Miscellaneous Hale County, Texas Obituaries


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Wayne Cookston

Funeral services for Wayne “Sonny” Cookston, 69, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Cookston died at 3:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at IHS Heritage Home.

Flora Belle Jones Grittman

A memorial service will be held at a later time at Drew Baptist Church in Drew, Miss., for Flora Belle Jones Grittman, 99, of Plainview.

Interment of cremains will be by Thweatt-King Funeral Home of Cleveland, Miss. Local arrangements were by Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grittman died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Prairie House Living Center where she had been a resident for 18 months.

She was born in Drew in 1901.

She taught Sunday school in Drew Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She was a member of Home Demonstration clubs and received her 50-year pin in 1963. She attended Hillman College in Clinton, Miss., and was one of the first two women in her area to serve on a grand jury.

For a brief time after moving to Plainview in 1986, she was a member of a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church and a Home Demonstration club.

She married Julius D. Grittman on Sept. 20, 1920 in Winona, Miss. 

Surviving are a son, Herschell A. Grittman of Redmond, Wash.; two daughters, Glenda Salley of Orlando, Fla. and Barbara Lusk of Plainview; nine grandchildren, including Claude Lusk of Plainview, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Four sisters and two brothers are deceased.

Faye Lewis

TAHOKA - Funeral services for Faye Lewis, 68, will be at 2 p.m. today in Sweet Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Smith, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Post, officiating.

Burial will be in Nevels Memorial Park by White Funeral Home of Tahoka.

Mrs. Lewis died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in Lubbock.

She was born Feb. 2, 1932, in Eldorado, Okla., to the late William and Della Daniels Carmichael. She attended schools in Eldorado and Lubbock. In 1997, she moved to Lynn County from Plainview where she had worked in the dietary department of a nursing home. She was a Baptist.

She married H.P. “Sonny” Lewis on Feb. 21, 1948, in Lubbock.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Mike Lewis of Lubbock; a daughter, Linda Slone of Tahoka; two brothers, Bill Carmichael of Citrus Heights, Calif. and Verdell Carmichael of Cleveland, Texas; a sister, Lorene Stidd of Adena, Ohio, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Tahoka Care Center, 1829 S. Seventh, Tahoka, TX 79373 or a favorite charity.

Tomas Martinez

Funeral services for Tomas “Tommy” Martinez, 54, will be 3 p.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel rather than a graveside service as originally planned.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Lemons Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Martinez died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

Horace Mitchell

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Horace Mitchell, 73, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Green Lawn Church of Christ with Donald Dawes and Dale Mannon officiating.

Burial will be in Bluff Creek Cemetery, northwest of Winters, at 4 p.m. Saturday by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mr. Mitchell died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 20, 1927, in the Drasco community in Runnels County He graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Army.

He attended John Tarleton College and graduated from Texas Tech in 1951 with a degree in agronomy and soil sciences. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Big Spring and Lamesa for seven years. 

He married Billie Jean Walker on May 30, 1952, in Big Spring.

Mr. Mitchell moved to Lubbock in 1961. He purchased and operated the Dixie Cream Donut Shop on 34th for three years and leased the Rip Griffin's Truck Stop and Restaurant for seven years. 

He and his wife later owned and operated Horace Mitchell Restaurant for 230 years. They also prepared all meals for Meals on Wheels for more than 19 years. He retired in 1990.

He had been an elder at South Plains Church of Christ and recently was a deacon at the green Law Church of Christ. He and his wife also were in charge of the benevolent work at Green Lawn.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Melody Dawes of Sweetwater, Lawana Martin of Winters and Kayla Parkey of Olton; a brother, Charles Mitchell, and nine grandchildren.

The family suggest memorials to Benevolent Work, Greenlawn Church of Christ, 5701 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.

L.T. Thornton

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for L.T. Thornton, 81, of Hale Center, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ossie Curry Funeral Home Chapel with C.C. Peoples officiating.

Cremation was by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mr. Thornton died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in Sherman.

He was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Gonzales. He moved to Lubbock 28 years ago from Hale Center. He was a livestock trader for many years and was a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, L.T. Thornton Jr. of Huntsville and Michael Dunn of Lubbock; one brother, Al Thornton of Hale Center; and a sister, Masseline Carroll of Shiner.

