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Dixie Pool

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

SPEARMAN — Dixie Pool, 69, died Friday, March 7, 2014.

Services were held Thursday, March 13, 2014 in First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Spearman with the Rev. Danny Hendricks officiating. Arrangements were by Good Samaritan Funeral Service and Chapel of Booker.

Mrs. Pool was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Memphis to Jeff and Lola Watkins Melton. She married Donald “Donnie” Pool on June 1, 1962.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Lenny Pool of Ada, Okla., Jeff Pool of Panhandle and Trevor Pool of Enid, Okla.; a daughter, Donda Lozano of Spearman; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Alton Wesley Daniels

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Alton Wesley Daniels 1946 - 2014

Alton Wesley Daniels
1946 - 2014

ARLINGTON — Alton Wesley Daniel, 68, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2014 playing golf at one of his favorite golf courses in Arlington.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 17, at the Schooler-Gordon Home in Amarillo following a service on Friday, March 14, at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington.

Alton was born on Jan. 15, 1946 in Amarillo to George Wesley Daniel and Beulah Josephine Brandon Daniel. He graduated Panhandle High School in 1964 and continued his education at Amarillo College. Although he worked various jobs in his youth, starting at Bell Helicopter in 1970 was the career job of his life. Moving to Arlington in 1994, and working as a supervisor until his retirement on Jan. 16, 2012, a total of 42 years.

Alton had his priorities always, God, Country, family, job and golf and more golf. He was always very particular about any machinery being well taken care of and clean to his standards, whether it be helicopters or cars. He always was a positive thinker and loved to laugh and joke with everyone that he could target, he had no mercy on anyone.

Alton was preceded in death by his father, George; and mother, Beulah Daniel.

Survivors include his wife, Nita; son, Chris Daniel and wife, Franka; grandchildren, Marlene and Austin Daniel; step-children, Bobby Owen and wife, Cynthia, Amanda Bridges and husband, Arlis; step-grandchildren, Dakota Scates and Jaci Bailey; sister, Audean Mitchell and husband, Jim; nephews, Richard and wife, Barbara, and nephew, Rick.

The family would like to express gratitude to Bell Helicopter employees and friends for the love and support.

Janet “Sis” Rinehart

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Janet "Sis" Rinehart 1928 - 2014

Janet "Sis" Rinehart
1928 - 2014

Roseau, Minnesota – Janet “Sis” Rinehart passed away on March 1, 2014 at the Roseau Lifecare Manor.

Janet Joyce Rinehart was born on June 2, 1928 to Otto and Elizabeth (Harty) Meyer in a farm house in Eagle Lake, Blue Earth County. Janet attended St. Peter (Bell) Lutheran Parochial School. She and her siblings were baptized in the parsonage by Pastor Cloeter in 1934 and confirmed in 1941. Janet graduated from Waterville High School in 1946, then married Niel Rinehart on June 13, 1948.

Janet was the president of the Bell Church Ladies Club. She taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, sang in the church Choir and was a member of the North Elysian Kitchen Band. She worked at Bird’s Eye Canning Factory, was a supervisor at Brinkton Pool Tables, and then worked for Ben Kniefel at the Waterville Coast to Coast. Janet farmed with her husband Niel until they retired at North Star Apartments for the last twenty-four years. Together they helped assist the other residents with whatever their needs were. Janet and Niel have always been care-givers throughout their lives. They are members at the First United Lutheran Church in Roseau. Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

She is survived by husband, Niel of Roseau; children, Nancy and husband, Ron Berndt of Waterville, Bonnie and husband, Allen Daniels of Panhandle, Texas, Sally and husband, Dean Robinson of Roseau and Russell Rinehart and wife, Lisa, of Waseca; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Schwartz of Waterville; brother-in-law, Roland Cram of Waterville; sister-in-law, Janet Meyer of Rochester; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Faith Cram; brothers, Kenneth and Donald Meyer; sister-in-law, Ramona Meyer; brothers-in-law, Norman Schwartz and Donald Rinehart; infant grandson, Mark Rinehart; and infant granddaughter, Marjorie Rinehart.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First United Lutheran Church LCMC in Roseau. Interment will be at the Spruce Cemetery at a later date. Helgeson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to First United Lutheran Church memorial fund.

Hazel Ruth Earp Phillips

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Hazel Ruth Earp Phillips, 91, died Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, in Cox Funeral Home with Brother Kelly Winlock officiating. Burial was in White Deer Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cox Funeral Home.

Mrs. Phillips was born April 3, 1922, in White Deer to Charles and Grace Earp. She married Roy James Phillips Sr. in 1938 in White Deer.

Survivors include a son, Roy James “Jim” Phillips Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter, Bobye “Alene” Corley of Dumas; a sister, Charlene Brownlow of Hereford; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Lyle Owen Peiffer

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Lyle Owen Peiffer 1945 - 2014

Lyle Owen Peiffer
1945 - 2014

Lyle Owen Peiffer, 68, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Amarillo from effects of Agent Orange that he was exposed to during his service in the Vietnam War.

Services were at 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, at White Deer First Baptist Church. Burial followed in White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. His memory may be honored with a gift to the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center, 6010 Amarillo Blvd West Amarillo, Texas 79106 or the Amarillo SPCA, 11901 S. Coulter St, Amarillo, Texas 79119. The family will receive guests from 1-5 pm on Sunday at 834 Texas in White Deer.

Lyle was born Dec. 20, 1945 in Phillips to Lee and Eloise Peiffer. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was a football referee for the Texas Panhandle. Lyle was also on the 61-62 state championship football team in Dumas. The highlights of his life were his wife, daughter and granddaughters.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Bert and Mittie B. Chandler; brother, Art Peiffer; and his beloved dog, Geronimo.

