola Ruth Lambert of Fort Worth, Texas; by three brothers, Robert, Tommy and Johnny Loar, all of Fort Worth, Texas; by four grandchildren, Ronnie Jones, Rhonda Musgrove, Kyle Jones and Cecilia Whatley; and by four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Nathan Jones, and Cameron and Karissa Whatley.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marion Alice Brogdon on November 5, 1997; by a grandson, James Keith Jones on December 22, 2000; by a sister, Lucille Carpenter; and by two brothers, Roger Loar and Gil Loar.


Jewell “Judy” Hale
Jewell “Judy” Hale, age 70, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2001, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Rickey Hatter of Levelland, Texas, officiating.
Mrs. Hale was born October 29, 1930, in Charleston, Arkansas. She married Howard Hale on November 13, 1948, in Charleston, Arkansas. She was a hairdresser for many years. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Howard of Seymour, Texas; three sons, Howard Wayne Hale of Arlington, Texas, David Hale of Red Springs, Texas, and Cordell Hale of Arlington, Texas; two sisters; Patsy King of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Wilma Hodges of Omaha, Arkansas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Laura Jo Winter
Laura Jo Winter passed away Wednesday morning October 3, 2001 after an extended battle with cancer. Laura was born December 25, 1950 to Art and Jo Winter of Stockton, Illinois. Laura was a professional engineer with over twenty-seven years of experience with construction and engineering projects. She received her Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1973. After working in the construction/engineering industry for sixteen years, she entered Texas A&M University from which she received her Masters of Science in Construction Management in 1988. For the following thirteen years she worked for Brown & Root, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Laura was involved in many challenging and successful projects during her career, but the projects in which she had the most pride were the award winning bridge projects, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Linn Cove Viaduct in North Carolina that won the Presidential Award for Beauty. Laura had many varied interests that included traveling, backpacking, mountain biking, reading, jazz music, and much more. However of all her varied interests, her favorite vacation was always a trip to Disney World.
Laura will be remembered as a loving and caring person who always had the time to help a friend. Her zest for life and joyous smile will live in our hearts forever.
Laura is survived by her husband of thirteen years Jack Emsoff, her sister Beth Heidenrich of Elizabeth, Illinois and her brother, Alan “Buzz” Winter of Freeport, Illinois and three nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 14, 2001 in the First Christian Church in Seymour, Texas at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Seymour, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center, or your favorite charity.


Annie Belle Williams Dodd
Annie Belle Williams Dodd, age 90, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001, in the local hospital. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Friar Richard Eldredge, pastor, officiating. She was interred in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery beside her husband of 48 years, the late Emmett Bernie Dodd who died in 1985.
A former teacher, a native Texan, and the fourth generation of her family to call Texas a home, Mrs. Dodd was born November 16, 1910, in Haskell County, Texas. She was the eldest daughter of Walter Lochran and Rosa Roberts Williams. She moved with her family in 1917 to Baylor County’s Bomarton Community where she grew up on the old Williams’s home place.
Mrs. Dodd is survived by her son Emmett William Dodd, her grandsons, Robert William Dodd, Richard Carleton Dodd and Russell Sheridan Dodd, and by her great-granddaughter, Sarah Ellen Dodd and great-grandson, Thomas William Dodd; by a daughter, Peggy Ann Fowler Williams; her grand-daughter, Leigh Ann Steere, her grandson, Walter Lochran Williams, her great-grandson, Issac Anthony Steere and her great-granddaughter, Anna Bowen Steere; by her sister Lee Ola Williams Lewis, and Lee Ola’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by a sister, Rosa V. Williams McCauley and Rosa’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Dodd is also survived by many former students. She began her teaching career at age 19 in the old Bomarton School. As faculty sponsor of the senior class and coach of the girl’s basketball team, she was, in 1929, little older than her students. Those early students still alive are today in their eighties.
In the long interim between her first student in the late 1920s and her retirement decades later from teaching at Seymour High School, hundreds of students had sat in Mrs. Dodd’s classes. Until the end, she remembered and spoke of her students with affection—they always were children of her heart.
Mrs. Dodd believed flowers were for the living and that the Earth’s scarce resources should be spent to better lives still on Earth. Her family, therefore, requests that those wishing to remember her consider a memorial to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 207 W. Pecan St., Seymour, Texas 76380 or to a favorite charity of their own.


Lillian M. Dvorak
Mrs. Lillian M. Dvorak, 88 died Monday, October 15, at the Claystone Manor Nursing Home in Ennis.
She was born October 2, 1913 in Bomarton, Texas, the daughter of Emil and Mary Orsak Marak. She was reared in Bomarton where she attended high school. On November 24, 1941 she was married to John Dvorak of Ennis. After their marriage they lived in Ennis. She worked for Red & White Grovery in Ennis. She was a seamstress for many years for Donovan-Galvani. She retired from Royal Park Fashions in 1976. Mr. Dvorak preceded her in death on October 15, 1986. She was a generous and loving person. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the KJZT.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Gibson of Ennis; a brother, George Marak of Seymour, Texas; a sister, Margaret Holub of Seymour; two grandchildren, Roann Biddle and Rachel Gibson.
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Keever Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Johns Catholic Church with Reverend Ernie Villaroya as celebrant. Interment was in St. Josephs Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary.


Maxene Perryman
Maxene Perryman, age 74, for mer resident of Seymour, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville, Texas, with Reverend Charles Stone officiating. Interment was in the Valley View Cemetery in Valley View, Texas, under the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville, Texas.
She was born October 11, 1927, in Randlett, Oklahoma, to Robert and Vada Brown. She married Cecil R. Perryman on December 4, 1946, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a homemaker and was a Baptist.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil Perryman of Denton, Texas; by her son and his wife, Ronnie and Shirlene Perryman of Valley View, Texas; by her sons, Terry Perryman of Irving, Texas, and Marty Perryman of Washington State; by her sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Claude Parker of Wichita Falls, Texas; by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


Myrtle Gilmore
Myrtle Gilmore, age 98, of Olney, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2001, at a nursing home in Olney, Texas. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Restland Cemetery in Olney, Texas, with Reverend Matt Hall, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Olney, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gilmore was born August 11, 1903 in Quay, Oklahoma. She married Harlen Edward Gilmore on December 23, 1923, in Olney, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 12, 1994. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught a Sunday School Class for many years.
She is survived by three daugters, Mary Burrhus of Edna, Texas, June Dooley of Rosenberg, Texas, and Beth Moss of Olney, Texas; by two sons, Bill Gilmore of Rosebud, Texas, and James Gilmore of Boyd, Texas; by 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Gilmore in 1992.


Coy Allen ‘Cotton’ Morris
Coy Allen ‘Cotton’ Morris, age 68, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2001, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dick Norman, minister of the Church of Christ, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Morris was born September 29, 1933, in Haskell, Texas. He married Wanda Lee Bergstrom on July 3, 1953, in Haskell, Texas. He was a farmer and was retired from Purolator.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Morris of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Leonard Ivy of Odessa, Texas, and Jay Ivy of Kermit, Texas; by two sisters, Delores Wilkinson of Abilene, Texas, and Gale Rowlett of Mesquite, Texas; and by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Massengale Ivy and his stepfather, Henry N. Ivy.


Randy Ann Warren
Randy Ann Warren, age 54, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2001, at her residence in Lubbock, Texas. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Warren was born in Seymour, Texas, on January 2, 1947, in the middle of a blizzard, with temperatures of -14 degrees, to Betsy and L.D. “Jack” Jones, Jr. She graduated from Seymour High School in 1964, Texas Technological University in 1968, and the Methodist Hospital School of Nurising in 1996. She was a social worker and a registered nurse.
Mrs. Warren is survived by her daughter, Robyn Warren of Gatesville, Texas; by her father L.D. “Jack” Jones, Jr. of Wichita Falls, Texas; by a sister, Robbie Berendt of Canmore, Alberta, Canada; by two grandchildren, Betsy Alvarado and Zachary Alvarado of Lubbock, Texas; and by a cousin, Pattie Bratcher of Seymour, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betsy Jones on January 30, 1990.
The family request that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.


Nannie Vina Lively
Services for Nannie Vina Lively, age 87, of Lubbock, Texas, who died Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at her residence, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2001, at the W.W. Rix Chapel with Dave Gilchriest and Monty Huffman officiating. Interment was in the Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction Rix Funeral Directors of Lubbock.
She was born March 5, 1914, to Willard D. and Sarah Stewart in Hamlin, Texas. She married Clinton L. Lively on May 15, 1928. He died September 26, 1993. She worked in housekeepping at Texas Tech University for 18 years, retiring in 1979 as housekeeping supervisor in Hulen Hall. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Jerald Don Lively of Euless, Texas; two daughters Mrs. Bill (Polly) McCarty of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Richard (Doris) Welch of Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Jason Stewart of Henrietta, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Bobby Glen 1932; a daughter, Helen Wills on April 5, 1991; two grandsons, Billy Leon Wills in 1960 and John Mark Welch in 1963; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Lynn Huffman in 1991 and Haley Kathleen Little in 1997; by three sisters, Allie Stewart, Beatrice Jones and Louise Taylor; and by three brothers, L.B. Willie and Ollie Stewart.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Children Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408.


