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Richard Atwood
SEYMOUR, Texas - Richard Atwood, 64, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in a Seymour hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church with A.B. Martin officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Atwood was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Front Royal, Va. He and Eva Hamilton were married in 1978 in Seymour. He served in Korea in the Army. He moved to Seymour in 1955 and worked as a truck driver for the Permian Corporation for 20 years before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871 and the Downtown Men's Bible Class.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Rick of College Station, Texas; a daughter, Candace Vickers of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Ruby Mitchell of Strausburg, Va., and Barbara Riddle of Charleston, S.C.; two stepsons, Terry Hamilton and Eldon Roy Hamilton, both of Rockwall, Texas; a stepdaughter, Becky Trimuar of Royce City, Texas; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1708 Dayton, Suite B, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.
 
Louise Yarbrough
IOWA PARK - Louise Yarbrough, 85, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, in Iowa Park.
Graveside services were at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Highland Cemetery with Dr. Greg Ammons, pastor, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Yarbrough was born April 3, 1913, in Texas. She and Roy Yarbrough were married May 22, 1928, in Red Spring, Texas. He died in 1964. She was a retired seamstress for Levi Strauss and a member of Faith Baptist Church. She had lived in Iowa Park for 62 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Billie Matthews of Iowa Park; a sister, Rena Loftin of California; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ernestine Hansard
ELECTRA - Ernestine Monroe Hansard, 36, died Monday, July 27, 1998, in Electra.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Dick Sparks Cemetery with the Rev. Ernest King, minister of Eastside Church of Christ in Electra, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hansard was born Jan. 26, 1962, in Vernon, Texas. She graduated from Electra High School in 1980. She was a nurse's aide at Presbyterian Manor and was a member of Eastside Church of Christ. She had lived in Electra for 28 years and was a former resident of Vernon.
Survivors include her husband, James of Dean, Texas; her father, Ernest Monroe of Electra; her mother, Onie Monrie of Electra; a son, Darren Monroe of Electra; five sisters, Carol Dickerson of Vernon, Marsha Gammage, Sharon Jones and Lee Onie Monroe, all of Electra, and Pam Herdon of Lawton, Okla.; and three brothers, Doug Monroe of Electra, Wayne Monroe of Burkburnett and Larry Whiteside of Midland, Texas.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruth A. Ablia
Ruth A. Ablia, 79, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in a Wichita Falls nursing center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with the Rev. Wade Hood, pastor of West Side Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Mrs. Ablia was born Nov. 21, 1918, near Nocona, Texas. She retired in 1973 after 20 years with A&P Grocery, and she had worked at the Crockett Elementary School cafeteria for many years. She was a member of West Side Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. Her husband, Joe, died in 1984.
Survivors include four brothers, James McLaughlin of Wichita Falls, Jackie McLaughlin of Vista, Calif., Don McLaughlin of Bowie, Texas, and Dan McLaughlin of Soap Lake, Wash.; and a sister, Cleo Trautman of Soap Lake.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

