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Gregorio Garcia

HALE CENTER - Funeral Mass for Gregorio Garcia, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Theresa´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pena officiating.

Burial will be in the Littlefield Cemetery by Freeman Funeral Home

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Garcia died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1997, in Hi-Plains Hospital.

He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He lived in Alamo, Texas and moved to Fieldton in 1950. He lived in Olton before moving to Hale Center in 1974.

He was a member of St. Theresa´s Catholic Church.

He married Eufemia Torres on June 7, 1937, in Edinburg.

Survivors include his wife; five sons, Ruben of Fort Worth, Raul of Olton, Baldomero of Littlefield, Alfredo and Eddie, both of Hale Center; a brother, Ramon Garcia of Rio Grande; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Ruth R´Lee Green

Funeral services for Ruth R´Lee Green, 74, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ninth and Columbia Street Church of Christ with the Rev. Scott Riling, pastor of Springlake Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mrs. Green died at 2:31 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

She was born Ruth R´Lee Blythe on Feb. 12, 1922, in Wellington. She was a retired school teacher and taught in Olton, Lockney and Plainview. She had been nominated eight times to Who´s Who American Teachers, served as president of Retired Teachers Association, treasurer of Plainview Woman´s Club, and a member of Plainview Community Concerts, Plainview Civic Theatre and Knife and Fork Club.

She moved to Olton in 1922 and to Plainview in 1958.

She was a member of Ninth and Columbia Street Church of Christ.

She married Gerald L. McKinzie on Feb. 11, 1941. He died in 1964. She married Wendell A. Green on Aug. 6, 1968. He died Nov. 22, 1991.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Ann Hunt of Copperas Cove, Syndie Bayley of Temple and Melanie McKinzie of Elgin; one son, Gerry Don McKinzie of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Lubbock Children´s Home.
 

Brent Griffin

OLTON - Funeral services for Brent Griffin, 36, are pending with Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home.

Mr. Griffin died at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, in a two-vehicle accident on Loop 335 in Amarillo.
 

Louzilla Nichols

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Louzilla Nichols, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommie Beck, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Nichols died Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 1997, in Sweetwater Health Care Center in Sweetwater.

She was born May 23, 1902, in McGregor. She moved to Floyd County in 1905 and lived in the Roseland Community where she attended schools. She attended business school in Abilene. She was a homemaker and a member of Highland Heights Methodist Church in Sweetwater.

She married Alvin Nichols on Dec. 28, 1924, in Canyon. He died June 4, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ruby Jewel and Glen Whitfill of Sweetwater; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 102 Poplar Street or Hospice of Abilene, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, 79604.
 

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Sue Peugh

Funeral services for Sue Peugh, 48, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with Karl King, minister of Garland Street Church of Christ, officiating.

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

Mrs. Peugh died at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

She was born Sue Hoisington on May 10, 1948, in St. Paul, Minn. where she grew up. She moved to Plainview from Lockney in 1991. She attended the Church of Christ.

She married Phil Peugh on Feb. 2, 1991 in Plainview.

Survivors include Karen Warwick of St. Paul; Jay Howard Jr. of Minnesota; her mother, Mrs. Gene Hoisington of St. Paul; three brothers, Danny, Davis and William Hoisington all of St. Paul; two sisters, Terry Lund and Melody Scherek, both of St. Paul; and two grandsons, Jeremiah and Tyler Warwick of St. Paul.
 

Gleva Claudette Simmons

AUSTIN - Memorial services for Gleva Claudette Simmons, 58, sister of Mrs. Bill (Juanita) Hamman of Plainview, were held Jan. 21 in Unity Church of the Hills.

Mrs. Simmons died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997.

She was born Gleva James on July 16, 1938, in Plainview, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Foster James. She grew up in the Halfway and Plainview areas and graduated from Plainview High School. She attended North Texas State College in Denton and was a counselor for The Pavilion.

Other survivors include her husband, Virgil; a daughter, Mrs. Bob (Kyla) Davis; a son, Dr. Kevin Kanz; three step-children, David, Ann and Connie Simmons; another sister, Loretta Rainer of DeQueen, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
 

Enrique Vasquez

Funeral services for Enrique Vasquez, 77, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Vasquez died at 4:15 a.m. today, Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, at his residence.

LaVerne Gardenhire

O´DONNELL - Funeral services for LaVerne Gardenhire, 81, of Abernathy, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in O´Donnell with the Rev. Kenneth Peterson officiating.

Burial will be in O´Donnell Cemetery by Branon Funeral Home of Lamesa.

