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H.L. "Lee" Dent
HALE CENTER - Funeral services for H.L. “Lee” Dent, 78, fire chief and manager of the Chamber of Commerce here for 43 years and a man who met many area residents because he taught defensive driving classes for almost 30 years, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Meacham, pastor, and Silas Short, minister of the Church of Christ in O´Donnell, officiating.

Burial will be in Hale Center Cemetery by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Dent died at 4:25 a.m. today, Jan. 15, 1999, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Dec. 3, 1920, in Hale Center where he grew up and graduated from high school. He has been the manager of the Hale Center Chamber of Commerce and with the Hale Center Fire Department since 1956.

He was named executive director for the Hale Center Housing Authority in 1968 and taught defensive driving since 1971.

He was a member of the Lions Club, served on the Salvation Army Board for 25 years and was commander of American Legion Post #203.

He worked with youth through the fire department, defensive driving and through the Chamber of Commerce.

He served with the U.S. Army, 832nd Signal Corp, Team 6 and was a member of First Baptist Church.

On April 17, 1946, he married Juanita Carmickle in Hale Center.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Hardy Dent and his wife, Shellie, of Lubbock; a sister, Jean Ballinger of Plainview; and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Mae Stanton and Lou Wardlaw, are deceased.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Hale Center Volunteer Fire Department.
 

Max Garrett

TULIA - Funeral services for Max Garrett, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, officiating.

Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Albany cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mr. Garrett died at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 7, 1928, in Abilene. He grew up in Dublin where he graduated high school. He attended Tarleton State University and graduated from Texas Tech University. He played basketball at Tarleton State and was a member of the ROTC at Tech and a member of Delta Sigma Phi business fraternity.

He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1955 and after his discharge was associated with International Harvestors. He worked for Finger Motor Company in Borger as general manage and was assistant administrator at the Borger hospital. In 1975 he moved to Tulia and was hospital administrator of Swisher Memorial. He retired in 1993.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a past president of Arnold Air Society.

On July 3, 1947, he married Jo Alice Harmon in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Karen Alice Garrett of Amarillo and Julie Kay Fairchild of Dallas; one son, John Harmon Garrett of Leonard; three granddaughters, Julie Lauren Lewis of Amarillo, and April Michelle and Rachel Nicole Fairchild, both of Dallas.

The family suggests memorials to Presbyterian Children´s Home, 3400 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.
 

Willie Lee Johnson

Funeral services for Willie Lee Johnson, 78, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Emmanuel Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Lonnie Johnson and the Rev. A.T. Anderson officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Ossie Curry Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born June 16, 1920, in Atoka, Okla. He moved from Atoka to Plainview in 1946.

His wife, Lillie, is deceased.

Survivors include two sisters, Alberta Nails Monroe of Plainview and Lillie Mae Fowler of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Rev. Lonnie Johnson and Randus Johnson Jr., both of Oklahoma City; two aunts, Lovie Whitely of Oklahoma City and Queen Landrun of Portland, Ore.; an uncle, Willie Grayson of Plainview; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today from 3-8 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church of God In Christ, 1805 N. Walter Griffin Street.
 

Travis Lightfoot

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for William Travis Lightfoot, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in New Salem Primitive Baptist Church with Don Morton, elder of Primitive Baptist Church in Perryton, officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mr. Lightfoot died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center Lubbock.

He was born Sept. 9, 1912, in Fluvanna, the son of the late Elbert Ward and Lizzie Easterling Lightfoot. He moved to Floydada in 1917 from Scurry County and attended Center Community School and graduated from Floydada High School.

He worked as a parts manager for John Deere in Floydada for 25 years and after he retired he worked for Walter Davis in construction for 10 years.

He was a volunteer at the Floydada Senior Citizens and attended Primitive Baptist Church.