Lula H. Loken
Lula H. Loken, age 90, of Brownfield, Texas, passed away Friday, November 16, 2001. Services were Monday, November 19, 2001 at Llano Mausoleum, Amarillo, Texas, with Reverend Bill Wade of Amarillo officiating. Interment was in Llano Mausoleum Amarillo, Texas, under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.
She was born July 2, 1911, Knox County, Texas. Graduated from Vera High School and then attended Texas Tech University. She taught school in Gilliland, Texas, and worked as a hairdresser in Seymour, Benjamin and Corpus Christi. During WWII she worked in a defense plant in San Diego, California. She married Ralph Loken, August 15, 1942. They farmed and ranched in Nebraska until his death, October 1988. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Home Demonstration Club and VFW Auxillary. She was preceded in death by a sister, J’nne Feemster and two brothers, Howard Hurd of Brownfield and Joe Hurd of Houston.
Survivors include: two sisters, Pauline Roth of Amarillo and Doris Shields of Corpus Christi; two sister-in-laws, Helen Hurd of Houston and Bettye Hurd of Brownfield; and several Nieces and Nephews.


Venson Victor (V.V.) OvertonVenson Victor
(V.V.) Overton

Venson Victor (V.V.) Overton, 85, of Seymour passed away November 12, 2001 in Olney, Texas.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 15, 2001 at First Baptist Church.
Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Overton was born March 16, 1916 in Rayston, Texas, Fisher County. He and Helen Ruth Mahaffy were married August 16, 1936 in Rayston, Texas.
Mr. Overton was a jeweler for 63 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 56 years, a member of the K.Y.B. Sunday School Class.
He had been a member of Seymour Lions Club, Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour School bus driver for 26 years and a member of the Seymour Remuda Club.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ruth; one daughter, Winona Ruth Chandler and husband Gerald; two sons, Dennis Wilburn Overton and wife Sharron Jo., Venson Neil Overton and wife Debra Lynn. One brother, Maurice Overton of Weatherford, Texas, and wife Jo. Eight grandchildren: Dennis Wayne Bland and wife, Cheryle; Giva Lynn and husband, Norman Conner; Guy Dale Chandler and wife, Socarro; Curtis Howard Bass and wife, Gina; Jodi Vee Dana and husband, Tony; Neil Wade Overton and wife, Isa; Cassey Wess Overton and wife, Cayla; Chad Neil Overton. Fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Seymour First Baptist Church United We Build Fund.


Samuel Luckey
Samuel Luckey, age 71, passed away in Seymour, Texas on Sunday, November 25, 2001.
No services are scheduled in Seymour. Burial will be in California. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Luckey was born April 27, 1930. He lived in California and worked for Safeway Food Stores for many years. He moved to Seymour in 1999.
Survivors include three daughters, Sammie Luckey, Lydia Luckey and Robin Luckey; two sons, Carl Luckey and Fletcher Luckey; three sisters, Minnie Lee Galloway, Doris Parrish and Leanna Luckey; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Jessie Shawver
Jessie Shawver, age 91, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2001 in Bartlesville.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 27, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Larry Crumpton, Pastor of First United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, in Seymour.
Mrs. Shawver was born January 10, 1910 in Baylor County, Texas to Thomas Eugene Fancher and Sarah Bingham Fancher. She and Zerold Shawver were married December 24, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1967. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lawrence in 1996. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Sue Nichols of Grove, Oklahoma and D’Ann Wooldridge of Montgomery, Texas; one son, Jim Shawver of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Peggy Ford of Seymour, Texas, Lloyd Clark of Red Springs, Texas and Emma Gene Conner of Lipan, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


John Debs Wilson
John Debs Wilson, age 87, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2001, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Edward C. Hart and Bob Hayley, Jr. officiating. Interment was in the Bomarton Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites conducted by Seymour Lodge #604 A.F. & A.M. Services are under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilson was born April 11, 1914, in Alba, Texas, and moved to the Bomarton Community at an early age. He graduated from Bomarton High School in 1932. He married Mary Catherine Reed on April 1, 1939, in Seymour, Texas. He was a farmer and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Seymour Lodge #604 A.F. & A.M. and the Eastern Star $488. He was a former worshipful Master of Lodge #604, and was the district deputy grand master in 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Wilson of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter and her husband, Deborah and Lynn McLarty of Snyder, Texas; by one son David Wilson of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; by four grandchildren, Daron Wilson, Reed Wilson, Erik Wagoner and Kirsten Lancaster; by seven great-grandchildren, Jessica Boyd, Victoria Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Blake Wilson, J.D. Wagoner, Wilson Wagoner and Jane Wagoner; and by one great-great-grandchild, Tristan Boyd.
The family rquests that memorials be made to the Seymour High School Building Fund and Library.


Charles Wayne Killian
Charles Wayne Killian, age 65, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001, at his residence in Seymour, Texas. Services were held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor, officiated. Interment was in the Riverview cemetery. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Killain was born March 10, 1936 in Munday, Texas to George J. Killian and Lora Crouch Killian. He worked for Western Crude Oil for over 20 years as a district superintendent. He was a member of the Downtown Men’s Bible Class.
Survivors include: two sons, Rickey Killian of Heflin, Louisiana and Chuck Killian of Seymour, Texas; one brother, Clifford Killian of Munday, Texas; and six granchildren.


O.V. Hampton
O.V. Hampton, 89, of Megargel, Texas died Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Olney, with the Reverend Cliff Sims, pastor, and Harvey McQueen of Megargel, Texas, officiating. Interment was in the Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mr. Hampton was born March 31, 1912 in Westover, Texas to the late John H. and Josephine (Riley) Hampton. He graduated Megargel High School in 1929. He and Bessie Maye Baker were married June 25, 1934 in Jacksboro, Texas. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army 9th Division. He was a verteran of World War II. He was stationed in Germany and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Mergargel Masonic Lodge No. 1038 A.F. & A.M. He served every office in the Lodge, serving twice as master and was secretary for many years. He was a retired oil filed pumper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olney. He had lived in Megargel most of his life.
Survivors include his wife: Bessie Maye Hampton of Megargel, Texas; one son, Riley Hampton of Megargel, Texas; one sister, Irue Routon of Olney, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.


Alden J. Smith
Alden J. Smith, age 64 of Abbott, passed away Wednesday evening, November 14, 2001 at this residence.
Rosary was recited 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 6:45 p.m. Friday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, with Father Stephen Nesrsta as celebrant. Mass of Christian Burial was held 1 p.m. in St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Burkburnett. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wichita Falls.
Mr. Smith was born November 14, 1937 at Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls. The 100th child born in this hospital, to Alden Hirim (Buzzy) and Bettie Blanar Smith. He was the grandson of pioneer Wichita county settlers, Willis Winston and Lula Belle Smith of Electra and Rudolph and Mary (Michna) Blanar of the Clara community near Burkburnett. He was received into the faith by baptism November 24, 1937 by Father Peter Malloy.
Mr. Smith was a honor graduate of Burkburnett High School Class of 1956. A distinguished graduate of Texas A&M Class of 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. He was a holder of Masters Degrees from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, and the University of Maryland College in Park, Maryland, Additional studies at the University of Texas in Austin, Radford University, Xavier University of Ohio and Slovak National Academy Zvolen Grand University in Vienna.
His teaching included Social Studies and English at Burkburnett High School and Social Studies and Drama coach at Kimbell Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. For 35 years he was an instructor of history and government at Hill College in Hillsboro, the director of Social and Behavioral Science and served as president of the Hill College Faculty Association. He was on the Professional Development Committee for TJCTA. Mr. Smith was named distinguished professor and NISOD winner in 1994.
He was active in the Czech and Slavic groups. He was a director of the National Alliance of Czech Catholics in Chicago and a member of the Czech Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the current president of St. Charles K.J.T. No. 107 of Abbott for 20 years. President of the Order of Sts. Cyril and Methodius RVOS Marak Lodge No. 47, Catholic Life Union No. 4 of West and Tours, and Catholic Workman St. Wenceslavs No. 77 of West. He was a former and lecture of West Knights of Columbus No. 2305 and was a charter member of St. Wenceslav Knights of Columbus Council No. 11230 of Abbott and served as Council Recorder.
He was a member of the Board of Directors Dallas-Brno Sister Cities, founder of the American Moravian Culture Center in Brno, past vice-president and international director of McLennan Hill Czech Heritage Society, member of Texans of Czech Ancestry, Czech-Moravian Beseda Dancers of Texas, and served as commentator, Czech Cultural Society of Dallas and member of Dallas Czech Singers and also a member of S.P.J.S.T. Lodge No. 130 of Dallas.
He was active in the Association of former students. Alden was a past officer of the County-Line Aggie Club, member of Hill County Farm Bureau, election judge of precinct No. 7 in Abbott and precinct chairman of the Democratic Party and was elected delegate to the State Democratic Convention.
An active member in the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Abbott, Alden was a former parish council member and served as secretary. At present time, he was a lecturer, Eucharist minister, cantor/soloist and a member of the choir, both English and Czech.
Alden is survived by one aunt, Jimmie (Smith) Jordan of Pampa, cousins, Charlotte Pearcy of Hico, Patricia Keith of Dimmitt, several cousins and godchildren, godchild, Mary (Strokes) Kirk of Hillsboro and close friends.
Active pallbearers were Emil Pustejovsky, Jr., Frank Marak, Charlie Pavlas, Jody Lenart, Kenneth Beene, Barney Fudge, Danny Snooks, and Bob Treadwell.
Honorary pallbearers were Eugene Pustejovsky, Paul Harvey, Jr., Alfred Vrana, Ronnie Marak, Thom Smith, Henry Gerlich, Ray Roberts, Stephen Vrana, Terry Timmons, Joel Atkins, David Hartmann, Larry Armstrong, Johnnie Pustejovsky, members of St. Charles Borromen KJT No. 107, members of St. Wenceslavs Knights of Columbus Council No. 11230 and members of Msgr. George Doskocil 4th Degree Assembly of Knights of Columbus Council No. 2391.
Memorials may be made to the Arch Bishops Seminary Fund of Olomouc in Care of St. Charles K.J.T. No. 107, Box 205 Abbott, TX 76621 of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott.
Kotch Funeral Home in West was in charge of arrangements.


