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Jonathan Theodore Kelln

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Jonathan Theodore Kelln 1992-2013

Jonathan Theodore Kelln

Jonathan Theodore Kelln was born on Sept. 20, 1992 in Shattuck, Okla. to Tammy and Colin. He attended school in Perryton, TX through first grade and Panhandle, TX through his freshman year. He transferred to Laverne, Okla. in 2008 where he attended High School and graduated in 2011.

Jonathan enjoyed many sports, including track, basketball, baseball and his favorite – Football. The two years he played for the Tigers, he helped the team go deep into the playoffs. Jonathan participated in Show Choir and One Act Play.

After graduation, he went to Houston and attended UTI and then returned to Laverne and worked in the oilfield for Impact Casing Services.

If there is one word to describe Jonathan, it is CHARISMA. He had an infectious smile, a quick wit and absolutely overflowing with personality. He made friends very easily and held each friend in high value.

He gave his life to Christ in the spring of 2008 at Victory Church in Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed four summers at Midwest Youth Camp.

Jonathan is survived by his Pops, Colin Kelln and Mom, Linda; two sisters, Heather Longhofer and Ashley Drew and her husband Casey; one brother, Shane McCartney and his wife Becca. He was adored by his nieces, Jacylin, Shaelynn and Madison Longhofer, Cadence Drew and Michele McCartney; his nephews, Aydon Drew and Colton McCartney; and his grandmother, Kathleen Hussman.

He is also survived by his mother, Tammy Shaver; dad, Brad; sisters, Trisha and Jade Shaver; brothers, Bradin Spady and David and Bradly Shaver. He had three amazing nephews and a beautiful niece, Jayden, Easton, Peirce and Paisley.

Services are scheduled for today, Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Shackleford Hall in Laverne. Interment will be at the Laverne Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com.

Memorials made in Jonathan’s name may be made to the Midwest Youth Camp, RR 2 Box 401, Laverne, OK 73848.

Howard Ray Bulla

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Howard Ray Bulla 1925-2013

Howard Ray Bulla

Howard Ray Bulla, 88, of Winnsboro, Texas, formerly of Panhandle, Texas, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

A private burial was held in the Panhandle Cemetery on June 7, 2013. Arrangements were made by Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger, Texas.

Howard was born January 18, 1925. He was a WWII Veteran. He married Grace Vivian Meaker February 15, 1949.

He is preceded in death by his wife and grandson, Phillip.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Phillip Bulla and his wife, Susan of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, Charles Bulla and his wife, Cindi of Amarillo, Texas; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A special thank you to Autumn Wind Assisted Living, Winnsboro, Texas and all his caregivers who treated him with such love, humor and devotion.

Norma Jean Bosley

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Norma Jean Bosley 1932-2013

Norma Jean Bosley

Norma Jean Bosley, 81, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Stinnett Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.

Norma was born April 26, 1932 in Jewett, Texas to Cloyde and Mable Ball.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas Garland Mayberry; two brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include her son, Dennis and his wife, Judith of Skellytown; three sisters; four grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Steven Ray Ring

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Steven Ray Ring, 50, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 in White Deer.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Central Baptist Church in Pampa, with Rev. Dean Young, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort Townson, Okla., officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Ring was born June 3, 1963 in Pampa and was a 1981 graduate of Lefors High School. Steve traveled for several years with Lansco Corporation. After his work with Lansco, he worked for the Chickasaw Indian Nation in Newcastle, Okla. as a security officer for six years. He was a former member of First Baptist Church of Lefors. Steve enjoyed collecting guns and gourmet cooking.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Ring on April 20, 2005, by his grandparents, J.T. and Elva Ring and Dee and Teba Pfeil, and by his brothers, Jesse “Buddy” Ring, Jr., and Dennis James Ring.

