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Faye Bellah

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Faye Bellah, 77, mother of Cynthia Renee Venable of Tulia, will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Michael Passmore officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Bellah died Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, in St. Mary Hospital.

She was born on March 10, 1919, in Van Zandt County. She moved to Lubbock and graduated from Lubbock High School. She worked for Bell Telephone Co., and Luby´s Cafeteria and was a homemaker and an artist. She was a member of First Christian Church.

She married Roy Bellah on Jan. 15, 1944, in Santa Ana, Calif.

Other survivors include her husband; a son, Dan Bellah of New Braunfels; three sisters, Bonnie Garrett of Lubbock, Dorothy Salmon of Big Spring and Maxine Newton of Brenham; and seven grandchildren.

the family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

Clara Lee Brooks

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Clara Lee Brooks, 90, are pending with Abell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brooks died Monday, Nov. 25, 1996.
 

Rev. Landon Earl Saunders

Funeral services for the Rev. Landon Earl Saunders, 73, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in College Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Lemons Funeral Home.

Rev. Saunders died at 8:49 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

He was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Cleburne. He grew up in Cleburne and graduated from Cleburne High School. He joined the Navy Seabees in 1943 and served in the reconstruction of Pearl Harbor.

He was discharged in 1946, attended Texas Wesleyan College from 1950-1953 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954-1955.

He was a missionary in Miami, Ariz., from 1956-1960, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1960-1964, Taos, N.M., 1964-1972 and served as pastor at Creed Colo., from 1972-1974, Prescott Valley, Ariz., from 1974-1976 and Sanders, Ariz., 1976-1986. He retired in 1986 and moved to Plainview.

He was a member of College Heights Baptist Church and the Plainview Quilters Club.

He and his wife, Jim Faye, were married Sept. 1, 1950, in Union City, Tenn. She died on Jan. 26, 1988 in Lubbock.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Polly) Morgan of Plainview, Mrs. Jay (Becky) Hardin of Lubbock and Mrs. Ted (Maggie) Faull of Rockford, Ill.; two sons, Richard Saunders of Plainview and Paul Saunders of Houston; one brother, James Edwin Saunders of Weatherford; his father, J.H. Saunders of Ozark; one sister, Lonelle Spillers of Ozark, Ala., and 13 grandchildren.

His mother, Lora Harvey Saunders, died in 1926 and his step-mother, Eva Saunders, died in 1971.

Anna Marie McCallister

AMARILLO - Graveside services for Anna Marie McCallister, 20-month-old great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Harp of Abernathy, were at 10 a.m. today in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. David Harp, Methodist minister and the child´s grandfather, officiating. Burial arrangements were by Rector Funeral Home.

The child died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996.

She was born in Amarillo.

Other survivors include her parents, Donny and Shirley McCallister of Amarillo; grandparents the Rev. and Mrs. David Harp of Aurora, Colo., and Barbara Horton of Dallas; and other great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Floyd of Shallowater.
 

J.C. Sneed

HALE CENTER - Funeral services for J.C. Sneed, 83, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Meacham, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hale Center Cemetery by Freeman Funeral Home.

Mr. Sneed died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Prairie House Living Center in Plainview.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1913, in Ranger. He moved to Hale Center in 1919 and attended Hale Center schools. He was a farmer and a member of First Baptist Church and Hale Center Senior Citizens Association.

He married Bonnie Harper on Jan. 8, 1934. She died in 1984. He married Novella Jones Rastetter on Feb. 19, 1985, in Hale Center.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Matt Moseley of Muleshoe; two stepsons, Don Rastetter of Lake Hills and Roy Rastetter of Carrollton; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and two sisters are deceased. Archie Sneed died in 1984, Herb Sneed in 1984, Ruby Cannon in 1988 and Eunice Hooper in 1991.

Pallbearers will be Marty Moseley, Glen Morris, Presley Newton, Tony Rastetter, Rick Jacobs and Keith Jones.

The family suggests memorials to the Hale Center Senior Citizens Association.
 

Beulah Rose Walls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Graveside services for Beulah Rose Walls, 94, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Parklawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Roger Foote, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiating. Burial arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Walls died at 8:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, in Asian Nursing Home in Sacramento.

She was born July 17, 1902 and grew up in Purcell, Okla. She lived in Lexington, Okla., before moving to Aiken in 1937 and to Plainview in 1945. She moved to California in 1986.

She was a member of the Ninth and Columbia Street Church of Christ in Plainview.

She married Ester Robert Walls on Jan. 24, 1924, in Lexington. He died on June 27, 1984 in Plainview.

