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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.

Rosetta Martin

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Rosetta Martin Obituary PicRosetta Martin, 88, died Dec. 4, 2012.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Stinnett Cemetery in Stinnett, with Denny Sneed, minister of Church of Christ at Borger, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Martin was born March 17, 1924 in Powell. At the age of 10 in early 1935, she came to the Texas Panhandle from East Texas with her parents and three sisters. They first settled in White Deer, then Skellytown and then Spring Creek. She graduated from Borger High School in 1942. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for Henry J. Kaiser Shipping Company in Oakland, California. She met her husband, James Martin, through his sister, who was a friend of Rosetta’s mother. They were married in 1943 while James was stationed briefly in San Francisco before starting his military duty in the Pacific. After the war, they settled in Pampa where James worked for Cabot Corporation. She was a member of First Christian Church where she taught Sunday school. Rosetta was preceded in death by her parents: Birdie and Felix Marshall of Stinnett; and her husband James on July 29, 2009.

Rosetta was a devoted mother, a woman of deep faith, a good friend, a generous person, and she had a wonderful sense of humor that she inherited from both her mother and her father. She lived most of her life in Pampa, a town she said she loved every inch of. Her love was a blessing and she will be so very much missed.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela and Karla Jean; son-in-law, Nabeel; two grandchildren, Ali and Sarah; two sisters, Birnell Sipple of Electra and Eileen Wilborn of Austin; two nieces and three nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Pampa Sheltered Workshop, P.O. Box 2808, Pampa, TX 79066-2808, or the Gray County Retarded Citizens Association, P.O. Box 880, Pampa, TX 79066-0880.

Arlene Mathews

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Arlene Mathews Obituary PicArlene Mathews, 86, died Dec. 12, 2012 in Amarillo.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Skellytown, with Rev. David Johnson, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Midland, and Rev. Jim Fox, her son-in-law, and chaplain of IntegraCare Hospice of Amarillo, officiating.

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

Mrs. Mathews was born Feb. 9, 1926 in Cardin, Okla. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, and attended business college in St. Louis, Miss. Arlene married Paul Wayne Mathews on June 8, 1946 in Columbus, Kan. He preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2008. She had been a resident of Skellytown from 1947 until 2006 when she moved to Amarillo. Arlene worked at Pampa Chamber of Commerce for several years and then worked as an administrative secretary for Cabot Corporation in Pampa for 23 and a half years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Skellytown and attended Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Horner and husband Jimmie; Nancy Fox and husband Jim and Denise Smyth and husband Blaine all of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Todd Horner and Shellie James, both of Amarillo; Matt Pruett of Woodward, Okla.; William Chris Fox of Denver City; Dawn Marie McLean of Santa Fe, N.M.and Nicole Hallums of Beaumont; three step-grandchildren, Mickey Smyth of Plainville, Kan.; Brock Smyth and Kamie Smyth, both of Lubbock; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Essie Mae Burnett; a brother, Bobby Burnett; and a grandson, Keith Horner.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 176, Skellytown, TX 79080, or BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105.

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Maxine Parsley

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Maxine Parsley, 1928 - 2012

Maxine Parsley, 1928 – 2012

Maxine Parsley, 84, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in Pampa.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at White Deer United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jerry R. Lane, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Parsley was born Aug. 27, 1928 in Pampa and was a graduate of Pampa High School. She married R.L. Parsley on Aug. 19, 1947 in Pampa. Maxine had been a resident of White Deer since 1969. She was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Pampa and later became a member of White Deer United Methodist Church. Maxine was a member of the Pampa Optimist Club as well as the Pampa VFW Post #1657 Auxiliary. She was a wonderful artist and seamstress and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, R.L. Parsley of the home; a son, Kerry Parsley and wife Gail of Pampa; a daughter, Jody McClendon of Clarendon; three granddaughters, Darla Gaines and husband Heath and Rhonda Ceaser and husband Michael, all of Amarillo; and Tracy Mills and husband Thomas of Blanchard, Okla.; two grandsons, Jerry Parsley and wife Melissa of Garden Grove, Calif. and Dave Parsley and wife Lucy of Escondido, Calif.; and 12 great grandchildren. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Corinne Bell, by a son, Richard David Parsley, and by a son-in-law, Steve McClendon.

Memorials may be made to White Deer United Methodist Church, 800 S. Jordan, White Deer, TX 79097 or White Deer Senior Citizens Center, 315 S. Main, White Deer, TX 79097.

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