Survivors include his parents, Jesse and JoAnn Ring of Kingston, Okla.; a sister, LaWausa McCurley of White Deer; three nephews, Chad Box of Pampa, Micheal Shea Box and fiancée Alva Santana and Evan Lee McCurley and fiancée Heather Castillo, all of Amarillo. His extended family includes “Mama Pat” Miller, Wendy George, Kayleen Conner, Stephenie Conner, Cindy Mathis, and Robyn Gilbert, all of Tuttle, Oklahoma, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and great nephews.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 513 E. Francis, Pampa, Texas 79065, or Lefors High School Scholarship Fund, Lefors, Texas 79054.

Max Wayne Hefner

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Max Wayne Hefner 1934-2013

Max Wayne Hefner

Max Wayne Hefner, 78, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Riverview Baptist Church. Burial followed at Highland Park Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.

His memory may be honored with a gift to Gideons International.

Max was born June 30, 1934 in Durant, Okla. to Claude and Florence Hefner. He married Frances Johnston on June 17, 1953 in Clayton, N.M. Max was a member of Riverview Baptist Church, the American Miniature Horse Association and the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Posse. He enjoyed raising corgi dogs, the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys but his true loves were his family especially his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Jessica Hefner; and a son, Ricky Hefner.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Frances of the home; son, Tommy Hefner and his wife, Becky Dee of Stinnett; daughters, Angela Cook and her husband, Travis of Calera, Okla. and Becky Basham and her husband, Charles of Skellytown; five grandchildren, Keith, Max, and Josh Hefner of Stinnett, Amanda Welch and her husband, Jason of Garland, Amy Day and her husband, Bryan of Sherman; great grandsons, Chase and Bradley Farrar of Garland; daughter-in-law, Sandra Hefner; and a brother, Jerry Don Hefner of Fritch.

Gladys Helen Simmons

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Gladys Helen Simmons 1923-2013

Gladys Helen Simmons

Gladys Helen Simmons, 90, died June 6, 2013 in Pampa.

Services were held Monday, June 10, 2013, at Central Baptist Church, with Rev. Rick Parnell, associate pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Simmons was born Jan. 10, 1923 in Fairfax, Okla. She married John Simmons on Jan. 23, 1940 in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1996. She moved from Oklahoma to Skellytown in 1957, and then moved to Pampa in 1989. Gladys was a member of Central Baptist Church and was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge. She served on the Carson County Library Board and was a member of the Carson County Home Demonstration Club. Gladys loved fishing and gospel music. She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny Don Simmons and wife Karen of Sand Springs, Okla.; Winfred Simmons and wife Linda of Pampa; and Larry Eugene Simmons and wife Carol of Montgomery; a daughter, Debra Phillips and husband Galen of White Deer; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Wayne Sargent

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Wayne Sargent 1923-2013

Wayne Sargent

Wayne Sargent, 70, of Valle de Oro died Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Amarillo.

Services were at Saturday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Gene Gordon, pastor of First Church of Valle de Oro, officiating. Burial was private. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Wayne was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Phillips to Joseph and Oleta Sargent. He served his country in the Army. He married Betty Armstrong in 1976, in Liberal, Kan. Wayne worked as a cowboy, in the oil fields, and as a truck driver until his retirement and then operated Sarge’s Country Store. Wayne had been a resident of Valle de Oro since 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Sargent.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sargent of Valle de Oro; a son, David Schultz of Amarillo; three daughters, Teresa Irving of Amarillo, Kelly Jennings and husband Chris of Edmond, Okla., and Christine Alexander of Amarillo; a brother, Darryl Sargent and wife Doris of Skellytown; a sister-in-law, Pauline Sargent of Stinnett; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Garvin Hugh Speed

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Garvin Hugh Speed 1950-2013

Garvin Hugh Speed

Garvin Hugh Speed, 63, of Memphis died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Childress.

Services were held Tuesday, May 28, in First United Methodist Church in Memphis. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Memphis. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Memphis.

