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Bobby Chris Schaef

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Schaef Obit

Bobby Chris Schaef

Memorial services for Bobby Chris Schaef, 60, of Palestine were at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Trinity Church in Palestine with Brother David Gregg officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Bobby passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1952, in Pampa to Bert James Schaef and Jewel Bonita Black Schaef. He was a member of Trinity Church and worked as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Michael Unit. Bobby married Di Weldon on Sept. 28, 2006. He was a carpenter and loved to fish and garden. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Betty Hines and Barbara Fife.

Survivors include his wife, Di Schaef of Palestine; son, Sean Schaef of Palestine and stepson, John Weldon of Palestine; two sisters, Clarice Meadow and husband Plez of White Deer and Ruth Ann Manion and husband Rusty of Shawnee, Okla.; and five brothers, Larry Schaef and wife Pat of Atoka, Okla., Ed Schaef and wife Peggy of Amarillo, Jackie Schaef and wife Linda of Amarillo, Johnny Schaef and wife Sue of Amarillo, and James Schaef of Oklahoma City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg
1974 – 2013

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg, 38, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Stinnett.

Services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in White Deer with Rev. Gene Krieg, pastor of King’s Highway Baptist Church in Fort Worth and Rev. Justin Krieg, pastor of Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, officiating.

Burial was in White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jennifer was born July 16, 1974 in Pampa to James and Jeanie Samples. She was a 1992 graduate of White Deer High School and received her associate degree from Frank Phillips College in Borger. Jennifer married Jeremy Krieg on May 11, 2004 in Stinnett. She pursued a career in banking which included H&H Credit Union in Stinnett, loan officer at Amarillo Federal Credit Union, and vice-president of Dalhart Savings and Loan in Dumas. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in White Deer.

Survivors include her husband, Jeremy, of the home; her mother, Jeanie Samples of White Deer; her father, James Samples, of Perryville, Ark.; two sons, Forrest and Dakota Lopez of Gruver; a daughter, Emma Lopez, of the home; a stepson, Brody Krieg, of Borger; a stepdaughter, Jourdan Krieg, of Borger; a sister, Janet Grange and husband Shane of White Deer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rev. Gene and Ginger Krieg of Fort Worth; a brother-in-law, Rev. Justin Krieg and wife Regina of Cedar Hill; a sister-in-law, Tara Hokanson and husband Ben of Abilene; several nieces and nephews including Sierra, Casey, Hannah, Kailee, Kaci, Briana, Brady, Logan, Jack, Jocelyn, Kyla, Bailee, Greyson, Jack, and Reagan; and by a goddaughter, Izzy. Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Teresa Krieg.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 411 S. Omohundro, White Deer, TX 79097, or to a favorite charity.

Glenn Annis

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Glenn Annis

Glenn Annis
1952 – 2013

Glenn Annis, 61, of Panhandle, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, in First Baptist Church of Panhandle with Josh Light, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Panhandle, 208 Main.

Glenn was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Clarksville to Jessie and Ruby Annis. He had worked as a correctional officer in the criminal justice system.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Fricks; two brothers, David Annis and Allen Wayne Annis; his mother, Ruby Gaines Annis; and his father, Jessie Milton Annis.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie Annis of Panhandle; three sons, Jeff Annis and wife Julie of Amarillo, Kevin Annis of Amarillo and Jeremy Annis of Panhandle; siblings, Doris Vick and Helen Kingston, both of Amarillo, Pauline Edwards and husband Marvin of Paris, James Annis and wife Dana of Abernathy; and two grandchildren, Jessie Annis of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Jessica Annis of Mineola.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the funeral home in Panhandle.

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.

Paul F. Thompson

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Paul F. Thompson
1935 – 2013

Paul F. Thompson, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 in White Deer.