Mrs. Gardenhire died Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born March 23, 1915, in Godley. She moved to Abernathy from O´Donnell in 1994 and was a beautician and a member of First United Methodist Church.

She married Hervey Gardenhire. He died on Dec. 30, 1957.

Survivors include a son, Charles Gardenhire of Abernathy; and a brother, Charles Tyler of San Angelo.
 

Doris Clark Irlbeck

HAPPY - Funeral Mass for Doris Clark Irlbeck, 93, mother of Carl Wayne Irlbeck of Plainview, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Name Catholic Church with the Rev. Ed Sweeney of Friona officiating.

Burial will be in Happy Cemetery by Holley Funeral Home.

A vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Holley Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Irlbeck died Monday, Jan. 27, 1997 in Dumas.

She was born Oct. 4, 1903, in Sioux City, Iowa. She married John Irlbeck on Sept. 12, 1926, in Happy. He died in September of 1996.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.

Other survivors include three daughters, Sister Doris Marie Irlbeck of Happy, Carolyn Marcella Shaw of Dallas and Angelina Marion Carver of Foreman, Ark.; three other sons, George Irlbeck of Ely, Nev., Dean Edward Irlbeck of Oquawka, Ill., and Dr. William Irlbeck of Raleigh, N.C.; four sisters, Marion Kendrick of Amarillo, Bernice Hartzog of Farwell, Mable Beardsley of New Castle, Wyo., and Lucille Smith of Mesquite; 30 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren.
 

Luz Leija

TULIA - Funeral services for Luz Leija, 85, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Assembly of God Church with a nephew, Zeke Leija, and a granddaughter, Gloria Chavez, both from Grand Junction, Colo., officiating.

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

Mr. Leija died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, in St. Anthony´s Hospice in Amarillo.

He was born May 29, 1911, in Sweetwater. He grew up in Crowell and moved to Tulia in 1948. He worked for the City of Tulia as a garbage collector and in the maintenance department and also worked as an interpreter for the sheriff´s department in Tulia and for Sheriff Bob Potter from 1954-1964. He retired in 1970 and moved to Happy.

He married Richard Salas on Jan. 3, 1925. She died July 18, 1990, in Happy.

Survivors include six daughters, Juanita Pina of Greeley, Colo., Elizabeth Cervantes of Millican, Colo., Ester Tanguma and Lucy Ramos, both of Porterville, Calif., Mary Medina of Erick, Okla., and Lena Ruiz of Amarillo; three sons, Israel Leija and Treno Leija, both of Dallas, and Danny Leija of Amarillo; one sister, Mary Mata of Lubbock; two brothers, Martin Leija of Quanah and John Leija of Albuquerque, N.M.; 69 grandchildren; and 109 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Anita Castellon and a brother, Charlie Leija, are deceased.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Galen Wade Prather

Funeral services for Galen Wade Prather, 54, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Leslie Welch, pastor of Seth Ward Baptist Church, and Bryan Gaskin officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW and American Legion.

Mr. Prather died at 12:15 p.m. (MST) Wednesday in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Hobbs, N.M. He grew up in Snyder where he graduated from high school. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for several years before taking medical retirement. He moved to Plainview in 1962.

He served with the 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam War. He was a past commander of the American Legion and an officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #5399 and American Legion #260 and a former member of the Kiwanis Club. He was a Baptist.

He married Jo Thomason on Feb. 16, 1990, in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Belinda Prather-Martin of Clyde; a son, Shawn Prather of Clyde; a stepson, Bobby Gaskin of Plainview; his parents, Raymond and Tommie Prather of Plainview; a brother, Kelton Prather of Mabank; and five grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, Inc., Texas Affiliate, Inc.
 

Artie Webb

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Artie Webb, 92, 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. Webb died Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 1997, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 4, 1905, in Adylott, Okla., and attended school at Teepee Flats near Roaring Springs. She worked for Curry Freight Lines as secretary until retiring. She moved to Floydada in 1947.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and First Baptist Church.

She married Floyd Webb on April 30, 1923, in Roaring Springs.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Gene Webb of Sweetwater; one daughter, Jo Gilbert of Lubbock; two sisters, Billie Webb and Lucille Wright; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30-8 p.m. today.

Nora Casillas

RALLS - Funeral services for Nora Casillas, 54, mother of Otto Hernandez of Plainview and Dolores Fernandez of Lockney, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Templo Nueve Vida Church with the Rev. Onesimo Acosta, pastor, and the Rev. Leon Vasquez, her father, officiating.

