Obituaries

Editor’s Note: The Journal doesn’t edit the obituaries, except to put them in the past tense if the funeral has already been held. Otherwise, the Journal publishes the obituaries exactly as the funeral homes publish them on their websites. 

Clara Fae Rogers

clara-rogersClara Fae Rogers, 99, of Dumas, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 10 am, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in First Baptist Church in Dumas with Dan Turner officiating. Additional memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m., at The Continental parlor, 1500 S. Jackson, in Amarillo.  Private burial was in Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Clara Fae was born Nov. 1, 1916, in McLean, to Carl and Claudie Carpenter.  She was the chairperson of the American Cancer Society in Dumas.  Clara Fae was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Morris Rogers in 1971.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Jean Rogers and husband Richard Rawlinson of Portland, Oregon; two sons, Vance Rogers and wife Sarah, of Nacogdoches and Vernon Rogers of Amarillo; a brother, Max Carpenter and wife Patsy, of McKinney; three grandchildren, Brent Rogers, Melissa Rogers and Shannon Staggs Herbers; and 6 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to American Cancer Society; or First Baptist Church in Dumas.


Daphne “Angie” Freeman

daphne-freemanDaphne ”Angie” Freeman, 89 of Dumas, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at First Assembly of God with Rev. Damon Akins, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow in Stratford Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Angie was born on August 11, 1927 in Stopsley, Bedfordshire England to James and Ellen Eliza (Trigg) Lowe. She was united in marriage to Kennith Freeman in February 23, 1945 in Luton, Bedfordshire and came to America in 1946 as a warbride. The couple would eventually move to Dumas. Angie loved painting, gardening, hummingbirds, daffodils and butterflys. She was extremely proud of her British heritage and had a deep love for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was a member of First Assembly of God and will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, son Mitchel Freeman, her parents and her siblings.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon Jones of Sumas, Washington; daughter-in-law Etta Freeman of San Leon, TX; grandchildren: Dusti Soots of Houston, TX; Charles Lindsey of Dumas; Michelle lee of League City, TX; Roylena Freeman of Bacliff, TX; and Coby Freeman of Fritch; 10 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029; First Assembly of God Church, 10750 Hwy 287, Dumas, TX 79029; or to www.prisms.org on behalf of Dalton Lee her grandson.


Carlos Granados

Carlos Granados, 52 of Cactus, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016. The Rosary will be recited at 6 o’clock in the evening on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel in Dumas. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, October 2, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Cactus. Interment will follow in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Carlos was born on November 4, 1963 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Luis and Ramona (Robles) Granados. He had worked at Stratford Grain and most recently at Sunray Co-op. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Cactus.

He is survived by his wife Ana of the home; son Carlos Granados of Cactus; daughter Yesica Chavira and husband Manuel of Cactus; brothers: Luis Granados, Alvaro Granados, Jose Granados, Jesus Manuel Granados and Adan Granados; sisters: Emma Lucia Granados, Elida Atocha Granados, Cruz Granados and Yolanda Granados.


Loraine Hess

loraine-hessLoraine Hess, 94 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Graveside Services were held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Seth Seale of Bible Baptist Church in Sunray, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Loraine was born on August 3, 1922 in Mayfield, OK to Charles Perry and Mary Edna (Wilsey) Smith. She graduated from Stillwater High School at the top of her class. She later attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship. She was united in marriage to W.T. Hess on August 16, 1941 in Oklahoma; he preceded her in death in 2012 after over 70 years of marriage. The couple moved to Dumas in 1956 where they would build their life. Loraine loved to fish and spend time in Eagle’s Nest with W.T. She loved her kids and grandkids, especially cooking for them. She was the epitomy of a mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First Street Church of Christ and will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters: Anne and Bert; and a grandson Shane Hess.

She was survived by her sons: Gary Hess and wife Evelyn of Bedford, TX, Eddy Hess and wife Cyndy of Amarillo, TX; daughter: Thurmelda Moore and husband Ladin of Amarillo, TX; 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Johnnie Lucille Morton

johnnie-mortonJohnnie Lucille Morton, 76 of Sunray, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Funeral Services were held on Monday, October 10, 2016 at Sunray Baptist Church. The Rev. Andrew Martin, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Lane Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Johnnie was born February 16, 1940 in Fort Sumner, NM to Thomas and Mora (Purves) Robinett. She was a member of the community since 1957 and worked for the City of Sunray for over 25 years as the office manager. Johnnie was united in marriage to Leon Cripps on November 16, 1957 in Sunray; he preceded her in death in 1997. She later married Grady Morton.

Johnnie loved quilting, crossword puzzles, and reading. She was member of Sunray Baptist Church, Xi Omega Zeta Chapter, Red Hat Society, and several committees. Johnnie will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her first husband, Leon, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Kelly Cripps.

Johnnie is survived by her husband Grady; daughter: Pam Cripps Haskin and husband Jeff of Sulphur Springs; son: Stephen A. Cripps and wife Missy of Sunray; brother: Tom Robinett of Sunray; sister: Maxine Thrasher of Dumas; and grandchildren: Ashley, Buck, and Jake.

The family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Hospice, 224 Est 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029 or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15185, Austin TX 78761.


Lenny Denning

lenny-denningLenny Denning, 61 of Dumas, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the evening at Morrison Memorial Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Lenny was born November 10, 1954 to F.J. & Katherine Denning in Lamar, CO. He grew up in Hartman, CO on his parent’s farm and graduated from Lamar High School in 1973. In 1983, he was united in marriage to Joni Even in Barbados. He had been a resident of Dumas since 1983. Lenny had been employed by Halliburton for 10 years and then Valero for 25 years as a pipefitter. He never missed a day of work.

Lenny was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, and before NFL ticket, was known to drive all the way back to Colorado just to catch a game on t.v. Lenny was always proud of his daughters. He took every opportunity given to brag about them and his grandkids. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Denning.

Lenny is survived by his wife Joni, of the home; Daughters, Katie Johnson & husband Davey of Gruver, TX; Karli Gribble & husband Joe of Yukon, OK ; Granddaughters, Lennon & Greer Johnson; Grandson, Colvin Gribble; and Father: F.J. Denning. He is also survived by his 5 sisters; Pauline (Dallas) Glover, Joann (Ron) Trumble, Mary Alice Henry, Darlene Brown, Jane (Brett Jones) Brewer, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Joe Montaña Jr.

joe-montanaJoe Montaña Jr., 50 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Grace Thru Faith Church with Pastor Jori Buchenau, officiating. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the evening at Morrison Memorial Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Joe was born on November 3, 1965 to Joe and Anita (Limon) Montaña in San Marcos, TX. He had been a resident of Dumas since 1974 and graduated from Dumas High School in 1984. In 1992, he was united in marriage to Dina Saenz in Dumas. Joe had been employed at Chevron Phillips for 30 years where he was a manual writer.

Joe was an avid fan of the Miami Hurricanes, loved Star Trek and The Walking Dead and was an avid collector of weapons and guns. Most of all he was a family man; he especially loved spending time with his children and grandson. Joe was a member of Grace Thru Faith and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his brothers: Peter and Steven Montaña.

Joe is survived by his wife Dina of the home; daughter: Christina Montaña of Dumas; sons: Joe Montaña III of Omaha, NE, Kirk Montaña and Erik Montaña both of Dumas; stepson: Ryan Scroggins of Dumas; parents: Joe, Sr. and Anita Montaña of Dumas; grandson: Julius Scroggins of Canyon; and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin TX, 78761 or to Make A Wish Foundation 411 S Fillmore, Amarillo TX, 79101.


Tommy Gale Cook

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-06-19-pmBeloved son, brother, father, and grandfather, Tommy Gale Cook, 61, of Amarillo, TX. joined his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Tommy was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on December 22, 1954 to Tom and Ann Zinn Cook.  Tommy, the oldest of four brothers, loved all sports, which he played at Dumas High School until graduation in 1973.  Upon graduation, Tommy attended Hardin Simmons University and was a proud member of the class of 1978.  Tommy turned his love of sports into a brief coaching career.  He would spend the majority of his career as an accomplished salesman for a national industrial chemical company.  In addition, Tommy and his brothers were proud owners of The Smoke Shop in Amarillo, started by their father over 40 years ago.  Tommy’s proudest moments, however, were spent in the evenings after work and on the weekends coaching his three children.  Tommy always put his children and his family first.  Tommy will be a son, brother, and father that will be greatly missed.  Tommy believed in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we know that today he joins Him and family members gone before to live forever in His glory.

Tommy is survived by his parents named above, brother Terry Cook and wife Cindy, of Sachse, TX, brother Mike and wife Susan, of Glen Carbon, IL, and brother Greg, of Amarillo, TX. Son Kyle and his wife Jamie, of Rogers, AR, son Kelly, of Dallas, TX, and daughter Kim Allen and her husband Mark, of The Woodlands, TX.  Known best as Grandpa or Elo, he is survived and loved by his grandchildren Sloan and Collins Cook, as well as Ava and Luke Allen, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Tommy will begin on Wednesday evening, September 21, at 6:30 pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday, September 22, at 10:00 am, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. with burial to follow at Llano Cemetery.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.


M.H. “Buddy” Hudgins

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-02-13-pmM.H. ”Buddy” Hudgins, 90, formerly of Dumas, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Life Tabernacle Church. The Rev. Mark Wallis, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Buddy was born July 24, 1926 in Haworth OK to Joseph Hilly and Stella (Jones) Hudgins. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II in Germany. He was united in marriage to Lucille Murray on December 24, 1948 in Kilgore, TX. The couple eventually made their home in Dumas, Lucille preceded him in death in the year 2000. He later married Virginia Poe and she also preceded him in death. Buddy was a mechanic at Excel Helium Plant where he retired from in 1986. Buddy loved to play the guitar at church and enjoyed his time spent with the grandparent group, which met every Friday at alternating homes for fellowship and a meal. He loved drinking coffee and spending time with his family where much laughter was shared. He was a founding member of the Life Tabernacle Church.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and a great grandchild, Madison Kelley.

He is survived by his children: Pam McAlister and husband Doyle of Overgaard, AZ, Dickey Hudgins and wife Cindy of Palmer AK, Tanya Koch and husband Floyd of Pampa, TX and Tim Hudgins and wife Yvonne of Gilmer, TX; 1 brother, 4 sisters, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


H.C. “Tip” Tipton

H.C. “Tip” Tipton, 97, of Dumas, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

At his request, no services will be held.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Tip was born Dec. 12, 1918, in Plainview to Emmitt and Ela Tipton.  He was an Army veteran, serving one tour in the South Pacific during World War II.  Tip was a member of the VFW.

He was a lifelong Dumas resident, and owned and operated Service & Supply in Dumas for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Tipton; and a son, Robert Lee Tipton; and a sister, Athlee Lambert; two brothers, Bernerd Tipton and Woodrow Tipton.

Survivors include a daughter, Thelma Elaine Heller of Ft. Worth; a son, Michael L. Tipton, of Amarillo; 3 granddaughters, Angie McIntosh of Amarillo, Tonya Smith of Ft. Worth and Ann Campos of Roanoke; 17 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.


Guadalupe Hernandez Armendariz

Guadalupe Hernandez Armendariz, 52, of Dumas, died Monday, September 12, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Alto Templo Aposento, 901 Zauk with Jose Contreras officiating.  Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Guadalupe was born on Sept. 13, 1963 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Esequiel and Romelia Hernandez.  She had worked at JBS for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Roberto Armendariz; a daughter, Yahaira Palma; two sons, Leonel Palma Jr. and Esequiel Palma, all of Dumas; her mother, Romelia Hernandez of Presidio; four brothers, Lorenzo Hernandez and Esequiel Hernandez Jr. both of Presidio, Jimmy Madrid and Luis Alfredo Hernandez both of Odessa; five sisters, Teresa Ramirez and Olga Ortega both of Stratford, Bilma Hernandez of Odessa, Olivia Ortiz of Presidio, Elvira Hernandez of Dumas; and six grandchildren.


Coach Ryne Erickson

ryneCoach Ryne Erickson, 30 of Dumas, TX, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Howe officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ryne was born on November 9, 1985 in Amarillo, TX to Larry and Ruth Erickson. He graduated from Randall High School and then attended West Texas A&M University where he graduated with his teaching degree in history. He was currently working on his masters degree at Norwich University. He was united in marriage to Jamie Barnard in Amarillo on June 28, 2014 after being introduced two years earlier by mutual friends. He had been with Dumas Independent School District for nine years where he was head of the history department and assistant cross country coach, as he loved to run. Coach Erickson was always smiling, positive, and a very patient man, exhibiting his Christian faith. Ryne and Jamie embraced their nerdy sides by going to New Zealand to visit the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. In his spare time he loved to play Civilization V on his computer. He enjoyed taking over the world. Coach Erickson was a well known lover of Dr. Pepper, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Cubs, while politics, history, and music from the 90s were his favorite discussion topics.

Coach Erickson is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Stevens and father-in-law Jim Barnard.

