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Jack Alirez

OLTON - Funeral services for Jacobo (Jack) Alirez, 59, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Theresa´s Catholic Church in Corona, N.M.

Interment will be in Corona Cemetery by Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa, N.M.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. MST Friday in Corona.

Mr. Alirez died Monday, Aug. 3, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah after a lengthy illness.

He was born Sept. 5, 1938 in Corona. He married Frances Hernandez on March 25, 1970 in Plainview. He was involved in Little Dribblers for many years and served on the Olton City Council two terms from 1984 to 1988 and another term from 1995-1997, when he was elected and was serving at the time of his death. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Lee Jack Alirez of Montclaire, Calif., Donnie George Alirez of Portales, N.M., and Marcos James Alirez of Portales, N.M.; three daughters, Lydia Lalonde of Auburn, Mich., Lisa Alirez of Bay City, Mich., and Jo Ann Garza of Ruidoso, N.M.; one brother, Leo Alirez of Las Cruces, N.M.; one sister, Frances Rita Alirez of Las Cruces, and 12 grandchildren.
 

Opal Dene Bowen

HALE CENTER - Funeral services for Opal Dene Bowen, 63, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with Dr. Gene Meacham, pastor, and the Rev. Scott Edmonson, pastor of Bellaire Baptist Church in Lubbock, officiating.

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

Mrs. Bowen died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 22, 1935 in Munday and graduated from Hale Center High School in 1954. She had lived in the Hale Center and Abernathy area since 1944 when her family moved from Benjamin.

She married Harold Bowen on Nov. 27, 1956 in Clovis, N.M.

She was a bookkeeper for Bowen Gin and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Pam Burress of Plainview and Lisa Ellis of Hale Center; one brother, George Cornett of Hale Center; eight sisters, Marie Lewis, Willa Dene Barnes, Jeanette Steen and Nell Rogers, all of Hale Center, Sylvia Shackelford of Cotton Center; Jean Curry of Tahoka, Ruthie Anchetto of Pacific Grove, Calif.; and Estelle Irwin of Grand Prairie; and four grandchildren, Amy and Amber Dulin and Linsee and Raygan Ellis.

Pallbearers will be Charles Evans, Donald Chapman, Mike Tomlinson, Bill Orman, Robert Boyd and James Huffhines.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.
 

Bee Nalley Kidd

Funeral services for former Plainview resident Bee Nalley Kidd, 86, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church Chapel with Dr. Max Browning, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Kidd died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, in Bedford after a lengthy illness.

He was born Nov. 30, 1911 in McKinney and moved by train in 1919 to Hale County where his family settled in Liberty Community. He graduated from Kress High School where he was standout in basketball and track.

He went to work in 1935 for J.M. Radford Wholesale Grocery, which later was acquired by Kimbell Grocery Co. for which he worked as a salesman for 42 years. He served many small-town grocery stores in a 300-mile radius of Plainview.

After retirement, he worked at the Plainview YMCA.

He served as a drill instructor in the U.S. Army from 1943-45 at Fort Reilly, Kan., Fort Leonardwood, Mo. and Camp Adair, Ore.

He married Mary Helen Alexander on May 26, 1937. She died June 26, 1994.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Harmony Sunday school class and sang in the choir for more than 40 years. He taught Sunday school, provided leadership for the Methodist Youth Fellowship, served on the administrative board and helped found Trinity United Methodist Church. He also had been an officer in the Hale County Senior Citizens Association.

Surviving are a daughter, Marilyn Kidd Stein of Arlington; a son, Randall B. Kidd of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Brycie Dalton of Wolfforth, Gussie Boedeker of Plainview and Ermis Goble of Lubbock; four grandsons, Bryan Devin Holley of Polk City, Iowa, Ryan Matthew Kidd of Prescott, Ariz., Jonathan Todd Kidd of Phoenix, Ariz. and Miles Randall Kidd of Colombia, Mo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents; a brother, Lee Kidd; and sisters, Maimie Sims, Ollie Mae Dean and Marcelle Walden, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to Cal Farley´s Boys/Girls Ranch and the Hale County Senior Citizens Center.
 

