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Kristi Dawn Roe Slatten

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Kristi Dawn Roe Slatten
1970-2013

Kristi Dawn Slatten, 42, of Lefors died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Briarwood Church in Pampa with the Rev. Albert Maggard, pastor of First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Pampa, officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Heights Cemetery in Lefors. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Slatten was born May 16, 1970, in Pampa. She graduated from White Deer High School in 1988. She had been a resident of Lefors since 2005. She married Jarrod Slatten on Sept. 3, 2006, in Las Vegas.

Kristi was the office manager for Dannie Hoover State Farm for 15 years. She also worked at Easy’s Eastside for two years. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a dedicated mom, wife, sister and daughter.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Roe; a niece, Ashley Roe; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Jarrod Slatten; a son, Ryan Lee; a stepson, Joseph Slatten; her mother, Barbara Roe of Lefors; two brothers, Zane Roe and wife Stacy of Lefors and Jon Roe of Pampa; an aunt, Pauline Parker of San Antonio; an uncle, Gene Roe of Wapanucka, Okla.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Louie Slatten of Lefors; two nephews; and three nieces.

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Colonel John S. “Connie” Sparks, Jr., USAF Ret.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Colonel John S. “Connie” Sparks, Jr., USAF Ret.
1919-2012

Colonel John S. “Connie” Sparks, Jr., USAF Ret., passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 93.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls. Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, with Dr. Bob McCartney and Reverend Howard Chapman officiating. Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in Panhandle Cemetery.

Connie was a native son of the Texas plains, born Oct. 11, 1919 in Panhandle to John Simms and Martha Sparks. A three-sport standout at Panhandle High School, he captained and quarterbacked the 1936 PHS football team to a 12-0 season. Connie received a football scholarship to Texas Christian University (TCU) where he played fullback as a sophomore on the 1938 National Championship Team. That same year he was All Southwest Conference Fullback and led the Conference in scoring. He was also a three year baseball letterman. In 1987, Connie was voted into the TCU Hall of Fame.

Upon graduation with a business degree in 1941, Connie joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and married his TCU sweetheart, Florrie Buckingham, who passed away in 1980. Athletics remained a large part of Connie’s life while in the military. In 1958 he coached the Eglin AFB Eagles to a National Service Football Championship and remains the head baseball coach with the highest winning percentage among U.S. Air Force Academy coaches. In 1961, he earned a Masters degree in Physical Education at the University of Texas.

Connie’s distinguished 30-year military career included flying 25 World War II combat missions in the Pacific and Japan as a B-29 command pilot, as well as assignments as group or squadron commander. He earned numerous medals including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Connie retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1971 at Sheppard Air Force Base where he was Commandant of Troops and Base Comptroller.

When Connie retired from the military, he joined the Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry as a staff executive. As Military and Community Liaison for 20 years, he was a beloved ambassador, known for executing seamless events, congeniality and selfless efforts on behalf of the city. During this time he married Darlene Eklund of Amarillo, with whom he shared 26 years of happy marriage.

Connie was an active, lifetime member of the Air Force Association, serving as state and local president. He was president of the Wichita Falls Kiwanis Club, 1977 Kiwanian of the Year and a long-standing board member of Work Services Corps. Connie worshiped at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.

An untiring volunteer with a compassionate heart, Connie helped many in the course of his life. He is remembered for his generous spirit, his love of family, kindness, and unwavering faith. He was a servant leader whose depth of character, integrity and humility left an indelible imprint on all he met.

Connie was predeceased by his parents and brother, Marvin.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Eklund Sparks; sister, Nancy Garner of Panhandle; daughter, Holley Breeding of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Jon Sparks and wife, Marsha, of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Shelley Crook (Kevin), Mark Breeding (Jenny), all of Colorado Springs, Collin Sparks (Rachel) of Branson, Mo., Cameron Sparks (Melissa) of Atlanta, Ga., and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Darlene’s children whom he loved as his own, Dr. Michael Eklund (Tracy), and John Eklund, of Houston, Donna Stone (John) of Murphy, N.C., their children and grandchildren. Also surviving are three nieces and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Wichita Falls, 1200 9th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301; Children’s Advocacy Center Collin County, 2205 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074; Kanakuk Ministries, 1353 Lakeshore Drive., Branson, MO 65616; or a charity of choice.