Survivors include four grandsons, Michael Walls of Sacramento, Bo Stephens and John Stephens, both of Greenville, S.C., and Billy Stephens of Colorado; two granddaughters, Charlotte Wall of East Kingston, N.M., and Sherry Chamberlin of Wichita, Kan.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Martina Gonzales

Funeral Mass for Martina Gonzales, 71, will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Ben Kasteel, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in Lemons Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Gonzales died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1925, in New Braunfels. She moved to Edmonson in 1949 and to Plainview in 1957. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Cruisillistas and the Guadalupanas.

She married Simplicio Gonzales. He died in 1971.

Survivors include four daughters, Frances Jalomo and Simona Santaalano, both of Cactus and Elmira Ayala and Rosa Gonzales, both of Plainview; four sons, Roy Gonzales and Tony Gonzales, both of San Antonio and Armeldo Gonzales and Joe Gonzales, both of Plainview; three brothers, Alfredo Ortega of Levelland, Nicklas Ortega of Bernard and Thomas Ortega of Bernard; two sisters, Gregoria Gonzales and Ninfa Siaze, both of Bernard; 52 grandchildren; 84 great-grandchildren; 107 great-great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Janie Hemby, died in 1985 and a son, Ray Gonzales, died in 1996.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Lois Reynolds

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Lois Bonnell Reynolds, 83, will be at 2 p.m. today in Moore-Rose-White Memorial Chapel with Gene McCarty, minister of City Park Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Lorenzo Cemetery by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reynolds died Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, in Methodist Hospital Lubbock.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1913, in the McCoy Community in Floyd County where she attended schools and graduated from McCoy High School. She lived in Idalou for a while and moved to Floydada in 1962.

She was a homemaker and member of Westside Church of Christ.

She married Harvey Reynolds in 1938 in Floydada.

Survivors include her husband; one brother, Merrell Cox of Lubbock; and one sister, Ina Lewis of Floydada.
 

Arnie L. Sanders

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Arnie L. Sanders, 81, are pending with Jamison Funeral Home in Lubbock.

Mr. Sanders died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996.
 

Minnie Smartt

FLOYDADA - Memorial services for Minnie K.L. Smartt, 95, of Lubbock, former resident of Floydada, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Moore-Rose-White Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lone Sedinger, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Service arrangements are by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Smartt died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Carillon Health Care Center in Lubbock.

She was born on May 11, 1901, in Motley County. She moved to Lubbock from South Africa in 1992. She was a member of First Christian Church in Floydada.

She married Hughwood Smartt. He is deceased.

Survivors include one daughter, K. Hughetta “Babe” Martin of Lubbock; a granddaughter, Kit M. Reynolds of South Africa; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Dwane Martin Scholarship Fund at First National Bank of Floydada.

Delzie Bradford

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Delzie Bradford, 82, are pending with Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bradford died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, in Floydada Nursing Home.
 

Ruby Ola Bryant

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Ruby Ola Bryant, 89, mother of Myrt Wilder of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in San Jacinto United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Fitzgerald and the Rev. Verne Fuqua of Fort Worth officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery by Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Bryant died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996.

She was born June 3, 1907 in Ellis County and moved to Amarillo in 1941. She was a homemaker and member of San Jacinto United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the United Methodist Women, Ladies Friendship Class and Wesley Comraders Class.

She married J.B. Bryant Sr. in 1932 at Marietta, Okla. He died in 1976.

Other survivors include two other daughters, Nora Pennington of Burleson and Tria Godwin of Canadian; three sons, Robert Bryant, Richard Bryant and J.B. Bryant Jr., all of Amarillo; son-in-law David Wilder of Plainview; 16 grandchildren, including Brian Wilder of Plainvew and Scott Wilder of Lubbock; 21 great-grandchildren, including Scott and Kolten Wilder of Plainview; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 

Norman Peoples

Funeral services for Norman Ray Peoples, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in College Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, and Layne Reading, chaplain of Family Hospice of Plainview, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Peoples died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at his residence.

He was born May 20, 1925, in Tonkawa, Okla. He grew up in Plainview where he attended schools. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, served in Europe and was discharged on April 19, 1946. He lived in Amarillo and drove a truck for Amarillo Hardware before moving to Plainview in 1960 and opening Peoples Furniture, a business in which he was still active. He also owned and operated Plainview Bus and Transfer during the 1970s. He was a Baptist.

He and a fellow Plainviewan, Eddie McConnell, were instrumental in getting the Bob Wills Stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1993. They each received a framed set of first day covers from Turkey, Texas, Wills´ hometown, a plaque from the U.S. Postal service and a first day cover from Nashville, Tenn.

