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Vernon Chapman

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Vernon D. Chapman, 68, former Hale Center resident, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Webster, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Hale Center Cemetery by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mr. Chapman died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Covenant Medical Center-Lakeside.

He was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Amarillo. He moved to Lubbock in 1962 from Hale Center and was a self-employed carpenter for more than 30 years. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

On Jan. 31, 1954, he married Virginia Dodson in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Bobby and Larry Chapman, both of Wolfforth and Kenneth Chapman of Lubbock; a daughter, Verna Dean of Lubbock; two sisters, Frances Chapman and Ethel Best, both of Groveton; a brother, David Chapman of San Francisco, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Joe Bob Crowell

TURKEY - Funeral services for Joe Bob Crowell, 47, formerly of Flomot, are pending with Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mr. Crowell died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Childress.

Floyd E. Medley

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Floyd E. Medley, 84, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

He died Monday, June 26, 2000, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Amarillo.

William John Messick

Memorial services for William John Messick, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First United Methodist Church with Dr. Max Browning, pastor, and the Rev. Kendall S. Bridges, pastor of The Worship Center in Houston, officiating.

Arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Messick died Monday, June 26, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Northfield in Motley County, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Messick. He moved with his family to Newlin in 1918. They moved to the Snyder Community in Hale County in 1928. The family farmed and raised sheep and he was active in the 4-H Club.

Mr. Messick graduated from Plainview High School and entered Texas A&M. In 1942 he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific until 1945.

He returned to Hale County and married Hazel White on Dec. 12, 1945, in Plainview. In 1951, they moved to Hereford where they farmed and were active in the Methodist Church.

They returned to Plainview in 1970 and he worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce until his retirement.

He was a member of Plainview First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Warren Mueller of Houston; a grandson and his wife, Doug and Leslie Mueller of Houston; a sister, LaTrice Dean of Amarillo; and two nephews, Bill Dean of Lubbock and Jim Dean of Richardson.

A son, William Robert Messick, died in 1987.

Honored friends at the service will be Schuyler Ballard, Merlin Bennett, Glenn Bickel, Mike Howell, R.C. Hyde, Harry Igo, Eddie Morton, Mays Osborne, Ray Pendergast and Berwin Tilson.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 1001 W. Seventh, Plainview, Texas 79072; Cal Farley´s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79105-9985; or to Hospice Hands of West Texas, P.O. Box 1118, Lockney, Texas 79241.

Flora Thompson

Funeral services for Flora Thompson, 78, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Colonial Baptist Church with the Rev. James Pope, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thompson died at 11:15 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

She was born April 21, 1922, in Shamrock. She had lived in Swisher County and in Tulia for several years and for many years was in charge of the church nursery at Calvary Baptist Church. After she retired from the church, she kept children for many people. She was a seamstress and loved to sing. She moved to Plainview in 1990.

In 1956 she married Elmer Dean Thompson in Dumas. He died in October 1960.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Farmer of Plainview; two sons, Arvil Farmer of Breckenridge and Ronald Farmer of Hale Center; three brothers, William “Bill” Sloss and Dee Sloss, both of Amarillo, and R.C. Sloss of Childress; two sisters, Mildred Maloney of Gainesville and Ree Hill of Texarkana; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and three sisters are deceased.

Steven Lynn Vassey

WELLINGTON - Memorial services for Steven Lynn Vassey, 37, of Plainview, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Wellington First United Methodist Church with Monte Kreis officiating.

Arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

Mr. Vassey died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at his residence in Plainview.

He was born Jan. 11, 1963. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1981. In 1995 he moved to Plainview and was a certified drug and alcohol counselor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Wellington.

Survivors include his son, Steven Lynn Vassey II of Plainview; his daughter, Elizabeth Erin Vassey of Plainview; his grandmother, Ruby Lockhart of Wellington; two brothers, Mickey Vassey of Denton and David Vassey of Paris, Texas; a sister, Terrie Vassey Taylor of Amarillo; two uncles, Don Lockhart of Moore, Okla., and Dale Lockhart of Wellington; an aunt, Carolyn Roberts of Comanche; and six nephews and three great-nieces.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church General Fund, Wellington, TX 79095.

Jessie Mae Beavers

LEVELLAND - Funeral services for Jessie Mae Beavers, 90, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Geo. C. Price Funeral Directors Chapel with Keith Cormier of Austin Street Church of Christ officiating.