Coach Erickson is survived by his wife Jamie Erickson of the home; parents: Larry Erickson and wife Kittye of Colorado Springs, CO; brothers: Landry Erickson and Lance Erickson both of Colorado Springs, CO; sister: Carolyn Park Randall and husband Frank of Germany; mother-in-law: Janet Barnard of Clovis, NM; sister-in-law: Julie Tefertiller and husband Dakota of Smyer, TX; grandmothers: Jean Stevens of California and Irene Erickson of Waco, TX; grandparents: Herbert Boyd and wife Mary of Lorenzo, TX.

The family suggests memorials be made to: DEF – Ryne Erickson Scholarship Fund, PO Box 615, Dumas TX 79029.


Wendy Paola Beltran

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-2-44-39-pmWendy Paola Beltran, 19 of Dumas, passed away on September 10, 2016. The Rosary will be recited at 7 o’clock in the evening on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Wendy was born on June 17, 1997, in Chihuahua, Mexico to Alfredo Beltran and Norma Munoz. Wendy graduated Dumas High School and was attending Amarillo College. She was an employee of Natural Prairie Dairy in Hartley. Wendy loved spending time with her family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Wendy was preceded in death by her grandfather Gilberto Munoz.

Wendy is survived by her parents: Alfredo and Norma (Munoz) Beltran, of Dumas; brother: Alfredo Beltran Jr; boyfriend: Alan Ortega of Dumas; grandfather: Alfredo Beltran Sr. of Chihuahua, Mexico; grandmother: Maria Rodriguez of Chihuahua, Mexico; and grandmother: Gabina Franco of Chihuahua, Mexico.


Max Brown

max-brownMax Brown, 71, of Sunray, died Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Services were held August 30, 2016 at the Sunray United Methodist Church with Rev. David McGaughy, pastor, officiating.  Burial followed at the Centerville Cemetery in Centerville, New Mexico. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox

Max was born on August 18, 1945 in Wichita, Kansas to Virgil “Brownie” and Afton “Bobbie” Brown.  He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and was one of the first on the River Ron Force.   He was a jack of all trades.  He had worked as a cableman for Cable One.  He had worked for the Sunray Coop, and the city of Sunray.  He was a past member of the Sunray School Board and a member of the American Legion and the Sunray United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and taking trips.

He was preceded in death by his parents, “Brownie” and “Bobbie” Brown, and a brother, Buddy Brown.

He married Twila Clay on November 30, 1991 in Dumas.

He is survived by his wife, Twila Brown of Sunray; two daughters, Eileen Brasher and husband Jimmy of Canyon, Melissa Kent and husband James of Sunray; two sons, Max Gould Jr. and wife Stephanie of Lubbock, James Brown and wife Arin of Sunray; sister, Konda Shelton and husband Tom of Gunbarrel City; eight grandchildren, Aaron, Emily, Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Anthony, Harley, Zooey, and Aspen; a niece, Shauna Ricci; a nephew, Trice Shelton; and his faithful companion, Shadow.

The family will be at 804 Ave. P in Sunray and suggests memorials be to the Sunray United Methodist Church Carpet Fund, 610 Ave. L, Sunray, Texas  79086 or to the Autism Cares Foundation, P.O. Box 180, Richboro, PA  18954.


Larry Craig McCormick

14114641_1386459898048675_671992808_oLarry Craig McCormick, the son of longtime Dumas residents, Larry and La Juan McCormick passed away Aug. 15, 2016. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Haskell, Texas.

Craig attended Dumas schools through the 9th grade and then graduated from Paris High School in 1983. His sister, Bekki McCormick Beverly, graduated form Dumas High School in 1976, and his brother, Ronnie McCormick, graduated from DHS in 1978.

Craig is survived by his wife, Janet McCormick, of Haskell; four daughters, Lauren, Emmalee, Abbigail and Lilee-Grace McCormick; three sons, Tucker, Seth and Titus Israel McCormick, all of Haskell; his parents, Larry and La Juan McCormick of Paris, Texas; one brother, Ronnie McCormick of Dallas; one sister, Bekki McCormick Beverly of Melissa, Texas; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Betty Timmons of White Deer, Texas; sister-in-law Shela Terry and husband Tam of White Deer; two brothers-in-law, Terry Timmons and wife Susan of Pampa, Texas, and Troy Timmons and his wife, Tammy, of Amarillo, Texas.


Edith M. Breland

edith-brelandEdith M. Breland, 85 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Graveside Services were held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Edith was born on February 18, 1931 in Felds Place near Yantis, Tx to Henry Mack and Rosa (Hyde) Bevill. She was united in marriage to James Breland on October 27, 1951 in Clovis NM. Being a farmer’s wife, she loved to sew and tend the garden. She was very involved in the First Baptist Church. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband James Breland in 2005; 6 brothers and 2 sisters; and great granddaughter Lillie Breland.

Edith is survived by her sons: Gregg Breland and wife Debbie and Paul Breland all of Dumas; sisters: Helen Ayres of Lubbock, TX, Sally Hendricks of Houston, TX, Jo Seymour of Slaton, TX; grandchildren: Breanna Bass and husband Joe, Zach Breland and wife Ashlee, Trent Breland, Dustin Breland, Jacob Breland; great-grandchildren Carson Bass, Adi Farni, Zander and Zeplin Breland.

The family suggests memorials be made to BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr. #110, Amarillo, TX 79106 or Alzheimer’s Association, 5410 Bell St. #411, Amarillo, TX 79101.


Howard Sumner McNeil

howard-mcneilHoward Sumner McNeil, 97, went to be with his creator and Lord Jesus Christ on August 2, 2016. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment followed in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Howard was born October 18, 1918 to Minor and Corinne Light McNeil of Check, Virginia. He joined the Army Air Force on September 12, 1941. Howard met Ruby Gardenhire in Amarillo, Texas while in the service and they were married on May 8, 1944. They lived in Dumas, Texas where he worked for Diamond Shamrock as an operator. McNeil Rentals was his secondary job, whereas he provided homes for others to live in and continued to finance these homes for many families. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Howard and Ruby had 2 sons, deceased as infants, and 3 daughters, Debra and Larry Tedford of Olathe, Kansas, Majhaunta and Johnny Edgmon of Highlandville, Missouri, and Camelia and James Elliott of Pilot, Virginia. He has 5 grandchildren, Micah Tedford of Kansas, Malachi and Beth Elliott of Texas, Faith Elliott Brantley and Jim Brantley of Colorado, Olivia Tedford of Kansas, and Elizabeth Tedford of Kansas. He was blessed with 2 great grandchildren, Joanna and Samuel Elliott of Austin, Texas. He is survived by his sisters, Mabel Light of Salem, Va, Lois Basham of Christiansburg, VA, Louise Shank of Roanoke, VA, and brother, Dr. Maynard ”Casey” McNeil and wife, Carol, of Washington, New Jersey. He had one brother, deceased, Jack McNeil of northern Virginia. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Andy Gardenhire and wife, Patricia of Memphis, Texas. He has many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he was close to. Special friends who were considered family that spent many hours with Howard while he lived in Missouri include Theresia Johns of Bullard, Texas, Breann and Cooper D Hargrove, 6, of Strafford, Mo, and Grace Kessinger, 1, of Highlandville, MO.


Phillip Mehringer

philip-mehringerPhillip Mehringer, 81, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Phillip was born on January 11, 1935 to Phillip Francis and Addie Pearl Mehringer in Kinsley, KS. He married LaDonna (Moureen) Derley on December 25, 1952 in Kinsley, KS. Phillip was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. He was a member at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

Phillip is survived by his seven children: David Scott and Linda Mehringer of Midlothian, TX, Kim Davon and Jane Mehringer of Midland, TX, Shonda Gaye and Charlie Nelson of Dumas, TX; Eric Mehringer of Mansfield, TX.

Fifteen grandchildren: Heather and Steve Adler of Newtown, PA, Sarah and Chris Roberts of Grand Prairie, TX, Amy and Joe Peteet of Midland, TX, and Holly and Tyler Liles of Dumas, TX, Jeremy and Amanda Mehringer of Midlothian, TX, Aaron Mehringer of Midland, TX, David and Natalie Nelson of Waco, TX, Drew Mehringer of Somerset, NJ, Zach Mehringer of Fort Worth, TX and nine great grandchildren.


Barbara L. Henry

Barbara L. Henry, 67, of Dumas passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jay McGaughy, officiating, Rev. Tom Wylie, assisting. Internment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrision Funeral Directors of Dumas.


Ruth Bowen

ruth-bowenRuth Bowen, 94, formerly of Sunray, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Sunray Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Seth Seale, pastor of the church, officiaetd. Interment followed at Northlawn Cemetery in Dumas.  Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ruth was born November 29, 1921 in Charleston, AR to Oscar and Ina (Mitchell) Fitzgerald. On May 12, 1942, she married Glen Bowen and made Sunray her home. He preceded her in death in 2013. Ruth had many hobbies. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and embroidery, as well as gardening and canning. Ruth was also an avid birdwatcher. She considered everyone she met her friend and enjoyed taking care of others. Ruth was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Sunray and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, Glen, she is preceded in death by her parents; a son: Garry Bowen; four brothers: Argus, Rufus, Bob, and Bill; and a sister: Kathlene.

Ruth is survived by her sons: Julian Glen Bowen and wife Jane of Hammon, OK and Jammie Dale Bowen of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren: Julie Zumwalt and husband Chris of Ft. Worth, TX, Stacy Bowen of Hammon, OK, Donna Bowen of Plano, TX, Carrie Eaton and husband Paul of Albuquerque, NM and Amy Newlon and husband David of Amarillo, TX; daughter in law: Patsy Bain and husband Robert of Amarillo, TX; and 4 great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79105 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Faye Tyler

faye-tylerFaye Tyler, 71 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Morrison Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Sam White officiated. Burial followed at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Faye was born on August 24, 1944 to William John and Mary Eileen (Dixon) Hickey in Dumas, TX. She was united in marriage to Benny Glenn Tyler on January 7, 1961 in Dumas, TX; he preceded her in death on November 23, 2012. Faye loved to play bingo and work crossword puzzles. You could find her visiting with friends at Albert’s Manor House and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband Benny, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister: Nicki Bulkley; and a brother: Johnny Hickey.

Faye is survived by her daughters: Nita Crownover and husband Donald, Shelly Frische and husband Pat all of Dumas, TX; son: James Tyler and wife Brenda of Dumas, TX; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and one angel on the way; and numerous other extended family members.


Frank Daves

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 1.12.52 PMFrank Daves, 95, of Clayton, NM, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of the church officiating, assisted by Charles Anderson. Interment will follow at North Lawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Frank was born June 21, 1921 in Union County, NM, to Bob and Pearl (Ford) Daves. He proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. After the service, Frank worked for Diamond Shamrock in Dumas for many years where he retired to his great love of ranching. Frank was a member of the local VFW and he loved, fishing and dancing. He made everyone he met feel special. Frank married Verna Carter June 28, 1947, in Clayton; she preceded him in death.

In addition to his wife Verna, he was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Floyd Daves and sister: Lois Webb.

Frank leaves behind sister: Billie Dupue of Clayton; daughter: Donna Harris and husband Johnny of Dumas: son; Bill Daves and wife Denise of Clayton; daughter: Patsy Milligan and husband Carey of Dumas; sister-in-law: Vanita Daves of Clayton; granddaughters: Regina DiMarco and husband Jimmy of Dumas, Tonya Petty of California and Mandy Randolph of Dumas; grandson: Matt Daves and wife Meg of Roundrock TX; granddaughters: Kara Milligan of Dumas, Shanda West and husband Aaron of Bushland, and Krista Bittner and husband Matt of Dumas; 13 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029 or Temple Baptist Building Fund, 311 N Maddox, Dumas, TX 79029


Odelle “Duggan” McAvoy

mcavoyOdelle ”Duggan” McAvoy, 92 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Odelle was born on January 24, 1924 in Garner, TX, to William Howard McAvoy and Macy Jane Mason. He grew up in Mobeetie, Tx. He married Colene on August 16, 1947 in Dumas and was married for 67 years. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church. Odelle served his country in the United States Army during WWII where he stormed the beach at Normandy and later developed severe frostbite while being forced to work as a POW.

Odelle was a very hard worker and had a hard time sitting still. He retired from Dumas Implement Company in 1985 after 34 years on the job. Odelle was considered the backbone of the family and always took good care of everyone. Odelle was a very loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by parents; wife: Colene; sister: Bessie Elizabeth Gober; brother: Joseph William McAvoy; daughter: Carolyn Foster; grandson: Tim Speaker; granddaughter: Colene Speaker; great-grandsons: William Duby and Gavin Larsen.

Odelle is survived by his son: Mark McAvoy and wife Kaye of Mesa, AZ; daughter: Mary Catherall and husband Paul of Dumas, TX; 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 420 S. Bliss, P.O. Box 617, Dumas, TX, 79029 or Make-A-Wish, 411 S. Fillmore, Amarillo, TX 79101.


