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Billie Bennett

SNYDER - Funeral services for Billie Jean Ulmer Bennett, 59, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Marty Akins, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Gardens by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bennett died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Cogdell Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 11, 1940, in Stamford. She moved to Snyder in 1963 and to Kermit in 1975. In 1977, she returned to Snyder. She was employed by ASAP Answering Service for 20 years.

On Dec. 3, 1955, she married Roy Bennett in Rotan.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Tonya Herrera of Snyder; two sons, Roy Bennett Jr. of Jayton and Donald Bennett of Salado; three sisters, Stella Huffstutler of Beesburg, Carol Newton of Mount Pleasant and Bertha Shepherd of Fort Pierce, Fla.; four brothers, Yuel Ulmer of Hobbs, N.M., Macon Ulmer of Lockney, Alvin Ulmer of Sagerton and Ray Ulmer of Hamlin; and six grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Texas Church Builders Fund at Snyder First Baptist Church or to Gideons International, Box 534, Snyder, TX 79550.

The family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Peggy Hefflefinger

Memorial services for Margaret Alice “Peggy” Burkholder Hefflefinger, 74, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Mark´s Episcopal Church with the Rev. James Mock Sr., former rector, officiating.

Burial of her cremains will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hefflefinger died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Aug. 12, 1925, in Washington, D.C.

She grew up in Washington and had worked as a secretary at the Pentagon during World War II. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark´s Episcopal Church.

On July 14, 1946, she married William Crofford Hefflefinger in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Mark William Hefflefinger of Dallas; three daughters, Margaret Lynn Ford of Lubbock, Lisa Ann Hefflefinger of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lori Jean Weaver of Allen; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Family Hospice, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072.

Leonard Don Lockett

ABILENE - Funeral services for Leonard Don Lockett, 58, former Plainview resident, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. A.M. Mackey and the Rev. Paul Giddings, a cousin and pastor of the Helping Hand Baptist Church in Houston, officiating.

Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home.

Mr. Lockett died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.

He was born in Abilene and moved to Plainview in 1951 with his family. He returned to Abilene with his family in 1958 and graduated from Woodson High School. He earned an Associate Degree from Houston Community College and also studied at Lamar Tech and Texas A&M. He worked for West Texas Utilities until moving to Houston in 1970 where he was employed by Houston Lighting and Power. He returned to Abilene in 1981.

He was a member of Friendly Missionary Baptist Church.

In 1961, he married Ruthie Irene Thomas.

Survivors include a son, Leonard Don Lockett Jr., of Houston; a daughter, Donna Yvette Lockett of Houston; three brothers, Hardie Lockett of Dallas, Col. (Ret.) Carl Lockett and Allan Neil Lockett, both of Abilene; six sisters, Mrs. Herman (Tommie) Williams of Palestine, Mrs. Curtis (Bobbie) Nash of Plainview, Mrs. Morse (Dorothy) Arberry, Mrs. Claudie (Lula) Royals, Mrs. Luther (Marjorie) Hutchinson, all of Abilene and Mrs. Edward (Brienda) Middleton of DeSoto; and five grandchildren.

Mattie Perez

POST - Funeral services for Mattie Perez, 44, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. John Flores and the Rev. Jesse Cisneros officiating.

Burial will be in Terrace Cemetery by Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Perez died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her residence.

She was born March 16, 1956, in El Paso. She moved to Post in 1962 and was a homemaker and a member of the Nueva Vida Church in Lubbock.

On June 18, 1983, she married David Perez in Post.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Angela Lopez of Lubbock, Rebecca Frausto of Plainview and Jennifer Perez of Post; a son, Ray Perez of Lubbock; and three grandchildren.

Roy Bellah

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Roy A. Bellah, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Michael Passmore officiating.

Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mr. Bellah died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels.

He was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Ballinger. He attended school in Corpus Christi and Draughan´s Business College in Lubbock. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was a staff sergeant during World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with a Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, Navy Unit Citation and received several other Bronze Stars for service in the South Pacific, China-Burma Theater and with the Philippines Liberation Forces.

He was employed by the Veterans Administration for 38 years and worked part time for Zales and North Star Jewelers.

On Jan. 15, 1944, he married Faye Howard in Santa Ana, Calif. She died Nov. 24, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Dan Bellah of New Braunfels; a daughter, Cynthia Renee Venable of Tulia; a brother, Charlie L. Bellah of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Virgie Hughey of Seguin and Marie Cook of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 3411 73rd St., Lubbock, TX 79423.

Harold Craig

CLOVIS, N.M. - Funeral services for Harold L. Craig, 61, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at West 21st Street Church of Christ with Cecil Bunch officiating.

Burial will be at Mission Garden of Memories Cemetery by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Mr. Craig died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Plains Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 5, 1939, in Belen, N.M., and moved with his family to Clovis in 1946. He received a bachelor´s degree in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University.