Memorial services were Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel in Pampa with Pastor Gary Snider, associate pastor of Friends and Family Worship Center of Amarillo, officiating. Cremation and arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Thompson was born June 29, 1935 in Clinton, Okla. He was raised in the Clinton and Hobart, Okla. areas and attended schools there. Paul married Alice Archibald in 1956 in Vernon, Texas. He and his family moved to the Pampa and White Deer area in 1968 where he had resided until his death. Paul worked as a welder and mechanic for Moran Drilling Co. and Sivalls, Inc., retiring in 2000. In his spare time, he liked the outdoors where he enjoyed travelling in his RV and fishing. He also enjoyed his family; especially attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Thompson, of the home; two daughters, Donna Caskey and husband Mike of Pampa and Staci Cochran of Thomas, Okla.; a son, Rick Thompson and wife Lucy of Harrah, Okla.; a sister, Frances Harless of Hobart, Okla.; five granddaughters, Jennifer Harper of Amarillo; Crystal Simms and husband Justin of Noble, Okla.; Candra Mizeski and husband Christopher of Mineral Wells; Madison Cochran of Thomas; and Emilee Thompson of Harrah; two grandsons, Shawn Caskey of Amarillo and Josh Cochran of New Braunfels; six great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Jack Archibald, and wife Tillie of Altus, Okla. and a sister-in-law, Dollie Orman of Canon City, Colo. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, and three brothers.

Memorials may be made to Skellytown Senior Citizens in Skellytown.

Sign the online register book at www.carmichael-whatley.com.

Jesus “Jessie” Baldomero Blanco

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Blanco Obit

Jesus “Jessie” Baldomero Blanco,
1947 – 2012

Jesus “Jessie” Baldomero Blanco, 65, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church of Panhandle. Burial will follow at Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home of Panhandle.

Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Jessie was born Oct. 11, 1947 in Benavides, Texas to Otila and Gonzalo Blanco, Sr. He worked alongside his son at Blanco Construction. Jessie is preceded in death by his parents; son, Timothy Blanco; brothers, Armando Blanco, Eddie Blanco; and sister, Martha Maltos.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Blanco; children, Carlos Blanco, Jimmie Mitchell and her husband Wesley, Johanna Preas and her husband, Troy; brothers, Joe Blanco and his wife Ann, Gonzalo Blanco, Jr.; sisters, Theresa Solis, Elma Castillo, Irma Trevino, Gloria Trevino; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cathy Diann Richards

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Cathy Diann Richards,

Cathy Diann Richards, 53, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Services were held Feb. 14, 2013 in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Charlie Cox officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Midway, Ark., with the Rev. Joann Cross officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Cathy was born Sept. 28, 1959, in Little Rock, Ark., to James Edwards and Ruby Dove. She was raised in England, Ark., before moving to Panhandle at age 15. Cathy married Marshall Richards in Panhandle more than 30 years ago. She was a kindhearted woman who showed great intelligence. She enjoyed reading and loved to remodel and decorate her home. Above all, Cathy enjoyed being a grandmother and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Anthony; her father, Jack Anthony; and a brother, Jackie Anthony.

Survivors include her husband, Marshall Richards of White Deer; two sons, Jack Richards and fiance Brittnie Rowland and Cecil Rich III, all of White Deer; two daughters, Brandy Rich of Amarillo and Jessica Rich of White Deer; her father, James William Edwards of Russelville, Ark.; three brothers, James David Edwards of Demascus, Ark., Charles Anthony and wife Betty of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mitchell Anthony of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Karen Munyan and husband Monte of Greenbrier, Ark., and Uarsala Anthony of Oklahoma City; a brother of the heart, Robin Herron of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister of the heart, Theresa Garcia of Panhandle; in-laws, Sherman and Nelda Jones of White Deer and Robert and Doretha Richards of McLean; seven grandchildren, Wyatt, Dillon, Lili, Zackary, Sean, Rodie and Avrie; and her beloved pet, Angel.

Sign the online guest book at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.

James Gordon “J.G.” McConnell Sr.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

James McConnell,  1918 - 2012

J.G. McConnell,
1918 – 2012

James Gordon “J.G.” McConnell Sr., 94, of Pampa died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Amarillo.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church of Canyon with the Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor of Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo, and the Rev. Rick Enns, senior pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon.

J.G. died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 9, 2013, at Hospice Care of the Southwest in Amarillo. He was born Nov. 29, 1918, in the family home five miles west of Pampa to Roger S. and Willie C. Hopkins McConnell. J.G. was the eldest of three boys. His younger brothers, both deceased, were John Edwin and Glenn Roger.