J.W. Martin

PETERSBURG - Funeral services are pending with Abell Funeral Home in Abernathy for J.W. Martin, 77.

Mr. Martin died this morning, Aug. 6, 1998.
 

John Pate Smith

Graveside services for John Pate Smith, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Carlsbad, N.M. with Mal Shakra, minister of Sunset Church of Christ, officiating.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements are by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, at his residence.

He was born July 30, 1915 in Lockney. He came to Plainview in 1994 from Carlsbad where he lived for many years. He was a member of Garland Street Church of Christ and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an electrician.

He married Grace Lindley on July 30, 1998 in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, James H. Smith of Albuquerque, N.M.; Mikey Jake Smith of Burleson and John Russell Smith of Center; two stepsons, Jim Lindley of Aurora, Ill. and Joe Lindley of Dallas; two daughters, Rita J. Smith of Sparks, Nev. and Nancy Eclland of Lexington, Ken.; a stepdaughter, Linda McCourt of Danville, Ark.; two sisters, Josephine E. Smith of Plainview and Gaynell Bayley of Lockney, and one brother, Charles B. Smith of Plainview; and several grandchildren.
 

Vernon Alexander
Funeral services for Vernon Alexander, 84, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Alexander died at 3:19 a.m. today, Oct. 7, 1998, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.
 

Lizzie Banks

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Lizzie Faye Banks, 58, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Brooks, pastor, and the Rev. Edward Walters, minister of the Church of Christ in Tulia, officiating.

Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery by Jamison´s Funeral Home.

Ms. Banks died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Franklin. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Plainview. She attended a nursing school in Plainview and moved to Lubbock and worked at St. Mary´s Hospital and Methodist Hospital where she was a physical therapist.

She was a member of a Federated Women´s Organization in Lubbock, Soul Sisters Social Club, Eastern Star Life Independent Organization and the Court of Calanthians.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Gasaway of Lubbock; five sons, Gregory Whitfield, Stanley Whitfield and Darrell Whitfield, all of Lubbock, Robert Whitfield and Terry Banks, both of Dallas; a stepson, Nerman Dickens of Maryland; two brothers, Brady Wooley of Fort Worth and Billy Wooley of Dallas; two sisters, Lois Jackson of Plainview and Mamie Macom of Fort Worth; and eight grandchildren.
 

Bettie Phipps Craig

SUNRAY - Funeral services for Bettie Phipps Craig, 63, will be at 2 p.m. today in Sunray Baptist Church with Kim Norwood, chaplain of Fort Hood, the Rev. Phillip Hilton, pastor of Sunray Baptist Church and Bruce Broxson, minister of music at Sunray Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Lane Memorial Cemetery by Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Craig died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998 in a vehicle accident.

She was born in Clarksburg, Calif., and moved to Sunray in 1958. She was a homemaker and member of Sunray Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for the Bykota Class. She was instrumental in the development of 20th Century Study Club Endowment Scholarship Fund for Sunray High School graduates.

In 1954 she married Wood Burton Craig in California.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, James Burton Craig of Lawton, Okla., Daniel Wood Craig of Amarillo and Charles Frank Craig of Sunray; two daughters, Dianne Rose Monroe of Sunray and Tamera Denise Burum of Amarillo; two sisters, Thelma Beesley of Orangeville, Calif., and Ann Norris of Silverton; a brother, Charles Phipps of Jackson, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family will be at the home, 8 miles north, 5 miles east and 1 mile south of Sunray.

Memorials are suggested to the 20th Century Study Club Endowment Scholarship Fund, c/o Carolyn Spurlock, P.O. Box 389, Sunray, TX 79086; Sunray Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 550, Sunray, TX 79086; or Wayland Baptist University Scholarship Fund, 1900 W. Seventh, Plainview, TX 79072.
 

Ethel Daniels

TULIA - Funeral services for Ethel Mae Daniels, 88, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Church of God in Christ Jackson Chapel with the Rev. Henry Jackson officiating.

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

Mrs. Daniels died at 4:35 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, in Plainview IHS Nursing Home.

