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Ray Preston
LUBBOCK - Memorial services for Ray Preston 62, will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Caprock Congregation of Jehovah´s Witnesses with Gary Deatherage officiating.

Cremation arrangements were by Resthaven Funeral Home and Crematory.

Mr. Preston died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998.

He was born in Friona and moved to Lubbock in 1964 from Plainview. He worked for Plains Cooperative Oil Mill and was a member of the Caprock Congregation of Jehovah´s Witnesses.

On Nov. 18, 1964, he married Jean Catlin in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Doug Norris of Tolar and Allen Norris of Dayton; one daughter, Connie Diane Norris of Lubbock; two stepsons, Ronald Dean Reagan of Lubbock and Dale Reagan of Bryan-College Station; one stepdaughter, Marla Gayle Reagan of Lubbock; a half sister, Nancy Nazworth of Hereford; and eight grandchildren.

Verlyn Hollis

DUMAS - Graveside services for Verlyn Hollis, 71, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dumas Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Unwin of First Assembly of God Church in Plainview officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mr. Hollis died Thursday, May 21, 1998.

He was born in Acme and had lived in Dumas for 25 years. He worked for the Dumas Co-op Grain Elevator and was a veteran of the Army.

In 1950 he married Jean Jeffers in Vernon. She died in 1996.

Survivors include four sons, Ricky R. Hollis, Larry Hollis and Terry Hollis, all of Dumas, and Gary Hollis of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Rae Nita White of Tulia; a brother, Ernest Hollis of Snyder; a sister, Faeoline Norton of Memphis; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Memorial Hospice, 224 E. 2nd, Dumas, TX 79029.

Vernon Bartlett
ARLINGTON - Funeral services for Vernon I. Bartlett, 86, will be at 1 p.m. today in Arlington Funeral Home Chapel.

Masonic graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the IOOF Cemetery in Abernathy.

Mr. Bartlett died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998, in Arlington.

He was born June 5, 1912, in Ben Franklin. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

On March 30, 1934, he married Marietta King in Lubbock. She died on Feb. 22, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Guy Bartlett of Abernathy and Jim Bartlett of Houston; two daughters, June Harris of Midland and Rita Harmon of Ponder; five brothers, Gayler of Fresno, Calif., W.R. of Perkins, Okla., George of Meadow, Paul of Atlanta and Leonard of Carson, Calif.; three sisters, Martha McCandles of South Barre, Vt., Margaret Stone of Clifton, Colo., and Lois Fitzpatrick of Upper Marlboro, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Elmer Dowell
HOBBS, N.M. - No services for Elmer Robert Dowell, 70, are planned.

Mr. Dowell died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, in Hobbs.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin Funeral Home with public visitation from 3-8 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Dowell was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Bend, Ore. He moved to Hobbs in 1946 from Sundown. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Senior Citizens Club.

On Aug. 28, 1953, he married Ellen Peacock in Reno, Nev. She died in 1987.

Survivors include a son, Robert Allen Dowell of Hobbs; five daughters, Darlene L. Dodd, Anita K. Baxter, Glennora F. Linderman of Abernathy, Cheryl D. Larson of Aurora, Colo., and Edna L. Prysock of Hobbs; one brother, U.D. Dowell Jr. of Fort Sumner, N.M.; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A sister, Goldie Chapman, and a granddaughter, Shelly Baxter, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.

Fred Clark

TULIA - Graveside services for Fred Clark, 68, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Rusty Gray, pastor of Tulia Christian Fellowship Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mr. Clark died at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born Aug. 31, 1929, in Royce City where he grew up. He was an elevator attendant and worked in Hart for several years before moving to Swisher County in 1954 and worked for Tulia Wheat Growers for 12 years. He attended Tulia Christian Fellowship Church.

On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Melba Miller in Clovis, N.M.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Freda Baker of Plainview and Rita Faye Morris of Albuquerque, N.M.; one son, Larry Edward Clark of Tulia; two sisters, Helen Kell of Boise City, Okla., and Betty Elkins of Burleson; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Teauna Crawford
Funeral services for Teauna Mewanna Crawford, 17, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Miss Crawford, a senior at Plainview High School, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at her residence.

C.B. Wilhelm

NAZARETH - Funeral Mass for C.B. Wilhelm, 88, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Rev. Jerry Stein, pastor, officiating.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the CCD Building.

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

Mr. Wilhelm died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at 9:25 p.m. in Dimmitt.

