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Jim Biggs

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Jim Biggs

Jim Biggs, 1931 – 2013

Jim Biggs, 81, of Panhandle died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Panhandle with Josh Light, pastor and Lucas Biggs, grandson, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle immediately following.

Jim was born June 3, 1931 at the Biggs Family homestead northeast of Panhandle. He was a 1949 graduate of Panhandle High School, where he met the love of his life, Betty. They were married in Las Vegas, N. M. on Aug. 11, 1951 and celebrated 61 years of happiness.

He was a retired farmer and rancher who loved God, his country, family, friends and his little dog, Gizmo.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Raymond; and a son, Loran Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Biggs of the home; a daughter, Kerri Hicks and husband Tony of San Antonio; two sisters, Virginia Pruitt (Merl) of North Richland Hills, and Myra Mathias of Arlington; six grandchildren, Shayne Hicks (Kathy), Vanessa Watkins (James), Mandi O’Dwyer (Ed), Robyn Molina (Javier), Lucas Biggs (Jessica), and Micah Hicks (Tammy). He will be missed terribly by 11 great-grandchildren, Breanne, Darby, Ashlee, Abigail, Blayne, Caitlyn, Javier, Kerrington, Mason, Isaac, Liliana and another baby expected in November; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be Thursday from 9 to 8 p.m. at Minton Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle.

Josephine Ann Skalsky Baker

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Jo Ann Baker

Josephine Ann Skalsky Baker,

Josephine Ann Skalsky Baker, 75, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Amarillo.

Vigil service was at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the church with Rev. Arockia Raj Samala, pastor, and Rev. Mieczyslaw Przepiora, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of White Deer, officiating. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart with Deacon Ron Hein of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church of Dalhart, officiating. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Baker was born Aug. 28, 1937 in Hartley where she attended schools and graduated from Hartley High School. She married Jesse Baker on Jan. 12, 1957 in Dalhart. She moved to Lubbock while her husband attended Texas Tech; she later moved back to the Texas Panhandle where she has lived ever since. JoAnn was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom. She last worked for the Groom News and previously as a bookkeeper for Tarpley Music in Pampa. JoAnn liked to crochet, crafts, loved to read and was a great sports fan.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Story and husband Ed, Jackie Whitehead and husband Phillip, all of White Deer, and Donna Pyle and husband Doug of Amarillo; two sons, Brian Baker of Amarillo and Craig Baker of Groom; two brothers, Benny Skalsky of Lubbock and Mike Skalsky and wife Ingrid of Ecuador; four sisters, Dorothy Lummus and husband Jim of Pampa, Mary Ritchie of Wichita, Kan, Linda Culmer and husband Tom of Devils Lake, N.D., and Irene Ellis of Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Jerimey Howard and wife Suzzette of Pampa, Grady Story and wife Megan of Panhandle, Ryan Connell of Austin, Jeff Story, Jacob Pyle and Taylor Whitehead, all of Amarillo, and Nathan Story of White Deer; and by seven great grandchildren, Gracie, Payton, Sadie, Jonathan, Serena, Caleb, and Phoenix. JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jesse Baker, two sons, Jesse Keith Baker and Walter Douglas Baker; a brother, Tim Skalsky; and a sister, Shirley Haley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Mothers of Immaculate Heart of Mary, 411 Ware Ave., Groom, TX 79039 or School Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, c/o St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Panhandle, TX 79068.

Patricia Ruth McBrayer

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Pat McBrayer

Patricia Ruth McBrayer

Patricia Ruth McBrayer, daughter of George Everett and Elsie Groninger, was born on May 26, 1931, in Haskell, Okla. Pat was reunited with the Lord Jesus, her parents, sister and granddaughter on March 29, 2013.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Eunice, N.M.

Patricia relocated from Colorado to Eunice in 2010 to be near her daughter, Melissa and family. Her childhood years were spent in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. She was a graduate of Pampa High School. Upon graduation she married Bobbie W. McBrayer and lived in White Deer raising her two daughters, Becky and Melissa.

In 1972 she moved to Colorado and began her career in the insurance field. She was very accomplished and employed by Prudential as their first female sales agent in the Denver area. She continued as an insurance broker until her retirement in 1997.