Vivian Douglas Hatter

VivianDouglasHatterVivian Douglas Hatter, 84 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Vivian was born on March 2, 1932 in Willow, OK., to Ralph and Emma (Snow) Douglas. She graduated from Dumas High School and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Entomology from Texas Tech. Vivian worked as a bookkeeper and crop inspector for Hatter Spraying Service and held an applicator’s license with the Texas Department of Agriculture. A devoted homemaker, she loved cooking and having the whole family get together. Vivian also enjoyed traveling, viewing God’s beautiful creations, her garden, and feeding the birds. She was a member of First Baptist Church and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dan in 1980.

Vivian is survived by her children: Doug Hatter and wife Debbie of Dumas, Ronnie Hatter and wife Regina of Corpus Christi, Todd Hatter of Amarillo, Dana Weatherford of Amarillo; sisters: Evelyn Reed of Folsom, LA and Donna Sue Hess of KS; grandchildren: Jon Mark Underwood, Tricia Schenk, Linde Cowan, Missy Turner, Alicia Hatter, Alyn Hatter, Amy Lindahl, Andrew Hatter, Kristie Brewer, Kit Weatherford, Dustin Weatherford, Karissa Hatter, Nathan Hatter, and Brooke Hatter; 22 great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.


Ruth Kreutziger

ruth-kreutzigerRuth Kreutziger, 96 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 10:30 in the morning on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Miller, III, officiating. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ruth was born on April 28, 1920 in Optima, OK to Augustus and Martha (Klingsik) Gieselmann. She married Harlan Kreutziger on September 4, 1938 in Hooker, OK; he preceded her in death in 2009. Ruth was an avid quilter until she was unable and then knitted dishrags. Ruth was a loving and devoted homemaker and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She will be dearly missed.

In addition to her husband Harlan, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Carissa Miller in 1987.

Ruth is survived by her children: Darryl Kreutziger and wife Pat of Dumas, Mark Kreutziger and wife Mona of Midland, Carol Miller and husband Cliff of Dumas, and Sharon McCullough and husband L.C. of Bozeman, MT; grandchildren: Scott McCullough and wife Wendy, Lisa Kreutziger Mead and husband Stephen, Dwayne Kreutziger, Amber Everett and husband Taylor, Angela Miller, Chance Miller; three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 207 S Meredith, Dumas, TX 79029.

The family will be at 318 Morton.


Ronnie D. Bailey

Ronnie D. Bailey, 46 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ronnie was born June 26, 1969 in Dumas TX, to David and Shirley (Griffin) Bailey. He grew up in Dumas and graduated from Dumas High School. He had worked as a deliveryman and was an avid collector. He honorably served his country in the United States Army in the signal corp. He married Donna Bailey on October 31, 2003, she preceded him in death.

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his son Dyllan Bailey and wife Jennifer of Waxahachie; mother Shirley Bailey of Dumas; brother David Bailey and wife Kristie of Dumas; grandchildren David and Mathew; cousin Gary Griffin of Dumas; three nephews and two nieces.


Ruth Janice Long

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 1.18.56 PMRuth Janice Long, 92 of Dumas, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016. Funeral services were held  Thursday June 2, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Foster, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment followed in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ruth Janice Long was born on January 20, 1924 in Sargent, NE to Fred and Ruth (Cochran) Roberts. She was married to Ray Long Sr. on September 18, 1944 in Parkerville, KS, he preceded her in death on April 16, 1987. She was an excellent cook and worked at several restaurants in Dumas. She worked at Chuck wagon, Ly’n Brag, Corral Grill. She also lived in Emporia Ks where she worked for Crawford Furniture and Hallmark Cards.

Ruth loved to play Chicken foot. She loved her church and her church family and loved to sing. She also loved Church Visitation where she could get out and visit everyone. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Tom, Glen, and Fred Roberts; granddaughter: Joy Long.

She is survived by her children: Ray E. Long Jr., Lewis (Ted) Long and wife Carolyn, all of Dumas, Jim Long and wife Carlene of Dimmitt, TX, Barbara Long and husband Rick of Amarillo, TX, Bobby Long and wife Karen of Seminole, TX, Pauline Long White and husband Roy of Moore, OK; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church.


Mary Joyce Ward

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 1.16.59 PMMary Joyce Ward, 68 of Sunray, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Sunray Baptist Church with Pastor Chauncey Spencer, pastor of First Street Church, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mary was born on January 17, 1948 in Pampa, TX to Ruben and Olean (Barclay) Thomas. On July 20, 1985, she married the love of her life, Tim Ward in Sunray. Mary was a member of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education, taught school, and coached for many years. Mary had a special place in her heart for all of her family, friends, and students.

Mary had numerous hobbies. She enjoyed quilting, sewing for her grandchildren, crocheting, and tending to her flowers in her garden. She also loved to cook especially for her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Mary is survived by her husband Tim, of the home, son: Jared Ward and wife Shelly of Dumas; daughters: Jamie Sowers and husband Matt of Melvern, KS and Erin Huckins and husband Mike of Fortuna, CA; sister: Mickey Lackey of Dumas; nieces: Kristina Henderson of Dumas and Lee Ann Lackey of Bedford, TX; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 403 Pear, Dumas, TX 79029.


Nicacio Nevarez Reyez

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 1.14.50 PMNicacio Nevarez Reyez, 66 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016. A Funeral Mass was held June 1, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. The Rosary was recited on Tuesday, May 31, at 6 o’clock in the evening at Morrison Memorial Chapel. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Nicacio was born on May 8, 1950 in Durango, Mexico to Marcos and Marcelina (Reyez) Nevarez. After High School, he married Sylvia Nevarez on May 27, 1968 in Juarez, Mexico. Together they made their home in Dumas, TX and just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Nicacio was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dumas and was a Rendering Foreman for JBS.

Nicacio enjoyed many hobbies. He loved collecting and working on old cars, either keeping them or selling them again. Nicacio was a loving and devoted father who loved to cook out with the family, especially on holidays, and vacationing with his grandchildren.

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

Nicacio is survived by his wife Sylvia, of the home, daughters: Sylvia Chavez and husband Juan of El Paso, and Olympia DeLaCruz and husband Felipe of Dumas; sons: Nick Nevarez and wife Cecilia, Wences Nevarez and wife Evelyn, all of Dumas, Abel Nevarez of El Paso, and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Nevarez of Dumas; brothers: Guadalupe Nevarez, and Jorge Nevarez both of El Paso; many numerous half brothers and sisters; 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchilidren.


Rosa Elena Trejo

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 1.12.00 PMRosa Elena Trejo, 59 of Dumas passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Templo Bethel Church with Rev. Herlinda Mares, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment followed at Dumas Cemetery. A Wake Service was held on Tuesday at Templo Bethel Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Rosa was born on April 22, 1957 in Meoqui, Chihuahua, MX to Porfirio and Altagracia (Perez) Arenivar. She was united in marriage to Manuel Trejo on December 16, 1975; he precedes her in death. Rosa was an active crafter. She enjoyed making hair bows, some of her own clothing, as well as decorations for the home. Rosa was a loving and devoted homemaker who adored her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Manuel she is preceded in death by her parents.

Rosa is survived by her children: Hugo Trejo of Dumas, Priscilla Trejo, Emmanuel Trejo, and Adrian Trejo all of Amarillo, and Damian Trejo of Dumas; sisters: Hilda Avita and Herlinda Mares both of Dumas; brothers: Ignacio and Hector Arenivar both of Dumas; 7 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Barbara Ann Johnson

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 1.09.30 PMBarbara Ann Johnson, 58 of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Funeral services were held Friday, May 27, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Jeremy McMorris officiating. Interment followed in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Barbara was born on May 16, 1958 in Lubbock TX to Leroy Sr. and Irene (Griggs) Medlock. She later moved to Oklahoma City where she graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1976. After graduation, she moved to Dumas where she worked at Valero for over 36 years. She was united in marriage to Lee Johnson Jr. on December 31, 1986 in Dumas.

Barbara was very active in church. She had been a teacher for Children’s Church and Sunday School for over 30 years. She enjoyed playing softball, visiting her mother and especially spending time with her granddaughter. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Dalhart.

Her father and a step son, Cory Gentry, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her mother Irene ”Honey Mama” Medlock of Dumas; husband Lee of the home; daughters: Takeshia Ivery of Tulsa, OK and Shakiria Ivery and granddaughter Janae Ivery of Dalhart; step children: Carolena Gentry of Fort Worth, Rickie Johnson of Amarillo, Lee Johnson III and Blake Johnson, both of Houston; brothers: Charles Holmes and wife Becky, Willie Holmes and wife Shirley, Leroy Medlock and wife Tanya, Ricky Medlock Sr. all of Amarillo; sisters: Diane McLaughlin and husband John of Amarillo and Phaedra Medlock of Dumas; many special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family suggests memorials be made to Liberty Baptist Church Mission Fund.


Dana Sue White

dana-whiteDana Sue White 78, of Dumas, passed away on Saturday May 21, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the First Street Church with Rev. Chauncey Spencer, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow in Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Monday at the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Sue was born January 25, 1938 in Gordonville, Tx to Mike ”Red” and Elaine Hughes. Sue graduated from Phillips High School in 1957. She was extremely close with both of her parents and believed that she would not be the woman she became without both their loving support and influence they had on her life. After high school, she attended college at Frank Phillips Jr. College, finishing her degree at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Tx. She started teaching in her late 20’s to support her 4 children. She taught classes in California, El Paso, and Hartley, Texas for a total of 29 years.

After retirement, Sue continued to stay busy by working as a women’s advocate at Safe Place in Dumas, Tx. She attempted to retire once more, but yet again she found the need to occupy herself, so the owners of Days Inn and Suites, Paresh and Kavita Bhakata, welcomed her to be a part of the Days Inn and Suites family. It was during this time, Dana met Allen Sharber at the Senior Citizen Dance Club. They shared many of the same interests and formed a very loving companionship.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by sons: William ”Bill” Wooldridge of Dumas, Joel Wooldridge of Cleveland, Tx, and John Wooldridge of Dumas, TX; Daughters: Carrie Coleman of Harriet, AR, Silver Hays of Dumas, Tx, and Vickey Ward of Marshall, AR; Brothers: Wendell Hughes and Robert Hughes; Sister: Linda Stewart; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.


David Jack Johnson

david-johnsonDavid Jack Johnson passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. After sixty-eight years of adventure, learning, setbacks, determination, courage, laughter, and grace, David was called home to the Lord. A celebration of the life of David Jack Johnson will be at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Lieb Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

David grew up a third generation farmer in Morse, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University and then returned to his family’s farm. He was a dedicated farmer who took great pride and care of his land, crops, equipment, and animals. David loved deep fried Southern food smothered in gravy, cheeseburgers and fries, Western movies, teasing his family, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Not necessarily in that order. Everyone who knew him regarded his light-hearted spirit, calm demeanor, and quiet strength.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Jack, Jr. and Wilma.

David was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters, Alexis, Lisa, and Amanda. He is also survived by his dedicated wife Gail; his brother and best friend, Mike and his wife Carla; his sister Kaye; his two delightful step-daughters; five son-in-laws; ten precious grandchildren; as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or the Temple Baptist Church building fund, 311 N. Maddox, Dumas, TX 79029.


Maxine Hardy

maxine-hardyMaxine Hardy, 95 formerly of Sunray, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Lane Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Maxine was born on April 20, 1921 in Quinlan, OK to William and Elsie (Hibbs) Yeagar. She was united in marriage to George Hardy on March 21, 1943; he preceded her in death in 2008. Maxine cherished the trips she and George would take to Port Isabelle. She had many hobbies. Maxine made unique eggs and made roses out of plastic spoons. She was very friendly and warm person; she was a people person. Maxine and George helped organize Senior Citizen in Sunray and loved playing skipbo and bingo.

In addition to her husband George she is preceded in death by her parents.

Maxine is survived by her daughters: Marquita Duff and husband Bill of Lubbock, Marita Collier and husband Larry of Amarillo, and Deanna Austin and husband Lynn ”Bronc” of Fritch; son: Steve Hardy and wife Shonda of Plano; grandchildren: Georgiana Porter and husband Anthony of Sweetwater, Brent Collier and wife Melvonna of Amarillo, Stephanie Mask of Lubbock, Shane Austin and wife Nola, and Jason Austin and wife Alba all of Amarillo; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to High Plains Children Home, PO Box 7448, Amarillo, TX 79114.


Melvin B. Hogue

melvin-hogueMelvin B. Hogue, 77, of Sunray, died Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Bible Baptist Church in Sunray with Rev. Danny Hendricks officiating.  Burial will be at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Melvin was born on January 29, 1939 in Tupelo, Ok. to Otto and Bessie Hogue.  He had farmed and worked as a truck driver most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Hogue.

He is survived by three sons, Ronnie Hogue of Amarillo, Dale Hogue of Dumas, Bruce Hogue of Greenville, Tx.; a daughter, Robin Hull of Thornton, Co.; a brother, Eddie Hogue of Tupelo, Ok.; ten grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren; and several adopted children and grandchildren.

