Potter County, Texas Obituaries

1997

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 The Rev. Don R. Anderson

The Rev. Don R. Anderson, 78, of Amarillo, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Holly Chapel of First Baptist Church at Perryton with the Rev. Chester O¹Brien, retired Baptist preacher, and the Rev. Ted Latham, pastor of First Baptist Church at Perryton, officiating. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery at Perryton by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Perryton.Mr. Anderson was born in Panhandle and had lived in Lubbock until 1992 when he moved to Amarillo. He married Bell M. Wright in 1943 at Perryton; she died in 1989.He was a graduate of Howard Payne Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth. He had pastored at Follett, Cheyenne, Okla., Cactus, Littleton, Colo., and Tightwad, Mo., and was regional manager for Franklin Life when he retired. He retired in 1985 as a minister of the Baptist Church. He was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Kayleen Canon of Plains; a brother, Robert Anderson of Panhandle; a sister, Mary Sue Wood of Happy; and two grandchildren .The family requests memorials be to Muscular Dystrophy or a favorite charity.

John Edward Rogers

John Edward Rogers, 60, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street, with the Rev. Dan Usaik, of St. Paul United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.Mr. Rogers was born in Eldorado, Okla., and he attended school at Wheeler. He married Virginia Bond in 1957.He served in the Army and was employed by RCA Service Co. He moved back to the Texas Panhandle in 1964. He was employed at Pantex until he opened a television service center, which he owned and operated for 20 years. He retired in 1987.He was a home dialysis patient for 25 years. He served as president of Texas Charter of Texas Panhandle of National Kidney Foundation. Survivors include his wife; two sons, John Edward Rogers Jr. and Jeffery Rogers, both of Amarillo; and three brothers, L.W. Rogers of Wheeler, Wayne Rogers of Sudan and Dewayne Hagen of Tularosa, N.M. The family requests memorials be to St. Anthony¹s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center.

John Arthur Green

John Arthur Green, 53, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Dr. Jim Smith, pastor of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle. Mr. Green was born in Sweetwater. He enrolled in the independent living program and job skills program through the State Center and worked in the maintenance department of the State Center. He attended Paramount Baptist Church.  Survivors include a sister and three nieces. The family requests memorials be to Amarillo State Center, 901 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas, 79106.The body will not be available for viewing.

John P. Bearden John P. Bearden, 77, of Amarillo, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Murphy, pastor of Paramount Terrace Christian Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.Mr. Bearden was born in Naravisa, N.M., and had lived in Amarillo since 1960. He married Brickey Bearden in 1960 at Amarillo.He was a retired conductor with Rock Island Railroad. He was a member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church.He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Dueschle.Survivors include his wife; two sons, William Deuschle of Houston and Lan Nguyen of Amarillo; a brother, William "Bill" Bearden of Amarillo; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The body will not be available for viewing.

Fred Owen Wilson

Fred Owen Wilson, 92, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Pecan Grove Cemetery at McKinney with the Rev. Tim Kettenring of Trinity Fellowship at Pampa and Keith Garner of Fort Worth officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle. Mr. Wilson was born in McKinney. He graduated from McKinney High School in 1922. He received his bachelor¹s degree in 1929 from North Texas State Teachers College and his master¹s degree in 1932 from Austin College. He served as head of the English department at Hico for a year before becoming professor of English and history at Sherman for six years. In 1935, he joined Enjay Chemical Co., a division of Standard Oil, at New Jersey. He was assistant personnel director and later became safety engineer. He retired in 1969. He had lived in Baton Rouge, La., until 1989, when he moved to Breckenridge, where he had lived until moving to Amarillo in 1991. He had spent 50 years as a freelance writer and was published in Anthology of Magazine Verse, Voices of the Southwest, Poets of the Future, Tom-Tom, Contemporary Verse and Who¹s Who in America. He held memberships in Southwest Folklore Society, Makers, Poetry Society of Texas, National Safety Council, Louisiana Personnel Management Society and American Society of Safety Engineers. He also served on the Greater Baton Rouge Safety Council and the Louisiana Safety Council. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Wilson in 1982. Survivors include two daughters, Angeline Garner of Amarillo and Elizabeth Bellamy of Lubbock; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The family requests memorials be to San Jacinto Christian Academy, 501 S. Mississippi, Amarillo, Texas 79106; Hidden Falls Ranch, Box 136, Wayside, Texas 79094; or Scottish Rite Learning Center, Lubbock, Texas.

