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Doratt Baker

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Doratt Baker 1942-2013

Doratt Baker

Doratt Baker, 71, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

Ms. Baker will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Doratt was born Aug. 15, 1942 in Moorhead, Iowa to George and Hilda Vandivort. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Panhandle. A loving mother and grandmother, she was most proud to be a great grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Baker; brothers, Frank and John Vandivort; and sister, Thelma Dunkenson.

Survivors include her daughters, Myra Baker and her significant other, Don Weber of Lemars, Iowa, Paula Duckett and her significant other, Jimmy Castilleja of Panhandle; brother, George Vandivort and his wife, Carol of Mapleton, Iowa; sister, Roberta Baker and her husband, Don of Omaha, Ark.; two grandchildren, Emily and Kelly Duckett; one great-grandson, Isaiah Haines; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of extended family.

Joe Gilbert Martinez

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Joe Gilbert Martinez 1924-2013

Joe Gilbert Martinez

Joe Gilbert Martinez, 89, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, in Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with Jim Fox, chaplain of Hospice Care of the Southwest, officiating. Burial was in Llano Cemetery East Field of Valor. Military Honors were by DAV Chapter No. 26. Arrangements were by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Mr. Martinez was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Cuervo, N.M. He served in the Army during World War II. He moved to Amarillo in 1951 from New Mexico. Mr. Martinez was a loving father and husband. He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mr. Martinez worked at Baptist St. Anthony’s Healthcare System in the maintenance department for many years.

He married the love of his life, Sadie Sena, on Sept. 1, 1943. She preceded him in death on July 17, 2013.

Mr. Martinez was always smiling and had a kind spirit that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.

Survivors include a son, Robert Martinez and wife Louisa of Panhandle; two daughters, Linda Reichert and husband Ken of Rowlett and Mary Herron and husband Roy of San Antonio; two sisters, Dorothy Baca and Clorinda Aragon, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, Jake Martinez of Tucumcari, N.M., and Tony Martinez of Clovis, N.M.; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Georgia Manor Nursing Home Activities Fund, 2611 S.W. 46th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79110.
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Roger A. Lucas

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Roger A. Lucas 1949-2013

Roger A. Lucas

Roger A. Lucas, 64, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, in Oasis Southwest Baptist Church with Pastor Bradley Speer officiating. Burial was in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cox Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Roger was born Jan. 11, 1949, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Robert and Janet Lucas. He moved to Amarillo with his family at age 6, where he graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1967. Roger married his love, Doris Jean Pittman, on Feb. 28, 1969, in Amarillo.

He began his career at the Amarillo Police Department in 1972, where he served as field patrol officer and taught at the academy. He also spent many years on the motor squad, ending his employment in 1991.

Roger enlisted in the Navy in 1987, serving as a master at arms until his honorable discharge in 1995. He worked for Pantex as a guard beginning in 1991, retiring in 2010. Roger was a hardworking man who demonstrated a great work ethic and love for his wife. Even after his retirement, he and Jeannie owned their own business, doing landscaping and maintenance for Housing and Urban Development. They enjoyed many RV trips and traveled across the country to places such as Canada and Maine. He had been a member of Oasis Southwest Baptist Church for the last four years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Lucas of Panhandle; a son, John Lucas and wife Billie of Oshkosh, Wis.; a daughter, Wendy Harrison and husband Brad of Amarillo; two brothers, Bruce Lucas and wife Barbara of Clarendon and Bob Lucas and wife Maurene of Washington; eight grandchildren, Michael Vazquez, Jenna Lucas, Todd Bittick, Rebecca Lucas, Tristan Bittick, Lexi Harrison, Levi Harrison and Emily Harrison; and two great-grandchildren, Kolton and Fiona Vazquez.

