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Wilbert “W.K.” Schoppa

Funeral services for Wilbert “W.K.” Schoppa, 79, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul´s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Herb Keisstman, vacancy pastor of Littlefield, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jack Schneider, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Lubbock.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park with the Rev. Stephen Schur, pastor of Lutheran Church ELCA in Hondo, officiating.

Mr. Schoppa died at 2 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

He was born Jan. 14, 1919 in Vernon where he grew up and attended schools, graduating from Five-In-One High School near Vernon in 1937. He farmed in the Vernon area and married Catherine Schur on July 27, 1941.

He was in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 25, 1945 until March 8, 1946, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Hollandia in the South Pacific near Tokyo.

He moved to the Plainview area in 1947 and farmed in the Snyder community. He moved into Plainview in 1968 and later started farming in the Hart and Perryton areas. He also was owner-operator of Triangle Feedyard.

He had been a member of St. Paul´s Lutheran Church since 1947, serving as treasurer, trustee, Sunday school superintendent and on other boards. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was an avid fisherman.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jay Lowry of Fayetteville, Ark.; a brother, Dr. Roy Schoppa of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Thorman of Wichita Falls; and two granddaughters, Heather and Shannon Lowry of Fayetteville.

A brother, Verna Lee Schoppa, died in 1953 and a sister, Bernice Noack, died in 1993.

The family will receive friends at Lemons Funeral Home today from 6-9 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the W.K. Schoppa Memorial in care of St. Paul´s Lutheran Church in Plainview.
 

Jane Smith

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Memorial services for Jane McClure Smith, 54, will be held at 2 p.m. today in Cox Blvd. Church of Christ with Larry Kilpatrick officiating.

Cremation arrangements are by Spry Funeral Home-Sheffield.

Ms. Smith died Thursday, May 14, 1998, at her home after a 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born June 8, 1943, in Floydada. She grew up in Plainview where she attended schools and graduated from Plainview High School. After moving to Muscle Shoals, she owned and operated the Biscuit Village restaurant for 20 years. She was a member of Cox Blvd. Church of Christ and a former member of Ninth and Columbia Street Church of Christ in Plainview.

Survivors include a son, Ty Smith of Muscle Shoals, a daughter, Jami Smith of Destin, Fla.; her mother, Goldie McClure of Florence, a sister, Sue Reeves of Decatur; two brothers, Jimmy McClure and Wayne McClure, both of Nashville; and a grandchild, Mallie Victoria Pendergrass of Destin.

She was a daughter-in-law of Myrna Smith, former society editor for the Plainview Herald who now lives in Wichita Falls. Her father, Frank McClure is deceased, and her husband, Larry Smith, died in 1993.

The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society or to North Alabama Cancer Clinic/Breast Cancer Awareness, 101 W.H. Blake Jr. Drive, Muscle Shoals, Ala. 35661. 

Minnie May Chilton

McLEAN - Funeral services for Minnie May Chilton, 96, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Heald United Methodist Church in McLean with the Rev. Jim Teeter with St. Paul´s United Methodist Church in Pampa, officiating.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home of Hale Center.

Mrs. Chilton died Monday, July 20, 1997, in St. Joseph´s Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

She was born on May 19, 1902, in Chillicothe. She moved to McLean as a child and lived there until she was 90. She was a member of Heald United Methodist Church.

On July 3, 1920, she married Josh Chilton in Groom. He is deceased.

Survivors include one daughter, LaJune Blackshear and her husband, Dr. Wayne of Albuquerque; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Chilton of Hale Center; a sister, Tincy Gideon of McLean; and five grandchildren, Ralph Chilton of Plainview, Renee Chilton of Hale Center, Debbie Hennig, Sandy Bridges and Royce Blackshear; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Two sons, J.B. Chilton and Johnie Chilton, are deceased.

Pallbearers will be Royce Blackshear, Gary Bridges, Ralph Chilton, John Chilton, Josh Searsy and Aaron Hennig.
 