John R. Vinyard

John R. Vinyard, 77, of 1801 Steeple Chase, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Bell Avenue Chapel, 5400 Bell St., with the Rev. Howard Batson of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Vinyard was born in Verden, Okla., and lived in Amarillo for 32 years. He was a retired salesman, having worked for Amarillo Hardware Co. for 30 years. He had served as second lieutenant in the Army and fought during World War II. He received the Bronze Star and was in Pearl Harbour on Dec. 7, 1941. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Vinyard of the home; a son, John P. Vinyard Jr. of Lubbock; three daughters, Nancy Roosser of Monahans, Mary Anne Cox of San Diego, Calif., and Jenny Gardener of Longview; two brothers, Jack Vinyard of Dallas and Gerald Vinyard of Borger; two sisters, Marjorie Franks and Greatta Thibodeaux, both of Amarillo; and four grandchildren. The family will be at 1801 Steeple Chase No. 504 and requests memorials be to Lubbock State School.

Irene M. Smith

Irene M. Smith, 89, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997. Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Paramount Terrace Christian Church with the Rev. Roy Wheeler and the Rev. Bob Murphy, both of the church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery¹s Garden of Sundial by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 E. Interstate 40. Mrs. Smith was born in Perryville, Ark., and moved to Amarillo in 1930 from Clarendon. She married Emmett Smith in 1934 at Amarillo.She was a homemaker and a member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church and Daughters of the Nile.Survivors include her husband; a son, Calvin C. Smith of Amarillo; a sister, Cordia Godwin of Pampa; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.The family requests memorials be to Paramount Terrace Christian Church Building Fund.

W.E. Ford

W.E. "Bill" Ford, 94, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 6969 E. Interstate 40, with Glen Walton of Bell Avenue Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery¹s Garden of Sundial.Mr. Ford was born in Hillsboro, Kan., and moved to Amarillo in 1910 from Kansas. He married Gladys Lytchter in 1922 at Amarillo; she died in 1982.He was a self-employed farmer and rancher. He was a member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, George E. Ford of Amarillo; a daughter, Fay Moore of Abilene; a sister, Rose Denton of Colorado; eight grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Bertie L. Black

GUYMON, Okla. - Bertie L. Black, 92, a former Guymon resident, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Henson-Novak Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Odie Nunley, interim minister of First Baptist Church at Hardesty, officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery. Mrs. Black was born in Kerby, Ark. She had lived in Big Spring, Texas, since 1977, moving there from Guymon. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Black, in 1975. Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Taroni of Big Spring; a son, Thomas O. Black of Tulsa; a brother, William E. Pounds of San Angelo, Texas; two sisters, Ara Snowden of Hot Springs, Ark., and Louise Kerr of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The body will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the funeral home.

Will David Wiggins

KEYES, Okla. - Will "Bill" David Wiggins, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Keyes United Methodist Church with Del Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Willowbar Cemetery by Cimarron Mortuary.Mr. Wiggins was born in Prichett, Colo., attended school at Keyes and had lived in the Keyes area all of his life. He married Joan Cash in 1954 at Las Cruces, N.M. He was a member of Keyes United Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, water skiing and flying remote-controlled airplanes. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wiggins.Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Becky Fleming of Keyes; a brother, John Wiggins of Irving, Texas; two sisters, Darlene Harriman of Oklahoma City and Geneva Warner of Wheeless; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The family requests memorials be to Keyes United Methodist Church in c/o the mortuary.

John Warren Mac Dougall

BOISE CITY, Okla. - John Warren Mac Dougall, 40, a former resident of Boise City, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, in Tucson, Ariz.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Boise City Cemetery with Harold James officiating. Arrangements are by Cimarron Mortuary.Mr. Mac Dougall was born in Spearville, Kan. He attended school at Galita, Kan., Hays, Kan.; Sunray, Texas; Dumas, Texas; Keyes; and Plainview, Okla. He was a welder and millwright and also worked in oil fields. He had worked in the Liberal, Kan., and Hugoton, Kan., areas, and moved to Arizona one year ago, where he did demolition work.He enjoyed horseback riding, playing pool and music. Survivors include two sons, Joseph Mac Dougall and Jacob Mac Dougall, both of Scott City, Kan.; two brothers, Dennis Mac Dougall and Jimmy Mac Dougall, both of Baker, Okla.; two sisters, Nancy Hallberg of Baker and Rose Neatherlin of Boise City; and a special friend, Mary Hubbard of Liberal, Kan. The family requests memorials be in c/o the mortuary to help with funeral costs.