He was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Nazareth where he lived his entire life. He was a farmer and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #2654.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Nazareth Museum Fund, P.O. Box 7, Nazareth, TX 79063 or to the Nazareth Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 241, Nazareth, TX 79063.

The family will be at the CCD Building in Nazareth at 3 p.m. today to receive visitors.

Ray Gene Ferguson

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE - Funeral services for Ray Gene Ferguson, 59, former Floydada resident, will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Rodgers, officiating.

Burial will be in McAdams Cemetery by Baum-Carlock-Baumgardner Funeral Home of Mineral Wells.

Mr. Ferguson died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Mineral Wells Hospital.

He was born June 21, 1938, in Floydada. He was manager of a co-op gin for 39 years and a former member of the Zoning Board of Floydada. He was a former director of Plains Cotton Growers in Lubbock and Floydada Chamber of Commerce and had served on the Floydada City Council from 1968-1970. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of First Baptist Church.

On Feb. 2, 1957, he married Mary Ann Finley in Floydada.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Leanne Jamison and Kelli Reker, both of Midland; his parents, Rafe and Edith Ferguson of Floydada; a brother, Norman Ferguson of Graham; a sister, Thelma Anglin of Amarillo; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church of Possum Kingdom Lake.

A.J. Corley

BLANCHARD, Okla. - Funeral services for Arthur John “A.J.” Thomas Corley, 96, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Kenneth Adams, pastor of Lakeside Church of God in Norman, officiating.

Burial will be in Dibble Cemetery by Eisenhour Funeral Home.

Mr. Corley died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Naples, Okla., and was a retired carpenter.

He married Florence Ashford in 1920 in Naples. She died in 1987.

Survivors include two sons, Clyde Corley of Healdton, Okla., and Bronell Corley of Dibble, Okla., a former Plainview resident; three daughters, Mrs. Danny (Julia) Rowland of Benicia, Calif., Mrs. Arnold (Lenora) Perry of Tulia, formerly of Plainview, and Mrs. Kenneth (Janell) Cambron of Oklahoma City; a brother, Dave Corley of Oklahoma City; a sister, Nora Ritter of Lindsay, Okla.; a half-sister, Nellie Morgan of Muleshoe; 17 grandchildren, including Mrs. Henry (Ramona) Ruff of Plainview; 28 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Doyle Ray, one brother, two sisters and a great-great-great-granddaughter, are deceased.

William Kinslow

PAMPA - Funeral services for William “Pete” Kinslow, 65, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Carmichael-Whatley funeral Directors Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Teeter, pastor of St. Paul united Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Kinslow died Thursday, July 16, 1998.

He was born in Paris, Texas and grew up in Tulia. He moved to Pampa in 1964 and worked as a heavy-equipment operator and mechanic with Lewis Construction Co. for 26 years. He retired in 1992.

In 1954 he married Malenda Faye Durham in Crowell.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Belinda Nolte and Vickie Long, both of Pampa; a son, Jerry Kinslow of Happy; his father, Bobby Kinslow of Tulia; two sisters, Ellen Airehart and Cordie Johnston, both of Tulia; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Panhandle, Box 2795, Pampa, TX 79066-2795.

Jack James

Funeral services for Jack James, 78, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. James died about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at his residence after an illness.

Belinda Jimenez

OLTON - Funeral services for Belinda Jimenez, 37, will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in La Trinidad Baptist Mission Church with the Rev. Gil Ramirez, pastor of Park Drive Baptist Church in Levelland, and the Rev. Lupe Rando, pastor of La Primera Church in Floydada, officiating.

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

Mrs. Jimenez died at 9:23 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, in Olton after a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 18, 1960, in Seminole. She lived in Plainview before moving to Olton in 1990.

She was a member of La Trinidad Baptist Church.

On April 14, 1978, she married Johnny Jimenez in Seminole.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Brian Jimenez of Olton; one brother, Gilbert Ramirez of Sundown; two sisters, Grace Hackfield of Hobbs, N.M., and Margie Munguia of Hargil; and her parents, Crescencio and Adela Ramirez of Seminole.

A daughter, Lisa Rae Jimenez, died in 1996.

Arthur B. Miller

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Arthur B. Miller, 83, will be at 4 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with Lee Couch, retired Methodist minister from Lamesa, officiating.

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

Mr. Miller died at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 1998, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 18, 1914, in Altus, Okla. He served with the 3rd Division, 30th Infantry in the amphibious invasion of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany during World War II.

He moved to Petersburg in 1958 and worked with youth in baseball and tennis for many years.

He was a retired postal carrier and a member of First Baptist Church, OES, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Senior Citizens and RSVP.