Burial will be in City of Levelland Cemetery.

Mrs. Beavers died Sunday, July 9, 2000, in Levelland Nursing Home.

She was born March 5, 1910, in Jolly. She moved to Levelland in 1973 from Wellman.

She was a member of Austin Street Church of Christ and a homemaker.

On Dec. 19, 1926, she married Jerry Beavers in Childress County. He died Jan. 15, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry D. Beavers of Ochelata, Okla., and Bill B. Beavers of Levelland; a daughter, Joyce Sikes of Levelland; a brother, Wayne A. Covey of Abernathy; a sister, Cleva Bell Smith of Proctor, Okla;. nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Lubbock Children´s Home or to the Levelland Senior Citizens.

Petra G. Cuellan

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Petra G. Cuellan, 74, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cuellan died Monday, July 10, 2000.

Wayne McClanahan

Funeral services for Wayne McClanahan, 69, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. McClanahan died at 6:30 a.m. today, July 11, 2000, in UMC in Lubbock.

Alison Lee McLain

FLOYDADA - Memorial services for Alison Lee McLain, 46, of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wendell Horn, pastor, officiating.

Arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Ms. McLain died in Colorado Springs.

She was born Dec. 18, 1953, in Lockney. She attended Floydada schools and graduated from Floydada High School in 1972. She graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University, receiving a bachelor´s degree in studio art with emphasis on printmaking and painting. She moved to Colorado Springs from Lubbock in 1983 and continued to study and produce art. Her work has been included in regional and national shows.

She was a member of the Business of Arts Center and Bridge Street Gallery in Colorado City, Colo., and First United Methodist Church in Floydada.

Survivors include her mother, Doris McLain of Floydada; a brother, Cliff McLain of Lubbock; and a sister, Marilyn Wood of Lindale.

Her father, James Hollis McLain, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to Friends of the Library, c/o Rt. 2, Box 49, Floydada, TX 79235.
 

Marcia Montague Swan

TULIA - Graveside services for Marcia Montague Swan, 66, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales, N.M. cemetery.

Burial arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.

Ms. Swan died at 11:07 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 12, 1933, in Tulia. She grew up in Floyd, N.M., and graduated from Floyd High School.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Floyd.

Survivors include one daughter, Michele Wright of Belen, N.M.; her father, Gid Samuel Montague of Tulia; and three grandchildren, Shawnee Wright, Tyler Wright and Cheyenne Wright, all of Belen.

Her mother, Edna Montague, died in 1998.

The body will be at Wallace Funeral Home until 6 p.m. Tuesday, then taken to Wheeler Funeral Home in Portales where it will be until service time.

Gladys Welch

SILVERTON - Funeral services for Gladys Welch, 89, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Church of Christ with Ted Kingery and Hal Rogers officiating.

Burial will be in Silverton Cemetery by Myers-Long Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Welch died Saturday, July 8, 2000, in Lockney.

She was born Gladys Stallcup on Jan. 26, 1911, in Wanetta, Okla., the daughter of the late Cyrus and Hilda Stallcup.

In 1947, she married Wade Welch in Fort Sumner, N.M. He died Aug. 3, 1975.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Myers of Silverton; two sons, Denny Welch of Tucumcari, N.M., and Donald Browning of Turlock, Calif.; a brother, J.C. Stallcup of San Bernadino, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, including Jimmy Wade Myers and Regina Reid, both of Silverton; and several great-grandchildren, including Curtis Reid of Silverton. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Elsie Cornett of Silverton and Barbara Stallcup of Tucumcari.

A daughter, Genny Daniel; a grandson, Mick Arnold, and four brothers, Louis, Joe, Roy and Charlie Stallcup, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Silverton Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Ed Wilkins

Funeral services for Ed Wilkins, 77, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Toby Huckabee, pastor of the Illinois Chapel Baptist Church in Prairie Grove, Ark., officiating.

Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens by Lemons Funeral home.

Mr. Wilkins died at 1:45 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

He was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He grew up in Oklahoma City and Arthur City where he attended schools. He moved to the Bellview Community in 1943 and farmed until retiring in 1970. He was a Baptist.

