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Heather Casillas Shugart
Heather Casillas Shugart of Schweinfurt, Germany, formerly of Seymour, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 17, 1999, in a German hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Archer Funeral Home. Services will be on Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Seymour with the Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial will be in the Benjamin, Texas, Cemetery, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Shugart was born December 6, 1975, in San Rafael, California. She and Matt Shugart were married January 28, 1995, in Seymour, Texas. She graduated from Seymour High School. She was a homemaker and loving mother.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Cyerrah Dawn, 3 years, and a son, Zacher Taylor, 1 1/2 years, both of Germany; her parents, Leonard and Lisa Casillas of Seymour; her grandparents, Jesse and Pearl Casillas of Hobbs, New Mexico; three brothers, Jesse Lee and Daniel of Seymour, and Chad of California; a sister, Danielle of Granger, Texas; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Johnnie Lee Lewis
Johnnie Lee Lewis, 52, of Quanah, Texas, died Monday, April 12, 1999, in his residence.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Round Timber Cemetery with the Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of First Baptist Church in Seymour, officiating. Burial was in Round Timber Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871.
Mr. Lewis was born January 9, 1947, in Olney, Texas. He and Nina Sue Watts were married April 15, 1967, in Holliday, Texas. She died January 1, 1998. He enlisted in the Army and served at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, and later at Earlangan, Germany. He was discharged February 23, 1967. After his discharge from the Army he returned to Seymour. He owned and operated Sue's Baithouse. He had lived in Quanah since 1985.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Lee Reinhardt of Quanah and Amy Lynn King of Crowell, Texas; a son, Johnnie Ray of Quanah; his mother, Marietta Howe of Wichita Falls; his father and stepmother, John Wallace and Sally Lewis of Hollis, Oklahoma; five sisters, Nancy "Katie" Smith and Kathie Herbert, both of Wichita Falls, Suzie Driver of Phoenix, Arizona, Yvonne Finley of Quanah and Lathell of Hollis, Oklahoma; five brothers, Glenn Howe of Seymour, Wallace of Allen, Oklahoma, Cecil of Mangum, Oklahoma, Gary of Gould, Oklahoma, and Steven of Lamesa, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Mildred Weckar
Mildred Lovell Weckar, age 66, died Tuesday, May 4, 1999 in Stamford, Texas.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 6, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Megee officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas. Services are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Weckar was born January 19, 1933 in Albany, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Seymour and a homemaker. She and Charles James Weckar were married October 11, 1947 in Munday, Texas. He died April 7, 1993. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include: three sons, Billy of Flower Mound, Texas, Charles Eugene of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Travis of Wichita Falls, Texas; two daughters, Tonya Thorn of Seymour, Texas and Shelley Crawford of Stamford, Texas; her mother, Jewel Ford of Seymour, Texas; four sisters, Wynona Harper of Wichita Falls, Texas, Charlotte Dixon of Seymour, Texas; Janie Krcik of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Martha Whitford of Knox City, Texas and 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Mildred Mercer Stowe
Mildred Mercer Stowe, 87, of Olney, Texas, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in an Olney hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 1999, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Doug Whiting, pastor, and Scotte Clark, minister of the Hamilton Street Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in the Restland Cemetery in Olney, Texas, under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
She was born August 3, 1911, in Godley, Texas, to the late Isaac Ernest and Eunice (Moore) Mercer. She and Clarence B. Stowe were married December 25, 1931, in Decatur, Texas. He preceded her in death February 9, 1991. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder. She was a graduate of Olney High School in 1929. She was licensed vocational nurse at Hamilton Hospital for 15 years. Mildred was an instructor at the Hamilton Hospital School of Nursing. She was a homemaker. She moved to Young County in 1918.
Survivors include two sons: Glenn Stowe and wife, Helen of Gainesville, Texas, Dink Stowe and wife, Patsy, of San Angelo, Texas; two daughters, Louise Andrews and husband, Arch of Archer City, Texas, Brenda Boydston and husband, Don, of Olney; one brother, Lyle Mercer and wife, Dana, of Whitesboro, Texas; one sister, Bertie Ballard of Olney; one, brother-in-law, Lavell Meaders and wife, Wylodene, of Seymour, Texas; one sister-in-law, Lavina Mercer of Bowie, Texas; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton Hospital, Box 158, Olney, Texas 76374 or the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Box 756, Olney, Texas 76374.

