Miscellaneous Hale County, Texas Obituaries


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Christine Dees

Funeral services for Christine Dees, 87, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dees died at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Feb. 11, 1913, in Tishomingo, Okla. She grew up and attended schools in Oklahoma. She married Marlow Dees on Oct. 26, 1935, in Plainview. He died April 3, 1999. 

She moved to Plainview in 1949 and worked as a carrier for The Plainview Daily Herald for 17 years. She was a member of College Heights Baptist Church. 

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Julia of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Juanita Dees of Plainview; one son, Richard B. Dees of Apple Valley, Calif., seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Linda Heflin

FLOYDADA - Graveside services for Linda Heflin, 61, will be at 2 p.m. today in Floyd County Memorial Park with Lanny Voss of Plainview officiating.

Arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Heflin died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Aug. 1, 1939 in Floydada to Dorris and Lois Freeman Jones. and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Floydada High School and Lippert´s Business College in Plainview.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and West Side Church of Christ.

She married Rob Heflin Sept. 28, 1957 at Plainview.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Rick Heflin of Floydada; two daughters, Shawnda Greer of Floydada and LaDonna Ellison of Lubbock; her mother, Lois Jones of Floydada, and six grandchildren, Ty Heflin, Reagan Heflin, Tate Greer, Blake Greer, Whitney Ellison and Lacey Ellison.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, National West Texas Division, 1031 Andrews Hwy., Suite # 201, Midland, TX 79701.

Dean Todd

TULIA - Funeral services for Dean Todd, 66, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church with Kevin Deckard and Rob Lindley officiating.

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

Mr. Todd died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1934 in Swisher County. He was president of his 1952 graduating class at Happy High School. He farmed for 45 years in Swisher County until his retirement in 1994. He owned and operated The Water Works Store in Tulia from 1995-1997. He was charter member and secretary of the Happy Jaycees. He also was a member of the Happy Days Association, Happy Rodeo Association and was a Happy Stock Show sponsor. He was instrumental in getting a second bank in Tulia by going to Austin to give testimony for First State Bank.

He married Neta Newson on May 3, 1952 in Tucumcari, N.M.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mike Todd of Canyon and Terry Todd of Austin; one daughter, DeAnn Jones of Tulia; one brother, Cline R. Todd of Mountain Home, Ark., two sisters, Marie Cartwright of Austin and Doris Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Tulia Volunteer Fire Department, 201 N. Maxwell, Tulia, TX 79088 or the Westover Fellowship Building Fund, P.O. Box 8816, Amarillo, TX, 79114-8816.

Agnes Wesley

Funeral services for Agnes Wesley, 85, formerly of Plainview, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with a grandson, Dr. Bruce Wesley, pastor of Clear Creek Community Church in League City, and James Jones, lay minister of First Assembly of God in Plainview, officiating.

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

Mrs. Wesley died at 11:32 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, in Lubbock.

She was born Nov. 27, 1915, in Cedar Hill where she grew up and attended school. She married Gus Harold Wesley on Aug. 4, 1936, in Amarillo. They lived in Cedar Hill, Amarillo, Canyon and Panhandle. In 1953, they moved to Plainview where they owned and operated Wesley Electric and The General Mercantile Store.

They moved to Lubbock in 1993. She attended First Assembly of God in Plainview and had been a Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Waldo Wesley of Plainview and Walt Wesley and Dean Wesley, both of Lubbock; two brothers, Junior Taylor of Lockney and Dale Taylor of Hollis, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jose Alvarez

DIMMITT - Funeral Mass for Jose Alvarez, 76, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Fern Couture, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park by Gililland-Watson Funeral Home of Hereford.

Mr. Alvarez died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

He was born in Cealo Januto, Mexico, and moved to Texas in 1942. In 1949, he moved to Deaf Smith County from Edinburg. He was a retired farmer and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

In 1947, he married Celia Reyes in Edinburg.

Survivors include his wife; five sons, Joe Alvarez Jr., Lee Alvarez and Rene Villegas, all of Dimmitt, Frank Alvarez of Plainview and Martin Alvarez of Dallas; four daughters, SanJuana Moreno, Isabel Alvarez and Maria Castillo, all of Dimmitt, and Ann Torrez of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Benita Navarro Alvarez and Juana Alvarez, both of Cealo Januto; 22 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Ruben Alvarez and Armondo Alvarez and a daughter, Maria Elvida Oviedo, are deceased.

Harvey J. Burke

Funeral services for Harvey J. Burke, 80, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Burke died at 2 a.m. today, Friday, March 10, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

Justin Lee Griffin

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Justin Lee Griffin, 24, former Plainview resident, will be at 3 p.m. today in Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street, with Jason Welch of First Assembly of God Church officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

He was born in Canyon and moved to Plainview where he graduated from Plainview High School. He had worked in construction for Playcation Pools.

Survivors include a brother, Gary Griffin of Dumas; a sister, Terry Hopson of Dumas; and his grandparents, Naoma and Doc Sartain of Amarillo and Steve Griffin of Dumas.

