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Robert Kiester
AUSTIN - Memorial services for Robert St. John Kiester, 78, former Plainview resident, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in St. Richard´s Episcopal Church in Round Rock.

Arrangements are by Beck Funeral Home.

Mr. Kiester died Monday, Jan. 11, 1998.

He was born in 1920 in Garden Prairie, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended Officer´s Commission School and attained the rank of Lt. Jr. Grade. He received a commendation for heroism while serving on the USS Chenango in the Pacific.

After the war, he became a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin and later was an assistant professor of economic geography at Texas A&M. He worked for Pacific Borax and Reliance Chemical Company and retired in 1980 from Occidental Petroleum Co. During his professional career he traveled throughout the United States and Central and South America.

While living in Houston he was involved with the Boy Scouts and Palmer Episcopal Church.

He lived in Plainview from 1972-1978 and was regional manager of Occidental Chemical.

He moved from Houston to Georgetown in 1980 and was active in Grace Episcopal Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He moved to Austin in 1994.

His wife, Edith, died in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Kirt Kiester and his wife, Mary Tucker, of Austin and Mark Kiester and his wife, Gayla Talley, of Round Rock; a daughter, Gale Pashia and her husband, Jim, of Houston; and six grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Manor Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 371, Manor, TX 78653, or Family Hospice, 8701 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 104, Austin, TX 78757.

Jennie Gauntt
FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Jennie Gauntt, 86, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gauntt died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Manor Care Health Center in Naples, Fla.
 

Murl C. Harlin

Funeral services for Murl C. Harlin, 70, of Plainview, are pending with Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield.

Mr. Harlin died Tuesday, April. 20, 1999.
 

Faye Jones

OLTON - Funeral services for Faye Jones, 89, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ron Brunson, pastor of New Covenant Church in Plainview, and the Rev. Frank Hammond of Plainview officiating.

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

Mrs. Jones died at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Runningwater Draw Care Center.

She was born Feb. 24, 1910, in Grayson County near Sherman. She grew up in Haskell where she attended schools. She lived in Borger, Marfa and Lubbock and in 1947 moved to Plainview.

In 1961, she began working for Plainview school cafeterias, retiring in 1975. She moved to Olton in 1993.

She was a member of New Covenant Church in Plainview.

On June 29, 1929, she married Jack Jones in Haskell. He died Dec. 27, 1972 in Plainview.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Royce Hayes of Plainview; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Shirley Jones of Sedona, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to the Runningwater Draw Care Center in Olton or to VistaCare Hospice, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072.

Fred Austin Harrell
Funeral services for Fred Austin Harrell, 56, will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Joe P. Weldon, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, officiating. 

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

Mr. Harrell died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Sayre, Okla., and married Jackie Noland, Aug. 14, 1967, in Plainview. He moved to Plainview in 1961 and managed C.R. Anthony´s for 12 years, then worked as a salesman for Jack Morris Ford for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Shane Harrell, of Plainview; four brothers, Bud Harrell of Sweetwater, Glenn Harrell of Sayre, Okla., Marvin Harrell and Billy Lehew, both of Oklahoma; and two sisters, Vergie Callen of Midland and Ruth Pyeatt of Raydon, Okla.
 

Steven L´Roy Riley

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Steven L´Roy Riley, 27, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Warford-Walker Mortuary Chapel of Roses with the Rev. Vurn Martin, pastor of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mr. Riley died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999.

He was born in Muleshoe and was a 25-year resident of Amarillo. He graduated from Tascosa High.

Survivors include six children, Steven L´Roy Riley Jr., Jasmine Riley, Willie James Riley, Dominique Riley, Stephon Riley and TyQuan Riley, all of Amarillo; his parents, Jo Ann Riley of Dallas and Willie and Violea Riley of Amarillo; a brother, Willie Lee Riley Jr., of Plainview; and two half-brothers of Hollis, Okla.

Jesse Almaraz
CROSBYTON - Funeral Mass for Jesse Leubano Almaraz, 35, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in San Jose Catholic Church with the Rev. Glenn Rosendale officiating.

Burial will be in Crosbyton Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home.

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

Mr. Almaraz died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, in University Medical Center.

He was born June 18, 1963, in Crosbyton. He attended Crosbyton schools and was a member of San Jose Catholic Church.