He served with the U.S. Air Force and after his discharge, he worked for Swift´s Meat Packing Co.

He was a member of the 21st Street Church of Christ and helped with the benevolence group.

On June 6, 1969, he married Sharon D. Stark.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Wayne Craig of Amarillo and Ray Craig of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Jayne Craig of Pampa and Nancy Craig of Abernathy; his mother, Helen Craig of Clovis; three brothers, Richard Craig of Carlsbad, N.M., Nolan Craig of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ted Craig of Chicago, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

David L. Lassetter

SAN ANGELO - Memorial services for David Leslie Lassetter, 51, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Sierra Vista United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Dahlberg, pastor, officiating.

Cremation arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.

Mr. Lassetter died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at his residence after a lengthy illness with cancer.

He was born Feb. 17, 1949, in Stamford, the son of the late W.B. “Dick” and Ivy Osman Lassetter. He graduated from Stamford High School and Angelo State University.

He was owner of Big 3 Tire in Roswell, N.M., from 1975 to 1984 when he began working for the yellow pages publishing business with Area-Wide Telephone Directors, a division of the Hearst Corp.

He was a member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, Stamford Masonic Lodge #853, Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection, in Santa Fe, N.M., Scottish Rite, Ballut Abyad Temple in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Concho Valley Shrine Club of San Angelo. He was recipient of the “Courage Award” at the 1999 Relay for Life. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

On June 27, 1970, he married Ellen Turnbow.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Adam David Lassetter of San Angelo and Andrew Chapman Lassetter of Lubbock; and a sister and her husband, Valorie and Danny Ivy of Hale Center.

The family suggests memorials in Mr. Lassetter´s name the American Cancer Society.

Versie Perry

Funeral services for Versie Perry, 78, former Plainview resident, are pending with Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mrs. Perry died at 11 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Flora Bell Grittman

Funeral services for Flora Bell Grittman, 99, of Plainview, are pending with Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grittman died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000.

Peggy Peacock Cumby

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Peggy Peacock Cumby, 62, will be at 4 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with Rev. Tre Cates of Boulder, Colo., officiating, assisted by the Rev. Phillip Golden, pastor. 

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Lockney.

Mrs. Cumby died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at her residence in Lockney.

She was born on Jan.. 30, 1938 in Olney to the late Foy and Othell Merrell Peacock. She attended schools in Quitaque and graduated from high school in Plainview in 1955. She graduated from Lippert´s Business School in 1957. She married Jim Cumby on Aug. 3, 1962 in Mesquite. She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper until she retired in 1969. She was a member of East Field Baptist Church in Mesquite. She moved to Lockney from Dallas in August, 1997.

She is survived by her husband; a son Jimmy Cumby of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Christy Frizzell of Lockney; two brothers, J. C. Purcell of Beaver, Okla. and Doyle Purcell of Borger; a sister, Linda Martin of Kress, and three grandchildren, Weston Cumby, Kaden Cumby and Kylie Frizzell.

The family suggests memorials to the Pat Frizzell Memorial Scholarship Fund PO Box 707, Lockney, TX 79241 or Pat Frizzell Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o City Bank Lockney 201 N. Main, Lockney, TX 79241.

Ann Marshall

DALLAS - A memorial service for Judith Annette “Ann” Marshall, 44, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Highland Oaks Church of Christ.

Arrangements are by Family Funeral Care of Mesquite.

Mrs. Marshall died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000.

She was born July 12, 1956, in Great Falls, Mont., the daughter of Jack and Jeannine Green. During her high school years at L. D. Bell High School in Hurst, she swam competitively, taught swimming, and was a lifeguard. She graduated from high school in 1974 and attended Texas Tech.

She married Tony Marshall in 1976 and received her BS degree in English from Texas Tech in 1981.

After moving to Spring in 1984, Mrs. Marshall taught English, French, and English as a Second Language in junior high and did post-graduate work at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

During her teaching career, she was named twice as Teacher of the Year. She sponsored tours and traveled with her students to Europe, including both of her children upon high school graduation.

While living in the Houston area she attended the Bammel Road Church of Christ and since moving to Dallas has been an active member of Highland Oaks Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband; two children, Shad and Adrienne; her parents, Jack and Jeannine Green of Hurst; a sister, Louise Daniels; and her parents-in-law, Elmo and Jennie Snelling of Plainview.

The family suggests memorials to Highland Oaks Caring and Sharing, Ellen Brools West Memorial Library in Forney, or Baylor Institute of Immunology Research in care of Dr. Joseph Faye in Dallas.

Billy Don Perkins

Funeral services for Billy Don “B.D.” Perkins, 64, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with Colquitt Nash, minister of Ninth and Columbia Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Perkins died at 5:13 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, in St. David´s Hospital in Austin.