A son, Justin Thomas Griffin, died in 1995 and his parents, Cynthia Griffin and Cloyd Griffin, both died in 1997.

Domingo Rosas

ABERNATHY - Funeral Services for Domingo D.O. Rosas, 90, were at 10 a.m. today in Primera Iglesia Bautista with the Rev. Ruben Rodriguez of Plainview, officiating.

Burial was in Abernathy Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Rosas died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, in Windcrest Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock.

He was born April 18, 1909, in Brady. He moved to the Cotton Center area from Big Spring in the late 1940s and moved to Abernathy in the 1960s. He was a farmer and a member of the Baptist Mission.

In 1942, he married Margarita Martinez in Eden. She died Nov. 13, 1985.

Survivors include four sons, Ben Rosas of Abernathy, Ruben Rosas of Petersburg, Roy Rosas of Slaton and Salvador Rosas of Dallas; four daughters, Maria Montez of Wolfforth, Alice Martinez and Juanita Rosas, both of Amarillo, and Margie Soto of Idalou; 31 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Petersburg Hispanic Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 156, Petersburg, TX 79250 or to Primera Iglesia Bautista, 1106 Jerome, Abernathy, TX 79311.

Margarita Rodriquez

GUYMON, Okla. - Funeral Mass for Margarita M. Rodriquez, 78, former Olton resident, were at 10 a.m. today in St. Peter´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Adams officiating.

Burial was in Elmhurst Cemetery by Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home.

Rosary was recited Thursday at 7 p.m. in the same church.

Mrs. Rodriquez died Tuesday evening, March 7, 2000, in Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

She was born Margarita Martinez on Dec. 28, 1921, in Bracketville. She moved to Guymon in 1970 from Olton. She was a member of St. Peter´s Catholic Church, and was involved in the Crusillo Club and Guadalupanas and served as an Eucharistic minister and lector.

On July 25, 1959, she married Jose Rodriquez in Acuna, Mexico.

Survivors include her husband; five children and their spouses, Raul and Ranate Montez of Killeen, Texas, Christina and Raymond Vela of Perryton, Texas, Cora Mae and Forrest Lynn Westbrook of Edmond, Okla., Irene and Ty Schaffer of Turpin, Okla., and Frankie Jo and Laura Rodriquez of Okmulgee, Okla.; five brothers, two sisters; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren;

Her parents, Simplicio and Maria “Charles” Martinez, two brothers and one sister are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association c/o Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Okla. 73942.

Agnes Mae Jones

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Agnes Mae Jones, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Samples and Raynard Macha officiating.

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

Mrs. Jones died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Chillicothe, the daughter of the late Charles Samuel and Bessie Blackburn Gipson. She moved to Lockney from Stanford in 1968.

She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

On Dec. 19, 1938, she married Willie Jones in Paris, Texas. He died Jan. 22, 1995.

Survivors include five sons, Ray Jones of Paris, Tim Jones of Plainview, Joe Jones of Amarillo and bobby Jones and Archie Jones, both of Lockney; five daughters, Maurine Whitfield of Haskell, Okla., Patricia Croysdale of Amarillo, Bessie Walker and Glenna Martinez, both of Bryan, and Linda Graves of Lockney; three brothers, Herbert Gipson of Alamogordo, N.M., Bobby Gipson of Plainview and Clyde Gipson of Tipton, Okla.; a sister, Bebecca Phillips of Frederick, Okla.; 31 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A son, Johnny Jones, a brother, Jesse Gipson, and two sisters, Joyce Gipson and Nita Dorsey, are deceased.

The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bobby Jones residence, 514 N. Main, in Lockney. p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Grace Fellowship Church, 211 N. Main St., Lockney, TX 79241.

Beula LeMaster McEver

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Beula “B.K.” LeMaster McEver, 89, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. John McClean officiating.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ochiltree Cemetery in Perryton by Schooler Funeral Home.

Mrs. McEver died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in Amarillo.

She was born Beula Crum in Haskew, Okla. She grew up in the Perryton area and graduated from Perryton High School and Wichita Business College. She worked as a legal secretary for several years. She was the first woman county and district clerk of Ochiltree County. She was a real estate broker and lived in Plainview for seven years selling real estate. She also lived in Guymon, Okla., and Kearney, Neb.

She was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She married E.W. “Dub” LeMaster in 1934. He died in 1942. In 1947, she married Dick McEver. They were divorced.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Barbara Kaye) Oberle of Amarillo; two sons, Dr. Ed LeMaster of McAllen and Tom LeMaster of Rio Rancho, N.M.; two sisters, Edith Batman of Lone Jack, Mo., and Bess Brillhart of Perryton; four brothers, Joe, Jack, and Grover Crum, all of Perryton and Ben Crum of Pueblo, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Jake LeMaster of Perryton; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Baptist St. Anthony Hospice, Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176 or St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Ray Stofel

TULIA - Funeral services for Ray Stofel, 60, were at 10 a.m. today in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel with Doyle Chaney officiating.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah.

Mr. Stofel died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in Seminole.

He was born June 12, 1939 in Leon, Okla.

He was a former resident of Kress and had lived in Hart Camp since 1978.