The family will be at 701 Ave. J in Sunray and  suggests memorials be sent to the High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79118.


Mildred Cleora McCutchan

mildred-mccutchanMildred Cleora McCutchan, 96 of Dumas, passed away on May 13, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, May 16, 2016 at First Assembly of God with Rev. Damon Akins, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday at Great Plains Nursing and Rehab Conference Room. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mildred was born on November 9, 1919 in Sherman, TX to John and Ettie (Walker) James. She married the love of her life, Dewart ”Buster” McCutchan in Clovis, NM in 1941. Mildred had been a resident of Dumas for over 75 years. She loved to garden and paint as well as antiques and dolls. She was also an excellent cook. Mildred was devoted to her family and a member of First Assembly God Church. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: J.D., and Weldon Ray James; two sisters: Opal and Billy Margaret James; a son: Barry.

Mildred is survived by her husband Dewart ”Buster” McCutchan, of the home; son: Jerry McCutchan and wife Doris of Dumas; grandchildren: Russell McCutchan and wife Dr. Wenda of Fayateville, NC, Scott McCutchan and wife Mem of Yukon, OK, and Jay McCutchan and wife Susan of Dumas; great-grandchildren; Sierra, Grant, Molly Olivia, Samuel, and Jack; daughter-in-law: Denise McCutchan; and numerous other extended family members.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Assembly of God Church, PO Box 764, Dumas, TX 79029.


Irene Isabel Garcia

Irene Isabel Garcia formerly of Dumas passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Deacon Joe Schwertner officiating. A Rosary will be recited Friday at 6 o’clock in the evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Irene was born August 8, 1943 to Pedro and Seferina (Fernandez) Archuleta in Springer, NM. Irene graduated from high school in Clayton, NM and married Felix Garcia on August 16, 1965. She was a member of Eagles’ Lodge and the VFW Auxiliary where she was an avid bingo player and caller. Irene was a member of the Red Hat Society in Dumas and she enjoyed being with her friends and taking care of her grandchildren and her pets. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Felix; a son: Freddie, two sisters: Betty Wiggins and Josie Gonzales and two brothers: Tony Archuleta and Pete Archuleta.
Irene is survived by her son Tommy Garcia of Amarillo; sisters: Mary Archuleta of Edgewood, NM and Rosalie ”Rosie” Stack of Dumas, TX; brothers: Steve Archuleta of Albuquerque, NM and Joe Archuleta of Los Alamos, NM; two grandchildren: son-in-law: Stacy David.

The family suggests memorial be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.


Carl L. Bain

carl-bainCarl L. Bain, 89 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Services are scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jay McGaughy officiating. Interment will be in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Carl was born on October 3, 1926, Roger Mills County, OK to William and Eula (Phelps) Bain. He was united in marriage on May 14, 1949 to Lenora May Sprinkles; she preceded him in death. Carl served proudly in the US Navy during WWII.

Carl was a resident of Dumas for over 63 years. He loved to farm and walk his dog. Carl also took great pleasure in going for long drives especially to the mountains and Red River. He will be fondly remembered as a great storyteller. Carl was of Christian Faith and will be missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife Lenora he is preceded in death by his parents; his grandson: Ron Lochart; and 8 brothers and sisters.

Carl is survived by a sister: Juanita Wolff of Wichita, KS; children: Karen Young and husband Fred of Dumas, Linda Kruger and husband Don of Durant, OK, Steve Bain and wife Shelley of Rockville, MD, David Bain and wife Toni of Dumas, and Frank Bain and wife Donna of Dumas; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.


Bobby Gene James

bobby-jamesBobby Gene James, 83 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Sanders, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the evening on Monday at the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Bobby was born October 3, 1932 in Okmulgee County, OK to Frank and Bonnie (Ross) James. Bobby graduated from Bryant High School where he was a standout in basketball. In 1953 he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a combat engineer during the Korean Conflict. Bobby helped rebuild the Freedom Bridge north of Chunchon, Korea. While in Korea he also continued playing basketball and was selected to the traveling team. Some of the players nicknamed him the White Goose because of his ball handling skills. After the service he was united in marriage to Beth Ann Hill on December 12, 1959. Bobby worked as a pipeline welder and an inspector.

Bobby enjoyed his grandkids and loved watching them play basketball, baseball, football, tennis, volleyball and run track. He also loved hunting and looking for wildlife. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the NRA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters: Doug, Helen, Charlie, Dorothie, Joann, Virginia, and Nancy.

He is survived by his wife Beth of the home; daughters: Lisa Foreman and husband Terry of Dumas, Kim Watson and husband Johnny of Amarillo, Kristi Uehling and husband Jeff of St. Charles MO, Kevelyn Dyer and husband Perry of Fritch; brothers: Don James, Johnny James and Jimmy James; sister Kaye Maxwell; grandchildren: Scott Bittner, Jon Whetstone, Erin Ronald, Jeremny Whetstone, Matt Bittner, Jade Mays, Whitney Kuker, Cesilee Kuker, Jordann Whetstone, Lacey Foreman, Josh Watson and Alex Watson; great grandchildren: Avery, Jocelyn, Javen, Jeremiah, Tyler, Jace, Addison, Molly, Taylor, Emmersyn, Beckett, Elliot, Eidynn and Knox; five step grandchildren, eight great step grandchildren and many more extended family members.

The family suggests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 395, Dumas TX, 79029 or to American Alzheimer’s Association, 322 8th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


Jimmy Charles Hulsey

Jimmy Charles Hulsey, 57, of Longview, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Longview.

Graveside services were May 6, 2016, in Northlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dumas. Military rites were by American Legion Post #224. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Mr. Hulsey was born May 17, 1958, in Dumas to Leon and Doris Hulsey. He was a Dumas High School graduate in 1976 and an Air Force veteran.

Survivors include three daughters, Shonda Hooper, of Longview, T.C. Collins, of Willis and Janie Kay Hester, of Amarillo; his father, Leon Hulsey, of Dumas; two sisters, Carolyn Benson of Trophy Club and Debbie Hendricks of Dumas; and 8 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to HomePlace – Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.


Judy Kaye Coffey

Screen shot 2016-04-22 at 10.56.51 AMJudy Kaye Coffey, 68 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at First Christian Church with Rev. Darrell Wait, pastor of the church, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Judy was born September 20, 1947 in Carlsbad, NM to Nathaniel ”Pete” and Flora ”Fofo” (Miller) Strickland. She grew up in Carlsbad and graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1965 where she was the homecoming queen and a cheerleader. She later moved to Lubbock to attend Draughns Business School. She married Ken Coffey on November 4, 1966 in Lubbock, TX at the First Baptist Church. The couple would move to Dumas in 1968 where they would raise their family. Judy worked as a secretary for several companies including Natural Gas Pipeline, Dr. Padwich, and several other businesses. Her best work was as a licensed massage therapist and she loved to help people who were injured or hurting, physically or emotionally.

Judy was an avid volunteer of her time and service. She volunteered countless hours for Memorial Hospice and also at Safe Place. She and Ken loved to host and entertain friends. The thing she was most passionate about was her family. She adored her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Judy was a member of the First Christian Church, the Xi Xi Upsilon Sorority, and was active in Toastmasters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

Judy is survived by her husband Ken of the home; children: Stacey Hutson and husband Richard of Dumas, Kyle Coffey and wife Gloria of Amarillo; grandchildren: Rhett Alan Hutson and wife Ashley of Canyon, Ridge Lee Hutson of Dumas, Cru Cornell Coffey of Amarillo; great grandchildren: Jacolby Van Hutson, and future great granddaughter Riley Kaye Hutson; sister Sylvia Strickland of Colorado Springs; adopted brother Keith Watson and wife Linda of Dumas, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Harlan G Hutchinson

harlan-hutchinsonHarlan G Hutchinson, 80 of Sunray, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Sunray Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Hendricks, Rev. Roy Harris, and Rev. Jon Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Lane Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Harlan was born October 25, 1935 in Welty, OK to Lawrence and Mae (Montgomery) Hutchinson. He was united in marriage to his wife Cleta Boatman on August 1, 1952 in Twitty, TX. They later moved to Sunray where they raised their family. Harlan was employed by Northern Natural Gas for 25 years until his retirement.

Harlan loved to ride his horses and spend time with his family. Harlan was a man of great faith and deeply loved the Lord. He was a member of New Life Fellowship in Sunray.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Patty Hogue and a brother Jimmy Hutchinson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Cleta of the home; daughters: Linda Head and husband Dwain of Atoka, OK, Judy Horn and husband Rusty of Carlsbad, NM, Darlene Mann of Sunray and Nikki Miller of Whitesboro, TX; son Wayne Hutchinson of Poteau, OK; sisters LaVern Hogue and Debbie Cardenas, both of Sunray; 16 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and numerous other extended family members.


Odessa Bethel

Odessa Bethel, 90 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Services are pending with Morrison Funeral Directors.


Ann Ballard

Ann Ballard, 76 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. Services are pending with Morrison Funeral Directors.


Letha Jennings Romero

letha-romeroLetha Jennings Romero, 89 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for Monday from 6 pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Letha was born on May 29, 1926 to Columbus and Stella (Cain) Hendrix. She was united in marriage to Olen Jennings on December 21, 1946 and to this union four children were born, the couple later divorced. She later married Manuel Romero in 1980; he preceded her in death.

Letha loved to hunt, fish, and garden. She lived through the Depression and WWII. Letha was a loving and devoted homemaker as well as a benevolent and giving person. Most importantly, she loved the Lord. Letha will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Manuel, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother: George Hendrix; and two sisters: JoAnne Burns and Edith Tatum; and special friend: Manuel Ramirez.

Letha is survived by her daughters: Paula and Jerry Brookmole of Southmayd, TX and Kaye and Butch Turner of Dumas, TX; sons: Stephen Jennings and Mark and Kathy Jennings all of Dumas, TX; sister: Jean Tapley of Hayworth, OK; grandchildren: Tom Turner, Dianne Bergere, Stephen Keith Jennings, Jess Turner, Michelle Pearson, Dusty Peek, Kristie Bailey, Nathan Jennings, and Charlotte Hampton, and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.
The family suggests memorials be to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 432, Dumas, TX 79029.


Rheta Cates Hill

rheta-cates-hillRheta Cates Hill, 82 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, from 4pm to 6pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Rheta was born on February 14, 1934 to Ollie and Vera (Marsh) Cates. On August 15, 1954, she was united in marriage to Bill Hill. Her biggest enjoyment was raising her family. Rheta also loved to travel in their R.V. She will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Janet Sauer, and brother: Rodney Cates.

Rheta is survived by her husband, Bill, of the home; daughter: Jodi Carrell and husband David of Dumas; son-in-law: Randall Sauer of Spearman; brother: Irwin Cates and wife Charlene of Noble, OK; grandchildren: Chad Robinett and wife Linsey of Dumas, Scott Sauer of Stillwater, OK, Cole Robinett and Ashley of Cypress, TX; great-grandchildren: Drake and Alora Robinett.

The family suggests memorials be to Panhandle Children’s Foundation, PO Box 1541, Dumas, TX 79029, Medical Center League House, 7000 W Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106, or Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029.


Encarnacion Lomas “E.L.” “Chon” Gutierrez

Screen shot 2016-02-16 at 8.34.14 AMEncarnacion Lomas “E.L.” “Chon” Gutierrez, 80, of Dumas, died Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church, 311 N. Maddox Ave. with Rev. Jose Contreras officiating.  Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

E.L. was born on November 18, 1935 in Seguin, Texas to Encarnacion and Inez Gutierrez. He had two brothers Felipe and Juan, and three sisters Antonia, Andrea, and Rachel. He loved his wife very much. He was the rock of the family. He enjoyed spending time with his children and all the little ones from the grandchildren to the great-great-grandchildren.

E.L. married Patsy Soto in Post, Texas on April 13, 1955, They were married for 60 years.

He loved the game of baseball and had a team for many years. He played the guitar and enjoyed singing. He also enjoyed working on all his old cars and trucks. There were not very many things that he could not do.

He was preceded in death by his youngest son Joe Gutierrez, his parents Encarnacion and Inez, his brother Juan Gutierrez, his sisters Antonia Camacho, Andrea Gutierrez , Rachel Alvarado, grandson  Jr. Olivas.

E.L. is survived by his wife Patsy of the home; five daughters Yolanda Flores and husband Daniel of Dumas, Alice Granado and husband Johnny of San Angelo, Rosemary Lopez and husband Juan of Sharon Springs, Kansas, Patsy Medina of Amarillo, Janie Regalado and husband Martin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two sons Jimmy Gutierrez and wife Hilda of Dumas, and Johnny Gutierrez of Dumas; a brother, Felipe Gutierrez of Seminole, Texas; 29 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of the family and friends for their prayers and visits as well as the staff and nurses on wing 2C south at Plum Creek Health Care of Amarillo for the care of E.L. during his final days and Boxwell Brothers funeral directors for the service arrangements.

The family will be at 402 Willow Ave.