She was born April 19, 1910, in Roxton where she grew up and attended schools. She moved to Vernon in 1946 and to Tulia in 1952. She worked for Warner Reed for several years and for Tulia Day Nursery. She retired in 1974.

She was a member of the Church of God in Christ-Jackson Chapel where she was a Sunday school teacher and a church mother.

On Oct. 6, 1934, she married R.L. Daniels in Nolan County. He died in September 1966 in Tulia.

Survivors include three daughters, Irene Daniels, Anna Jo Perkins and Jean Berry, all of Tulia; a son, George Daniels of Amarillo; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Joyce Dobberstein

HALE CENTER - Joyce Dobberstein, 56, died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Covenant Hospital Plainview. Cremation arrangements were by Lemons Funeral Home.

She was born March 10, 1942, in Paris, Texas. She moved to the Plainview area in 1955. She was a homemaker and caretaker for the elderly.

On Dec. 16, 1989, she married Roger Dobberstein.

Survivors include her husband; a stepdaughter, Redawna Benge of Amarillo; two stepsons, Roger Dobberstein Jr., of Amarillo and Robert Dobberstein of Peoria, Ill.; three brothers, Bobby Gipson of Plainview, Clyde Gipson of Tipton, Okla., and Herbert Gipson of New Mexico; two sisters, Rebecca Phillips of Frederick, Okla., and Agnes Jones of Lockney; and 11 grandchildren.

A stepson, Robert Box, died in 1992.
 

E.O. McElyea

SPUR - Funeral services for the Rev. E.O. McElyea, 98, will be at 2 p.m. today in Campbell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen R. Beaver and John Murdoch of Lubbock, officiating.

Burial will be in Jayton Cemetery.

Mr. McElyea died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, in Floydada Nursing Center.

He was born Dec. 9, 1899, in Erath County. He was licensed with the Assemblies of God in 1937 and ordained in 1944. He was pastor of Assembly of God churches in Lockney and Jayton and remodeled the church at Jayton. He helped build the Assemblies of God Tabernacle in Lubbock. He retired in 1954.

On July 22, 1922, he married Clara E. Warrick in Lockney. She died March 11, 1989.

Survivors include a son, H.C. McElyea of Floydada; a sister, Grace Fruin of Midland; a granddaughter, a stepgranddaughter; a great-granddaughter and two great-great-grandchildren.
 

Kenneth Wayne Nails

Funeral services for Kenneth Wayne “Moon” Nails, 54, of Lubbock, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in United Baptist Church with the Rev. Gregory D. Franklin, pastor, and the Rev. Ray McCoy, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Ossie Curry Funeral Home in Lubbock.

Mr. Nails died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Okla. On Feb. 21, 1971, he married Gennell Fountain in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Darrell DeWayne Fountain and Chris Nunley, both of Lubbock; one daughter, Victoria Nunley of Lubbock; his mother, Alberta Nails of Plainview; three brothers, Charles and Michael Nails, both of Plainview and Leonard Gene Nails of Fort Worth; five sisters, Allene Ervine of Plainview, Della Deloney of Fort Worth, Shirley Weatherd of Arlington, Cynthia Woods of Amarillo, Yvonne Jordan of Haltom City; four grandchildren; and a special friend, Peggy Taylor of Lubbock.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at United Baptist Church 2106 N. Walter Griffin Ave.
 

George Fielding Weir

CHILDRESS - Funeral services for George Fielding Weir, 92, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommy Simms officiating.

Burial will be in Childress Cemetery by Johnson Funeral Home.

Mr. Weir was born in Windom and had lived in Tell and the Shores Creek community. He was a farmer and member of Co-op Gin and Farm Bureau. He was a member of Tell Methodist Church.

In 1926 he married Elba Loveta McClure.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Loveta Rose of Lake Kemp; three sons, Billy Wayne Weir of Plainview and Donald Dean Weir and Ronald Weir, both of Childress; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Koy V. Benefield

Funeral services for Koy Velree Benefield, 63, of Lubbock, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church Chapel with Dr. R.L. Kirk, associate pastor of St. Stephen´s United Methodist Church in Amarillo, officiating.

