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Ray Childress
ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Ray Childress, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Barry Tilley, pastor of Cornerstone Assembly of God in Lubbock, and the Rev. T.N. Teeter of Olton officiating.

Burial will be in Abernathy Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Childress died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Lubbock.

He was born March 20, 1920, in Bell County. He grew up in Slaton and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was shot down over Germany and was a prisoner of war for 14 months. He moved to Abernathy in 1954 and worked as a parts man at Abernathy Motor Co., and later was parts man for Pioneer-Lincoln Mercury in Lubbock.

He was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God and a lifetime member of the Ex-POW Chapter in Lubbock.

On June 9, 1948, he married Vernell Parks in Slaton.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Jonnie Dowel Childress of Spokane, Wash.; two daughters, Anna Rigler of Plainview and Dawn Burton of Bryan; two sisters, Betty Burks of Slaton and Bonnie Strand of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Nathan Rigler of Plainview and Amber Childress of Spokane.
 

Junior W. Gaskins

BIG SPRING - Funeral services for Junior Wesley “Jiggs” Gaskins, 72, of Locust Grove, Okla., former Big Spring resident, will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Myers and Smith Chapel.

Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park by Myers and Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Mr. Gaskins died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Mayes County Medical Center in Pryor, Okla., after a lengthy illness.

He was born March 9, 1927, in Knott. He lived in Howard County most of his life and was a farmer. He moved to Plainview in February of this year and to Locust Grove in September.

He was a member of Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church and served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

On June 11, 1975 he married Opal Taylor in Plainview. She died Feb. 14, 1998.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Diane Gaskins of Salina, Okla., formerly of Plainview; a brother, Grady Gaskins of Big Spring; a sister of Sylvia Sullivan of Big Spring; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2-4 p.m.
 

Jerry Gist

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Jerry Gist, 56, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilcox, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery by Abell Funeral Home.

Mr. Gist died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born April 15, 1943, in Plainview. He had been a lifelong Abernathy resident and worked at First State Bank. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

On May 21, 1988, he married Marilyn Joyce Harkey in Lubbock. She died March 30, 1997.

Survivors include four daughters, Terri Knight and Tanya Gist, both of Abernathy, and Julia Carlton and Amy Carlton, both of Lubbock; his mother, Daisy Gist of Abernathy; a brother, Larry Gist of Lubbock; and five grandchildren.
 

Marvin Jones

NAZARETH - Funeral Mass for Margin F. Jones, 75, will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Pete Otto officiating.

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

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today in the CCD Building.

Mr. Jones died Wednesday Nov. 3, 1999, in Nazareth.

He was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Denver, Colo. He served with the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and was a lifetime resident of Nazareth.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include five sons, Larren, Jeffrey and Quentin Jones, all of Nazareth, Thomas Jones of Triangle, Va., and Harold Jones of Lamar, Mo.; three daughters, Marlene Vandergrift of Dayton, Ohio, Carol Juvenal of Tulia and Nadine Cotterman of Warner Robbins, Ga.; and 16 grandchildren.
 

Annie Lou Leonard

ABERNATHY - Funeral services for Annie Lou Leonard are pending with Abell Funeral Home.

She died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.
 

Gracie Wheeler

LUBBOCK - Funeral services for Gracie Wheeler, 89, former Edmonson resident, will be at 2 p.m. today in Resthaven´s Abbey Chapel with the Rev. Gary Boles of Lorenzo United Methodist Church officiating.

Entombment will be in Resthaven Mausoleum by Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wheeler died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, in Covenant Medical Center.

She was born Gracie Gallimore on Feb. 27, 1910, in Stevens County. She graduated from Robertson High School in Crosby County in 1928. In 1933, she married Ralph Wheeler at the Wheeler Ranch in Crosby County and they were involved in farming, ranching and the oil development business. They were presented the Branham Challenge Award by First United Methodist Church of Plainview. Mr. Wheeler died in January of 1990.

Mrs. Wheeler lived in Edmonson and the Caprock communities before moving to Lubbock. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lubbock.

Survivors include one brother, J.C. Gallimore of Edmonson; and 32 nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Neil Chapel of Carillon Village or to a favorite charity.
 

