Miscellaneous Hale County, Texas Obituaries


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Laura Ann Belier
Memorial services for Laura Ann Belier, 58, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrew´s Episcopal Church in La Junta, Colo., with the Rev. Kay Ryan, rector, officiating.

Mrs. Belier died at 12:34 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 1999, in Plainview.

Arrangements are by Lemons Funeral Home.

She was born July 4, 1940, in Benica, Calif. She grew up north of Fowler where she attended schools. She graduated from La Junta High School and worked for the phone company and the Swink Company. She moved to Plainview in 1991 and was employed as office manager at Billington Real Estate.

She was a member of St. Andrew´s Episcopal Church.

On May 20, 1963, she married Joe Belier in Littleton, Colo.

Survivors include her husband; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Sue Belier of Dallas and John and Rita Belier of Longmont, Colo.; three brothers, Charles H. Davis of Woodland, Calif., Kenneth R. Davis of Widefield, Colo., and Fred Wayne Davis of Universal City; one sister, Kathryn Marie Cross of Fowler, Colo.; two granddaughters, Emily Beth Ann Belier of Dallas and Elizabeth Belier of Longmont, Colo.

The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Family Hospice.

Faye Goree

LITTLEFIELD - Funeral services for Faye Goree, 85, of Amherst, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hammons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Aaron Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah.

Mrs. Goree died Saturday, April 10, 1999, in Lamb Healthcare Center in Littlefield.

She was born July 10, 1913, in Paducah. She had lived in Plainview for 25 years before moving to Amherst in 1977.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, Dell Graham of Lubbock and Roy Lee Graham of Coleman, Ala.; a sister, Mary Helen Hewitt of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

An infant son, Prentiss Walter Graham, died in 1935.

The family will receive visitors at Hammons Chapel in Amherst Tuesday until 9 p.m.

Jessee ÔDoc´ Johnson

Funeral services for Jessee “Doc” Johnson, 71, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at his residence after an illness.

Ben Sanchez

POST - Funeral Mass for Ben G. Sanchez, 75, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Malcolm Neyland, judicial vicar and pastor, officiating.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today in the same church.

Burial with military graveside rites will be in Terrace Cemetery in Post by Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Mr. Sanchez died Saturday, April 10, 1999, in Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

He was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Yoakum. He moved at a young age to Garza County near Post with his family. He farmed and also worked for Wilson Brothers Chevron Station and had worked for the Post Independent School District since 1984.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, and was a Catholic.

He was the first Hispanic commissioner in Garza County, serving several terms.

Survivors include his wife; Mercy Sanchez Wickett; three sons, Ben Sanchez Jr., of Lubbock, Joe Sanchez of Post and Jesse Sanchez of Dallas; two daughters, Stella Martinez and Esther Garcia, both of Post; three stepsons, Bobby Torres and Andy Torres, both of Midland, and Sammy Torres of Levelland; two stepdaughters, Elizabeth Marques of Roswell, N.M., and Stella Torres of Midland; two brothers, Mike Sanchez of Post and Robert Sanchez of Slaton; four sisters, Mary Deleon, Elvira Sanchez and Dora Vargas, all of Post, and Rose Tadlock of Plainview; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Sylvia Helen Andrade
AMARILLO - Funeral Mass for Sylvia Helen Andrade, 42, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Mary´s Catholic Church with the Rev. Ken Keller and Monsignor Francis A. Smyer, the Rev. Terry Burk and the Rev. Charles Lucero of Albuquerque, N.M. officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Andrade died Tuesday, July 6, 1999.

She was born in Hondo. She graduated from Muleshoe High School and had lived in Amarillo since 1981.

She was a homemaker and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and at St. Mary´s Catholic School. She was a member of St. Mary´s Catholic Church.

In 1982, she married Mike Andrade in Amarillo.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Julie Andrade of Amarillo; a son, Bubba Andrade of Amarillo; a stepson, T.J. Andrade of Amarillo; a sister, Linda Balderas of Amarillo; two brothers, Bobby Balderas of Washington, D.C., and Billy Balderas of Plainview; and her parents, Manuel and Janie Balderas of Muleshoe.

