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Gene Ed Snyder
Gene Ed Snyder, 68, died Thursday, February 18, 1999.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 1999, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brad Enloe and the Rev. David Hamblin officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mr. Snyder was born July 4, 1930, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Billye Guthrie were married June 17, 1951, in Round Timbers, Texas. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a communications specialist. He became self employed, owning Snyder Radio and Television Repair from 1957 until 1998. He was a member of the Methodist Church where he had served on the executive committee. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Vicki Dawn of Dallas; three sons, Gary, David and Eddie, all of Seymour; three sisters, Margaret New of Winston-Salem, N.C., Billye Hendrix of Greenwood, Arkansas, and Nancy Norman of Livorini, Italy; two brothers, James of Seymour and Don of Houston; and ten grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Cross Roads Family Church at Farmers National Bank.

Willie Carl Raphelt
Willie Carl Raphelt, 75, of Abilene died Sunday, February 14, 1999, in an Abilene hospital.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at Zion Lutheran Church with David Bahn, pastor, and Norm Steinke, pastor officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.

Mr. Raphelt was born July 26, 1923, in Sagerton, Texas. He and Verna Corrine Krinke were married June 12, 1949, in Sagerton. She died in September 1997. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He graduated from Stamford High School in Stamford, Texas. He received a bachelor of arts degree from North Texas State College in 1952. He taught for a total of 28 years in several school districts, including Seymour ISD and Sonora ISD from which he retired. He moved to Abilene from Sonora in 1987. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Abilene and the Wagon Wheel Dance Club.

Survivors include two sons, Nolan Keith of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Garland Lynn of Arlington; his stepmother, Emma of Stamford; three brothers, Herman of Lubbock, Melvin Baitz of Rule and Leslie Baltz of Austin; four sisters, Lillie Mae Reed of Roby, Dorothy Clark of Rule, Lillie Mae Stegemoeller of Sagerton and Ruby Olson of San Angelo; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 41, Abilene, Texas 79604.

Rosalena McMahon
Rosalena McMahon, 97, died Sunday, February 14, 1999.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Seymour with the Rev. Keith Schweitzer officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. McMahon was born February 20, 1901, in Seymour. Her husband, Leroy McMahon, died in 1951. She was a lifetime resident of Knox and Baylor County. She taught school in Lively, Texas, Cottonwood, Texas, and Vera, Texas, schools. She was a Lutheran.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret Nelson of Seymour; and a brother, Sam Wirz of Redlands, California.

Ola Irene Coffman
Ola Irene Coffman, 89, died Wednesday, February 10, 1999, in a Munday nursing home.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, at Goree First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lenard Brothers officiating. Burial was in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Mrs. Coffman was born June 7, 1909, in Livingston, Texas. She and Dude M. Coffman were married October 31, 1927, in Haskell, Texas. He died November 13, 1976. She was a longtime resident of Goree before moving to Munday several years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Goree First Baptist Church. She was a ham radio operator.

Survivors include a sister, Pauline Howry of Yuma, Arizona; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

Calvin Coolidge Christian
Calvin Coolidge Christian, age 75, of Seymour, passed away Friday, February 12, 1999, in the Westview Care Center.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, February 15, 1999, at the Vera United Methodist Church with the Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Seymour, officiating. Burial was in the Vera Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home, with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7871.

Music was provided by a men's quartet comprised of Ronnie Reeves, Sid Winn, Clifton Talley and the Reverend Glenn Shock, accompanied by Mrs. Billie Gene Young, pianist.

Pallbearers were Richard Roberts, John Studer, Lewis Christian, Jerome Christian, Mark Hertel and Keith Beck. Honorary Pallbearers were Ernest Beck, Harold Beck, Gaylon Scott, Elton Scott, Claudell Bratcher, Oliver Albright, Johnny Allen, Morris Cockrell, Morris Robertson, Horton Porter, Pinky Arledge, Roy Boone, Ferman Dowd and Roy Quisenberry, Jr.

