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Diana Flores Garcia
HALE CENTER - Funeral Mass for Diana Flores Garcia, 20, of Lubbock, formerly of Hale Center, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Theresa´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pena, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Garcia died Friday, March 5, 1999, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born April 28, 1978 in Plainview and was a lifelong resident of Hale Center, graduating from Hale Center High School in 1996. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the band and flag corps. She was a Catholic.

She married Regelio “Roger” Garcia on Feb. 13, 1999 in Plainview.

Surviving are her husband; her parents, Santiago and Frances Flores of Hale Center; two brothers, Mario Flores and Geronimo Flores, both of Hale Center; a parental grandmother, Zulema Flores of Hale Center; and a maternal grandfather, Guadalupe Martinez of Hale Center.

Masimo Gonzales Sr.

TEMPLE - Funeral mass for Masimo Gonzales Sr., 77, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Rick Aguilar officiating.

Burial will be in Bellwood Memorial Park by Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Temple.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home.

Mr. Gonzales died in a Temple nursing center on Friday, March 5, 1999.

He was born March 5, 1922, to Manual and Dolores Carracos Gonzales in San Jose. He married Josephina Sotello on Feb. 8, 1945.

Mr. Gonzales had been a resident of Temple since 1994, moving there from Plainview where he had lived for 18 1/2 years. Prior to his retirement he was a farmer. 

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mary Ybarra and Herminia Trevino, both of Temple; three sons, Benito Gonzales, Max Gonzales Jr. and Joe Manuel Gonzales, all of Plainview; three sisters, Aurora Diaz and Marie Vargas, both of Littlefield, and Rita Peralta of San Antonio; three brothers, Bennie Gonzales and Jose Angle Gonzales, both of Hereford, and David Gonzales of Hart; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Yvonne Hale Kern

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Yvonne Hale Kern, 76, of Rochester, Mich., will be at a later date through Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Kern died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at her residence in Rochester.

She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Floydada to the late John Samuel Hale and Stella Taylor Hale. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Mattie Eugenia Duncan Hale.

She graduated from Floydada High School in 1939. She also graduated from Draughn´s Business College in Lubbock.

She and Paul “Pete” Kern were married Sept. 1, 1945, in Floydada. They moved to Michigan in 1946 from Kansas where he was stationed while in the service.

Mr. and Mrs. Kern also maintained a home in Floydada. Mrs. Kern was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, John Kern of Las Vegas, Nev., and Paul Kern of Middleburg, Va.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy Greenstein of Waterford, Mich., Martha and Larry Ross of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Mary and Frank Vitale of Middleburg, Va.; two brothers, John Hale of Abernathy and Sammy Hale of Floydada; three sisters, Latane Roberson of Petersburg, Margaret Morris of Temple and Mona Rainer of San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Kristin Baker, Leslie Ross, Jessica Ross, Nick Greenstein, Melissa Greenstein, Frank Vitale and Phillip Vitale; and two great-grandchildren, Alex Kohrman and Toby Greenstein.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of St. Joseph, One Ford Place, Suite 5A, Detroit, Mich. 48202.

Theresa Koenning

Funeral services for Theresa Koenning, 38, were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. David Mueller, interim pastor of St. Paul´s Lutheran Church, officiating.

The remains were cremated.

Mrs. Koenning died at 11:31 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Nov. 5, 1960, in Plainview.

She graduated from Plainview High School in 1978 and attended Trin International Floral College.

She worked in floral shops in Amarillo and at Lindsey´s Flowers in Plainview.

She was a member of St. Alice Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, David Earnest Koenning of Plainview; one son, Kody Koenning of the home; and three sisters, Ann Green of Plainview, Jane Roberson of Amarillo and Mary Regal of Missoula, Mont.

Elster A. McLeod

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Elster A. McLeod, 97, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. H.S. Calahan Jr. of Abilene, a retired Baptist minister, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Harold Abney, pastor.

Burial will be at Lockney Cemetery by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Lockney.

Mr. McLeod died Friday, March 5, 1999, at Mangold Memorial Hospital in Lockney.

Elster Arlington McLeod was born Sept. 10, 1901, in Collin County to the late Murdock Preston McLeod and Laura Tate McLeod.

He attended school in Collin County and moved to Floyd County from Collin County in 1924.

He married Myriam Calahan on Feb. 2, 1924, in Collin County. She died July 4, 1967.

He married Helen Floyd in June 1975. She died March 19, 1993.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a retired farmer.

A son, Derrel McLeod, died Dec. 6, 1936.