Linda DouglasLinda Douglas
Linda Douglas, age 65, of Dallas, Texas, died December 9, 2001. Services were held Friday, December 14, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Seymour Church of Christ officiated by A.B. Martin. Interment was in the Cache Creek Cemetery with services under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Linda Larue Douglas was born December 21, 1935 in Seymour, Texas. She graduated from Seymour High School and has lived in Dallas since 1978. She worked for the State of Texas, Childcare, Inc. for 19 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mildred Dykes Douglas and a brother, Walter Douglas in 1997.
Survivors include: two sons David Lee Hulcy and wife, Cathie of Summerfield, Florida; and Steven Ray Hulcy and wife Sharon of Wichita Falls, Texas; two brothers, Gene Douglas of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Howard Lee Douglas of Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Donna Kay House of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Jennifer Elaine Hulcy and Michael Hulcy.
Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.


Vernie Leon Feemster
Vernie Leon Feemster, age 75, died December 18, 2001, at his residence in Iowa Park, Texas after a battle with cancer. Graveside services were held at Vera Cemetery, Vera, Texas, December 20, 2001 under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home with Larry L. Dutton officiating.
Vernie Leon was born in Vera, Texas, August 30, 1926, to Vernie and Ida Stockton Feemster. He lived most of his early years in Knox County including Vera, Benjamin, Knox City and later moving to Seymour, Vernon and Iowa Park.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Dan David.
Survivors include his wife of the home and a stepdaughter and a stepson and many cousins.


Lotella Cox
Lotella Cox, 82, of Abilene and formerly of Seymour, Texas, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at a local medical center.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Church of Christ with David Wray and John Risse officiating. Burial was in the Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cox was born on November 20, 1919, in Italy, Texas, and attended public schools and graduated from high school in Seymour. In 1939, she moved from Seymour to Abilene where she and her husband owned both Abilene Kindergarten and Dyess Kindergarten for twenty years. She worked at Abilene State School as Librarian for five years, and also was a real estate owner.
Mrs. Cox was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She left a great legacy of caring for others. Though she was a shrewd businesswoman, she was best known for the way she cared for others, always looking after those with special needs and the elderly.
She married Foster Cox in Abilene on December 23, 1939. He preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Cox was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Mrs. Cox was also predeceased by a son, Gary Lynn Cox; her parents, Whit and Iva Daniel Eddlemon; and a sister, Shella Eddlemon.
Survivors include a son, Keith Cox and wife, Donna, of Titusville, FL; two daughters, Paula Fry and husband, Mark, of El Paso, and Janet Ardoyno and husband David, of Abilene; a sister, Clemmie Lucas of Tecumseh, OK; seven grandchildren, Dedra Baca, Marla Cox, Gavin Lynn Cox, Ginger Hafer, Justin Ardoyno, Jonathan Ardoyno, and Emily Ardoyno; and two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Hafer and Garrison Cox. She was a special friend and “foster mother” to James and Betty Slaughter.


Lloyd Gilbert
Lloyd Gilbert, age 79, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2001, in Seymour. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Henson Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Gilbert was born October 8, 1922, in Seymour, Texas, to Robert Morris and Grace Avery Gilbert. He had been a truck driver for Ayers Oil Company in Holliday, Texas, and had also worked at the Seymour Steam Laundry and the Seymour Hospital. He married Betty Rodgers on October 27, 1990, in Seymour, Texas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of Seymour, Texas; by one son, Mike Gilbert of Graham, Texas; by one daughter, Cindy Pope of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Ann Elliott of Seymour, Texas; by one brother, Bruce Gilbert of La Jolia Beach, California; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by one daughter, Janice Shuts; by four sisters, Morris Sue Price, Ollie King, Grace Allen and Melba Gillman; and by two brothers, Everett Gilbert and Ray Gilbert.


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Gregorio Aranda, Jr.
Gregorio Aranda, Jr. age 35, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2001, in Seymour. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Vera, Texas, Cemetery with Reverend Gilbert Rodriguez officiating, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Aranda was born April 19, 1966, in Pearsall, Texas, the son of Gregorio Aranda and Alvina Frausto. He worked for Hrncirik Lawn Care Service. He was a member of the New Covenant Church.
He is survived by his mother Alvina Leal of Sulphur Springs, Texas; by three daughters, Valerie Aranda and Lisa Aranda of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Rosalinda Aranda of Sulphur Springs, Texas; by one son, Emillio Aranda of Sulphur Springs, Texas; by five sisters, Martha Luna of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Aurora Swindell of Wichita Falls, Texas and Yolanda Rios, Isabel Aranda and Juanita Aranda, all of Pearsall, Texas; by one brother, David Aranda of Pearsall, Texas; and by one grandson, Anthony Aranda of Wichita Falls, Texas.


Clifford Lee Wisenbaker
Clifford Lee Wisenbaker passed away in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 5, 2001. C.L. was born in Tyler, Texas on July 31, 1912 to Leonard and Dellie Wisenbaker. He married Ella Ree Carter in Hugo, Oklahoma on June 30, 1934 following a six day courtship. She preceded him in death on March 5, 1999. He is at peace now, he “got his woman back.”
He had spent the last few months in Grand Prairie trying to recover from complications of a pedestrian/auto accident on December 19, 2000. He passed away only a few feet from where his beloved wife had died.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Dean Glasco and son-in-law Lee Glasco, Sr. of Grand Prairie, Texas, daughter Barbara Jeanne Ezzell and son-in-law James Charles Ezzell of Seymour, Texas, brother C.A. Wisenbaker of Sulphur Springs, two sisters, Abby Rucker and Zelma Miller of Houston, four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. One granddaughter, Leanna Glasco also preceded him in death.
When Clifford and Ella Ree moved their family to Sulphur Springs in 1943 from Houston, Texas, he was concerned because there was not a local Assemby of God Church. Being a man of action, he talked with Jimmie D. Spence about purchasing land for a church. After reaching an agreement with both Mr. Spence and the Assemblies of God, C.L. made the initial down payment for the property at 434 E. Jefferson Street where the 1st Assembly of God Church in Sulphur Springs is now located.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at Lone Oak Assembly of God Church in Lone Oak, Texas with Reverend Sam Calk and Reverend O.J. Andrews officiating. He was buried next to his wife in Bascom Cemetery in Tyler.
Pallbearers were his nephews Fred Wisenbaker, David Wisenbaker, Daniel Wisenbaker, Donnie Wisenbaker, and grandson James Clifford Ezzell and great-grandson, Nicholas Ezzell.


Jayten Glen Hudson
Jayten Glen Hudson, infant son of Jay and Betty Hudson, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2001 at Wichita Falls, Texas.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 6, 2001 at the Round Timber Cemetery, Round Timber, Texas officiated by Reverend Richard Eldredge. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Survivors include: parents, Jay and Betty Hudson of Seymour, Texas; one brother, Jayce Macain Hudson of Seymour, Texas; grandparents, Billy Mac & Janie Howe and Don & Sheryl Hudson all of Seymour, Texas and Nancy & Lane Davis of Knox City, Texas; great-grandparents, Dorothy Howe of Round Timber, Texas and Theresia Sykora of Spring Creek, Texas.