Vergie L. Flowers
AMARILLO - Funeral services for Vergie L. Flowers, 88, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Bell Avenue Chapel with the Rev. James Rankin of Eastridge Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Flowers died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Flowers of Amarillo; three sisters, Juanita Teeple and Mildred Anderson, both of Plainview, and Ruth Clark of Irving; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a step-great-grandson.

The family will receive guests from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Baptist St. Anthony´s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center.
 

Louise Speck Garland

PERRYTON - Graveside services for Louise Speck Garland, 75, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Ochiltree Cemetery with the Rev. Mert Cooper officiating.

Burial arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Mrs. Garland died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999.

She was born in Plainview and graduated Mary Hardin-Baylor University in 1945.

In 1951 she married Ed Garland in San Angelo and in 1954 they moved to the Perryton area. He died in 1995.

She was a homemaker and had worked for several years at Betty´s Dress Shop. She and her husband were founders of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, Bill Garland of Annadale, Va.; a sister-in-law, Margaret Speck Lowe of Plainview; and a grandchild.

Memorials are suggested to the Museum of the Plains, 1200 N. Main, Perryton, TX 79070.
 

J.W. Himes

Funeral services for J.W. Himes, 86, of Albuquerque, N.M., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Wood-Dunning Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Ron Brunson, minister of New Covenant church, officiating.

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

Mr. Himes died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in Valle Norte Caring Center in Albuquerque.

He was born May 16, 1913, in Grady County, Okla. He moved to the Plainview area in 1941 and farmed in the Finney community, retiring in 1971. He operated Panhandle Fruit Market until 1978 and moved to Albuquerque to live near his daughter in 1997.

Survivors include his daughter, Leta F. Himes of Albuquerque; three sisters, Mildred Thompson and Opal Justus, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Willie Meredith of Rush Springs, Okla.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Floy Keeling, died in 1963 and his second wife, Elsie Bullard, died in 1998. A sister, Cleo Evans, also is deceased.
 

Margaret Lohrmann

FORT WORTH - Funeral services for Margaret Victoria “Vicki” Lyons Lohrmann, 57, former Plainview resident, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Rita Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Flores officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park by Thompson´s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lohrmann died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in Fort Worth.

She was born Margaret Victoria Djingheuzian on Oct. 22, 1942, in Montreal, Quebec. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Ottawa, Ontario. She was a medShe was born in Tarrant County and moved to Amarillo in 1941 from Floydada. She had owned and operated a beauty shop and was a member of Eastridge Baptist Church.

ical technologist and was associated with Ottawa General Hospital, St. Joseph´s Hamilton, Ontario, Methodist Hospital Plainview, St. Joseph Hospital and Cook Medical Center in Fort Worth and Mansfield General Hospital.

Her first husband, Anthony Achilles Lyons, M.D., is deceased. He was medical director of Plainview/Hale County Health Department for several years.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Conrad Lohrmann; a son, John Anthony Lyons of Arlington; two daughter, Kate Lyons of Chicago, Ill., and Ethne Lyons of Fort Worth; two stepsons, Kurt Lohrmann of Arlington and Ross Lohrmann of Hitchcock, Okla.; a brother, Kenneth Ervant Djingheuzian; a sister, Jill Hayden of Minneapolis, Minn.; and five grandchildren.
 

Maggie Stewart

TULIA - Memorial services for Maggie “Peggy” Stewart, 88, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Wilborn officiating.

Mrs. Stewart died July 10, 1999, in Mercy Memorial Hospital in Ardmore, Okla.

She was born Maggie Bozeman on Aug. 11, 1910 in Pampa, the daughter of the late Annie Lou Kuykendall and George P. Bozeman.

On Oct. 18, 1928, she married Archie Stewart in Tulia, They resided in the Valley View community until moving to Tulia in 1940. He died in 1978.

She had worked for Huxford´s Department Store, Heard & Jones Drugstore and Lavelle´s Department Store, retiring in 1974. She was a charter resident of Palo Duro Village Retirement Center in Canyon and moved to Ardmore, Okla., in 1994. While living in Tulia she was an active member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Rheta Lee Doye of Ardmore; five grandchildren, Jack Ardis of Oklahoma City, Scott Ardis of Durango, Colo., Cindy Comer of Silverton, Joan Pruett of Borger and Jana Rodgers of San Diego, Calif; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Tulia First United Methodist Church.
 