She loved life to the fullest and her family was her most cherished treasure. She was surrounded by many friends, all of whom were attracted by her sweet smile. Her enjoyments in life were her work, gardening, traveling, and birding, going to the Eunice Senior Citizens’ Center on the bus (where she was known as the “Milk Lady”), spending time with friends, family and Doodles, her beloved grand-dog.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Billie Jean Stepken, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Ann Holland-Padilla.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca and husband Ron Goostree of Salida, Colo.; daughter, Melissa and husband Roger Holland; grandson, Christopher Holland, all of Eunice; great grandchildren, Shai Holland, Joshua Padilla and Chaney Holland; sister, Sue Terry of White Deer; special nephews and nieces, and family friends, Carrie and Lexxie Kirkland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Eunice Senior Citizens’ Center, Senior Fund, P.O. Box 147, Eunice, NM 88231 would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Services have been entrusted to Calvary Funeral Home, Eunice, N.M.

James W. “Jim” Ruth

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Jim Ruth

James W. “Jim” Ruth,

James W. “Jim” Ruth, 81, died March 30, 2013 in Skellytown.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Skellytown with Rev. Gary Metz of Calvary Baptist Church of Crowley, officiating.

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

Mr. Ruth was born on Sept. 21, 1931 in Ticonderoga, N.Y .to Henry and Carolyne Ruth. He served as a tail gunner in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He married Mable Fox on April 24, 1965 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He moved to Skellytown in 1967 where he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Co. for fifteen years. He later worked as a well tester for several years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Skellytown as well as a member of the Skellytown Volunteer Fire Department for forty-four years. He enjoyed camping and fishing, and he loved attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be truly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mable Ruth of Pampa; three sons, Richard Williams of Pampa; Randy Ruth and wife Marcy of Skellytown; and Gary Metz and wife Terri of Crowley; a daughter, Margaret Fox of Pampa; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Skellytown Volunteer Fire Department, 204 E. 4th Street, Skellytown, TX 79080.

Eugene “Gene” Bynum

Monday, April 1st, 2013


Eugene “Gene” Bynum,
1933 – 2013

Eugene “Gene” Bynum, 79, died April 5, 2013 in Pampa.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. Alan Wilson, pastor of First Baptist Church of White Deer, officiating, with military honors by U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Bynum was born April 6, 1933 in Pampa, and was reared in Pampa. After attending Pampa High School, he lied about his age to enlist in the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean Conflict. Gene was wounded several times and received the combat infantryman’s badge, the Korean service medal with four bronze stars, and a Purple Heart. He married Amy Louise Rutherford on Sept. 21, 1969. She preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 2007. Gene coached kids in football, basketball and baseball. He served as a volunteer and former president of the Pampa Optimist Club, where he received the Optimist of the Year award. He loved his family, sports and fishing.

Survivors include his son, Mickey Bynum and wife Tina of Euless; three daughters, Elizabeth Thrasher of Nixa, Mo.; Glenna Swanson and husband Robert of Skellytown, and Toi Barrett and husband Jim of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Joe Bynum and wife Nita of Spearman and Paul Bynum and wife Julie of Silsbee; a sister, Beth Westberry and husband Gary of Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Nora Bynum of California and Clo Ann Bynum of Guymon, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many precious nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by a son, Rocky Bynum; his parents, I.R. and Hattie Lee Bynum; and four brothers, Dick, Phillip, Elmer and Ralph Bynum.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

Holly Marie Floyd Ellis

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Holly Ellis

Holly Marie Floyd Ellis
1977 – 2013

Holly Marie Floyd Ellis, 35, of North Richland Hills, Texas, formerly of Amarillo and Dumas, passed away on Wednesday March 20, 2013 in Dallas.

Services were held on Monday March 25, 2013 at Temple Baptist Church with Rev Jay McGaughy officiating. Interment followed at Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Holly was born on Dec. 18, 1977 to Jerry and Goldie Floyd in Dumas. Holly married Chad Ellis in Panhandle on March 11, 2006. Despite her diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, Holly lived life to the fullest.
She attended and was a volunteer camp counselor at “Camp Funshine”, a special summer camp established for children with CF.