Survivors in include two sisters, Bobbye Chaney of Paducah and Juanita Lee of Tulia; a brother, Earl Stofel of Hart Camp; six nieces and six nephews.

His mother, father, two brothers and two nephews are deceased.

Joy Prather Westmoreland

HALE CENTER - Memorial services for Edra Joy Prather Westmoreland, 63, will be at 1 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with Silas Short, minister of Throckmorton Church of Christ, officiating.

Services are arranged by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Her body was donated to the Texas Tech School of Medicine.

Mrs. Westmoreland died March 17 in Lubbock.

She was born Aug. 11, 1936 in Abernathy, the daughter of the late Scott and Aliene Prather, in Abernathy. She grew up in the Mayfield and Cotton Center areas.

Survivors include a son, Steven Lee of Garland; a daughter, Lynn Lee of Garland; three sisters, Nita Terry of Newborn, Ga., Theda Berg of Hale Center and Deanna Rhodes of Pantego, N.C.; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Clara Pearl Brock

Funeral services for Clara Pearl Brock, 94, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with Karl King, minister of Garland Street Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial will be in Lockney Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brock died Thursday, May 18, 2000, in Coon Memorial Home in Dalhart.

She was born Clara Pearl Pope on May 5, 1906, in Indian Territory in Clinton, Okla. She moved to Floyd County at an early age and attended Sand Hills Schools. She moved to the Plainview area in 1954 and worked as a cook -- 13 years for Nichols Hospital and 10 years for Methodist Hospital.

She was a member of Garland Street Church of Christ.

On Dec. 20, 1925, she married Thomas E. Brock in Floyd County. He died in July of 1977 in Lockney.

Survivors include one daughter, Florence Bowe of Delano, Calif.; one sister, Donnie Brock of Dalhart; one sister, Edna Ellis of Houston; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A son, John Henry Brock is deceased.

Jairl Parr Dowell

AMARILLO - Memorial services for former Amarillo resident Jairl Parr Powell, 56, of Dallas, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Christian Church with Dr. John Bridwell, minister emeritus, officiating.

Private burial services are by Boxwell Brothers Directors.

Mr. Powell died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, in Dallas.

He was born in Amarillo where he grew up. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1961, attended Yale University and earned a bachelor´s degree in political science and international relations in 1965. He received his doctorate in jurisprudence at the University of Texas Law School in 1968.

He had worked at American National Bank from 1969 to 1972 and then served as a trial lawyer with Gibson, Ochsner, Adkins, Harlan and Hankins law firm. In 1974, he returned to banking and worked for Texas American.

He became a judge in the 108th District Court when he was appointed in 1987 to complete the unexpired term of Judge Edward Nobles. He remained in law and went into private practice. He moved to Dallas in 1997 and worked as general counsel of 3Merge.com.

He was a member of the commercial arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association and served on the board of directors of the Amarillo Bar Association, Amarillo Legal Aid Inc., Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council and the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association. He also had served on the board of Amarillo Community Council, YMCA, Campfire Council, Lone Star Ballet, Ronald McDonald House, Children´s Rehabilitation Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Survivors include a daughter, Paige TeBeest of Plainview; two sons, Austin Dowell of Austin and Richard DeBerry of Fort Worth; his mother, Gladys Dowell of Amarillo; a sister, Pat Underwood of Dallas; and a grandson, Mitchell TeBeest of Plainview.

The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, 33520 Executive Center Drive, Suite G100, Austin, TX 78731-1698; or to the Kidney Foundation.

The family will be at 2120 S. Ong.

Jonathan M. Smith

STANTON, Neb. - Funeral services for Jonathon Matthew “Bubba” Smith, 17, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Stanton Middle School Gym with the Rev. Doug Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Wayne, Neb., officiating.

Burial will be in the Pilger, Neb. Cemetery by Shultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Maskenthine Lake at Stanton.

He was born Feb. 25, 1983, in Plainview. He was a junior at Stanton Public Schools. He enjoyed weightlifting, working on bicycles, exploring, hiking and animals. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Wayne.

Survivors include his parents, Loyd and Jacquie Smith Jr., of Stanton; a sister, Jessica Smith of Stanton; and his grandmothers, Darlene Ramsey and Purva Smith, both of Plainview.

Honorary pallbearers were classmates.

Dharma Raygan Wilhite

LUFKIN - Funeral services for Dharma Raygan Wilhite, infant daughter of Kristy and Andy Wilhite, will be at 4 p.m. today in the Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Scoggins officiating.

Burial will be in Whitehouse Cemetery.

The child died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in a Lufkin hospital. She was born March 24, 2000, in Lufkin.

Survivors include her parents; grandparents Eddie and Revel Luce of Jasper, Molly Clark of Lufkin, Cletus and Elda Yow of Yates Center, Kan., and Allen Wilhite of Plainview; and great-grandparents, Crockett and Alice Luce of Lufkin, Robert Rawls of Jasper, Ruth Langford of Lufkin, Ivy Bell of Yates Center, and Imajean Wilhite of Wichita, Kan. She also was a niece of Adam Wilhite of Plainview.

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