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Harry C. McLaurin

Funeral services for Harry Charles McLaurin, 71, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in College Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. McLaurin died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1926, in Plainview where he lived all his life. He worked for Bryan-Hoffman Construction until 1965 when he opened Harry´s Glass and Body Shop. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of College Heights Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On Dec. 2, 1944, he married Earnest Mae Fields in Plainview. She died Dec. 21, 1997.

Survivors include one son, Charles McLaurin of Lubbock; one daughter, Connie Davis of Plainview; two sisters, Elaine Pinkerton of Dallas and Mary Sue Bartlett of Safford, Ariz.; one brother, Milton D. McLaurin of Plainview; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Three brothers are deceased.
 

Lonnie F. Widener

MEMPHIS - Funeral services for Lonnie F. Widener, 87, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Memphis Church of Christ with Tom Anderson, minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery by Spicer Funeral home.

Mr. Widener died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998.

He was born in Arkansas and was a farmer.

He married Karra Spruill in 1934 in Memphis.

Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Glenna Rhodes, Wanda Howard and Barbara Maddox, all of Amarillo, Jo Ann Hooten of Anchorage, Alaska and Gayle Cosper of Brownfield; two sons, Lonnie Widener Jr. of Benbrook and Jimmie Widener of Memphis; a sister, Opal Yarbrough of Plainview; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

Elmer Lee McGill
OLTON - Graveside services for Elmer Lee McGill, 75, of Paris, Texas, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Olton Cemetery with the Rev. Kyle Streun, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home.

Mr. McGill died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, in McCristian Hospital in Paris.

He was born May 21, 1923, in Olton. He was a farmer and a Baptist. He moved to Paris from Olton in 1975.

In 1946 he married Doris Chaney in Clovis, N.M.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Darrell McGill of Paris and David McGill of Arkansas; two daughters, Jane Washington of Dallas and Karen Cato of Paris; one brother, Lowell McGill of Lubbock; and eight grandchildren, including Kevin McGill of Hale Center and Dereck McGill of Fort Benning, Ga.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. today.

Memorials are suggested to Westview Boys Home, Hollis, Okla. or to Boles Home in Quinlan, Texas.
 

Nelva Morris

FLOMOT - Graveside services for Nelva Morris, 70, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Flomot Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Nathan Mulder of South Plains officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Seigler Funeral Home of Matador.

Mrs. Morris died Monday, Nov. 18, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Boswell, Okla. She was a homemaker and had worked as an assistant postmaster in Flomot for several years. She was a member of Flomot Baptist Church.

On Sept. 14, 1947, she married Wendell M. Morris in Matador.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Billy Morris of Flomot and Tommy Morris of Lockney; two daughters, Pam Lane of Plainview and Cindy Green of Matador; a half-brother, Wayne Snow of Boswell, Okla.; a half-sister, Hazel Brizendeen of Killeen; and 10 grandchildren.

Janie Kirbo Ebeling
Funeral services for Janie Kirbo Ebeling, 65, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ebeling died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998.
 

John Sherrod

HEREFORD - Graveside services for John Sherrod, 48, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in West Park Cemetery.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Cosby officiating.

Arrangements are by Parkside Chapel Funeral Home.

Mr. Sherrod died Monday evening, Dec. 14, 1998, at his residence after a short illness.

He was born June 21, 1950, in Lubbock. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a degree in business finance. He worked as a bank examiner for several years and moved to Hereford in 1989 where he was employed at First National Bank, now the Firstbank Southwest, as vice president. In 1996, he was promoted to president of the bank where he served until 1998.

He was a board member of the Panhandle Higher Education Authority, Wayland Baptist University Advisory Council, Hereford Concert Association, Deaf Smith County Health Fair Foundation, board member and treasurer of the Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Small Business Loan Committee, and the Panhandle Regional Planning Committee.