The family farmed and ranched in Gray and Carson Counties. J.G. went to work at an early age, sharecropping with mules, primitive tractors and helping tend the family herd of polled Hereford Cattle. He grew up on the frontier stories of his great uncle and aunt, Henry and Fanny Lovett, and attended the funeral of Charles Goodnight. His uncle, Skinny Adams, was a range boss on the JA Ranch.

He saw the oil boom of the 1920s and survived the Dust Bowl, giving a vivid personal account of “Black Sunday,” April 14, 1935. In high school, he excelled in F.F.A. livestock judging and in state wide speech tournaments. He attended junior college at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., when the cadet corps drilled on horseback. He did his bachelor’s work in animal husbandry at Oklahoma State University. His studies were interrupted by World War II, and he served with distinction in the Army, rising in the ranks from draftee and buck private to first lieutenant in the Medical Corps.

When he returned to Pampa, he met a beautiful high school teacher named Lee Una Sullivan on a blind date and married her in Fort Worth on Nov. 8, 1947. They farmed and ranched in Crowley County, Colo., until 1959. Their only child, James Gordon McConnell Jr., was born in 1950.

After selling the farm, J.G. returned to Stillwater to complete his final semester for his bachelor’s degree at OSU. He then completed a Masters in Science Education degree at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and became a science teacher at La Junta Junior High School in La Junta, Colo. A devoted teacher, he soon became head of the science department. He was a lay leader at First United Methodist Church and a dedicated volunteer and Key Man with the Explorer Scout group and the Koshare Indian Dancers in La Junta. In the summers, he took geology field study courses with Dr. Richard Burroughs of Adams State University. They floated the Colorado River and explored Canyonlands National Park and other places in the southwest. Lee often went along on these adventures.

He retired from teaching in the mid-1980s and was able to spend more time with Lee, friends and family in “God’s Country” at Pearl Lakes Trout Club, near Creede, Colo. J.G. and Lee also were members of Denver-based Ports of Call Travel Club and traveled more than 200,000 miles together, visiting Mexico, China, Japan, Bali, Western Europe, the Middle East and seven countries in Africa. As J.G. was fond of saying, they “had a great run together.”

In 1995, Lee and J.G. moved to Canyon and joined First United Methodist Church. They were members of the Crusaders Sunday school class and developed many warm friendships in the church and community. J.G. continued working in his later years as president of R.S. McConnell Inc. with properties in Gray and Carson counties. He supported several ministries and gave generous gratuities to college students working in the eateries of Canyon and Amarillo, helping them, in his words, “climb the ladder.”

J.G. lost Lee, the love of his life, after 62 years of marriage in November 2009. Tenaciously independent, he continued to live at home for the next three years, aided by friends from church, the neighborhood and especially his “gal Friday,” Becky and her husband Kevin Deckard. He often said, “I thank the Lord every day for my walk on this Earth.” Those who knew and loved J.G., thank the Lord for him.

J.G. McConnell was the elder of the McConnell and Hopkins families, esteemed by nieces and nephews and cousins of multiple generations.

Survivors include a son, Gordon and wife Betty; held in loving memory by Betty’s son, Brett Loos, and his family; a sister, Lillie Grace; and a sister-in-law, Laverne Sullivan Brewster, of Austin.

The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church or an educational institution of choice.

Sign the online guest book at www.brooksfuneral.com.

Edward Lee Eslick

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


Lee Edward Eslick,
1919 – 2013

Lee Edward Eslick, 93, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Pampa.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Rev. James Greer, Director of Missions of the Top O’ Texas Baptist Association, and Rev. Albert Maggard, pastor of First Pentecostal Holiness Church, officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Eslick was born Aug. 31, 1919 in Red Hill, Okla., to Harrison and Mae Eslick. He lived in Dewar, Okla. during his youth and worked in Oklahoma and Arkansas in his young adult years. He shared many happy memories of his childhood such as going out to hunt for food with his dad and pranks he and his seven siblings pulled from time to time. Stories of the hard depression years with his family stayed with him throughout his life. Lee served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Lee married Katherine Elizabeth Lenox on March 24, 1937, and they moved to Pampa in 1944 where he worked in the oilfields for Phillips Petroleum for 39 years. Katherine preceded him in death on March 3, 1996. He later married Wanda Hogue on July 3, 1999 who survives him with her five children. He was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Eslick, of the home; four daughters, Katherine Eslick Becker Hampson and husband Robert of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Erma Eslick Stanley and husband Norman Lee I of Fort Myers, Fla.; Gertie Eslick Jeter and husband Gary, and Denise Eslick all of Lubbock; five stepchildren; six grandchildren, Rhonda Bueche, Rebecca McShane, Norman Stanley II, Greg Jeter, Cheri Pittman and Elizabeth Dent; and several great grandchildren. His family spent many happy hours sharing outdoor activities at Joe Dan Camp where his daughters went to Hopkins School through the seventh grade.

Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 2217 Perryton Pkwy, Pampa, TX 79065.

Ethel Agnes Pratt

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Ethel Agnes Pratt,

pratt2Ethel Agnes Pratt, 86, of Panhandle went to her Heavenly home Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013 after a brief illness.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Grace Fellowship Church in Panhandle. Burial will be at Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. Ethel Pratt was born Feb. 8, 1927 at Sudan, Texas, to David R. and Mary Ellen Eudaley Toten.

She graduated from Panhandle High School May 21, 1946. She married Glenn Leroy Pratt on Sept. 3, 1946, at Carlsbad, N.M. Together, she and Glenn farmed West of Panhandle from 1946 until 1981, when he preceded her in death. Ethel continued to manage the farm operations until 1985.

Ethel was a wife, mother and a redeemed daughter of the King. She was a born-again Christian who loved and placed her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. She taught Bible stories to many young children during the years she taught Sunday School, and has served as the Church Secretary since 1993. She was an avid reader, a talented seamstress and enjoyed bowling. Ethel enthusiastically followed sports, especially women’s basketball. The Little League Championship was a favorite. She was a Square House Museum volunteer for a number of years.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, her husband Glenn in 1981, and two children, a son, Vernon Pratt in 2000, and a daughter, Norma Joyce Pratt Thomason in 2003.

Ethel is survived by a daughter Glenda Pratt Boothe and husband Galen of Panhandle, a son-in-law Ronny Thomason and wife Ruth of Jacksonville, Fla,; six grandchildren, Dawn Boothe Miller and husband Dale of Bellaire, Texas, Denise Boothe Downey and husband Rickey of Grand Junction, Colo., Joel Pratt and wife Karen of Frisco, Texas, Marcy Pratt Molone and husband Mike of Portland, Texas, Heather Fawn Thomason of Jacksonville, Fla., and Aaron Thomason and wife Stephanie of Jacksonville, Fla.; and 12 great-grandchildren, Evin Miller, Holland Miller, Logan Downey, Shea Downey, Maddie Pratt, Michael Pratt, Matthew Pratt, Ashlee Molone, Jordan Molone, Abigail Molone, Ethan Thomason and Marlee Thomason.

Memorials may be made to favorite charity.

Frederick Eugene Mans

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Frederick Eugene Mans,
1931 – 2013

Frederick Eugene Mans joined his Lord in glory on Feb. 10, 2013.

Fred was born on Dec. 21, 1931 in Texhoma, Okla. as one of five children to Eleanor and Joe Mans. He graduated from Guymon High School in ]1952 and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Navy. He started farming in Spearman, Texas in 1966 and retired in the 1990s. He was married to his beloved wife Helen Caldwell Meaker Mans and made a home with her in Panhandle. Fred loved to travel with Helen and they could often be found dancing or laughing with new friends.

Fred leaves behind a legacy of his faithfulness to the Catholic Church, his great love – his wife, Helen, his three granddaughters, of whom he was so proud: Kayla Carden, Halli Mans and Lyric Menges.

Fred felt blessed to have a family he loved and that loved him and that will remember and honor him. They include: daughter Melissa and Tom Franklin and daughter Stephanie, son Aaron ; his son and daughter-in-law Tony and Vana Mans; step-daughters Kitt Meaker Byrd, Katy Meaker Menges and Ken Menges; sisters, Alice Watkins and Beth Longbrake, and brother, Jim Mans.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Panhandle. Viewing will be held from noon to 1:45 p.m. Interment will be at the Panhandle Cemetery immediately following the service. A reception will be held at the family home at 408 Oak Street in Panhandle.

Memorial donations may be made to Hansford Manor Hospice of Spearman, Texas.