Bettye Dycus Moss
Bettye Dycus Moss, 86, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a Seymour hospital.
Services were held Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Shock, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Moss was born May 17, 1912, in Seymour, Texas. She and Hall Dycus were married June 19, 1932, in Seymour, Texas. He died December 13, 1977. She and Clifton Elliott Moss were married September 12, 1979, in Seymour. He died November 20, 1998. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include two daughters, Bettye J. Dalton and Helen M. Busby, both of Seymour; a sister, Dorothy Ray of Roseburg, Oregon; a brother, Wesley Hayley of Seymour; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Ray Hibbits
Kenneth Ray Hibbits, 66, of Graham died Saturday, April 3, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at Morrison Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Moore, pastor of Salem-Crestview United Methodist Church, and Rev. Joe Finfrock, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Pioneer Cemetery.
Mr. Hibbits was born May 12, 1932, in Throckmorton, Texas. He and Barbara Boyd were married March 21, 1975, in Breckenridge, Texas. He was a veteran of the Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He moved to Graham in 1943 from New Braunfels, Texas, and was a charter commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8576, in Graham. He was a member of Salem-Crestview United Methodist Church and was a retired drilling superintendent for Wes-Mor Oil Company.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Connie of Seymour, Texas; three sons, Neal of Weatherford, Texas, Kenneth R. of Seymour and Kerry Mack of Abilene, Texas; a stepdaughter, Patricia Braddock of Graham; two step-sons, Dewayne Osborn of Graham and Gary Osborn of Wichita Falls; a sister, Billie McClanahan of Graham; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lavada Jones
Lavada Jones, 86, died Monday, April 26, 1999, in a Seymour hospital.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour with the Rev. Tony Megee, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jones was born April 24, 1913, in Bryan County, Oklahoma. She and Ben Aaron Jones were married July 21, 1933, in Seymour. He died August 31, 1990. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She worked for Meals on Wheels in Seymour for 11 years, retiring in 1997. She moved with her family to Gainesville, Texas, and then to Seymour. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. A daughter, Hazel Parker, died August 1997.
Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Blankenship of Wichita Falls, and Wanda Cook, Shirley Huddleston and Nancy Robertson, all of Seymour; a son, Kenneth Boyd of Odessa; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas H. Faulkner
Thomas H. Faulkner, of Garland, died Friday, April 2, 1999, in Baylor Hospital of Dallas.
Williams Funeral Home held services Tuesday, April 6, 1999. Reverend Jim Everidge and Reverend Billy Harris officiated the service at First Baptist Church of Sachse. Burial was at Sachse Cemetery.
Mr. Faulkner was born March 30, 1934, in Seguin, Texas. He and Peggy Sprowls formerly of Seymour, were married July 1, 1955 in Hobbs, New Mexico. He was retired from E-Systems and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sachse, Texas. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge #441.
Survivors include his wife, daughters and sons-in-law; Teresa Coles of Garland, Texas, Kimberly and Donny Bordelon of Bedford, Texas, Lori and Doug White of Decatur, Texas, Diane Faulkner of Garland, Texas, brother and sister-in-law; Jimmy D. and Beryl Faulkner of Abilene, Texas, Uncle Charles Thomas and wife Judy of Alvin, Texas and Robert Coles of Garland, Texas and 8 grandchildren.

Dudley Vaughan Keith
Dudley Vaughan Keith, 72, of Mount Enterprise, Texas, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, in a Dallas hospital.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul T. Jhant, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in McKinney, officiating. Burial was in Round Timber Cemetery.
Mr. Keith was born May 9, 1926, in Sayre, Oklahoma. He and Mary Jane Cross were married May 9, 1949, in Amarillo, Texas. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a rancher and a boot saddle maker. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, David Lynn of Beaumont, Texas, Dudley Allan of Georgetown, Texas, and Daniel Brent of Gonzales, Texas; four brothers, Welton of Fort Worth, Lloyd of Bethany, Oklahoma, Joe of Jermyn, Texas and George of Jacksboro; and five grandchildren.