J.W. 'Tab' Dowlen
TEMPLE, Okla. - J.W. "Tab" Dowlen, 89, of Temple died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in a Madill, Okla., nursing home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Temple with the Rev. Lynn Murray officiating. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home.
Mr. Dowlen was born Sept. 28, 1908, near Byers, Texas. He and Helen Estelle Hooper were married Nov. 26, 1934, in Temple. He moved to Temple in 1912 and attended Valley View School until 1916. He graduated from Temple High School in 1926. While in high school he was a member of the track and football teams. He attended Central State College in Edmond, Okla. He was a cashier at First National Bank, now First State Bank, in Temple. He farmed on Beaver Creek and the Red River for 67 years and operated Bone Gin from 1955-75. He served on the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture and in 1988 was awarded the Pioneer Award as the only surviving member of the original board of directors of Cotton Electric Cooperative.
Survivors include a son, Gordon of Madill; a sister, Pauline Duncan of Duncan, Okla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Michael Dean Crump
Michael "Thumper" Dean Crump, 58, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Burkburnett Cemetery with Anastasio Perez, deacon at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
Mr. Crump was born May 31, 1940, in Appleton, Mo. He and Lucy Garcia were married in 1959. He was a retired truck driver and had been a staff sergeant in the Air Force. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife; his mother, Betty of Clinton, Mo.; five sons, William Mark of Lillington, N.C., and Anthony Stephen, Jimmy Lee, Devin Scott and Robert Neal, all of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Tameria Rodriguez and Lucinda Munoz, both of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Brenda Knox of Butler, Mo., Teresa Jaro of Humbolt, Kan., and Kathy Graham of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Donnie of Clinton and Terry of Deepwater, Mo.; 24 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Stephen Lee Head
FORT WORTH - Stephen Lee Head, 43, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, in Independence, Kan.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Crestview Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Mr. Head was born April 16, 1955, in Wichita Falls. He grew up in Wichita Falls and graduated from Hirschi High School in 1973. He worked for Ameron Pipe Company from 1975-95 and for the past three years had lived in Independence.
Survivors include his wife, Jan of Independence; two sons, Brandon Lee Green of Wichita Falls and Stephen Lee Jr. of Shawnee, Okla.; three daughters, Stephanie Lee Ann, Stormie LoyRee and Selinda Jean, all of Shawnee; his mother, Jeannie Head of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Renee McFather of North Richland Hills, Texas.

Charlie Caroland
Charlie Roland Caroland, 100, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in a Wichita Falls care center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Charlie, Texas, with Mike Priddy officiating. Burial will be in Charlie Cemetery under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Downtown Chapel.
Mr. Caroland was born May 14, 1898, in Clarksville, Tenn. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ in Charlie.
Survivors include two sons, Gene of Charlie and Myron of Kamay; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

John S. Gilliland Jr.
QUANAH, Texas - John Sanford Gilliland Jr., 62, died Monday, July 27, 1998, in his Quanah home.
Arrangements were under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mr. Gilliland was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Quanah. He was a graduate of Texas Christian University. He was past president of Quanah Lions Club and a was a volunteer and fund-raiser at Thompson-Sawyer Library.
Survivors include a sister, Martha Mullen of Pullman, Wash., and three cousins, Cindy Reinhardt of Lubbock, Janice Caskey Sills of Bryan, Texas, and John Herman Caskey of Lamesa, Texas.
Memorials may be made to Thompson-Sawyer Library.

Geraldine Meason
QUANAH, Texas - Geraldine Farrar Meason of Quanah died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jesse Dea officiating. Burial will be in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Meason was born in Frankston, Texas. She graduated from high school in Monticello, Ark. She attended North Texas University, the University of Arkansas and Hardin Simmons University, and did graduate work at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She taught school in Knox County, Texas; Wichita Falls; Tokyo, Japan; and Quanah and retired after 34 years. She became curator of Hardeman County Museum in 1975. She was a lifetime member of 1904 Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, Texas State Teachers Association and the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Goodloe Meason of Quanah; a son, Bill Rogers of Houston; three daughter, Sue Knox of Quanah, Patricia Hurt of Amarillo, Texas, and Doris Elston of Lubbock; and a sister, Maxine Kennedy of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Mary Gay Robertson
OLNEY, Texas - Mary Gay Hudson Robertson, 96, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in her Olney home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Sansom of Waco, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mrs. Robertson was born Oct. 4, 1901, in Graham, Texas. She and Dr. Edward Fern Robertson were married Nov. 8, 1923, in Mineral Wells, Texas. He died Dec. 10, 1989. She had lived in Olney since 1923. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served as an organist for more than 45 years. She was a charter member of the Junior Altruistic Club. She was also a member of the Olney Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary and the Silas Morton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Graham. She attended school in Graham and attended College at Kidd Key in Sherman, Texas. She also attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Converse College in Spartenburg, N.C. She was a homemaker. A daughter, Marjorie Ann Key, died April 10, 1990.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Joe E. Robertson of Graham; two daughters, Mary Gay Larance of Wichita Falls and Kay Cromartie of Atlanta; a sister, Dorothy Gruby of Graham; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Hamilton Hospital or the Olney Public Library.