Curtis Robinson

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Curtis Robinson, 38, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in 20th and Birch Church of Christ with Dennis Bell officiating.

Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Cemetery by Ossie Curry Funeral Home.

Mr. Robinson died Monday, July 20, 1998, in University Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 3, 1959, in Floydada.

On July 10, 1990, he married Pamela Patton in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Crystal Robinson and Angela Patton; his parents, C.L. and Iretha Robinson; three sisters, Nancy, Doris and Sandra Robinson, all of Floydada; and a brother, Clint Robinson of Odessa.

J.R. Stroup

QUITAQUE - Funeral services for J.R. “Jim” Stroup, 94, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Sisemore, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Stroup died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at Pampa.

He was born Aug. 3, 1904, near Quitaque, the second reported birth recorded in Briscoe County. He graduated from Quitaque schools and attended Wayland Baptist Church where he was on the 1924 basketball team.

He was a rancher in Quitaque most of his life. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he had been a deacon and a longtime member of the Quitaque Lions Club.

On Dec. 26, 1926, he married Mertie Wise in Plainview. She died June 22, 1969.

Survivors include a brother, Jack Stroup of Pampa; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, James LeRoy Stroup died Nov. 15, 1935.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church.
 

Vera Lucille Bennett

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Vera Lucille Bennett, 78, of San Angelo, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Church in Floydada with the Rev. Norvell Allen, a son-in-law, and the Rev. Hoyle Smith, a brother, officiating.

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

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Friday in Rio Concho Manor in San Angelo.

Mrs. Bennett died Monday, Jan. 12, 1988, in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.

She was born July 22, 1919, in Perry. She attended school in Rosemont and moved from Granger to Hubbard in 1939. She moved to Floydada in 1950 and to San Angelo in 1982.

She was a homemaker and member of Ozona Baptist Church in Ozona and several civic organizations.

On Dec. 2, 1931, she married Willie Bennett in Granger. He died July 21, 1982.

Survivors include two sons, Walter L. Bennett of San Antonio and Ralph L. Bennett of Corpus Christi; eight daughters, Opal Allen of San Angelo, Willie Bennett of Irving, Johnnie Sandifer of Dallas, Betty Haliburton, Carolyn Thompson and Margaret McGilvery, all of Fort Worth, Doris Penagraph of Beaumont, and Katherine Hines of Haywood, Calif.; two brothers, Hoyle Smith of Big Lake and Roosevelt Smith of Lubbock; two sisters, Odell Crownover and Odessa Coulson, both of Fort Worth; 32 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Mary Davis, died in 1971.

The body will be at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.
 

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Paul Loza

HALE CENTER - Evening services for Paul Loza, 54, will be at 7 p.m. today in Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Rev. Mel Gomez, pastor officiating. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Hale Center First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gomez officiating.

Burial will be in Hale Center Cemetery by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Loza died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born March 3, 1943, in Del Rio. He worked for the City of Hale Center and was a lifelong Hale County resident. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church and the Hale Center Volunteer EMS.

On Jan. 12, 1998, he married Katey Aragon in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Paul Loza Jr. of Plainview; five daughters, Nancy L. Baione of Austin, Lulu Morales, Josie Irene Ruiz and Rosemary DeLeon, all of Sweetwater, and Kelsi Loza of Hale Center; three stepchildren, Justin Quintero, Randy Quintero and Sara Quintero, all of Hale Center; two sisters, Mary Trinidad and Sara Garcia, both of Dumas; and 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Garcia, Johnny Garcia, Gregory Loza Jr., Ray Loza, Andrew Madrigal and Baldemar Gomez Sr.

Two brothers, Gregory Loza and Joe Loza, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the Paul Loza Love Fund, c/o First National Bank of West Texas, P.O. Drawer A, Hale Center, TX 79041.
 