Burial will be in Ralls Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Casillas died Saturday, March 29, 1997, in St. Mary Hospital in Lubbock.

She was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Spur. She moved to Ralls in 1960 from Spur and was a member of Templo Nueva Vida Church and a homemaker.

She married Antonio “Tony” Casillas on Jan. 19, 1962, in Floydada.

Other survivors include her husband; her parents, Leon and Eloise Vasquez of Ralls; five other daughters, Mary Gibson, Debbie Dunton, Antonia Morales and Nora Gail Pecina, all of Lubbock, and Naomi Beltran of Ralls; four brothers, Leandro Vasquez, Pat Vasquez and Juan Vasquez, all of Ralls, and Alfred Vasquez of Las Cruces, N.M.; eight sisters, Connie Garcia of Ralls, Cecila Rios of Modesto, Calif., Juanita Kay Valdez of Joliet, Ill., Lupe Romero of Lubbock and Irma Sanchez, Margie Valerio, Denise Cuellar and Norma Lara, all of Spur; 23 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
 

Howard Jenkins

Funeral services for Howard Jenkins, 68, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph Johnson, minister, officiating.

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

Mr. Jenkins died at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at his residence.

He was born July 28, 1928, in Plainview where he grew up and attended schools. He served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was owner/operator of Jenkins Sweeper & Stripping Service and also had been a mechanic for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. He and his wife owned Gwen´s Imports, a flea market.

He was a member of the American Legion and Faith Baptist Church.

He married Gwen Oden on June 21, 1948, in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sherry Irene Franks of Lubbock; a son, Randy Jenkins of Plainview; a brother, Dorman Jenkins of Plainview; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 

T.E. ´Ed´ Lutrick

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for T.E. “Ed” Lutrick, 103, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Russ Byard, pastor, and Dr. Jordan Grooms of Amarillo, retired United Methodist minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Strip Cemetery east of Abernathy by Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Lutrick died Saturday, March 29, 1997, in Bender Terrace Nursing Home in Lubbock.

He was born March 6, 1894, in a half dugout near Abernathy to Hale County pioneers J.H. and Sarah Lutrick on the family homestead 11 miles northeast of Abernathy.

He worked with his father and brothers in breaking out the prairie land for farming with mule teams and a 12-inch plow. He attended a school near his home and when he was 10 a schoolhouse was built on the corner of his homeplace. He graduated in 1913 and attended Seth Ward College in Plainview.

He served during World War I as a sergeant in the 133rd Field Artillery in France and Germany from October 1917 until April 1919. He returned to Hale County and farmed. The first irrigation well drilled in this area was on his land. He retired in 1960.

He had served as a school trustee for Lakeview school before it was consolidated with Abernathy and Petersburg schools. He was a charter member of Abernathy Producers Co-op and a member of First United Methodist Church.

He married Mabel Pipkin on Sept. 21, 1921 in Plainview. She died on March 30, 1993.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Lutrick of Lubbock and Lewis and Harvey Lutrick, both of Abernathy; two daughters, Ann McCune of Abernathy and Bell Baker of La Porte; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Abernathy First United Methodist Church, 704 Ave. D, Abernathy 79311 or to the Strip Cemetery Fund c/o First State Bank, 402 Ninth St., Abernathy 79311.
 

Ewell Mote

TULIA - Funeral services for Ewell Mote, 79, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, and the Rev. Jesse Hodge, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

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

Mr. Mote died at 4:04 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, in High Plains Baptist Hospital in Amarillo.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1917, in Wise County where he grew up and attended schools. He moved to Swisher County in 1939 and farmed. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1942-1943. After his discharge he lived in Pampa for several years and worked in the oil fields and for Plains Creamery. He returned to Tulia in 1948 and worked for Hill Trucking Co. of Hart, Triangle Butane and Barbour Brothers. He later farmed and retired in 1980.

He was a member of Oddfellows Lodge in Pampa and of First Baptist Church in Tulia.

He married Evelyn Jones on Feb. 2, 1941, in Tulia.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marilyn Foster of Tulia and Mary Jane Comer of Borger; one son, Weldon Mote of Tulia; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A brother, Robert Mote, died in 1996; a sister, Mary Mote died in 1974 and a grandson, J. Brett Foster died in 1989.

The family suggests memorials to the J. Brett Foster Memorial Fund at Swisher County Museum or to the Swisher County Library.

Jesse Jackson Burns

PAMPA - Funeral services for Jesse Jackson Burns, 95, father of Dwight Burns of Plainview, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Calvary Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Scott Barton, pastor, and the Rev. Bob Hudson, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Burns died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997.