Thay Martin Cunningham
Lyddia Thay Cunningham, 83, of Abilene, died Tuesday, April 20 at a Abilene hospital.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, 1999, at the Southern Hills Church of Christ Chapel with John Risse officiating. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cunningham was born in Red Springs and lived in Abilene most of her life. She attended Abilene Christian University. She was the widow of C.W. Cunningham. She was a homemaker and a member of Highland Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Clifford Winston Cunningham Jr. of Wichita Falls; three daughters, Shirley Jean Cunningham of Dalton, GA., Dorothy Jo Young of Pittsfield, Mass., and Carol Ann Brabbin of Abilene; two brothers, A.B. Martin Jr. and Forrest Martin, both of Red Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Grady Williams
Grady Williams, 95, of Goree, Texas, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in a Munday nursing home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at First United Methodist Church in Goree with Dr. Bruce Parks and the Reverend Lenard Brothers officiating. Burial was in Brushy Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mr. Williams was born January 27, 1904, in Williamson County, Texas. He married Susie McFarland on April 29, 1961, in Abilene, Texas. He was a member of Goree First United Methodist Church. He was a former Goree City Council Member. He attended Simmons College in Abilene and graduated from Draughon's Business College in Abilene. He was a retired farmer and rancher. He moved from Williamson County to south of Goree in 1908, where he farmed and ranched until retiring.
Survivors include his wife; one sister, Bernice Rutherford of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren, Glynn Williams of Lewisville, Texas, Bill Williams of Euless, Texas, and Mrs. Terry (Paula) Turner of Hurst, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, John Williams of Euless, Taylor Turner, Cody Turner and Mason Turner, all of Hurst.

William Marcus Beck
William Marcus Beck, 89, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in an Oklahoma City nursing home.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home with Dr. Issac Butterworth, minister of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in True, Texas, Cemetery.
Mr. Beck was born October 16, 1909, in Seymour, Texas. He and Emma Roberta Gay were married in 1932 in Olney, Texas. He was fire chief and a firefighter at Sheppard Air Force Base for 30 years before his retirement in 1971. He lived in Wichita Falls for 60 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an instructor for the Red Cross in life saving techniques. He was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Shirley Barragan of Midland, Texas, Billie Jean of Duncanville, Texas, and Barbara Yates of Oklahoma City; a brother, James D. of Graham, Texas; a sister, Lucy Blewett of Jefferson, Texas; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Oklahoma City.

J.T. Wall
J.T. Wall, 73, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, in Wichita Falls.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Wall was born September 26, 1925, in Seymour, Texas. He and Marie Claire Irene Reynolds were married in 1959. He served in the Navy for 31 years and retired with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, serving in World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired and managed the dining hall of Sheppard Air Force Base. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rites. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the AARP and Fleet Reserve.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Joyce Waldrip of Houston, Joanne Over of Rocksberry, Pennsylvania, and Sheila Buckley of Australia; two sisters, Totsie Cade of Paducah, Texas, and Vera Studer of Seymour; a brother, D.D. of Seymour; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Willis Edward Laney
Willis Edward "Cowboy" Laney, 71, of Abilene, died Friday, March 26, 1999, in Abilene.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 U.S. Highway 277 South, with the Reverend Mike Patterson officiating. Graveside services were held at 5:30 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Laney was born in Seymour, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He was an oilfield truck driver for McAlister Trucking Co. for 25 years before his retirement. He moved to Abilene from Seymour in the 1950s. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Eddie Laney of Midland; two brothers, J.R. Laney of Colleyville and Loyd Laney of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Lois Moore of Wichita Falls, Betty Brigham of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Dorothy Kozdera of Carlsbad, California; three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.

Edna Jackson Palmer
Edna Jackson Palmer, 80, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in Dallas.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Restland Wildwood Chapel with the Reverend James Burt officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Restland Funeral Home.
Mrs. Palmer was born March 28, 1918, in Seymour, Texas. She was employed at Lester Melnick for 31 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sisters, Juanita Parker and Marian F. Dale; and two brothers, Hollis Jackson and Perry L. Jackson.

