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Mara Taylor Embry

Graveside services for Mara Taylor Embry, infant daughter of Cory and Karla Embry, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Plainview Memorial Park Babyland with the Rev. Paul Cypert, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and the Rev. Ron Brunson, pastor of New Covenant Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

The child died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997 in Methodist Hospital Plainview shortly after birth.

Survivors include her parents; a sister, Morgan Embry of Plainview; grandparents, Steve and Carolyn Brain and Lynette Yarbrough, all of Plainview, and June Yarbrough of Lubbock; and great-grandparents, Carlton and Bessie Young, Opal Yabrough and Geneva King, all of Plainview and Cecil and Molly Brain of West Virginia.

Virgil A. Warner

ELKHART, Kan. - Virgil A. Warner, 86, stepfather of Steve Gaylord of Plainview, were at 11 a.m. today in First Church of God.

Burial was in Elkhart Cemetery by Harrall Funeral Home.

Mr. Warner died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997.

He was born in Elk City and had lived in Elkhart since 1947. He was a farmer and a member of First Church of God, past member of Morton County Hospital Board, a charter member of the Elkhart Duster Organization and a member of Flying Farmers.

He married Catharine Newel. He later married Vida Bachman in 1974 in Guymon, Okla.

Other survivors include his wife; another stepson, Lynn Gaylord of Martinsville, Ind.; three daughters, Mary Lou Norris Kenny of Texhoma, Texas, Jo Anne Haar of Elkhart and Maxine Wallack of Hutchinson; a brother, Wilbur Warner of Independence; a sister, Leota Lybarger of Elkhart; nine grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Duster Baseball Organization, Morton County Care Center or to First Church of God.

J.W. King

Funeral services for J.W. King, longtime local and area band director and artistic director for the Plainview Symphony Orchestra, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. King died today, May 27, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.
 

Louis Sanchez

HALE CENTER - Funeral services for Louis Sanchez, 49, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Templo Bautista in Plainview with the Rev. Eloy Felan, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Sanchez died at 4:10 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, in Hi-Plains Hospital.

He was born Nov. 29, 1947, in Haskell. He grew up in Haskell and Fort Morgan, Colo., and moved to Plainview in the mid 1950s. He moved back to Colorado and returned to Plainview from 1972-1975 where he worked at the high school. He lived in Garden City, Kan. from 1977-1990 when he moved back to Plainview. He moved to Hale Center in 1996.

He was a member of Templo Bautista.

He married Janie Riojas on Nov. 30, 1969, in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Melisa Leal of Plainview, Lorie Villareal of Cleveland and Nancy Cornett of Hale Center; two sons, Israel Sanchez of Plainview, and Louis Sanchez III of Hale Center; one sister, Helen Perez of Plainview; his mother, Esbel Sanchez of Plainview; and six grandchildren.

Randell Paxton King

FLOYDADA - Graveside services for Randell Paxton King, 74, of Lubbock, will be at 2 p.m. today in Floyd County Memorial Park with the Rev. Howell Farnsworth officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mr. King died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1922, in Floyd County and graduated from Floydada High School. He received a business degree from Texas Tech and was a farmer and real estate agent.

He served as a 2nd Class Torpedoman with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

On Nov. 16, 1960, he married Doris Mauldin in Juarez, Mexico. She died in 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Shane King of Lubbock and Dirk Randell King of Floydada; a stepson, Wick Thomas Robertson of Lubbock; and a sister, Leora Younger of Floydada.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 8008 Slide Rd., #12A, Lubbock 79424.
 

Ilse Kunkel

BERLIN, Germany - Funeral services for Ilse Kunkel, 69, sister of Mrs. Don (Christa) Smith of Plainview, will be May 22 in Berlin-Spandau.

Mrs. Kunkel died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, in Berlin after a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 2, 1927 in Vietz, Germany and was a retired registered nurse for the city of Berlin.