On Nov. 8, 1936, he married Letha Frances Lindley in Haskell County.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kenneth Travis Lightfoot and his wife Gail of Amarillo and Michael Glenn Lightfoot and his wife Bonnie of Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter, Nita Joe Carmack and her husband Bill of Corsicana; two sisters, Cecille Weathers of Canyon and Gertrude Hollums of Waco; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

Betty Lovell

LUBBOCK - Graveside services for Betty Jean Lovell, 63, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park with the Rev. Marvin James officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lovell died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 2, 1935, in Lamar County. She was an assistant manager for 26 years with Furr´s Cafeteria.

She was a member of Calvary Full Gospel Church.

On Dec. 31, 1961, she married Clifford R. “Buster” Lovell in Shallowater.

Survivors include her husband; three sisters, Wanda Hnizdo of Hurst, Marie Mikael of Plainview and Janice Moore of Rockport; and a brother, Cleve Woods of Rockport.

The family suggests memorials to Calvary Full Gospel Church in Lubbock.
 

Dewey May

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Dewey May, 72, former Plainview resident, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Bell Avenue Chapel with the Rev. D.M. Newton and the Rev. Raymond Bowlin officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mr. May died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Amarillo.

He was born May 18, 1926, in Clarendon. He served with the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Seaman during World War II and the Korean War. He moved to Amarillo in 1979 and was a warehouse supervisor for Affiliated Foods, retiring in 1991.

On Oct. 27, 1945, he married Nola Pinkley in Modesto, Calif. She died in 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Mike May of Shulenburg and Eric May of Amarillo; two daughters, Beverly Flatt and Debbie Fike, both of Amarillo; two sisters, Betty Stewart of Bedford and Linda Hightower of Lubbock; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

Loreta Murrell

TULIA - Graveside services for Loreta Murrell, 88, will be at 3 p.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mrs. Murrell died at 1:51 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

She was born Loreta O´Pry on Sept. 8, 1910, in Whiterock where she grew up and graduated high school. She attended college in Commerce and moved to Tulia in 1937. She worked at Anthony´s for two years and was a homemaker and member of Calvary Baptist Church.

On Oct. 8, 1932, she married J.B. “Slim” Murrell in Greenville. He died Sept. 5, 1977 in Tulia.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Murrell of Amarillo and Paul Murrell of Tulia; one daughter, Delia Lynn Langston of Plainview; one sister, Amy Carter of Greenville; two brothers, W.B. O´Pry and Robert Lee O´Pry Jr., both of Greenville; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
 

Ella Thomason

SEAGOVILLE - Funeral services for Ella Thomason, 94, were at 10 a.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Chancellor and the Rev. Charles Reece officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Plainview Cemetery by Restlawn Cemetery and Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thomason died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Dallas.

She was born Sept. 4, 1907, in Newport. She had lived in Plainview most of her life and worked for Montgomery Ward.

Her husbands, Edward Ewell Thomason and Howard Clift, are deceased.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ray Don (Margaret) Johnson of Plainview and Mrs. Dan (Doris) Caylor of Waco; one son, Marvin Thomason and his wife, Linnie, of Bullard; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Marie Hitt.

Six sisters and five brothers are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Association, 1420 Pioneer Rd., Mesquite, TX 75149.
 

Tommy Joe Ward

HALE CENTER - Memorial services for Tommy Joe Ward, 47, of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hale Center Church of Christ with Silas Short, minister of the Church of Christ in O´Donnell, officiating.

Cremation arrangements are by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Ward died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at his residence in Plainview.

He was born July 23, 1951, in Venus, Texas. He grew up in the Children´s Home of Lubbock and moved to Hale Center in 1958 to foster care home of Wilbur and Katharyn Foraker. He graduated from Estacado Trade School in Lubbock and worked for the Hickory Inn in Lubbock and Furr´s Cafeteria. He was a member of Hale Center Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Joey Ward of Lubbock; his foster parents, Jack and Katharyn Smith of Hale Center; two sisters, Mary Seward of Fort Worth and Betty Mayo of Houston; two brothers, Harvey Ward of Conroe and Charles Ward of Hughes Springs; a foster sister, Jeannie Karen Jones of Lubbock; two foster brothers, Ronnie Foraker of Haslet and Lonnie Foraker of Shallowater; and his foster grandmother, Fannie Davis of Hale Center.

The family suggests memorials to the Children´s Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408-9973.