Dorothy M. Brown

dorothy-brownDorothy M. Brown, 82, of Amarillo, died Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Services will be at  3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in Llano Garden Mausoleum.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dorothy was born February 25, 1933 in Hamlin, Texas. She married Charles L. Brown and together they raised three children in Dumas, Texas where they lived until retiring and moved to Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles L. Brown on June 23, 2009; her sisters, Carolyn Brunson in November 2015 and Frances Holder; father, Samuel Brunson in 1957; and her mother, Bessie Brunson in 1997.

She is survived by a sister, Niavalene Blythe and husband David of Connecticut;  a brother, G. C. (Buddy) Brunson; two daughters, Deborah Smith and Sharon Flippo and husband Danny, all of Amarillo; a son, Steve Brown and wife Colleen of Ft. Myers, Florida; seven grandchildren, Cody Smith, Kelly Smith, Nikki Cantu and husband Scott, Dustin Flippo and wife Ashley, Austin and Brandon Brown, all of Amarillo; Devin Flippo and wife Jalee of Spring, Texas; Julie Nelson and husband Matt, Daniella Nolan and husband Paul, Justin Brown and wife Stephanie, all of Florida; eight great-grandchildren, Ashton, Hunter, Audriana, AnnaLisa, Elliette, Chloe, Riley and Collin.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.


Michael Edward Weatherford

michael-weatherfordMichael Edward Weatherford, 63, of Amarillo died Thursday Feb. 4, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday Feb. 12, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Michael was born Sept. 2, 1952 in Dumas to Clarence and Elwanda Weatherford.

He married Dana Hatter on Feb. 4, 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Dana; a daughter, Kristie Brewer and husband Derek of Amarillo; two sons, Kit and Dustin Weatherford, of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Baylee, Maycee, Makaylee and Blaisen; and a great-grandchild, Rylee.


Noe M. Reyes Sr.

noe-reyesNoe M. Reyes Sr, 51, of Dumas, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the First St. Church of Christ with Chauncey Spencer, minister, officiating.  Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Noe was born on September 15, 1964 in Hereford to Antonio Reyes and Cruz Meza.  He grew up in Hereford.  He had worked for Valero over 24 years.

He married Milly Flores on May 10, 1986 in Dumas.

He is survived by his wife Milly Reyes; a son, Noe Reyes Jr. and wife Tiffany; three daughters, Christina Reyes and Cesar DeLeon, Casandra Reyes and Gary Griffin, and Candy Reyes, all of Dumas; five brothers, Fermin Reyes of Friona, Roy Reyes of Marble Falls, Antonio Reyes of Bracketville, Tx., Robert Reyes of Dumas, and Rudy Reyes of Amarillo; and ten grandchildren, Evan, Sania, Zane, Alyssa, Ava, Xander, Avery, Haze, Naima, and Ally.


Hazel Grundy

hazel-grundyHazel Grundy, 100 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Peacock Memorial Chapel in La Junta, CO, with Jonathan Zerby, minister of church of Christ in Sunray, officiating. Don Canter will be assisting. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Morrison Funeral Directors in Dumas. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Hazel Grundy, daughter of Herschel and Allie Fox, was born on a farm, near Powell Missouri, December 22, 1915. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday. At 8 years of age the family moved to La Junta, Colorado where she attended school and graduated from La Junta High School. She worked at Wiswell Creamery where she met James Grundy. They were married January 11, 1936 and celebrated 62 ½ years together. Jim went to work for Santa Fe Railway, where he sustained a serious injury. They lived in a box car on the extra gang while Jim was the payroll clerk. When he went to work in the Santa Fe office, they moved to Pueblo, Colorado. They returned to La Junta in 1945 where they spent the next 24 years raising their children. Following a change in employment, they moved to Denver, Colorado. Hazel spent the last 7 ½ years living in Dumas.

Hazel was a devoted, loving, and supportive wife and mother. She was active in her children’s school days serving as room mother, Girl Scout co-leader, and children’s Bible School teacher. She was an excellent cook known especially for her pies. She also sewed for her children and loved working in her flower beds. She was an active member in the church of Christ all of her life, having been baptized in March 1927. She faithfully attended worship services at Sunray church of Christ until the last few weeks of her life.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and two sons, James Robert Grundy and Kenneth Paul Grundy.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Grundy of Dumas; daughter-in-law Karen (Harold) Brothers of San Angelo; one granddaughter, Elisa (Mike) Griffith of San Angelo; one grandson, Brant Grundy (Jana) of Houston; four step-grandchildren, Charise (Tom) Basye of Lubbock; Steve Brothers of Austin; Michelle (Cory) Long of San Angelo; Todd Brothers of San Angelo; four great-grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to Mountain States Children’s Home, PO Box 1097, Longmont, CO 80502-9912.


Ginger Michelle Rodriguez

Screen shot 2016-01-29 at 10.24.51 AMGinger Michelle Rodriguez, 39, of Dumas, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Memorial mass will be at 10 am, Saturday, January 30, 2016, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dumas with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Ginger was born April 9, 1976, in Friona TX to Nicanor and Debra Rodriguez.  She graduated from Bovina High School and resided in Dumas, TX for the last ten years.  Ginger was an outgoing and artistic person that loved horticulture and designing decorations. She had a passion for antiques archaeology and helping others in any way she could.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Daniel Rodriguez of Bovina; and her brother Ian Rodriguez of Dumas.

Survivors include her mother, Debbie Lombard and husband Buster, of Perryton; her father, Nicanor Rodriguez and wife Melissa of Amarillo; her stepmother Lisa Mear of Rochelle, IL her grandmother, Guadalupe Rodriguez of Amarillo; two sons, Christopher Rodriguez of Amarillo and Dakota Faircloth of Colby, KS.; a daughter, Destynee Gallegos of Tucson, AZ.; three brothers, Michael Rodriguez of Dumas, Nickolas Rodriguez and  Christian Rodriguez of Amarillo; a grandson, Diego Esteban; and two stepsisters, Brooke Hardy of Boulder, CO. and Magen Hyde of Amarillo.


Bernardo “Ben” Ramos

Screen shot 2016-01-27 at 7.01.13 AMBernardo ”Ben” Ramos, 75 of Dumas, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’ clock in the morning on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Steve Swanson, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 o’ clock in the evening on Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ben was born on August 20, 1940 in Derby, TX. He had been in the community since 1946. On December 21, 1961, he married Marjorie Ruth Cargill in Stinnett. Ben retired from Diamond Shamrock after being there over 20 years. One of his favorite things to do was fix anything that was broken, especially cars. Ben would help his neighbors with anything they needed and would also volunteer to fix things at the church. Ben was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother who is going to be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

He is preceded in death by his father: Juan Ramos and one brother: Joe Ramos.

Ben is survived by his wife: Margie of the home; one son: Sam Ramos and wife Belynda of Dumas; three daughters: Jackie Belk and husband John, Toni Martin all of Dumas, and Kristina Prothero and husband Robert of Amarillo; one sister: Janie Hale of Amarillo; twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the hospital and hospice staff for all their acts of kindness.


Country Joe McLendon

Screen shot 2016-01-26 at 12.23.26 PMCountry Joe McLendon, 61 of Dumas, gained his glory on January 22, 2016. A Memorial Service was held Monday, January 25, 2016 at First Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Damon Akins, pastor of the church, officiated. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Joe was born on July 7, 1954 to Howard and Dorothy (Livasy) McLendon in Lockney, TX. He married Wanda Perkins on October 15, 1984. Country Joe was a loving husband and the best daddy ever. His grandchildren were the love of his life. He was a member of First Assembly of God and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Howard ”Ducky” McLendon and one son-in-law: James Deng.

Country Joe is survived by his wife: Wanda of the home; a legacy of five children: Gary McLendon and wife Aarone of Childress, Ernie Marble and wife Shanna of Urich, MO, Tamie Getman and husband Zachery of Oakwood, TX, Michael McLendon and wife Kayla of Abernathy and Jeanie Jo (JJ) McLendon and husband James of the home; he also leaves behind his pride and joys, eight grandchildren: Dion, Nicholas, Susanah, Adam, Rachel, Jonathan, Alex and Asher; one sister: Nita Stambaugh of Louisiana; one brother: James McLendon of Petrolia, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Assembly of God Church, PO BOX 764, Dumas, TX 79029.


Edna Mae Childers Smith

Screen shot 2016-01-26 at 12.21.13 PMEdna Mae Childers Smith, 74 of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Bible Baptist Church. The Rev. Johnny Widener, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Edna was born on April 5, 1941 to Alonzo and Viola (Hall) Childers in Clayton NM. She attended Amistad, NM School. Edna grew up on her parent’s ranch with her sister, Ida and brothers, Doyle and Ronald. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. She also attended and graduated from Draughons Business College in Amarillo in the early 60’s. She worked for Moore County Hospital for several years then with Swift for 25 years until her retirement.

Edna was a member of Bible Baptist Church; she loved to serve the Lord and enjoyed being a greeter every Sunday morning. Edna touched many lives, and will be remembered for always smiling and making others feel welcomed. She also loved to cook and garden. Edna will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother: Ronald Lee Childers; father and mother-in-law: W.S. and Mary Babe Ellen Smith.

Edna is survived by her husband John Smith of the home; her son: Bob Christian and wife Teresa of Channing; stepdaughter: Tracy Edwards and husband Steve of Burlington; brother: Doyle Dee Childers and wife Susan of Rio Rancho, NM; sister: Ida Lorene Harrell and husband Donnie of Melrose, NM; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Sara Elizabeth Dawson Lacey

Screen shot 2016-01-26 at 12.19.26 PMSara Elizabeth Dawson Lacey, 79, died at home Friday afternoon, January 22, 2016.

Memorial services will be at  10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, with longtime family friend Paul Smith and Dean Whaley, minister of the Bell Avenue Church of Christ officiating.

An Amarillo resident since 2002, she resided with her husband Charles until his death on November 24, 2011.  They raised their children in Portales, New Mexico and established Portal Farm Services there.  After the children went to college, they relocated to Clovis and then to the Dallas area in 1984.

She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Robert Lester and Frances Gentry Dawson on April 27, 1936.  She graduated from Dumas High School in 1954 and married Charles on June 18, 1954.  She worked as a bookkeeper for Southwestern Public Service in Dumas until her children were born, then continued as bookkeeper for the business they established in Portales in 1967.  She continued working part time when they relocated to the DFW area, and retired in 2001.  After Charles’ death in 2011, she continued as a faithful member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ and served as a volunteer at BSA Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Tamara Lacey of Amarillo; two sons, Steven (Laurie) Lacey of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and David (Kris) Lacey of West Chester, Ohio; two grandchildren, Shauna (Mike) Biss of Albuquerque and Samantha Lacey of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania;  and two great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Jackson Biss of Albuquerque and a brother, Sam Dawson of Bowie, Texas.


Robeta “Bobbie” Carter

Screen shot 2016-01-26 at 12.17.00 PMRoberta “Bobbie” Carter, 64, of Dumas, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.

Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Dumas Cemetery. Jerry Howe, pastor of First Baptist Church officiated.  Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Bobbie was born July 26, 1951, in La Junta, Colo. to Dale and Iva Goodwin.  She married Melvin Carter on July 12, 1980, in La Junta.  Bobbie had substitute taught at Green Acres for three years and then retired as the attendance clerk after 16 years.  She loved to read and crochet.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Carter, of Dumas; a daughter, Melinda Flores and husband Stevie, of Dumas; and five sisters, Donna Goode, Betty Mailloux, Veronica Edmunds, Georgia Miller and Ruby Edwards.

The family suggests memorials be to Moore County Hospice, 209 S. Bliss, Dumas, Texas 79029.


Jerry Wayne McLain “Grasshopper”

JerryMcLainJerry Wayne McLain ”Grasshopper”, 73 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’ clock in the afternoon on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church with Rev Jay McGaughy, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Jerry was born on October 31, 1942 to C.C. and Fannie (Musick) Mclain in Monroe, LA. He spent most of his life in Dumas and graduated from Dumas High School in 1962. Jerry served his country in the Army from 1964-1970 and was stationed in Wertheim, Germany; upon leaving he was a CPL E4 and earned the distinction of sharpshooter. He also graduated from West Texas Barber College in Amarillo. On December 18, 1976, Jerry married the lovely Peggie Jameson in Clayton, NM. He loved his family very much but first and foremost, Jerry loved his God. He enjoyed the outdoors; especially when he was fishing, hunting or cooking. Jerry was owner/operator of Mac’s Salvage from 1990 until his retirement. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Chick McLain.

Jerry is survived by his wife Peggie of the home; one son: Tony McLain and wife Katherine of Richmond, TX; two daughters: Tina Swimmer and husband Shelton of Dumas and Amy McLain of McKinney; two sisters: Helen Rhoades and husband Garland of Dumas and Betty Fults and husband Benny of Amarillo; four grandchildren: Taylor Boren, Jeremy McLain, Kyler and Colton Swimmer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd Amarillo, TX 79106, Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd Dumas, TX 79029 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.