Mr. Christian was born on December 13, 1923, to Luther Morris and Mary Azyline Franklin Christian, in Jack County, Texas. As an infant, he moved with his parents to Knox County, Texas. He enlisted in the Army in December 1943, and served in the Antitank Company of the 18th Infantry, 1st Division, in the vicinity of Ranscheid, Germany. He was wounded in action, losing his right eye, with face and neck wounds and was therefore released in February 1945. He was awarded a Bronze Star for voluntarily assisting medical aid in evacuating casualties from a heavily mined area and despite added danger from an intense artillery and mortar barrage, fearlessly made repeated trips across hazardous terrain, until wounded by an exploding mine. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to Menlo Park, California, to a Veterans hospital and was later sent to the V.A. Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

After returning to Vera, he entered Texas Tech University in Lubbock and in 1947, began farming in Knox County, Texas. He and Carole Janette Beck were married July 31, 1949, in the First Baptist Church of Vera, Texas. He moved into Seymour in 1960, but continued to farm until his retirement in 1996.

He was converted at an early age and was a member of the Vera Methodist Church. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7871.

Mr. Christian was preceded in death by a brother, Hudson, and his mother and father.

He is survived by his wife, Janette; a daughter, Sharon Hertel, of Bomarton, Texas; two sons, Scott, of Seymour and Steve of Spring, Texas; one brother, Morris, of Seymour; three sisters, Bobbie Bentley and Katherine Patterson, both of Arlington, Texas, and Diane Couch of Seymour. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Chris and Calvin Christian of Spring, Texas; Shane Christian of Seymour; and Jessica, Meaghan, Damon and Adam Hertel of Bomarton, Texas.

Lucille Massey
Lucille Massey, age 90, passed away February 13, 1999, in Garland, Texas, where she resided for over 20 years. She was a homemaker, formerly of Seymour, Texas, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles M. and Dorothy Massey of San Antonio, Texas, Jimmy R. and Jerry Massey of Wichita Falls, Texas, Tommy M. and Millie Massey of Weatherford, Texas; daughters and son-in-law, Patsy Capp of Garland, Texas, Mary and Lamar Peterson of Bedford, Indiana, Peggy Emerson of Garland, Texas, Judy Cook of Garland, and Janice Massey of Garland; sister, Wilma Meetz of Amarillo, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Massey, five sisters and one brother.

Services were held, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, in Williams Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Williams Funeral Directors of Garland.

James E. Barnes
James E. (Ed) Barnes, age 70, died Saturday, February 6, 1999, in a Chillicothe Hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 9, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe with Reverend Wallace Clay and Reverend Jeff Weems officiating. Interment was in Chillicothe cemetery under the direction of Manard Funeral Home.

Mr. Barnes was born June 2, 1928 in Odell, Texas. A son of the late Fred and Lola Mae Richardson Barnes. He married Lillian Mae Draper on August 19, 1950, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Vernon, Texas. He had been a resident of Hardeman County since he was 12 years old. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chillicothe and had served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Chillicothe, Texas; six daughters, Patsy Ward of Phoenix, AZ., Donna Barnes of Chillicothe, TX., Rhonda Lambert of Raleigh, NC., Theresa Cordes of Corinth, TX., Lisa Anto of Celina, TX., and Laura Jones of Frisco, TX.; two sons, Gary Barnes of Seymour, TX., and Terry Barnes of Chillicothe, TX.; a sister, Jesse Fay Cornilison of Altus, OK., and several half sisters and brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Raymond Barnes and a sister, Ruby Barnes.

Memorials may be made to Texoma Hospice or Church United Ministry. Pallbearers were Bill Haynes, Stan Meeks, Donald Ray Wilson, Mike Draper and Ken Robinson.