W.C. 'Dub' Riordan
W.C. "Dub" Riordan, 77, died Thursday, March 25, 1999, in a Wichita Falls Hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Reverend David Adair, pastor of Southwest Baptist Church, and the Reverend Chad Stubblefield officiating. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park.
Mr. Riordan was born November 9, 1921, in Brownwood, Texas. He was owner of Top-O-Texas Termite & Pest Control. He was a member of Southwest Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Clara of Wichita Falls; two sons, Larry of Olathe, Kansas, and Nick Hoepfner of Lakeside City, Texas; a daughter, Joan Riddles of Wichita Falls; a brother, Cecil of Big Spring, Texas; a sister, Jewell of Carlsbad, New Mexico; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Attending the funeral were sisters-in-law,FronySimaichl, Theresa Sykora and Mina Fetsch; nieces and nephews, Janie Howe, Jerry, Kathy, Jeremy and Justin Ermis, Derrall, Judy, Kayla and Andrew Holden, Mary Ann Clairday, Pete, Luke and Little Pete Ermis. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Delma Loetta Freeman
Delma Loetta Freeman, 71, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Throckmorton Church of Christ with the Reverend Claude Brown and Royce Priddy officiating. Burial was in Throckmorton Cemetery under the direction of Merriman-Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Freeman was born December 31, 1927, in Bridgeport, Texas. She and Norris Freeman were married August 30, 1948, in Plainview, Texas. She lived in Brownfield, Seymour and Throckmorton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Throckmorton Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Stasha Siegert of Throckmorton; a sister, Sue Shumate of Seymour; and two grandchildren.

Brenda Norville
Brenda Norville, International Mission Board (IMB) communications missionary for churches in the Caribbean, died February 15, 1999, at her home in Cooper City, Florida, after a long battle with brain cancer.
Norville, from Munday, Texas, edited Sunday School lessons for older children in the English-language churches of the Caribbean Basin. She and her husband, Buddy, have been assigned to the Caribbean Christian Publications Centre in Hollywood, Florida, since 1989.
The Norvilles were first appointed as missionaries to the Ivory Coast in 1974. They resigned in 1978 and were reappointed to Liberia in 1979. They transferred to El Paso, Texas, Baptist Publications in 1988 and moved to the Hollywood area in 1989 when the Caribbean publication division changed from Texas to Florida.
Brenda had been teaching English for speakers of other languages for about ten years.
Norville also showed her missionary spirit when Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida. The Norvilles traveled to First Baptist Church, Perrine, to help with relief efforts by helping set up a mobile kitchen, distribute donations and provide a neighborhood grocery store for hurricane victims.
Born in Knox City, Texas, Norville attended several universities in Texas and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. Even during the early stages of her illness, Norville did not stop studying. She earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1996.
For about the past three years, the Norvilles have been members of First Baptist Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Her memorial service was held there on February 17. Paying tribute to her life and ministry were Ron Wilson, International Mission Board regional leader for the Caribbean Basin; Carter Davis, Caribbean Basin administrative associate; and Mickey Searcy, director of the Caribbean media centre.
Guy Melton, the Norville's pastor, spoke on the two Bible passages Brenda had chosen for her memorial service: Isaiah 40: 27-31 and Philippians 2:1-11.
Brenda is survived by her husband; two sons, Scott of Fort Worth, Texas, and Todd of New York City; her mother, Nora (Mrs. Jack) Kennedy of Cisco, Texas; and one sister, Elaine (Mrs. Gary) Key of Spur, Texas.