Dennis Earl Couch

Memorial services for Dennis Earl Couch, 49, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Johnson, pastor of Faith Family Church, and Greg Longenbaugh officiating.

His cremains will be interred in Plainview Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Couch died at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2000, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Oct. 6, 1950, in Plainview. He graduated from Plainview High School and had worked with his father doing home repairs and painting. He was a member of Faith Family Church.

On June 12, 1972, he married Patricia Ann Gibson in Floydada.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Crystal Dawn White of Plainview; one son, Chane Couch of Plainview; and two grandchildren, Kendra and Hollie White, both of Plainview.

A daughter, Anna Marie Couch, is deceased.

Annie Finley

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Annie Finley, 98, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Resthaven´s Abbey Chapel with the Rev. Steve Campbell of Agape United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Finley died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Bender Terrace Nursing Home.

She was born May 23, 1902, in Germany. She moved with her parents to Wyoming in 1914 and attended nursing school in Montana.

In 1922, she married James Jacobs in Billings, Mont. After his death she married Alva Finley in 1941 in Wyoming. He is deceased.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a Methodist. She moved to Lubbock in 1998 from Washington.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Grant of Abernathy; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, Margaret Brown and Lois Lowry, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Scottish Rite Learning Center in Lubbock.

Gayla Hughes

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Gayla Walker Hughes, 47, will be at 4 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Menefee, a Nazarene minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Abernathy Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home.

Ms. Hughes died Saturday, June 10, 2000, in Lubbock.

She was born April 6, 1953, in Lubbock. She had been a lifelong Abernathy resident and a member of First Church of the Nazarene.

She received an associate degree in child development from South Plains College in Levelland. She had worked at Charlie Brown Day Care Center in Abernathy from 1987 to 1991 had been director of Agape Child Development Center in Lubbock since 1991.

Survivors include her parents, Tella and Irene Walker of Bethany, Okla.; four sons, Gary Hughes, Mike Hughes and Brandon Hughes, all of Abernathy, and Mark Hughes of Lubbock; two brothers, Duane Walker of Houston and Royce Walker of Abilene; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Agape Child Development Center for playground equipment, c/o Agape United Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road, Lubbock, TX 79416.

Nancy Bowser Miller

Graveside services for Nancy Bowser Miller, 84, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Kress Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Schmidt, former pastor of Westmont Christian Church in Lubbock, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Miller died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at 10:34 a.m. in Hospitality House in Lubbock.

She was born Nancy Elizabeth Glasgow on June 10, 1916, in Pontiac, Mich. She received a bachelor´s degree from Michigan State in Lansing and a master´s degree from West Texas State University.

She taught school at Halfway and at Ash Elementary in Plainview. She owned the Little Red Schoolhouse, a private first grade, for many years. She also assisted her husband, Perry Bowser, who was farm director and a broadcaster for KVOP Radio.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Plainview, AAUW and the Order of the Eastern Star in Plainview and a charter member of the Kress Study Club. In 1977, she opened a court reporting school in Lubbock, then worked for the Texas State Council of Aging office after closing the school.

She was an artist, clothing designer and seamstress and enjoyed knitting.

On May 19, 1941, she married Perry Bowser in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He died June 22, 1977. She married Lloyd Miller on June 12, 1982, in Lubbock. He died Dec. 17, 1999, in Lubbock.

Survivors include one daughter, Diane Bowser Madison of Valley Center, Kan.; one son, David Bowser of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Mrs. John (Angela) Gertz of Valley Center, Mrs. Tom (Teresa) Lille of Wichita, Kan., and Brad Bowser of Lubbock; one great-granddaughter, Emma Lee Girtz of Valley Center; two stepdaughters, Shirley Miller Thomas of Roswell, Ga., and Tooter Miller Gardner of Anderson, Mo.; three step-grandchildren, Stephanie Gardner Smith and AnneMarie Gardner Campbell, both of San Antonio, and Lowell Gardner of Anderson; and one step-great-granddaughter, Emily Campbell of San Antonio.

Pallbearers will be John C. Anderson, Lynn Barton, Pierce Horton, Mike Hutcherson, Carl Sjogren and Tom Aday.

The family suggests memorials to Hale County Literacy Guild or to Hospice of Lubbock.