J.T. Baird
WHEELER - Funeral services for J.T. “Nick” Baird, 78, of Lavon, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Wheeler Church of Christ with Jerry Dorman of Pampa officiating.

Burial will be in Wheeler Cemetery by Allen Funeral Home of Wylie and Wright Funeral Home.

Mr. Baird died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

He was born in Mobeetie and attended schools in Kelton and Wheeler. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Christ for 48 years. He had served as deacon in Sudan and in Amarillo for 35 years.

He was retired after 34 years with Southwestern Public Service Co. He worked with the East Plant in Amarillo and Plant X in Earth where he was on the crew that brought the new facility on line in 1952. He returned to Amarillo where he was a control room operator at Nichols Station. He moved to Lavon in 1994.

In 1994, he married Minnilou Ratliff in Lela.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Terry Ratliff of Sachse; three sisters, Lucille Anderson of Midland, Loraine Wagner of Plainview and Gillrie Rogers of Sudan; and three grandsons.
 

Melvin Dunavant

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Melvin Dunavant, 66, of Denver City, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mr. Dunavant died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.
 

Webb Johnson

STEPHENVILLE - Funeral services for Webb Johnson, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Graham Street Church of Christ with Ralph Starling and Larry Woodward officiating.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Plainview by Stephenville Funeral Home.

The body will be at Lemons Funeral Home from 10 a.m. Friday until graveside service time.

Mr. Johnson died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, in Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

He was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Donie. He lived most of his life in Plainview where he was a gin builder and manager. He moved to Stephenville in 1982.

He was a member of Graham Street Church of Christ.

In 1982, he married Ella Hodges.

Survivors include his wife; three sons and their wives, Allen and Evie Johnson, Dick and Charlene Johnson and Pat and Joyce Johnson, all of Plainview; a daughter and her husband, Pauline and Frank Fincher of Jerico Spring, Mo.; a sister and her husband, Maggie and Orph Osborne of Stephenville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews including special ones, Reba Jo and Ray Thornton of Brazoria, Charlie and Tommie Hodges and Bobbie and Beth Hodges, all of Midland.

His first wife, Cleo, died in 1981. A brother, Charlie Johnson. and a sister, Dorothy Ohlhausen, are deceased.
 

Dorothy Ann Jones

QUANAH - Graveside services for Dorothy Ann Jones, 74, were at 11 a.m. today in Quanah Memorial Park with Randy Jolly, her son-in-law, Bill White and the Rev. Jesse Dea officiating.

Burial arrangements were by Price-Jackson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jones died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

She was born in Quanah where she grew up and graduated from high school. She lived in Quanah most of her life and was a member of the Church of Christ.

In 1942 she married Nolan Jones in Altus, Okla. He died in 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Andrea Jolly and Tammy Burroughs, both of Dallas; two sons, Nolan Jones Jr., of Dallas and Rob Jones of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Pansy Brownlow of Quanah; two brothers, Porter Sadler Jr., of Dallas and Raymond Sadler of Plainview; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the Thompson-Sawyer Library.
 

Bobby Hugh Kendrick

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Bobby Hugh Kendrick, 73, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church with Dr. Floyd Bradley, retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Floyd County Memorial Park by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mr. Kendrick died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Fort Worth, the son of the late Robert Hickey and Lillian Estelle Scruggs Kendrick. He graduated from Arkadelphia High School in Arkadelphia, Ark., and attended Texas Tech University. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

He moved from Arkansas to Crosby County in 1943 and to Floyd County in 1976. He was a farmer and a member of the Masonic Lodge #712 in Floydada, Shriners, Whirlwind Sams Travel Club and a member of First Baptist Church where he attended the Auditorium Sunday School Class.

On April 26, 1943, he married Jean McSwain in Arkadelphia.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Byron M. Kendrick of Sherman; four daughters, Sandra Stewart of Boerne, Linda Mixon of Seminole, Becky Sterling of Eldorado and Kathryn McDougall of Kerrville; a brother, Kraig Kendrick of Berryville, Ark.; two sisters, Jane Freeman of Nashville, Ark., and Billi Blackwood of Hot Springs, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. today.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church Library, 401 S. Main, Floydada, TX 79235.
 