Raymond R. Motley
OLTON - Graveside services for Raymond R. Motley, 78, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Olton Cemetery with Rick Harper and the Rev. Norman Patton officiating.

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

Mr. Motley died at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Chico in Wise County. He moved to Olton in 1956 from Sundown. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

On July 15, 1941, he married Nadine Barnett in Bridgeport.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Weldon Motley of Olton and Carl Motley of Detroit, Texas; two brothers, R.L. Motley of Alford and Eldon Motley of Midlothian; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association.
 

Euphemia Seay

TULIA - Funeral services for Euphemia O´Daniel Seay, 99, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, officiating.

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

Mrs. Seay died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in Lockney Care Center.

She was born July 11, 1900, in Tulia. She attended McGuire School and West Texas College, majoring in art and English. She graduated in 1922 and taught art in Eaton, Colo., before receiving her master´s degree from Colorado State Teachers College.

She taught freshman and sophomore English at Tulia High School from 1942-1953. She was named Swisher County Pioneer Woman of the Year in 1984 and at the time was the person living in Swisher County for the longest time, 74 years.

She was a member of the Tulia Garden Club, Tulia Federated Woman´s Club and First Baptist Church where she taught the Senior Adult Ladies Class for many years.

On March 12, 1927, she married Pat O´Daniel in Canyon. He died in 1950. She married Dewey Seay on June 1, 1953, in Tulia. He died April 23, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Algine Barker of Lockney; a son, Ross O´Daniel of Tulia; three stepdaughters, Anita Bass, Betty Price and Opal Keith, all of Lubbock; a niece, Gena Patterson of Baton Rouge, La.; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A sister, Lola Devin, died in 1993.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
 

L.W. Sykes

AMARILLO - Graveside services for L.W. Sykes, 72, former Hale Center resident, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Memory Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Fox officiating. Military rites will be by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26.

Burial arrangements are by Blackburn-Shaw Martin Road Chapel.

Mr. Sykes died Friday, Sept. 30, 1999, in Amarillo.

He was born in Hale Center and moved to Amarillo in 1965 from Perry Point, Md. He served seven years with the U.S. Army in the last part of World War II and in the Korean War. He worked for the Veteran´s Hospital in Perry Point and transferred to the Amarillo Veteran´s Medical Center in 1965 where he was a nursing assistant.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was past president of the National Federation of Federal Employees in Amarillo.

On Aug. 11, 1956, he married Dixie Jo Keys. She died Jan. 8, 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy L. Hoffman and Peggy Sykes, both of Amarillo; two sons, Larry Joe Sykes of Amarillo and Otis Sykes of Panhandle; two sisters, Elizabeth Broutherton of Pampa and Clara Sikes of Lubbock; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Baptist St. Anthony´s Hospice and Life Enrichment Center, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176.
 

Ned J. Triplett

DUMAS - Funeral services for Ned J. Triplett, 80, were at 10:30 a.m. today in Morrison Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel with Milton Pax of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Triplett died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

He was born in Collinsville, Okla. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war.

He had lived in Dumas since 1945 and worked for American Zinc for 25 years.

In 1942, he married Alice Hearron in Stigler, Okla. She died in 1997.

Survivors include three daughters, Nedra Ockerman of Plainview, Sue Pullin of Deer Park and Carla Nichols of Chino, Calif.; a son, Derrel Triplett of Seattle; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

Bobby Ray Wagner

AMARILLO - Funeral services for Bobby Ray Wagner, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Ivy Chapel with Windell Taylor, chaplain of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, officiating.

Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mr. Wagner died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

He was born in Buffalo Spring and had lived in Amarillo since 1952. He worked in oil fields and at the smelter before joining Sheetmetal Local No. 49.

He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a Christian.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Wagner of Tulsa, Okla.; four daughters, Phyllis Mason of Fountain Valley, Calif., Georgia Hoffmann of Hemet, Calif., Glenda Hatfield of Claude and Deanna Benson of Amarillo; a sister, Wanda Black of Hart; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 

Joseph Castaneda
FLOYDADA - Funeral services for Joseph Edward Castaneda, 6, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Moore-Rose-White Memorial Chapel with Sammy Rodriquez officiating.

