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Danny Cochran

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Danny Cochran 1959-2013

Danny Cochran

Danny Cochran, 54, died May 2, 2013 in Pampa.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Paul Nachtigall, chaplain with Interim Hospice, and Rev. Norman Rushing, pastor of Central Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Cochran was born March 5, 1959 in Tulia. He had been a lifelong resident of Pampa, graduating from Pampa High School in 1977. He was a welder in the oil and gas industry. Danny was a member of Central Baptist Church. He was a proud grandfather and was affectionately called “PaDan”.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Pam Spangler with Accolade Home Care and Debbie Douglas with Interim Hospice for their loving care of Danny.

Survivors include his son, Aaron Cochran and wife Amber of Pampa; his grandson, Avery Cochran of Pampa; five brothers, Dexter Cochran and wife Betty of White Deer; Mar Cochran and wife Betty; Ted Cochran and wife Lea Ann; Ed Cochran and wife Patty and Kirby Cochran and wife Rita, all of Pampa; and three sisters, Carolyn Nelson and husband Van of Nacogdoches; LaGwenda Walker and husband Gary and Lesa Greer and husband Jene, all of Pampa. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Opal Cochran in 2008.

Memorials may be made the Bailey Brame Scholarship Fund, c/o Bruce and Debbie Brame, P.O. Box 263, Skellytown, Texas 79080.

Nova Lee Mooring

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Mooring obit

Nova Lee Mooring,
1927 – 2013

CLARENDON —Nova Lee Mooring, 85, of Clarendon died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 30, in First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with the Rev. Lloyd Stice officiating. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Nova Lee Mooring, a lifelong resident of Donley County, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at age 85. She was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Ashtola to Carl and Nova Ann Barker. Nova attended schools in Ashtola, Lelia Lake and Clarendon. She attended a year of college at Clarendon Junior College. She married Bill Mooring on Jan. 10, 1947. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Clarendon.

She was an avid bridge player and played with several groups in Clarendon. She was an excellent cook known for her wonderful pies and cakes. She generously baked them for special events and for friends. At Mrs. Mooring’s request, her body was donated to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Viola Graham, Vera Noble, Mamie Clark and Mildred Tomlinson; and a brother, Earl Barker.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Mooring; two sons, Don Mooring of Canyon and David Mooring of New Braunfels (formerly of Panhandle); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Barker of Amarillo; and a sister, Mary Lou Murph of Snyder.

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Stephens obit

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens, 1948-2013

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens, 65, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 1, in Harvest Christian Church with arrangements by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Donald was born March 27, 1948, in Panhandle to Jack and Jessie Stephens. He graduated from Panhandle High School before moving to Amarillo, where he worked as a mechanic until his illness.

Donald enjoyed drag racing and worked as the water boy at Amarillo Dragway for many years.

He was a member of Harvest Christian Church for more than three years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Linda West.

Survivors include two nephews, Michael David Stephens of Nevada and Robert James Stephens of Amarillo; a niece, Virginia Diane Carthel of Amarillo; and many close friends.

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Gustafson obit

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson, 76, died April 20, 2013 in Hugoton, Kan.

Services were held Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the First Church of God in Hugoton with Pastor Gary Ausbun and Pastor Richard Martin officiating. Burial was in Hugoton Cemetery.

Eric was born Sept. 6, 1936 on his family farm on the Redline near Palco, Kan. to John and Ethel Gustafson. He married Freda Ann Ausbun on April 22, 1957 and together they raised five children. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Fort Hays State University in 1964. Eric taught junior high in Bogue, Kan., for several years before becoming a principal at Bogue High School after earning his master’s from Fort Hays. He spoke often and with great pride and fondness of his students and this time in education.

In 1976, Eric and Freda returned to Moscow-Hugoton area where he embarked on a series of various jobs: farming, truck driving and many years as a service manager at Trentham Ford. He also served on the school board for Moscow school district.

After his retirement, Eric continued to stay busy and most recently enjoyed working as a truck driver for Kramer Farms.

A man of tremendous faith, Eric enjoyed a life-long commitment to the Lord and his church. He was very active in his church and held a multitude of leadership positions and filled a number of diverse roles including succeeding his father as treasurer at the Redline Church of God. After returning to Southwest Kansas, he continued to be an active member and leader of Hugoton First Church of God.