Vicki Jean Endsley

Vicki Jean Endsley, 56 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Funeral Services are scheduled for 1 o’ clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Tommie Long, pastor of the Cowboy Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 o’ clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.


Reynaldo Jurado

Reynaldo Jurado, 66, of Amarillo, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Reynaldo was born Jan. 6, 1950, in Acala, Texas to Francisco and Maria Jurado.  He worked for Swift for more than 15 years in Cactus.  Reynaldo loved his cars.

He was preceded in death by a son, Sergio Jurado.

Survivors include three daughters, Violeta Jurado, Iberia Jurado and Jessica Jurado; a son, Jose Jurado; five sisters, Otilia, Manuela, Alma, Rosario and Yolanda; and 7 grandchildren.


Joyce Lyndon Mutschler

Joyce MutschlerJoyce Lyndon Mutschler, 77, of Sunray, passed away on January 13, 2016 at her home in Sunray. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Sunray Church of Christ with Jonathan Zerby officiating. Interment will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Joyce was born in Vanoss, OK near Sentinel, OK to Ben and Lennie Mullins on October 2, 1938. She attended all 12 years of school at a country school at Port. On June 1, 1957, Joyce married the love of her life Carl Dean Mutschler. Together they made their life and home in Sunray, Texas and raised two wonderful daughters, Carla and Diane.

Throughout their 53-year marriage Carl and Joyce enjoyed spending time together, and spending time with family. One of their many hobbies included going on camping trips with the Panhandle RV Club. Her soul mate Carl left his earthly life in January of 2010.

One word that best describes Joyce is ”LOVE” Her love for her family, her love for her church, and most of all her love for GOD.

Joyce loved each and every one of her family members unconditionally. She loved spending time with them. Her face would light up when her daughters, grandkids, and great grandkids were with her. She never missed an anniversary or birthday. No matter what there would be a card in the mailbox and it always arrived on the right day. Her family could always look forward to that early morning call on their birthday where ”Memaw” would sing ”Happy Birthday” to them. She went on many trips with her family to Red River, Oklahoma City, Branson and spent a lot of time in Guymon visiting with her family.

Joyce was an active member of Sunray Church of Christ. Joyce loved her church family and truly considered them ”family”. Joyce was a loyal servant. She would help with anything that was needed. On Tuesdays the Junior High students could see her smiling face as she helped prepare and serve them lunch at the church building. She also helped with ”Working Hands with the Master” and sent out get well cards as well as cards of encouragement, and sympathy. Joyce would check the weekly newspaper to clip articles that mentioned the church’s young people and post them on the bulletin board at the church so that they would be recognized. These are just a few of the wonderful acts that Joyce assisted with.
Throughout Joyce’s life she upheld a sweet and kind demeanor that won the trust and hearts of so many, who will be forever changed by the example she led. Joyce had a strong love for her Lord and savior and lived each day reflecting that love to everyone that knew her.

Encouraging words that Joyce had written on the front page of her Bible:

In Jesus we have a love that never ends, a soul that never dies, a place that passes all understanding, a joy that is never ending a hope that is never disappointed, a light that shines forever, a wisdom that can never be erased, a beauty that can never be changed, and resources that are never ending. Righteousness in him and assured destiny. Your faith is a treasure of unmeasurable wealth. Guard it.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Dean, her parents: Ben and Lennie Mullins, two brothers Freddie Mullins and Jim Mullins and one sister Barbara Shipp.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Carla Hunter and husband Scott of Guymon, Diane Kottke and husband Lin of Goodwell, OK, her grandchildren, Reanna Fuentes and husband Aaron of Guymon, M’Leah Taylor and husband Jason of Oklahoma City, Ashton Keisling and Whitney Abraham of Guymon, Krista Lutonsky of Amarillo, and Carli Kottke of Stillwater Oklahoma. Great Grandkids, Andrew, Hunter, Hannah, Jade, Gunner and Rylee; her sisters and brothers and many nieces and nephews and special friends.

The family suggests memorials be to Dig It Bible Camp, P.O. Box 81, Sunray, TX 79086 or High Plains Children’s Home, P.O. Box 7448, Amarillo, TX 79114.


Wylma Marie “Billie” Gracey

Wylma Marie “Billie” Gracey, 92, of Canyon, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

Private services will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel in Dumas with Pastor John Shuttuck officiating.  Burial will be in Northlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Billie was born May 5, 1923, in Dalhart to Mary and Floyd Veatch.  She was a graduate of Phillips High School and Draughton’s Business School.  She was proud to serve her country in the Navy during World War II.  Billie worked for more than 20 years as a secretary at Moore County Extension Office.  She was active in the Window on the Plains Museum and volunteered at Memorial Hospital.

Billie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dumas where she was a deacon.

She married George Gracey on June 26, 1948, in Borger.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Braeden Parker in 2002; and by her sisters, Edna Barrow and Francis Adams.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol McNeer and husband Walter of Amarillo; Mary Dunlap and husband Gregg of Bushland; and Janet Parker and husband Larry of Wylie;  two sisters, Virginia Mitchell of Wharton and Doris Jean Crownover of Knox City; a brother, Floyd Veatch, Jr. and wife Marcia of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and four grandchildren, Sara McNeer Archer and husband Ben, Katy McNeer, Megg Dunlap and Shae Parker.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the loving staff and residents at Skywest Assisted Living.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.


Gerald Simmons Childers

Screen shot 2016-01-04 at 9.22.17 PMGerald Simmons Childers, 84, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2016, in Amarillo. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11 o’ clock in the morning on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Sunray Baptist Church with Rev. Brent Childers officiating and Bruce Broxson assisting. Private interment will be in Lane Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 o’ clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home in Dumas. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Gerald Childers was born on February 25, 1931, to A.F. and Geraldine Childers in Dalhart, TX. He graduated from Dumas High School. Gerald married Beverly Reynolds April 22, 1950; she preceded him in death in 1974. After her passing, he married Phyllis Richardson in 1977; she also preceded him in death in 2005.

Gerald started working for Northern Natural Gas Company in Sunray and was transferred to Lincoln, KS, Eldorado, TX and finally to Liberal, KS. He was a longtime member of the Liberal Elks, member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and rode with the Two Tired Motorcycle Club of Liberal.

He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Liberal BJ’s baseball team. Gerald volunteered many hours transporting veterans from Liberal to the VA in Amarillo. He spent his life always in service to others and those in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Larry and Dale; first wife: Beverly Reynolds and second wife: Phyllis Richardson.

Gerald is survived by daughter: Hollie Childers; son: Jerry Childers and wife Donna; daughter: Debbie Corse, all of Amarillo; siblings: Faye Cartrite and husband Kent of Sunray, Jo Palmer of Las Cruces, NM and Brent Childers and wife Leslie of Amarillo; two sisters-in-law: Linda Childers and Frances Childers both of Dalhart; eight grandchildren: Randall Smith, Aaron Smith and wife Ginger, Tisha Thurman and husband Todd, Amy Howe and husband Justin, Stacy Cantwell and husband Curt; Brady Corse and wife Joy; Barry Corse and wife Dianne, Brandon Corse and wife Susie; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Brenda Christy’s Comfort Cottage and caregivers: Jackie, Lori and Loretta.

The family suggests memorials be to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 W 7th St, Amarillo, TX 79106 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.


Darin “Bulldog” Tanner

Darin “Bulldog” Tanner went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

He was born June 24, 1958 in Dumas, Texas to W.A. and Corene (Sellers) Tanner. Bulldog and Joann were married December 21, 1984 in Dumas, Texas. He loved hunting. He had a deep love for his Lord.

He is survived by his wife Joann Tanner of Dumas, his parents W.A. “Yokie” and wife Corene Tanner; a son William Cory Tanner of Fritch;a daughter Alisha and husband Marc Rivera of Amarillo; a brother Greg and wife Myra Tanner of Dumas; 2 sisters: Carolyn Tanner of Amarillo, Deena and husband Walt Sims of Amarillo; 3 Grandchildren: Claire Rivera, Elaina Rivera, and Ruby.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM at First Assembly of God Church in Stinnett, Texas. Burial will follow at Stinnett Cemetery.

Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Directors.


Ida Belle White Platt

IdaBellIda Belle White Platt, 85 of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. A Funeral Service is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, January 2, 2015 at First Assembly of God with Pastor Joseph Maratta officiating. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ida Belle Glassey was born on November 19, 1930, in Waka, Texas, a small community in western Ochiltree County near Perryton, to Robert Daniel Glassey and Elsie Frances Stephenson Glassey. Ida Belle had just recently celebrated her 85th birthday with family and friends while residing in the nursing home.

When Ida Belle was only 11 years old, she went to live with Vernon and Inez Keahey on their farm near Crawford, Oklahoma. She first came to stay with the Keaheys while Mr. Keahey was serving in the army. While living with the Keahey’s she became big sister and more to Charles, Kathy and Gary. She attended the Crawford Schools and graduated from Crawford High School, which was only a short distance from the Keahey Farm. Ida Belle’s mother and father lived several miles north of the Keaheys in a rural-remote area known as the Snaky Bend. When the Glasseys moved from that area to Cheyenne, Oklahoma, Ida Belle continued to live with the Keaheys until she was 29 years old and married the love of her life, Charles White, Jr. on April 1, 1960 in Clayton, New Mexico. After marriage, the White’s made their home in Dumas, Texas for many years, where Charles was a barber until his health forced his retirement.

Ida Belle owned and operated Ida Belle’s Bakery on S. Porter Street in Dumas for many years. She was known far and wide for her cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, twists and beautifully decorated birthday and wedding cakes.
Ida Belle was not only a seasoned baker; she was also an excellent cook. At one time, she cooked for a local nursing home and for the KonKai Motel Restaurant, owned and operated by Bill Raney.

She was a devoted and faithful member of the Dumas United Pentecostal Church. She loved her church family dearly and received great love and support from them throughout the years. She also loved the Senior Center and enjoyed her fellowship there.

She was devoted to her family and worked tirelessly to protect and support them in every way possible. In recent years, she had the pleasure and joy of having her great grandson, Aaron Lawrence, live with her. What a special relationship they had. She loved him unconditionally and was so proud of his every accomplishment and was always excited and willing to share his latest feat whether it was baseball, basketball, running… and even football… although she didn’t want him playing football because she was afraid that he might get hurt.

Ida Belle had a strong work ethic … never afraid of hard work and always willing to do more than her part… sometimes to her own demise. She was strong-willed, determined and maybe just a little bit stubborn.

Several years ago, Ida Belle sat down with her sister LaVerne Beason and prepared her memorial guide, which has proven to be a great help for family as they have prepared for her memorial service.

She was very explicit in what she wanted. She said, “Say whatever you want to. I won’t hear it-but God will. Read anything you want -just get it over with. Don’t stand up there and talk for an hour. Don’t try to preach a rosy sermon and try to preach me into heaven because I have made my peace with God many years ago, and no one can take that away from me.”
We celebrate Ida Belle’s going to her Heavenly home.

Ida Belle was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elsie Glassey; her first husband, Charles White, Jr.; her husband James Platt, whom she married on November 15,1997; brothers Steve and R. V. Glassey; sister LaVerne Beason; sons, David White and Tommy White; her mom and dad, Vernon and Inez Keahey and the Keahey’s son, Gary Keahey.

She is survived by one daughter, Charlene Wooldridge and husband John of Dumas, Texas; grandsons: Kevin Wooldridge, Travis Wooldridge, Shaun White, Greg White, Mike White and Tony White; one granddaughter: Shelly Wooldridge; great-grandsons: Aaron Lawrence, Logan Toler, Gavin Toler, Ethan Toler and Dylan Toler; great granddaughter: Kaylie Toler; special family members and caregivers: Kay Snider and husband Bobby; Sharon Horton and husband, Jerry; Cherie Coaly and husband, Justin; Kathy Keahey Duggan and husband Greg, and Charles Keahey and wife, Mollie; close friend and classmate, Velma Keahey Williams; long time, dear friend, Jimmy Clark; a host of nieces, nephews, and other friends.

The family suggests memorials be to Memorial Nursing and Rehab, 302 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029, or Memorial Hospice, 224 S. Bliss, Dumas, TX 79029, or Dumas United Pentecostal Church, 602 S. Porter St., Dumas, TX 79029.


Charles Andrew “Andy” Alexander

CharlesAlexanderCharles Andrew ”Andy’ Alexander, 89 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11 o’ clock in the morning on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Johnny Widener, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10-11 o’ clock in the morning on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Andy was born on February 17, 1926 to Bill and Ruby (Fisk) Alexander in Vincent, OK. He was a Dumas High School Graduate and a US Navy veteran. He married Lois Emerson in 1944; she preceded him in death in 1999. Andy retired from Panhandle Eastern Pipeline after 32 years of service. One of his favorite hobbies was making Grandpa Andy’s Beef Jerky. In April of 2002, Andy remarried Norma Sherley. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge # 1009 and the VFW Post 9022. Andy attended Bible Baptist Church and will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his first wife: Lois; two brothers: Leroy and Sylvester Alexander; one sister: Estelee Smith and one step-son: Darryl Fagan.

