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Raymond Aston

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Raymond “Ray” Aston, 83, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Hawkins of Lubbock officiating.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney. Arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mr. Aston died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Oct. 20, 1916, in Collin County. He attended schools in White Rock and moved to Lockney from Collin County in 1942.

He was a retired farmer. He had served as president of Lockney Co-op board of directors for nine years and was director of the Weed Control Board and director of Growers Seed Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

On July 27, 1938, he married Lou Airhart in Blue Ridge.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Brenda Raymond of Harlingen and Ronald and Treena Lee of Lockney; and five grandchildren.

Four brothers and six sisters are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Floyd County Friends Unity Center; Lockney Volunteer Firemen, 215 E. Locust, Lockney, TX 79241; or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 446, Lockney, TX 79241.

Vera Davis

DENTON - Graveside services for Annie Vera Davis, 94, former Plainview resident, were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sanger Cemetery in Sanger.

Burial arrangements were by Deberry Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Davis died Friday, April 14, 2000, in Denton Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 16, 1905, in Spruce Pine, Ala., the daughter of the late James Anderson and Annie Laura McRight Brewer. She was a homemaker and had lived in Plainview several years before moving to Denton in 1988. She had been a member of the Ninth and Columbia Church of Christ in Plainview and was a member of Pearl Street Church of Christ in Denton.

Her husband, A.D. “Shorty” Davis, died several years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Nelda Stinson of Denton; a daughter-in-law, Norma Long of Lubbock; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Bill Edd Long, died in 1993.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 12850 Spurling Drive, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75230-1258.

Hazel Burk Johnson

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Hazel Burk Johnson, 90, former Plainview resident, were at 1 p.m. today in Monterey Church of Christ with Jess Peterson officiating.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Plainview. Arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson died Sunday, April 16, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 6, 1909, in Winters. She graduated from O´Donnell High School in 1929. She had lived in Plainview and was a homemaker. She was a member of Monterey Church of Christ and was an active member of Grand Court Retirement Community.

On July 28, 1935, she married Samuel Fletcher Johnson in O´Donnell. The former business manager for Plainview schools, he died in 1986.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Fletcher II and Carol Johnson of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Pam Johnson of Lubbock; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A son, Bill Johnson, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Lubbock Children´s Home.

Charlene Mendoza

CROSBYTON - Graveside services for Charlene Mendoza, 69, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Crosbyton Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Rogers, pastor of Elgin Avenue Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mendoza died Monday, April 27, 2000, in IHS Hospital.

She was born April 5, 1931, in Crosbyton. She graduated from Hereford High School and moved to Lubbock in 1980 from Hereford. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Mendoza; three sons, Gary Cole of Breckenridge, Danny Cole of Bellville and Tracy Cole of Eunice, N.M.; a daughter, Linda Griffith of Lockney; a brother, Benny Dement of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Murry Morrison

QUITAQUE - Funeral services for Murry Morrison, 79, are pending with Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mr. Morrison died early today, April 18, 2000, at his residence.

Tull Thompson Jr.

Funeral services for Tull Thompson Jr., 78, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson died at 9:35 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Nita Luna DeGrassi

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Nita Luna DeGrassi, 94, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Ben Mereness, minister of Southwest Church of Christ, officiating.

Entombment will be in Llano Cemetery Garden Mausoleum by N.S. Griggs & Sons Funeral Directors.

Mrs. DeGrassi died Saturday, May 13, 2000.

She was born in Hale Center where she grew up. She lived in Pampa during the 1950s and 1960s, serving as an adviser for Sigma Delta Sub Deb´s Club. She had faming interests in Plainview and was a Master of Duplicate Bridge.

In 1927, she married Hamilton Luna. He died in 1968. She married Hollis DeGrassi in 1970 and moved to Amarillo. He died in 1977.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a brother, L.G. Hooper of Plainview; and a sister, Essie Lowe of Plainview.

The family suggests memorials to the Amarillo First Baptist Church or to Baptist St. Anthony´s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center.

June Fannon Kilgore

GREENVILLE - Funeral services for June Fannon Kilgore, 62, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Peters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Mercer officiating.

Burial will be in Memoryland Memorial Park by Peters Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kilgore died Saturday, May 13, 2000, in Greenville.

She was born July 10, 1938, in O´Donnell. She had worked as a circulation contractor for a newspaper. She was a member of the Big “D” Button Club and the National Poetry Society.

On July 23, 1938, she married Lannie R. Kilgore in Las Vegas, Nev.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Perry Coombs of Denton and Ricky Coombs of Garland; two daughters, Penny Goin of Greenville and Pam Burge of Emory; three brothers, Clint Fannon of Shallowater, Weldon Fannon of Floydada and Kenneth Fannon of San Angelo; two sisters, Nadine Lockwood of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Paulette Crawford of Muleshoe; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Thomas Littlejohn Jr.