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W.T. 'Bull' McMorris
W.T. "Bull" McMorris, 75, died Monday, February 8, 1999, in Abilene, Texas.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour with the Rev. Grace Wooten officiating. Burial was in Bomarton Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Mr. McMorris was born March 31, 1923, in Seymour. He and Colleen Parker were married July 22, 1956. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a mechanic for Time D.C. Trucking and had worked in Lubbock and Oklahoma City. He retired in 1982. He moved to Wingate, Texas, in 1989 and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Yvonne McMorris in 1955; a son, Robert Taylor McMorris in 1987.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kay Clarke and Debra Callarman, both of Oklahoma City, and Janet of Wingate, Texas; a son, Edward of Oklahoma City, and Janet of Wingate, Texas; two sisters, Winnie Wright of McCloud, Oklahoma, and Willie Jo Bibb of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Tom of Bomarton, Texas, J.R. of Wingate and Cecil of Lubbock, Texas; and six grandchildren.

George Burkhalter
George Smith Burkhalter, 87, of Walter Springs, Florida, died Sunday, January 24, 1999, in his residence.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial was in Henson Cemetery in Red Springs under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Burkhalter was born June 3, 1911, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Dorothy Schnatz were married January 19, 1946, in Beaver Creek, Ohio. He served in the Army during World War II. He lived in Denver for 21 years where he worked as a bookkeeper for Farm Implement Co. and Jack's Sporting Goods. He then worked for Curran and Co. Pipeline Construction and lived in several states before returning to Red Springs in the early 1970s. He later moved to Kansas and then Rossville, Georgia, where he lived until moving to Winter Springs, Florida, this year. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Susan Folsom of Winter Springs and Linda Hinds of Copperas Cove, Texas; three sisters, Mildred Laney of Seymour, Texas, Genela Cooper of Electra and Demetra Smith of Aneheim, California, and four grandchildren.

Billy Jack Richardson
Billy Jack Richardson, 51, died Monday, January 25, 1999.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony McGee officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mr. Richardson was born January 17, 1948, in Seymour. He served in the National Guard Reserve for four years. He was a car salesman in Dallas for 20 years. He moved to Tyler, Texas, where he worked as a finance manager for King Chevrolet for two years. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, John David of Dallas; a brother , Tom of Wisconsin; a granddaughter, Briana Richardson of Dallas; three aunts, Lucille Star and Irene Stephens of Seymour, Virginia Van Cleve of Abilene; two uncles, Jim Richardson and Henry Richardson of Seymour; and a companion, Susan Welsh of Tyler.

C.A. Parham
C.A. Parham passed away on Thursday, January 28, 1999 in a Lubbock hospital.

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 1999 in Lamesa, Texas. Burial was in Lamesa, Texas.

Mr. Parham was born in Red Springs, Texas and raised in the Cottonwood Community. He married Mary Ann Kasparek in 1936 in Seymour, Texas. He was preceded in death by one daughter and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Lamesa, Texas; one daughter, Becky and one son, Charles Parham; four sisters, Blanche Patterson of Seymour, Texas, Louise Morgan of Odessa, Texas, Amelia Taylor of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Connie McDoughen of Midland, Texas; four brothers, Albert of Munday, Texas, Sam of Lamesa, Texas, Wendel of Seymour, Texas and Bill of Vera, Texas.

Loretta Marie Hicks Carr
Loretta Marie Hicks Carr, born September 5, 1968, died January 27, 1999.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 4, 1999 at First Assembly of God Church in Brenham, Texas under the direction of Taft Harris Funeral Home of Brenham, Texas. Loretta was preceded in death by her father Mr. Jessie Hicks Sr.

Survivors include: her husband Mr. Oddie Carr Sr., and her mother Mrs. Rosie Bell Davis and her step-father Mr. John C. Davis of Seymour, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kesee and Ms. Jacqueline Hicks of Brenham, Texas; two brothers, Mr. Jessie Moore and wife Wanda, and Mr. Bobby Moore, of Seymour.

