Archive for February, 2017

Roger Carl Brown Jr.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Roger Carl Brown Jr., 54, of Amarillo died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Oasis Southwest Baptist Church with Rev. Bradley Spears officiating. Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery in Quitaque with arrangements by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Roger was born Sept. 27, 1962, in Childress to Roger Sr. and Bertha Brown. He was raised in Turkey before moving to Amarillo during his childhood, where he graduated from Caprock High School in 1980. He later attended classes at Amarillo College as well as West Texas State University, earning his associates degree in business and accounting. Roger worked as a carpenter for many years before working for the prison and eventually settling at Pantex, where he worked for more than 15 years.

Roger married Misty Pulliam on Aug. 7, 1999, in Amarillo. Together, they enjoyed taking many family vacations, especially to the mountains. He was a loving man and spent the majority of his time outdoors, hunting, fishing and shooting with family. He began his passion of hunting at a young age, spending countless hours alongside his father watching and learning. These outdoor moments are something he passed down to his own children, spending memorable time at their family farm in Quitaque. His family and friends would describe him as being ornery and sarcastic and even nicknamed him “Bear” at a young age, a title that will always be remembered by others.

Survivors include his wife, Misty Brown of Amarillo; his parents, Bertha and Roger Brown Sr. of Amarillo; five children, Brandie Brown of Amarillo, Joshua Brown of Amarillo, Gary Arthur of Waco, Kenana Smart of Amarillo and Heather Brown of Amarillo; two brothers, Brett Brown and wife Teresa of Amarillo and Danny Brown and wife Shelby of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Jason, MacKenzie and Kadence Brown of Panhandle, Kady, Logan and Gastyn; and his parents-in-law, Jack and Shirley Pulliam.

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David “Troy” Skarke

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

David "Troy" Skarke
1966 - 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday Feb. 17, 2017.

Rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Claude Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Troy was born on Feb. 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas. Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain Board of Directors and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical Board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy and friend to so many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke; and daughter Sidney Skarke.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Kendra and T. Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite; one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother, Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; three sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents-in-law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in-laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Klinke Road, Amarillo TX 79108.

Melvin R. Mills

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Melvin R. Mills
1926 - 2017

Melvin R. Mills was born Jan. 9, 1926 in Erick, Okla. to Stella and W. S. “Stant” Mills. He passed away Feb. 14, 2017 in Amarillo, at the age of 91 years, one month and five days.

Melvin attended Erick High School and graduated in 1942. He later continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and also served his country during the Occupation of Japan with the U.S. Army. Melvin was married to Ann Turner at Erick, Okla. on Feb. 3, 1950 and they lived in Borger for a short time before moving to Panhandle. Melvin was employed at the Pantex Ordinance Plant until 1990 when he retired after 39 years of service. After his retirement, they returned to Erick to make their home and Melvin farmed and ranched for the next 27 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge in Erick and the Erick First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three sisters; and five brothers.

He is survived by his two children, Janna Johnson and husband, Fred and David Mills and wife, Gay, all of Amarillo; two grandchildren, Amy Slaton and husband, John of Amarillo and Ashley McKinley and husband, Gavin of Alexandria, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Andrew and Allison Slaton and Sydney Ann and Margaret McKinley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Erick First Baptist Church, with Bro. Joe Merrell and Pastor Lance Whaley, officiating. Burial was at Erick Cemetery under the direction of Fatheree-Albert Funeral Home.

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Helen Murillo Gilbreath Davis Gilley

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Helen Murillo Gilbreath Davis Gilley
1917 - 2017

Helen Murillo Gilbreath Davis Gilley, was born Nov. 4, 1917 in Quitman, Wood County, Texas and passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Born to George N. Gilbreath and Jeanetta Galloway Gilbreath. Murillo was the eighth child of 10 (five brothers and four sisters). She was married to her first love, Richard Clay (RC) Davis, April 19, 1941 until his death March 9, 1979. She was married to her second love, Edward M. Gilley, Feb. 24, 1987 until his death Feb. 15, 2001. She lived in Amarillo for 60 years, from 1941 until 2001, moved to Panhandle and lived there from April 2001 until 2014 and moved to Dallas in September 2014. Murillo worked for Pantex during WW II, building 500 lb. bombs, but probably enjoyed her 30 plus years that she worked for Gunn Brothers in Amarillo the most. The majority of those years she worked as a bookkeeper at the Shamrock station on Grand and Amarillo Boulevard.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father; four brothers; four sisters; husbands, RC and Ed; daughter, Alice Crawford and her husband, Tommy Crawford; grandchildren, Donna Gaines, Shad Gilley, Tonya Gilley; and great-great-grandchild, Richard “Bobo” Davis.

She is survived by her baby brother, Richard (Bill) Gilbreath and his wife, Betty; step-children, Glenna Wright, Gary Gilley and his wife Lunell, Renee Beck and her husband, Gary; grandchildren, Marie Allen and her husband Jerry, Donald Crawford and his wife Christine, Richard ''Lynn'' Crawford and his wife, Gale, Johnny Crawford and his wife Tara, Glenea Martinez and her husband Rafael, Greg Howell and his wife Teri, Glen Howell and his wife Anita, Geno Wright, Gary Gilley Jr. and his wife Kerri, Laurie Barnett and her husband Scott, Marcie Thompson and her husband Derek; thirty-three great-grandchildren; twenty great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great grandchild (on the way); and her life-long friend and “sister,” Polly Avent. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Panhandle with Pastor Josh Light officiating.

Michael Lynn Kingham

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Michael Lynn Kingham
1950 - 2017

Mike Kingham, 66, formerly of Panhandle, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in Lone Star, Texas.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Panhandle Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Michael Lynn Kingham was born Sept. 14, 1950 In Sayre, Okla. to Raymond and Janice (Carter) Kingham. He married Sharon Justice on April 25, 1969 in Panhandle. They lived in Panhandle, and he retired from Phillips in 2006. They traveled and lived in many places after his retirement.

Such a quiet man of God with a huge heart who loved deeply. He made a huge impact on to all he called family and friends! Mike was a devoted husband, loving father, and a cherished Papa!! As well as a faithful brother and caring uncle.

Mike always said to “live like this is your last day, but plan like you will live forever.”

He is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Randy Kingham.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; son, Wayne Kingham of Amarillo; two daughters, Sandy and husband, Mike Leggett of Amarillo, Christy and husband, Keith Slaten of Canyon; brother, Ricky Potts and wife Debbie of Alabama; two sisters, Glenda and husband, Robert Holt of Panhandle, Belvia Wilkins of Houston; ten grandchildren Kadon and Kyndal Bell, Maggie, Alec and Abby Counts, Molly and Emily Slaten, Taylor and Logan Leggett; three great-grandchildren, with one on the way.