Jimmie Nicholson

OLTON - Funeral services for Jimmie Nicholson, 79, are pending with Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nicholson died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 1998, in St. Anthony´s Hospice in Amarillo after a lengthy illness.
 

Jeanan Courtney

HALE CENTER - Memorial services for Jeanan Courtney, 58, of Santa Cruz, Calif., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hale Center Church of Christ with Eric Creel, minister, and Ray Bailey officiating.

Cremation was by Resthaven Crematory with arrangements by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Ms. Courtney died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 1998, at Hi-Plains Hospital.

She was born May 5, 1939, in Hale Center. She moved to California in 1942 graduated from North Hollywood, Calif., High School. She had lived in California for 55 years where she worked as a computer engineer. She was a volunteer for Alcoholics Anonymous, Hospice and HIV.

Survivors include her mother, Evelyn Courtney of Hale Center; two brothers, Philip A. Courtney II of Hale Center and Guy Thomas Courtney of Antioch, Calif.; one niece, Jenny Courtney of Alamosa, Colo., and a nephew, Robert Courtney of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Plains, 4416 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072.
 

Juanita Gilbreath

Funeral services for Juanita Gilbreath, 77, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gilbreath died at 6:59 a.m. today, March 12, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.
 

Esther Haynes Hastings

RUIDOSO, N.M. - Memorial services for Esther Haynes Hastings, 95, former Plainview resident, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Parkview Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe P. Weldon, pastor, officiating.

Her cremains will be buried in Plainview Memorial Gardens. Lemons Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Mrs. Hastings died Monday, March 9, 1998, in Ruidoso.

She was born March 1, 1903, in Denton County. She grew up and attended schools in Becton and Petersburg and moved to Plainview in the 1930s. She had lived in Ruidoso the past few years.

Survivors include one son, Jim Haynes of Alamogordo, N.M.; three daughters, Bobbie Short of Ruidoso, Sue Albrecht of Sandia, Texas and Minnie Clark of Plainview; two sisters; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased are two daughters, Maurine Harris in 1997 and Mary Starkey in 1990; a son, Jerry Germany in 1990; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Hendrick Home for Children, P.O. Box 5195, Abilene, TX 79608-5195.
 

Charles Walser

HEREFORD - Memorial services for Charles Walser, 109, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Parkside Chapel with the Rev. Terry Cosby and the Rev. Don Larkin officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in West Park Cemetery by Parkside Chapel.

Mr. Walser died Tuesday, March 10, 1998, in Hereford Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born March 26, 1888 in Montague County, the son of the late Samuel and Martha Walser. He moved to Chillicothe in 1903 and to Donley County in 1912. In 1915, he moved near McLean in Gray County and to Deaf Smith County in 1917 to look for cheap land.

He was a longtime wheat, cotton and sugar beet farmer and a rancher.

On Dec. 20, 1908, he married Sarah Lance. She died in January of 1977.

Survivors include one son, Guy Walser of Hereford and one daughter, Leatrus Clark of Hereford; 17 grandchildren including two granddaughters of Plainview; 45 great-grandchildren; 54 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

Two sons and a grandson are deceased.

Iva Jane Brazeale

OZARK, Mo. - Funeral services for Iva Jane Brazeale, 89, will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Adams Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Maples officiating.

Burial will be in Selmore Cemetery.

Mrs. Brazeale died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at her son´s home.

She was born Iva Skaggs on March 23, 1909, in Riverdale Community. She was a homemaker and farmed south of Ozark. She was a member of Selmore Baptist Church and Ozark Chapter #89 Order of the Eastern Star. She had been active in the Christian County Home Extension Service Clubs and 4-H Clubs.

On Feb. 7, 1931, she married Walter Page Brazeale. He died March 28, 1997.