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

The child died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, in Covenant Hospital.

He was born July 2, 1993, in Denver, Colo. He moved to Floydada with his parents, Joe Edward Castaneda and Frances Nieto when he was a few months old. He moved to Plainview in October and was a first grade student at Hillcrest Elementary.

Survivors include his parents, both of Floydada; a brother, Joe Anthony Castaneda of Floydada; two sisters, his twin, Amanda Jean Castaneda, and Samantha Ochoa, both of Floydada; his grandmothers, Herlinda Castaneda of Floydada and Rebecca Ochoa of Lubbock; and his great-grandmothers, Maria G. Sanchez of Floydada and Adela Ochoa of Plainview.
 

W.F. “Bill” Gilbert

Funeral services for W.F. “Bill” Gilbert, 78, were at 2 p.m. today in First United Methodist Church Chapel with Dr. Max Browning, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Plainview Memorial Park by Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Gilbert died at 9:44 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in Covenant Hospital Plainview.

He was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Halfway. He attended school in Halfway and Plainview and enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 15, 1942. He served with the 775th Tank Battalion during World War II and was discharged Dec. 18, 1945. He worked for Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and was a yard clerk, retiring from Santa Fe in 1985 after 37 years. He then worked as an inspector for Plainview Grain until December 1994.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5399, Ray Blakemore American Legion Post 260 and Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks.

On April 2, 1944, he married Ada Louise Pate in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Judith Ann Cook of Plainview; a son and daughter-in-law, James Riley II and Julie Gilbert of Japan; two brothers, Riley E. Gilbert of Houston and Leon D. “Jim” Gilbert of Plainview; four sisters, Louise Baker of Fort Worth, Laura Jane Gammage of Midland, Lily Marie Montieth of Humble and Gloria Gay Mickey of Tulia; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.
 

Marjorie Harris

GREENWOOD, Miss. - Funeral services for Marjorie Pittman Harris, 71, were at 2 p.m. Nov. 19, 1999, in Williams & Lord Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis McKay officiating.

Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery.

Mrs. Harris died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

She was born in Rome, Miss., and had lived in Greenwood since 1952. She attend Christ Baptist Church.

Her husband, Sam McFarland Harris Jr., is deceased.

Survivors include two sons, Sam McFarland Harris III and David Harris, both of Greenwood; two daughters, Diann McEachern of Plainview, Texas, and Cindy Adams of Baton Rouge, La.; four brothers, Jud Alvin Pittman, Wayne Pittman, Donald Pittman and Billy Pittman, all of Greenwood; two sisters, Eloise Gore of Sidon and Hazel Strong of Utica; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A brother, Leonard “Buddy” Pittman and a sister, Lorice Shaffer, are deceased.
 

Jarvis Nowell

Funeral services for Jarvis Nowell, 89, are pending with Lemons Funeral Home.

Mr. Nowell died early today, Nov. 23, 1999, in Midland.
 

Dr. Gerald Peters

Funeral services for Dr. Gerald Peters, 88, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church with Dr. Max Browning, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery by Lemons Funeral Home.

Dr. Peters died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, in Covenant Hospital.

He was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Flynn. He moved to Levelland in 1925 and graduated from Levelland High School in 1928. He graduated from Wayland College in 1930 and received his bachelor´s degree in 1945, his master´s degree in 1950 and his PhD in 1958, all from Texas Tech. He taught in public schools and served as administrator for 18 years. He was a junior high school principal from 1950 to 1956 when he taught adult education at Texas Tech. He was professor of psychology and a counselor at Panhandle State University in Oklahoma for 17 years, retiring in 1976 as dean of the Liberal Arts Division.

He returned to Plainview and became active in promoting and building the Hale County Senior Citizens Center. He served as director of that organization for six years and was on the board of directors for 16 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Arch Keys Masonic Lodge, Hale County Retired Teachers and Phi Delta Kappa. He had served on the Salvation Army Board, District Boy Scout Council and was a member of the Lions Club. He is listed in Who´s Who in Higher Education and Personalities of the Southwest.

He married Mary Pruitt in 1934. She died in 1950. He married Maxine Hoyle in 1953 in Plainview.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Billie Loyd of California and Nita Scoler of Lawrence, Kan.; one son, Mark Peters of Lexena, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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