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Tom Harkey

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Tom Harkey, 79, of Claude, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in the United Methodist Church in Claude. Pastors Dan Carter and Buddy Payne will lead the celebration of life. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.

Tom was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Crystal City. He earned degrees from Tarleton State College, Texas Tech University and West Texas State University. He was an educator, both as a teacher and an administrator, who touched many lives. He was a life-long active member of the Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Martha Harkey; a brother, H.L. “Sonny” Harkey; two nephews, Wayne Harkey and Hal Harkey.

Survivors include his wife of 54 plus years, Joyce Church Harkey; a son, Gary Don Harkey and wife Betsy of Vernon; a daughter, Joyce Lynn Grange and husband Chad of Amarillo; grandchildren include Mindi Grange Knocke and husband Brian of Jenks, Okla., Matthew Grange of Lubbock and Logan Harkey of Canyon; two great-granddaughters, Adison and Bella Knocke of Jenks. Extended family includes sister-in-law, Annette Harkey of Crystal City; a nephew, Marty Harkey of Crystal City; a niece, Joyce Winn and husband Pete of Uvalde; and other family and friends.

The family will greet guests at the Methodist Family Life Center, 400 Trice St., in Claude immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 136, Claude, TX 79019; Olivia’s Angels Hospice Program, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79105; or a favorite charity.

Rebekah “Becky” JoAnn Hathcock

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Rebekah "Becky" JoAnn Hathcock 1984 - 2014

Rebekah “Becky” JoAnn Hathcock
1984 – 2014

Rebekah “Becky” JoAnn Hathcock went to be with our Heavenly Father on Jan. 4, 2014 in Dallas, as a result of an undetected brain aneurism. Becky was a young 29. At her passing she was surrounded by an army of family and friends and being lifted up in prayer by loved ones around the world.

Becky was born in Amarillo, on May 3, 1984 to her mother, Anne Norman and father, Taylor Norman. She was the fourth daughter and is survived by her parents and sisters Jennye Anderson, Heather Norman and Hayden LaRochelle.

As a baby, Becky had severe colic; she needed to be held constantly, and then she still cried. Her oldest sisters, Jennye and Heather, played a big role in helping her mother keep her happy. Full of personality, she entertained her family with all her baby tricks and got lots of laughs by sticking her tongue out during photo ops.

As a child Becky was very easy going, kind and sweet. She always put her shoes on the wrong feet earning her the lifetime nickname ‘Backwards Becky.’ She never grew tired of putting shoes on her feet and has a closet full of shoes to prove it.

In 1994, Anne, Hayden and Becky moved to Panhandle to live with Becky’s maternal grandparents, Hayden ‘Dandy’ and Leta ‘Murr’ Dowlen. She was reared on Beefalo, Murr’s rolls, farm fresh eggs, spaghetti, DQ, Panther Pizza and strawberry vanilla crème Dr. Peppers. Becky and Hayden spent endless hours riding the tractor and playing in the cemetery with Dandy who was the community grave digger. They built forts out of discarded bricks and oil barrels, dug snow caves in the winter and spent the summers either at the pool or in the cow troughs.

In fourth grade Becky was blessed with a group of girls who would become lifelong friends and sisters in their own rite. They did everything together from dying their hair with Kool-Aid to stealing her sister’s car to make a drug store run. (Unbeknownst to said sister until the writing of this.) They siphoned gas from the lawn mower to take Murr’s car downtown, ate endless amounts of beanie weenies, camped in the dump truck, but most importantly shared memories that would bond them forever.

Becky was in a hurry to grow up. She was determined to make the most of her time on earth. She graduated Panhandle High School a year early in 2001. She got a jump on her studies at Amarillo College then transferred to Texas Tech University where she rooted on the Red Raiders and joined a competitive poker league…she won, a lot.

Becky spent her last summer of school studying in Mexico, tiring of red sauce covered everything, she and her roommate roamed the streets looking for anything to eat besides Mexican food, happening upon Tony Roma’s they quickly ordered one of everything and ate for two hours! Becky graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications in 2005. Becky loved to write and she was a great wordsmith.

While in Lubbock, Becky met the man who would be the love of her life, Chris Hathcock. After graduation Becky moved to Dallas where she and Chris continued to date. She made her best oatmeal cookies for him to seal the deal. When Becky and Chris discovered they were going to have a baby together, no one could have possibly predicted the amazing experience God had in store for them.

On Aug. 17, 2008 Becky and Chris celebrated the birth of their daughter, Ava Claire. After two weeks of being hospitalized and a very intense labor, Ava came into the world screaming at the top of her lungs, and didn’t stop for nine months. Both Becky and Chris spent hours rocking, bouncing, swinging, swaying, strolling and performing the combo-knee-dip-sway-back-pat swoosh shhhhh to comfort their baby girl. That time was exhausting for the little family but in hindsight, God was giving Becky and Chris the gift of time together.