Other survivors include her husband, Gerd Kunkel; two other sisters, Gerda Kunkel-Mźller of Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Marlene Mills of Bournemouth, England; four nieces and four nephews.

Pat Peterson

CLOVIS, N.M. - Graveside services for Pat Peterson, 61, mother of Jan Templar of Tulia, were at 10 a.m. today in Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Paul Burwash officiating.

Burial arrangements were by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Mrs. Peterson died Saturday, April 26, 1997.

She was born in Littlefield and had lived in Clovis since 1939. She was a volunteer for 4-H and PTA and also worked with people on their income tax.

She married Oscar Peterson in 1957 at Farmington.

Other survivors include her husband; another daughter, Jo Dona Terry of Lazbuddie; a son, James Peterson of Long Beach, Calif., and four grandchildren.
 

Esther Rucker

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Esther Mae Rucker, 90, sister of Eugene Havens of Plainview, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church in Shallowater with the Rev. Ed Alba of Clovis, N.M., and the Rev. Steve Venable, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Rucker died Sunday, April 27, 1997, in Methodist Hospital.

She was born March 30, 1907, in Baird and moved to Shallowater in 1938. She was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She married James M.L. Rucker on Aug. 6, 1924, in Baird. He died May 12, 1991.

Other survivors include two sons, James C. Rucker of Clovis, N.M., and Cecil Rucker of Lubbock; a daughter, Yvonne Crumpe of Lubbock; another brother, Glenn Havens of Pasadena, Texas; three sisters, Vida Helms and Erma Dell Tucker, both of San Antonio, and Bessie Beck of Barksdale; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A son, Paul Gene Rucker, died Jan. 29, 1980.

Donnie Cannon

HALE CENTER -- Funeral services for Donnie Cannon, 59, of Paris, Texas, will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Hale Center with Silas Short of Post officiating.

Burial will be at Plainview Memorial Park by Freeman Funeral Home of Hale Center.

Mr. Cannon died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, in Paris.

He was born March 5, 1937, in Hale Center, He lived in Dallas, Boxelder, and Cuthand before moving to Paris in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Cannon of Bogata and Shaun Cannon of Detroit; a daughter, Deaun Jackson of Paris; three brothers, John Wayne Cannon of Nevada, Mo., David Cannon of Oklahoma City, Okla., Leon Cannon of Cuthand; a sister, Lila Simmons of Cuthand; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Gary Cannon, Brad Cannon, Mark Cannon, Arthur Cannon, Tommy Simmons and Terry Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be J.G. Cannon, Arch Ray Moseley, Hal Nichols and Buddy Nichols.
 

Lorenza Chavez

SNYDER - Funeral Mass for Lorenza Chavez, 73, mother of Syliva Rodriguez of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Maher officiating.

Burial will be in Snyder Cemetery by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Chavez died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at her residence.

She married Silverio Chavez. He died Dec. 23, 1979. She was a homemaker and member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Also surviving are another daughter, Nickalasa Jalomos of Snyder; two sons, Joe and Jesse, both of Snyder; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
 

Chad Givens

OLTON -- Funeral services for Chad Givens, 26, are pending with Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home of Olton.

Mr. Givens died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997.

Opal Guffee

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Opal M. Guffee, 91, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Howell Farnsworth, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Floyd County Memorial Park by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Guffee died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born June 9, 1905, in Paradise. She attended Grub Hill Country School in Wise County. She moved to Floyd County in 1926 and was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She married Clarence A. Guffee on Dec. 2, 1923, in Bridgeport.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Clarence E. Guffee of Floydada; a daughter, Sonja Ragsdale of Stratford; a sister, Mildred Kelley of Paradise, four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the Guffee home, 809 W. Missouri, in Floydada from 6-7:30 p.m. today.
 

Charles Smith

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Charles E. Smith, 61, brother of Joan Porter of Plainview, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, March 11, 1997.

He was born in Vernon and moved to Lubbock from Denver City in 1968. He was an instructor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and had served as a Justice of the Peace from 1969 to 1983 in Lubbock County Precinct 1. He was co-owner of Craig Motor Co.