Holly enjoyed scrapbooking, blogging, traveling, photography and working in the small business sector. Most of all, she loved talks and visits with family and friends. She took great pleasure in taking care of her “fur babies,” and will be dearly missed by her three precious dogs. She was adored by everyone that crossed her path, and brightened any room or situation with her unforgettable, infectious laugh. She will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives she touched.

Holly was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Floyd, and brother, Charlie Dziuk.

Holly is survived by her husband, Chad of the home; mother, Goldie Dziuk of North Richland Hills; in-laws, Jim and Wanda of Panhandle; a sister, Brandi Egizio of Channahon, Ill.; a brother, Heath Chisholm of Houston; brother-in-law, Shawn Ellis of Lubbock; grandparents, Chock and Lawana Floyd of Dumas; an uncle, John Floyd and wife Jan of Dumas; an aunt, Kay Janow and husband Jim of Dumas; and numerous cousins.

Family suggests memorials be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

Quadene Wright

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Quadene Wright

Quadene Wright
1933 – 2013

Quadene Wright, 79, of Amarillo, formerly of Panhandle, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

Memorial services were held Monday, March 25, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Renae Haiduk officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

On the morning of March 22, 2013 Quadene soared into the arms of Jesus, where she was reunited with her beloved husband.

Quadene was born May 27, 1933, in Swisher County to be the second of three children of Mabel and Leo Billington. She married Charles Wright in 1958, and had two sons and a daughter. Her life was a gift from God and was full of love, tenderness, and compassion towards all who came in contact with her. She was protective of her children and was the queen who ruled their world.

She was a devoted, gentle-hearted and amazing women. All who knew her will remember her joy and light forever.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Charlie, her parents, two sisters and other cherished relatives.

Survivors include her children, Wynn and Nancy Wright, Clay and Margaret Wright, Lisa and Kirk Proctor; a niece, Lori Green; and grandchildren, Kasi, Kelsi, Katherine, Kelley, Avery and Gage.

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Norma Ruth Shackelford

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Norma Shackelford

Norma Ruth Shackelford
1937 – 2013

Norma Ruth Shackelford, 75, of Panhandle went to meet the Lord on Friday, March 22, 2013.She was born to the late Norman and Alice Branum on Oct. 13, 1937.

Norma was a lifelong resident of Panhandle and married C.B. Shackelford on June 3, 1953. She spent her life as a homemaker and there was nothing she enjoyed more than making her family happy. She also enjoyed participating in the Relay for Life Foundation, crafts, reading going on walks, visiting with friends and family and playing with her grandbabies.

Norma is survived by a son Craig Shackelford and wife Denise, two grandkids, Jenson and Ellie of Panhandle and three nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 27 at the Church of Christ.

Nancy Lorene McIlroy

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Nancy Mcllroy

Nancy McIlroy
1939 – 2013

Nancy Lorene McIlroy, 74, of Panhandle, died in her home on Wednesday, March 20.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church in Panhandle with Rev. Buddy Payne officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Nancy was born in Bluebell, Okla. to U.C. and Bernice Wilkerson Reed. She married Dale Lee McIlroy on Dec. 28, 1955 in Wister, Okla. She was an active member of the Builders Sunday School Class and enjoyed being a Red Hatter with her Panhandle friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2009; infant daughter Janet Lynn; a brother Coleman Reed; and a sister Carla Knight.

Nancy is survived by her son Dale Lee McIlroy II, and daughter Carla Collier both of Panhandle; four grandchildren, Kari Sue Hunt, Jeremy Ryan Collier, Brett Adam Collier and Garrett Lee McIlroy; and two great-grandchildren, Presley Jo Collier and Koelle Hunt.

The family request memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Piano Fund, P.O. Box 549, Panhandle, Texas 79036.

James Alfred “Jim” Homer

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

James Alfred “Jim” Homer, 69, of Howardwick died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Memorial graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Groom. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mr. Homer was born June 26, 1943, in Seymour to Alfred and Agnes Homer. He attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom.

Survivors include three sons, B.J. Homer and Tony Homer, both of Groom and Chris Homer of Amarillo; three brothers, Johnny, Joe and Jerry; three sisters, Ruth, Rita and Rosemary; and several grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 411 Ware Ave., Groom, TX 79039; or American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.