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Aubrey Earl “Cowboy” Allen

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Aubery Earl "Cowboy" Allen

Aubery Earl “Cowboy” Allen

Aubery Earl “Cowboy” Allen, 77, resident of Ella West Road in Lynnville, Tenn. died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at Oakes & Nichols with Jorday Jones officiating and eulogy by Steve Fry. Burial followed at the family farm at 2259 Ella West Road in Lynnville with Pastor Rick Bilyeu officiating. Condolences may be offered online at www.oakesnadnichols.com.

Mr. Allen was a native of Turkey, Texas and was the son of the late John Nugent Allen and Della Faye Wilcoxson Allen. He graduated from Panhandle High School in 1955 and while living in Texas he was a cowboy and ranch hand in Panhandle. After moving to Tennessee in 1972 he became a truck driver, cattle trader and farmer. He was a member of Richland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, who he married on June 2, 1958, Billye Dean Reading Allen of Lynnville; daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Darryl Brown of Fayetteville; son, Billy “Skeeter” Allen of Culleoka and son and daughter-in-law, John Nugent and Jordan Allen of Petersburg; ten grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Granville Allen and sister, Bonnie Faye Chambless.

Marilyn Hamilton Lewis

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Marilyn Hamilton Lewis 1942-2013

Marilyn Hamilton Lewis

Marilyn Hamilton Lewis, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 in Amarillo.

Services were at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Glen Walton, minister of Bell Avenue Church of Christ in Amarillo and Keith Feerer, minister of Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ in Pampa, officiating. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
She was born April 23, 1935 in her grandparents’ home in Young County Texas to Bowie B. and Gladys Hamilton.

Her family moved to Skellytown in 1942. She attended school in Skellytown and White Deer, moving to Pampa in 1950 and graduated from Pampa High School in 1953. After graduation she was employed by Gordon, Gordon and Buzzard for eight years, Dunigan Operating 17 years, and Sivalls, Inc. for five years. She retired from WBD Oil and Gas in 2001.

She attended Clarendon College taking many classes in the business field.

On Jan. 6, 1953, she met the love of her life, James Howard Lewis, who had just returned from the Korean Conflict. They were married June 12, 1953 and spent many happy years raising their family in Pampa until his death on Sept. 21, 2010. Their home was always open to all their children’s friends who spent many hours in their home. While their family was growing up they spent a lot of time taking their children and their friends camping, water skiing, off trail motorcycling, fishing, and snow skiing.

After retirement, she became active in working local, state and national elections. She was employed by the Gray County election administrator’s office for several years.
Her family was very important to her. She loved watching her grandchildren play sports and followed each of them in whatever sport they were playing especially volleyball, basketball, golf, rodeo and football. She traveled to the east coast and west coast watching her granddaughters play basketball and golf and participate in choir concerts.

She was a past president of Pampa Desk and Derrick Club and member of the board of directors of Lake McClellan improvement and active in several clubs. She was a member of Mary Ellen & Harvester Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school for seven years. She was also a member of Pampa Chapter #65 of the Eastern Star and a former member of Republican Women’s club, serving as President and secretary several times. She was a troop leader for Brownie and Girl Scouts for several years. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother: Melvin Buford and sister: Katherine Adele.

Survivors include her children, Howard and wife Michelle of West Des Moines, Iowa; Debbie and husband Paul of Plainview and William J. (Bill) Lewis of Pampa. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tiffany and Brad of Simpsonville, S.C.; Brittyne and Dan of Austin; Rachel and Jonathon of Fort Worth; Erika and David of Peoria, Ariz. ;Haley of Lubbock; Ryan and Amber; Erick and Lisa all of Pampa; great grandchildren include Kinsler, Kolfax and Kennedy of Simpsonville and Courtney and Braden of Pampa; foster daughter, April Walkup of Huntington, Pa; special friends, Tawny Lewis of Amarillo and Dana Lewis of Pampa; brother-in-law, Harold and wife Charlotte Lewis of Pampa; sister-in-law, Billie Schulz of Wasilla, Alaska; nieces and nephews, Howie; Dean; Annette; Andrea; Jerome; William and Pamela and several great nieces and nephews from Alaska.

