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Bill Black

Funeral services for Bill Black, 58, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church with Dr. R.L. Kirk, associate pastor of St. Stephen´s United Methodist Church in Amarillo, officiating.

Burial will be at 5 p.m. Monday in Muleshoe Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home. 

Mr. Black died at 9:05 p.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

He was born Sept. 10, 1939, in Clovis, N.M.

Mr. Black grew up in Muleshoe and attended schools there, graduating from Muleshoe High School. He also graduated from Texas Tech University.

He went to work for Production Credit Association at Floydada in 1963. He transferred to Tulia in 1965 as manager and transferred to the central office in Plainview in 1972. Mr. Black was appointed president in 1979 and served in that position until his retirement in 1992.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Plainview and a past member of the Plainview Rodeo Association.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri Fortenberry of Hereford and Cindy Ashmore of Hale Center; seven brothers, Lyndal, Ronnie, Gaylon, Dean, Rex and Kim Black, all of Muleshoe, and Ricky Black of Lazbuddie; five sisters, Katherine McCain of Odessa, Maxie Rogers and Shirley Waggoner, both of Muleshoe, Karon Murray of Lubbock and Rita Morris of Leander; and five grandchildren, Amber and Ashley Fortenberry of Hereford and Jordan and Morgan Ashmore of Hale Center.
 

William H. Holmes

AMARILLO - Funeral services for William H. “Bill” Holmes, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Bolton Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Leon Green, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.

Mr. Holmes died Thursday, April 2, 1998.

He was born in Floydada and had lived in Amarillo for 56 years. He owned Village Barber and the barber shop at Amarillo National Bank. He later owned Ace-Hi Barber before his recent retirement.

He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He entered the Air Corps in 1943 and served eight months, flying B-17s on the European front. He was a member of Bolton Street Baptist Church.

He married Maureen Hart in 1941 in Floydada.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Dwain of Port Lavaca, Lyn of George West and Dell of The Colony; two daughters, Anita Wilson of Carrollton and DeAnn Smith of Friendswood; a brother, C.A. Holmes of Floydada; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will be at 2300 McAfee and request memorials to Bolton Street Baptist Church, 2555 S. Bolton St., Amarillo 79103.
 

Opal Pauline McGraw

Funeral services for Opal Pauline McGraw, 89, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Etna Wesleyan Church in Etna, Okla. with the Rev. C.B. Colaw, former superintendent of the Tri-State Wesleyan District, officiating.

Burial will be in Etna Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home of Plainview.

Mrs. McGraw died at 10:50 a.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in Prairie House Living Center.

She was born July 28, 1908 in Alva, Okla. She grew up in Enid and after her marriage to the Rev. John E. McGraw on May 5, 1933, she helped her husband pastor churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana and New York before retiring in 1976. Rev. McGraw died in 1984.

Surviving are eight daughters, Anna Jane Titus of Brooksville, Fla., Louise Hedlund of Topeka, Kan., Geraldine Bradford of Portland, Ore., Mildred Goldsmith of Edinburg, Charlotte Jackson of Marion, Ind., Donna Laurence of Olympia, Wash., Carolyn Hunsinger of Ranier, Wash. and Marie Berg of Plainview; five sons, Paul McGraw of Grandview, Mo., Robert Rupert McGraw of Fort Wayne, Ind., John McGraw of Oklahoma City, Edward McGraw of Houston and Terry McGraw of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; 28 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

A sister, Reba Meade, and two grandchildren are deceased. 
 

Merle McMurtry

Funeral services for Merle McMurtry, 83, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in College Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. McMurtry died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

He was born Jan. 1, 1915 in Silverton and moved with his parents to northwest Briscoe County near Vigo Park in April of 1917. He graduated from Tulia High School in 1933 and fro Texas Tech in 1938 with a degree in animal husbandry. He was a four-year high-point man in the School of Agriculture and was a member of Alpha Chi Scholastic Society.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.

He joined Vigo Park Baptist Church at the age of 11, was very active in the church and helped build the present church building. He also was active in Bible distribution through the American Bible Society.

He farmed and ranched in the Vigo Park area for many years, was Briscoe County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1963 and founding director of First State Bank in Tulia. He was very interested in Indian tribes of New Mexico and Arizona, particularly their community and religious lore, arts and crafts.

He married Rosa Lie Brown in Plainview on July 3, 1974 and moved to Plainview. Both of them continued their interest in Indian arts and crafts and lifestyles. He gave many programs and lectures on various Indian tribes throughout the Panhandle and South Plains and especially enjoyed making presentations to children.

Surviving are his wife; a sister, Betty Devin of Tulia; a brother, Hoyse McMurtry of Lubbock; a niece, Kathryn McMurtry Hunt of Tulia; four nephews, Lee Devin of Tulia, Dr. T. Mac Devin of Clarendon, Allan McMurtry of Austin and Dr. Steve McMurtry of Milwaukee, Wis.; and 25 cousins.