Norene Meyer

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Norene Meyer, 80, of Boulder City, Nev., will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Bell Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Das officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mrs. Meyer died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999.

She was born in Hall County and moved to Amarillo in 1943. She was a self-employed hairdresser and a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church.

In 1943, she married Clifton Meyer in Poth.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Janice Posey of Amarillo; a brother, Charles Robertson of Memphis; four sisters, Doris Harrington of Orange, Calif., Billie Foote of Plainview, Bonnie Fager of Boulder City and Frankie Robenson of Amarillo; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A daughter, Bernice Meyer, died in 1944.

The family suggests memorials to Baptist/St. Anthony´s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 

Wendell Morris

MATADOR - Graveside services for Wendell M. Morris, 71, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Flomot Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Nathan Mulder officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Seigler Funeral Home.

Mr. Morris died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born April 20, 1927, in Motley County. He lived in Flomot, Dimmitt and Plainview before returning to Matador. He was a retired farmer and was a driver for Wal-Mart.

He was a Baptist and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

On Sept. 14, 1946, he married Nelva Snow in Matador. She died Nov. 16, 1998.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Morris of Flomot and Tommy Morris of Lockney; two daughters, Pam Lane of Plainview and Cindy Green of Matador; three sisters, Wanda Garrett of Burney, Calif., Colleen Burns of Granbury and Bobbie Morris of Fulton; and 10 grandchildren.
 

Gladys Pyeatt

TULIA - Funeral services for Gladys Pyeatt, 86, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel with Trey Morgan, minister of Central Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pyeatt died at 6:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, in Baptist/St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo.

She was born Gladys Maurine Love on Jan. 17, 1913, in Swisher County. She grew up in the Love Community, attended Love School and graduated from Tulia High School.

She was a homemaker, member of Central Church of Christ and Home Demonstration Club of Swisher County.

On July 22, 1932, she married Ray Barrington Pyeatt in Clovis, N.M. He died Jan. 6, 1989.

Survivors include one son, Larry Pyeatt of Tulia; two sisters, Bernice Evans and Betty Jo Barker, both of Tulia; three grandchildren, Desirae Shirley of Lubbock, Monique Gebhart and Chad Pyeatt, both of Rockdale; and three great-granddaughters, Hannah Shirley, Courtney Gebhart and Stevie Gebhart.
 

Anne Fay Smith

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Anne Fay Smith, 89, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wendell Horn, pastor, and Brent Bullock officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 29, 1910, in Lewisville, the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Lou Anna Honea McNeill. She moved with her family from Lewisville to Floydada in 1926. She attended schools in Denton and graduated from Floydada High School. She attended North Texas State University and graduated from Texas Tech University.

She was a school teacher and a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

On May 2, 1937, she married Ray H. Smith in Floydada. He died Nov. 2, 1994.

Survivors include one son, Billy Ray Smith of Seminole; one daughter, Barbara Bullock of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Brad Bullock, Brent Bullock, Sheryl Stephens and Becky Duncan; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 203 W. Kentucky, Floydada, TX 79235.
 

Verva Tarter

VERNON - Funeral services for Verva Allen Tarter, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L.V. Youngblood and Dr. Church Fisher officiating.

Burial will be in Chillicothe Cemetery by Sullivan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tarter died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999 in a Vernon nursing home following a lengthy illness.

She was born May 12, 1904, in Collin County, the daughter of the late Thomas R. and Phoebe Martin Brewer Allen. She moved to Chillicothe in 1909 where she attended school. She moved to Plainview in 1924 and worked as a saleslady for 21 1/2 years. She moved to Vernon on Sept. 18, 1992.

She was a Presbyterian and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

On July 6, 1964, she married Reuben Tarter in Chillicothe. He died April 23, 1982.

Survivors include a brother, Vergal Allen of Chillicothe; and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters also are deceased. Estle Lee Goosic died in 1991 and Ruby Mae Waldrip in 1994.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


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