Thelma Murray
HENRIETTA, Texas – Thelma Murray, 86, died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at a Henrietta hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Davis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Daniel, pastor of Sunnyside Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Nocona Cemetery.
Mrs. Murray was born May 22, 1912, in Olney, Texas. She and Barnes Murray were married June 18, 1942, in Huntsville, Texas. He died June 14, 1966. She was a homemaker and a member of Sunnyside Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth Marie Ozee of Jolly, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will be the funeral home today from 7-8 p.m. 

Claudia Henigan
Claudia Henigan, 87, died Monday, July 27, 1998, in a Wichita Falls care center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with R.L. Castle, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young & Company Funeral Home.
Mrs. Henigan was born March 19, 1911, in Kaufman, Texas. She did domestic work in a private home and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She had lived in Wichita Falls for 56 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Becky Polk of Wichita Falls and Bernice Henigan of Hearne, Texas; two sons, Courtland and James Hamilton, both of Wichita Falls; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Viewing will be from 1-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will be at 1624 Sunny Side.

Myrtle Culver Faulkner
Myrtle Agnes Culver Faulkner, 74, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, at her Wichita Falls residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Chapel with the Rev. Larry Brownfield officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park. 
Mrs. Faulkner was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Dublin, Texas. Her husband, Mack Faulkner, died April 12, 1980. She was a sales lady at a department store for 10 years. She was a member of Lamar Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip of Burkburnett and Ronnie of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Brenda Nebling of Altus, Okla.; two sisters, Bertha Lincoln of Wichita Falls and Bonnie Stone of Dublin; a brother, Travis Culver of Dublin; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family will be at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2304 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

Ronald Cotton
DALLAS – Ronald Cotton, 49, died Thursday, July 23, 1998, in Denver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, 4830 Lancaster in Dallas with the Rev. Eric Collins officiating.
Mr. Cotton was born March 3, 1949, in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1967. He joined the Army in 1968. He was an automobile salesman for the Salvation Army Car Sales of Denver. He had lived in Wichita Falls for 30 years. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rolanda of Wichita Falls; his father, Fred Jo Collins of Dallas; three brothers, Fred and Norman, both of Wichita Falls, and Norris of Dallas; three sisters, Ethel and Jennifer Cotton, both of Wichita Falls, and Shelia Cotton of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.
The family will be at 2610 Iowa Park Rd., Apartment No. 7.

Edward Allan Choate
SEYMOUR, Texas – Edward Allan Choate, 86, of Seymour died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at a Seymour nursing home.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Chandler, Texas, Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Fitzgerald and the Rev. Bill Yohe, pastors of First United Methodist Church of Chandler, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Choate was born June 30, 1912, in Dierks, Ark. He and Oma Lee Davis were married Sept. 21, 1934, in Marietta, Okla. She died Sept. 2, 1986. He was an oilfield driller and a union pipefitter. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Chandler. 
Survivors include a daughter, Wilma C. Hutchinson of Seymour; and three grandchildren.

Lakin Pake Rosenquist
HASKELL, Texas – Lakin Pake Rosenquist, infant son of Devery and Shana Rosenquist, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, at a Fort Worth hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at East Side Baptist Church of Haskell with the Rev. David Page and the Rev. Robert Wingrove officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Stamford, Texas.
Lakin was born June 25, 1998.
Survivors include his parents of Stamford; a sister, McKenzie Rosenquist of Abilene, Texas; his paternal grandparents, Doug and Whynana Rosenquist of Abilene and Jocille and Donald Ender of Stamford; his maternal grandparents, Doy and Rod Jeter of Haskell and Gene and Vickie McKenzie of Clyde, Texas; four great-grandmothers, Marsha Whittemore of Rule, Texas, Louise McKenzie of Tulsa, Okla., Louise Massey of Stamford and Gene Culpepper of Haskell; a great-grandfather, Bud Rosenquist of Stamford; and a great-great-grandmother, Effie Lawson of Stamford.
Memorials may be made to Cooks Children’s Hospital, 801 Seventh Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76104-2796; or the Ronald McDonald House, Friends of Children, 1004 Seventh Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
The family will be at the home of Rod and Doy Jeter, 100 South Avenue H, in Haskell.