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

Mr. Benefield died at 2:34 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Lakeview. He graduated from Plainview High School and North Texas State University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Epsilon. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He farmed for 25 years in Swisher County and owned Plainview Asphalt Co. He was a cotton buyer for Benefield Cotton of Lubbock.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Randell Koy and Krista Benefield of Arlington; a daughter and son-in-law, Krista Velree and Hal Wesley of Lubbock; a sister, Janet Mercer of Lubbock; a brother, Tim Benefield of Austin; and two grandsons, Taylor Benefield of Arlington and Larson Statham of Lubbock.

His parents, Fred and Kathryn Benefield, and a sister, Freda Benefield, are deceased.

Pallbearers will be Larry Walters, Jerry Young, Sherwood Holley, Horace Moore, Jerry Hodges and C.B. “Trey” Cline III.
 

Gerald Cross

LOCKNEY - Graveside services for Gerald Cross, 57, of Alvarado, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lockney Cemetery with Russell Harris, minister of Main Street Church of Christ, officiating.

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

Mr. Cross died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at his home.

He was born April 20, 1940, in Lockney where he grew up and attended schools. He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He moved from Lockney to Lubbock, and then to Alvarado in 1981. He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.

On May 21, 1981, he married Anna Leach in Clovis, N.M.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary Cross and Mike Cross, both of Olton; two stepdaughters, Vickie Moseley of Irving and Linda Reeder of Kaufman; a sister, Charline Bates of Austin; and 10 grandchildren.

The family will be at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, 3403 73rd Street, Lubbock, TX 79423, or to the American Cancer Society, 3411 73rd St., Lubbock, TX 79423.
 

D. Dale Tyler

VESTAVIA, Ala. - Funeral services for D. Dale Tyler, 54, former Plainview resident, will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Ridout´s-Brown Service Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Pelham, Ala.

Burial will be in Southern Heritage Cemetery.

Mr. Tyler died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998.

He was born June 10, 1943, in Springville. He grew up in Plainview and graduated from Lockney High School in 1961 and Lippert´s Business College in 1963. He was a founding partner in the court reporting firm of Tyler, Eaton, Morgan, Nichols & Pritchell in Birmingham, Ala. He had served as past president of Alabama Court Reporters Association and received the Certificate of Merit awarded by the National Court Reporters Association. He was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church and Chace Lake Country Club.

He married Patsy Elam.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Danny Tyler of Montgomery, Ala.; two daughters, Denise Tyler of Montevallo, Ala., and Christie Tyler of Vestavia; a brother, Ricky Tyler of Montgomery, Ala.; a sister, Nancy Tyler Smyth of Plainview; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.
 

C.S. Hall

Funeral services for C.S. Hall, 79, of Weslaco, former Plainview resident, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. A.C. Hamilton, retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Floydada Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Hall died at 11:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

He was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Floydada where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1936. He received a teaching certificate from Wayland and began working for International Harvester.

He served with the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 and after his discharge returned to Plainview and worked for Jarvis-Tull and Green Machinery. He moved to Littlefield in 1963, to Baytown in 1974 where he owned and operated an excavating business and after his retirement in 1989, moved to Weslaco.

He married Laveta Thompson in 1963 in Littlefield. She died July 4, 1972 in Littlefield.

Survivors include three daughters, Celia Bullock and Nancy Nelson, both of Plano, and Jule Burt of The Colony; one son, Steve Hall of Baytown; and 12 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Billy Graham Ministries.
 

Elsie Bullard Himes

Funeral services for Elsie Bullard Himes, 86, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ron Brunson, pastor of Plainview New Covenant Church, officiating.

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

Mrs. Himes died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Lupita´s Care Home in Amarillo.

She was born Feb. 24, 1911, in Meridian. She attended schools in Hedley and Lelia Lake and graduated from Lelia Lake High School in 1939. She moved to the Plainview area in 1948 and owned and operated the Panhandle Fruit Market until her retirement.

She attended College Heights Baptist Church and Plainview New Covenant Church.

Her first husband, William Lonnie Bullard, died on March 2, 1962. She married J.W. Himes in 1972.