The family requests memorials to be made to the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

Emma Leona Varnon Coday

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Emma Leona Varnon Coday 1918-2013

Emma Leona
Varnon Coday

Emma Leona Varnon Coday, 95, died Sept. 9, 2013 in Waxahachie.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa, with Eric Varnon, M. Div., officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Coda was born Feb. 14, 1918 in Pearland, Texas. She married Howard Milton Coday on Nov. 8, 1936 in Oklahoma City. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1995. She had been a resident of Skellytown from 1955 until 2011 when she moved to Waxahachie to be near her son. Leona was a faithful member of Mary Ellen & Harvester Church of Christ in Pampa.

Survivors include her son, Bryan Lynn Coday of Waxahachie; two grandchildren, Kelsey Coday of Parker, Colo. and Wendy Coday Fisher of Spring, Texas; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Pampa Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 2499, Pampa, Texas 79066-2499.

Reba Hood

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Reba Hood with husband Bennie

Reba Hood with husband Bennie

Reba Hood passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Amarillo at the age of 92.

Reba was member of the First Baptist Church of Panhandle. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Panhandle Cemetery.

Reba was born in Yates Center, Kan. on March 26, 1921 to Johnny and Dillia Wescoat and was their only child. After some time in Kansas and Missouri, the Wescoat family moved to Amarillo in the early 1930s where Reba went to school and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1939.

Reba married Benny Hood on Dec. 9, 1939 and they had been married for 52 years when he passed away in 1991. The family moved to the farm between Panhandle and Amarillo near Lee Switch in 1944. Bennie served in WWII and Reba helped care for the family farm in his absence during the war. They moved from the farm into Panhandle in 1960 and spent many years there in business and called it home. Reba can now boast a third generation of family going to school at Panhandle ISD.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bennie.

She is survived by her children: daughter, Carole Crawford and husband Billy; and son, Wayne Hood and wife Wanda. She is also survived by grandchildren, Cathy Hauslein and husband Rick, Cindy O’Brien and husband Danny, Robert Hood and wife Melissa, Holly Hicks and Denise Hood; and by eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to First Baptist Church of Panhandle or a charity of your choice.

Laura Belle Willie Downey

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Laura Downey Obituary Pic 2

Laura Downey Obituary Pic 1Laura Belle Willie Downey, 86, died Aug. 30, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.

At Mrs. Downey’s request, her body was donated to Texas Tech Medical School, Lubbock.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at First Baptist Church in White Deer, with Charles Brown, II, her grandson, and Rev. Alan Wilson, pastor of First Baptist Church of White Deer, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Laura Downey was born Dec. 24, 1926, near Moriarty, N.M. She was one of 14 children. She graduated from high school and worked for Navajo Freight Lines in Albuquerque, N.M., until one of the truck drivers caught her eye. On June 21, 1948 she married David Downey in Amarillo. The couple farmed in Deaf Smith County from 1951 to 1973, then relocated to White Deer, where they continued farming until 1996. They were members of the First Baptist Church in White Deer.

Mrs. Downey was bookkeeper for Downey Farm Supply and drove a school bus for White Deer Independent School District. She enjoyed and loved the students as she did her children and grandchildren. Her pastimes included gardening, painting, needlework, and reading. She was humble, patiently understanding, deeply grateful and reluctant to trouble others. Her sparkling eyes, sweet smile, positive responses, peaceful acceptance and bantering humor encouraged her family members and friends to share concerns and successes. This gentle and kind woman had great strength and faith in those she knew and in her God. The Scripture she chose for her memorial service reminds us to thank God for everything (1 Thess. 5:18).