Survivors include three daughters, Gena Liner of Plainview, Rachel Robertson of Ozark and Ruth Faerber of Kirkwood, Mo.; two sons, Joe Brazeale of Ozark, and Charles Brazeale of Paris, Mo.; two brothers, Bill Skaggs and Oscar Skaggs, both of Ozark; a sister, Muriel Tennis of Fowler, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A sister, Mabel Collins, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
 

Juanita Dickerson

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Juanita Dickerson, 82, of Mesquite, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial park.

Mrs. Dickerson died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in Mesquite.

She was born May 3, 1916, in Rising Star and graduated from Silverton High School. She was retired from Furr's Offices and moved to the Dallas area from Lubbock in 1993.

She was a member of round and square dance clubs and of St. Luke´s United Methodist Church and the Homebuilders Sunday School Class.

She married Alan Dickerson on July 20, 1935, in Silverton. He died Jan. 4, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Pratt of Garland; two sisters, Sue Ward of Tulia and Betty Dumesnill of Gladewater; four brothers, Alvy Gardner of Brownsville, Benny Gardner of Virginia and Carlton Gardner and Douglas Gardner, both of Tulia; and two grandchildren.

A son, Michael Dickerson, is deceased.

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

Annie E. Harder

HEREFORD - Funeral services for Annie E. Harder, 77, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frio Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Perkins, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Park by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Harder died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in Baptist/St. Anthony´s Hospice in Amarillo.

She was born Annie Schmidt on April 23, 1921, in Weatherford, Okla. She moved to Hereford in 1952. She was a homemaker and member of Frio Baptist Church.

On Aug. 24, 1941, she married Ernest Harder. He died in 1990.

Survivors include three sons, J.D. Harder of Plainview, Gerald Harder of Canadian and Norman Harder of Hereford; two brothers, Arthur Schmidt of Berlington, Colo., and Leonard Schmidt of Lubbock; and five granddaughters.
 

Virginia Howell

Funeral services for Virginia Howell, 75, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Howell died at 1:58 a.m. today at Prairie House Living Cenner.
 

Fannie Traylor

Funeral services for Fannie Traylor, 87, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Traylor died at 5:05 a.m. today in Golden Age Retirement Center in Amarillo.

Gladys Jurahee Roberts Jones
FLOYDADA - Graveside services for Gladys Jurahee Roberts Jones, 67, of Floydada, are set for 10 a.m. Monday in Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada.

Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Derrell Monday, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Pampa, and the Rev. Gene Hawkins, interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Floydada, officiating. Services are under the direction of Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Jones died Friday, Aug. 28, 1998, at St. Mary of the Plains Hospital in Lubbock.

She was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Mount Blanco. She moved to Floydada from Rye, Colo., in 1946 and graduated from Floydada High in 1949. She received an associate´s degree in nursing in 1952 and married Travis Jones on Aug. 28, 1952.

She was a retired RN, having worked for the Floydada ISD, Lockney General Hospital, Caprock Hospital, Dougherty ISD and Plains Baptist Assembly.

She was a volunteer with Spirit of Sharing in Floydada, a charter member of the 1956 Study Club, a charter member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a former member of the Floyd County Child Welfare Services board.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was also a member of the Women´s Missionary Union.

Survivors include her husband; five sons, Joe P. Jones and Jon T. Jones, both of Floydada, Jay W. Jones of Lubbock, Nathan L. Johnson, Nathan L. Johnson of South Plains and Derrell Monday of Pampa; a brother, Johnny A. Roberts of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 8008 Slide Road, Lubbock, 79424.
 

Milam Travis Martin

GRAHAM - Funeral services for Milam Travis Martin, 81, of Graham, are set for Monday at 11 a.m. in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dale Brooks, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Graham, and the Rev. Carl Gates, pastor of Grace Chapel in Graham, officiating.

Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery in Rising Star at 3 p.m. Monday by Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Martin died Friday, Aug. 28, 1998, at a local care center.