Survivors include her husband of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Fredia Addington of Tulsa, Okla., and Betty Goodwin of Plano; one stepdaughter, Leta Himes of Albuquerque; two sisters, Hazel Goode of Brownsville and Gladys Walk of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, Carl, James, Roby and Grady Josey are deceased.
 

Ima L. Venable

OLTON - Funeral services for Ima L. Venable, 85, will be at 3 p.m. today in Littlefield Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Cleveland Bass, pastor, and the Rev. George Johnson, pastor of Lubbock Primitive Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mrs. Venable died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock after a lengthy illness.

She was born Feb. 11, 1912, in Anson. She lived in Springlake before moving to Olton in 1941.

On Dec. 22, 1930, she married Ernest “E.M.” Venable in Clovis, N.M. He died Oct. 24, 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Brooks of Hart; two sons, Lonnie Venable of Tulia and Travis Venable of Lubbock; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and a sister are deceased. A daughter-in-law, Shaunda Venable, and a great-granddaughter, Sydnee Venable, died in May of 1997.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Venable, Keith Venable, Ronald Harrell, Jim Thiel, Matt Gilbreath and Bobby Therwhanger.

The family suggests memorials to Running Water Draw Care Center Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 409, Olton, TX 79064, or to the Olton Ambulance Association, P.O. Drawer X, Olton, TX 79064.
 

Charlotte Ann Walten

AMARILLO - Charlotte Ann Walten, 43, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.

Cremation was by Memory Gardens Crematory. Her cremains will be taken to the California desert. Arrangements were by Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors.

Survivors include four sisters, Christine D. Worthy of Tulsa, Okla., Marie James of Cleveland, Okla., Victoria Walden of Lucerne, Calif., and Elizabeth Bradley of Las Vegas; and two brothers, Timothy Lancaster and Jason Lancaster, both of Plainview.

Mildred Bundick

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Mildred Bundick, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Martin, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial Park by Abell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bundick died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Lakeside Nursing Home in Lubbock.

She was born Sept. 29, 1914 in Greenville. She married C.E. Bundick on Nov. 10, 1934 in Clovis, N.M. He died Jan. 12, 1978. She moved to Abernathy in 1961 from Spade and was a homemaker and member of Northside Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Pat Bundick of Plainview and Mike Bundick of Eunice, N.M.; five daughters, Christine Chennault and Colleen Phillips, both of Lubbock, Nancy Waddell of Gunthersville, Ala., Yvonne Evans of Abernathy and Donna Pershouse of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, Pat Robinson of Lubbock; a sister, Mittie Gillentine of Lubbock; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson´s Association.
 

Jerry Burson

MINERAL WELLS - Funeral services for Jerry R. Burson, 89, will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home with burial in Woodland Park Cemetery.

Mr. Burson died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in a Mineral Wells hospital.

He was born Jan. 27, 1909 in Silverton, the son of Jefferson Davis and Melissa Todd Burson. He had lived in Mineral Wells since 1947 and was director of the Mineral Wells Housing Authority until his retirement 19 years ago.

He owned and operated a grocery and furniture business, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of First Baptist Church. He was a patron of the Boyce Ditto Library, served on a number of civic boards, was active in the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral Wells Organ Club and was a 50-year member of the Rotary Club.

Surviving are his wife Rachel; two sons, Bill Stephens of Dallas and Jim Stephens of Mineral Wells; a brother, Max Burson of Plainview; sister, Jessie Weaks of Plainview; several grandchildren, two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
 

Nadine Henson

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Nadine Henson, 72, sister of Johnny Wood of Plainview, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Henson died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 1998, at St. Mary Hospital in Lubbock.
 

Ruth Norman

DODSON - Funeral services for Ruth Norman, 73, were at 2 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in Wellington with the Rev. Joe Jernigan, pastor of Calvary Christian Fellowship at Shamrock, and the Rev. Keith Beverly, pastor of New Abundant Life Fellowship in Wellington, officiating.

Burial was in Dodson Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Norman died Thursday, May 7, 1998, in Dodson.

She was born Ruth Aaron on Sept. 11, 1924, in Pleasanton. She graduated from Quail High School and earned a bachelor´s degree from West Texas State University and a master of education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She taught school for many years, retiring in 1989.

