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Gabe Barrick

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Gabe Barrick 1977 - 2013

Gabe Barrick
1977 – 2013

Gabe Barrick, 36, of Amarillo died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 10, in Saint Stephen United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kurt Oheim, pastor of Pinnacle Community Church, officiating. Arrangements were by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo.
Gabe was born July 29, 1977, in Amarillo to Bruce and Teri Wright Barrick. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University class of 2000 and worked as the chief financial officer of the family-owned commercial construction company Diversified Interiors of Amarillo.
Gabe was a loving son, brother, husband, father and friend. He was full of life and loved his dear old Texas Aggies. Gabe always found peace on a snow-packed mountain riding his Burton snowboard while listening to Metallica. He will be sorely missed watching Texas Rangers games on the couch with his boys while holding and playing with his daughter. He loved nothing more than playing baseball with his children and taking spur-of-the moment vacations with his wife.
“Uncle Dude” will always hold a special place in the hearts of his nieces and nephews, and will be dearly missed by the numerous people whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Teri, and his grandparents, Charles and Arleen Wright and Melvin Sittel.
Survivors include his wife, Amber, whom he married in 2009; a daughter, Ava; two sons, Jackson and Brady; his father, Bruce and wife Debby Barrick of Fort Worth; his sisters, Amanda Long and husband Lance of Amarillo and Tamara Lane of Dallas; a brother, Barrett Lane and wife Vicky of Fort Worth; his grandparents, Leonard and wife Donna Barrick and Joan Sittel, all of Amarillo; and his nephews and nieces, Jaxson, Elijah and Shiloh Long and Staylee and Caleb Lane.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials for Gabe’s children be to Happy State Bank in care of the Barrick family.
Sign the online guest book at www.lagroneblackburnshaw.com.

J. Frank Davis

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

J. Frank Davis 1031 - 2013

J. Frank Davis
1031 – 2013

J. Frank Davis, 81, of Amarillo died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

Services were held Monday, Aug. 12 in Bell Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Logan officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery in Panhandle. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Mr. Davis was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Deer Creek to Lewis and Lura Lee Davis in a family of 10 children. He married Bette Glover on June 16, 1957, in Henrietta.
Cpl. Davis served in the Army as an anti-aircraft gunner from January 1953 to December 1954 in England.

Mr. Davis was a machinist tool and die maker at Wilson Manufacturing in Wichita Falls for 10 years and later at Pantex for 34 years. The Davis family lived in Panhandle for many years before moving to Amarillo. He was a Baptist deacon for 55 years and had been a Sunday school teacher since 1956. He was active in Love in Action ministry.

In retirement he enjoyed bowling. He coached Little League when his sons were small. Mr. Davis was looking forward to becoming a great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rhonda Diane Davis; a sister, Mary Lois Moore; and three brothers, Willie Dee Davis, Albert Davis and Lewis Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Bette Davis; three sons, Randy Davis and wife Lynn of San Antonio, Rusty Davis of Booker and Drew Davis and wife Melody of Amarillo; two brothers, George Davis and Doyle Davis, both of Henrietta; three sisters, Aline Akin of Hewitt, Patsy Fuller of Wichita Falls and Dorothy Simpson of Henrietta; three grandsons, C.E. Davis, Josh Davis and Jared Davis; and three granddaughters, Jordynn Davis, Summer Rose Bishop and Makayla Day.

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

Gordon Alexander Frashier

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Gordon Alexander Frashier

Gordon Alexander Frashier

Gordon Alexander Frashier, 82, resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died June 23, 2013.

Gordon was born in the family farm home six miles east of Pampa, Texas and was the fifth and youngest child of Elmer Gordon Frashier and Martha Alice Gray Frashier. He lived a happy idyllic rural childhood there with two years on a small farm in Rogers, Ark., returning to Pampa for his teen years until he left home for college. Gordon’s dad always had a horse for his cowboy son. Gordon has said his favorite chore was riding his horse out to herd the cattle.

He met Joyce Elaine Cummings at Abilene Christian College in 1949 and they married in 1951. Gordon earned a BS degree in Animal Husbandry at Abilene Christian College and the couple planned to farm in the Texas Panhandle. The 1950’s drought influenced Gordon to move to Fort Collins, Colo. and get a second degree in Range Management at Colorado A&M University. He started a student summer job in 1955 with the Bureau of Land Management, in Gunnison Colorado and became a permanent employee in 1957. After twelve years working in several Colorado districts, the family was transferred to Winnemucca, Nev., where they spent five years. In 1971, he transferred to Albuquerque New Mexico and retired there in 1986. He thoroughly enjoyed and loved his work.