He was born Sept. 28, 2000, in Plainview. He graduated from Plainview High School and attended Abilene Christian University. He worked for KVOP as a news man and sportscaster and worked with Tut Tawwater on Bulldog football games for many years. He retired due to ill health in 1979 and moved to Austin in 1990. He was a past president of the Bulldog Booster Club and Kiwanis Club. He had been a member of Ninth and Columbia Church of Christ.

Surviving are a daughter, Shelley Seeley of Dripping Springs; a son, Bill Perkins of Franklin, La.; a brother, Darrell Perkins of Lubbock; two sisters, Peggy Breland of Paris, Texas, and Betty Raymer of Plainview; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels.

Mckinley Simpson

COLORADO CITY - Funeral services for Mckinley Simpson, 65, will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ted Spear officiating.

Burial will be by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Simpson died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000 in an Abilene hospital.

He was born March 27, 1935 in Plainview, the son of Howard and Hazel Simpson. He was a Baptist and member of the Sundown Lions Club. He married Connie Taylor on Jan. 27, 1971 in Denver City. He had live din Colorado City for 18 years.

Surviving are his wife; four children, David of Houston, Dennis of Plainview, and Suzanne and Cally, both of Florida; three stepchildren, Steve of Lubbock and Sammy and Judy, both of Austin; two brothers, Howard Simpson Jr. of Arlington and Francis Wisenhunt; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

O.G. Evers

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for O.G. “Ogie” Evers, 88, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Resthaven Abbey Chapel.

Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mr. Evers died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1911, in Brandon. He moved to Floyd County in 1915 and graduated from Floydada High School. He graduated from Wayland Baptist College in Plainview and received a master´s degree from West Texas State Teachers College.

He taught school for several years at Lakeview and Kress. He started working for the Texas Employment Commission in 1941, retiring as an administrator in 1976.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth´s Catholic Church.

On Aug. 16, 1941, he married Winnie McPhillips in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; and a sister, Myra Nell Culp of Halfway.

A son, Earnie Joe, died in 1950.

Manuel V. Ramos

Funeral Mass for Manuel V. Ramos, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerard Kenney, pastor, and Leo Ramos, deacon, officiating.

Rosary will be recited today at 7 p.m. in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Ramos died at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, in Amarillo.

He was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Fort Stockton. He moved to Plainview in 1951 from Ballinger and worked at Excel Meat Co., retiring in 1981.

On July 14, 1943, he married Juanita Torres in Ballinger.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Maria Ramos of Amarillo, Felipa Zepeda of Madison, Wis., Sulema Munoz of Austin and San Juana Estrada of Plainview; three sons, Jose Manuel Ramos of Childress, Lucio Ramos of Brownfield and Jessie Torres of Plainview; one brother, Alfredo Ramos of Plainview; two sisters, Dora Gonzales of Houston and Delfina Lopez of Chicago Heights, Ill.; 26 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Two sons and one daughter are deceased.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Esmeralda Rodriguez

IDALOU - Funeral Mass for Esmeralda Leija Rodriguez, 57, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church with the Rev. Roland Buxkemper officiating.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery by White Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in St. Philip Benizi Church.

Mrs. Rodriguez died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, in University Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Weslaco. She attended Petersburg schools and continued to live in Petersburg until 1958. After her marriage to Domingo Rodriguez, they lived in Plainview for 20 years. In 1976 she moved to Petersburg and worked for Caprock Home Care. She moved to Idalou in 1995.

She was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church.

Survivors include her mother, Hiliria Ramirez of Idalou; nine sons, Sammy, Santos, Scott, Saul, Steven and Simon Rodriguez, all of Amarillo, Donnie and Eddie Silva, both of Idalou, and Eric Silva of Petersburg; five daughters, Sandra Rubio and Sally Flores, both of Amarillo, Sara Rodriguez of Petersburg, Lee Ann Garcia of California and Kelly Ann Leija of Idalou; nine brothers, John and Noel Leija, both of Wisconsin, Rubin Leija and Willie Marquez, both of Waco, Jesse, David, Jimmy, Benny and Cleto Marquez, all of Petersburg; 39 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 405 Main Street, Idalou, TX 79329.

Mary Nina Traylor

LOCKNEY - Graveside services for Mary Nina Traylor, 91, of Rattan, Okla., will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Lockney Cemetery with Russell Baze, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Traylor died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, in Antlers, Okla.

She was born July 17, 1909, in Columbia, Tenn., the daughter of the late James P. and Mary C. Anderson Scott. 

She was a homemaker and a farmer and a member of First United Methodist Church. She moved from Lockney to Rattan in 1992.

Her husband, Franklin Traylor, five brothers, Robert, Neal, Murray, Lee and Emmett Scott, and a sister, Emma Scott, are deceased.

Survivors include a nephew, Jim Scott of Tulia; two nieces, Peggy Baze of Rattan and Debbie Todd of Leonard.


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