He served as treasurer of the Deaf Smith County Crime Stoppers Association, was president of the United Way Fund, served as board member of Kids Inc., president of the Hereford Country Club and was a member of First Baptist Church where he was an usher and was on the Building and Grounds Committee.

On Feb. 14, 1976, he married Karen Cumiford in Hale Center.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Curt Sherrod of San Angelo; a daughter, Kari Sherrod of Hereford; his mother, Jean Sherrod of Lubbock; and a brother, Ronnie Sherrod of Hale Center.

The family suggests memorials to the Firstbank Southwest Scholarship Fund for the Sherrod Children´s College Fund.

Annie Grabbe
SILVERTON -ÊFuneral services for Annie Grabbe, 90, formerly of Silverton, will be at 2 p.m Saturday in First Baptist Church with Ted Kingery and the Rev. Edwin Norris officiating.

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

Mrs. Grabbe died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998.

She was born Dec. 6, 1907 at Turnersville. She married D.M. Grabbe in 1926 at Plainview. He died in 1987.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was an avid gardener.

Survivors include three daughters, Blanche McMillan of Hearn, Janice Burch and Barbara Allison of Lubbock; one son, Louis Grabbe of Silverton and; two brothers, Bill Hamilton of Houston and J.W. Hamilton of Stockdale; four sisters, Hazel Turpin of Rockdale, Dorothy Merkel of Fredricksburg, Barbara Collins and Vera Manis of Lubbock; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

A son, Joe Grabbe, and an infant son are deceased.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer´s Association, South Plains Chapter, Lubbock, 806-799-4708, or to the Silverton Cemetery Association.
 

Ethel May Luedtke

Funeral services for Ethel May Luedtke, 92, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with Jim Brewer, minister of South Plains Church of Christ in Lubbock, officiating.

Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Plainview.

Mrs. Luedtke died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, in Integrated Health Services Heritage Home of Plainview.

She was born Nov. 24, 1905 in Sweetwater and married Leo Max Luedtke on Jan. 14, 1933 in Frederick, Okla. They came to Plainview in 1941 from Vernon. She was a homemaker and a member of Ninth and Columbia Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Max K. Luedtke of Navasota; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Roy Carnes, Troy Carter, Robert Miller, Dale Miller, David Hamm and James Jones.

B.F. Crosby Jr.

TULIA - Funeral services for B.F. Crosby Jr., 83, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jesse Hodge, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Crosby died at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, in Hi-Plains Hospital in Hale Center.

Benjamin Franklin Crosby Jr. was born Dec. 8, 1914 in Erick, Okla. and married Nellie G. Bliss on Nov. 14, 1936 in Erick. She died March 10, 1996, in Tulia.

He moved to Swisher County in 1944. A member of First United Methodist Church, he was the church´s janitor for 30 years. He also worked for the Green Thumb Program in Tulia for 10 years. He participated in Swisher Memorial Building activities and the Swisher County Museum.

Surviving are a daughter, Marilyn Loveless of Tulia; a son, Ivan Crosby of Tulia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dewitt Crosby, Brandon Crosby, Bill Hardy, Emmitt Tipton, Rusty Crosby and Harold Martin. 
 

Israel Martinez

RALLS - Funeral Mass for Israel Pat Martinez, 51, of Sugarland, were at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Glenn Rosendale officiating.

Burial was in Ralls Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Martinez died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

He was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Weslaco and moved to Floydada in 1979. He worked for Don Hardy Racing for 14 years.

Surviving are a son, Gerry of Ralls; two daughters, Serena Flores of Lubbock and Christina Martinez of Floydada; his mother, Crestina Martinez of El Campo; three sisters, Hortencia Jiminez of San Antonio, Mary Ellen Benavidez of El Campo and Lupe Esquibel of Sugarland; and six grandchildren.

A son, Greg, is deceased.
 

Louise S. Leslie

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Louise S. Leslie, 81, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Resthaven Chapel with Monsignor James Comiskey, pastor of Christ the King Cathedral, officiating. 

Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

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

Mrs. Leslie died Monday June 8, 1998, in Methodist Hospital.

She was born Feb. 17, 1917, in San Antonio. She moved to Lubbock in 1954 and was an active member of Christ The King Cathedral and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

On June 19, 1937, she married Arthur Charles Leslie in New Braunfels. He died June 19, 1965.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Hollars of Plainview and LeAnn Kuykendall of Lubbock; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
 

C.C. ´Spud´ Murphy

Funeral services for C.C. “Spud” Murphy, 80, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Christian Church with Aubrey Chapman and John Phillips officiating.

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

Mr. Murphy died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1998, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Quanah where he grew up and graduated from high school. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1950, he moved to Plainview and managed movie theaters including the Granada, Fair and Twin-Vue. He moved to Lubbock in 1970 and worked at Holland Gardens. He returned to Plainview in 1972 and worked as a deputy in the sheriff´s office. He became bailiff for the 64th District Court in 1980 and retired from that position in 1997.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge #709, an amateur radio operator, WA5MEQ, and did custom leather tooling.

On May 28, 1938, he married Mona Faye Burch in Plainview. She died Feb. 10, 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Laurent of Denver, Colo., and Kaye Phillips of Plainview; four grandchildren, Kennon Laurent and Michael Laurent, both of Denver, Kelly Borum of Plainview and Kevin Phillips of Amarillo; and eight great-grandchildren.

Don Chitty
TULIA - Funeral services for Don Chitty, 67, of Amarillo, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel with H.L. Rowell, lay minister, officiating.

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

Mr. Chitty died at 9:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, in Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

He was born April 17, 1931 in Silverton where he grew up and attended schools. He moved to Tulia and graduated from Tulia High School. He worked as a transporter of fuel and butane for several years and had lived in Amarillo for 22 years.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Beckwith, Debbie Chitty and Lisa Guitterez, all of Amarillo, and Lori O´Kuley of Estes Park, Colo.; two sons, Donald Chitty of Tulia and Wayne Chitty of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Winona Kirkland of Tulia; two brothers, A.D. Chitty of Shreveport, La., and Billy Wayne Chitty of Lawton, Okla.; and 19 grandchildren.

A son, Robert Alan Chitty and a sister, Glenda Kay Tillman, are deceased.
 

Pearl Wright

Funeral services for Pearl Wright, 80, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roger Foote, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wright died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, in Denton.

She was born July 17, 1918, in Turkey where she grew up and attended schools. She moved to Lockney in 1952 and to Plainview in 1972. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Richard Thomas of Denton; a son and daughter-in-law, Doyle Jr. and Brenda Poole of Lockney; two brothers, Ray Perkins of Cleburne and Jake Perkins of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Lois Melton of Amarillo; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Pool, Anthony Pool, Amos Pool, Jayson Thomas, Richard Thomas and Don Butler.

A granddaughter, Dana Murrell, died in June of 1989.

T.V. McClure
SILVERTON - Funeral services for T.V. McClure, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Edwin Norris officiating.

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

Mr. McClure died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998.

He was a farmer and had owned and operated Pioneer Steak House in Plainview for many years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church.

On Dec. 26, 1937, he married Earnestene. She died in 1953. On April 4, 1970, he married Opal Brannon in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Fay Paschal of Plainview; two sons, Garland McClure of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Carroll McClure of Huntsville, Ala.; two stepsons, Walter Hill of Silverton and Freddy Hill of Canyon; a brother, Weaver McClure of Kress; two sisters, Vera Crain of Childress and Connie Lee Tomme of Birmingham; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Hands in Lockney.
 

John T. Sands

Funeral services for John T. Sands, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Richard Emerson, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Sands died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Floydada. He grew up and went to schools in Fulbright. He later moved to Petersburg and then served with the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, he moved to Plainview and worked in construction for several years. He built several drive-in theaters across the country and owned and operated Belmar Furniture from 1973-1989. He retired in 1989.

