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Randall Lee Morris Sr.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Randall Lee Morris Sr. 1958 - 2013

Randall Lee Morris Sr.
1958 – 2013

Randall Lee Morris Sr. passed from this life Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2013, in Webster, Texas.

Born Dec. 6, 1958 in Galveston, Mr. Morris had been a resident of Santa Fe for the past four years and was a former resident of Skellytown. He worked as a Leak Seal Technician for Steam and Process Repairs, Leak Repair and the bowling alley in Pampa. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and watching the Dallas Cowboys.

He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe Lyman Morris, Sr. and sister, Christina Morris.

Survivors include his mother, Charlotte Morris of Amarillo (formerly of Skellytown); sons, Danial Morris Marino and husband, Jeff of Fayetteville, Ark. and Randall Lee Morris Jr. of Victoria; daughters, Natisha Lynn Alvey and husband, Jesse of Ponca City, Okla. and Shanna Marie Jones and husband Jason of Ponca City; brothers, Monroe Morris Jr. and wife Laura of Conroe; Julious Morris and wife, Melissa of Alvin and Mark Morris and wife, Jackie of Ponca City; sisters, Cheryl Morris and Kimberly Madeley both of Amarillo; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, with Reverend John Kappe officiating. Interment followed at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery.

Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Joan Bartels

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

HEREFORD — Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Joan Bartels, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today in Hereford Heritage Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony Neusch, parish priest as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hereford Heritage Funeral Home, 411 E. Sixth St.

Mrs. Bartels was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Nazareth to Joseph and Loretta Kleman Guggemos. She married Leonard Albert Bartels, on Feb. 24, 1954, in Nazareth.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Bartels and Mark Bartels, both of Amarillo, Bruce Bartels and Steve Bartels, both of Hereford; six daughters, Connie Goheen of Littlefield, Mary Jo Chandler of Hale Center, Jean Ann Swanson of Panhandle, Gail Saiz of Amarillo, Cathy Chase of Amarillo and Christie Vanlandingham of Frederick, Colo.; a sister, Rita Hoffman of El Paso, 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church School Endowment Fund, 114 Sunset Drive, Hereford, TX 79045.

Wayne “Dub” Yowel Barnett

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Wayne “Dub” Yowel Barnett, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

Services were held Dec. 31 in Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Brother Glen Walton officiating. Burial was in Fort Towson Cemetery, Fort Towson, Okla. on Thursday. Arrangements are by Memorial Park Funeral Directors of Amarillo

Wayne was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Crum to the late Mrytle Lee Elige Blackshear and Elmer Dewitt Barnett.

Wayne served in the Navy as an aviation machinist’s mate third class from Oct. 20, 1943 to April 23, 1946. He served in Pensacola, Fla. and the South Pacific.

Shortly after his service in the Navy, he worked at Pantex as a supervisor for utilities for 32 years and as an engineering consultant for Swanson & Rink for two years. He was a kind, loving, understanding and generous man.

He would literally give the shirt off of his back to provide assistance to any man, family and stranger alike. His generosity and moral fortitude will forever be remembered and cherished by the multitude of people who he touched during his lifetime. We love you greatly and will miss you dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sharon Jean Barnett; two brothers, Jack Elmer Dewitt Barnett, Robert Harold Barnett; four stepbrothers, Horace Blackshear, R.L. Blackshear, A.W. Blackshear, E.C. Junior Blackshear and two stepsisters Ina Bell Manor and Trummie Lee Pennington.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Jo Smith Barnett; two daughters; Jo Ann Cannon and husband Gene of Panhandle and Marilyn Sue Atchley and husband Brian of Forsyth, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Quentin Cannon and wife Karen of Wichita, Kan., Aimee Timmons and husband Mike of Pampa, Dr. Jonathan W. Barnett and wife Angie of Richmond Va., Deandra Smith of Forsyth, Dea Johnson and husband Tech Sgt. Nicolas of Albuquerque, N.M., Kyle McLain and Lesley Latham of Forsyth, Brittany Huffman and husband Tyler of Maumee, Ohio, David McLain of Branson, Mo., and Moriah McLain of Forsyth; four brothers, Royce Blackshear and wife, Pat of Dumas, Perry Blackshear and wife Wanda of Cleo Springs, Maurice Barnett, and Anthony Barnett; three sisters, Dorothy Sipes of Yukon, Okla., Farris Rowell and husband Darrell and Peggy Ferguson and husband Tom, all of Dumas, and Billie Payne; 16 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Paige Cannon, Legend, Taylor and Hunter Davis, Echo Barnett, Ariana and Isabella DeFranco, Samuel Barnett, Orion and Zachary Smith, Briahna, Isaak, and Gavin Johnson, Kyley McLain, and Amaryllis Huffman; 10 sisters and brothers-in-law, Billye Faye Smith, Gladys Hester, Jimmy Harper, Midge Smith, Bobby and Ruby Smith, Delores Collins, Lonnie and Susan Smith and Nadean Barnett.