Survivors include a daughter, Wynona Quebe of Lockney; one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Glen and Tommie Quebe of Plainview; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Glenda and Brian O´Keeefe and Myra and Tom Parmer, all of Santa Fe, N.M.; and five great-grandchildren, Scott Parmer, Kimberly Parmer, Justen Quebe, Luke Quebe and Kirk Quebe.

Dorothy McSwain

Memorial services for Dorothy Gentry McSwain, 85, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church Chapel with Dr. Max Browning, pastor, officiating.

Graveside services will be prior to the service, at 1:30 p.m. in Plainview Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. McSwain died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, in Walnut Place in Dallas.

She was born July 10, 1913, in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up near Winfield, Kan. She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma College in Enid where she received a teaching certificate. She moved to Plainview in 1935 and taught school for a few years. She owned and operated the Granada Gift Shop for 10 years. She moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1996 and to Dallas in November 1997.

She was a past president of the Girl Scout Board and helped established the Girl Scout program in Plainview. She was a member of the Junior Service League, DAR, Plainview Country Club and an active member in the Plainview Cemetery Association. She was a homemaker, a seamstress and cook and enjoyed gardening and the arts. She was a Methodist.

On Nov. 1, 1933, she married Chester E. McSwain in Albuquerque, N.M. He was manager of the Fair and Granada Theaters, retiring in 1979. He died in 1985.

Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Franklin of San Diego; a son, S. Richard McSwain of Dallas; two brothers, Earnest Gentry of Plainview and Jim Gentry of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Margaret Golden of Delta, Utah; four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A brother, Robert Gentry, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Plainview Cemetery Association or to a favorite charity.

Visitation will be Tuesday at the parlor of First United Methodist Church from 12:30-1:15 p.m.

LaVerne Pitts

LUBBOCK - Memorial services for former Plainview resident LaVerne Pitts, 75, of Lubbock, will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Resthaven Abbey Chapel, with pastor Paul Jantzen of Trinity Church officiating. Private interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pitts died Saturday morning, March 6, 1999, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born July 1, 1923, in Chillicothe and graduated from Silverton High in 1942. She attended Wayland Baptist College in Plainview prior to her marriage to Gaines C. “Ted” Pitts on Dec. 24, 1946, in South Plains. She was a homemaker and had worked in a real estate loan office. She was a Baptist and moved to Lubbock in 1945 from Plainview.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Steve Pitts of Lubbock and Larry Pitts of Dallas; one brother, Travis Young of Floydada; five sisters, Ruby Brannon of Silverton, Velma L. McKee of Summerville, S.C., Mary Shurbet of Floydada, Donnie Meriwether of Lockney and Peggy Young of Lubbock.

The family suggests memorials to the West Texas Div. of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 816148, Dallas, Tx., 7581-6148 or a favorite charity.

Billie Jean Robison

TURKEY - Graveside services for Billie Jean Robison, 71, of Turkey, are set for 10 a.m. Monday at Dreamland Cemetery in Turkey, with pastor Melvin Clinton of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will by Myers-Long Funeral Directors of Turkey.

Mrs. Robison died Saturday March 6, 1999, at 


She was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Turkey. She married Boyd J. Robison on Nov. 12, 1946, in Waco and had resided in Turkey since 1950. She was a past matron of the Turkey chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was co-owner of the North Gin Co. She also served as bookkeeper of Turkey Co-op Gin, was involved in ranching and farming and supported the Bob Wills Foundation.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, 

Jimbo Robison of Amarillo and Claud Robison of Clarendon; one brother, Bob Geissler of Earth; her mother, Ora Geissler of Turkey; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Joyce Thomas

SILVERTON - Funeral services for Joyce Thomas, 58, of Hereford will be at 2 p.m. today in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Edwin Norris, the Rev. Elvin Morris and the Rev. James McNeill officiating.

Burial will be in Silverton Cemetery by Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Thomas died March 4, 1999 at Hereford. She was born Nov. 15, 1940 at Silverton. She married Ed Thomas on Dec. 26, 1968, at Fort Sumner, N.M.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Donny Norris of Dallas and Martin Norris of California; two daughters, Angela Beames of Lubbock and Loveta McNeill of Amarillo; three brothers, Rev. Edwin Norris of Silverton, Rev. Elvin Norris of Arizona and Leland Norris of Monahans; one sister, Ruby Lee of Silverton, and four grandchildren. 

Melvin Lynn Allen
Funeral services for Melvin Lynn Allen, 60, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bartley-Silva Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roger Foote, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mr. Allen died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born Nov. 16, 1938, in Aspermont. He married Carlene Barley on July 10, 1967, in Portales, N.M. He was a carpenter and bricklayer for R.A. Vernon Construction for many years.