Corinne Props New
Corinne Propps New, 89, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, in Vernon, Texas.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Gilliland Baptist Church with A.B. Martin officiating. Burial was in Gilliland Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. New was born January 18, 1910, in Truscott, Texas. She and Eston New were married in February 1935, in Oklahoma. He died in 1978. She was a graduate of Gilliland High School and attended North Texas Teachers College in Denton, Texas. She lived in Cushing, Oklahoma, until 1946 when she returned to Gilliland where she and her husband operated a service station until 1956. She was a member of Gilliland Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a pianist for many years.
Survivors include four sons, Parker of Pipe Creek, Texas, Jack of Liberty Hill, Texas, James of Kerrville, Texas, and Lawrence of Amarillo, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Louise Taylor
Virginia Louise Taylor, age 70, of Clyde, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 17, 1999, in an Abilene hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the First Assembly of God Church in Clyde with Reverend Charles Morgan officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Hamlin Memorial Cemetery in Hamlin, Texas.
She was born in Seymour, Texas, October 5, 1928. She had lived in Clyde since 1994, moving there from Lubbock, Texas, where she worked for Mrs. Baird's Bakery for 26 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Clyde. She married Charles Taylor in Lubbock on May 12, 1961. He died on May 8, 1995.
She is survived by two sons, Terry Comer and his wife, Brenda, of Clyde, and Bill Taylor of Austin, Texas; two stepdaughters, Tiny Deaton and Frida Webber, both of Lake Dallas, Texas; one sister, Nannie Lively of Lubbock; one brother, Jason Stewart of Henrietta, Texas; two grandchildren, Terry Comer II of Abilene, Texas, and Natalie Comer of Clyde; one great-grandchild, Jordan Comer of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Gerald Don Lively, Jerry Jones, Chuck Moody, Bill McCarty, Richard Welch, Monty Huffman, Doyle Garrett and Greg Welch.

John Robert Beamon
John Robert Beamon, 58, died Sunday, April 18, 1999.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Faith Deliverance Church with Edward Mark officiating. Burial was in Old Seymour Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Beamon was born September 27, 1940, in Cooper, Texas. He and Brenda Russell were married October 23, 1976. He was a farm laborer and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, James, Christopher and Billy Earl, all of Wichita Falls; three daughters, Vera Nell Hardamon of Seymour; Barbara Lockwood of Dallas and Terry Dockins of Munday, Texas; a brother, Willie of Wichita Falls; nine sisters, Clarice Watson, Alma Sims, Ada Vaughn, Celestine Mark and Sharon Flowers, all of Wichita Falls, Betty Patton of Seymour, Patricia Watson and Bernice Flowers, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rosa Lee of Mansfield, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Millard Cates, Jr.
Millard Cates, Jr. 76, of Weatherford, Texas, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at his residence in Weatherford.
Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 1999, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Weatherford with Rev. Kenneth Watson, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery in Olney, Texas, under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mr. Cates was born June 5, 1922, in Smith Center, Kansas, to the late Millard and Nellie (Logan) Cates, Sr. He and Lillian Kunkel were married September 3, 1944, in Denver, Colorado. He was a charter member of the Trinity Lutheran Church for 40 years. He retired from General Dynamics after 33 years as a technical buyer and was a member of the Management Club. He was also a farmer. He was a resident of Weatherford, Texas, since 1958, moving from Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Dean Cates in 1950; three brothers, Forest, Glen, and James Cates, and one sister, Sylvia Kusel.
Survivors include his wife: Lillian Cates of Weatherford, Texas; one brother, Dale Cates of Smith Center, Kansas; two sisters, Juanita Palmer of Smith Center, Kansas, Laura Elizabeth Hamilton and her husband, Boyd, of Cawker City, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Kunkel and his wife Hilda, of Seymour, Texas, Edgar V. Kunkel and his wife Edalene, of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister-in-law, Lu Kunkel of Louisville, Kentucky; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Viewing on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. until service time at Trinity Lutheran Church in Weatherford, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Building Fund, 1500 Ball Street, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

H.P. “Pete” Peterson
H.P. “Pete” Peterson, 74, of Olney, Texas, died Monday, March 22, 1999, in an Olney hospital.
Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in Megargel Cemetery in Megargel, Texas, with Rev. Al Woodard retired former pastor of Megargel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mr. Peterson was born June 3, 1924, in West Frankford, Illinois, to the late Hobart G. and Jewel Effie (McKenzie) Peterson. He and Mary Jo Willis were married November 12, 1945, in Fort Worth, Texas. She preceded him in death August 24, 1997. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Megargel. He was in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a retired teacher, coach and farmer. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan College in 1949. He coached and taught school in Megargel from 1949 to 1969. He served as Junior High Principal in Seymour from 1969 to 1976. He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association in Olney. He moved to Olney in 1982 after having lived in Megargel since 1949. He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Paul Peterson, August 15, 1946 and a grandson, Todd Philipp, May 12, 1996.
Survivors include his daughter: Paula Philipp of Olney; one brother, Robert E. Peterson of Bradford, Illinois; one sister, Hope Manninger of Crockett, Texas; three grandsons, Jeff Philipp, Bret Philipp, and Scott Philipp.
Memorials may be made to Megargel Cemetery Association, Box 341, Megargel, Texas 76370.