He was born June 9, 1917, in Comanche County. He married Frances Rebecca Chappell and later married Lela Lester Ingram in El Paso. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army and served with the 1st Cavalry in World War II. He was a retired school custodian for the Graham ISD.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.
 

Margaret Louise McKinney

Funeral services for Margaret Louise McKinney, 76, of Plainview, are set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Wood-Dunning Chapel, with the Rev. A.C. Hamilton, retired Baptist minister of Plainview, officiating.

Burial will follow in Plainview Memorial Park.

Mrs. McKinney died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 1998, at her home.

She was born May 28, 1922, in Chillicothe and married Ross D. McKinney on Jan. 19, 1946, in Plainview. They operated a dairy east of Plainview for 38 years.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Ross D. McKinney Jr. of Laurel, Miss.; a daughter, Mary McKinney of Plainview; a sister, Edith Mooney of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A brother preceded her in death.

Lelia Knutson

ABERNATHY - Memorial services for Lelia Evans Knutson, 78 of Salinas, Calif., will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in Abernathy with the Rev. Russell Byard, pastor, officiating.

Cremation arrangements were by Resthaven Crematory.

Mrs. Knutson died Saturday, June 6, 1998, in Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

She was born April 17, 1920, in Floydada and attended Eagle Springs schools and Abernathy High School. She moved to Salinas in 1950 and was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Salinas. She served as treasurer and held other offices for the United Methodist Women.

On Nov. 11, 1936, she married John Ralph Shehorn in Abernathy. He died Aug. 2, 1962. On May 1, 1982, she married Robert J. Knutson in Salinas, Calif.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Charles Don Shehorn and Jack D. Shehorn, both of Salinas, and Bobby J. Shehorn of Fresno, Calif.; five stepchildren, JoAnne Johnson of Albany, Ore., Brian Knutson of Scotts Valley, Calif., Neal Knutson of San Jose, Calif., Kevin Knutson of Salinas, Calif., and Renae Driere of Palo Cerdo, Calif.; a brother, M.D. Evans of Abernathy; two sisters, Dyvena Davis of Abernathy and Tootsie Smith of Odessa; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
 

Jesse ´Dink´ Potter

TULIA - Graveside services for Jesse Richard “Dink” Potter, 81, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Travis LaDuke, retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mr. Potter died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 1998, in Memorial Hospital in Dumas.

He was born March 27, 1917, in Tulia where he grew up and attended schools. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 during World War II. He returned to Tulia and worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 30 years. He moved to Plainview in 1962 and returned to Swisher County in 1973.

He was a member of Claytonville Baptist Church.

On Oct. 4, 1937, he married Ina Lillian Reagan in Clovis, N.M. She died July 3, 1969 in Plainview.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Kerbo of Amarillo; one son, Wayne Potter of Vega; two sisters, Tommie Rucker and Bonnie Gardner, both of Tulia; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice in Dumas.

Earl Ray Cox
TULIA - Funeral services for Earl Ray Cox, 76, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with Masonic and military graveside services. Arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.

Mr. Cox died at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at his residence.

He was born April 14, 1922, in Tulia where he grew up. He graduated from Tulia High School in 1942 and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a B-17 bombardier, serving from 1942-1945. He was a prisoner of war in Germany from 1944 to 1945 and after the war, returned to Tulia.

He graduated from Texas Tech in 1955 and taught in public schools for 25 years, most of those years in Tulia. He was justice of the peace for Swisher County for six years and retired in 1987.

On Oct. 10, 1949, he married Edna Stallings in Clovis, N.M. He and his wife owned the Double E Tree Farm.