In 2008, Eric was diagnosed with colon cancer and began his battle with the disease. Sustained by his faith, his fight was an inspiration to family, friends and any who met him. Eric continued his struggle with strength, courage, determination, and unwavering faith. He passed away surrounded by the family he was so proud of and cherished so much.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and grandson, Jacob Valek, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Freda; their five children, Debra and husband Phil Wilson of Washington, Kan., David and wife Toya Gustafson of Hugoton, Resi and husband Bill Valek of Wayne, Kan., Steven and wife Brandy Gustafson of Panhandle, and Lisa and husband Matt Whitham of Moscow.; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister Margaret Ninemire of La Junta, Colo.

Kenneth L. Cox

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Kenneth Cox

Kenneth L. Cox,

Kenneth L. Cox, 72, of Panhandle died Thursday April 25, 2013.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle with Rev. Dr. Jerry Lane of White Deer and Rev. Buddy Payne, pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Kenneth was born Aug. 9, 1940 in Seiling, Okla. He was raised in Dewey County on the Sam Cox farm and the towns of Seiling and Taloga. He graduated from high school in Seiling in 1958. He graduated from Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College in Goodwell, Okla. in August 1962.

Kenneth taught and coached for Stratford ISD from 1962 to 1968; he was elementary Principal and sixth grade teacher in Arnett, Okla. from 1968 to 1976 after completing a Masters degree in Education Administration at West Texas State College in Canyon. Texas in 1968.

Kenneth was Elementary Principal in Skellytown, Texas in the White Deer ISD from 1976 to 1995 when he retired with 33years experience in education. During the summers Kenneth managed the Stratford swimming pool and directed the summer youth program in Arnett.

While in Skellytown he was president of Lions Club several different years. He and his wife Alice lived at Lake Tanglewood south of Amarillo from August 1991 to September 2001 when they moved to Panhandle. He was president of the Square House Museum Board from 2008 to 2010.

On Aug. 22, 1958, Kenneth married Alice J. Price in Seiling with her father J. D. Price, Jr. officiating. They have four children: Randy L. Cox , born May 1, 1959; Kendra L. Cox born March 27, 1961; Keith A. Cox born Dec. 22, 1962; and Barbra K. Craig born Oct. 14, 1964.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Alice, his four children, Randy Cox, Kendra Cox, Keith Cox and Barbra Craig; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Jax Andrew Covalt

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Jax Andrew Covalt

Jax Andrew Covalt, 11 months, died April 19, 2013 in Amarillo.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Skellytown, with Hiram Reyes, associate pastor, officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jax was born May 21, 2012 in Borger to Rebecca Covalt and Brian Tisdale. He will be remembered as a loving and happy baby who was always blowing kisses. Jax was preceded in death by a sister, Sydney Smith, in 2010; and great-grandparents, Vera Marie Gonzalez, Ruby Louise Swanson and Gene and Amy Bynum.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Marc Covalt of the home; his father, Brian Tisdale of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Hayden Covalt and Jacob Covalt, both of Pampa; a sister, Hayleigh Covalt of Pampa; grandparents, Robert and Glenna Swanson of Skellytown; Donn and Mary Daniels of Greenville; Julie and Jimmy Whinery and Brandie and Mike Allread all of Avant, Okla.; and great-grandparents, Jerry and Jo Daniels of Pampa.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Nursery Fund in Skellytown.

Patricia Ann Belknap

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Belknap obit

Patricia Ann Belknap, 1936-2013

Patricia Ann Belknap, 76, of Edwards, Miss. died Wednesday, April 24, at Panhandle. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Panhandle with Father Mieczyslaw Przepiora officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Patricia was born July 8, 1936 at Gulfport, Miss. to Joseph and Marion Cain. She was a legal secretary for many years until retiring. She was a Catholic and lived at Edwards for 23 years. She married

Bruce Belknap June 22, 1990. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jimmy and David.

She is survived by her husband of Edwards; daughter, Cathy Beaver of Amarillo; sons, Joey Bonner and wife Annette of Panhandle, Scott Bonner and Michelle of Amarillo and Glenn Bonner of Amarillo; sisters, Janice Oaks of Inverness, Fla. and Carolyn Dudley of Gonzales, La.; brothers, Joey Cain of Gulfport, Miss. and Ronnie Cain of Baton Rouge, La.

Shelby Ray Cogdell

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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Shelby Ray Cogdell, 84, of Pampa, died peacefully at his home with his daughters by his side on Sunday, April 21, 2013. A joint memorial service for Shelby and his wife of 59 years, Joyce Hill Cogdell, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Richard Bartel, chaplain of Hospice Care of the Southwest, officiating. Military honors will be courtesy of U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Joyce passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2013 with her husband and daughters by her side. As in life, they will be memorialized together forever.