He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was the first recipient of the Man of the Year Award by the Kiwanis in law enforcement in 1975. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He married Ann G. Ward on Jan. 25, 1957, in Denver City.

Other survivors include his wife; two daughters, Bridget Mitchell and Amy Smith, both of Lubbock; two sons, Kelly and Mark Smith, both of Lubbock; another sister, Janie Hoyle of Borger; a brother A.L. Smith of Jamestown, Wis.; and four grandchildren.

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

Samuel A. Davis

MIDLAND - Memorial services for Samuel Arthur Davis, 83, former Hale County resident, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with his son, Frank “Mike” Davis, officiating.

Mr. Davis died early Monday, April 14, 1997, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 28, 1913, in Saint Jo. He had farmed in Donley and Hale counties and moved to Midland in 1990.

He married Imogene Sparks on March 26, 1934, in Amarillo.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Bobby Davis of Lubbock, Frank “Mike” Davis of Peoria, Ill., and Richard Davis of Anna; a sister, Josie Mae Shepard of Laguna Hills, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, JoAnn Gillespie, died Sept. 17, 1989.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, 79702.
 

Miguel Saucedo

Funeral Mass for Miguel Saucedo, 41, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Ben Kasteel, pastor, officiating.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in Lemons Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be in Kress Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Saucedo died at 7:57 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born Sept. 29, 1955, in Cedral San Luis, Potosi, Mexico. He grew up in Mexico and moved to Kress in 1971.

He had worked for Andrus Greenhouse in Kress and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Plainview.

He married Ofelia Diaz on Feb. 24, 1979, in Potosi, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Dalila and Brenda Saucedo, both of Kress; one son, Miguel Saucedo Jr., of Kress; two brothers, Gil Saucedo and Felix Saucedo, both of Dallas; five sisters, Adeliada Zarat of Kress, Damiana Saucedo of Mexico, Maria DeLaLuz Cortez of Blanco, and Maria Eva Saucedo and Tomasa Castillo, both of Dallas; and his parents, Felix and Dominga Saucedo of Mexico.

Annie M. Ellis

Graveside services for Annie M. Ellis, 89, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Plainview Cemetery.

Burial arrangements are by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ellis died at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, in Prairie House Living Center.

She was born Annie McWilliams Allen on Feb. 6, 1908, in Gunsight. She grew up in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School. She received a bachelor´s degree from Stamford University and her master´s degree from Northern Colorado University. 

She taught elementary school in Lockney and Truth or Consequences, N.M., retiring in 1970. She returned to Plainview in February of this year from Williamsburg, N.M.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Hot Springs Women´s Club.

She married Homer H. Ellis on March 17, 1951, in El Paso. He died Feb. 18, 1990.

Survivors include three nieces, Sue Bratcher of Plainview, Dixie McWilliams of Kerrville and Virginia M. Foncille of Alexandria, La.; and a sister-in-law, Nita McWilliams of Plainview.
 

Willie Lee Fields

Funeral services for Willie Lee Fields, 79, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fields died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at her residence.
 

Minnie Hall

SEMINOLE - Funeral services for Minnie Hall, 64, former Abernathy resident, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in MS Doss Community Chapel with the Rev. Monroe Hill officiating.

Burial will be in Gaines County Cemetery by Roger Pool Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hall died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born March 12, 1933, in Naples. She moved to Seminole from Abernathy in 1960 and was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She married Melvin Hall in 1950 in Hale Center. He is deceased.

Survivors include three sons, Frank and Melvin Hall Jr., both of Lubbock, and Jimmy Don Hall of Seminole; a daughter, Vera Jean Harris of Austin; two sisters, Sara Woods of Abernathy and Allie Taylor of Dallas; five brothers, Willard Manus, J. Horace Manus, James Manus and George Manus Jr., all of Dallas, and Joe Manus of Lubbock; and four grandchildren.