Jack Clifton Henderson
Jack Clifton Henderson, age 74, died Thursday, January 14, 1999, at his residence in Burleson, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 1999 at the First Baptist Church of Burleson, Texas. Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.

Mr. Henderson was born September 24, 1924 in Seymour, Texas. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1943. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Ammen as a Radarman during World War II. He married Neoma Fay Norwood on January 11, 1947 in Munday, Texas. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1951 where he worked as a builder until 1960 when he went to work for the Federal Housing Administration. He initially worked as a building inspector and later was Chief Cost Analyst. He then worked in Dallas for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Chief of Architecture and Engineering. He was a Scout Master for Troop 6, Boy Scouts of America and was a member of First Baptist Church of Burleson.

He is survived by his wife Neoma Fay Henderson of Burleson; one daughter, Patricia Ann Hensley, by one son, Dr. John W. Henderson of Temple, Texas. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Roger W. Porter
Roger W. Porter, 86, of Olney, Texas, died Friday, January 22, 1999, in an Olney hospital.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 25, at Lunn Funeral Home with the Reverend Greg Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church, and the Reverend Max Burkhead, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery.

Mr. Porter was born April 14, 1912, in Wise County, Texas. He and JoAnna Frances Baker were married October 13, 1934, in Seymour, Texas. She died April 5, 1984. He and Vesta Baker were married March 17, 1985, in Weatherford, Texas. He was a retired oil field worker and city employee. He was employed with the City of Olney in the water department for 20 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Downtown Masonic Lodge No. 790 AF&AM where he served as secretary for many years. He was a resident of Olney most of his life.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Roger Earl of Odessa, Texas; a sister, Mildred Cook of Montello, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374.

Foster Paul Cox
Foster Cox, 79, died Monday, January 11, 1999 at Hendrick Medical Center after a 12 -1/2 year battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, at Hillcrest Church of Christ with David Wray, Dwight Robarts, Mike Cope, and Mid McKnight officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Foster was born in Seymour, Texas, on February 3, 1919. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1937, and came to Abilene to attend business school. In 1939, he married his high school sweetheart, Lotella Eddlemon in Abilene. They had lived in Abilene all of their married lives except for two years while Foster served with the Army Engineers during World War II in Guam.

Foster became a Christian at a very early age and had always been active in the church. He served as deacon and elder at Highland Church of Christ. He loved people, and he loved life. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, known for his love of God, his family, and caring for others.

Most of his years, he was a building contractor and a skilled carpenter. For two years he was a building inspector for the City of Abilene. Foster and Lotella were the owners and directors of Abilene Kindergarten and Dyess Kindergarten for over 20 years. He loved traveling and camping, and was a member of Good Sam Travel Club for 8 years. His love of life, intelligence, and creativity were evident in his joy of people. He was a servant, always ready to help and work for family, friends, and anyone in need.

He preceded in death by a son, Gary Cox.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years of Abilene; his son, Keith Cox and wife, Donna, of Titusville, Florida; two daughters, Paula Fry and husband, Mark, of El Paso, and Janet Ardoyno and husband, David, of Abilene; seven grandchildren, Dedra Baca and Marla Cox, Lynn Cox and Ginger Hafer, and Justin, Jonathan, and Emily Ardoyno; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Chester Cox of Seymour and several nieces and nephews. He was a loving foster father to James and Betty Slaughter.

The family expresses appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Victor Hirsch and Dr. Lawrence Hardwicke, and their dedicated staffs for their love and devotion.

Memorials may be sent to Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc., P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604, Christian Service Center, 901 Mesquite, Abilene, TX 79601, or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Abilene Inc., 1216 N. 5th, Abilene, TX 79601.

Kenneth Joshua Burt
Kenneth Joshua "Josh" Burt, 21, died Sunday, January 10, 1999, in a Dallas hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 1999, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Parks officiating and the Rev. Bobby King assisting. Burial was in Knox City, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Mr. Burt was born June 11, 1977, in Knox City. He was a Marketing Consultant for All-state. He was a 1995 graduate of Knox City High School and was an August 1998 graduate of Texas Tech. He was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He moved to Irving from Knox City in October of 1998.