 

Betty Davison

 SUDAN - Betty Davison, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Cliff Hargrove, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sudan Cemetery by Ellis Funeral Home. Mrs. Davison was born in Paris, Texas, and had lived in Sudan since 1931. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She married H.B. "Red" Davison in 1931 at Clovis, N.M. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Charslie Moore of Homestead, Fla.; a brother, Johnnie Bellar of Sudan; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bob Forrest CANADIAN - Bob Forrest, 82, a former Canadian resident, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Christian Church with Jim Forrest, minister of First Christian Church at Watonga, Okla., and grandson to Mr. Forrest, officiating. Burial will be in Edith Ford Cemetery by Stickley-Hill Funeral Directors. Mr. Forrest was born in Mayfield, Okla., and moved to Hemphill County at 6 months of age. He married Erma Mae Gilbert in 1934 at Canadian.He was a farmer and rancher in Hemphill County and former owner of Red Deer Feed Store. He also doctored cattle at H.C. Hitch Feed Yards at Guymon, Okla., and Garden City, Kan. He had served as public relations and general manager for Adcock and Prater and was a Hemphill county commissioner for 12 years. He was an elder of the Church of Christ. He was an active supporter of the Hemphill County Livestock Show and a member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club.He moved to Lubbock in 1991 and was a member of 12th Street Church of Christ at Shallowater.Survivors include his wife; a son, Gilbert Forrest of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Gwenette Atkinson of New Deal, Marvella Free of Midland and Jana Sanders of Shallowater; a brother, Walter Forrest of Canadian; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.The family will be at 400 Birch Street.

New Mexico Richard Grove

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Richard "Dickie" Grove, 51, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Family Church with Father Joe, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Roy Cemetery. Arrangements are by the family. Mr. Grove was born in Las Vegas, N.M., and had lived in Albuquerque for the last 10 years.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Lyn Grove. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Grove; a son, Jimmy Grove of Amarillo; three daughters, Debbie Terrill and Brenda Sullivan, both of Fort Sumner, N.M., and Jeanie Grove of Santa Rosa, N.M.; a stepson of Albuquerque; a stepdaughter of Albuquerque; his mother, Mary Grove of Amarillo; five brothers, Don Grove, Larry Grove, Bill Grove and Robert Grove, all of Amarillo, and Gunnar Grove of Dallas; two sisters, Betty Thurlow and Lina Smith, both of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Area Arbie Wade Lankford

 MCLEAN - Arbie Wade Lankford, 82, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Heald United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thacker Haynes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery by Wright Funeral Directors.Mr. Lankford was born in McLean and attended school at Ramsdell. He farmed in Tulia from 1946 until 1963. He then ranched at McLean from 1963 until his death. He was a member of Heald United Methodist Church.He married Ramah Lou Rippy in 1938 at Oklahoma City; she died in 1991.Survivors include a son, William Kester Lankford of McLean; a daughter, Mickey Jackson of McLean; two sisters, Zella Mae Brown of McLean and Veta Smith of Fritch; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.The family requests memorials be to Heald United Methodist Church, Rt. 1, Box 70, McLean, Texas, or Hospice of the Panhandle, P.O. Box 2795, Pampa, Texas, 79065.The body will be available for viewing at the funeral home until Tuesday evening, then at the church until service time on Wednesday.

Nellie M. Felder HART

 Nellie M. Felder, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Hart Church of Christ with Roy Shave, minister of Church of Christ at Fort Cobb, Okla., and Aaron Lee, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Hart Cemetery by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Homes. Mrs. Felder was born in Elijay, Ga., and moved to Hart in 1947 from Lockney. She married William Felder in 1929 at Hollis, Okla. She operated a laundry from 1949 until 1988. She was a member of Hart Church of Christ. She was Citizen of the Year in 1993. She was preceded in death by three sons, Ray Felder and Jay Felder in 1932, and Jerry Felder in 1988. Survivors include a son, Dub Felder of Sunray; two daughters, Wanda Murdock of Dimmitt and Barbara Godfrey of Plainview; two brothers, Clay Anderson of Plainview and Milton Anderson of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Mozelle Durham of Aztec, N.M., and Ellen Anderson and Elsie Peckham, both of Canyon; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.The family requests memorials be to Hart Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 174, Hart, Texas, 79043.

Robert J. Lueb

 HEREFORD - Robert J. Lueb, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Rest Lawn Cemetery with Msgr. Orville Blum, pastor at St. Anthony¹s Catholic Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Gililland-Watson Funeral Home. Mr. Lueb was born in Hereford. He married Ruth Frederick in 1968 at Pasadena, Texas. He was an accountant at Champion Feeders and a member of St. Anthony¹s Catholic Church. He had served in the Army.Survivors include his wife; a brother, Raymond Lueb of Hereford; and a sister, Alice Lueb of Hereford.The family requests memorials be to a favorite local charity.

Carl Jack Scofield

 DALHART - Carl Jack Scofield, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Dalhart Church of Christ with Gaylord Cook, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Dalhart by Hass Funeral Home.Mr. Scofield was born in Clarendon and raised in the Sedan and Perico area before moving to Dalhart in 1930. He married Viola Thiner in 1954 at Dalhart.