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.lunnscolonial.com.

Arthur J. Gross

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Arthur J. Gross
1932 – 2012

Arthur J. Gross, 80, died Saturday Jan. 5 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Panhandle Cemetery with Terry Callis Chaplain of Hospice care of the Southwest officiating. Burial will be at Panhandle Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are by Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Arthur was born Oct. 17, 1932 in Colfax County, Neb. to August F. and Ida Marie Swobada Gross. He married Frances Elizabeth Rogers on Aug. 30, 1952 at Lincoln, Neb. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years as a Lt. Commander. He graduated from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School as a Nuclear Engineer. He received the China service medal, National defense Medal and Navy Unit Commendation.

He worked at Cabot Carbon Black as a project manager for eight years. He was a Carson County resident since 1988. He was a marksman and loved shooting guns and reading.

He is survived by his wife Frances; daughter, Lorelei Woods and husband Michael of Amarillo; sons, Wayne Gross and Clayton Gross and wife Triska, all of Pearland, Texas; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Lee Roy Meaker

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Lee Roy Meaker
1918 – 2012

Lee Roy Meaker, 94, of Panhandle, passed away Jan. 5, 2013 in Amarillo.

Rosary will be said 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Panhandle. Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theresa’s by celebrant Fr. Miesczylaw Przepiora followed immediately by graveside services with military honors at Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Lee Roy was born July 14,1918 in Panhandle. He graduated from Panhandle High School in 1939. He enlisted in the army in Fort Bliss and served from 1941-1945. He served in the China-Burma-India Theater during the battles and campaigns of WW II. He was awarded three Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. He was also awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. He was also a long-time member of VFW Post 6972 in Panhandle.

Lee Roy married Jeanette (Juno) Gurka on Feb. 28, 1943 in Rio Grande City, Texas. They raised two children and were married for 58 years. Lee Roy farmed, worked as a mechanic and did paint and body work most of his life. He was known for his ability to create something from nothing.

Lee Roy is preceded in death by his wife Juno; his parents, Orlando and Gertrude Meaker; two sisters, Rachel and Elsie; one brother, Vincent; and a son, Kenneth; and daughter-in-law, Susan.

Survivors include his son James and wife Linda Meaker; grandchildren, Michelle Renecker and husband Ronnie Doty, Jared Meaker, Robin Meaker, Christy Meaker and fiance Charles Winterburn, Shannon Yant and husband Josh, and Kandus Jeffers and husband Jason; and 12 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Panhandle or to a charity or foundation of your choice.

Louise Gray

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Louise Gray
1922-2012

Louise Gray, 90, of Amarillo died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements were by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Duncan, Okla. She moved with her family to White Deer when she was a child and the family later moved to Amarillo and she graduated from Amarillo High in 1940. She married Paul Gray on Nov. 28, 1942; in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Louise was a longtime member of Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking and listening to country music. She loved spending time with her family. Mrs. Gray was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand Kuchenbuch and Dora Standridge Anderson; two brothers, J.R. Williams and Walter Gene Williams; a sister, Naomi Hardy; and a son, Harold Gray.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Gidden and husband David; two sons, Danny Gray and Jack Gray and wife Mary, all of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Mattie Elizabeth Garner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Mattie Elizabeth Garner
1915-2012

Mattie Elizabeth Garner, 97, of Shamrock died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Church of Christ in Shamrock with Max McClendon and Cottie Tarbet officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Wellington. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Shamrock.

Mrs. Garner was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Paris, Texas, to Peyton and Amy Gilkerson Simpson. She married Riley Garner on Aug. 17, 1933, in Hollis, Okla.

Mattie lived in Shamrock and Samnorwood most of her life, and she farmed for several years while her husband was ill. Mattie worked at Samnorwood Independent School District. She obtained her cosmetology license and owned her own beauty shop in Samnorwood. Mattie was a member of Shamrock Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1961; her parents; two sisters; four brothers; and a grandson, Scott Bodine.

Survivors include a son, Randy Garner of Wheeler; three daughters, Linda Calcote of Wheeler, Peggy Muncrief and husband Raymond of Skellytown and Carol Bodine of Wellington; a brother, Audrey Simpson of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Westview Boys Home in Hollis.