Survivors include Jan, James, and Jenna Williams of Munday, Dottie and Buster Lowry of Knox City.

Ota Inez Wages Pruett
Ota Inez Wages Pruett, born August 27, 1908, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to John Clifton Wages and Maggie Lee Foster Wages, passed away on December 20, 1998, in Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine, Texas, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 23 days.

Services were conducted December 23 by Dr. Johnny Dammon at Capps Memorial Chapel. Final resting place was Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, on December 26, 1998. Conducted by a great-grandson-in-law Joe Chase.

On March 23, 1924, in Seymour, she married Alma Adlai Pruett. As a young couple they farmed, later in 1932 moved to Dallas where in 1965 Adlai retired from Borden Dairy. In 1967, they moved back to Seymour where he passed away in February 1992. Due to ill health on November 1, 1998, Inez moved to Fairfield, Texas.

They were members of the First Baptist Church of Seymour until she moved her membership to the First Baptist Church of Fairfield.

She leaves two daughters: Lois Loyd of Fairfield, Texas, and Helen Pruett, formerly of Seymour, now of Mesquite, Texas; five grandchildren: Diane Mason, Daniel Loyd, Les Akens, Cindy Willis and Mary Stevenson, Deceased: Bill and Phillip Akens; ten great-grandchildren: Daniel Roberts, Colleen McNaughton, Sharon Beantley, Jamie Mason, Jessia Mason, Renee Akens, James Willis, Cheryl Chase, Amy Stevenson and Andy Stevenson, Deceased: April Akens; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Glenn Tilson and Maxine Vick of Terrell, Texas; one brother, Joe Wages of Willis Point, Texas; and two brothers, Deceased, Hobert and Dale Wages. She leaves a host of loved ones and old and dear friends plus a host of new friends since her move to Fairfield.

She is greatly missed by her family.

Newell Weaver Howard, Sr.
Former Seymour resident Newell Weaver Howard, Sr., 82, died recently in a Cottonwood, Arizona nursing home. Private services were held in Arizona.

Howard was born in Montague County, Texas but moved with his family to Baylor County when he was a young child. His parents, Laura and Walter L. Howard, Sr., maintained the Seymour Park and swimming pool for many years. Weaver Howard was a 1936 graduate of Seymour High School, where he received many honors, including Most Popular Boy and Mr. SHS. He married Josephine Nichols, and they moved to Arizona, where Howard began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, managing Post Offices in Scottsdale and Flagstaff. He retired in 1974 and they moved to Avery, Texas, where they raised cattle and enjoyed years with family and friends. Due to health reasons, the Howards moved back to Arizona in 1990, settling in Cottonwood.

Weaver was fond of travel in his motor home, fishing and collecting antique clocks. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Scottsdale, AZ and the past state president of the Key-winders' Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Cornelia Longley of Wichita Falls, and a brother, W.L. Howard, Jr. of San Antonio.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Josephine Nichols Howard of Cottonwood, Arizona; a daughter, Nancy, and her husband, George G. Shoemaker of Flagstaff, Arizona; a son, Newell Weaver (Bud) Howard, Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of St. George, Utah; a brother, Auborn Howard of Gunnison, Colorado; two sisters, Leela Collier of Seymour, Texas, and Eunice Rigg of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Those who have known Weaver will miss his ready wit and mischievous spirit.