He farmed, ranched and did custom harvesting in the Dalhart area for many years. He was a member of the Dalhart Church of Christ. Survivors include a daughter, Norma J. Morris of Pell City, Ala.; a son, Carl Raymond Scofield of Dalhart; two sisters, Marjorie McCleskey of Dalhart and Virginia Sommers of Grand Junction, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.The family requests memorials be to XIT Rangers or Memorial Park Cemetery at Dalhart.

Lula McCathern Davis Ferguson

 PAMPA - Lula "Cleo" McCathern Davis Ferguson, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Barrett Baptist Church with the Rev. Fines Marchman, interim minister of First Baptist Church at Skellytown, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery at Pampa by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.Mrs. Ferguson was born in Sayre, Okla., and had lived in the Pampa area since 1936. She married William "Bill" Louis Ferguson in 1945 at Pampa.She was owner and operator of Priscilla¹s Beauty Shop for 10 years. She was a member of Barrett Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Davis, in 1996.Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jack Davis of Pampa and Dick Davis of Houston; three daughters, Priscilla Hayes of Texas City, Eunice Reed of Pampa and Margaret Ann Bingham of Amarillo; a brother, Andrew McCathern of Pampa; two sisters, Teba Pfiel of Pampa and Gladys Myers of Exeter, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.The family requests memorials be to St. Anthony¹s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas, 79176.

Ed Huffhines

HALE CENTER - Ed Huffhines, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Meacham, pastor, and the Rev. Randy Land, pastor of Cotton Center First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Hale Center Cemetery by Freeman Funeral Home. Mr. Huffhines was born in Wellington, where he attended school and graduated from Wellington High School in 1941. He served in the Navy from 1942 until 1945.He moved to Hale Center from Seagraves in 1945. He married Retha Cannon in 1948 at Plainview. He had been a farmer in the Hale Center community since 1948 and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Eddie Huffhines, James Huffhines, Jerry Huffhines and Mark Huffhines, all of Hale Center; a daughter, Janis Berry of Hale Center; a brother, Nolan Huffhines of Lubbock; a sister, Goldie Berry of Duncanville; and 11 grandchildren.

James Clinton Graham

CHILDRESS - James Clinton Graham, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Claude Cemetery at Claude with the Rev. David Nuckels of Assembly of God Church at Childress officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home. Mr. Graham was born in Mitchell, N.D. He was a machinist and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He married Maxine Weed in 1951 at Lovington, N.M. Survivors include his wife; a stepson, Lee Welch of Clayton, N.M.; a brother, Art Graham of California; a sister, May Graham of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Waldo Epps

CHILDRESS - Waldo Epps, 82, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Childress Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Sims of Calvary Baptist Church officiating and the Rev. Jim McCurley of First Baptist Church assisting. Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home.Mr. Epps was born in Turnersville. He had been a self-employed heavy equipment operator for 25 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and an avid fisherman.He married Beth Foard in 1940 at Childress.Survivors include his wife; a sister, Bonnie English of Wichita Falls; and a brother, D.C. Epps of Canyon.

Kenneth Ray Hitt

CHILDRESS - Kenneth Ray Hitt, 66, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Tell Southside Baptist Church at Tell with the Rev. Harold Johnson of Childress officiating. Burial will be in Tell Cemetery at Tell by Johnson Funeral Home.Mr. Hitt was born in Tell. He was a retired janitor and a Baptist.He married Evelyn "Sue" Branhan.Survivors include his wife; a stepson, Billie Overcash of Pecos; two stepdaughters, Geneva Hewett of Lamesa and Dora Tarpley of Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister, Louise Copeland of Childress; two brothers, Horace Berditt Hitt of Cisco and Don Jon Hitt of Farmington, N.M.; and four stepgrandchildren.

Sally Louise McRee Baldwin

 BORGER - Sally Louise McRee Baldwin, 89, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Brown Funeral Directors Chapel of the Fountains with the Rev. Andy Dietz officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Baldwin was born in Valentine to a pioneer family and moved to Hansford County as a teen. She attended Panhandle A&M at Goodwell, Okla., and graduated from West Texas State College at Canyon.She was a first-grade teacher at Elkhart, Kan., Taos, N.M., the Rafferty School, located south of Gruver, Okla., and had taught for 12 years at the Spring Creek School east of Borger.She was preceded in death by her husband, J.H. "Jimmy" Baldwin in 1987.Survivors include two nephews, Harold Ormon of Borger and Rex Ormon of Clovis, N.M.,; and several other nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

 

 

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