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Brian Cooper

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Brian Cooper, 1966-2013

Brian Cooper,

Brian Cooper, 46, of Amarillo died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Memorial services were held Monday, May 13, in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Charlie Cox officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Brian was born June 15, 1966, in Amarillo to Beverly and Karl Cooper Jr. He was a truck driver by trade and a dedicated bull hauler. Brian also was known to be somewhat of a prankster, playing jokes on anyone at any time. He will be missed by one and all, especially his mother, Beverly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Karl W. Cooper Jr.; and his grandparents, Karl W. Cooper Sr., Lee Cooper Dodson and Clint Needham.

Survivors include his children, Chance, Logan and Chasie Cooper, all of Amarillo; his grandchildren, Brighton and Rowan Cooper, both of Amarillo, and Blayklee Cooper of Panhandle; his mother, Beverly Cooper of Amarillo; his siblings, Barry Cooper and wife Desiree, Chris Cooper and wife Rhonda and Lanie Caldwell and husband Chris, all of Amarillo, and Shawn Cooper and wife Kim of Lawton, Okla.; his grandmother, Claudine Wilson of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

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

Elten Harley Vance

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Elten Harley Vance, 1913-2013

Elten Harley Vance,

Elten Harley Vance, 99, of Panhandle died Friday May 10, 2013, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Panhandle First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Payne, pastor, and Dr. Jerry Lane, of White Deer, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Elten was born June 23, 1913, in Panhandle to Ellis and Rachel Crum Vance. He graduated from Panhandle High School in 1932. He married Lois Colgrove on Aug. 31, 1935. He served on the Cemetery Board, Square House Museum Board, Panhandle School Board and was a former Carson County Commissioner. He received the Golden Nail Award and loved to square dance belonging to many clubs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, in 2000, and a brother, Roscoe Vance.

Survivors include his son, Don and wife Paula of Panhandle; two daughters, Carolyn Hedrick of Panhandle and Joyce Cockrell and husband Glenn of Fritch; a sister, Avanel Holley of Dallas; seven grandchildren, Dale, Elaine and Gary Cockrell, Mike Vance, Sharla Valdez and Harley and Jay Hedrick; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund; Helping Hands, P.O. Box 549 Panhandle, TX 79068; Carson County Square House Museum P.O. Box 276 Panhandle, TX 79068; or a favorite charity.

Richard Franklin “Bud” Hefley

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Richard Franklin "Bud" Hefley, 1933-2013

Richard Franklin “Bud” Hefley, 1933-2013

TEXLINE — Richard Franklin “Bud” Hefley, 80, of Texline died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dalhart.

Services were held Friday, May 3, in Texline United Methodist Church in Texline. Burial was in Texline Cemetery in Texline with arrangements by Horizon Funeral Home of Dalhart.

Richard Franklin Hefley was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Clayton, N.M., to Robert and Maggie Abney Hefley. Bud graduated from Clayton High School in 1951 and served in the Army before returning to the Texline area in the mid 1950s. He married Kathryn “Kay” Glenn on June 7, 1959, in Texline. He ranched his entire life and was a member of Texline United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Bobbye Wood.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Hefley of Texline; two daughters, Gay and husband Gerald Wilhelm of Dalhart and Joy and husband Alan Ritchie of Lubbock; a son, Robert and wife Lewetta Hefley of Texline; 11 grandchildren, Brent and Lynnsey Wilhelm of Grapevine, Lori and Judd Steger of Pilot Point, Jayme and Shawn Blanton of Denton, Glenn Hefley and fiancée Kimberly Melton and Morgan Hefley, all of Texline, and Jordan Ritchie and fiancé Jerrod Ellison, Marie Hefley, and Garrison Ritchie, all of Lubbock; two great-grandchildren, Knox Steger and Nolan Blanton; a sister, Sue Persons of Amarillo; three brothers-in-law, Don Wood of Tucson, Ariz., George Glenn of Roggen, Colo., and John Glenn and wife Jo of Fort Morgan, Colo.; and a sister-in-law, Sally Glenn of Aspen, Colo.

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

Merl Wayde Pruitt

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Merl Wayde Pruitt, 1923-2013

Merl Wayde Pruitt,

Merl Wayde Pruitt, 90, died May 3, 2013 in North Richland Hills. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Trinity Chapel at North Richland Hills.

Mr. Pruitt was born Jan. 23, 1923 to Gaines and Alta Pruitt at Conway. He graduated in 1941 from Panhandle High School and attended West Texas State College until joining the U.S. Navy in 1943.

He married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Biggs on July 19, 1943. After leaving the Navy, he went to work for Plains Machinery Company, a heavy equipment company in Amarillo. He retired from Plains after 35 years, having lived in Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi, Houston and Odessa. The couple moved from Odessa to North Richland Hills in 2010.

Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Mary Anne Sawey and husband Richard of Southlake; a grandson, Richard Bara; two greatgrandchildren; and his beloved sister, Mozelle Urbanczyk of Panhandle.

The family requests memorials be made to Sherwood Christian Academy, Box 13448, Odessa, TX 79768, or to a favorite charity.