Joyce B. Bowling

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Joyce B. Bowling, 68, former Tulia resident, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Schooler Funeral Home, Brentwood Chapel with the Rev. F.M. Byford, of Paramount Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia.

Mrs. Bowling died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000.

She was born in White Deer and graduated from Tulia High School in 1950. She received her nursing degree from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing and Amarillo College of Nursing in 1953. In 1983, she received a bachelor´s degree from West Texas State University.

She moved to Amarillo from Dallas in 1978 and worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care system. She was a member of Paramount Baptist Church and the American Nursing Association.

In 1952, she married J.C. Bowling in Borger. He died in 1994.

Survivors include a sister, JoVeta Gould of Webbers Falls, Okla.

the family suggests memorials to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176-0001; or to the Rose Hill Cemetery Fund in Tulia.

Lottie Lucile Clemmer

SILVERTON - Funeral services for Lottie Lucile Clemmer, 90, are pending with Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Clemmer died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in a Lockney nursing home.

Madeline F. Foley

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Madeline F. Foley, 72, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Foley died at 6:54 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Canyon.

G.A. McWilliams

Funeral services for G.A. “Buster” McWilliams, 90, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. McWilliams died at 10:36 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

He was born Oct. 30, 1910, in McGregor. He graduated from Speegleville High School and moved to the Ellen Community near Plainview in 1929. He farmed until retiring in 1970.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Adult II Sunday School class.

He married Virginia Carden in 1938. She died in 1977. He married Reda Faye Wright Hanna on Feb. 4, 1979 in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Francis Ann Harris of Garland; one sister, Juanita Aylesworth of Plainview; and four grandchildren.

A brother, W.G. McWilliams, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Leslie L. Ray

Funeral services for Leslie L. Ray, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in United Baptist Church with the Rev. Lawrence Walker of Dallas, officiating.

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

Mr. Ray died at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

He received the first internal defibrillator in Plainview after a heart attack in July.

He was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Waco, the son of the late Sherman and Naomi Ray. He grew up in Marlin where he attended schools. He moved to Plainview in 1945 and worked on the W.T. Bowser farm. In 1952, he went to work for Cooper Pontiac & Cadillac and then worked for Hale County State Bank and the Hilton Hotel for several years. He worked at Plainview ISD as a custodian until retiring in 1995.

He was a deacon at United Baptist Church and a member of Knight of Pythias and was a 32nd degree Mason. After retirement, he worked as a gardener and enjoyed fishing.

On June 10, 1939, he married Louise Williams in Groesbeck.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Kurtis Ray of Dallas, Mack Ray of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Allen Ray of Phoenix, Ariz.; four daughters, Leslie Compton and Janice Hall, both of Plainview, Sue Turner of Phoenix, and Ora Harris of Odessa; one sister, Addie Driver of Plainview; a brother, Robert Ray of Phoenix; 31 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.

Albino G. Rodriguez

KRESS - Funeral Mass for Albino G. Rodriguez, 65, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church with the Rev. John Salazar-Jimenez, pastor, officiating.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the same church.

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

Mr. Rodriguez died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, in Covenant Hospital in Plainview.

He was born March 1, 1935, in Alamo. He farmed in the Kress area for 37 years and had worked for the Foster family for 33 years. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church.

On Sept. 28, 1955, he married Alicia Villarreal in Wilder, Idaho.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Corina and Tres Pe–a of Plainview; three sons and daughters-in-law, Benny and Liz Rodriguez of Kress, Rene and Liz Rodriguez of Amarillo and Rolando and Susan Rodriguez of Waterford, Mich.; four sisters, Aurora Villarreal of Plainview, Adelia Hernandez of Sealy, Belen Lopez of Reynosa, Mexico and Anita Espinosa of Galveston; a brother, Oscar Manjares of Chicago Land, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Albino Rodriguez Jr., died July 21, 1991. Two brothers, Felipe and Benito Rodriguez, also are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Family Hospice, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072, or to the American Cancer Society.

Frank Burge

Funeral services for Frank Burge, 84, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Burge died Thursday evening, May 11, 2000, at his residence.

Nickie Allen Garcia

HART - Funeral services for Nickie Allen Garcia, 22, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Sandero De La Cruz Pentecostal Church with Roger Velasquez officiating.