Andy is survived by wife: Norma of the home; one sister: Ann Ballard and husband James of Dumas; two sons: Bob Alexander and wife Sheryl of Edmond, OK, Ron Alexander and wife Bonnie of Denison, TX; one step-son: Allen Fagan and wife Tish of Plano; one step-daughter: Denise Norman and husband Stanley of Dumas; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


Pat “Bitsy” Tobias

BitsyTobiasPat “Bitsy” Tobias, 68, of Dumas died Friday, December 18, 2015. Services were held December 22, 2015 in Temple Baptist Church of Dumas with Reverend J. McGaughy officiating. Burial was in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Bitsy was born on October 27, 1947 in Brownwood to Clifford and Erline Hagar. She loved to play bridge and help coach her children’s sports. She married Manuel “Toby” Tobias in Dumas on November 7, 1964. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Bitsy was preceded in death by a son, Manuel “Toby” Tobias, Jr.; and a brother, Roger Coker.

She is survived by her husband Manuel, of Dumas; a son, Tommy Tobias and Anel Madrid, of Dumas; a daughter, Trina Tobias of Amarillo; a brother, Clifford Hagar, Jr., of Amarillo; a sister, Barbara Poole of Ogden, Utah; grandchildren Joshua Tobias and Andrea Olivarez of Amarillo, and Jacob Tobias and wife Rebecca, also of Amarillo; and one great-grandchild, Bentley Tobias.

The family suggests memorials be to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.


Nadine Holberg

NadineNadine Holberg, 87 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.


Debra Ann Medina

Debra Ann Medina, 58 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015. A Funeral Service was held 10 o’ clock in the morning on Tuesday, November 24th at Iglesia Bautista Hispana with Rev. Ernesto Rodriguez, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment followed at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Debra was born on June 5, 1957 to Robert and Angela (Razo) Garcia in Joliet, IL. She had been a resident of the community for 32 years. Debra was a registered nurse for many years and worked at BSA Hospital for 15 years and Moore County Hospital for 10 years. Debra was with the love of her life, Jose Fernando, for well over 40 years. She attended Iglesia Bautista Hispana and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Robert and Cleave Garcia and her favorite aunt: Juanita Serrato.

Debra is survived by her husband: Jose Fernando of Dumas; two daughters: Fernanda Leza and husband Jerry of Laredo and Olivia Medina and husband Gilbert Falcon of Dumas; five grandchildren: Gilbert Jr., Diego and Jonathan Falcon, and Natalie and Nathan Leza; one sister: Roberta Lopez of Dumas; one brother: Cyrus Garcia of Dumas, two aunts: Vera Martinez and Carmella Garcia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family suggests memorials be to Baylor University Medical Center, 3500 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX 75246.


Delores Sims

Delores Sims, 77 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Ninth & Bliss Church of Christ. A Private family interment will be held at Hartley Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Delores was born on August 20, 1938, in Abilene, TX to John and Neva (Heath) Lovinggood. She was raised and educated in Pampa where she graduated from Pampa High School. On April 24, 1958, she was united in marriage to David Sims in Pampa, TX; he preceded her in death 2010. Delores had been a resident of Dumas and the panhandle area all of her life. She worked as a legal secretary for the District Attorney’s Office and then for the District Clerk’s Office until her retirement. Delores loved flowers and was a member of 9th and Bliss Church of Christ.

In addition to her husband, David, she is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers and sisters.

Delores is survived by her daughters: Denise Cummins and husband Terry of Dumas, Donna Christie and husband Irl of Amarillo, and Desiree Sims of Dumas; brother: Dewayne Lovinggood and wife Linda of Alvin; grandchildren: Cale Christie, Will Cummins and wife Meagan, Brian Cummins, David Woods and wife Cortni, and Kaylyn Vines; four great-grandchildren: and constant companion: Honey.

The family suggests memorials be to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029.


Humberto Salinas

Screen shot 2015-11-16 at 3.47.40 PMHumberto Salinas, 77 of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 6 o’clock in the evening on Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Humberto was born March 21, 1938 in Guadalupe Victoria, Chihuahua, Mexico to Jose and Tomasa Salinas. On July 4, 1965, he was united in marriage to Velia Mares in Chihuahua, Mexico; she preceded him in death on August 3, 1992. Humberto was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Humberto was a longtime resident of Dumas and had worked for Monfort for over 23 years. He enjoyed boxing, horse races, but especially loved baseball. Humberto was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He who will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

In addition to his wife Velia, he is preceded in death by his parents; a grandson: Andrew Derrick; and five brother and three sisters.

Humberto is survived by his sons: Julio Salinas and wife Sallie of Lubbock, Humberto Salinas, Jr. and wife Kim, and Oscar Salinas and wife Karla all of Dumas; daughters: Patricia Delgado and husband Raul and Sandra Perez and husband Elias all of Dumas, Michelle Jarrett and husband James of Canyon, Naomi Juanes and husband Eloy of Plainview; eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106 or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, PO Box 503, Dumas, TX 79029.


Lester C. Reed, Jr.

Screen shot 2015-11-16 at 3.44.58 PMLester C. Reed, Jr., 86 of Sunray, passed peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 8, 2015. A Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in Hartley Cemetery with David McGaughy, pastor at United Methodist Church in Sunray, officiating. A Memorial Service will follow that afternoon at 1:30 at United Methodist Church in Sunray with Keith Height officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-9 o’ clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home in Dumas. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

He was born November 14, 1928 to Lester C. Reed, Sr. and Beulah Kiker Reed in Zybach, Wheeler County, TX. On August 18, 1946 he married Nora L. Sims in Clayton, NM. Lester enjoyed antique tractors, steam locomotives, and time with his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife Nora; his four children, Bob Reed of Odessa, Ivana Brooks of Houston, Art Reed of Rotan, and Alvin Reed of Ponder; 7 grandchildren Justin, Paige, Katelin, Abby, Seth, and Anna; and 5 great grandchildren Ava, Brooklynn, Harper, Honor, and Harlow; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Laney and grandson, Richard Renquist.

The family suggest memorials be to Window on the Plains Museum, 1820 S. Dumas Ave., Dumas, TX 79029.


Rosie Jeter

RosieJeterRosie Jeter, 70, of Dumas, died Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church with J McGaughy, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Rosie was born on March 11, 1945 in Wellington to Lester and Jimmie Lee Dodd.  She had owned and operated several cafés in Dumas.  She especially loved to sing with her family and entertain at her cafés.   Rosie was a one of a kind, fun-loving mother and “Granny”.

She married Berle McKay on December 16, 1961.  She later married Luther Jeter on May 28, 1976 in Dumas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister, a half-brother and half-sister.

She is survived by her husband Luther Jeter; two daughters, Angel San Miguel and husband Steve, Starla San Miguel and husband Bret, all of Dumas; five grandchildren, Bergundi Thurman and husband Lynn, Garrett “Bubba” Jones and Shasta, Stetson Jones and wife Brittany, McKayli San Miguel, and Sia San Miguel; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 3915 S. Bell St., Amarillo, Texas 79109.


Ronald “Ronny” Dow

Screen shot 2015-11-02 at 9.49.26 PMRonald ”Ronny” Dow, 75 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2015. A Funeral Service is scheduled for 2 o’ clock in the afternoon on Monday November 2nd at First Baptist Church with Rev Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3-5 o’ clock in the afternoon on Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Ronny was born on September 27, 1940 to Eldon and Kathryn (Bassham) Dow in Dumas, TX. He was reared and educated in Dumas and was proud to be a Dumas High School graduate. On June 20, 1962, he married the love of his life, Doris Barton, in Dumas. Ronny had a great love for his church and church family. He had a passion in assisting with the Laotian Mission in any way that he was able. Ronny was the kind of guy that always had a smile for anyone that he came in contact with and believed that what you put out into this world is what you got back. One of the things that kept him going strong was taking care of his grandchildren and great grandchildren; he cherished the times he got to spend with them as he picked them up for school every morning. He was the jack of all trades and had many hobbies; he enjoyed being a cowboy for many years, was an avid fisherman, loved to read and do crossword puzzles. They were also owners of Dow’s Upholstery. Ronny was retired from maintenance at the Moore County Courthouse. He was a member of First Baptist Church and will be missed by his family and countless friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren: John Paul Jones and Sarah Jones.

Ronny is survived by his wife: Doris of the home; three daughters: Kathy Jones of Amarillo, Sandi Allen and husband Jerry of Dumas and Mattye Calvery and husband James of Dumas; seven grandchildren: Kristina, Eric, Jennifer, Tashya, Christopher, Skylar and Shaela; five great grandchildren: Mykia, Kadince, Evan, Sareenah and Everett; one soon to be great grandson: Daxton; one brother: Eldon ”Lee” Dow and wife Carol of Henrietta, OK; and numerous extended family and friends.

The family will be at 1206 Beard.

The family suggest memorials be to The Laotian Mission, PO BOX 617 Dumas, TX 79029 or Project Graduation, in care of DHS.


Evelyn Joyce Stone

Screen shot 2015-11-02 at 9.48.07 PMEvelyn Joyce Stone, 79 of Sunray, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015. A Graveside Service was held on Saturday, October 31 in Lane Memorial Cemetery with Wayne Norrell, Deacon at Christ the King Catholic Church, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Evelyn was born on February 4, 1936 to J.W. and Sarah (Kinsey) Evans in Vernon, TX. She was a resident of the community since 1957. Evelyn was happily married to Bobby George until his passing in 2004. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, cooking for her family and friends and reading recipes. Evelyn will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother: Gene Evans.

Evelyn is survived by two daughters: Connie Jackson and husband Andy of Portales, NM and Vanetta Passmore of Sayre, OK; four grandchildren: Christy Songy and husband Paul of Schertz, TX, Brad Morton and wife Angel of Piedmont, OK, Valerie Richardson and husband Kiley of Robert Lee, TX, and Justin Passmore and wife Tammy of Sayre, OK; and 10 great grandchildren.


Jerry Jordan

Screen shot 2015-11-02 at 9.44.58 PMJerry G. Jordan, 64 of Dumas, passed on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. A Graveside Service was held at Dumas Cemetery on Saturday, October 31, 2015 with Pastor Jori Buchenau, of Grace Thru Faith Church, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Jerry was born on June 22, 1951 in Dumas to Billy and Vonnie (Scroggins) Jordan. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and especially loved boating. Jerry also loved to laugh. He was of Christian Faith and will be missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jerry is survived by his sisters: Sheila Justice and husband Rick of Lubbock, Pat Raney and husband Archie of Dumas; brother: Mike Jordan and wife Saundra of Dumas; nieces and nephews: Shelley Justice of Lubbock, Wade Raney and wife Brenda of Dumas and their children: A.J. and Paden; Donny Raney and wife Angela of Amarillo and their children: Brenton, Nastayzia, Breanna, and Miley; Jana Simpson and husband Cameron of Thomas, OK and their children: Caitlyn and Chance.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to The Kidney Foundation, 801 S Fillmore St, Amarillo, TX 79101.


Greg Smith

GregSmithGreg Smith, 54 of Sunray, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 3 o’ clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 28 at the Sunray High School Gymnasium with David Purl, Associate Pastor at Grace Thru Faith, officiating and assisting will be David McGaughy, Pastor at First United Methodist in Sunray and Jonathan Zerby, Pastor at Sunray Church of Christ. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Greg was born on May 24, 1961 to Larry Smith and Phyllis Weir in Ponca City, OK. He graduated from the best college around, Texas Tech University, in 1983 and on July 7, 1984, he married the love of his life, Starla McGee. While in college, he was thrilled to be a part of the Crawfish Fraternity. Greg had been a resident of Sunray since January 1, 1989 when he was appointed City Manager and was deeply involved in his community. First and foremost, Greg was a family man who loved and cherished every moment he spent with his family and always thought of others before himself. For that reason, he chose to be an organ donor. He was a proud supporter of the Sunray Cross Country teams and was founder, owner and designer at XS Graphic. It goes without saying but Greg was an avid Texas Tech Red Raider fan. He also enjoyed working in the yard, woodworking and riding four wheelers. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served on the advisory council and as treasurer. He was a member of Sunray Lions Club and Sunray Volunteer Fire & EMS Department. Greg served on the Happy State Bank, Moore County Hospital and Moore County Development Boards and helped out on the Community Park Improvement Committee and the Sunray CEIC Committee for Sunray Middle School. Greg is going to be greatly missed not only by his family but by everyone whose life he touched.

Greg is survived by his wife: Starla of the home; one daughter: Hartlyn Smith of Sunray; one son: Brayson Smith of Sunray; parents: Phyllis Smith of Sunray and Larry Smith of Ardmore, OK; and two brothers: Jeff Smith of Sacramento, CA and Danny Smith of Arlington, TX.