J.W. "Woody" Dodd
J.W. "Woody" Dodd, age 84, died in Wichita Falls Saturday, December 26, 1998. Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 1998 at 2 p.m. in the Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Gary Tull of Graham, Texas officiating. Burial followed in Murray Cemetery in Young County, Texas. Arrangements were under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Dodd was born December 9, 1914 in Seymour, Texas to the late William Stanley "Buck" and Hattie "Molly" (Teague) Dodd. Mr. Dodd had worked in the oilfield in West Texas and North Dakota in his early years. He had also been associated with the Seymour, Texas Sheriff's Department. He married Addie Emaline Shifflett September 13, 1955 in Benjamin, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1997. Mr. Dodd was a retired farmer and a Baptist. Survivors include; three daughters, Nell Marler of Lovington, New Mexico, Judy Maples of Wichita Falls, Texas and Sharon Gibson of Mingus, Texas; two sons, Jerry W. Dodd of Artesia, New Mexico and Doyle Mayes of Graham, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren also survive.

Serving as pallbearers were; Robby, Donny, Tim, Brent, Gary Maples, and Bern Landbarzo.

Willie Boone
WilIie Boone, 72, died Monday, December 14, 1998, in a Seymour hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen Shock officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Boone was born December 5, 1926, in Baylor County, Texas. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Seymour. She and Claude Boone were married May 2, 1944. He died March 27, 1985. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert of Seymour; a daughter, Charlotte Howell of Seymour; a brother, Armon Smith of Seymour; a sister, Tennie Wishart of Borger, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Louise Garner
Louise Robertson Garner, 85, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, in a Seymour hospital.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Shock officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Garner was born June 26, 1913, in Baylor County. She and William F. Garner were married January 21, 1933. He died October 17, 1973. She was a lifetime resident of Seymour. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. A son, Charles Lynn Garner, died February 15, 1991.

Survivors include a son, Jim Cleve of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Jerrye Wishon of Seymour; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

James 'Tooter' Goodwin
James "Tooter" Goodwin, 59, died Friday, December 11, 1998, in an Abilene, Texas, hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Munday with the Rev. John Hall officiating. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Mr. Goodwin was born September 12, 1939, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Penny Melton were married November 24, 1979, in Holiday, Texas. He was a graduate of Munday High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a bricklayer and was working for Knox County Precinct Four. Mr. Goodwin was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tenya Shippley of Wichita Falls; four sons, Mark and Cameron, both of Wichita Falls and Wayne Melton and Johnny Melton, both of Munday; his mother, Vivian Pierce of Wichita Falls; a sister, Carol Bunch of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Sonny of Megargel, Texas, and Gary of Wichita Falls; and nine grandchildren.

Don Lee Franklin
Don Lee Franklin born February 27, 1947 in Seymour, TX passed away December 10, 1998 in Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Pat Franklin; 2 daughters, Missy Hammond and husband, Jon; and Crissy Young and husband, Dell; grandchildren, Ashlyn Young and Jessica Hammond; sister, Tonia Chapman of Denver, Colorado; mother, Marcena Franklin. Service was held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 1998 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park.

Ray Conrad
Ray Conrad, 73, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Derby, Colorado, retired Architectural Cabinets master cabinetmaker, died Saturday, November 7, 1998. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, at Gateway Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Conrad lived in Seymour for several years where he worked as a finish carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Alberta; sons, Michael of Albuquerque and Richard of Los Lunas, New Mexico; daughters, Sharon Goucher of Alba, Missouri, and Theresa O'Dill of Denver; stepson, Allan Schwyhart of Wichita; stepdaughters, Karen Kiddoo of Branson, Missouri; and Renee Vandergrift of Wichita; brothers, Jack of Derby and Elwood Jr. of Edgerwood, New Mexico; sisters, Helen Baxter of Derby, Darlene Brown of Mound Valley, Arlene Johnson of Yucaipa, California, and Paula Corvin of Stanley, New Mexico; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Pikes Peak Hospice, 3630 Sinton Road, No. 302, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907 or Gateway Presbyterian Church. Blunt Mortuary, Colorado Springs.

Valerie McLamore Tevis
Valerie McLamore Tevis died on Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at McAllen Medical Center. She was born September 9, 1909 in Round Timbers, TX, Baylor County, to Dr. and Mrs. Julian T. McLamore. Her father was in the second graduating class of the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Her maternal grandfather, John Wesley Stevens, was the first permanent settler of Baylor County. He was also a founding member of the Texas Cattlemen's Association. Her husband, John Felix Tevis, died in 1958.