He married Ruth Pierce on July 20, 1946, in Plainview. She died March 11, 1996.

Survivors include one daughter, Norma Ruth Gray of Plainview; three sons, Matthew Earl Peoples of Plainview, Guy Dell Peoples of Alvin and Donnie Ray Peoples of McCloud, Okla.; two sisters, Gay Cherry and Ruth Carter of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Luke Franklin Peoples and Mark Lee Peoples, are deceased.

The family will be at 1404 Houston Street. Memorials are suggested to Family Hospice of Plainview.

Gary Crabtree

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Gary Crabtree, 41, are pending with Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Crabtree died Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996.
 

Ida Mae Crawford

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Ida Mae Crawford, 100, of Lubbock, former Petersburg resident, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Nave officiating. Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery by White Funeral Home of Lubbock.

Mrs. Crawford died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, in Lubbock.

She was born Ida Mae Jernigan on March 27, 1896, in Decatur. She attended school in Hale County and moved to Petersburg in 1915. She was active in farming and farmed her own land, irrigating and driving a tractor until she was 90. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.

She married Paul E. Crawford. He died in 1918.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Magness of Lubbock; and four nieces, Elizabeth Robbins, Mary Lois Magness, Paula O´Neill and Louise Ping.

Pallbearers will be Gaylord Groce, Robert Fullingim, Steve Trowbridge, Orville Martin, Sam Hemphill and Charles Featherston.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church or to the Petersburg Cemetery Association.
 

Ila Drye

ABERNATHY - Graveside services for Ila Burnelle Drye, 65, of Fort Worth, were at 3 p.m. Sunday in Abernathy Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Wilcox, pastor of Abernathy First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial arrangements were by Abell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Drye died Monday, Oct. 7, 1996 in Columbia Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth.

She was born on May 18, 1931. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Glen Drye of Amarillo.
 

Marjorie Overly

HOUSTON - Funeral Mass for Marjorie Morehead Overly, 73, sister of Lucian Morehead of Plainview, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church with the Rev. John C. Upton, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Oaks Cemetery by Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Overly died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996. 

She was born on July 9, 1923, in Plainview where she grew up and graduated from high school. She graduated from Texas Tech University and taught school in Brownfield and Odessa.

She married Bob Overly in 1953.

Other survivors include her husband; three daughters, Peggy Overly, Mary Davis and Patti Whitford; and one son, Rusty Overly; another brother, Richard Morehead of Austin; a sister, Dorothy Hotchkiss; and a granddaughter, Sally Davis.

The family suggests memorials to the Memorial Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 41081, Lubbock 79409.
 

Bill Starnes

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Bill Starnes, 65, brother of Lowell Starnes of Tulia and Doris Preston of Abernathy, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dave Treat and the Rev. Herb Travener officiating. Burial will be in Idalou Cemetery by Sanders Funeral Home.

Mr. Starnes died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, in Pecos.

He was born on July 16, 1931, in Tulia. He had lived in Lubbock since 1960 and was self-employed in the farm irrigation business for 25 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He married Mary Hunter on June 1, 1958.

Other survivors include his wife; a son, Wayne Hunter Starnes of Lubbock; another, brother, Jack Starnes of Burnet; another sister, Bobbie Andrus of Kennedale; and a granddaughter.

Edith Newby Belk

TULIA -- Graveside services for Edith Johnson Newby Belk, 79, of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rosehill Cemetery in Tulia with Rev. Don Robertson, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be by Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.

Mrs. Belk died at 3:19 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, in Methodist Hospital Plainview.

She was born Aug. 24, 1917, in White Deer and attended schools in the Childress community northwest of Tulia. She was a cafeteria worker for the Tulia schools for over 30 years, retiring in 1974. She moved to Plainview in 1978.

She married Paul Newby on Dec. 25, 1934, in Tulia. He died on Oct. 19, 1973, in Tulia. She married Roy Belk on Aug. 19, 1978, in Plainview. She was a member of the Central Church of Christ of Tulia.
 

Ethel Hambright

FLOYDADA -- Funeral services for Ethel Hambright, 90, will be at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Howell Farnsworth, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery by Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hambright died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, are the Lockney Care Center.

She was born Oct. 5, 1906, in Penelope, where she attended schools. She moved to Floyd County and married Will Mae Hambright on June 4, 1927. He died Dec. 2, 1985. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Billy Joe, Gordon and Bob Hambright, all of Floydada; a daughter, Genelle Breed of Floydada; a brother, Leonard Alexander of Floydada; a sister, Winnie Hambright of Marble Falls; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
 

Haskell W. “Happy” Pyle

VAN BUREN, Ark. -- Funeral services for Haskell W. “Happy” Pyle, 61, brother of Omega Pyle and Ira Pyle, both of Plainview, and Floyd Pyle of Olton, will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Ocker Memorial Chapel with Jim Bulloch and Doyle Loveland officiating. Burial will be in Elmore City Cemetery in Elmore City, Okla. at 3:30 p.m. by Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Mr. Pyle died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, in a Fort Smith, Ark. hospital.

