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William C. Blevins
HOLLIS, Okla. - Funeral services for William Carey Blevins, 81, were at 1:30 p.m. today in Stewart Chapel with Rick Simonson officiating.

Burial was in Gould Cemetery in Gould, Okla., by Stewart Funeral Service.

Mr. Blevins died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Altus.

He was born May 11, 1918, the son of the late William Fountain and Maude Renfro Blevins in Mead, Okla. He attended Lahoma High School. He served with the 10th Armored Division during World War II in the European Campaign and was a multiple bronze star recipient for valor. He worked as a custom combiner and was a member of the American Legion.

His hobbies were fishing, playing cards and dominoes.

On Aug. 30, 1941, he married Veda Omega Morris in Hollis.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dee and Jeanette Blevins of Plainview and Bari and Cindy Blevins of Amarillo; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Max Turner of Amarillo; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Three brothers are deceased.

Alice Lee Elkins

TULIA - Funeral services for Alice Lee Elkins, 93, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor of First Baptist Church, and the Rev. James Willborn, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

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

Mrs. Elkins died at 2:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 17, 1906, in Wright. She graduated from Kress High School and moved to Tulia in 1927. She was involved with 4-H children.

In 1927 she married Emory E. Elkins in Plainview. He died Nov. 20, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Oleta and Ashel “Dink” Richardson of Marble Falls and Doris and Harry Dixon of Lubbock; one son, Len Elkins of Tulia; one sister, Elizabeth Durham of Lubbock; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Clarence Grant

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Clarence Grant, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church in Olton with the Rev. Kyle Streun, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Olton Cemetery by Foskey-Lilley-McGill.

Mr. Grant died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

He was born July 12, 1920, in Quitaque. He moved to Lubbock from Olton in 1957 and was involved in investments.

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

On Nov. 14, 1939, he married Vera Stone in Clarendon. She died in 1994.

Survivors include one son, Danny Grant of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; two daughters, Karen Grant of Arlington and Dawn Pfahning of Mansfield; one sister, Jimmie Haukos of Lubbock; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Larry Grant, died in 1978.

Raymond Martin

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Raymond Daniel-Wade Martin, 83, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in West College and Third Street Church of Christ with J.W. Hamby, an elder at Garland Street Church of Christ in Plainview, officiating.

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

Mr. Martin died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 8, 1916, in White Flat, the son of the late Robert Andrew and Myrtle Mae Weidman Martin. He attended schools in Flomot.

He farmed in the Prairie Chapel Community and operated Germania Farm Mutual Insurance Company in Lockney until retiring.

He was a member of West College and Third Street Church of Christ.

On Dec. 27, 1933, he married Mildred Graves in Silverton. She died Aug. 25, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Leo Phillips and Patsy and Mike Patrick, all of Plainview; two sisters, Edith Washington of Flomot and Gertrude Light of Amarillo; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Rayford Martin, died in March of 1973.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Hands of West Texas, P.O. Box 1118, Lockney, TX 79241, or to a favorite charity.

Jesse Rivas III

Graveside services for Jesse Thomas Jeremy Rivas Jr. III, one-day-old son of Melissa Jiminez and Jesse Rivas Jr., will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Plainview Memorial Park Babyland with the Rev. Gerard Kenney, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

The infant was born Jan. 2, 2000. He died Jan. 3, 2000, in UMC in Lubbock.

Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Gloria and Jesse Rivas Sr. and Amelio and Carmen Jiminez; and great-grandparents, Thomas Jiminez, Dalia Oliveria, Alida Estrada and Eluio Estrada and Chon and Juana Ybarra, all of Plainview.

Pallbearers will be Cruz Vasquez and Felix Sifuentes.

Elvira Weaks

SILVERTON - Funeral services for Elvira Weaks, 73, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Silverton Church of Christ with Ted Kingery, minister, and Hal Rogers officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia by Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Weaks died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000 in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

She was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Wayside, the daughter of the late J.H. “Buck” and Mable Wesley. She graduated from Silverton High School as salutatorian in 1945. She was a member of Silverton Church of Christ.