The family suggests memorials to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; St. Mary´s Catholic School, 1200 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX 79102; or to a favorite charity.

Juan Gonzales

FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Juan Gonzales, 34, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Moore-Rose-White Memorial Chapel.

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

Mr. Gonzales died Friday, July 2, 1999, in Lubbock.

He was born Sept. 7, 1964, in Taylor. He attended Clewiston High School in Clewiston, Fla., where he spent most of his life. He moved to Floydada and was a farmer,

On Oct. 22, 1982, he married Cathy Garcia in Florida.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Nick Garcia, Juan Gonzales Jr., and Peter Anthony Gonzales, all of Floydada; a daughter, Senaida Gonzales of Floydada; four brothers, Guadalupe Gonzales Jr., Fidencio Gonzales, Encarnacion Gonzales, all of Florida, and Pablo Gonzales of Plainview; seven sisters, Blanco Estella Carrizales, Adela Nunez, Rosie Gonzales, Maria Torres, Angelita Gonzales, Delores Gonzales, all of Florida and JoAnn Gonzales of Brownsville; and his parents, Guadalupe and Maria Gonzales Sr.

Matthew T. Rush

WICHITA FALLS - Funeral services for Matthew Thomas Rush, 15, were held Tuesday in Beverly Drive United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Neal, pastor, the Rev. Valerie Mireb, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Henrietta, and Dr. Joan Gray LaBarr, district superintendent, officiating.

Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery by Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.

Mr. Rush died Friday, July 2, 1999, in Fort Worth after a brief illness.

He was born May 27, 1984 in Mexia. He moved to Wichita Falls in 1988 and was a sophomore at Rider High School. He was active in the Men´s Chorus and had been accepted into the ACAP Choir at Rider High School. He was chosen to sing in the UIL Regional Choir both years while in junior high and won a 1st Division in UIL Barbershop singing as a freshman.

He was an A-B Honor student and recognized for his creative writing. He was involved in the Fine Arts program and had donated his artwork for the Women´s Forum art auction fundraisers. He had worked to raise funds for the Children´s Miracle Network and was involved in planting the Garden of Peace, a Shalom Zone Project of the Wichita Falls District United Methodist Church.

He was a member of United Methodist Youth Fellowship and a preparatory member of Beverly Drive United Methodist Church. He had been involved in Christian clowning with the Family of Clowns at St. Mark´s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his parents, Doug and Karla Rush of Wichita Falls, former Plainview residents; a brother, Christopher Rush of Wichita Falls; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dunnam of Plainview and Pat Rush of Tres Piedras, N.M.

The family suggests memorials to the Children´s Miracle Network, the Leukemia Society, the Ronald McDonald House or to the Beverly Drive United Methodist Church.

Jo Beth Gardner
VIGO PARK - Funeral services for Jo Beth Gardner, 48, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Vigo Park Methodist Church with the Rev. Jay Stinson, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Vigo Park Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home.

The body will be at the church until service time.

Mrs. Gardner died at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 12, 1951, in Quitaque where she grew up and graduated from high school. She received a degree in medical technology from West Texas State University in 1974. She worked as a medical technologist at St. Anthony´s Hospital in Amarillo and at Methodist Hospital in Plainview.

On Sept. 7, 1980, she married Dan Gardner at the Merrell Ranch at Quitaque.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Molly Jo Gardner of Vigo Park; a son, Colby Gardner of Vigo Park; her parents, Jake and Jo Mae Merrell of Quitaque; two brothers, Warren Lee Merrell of Quitaque and Dr. Jerry Merrell of Midland.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or BSA Hospice in Amarillo.

Willie Lee Gentry

PETERSBURG - Funeral services for Willie Lee Gentry, 81, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. O.W. Gentry, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Gentry died at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at his residence.

She was born Nov. 17, 1917, in Valley Mills where he grew up. She moved to Petersburg in 1953.

On Sept. 24, 1954, she married Horace Gentry. He died Nov. 17, 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Willie Jo Allen of Petrsburg; a son, Jimmy Allen of Valley Mills; a brother, Joe Sadler of Fort worth; a sister, Lucille Maxwell of Houston; six grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Hopewell Baptist Church.