He was a truck driver for Lindel Vines Trucking Company and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.

Other survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; two daughters, Liz Johnson of Fort Smith, Ark. and Kathy Armijo of Van Buren, Ark.; two sons, Billy Pyle of Ponchatoula, La. and Bobby Pyle of Fort Smith, Ark.; and eight grandchildren, Joshua, Christopher, Cody, Janae, Shaun and Chasity Pyle, and Shelby and Brandi Armijo.

His parents, Claude and Pallie Pyle, and a brother, Everett Pyle, are all deceased.
 

Minnie Smartt

LUBBOCK - Funeral services will be at a later date for Minnie K.L. Smartt, 95.

She died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, in Carillon Health Care Center.

Mrs. Smartt was born May 11, 1901 in Motley County and married Hughwood Smartt. He is deceased. She moved to Lubbock from South Africa in 1992 and was a member of First Christian Church in Floydada.

Surviving are a daughter, K. Hughetta S. Martin of Lubbock; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Dwane Martin Scholarship Fund at First National Bank of Floydada.

J. Woodson Brown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Funeral services for J. Woodson Brown, 88, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel of Roses with Jack Pape officiating. Burial will be in the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum Gate of Heaven by Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home.

Mr. Brown died Dec. 9, 1996, at a Colorado Springs health care facility.

He was born Feb. 11, 1908, in Plainview. He married Genevieve Brewster on Feb. 6, 1935 in Plainview.

He attended USC-LA and was a businessman and retired rancher. He was a member of the Broadmoor Golf Club and the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lynn Brown Cresciman of West Hollywood, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Draper of Plainview; and two grandchildren.

Two brothers, Edgar and Theodore Brown, are deceased.

The family suggests memorials to Mountain States Children´s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, Colo. 80502.
 

Vincent Huseman

NAZARETH -- Funeral mass for Vincent Huseman, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth with the Rev. Jerry Stein, pastor, officiating. Prayer service will be at 7 tonight in the CCD building. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.

Mr. Huseman died at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, in Amarillo after a lengthy illness.

He was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Nazareth, where he attended schools. He farmed and was a dairyman in the Nazareth community until his retirement in 1986. He married Bertha Hollenstein on Jan. 21, 1947, in Umbarger.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was a member of the American Legion and Holy Family Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Yvonne Ehly of Amarillo, Kathleen Huseman of Dallas, and Theresa Birkenfeld of Nazareth; four sons, Kenneth Huseman of Ivyland, Pa., Gary Huseman of Seminole, Ted Huseman of Amarillo, and Tim Huseman of Cotton Center; two sisters, Wilhelmina Vinton of Hereford and Louise Hollenstein of Canyon; and 12 grandchildren.

Four brothers, Emil, August, Lawrence, and Rudolph Huseman; a sister, Pauline Litfch, and a grandson, Cullen Huseman, are deceased.

Pallbearers will be Alphonse Huseman, George Huseman, Dwayne Huseman, Brent Ehly, Kenneth Detten and Lawrence Schmucker.

The family suggests memorials to St. Anthony´s Hospice of Amarillo.
 

Mary Lea Sisemore

Funeral services for Mary Lea Sisemore, 73, of Plainview will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church of Halfway with the Rev. Alvin Petty, pastor, and the Rev. Dennis Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lorenzo, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sisemore died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at her residence after a sudden illness.

She was born March 14, 1923, in Plainview. She married Ben Sisemore on March 11, 1950, in Plainview. He died May 6, 1984.

She farmed with her husband four miles north of Halfway until his death and moved to Plainview in 1984. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Halfway and the Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, and a former member of the Halfway Home Demonstration Club. 

She graduated from Plainview High School in 1941 and attended Lippert´s Business College. She worked for many years as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone.

Survivors include a son, Clarence W. Sisemore of Odessa; a daughter, Beth Hanley of Abilene; two sisters, Janet Beck of Dumas and Clarice Alley of Plainview; six grandchildren, William Jeffrey Sisemore, Burton Rowe Stringer IV, and Teddi Sisemore, all of Odessa, Justin Sisemore of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Stella and Mike Hanley of Abilene; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Alton Painter, Brian Painter, Rick Sisemore, Chris Sisemore, James Sisemore and Mike Allen.


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