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Thomas Dwaine Ake

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Thomas Dwaine Ake, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Services were held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery with the Air Force honor guard from Little Rock presenting honors.

Tom was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Canton, Ohio to Marion and Marion Ake. He married the love of his life, Norma Jean Rothgeb on Aug. 17, 1962, in Canton.

He served in the USAF for 25 years, retiring as Senior Master Sergeant. He served in the Vietnam War; after which he went to work for Lockheed in Lancaster, Calif.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim and sister, Vivian Ake.

Tom is survived by his wife, Norma of the home; two daughters, Sheryl Starks and husband Garry of White Deer and Sandra Ake and husband Jessie of Inglewood, Calif and a son, Michael Ake of Amarillo; two brothers, Paul and Bernard Ake, both of Arizona; granddaughters, Stephanie Hoch of Austin; Alex Ruvalcaba and Ruby Ake both of Inglewood; grandsons, William Hoch of Pampa and Oliver of Inglewood and many nieces and nephews.

Michael Wayne “Mickey” Easley

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Michael Wayne “Mickey” Easley, 70, died Feb. 2, 2014 in Miami.

Services will be held today, Feb. 6, at First Baptist Church in Miami, with Rev. Lewis Holland, officiating.

Burial will follow in Miami Cemetery with military honors, courtesy of the U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas, under the direction of Charmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Easley was born Sept. 28, 1943 in Hooks, Texas. He had been a resident of Miami since he was fourteen years old where he lived with Felton and Lazelle South. He was a 1964 graduate of Miami High School. Mickey attended Cisco Junior College form 1964-1966 where he played football. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1966-1968 where he worked in the motor pool as a truck driver. From 1968 until 1972, he attended Sul Ross University where he played football. He worked for Phillips Petroleum for 24 years and Roberts County for seven years, retiring in 2003. Mickey married Sharon Ledbetter on June 21, 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Miami and was a volunteer fire fighter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and liked to fish, camp and hunt. Mickey was always willing to help others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Billy Easley, Lloyd Easley and David Easley; and three sisters, Mary Jane Schelhamer, Joyce Jane Easley and Peggy Jane Easley.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Easley, of the home; a daughter, Jamie Almanza and husband Alfonso of Pampa; a son, Sean Arganbright and wife Kristin of Panhandle; three brothers, Hal Easley of Moore, Okla., Lyndale Easley and wife Mary Jean of Arlington, Dan Easley and wife Rhogene of Amarillo; three sisters, Dorothy Nottingham of Plano, Oleta Faye Easley of Columbus, Ohio and Brenda Sue Phelemon of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, Chance Almanza and wife Amanda, Seth Almanza and wife Casandra, Makenzy Arganbright and Ethan Arganbright; and a great-grandchild, Kennedy Almanza.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 114 E. Wichita Street, Miami, Texas 79059 or Miami Volunteer EMS and Fire Department, 214 N. Main, Miami, Texas 79059.

Thomas F. Cline, Sr.

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Thomas F. Cline, Sr. 1919 - 1914

Thomas F. Cline, Sr.
1919 – 1914

Thomas F. Cline Sr., 94, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

Services were held Feb. 4 in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Thomas Robert Cline officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Thomas was born May 31, 1919, in Hawleyton, N.Y., to Thomas J. and Nellie Parsons Cline. He married Elizabeth Doetsch on Jan. 14, 1937, in Binghamton, N.Y. Together, they celebrated more than 70 years of marriage before she preceded him in death. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he received the Purple Heart Medal, among other commendations. He was a big fan of Lawrence Welk, puzzle books and westerns. He also loved tractors, cars and dominoes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Thomas F. Cline Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Caitlin Bullock.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Thomas Robert Cline and wife Linda Cooper of Binghamton, N.Y., and Bonnie Wesel and husband Joseph, and Deanna Bullock and husband Dennis Howard, all of Amarillo; five great-grandchildren, Dacia Anderson and husband Chris Miller of Amarillo, Beth Dumaoal and husband Shawn of Panhandle, Thomas Harold Lambert of Amarillo, Amanda Cline of Albany, N.Y., and Brian Bullock of Amarillo; six great-grandchildren, Candice and Thomas Scott Lambert, Everett Anderson, Hazel Miller, Annika and Carson Dumaoal; a brother-in-law, Herman Doetsch and wife Verda of North Carolina; and his special companion, Daisy.

The family suggests memorials be to the ASPCA.

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

Harold Dennis

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Harold Dennis 1925 - 2014

Harold Dennis
1925 – 2014

Memorial service for Harold Dennis, 88, Apache, Okla., will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Apache with Pastor Don Barnes, First Assembly of Lawton, Okla., officiating. Following the memorial service inurnment with full military honors will be held at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla. at 11 p.m. under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.

