Archive for May, 2016

Belva Sue Shumate

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Belva Sue Shumate 1936 - 2016

Belva Sue Shumate
1936 - 2016

Belva Sue Shumate, 80, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, in Panhandle Cemetery with Rev. Josh Light officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

In lieu of flowers her memory may be honored with a gift to Texas Baptist Men Association, Attn: Mickey Lenamon, 5351 Catron, Dallas, TX 75227or City Church in Amarillo, 205 S. Polk Amarillo, TX 79101.

Belva was born April 30, 1936 in Baxter County, Arkansas to Ida (Smith) and Nollie Hayes. She ran the H&H Green Stamp Store in Panhandle and also worked for Smith Flowers in Panhandle. Belva was a 40 year member of First Baptist Church of Panhandle before moving away from the area. Currently, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Pampa. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, shopping, crocheting and was an amazing cook.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nettie Lueck and Anna Martin; and son-in-law, Jeff Dimick.

Survivors include her husband, Bill of the home; son, Steve Shumate of Pampa; daughter, Shela Stafford and husband Bud of Amarillo; two grandchildren, Stephanie Shumate and Austin Shumate; and brother, Lonnie Hayes and wife Phyllis of Gassville, Arkansas.

Childress County Grand Jury Indicts Four

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Childress County Grand Jury met on May 3, 2016 and indicted four on seven counts.

1. Richardo Carballo-Lopez was indicted for Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information, State Jail Felony, on Feb. 27, 2016;

2. Matthew Pomes was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016;

3. Edward Colden Sharp was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016; and

4. Christopher Destin Traylor was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016.

Charles Michael “Coach” Smith

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Charles Michael "Coach" Smith

Charles Michael "Coach" Smith
1944-2016

Charles Michael Smith, better known as “Big Mike” or “Coach” was born Dec. 18, 1944 to Charles Floyd and Jo Beth Hughes Smith in Amarillo. He died May 2, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

His successes began in 1957 when he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Panhandle High School where he was an All-State tackle, wearing #77. He graduated in 1963 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship. He lettered for three years and went to the Gator Bowl in 1965. He was a member of the “O” Club.

He graduated from West Texas State University in 1970 with a BS in Business Education. He coached and taught for 41 years. He began his career in his home town of Panhandle, coached in Bishop, Spring (Houston), Sanford-Fritch, Mangum (Oklahoma), Highland Park, Clarendon, Duncan (Oklahoma), Sam Houston Middle School and De Zavala Middle School.

“Big Mike” is remembered for making his teams learn theMikeSmithOBIT2Through the years, he loved his players, fellow coaches, co-workers and administrators as if they were his family and stayed in touch with many of them.

He kept his love of small town living. He loved a good story, and he could tell them as well. He always had a smile on his face and had a talent for making people laugh.

He was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, great friend and talented artist besides being a motivational coach.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles “Choc” Smith; his sister, Linda Keller; and his nephew, Toby Lynn O’Connor.

He is survived by his children, McKenna and Gary Thomason and grandson Choc of Amarillo, and Spencer and Cara Smith of Dallas, Texas; the mother of his children, Carol Smith; his mother, Jo Beth Smith; his sister, Sandra O’Connor; and his brother, Mark Smith; and his niece and nephews, and his two great nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Toby Lynn O’Connor Memorial Scholarship, c/o Jesuit College Preparatory School, 12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 76244 or Diabetes Foundation of High Plains at www.dfhp.org.

Private graveside service will be in Panhandle Cemetery.

Viewing will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5 to 7p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Dr., Amarillo, TX 79109.

Celebration of Life service 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at De Zavala Middle School Gymnasium, 2801 N. Coulter St., Amarillo TX 79121. Arrangements by Sullivan Funeral home of Vernon.

Sister Mary Frances Dembeck

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Sister Mary Frances Dembeck 1938-2016

Sister Mary Frances Dembeck
1938-2016

Sister Mary Frances Dembeck, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Panhandle, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 78. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Panhandle (Convent chapel). The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the same chapel in Panhandle with Father Ron Mathews as the celebrant. Burial will be in the Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Sister Mary Frances was born Joan Marie Dembeck on Jan. 14, 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born to Theodore and Leona Byczynski Dembeck. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Richard. Sister is survived by her sister-in-law, Nancy Dembeck, her niece Christine (David) Pitcovich, her nephew, Philip Dembeck, and by several cousins and great-nieces.

Sister Mary Frances entered the School Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1954. She made her final vows in 1964 and celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2014. Sister was an accomplished teacher, having taught in Catholic schools in the Texas cities of Borger, Dumas, Dalhart, Levelland, San Antonio, and Port Lavaca. Being with children was her greatest joy. She retired in 2003 from active teaching due to health issues, but continued to participate in the community’s dedication to education in many ways, especially through prayer. Sister Mary Frances was engaged in child care at the Catholic Children’s Home in Panhandle in the years just prior to the Home’s closing. She will be remembered as a religious who loved her vocation and her years in the classroom.

District Court Hears Four Pleas In Childress

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Childress– On Monday, May 2, 2016, four pleas took place in Childress County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Christopher Boyd Johnson was convicted and sentenced to two days in the Childress County Jail with time served for the Class A misdemeanor offense of deadly conduct.

Johnson, 46, from Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place on Jan. 22, 2013, by Mike Warren. Johnson was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Johnson is required to pay $443 in court costs, a $400 fine upfront, and $60 lab fee.

2. Christopher Dontae Jones was placed on probation for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of fraudulent use of identifying information. Jones, from Lewisville, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Jones, 30, was arrested in for the offense that took place on Aug. 15, 2015 by an investigation by Childress County Deputy Sergeant Ronnie Bentley. Jones was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Jan. 11, 2016.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jones is required to pay $269 in court costs, and $362.68 restitution. If Jones violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

3. Jones was also placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of tampering with a witness. Jones, 30, was arrested in for the offense that took place on Feb. 2, 2016 by an investigation by Bentley. Jones was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 22, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jones is required to pay $269 in court costs, a $3,000 fine, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Jones violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Ryan James Lurie was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Lurie, from Los Angeles, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Lurie, 26, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place on Nov. 18, 2015 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Lurie pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 3, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lurie is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 lab fee, $6 jail restitution, complete 300 hours of community service, and a $500 out of state probation transfer fee. If Lurie violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.