On Feb. 26, 1946, she married Oscar Weaks in Tulia. He died in 1983.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Weaks of Silverton and Victor Weaks of Lubbock; a sister, Mildred Mouser of Plainview; two brothers, Crawford Wesley of Tulia and Eddie Wesley of San Angelo; and six grandchildren, Rob Weaks and Lindsey Weaks, both of Silverton, Leslee Weaks of Tulia, and Jeff Weaks, Misti Weaks and Dusti Weaks, all of Lubbock.

Hubert Gunter

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Hubert E. Gunter, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Brentwood Chapel of Schooler Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynn Garrett officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home.

Mr. Gunter died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in Baptist/St. Anthony´s Hospice.

He was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Willis. He was a conductor with Santa Fe Railroad, retiring in 1981. He worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart for the last three years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

In 1936, he married Bertha Lowrance in Roaring Springs.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Ricky Gunter of Albuquerque; a sister, Estelle Mize of Amarillo; two brothers, Francis Gunter of Floydada and Robert Duren of Duncan, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Baptist/St. Anthony´s Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176.

Teeny Hayes

Funeral services for Teeny Hayes, 82, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hayes died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Russell V. Martinez

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Russell Vaughn Martinez, 20, will be at 2 p.m. today in Bethel Assembly of God with the Rev. Gary Kellison, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Holley Funeral Home of Canyon.

Mr. Martinez died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000.

He was born in Amarillo. He graduated from Tascosa High School where he played football and was an honor student. He was manager of the Taco Bell on Washington Street.

Survivors include his parents, Diego and Corina Alvarez of Amarillo; two sisters, Stephanie Alvarez and Katie Alvarez, both of Amarillo; and grandparents, Agatha Martinez and Lydia Alvarez, both of Amarillo, and Al Martinez of Plainview.

Pat Reed Smith

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Pat Reed Smith, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Buchanan Street Chapel.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000.

She was born in Tulia where she graduated from high school in 1947. She was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Buchanan Street Chapel.

In 1986, she married Homer Smith in Amarillo.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Gary Reed of Amarillo; a stepson, Raymond Smith of San Diego; two stepdaughters, Elaine Hudson of Norwood, Calif., and Denise Rocheleau of Chula Vista, Calif.; two sisters, Violet Johnson and Janice Johnson, both of Amarillo; two brothers, Mike Anderson of Tulia and W.K. Anderson of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106; or BSA Hospice, Olivia´s Angels, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176-0001.

The family will be at 1700 Two Deer Trail.

Wilma Smith

CANYON - Funeral services for Wilma “Bill” Smith, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Clark Williams, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.

She was born in Silverton and moved to Canyon with her family in 1921. She graduated from Canyon High School and received a bachelor´s degree from West Texas State Teachers College in 1929.

She moved to Chicago and became a registered dietitian, working for 50 years in Chicago-area hospitals. She also co-authored a manual for clinical dietitians.

She returned to Canyon when she retired in 1984.

She was a member of First Methodist Church and the Murray Bible class.

In 1930, she married Edward Smith. He died in 1976.

Survivors include two sisters, Marie Cooper of Canyon and Felicia Applewhite of Olton; a grandson; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Wally Smith, died in 1988.

Sheila Ann Wall

Funeral services for Sheila Ann Wall, 47, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Happy Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Leonard Chatham, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Bartley-Silva Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Wall died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Shelia Ann Jones on Dec. 10, 1952, in Floydada. She moved to Plainview in 1971 and worked for the health department. She also had been a volunteer at The Lighthouse. She was a homemaker and a member of Happy Union Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Clinton Ray Wall of Spur; two daughters, Tresha Wall and LaTosha Wall, both of Plainview; four sisters, Barbara Williams of Lawton, Okla., Vivian Thompson of Floydada, Eunice Johnson of Floydada and Sharon Jackson of Lubbock; four brothers, Clem Breedlove of Borger, Ralph Breedlove of California, Gregory Johnson of Mineral Wells and Aldon Johnson of Lubbock.