Walter Edward Cooper
Walter Edward Cooper, age 88, of Wichita Falls, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001 at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Cooper was born December 23, 1912 in Olney, Texas. He graduated from Baird, Texas, High School, and attended McMurry College. He was employed by Lone Star Gas Company and worked in their Knox City and Seymour Offices as assistant manager. On August 13, 1938, He married Wanda Jones in Seymour, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 22, 1999. During World War II, He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees at Guadalcanal and the Admirality Islands. After discharge from the Navy, Cooper was employed by Shell Oil Company and worked in the Odessa area until 1957, when he became the owner of the White’s Auto Store in Aransas Pass, Texas. He owned and operated this store for 30 years. He was a director in the First National Bank of Aransas Pass, and Amvestors Financial Corporation of Topeka, Kansas.
Mr. Cooper was a member of the Christian Church, and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is dearly loved and will be missed.
He is survived by his brother, Donald E. Cooper of Midland, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


Catherine HayleyCatherine Hayley
Catherine Hayley, 92, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, July 10, 2001, of Weather-ford, Texas.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Normandale Baptist Church in White Settlement, where she was a member since 1978, officiated by Brother Mike Tullos and assisted by Brother Warren Osburn of First Baptist Church of Millsap, followed by a traditional Eastern Star services with a graveside service in Seymour, Texas at 4:00 p.m. officiated by Brother Warren Osburn at the Masonic Cemetery. Grandson were the pallbearers.
Catherine was born May 28, 1909, to James S. and Salley Gore in Seaborn, Texas. On April 27, 1930, she and John Rufus Hayley married in Baylor County. She lived in Seymour until July 1978 when she and John moved to White Settlement, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, to be closer to Peggy and John Ed, and Sylvia who also lived there. In 1998, due to failing health she moved to Weatherford nursing homes. She had a full life with many accomplishments. While in Seymour, she was secretary to superintendent of schools for 23 years. After retiring from the school she was a bookkeeper at the local nursing home for four years where her mother was a resident until her death. John died on August 10, 1987, one month before his 83rd birthday. She was a church pianist for both the Calvary Baptist and the Northeast Mission churches for several years and helped John at night in building the Northeast Mission. She was Sunday school teacher and G.A. leader at Calvary. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star for 51 years and attended White Settlement Chapter No. 1053 where she became pianist and was district pianist for two years. She loved to read, crochet and embroider as well as play the piano, all of which she had to give up due to a stroke in 1998.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; a sister, Novena Shawver Richmond; and granddaughter, Mary Kay Hayley.
She is survived by her five children: Glen Hayley and wife, Sue, of Rochester, Peggy Massie and husband, Kenneth, of Millsap, John Ed Hayley and wife, Daisy, of Big Wells, Sylvia Patterson and husband, Buddy, of Granbury, and Jerry Hayley and wife, Billie, of Houston; grandsons, John Ray Hayley, Wesley Glenn Hayley, Ray Massie, John Ed Hayley Jr., Wesley Don Hayley, Eddy Patterson, Waymon Patterson, Jay Hayley and Jared Hayley; granddaughters, Mylinda Hayley Magee, Mylana Hayley Frontz, Cathy Massie Smith, Sharon Massie Knight, Jerrie Hayley Anderson, and Barbee Patterson Jaynes; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; one great-great-grandson; four step great-granddaughters; sister, Julia Richmond; brother-in-law, Wesley Hayley; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hayley and Oleta Hayley; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Activity Department of Keeneland Health & Rehab, 700 S. Bowie, Weatherford, TX 76086.


Paul Clayton Buck
Paul Clayton Buck, age 72, passed away Monday, July 16, 2001 at Vernon, Texas.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 7 p.m. officiated by Dannie Gwinn, Pastor of New Covenant Church. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Survivors include several cousins.


Bergen Elmer Roe
Bergen Elmer Roe, age 80, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at his home in Durango, Colorado.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Mr. Roe was born in Seymour on July 2, 1921. After graduating from Seymour High School in 1939 he joined the Navy and served until November 1945. While serving in the Navy he attended Hospital Corps School in San Diego, California and was stationed in Pearl Harbor and the South Pacific aboard the USS Gridley and the USS Holland. He married Evelyn McLarty on January 6, 1943 in Seymour, Texas. They moved to Grand Prairie, Texas in 1951 where he worked for Vought Industries until he retired in 1984. In April 2001 he and Evelyn moved to Durango, Colorado.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Durango; a son, Delbert and daughter-in-law Carolyn of Whitewright, Texas; and a daughter, and son-in-law Mary and Guy Orbison of Durango; five grandchildren, and his sister, Naomi Chilton of Grand Prairie, Texas.


Dorothy Duley
Dorothy Duley, age 73, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001 in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Graveside services were held Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 5 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Duley was born January 10, 1928 in Baylor County, Texas to Kenton and Leora Shawver. She obtained a bachelors degree from North Texas State University. She worked for the City of Fort Worth for 26 years as a legal secretary. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary L. Duley.
She is survived by four sons, Clyde Duley and wife, Lisa of Weatherford, Texas; Ronald Duley and wife, Kymberly of Mineral Wells, Texas; David Duley of Fort Worth, Texas and Thomas Duley of Perrin, Texas; one daughter, Karen Aparicio and husband, Simon of Mineral Wells, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.


Christopher Benjamin Fest
Christopher Benjamin Fest, entered into rest on Friday, July 20, 2001 at the age of 29 years. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lewis and Thelma Huff.
Survivors include his parents, Claude and Donna Fest, his sisters, Kelly Fest and Libby Fest Hering; a brother, Eric Fest; nephews, Dillion Hering and Blaise Roberts and a host of many special friends.
Christopher was a Senior at UTSA and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Hills Chapel. Graveside services were held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.


Betty Lou GideonBetty Lou Gideon
Betty Lou Gideon, 76, passed from this life on Friday, July 20, 2001.
Funeral services were held July 22, at the Church of Christ in Seymour with Bro. A.B. Martin officiating. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Betty was born in Baylor County on October 8, 1924. Her parents were Cecil (Warren) and Mixon Studer. Her brother, Mixon, Jr., was born on October 29, 1925. Her mother went to be with the Lord when Betty was only 3 years old. This was a very sad time for the family. Her grandparents, John and Gertrude Studer, helped raise Betty and Junior for a few years. They lived in the Ogden community, outside Seymour, with numerous relatives and friends.
Mixon, Sr., married Bessie Keel in August 1933, and they all moved to the Carter-Taylor Ranch. Her youngest brother, Bobby Glen, was born on June 27, 1934. Betty was in a family that loved the Lord. She spent a lot of time in church, while her dad preached and led singing. She loved to sing hymns and gospel songs. She accepted Jesus as savior, and was baptized as a young teenager. Betty attended the Ogden school as a child and she completed her education at Seymour High School in 1942.
In June of 1942, she married W.L. Witt and moved to Arizona. Their first daughter, Mickey Ethel, was born on May 19, 1943 in Nevada. During the war, W.L. joined the Navy and Betty moved to Texas. She lost a child, named Nancy Carolyn, during this time. They eventually moved to California, where Brenda Kay was born on August 10, 1946.
Betty’s brother, Mixon, Jr., was killed in a car accident during the late 1940s. This was a devastating time for the family. Everyone loved Junior so much. The family’s faith in God carried them through all of their pain and suffering, over the years.
In 1950, Betty was divorced and moved to Seymour. She and her cousin, Eileene (Studer) Ryan, operated a cafe for a while. They then went to work for GTE Phone Co.
In 1953, Betty married Weldon (Johnny) Gideon and moved to Knox City. Their son, Michael Don, was born on December 17, 1954. They divorced when Mike was 3 months old, and Betty moved back to Seymour. Her daughters, Mickey and Brenda, graduated high school and went to Austin for college.
Betty transferred to Memphis, Texas in 1967 with GTE. In 1970, she transferred to La Grange, to be closer to her daughters. In 1970, she moved to Bryan, where Mike graduated in 1973.
She retired from GTE in 1979, and her grandson, Adam Jeffrey Witt was born on August 17, 1979. Adam was her pride and joy. Her dad, Mixon, Sr., passed away in the early 1980s after a battle with cancer.
Betty received her real estate license and sold houses until 1988. She always talked about spending her last days in Seymour, so she could be close to many relatives and friends. But, God had a different plan. She developed a disease similar to Alzheimers, and spent her last 4 years in a nursing home in New Braunfels. During this time, she lost her son-in-law, Bill Stockwell to cancer. Bill was a special part of the family for almost 32 years, and Betty loved him dearly. Her stepmother, Bessie Studer passed away last September after a lengthy illness.
Betty’s devoted children, and the staff at Colonial Manor, made her life comfortable as they could. Brenda was the family’s “Angel of Mercy”. She lived close by, and was able to spend many days with Betty. Her children were with her when she peacefully passed away.
Even during her illness, she blessed people with her singing, her smile, and her loving heart. God used her to touch others until He called her home.
Betty is survived by two daughters, Mickey Stockwell of Galveston, and Brenda Witt of San Antonio. One son, Michael Gideon of Bryan. One grandson, Adam Witt of San Antonio; a brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Genevieve Studer of Granbury; a nephew, David Studer; two nieces, Donna and Betty Studer, all of Granbury; and numerous relatives and friends, that she had during her long life.
Memorials may be made to The Alzheimers Association or your local chapter of Hospice Care.