He was a member of First Christian Church.

On July 20, 1948, he married Lorene Kingery.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steven Arnett of Irving; five sisters, Ailene Short of Tyler, Maxine Sells of Borger, Merle Stanton of Longview, Marie James of Albuquerque, N.M., and Cleo Howerton of Midland; and three grandchildren, Allison, Alexis and Kendra Arnett, all of Irving.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Horace B. Byerley Jr.

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Horace B. “Hoss” Byerley Jr., 71, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. John McClean, senior pastor, and Dr. Norman W. Grigsby, associate pastor, officiating.

Burial will be at 4 p.m. in Anton by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.

Mr. Byerley died Thursday, June 18, 1998.

He was born in Crosbyton, graduated from Levelland High School and attended Texas Tech before receiving his bachelor´s degree from Western New Mexico University and his master´s from Southwest Texas State University.

He was a teacher and coach in Anton, Hale Center and Perryton, running the junior high program in Perryton for 15 years before serving as an administrator for seven. He retired in 1983.

He coached the Hale Center Owls football teams from 1955-61 and his 1955 team scored almost 600 points.

He was a member of the Top of Texas Coaches Hall of Fame and St. Paul United Methodist Church.

He married Dott Motl in 1947 in Anton.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Mike Byerley of Lubbock and Chris Byerley of Joshua; two daughters, Susan Meek of Amarillo and Cindy Snell of Fort Worth; his mother, Floy Byerley of Hale Center; a brother, Earl Byerley of Bandera; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association, 2404 W. Seventh, Amarillo 79106.
 

Briant Thompson

DODGE CITY, Kan. - Funeral services for Briant Thompson, 16, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Plainview.

Arrangements are by Golden Gate Mortuary in Amarillo. Further details are pending.

Mr. Thompson died Wednesday, June 17, 1998.

Edith Frazier

BROWNFIELD - Funeral services for Edith Frazier, 80, of Graham, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Tahoka Road Church of Christ with Douglas Peters of Southeast Church of Christ in Houston, and John McCoy, a retired minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Brownfield Cemetery by Brownfield Funeral Home.

Mrs. Frazier died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, in University Park and Rehab.

She was born March 13, 1917, in Robertson County. She moved to Graham from Brownfield in 1990 and was a member of the Church of Christ.

On July 31, 1937, she married Jessie Frazier in Lorenzo.

He died on Feb. 6, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Doyle Ray and Alvis Thomas Frazier, both of Graham; a daughter, Mary Ellen Peters of Holliday; two sisters, Elsie Frazier of Plainview and Gladys Bullard of Brownfield; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
 

Virginia Jean Posey

OKEENE, Okla. - Funeral services for Virginia Jean Posey, 77, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Darrel Boyd and the Rev. Fred Rider officiating.

Burial will be in Isabella Cemetery by Sisson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Posey died Tuesday morning, March 3, 1998, in Okeene Nursing Center.

She was born Jan. 5, 1921, on a farm near Isabella, the youngest of 12 children of Wilhelm and Susan Hall Wahl.

She attended school at Golden Valley and Oak Dale Church west of Ringwood. She lived near Isabella and Okeene all of her life. She was a member of First Christian Church and was a published author of poetry.

She married George Leroy Posey on Feb. 9, 1938, in Fairview. He was a custom harvester that cut wheat all the way to the Canadian border. He died Nov. 8, 1980.

Survivors include four sons, Jim Posey and his wife, Janice, of Plainview, Jerry Posey and his wife, Jamie, of Cody, Wyo, Earl Posey and Ron Posey, both of Okeene; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A son, Everet Lee Posey, died Jan. 21, 1995, and seven brothers, four sisters and a grandson also are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to First Christian Church in Okeene.


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