Edna Belle Hatch

Memorial services for Edna Belle Hatch, 72, of Lubbock, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul´s Lutheran Church with the Rev. David C. Mueller, interim pastor, officiating.

Cremation arrangements are by Bartley-Silva Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hatch died at 1:17 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Plainview where she had lived most of her life. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Allen Hatch of York, Penn., and Michael Hatch of Plainview; and one sister, Carlenn Harper of Lubbock.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.

Henry Henderson

TULIA - Funeral services for Henry Henderson, 84, are pending with Bartley & Silva Funeral Directors in Plainview.

Mr. Henderson died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999.

Robert Rigdon

LOCKNEY - Funeral services for Robert Neil Rigdon, 70, of Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Abney, former pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Rigdon died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at his residence in Plainview.

He was born Nov. 20, 1928, in Lockney, the son of the late William Green and Jewell Dollar Rigdon. He graduated from Lockney High School in 1946 and attended Texas Tech, Draughon´s Business College in Lubbock and Lippert´s Business College in Plainview. He lived in Florida and California for 30 years and retired from Getty Oil Company in 1986 as a budget analyst. He moved to Plainview in 1999 from California.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lockney and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Louise Moore of Lubbock and Rochelle Dorman of Plainview; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation of West Texas, 3801 19th Street, Suite 402, Lubbock, TX 79410 or to the National Wildlife Foundation, 1120 Connecticut Ave., Suite 900 NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Billy Grimsley
ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Billy Wayne Grimsley, 40, will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilcox, pastor, and the Rev. Joel Perez, pastor of New Creation Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mr. Grimsley died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Covenant Medical Center.

He was born March 20, 1959, in Fort Sill, Okla. He was raised in Abernathy and graduated from Abernathy High School in 1977. He married Tammy Schafer on Nov. 26, 1982 in Abernathy. He had been a Cub Scout and later was active in the Abernathy Boy Scout Troop 481 as a scout leader. 

He had been employed by Sanders Auto and by the John Deere Implement dealerships in Abernathy and Plainview. He was employed by Lubbock Wholesale Florist and also owned Abernathy Floral. He was a former member of the Abernathy Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Andy and Levi; his parents, Larry and Billie Grimsley; and three brothers, Jerry, Bobby and Mike, all of Abernathy.

Henry Jackson

QUITAQUE - Funeral services for Henry Jackson, 69, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lemons Memorial Chapel in Plainview with the Rev. Lance Cypert, pastor of First Baptist Church of Quitaque, officiating.

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

Mr. Jackson died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in his home.

He was born April 4, 1930, in Hale County and married Zola Fern Haney on Feb. 18, 1950, at Clovis, N.M. He lived in Plainview until moving to Quitaque in 1976. He was a retired custom harvester and a former member of the Elks.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Cathy Purcell of Quitaque; three sons, Sam Jackson of Fort Worth, Gary Jackson of Plainview and Troy Jackson of Quitaque; three brothers, Robert “Earl” Jackson and Wayne Jackson of Plainview and Wylie Jackson of Lubbock; four sisters, Annie Mae Smith of Plainview, Minnie Faye George of Abilene, Jewel Slaughter of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Joyce Harrison of California; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A brother, Willie Jackson, and a sister, Irene Briggs, are deceased.

Amos L. Mills

MARBLE FALLS - Memorial services for Amos L. Mills, 63, of Horseshoe Bay, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Edgar Funeral Home.

Mr. Mills died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

He was born April 22, 1936, in Canyon to Alfred and Nina Cunningham Moyer. He grew up in Plainview and had been a resident of Horseshoe Bay since 1982.

He was president of PEC Manufacturing Co. Inc., and was an active member of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Rupa Mills of Horseshoe Bay; one son, Ruel Mills of Marble Falls; a brother, Melvin Mills of Corpus Christi, a sister-in-law, Madelyn Mills of Plainview, several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

James Woolsey

Funeral services for James Aubrey Woolsey, 76, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Jayton with the Rev. David Fletcher, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Jayton Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Woolsey died at 2:02 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Prairie House Living Center.