Mrs. Tevis graduated from Seymour High School and received a B.A. in Music Cum Laude from Texas Christian University. She was an elementary teacher in the school districts of Bomarton, Seymour, Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and Valley View (Hidalgo County) as well as in Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen. She retired from teaching in 1984.

In Wichita Falls, Mrs. Tevis was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship of the First Christian Church, serving as President. She was also a member of United Church Women, Women's Forum, 1934 Study Club and CA Chapter of PEO.

Mrs. Tevis moved to McAllen in 1970. In the Rio Grande Valley she was active in St. Clair's Guild, Women of the Church and the Altar Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church of Pharr. She served as Recording Secretary of DV Chapter of PEO in McAllen. She was a member of Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In 1984, she was awarded "Teacher of the Year" Award by the Valley View I.S.D.

She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Martha Tevis of Edinburg, TX.

A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 1998 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pharr, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 692, Pharr, TX 78577 or to a favorite charity of choice.

Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. in McAllen.

Roger V. Marek, Jr.
Roger V. Marek, Jr., 79, died Monday, November 23, 1998, in a Wichita Falls hospital.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour with the Rev. Richard Eldredge, pastor, officiating. Burial was in S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Marek was born May 28, 1919, in Seymour. He and Lillian Sokora were married November 19, 1941, in Seymour. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving in several African and European campaigns. He was a lifelong resident of Baylor County and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia Jackson of Seymour and Beverly Fisher of Electra; a son, Dennis of Seymour; a sister, Frances Hejl of Seymour; two brothers, Frank of Seymour, and Victor of Denton, Texas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jessie Hamby Smith
Jessie Hamby Smith, 86, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, November 25, 1998.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 30, at Crestview Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with the Reverend Doyle Fuller officiating. Burial was in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born March 11, 1912, in Seymour, Texas. Her husband, Richard Smith, died November 24, 1970. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons: Richard Merl of Pampa, Texas, and Edward Taylor of Palestine, Texas; three daughters, Kay Vannoy of Wichita Falls, Billie Crawford of Lewisville, Texas, and Virginia Dickerson of Wake Forest, North Carolina; four sisters, Mozelle Richardson of Mineral Wells, Texas, Emma McLemore of Plainview, Texas, Billie Jean Smith of De Soto, Texas, and Marie Hamby of Graham, Texas; a brother, Andrew Hamby of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Harry Don Ferrier
Harry Don Ferrier, 57, died Friday, November 20, 1998, in Bridgeport, Texas.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 23, 1998 at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bud Branson, minister of Seymour Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Ferrier was born July 22, 1941, in Seymour, Texas. He moved to Bridgeport in 1996, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a sister, Ruth Little of Houston; and a brother, Robert Earl Ferrier of Bridgeport.

Harriet Jeanette Dickson
Harriet Jeanette Dickson, 92, died Thursday, November 19, 1998, in a Wichita Falls nursing home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour with A.B. Martin and Dr. Ed Hart officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dickson was born April 13, 1906, in Bowie, Texas. She and James Dickson were married July 29, 1942. He died July 30, 1994. She attended school in Bowie and Olney, Texas, went to Decatur, Texas, Baptist College, and graduated from North Texas with a degree in elementary education. She taught school for three years in Olney, taught third grade in Seymour for 40 years and taught tap dancing to children for many years while still in Seymour. She moved to Wichita Falls in 1994 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Seymour.

Survivors include a niece, JoAnn Tennison of Wichita Falls; and a nephew, Temple Driver of Wichita Falls.

