Archive for May, 2015

John Pratt Jr.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

WELLINGTON — John Pratt Jr., 66, of Wellington died Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Moore, retired Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.

John was born June 13, 1948, in Groom to John K. and Lafern Wilburn Pratt. He married Jackie Hill Isaacs on July 10, 1994, in Amarillo. He was a graduate of Panhandle High School and attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University. John owned and operated Pratt’s Dry Cleaners and Laundry and Pratt’s Autos in Wellington. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 763.
He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Phillip Pratt; and a sister, Joanetta Kitchens.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie of Wellington; his mother, Lafern Hudson and husband Bob of Wellington; two sons, Tommy Pratt and wife Robbie of Euless and Gary Isaacs of Carrollton; three daughters, Tammy McClendon and husband Mike of Amarillo, Toni Cummings and husband Tim of Wellington and Dana Robinson and husband Bryan of Houston; a sister Pam Fitzgibbon and husband Jim of Fort Worth; a niece and nephew, Kim Snow and Kelly Kitchens, both of Lubbock; and nine grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Home Delivered Meals, 1001 Bowie St., Wellington, TX 79095 or Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 763, 1503 El Paso St., Wellington, TX 79095.

Sign the online guest book at www.adamsfuneralsvc.com.

Daylen Quade O’Gorman

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Daylen Quade O’Gorman 2012 - 2015

Daylen Quade O’Gorman
2012 - 2015

PLAINS — Funeral services for Daylen Quade O’Gorman, 3, of Plains will be Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Denver City with Dr. Marty Akins officiating with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City. Interment will follow in Plains Cemetery in Plains, Texas. “He went to Play Ninja Turtles and Cowboys with Jesus and dance with the Angels.”

Daylen was born Jan. 10, 2012, in Amarillo, to Justin and Sandi (Anderson) O’Gorman. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ronia Anderson; great-grandparents, Clifford Anderson, Eddie and Linda Asberry and Drucilla Kizer.

Daylen is survived by his parents, Justin and Sandi O’Gorman of Plains; a sister Ronia Brecklyn O’Gorman of Plains; grandfather, Bill Anderson of Panhandle; grandparents, John and Kristi O’Gorman of Stinnett; great-grandparents, Dorothy Anderson of Plains, Cecil and Sandy Kizer of O’Donnell, Edna Jones of Dumas and Richard and Dorothy O’Gorman of Stinnett; uncles, Jason, Jarod and Jeremy O’Gorman, Kutter Anderson and Wallace (Woo) Jones; aunts, Jasmine O’Gorman, Mandi (Moo) Jones and Bailey Anderson.

Larry Eugene Profitt

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Larry Eugene Profitt, 70, of Panhandle died Monday, May 25, 2015, in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, in Panhandle Cemetery with Mr. Layton Leatherman of Panhandle Church of Christ officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Larry was born Jan. 3, 1945, in Borger to James T. and Ruth Hinshaw Profitt. He served in the Army in Vietnam. He was a computer analyst.
He married Chona Calisanga on Nov. 7, 2014, in Washington. He lived in Germany, California and many other places.

Larry is survived by his mother, Ruth Profitt of Panhandle; wife, Chona of Panhandle; son, David of Houston; daughter, Alisha Turner of Dallas; brother, James Profitt Jr. and wife, Paula, of New Zealand; sisters, Sharon Sitterley of Lynchburg, Va. and Mary Morang and husband, Ricky, of Garland, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Crutchfield And Bichsel Crowned Mr. And Mrs. WDHS

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Mr. and Miss WDHS Candidates (l to r): Luis Chavez, Courtney Barrow, Andrew Bichsel, Cassidy Crutchfield, Karlee Vigil, Clayton Pipes, Meghan Collier, Cuyler McAnally, Macey Hendrick and Taylor Patterson.

Mr. and Miss WDHS Candidates (l to r): Luis Chavez, Courtney Barrow, Andrew Bichsel, Cassidy Crutchfield, Karlee Vigil, Clayton Pipes, Meghan Collier, Cuyler McAnally, Macey Hendrick and Taylor Patterson.

Keep White Deer Beautiful Completes Collaborative Project

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

100_9113aA collaborative effort has resulted in another “Keep White Deer Beautiful” project being completed.

Thanks to several businesses, school and church organizations the old ceramic shop on Main Street was given a fresh coat of paint on Wednesday, May 20.

Clint Watson brought some members of the First Baptist Church Youth and members of the White Deer High School FCCLA chapter to paint the building on a cold, cloudy morning. The First Baptist Youth group generously donated the paint and KWDB purchased supplies. Miriam Lynch was instrumental in planning and guiding this latest KWDB endeavor. Another thank you goes to K&K for mowing and clearing the lot in preparation for the painting of the building.

