Archive for February, 2016

Etta “Gale” Gruhlkey Bennett

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Etta "Gale" Gruhlkey Bennett 1949 - 2016

Etta "Gale" Gruhlkey Bennett
1949 - 2016

Etta “Gale” Gruhlkey Bennett of Panhandle, died peacefully in her home on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at First United Methodist Church in Panhandle. There will be a visitation with the family at Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors in Panhandle on Monday evening from 5 to 7 o’clock.

Gale was born in Amarillo on March 30, 1949, to Roger Mills “Slick” and Cosetta (Snook) Gruhlkey. She was raised in Adrian, Texas where she graduated at Adrian High School in 1967. Gale graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1973. She also graduated from the Belford University with a Master of Arts in 2005. Gale married Neal Bennett on Nov. 17, 1971 in Hereford, Texas and in 1973 they moved to Panhandle where they began farming. She taught school for 20 years (Panhandle Elementary for 15 years, White Deer Elementary for four years and Borger Elementary for one year). Gale was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Panhandle where she taught Sunday School for many years. Gale was a member of the Antigone Club and the Amarillo Aggie Mom’s Club. She served on the Carson County FSA Committee and the Carson County Ag Advisory Board.

Gale enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, a Mom and Gram. Her hobbies included painting, calligraphy, pottery, sewing, quilting and scrapbooking. She taught painting and calligraphy classes.

Gale is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Roger Gruhlkey.

Survivors include her husband, Neal of the home; three daughters, Tammie Purvines and husband John, Jamie Moore and husband Jeremy, Stacie Pahl and husband Tommy, all of Panhandle; seven grandchildren, Colton, Casey and Caley Purvines, Jaelyn and Jaret Moore, Annie and Emerie Pahl; her twin brother, Dale Gruhlkey and wife Carol of Adrian; and sisters, Mary Carter and husband Buford of Scottsbluff, Neb. and Billie Neal of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 549, Panhandle, TX 79068 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3610 22nd St. #301, Lubbock, TX 79410

Dennis Jan Willson

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Dennis Jan Willson 1944 - 2016

Dennis Jan Willson
1944 - 2016

Dennis Jan Willson, age 72, of Floydada, passed away Feb. 23, 2016, in Plainview Healthcare Center in Plainview, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Floydada with Pastor Tim Franks officiating. Burial will follow at the Floyd County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Floydada's Moore-Rose Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada.

Jan was born Jan. 11, 1944, in Lubbock. Jan, also known as Granjan, served many roles to many during her lifetime. Jan cared deeply for her family. She raised three children and was devoted to her husband Mac, her extended family and she loved taking care of and spending time with her grandchildren. Jan was an active member of First United Methodist and First Baptist churches in Floydada. She served as a youth and adult Sunday school teacher. Professionally, she was a long time educator at Floydada High School in which she taught over 30 years, teaching generations of students as an English teacher and librarian, creating many life-long learners. She also volunteered her time with Christian Women's Job Corps.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis, in 1976, mother-in-law Anne Willson in 2000, and a nephew, Neil Dempsey, in 1984.

Jan is survived by her husband Mac.Together they shared seven children and 15 grandchildren;daughter Jamie and husband Greg of Dumas, daughter Joey and husband Chris of Panhandle, son Josh and wife Shelby of Mansfield; Jill Willson of Indianapolis, June Willson of Corpus Christi, Jane Medrano and husband Jerry of Milford and Penny Nielsen and husband Hugh of Gatesville. Grandchildren include Jacob, Meghan and Luke Ray; Tucker, Teagan, Travers, Titus and Tatum Thompson; Elijah, Ava and Samuel Thayer; Jerri Anne and Cody Medrano; and Dutch and Lily Nielsen. Jan is also survived by her mother, Betsy, of Floydada; brother Bob and wife Lana Dempsey of Amarillo; Patty and husband Mac of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Jim and wife Gail of Austin; and father-in-law, Jimmy Willson, of Floydada.

The family would like to thank so many friends for the prayers, visits, food and support. We are very appreciative of the personal and gentle care provided by the medical professionals of Covenant Palliative Care Unit of Lubbock, Dr. Oblender, Dr. Tafur of Joe Arrington Cancer Center of Lubbock and Dr. Swanson of West Texas Family Medicine in Floydada.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Mary Lea Hollingsworth

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Mary Lea Hollingsworth 1933 - 2016

Mary Lea Hollingsworth
1933 - 2016

Mary Lea Hollingsworth, 82, of Panhandle, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Panhandle, with Matt Foster officiating. Burial will follow at Panhandle Cemetery with arrangements are by Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born in Aylesworth, Okla., on March 6, 1933, to J.W. Tennyson and Mattie Robinson Tennyson. She married Wayne Hollingsworth in 1960 and was widowed in 1964. She then married E.V. (Curly) Hollingsworth on July 22, 1967, in Shawnee, Okla. She taught piano lessons and played organ and piano for numerous churches through the years. She loved to play the piano, garden, do ceramics and spend time with all of her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Wayne and Curly; a sister, Leona Neafus; and a brother, James Alfred Tennyson.

Survivors include her four daughters, Rhonda Diann Willard and husband Pete of Panhandle, Michelle Lee Parsons and husband Raymond of Amarillo, Marsha Gayle York and husband Al of Grapevine, Texas, Vicki Lee Slaughter of Watauga, Texas; her sister, Lillie Hartley of Claude; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.