Elizabeth Frerich
Elizabeth Welchel Frerich, 73, died Saturday, November 14, 1998, in Garland, Texas.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church of Seymour with the Rev. Glen Davis officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Crestview Memorial Park, Rose Garden Section under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Frerich was born June 19, 1925, in Canton, GA. She and M.H. Lewis were married June 24, 1944, in Wichita Falls. He died in 1975. She was a Baptist, lived in Burkburnett and Wichita Falls, worked for the civil service and moved to Seymour in April 1993.

Survivors include four daughters, Jerry Ann Austin of Garland, Texas, Joyce Mayo of Black Creek, Canada, and Sharon Baldwin and Judi Williams, both of Seymour; five sons, Royce Lewis of Fort Worth, George Lewis, Harold Lewis and Larry Lewis, all of Garland, and Tracey Frerich of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Bobbie Hughes of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Billie Clark of Wichita Falls and Ruth Logan of Logansville, GA., a brother, Harold Welchel of San Diego, California; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

John W. Holmes
John W. Holmes of Alma, Arkansas died Monday, November 16, 1998 in a Van Buren nursing home. He was a retired farmer. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alma and a member of Masonic Lodge in Seymour, Texas and Shriner.

Graveside Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18 at Hight Cemetery, Mulberry, Arkansas under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Jean Holmes of Van Buren, Arkansas; two daughters: Jill Ryan of San Angelo, Texas, Robin Fisher of Mulberry, Arkansas; three sisters: Bettye Hurd of Brownfield, Texas, Allie Mae McWhorter of Throckmorton, Texas, and Peggy Morris of Seymour, Texas; five grandchildren: Kevin Ryan, Sean Ryan, Clint Fisher, Jessica Fisher, Ty Fisher; Great-grandchild: Devin Ryan.

Imogene Spring
Mrs. Imogene Spring of Cooper, passed away Monday morning, November 16th, at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care Center in Paris.

Graveside funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 18th, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper with Bobby Tollison of Commerce and Terry Bryan officiating under the direction of the Delta Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spring was born in Commerce, Texas, April 24, 1928. She was the daughter of J.D. Dunn and Ava (Ferguson) Dunn. She married J.M. Spring on July 9, 1948. She was a retired school teacher, teaching 28 years. She lived in Honey Grove, Commerce, Mount Pleasant, Seymour and Crandall before moving to Cooper in 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Commerce, the Bayview Club, Alpha Ki, and Eta Epsilson.

Survivors include: her husband, J.M. Spring of Cooper; three daughters, Peggy Spring of Wichita Falls; Judy Spring of Jacksboro; Sherry Harmon of North Richland Hills; four grandchildren, James and Sarah Kasper and Daniel and Stephanie Harmon.

Bryce Collier Meers
Bryce C. Meers, 77, died Tuesday, November 3, 1998, in a Wichita Falls Hospital following a lengthy illness. Graveside services were held Friday, November 6, 1998, at Wilbarger Memorial Park, Vernon, Texas, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Irl Holt officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Mr. Meers was born on December 21, 1920, in Goree, Texas, son of the late Floyd and Lillie Bartlett Meers. He married Viola Navaratil on October 8, 1949, in Seymour, Texas.

Mr. Meers moved to Vernon in 1959, from Seymour. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He owned and operated numerous laundromats for over 35 years.

Survivors include: His wife Viola Meers of Vernon; one son, Richard Meers and wife, Karen, of Vernon; two sisters, Cloe Saunders, Fort Worth and Irene Saunders, Slayton, TX; three grandchildren, Stephen, Andy, and Kelly Meers, Vernon.

William Hilton Lane
William Hilton Lane, 84, of Megargel, Texas, died Monday, November 9, 1998, in the Seymour Hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at First Baptist Church in Megargel with the Reverend Robert Wrenn, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Lane was born April 20, 1914, in Megargel. He and Ora Edna Peek were married January 8, 1938, in Paducah, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Megargel. He farmed for many years and worked for Megargel Drilling Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sharon of Wichita Falls; four sisters, Juanita and Vileta, both of Megargel, Dorris Collins of Olney, Texas, and Era White of Sulphur, Oklahoma; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.


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