Pallbearers will be Lee Devin, Mac Devin, Allan McMurtry, Steve McMurtry, James Brown and Mark Spain.

The family suggests memorials to The American Cancer Society, Boys Ranch or a favorite charity.
 

Prospero Garcia Perez

FLOYDADA - Funeral Mass for Prospero Garcia Perez, 72, of Lubbock, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church with the Rev. John Ohlig, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Raymond Asebdo of Plains.

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

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in Moore-Rose-White Chapel.

Mr. Perez died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

He was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Devine to Manuel and Maria Perez. He graduated from Odem High School and attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He moved to Lubbock from Corpus Christi in 1992, having moved to Corpus Christi from Plainview.

He was a truck driver for many years, retiring from Excel Corp. He served in the Army Air Corps on Iwo Jima during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Plainview.

Surviving are three sons, Jesus of Lubbock, Genaro of Lockney and Prosper Jr. of Lubbock; six daughters, Margarita Silguero of Corpus Christi, Yolanda Eads of Cahokia, Ill., Blanca Estella Yarborough of Ventura, Calif. and Rosa Maria Perez, Cynthia Ann Hodges and Melissa Lusk, all of Lubbock; two brothers, Frank of Odem and Louis of San Antonio; three sisters, Guadalupe Perez of Chilicothe, Evangeline Villafranco of Mathis and Carolina Garcia of Olton; 21 grandchildren and eight grandchildren.

A son, Joe Perez, died in 1987.

The family requests memorials to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 503 S. Wall, Floydada 79235.
 

Sue Craven Robinson

PADUCAH - Graveside services for Sue Craven Robinson, 91, of Plainview, were at 11 a.m. Saturday in Garden of Memories Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Peckham, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial was by Seigler Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson, a former Paducah resident, died Thursday, April 2, 1998, Care Inn of Plainview.

She was born Dec. 31, 1906 in Merkel and graduated from Paducah High School in 1925 before attending Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Oklahoma.

She was a homemaker and school teacher, having taught at Cee Vee, near Childress, and Paducah elementary schools. She was a Methodist.

She married Dr. S. Frank Robinson in 1933. He died in 1953. A son, Ray Bob Robinson, died in 1997.

There are no immediate survivors.
 

Celia H. Rodriguez

HALE CENTER - Funeral Mass for Celia H. Rodriguez, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Theresa´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pena, pastor, officiating.

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

Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today in the same church.

Mrs. Rodriguez died Friday, April 3, 1998, in Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

She was born Nov. 22, 1927 in Hebbronville and married Librado Rodriguez on Sept. 10, 1945 in Mathis. She moved to Hale Center from Mathis in 1951. She was a member of St. Theresa´s Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband; a son and his wife, Joe H. and Sylvia Rodriguez of Sunray; six daughters and husbands,Lupe and Oscar Venegas, Mary and Robert Espinoza and Sulema Harding, all of Hale Center, and Lucy Rodriguez, Diana and James White and Sylvia and Arthur Garcia, all of Amarillo; two brothers, Jessue Huerta of Plainview and Amador Huerta of Hobbs, N.M.; two sister, Carlotta Lopez of Hobbs and Julie Perez of Anson; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
 

Grace Shurbet

RALLS - Funeral services for Grace Shurbet, 82, will be at 2 p.m. today in First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Roy Eason, pastor, and the Rev. Vance Mitchell, pastor of Floydada First Assembly of God Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Cone Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home of Ralls.

Mrs. Shurbet died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

She was born Aug. 12, 1915 in Lamar County and moved to Ralls from Lamar County in 1924. She married Lilburn Shurbet on Jan. 4, 1936 in Ralls. She was a homemaker and member of First Assembly of God in Ralls.

Survivors include her husband; a son, James of Petersburg; a sister, Emogene Allison of Ralls; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 

Hazel Simpson

COLORADO CITY - Funeral services for Hazel Simpson, 88, former Plainview resident, will be at 2 p.m. today in Kiker-Seale Chapel with the Rev. Jay Simpson officiating.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Plainview Memorial Park with the Rev. Jim Green officiating. Arrangements are by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mrs. Simpson died Friday morning, April 3, 1998, in a local care center.

She was born Oct. 5, 1909, in Swisher County. She was a retired bookkeeper for Harvest Queen Mill & Elevator in Plainview and Seagraves. She was a member of Plainview Baptist Church in Colorado City.

On May 18, 1926, she married Thomas Howard Simpson in Floydada. He died Dec. 11, 1987.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Howard and JoAnn Simpson Jr., of Arlington and McKinley and Connie Simpson of Colorado City; one daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Terry Whisenhunt of Austin; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A daughter, Sybil Dalene Farris, is deceased.