Fidelis J. "Slim" Loran
Fidelis J. "Slim" Loran, 84, of Windthorst, Texas, died at residence on Monday, July 19, 1999.
Rosary was said on Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Windthorst. Funeral mass was held Wednesday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas, with Father Jeremy Myers officiating. Burial was in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Munday, Texas, under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.
Mr. Loran was born December 14, 1914, in Rhineland. He moved from Rhineland to Windthorst in 1969 and was retired from Windthorst I.S.D. He was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Windthorst and a member of Knights of Columbus in Windthorst. He married Agnes Redder on May 30, 1950, in Rhineland.
Survivors include his wife; five sons, Joe of Windthorst, Michael of Scotland, Texas, James of Seymour, Texas, John of Windthorst and Anthony of Wichita Falls, Texas; five daughters, Rita L. Mooney of Wichita Falls, Joan Atchley of Blanket Texas, Julia Oechsner of Barnhart, Missouri, Christine Brooking of Wichita Falls and Marquita Brooking of Wichita Falls; one brother, Bro. Eric Loran of Subiaco, Arkansas; five sisters, Sister Andrea Loran of N. Littlerock, Arkansas, Roselia Pokorny of Wichita Falls, Mary Kuehler of Rhineland, Jeanette Zeissel of Rhineland and Monica Myers of Harlingen, Texas; and nineteen grandchildren.
Pallbearers were: Michael Loran, James Loran, John Loran, Tony Loran, Ray Mooney, Charles Atchley, Nat Oechsner and Eric Brooking.
Memorials may be made to the Windthorst Library Fund or Kristi Krahl Scholarship Fund in Scotland, Texas.

Cecil Elkins Winegeart
Cecil Elkins Winegeart, age 78, died Thursday, September 2, 1999, in the Seymour Hospital.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 11, at 10 a.m. at Henson Cemetery in Red Springs, Texas, with Reverend Jack Bennett officiating. Services are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Winegeart was born December 17, 1920, in Wellington, Texas. He lived in Farwell, Texas, for many years where he farmed until his retirement. He moved to Red Springs, Texas, in 1997 where he was a director and helper of the Red Springs Community Center. He was a Baptist and a member of the Woodmen of the World. He and Jeanne Claire Pennington were married March 26, 1994, in Pampa, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Claire of Red Springs; a son, Jerry Winegeart of Denison, Texas; four brothers, Lawrence of Lindale, Texas, Foster of Pampa, Texas, Gene of Kingston, Oklahoma, and Doyle of Edmond, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren, Kayla and Katelyn.
The family requests memorials to Henson Cemetery Association or the Red Springs Community Center.

Ralph Clinton Wright
Ralph Clinton Wright, 88, died Saturday, September 4, 1999, in Seymour, Texas.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 6, at First Christian Church with Kay Pruitt and Helen Roden officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Wright was born May 18, 1911, in Deport, Texas. He moved to Baylor County in 1931. He and Edna Mae Hennis were married October 14, 1931, in Frederick, Oklahoma. She died February 21, 1999. He worked in paving and road construction. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Clinton of Bridgeport, Texas; three daughters, Oleta Trussell of Rhome, Texas, and Jackie Fay Gleghorn and Billie Jo Stevens, both of Seymour; a sister, Annie Mae King of Munday, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Brenda Norville
Brenda Norville, International Mission Board (IMB) communications missionary for churches in the Caribbean, died February 15, 1999, at her home in Cooper City, Florida, after a long battle with brain cancer.

Norville, from Munday, Texas, edited Sunday School lessons for older children in the English-language churches of the Caribbean Basin. She and her husband, Buddy, have been assigned to the Caribbean Christian Publications Centre in Hollywood, Florida, since 1989.