On Dec. 22, 1941, he married Mary Miller.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mary Henderson of Big Lake; two sons, Junebug Miller of Petersburg and Ellis Miller of Miami; two brothers, Porter Miller of Andrews and Coy Miller of Grass Valley, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Also, his special friends Keith Biggers of South Lake, Jim Paul Young of Levelland, Mark Hegi of Petersburg and Dennis Bruington of Waco.

John Burnett

LEVELLAND - Funeral services for John L. Burnett, 91, will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Geo. C. Price Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Roland Burnett, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, officiating.

Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery.

Mr. Burnett died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, in Lynnwood Manor.

He was born Aug. 10, 1906, in Williston, Tenn. He moved to Hockley County from Morton in 1946 and was a cotton farmer, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of Woodrow Baptist Church, Levelland Lodge 1236 AF&AM and Levelland Oddfellow Lodge.

He married Evie Lumpkin on June 16, 1928, in Holly Springs, Miss. She died in 1994.

Survivors include four sons, John Marvin Burnett of Levelland, Roland Burnett of McKinney, Jerry Burnett of Brownfield and Jim Lewis of Levelland; two daughters, Anita Mandrell of Olton and Betty Sue Biddle of Sparks, Okla.; a sister, Evelyn Guthrie of Lubbock; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Nancy Jane Burnett, died April 13, 1945.

Mary Lois Helen

Funeral services for Mary Lois Helen, 40, are pending with Ossie Curry Funeral Home.

Ms. Helen died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998.

William Mast
Funeral services for William Vestal Mast, 63, will be at 2 p.m. today in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with Karl King, minister of Garland Street Church of Christ, and J.W. Hamby, an elder, officiating.

Burial will be in Kit Carson Cemetery in Kit Carson, Colo.

Mr. Mast died at 9:10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, at his residence south of Plainview.

He was born May 15, 1935, in Eads, Colo., where he graduated from high school in 1953. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany and worked as a government surveyor. He retired in 1990 and moved to Plainview.

On June 1, 1957, he married Vada Fern Gibbs in Kit Carson.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Verline Harris of Carrollton and Sherri Sullivan of Ottawa; two sisters, Lorna Holter of Brush, Colo., and Shirley Pfingston of Salida, Colo.; a brother, Gordon Mast of Eads; his mother, Kathryn Mast of Fort Morgan, Colo.; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Roger Holter, Ricky Pfingston, Sandy Spell, Jim Spell, Doug Gibbs, Victor Gibbs, Harlan Criswell and Billy Connelly.

The family suggests memorials to Family Hospice of the Plains, 4418 Olton Rd., Plainview, TX 79072, or to Kingswood Church of Christ Apartment Ministry, 2901 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingswood, TX 77339.

Clinton Thornton
HALE CENTER - Funeral services for Clinton Thornton, 45, are pending with Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Thornton died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, in Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Juanita Verver

TULIA - Funeral services for Juanita Verver, 86, are pending with Wallace Funeral Home.

Mrs. Verver died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.

Jody Witten

Funeral services for Jody Witten, 36, of Texarkana, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Bob Miller, pastor of South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo, officiating.

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

Mr. Witten died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in a one-vehicle accident near Greenville.

He was born June 17, 1962, in Dalhart. He grew up in Plainview where he attended schools and graduated from Plainview High School in 1980. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 1984 and worked for K mart in Amarillo, Pampa and Borger. He began working for Toys-R-Us in 1990 and recently had been named a manager of the Texarkana store.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Texarkana.

On June 29, 1984, he married Teri Patching.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert Alan and Jared Landon, both of Texarkana; two sisters, Kathy Garrison of Amarillo and Trisha Hurley of Plainview; his father, Glenn Witten of Plainview; his mother, Patsy Lambert of Kansas; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Brannan of Stratford.

Clara Neis
Funeral services for Clara Eunice Kelley Neis, 91, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Neis died at 8:36 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

She was born in Rucker, Texas on Feb. 18, 1907. She finished high school in 1924 and attended National Business College in Abilene. She moved to Plainview in 1926.

During her career in Plainview, she worked at the Third National Bank, Plainview Chamber of Commerce, Hale County ASCS office, Herbert Dysart and Great Southern Life Insurance and for Sam Curry and what is now known as The Roberts Companies where she was associated for 51 years.

She was named Pioneer Woman of the Plains in 1989. She has been a member and served as president of the Business and Professional Women´s Club. She also was a member of Hale County Historical Commission, Las Camaradas Club, Beta Delphin Study Club, the Woman´s Club of Plainview and Insurance Women of Plainview.