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

Mr. Garcia died at 1 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, from injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 12, 1978, in Goodland, Kan. He grew up in Hart and graduated from Hart High School in 1997.

Survivors include his mother, Lydia Garcia of Hart; two sisters, Mary Lou Garcia of Hart and Melissa Garcia of Plainview; his godmother, Yolanda Medrano of Hart; his grandparents, Mel and Dominga Gonzales of Hart; and four nephews.

The body will be at the church until service time.

Cecil McKay

Graveside services for Cecil McKay, 85, of Plainview, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Silverton Cemetery.

Burial arrangements are by Myers-Long Funeral Directors of Quitaque.

Mr. McKay died Thursday, May 11, 2000, in Lubbock.

He was born April 22, 1915, in Detroit, Texas. He had worked as an auto salesman in Bakersfield, Calif., for more than 40 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Turkey and was active in the Hale County Senior Citizens Center in Plainview.

On June 24, 1942, he married Edna Grimland in Tulia.

Survivors include his wife; and a sister, Ruby Folley of Wellington, Colo.

Three sisters, Mollie Chambers, Ada Smith and Addie Phillips, and three brothers, Lon McKay, David Lee McKay and Delbert McKay, are deceased.

Hester W. Moore

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Hester West Moore, 92, of Hereford, were at 10 a.m. today in Moore-Rose-White Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wendell Horn, pastor of First United Methodist, officiating.

Burial was in Floyd County Memorial Park.

Mrs. Moore died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, in Westgate Nursing Center in Hereford.

She was born Feb. 13, 1908, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late John L. and Marcella McCarty West. She attended schools in Floydada and graduated from Floydada High School. She graduated from the Baylor University School of Nursing and received a bachelor´s degree from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn.

She was a missionary nurse and had taught in mission hospitals in China for about three years before she traveled to the Philippines. She was working in Manila when it fell in 1942 and spent time in an internment camp until she was rescued in 1945.

She was named “Nurse of the Year” by the South Plains Chapter of Texas Graduate Nurses Assn., in 1960 and was a recipient of the Texas Panhandle Distinguished Service Awards for Women presented by West Texas State University.

She had been a longtime resident of Floydada and had served as president of the 1929 Study Club, was a member of the women´s division of the Floydada Chamber of Commerce, Homemaker Home Demonstration Club and First United Methodist Church.

On March 4, 1953, she married W.I. Moore in Abilene. He died Feb. 15, 1990.

From 1956 to 1973 she and her husband were foster parents to 24 multi-racial children.

Survivors include a sister, Ione Matthews of Rosewood, Calif.; three nephews and three nieces, including Dale West of Pampa, Ann Bean of Lubbock and Johnny West of Floydada.

A brother, John Key West, died in 1995 and a sister, Vaughn Murff, died in 1991.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 719, Floydada, TX 79235; or to any children´s organization.

Guadalupe Rocha

SMYER - Funeral Mass for Guadalupe Rocha, 83, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa´s Catholic Church in Carlisle with the Rev. Aidan Maguire officiating.

Burial will be in Smyer Cemetery by Head Family Funeral Home in Levelland.

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

Mrs. Rocha died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, in Slaton.

She was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Silao Guanajuato, Mexico. She moved to Texas in 1932 and to Smyer from Martindale in 1955. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

On Feb. 22, 1932, she married Miguel Rocha in Mexico.

Survivors include four sons, Manuel Rocha of Petersburg, Salvador, Eliseo and Juan Rocha, all of Smyer; two daughters, Consuelo Gutierrez of San Antonio and San Juana of Smyer; 25 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Jana Kay Smith

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Jana Kay Smith, 39, of Irving, formerly of Abernathy, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerrie Hensley officiating.

Burial will be in Abernathy Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home.

Ms. Smith died Thursday, May 11, 2000, in Covenant Lakeside Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born April 24, 1961, in Lubbock. She graduated from Abernathy High School in 1979 and moved to Dallas in 1993 from Lubbock. She was a member of Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include her parents, Jim Bob and Roifae Smith of Lubbock; two brothers, Kevin Lee Smith of Midlothian and Robert Roy Smith of Lubbock; and her grandmother, Vera Miller of Abernathy.

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