Charles Innes McCrary
VERNON, Texas – Charles Innes McCrary, 71, died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at a Wichita Falls hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Vernon with Dr. Chuck Fisher, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Mr. McCrary was born March 30, 1927. He and Velma Jo Bridges were married Dec. 28, 1956, in Dallas. He attended Vernon public schools where he played in the band for four years. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1944. He attended Texas Tech, East Texas State and Midwestern University, where he received his degree in 1953. He played with the Gordie Kilgore Orchestra during his college years. He served in the Merchant Marines and also in the Army during and after World War II. He was a member of the Army Marching Band while in the Army. He was a lifelong resident of Wilbarger County. He was involved in farming and ranching in Wilbarger County. He was an accountant and retired from Wright Brand Foods in 1994. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Vernon and was a past member of the Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Marilyn M. Jackson of Dallas; a son, Mark Alan of Dallas; two sisters, Emily King of Vernon and Ann Glass of Bloomfield, N.M.; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren. 
The family will be at the funeral home today from 7-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Vernon.

Loraine Mae Hromas
OLNEY, Texas – Loraine Mae Williams Hromas, 74, of Olney died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, at a Wichita Falls hospital. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lunn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James E. Mayo, pastor of Fairview Assembly of God of Wichita Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery. 
Mrs. Hromas was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Holliday, Texas. She and Eugene Hromas were married Jan. 31, 1943, in Wichita Falls. He died Aug. 4, 1992. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Olney. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Guidry of Many, La., Anita Ragland of San Antonio, Texas, Brenda Gammon of Olney and Becky Burt of Olney; a sister, Ollie Bonnin of Olney; two brothers, J.B. Williams of Wichita Falls and Don Williams of Caddo, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Charlie Caroland
Charlie Roland Caroland, 100, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in a Wichita Falls care center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Christ in Charlie, Texas, with Mike Priddy officiating. Burial will be in Charlie Cemetery under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Downtown Chapel.
Mr. Caroland was born May 12, 1898, in Woodlawn, Tenn. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ in Charlie.
Survivors include two sons, Gene of Charlie and Myron of Kamay; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Gay Robertson
OLNEY, Texas – Mary Gay Hudson Robertson, 96, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in her Olney home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Sansom of Waco, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery in Graham, Texas, under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mrs. Robertson was born Oct. 4, 1901, in Graham, Texas. She and Dr. Edward Fern Robertson were married Nov. 8, 1923, in Mineral Wells, Texas. He died Dec. 10, 1989. She had lived in Olney since 1923. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served as an organist for more than 45 years. She was a charter member of the Junior Altruistic Club. She was also a member of the Olney Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary and the Silas Morton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Graham. She attended school in Graham and attended College at Kidd Key in Sherman, Texas. She also attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Converse College in Spartenburg, S.C. She was a homemaker. A daughter, Marjorie Ann Key, died April 10, 1990.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Joe E. Robertson of Graham; two daughters, Mary Gay Larance of Wichita Falls and Kay Cromartie of Atlanta; a sister, Dorothy Gruby of Graham; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Hamilton Hospital or the Olney Public Library.

Travis Francel Hart
Travis Francel Hart, 77, of Wichita Falls died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at a Wichita Falls hospital. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Browder officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Downtown Chapel. 
Mr. Hart was born June 13, 1921, in Sadler, Texas. He and Naomi Brown were married Oct. 3, 1925, in Henrietta, Texas. He served in the Army Air Corps in 1941. He served for six years in the Pacific during World War II. He was an education specialist for Civil Service at Sheppard Air Force Base for 35 years. He was a lifetime member of Knights of Pythias, a member of VFW Post No. 2147, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, AARP and Fun After Fifty Club. He was a member of Grant Street United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls. 
Survivors include his wife; a son, Gary of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Phyllis Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Billy Ray of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Grant Street United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls.


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