TULIA - Funeral services for Thomas M. Littlejohn Jr., 83, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Littlejohn died at 6:53 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 18, 1916, in Tulia where he grew up and graduated high school. He received a bachelor´s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1939. He served with the U.S. Army as a forward observer in the European Theater during World War II from 1941-1945. In 1946, he returned to Tulia and was co-owner and operator of Littlejohn Brothers Grocery Store. He later co-owned and operated Nolen-Bagley-Littlejohn Insurance Agency until retiring.

He was a Mason, a longtime member of First Baptist Church and was director and a member of the Aggieland Dance Band that introduced the song, “I´d Rather Be A Texas Aggie.”

On April 20, 1946, he married Sally Louise Bell in Bay City. She died April 30, 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. David (Ann) Egerton of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Courtney Wagner of Amarillo; and two great-grandsons, Michael Wagner and Andrew Wagner, both of Amarillo.

A son, Thomas M. Littlejohn III, and a brother, Jack Littlejohn, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, 101 N. Crosby, Tulia, TX 79088.

Joyce Nelson

WOLFFORTH - Funeral services for Joyce “Granny” Nelson, 76, former Floydada resident, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in W.W. Rix Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Nelson died Friday, May 12, 2000, in Covenant-Lakeside Hospital.

She was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Paris, Texas. She lived in Floydada prior to moving to Lubbock in 1956. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

On March 7, 1942, she married R.D. Nelson in Hugo, Okla. He died Nov. 30, 1994.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Nelson of Lubbock, John Nelson of Wolfforth, Tommy Nelson of St. Peters, Mo., and Roger Nelson of Denver, Colo.; five daughters, Gail Harrison, Janice Young and Karen Clark, all off Wolfforth, and Barbara Watson and Angela Sebesta, both of Lubbock; three brothers, Chester Reeves of Portales, N.M., Larry Reeves of Roswell, N.M., and Jack Reeves of Princeton, N.C.; a sister, Peggy Rothwell of Hope, Ark.; 25 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. today. Memorials are suggested to the Joe Arrington Cancer Center, 4102 24th St., Lubbock, TX 79410.

Ivan Lee “Sonny” Bookout

Graveside services for Ivan Lee “Sonny” Bookout, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Plainview Memorial Park with his nephew, Bishop Whiz Davis, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lubbock, officiating.

Arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home of Plainview.

Mr. Bookout died at 8:27 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000, in Prairie House Living Center.

He was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Kress.

Mr. Bookout grew up in Kress and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Following his discharge, he lived in San Angelo. He also lived in Plains, and while there began working for Haliburton where he retired as a supervisor. He later worked as a electrical maintenance tech for the LISD.

Survivors include four sisters, Lola Jones, Mary Gilmore and Janie Davis, all of Lubbock, and Gracie Baty of Amarillo; a companion, Kathy Fincher of Plainview; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Plainview Senior Citizens Association.

Candelario C. Bursiaga

FLOYDADA - Funeral Mass for Candelario C. “Lalo” Bursiaga, 81, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church with the Rev. John Ohlig officiating.

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

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Bursiaga died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Saragoza, Mexico. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and moved to Floydada from Raymondville in 1965. He retired from farming and construction work in 1973.

On Nov. 12, 1972, he married Josephine Cisneros in Floydada.

Survivors include his wife; three stepsons, Fernando Arvizu and Billy Joe Villarreal, both of Floydada, and Eloy Villarreal of Amarillo; four stepdaughters, Rosa Duran and Selma Mendoza, both of Floydada, and Olga Pena of Lubbock and Lucy Villarreal of Amarillo; four brothers, Pedro Bursiaga and Lupe Bursiaga, both of Cleburne, and Celestino Bursiaga of Lubbock and Luis Bursiaga of Raymondville; three sisters, Delores Montejano and Luisa Rieber, both of Lindsey, Calif., and Eloisa Gonzales of Amarillo; 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Elzra Carr

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Elzra Carr, 80, are pending with White Funeral Home in Lubbock.

Mr. Carr died Saturday, May 27, 2000.

Romana Grimaldo

Funeral Mass for Romana Grimaldo, 71, were at 10 a.m. today in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Ben Kasteel, rector of Christ the King Cathedral of Lubbock, and the Rev. Gerard Kenney, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, officiating.

Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bartley-Silva Memorial Chapel.

Burial was in Plainview Cemetery by Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grimaldo died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Covenant Hospital Lubbock.

She was born Feb. 28, 1929, in La Visnaga, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

She married Ventura Grimaldo on Oct. 28, 1946, in Mexico.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, a homemaker all of her life and loved to work in her garden and with her flowers.