J.T. Albright
J.T. Albright passed away Friday, July 20, 2001 in Porterville, California. No services were held at his request. Burial was in Veterans Only Cemetery July 27, 2001.
He was born April 17, 1916 to William Leslie and Nell Boone Albright in Vera, Texas. He married Dorothy Teague in January 1947. They were later divorced.
He is survived by his wife, Rosetta, two daughters, Pamela Guerrea of San Jose, California and Deevie Kay Johnson of Porterville, a sister, Elaine Moffett of Orofino, Idaho, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.


Judy Hailey
Judy Hailey, 57, passed away Monday, August 6, 2001, at her home in Abilene, Texas. Services will be held Thursday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Elliott-Hamill Funeral Home, S. 14th Abilene. Reverend Wallace Clay of Chillicothe and A.B. Marton of Seymour officiating. Burial will be in Hamby Cemetery.
Mrs. Hailey was born October 22, 1943, in Galveston, Texas, to John V. and Gerry (Bruce) Borden. She was reared in San Antonio and Austin. Judy graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio.
August 26, 1961, Judy married Johnny Bill Hailey, son of Buford and Ruth (Crump) Hailey at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio with Reverend Buckner Fanning performing the ceremony. To this union were born three children, Bryan, Lisa and Michele.
The Haileys moved to Abilene in 1995, after living in Eula, Texas for 18 years. Judy was a homemaker, a leader in Compassionate Friends, and a member of Eula Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Bill Hailey of Abilene; her mother, Gerry Bordon of Houston; two daughters, Lisa Kay Blair of Fort Worth and Michele Wilson of Webster, Texas; daughter-in-law, Tina Hailey Dacus of Breckenridge; a sister, Joan Pope, of Corpus Christi; 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Bryan Hailey, and her father, John Borden.
Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604; or the donor’s favorite charity.


Henrietta J. Pavliska
Henrietta J. Pavliska, age 78, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2001, at Eagle Lake, Texas. Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the SPJST Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pavliska was born March 10, 1923 in Baylor County, Texas, to August and Carrie Wasek Ermis. She married Raymond V. Pavliska on June 24, 1946 in Seymour, Texas. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1998. She worked for the Seymour School Cafeteria for many years, and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Rusch of Odessa, Texas; by one son, Eddie Joe Pavliska of Eagle Lake, Texas; by one sister, Irene Case of Granbury, Texas; by two brothers, Wesley Ermis of Edmond, Oklahoma and Eugene Ermis of Wichita Falls, Texas; and by six grandchildren.


Rachel Lee Morgan
Rachel Lee Morgan, age 72, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at her residence in Seymour. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour with Rev. Glenn Shock, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Morgan was born August 13, 1928, in Seymour, Texas to Harlin and Lillie Harleston King. She married Luke Morgan on February 17, 1945, in Seymour, Texas. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1999. She was a lifelong resident of Baylor County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Northeast Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Danny Morgan, of Seymour, Texas; by three grandchildren, Lynn Morgan of Seymour, Texas, Cindy Shepeard of Wichita Falls and Mindy Morgan of Wichita Falls, Texas; by four brothers, J.C. King, Willie King and Robert King, all of Seymour and Harlin King, Jr., of Amarillo, Texas; and by seven great-grandchildren, Amanda and Amber Morgan, Julia and Alecia Bradley, and Quiyamah, Victoria and Elizabeth Shepeard.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, James Elvie Bradford in 1979.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice.


Rev. Bobby Gene Harris
Services for Rev. Bobby Gene Harris, age 62, of Alba, Texas were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, in the Lindale First Baptist Church MMC with Rev. George Decker and Bobby Thornton officiating. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors in Lindale. Rev. Harris died Sunday morning at his residence. He was born April 17, 1939 in Marlo, Oklahoma and was formerly of Edom before moving to Alba 4 years ago. Rev. Harris was employed by Central Freight Lines in Tyler and pastored the Omen Baptist Church in Arp where he was a member. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Molly Arms Harris; a brother, James Harris; a sister, Juanita Smiley and by a grandson, Bry Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rinda Harris of Alba; two sons, Curtis Harris of Ben Wheeler and Derral Harris of Van; four daughers, Vanessa Day of Lindale, Mickie Gable of Ben Wheeler, Cheryl Bland and Shanna Ross, both of Edom; three brothers, Dalton Harris of Muleshoe, Dean Harris of Lubbock and Melvin Harris of Clifton; three sisters, Dorothy Self of Springtown, Bonnie Barnard of Marlo, Oklahoma and Trell Taylor of Friona; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
His nephews served as pallbearers. Honorable Pallbearers were James Reynolds, Chuck Howell, Fenley Tucker, Chuck Reynolds, and Robert Reynolds.


Elizabeth Johnson Davis
Elizabeth Johnson Davis, a life long resident of Wichita Falls, died August 9 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Her funeral was at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls with burial in Seymour at the Masonic Cemetery on August 11.
Born in Seymour, Texas to Dr. and Mrs. Charles Edgar Johnson, Elizabeth grew up in Seymour and attended CIA, now Texas Womans University, with a Bachelor of Science degree. Her major was history and English. Her first job out of college was teaching in a one-room school on her father's land in Baylor County.
She married the late Jarrell H. Davis, also of Seymour, in 1940 in Detroit where he was stationed with the FBI. After several moves with the bureau, they settled in Wichita Falls where Jarrell headed the local office. Jarrell died in 1976. Jarrell was county attorney of Baylor County in the late 1930's and practiced law in Seymour before joining the FBI.
Elizabeth was active in her community belonging to the Twentieth Century Study Club, Woman's Forum, served as President of the Presbyterian Women's organization of the First Presbyterian Church, and was on the board of Day Nursery Society, among other affiliations in Wichita Falls. She also belonged to her family's chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Virginia and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, also in Virginia.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Elisa Davis Faye and son-in-law, Gilbert Faye; grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law; Lisa Faye and William Wilson of Plano, Texas, Patrick Sean Faye of Dallas, Texas, and Elizabeth Faye and John Gatz of Chicago, Illinois; great-granddaughters, Katrin Elise Gatz and Sarah Rachel Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Edgar and Elaine Johnson of Abilene; nephews and nieces-in laws, Chuck Johnson, Jay and Kathleen Johnson, Larry and Judi Johnson; niece and nephew-in-law, Gina Cannon and Jerry Kinnaird of Bedford; great nephews and great niece-in-law, Trey and Kim Kinnaird, Caleb Kinnaird, Cecil Cannon, Cameron, and Travis Johnson; and many cousins living in Fort Worth and other Texas cities.
The late Dr. Charles Edgar Johnson and Mabel Johnson were early settlers in Baylor County. Dr. Johnson practiced medicine in Seymour for a number of years. Her sisters were the late Glenna Johnson Power of Seymour and the late Virginia Johnson Cannon of Abilene.


Dorothy M. Marak
Dorothy M. Marak, age 77, of Seymour, died Monday, September 3, 2001 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Christian wake services were held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral mass was held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge, officiating. Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas. Services are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Marak was born July 25, 1924 in Rhineland, Texas. She and George Marak were married October 26, 1948 in Rhineland, Texas. She was a homemaker and lived in Bomarton until 1990 when she moved to Seymour. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, George of Seymour; two daughters, Gayle Morrison and husband, Mike of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Suzanne Beach and husband, Doyce of Seymour, Texas; one son, Greg Marak of Seymour, Texas and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Randy in 1959.


Bruce Bailey
Seymour resident, Bruce Bailey, age 81, passed from this life on Thursday, August 30, 2001, at the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ with Scotte Clark and A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post #7871.
Mr. Bailey was born in Knox County, near the community of Red Springs, on December 13, 1919, to C.C. and Ruth Bailey, one of thirteen children. He married Thelma Blankenship on May 15, 1941, in Westover, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a machine gunner in the 304th Infantry in the European Theatre. He was a recipient of the Medal of Valor, and had been a member of the VFW for 35 years. Mr. Bailey retired in 1982 from Purolator Courier Services. He was a member of the Seymour Church of Christ.
Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by one son, Robert Bruce Bailey in 1951; by five brothers, seven sisters and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of the home; one sister-in-law, Linda Blankenship of the home; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harold and Faye Stewart of Olney, Texas; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Thelbert and Peggy Blankenship of Wichita Falls, Texas; and three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bailey of Loveland, Colorado, Lori Bailey of Longmont, Colorado, and Juanita Bailey of Butte, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Boyd Bailey, Chris Bailey, Ronnie Bailey, Chris Key, Bob Robinson, and Perry Hudson.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, or to a children’s home of choice.


Pauline Kovar Holub
Pauline Kovar Holub, age 92, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at the local nursing home. Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Bomarton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Holub was born August 30, 1909 in Baylor County, Texas to Frank and Teresie Gress Kovar. She married George Joseph Holub on November 23, 1926 in Bomarton, Texas. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1967. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sons, Edwin Holub of Hurst, Texas and Lonnie Holub of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Edna Holub of Seymour, Texas; by two grandchildren, Gabriele Bottorff and Jonathan Holub; by three great-grandchildren.