Curtis D. Bailey

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Curtis D. Bailey, 70, will be at 2 p.m. today in Schooler Funeral Home-Brentwood Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Brumley officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mr. Bailey died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000.

He was born in Paris and graduated from Hedley High School. In 1982 he married Rose Ann Brumley in 1982 at Amarillo.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Brenda Favreau of Canyon; three sons, Curt Bailey, Craig Bailey and Cliff Bailey, all of Amarillo; three stepsons, Donnie Brumley of Goodyear, Ariz., Ronnie Brumley of Longmont, Colo., and Tim Brumley of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Louise Browne of Plainview and Mary Opal Nash and Mildred King, both of Amarillo; a brother, Robert Maurice Bailey of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, 3520 Executive Center Drive, Austin, TX; or to a favorite charity.

Roy W. Eckles

CANADIAN - Funeral services for Roy W. “Doc” Eckles, 94, were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Church of Christ with Mike Heatwole officiating.

Burial was in Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery by Stickley-Hill Funeral Directors.

Mr. Eckles died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000.

He was born in Cooke County and had lived in Wheeler before moving to Hemphill County in 1924. He was a farmer and also had worked for Canadian Grain Co-op. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

In 1937, he married Josephine Keeton in Wheeler. She died in 1985.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Bee Eckles of Denton and Bert Eckles of Canadian; three brothers-in-law, Glen Keeton of Plainview, J.P. Keeton of Canadian and Jerrold Thomas of Pampa.

The family suggests memorials to the Church of Christ, P.O. Box 876, Canadian, TX 79014; or to a favorite charity.

Melissa Flores

LAMESA - Funeral Mass for Melissa Perez Flores, 23, will be at 2 p.m. today in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pina officiating.

Burial will be in Lamesa Memorial Park by Gonzales Funeral Home.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Flores died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, in Odessa Medical Center in Odessa.

She was born Oct. 18, 1977, in Lamesa. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Antonio Flores; a stepdaughter, Catalina Flores; a stepson, Mark Anthony Flores; her parents, Robert and Barbara Perez of Floydada; three brothers, Robert Ray Perez, Randy James Perez and Robert Perez; two sisters, Victoria Perez and Valorie Perez; and her grandparents, Benito and Inez Perez of Lamesa and Vincent and Victoria Garcia of Floydada.

Dan Towns

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Memorial services for Danny Joe Towns, 45, of Edmond, Okla., son-in-law of Bobby and Nelda Douglas of Plainview, will be at 4 p.m. today in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

Previous services were conducted in Wilmington, Ill., on Thursday.

All arrangements are by Reeves Funeral Home of Wilmington.

Mr. Towns died at 11:53 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, in Chicago while participating in the Chicago Marathon.

He was born March 3, 1955, in Wilmington where he grew up and attended schools. He attended Oklahoma University and was a geologist with Louis Dryfes Natural Gas Co.

He was a member of the AAPG, the Oklahoma City Running Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

On Feb. 3, 1985, he married Debbie Douglas in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Christa Towns and Elly Towns, both of Edmond; a son, Kevin Towns of Edmond; a brother, Mickey Towns of Illinois; a sister, Peggy Castle who is teaching in China; his parents, Gladys and Arthur Towns of Wilmington; and his wife´s parents.

Ralph Walker

Funeral services for Ralph Walker, 92, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Walker died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, in Hi-Plains Nursing Home in Hale Center.

He was born Dec. 27, 1907, in Callahan County where he grew up and graduated from Baird High School. He moved to Plainview in 1928. He was director of the Co-op Gin for several years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Plainview.