She was a minister from 1989 to 1997 at the New Abundant Life Fellowship, where she also was a member, and did missionary work in South Africa, Russia and England.

In 1947 she married Bynum Hightower. He died in 1959. On Aug. 11, 1967, she married Clinton Norman in Shamrock.

Survivors include her husband; a son, John Hightower of Plainview; a daughter, Cynthia Rowe of Dodson; a stepson, Kenneth Wade Norman of Hollis, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Kay Mead of Wellington; four sisters, Eloise Kucera of Wellington, Cleo McQueary of Amarillo, Ann Holman of Liberal, Kan., and Lyda Bussey of Rapid City, S.D.; a brother, John Aaron Jr. of Houston; two grandchildren and six step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

A brother and two sisters are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to New Abundant Life Fellowship.
 

Robert Furche Riley

EARTH - Funeral services for Robert Furche Riley, 60, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Broyles, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Earth Memorial Cemetery by Parson-Ellis Funeral Homes.

Mr. Riley died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Muleshoe Area Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 30, 1938 in Lamb County where he had lived most of his life. He graduated from Springlake High School in 1956 and attend West Texas State College. He was a farmer, member of the American Quarter Horse Association and a member of First Baptist Church.

He married Charlene Hamilton on Jan. 26, 1957 in Earth.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Shaunessy Lyn Salyer of Canyon Lake and Shori Lee Wilson of Highland Ranch, Colo.; three sisters, Mary Lyn Higgins of Hart, Elaine Herring of Springlake and Eleanor Haberer of Logan, N.M.; and two grandsons, Austin and Tyler Wilson of Highland Ranch, Colo.
 
 

Bill Ritter

HART - Funeral services for Bill Ritter, 63, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Foskey-Lilley-McGill Ivey Chapel in Dimmitt with the Rev. Randy Gressett, youth minister at First Baptist Church in Dimmitt, officiating.

Burial will be in Hart Cemetery.

Mr. Ritter died at 2:05 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, in Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo after an illness.

He was born July 1, 1934, in Canute, Okla. He attended school in Elk City Okla., and Plainview and moved to Hart in 1972. He was employed by Affiliated Foods of Amarillo for 11 years.

He served on the Hart City Council in 1980 and 1981 and was mayor and municipal judge from 1981 until 1985. He was a past member of the Hart Lions Club.

On Dec. 6, 1952, he married Betty Flies in Canute, Okla.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Patrick Ritter of Kingsville, Billy Joe Ritter Jr., of Gonzales, and Brett Ritter of Hart; five daughters, Sheri Borghardt of Kingsville, Jenifer Taylor of Big Spring, Belinda Hill and Jacque Ritter, both of Dimmitt; and Heather Martinez of Weatherford; three brothers, Don Ritter of Oklahoma City, Jim Ritter of Tye and Danny Traugott of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Lorena Shreck of Canute, Okla.; his father, Leonard Ritter of Plainview; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

His mother, Paris Lee Traugott, is deceased.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 929, Dimmitt, TX 79027 or to the Hart Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 329, Hart, TX 79043.
 

Charles Tragesser

Memorial services for Charles Tragesser, 66, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. J. Dean McNamara, chaplain of Family Hospice of the Plains in Plainview, officiating.

The body was cremated.

Mr. Tragesser died at 10:17 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

He was born Jan. 27, 1932 in Houston where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the National Guard and worked in the construction business in Houston. He moved to Plainview in 1984 and was involved in construction of the Golden Corral restaurant.

He moved to Stephenville in 1985 and back to Plainview in 1990 before retiring in 1991. He was a Baptist and member of the bricklayers union in Houston.

He married Helen McAnnally on July 11,1985 in Lubbock.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Katherine Castleberry of Harrison, Ark.; a stepdaughter, Diane Mogg of Plainview; three sons; Steven Tragesser of Katy, Michael Tragesser of Harrison, Ark. and Charles Tragesser of Amarillo; two step-sons, Danny Montgomery of Oglesby, Okla. and Charles Montgomery of Hartsdale, N.Y.; a sister, Betty Joyce Billingsley of Lubbock; and four grandchildren.


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