Garvin Hugh Speed was born April 27, 1950, in Pittsburg, Calif., to Ellen and Orace Speed. The family moved to Hollis, Okla., when he was three years old and later to Memphis when he was in junior high. He married Lucheryl Tucker on Feb. 11, 1983, in Tucumcari, N.M. The couple just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Garvin’s love was law enforcement and he started his career in 1971 with the Sheriff’s Office in Childress. He retired after serving the people for 25 years as Sheriff of Hall County. During these years he served on many boards locally and at state level. He also served many years on the Memphis Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service. He was a certified fireman and Emergency Medical Technician. He later served on the Estelline Volunteer Fire Department. Garvin and his wife took on an adventure as over the road truck drivers for U.S. Xpress. The couple team drove 48 states and Canada for eight years. Garvin retired in 2010 after 15 years. He was extremely talented in many areas and had a passion for guns and old cars. He had a warm heart for a stray cat he later named, Smokey Jo.

He spent many hours enjoying Smokey and her many kittens, especially one he fondly called, Sissy. Garvin joined his Lord, after a brief illness, on May 26, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Lucheryl and their children, Kira Boyd and Damon of White Deer, Kelly Speed and Misty of Clarendon, Stacey Ellis of Kerrville and Chad Ellis and Melissa of Mansfield; grandchildren, Rowdy Speed of Clarendon, Brady Ellis and Meagan Ellis of Mansfield and Tanner Boyd of Tulia; a brother, Tommy Speed of Lubbock; and an aunt, Zelma Kennedy of Paris.
The family requested Memorials be made to the National Stroke Association, CRMC Hospice, or the Hall County EMS.

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John Henry Bedenk

Monday, May 27th, 2013

John Henry Bedenk 1930-2013

John Henry Bedenk

John Henry Bedenk, 83, of Panhandle died Sunday May 26, 2013 in Amarillo. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday May 28 at Panhandle Cemetery. Burial will be at Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

John was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Canyon, Texas to Joe and Anna Crestsinger Bedenk. He was raised in Wildorado and Conway, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korea War from 1952 to 1953. He received the Korean service medal, bronze service star as a H/S CO. 14th Engineer C. Battalion. He worked for Estein Ketchum in Conway where he met Gladys Mae Tolbert and was married on Dec. 8, 1956.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert J. Bedenk; sister, Mary Ann Curtis; and a son, John Wesley Bedenk on Dec. 10, 1985.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Gladys; daughters, Katherine Murray and husband Bill Jr. of Panhandle and Anita Yandell of Plantersville, Texas; grandchildren, Leroy and Kathy Smith, Jesse Maybaugh, Charity Maybaugh, Shamdy and Danny Davis, Sherman and Kate Johnson; great-grandchildren Kolby, Cody Lane, Logan, Wesley, Ayden, Bree and Evo.

Betty Bentley

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Betty Bentley 1926 - 2013

Betty Bentley
1926 – 2013

Betty Bentley, 87, of Amarillo died Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Services were at 11 a.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Dale Moreland officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Betty Bentley was born March 19, 1926, in Yeager, Okla., to the late James William and Bessie Coreen Moon. She attended school in White Deer and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1943.

While working at the soda counter at Herbert Drug Store in Amarillo, she met the love of her life, James Earl Bentley, who was stationed in Amarillo after joining the Army Air Corps. They married on Aug. 21, 1943.

Betty and Jim lived in Amarillo for more than 60 years and were members of The Church at Quail Creek. Betty was an accomplished secretary, retiring from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch after 15 years as supervisor of the memorial department.

Betty was a wonderful Christian woman who dearly loved her family, her home on Triangle B, entertaining and dancing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, in 2009 after celebrating 65 years of marriage.

Survivors include a son, Kenney Bentley and wife Holly of Amarillo; two daughters, Lynda Brown and husband John of Lincoln City, Ore., and Peggy Stevens and family of Houston; three grandchildren, Tyler Pamplin and wife Shelly, Brigitte Artho and husband Brad and James Bentley, all of Amarillo; a brother, Johnny Moon of Arlington; and a sister, Gloria Strother of Lansing, Kan.

Her family would like to extend a special thanks to her friends and caregivers at Craig Methodist Retirement Community and Hospice Care of the Southwest.

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