On Jan. 21, 1934, he married Juanita Bradley Walker in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Neysa and Alton Carmichael of Plainview; a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Ann Walker of Uvalde; three grandchildren, Randy Walker, Cory Carmichael and Alyssa Bellchambers; and two great-grandchildren, Courtney Walker and Bailey Walker.

A great-grandson, Chance Walker, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer´s Association of the South Plains.

Raul Lucio Jr.

Funeral services for Raul Lucio, Jr., 24, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerard Kenney, pastor officiating. 

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited tonight at 7 in Lemons Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Lucio died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000 at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 15, 1976 in Plainview. He married Carolina Martinez on May 6, 1995.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Esmeralda Alyssa Lucio of Plainview; a son, D´Angelo Lucio of Plainview; his father, Raul Lucio of New Braunfels; his mother, Maria DeJesusa of Plainview; two brothers, Alejandro Lucio of Plainview and Daniel Lucio of New Braunfels; a sister, Regina Martinez of Plainview; and his grandparents, Alejandra and Refaela Mendoza and Francisco Lucio, all of Mexico.

A son, Matthew Rene Lucio, died April 20, 1996.
 

Juan P. Contreras

TULIA - Funeral services for Juan P. Contreras, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in El Buen Pastor Methodist Church with the Rev. Fernando Sanchez officiating.

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

A service also will be held today at 5 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Contreras died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 24, 1924 in Weslaco and grew up in Elsa and moved to Tulia in 1957. He worked for North Plains Compress for 24 years. In 1983, he started his own yard maintenance service. He was a member of El Bueno Pastor Methodist Church.

He married Leticia Castillo on June 17, 1965 in Tulia.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Antonio and Reyes Contreras, both of Tulia, and Juan Contreras of Coleman; seven daughters, Santos Morales, San Juanita Contreras, Consuelo Contreras and Eva Castillo, all of Altus, Okla., Beatrice Contreras of Greeley, Colo. Eubie McCrary of Plainview and Frances McDowell of Tulia; two brothers, Jose of Tulia and Margarito of Illinois; two sisters, Felicita Rodriquez of Carrizo Springs and Virginia Ochoa of Utah; 44 grandchildren and 71 great-grandchildren.

Allene Thompson Criswell

Funeral services for Allene Thompson Criswell, 94, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with Chris Criswell officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Criswell died Friday, Dec. 1. 2000, at Hi Plains Hospital in Hale Center. 

She was born Feb. 8, 1906 in Comanche County and grew up and attended schools there. She moved to Jones County in 1921 and married Elmer Criswell, Sr. on July 12, 1925. He died June 18, 1997. She moved to Hale County in 1952. She was a homemaker and farmed in Hale County. 

Survivors include two sons, Elmer Lee Criswell Jr. of Plainview and W. B. Criswell of Idalou; two daughters, Linda Smith of Plainview and Lura Brown of Silverton; a sister, Mora Schlueter of Grand Junction, Colo.; and eight grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 22 great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to VistaCare Family Hospice of Plainview, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072 or a favorite charity.
 

Christine Dees

Funeral services for Christine Dees, 87, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

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

Ted Patton

Funeral services for Ted Patton, 68, are pending with Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

Mr. Patton died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center.
 

Edith Phillips

Funeral services for Edith Phillips, 84, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Phillips died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Covenant Hospital Plainview. 

She was born May 5, 1916 in Temple, Okla. and married Houston Phillips June 11, 1941 in Pleasington, Texas.

She was raised in Lawton, Okla. where she attended schools. She lived in LaCoste, Texas and returned to Lawton for several years. She came to Hale County in 1944. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Dr. Ronald H. Phillips of Lubbock; two daughters, Gayle Wesley of Lubbock and Karen Pelphrey of Plainview; one brother; Gene Stair of Caddo, Okla.; one sister, Vera Neal of Las Cruces, N.M.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 205 W. Eighth, Plainview, TX 79072 or Vista Care Hospice, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072.


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