On Oct. 4, 2009, under the beautiful fall colors, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends and in the presence of God, Becky and Chris married, promising to love, honor and cherish one another. They kept their promise all the days of her life.

After moving to Brownwood, Texas, Chris’s hometown, Becky quickly transitioned to her role as homemaker; sewing, crafting, baking, cooking, decorating, online shoe shopping, elaborately themed party and holiday planning and junking for treasures in thrift shops; but Becky was a homebody at heart and loved nothing more than being cuddled on the couch in a pair of PJs with her family and Mekah dog.

Becky went back to work in 2012 for Landmark Life in Brownwood. She was welcomed by the office lizard and a group of coworkers who would become fast friends. Always up for trying new things, Becky ran her first 5k with them in September. True to her organized nature, Becky had already chosen their 2014 Halloween costumes.

Becky was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Taylor and Beverly Norman and her maternal grandparents Hayden and Leta Dowlen.

Becky; daughter, sister, mother, wife, aunt, friend, is survived by nearly all of the people who loved her most in life. Together with her family and friends her husband, Chris Hathcock and daughter, Ava Claire Hathcock, age five, are all faithfully looking forward to the day when we will be reunited with her in Heaven.

A memorial service was held to honor Becky’s memory at Abundant Life Church in Brownwood on Jan. 9.

The family wishes to send everyone our most heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of love you have demonstrated during this difficult time. We ask that you continue to support both Chris and Ava in the days, weeks and years to come as they find their way in their ‘new normal’ life.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Chris Hathcock Benefit account at Citizens National Bank to begin a scholarship fund for Ava. Citizens National Bank, 1 Carnegie, Brownwood, TX 76801. If you need further information please contact the Netherton Funeral Home in Brownwood.

“Pa” James Q. Elder

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

"Pa" James Q. Elder

“Pa” James Q. Elder

“Pa” James Q. Elder, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 11, in Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Hal Smith officiating. Arrangements were by Memorial Park Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Pa loved to stay busy, whether it was with hunting, fishing, gardening or tinkering. Pa loved to spend time with his family. He was a member of North Seminole Church of Christ. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth and a daughter, Carol Lemmons.

Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Reed and husband Benjamin Sr. of Amarillo; a son, Michael Elder and wife Tena of Panhandle; a son-in-law, Douglas Lemmons of Amarillo; a sister, Laverne Porterfield; 16 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren.

John R. Grindel

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

John R. Grindel 1929 - 2014

John R. Grindel
1929 – 2014

John R. Grindel, 84, of Kansas City, Mo. passed away Jan. 10, 2014 at his home.

John was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Kansas City, Kan. John graduated High School in 1947 from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Kansas City, KS Junior College and then Rockhurst University. John served in the USAF from 1950-1954. He served in country during the Korean Conflict as a Cryptographer and also deployed to Japan.

He lived a very active life and was active in his church, a devout Roman Catholic, a member of St. Charles and St. Patrick’s Parishes in Kansas City North. A Fourth Degree Knight with the Fr. Hager Knights of Columbus Council. He was also active in The Boy Scouts serving as a Leader in Troop 180 for many years. He is a Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. On May 5, 1951 he married Boots and in 2012 celebrated their 61st anniversary. John was an accountant, employed many years by Farmland Industries, retiring as the Director of Warehousing. John will be missed by so many people he touched that will remember him for his infectious smile and jovial demeanor. His ability to make everyone feel welcome was his gift.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John E. Grindel and Anna (Duffels) Grindel; his wife, Edelmira (Boots) Grindel; and his brother, Bernard Grindel.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Sherree) Grindel, Anthony Grindel, Peter (Margo) Grindel, Anita Barrett, John (Diana) Grindel and Rebecca (Mac) Tully; his brothers, Robert and Eugene (Josphine) Grindel. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shanna (Eduardo) Siller, Shelby (Brett) Ferguson, Cody (Jolita) Pritchett-Grindel, Lisa (Jeremy) McCoid, Kiefer Grindel, Laura (Isaac) Eyth, Lindsay Grindel, Leslie Grindel, and Lacy Barrett. John also has five great grandchildren, JR and Gavien McCoid, Natalie, Christopher, Sebastian, and Madeleine Siller and Kennedy Eyth and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 1357 NE 42nd Terr., Kansas City, Mo. 64116 with burial to follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St Patrick’s Catholic Church or Wounded Warriors Project.

Flora Glenn Hammers

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Flora Glenn Hammers 1924 - 2013

Flora Glenn Hammers
1924 – 2013

Flora Glenn Hammers, 89, of Groom died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Graveside services were held Jan. 13, 2014 in Panhandle Cemetery with Darrell Burton, pastor of Martin Baptist Church of Clarendon, officiating. Arrangements were by Holley Funeral Home Inc. of Canyon.