On Sept. 5, 1985, he married Diane Marquez in Crosbyton.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Jesse Almaraz of Crosbyton; his mother, Hilaria Almaraz of Crosbyton; five brothers, Pete and David Almaraz, both of Crosbyton, Henry and Daniel Almaraz, both of Idalou and Arturo Almaraz of Lubbock; and a sister, Cynthia DeLeon of Lockney.
 

Frank Redwine

LEVELLAND - Graveside services for Frank Redwine, 77, of Breckenridge, will be at 2 p.m. today in the City of Levelland Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Vernon, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Geo. C. Price Funeral Directors.

Mr. Redwine died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

He was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Tahoka. He was a member of the 1939 Lubbock High School state champion football team. He moved to Breckenridge from Gilmer in 1996 and was retired from the Western Company.

He was a Baptist and had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

On Jan. 28, 1949, he married Georgia Ingram in Midland.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Joe Redwine of Breckenridge; a brother, J.M. Redwine of Dallas; two sisters, Mildred Tannehill of Abernathy and Aline Prather of Hale Center.

Gracie Lewis
Funeral services for Gracie Lewis, 77, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Emanuel Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Essie Renee Givens, pastor of Good Samaritan Pentecostal Outreach Center, and the Rev. Edward Jennings, pastor of New Fellowship Missionary Baptist, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Bartley-Silva Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Lewis died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at her residence.

He was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Tyler. 

She was a member of Emanuel Church of God in Christ and active in the Adult Women´s Study Club.

Her husband, Rubin James Kaiser, is deceased.

Survivors include two sons, Artie Jr. Calip and Willie James Acy Sr., both of Plainview; one daughter, Mary D. Acy of Lubbock; two sisters, Ollie Mae Young and Johnnie Lee Owens, both of Plainview; a brother, Rev. John Lewis of California; 14 grandchildren, including Kacy Acy of Plainview and Vella M. Acy of Floydada; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
 

Mary Lee Sanders

Funeral services for Mary Lee Sanders, 53, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Bartley-Silva Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Glen Clark, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Bartley-Silva Funeral Directors.

Ms. Sanders died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, in University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born June 30, 1946, in Sulphur Springs. She had been a nurse in Plainview for 35 years.

Survivors include a daughter, RayLynn Ross of Plainview; a sister, Sudie Young of Plainview; and four grandchildren, Keisha, Kendra, Michael and Mathew Ross, all of Plainview.

A brother, Bobby Newkirk, died Dec. 21, 1981.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. today.

Raul Lozano
Funeral services for Raul Lozano, 90, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mr. Lozano died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in IHS Heritage Home.
 

Mark Tijerina-Marshal

ODESSA - Funeral Mass for Mark M. Tijerina-Marshal, 37, of Tulia, was held at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Gilbert Rodriguez officiating.

Arrangements were by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Tijerina-Marshal died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in a one-vehicle accident west of Tulia.

He was born June 15, 1961, in Kress, the son of the late Melchor A. and Carolina Tijerina-Marshal.

He graduated from Alamo Catholic High School in Amarillo. He lived in Lubbock before moving to Tulia in August 1998 and worked in construction. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include a son, Melchor A. Tijerina III of Garland; a daughter, Marcelina E. Tijerina of Waco; and a sister, Jerri Ann Marshal of Lubbock.

A son, Melchor A. Tijerina II, is deceased.
 

Linnie Mae Russell

Graveside services for Linnie Mae Russell, 91, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Parklawn Memorial Gardens with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Russell died at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 6 , 1999, in Prairie House Living Center.

She was born March 19, 1908, in Corsicana. She grew up in East Texas where she attended schools. She moved to Plainview in 1936 and to Amarillo in 1944. She worked at the Amarillo Air Base as a printer and later worked at the Amarillo Globe-News as a collector, retiring in 1973. She moved to Plainview in 1995.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Survivors include a daughter, Nina Snider of Plainview; one sister, Ethel Morris of Amarillo; one grandson; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Derald Gray
HALE CENTER - Funeral services for Derald Gray, 74, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Rowland, pastor, and Silas Short, minister of the Church of Christ in Throckmorton, officiating.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday by Freeman-Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Gray died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, in Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

He was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Terry County. He moved to Hale Center from Munday in 1955 and worked as a parts manager at International Harvester.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a past president of Hale Center Senior Citizens Association.

On March 29, 1947, he married Elma Lowe in Munday.