Irene Cunningham
Irene Cunningham, age 93, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2001, at the Lubbock Hospitality House. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ, with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Goree, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cunningham, a homemaker, was born February 23, 1908, in Bartlett, Texas. She and Jimmie Cunningham were married in Munday, Texas, on April 23, 1925. She was a member of the Seymour Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband on November 10, 1983, and by a daughter, Agnes Ann Self in 1963.
Survivors include four daughters, Rheba Clark of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joyce Roberts of Des Moines, Washington, Lois Nell Adams of Bryan, Texas, and Carol Jane Gilstrap of Lubbock, Texas; by one son, Douglas Cunningham of Goree, Texas; by 25 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.


Herbert Hoover Farr, Jr.
Herbert Hoover Farr, Jr., age 57, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, following a brief illness in a Vernon Hospital.
Funeral services were held September 22, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Carl Fisher and Reverend Frank Dominguez officiating. Interment was in Seymour Cemetery under the Direction of Sullivan Funeral Home of Vernon.
Herbert was born May 30, 1944, in Seymour , Texas a son of the Late Herbert Hoover and Elizabeth Farr. He married Otilia Lopez on April 20, 1979 in Jacksboro, Texas. He was a resident of Vernon since 1979 when he moved from Olney. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired welder and carpenter. He was a member of Vernon Baptist Church. He was an avid John Wayne fan and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Otilia of the home; three daughters, Ruthann Reeves and Susanne Ranjel, both of Vernon, and Angela Hagenmier of Nocona, Texas; one son, Bobby Craig of Marietta, Oklahoma; one brother, Ricky Williams of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters, Cathy Beckham of Rockwall, Texas and Janieth Machala of Seagonville, Texas; eight grandchildren and two uncles.
Memorials may be made to Vernon Baptist Church.


Mary Edna KirbyMary Edna Kirby
Mary Edna Kirby, 86 died Saturday September 29, 2001 at Homestead of Denison.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 1 at Waldo Funeral Home Chapel, the Reverend Danny Woods of West Sherman Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Cedarlawn Memorial Park.
Born June 12, 1915 in Bonham to Martin Andrew and Dora Weatherford Dial, she graduated from Seymour Schools and Decatur Baptist College and attended business college in Wichita Falls.
Mary Edna Dial married Lee H. Hall November 25, 1933 in Seymour. He preceded her in death in 1955. She later married Woodrow W. Kirby August 30, 1963 in Denton and was widowed again in 1972.
She was a supervisor of the top floor of Maddens Department Store in Denison. She was also the buyer of ladies ready to wear and sports wear. While in Wichita Falls she worked as a secretary in a lawyer’s office and for an insurance company. She also worked at Knights Furniture and Lilleys. She was a member of West Sherman Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were John Stroud, Billy Charles Stroud, Edgar Dial, Earl Dial, Dean Lilliebridge and Joe Ward.
Memorials can be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Mrs. Kirby is survived by her son Jimmy Lee Hall and wife Linda, grandchildren Kim Stephens, Jennifer Hall and Jimmy Hall II, great-grandchildren Nicholas Stephens and Lauren Stephens, all of Sherman, step-grandchildren Debbie and Deryell Sparks of Coppell, Julie and Lee Elkins of Bryan, Dee Dee and Dave Kelly of Little Elm and five step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by all eleven of her brothers and sisters.


James H. Johnson
James H. Johnson, age 70, of Seymour died Saturday, September 29, 2001.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson was born October 23, 1930 in Spanish Fort, Texas. He was a veteran serving his country from 1951 to 1953. He and Shirley Black were married January 9, 1954 in Jacksboro, Texas. he moved from Jacksboro to Seymour in 1956. James was a production foreman for McMahon Bullington Drilling Co. for 40 years before retiring in 1996. he was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by: wife, Shirley Johnson of Seymour, Texas; daughter, Sheryl Wiles of Seymour; two sons Don Johnson of Megargel, Texas and Ron Johnson of Jacksboro, Texas; brother, Clayton Johnson of Cleburne, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchidlren.


Christopher Alan Rusch
Christopher Alan Rusch, age 18, of Odessa, Texas, passed away October 3, 2001 in Odessa, Texas. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2001, at the Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Chapel, with Pastor Dewey Blevins officiating. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery in Seymour, with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Rusch was born January 11, 1983, in Odessa, Texas. He was a high school student and a member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his parents, Craig and Janet Pavliska Rusch of Odessa, Texas; three brothers, Jason, Jonathan and Brett Rusch, all of Odessa, Texas; and his grandmother, Verna Rusch of Appleton, Wisconsin
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Henrietta Pavliska; by a grandfather, Roy Rusch; and by a brother, Bryan Rusch.


Floy A. McLemoreFloy A. McLemore
Floy A. McLemore, age 88, of Georgetown, passed away Monday, September 24, 2001. She was born August 18, 1913, to parents Martin Henry Roe and Mary Elizabeth Hurst in Comanche, Texas.
Mrs. McLemore married Felix Durward (Boots) McLemore on July 15, 1932, in Altus, Oklahoma. In her earlier years, she worked for Allen Post and JC Penney Department stores. From 1942 to 1944, she and her husband owned and operated McLemore Grocery on 19th Street in Austin. Then she went to work for the Texas Highway Department where she retired in 1970 after many years of service. She was an active member of the Crestview Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband , Felix Durward (Boots) McLemore; son Linford McLemore; and a great-granddaughter, Abbey McLemore.
She is survived by three sons, Felix McLemore Jr. and his wife, Mildred of Houston, Ted McLemore and his wife, Donna of Hutto, Charles McLemore and his wife, Vangie of Austin; three brothers, Elzo Roe of Seymour, Texas, Gerald Roe of Portland, Oregon, Wayne Roe of Kerrville, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, September 26, 2001, in the chapel of Cook Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown with Reverend Dan Woodridge, Pastor of the Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown, officiating.
Interment was at Cook-Walden Captial Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
In place of usual remembrances, the family suggests memorial contributions to Crestview Baptist Church, 2300 Williams Drive, Georgetown 78628.


Naomi Lois Kinman
Naomi Lois Kinman, age 90, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 11, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ. A.B. Martin and Dick Norman officiated. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Naomi Lois Kinman was born June 3, 1911 in Jones County, Texas. She and Wesley Kinman were married May 9, 1936 in Haskell, Texas. Naomi worked as a cook in the school cafeteria in Rule for four years and then at Goree for 19 years. She moved to Seymour in 1969. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by: Husband, Wesley Kinman of Seymour, Texas; two sons; Charles Don Kinman and wife, Linda of Lubbock, Texas and Gerald Eugene Kinman and wife, Nancy of Keller, Texas; two granchildren, Jefferson Don Kinman and wife, Lois and Dennis John Kinman and wife, Stacy; one great-grandchild, Jacob Kinman and one step great-grandchild, Ben Pena.


Dora Fay Wharton Etter
Dora Fay Wharton Etter, age 95, of Crowell, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2001, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at the Margaret Methodist Church in the Margaret Community in Foard County, with Reverend Steve Brooks, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Etter was a caregiver for the elderly.
She is survived by one son, Cliff Wharton of Vernon, Texas; by three daughters, Icyphene Blackburn of Crowell, Texas, Dorothy Jeffrey of Pampa, Texas, and Sharon Shultz of Arlington, Texas; by five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


Linda Gayle Blankenship
Linda Gayle Blankenship, age 59, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2001, in Olney, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ with Bud Branson and A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Miss Blankenship was born November 14, 1941, in Seymour, Texas, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by a sister, Thelma Bailey of Seymour, Texas; by a sister and her husband, Faye and Harold Stewart of Olney, Texas; by a brother and his wife, Thelbert and Peggy Blankenship of Wichita Falls, Texas; by two sisters-in-law, Aurelia Blankenship of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cleo Blankenship of Seymour, Texas; by eight nieces and nephews, and by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Major Goree and Leona Blankenship; by three brothers, Van Earl Blankenship, William Muriel Blankenship and M.G. “Junior” Blankenship; and by a brother-in-law, Bruce Bailey.


Ellie V. BromEllie V. Brom
Ellie V. Brom, age 88, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at “Just Like Home” in Seymour, Texas. Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was said at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge, Pastor officiating. Interment was in the Megargel Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Ellie Violet Newsome was born November 27, 1912, to Robert (Bob) and Ella (Blair) Newsome, near Marquez, in Leon County, Texas. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father took her at one week of age to his sister, Lee (Newsome) Blankenship, and her husband, J.P. (Pat) Blankenship in Baylor County, Texas. She was adopted into the family of Pat Blankenship and was loved as one of their own children.
Ellie attended school at Hashknife, B.Y. and other small schools in the Round Timber-Westover area of Baylor County. She graduated from Westover High School in 1933.
On October 3, 1933, she married Adolph Brom in Megargel, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1981. Ellie and Adolph farmed their place southwest of Westover all their life, and she was a full partner in all they did, helping in every area of the farm work. After her husband's death, Ellie moved to Seymour where she lived until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Raymond Newsome, Margaret Mitchell and Lois Edwards; by her adopted parents, J.P. and Martha Lee Blankenship; by her adopted siblings, Lawrence Blankenship, Minnie Bench, Bessie Tucker, Albert Blankenship and Ross Blankenship.
She is survived by one sister, Geraldean Goldstein of Dallas, Texas; by one brother-in-law, Jim Brom of Megargel, Texas; and by her nieces and nephews, Billy Bench of Plainview, Texas, Ann Smith of Winnsboro, Texas, Pat Blankenship of Adrian, Texas, Jerry Tucker of Wichita Falls, Texas, Beth Dortch of Morse, Texas, Sonny Blankenship of Morse, Texas, Eschol Blankenship of Spearman, Texas, John Michael Blankenship of Amarillo, Texas,Efton Edwards of Arlington, Texas, Dr. Mike Goldstein of Dallas, Texas, and Pat Newsome of Corsicana, Texas.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the Sacred Heart Catholic Church building fund, 207 W. Pecan, Seymour, Texas 76380.