Leon A. Barham
TULIA - Funeral services for Leon A. Barham, 78, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sixth and Gaines Church of Christ with Clark Johnson, Dennis Conway and Delos Johnson officiating.

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

Mr. Barham died at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at his residence.

He was born on May 4, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant. He served with the U.S. Army in 1942 in Africa, Italy, France and Germany and was discharged in 1945. He lived in Quitaque until moving to Tulia in 1957. He worked for Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative for 29 years, retiring as plant superintendent in 1986.

He was an elder at Sixth and Gaines Church of Christ.

On Sept. 27, 1941, he married U.Z. Cowan in Memphis, Texas.

Survivors include his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and June Barham of Plainview; a sister, Lily Funderburk of Fort Stockton; three brothers, Orville Barham of Midlothian, James Barham of Weatherford and William Barham of Sandia; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.

A brother, Orvis Barham, is deceased.
 

Mardell Britt

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Mardell “Skeet” Britt, 81, former Abernathy resident, will be at 2 p.m. today in Northside Church of Christ with David Luke and David Bennett officiating.

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

Mrs. Britt died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, in Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Estacado. She lived in Lovington, N.M., from 1963 to 1989 when she moved to Abernathy. She had been an elementary school teacher for 25 years.

She was a member of the LCU Quilting Club and Delta Kappa Sorority and Northside Church of Christ.

In 1936 she married Wade Britt. He died in April of 1987.

Survivors include one son, Don Mitchell Britt of Merrimack, N.H.; one daughter, Mary Wade Britt of Lubbock; one sister, Artie Oswalt of Abernathy; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

Martha Mozelle Durham

LOCKNEY - Graveside services for Martha Mozelle Durham, 88, of Aztec, N.M., will be at 2 p.m. today in Lockney Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Abney, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mrs. Durham died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at Four Corners Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Aztec.

She was born Feb. 28, 1910, in Dalton, Ga., the daughter of the late Lester and Martha West Anderson. She had lived in New Mexico for several years.

Her husband, Cecil Durham Sr., died in 1972.

Survivors include five sons, Bill Durham of Stratford, Tom Durham of Big Cabin, Okla., and Cecil Durham Jr., John Durham and Ken Durham, all of Aztec; three daughters, Patricia Knepp of Cedar Hill, N.M., and Alice Worley and Irene Springfield of Rusk; two sisters, Elsie Peckham and Ellen Anderson of Amarillo; 36 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Two sons, L.H. Durham and T.C. Durham, and a daughter, Camillo Jo Durham, are deceased.
 

Porfirio Gonzales

PETERSBURG - Funeral Mass for Porfirio Gonzales, 84, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Curtis Halfmann, the Rev. Luis Dussan, the Rev. Tim Judd and deacon Urbano Rodriquez officiating.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery by White Funeral ome of Lubbock.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel in Lubbock.

Mr. Gonzales died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at his residence.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1914 in Mexico. He attended school in Rosebud and moved to Petersburg in 1951. He was a school custodian afor 14 years and also worked for Roman Trailer Co. in Petersburg. He had been a pre-need counselor for White Funeral Homes for the last five years.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was president of the Sacred Heart Society, a member of the Cursillistas, was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association. He helped build churches in Rosebud, Petersburg and Ralls.

On Dec. 14, 1935, he married Bonnie Martinez in Waco. She died Jan. 10, 1997.

Survivors include his mother, San Juana Gonzales of Hale Center; a son, Luis Roy Gonzales and his wife, Twila of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five daughters, Alice Huey and her husband Keith and Janie Garza and her husband Gonzalo, all of Lubbock, Theresa Perez and her husband Greg of Midland; and Mary Ester Head and husband Roger and Diane Hinojosa and husband Daniel, all of Petersburg; two brothers, Paul Gonzales of Petersburg and Abraham Gonzales of Idalou; two sisters, Betty Rodela of Petersburg and Fannie Rodriguez of Rosebud; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

Guadalupe Kennedy

OLTON - Graveside services for Guadalupe Kennedy, daughter of Chuck and Aracelly Kennedy of Springlake, will be at 2 p.m. today in Olton Cemetery with the Rev. Martin Pe–a of St. Peters Church, and Rick Harper, with the church of Christ, officiating.

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

The infant was stillborn Oct. 30, 1998, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Survivors include her parents; a brother, Dylan Kennedy of Springlake; and her grandparents, T.C. and Norma Kennedy of Springlake and Librodo and Mary Cordero of Rio Grande City.
 

Francisco Martinez

FLOYDADA - Funeral Mass for Francisco Gonzales Martinez, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church with the Rev. John Ohlig officiating.