Survivors include her husband; six daughters, Maria Aldape, Catalina Salazar, Yolanda Garcia, Toni Martinez, Olga Hernandez and Consuelo “Connie” Vargas, all of Plainview; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

Maurine Parks

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Maurine Parks, 80, of South Plains, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Parks died Sunday afternoon, May 28, 2000, in a nursing home.

Christoval Najera

ETTER - Funeral Mass for Christoval Najera, 17, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Darryl Birkenfeld, pastor of Saint Joseph´s Catholic Church in Stratford, officiating.

Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery by Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mr. Najera died Friday, May 26, 2000.

He was born in Dumas where he grew up and attended schools. He graduated from Dumas High School this month.

Survivors include his parents, Maria Christina and Juan Francisco Najera of Etter; three sisters, Maria Eva Najera and Maria Felicitas Barron, both of Cactus, and Connie Silva of Spearman; two brothers, Macario Najera of Plainview and Juan Francisco Najera Jr., of Cactus; grandparents Jerry and Maria Eva Estrada of North Platte, Neb., and Nacario Najera of Roswell, N.M.; and a great-grandmother, Juanita Zuniga of Dumas.

Leonard Ross Barnett

TULIA - Funeral services for Leonard Ross Barnett, 58, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Hill, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Barnett died at 12:05 a.m. Gatesville Nursing Home in Hereford.

He was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Honey Grove. He was a professional cowboy and a longtime resident of Swisher County.

Survivors include two daughters, Dee Anna Carrasco of Bovina and Leah Diann Smith of Tulia; a step-daughter, Deana Weevers of Hereford; two brothers, Dub Barnett of Tulia and Jerry Barnett of Burkville; one sister, Saundra Segrest of Jasper; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

James Floyd Broseh

ELECTRA - Funeral services for James Floyd Broseh, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in South Side Church of Christ.

Burial will be in Electra Cemetery by Dutton Funeral Home.

Mr. Broseh died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the Electra Care Center.

He was born Aug. 20, 1906, in Erath County. He moved to Electra at a young age and was a farmer.

He was a member of South Side Church of Christ.

On Jan. 31, 1928, he married Jewell Henderson. She died Nov. 22, 1981. He married Maggie Ford on Oct. 4, 1982. She died March 24, 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Morgan of College station; a daughter-in-law, Juanita Broseh of Lockney; a step-son, Ben Ford of Florida; five grandchildren, including Darlene Broseh of Lockney; and three great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Kenneth Broseh and Ray Broseh, are deceased.

Kenneth Roberson

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Kenneth A. Roberson, 88, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Main Street Church of Christ with Owen Carr, minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home of Abernathy.

Mr. Roberson died Thursday, May 4, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Oct. 23, 1911, in Petersburg where he been a lifelong resident. He was a farmer and owned one of the first irrigation wells on the South Plains in 1940.

He had served on the board of directors at First State Bank in Petersburg, on the Petersburg School Board, Hale County Soil and Water Conservation Board and was a member Main Street Church of Christ, Petersburg Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

On July 28, 1934, he married Latane Hale in Roswell, N.M.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kenneth A. Roberson Jr., of Austin; a daughter, Dolores R. Bennett of Summerville, S.C., and Lubbock; a sister, JoAnn Douglas of Lubbock; and six grandchildren.

The body will be at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.

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

Frank Smothermon

CHILDRESS - Funeral services for Emmett Franklin “Frank” Smothermon, 81, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of Christ with Bill Mayes, minister, and Dr. Mike Henderson officiating.

Burial will be in the Childress Cemetery by Johnson Funeral Home.

Mr. Smothermon died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

He was born in Childress County. He was a farmer and retired from Gate City Electric. He was a member of Childress Church of Christ.

In 1937, he married Helen Griffin in Childress. She died in 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Holton of Plainview; a sister, Edna Dorenoa Dorsey of Custer, S.D.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arlin Strickland

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Arlin Strickland, 69, will be at 2 p.m. today in Bellaire Baptist Church with the Rev. Art Hollingsworth and the Rev. Bill Pierce officiating.

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

Mr. Strickland died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in Lakeside Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Rochester. He was a self-employed building contractor and a master plumber. He built prosthetic and orthopedic appliances, retiring in 1994.

After retiring, he and his wife owned and operated Nama´s Day Care Center.

He was a member of the American Indian Christian Fellowship Church.

On Dec. 7, 1963, he married Diana Fay Fuller in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Ronnie Hughes of Lubbock, Robbie Harwell of Artesia, N.M., Tanya Crump of Lubbock and Terry Qualls of Odessa; three sisters, Ruby Caldwell of Lubbock, Vera Wilson of Petersburg, Wilma Jean Sanders of Coleman; a brother, Wilbur “Bud” Strickland of Bonham; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Lubbock.


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