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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.

Condolences can be made online at www.whineryfs.com.

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.

Carrol Lee “C.L.” Bentley

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Carrol Lee "C.L." Bentley 1945 - 2016

Carrol Lee "C.L." Bentley
1945 - 2016

Carrol Lee Bentley, 71, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Hillside Christian Church Chapel, West Campus, 6100 S. Soncy Road with Brad Bentley and Mike Nuthman officiating. Burial will follow in Panhandle Cemetery in Panhandle. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Carrol “C.L.” Bentley was born May 17, 1945 in Amarillo to Helen and B.K. Bentley. C.L. grew up in Panhandle, Texas, where he graduated from Panhandle High School in 1963. He attended West Texas State University on a football scholarship.

He married Marilyn Rogers of Panhandle on Jan. 30, 1965 and enjoyed 52 years of marriage. C.L. farmed and ranched west of Panhandle until 1988. He founded Bentley’s Auction Service in 1979.

C.L. enjoyed spending time working at the Auction business in both Amarillo and Albuquerque. He was also a very active part of his six grand-joys lives.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; four sons, Neil and wife Dawn, Bradley and wife Deedra, Cory and wife Jaime, all of Amarillo, and Jeffrey of Albuquerque, N.M.; and six grand-joys, Lauren, Barek, Paige, Taylor, Brandon and Brooklyn; three siblings, Gene Bentley and wife Gabina of Anna, Texas, Bennita Skidmore and husband Bob of Miami, Texas and Ben Bentley and wife Pam of Canyon, Texas along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Khiva Shrine Children’s Travel Fund, 305 SE 5th Ave, Amarillo TX 79101.

Frances Ann Metcalf

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Frances Ann Sinclair 1943 - 2016

Frances Ann Sinclair
1943 - 2016

Frances Ann Sinclair, 72, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at First United Methodist Church of Panhandle with Rev. Randy Thomas and Rev. Dr. Jerry Lane. Burial will follow in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, her memory may be honored with a gift to the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle or to the Lynette Gabel-Wright Memorial Scholarship at Panhandle High School, PO Box 1030, Panhandle Texas 79068.

Frances was born Nov. 26, 1943 in Amarillo to Mary Madelyn Bennett Metcalf and Frank Andrew Metcalf. She enjoyed sewing. As her daughters were growing up, she made all of their clothes. Frances also enjoyed quilting. She made a quilt for the First United Methodist Church every year for the past 24 years. She was also a volunteer for Garretson Retirement Center. Nothing brought more joy to her life than being with her family. She would request that everyone come home for the holidays.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and an infant brother, Floyd Metcalf.

Survivors include her husband, Erskine of Panhandle; sons, Devin Sinclair and wife Mandy of Panhandle, Brett Sinclair of Amarillo, Earl Sinclair and wife Dyanne of Panhandle; daughters, Michelle Mayfield and husband Ty of Amarillo, Holley Williamson and husband Scott of Corpus Christi, Brenda Sinclair of Panhandle, Jennifer Marlar and husband Jeff of Pampa; thirteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Gabel of Panhandle.

Jimmy Austin

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Jimmy Austin  1938 - 2016

Jimmy Austin
1938 - 2016

Jimmy Austin, of Panhandle, died Nov. 2, 2016.

Rosary will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Panhandle, located at FM 293 and Highway 60. Celebration of life services will be from Noon – 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the VFW Hall located at 1201 Park in Panhandle.

Jimmy was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Altus, Okla. to Guy and Hazel Austin. He graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1956, then served in the Army reserves and started his postal career in 1959. He married Alice Leven in 1959 in Groom, Texas. They have been married for 57 years. He served as Postmaster in Panhandle and Fritch and held many positions throughout his postal career. He greatly enjoyed helping others to find their potential and helping them to succeed. Jimmy retired as Postmaster in Fritch in 1992.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Hazel Austin and his sister Mary Hunter.

He is survived his wife, Alice; his three children, Alicia Rose, Cathy Smith and Steve and wife Bernie Austin; seven grandchildren, Jason George, Josh George, Jarrod George, Greg Smith, Michael Smith, Trina Vaughn and Eryn Austin; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Dr. Nadeson and staff at Harrington Cancer Center and the nursing staff of BSA oncology floor and CCU for the care and concern showed during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus, Box 7122 Amarillo TX 79114.

James “Jim” Earl Bonner

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

James "Jim" Earl Bonner 1933-2016

James "Jim" Earl Bonner
1933-2016

James “Jim” Earl Bonner, 83, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in First Baptist Church in Panhandle with Josh Light officiating.

Mr. Bonner was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Panhandle to Robert and Ruth Bonner. He worked for Panhandle Independent School District for more than 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Bonner of the home; his children, Joe Bonner of Panhandle, Scott Bonner, Glenn Bonner, Cathy Beaver, Tracy Auldridge and Lisa Coleman, all of Amarillo; a sister, Margaret Shields, of Amarillo; 23 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” Elder

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Robert "Bob" Elder 1948-2016

Robert "Bob" Elder
1948-2016

Robert “Bob” Edler, 68, succumbed to a long battle with cancer at his home in Amarillo on Aug. 13, 2016.

Memorial services were held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel, with Pat and Dean Quade officiating.

Bob was born in Pampa on Feb. 19, 1948 to Mary Ella and Esco Dennis Elder. He graduated from Panhandle High School in 1966. He married Cheryl Lynn Chappell on Sept. 28, 1968 in Dumas. He graduated from West Texas State University in 1972.

Bob served three months duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was released to serve 7 ½ years reserve duty. He was employed by the Ruidoso Municipal School District from 1972-2000, where her taught high school shop including woodworking and metals and was office disciplinarian the last three years of his career. Bob served on the Ruidoso Crime Stoppers. He loved to ride motorcycles with his wife and their friends.

Bob and Cheryl moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 2004 where he learned a new love, metal target shooting with long rifles. He became a very good marksman and joined the Roswell Gun Club where he made many new friends. Bob had moved to Amarillo to take care of his ailing uncle.

The family would like to thank BSA Hospice of the Southwest for all their kind help.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Tera Wisenbaker and husband Glenn of Kearney, Missouri; a sister, Pat Quade and husband Dean of Rule, Texas; two brothers, James “Jim” Elder and wife Karen of Seguin, Texas, and Dale Elder of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Shelby Wisenbaker, a grandson, Devon Wisenbaker, both of Kearney.

The family requests donations be made to the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo TX 79106.

Please sign our online guestbook at coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.

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.