He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, a member of the American Ex-Pows, Swisher County Retired School Personnel, District 16 and Texas Retired Teachers Association, Texas Tech Ex-Student Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Swisher County Historical Society, and held an endowed membership in Masonic Lodge #733, Plainview Council #164, Plainview Chapter #228, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star #562 and Plainview Commandry #053.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Danny Johnson of Tulia; a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Debbie Dunn Cox of Denver City; his mother, Mabel May Cox of Burkburnett; five sisters, Romaine Flanagin of Austin, Marvelle Neuman of Canyon, Betty Brown of Burkburnett, Nina Englishbee of Wyoming, and Kathleen Vaughn of Dallas; two brothers, Mark Cox of Paris, Texas and Ralph Cox of Austin; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson, Casandra Cox, Patrick Johnson and Brandon Cox.

His father, Fred W. Cox, died in 1971.

Pallbearers will be Jack Ballanger, Jimmie Scott, Ed Rawson, N.D. Waggoner, Sherrol Patton and Mike McCollum. Honorary pallbearers will be E.W. Riley, John Criner, Charles Hatcher, Garry Wilfong, Don Stout, R.B. Dawson and deacons of First Baptist Church.

The family suggests memorials to Masonic Lodge #733 in Tulia, Tulia First Baptist Church or Crown of Texas Hospice in Amarillo.

Velma Hall

HALFWAY - Funeral services for Velma Hall, 80, will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lorenzo and the Rev. Alvin Petty, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Hall died at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Hi-Plains Hospital in Hale Center.

She was born Oct. 23, 1917, in Maverick Community in Runnels County. She attended Maverick and Bronte schools and graduated from Bronte High School. She operated a beauty shop in Ballinger before moving to Halfway. She was a member of Halfway First Baptist Church, Titus and Fidelus Sunday Class and the choir.

On Nov. 27, 1957, she married Roy E. Hall in Rotan, N.M.

Survivors include her husband; three sisters, Edna Florence and Mildred Lee, both of Ballinger and Mattie McKay of Clyde; two brothers, Jerry Landers and Marvin Landers, both of Bronte; two brothers-in-law, John Downey and his wife, Irene, of Halfway and Owen Hall of Lubbock; and several nieces and nephews.

Elmira Ayala

Funeral services for Elmira Ayala, 50, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pe–a officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ayala died at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born Sept. 24, 1947, in Meadow. She grew up in Plainview and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Jesus Uvaldo Ayala of San Antonio and Adrian Ayala of Plainview; four brothers, Roy Gonzales and Tony Gonzales, both of San Antonio, and Armeldo and Joe Gonzales, both of Plainview; three sisters, Frances Jolomo and Simona Santellano, both of Cactus, and Rosa Gonzales of Plainview.

J.B. WALKER SR.

Funeral services for J.B. Walker Sr., 79, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Fletcher, a Baptist minister from Jayton, officiating.

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

Mr. Walker died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born March 25, 1919, in Jacksboro. He was in the construction industry until 1956 when he moved to the Plainview area. He operated a grocery store in Finney until 1960 and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1977.

He was a member of Belles ´n Beaux and Promenaders square dance clubs. He also enjoyed woodworking.

On Oct. 22, 1941, he married Gwendoline Armes.

Survivors include his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, J.B. “Sonny” and Carmyn Walker Jr. of Plainview; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynda and Richard Tye of Kress and Gayle and Roy Graham of Cullman, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle and Trevor Walker and Brandon Tye, all of Plainview, Kim Street, Brent Tye and Darren Tye, all of Kress, and Shawn and Scott Graham of Cullman; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Lottie Faye Wells

BROWNFIELD - Funeral services for Lottie Faye Wells, 74, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Pat Riley, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Plainview by Brownfield Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wells died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, in South Plains Health Center.

She was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Knox City. She attended school in the Sunset Community and moved to Plainview in 1965. She worked in a nursing home as a dietitian. She moved to Brownfield in 1993.

On July 15, 1939, she married Willie Wells in Knox City. He died Dec. 30, 1971.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Billingsley of Brownfield and Carol Tippy and Doris Keeton, both of Plainview; a brother, Roy Simmons of Houston; two sisters, Lila Mae Pack and Delma Howell, both of Knox City; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


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