KWDB will have another meeting Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. Anyone interested in joining KWDB or volunteering is welcome to attend.

Message From The Superintendent

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

WDISD 2014 Bond Projects Update 4By Karl Vaughn

Our school year is almost over, but even as I write this article, White Deer ISD students are still competing in state events in Austin in the Solo & Ensemble contests and the UIL Academic Meet. Our students and their sponsors, coaches and/or teachers have had a remarkable year. We are blessed to have wonderful parental and community support as well. With all the success these students have had this year we still feel their best days are ahead of them and look forward to what they will accomplish next year.

However, this class of seniors will be culminating their White Deer education this Friday night. We are extremely grateful for their collective leadership and commitment to their school, their classmates and their community. We wish them the very best as they begin the next leg of their journey. They will indeed make a difference wherever they go.

I need your help with another matter. As you know, we will begin the construction process in August of this year. We are building a new building south of the track that will house the football field house, weight room and new gym. I would like to have your input on what we should name this new athletic complex. If you have an idea, please email me at: karl.vaughn@region16.net. Thanks in advance for your help!

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DPS Trooper Seizes Over $192,000

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Tuesday on IH-40, yielding over $192,000 in US currency.

At approximately 11:35 a.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Toyota Camry traveling westbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Camry was identified as David Andre Sornoza, 20, of Charlotte, N.C. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered the US currency in the dash and center console.

Sornoza was placed under arrest for money laundering, a second-degree felony and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal cash was allegedly being transported from Charlotte, N.C., to Huntington Beach, Calif.

Coleman “Brownie” W. Brown

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Coleman Brown Obituary Pic 2

Coleman Brown Obituary Pic 1Coleman “Brownie” W. Brown, 94, of Amarillo died Monday, May 25, 2015.

Services were held on Thursday, May 28, in Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Doug Gehm officating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home.

Mr. Brown was born Jan. 10, 1921, in White Deer to Walter Roy and Brantley Brown. He graduated from High School in Higgins, before enlisting in the Navy. Mr. Brown proudly served for more than 11 years, in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He married Evelyn Taylor on March 20, 1948, in Clovis, N.M. Coleman worked for Phillips Petroleum as a mechanic supervisor beginning in 1947 and retiring in 1983. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and gardening in his yard. Most of all, he will be remembered for his integrity and loyalty to his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, W.R. Brown, and a sister, Marsena Kessel.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Brown of Amarillo; a son, Ray Brown and wife Jessie of Amarillo; two grandchildren, Kim McCar-ver and husband Kevin of Odessa and Jennifer Cooper of Amarillo; four great-grandchildren, Chad Wade, Chess Wade, Shelbi Cooper and Kristen Cooper, all of Amarillo; a nephew, Wayne R. Brown of Owasso, Okla.; and two cousins, Roberta Alexander of Amarillo and Vada O’Dell of Amarillo.

Sign the online guest book at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.

Billie Mae Ammons

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Billie Mae Ammons 1933 - 2015

Billie Mae Ammons
1933 - 2015

Billie Mae Ammons, 82, of Borger died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Borger.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Highland Park Cemetery with Dr. Jerry Lane, pastor First United Methodist Church of White Deer officiating. Burial is under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. Family visitation will be Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Billie was born April 17, 1933, in Waco, Texas to Elmer and Irene Gore Wheeler. She was a checker for Holts Grocery for 15 years. She married Robert Ammons April 15, 1977, in Borger. She was a very generous lady.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister.

She is survived by a son Rusty Ricks and wife Lois of White Deer; five grandchildren, John Ricks, Matthew Ricks and wife Kate all of Oklahoma City, Shannara Waits and husband Michael of Pflugerville, Dustin Robertson of Enid, Okla. and Kaegan Ricks of Dallas and three great grandchildren Madelyn Ricks, Emily Ricks and Desmond Waits.

WDHS Athletic Awards Banquet

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Andrew Bichsel was named Male Athlete of the Year and Cassidy Crutchfield was named Female Athlete of the Year.  Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

Andrew Bichsel was named Male Athlete of the Year and Cassidy Crutchfield was named Female Athlete of the Year.
Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

By Rex Beck

White Deer High School held their annual Athletic Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 12. The following student athletes received awards:
Female Athlete of Year was awarded to Cassidy Crutchfield and Male Athlete of the Year was Andrew Bichsel.

Jaden Freeman was given the Doe Award and Drestyn Bell received the Buck Award.

The Sport Most Valuable Player Awards by category are as follows: Football – Andrew Bichsel; Cross-Country – Kayden Smtih and Raegan Brown; Boys’ Basketball – Taylor Patterson; Girls’ Basketball – Crutchfield; Golf – Skylar Freeman and Payton Freeman; Tennis – Crutchfield and Macey Hendrick and Track – Rylee Brown and Clayton Pipes