The Norvilles were first appointed as missionaries to the Ivory Coast in 1974. They resigned in 1978 and were reappointed to Liberia in 1979. They transferred to El Paso, Texas, Baptist Publications in 1988 and moved to the Hollywood area in 1989 when the Caribbean publication division changed from Texas to Florida.

Brenda had been teaching English for speakers of other languages for about ten years.

Norville also showed her missionary spirit when Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida. The Norvilles traveled to First Baptist Church, Perrine, to help with relief efforts by helping set up a mobile kitchen, distribute donations and provide a neighborhood grocery store for hurricane victims.

Born in Knox City, Texas, Norville attended several universities in Texas and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. Even during the early stages of her illness, Norville did not stop studying. She earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1996.

For about the past three years, the Norvilles have been members of First Baptist Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Her memorial service was held there on February 17. Paying tribute to her life and ministry were Ron Wilson, International Mission Board regional leader for the Caribbean Basin; Carter Davis, Caribbean Basin administrative associate; and Mickey Searcy, director of the Caribbean media centre.

Guy Melton, the Norville's pastor, spoke on the two Bible passages Brenda had chosen for her memorial service: Isaiah 40: 27-31 and Philippians 2:1-11.

Brenda is survived by her husband; two sons, Scott of Fort Worth, Texas, and Todd of New York City; her mother, Nora (Mrs. Jack) Kennedy of Cisco, Texas; and one sister, Elaine (Mrs. Gary) Key of Spur, Texas.

Kyle Belmont Ritchie
Kyle Belmont Ritchie, 89, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, in Wichita Falls.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at First Baptist Church with Dale Turner officiating. Burial was in Vera Cemetery in Vera, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mr. Ritchie was born March 14, 1909. He and Nina Hardin were married November 20, 1927, in Knox County, Texas. She died October 29, 1995. He was a retired farmer and lived in the Vera community until 1988, when he moved to Idalou. He moved to Wichita Falls on June 5, 1997. He was a Primitive Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Wannell Ray of Amarillo, Texas, and Melba Parham of Vera; two sons, Guindell of Wichita Falls and G.L. of Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Susie Thurmond of Garland, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Jerry F. Miller
Jerry F. Miller, 76, of Megargel, Texas, died Monday, March 8, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.

Rosary was said at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, with Clara Miller officiating. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, March 10, at St. Theresa Catholic Church of Olney with the Reverend Raymund Mullan, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.

Mr. Miller was born August 25, 1922, in Weatherford, Texas. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church and was attending St. Theresa Catholic Church in Olney. He served in the Army during World War II. He served in the American Theater Campaign and received the purple heart and three bronze stars. He received victory medals in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. He was a member of the KJTZ, the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Seymour, Texas. He was a resident of Megargel most of his life.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry W. III, Richard A. and Michael F., all of Junction, Texas; two daughters, Lenora of Brownwood, Texas, and Camela Mendez of Graham, Texas; two brothers, Richard S. of Ennis, Texas, and Henry A. of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Helen Shaffer of Wichita Falls, and Agnes Gentry and Rosie Kulhanek, both of Megargel; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation.

Lois Hammett Fancher
Lois Hammett Fancher, 79, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died March 10, 1999, at United Regional Health Care Center.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at Lunn's Colonial Chapel with Minister Jimmie C. Smith of Harrison, Arkansas, officiating. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park.

Mrs. Fancher was born September 16, 1919, in Wellington, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Crestview Church of Christ. She had been a resident of Wichita Falls for 60 years. She was married to Ervin Andrew Fancher until his death in 1985.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Crampton and Janie Martin, both of Holliday, Texas, and Betty Shelton of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Charles Hammett of Wichita Falls and J.T. Hammett of Bowie, Texas; one sister, Sarah Glaze of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Melvin Leo Bachman
Melvin Leo Bachman, 70, of Amarillo, died Sunday, February 21, 1999.

Services were held at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry C. Lowe and Dr. Jim W. Smith officiating. The family had private burial services in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St.

Mr. Bachman was born in Meade County, Kansas and went to schools in Sherman County. He was an Army veteran who served in Korea and Japan. He spent most of his life on ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and then settled in Dalhart.

Mr. Bachman was a rancher and horse trainer. He retired as assistant feed mill manager from Coronado Feeders in Dalhart. He was active with the Dallam County 4-H Equestrian Boys and Girls Club.