Mrs. Downey was preceded in death by her husband in 2006, son Joel Downey with his wife Ruth and son Paul in 1974, four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Downey and wife Martha Kate of Euless; three daughters, Karen Houchin and husband Eddy of Crosby County; Virginia Artho and husband Eddie of Wichita Falls; and Cindy Brown and husband Steve of White Deer; three sisters, Luella Willie of Albuquerque; Bernice Maloch of Livermore, Calif.; and Betty Martin of Eugene, Ore.; two brothers, Robert and Billy Willie of Eugene, Ore.; eight grandsons, David Downey; Jeremy, Jared and Matthew Artho; Erin and Daniel Houchin; Charles and Cale Brown; two granddaughters, Sarah Artho and Kate Downey; 15 great-grandchildren, Anna Downey; Abigail and Elijah Houchin; Gideon and Graham Artho; Haley and Mason Artho; Reiter, Amber, Leah, Ella, Emma and Owen Artho; and Saylor and Abel Brown.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Kilgore Dr., Ste. 110, Amarillo, TX 79106 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 337, White Deer, TX 79097

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Viola Chronister

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Viola Chronister, 88, died Aug. 30, 2013 in Pampa.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Memory Gardens Cemetery, with Rev. Lynn Hancock, pastor of Briarwood Church, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Chronister was born April 2, 1925 in Okmulgee, Okla. She married Johnny Chronister on Feb. 8, 1947 in Okmulgee. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 2002. She had been a resident of Pampa since 1973. She was a member and past matron of the Pampa Chapter 65 Order of the Eastern Star, and was a member of the First Assembly of God.

Survivors include her son, Allen Chronister and wife Jamie of Skellytown; a daughter, Diane Simpson and husband Gail of Pflugerville, Texas; four grandchildren, Laramie Chronister and wife Becky of Sunray; Jeremy Chronister and wife Tonya of McAlester, Okla.; Angela Garis and husband Troy of Austin and Scott Simpson of Katy; and five great-grandchildren, Sydney, Hayden and Ryleigh Garis and Kyleigh and Colt Chronister.

Memorials may be made to the Top O’ Texas Masonic Lodge #1381, P.O. Box 2391, Pampa, Texas 79066-2391, or a favorite charity.

Amos Britten

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Amos Britten 1936-2013

Amos Britten

Amos Britten, 77, of Groom, surrounded by his loving family, was taken home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Rosary will be Wednesday 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 411 Ware St., Groom, Texas with Rev. Arokia Raj Samala as Celebrant and Rev. Mieczyslaw Przepiora of Panhandle as Con-Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Groom. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Amos was born Feb. 1, 1936 in Groom, Texas to Leo and Marietta Britten. He graduated from Groom High School in 1954. Shortly after graduating from Groom High School, Amos started his lifelong passion of farming, working closely with his brother Lynn. He married Loretta Copeland April 23, 1962 in Amarillo.

The Texas Historical Commission awarded Amos for his distinguished service in 1979 as well as 1980. In 1989, he was recognized as Carson County Outstanding Farmer of The Year. In 2006 Amos was honored as the Resident Conservation Farmer of The Year by McClellan Creek SWCD. He served on the Groom ISD board. Amos was Director and President, as well as co-founder of Groom Irrigation Gas Inc. He was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom and served on the Parrish Counsel. Amos was instrumental in erecting the ornamental iron fence around St. Mary’s Cemetery. On June 4, 2009, the family farm was recognized by the Family Land Heritage Foundation to be a 100 year old historical farm, which was originally established in 1905.

Amos was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carey Bichsel; and one brother, Lynn Britten.

Survivors include his loving wife Loretta, two sons, Terrell Britten and wife Rebecca of Waxahachie, Charles Britten and wife Barbara of Groom; two daughters, Rebecca Weatherford and husband Kirk of Sanford, Karen Boatman and husband Kenneth of Dumas; 12 grandchildren, Lindsey Boman and husband Brad of Canyon, Neal West of Amarillo, Brad Boatman and wife Cory of San Antonio, Matt Boatman of Dumas, Chance Britten and wife Rebecca of Dumas, Chris Kidd and wife Emily, Kara and Kayla Kidd all of Amarillo; and eight great-grandchildren.

He loved the Lord, his family and farming and will be greatly missed. Psalms 112: 1-9
The family suggests memorials to be made to BSA Hospice or Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

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