The family is eternally grateful for the wonderful staff and volunteers of the VA Community Living Center who cared for Wayne. The care and love given to Wayne was greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Thomas E. Creek VA Community Living Center or CLC Family Center.

Mary Francis Stamps

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Mary Frances Stamps 1628 - 2013

Mary Frances Stamps
1628 – 2013

Mary Francis Stamps, 85, of Panhandle died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Amarillo.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 30, in Panhandle Church of Christ with Gaylon Stamps and Bennie Cummings officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Mary was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Ladonia to Maurice and Ella Gurley. She married Lowell Eugene Stamps on July 10, 1948. She was a member of Panhandle Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Gail Park and a sister, Pat Young.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Stamps; three sons, Ronnie Stamps and wife Truby of Anton, Thomas Stamps of Amarillo and Mark Stamps and wife Jean of Fritch; a brother, Charles Gurley of Pampa; 13 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Panhandle Church of Christ, 207 E. Fourth St., Panhandle, TX 79068.

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

Marcia Kay Stout

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Macia Kay Stout 1942 - 2013

Macia Kay Stout
1942 – 2013

Marcia Kay Stout, 71, died Dec. 12, 2013 in Pampa.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Barry Owens, associate pastor, and Jim Bob Mitchell, son-in-law, officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Stout was born Aug. 21, 1942 in Monahans, and was a lifelong resident of Pampa. She married Benny Stout on Dec. 28, 1959 in Raton, N.M. She was the attendance clerk for Pampa High School for 17 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Elizabeth Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Doyle and Vita Ward; and her brother, Doyle Ward, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Benny Stout of the home; two sons, Steve Stout of Scurry and Danny Stout and wife Jennifer of Alvarado; a daughter, Karla Mitchell and husband Jim Bob of White Deer; nine grandchildren, Lauren Stout, Dylan Stout and wife Brittany; Seth Stout; Garrett Stout; Ty Stout and wife Rachel; Emily Stout; Matthew Stout; Riley Mitchell and Merrit Mitchell; and one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Stout.

Memorials may be made to Elizabeth Sunday School c/o First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 621, Pampa, Texas 79066-0621.

Sign the on-line guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com.

Daniel Ray Polanco Jr.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Daniel Ray Polanco Jr., two months old, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Borger.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Westlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Alan Wilson of First Baptist Church of White Deer officiating. Services were under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Daniel was born in Amarillo, Sept. 28, to Cheyenne Anderson and Daniel Polanco Sr.

He is survived by his parents; his sister, Emmalynn Polanco, and brother, Tristan Luman; grandparents, Ray and Patsy Campbell of Houston; Kelly and Layla Byrd, of Borger; Brad and Linnie Anderson of Blanchard, Okla.; Tom Spangler of Borger; Duane and Leslie Raymond of Michigan; great-grandparents, June Anderson, of Stinnett; Bill and Wilma Reynolds of Borger; Richard Shores of Amarillo and Pam Earles of Borger; great-great grandparents Ed and Anna McAnear of White Deer and Wayne and Lorene Hooks of Borger.

Rahna Abernathy

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Rahna Abernathy, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Pampa.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Highland Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Nachtigall, officiating. Cremation and arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Abernathy was born April 11, 1956 in Pampa, and graduated from White Deer High School in 1974. She had been a resident of Pampa since 1982 and married Doug Abernathy on Jan. 30, 1982. Rahna received her Associate’s degree from Clarendon College. She was the office manager for Interim Healthcare for seven years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Rahna was preceded in death by her father, Chester Tackett; her stepfather, Ed Lowrance; a brother, Richard Lowrance; a niece, Kimberly Barbee and a great-nephew.