Mr. Dennis passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home in Apache with his wife and daughter by his side.

Harold was born on April 14, 1925 in Plainview, Texas to Catherine McDonough Dennis and George Dennis. He grew up in Panhandle where he met the woman he would be married to for 70 years, Peggy Lou McNeil. Harold and Peggy were married in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 16, 1944.

At the age of 18, Harold joined the Air Corp, completing courses in Bombardier Training, Flexible Gunnery, Pilot Training, Helicopter Pilot and Air Tactical. He served as bombardier on the Dam Yankee, B-24, during WWII, later to become a pilot in the Air Force. In May of 1957, he went into the Army proudly serving 28 years. He served our country in WWII, Korean and Viet Nam Wars. Upon retiring he went on to complete his master’s degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma. He taught middle school and high school in Apache and also served five years as the Junior High Principal. He retired after 16 years of serving the community and kids of Apache, something he loved.

Harold is survived by his wife, Peggy Lou Dennis of the home; two sons, Kyle Dennis of Arlington, Texas, Larry Dennis of Austin; a daughter, Cathy Dennis Schultz, Lawton; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Dennis and George Dennis, Jr.; and a sister Mable Ketchum.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.crewsfh.com.

Deborah Gail Brame

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Deborah Gail Brame 1963 - 2014

Deborah Gail Brame
1963 – 2014

Deborah Gail Brame, 50, passed away on Feb. 3, 2014 in Skellytown after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Pampa, with Rev. Hiram Reyes, Rev. Rob Lackey, Rev. Carter Pirtle and Rev. Dale Berry, officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa, under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa. Everyone is being encouraged to wear purple.

Debbie was born Dec. 3, 1963 in Pampa. She attended first through the eleventh grade in Texline, and graduated from White Deer High School in 1982. She married the love of her life, Bruce Brame, on June 26, 1982 at First Baptist Church in Skellytown where she had been a resident ever since.

Debbie worked for White Deer ISD for 28 years. She was the Skellytown Elementary School secretary for twenty years and the Administration Assistant to the Business Manager for eight, retiring in 2010.

Debbie loved her church family at First Baptist Church in Skellytown, where she had been very involved and a member since 1982. She especially enjoyed working with the youth. She served as the church youth leader, worked with Acteens, Girls in Action and Vacation Bible School through the years and led Girls in Fellowship Together, women’s ministry. Debbie was blessed with a beautiful voice and enjoyed sharing her gift with others. In 1999 she co-founded the Sugar Plum Program to provide Christmas gifts for kids in Skellytown.

Debbie had been involved with the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life of Carson County for the past fourteen years. In 2008, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. In 2011, she was named a “Hero of Hope” and had traveled all over the state, sharing her journey and inspiring others to join in the fight against cancer. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bailey Brame.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce Brame of the home; a daughter, Kori Throckmorton and husband Josh of Pampa; a son, Jacob Brame and wife Brandi of Canyon; her parents, Dexter and Betty Cochran of White Deer; her mother-in-law, Marlene Brame of Skellytown; a brother, Rick Cochran of White Deer; two sisters, Melinda Cochran of Borger and Terrie Cochran of Skellytown; and her sister-in-law, Pam Berry and husband Dale of Nocona. She was the proud and loving “Lolli” to Sawyer and Rowan Throckmorton and Hunter Brame, and excitedly expecting another grandchild due this June. Other survivors are six nieces, one nephew, seven great nieces, one great nephew, and countless cousins, family members and friends.

Debbie will be remembered for her faith in Jesus Christ, her devotion to her family, her genuine love of others, her kindness and generosity, her sense of humor, her beautiful voice, her love for the color purple, her craftiness, and for her personal motto, “the anchor holds,” from Hebrews 6:19.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home in Pampa.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Skellytown Panfork Scholarship Fund, or the American Cancer Society Carson County Relay for Life.

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

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham 1926 - 2013

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham
1926 – 2013

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Private family services are planned. Arrangements are by Memorial Park Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham slipped peacefully into Jesus’ arms to meet her loved ones in heaven. Helen was born Dec. 29, 1926, in Tolbert to James Maurice Boyd and Elizabeth Ann Tomlin Boyd. She was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Panhandle High School in 1945 and Barnes Business School.

Helen worked at Amarillo Air Base before it closed and at Westinghouse as a bookkeeper. She married Billy Jack Wigham on Aug. 31, 1947, in Amarillo. During their marriage of 46 years, they raised three children. She loved being a mother and a housewife. When all the children were in school, Helen continued her career as a bookkeeper. In Amarillo, she worked for Honeywell and after the family moved to Center, Colo., she worked at Center High School and helped Bill on the farm.