Helen Louise Luby

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Helen Louise Luby, 82, formally of Panhandle, peacefully passed from this world on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at a San Angelo care center with her family by her side.

Helen was fondly referred to as “Aunt Tony” by her many nieces and nephews. She was born in Giltner, Neb. on Feb. 16, 1930 – one of eleven children born to John Joseph and Clara Harriet Luby.

Helen was known for her love of sports, soap operas, Elvis and country music. She was fortunate to have attended many sports events and country music concerts throughout her life. Though never married and with no children of her own, she is attributed to helping raise countless numbers of her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by three sisters, Betty Rhynehart of The Woodlands, Texas, Shirlee Sahs of Lincoln, Neb.; and Dorothy Weller of Aurora, Neb.. She is preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, Patricia Davis, Regina Garrison, Janette Hohnstein, Julie Spaulding, James Luby, Jackie Luby and Jerry Luby.

Helen Crawford

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Helen Crawford,
1922-2012

Helen Crawford, 90, of Panhandle, passed from this life to the next on Dec. 31, 2012 in Amarillo.

She was born to Van and Lora Carter in the home of her grandparents, which is now the Carson County Square House Museum, in Panhandle on Jan. 18, 1922.

She graduated from Panhandle High School, retired from years of service at the Farm Service Agency in Carson County and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Panhandle.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Audry Crawford.

Helen and Audry were married on March 29, 1941. They are survived by their two children, Billy Van Crawford and wife, Carole of Panhandle and Audra Ann Crawford Maddox and husband David of Sweetwater, Texas.

She was grandmother to Cathy Crawford Hauslein and husband Rick, Cindy Crawford O’Brien and husband Danny, Scott Maddox and wife Staci, and Lee Maddox and wife Krista.

She was great-grandmother to Whitney, Carly, Conor, Madison, Mason, Neely, Kammi, McKaylee, and Mitchel.

There will be a Memorial Service to honor her life of faith at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Panhandle. Honor Pallbearers are her grandsons, Lee Maddox, Scott Maddox, Rick Hauslein and Danny O’Brien.

Burial will be before the service at the Panhandle Cemetery for immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers the family request that any memorials be made to BSA Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association, First Baptist Church of Panhandle or the charity of your choice.

Family visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Jerry Conway

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Jerry Conway,
1943-2012

Jerry Conway, 69, died Dec. 30, 2012.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in First Christian Church of Panhandle with Roger Arnold and Mark Urquhart officiating. Arrangements are by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Coulter Road Chapel.

Mr. Conway will be available for viewing beginning today at 1 p.m. at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle. The family will later receive friends from 5-7 this evening at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle

Mr. Conway was born June 2, 1943 in Childress to Raymond Estelle Conway and Lou Edith Thompson Conway. He graduated from Lefors High School in 1964. Jerry married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Blair on Mar. 31, 1965 in Lefors. They have been long-time residents of Panhandle where they raised their family. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Panhandle and Hillside Christian Church of Amarillo. Mr. Conway was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and simply being outdoors. Jerry was a Charter member of the Top-O-Texas Bass Masters tournament fishing club. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his stepmother, Mae Dell Boone McCain Conway; two sisters, Rama Lee Conway Rothwell and Pauline Conway Owens and his brother, Ray Russell Conway.

Immediate family survivors include his wife, Barbara; two sons, Gary Jay Conway and his wife Stacy of Panhandle and Wade Ray Conway and his wife Stephanie of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; two grandsons, William George Conway and Wyatt Blair Conway both of Panhandle.

The family suggests memorials to The American Cancer Society or any cancer research organization of your choice.

Condolences may be made at the online guestbook at www.lagroneblackburnshaw.com.

Bernice W. Reed

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Bernice W. Reed, 97, of Panhandle, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 in Pampa.

Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. No services are scheduled.

Bernice W. Reed was born Dec. 5, 1915 in Nolan County, Texas to Benjamin and Julia (Hollowell) Wilkerson. She was a homemaker and was a Panhandle resident since 2005, moving from Jasper, Texas.

Survivors include her daughter Nancy McIlroy of Panhandle, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Bernice is preceded in death, by her husband of 60 plus years, Utah Reed in 1992, two daughters; Carla Knight, and Julia Reed, and a son Coleman Reed.