Mary Beth Carder

MaryBethCarderMary Beth Carder, 84 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Monday at the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mary was born on January 27, 1931 in Okeene, OK to Gerald and Hildreth (Benham) Cook. She was united in marriage to Bob Carder on April 8, 1949 in Altus, OK; he preceded her in death on December 29, 2013. Mary had been a resident of Dumas since 1956. She was a member of First Baptist Church for almost 60 years.

Mary enjoyed reading, working her crossword puzzles and especially singing songs to her grandchildren. Family was very important to Mary; she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Bob, she is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Gwen Giles and Jane Levick.

Mary is survived by her daughter: Jeri Pardue of Dumas; sons: Bruce Carder of Dumas and Randy Carder and wife Pam of Temple, TX; grandchildren: Chad Gregory, Kelly Bradberry, Stacy Gorsuch, Colby Gregory, Aaron Carder, Ben Carder, and Brittany Carder; and brother-in-law: Bill Carder and wife Sallie Jo of Altus, OK.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Senior Adult Program, PO Box 617, Dumas, TX 79029.


Gerardo “G” Hernandez

GerardoHernandezGerardo “G” Hernandez, 30 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, officiating and Charles Anderson, associate pastor of Temple Baptist Church, assisting. Interment will follow in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.


Jeanette Melton

Jeanette Melton, 81 of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 2 o’ clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in Gruver Cemetery with Rev. Brad Foster, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Virgie Jeanette Melton was born October 3, 1933 in Spearman, Texas. Jeanette worked for many years as the Kitchen Supervisor at the Dumas Nursing Home and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by 2 husbands: Howard Thomas and Don Melton; one sister: Sherry Leonard; and 3 children: Janese Raines, Mary Thomas, and Johnny Thomas.

Jeanette is survived by her daughter: Brenda Carol Reece; and son: Robert Thomas. She leaves a large family of 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her niece: Terri Adams; and nephews: Michael Donoho, Robert Donoho, and Danny Donoho.


Sherry Sue Samuels

SherrySamuelsSherry Sue (Cauthen) Samuels, 68 of Paris, TX, formerly of Dumas, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Aug. 30 2015. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 4 o’ clock on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Billy Irons, pastor at Shoals Baptist Church in Hugo, OK, officiating and Dallas Stringer, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Pampa, TX, assisting. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Sherry was a very loyal servant of our Lord and was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister to a very large family. She was known and loved by many for her loving, gentle and caring heart and her wonderful hugs that would linger all day because of her beautiful perfume she would wear and often searched out in a crowd because of it so they could smell like her all day.

She is survived by her husband: Eugene W. Samuels of the home; one son: Victor W. Samuels of Hugo, OK; one daughter: Crystal S. (Samuels) Ditzler of Dumas, TX; four sisters, Reva White and husband Dale of Amarillo, TX, Sammy Horton and husband Kenneth of Dumas, TX, Donna Cauthen and husband James Garnett of Pampa; one brother, Terry Cauthen and wife Carol of Dumas, TX, Lisa Underwood and husband Wayne of Amarillo, TX; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many more family members.


Adrian “El Mojo” Sauceda

AdrianSaucedaAdrian ”El Mojo” Sauceda, 27 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. Interment will follow in Dumas Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 6 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Adrian was born on January 18, 1988 to Seferino and Maria (Carnero) Sauceda in Chihuahua, Mexico. He attended Dumas High School and on June 13, 2012 he married Iliana Garcia in Dumas. He was an insulator for Northwest Insulation in Borger and in his spare time, he enjoyed watching horse races. Adrian was a loving father, son, brother and uncle who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was a member of Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: Seferino Sauceda, and maternal grandparents: Adan Carnero and Socorro Perez.

Adrian is survived by his wife: Iliana of the home; parents: Seferino and Maria Sauceda of Las Cruces, NM; six children: Aiden Sauceda of Cactus, Adrian Jr. Sauceda, Xiimena Sauceda, Alexander Sauceda, Melissa Machuca and Gustavo Machuca all of Dumas; two brothers: Rey Javier Sauceda of Las Cruces and Esvan Sauceda of Cactus; one sister: Briseyda Sauceda of Las Cruces; paternal grandmother: Agustina Anduja of Las Cruces and one niece: Lizeyda Evangeline Sauceda of Cactus.


TROY GLEN RAY

TroyRayTroy Glen Ray, 84 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Sunray Church of Christ with Jonathan Zerby, pastor of the church, officiating. Family visitation will be from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home in Dumas. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Troy was born on April 30, 1931, in Altus, OK to Robert and Tennie (Harrison) Ray. In 1952, he married Annette Wrinkle in Childress, TX. He had been a resident of the community for many years. Troy was a hardworking man. He worked for Whites Auto Store for 33 years and eventually owned and operated Woody’s Furniture for 17 years and continued to work there until he retired in 2010. Troy enjoyed bowling, golf, and softball in his younger days. However, his greatest joy was following his children and grandchildren through their athletic careers. He was a member of Church of Christ in Sunray and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded by his parents, and son: Benton Ray.

Troy is survived by his wife, Annette, of the home; sons: Glen Ray and wife Cathy, Clark Ray and wife Robbie all of Dumas; daughter: Tonja Bilbrey and husband Danny of Dumas; sister: Lou Ann Webb of Woodlands, TX; grandchildren: Erica Ray, Sammy Ray, Randy Ray, Jayna Ray, Alexa Ray, Curt McKnight, Wes McKnight, Brian Bilbrey, Tim Bilbrey, Benton Bilbrey, and Tiana Bilbrey; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to the Benton Ray Scholarship Fund, 311 Bradley, Dumas, TX 79029 or Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029.


IRA B. CURTIS

IraCurtisIra B. Curtis, 87 of Dumas, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Saturday August 8, 2015 at Church of Nazarene with Danny Hendricks, officiating. Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ira was born on October 1, 1927, in Roosevelt, OK. He had been a resident of Dumas since 1948. On June 18, 1949, he was united in marriage to Colleen Spencer in Dumas; she preceded him in death on October 11, 2002. Ira proudly served his country in the US Navy.

Ira worked at the Masterson Helium Plant for many years as well as a cemetery caretaker. His favorite hobbies were reading, fishing, and horseback riding. He especially had a wonderful sense of humor. Ira was a member of the Church of Nazarene. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, Colleen, he is preceded in death by his parents; sons: Ricky and Jerry Curtis; grandson: Alex Curtis.

Ira is survived his daughter: Terry Curtis of Sunray; grandchildren: Amy Barton and husband Nathan of Amarillo; Dan Curtis and wife Rachel of Clarkston, MI, Chuck Curtis and wife Pauline of Rochester, MI, Peter Curtis of Los Angeles, CA, Michelle Schlesselman of Thailand, and Nakita Curtis of OK, Michael Wren and wife Elizabeth of Amarillo, Jeramy Wren of Shreveport, LA, Lacie Ludwig of Colorado Springs, CO; great-grandchildren: Tyler Barton, Peyton Barton, Kambree Barton, Raelynne Wren, Norman Ludwig, Jazmyn Kosarek, John Curtis, Michael Curtis, and Jacob Curtis; brother: Murl Curtis of Hot Springs, AR; sister: Louise Carney of Denver, CO; daughter-in-law: Toni Curtis.


RENE TORRES

ReneTorresRene Torres, 58 of Dumas, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Garcia as celebrant. A Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 6 pm on Thursday. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Rene was born December 5, 1956 in Huanusco, Zacatecas, MX to Jose and Esperanza (Diaz De Leon) Torres. He had been a resident of Dumas since 1976. Rene was an avid sports fan and hard and dedicated worker. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two nephews: Refugio ”Cuco” Torres and Guadalupe Huerta; brothers: Santos Torres; and sister: Rosio Garcia.

Rene is survived by his wife Sophia of the home; daughter: April Michelle Torres of Dumas; nine brothers: Alejandro Torres and wife Ramona of Mexico, Sergio Torres and wife Christina,Juan Manuel and wife Maria Elena, Joel Torres and wife Solia, Jose Luis Torres and wife Socorro, Hector Torres and wife Nellie, Rodrigo Torres and wife Hilda all of CA, Humberto Torres and wife Juana of Amarillo, Jamie Torres and wife Rebeca of Dumas; six sisters: Cristina Huerta and husband Salvador of Ft. Worth, TX, Esperanza Ortiz and husband Antonio, Lourdes Martinez and husband Gregorio, Maria Sandoval and husband Raul, Clara Luz Nunez and husband Manuel all of CA, Sylvia Aguayo and husband Jesus of Des Moines; ninety-four nieces and nephews.


KEITH CARLSON

Keith Carlson, 65 of Dumas, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 6:00 in the evening on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Masonic Lodge in Dumas. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 1:30 pm Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Olinger-Crownhill Cemetery in Wheatridge, CO. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Keith was born April 5, 1950 in Glendale, CA to Roy and Virginia (Anderson) Carlson. He was a resident of Dumas for over 28 years. Keith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Denver. On June 30, 1984, he was united in marriage to Carol Jean in Denver, CO. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed fishing. Keith was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #1009 and First United Methodist Church. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Keith is survived by his wife Carol and his son, Cody Carlson of both of Dumas, TX, stepchildren: Lee Hite and wife Jeanne of Lakeview, OR and Heide Fay Lor of Denver, CO; brother: Douglas Carlson and wife Linda of Idaho Falls, Idaho; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 395, Dumas, TX 79029 or Masonic Lodge #1009, 824 S Maddox Ave, Dumas, TX 79029.


MYRTLE JEAN COOPER

MyrtleCooperMyrtle Jean Cooper, 74 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 1 o’ clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church with Rev Leslie Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.


WILLA JEAN LEATHERS

WillaLeathersWilla Jean Leathers, 85 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Milton Pax officiating. Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Jean was born November 9, 1929 in Reed, OK, to Luther and Nettie (Smith) Robertson. She married Thomas Joe Leathers in 1946 in Wellington, TX. They moved to Dumas and made a home for 54 years. Jean worked as a secretary for Phillips Petroleum before teaching school in Dumas for many years. She was a wonderful wife and mother and an adoring grandmother, ”NANA”. She loved crafts and puzzles of all kinds. She was always busy creating something or reading a good book. She will be missed by so many people who knew and loved her. Jean was a member of Texas State Teachers Association. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas, three sisters and one brother.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Laningham and husband David of Dumas, a son Tony Leathers and wife Linda of Amarillo, daughter , Robin Vela and husband Ernie of Pagosa Springs, CO; two brothers: Jerry Robertson of Darrouzet, TX and Ken Robertson of Rolla, MO; grandchildren: Sara Hendricks of Austin, TX, Jessica Leathers of Wichita Falls, TX, Timothy Vela, of Austin, TX, Tyler Vela of Manhattan, KS and Travis Vela of Albuquerque, NM; and her best friend: Katherine Cook.

The family suggests memorials be made to Dumas Memorial Nursing and Rehab, 302 E 2nd, Dumas TX, 79029.


NORMA VALENZUELA

Screen shot 2015-07-27 at 7.07.50 PMNorma Valenzuela, 48 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Rev. Damon Akins, pastor of First Assembly of God, officiating. Services are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Norma was born October 25, 1966 in Tulia, TX to Ubaldo and Catalina (Granado) Basaldua. She moved to Moore County at a very young age and attended school in Sunray where she graduated high school. Norma loved her church and loved God. She was also a very good cook and loved to sing. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Dumas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother James.

She is survived by her daughter Catalina Almanza; son, Sixto Almanza and wife Desha; brothers: Gilbert Basaldua, Ruben Basaldua and Ubaldo Basaldua Jr.; grandchildren Miya and Clarke Almanza and Mia Aguayo.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Assembly of God, PO Box 764, Dumas TX, 79029 or to Alzheimers Association, 322 8th Ave, New York, New York 10001.


MARK COLBY CRAWFORD

Mark Colby Crawford, 78 of Dumas, passed away on July 22, 2015. Graveside Services are scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Dumas Cemetery with Rev. Steve Swanson, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.


GEORGE FLORES

GeorgeFloresGeorge Flores, 50 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’ clock in the afternoon on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Primera Iglesia Bautista with Rev Jesus Rivera, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow in Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

George was born on August 31, 1964 to Rafael Jr. and Simona (Gonzalez) Flores in Plainview, TX. He lived at The Texas Panhandle Center in Amarillo for many years and was assigned several different jobs to do that he truly enjoyed. George loved people and would visit everybody he knew in Cactus. He would ride his tricycle bike all around town and his faithful dog would follow him anywhere he would go. He also enjoyed fishing and bowling, but most of all dancing. George was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

He is preceded in death by his father: Rafael Flores Jr. and one sister: Angie Flores.

George is survived by his mother: Simona F. Santellano of Cactus; seven brothers: Davy Flores and wife Emma, Rafael III Flores and wife Geneva and Ernesto Flores and wife Susie all of Dumas, Joe Flores and wife Veronica of Wylie, TX, Danny Flores and wife Maria of Odessa, Steve Flores and wife Angela of Borger and Peter Flores and wife Blanca of El Paso; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who cared deeply about him.

The family suggests memorials be to Special Olympics, 112 W 8th, Amarillo, TX 79101.

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