Danny Cochran

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Danny Cochran 1959-2013

Danny Cochran

Danny Cochran, 54, died May 2, 2013 in Pampa.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Paul Nachtigall, chaplain with Interim Hospice, and Rev. Norman Rushing, pastor of Central Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Mr. Cochran was born March 5, 1959 in Tulia. He had been a lifelong resident of Pampa, graduating from Pampa High School in 1977. He was a welder in the oil and gas industry. Danny was a member of Central Baptist Church. He was a proud grandfather and was affectionately called “PaDan”.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Pam Spangler with Accolade Home Care and Debbie Douglas with Interim Hospice for their loving care of Danny.

Survivors include his son, Aaron Cochran and wife Amber of Pampa; his grandson, Avery Cochran of Pampa; five brothers, Dexter Cochran and wife Betty of White Deer; Mar Cochran and wife Betty; Ted Cochran and wife Lea Ann; Ed Cochran and wife Patty and Kirby Cochran and wife Rita, all of Pampa; and three sisters, Carolyn Nelson and husband Van of Nacogdoches; LaGwenda Walker and husband Gary and Lesa Greer and husband Jene, all of Pampa. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Opal Cochran in 2008.

Memorials may be made the Bailey Brame Scholarship Fund, c/o Bruce and Debbie Brame, P.O. Box 263, Skellytown, Texas 79080.

Nova Lee Mooring

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Mooring obit

Nova Lee Mooring,
1927 – 2013

CLARENDON —Nova Lee Mooring, 85, of Clarendon died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 30, in First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with the Rev. Lloyd Stice officiating. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Nova Lee Mooring, a lifelong resident of Donley County, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at age 85. She was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Ashtola to Carl and Nova Ann Barker. Nova attended schools in Ashtola, Lelia Lake and Clarendon. She attended a year of college at Clarendon Junior College. She married Bill Mooring on Jan. 10, 1947. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Clarendon.

She was an avid bridge player and played with several groups in Clarendon. She was an excellent cook known for her wonderful pies and cakes. She generously baked them for special events and for friends. At Mrs. Mooring’s request, her body was donated to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Viola Graham, Vera Noble, Mamie Clark and Mildred Tomlinson; and a brother, Earl Barker.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Mooring; two sons, Don Mooring of Canyon and David Mooring of New Braunfels (formerly of Panhandle); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Barker of Amarillo; and a sister, Mary Lou Murph of Snyder.

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Stephens obit

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens, 1948-2013

Donald C. “Donnie” Stephens, 65, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 1, in Harvest Christian Church with arrangements by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Donald was born March 27, 1948, in Panhandle to Jack and Jessie Stephens. He graduated from Panhandle High School before moving to Amarillo, where he worked as a mechanic until his illness.

Donald enjoyed drag racing and worked as the water boy at Amarillo Dragway for many years.

He was a member of Harvest Christian Church for more than three years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Linda West.

Survivors include two nephews, Michael David Stephens of Nevada and Robert James Stephens of Amarillo; a niece, Virginia Diane Carthel of Amarillo; and many close friends.

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Gustafson obit

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson

Alfred “Eric” Gustafson, 76, died April 20, 2013 in Hugoton, Kan.

Services were held Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the First Church of God in Hugoton with Pastor Gary Ausbun and Pastor Richard Martin officiating. Burial was in Hugoton Cemetery.

Eric was born Sept. 6, 1936 on his family farm on the Redline near Palco, Kan. to John and Ethel Gustafson. He married Freda Ann Ausbun on April 22, 1957 and together they raised five children. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Fort Hays State University in 1964. Eric taught junior high in Bogue, Kan., for several years before becoming a principal at Bogue High School after earning his master’s from Fort Hays. He spoke often and with great pride and fondness of his students and this time in education.

In 1976, Eric and Freda returned to Moscow-Hugoton area where he embarked on a series of various jobs: farming, truck driving and many years as a service manager at Trentham Ford. He also served on the school board for Moscow school district.

After his retirement, Eric continued to stay busy and most recently enjoyed working as a truck driver for Kramer Farms.

A man of tremendous faith, Eric enjoyed a life-long commitment to the Lord and his church. He was very active in his church and held a multitude of leadership positions and filled a number of diverse roles including succeeding his father as treasurer at the Redline Church of God. After returning to Southwest Kansas, he continued to be an active member and leader of Hugoton First Church of God.

In 2008, Eric was diagnosed with colon cancer and began his battle with the disease. Sustained by his faith, his fight was an inspiration to family, friends and any who met him. Eric continued his struggle with strength, courage, determination, and unwavering faith. He passed away surrounded by the family he was so proud of and cherished so much.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and grandson, Jacob Valek, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Freda; their five children, Debra and husband Phil Wilson of Washington, Kan., David and wife Toya Gustafson of Hugoton, Resi and husband Bill Valek of Wayne, Kan., Steven and wife Brandy Gustafson of Panhandle, and Lisa and husband Matt Whitham of Moscow.; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister Margaret Ninemire of La Junta, Colo.

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.