In 1994, Mr. Bachman moved to Amarillo. He was a member of St. Stephen United Methodist Church.

He married Joy Chandler Elliott in 1977, daughter of Earl and Thelma Chandler. Mrs. Bachman's sister, Earldene Chandler, resides in Westview Care Center in Seymour.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Mark Elliott of Fritch; four daughters, Roberta Hollers of Dalhart and Emma Briggs, Kim Butler and Lori Walterscheid, all of Amarillo; two brothers, Alvin Bachman of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Richard Bachman of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Dorothy Foster of Amarillo and Norma James of Plains, Kansas; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Etta Letha (Bobbie) Moore Chamberlain
Bobbie, age 86, died Sunday, March 7, 1999 in a Wichita Falls, Texas Hospital.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at the Church of Christ in Seymour, Texas. Burial was in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley/Smith Funeral Home, Munday, Texas.

Bobbie was born August 29, 1912 in Desdemona, Texas. She and Cecil Roy Chamberlain were married on April 10, 1932. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1951. She and Willie Horace Oneal were married on January 1, 1961. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1984.

Bobbie served as assistant Postmaster and acting Postmaster at Goree, Texas in the 1950's. During her long life she lived in several Texas towns and after retirement owned a home in Seymour, Texas for twenty years, moving to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1997. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend of people. She had a deep rooted faith and trust in God and was active in the Church of Christ. Many friends and relatives miss her.

Etta Letha (Bobbie) Moore was the ninth of eleven children born to William Leander Moore and Lizabeth Pearl Thornton Moore.

Preceded in death by: her father, W.L. Moore and mother, Lizabeth Pearl Moore; brothers, Nealie, Thomas Leroy (Roy), William Albert (Jack); sisters, Katie Lillian Moore, Mary Lula Loving, Lola Lavera Perdue; son, Kenneth Eugene Chamberlain; Stepson Horace Wayne Oneal.

She is survived by: sons, Alton Keith and Nancy Chamberlain of Henrietta, Texas, Gaylon Cooper and Belva Chamberlain of Halstead, Kansas; brothers, Eldon Troy (Johnny) and Marion Estle (Billy); sisters, Essie May Moore and Alma V. Claburn; step-daughters Elaine and Jack Cooper of Pampa, Texas, June and Pete Rowan of Pampa, Texas; step-daughter-in-law, Lydia Edmondson of Wichita Falls, Texas; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson; nine step grandchildren; seventeen step great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces and relatives.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Billy Gene Spikes
Billy Gene Spikes, 73, of Benjamin, Texas, died Sunday, February 28, 1999.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at First Christian Church of Benjamin with Dennis Duke officiating. Burial was in Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home.

Mr. Spikes was born February 10, 1926, in Loraine, Texas. He and Dorothy Faye Campbell were married August 5, 1949, in Odessa, Texas. He was a cowboy and rancher and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Penny Eaton of Nash, Texas; three sons, Rusty of Wichita Falls, Ty of Holcomb, Kansas, and Guy of Seymour, Texas; a sister, Louise George of Wichita Falls; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Mildred Lillian Thomas
Mildred Lillian Thomas, 81, of Oklahoma City passed away on February 21, 1999.

She was born on October 7, 1917 to W.C. and Virgie Snyder of Seymour, Texas. Mildred married the love of her life, J.D. Thomas in May of 1938. Mildred was a beautician for 20 years in Seymour, Oklahoma City, and Bethany, Oklahoma. She is remembered as a wonderful Christian, loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all. Her life was devoted to her family and her church. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Thomas, her parents, W.C and Vergie Snyder, her sister, Tillie Richardson, and brother, Troy Snyder.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Thomas of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and David Thomas and his wife, Virginia of Moore, Oklahoma; a daughter, Carol Hoefar and husband Gary of Edmond, Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren, Troy L. Thomas, Carl J. Hoefar, Della G. Green, Donna M Benn, and Kimberly G. Davison; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Edmond Road Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Services were held at 2 p.m. February 24, 1999 at Edmond Road Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. She was laid to rest next to her husband in Edmond, Oklahoma.


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