She had been a member of First Baptist Church for 72 years, joining the congregation the first Sunday she moved to Plainview in 1926.

She married Harold Neis, a pharmacist here for 58 years, on Jan. 1, 1938 in Plainview. He died May 18, 1992.

Survivors include one daughter, Nelia Ann Garner of Saratoga, Calif.; two grandsons, Gene and Greg; and five great-grandchildren.

A son, Thomas Richard Neis, died March 4, 1947. 

Ima Smith
LUBBOCK - Memorial services for Ima Smith, 86, were at 11 a.m. today in St. John´s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby McMillan and the Rev. Ted Dotts officiating.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Oct. 20, 1911, in Jack County. She graduated from Ralls High School and attended Texas Tech.

In 1935 she married Preston Smith whom she had meet at Tech. He began his political career in 1944 as a state representative, then was a state senator and lieutenant and was elected governor in 1968.

During her two two-year terms as Texas´ first lady, from 1969 to 1973, she moved to Austin. She was interested in history and produced a 29-page brochure of the various rooms of the Governor´s Mansion. She also was interested in improving the conditions of the state´s prisons. Her report was instrumental in helping to reform and improve conditions for the mentally ill.

In 1969 she was named a distinguished alumna of Texas Tech, the first woman to be so named.

She returned to Lubbock and remained active in numerous organizations. She was a member of Lubbock Women´s Club, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and St. John´s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Mick Smith of Crawford, Colo.; a daughter, Jan Taylor of Lubbock; three sisters, Bobbie Brow of Plainview, Essie Nichols and Raynell Keller, both of Lubbock; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Lubbock, P.O. Box 53276, Lubbock, TX 79453.

Eldon Dee Walker

Funeral services for Eldon Dee Walker, 91, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Glendell Smith, chaplain for Baptist/St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo, officiating.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Garden of Memories in Paducah by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Walker died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 1998, in Integrated Health Services of Plainview.

He was born May 25, 1907, in Cross Plains. He worked as a cowboy from the age of 13 and for 22 years worked on area ranches and competed in rodeos. He worked on the PK Ranch near Dumont before moving to the Double U Ranch at Post. In 1948 he moved to Guthrie and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the State of Texas. He moved to Floydada in the early 1950s and to Plainview in 1958 and was a heavy equipment operator for Hale County Pct. 1.

He was a member of Parkview Baptist Church.

On April 8, 1941, he married Gladys Opal Thompson in Dumont. She died Feb. 9, 1998, in Lubbock.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jerry and Ken Estes of Bay City; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jackie and Sheila Walker of Bradley Ark., Coy and Janice Walker of Plainview and Troy Walker of Dumas; two brothers, Elbert Walker of Jayton and Loyd Walker of Abilene; one sister, Aleta Moore of Abilene; four sisters-in-law; eight grandchildren, Darrell Hon, Tammy Daughtery, Douglas Walker, Scotty Walker, Keith Graham, Deborah Overhoff, Carrie Henderson and Timothy Walker; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Brandon Leigh Carrasco
Graveside services for Brandon Leigh Carrasco, two-month-old son of Juan Manuel and Victoria Carrasco Jr., will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Plainview Cemetery with the Rev. Gerry Kinney, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

The infant died at 4:12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, in the emergency room of Covenant Hospital.

He was born Sept. 16, 1998, in Plainview.

Survivors include his parents; and two brothers, Juan Izaguirre Carrasco and Fabian Antonio Carrasco, both of Plainview.

Frances Hartman

Funeral services for Frances Hartman, 90, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral home.

Mrs. Hartman died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, in Amarillo.

Florene Fitzgerald

SILVERTON - Funeral services for Florene Lois Fitzgerald, 82, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Rock Creek Church of Christ with J.D. Nance and Elton Cantwell officiating.

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

Mrs. Fitzgerald died Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Claude.

She was born Sept. 25, 1916. She was a member of Rock Creek Church of Christ, Rock Creek Quilting Club and the Home Demonstration Club.

On Sept. 8, 1934, she married Wayland Fitzgerald in Clarendon. He died March 10, 1991.

Survivors include a son, Guinn Fitzgerald of Silverton; a daughter, Betty Breedlove of College Station; a sister, Nelda Teeple of Silverton; a brother, Merle J. Montague of Fort Collins, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Shirley Durham, died March 4, 1996.

The family suggests memorials to Rock Creek Church of Christ.

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