Nathalene ‘Nat’ Scott
Nathalene ‘Nat’ Scott, age 90, passed away Tuesday October 23, 2001, at the local hospital. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2001, at the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, with the Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Scott was born April 13, 1911, in Arkansas. She married John B. Scott in June of 1931 in Seymour, Texas. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1983. She was a secretary for many years for West Texas Utilities in Munday, Texas. She and Mr. Scott had lived in Seymour, Munday, Spur and Memphis, prior to her moving back to Seymour in 1983. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Escalator Sunday School Class and the Goodwill Ambassadors.
She is survived by two sons, J.D. Scott of Depew, Okla., and Jerry W. Scott of Seymour, Texas; by three sisters, Bea Nix, Ula Mayers and Nelda Taylor, all of Seymour, Texas; by four grandchildren, Darla Babb, Valarie Flournoy, Dwayne Scott and Victor Scott; by six great-grandchildren, Derek Babb, Zachery Babb, Amanda Flournoy, Gody Scott, Samantha Scott and Eli Flournoy; and by two great-great-grandchildren.


Alice Ruth Crawford
Alice Ruth Crawford, age 84, passed away Friday, November 2, 2001, in the local nursing home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Crawford was born December 8, 1916, in King County, Texas, to Jessie James and May Pearl Rundell Moore. She married Banty Frank Crawford on September 16, 1933 in Vera, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 25, 1982. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Edythe Ann Adkins of Decatur, Texas; by three sons, James Crawford of Seymour, Texas, Gerald Glen Crawford of Stamford, Texas, and Jack Marlin Crawford of Westmoreland, California; by a brother, Sammie Moore of Ventura, California; by 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Frankie June Guynes; by two grandchildren, Debra Lynn Crawford and Kimberly Ann Crawford; and by a great-grandson, Charles Harvey.


Nora Branson Wheeler
Nora Branson Wheeler born December 17, 1909 passed away Saturday, November 10, 2001. She was proceded in death by her husband, Winnett Orvil Wheeler in 1985. They were married on September 10, 1929 in Santo, Texas.
She was instrumental in the lives of her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After coming to live with her daughter in 1987, she was a major participant in the lives of her great-grandchildren. She always said they just get grander and grander. Her devotion to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and being a major part of their lives made her twilight years especially joyful.
Survived by daughter, Betty Allen, of Farmers Branch, three grandchildren, Danny Allen and wife Cathy of Dallas, Lee Allen of Dallas, Janet Allen Wilson of North Richland Hills. Three great-great-grandchildren, Matthew Wilson, Amanda Allen and Sarah Allen and one sister, Lena Johnson, of Santo, Texas and many nieces and nephews that were dear to her heart.
Services were held Tuesday, November 13, 2001 in Santo, Texas.


Claude BoylesClaude Boyles
Claude Boyles, 92, died Friday, November 9, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2001, in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview with Reverend Jack Jordan, pastor of Western Hills Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
Claude was born June 27, 1909, in Eastland County, Texas, to the late George and Rachael (Snyder) Boyles. On October 30, 1938, he married Juanita Walker in Wichita Falls. Mr. Boyles proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. A member and deacon of Western Hills Baptist Church, he was the owner of Boyles Candy Sales for over 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years Juanita of Wichita Falls; son Jerry Boyles of Lake Charles, Louisiana; daughter Janie Hughes of Wichita Falls; grandchildren James Boyles, Jeff Hughes, John Boyles, Lisa Hughes, and Abbi Terro; and great-grandchildren Ashtyn Hughes, Jacob Boyles, Braden Hughes, Noah Boyles, and Joseph Terro.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Western Hills Baptist Church memorial Fund, 5107 Ridgecrest, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.


Donna Sims
Donna Kay Reed Sims, age 47, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. in her home in Piedmont, Oklahoma after a long battle with cancer.
Donna was born October, 8, 1954. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a teacher in Piedmont school system for 17 years and had taught in Caldwell, Texas and Odessa, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Piedmont. Donna married Sandy Jo Sims in 1973 in Odessa, Texas.
She is survived by two sons, Stephen of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Andrew of Piedmont, her parents Lloyd and Jennie Reed of Seymour, Texas, three sisters, Carla Engels of Greeley, Colorado, Kim Deisher of Keller, Texas, and Robin Shane of Burleson, Texas, nieces and nephews Robby and Jamie Blush of Greely, Colorado, Brittany and Wesley Deisher of Keller, Texas and Tyler Shane of Burleson, Texas, former husband Sandy Sims of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services for Donna were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Piedmont with Pastor Gary Caldwell and Brother Wayne Sharp, uncle, officiating. Burial was at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2001 in the Brushy Cemetery in Goree, Texas with Brother Glenn Shock, officiating, under the direction of McCauley Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas. Local arrangements were under the direction of Guardian West Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Lynn W. MachenLynn W. Machen
Lynn W. Machen passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2001. Lynn was born April 25, 1932 in Happy, Texas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Lynn is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Machen.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 50 years, Doris Farr Machen, his children, Debra Lynn, Ginger Rae, Don Wayne and wife, Dana, six grandchildren, his mother, Maude Machen, three brothers-in-laws, George Farr and wife, Jo, John Herman Farr and wife, Marjorie, and the late Bob Farr survived by his wife, JoAnne, his loving nieces and nephews, his cat “Angel” and many, many other family members and friends. He was a loving husband, father and friend. His love of golf will live on. His life will be celebrated by his friends and relatives for generations to come. He will be greatly missed by all.
Services were held on Friday, November 16, 2001 at Earthman Southwest Chapel.
Interment followed at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, in Houston, Texas.


Jessie Andrew Lester
Jessie Andrew Lester, age 82, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2001 in Weatherford, Texas.
Mr. Lester was born March 11, 1919 in Plainview, Texas. He was a carpenter. He was a member of the Worth Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty in 1993.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 27, at 11:00 a.m. in Shannon North Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, Texas.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherry and Boyd Mooney of Weatherford and Judy and Buddy Joyce of Keller; three brothers, C.L. Lester of Abilene, Carl Lester of Weatherford and Gene Lester of Reno; grandchildren, Lisa and David Higbee of Burleson; and great-grandchildren, Grand Gavin and Addison Higbee of Burleson.


Joe Shamire
Joe ShamireTEXT MISSING


George Alvin Garland
George Alvin Garland, age 48, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2001 at Seymour Hospital.
Mr. Garland was born July 27, 1953 in Batesville, Arkansas. He served in the Navy in Vietnam from 1970 to 1974. He moved from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Seymour in January of 1998. He worked as a roofer and was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church.
Survivors include his companion, Marilyn Bolts; a daughter, April Green of Oklahoma City; a son, Shawn Garland of Oklahoma City; a sister, Ruby Crawford of Newark, New Jersey; a brother, Henry Garland of Seattle, Washington and three grandchildren.
No services are schedued. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.


Fannie Lois Bayers
Fannie Lois Bayers, age 88, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2001, in an Austin, Texas, care home. Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2001, at the Gilliland Cemetery, with A.B. Martin officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bayers was born December 11, 1912, in May, Texas. She married Adolph Bayers on December 28, 1948, and they farmed for many years in the Gilliland community. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She moved to Seymour in 1994, and Austin in 1996. She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Frances and John Hamm of Austin, Texas; and by one grandson, Eric Hamm of Austin, Texas.


V.B. “Bunk” Byrket
V.B. “Bunk” Byrket, age 91, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at his residence in Seymour, Texas. Services were held Friday Novemver 30, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Reverend Glenn Shock officiated. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
V.B. Byrket was born July 30, 1910 in Baylor County, Texas. He and Jannette Fancher were married August 25, 1933. Bunk worked as a carpenter with E.L. “Hawk” Byrket until 1971. He served as Justice of the Peace for Baylor County from 1971 until 1986 when he retired. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by: his wife, Jannette Byrket of Seymour; three daughters, Roxie Lanningham and husband, Charles of Arlington, Texas, Wanda Whitson of Euless, Texas, and Jo Petty and husband, Gale of Seymour; one son, Eddy Byrket and wife, Edith of Grapevine, Texas; one sister, Oleta Hayley of Wichita Falls, Texas; eight grandchildren, Donna and Guy Spikes, Daphna and Bob Simpson, Jeffery and Laura Lanningham, Kyle Lanningham, Charla Whitson, Charles and LaDonna Whitson, Bradley and Tammy Petty, Dianna and Jody Moore; 14 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Spikes, Jonathan Simpson, Timothy Simpson, Kendra Moore, Trevor Moore, Cullen Monaco, Bradleigh Petty, Devin Whitson, Ross Grimmitt, Taylor Whitson, Cody Amason, Reece White and Meredith Lanningham.
If desiring, the family asks that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, United We Build Fund.