Survivors include his wife; a brother, Melvin Gray of Tigard, Ore.; and two sisters, Neva Cox of Montrose, Colo., and Eloise Buschman of Lufkin.

The family suggests memorials to Hale Center Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 205, Hale Center 79041, or to a favorite charity.
 

Mark Tejerina-Marshall

TULIA - Funeral services for Mark Mike Tejerina-Marshall, 37, are pending with Odessa Funeral Home in Odessa.

Mr. Marshal died Tuesday, March 30, 1999 in a one-vehicle accident west of Tulia.
 

Liburn Shurbet

RALLS - Graveside services for Lilburn Shurbet, 84, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Cone Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Shurbet died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 26, 1914, in Love County, Okla. He worked for the Texas Highway Department for 33 years.

On Jan. 4, 1936, he married Grace Patterson in Ralls.

Survivors include a son, James Shurbet of Petersburg; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Betty Dearing
LOVINGTON, N.M. - Funeral services for Betty Jean Dearing, 65, were at 10 a.m. today in Lovington Cemetery with the Rev. Leon Green officiating.

Burial arrangements were by Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dearing died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at her residence.

She was born March 24, 1934, in Durant, Okla. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie Shorter of Laneville and Michael and Billy Shorter, both of Lovington; a daughter, Sherry Dunlap of Lovington; a brother, Thomas Howard of Lubbock; three sisters, Sandra Thomas of Plainview, Etta Cron of Fairland, Okla., and Patricia Caraway of Weatherford; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Family Hospice or to the Joe Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock.
 

Marfa Leatherman

TULIA - Funeral services for Marfa Leatherman, 30, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Central Church of Christ with Trey Morgan, minister, officiating.

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

Mrs. Leatherman died at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Lubbock.

She was born Nov. 8, 1969, in Lampasas and had lived in Tulia most of her life. She was a graduate of Tulia High School and attended Amarillo College. She was a Baptist.

On Aug. 17, 1996, she married Mark Leatherman in Tulia.

Survivors include her husband; two sisters, her twin, Laura Steffens, and Jeanie Whiteley, both of Prattville, Ala.; a brother, Cecil Whiteley of Yukon, Okla.; her mother, Beth Gage of Tulia; her father and step-mother, Walter and Leonida Whiteley of Blanchard, Okla.; a half-sister, Kaylen Whiteley of Blanchard; three half-brothers, Joshua Whiteley of Tulia, Walter Whiteley and Dakota Whiteley, both of Blanchard; her grandfather, Hack Whiteley of Blanchard; and an aunt and uncle, Lee and Tracy Devin of Vigo Park.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.

Calvin Casey
LUBBOCK - Graveside services for Calvin D. Casey, 44, will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Joe Ainsworth, pastor of Redbud Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mr. Casey died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, in University Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 31, 1954, in Lubbock. He graduated from Abernathy High School in 1973 and served with the U.S. Army. He was a bus driver for Citibus for 2 1/2 years and worked for Orkin. He was a volunteer with DART and a Baptist.

On Aug. 16, 1997, he married Lisa Frohn in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Scott Casey of Cottondale, Fla., and Joshua McConnaughy of Lubbock; two daughters, Jennifer Casey of Cottondale and Kimberly Suddeth of Lubbock; his mother, Minnie Casey of Abernathy; three brothers, Clarence Casey of Abernathy, Alvin Casey of Lubbock and Larry Casey of College Station; and a sister, Mary Casey of Abernathy.

A son, Phillip Paul Casey, died in 1976.
 

Murl Stone

LUBBOCK - Graveside services for Murl Stone, 63, were held Wednesday in Resthaven Memorial Park with Jim Price officiating.

Burial arrangements were by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stone died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998.

She was born April 9, 1935, in Plainview. She was an attendant for the CLASS program.

On Jan. 25, 1958, she married John Stone in Olton.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Jonna Ward of Lubbock; four sisters, Peg Lay and Jane Wilks, both of Olton, Zoe Drake of Lubbock and Nadine Ishmael of Lake Leon; two brothers, Jim Bond of Fort Worth and Jack Bond of Lake Kiowa; and two granddaughters.

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

Frances Hoffman
LUBBOCK - Funeral Mass for Frances Margaret Hoffman, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Christ the King Cathedral with the Rev. Ben Kasteel, pastor, officiating.

Cremation arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hoffman died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in Lubbock Health Care Center.