Flora was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Groom, to J.V. and Pearl Robinson. She married Bill Hammers in 1946. After 59 years together, Bill preceded her in death in 2005.

Flora was an accomplished decorative painter and teacher. She was known as Cookie Grandma by her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Survivors include a son, Billy Hammers of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Sarah Belflower and husband Gene of Valle De Oro; two great-grandchildren, Billy and Carla Belflower; a brother, Frank Robinson and wife Bethel of Panhandle and a sister-in-law, Katherine Robinson of Hereford.

Gerald Dean Heare

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Gerald Dean Heare 1939 - 2014

Gerald Dean Heare
1939 – 2014

Gerald Dean Heare, 74, of Panhandle died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 in First United Methodist Church in Panhandle, with Buddy Payne officiating. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers of Panhandle.

Mr. Heare was born in Pampa on Feb. 2, 1939. He was the seventh of seven children. After a short stint in the National Guard, he worked for Vibra-Whirl up until his retirement. Gerald married Joan Elaine Walker on May 13, 1967. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Panhandle.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Joan; his father; his mother; three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include his brother, Frank Heare of Miami; two daughters, Linda Burleson and husband Jeff of Bossier City, La., and Lynitta Heare of Panhandle and two grandchildren, Zach Burleson and Adam Burleson.

The family suggests memorials be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284; or to First United Methodist Church, 600 Main St. Panhandle, TX 79068.

Kenneth Duane Cockrell

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Kenneth Duane Cockrell 1952-2013

Kenneth Duane Cockrell

Kenneth Duane Cockrell, 61, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at the funeral home in Panhandle.

Kenneth was born Dec. 13, 1952 in Moorhead, Minn. to Wilbur and Irma Cockrell. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and he had a strong work ethic.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis, William and Jerry; and sisters, Delores and Sandra.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of the home; sons, Kurt Cockrell and his wife, Melissa of Canyon, Delt Cockrell and his wife, Michelle of Amarillo; grandchildren, Carson, Connor, Chloe, Parker and Reighan; brothers, Bud, Everett, David and Larry; sisters, Arlis and Delores; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family.

Jon-E Tyson Petty

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Jon-E Tyson Petty 1942 - 2013

Jon-E Tyson Petty
1942 – 2013

Jon-E Tyson Petty, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

No services are scheduled. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Jon-E was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Seminole, Okla., to William and Doris Petty. He moved to Roswell, N.M., where he graduated from Roswell High School in 1960. He eventually moved to Lubbock, where he worked as an electrician for AT&T until his retirement after 30 years of employment.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Tyson Petty; his mother, Doris Marie McFerrin; a sister, Donna Wilson; and a grandson, Michael Castleberry Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Suzanna Perryman of Amarillo and Rhonda Lovelady of North Dakota; four grandchildren, Justin and Tyler Perryman of White Deer; Chelsea Castleberry of Quanah and Dylan Camp of North Dakota; a great-grandson, Tyson Castleberry of North Dakota; and five siblings, Mike Petty; Laura Turcotte; Shelly Trammell and Mark and Pat Petty, all of Oklahoma.

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

Laura Brown

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Laura Brown 1917 - 2013

Laura Brown
1917 – 2013

Laura Brown, 96 went to be with her Lord on Jan. 5, 2014 in Amarillo.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Panhandle with Jim Howard, a brother-in-law officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Laura was born Feb. 25, 1917 in Panhandle to Henry and Iva Pullen. She went to college and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. She taught at Bulla, Texas where she met Porter Brown. They married in March 1938 in Panhandle where they made their home. She taught in the Panhandle Schools.

Survivors are her son, Billy Bob and wife Linda Brown of Panhandle; sisters, Sammie Howard of Amarillo and Juanita Albright of Amarillo; grandchildren, Kevin Brown, Robin Brown and Brandy Thurman; 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital or Favorite Charity.

Bettye S. Hord

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Bettye S. Hord 1930 -2013

Bettye S. Hord
1930 -2013

Bettye S. Hord, 83 of Vernon, Texas died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Vernon, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Ron Fox. Interment will be held at Truscott Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Bettye was born Thursday, Sept. 11, 1930 in Haskell County, Texas; she was the daughter of the late J.D. Smith and the late Ina Dean Welch Smith. She married Marion Hord on Dec. 6, 1947 in Truscott, Texas. She was a licensed beautician working for many years in Pampa. After completing Floral Designing School in Amarillo she was a florist for many years in Panhandle and in Knox City, Texas for many years. In 1991 she moved to Vernon and was a florist working several years for United Supermarket Flower Shop. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, J.D. & Wilsie Smith and Dean Welch.

Survivors include her husback, Mario Hord of the home; two daughters, Sandra Railsback of Knox City and Janet Compton of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers, Otis Paul Smith of Vernon and Jim Tom Smith of Panhandle; one sister, Mary Dean Phillips of Marble Falls, Texas; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013 at 6 to 7 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Wilbarger County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com