On Nov. 18, 1941, he married Christine Sutton in Arthur City.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Wayne Fore of Plainview; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Debbie Wilkins of Plainview and Harold and Sue Wilkins of Gladewater; a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Sue Wilkins of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Eddie Weige of Dumas; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Wanda Harris; a sister, Rosa Dean Abbott, and two brothers, Marion and Jesse Dean Wilkins, are deceased.

Roy Glen Cook

Memorial services for Roy Glen Cook, 67, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Bartley-Silva Memorial Chapel with the Rev. A.C. Hamilton, retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Cremation arrangements were by Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mr. Cook died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Covenant Hospital.

He was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Vernon. He lived in Stephenville before moving to Plainview in 1955. He was a paint contractor and enjoyed radio controlled airplanes.

On May 7, 1967, he married Doris Johnson in Juarez, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Brian Cook of Plainview; a daughter, Toya Presley of Italy, Texas; a brother, Morris Tom Cook of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandchildren; and an aunt, Lois Kiser of Plainview.

Lawrence Fluellen

MULESHOE - Funeral services for Lawrence “Redd” Fluellen, 72, will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Finch and the Rev. John Nunley, pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Amherst by McCarty Funeral Home in Littlefield.

Mr. Fluellen died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in Muleshoe Area Medical Center.

He was born April 26, 1928, in Gause. He had lived in Muleshoe 37 years and had been a truck driver for a road construction company. He was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church and a deacon under the pastorate of the Rev. John Nunley of Littlefield.

On March 12, 1975, he married Pearlie Johnson in Muleshoe.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Chas Briscoe of Dallas and Julius and Nancy Briscoe of Germany; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and John Williams of Monahans, Vivian and Billy Finch of Hart, Debra and Leonard Washington of Plainview, and Melanie and Dennis Lee of Lubbock; a sister and brother-in-law, Mattie and Dick Hackworth of Amherst; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Sharla Lewis, three brothers, Henry Fluellen, Joe Bob Fluellen Jr., and Willie Fluellen, and one sister, Mary Sayles, are deceased.

Elinor McCleskey

AMARILLO - Graveside services for Elinor Rebecca Brown McCleskey, 83, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. John McClean, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mrs. McCleskey died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Kingman, Kans.

She was born in Cokedale, Colo. She received a bachelor´s degree in business administration and her Texas teacher´s certificate from West Texas State College in 1960. She taught special education in the Plainview school district for 16 years, retiring in 1982.

She was a member of Phi Gamma Nu, Texas Retired Teachers Association and was a 62-year member of the Shamrock Chapter 384 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Shamrock. She had been a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church since 1955.

In 1938, she married Ramsey R. “Mac” McCleskey. He died in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, Koy Prestridge of Overland Park, Kan., and Jackque McCleskey of Lubbock; one son, Robb R. McCleskey of Kingman, Kan., one brother, Thomas W. Brown of Sublimity, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

An infant daughter, Medora Ann McCleskey, died in 1939.

Andrew Schumacher

DIMMITT - Funeral services for Andrew “Andy” Schumacher, 81, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Fern Couture, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Schumacher died at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, in Plains Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 4, 1919, in Muenster. He served with the U.S. Army from 1944-1946. He was a self-employed custom farmer and a Catholic.

On Sept. 16, 1940, he married Oleda Heiman in Hereford.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Charlotte Rentfro of Purcell, Okla., Yvonne Wilcox of Mineral Wells and Nan Davis of Tulia; two sons, Glenn Schumacher of Plainview and Randy Schumacher of Amarillo; two sisters, Marie Loerwald and Adeline Loerwald, both of Hereford; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Ernie Schumacher died in 1981.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Cares, 213 West Etter St., Dimmitt, TX 79027.

John F. Smith

Funeral services for John F. Smith, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Phillip Jones, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, in IHS of Plainview.

He was born Oct. 24, 1906, in Canton where he grew up and attended schools. He farmed in the Canton area until 1946 when he moved to Plainview and continued to farm. He retired in 1971 and moved to Chandler. He returned to Plainview in 1993.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge since 1957.

On July 12, 1928, he married Billie Irene Landrum in Canton. She died Sept. 15, 1994.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rozlyn and Bill Cookston of Plainview; a son and daughter-in-law, Troy E. and Patsy Smith of Chandler; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Vinson Dixon, Chris Craig, Ershel Johnson, Charles Hardin, Rusty Abbott and Bobby Shaddix.