She had lived in Lubbock since 1941 and had worked for Furr´s Pie Kitchen. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and Christ the King Catholic Church.

Her husband, William Hoffman, died in 1971.

Survivors include three daughters, Arlene Dyer of Hart, Donna Macik of Anaheim, Calif., and Debbie Jackson of Wolfforth; a son, Harold Hoffman of Lubbock; a sister, Wilma Schultz of Mantador, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Bill Hoffman, and a grandson, Aaron, died in 1990.

The family suggests memorials to Christ the King School.
 

Alva Kersh

OLTON - Funeral services for Alva Kersh, 91, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Kyle Streun, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Kersh died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, in Running Water Draw Care Center.

He was born April 10, 1908, in Cross Plains. He moved to Olton in 1922 and farmed until he retired. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

On April 22, 1935, he married Thelma Huguley in Tulia.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Leroyce Kersh of Olton, Melvin Kersh of Fort Worth, Calvin Kersh of Bedford and David Kersh of Cedar Hill; three daughters, Bonnie Lunsford of Springlake, Joyce Tipton of Victoria, and Ladelle West of Guymon, Okla.; one brother, Joy Kersh of Plainview; one sister, Birdie Copeland of Plainview; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Ruth Elizabeth Blenden
HALE CENTER - Graveside services for Ruth Elizabeth Blenden, 102, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga, Okla., with Brad Blenden, a grandson from Amarillo, officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home in Hale Plainview.

Mrs. Blenden died Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at 12:20 p.m. in Hi-Plains Care Center in Hale Center.

She was born Jan. 17, 1897, in St. Louis, Mo. She moved to Lockney in 1940 and to Andrews in 1952. She later lived in Oklahoma before moving back to this area in 1986 after living in Bloomfield, N.M., for 10 years.

On Oct. 20, 1919, she married Harry E. Blenden in Gainesville. He died March 16, 1967.

Survivors include two sons, Easton Blenden of Lockney and Dick A. Blenden of Carlsbad, N.M.; a daughter, Sue Thornton of Farmington, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

An infant son and a grandson are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

Vivian Lorraine Rios

AMARILLO - Graveside services for Vivian Lorraine Rios, 35, will be at 1 p.m. today in Llano Cemetery East with Ron Pollen, pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, officiating.

Arrangements are by Rector Funeral home.

Mrs. Rios died Tuesday, April 27, 1999.

She was born in Sacramento, Calif., and moved to Amarillo in 1997 from Le Seuer, Minn. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Floydada.

Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Rose Martin of Amarillo and Bonnie Martin of McAllen; three sons, Michael Max Palacios and Hector Palacios, both of Floydada, and Jose Louis Quiltan Jr., of Mission; her mother, Bonnie Palacios of Floydada; two sisters, Virginia Martin of Land O´Lakes, Fla., and Valerie Garza of Amarillo; and a grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to the Texas Panhandle Mental Health Authority.

Susie Thomas
LOOP - Funeral services for Susie Lorene Thomas, 82, of Seagraves, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Hargrove officiating.

Burial will be in Loop Cemetery by Head Family Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thomas died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in Running Water Draw Care Center in Olton.

She was born June 5, 1917, in Olton. She married James Lawson Thomas. He is deceased. She moved to Seagraves from Olton.

Survivors include two sons, Rex Lawson and Gene Lee, both of San Antonio; a daughter, Jo Ann Stamps of Olton; a brother, Cecil Youcom of Andrews; two sisters, Orie Graham of Belton and Lence Kilpatrick of Seagraves; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

Sadie Lee Williams

Memorial services for Sadie Lee Williams, 69, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Plainview Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williams died at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in Santa Fe House.

She was born Sadie Lee Hart on June 30, 1930, in Plainview. She grew up in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School and West Texas State University. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church.

She was a Life Master in Duplicate Bridge and was a member of the Plainview Country Club Duplicate Bridge Club, serving as a former president.

On June 18, 1951, she married Jack Stone Williams in Plainview.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, DeAnn Stringer of Lubbock; two sons, Chad Williams of Plainview and Tod Williams of Lubbock; and three grandchildren, Amanda and Trevor Stringer of Lubbock and Ali Williams of Plainview.

A brother, Don Hart, is deceased.

The family will receive friends at 3601 Grandview. Memorials are suggested to VistaCare Family Hospice of Plainview or to Plainview Christian Academy.


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