Survivors include his wife, Joan of the home; daughter, Leigh Anne Poole and her husband, Rick of White Deer; granddaughters, Nichole and Kendra Poole; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Smith and her husband, Bob of Lyons.

Darla Kay Slover

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Darla Kay Slover 1954 - 2014

Darla Kay Slover
1954 - 2014

Darla Kay Slover, 59, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 10, 2014 at the The River in Panhandle. Burial followed in the Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Darla was born Sept. 9, 1954 in Littlefield, Texas to J.W. and Mable Dear. She married Greg Slover on Aug. 17, 1974 in Earth, Texas. Darla taught for 33 years; 32 of them teaching second grade. She was also a Sunday School teacher.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include husband, Greg of the home; sons, Shane Slover and his wife Jessie of Guymon, Okla., Sy Slover and his wife Alex of Amarillo, Seth Slover of Canyon; five grandchildren, Rilee, Izzabella, Halle Dru, Harper and Callyn; brothers, Lonnie Dear and his wife Sharon of Fort Worth, Leland Dear and his wife Fredda of Denver, Larry Dear of Olton; sisters, Myrna Baker and her husband Ronnie or Irving, Karen Daniel and her husband Raiford of Amarillo, Connie Breckenridge and her husband Clayton of Flower Mound.

The family asks that her memory be honored with a gift to the New Teacher Supply Fund c/o Panhandle United Methodist Church or to the Springlake-Earth Schools Cecil Slover Library Book Fund in honor of Darla Slover.

Please sign the guestbook at http://mintonchatwell.com.

Teresa Smith Sumner

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Teresa Smith Sumner 1947 - 2014

Teresa Smith Sumner
1947 - 2014

Teresa Smith Sumner, 66, of Amarillo died Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Christian Heritage Church, 901 S. Nelson St., with Senior Pastor Kevin McBride officiating.

Teresa was born Oct. 15, 1947, to Lester and Tressie Smith. She was a lifelong Amarillo resident.

Teresa spent her entire life taking care of her loved ones. She also loved to travel, visiting the mountains and even a trip to Hawaii. Teresa was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be forever missed.

Survivors include her husband, Neil Sumner; a son, Tony Ferrell and wife Sandra, Tressie Ferrell, Briana Casias and husband Eddie, all of Amarillo and Duana King and husband Tim of Panhandle; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dixie Pool

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

SPEARMAN — Dixie Pool, 69, died Friday, March 7, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Spearman with the Rev. Danny Hendricks officiating. Arrangements are by Good Samaritan Funeral Service and Chapel of Booker.

Mrs. Pool was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Memphis to Jeff and Lola Watkins Melton. She married Donald “Donnie” Pool on June 1, 1962.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Lenny Pool of Ada, Okla., Jeff Pool of Panhandle and Trevor Pool of Enid, Okla.; a daughter, Donda Lozano of Spearman; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Homer Earl Lester

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Homer Earl Lester, 69, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in a tragic accident while working in Arizona.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel in Pampa, with Elder Steve Porter, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church of Paducah, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Homer was born Oct. 22, 1944 in Wellington to Sam and Jackie Lester. He was reared in Skellytown and graduated from White Deer High School. Homer lived in Pampa for 25 years, moving to Blue in 2001 to be near his grandson whom he loved very much.

He worked for Texaco for over 30 years, worked security for Manor Downs, and was currently working for Swift Trucking as a truck driver.

Homer never met a stranger and loved to talk. He loved the ranch life, all of his dogs, goats and especially the horses. He also loved refereeing high school football and basketball games, which he did for close to forty years. Homer was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Thomas Lester.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Lester of the home; a stepdaughter, Lorrie Phillips and husband Mark of Elgin; grandson, Cole Phillips of Elgin; two sisters, Joy Mills of Stephenville and Nancy Riley and husband Don of Waco; nieces and nephews, Laura Mayo and husband Beau of Stephenville, Sam Mills of Frisco, Michele Shero and husband Eric of Waco, Kipp Lester and wife Kim, and Kirk Lester and wife Amy, all of Amarillo; and his sister-in-law, Kem Lester of Amarillo.

Memorials may be made to the White Deer Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 517 White Deer, Texas 79097.

Homer Earl Lester

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Homer Earl Lester 1944 - 2014

Homer Earl Lester
1944 - 2014

Homer Earl Lester, 69, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in a tragic accident while working in Arizona.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel in Pampa, with Elder Steve Porter, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church of Paducah, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Homer was born Oct. 22, 1944 in Wellington to Sam and Jackie Lester. He was reared in Skellytown and graduated from White Deer High School. Homer lived in Pampa for 25 years, moving to Blue in 2001 to be near his grandson whom he loved very much.

He worked for Texaco for over 30 years, worked security for Manor Downs, and was currently working for Swift Trucking as a truck driver.

Homer never met a stranger and loved to talk. He loved the ranch life, all of his dogs, goats and especially the horses. He also loved refereeing high school football and basketball games, which he did for close to forty years. Homer was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Thomas Lester.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Lester of the home; a stepdaughter, Lorrie Phillips and husband Mark of Elgin; grandson, Cole Phillips of Elgin; two sisters, Joy Mills of Stephenville and Nancy Riley and husband Don of Waco; nieces and nephews, Laura Mayo and husband Beau of Stephenville, Sam Mills of Frisco, Michele Shero and husband Eric of Waco, Kipp Lester and wife Kim, and Kirk Lester and wife Amy, all of Amarillo; and his sister-in-law, Kem Lester of Amarillo.

Memorials may be made to the White Deer Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 517 White Deer, Texas 79097.