He was born Dec. 15, 1922, at Goldwaithe in Mills County and married Norrine Harrison on April 14, 1948, at Snyder. He grew up in San Saba and at an early age worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He graduated from Slaton High School, then joined the Coast Guard.

After his discharge, he lived in Aspermont where he was owner and operator of filling stations. In the early 1950s, he moved to Snyder and worked for Industrial Supply and Republic Supply. He moved to Odessa in 1967 and worked for Joy Manufacturing. He moved to Prairie House in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Norrine of Plainview; one daughter, Cindy Durrell Chisholm of Acton; one son, Larry Woolsey of Plainview, and two nieces.

Memorials may be made to Prairie House and Family Hospice of Plainview.

Gladys Ashby
Funeral services for Gladys Ashby, 81, will be at 11 a. Thursday in Lemons Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roger Foote, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ashby died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Winnsboro where she grew up. She attended school at Chico and moved to Plainview in 1945. She worked for Plainview Laundry and in 1954 began working for Luster´s Laundry. In 1970 she started work for Ideal Food and retired in 1979. She was a Baptist.

In 1945, she married A.J. Haverty in Plainview. He died in 1957. In 1959, she married William Ashby in Plainview. He died in 1968.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Rogers of Plainview; four sisters, Mildred Pierce, Almeta Lovell, both of Plainview, Vera Williams of Lancaster and Jean Wells of Farmers Branch; one granddaughter, Shara Garcia of Plainview; and two great-grandchildren, Scott Ferguson and Savannah Garcia, both of Plainview.

Murlene E. Edwards

Funeral services for Murlene E. Edwards, 77, are pending with Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.

Mrs. Edwards died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in Covenant Hospital.

Ella Louise Gunter

Funeral services for Ella Louise Gunter, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Gunter died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in St. Mary Skilled Nursing Unit in Lubbock.

She was born June 18, 1926, in Carson County. She moved to Olton from Groom in 1952 and to Plainview in 1970. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Travel Study Club, Texas Historical Society and was past president of the Woman´s Missionary Union of the church. She wrote a play, “Patch-Work,” which was performed at Wayland Baptist University.

On Sept. 27, 1947, she married W.C. Gunter in Amarillo. He died April 1, 1995.

Survivors include two daughters, Gayle Southern of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lucy Roth of Austin; a son, Carey C. Gunter of Austin; her mother, Minnie Sibold of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Keith Crawford of Channing and Alvin Crawford of Kansas; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Francisco Hernandez

Funeral services for Francisco Hernandez, 69, will be at 2 p.m. today in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerard Kenny, pastor, officiating.

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

Mr. Hernandez died Monday, March 8, 1999, in IHS Heritage Home.

He was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Harlingen. He was a farm laborer for many years in the Plainview area.

He married Maria Rodriguez in Harlingen. She died in 1984.

Survivors include two brothers, Gene Hernandez of Omaha, Neb., and Paul Hernandez of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Adela Cruz of Brownsville; three daughters, Frances Vaquera and Juanita Ibarra, both of Plainview, and Mary Salmon of Martha, Okla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jack E. Titus

THE COLONY - Graveside services for Jack E. Titus, 64, former Plainview resident, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Restland Cemetery in Boswell, Okla. with the Rev. Mutt Wallace officiating.

Burial arrangements are by Miller & Miller Funeral Home of Boswell.

Mr. Titus died Monday, March 8, 1999, in Trinity Medical Center in Carrollton.

He was born May 29, 1934, in Boswell. He attended school in Boswell before moving to Plainview. He also attended school in St. Louis, Mo.

He retired in 1996 as construction inspector for OGE. While living in Plainview he was a fireman for several years.

He was a Nazarene and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his mother, Molly Belle Titus of Durant, Okla.; one son, Jackie Wayne Titus of Sanford, Fla.; one daughter, Carla Stucky of Woodlawn; one brother, Alvin Lee Titus of Greensboro, Ga.; a granddaughter, Angela Copplin of Tulsa, Okla.; and his fiance, Cindy DePrater of The Colony.

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