An Army veteran, he served from 1957-1959 with a gunnery division stationed in Germany. He was in the Army Reserves from 1959-1964.

Survivors include four daughters, Elizabeth and Sandra Allen, both of Lubbock, Cathy Allen of Germany and Theresa Allen of Floydada; seven sons, Glen Randell of San Angelo, Ernie Randell of Abilene, Danny and Randy Allen, both of Plainview, Ricky and Ronnald Allen, both of Lubbock, and Tommy Allen of Brownfield; seven sisters, Loraine Morgan and Nell Shugart, both of Hugo, Okla., Martha Martin of Middleton, Idaho, Jenette Baker of Muldrow, Okla., Ruth Rushing and Bonnie Voyles, both of Plainview, and Cathy Sellers of Henderson; four brothers, Lee Clyde Allen of Plainview, Dee and Steve Allen, both of Hugo, Okla., and Ricky Allen of Wichita Falls; 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A son, Darrell Randell, died June 5, 1973.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

John Scott Farris

AMARILLO ­ Funeral services for John Scott Farris, 16, of Amarillo, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church in Hart with the Rev. Gerald Aalbers, pastor of First Baptist Church of Claude, officiating.

Burial will be in Hart Cemetery by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Homes of Dimmitt.

Mr. Farris died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 1999, in San Angelo.

Born Aug. 12, 1982, in Plainview, he was raised in Nazareth and attended schools there where he was active in football and basketball as well as drama and performed in one-act plays.

He was a member of the Hart First Baptist Church and attended Randall High School in Amarillo where he would have been a junior.

Survivors include his father, Ricky Farris of Dimmitt; his mother, Suzanne Farris of Amarillo; two brothers, Adrian and Alston Farris of Amarillo; a sister, Stephanie Schilling of Dumas; paternal grandfather, Loyd Farris of Hart; and maternal grandparents, Willis and Rosalie Hawkins of Hereford.

The family suggests memorials to the Hart Cemetery.

Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home.

Sinforoso Flores

DIMMITT ­ Funeral services for Sinforoso Flores, 94, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Fern Couture officiating.

Burial will be in Castro Memorial Gardens in Dimmitt by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Homes.

A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Flores died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Dimmitt.

Born March 5, 1905, in San Jose, Coahuilla, Mexico, he moved to Dimmitt from Crystal City. He was a farm worker in South Texas for many years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Dimmitt.

He married Simona Sanchez on April 28, 1959, in Eagle Pass.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Ramona Saucedo and Consuelo Rodriguez, both of Seminole; one sister, Elvira Valles of San Antonio; 15 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 50 great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Lydia Saucedo, died June 6, 1998.

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Leon Kendall

Funeral services for Leon Kendall, 52, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Drew Travis, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Kendall died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 1999, in Weatherford, Okla.

Born Sept. 19, 1946, in Amherst, he grew up in Olton and graduated from Olton High School in 1965. He received his bachelor of science degree in math from Texas Tech in 1969 and his master´s degree from West Texas A&M University in 1980.

He had taught and coached in Hart and Kress and had worked for Plainview Public Schools for 24 years. He began teaching math at Plainview High School in 1975 and had served as dean, counselor and registrar. He retired following the spring semester.

Mr. Kendall had worked for the Hale County Teachers Credit Union and was a life member of the PTA. He was a member of Llano Estacado Bridge Unit No. 197 and Plainview Duplicate Bridge Club. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and currently was serving as clerk of the Session. He had served on the board of the Hale County Crisis Center.

He married Pamela Hair on Aug. 6, 1966, in Olton.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Elizabeth Allison Kendall of Plainview and Amanda Carol Steen and her husband Shane of Plainview; his mother, Dorothy Stoerner of Plainview; one sister, Connie Lucas of Austin; two stepbrothers, Martin Stoerner of Providence and Stanley Stoerner of Amarillo; and a stepsister, Cynthia Stoerner of Providence.

The family suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Raymond Chavez Gutierrez

AMARILLO ­ Raymond Chavez Gutierrez, 72, died Friday, July 2, 1999.

Cremation was by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle, Amarillo.

Mr. Gutierrez was born in Amarillo and had been a lifetime resident. He had worked as a landscaper and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Survivors include a sister, Ruby G. Saucedo of Amarillo; a half sister, Chona C. Rogers of Plainview; two half brothers, Tino Martinez of Seattle and Arsenio Martinez of California; and a special friend, Leandra Garcia of Amarillo.

