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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

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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

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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.

Arrena Powers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Arrena Powers

Arrena Powers,
1922 – 2013

Arrena Powers, 91, of Amarillo died Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday in White Deer Cemetery in White Deer with Jerry Bell pastor officiating. Memorial services were at 3 p.m. in Park Place Towers in Amarillo. Arrangements were by Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors.

Arrena was born March 13, 1922, in Amarillo to Eugene and Anna May Small. She married Jim H. Powers on May 24, 1946, in Clarendon. She was a resident of White Deer since 1946, until moving to Amarillo in 1991, upon her retirement. She was a member of United Methodist Church in White Deer. Arrena was on the Board of Directors of Carson County Museum and a member of Daughters of Pioneer Club and White Deer Art Club. Arrena was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Her family was her passion. She was a pioneer woman and the wife of a hardworking farmer, which she valued greatly. Arrena will be truly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim H. Powers, in 2002; her granddaughter, Cheryl Lynn Powers; three brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Ida May Powers, of Amarillo; a son, Ted H. Powers and wife Marilyn, of Pampa; many very special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

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Rue Zell Hillis

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Rue Zell Hillis, 90, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Rev. Lloyd Stice, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mrs. Hillis was born July 12, 1922 in Clarendon to John Earl and Maude Mae Ryan. She married George Don Hillis, Sr. on March 2, 1957 in Clovis, N.M. She had been a resident of Lesley before moving to Clarendon 45 years ago. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2010; her brother, John Earl Ryan; and two sisters, Geraldine Huffman and Dorothy Walters.

Survivors include two sons, George Don Hillis, Jr. and fiancé, Debbie Roberts of Clarendon and Monty Ryan Reed and wife Cindy of Moore, Okla.; a daughter, Trudy Smith and husband Charles of Austin; a sister, Kathleen Mickelson of San Antonio; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family request memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon or Odyssey Hospice.

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Esther Morrison Bowers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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Esther Morrison Bowers,
1911 – 2013

Esther Morrison Bowers, 102, died April 15, 2013 in her daughter’s home in White Deer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Miami with Dr. Lewis Holland, retired Methodist minister, and Rev. Anthony Inman, pastor of United Methodist Church of Miami, officiating.

Burial will follow in Miami Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Bowers was born April 15, 1911 in Clarendon and completed her life’s journey on the same day on which she was born. Esther was the last remaining member of the J.W. and Nora Morrison family of Donley, Gray and Roberts counties. She attended school on the Peace Vale Ranch north of Pampa and graduated from Miami High School in 1927. Esther taught the Ben Hill children near Canadian before graduating from Texas Tech in 1936. After her graduation, she taught school in Mobeetie. On March 5, 1938, she married Samuel Edward Bowers in Miami. They celebrated more than 55 years of marriage and were the parents of three children, Sammie Jo, James Wilbur and David Michael. Sam preceded her in death in 1994.

Esther was a member of the United Methodist Church of Miami where she taught Sunday school and played the piano and organ for many years. She loved music and art. She took art lessons, painted many pictures, wrote poetry to the delight of her caregivers and family, and even sang songs in the last weeks of her life.

After Sam’s death, she lived in her home in Miami until she was 97 and then moved to the Meredith House in Pampa. In 2011, she moved to White Deer.

Esther was kind, gentle and generous, filling her family and friends’ lives with love and laughter. She had a quick wit and an amazing memory. Within the last year of her life, she played from memory her first piano recital piece of music. She loved children, playing the piano, and Blue Bell ice cream.

Esther was loved and cherished by her children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her lasting legacy was a loving, nurturing spirit which she gave to those who truly loved her. As Esther’s world became smaller, her greatest enjoyment came from visits by family and friends. Therefore, in Esther’s memory, please make a visit to an elderly person, sit, listen and have some Blue Bell ice cream.

Survivors include a daughter, Sammie Jo Pohnert and husband Don of White Deer; two sons, Jimmy Bowers and wife Emma of Miami and David Bowers and wife Janiece of Pampa; her grandchildren, Dudley Pohnert and wife Cindy of White Deer; D’Lisa Pohnert; Jamie Pohnert and wife Kirsten and Susan Bowers all of Amarillo; Sam Bowers of Miami; Kasey Bowers of Austin; and Richy Bowers and wife Ruth of Pampa; and great-grandchildren, Lane Pohnert; Jordan Pohnert; Skylar Bowers; Kelton Bowers and Kennon Bowers; and by several special nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main, Miami, Texas 79059, or to BSA Hospice in Pampa, c/o Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

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Clifton C. Kelly

Thursday, April 11th, 2013


Clifton C. Kelly, 1925 – 2013

Clifton C. Kelly, 87, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Plano, Texas.

Visitation will be on Friday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church of White Deer, with Rev. Alan Wilson, pastor, and Rev. Jim Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Victoria, officiating. Burial will be at White Deer Cemetery by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

C. C. was born Oct. 26, 1925, in Pilot Point, Texas. He graduated from Sanger High School in Sanger, and then served in the United States Navy in the V-12 Naval Program, subsequently earning his BBA degree from University of North Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church of White Deer and was a deacon for more than 60 years. He was honored as Deacon Emeritus in 2012. He was elected as Texas Baptist Brotherhood President twice in 1959 and in 1960, and he also served on the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Board since 1996. He served as a Trustee at Wayland Baptist University for 20 years, and he was passionate about funding several endowed scholarships for deserving students, especially those from White Deer. He worked for Dorchester Oil and Gas as an accountant and an “unofficial chemist” from 1948-1968, when he “retired” to full-time farming, which was his true passion.

He was an avid golfer, highlighted by hitting a “hole in one,” shooting his age, and attending the Masters Golf Tournament. He was also known for his love of playing golf with yellow golf balls, his enclosed golf cart (for winter golfing!) and wearing his green jacket, which he teased that he won from Tiger Woods.

Deeply beloved by all who knew him, his kind and gentle spirit made everyone feel cared for and valued. C.C. had a true servant’s heart and put his church, family and loved ones before himself every day. Those who knew him were always touched by his generosity, compassion and unwavering faith in the Lord.

He was preceded in death in 2004 by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley Evans Kelly. They are finally hand-in-hand again and probably enjoying some of Shirley’s heavenly banana bread! He was also preceded by his parents, Agnes Cordelia Autry Kelly and Delma Franklin Kelly; his sister, Aldena Stowe Gregory; his brothers, Quinton Kelly, Foy Kelly and his twin brother, Clifford D. Kelly.

Survivors include his son, Frank Evans Kelly and wife, Carolyn, of Slidell, La.; his daughter, Kimberly Kelly Davison and husband, Steve, of McKinney; his four grandchildren, Scott Kelly and wife, Mandi, of Chalmette, La.; Kyle Kelly and wife, Beth, of Slidell; Jennifer McCrady and husband, Ryan, of Frisco and Jonathan Russell of Sun Prairie, Wis.; his two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Grace Kelly of Slidell and Molly Noelle McCrady of Frisco; his three great-grandsons, Ian Alexander Kelly of Slidell, and Nate and Keagon Higdon of Chalmette, La.; as well as Shirley’s family and many dear nieces, nephews and friends that were as close as family. He is also survived by one brother, Archie Ray Kelly of Rockwall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 337, White Deer, Texas 79097.