Hershel ´Skeet´ Matlock

GRANDVIEW - Funeral services for Hershel “Skeet” Matlock, 99, of Grandview, former Plainview resident, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Van Deloney, former Plainview resident and now associate pastor of Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Fort Worth, officiating.

Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery by Rev´s Funeral Parlor.

Mr. Matlock died Saturday, April 19, 1997, in a Fort Worth Hospital.

He was born on July 14, 1897, in Grandview. He lived for more than 50 years in Plainview, working at West Drug, Ash Street and City Barber shops. He was in the opening shots of the movie “Leap of Faith,” shining shoes.

He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and while living in Plainview attended United Baptist Church. He returned to Grandview a few years ago.

Survivors include two nephews and their wives, Sterling and Ceatherine Matlock and Edward and Katherine Matlock, all of Grandview; four grandnieces, the Rev. Cherryl Matlock of Fort Worth, Dorothy Craft, Beverly Buckley, and Myra Matlock, all of Grandview; and a grand-nephew, Kenneth Matlock of Austin; and an adopted niece, Josephine Springer of Plainview.
 

Thomas D. Smith

ODESSA - Funeral services for Thomas D. Smith, 73, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with Dr. David Mindel officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Smith died Monday, April 21, 1997, in Medical Center Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born on March 6, 1924, in Chillicothe, Texas. He grew up and attended schools in Amarillo. He had worked for G.E. Jones Electric in Amarillo and in Plainview and for Electric Service & Supply in Odessa as service manager until 1981. He owned and operated Smith Electric in Odessa.

He was a member of Bethany Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and his hobbies were hunting, fishing and coin collecting.

He married Bonnie E. Wicks on Jan. 23, 1943, in Amarillo.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Ken Smith of Glendale, Ariz.; two daughters, Sandie McCurdy of Grand Prairie, and Shirley Church of Del City, Okla.; a brother, Garland Smith of Amarillo; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Anna Sue Arnold

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Anna Sue Arnold, 73, are pending with Myers-Long Funeral Directors in Silverton.

Mrs. Arnold died Tuesday, April 8, 1997.
 

Kandance Venee Daniel

Funeral services for Kandance Venee Daniel, 20, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in College Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in McAdoo Cemetery by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Miss Daniel died at 10 p.m. Monday after being run over near Farmington, Ill.

She was born on July 12, 1976, in Lubbock. She moved to Hale Center in 1990 and to Plainview in 1994. She was a student nurse in Farmington.

She had played for several softball teams and was named most valuable player for the World National ASC Women´s Softball Tournament in Lubbock in Lubbock in 1995 and was named to the All-State Cast in One-Act Plays while attending school in Hale Center. She was a member of College Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include her parents, Delton and Nita Daniel of Plainview; a brother, Dane Daniel of Plainview; and her grandfather, Roger Kingery of Grand Prairie.

Pallbearers will be John Fikes, Alvin Springfield, Cecil Haralson, Gary Haralson, Jason Carmichael, and James Gass.
 

Anita Shelton

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Anita Shelton, 45, mother of Stacy Alvarado of Plainview, are pending with Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Shelton died Tuesday, April 8, 1997.
 

Velma Gladys Warren

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Velma Gladys Warren, 79, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Iona Sedinger officiating.

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

Mrs. Warren died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, in St. Mary's Hospital in Lubbock.

She was born on April 4, 1918, in Floydada. She graduated from Lakeview high school and was a lifetime resident of Floyd County. She had worked at Neilson´s Restaurant for several years before retiring.

She married Charlie Warren on Nov. 30, 1952, in Carlsbad, N.M. He died in 1991.

Survivors include four sons, Don Barbee of Crystal Beach, Johnny Barbee of Quinlan, Larry Barbee of Tyler and Mac Warren of Lubbock; two daughters, Janie Sykes of Lubbock and Kim Powell of Floydada; one brother, Carl Banks of Colorado City; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Floydada First Christian Church.


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