Mary Ellen Bobo

SEMINOLE - Funeral services for Mary Ellen Bobo, 68, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Westside Church of Christ with David Williams, minister, and James T. Smith, minister of Agape Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial will be in the Gaines County Cemetery South by Boyer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bobo died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

She was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Rainier, Ore. She moved to Seminole from Odessa in 1943 and worked for Bob Clark Insurance as secretary and phone operator during the early 1950s. From 1976 to 1980, she was secretary for the county judge in Gaines County.

She was a homemaker and a member of Westside Church of Christ.

On Aug. 4, 1950, she married Ira Bobo Jr. in Seminole. He died in 1996.

Survivors include three daughters, Juhree Lehmberg of Mason, Dee Ann Churchwell of Plainview and Carrie Ford of Lubbock; a brother, Fred Erwin of Seminole; a sister, Charlotte Wright of Atkins, Ark.; and seven grandchildren.

A brother, Pete Erwin, died in 1983 and a granddaughter, AshLee Ford, died in 1991.

The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Foundation, 7606 University Ave., Suite C, Lubbock, TX 79423.

Francisca "La Bebe" Chapa

KRESS - Funeral services for Francisca “La Bebe” Chapa, 75, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tulia with the Rev. John Salazar-Jimenez, pastor, officiating.

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

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

Mrs. Chapa died at 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Fentress where she grew up. She moved to Lubbock in 1950, to Burleson in 1989 and to Kress in 1999. She was a Catholic.

On Oct. 24, 1942, she married Refugio Chapa Sr., in Prairielea.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Olivia Arrizola of Grandview and Virginia Marruffo of Burleson; one son, Refugio Chapa Jr., of Tulia; two brothers, Juan Castro Jr., and Pete Castro Sr., both of Lubbock; three sisters, Elosia Garcia, Elena Montemayor and Lily Luerra, all of Lubbock; six grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Norman Lee Naron

AMARILLO - Memorial services for Norman Lee Naron, 56, of San Angelo and former Amarillo resident, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bell Avenue Church of Christ.

Burial of the cremains will be in Llano Cemetery by Rains-Seale Funeral Home of Ballinger.

Mr. Naron died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in a one-vehicle accident near Bronte.

He was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Crowell. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery from 1966-1969 and was a distributor for Nikkon Industries.

He was a member of Northside Church of Christ in San Antonio.

On Jan. 1, 1963, he married Joan King in Childress.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Natalie Naron and Jeannine Naron, both of San Antonio; his parents, Ray and Sammie Naron of Plainview; a sister, Gwen Ricks of Childress; and a brother, Wesley Naron of Plainview.

A sister, Nan Hinsley, is deceased.

Coedella Porter

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Coedella Porter, 77, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Otis Cook, officiating.

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

Mrs. Porter died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Mi Casita Nursing Home in Lubbock.

She was born June 23, 1923, in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of the late Earll and Hazel B. White. She attended schools in Mount Pleasant. In 1949, she moved to Floydada from Waxahachie. She was a homemaker and an active member of CME Methodist Church.

On Dec. 23, 1948, she married Robert Lee Porter in Waxachie.

Survivors include her husband; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Ray and Cherry Porter of Lubbock, Roy Lee and Ruby Porter of Fort Worth; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Ruby Mae and Edward Anderson of Amarillo, Pearline and Virdisland Gamble of Houston, Clara Jean and Eddie McGregory and Lorene Burleson, all of of Floydada, and Hazel Jean Jones of Fort Worth; 23 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Lonnie C. White and Henry White, are deceased.

Henry Scott

Funeral services for Henry Scott, 87, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mr. Scott died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in IHS-Plainview.

He was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Redondo Beach, Calif. He moved to Bee County in 1928 and to the Claytonville community in Swisher County in 1934. He moved to Plainview in 1979.

He had worked in maintenance for the Wellington Apartments in Plainview for several years and had farmed in the Claytonville area until his retirement.

He was a member of College Heights Baptist Church.

On July 11, 1932, he married Rosie Lee Moore in Beeville. She died April 22, 1999.

Survivors include two nieces, Faye Cantieni of Fremont, Calif., and Alice Wittmer of Knoxville, Tenn.; two nephews, Dr. Ronald Moore and George Lee “Rusty” Jaynes, both of Houston; and a sister, Clara McWhorter.

The family suggests memorials to College Heights Baptist Church, 820 Quincy, Plainview 79072.


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