Imogene ShoopmanImogene Shoopman
Imogene Shoopman, age 83, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2001, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Marvin Griffin Officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Shoopman was born March 22, 1918, in Montgomery County, Texas. She married Luther Shoopman on March 31, 1949 in Baylor County, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1989. She was a professional seamstress. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and was a member of the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Lillian Copeland of Seymour, Texas, and Jean Lea Smith of Spearman, Texas; by two sons, Dennis Jeter of Bakersfield, California and Bill R. Rainwater, Sr. of Wichita Falls, Texas; by 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls.


Mary Opal Cavener PhillipsMary Opal
Cavener Phillips

Mary Opal Cavener Phillips, age 90, of Seymour, passed from this life on December 16, 2001. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at the Church of Christ in Seymour, with Bud Branson of Stephenville, Texas, and Dr. Mike Phillips of Allen, Texas, officiating. Interment was in the Dundee, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Opal was born on March 29, 1911, in Dundee, Texas, to Charlie Harrison and Artie Holmes Cavener. She and Rufus Lemuel Phillips were married on January 15, 1928 in Dundee, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1972. Her life was dedicated to caring for others, working many years as a nurse's aide at the Wichita Falls State Hospital. After retirement from the state, she moved to Seymour where she has lived for the past 33 years. She spent much of her time caring for her neighbors, friends and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and always enjoyed sharing this talent with others. There was nothing more important to her than God and her family. The last year and a half of her life was spent at "Just Like Home" in Seymour. There she received the most compassionate love and care from Monika Hollar and her family, Lenore Montez and all other employees.
Survivors include five children: Lemuel Phillips and his wife, Oleta, of College Station, Texas, Joe Phillips and his wife, Johnette, of Kamay, Texas, Ruby Robertson and her husband, Bobby of Seymour, Texas, Henry Phillips of Iowa Park, Texas, and Mildred Nolen and her husband, Don of Wetumka, Oklahoma; by 14 grandchildren, Cheryl Leverett, Mike Phillips, Vickie Young, Ricky Phillips, Randel Phillips, John Phillips, Lana Studer, Lisa Rose, Lynann Stewart, Barry Phillips, Leslee Ponder, Dennis Phillips, Brad Newman and Becky Davis; by 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren: By a sister-in-law, Christine Cavener of Dundee, Texas; and by two nieces, Dianna Kennedy and Charlene Nunley, both of Wichita Falls, Texas.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charlie L. Cavener.
Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Tipton Home, P.O. Box 370, Tipton, Oklahoma 73570; or to the Children's Home of Lubbock, 4404 Idalou Hwy, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408.


Sara Sue Woodall
Sara Sue Woodall, age 82, of Wichita Falls, Texas died Thursday, December 13, 2001. Services were held Monday December 17, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour. Reverend Jim Bowdin, Pastor of University Methodist Church in Wichita Falls and Reverend Larry Crumpton, Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Seymour officiated. Interment was in the Goree, Texas Cemetery with services under the direction of Archer Funeral Home of Seymour.
Sara Sue Woodall was born June 18, 1919 in Seymour, Texas to Sam Hall and Mabel St. Claire Hall. She lived in Goree, Texas for many years where she worked as a postal clerk until her retirement in 1980. She moved from Goree to Seymour in 1979. Sue and Robert Woodall were married in 1980. He preceded her death in 1986. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Alan Bates in 1973 and a brother, Quince Hall. She was a memebr of the First United Methodist Church and the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by: one daughter, Samye Byars of Wichita Falls, Texas; one grandson, Michael David Byars of Wisconsin; two great-grandchildren, Austin David Byars and Tyler John Byars.
If desiring, the family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, Texas or the Methodist Church in Goree, Texas.


Doris Farr MachenDoris Farr Machen
Doris Farr Machen passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in a Houston hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Lynn Machen who died November 13, 2001. Doris was born January 19, 1934, to Minnie Belle (Weinert) and Claud Herring Farr in Baylor Co. near the Westover community. Doris graduted from Seymour High School in May 1951 and married Lynn Wayne Machen on December 22, 1951.
Doris and Lynn had there children: Debi, Ginger and Don and six grandchildren: Scott, Brian, Jason, Staci, Blake and Gus. Debi, Brian and Scott live in California, Don, Dana, Blake and Gus live in Houston; Ginger in Deer Park and Jason and Staci in the Houston area.
Claud died June 6, 1965 and Mimmie on October 23, 1979, and her brother Bob died in August 1981. She is survived by Joanne, Bob’s sister and by her brothers George and wife Jo and by John Herman and wife Majorie, all of Seymour. She also has several nieces and nephews. Doris’s grandparents were Mary and Buck Farr and Annie and Herman Weinert. The town of Weinert was named for her Grandfather Weinert, who came to Haskell County in 1906 and surveyed the town sites of Weinert and Bomarton.
Services were held Monday, December 17, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Earthman Funeral Home with Reverend Andy Cherry officiating. Burial was in Forest Park on Westheimer in the crypt with Lynn.
Lynn’s mother, 97 year old, Maude Machen, lives in a rest home in Kathy, Texas near Houston. Doris’s parents are buried in the Westover Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Westover Cemetery Association c/o Bill Alexander, Rt. 2, Box 88, Olney, Texas 76374.


Lura Mae Winstead
Lura Mae Winstead, age 79, of Seymour, Texas died Friday, December 21, 2001 at the Seymour Hospital. Graveside services were held Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. with A.B. Martin officiating. Burial was at the Gilliland Cemetery, Gilliland, Texas. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Lura Mae Winstead was born January 18, 1922 in Motley County, Texas. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert.
Survivors include: two nieces, Kathy Winstead of North Richland Hills, Texas and Judy Winstead of Dallas, Texas; two nephews, Keith Winstead of Watauga, Texas and Alan Winstead of Dallas, Texas.


Jo Etta Cartwright
Mrs. Jo Etta Cartwright, 65 of Benjamin died early Tuesday morning at Haskell Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday in the Ex-Student Assoc. Bldg. in Benjamin with Hank Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Her parents were the late Theodore and Ruth Ressel. She graduated from Benjamin High School. She married W.T. Cartwright on May 25, 1952 in Benjamin. They owned and operated Dub’s Grocery for many years. She was also a housewife. She was a member of the Sorosis Club in Benjamin. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Benjamin. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Church of Christ Bldg. Fund, Box 197, Benjamin, TX 79505.
Survivors include: husband, W.T. Cartwright, of the home; two sons, Tracy and his wife, Susan, of Benjamin, Terry and his wife, DeAnne, of Plano; two brothers, Vollie Russel and wife, Margaret, of Clovis, New Mexico, Ronnie Ressel and wife, Juanda, of Dickens; one sister, Katy New and husband Jack, of Liberty Hill; five grandchildren, Phillip, Ashley, Matthew, Lucas, and Andrea; and five nieces.
Pallbearers: Leroy West, Jackie Young, Don Hertel, W.M. Hertel, Wyman Meinzer, Dennis Duke, Charles Jones, Stanton Brown. Honorary pallearers: Bud Conner, Ray Lynn Hardin, Kenneth Hendricks, Bobby Hudson and Kenneth Roberts.


Jessie James Wilson
Jessie James Wilson, age 71, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2001, at the local hospital. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2002, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Novak and Gene Ed Ryder officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilson was born August 30, 1930, in Gracemont, Oklahoma, to James Frank and Dollie Bell Wilson. He was a machinist for Texas Instruments. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of Korea. He had lived in Seymour for the past ten years.
He is survived by his children, Elaine McDonald and her husband Steve of Grand Prairie, Texas, Wendell Wilson of Coppell, Texas, Nelda Lavarnway of Irving, Texas, Ronnie Wilson of Irving, Texas, Janet Pryor of Ferris, Texas, Janie Stromberg and her husband Mark of Waco, Texas, and Darla Weir and her husband Mike of Houston, Texas; by three sisters, Evelyn Lewis of Seymour, Texas, Rosalee Davis of Irving, Texas, and Mary Ryder of San Antonio, Texas; by two brothers, Alvin Wilson of Mesa, Arizona and Jimmy Wilson of Holbert, Wisconsin; by fifteen grandchildren, Steven McDonald, Nova Barryman, Jason Wilson, Heather, Holly and Craig Lavarnway, Daniel Wilson, Tanessa Gray, Brandon and Max Pryor, Jeff, Crystal, Jessica and Austin Stromberg, and Samantha Weir; by numerous great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


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