He was born March 2, 1901, in Sims, Ark. He moved to Oklahoma where he lived until 1950. He moved to Quail, Texas in 1950 where he farmed until retirement. He moved to Pampa in 1974.

He was active in the Assembly of God Church in Wellington and later was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Pampa.

He married Goldie Keys on Nov. 12, 1936, in Pocasset, Okla. She died March 20, 1996.

Other survivors include three other sons, Herman Burns of Madera, Calif., Jesse Burns of Flatonia and Herschel Burns of Pampa; two daughters, Rachel Bartlett of Stockton, Calif., and Doralean Darnell of Amarillo; a step-son, Bob Hudson of Mack, Colo.; three brothers, Elmer Burns of Lathrop, Calif., Leonard Burns of Cement, Okla., and Tally Burns of Chickasha, Okla.; a sister, Lona Daniels of Shafter, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; and several great-, great-great- and great-great-greatgrandchildren.

A son, William Burns, and nine brothers are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to Calvary Assembly of God Church, 1030 Love Street, Pampa 79065.
 

Rebecca L. Flores

Funeral services for Rebecca L. Flores, 61, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Herman Martinez, pastor of Templo Nueva Vida of Floydada, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today in Lemons Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Flores died at 11:19 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born April 6, 1935, in San Angelo. She grew up in Lamesa and moved to Plainview in 1973.

She was a member of Templo Nueva Vida in Floydada.

She married Juan C. Flores on May 16, 1976 in Plainview.

Survivors include one daughter, Christina Riojas of Plainview; one son, Ernest Rivera of Georgia; four brothers, Daniel Lopez of California, Thomas Lopez of Hereford, Israel Lopez of Greeley, Colo., and Moy Lopez of Lamesa; two sisters, Louisa Aldaba of Plainview and Santos Tambunga of Pampa; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 

Ida Hickerson

Memorial services for Ida Hickerson, 95, will be at a later date when her cremains will be buried in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hickerson died at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, in Oak Forest Nursing Home in St. Louis, Mo.

She was born Ida Spencer on March 14, 1901, in Ringgold Co., Iowa. She grew up and attended school at Mt. Ayr, Iowa. She lived in Oklahoma City and later in Tulsa, Okla., and Topeka, Kan. before moving to Plainview in 1948. She owned and operated Hickerson Record Shop until 1964. She moved to Bridgetown, Mo., in 1976.

She had been a member of Grace Presbyterian while living in Plainview and was past president of the Plainview Art Association, a member of the Women´s Golf Association and a volunteer at the Eleanor Griffin Children´s Development Center. In Bridgetown she had been active at John Knox Presbyterian Church and in golf and bridge.

She married Ray Hickerson on Sept. 3, 1919, in Des Moines, Iowa. He died Dec. 30, 1969, in Plainview.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Martha) Hunter of Yuma, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Pat Cook of Austin; a brother, John Spencer of Pueblo, Colo.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Russell Hickerson, is deceased.
 

Diane Peugh

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Diane Davis Peugh, 45, of Ovilla, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church in Petersburg with Tommy Overman of Dallas officiating.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery by Freeman Funeral Home of Hale Center.

Mrs. Peugh died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at her residence.

She was born Diane Davis on Feb. 5, 1951, in Lubbock. She graduated from Petersburg High School, attended West Texas State University and graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington. She moved from Cedar Hill to Ovilla in 1984. She worked for Mitchell International in computer sales.

She married Kelly Peugh on July 31, 1971, in Petersburg. He died June 1, 1995.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Lorene and J.L. Armentrout of Petersburg; a daughter, Stephanie Eckerle of Ovilla; and a grandson, Kelly Wayne Eckerle of Ovilla.
 

Jay Rapp

AMARILLO - Memorial services for Jay Rapp, 58, well-known dog trainer and radio personality, will be at 2 p.m. today in Memorial Park Funeral Home East Mausoleum.

Mr. Rapp died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and served in the Army from 1955 to 1957. He moved to Amarillo in 1983 and owned and operated the Amarillo-based Original Home Dog Training. He originally trained police dogs in Miami, Fla., and had written three books on dog training.

His radio show, “Pet Talk,” was broadcast on 19 stations, including KGNC-AM. He gave his book on the American Method of Dog Training to call-in listeners.

He married Bobbie Palmer in 1994 in Amarillo.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kenneth N. Rapp of Arlington; a daughter, Merrisa S. Stepp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a sister, Hedda Rapp of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The family suggests memorials to St. Anthony´s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo 79176-0001.


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