In 1972, they moved from the farm. Bill worked for many different companies, and Helen kept their home and made lots of new friends. These companies sent Bill and Helen to Albuquerque, N.M.; Houston; Midland; Mich.; Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, and Afsin, Turkey. While they enjoyed the friends they made and the sites the saw, Bill and Helen longed to come home to Texas to be near the children and grandchildren.

When they returned to Amarillo, Bill continued working and Helen enjoyed staying home. After Bill passed away in December 1992, Helen lived with their oldest daughter. Helen loved to cook and have company visit. She was the family’s spiritual leader and a true “southern belle.” She was the one who taught others the benefits of “please and thank you.” She was kind, fun and always had a smile for everyone. She was a true friend. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; a brother, Claude Boyd; five sisters, Mavoirnee Cone, Preblee Bowsher, Margaret Wadsworth, Dorothea Bowsher and Pauline Tankersley and their spouses; a nephew, Richard Kenneth Cone Jr.; a niece, Norma Jo Boyd; her in-laws, Jack H. and Lila Terry Wigham, Col. (Ret.) Edgar D. and Juana Jo Bigelow and Biddy Wigham.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Conklin of Amarillo, Chad Wigham of Center, Colo., and Shelley Wigham of New Braunfels; her grandchildren, Shane McElroy and wife Shannon of New Braunfels, Joshua Conklin and wife Cora of Dallas and Jeremy McElroy of San Antonio; her great-grandchildren, Shayna, Megan, Cory, Kylie, Vyktor and Devyn; and her nephews and nieces, Don Boyd, Danette Baty, Nancy Bowsher, Roger Wadsworth, Beth Mix, Paula Skyvara, Deborah Beavers, Sarah Bergman, Linda Bowsher, Jimmy Bowsher, Jimmy Karl Bigelow, David Hugh Bigelow and Teresa Jane Telles.
Helen graduated from Panhandle High School in 1945. The family wishes to thank her loyal childhood friends Ruthe Wade Priddy, Jody Kelly Powell, Joyce Wiley Slagle and Jimmy Joe Weatherly, all Panhandle High School Graduates, and her kind and loving caregivers at Craig Windflower Memory Care Unit and Hospice Care of the Southwest.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

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

Larry Richard “Rich” Smith

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Larry Richard “Rich” Smith, 47, died Jan. 18, 2014 in Newton County, Texas.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Lefors, with Rev. Mike Watson, pastor of Hobart Baptist Church of Pampa, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 14, 1966 in Borger. He attended Miami High School and graduated from Lefors High School in 1985. Rich attended Frank Phillips College in Borger and graduated from Amarillo College TSTI in 1994. He was employed as an analytical technician for HORIBA in Houston at the time of his death. Rich was a team roper in his younger days and was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. He approached all hobbies and interests with wit, dedication and perseverance. No matter what he did, he did it with 100% passion and competence. He found humor in almost every situation. He will be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Austin Smith and a brother, Jeffrey Smith.

Survivors include his children, Savanah Kingcade and husband Eric of Tulsa, Okla.; Haley Smith of Canyon; Graysen Smith and Braden Clay, both of White Deer; his father, Larry Smith of Fritch; two brothers, Glen Smith and wife Anita of Lefors and Dennis Smith of Centennial, Colo.; one sister, Desiree Hamil and husband Marc of Amarillo; his grandfather, Tommy Vehon of Amarillo; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Michelle and Kevin Burrows; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many long-time friends who are loved like family.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 315 E. 4th Street, Lefors, Texas 79054.

Joanne Paschal Corley

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Joanne Paschal Corley 1955 -2014

Joanne Paschal Corley
1955 -2014

Joanne Paschal Corley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 31, 2013.

Memorial services were held on Jan. 4 in Edmond, Okla., Jan. 8 in Groom and Jan. 11 in Abilene.

Joanne was born Sept. 4, 1955 in San Antonio. Her family moved to Ballinger in 1957 then to Abilene in 1962, where she lived until her graduation from Abilene High School in 1974.

Joanne met Johnny Corley and they were married on May 3, 1986. She lived in several places in Texas. She ran her own café for over 20 years. Joanne truly enjoyed taking care of the ones she loved.

Joanne was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Paschal and her parents, Dennis and Marjorie Paschal.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Corley of Edmond, Okla. Her sons, Eric Corley and his wife Jennifer; Bryon Corley and his wife Bethaney; and daughter Kayla Barkley and her husband Richard. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Helton Srader; Trayson Corley and Lillian Barkley; by her sisters, Janice Stevens and Deborah Stevens both of Hawley and Kielly Engel and her husband Phil, and by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was loved by all and will be deeply missed by each and every one of them.

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.