Maye Lamb

SLATON ­ Funeral services for Maye Lamb, 86, of Plainview, will be at 4 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church in Slaton with Dr. Cleve Kerby, pastor, and the Rev. Robert Moore of Lubbock officiating.

Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

Mrs. Lamb died Sunday, July 4, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

She was born Jan. 9, 1913 in Goodlett and graduated from Groesbeck High School. She married Bert Lamb on Dec. 17, 1930, in Altus, Okla. They moved to Slaton in January 1943 where they farmed until retiring in 1973. He died Nov. 29, 1993.

She was member of First Baptist Church in Slaton and the TEL Sunday School Class. She moved to Plainview in February of 1994.

Surviving are two daughters, Bertie Mae Robertson of Plainview and Ruby Jo Brantley Goodwin of Plainview; a brother, Charlie Stephens of Onieda, S.D.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Activity Building from 2-4 p.m. today and suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, 255 S. Ninth, Slaton, TX 79364.

Betty Morrison

KRESS ­ Funeral services for Betty Morrison, 66, will be at 2 p.m. today in the Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Kress Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Morrison died at 10:45 p.m. Friday, July 2, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Lubbock.

Born Jan. 21, 1933, in Dimmitt, she grew up in Dimmitt and attended schools there.

She married Tom Morrison on March 10, 1951, in Clovis, N.M. After her marriage, she lived in Dimmitt until moving to Mangum, Okla., in 1964. She moved to Kress in 1984.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mangum.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Morrison; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Donna Morrison of Kress; two brothers, Homer Ragland of Lockney and Jack Ragland of Odessa; two sisters, Melba Austin of Plainview and Billie Schacher of Lockney; her mother-in-law, Sarah Morrison of Mangum, Okla.; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchidren.

Her parents, Homer and Ethel Ragland; two sisters, Hattie Mae Stapp and Eona Yancy; and one brother, Richard Ragland, are deceased.

Pallbearers will be nephews Lester Johnson, Ronnie Austin, Larry Stapp, Ronnie Stewart, Dana Martin and Mike Belk.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Lovett, J.V. Beal and Harvey Moore.

The family suggests memorials to the Kress Cemetery.

J.W. Reed

PERRYTON ­ Graveside services for J.W. Reed, 74, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Ochiltree County Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Myers officiating.

Arrangements are by Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Booker.

Mr. Reed died Saturday, July 3, 1999.

He was born in Levelland and lived in Yuma, Ariz., where he had a mechanic shop. In 1966, he moved to Liberal, Kan., and in 1968 to Perryton, where he worked in the oil field and owned a mechanic shop.

He was a member of Cornerstone Church of God in Perryton.

He married Edythe Shelton in 1944 at Ralls. His second wife was Barbara Creekmore of Yuma. His wife, Bessie May Marrow, died. A granddaughter, Connie Marie Reed, is also deceased.

Survivors include three sons, Roger Wayne Reed of Artesia, N.M., Michael Jay Reed of Wasilla, Alaska, and James Wesley Reed of Larned, Kan.; two daughters, Rilla Kathryn Bolen Johnson of Artesia, N.M., and Roxanna Marie Hair of Springtown; four sisters, Lillian Powell and Christen Jackson, both of Borger, Frances Foster of Kress and Fannie Ashley of Plainview; a brother, Warren Reed of Borger; 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Charles F. Sharp

TULIA ­ Funeral services for Charles F. Sharp, 68, of Lubbock, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Tulia with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor and the Rev. Charles F. Johnson, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia by Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

Mr. Sharp died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at the Grace House in Lockney.

He was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Tulia. He graduated from Tulia High School and Texas Tech University.

He married Mary Dell McCloud on Aug. 15, 1951, and served in the U.S. Navy in a patrol squadron during the Korean War. Following that, he was a banker and associated with several banks, including the First National Bank of Tulia for 17 years and as president of Farmers State Bank in Hart until his retirement.

Sharp also was a longtime farmer in both Swisher and Castro counties.

He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marsha Sharp of Lubbock and Pam Martin of Slaton; one son, C. David Sharp of Lubbock; his mother, Mildred Sharp of Lubbock; a sister, Rosemary Pierce of Lubbock; a brother Ricky Sharp of Lubbock; and four grandsons.

The family will receive visitors at Resthaven Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. today and requests memorials to the Marsha Sharp Academic Services Center at Box 43029, Athletic Department, Texas Tech University.

The body will be at the First Baptist Church parlor in Tulia from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday.

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