Survivors include her husband, Doug Abernathy of the home; two sons, Daniel Abernathy and wife Emily of Austin and Tommy Abernathy of Midland; her mother, June Lowrance of White Deer; her stepmother, Rose Tackett of Pampa; two brothers, Richard Tackett and wife Sherry of White Deer and Scott Lowrance and wife Donna of Pampa; three sisters, Sandra Bryam and husband Gene of Amarillo; Patti Duezabou and husband John of Helena, Mont. and Chalenia Freeman of Pampa; nine nieces; two nephews; five great nieces; nine great nephews and one great-great nephew.

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

Sign the on-line guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com.

Nadine Griffith

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Nadine Griffith 1926 - 2013

Nadine Griffith
1926 – 2013

Nadine Griffith, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

Memorial services were held Nov. 29, 2013 in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Charlie Cox officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mrs. Griffith was born in Goree on July 1, 1926, to Aubrey and Vera King. She was raised in Goree and was a graduate of Kress High School. She married David Griffith on May 26, 1946, in Lockney. They moved to Panhandle in 1951, and to Amarillo in 1970. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She took great pride in everything she did for her family. She was a wonderful cook and always made sure everyone had their favorite dish. Most of all, she loved being “MeMa” to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Bill King and Forrest Dean King.

Survivors include her husband, David of Amarillo; a daughter, Vonda Marquez and husband Joe of Amarillo, three sons, Gary Griffith of Amarillo, Randy Griffith and wife Peggy of Shawnee, Okla. and Ron Griffith and his wife Amy of Canyon; a brother, Harold King and his wife Mary of Silverton; 13 grandchildren, Stony, Stacy, Brandon, Kevin, Brian, Joel, Shawna, Brett, Craig, Scott, Marisa, Alex and Lauren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family suggest memorials be to Empty Stocking fund or Faith City Mission.

Virginia Fay Powers Flaherty

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Virginia Fay Powers Flaherty 1922 - 2013

Virginia Fay Powers Flaherty
1922 – 2013

Virginia Fay Powers Flaherty, 91, died Nov. 26, 2013 in McLean.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Briarwood Church, with Rev. Lynn Hancock, pastor, officiating. Cremation and arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Flaherty was born Jan. 19, 1922 in White Deer. She had been a resident of Pampa since 1938 before moving to McLean in 2009. She married George H. Flaherty on Sept. 22, 1938 in Panhandle. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 2004. She was a homemaker and a former member of First Assembly of God. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, two brothers, a sister, two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

Survivors include her son, Kent Flaherty and wife Loretta of Pampa; a daughter-in-law, Janice Flaherty of Amarillo; a grandson, Steve Flaherty and wife Shelly of Amarillo; three granddaughters, Shelly Brooks and husband Chad of Pampa; Shawn Peters and husband Tom of Dallas and Brenda Stallings and husband Tom of Townville, S.C. and seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff of McLean Care Center for their loving care of Mrs. Flaherty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Briarwood Church, 1800 W. Harvester, Pampa, Texas 79065.

Vina Louise Abbott

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Vina Louise Abbott 1931 - 2013

Vina Louise Abbott
1931 – 2013

Vina Louise Abbott, 82, of Lubbock, went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

She was born on March 29, 1931 in White Deer to Willie and Pearl Dittberner. She graduated from Pampa High School and went on to attend Amarillo College.

Vina married Billy Earl Abbott, of Canyon, in Pampa on May 19, 1951. Bill and Vina moved to Mami where they lived until 1954. They then made White Deer their home and remained there until 1995. Bill then retired and the Abbotts moved to Lubbock to spoil their grandchildren.

Vina was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Carl Dittberner of Yucapia, Calif.

Vina is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill Abbott; her son, Billy Mitchell Abbott and wife Tonya of Lubbock. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Shanda McNabb and husband Dustin and Allison Sansom and her husband Eric, all of Lubbock. Also surviving are her four great-great-grandchildren, Allie and Cooper McNabb and Campbell and Crawford Sansom. Also surviving are a host of friends and family from all across the Panhandle, as well as Lubbock that share wonderful stories of her smile, her laughter and the fun, joy and love she brought to every occasion.

She spared no effort when making everyday occasions a celebration. Vina was also an active member of her community and belonged to the First Baptist Church of White Deer. She was active in several bridge clubs and loved to play golf. Her Bunco group became her favorite pastime when she moved to Lubbock. Vina left a legacy of love of life to be cherished by family and friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Littlefield Memorial Park and a celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The family will be receiving friends and family at 6 p.m. today in Sanders Funeral Home in Lubbock.