Mr. Cogdell was born June 21, 1928 in Delhi, La. to Robert and Ethel Cogdell. He attended high school in Tallulah, La. and college at Northeast Junior College in Monroe, La. He moved to Pampa in 1947 and retired from Cabot/Ingersoll Rand in 1985 after 35 years of service. He was awarded a lifetime membership to the Pampa Masonic Lodge #966 AF & AM.

Shelby and Joyce were married on April 9, 1954 in Clovis, N.M., and became lifelong companions. They resided in Pampa for 61 years and raised three girls. Shelby and Joyce loved the outdoors and spent most of their retirement camping, fishing and spending time under the grape arbor in their backyard. Joyce filled much of her time with crossword puzzles and game shows.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Southwest for their gentle care of our father.

Survivors include three daughters, Shelley Rupert and husband Paul of Milton, Fla., Kelley Cogdell and husband Mike Bartley of Arlington, and Carla Cogdell and husband Jerry Horton of Panhandle; six grandchildren, Kelsey Womack and husband Eric of Pace, Fla., Kristen Rupert of Mobile, Ala., Jacob Rupert and wife Katie of Ketchikan, Alaska, Jessica Tait of Greeley, Colo., Nakisha Horton of Denver, Colo., and Kevin Bartley of Waco; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials be made to the W. T. Hill Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 390, Lefors, TX 79054.

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Beverly Ann Miller-Brown

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Beverly Ann Miller-Brown

Beverly Ann Miller-Brown, 71, of Mission, Texas, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at a local hospital. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 3p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission, with Pastor Bill Duke, officiating.

Beverly was born on Jan. 15, 1942 in Van Wert, Ohio to Wilson and Betty Miller. She and her family made their home in Middle Point, Ohio. She attended and graduated from Van Del High School in Van Wert, Ohio, Class of 1960.

She married David Alan Brown, on April 27, 1963 in Van Wert. She and Dave made their home in Ohio for several years where they were blessed with three children and later moved to Roma, Texas in 1986. She held several factory jobs while living in Ohio, but has always had a special place in her heart for children. After moving to Texas, she worked for Roma ISD, where she later retired as a teaching assistant in 2001. After retiring she took up many hobbies to fill her time in-between visits with her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, making afghans and researching her family’s genealogy. She had a strong faith in God and would often remind her children that “God will take care of you in all things”. Throughout her many struggles late in life, her faith was unwavering.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents.

Survivors include her spouse, David Alan Brown of Mission; two daughters, Elizabeth, and husband Allan Roberts, of Bryan, Texas, and Rebecca, and husband Jake Robinson, of Panhandle, Texas, a son, Matthew Brown of Edinburg, Texas; two brothers, Richard “Dick” Miller of New Bremen, Ohio and Mark Miller and wife Joyce of Middle Point, Ohio. She had 10 grandchildren altogether, a host of nieces and nephews, in-laws and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rio Grande City, Texas or MD Anderson Cancer Research in Houston, Texas.

Rick Hefner

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Hefner obit

Rick Hefner, 1957-2013

Rick Hefner, 55 of Stinnett died, Sunday, April 7, in Stinnett. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Riverview Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Gillmore, pastor and Steve Adams of Gainsville officiating. Burial was at Stinnett Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Rick was born May 1, 1957, in Borger, to Max and Frances Johnston Hefner. He graduated from Borger High School and went to college and received degrees in animal science and chemistry. He married Sandra Kay Hayes Sept. 3, 1977 in Borger. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church where he taught the Adult Sunday School Class and taught at many other churches. He loved horses and livestock. He was preceded in death by a niece Jessica Paige in 1985.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Stinnett; parents, Max and Frances, of Stinnett; son, Keith, of Dallas; sisters, Angela Cook and husband Travis of Calera, Okla. and Becky Basham and husband Charles of Skellytown; brother, Tommy and wife Becky Dee, of Stinnett; nephews, Larry Wade Spencer and wife Tori; Derek Hayes and wife Kara; Max Lee Hefner and Josh Hefner; nieces, Charity Hope and husband Mark; Amanda Welch and husband Jason; Amy Day and husband Brian.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Texas Special Olympics, P.O Box 583, Stinnett, TX 79083.