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

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Martinez died Oct. 31, 1998, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

He was born April 13, 1927, in La Costa. He moved to Floydada in 1958 from LaPryor and was retired. He had worked for the City of Floydada, farmed and did roofing.

He was a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
 

Refugia Porras

BIG SPRING - Funeral services for Refugia Jasso Porras, 79, were at 11 a.m. today in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Alfonso San Juan officiating.

Burial was in Bailey County Cemetery by Ellis Funeral Home.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Porras died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, in Big Spring.

She was born April 10, 1919, in Edna. She moved to Big Spring in 1995 from Muleshoe. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a homemaker.

She married Joe Porras. He died in 1982.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Porras of Big Spring and Armando Porras of Plainview; four daughters, Angelita Gonzales of Tulare, Calif., Beatrice Ramero of Houston, Lupe Porras of Snyder and Rosie Rodriquez of Odessa; two sisters, Julia Martinez of Weslaco and Maggie Montes of Santa Rosa; 32 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
 

Sostenes Velasquez

FLOYDADA - Funeral Mass for Sostenes Velasquez, 68, of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church with the Rev. John Ohlig, officiating.

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

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in the church.

Mr. Velasquez died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, in Mangold Memorial Hospital in Lockney.

He was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Cotulla, La Salle County. He attended Cotulla schools and moved to Floydada in 1983. He was a retired farm laborer and had worked for the City of Cotulla for several years.

He attended St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church.

Survivors include four sons, Ricky Velasquez, Sostenes Velasquez Jr., Julio Velasquez and Mauricio Velasquez; two daughters, Martina Velasquez and Loraina Velasquez; a stepdaughter, Christina Velasquez; six grandchildren; and one sister, San Juana Ibarra of Floydada.
 

Joe Williams

GEORGETOWN - Funeral services for Joe Williams, 71, former Plainview resident, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. John´s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Philip Riley officiating.

Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery by Gabriel´s Funeral Chapel with rites by San Gabriel Lodge #89, AF&AM.

Mr. Williams died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at his residence after battling cancer for two years.

He was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Childress. He was route manager in Plainview for Mrs. Baird´s for several years and worked for the bakery for 40 years. He attended First Christian Church in Plainview. He lived in Austin before moving to Georgetown.

He was a member of St. John´s United Methodist Church, Georgetown Country Club, San Gabriel Lodge #89, AF&AM, Austin Scottish Rite Bodies, the Ben Hur Shrine Temple of Austin and Sons of the American Revolution. He was a direct descendant of Stephen Williams, a Texas and American Revolution patriot.

On March 1, 1947, he married Peggy Ileyne Compton in Childress.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Joe Williams and his wife Jackie of Huffman and Nick Williams and his wife Susan of Odessa; a daughter, Cindy McCoy and her husband Terry of Sugarland; two brothers, Bob Williams of Olton and Carroll Williams of Plainview; two sisters, Mabel May of Amarillo and Edith Simmons of Childress; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was an uncle of Mike Williams of Plainview.

The family suggests memorials to the International Myeloma Foundation or to a favorite charity.
 

Noel Woodley

TERRELL - Memorial services for Noel Woodley, 87, will be at 2 p.m. today in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Ed Goolsby officiating. Arrangements are by Goggans Funeral Home.

Mr. Woodley died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, in Dallas.

He was born March 15, 1911, in Shamrock. He served with the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander during World War II. He worked for the Federal Land Bank in Muleshoe and after moving to Plainview in the early 1960s, worked for the PCA and later was hospital administrator of Plainview Hospital.

He moved to Terrell in 1971 and served 14 years as assistant superintendent at Terrell State Hospital.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge as a 32nd Degree Mason.

He married Mary Elizabeth Jameson in 1936.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sue Ann Hanks of Terrell; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church in Terrell.
 

V.G. Zachary Sr.

Funeral services for V.G. Zachary Sr., 80, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Avarritt of Benton, Ark., officiating.

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

Mr. Zachary died at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at his residence.

He was born June 28, 1918, in Franklin County. He lived in Springdale, Ark., from 1933 to 1964 when he moved to Post. He moved to Lubbock in 1970 and to Plainview in September of 1998.

He was a building contractor and had worked out of Bowman Lumber Co., until retiring about a month ago.

He was a member of West End Church of Christ in Lubbock.

On Nov. 1, 1937, he married Dorothy Irene Thompson in Cassville, Mo.

Survivors include his wife; one son, V.G. “Sonny” Zachary Jr. of Heath; one daughter, Rita Mosely of Plainview; five sisters, Valera Wallas and Margie King, both of Bartlett, Tenn., Isabell Meeker, Shirley Vaughn and Leanel Shockley, all of Springdale, Ark.; one brother, Albert Zachary of Springdale; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Two sisters are deceased.


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