After his wife retired from her job with the Albuquerque Public Library system, they moved back to Panhandle for 10 years to assist her parents, returning back to Albuquerque in 2002. The couple just recently celebrated 62 years of marriage together. They had two motor homes and traveled extensively after his retirement.

Three daughters were born to the couple: Alice Jan Sorbet, Elaine Avon Hardin and Bonnie Dee Poteet. They have six grandchildren and two great-grand children.

Gordon has been a devoted Christian all his life. Wherever he lived he was an active vital part of every local church congregation where he was a member. At the time of his death he was a member of the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque. Gordon lived close to and loved nature all his life. He felt most at home in the great outdoors, whether in the wilderness or in his own beautiful yard at home. He loved warm summer weather and was known in later years for his many hats. He was a wise business manager, providing well for his family. He was modest and frugal with his lifestyle and generous with his loved ones and others in need. He was meticulous and self-disciplined in managing his home and all areas of life. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life.

Gordon generously donated his rare, universal blood for blood banks in four states since the 1960’s. Total amount donated was 23 plus gallons.

Survivors include his wife Joyce; one sister, Betty Jo Epperson; sister-in-law Anne Frashier; three daughters, and son-in-law William Peter Poteet; grandchildren, Gordon Erick Poteet and wife Michelle, Bonnie Laura Hardin, Cecily Bergine Ponce de Leon and husband Reuben, Arlie Dee Poteet, Spencer Chase Hardin, and Jared Ryan Sorbet; great-grandchildren, Erick Alexander Poteet and Russell William Poteet.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; brother Loyd; two sisters, Elgin and Claudine.

A memorial service was held for Gordon at the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque, on June 29, 2013. Assisting in his memorial service were Gaylon Stamps of Panhandle and Ernie Bishop, former Panhandle resident. Inurnment will be in Panhandle Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donation suggestions include Roadrunner Food Bank and the Mountainside Church of Christ Benevolent Fund, two of his favorite charities.

To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com

Ann H. Gardner

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Ann H. Gardner 1919 - 2013

Ann H. Gardner
1919 – 2013

Ann H. Gardner, 94, of Amarillo died Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Services were Friday, Aug. in Second Baptist Church with Brother Wayne Griffin of Second Baptist Church, Dr. Charles Jones of Hollywood Road Fellowship and the Rev. Scott Raef of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, officiating. Burial was in Llano Cemetery, with arrangements by Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Ann was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Knoxville, Tenn. She graduated from Panhandle High School and worked for the Social Security Administration for 42 years. She married the love of her life, V.R. Gardner.
Together they celebrated 50 years of loving and joyous marriage on earth and are now reunited in Heaven.

Ann was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church and an active member in the music program. She also was a beloved guest for six years at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

She enjoyed the mountains and the vacation cabin in Eagle Nest, N.M. Famous for sugar cookies, Ann was affectionately known as the cookie lady.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by a sister, Madie.

Survivors include a son, James Gardner and wife Carol of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Cassi, Christopher and Matthew; a great-grandson, Tristen; and a niece, Donna Keeney

The family suggests memorials be to Second Baptist Church Music Ministry, 419 N. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX 79107.

Christina LaVina Lane

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Christina LaVina Lane 1918 - 2013

Christina LaVina Lane
1918 – 2013

Christina LaVina Lane, 95, died Aug. 2, 2013 in Amarillo.

Celebration of Life services were held Monday, Aug. 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Panhandle with Dr. Jerry Lane, Pastor of White Deer United Methodist Church and Rev. Buddy Payne, Pastor officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Mrs. Lane was born Jan. 24, 1918 at the Santa Fe Train Depot in Umbarger, Texas to Offie (Butchie) and Carrie Mayo Hendrix. Christina graduated from Pampa High School and not long after graduation she married Howard Lane on Oct. 25, 1936 in Pampa at the Methodist Parsonage. They lived in Shattuck and Pampa until moving to Panhandle in 1939. Christina taught Sunday School with Mrs. Denny at First United Methodist Church, she loved crafts, china painting, crochet and needlepoint. She was a member of the Altrurian Club in Panhandle. She was known as a true lady.

She was preceded in death by her son, Roy; her sister, Yvonne Jones; her brother, Theo Hendrix; and nephew, Stanley Hendrix.

Christina is survived by her husband of 76 years, Howard; her son, Dr. Jerry and wife Mary Lou of White Deer; her grandchildren, Karrie Smith and husband Shawn of Panhandle, Jeffrey Lane and wife Amy of College Station, Kelly Lane of Panhandle and Tamara Lane of Lubbock; her great-grandchildren, Chad, Jason, Jerrod, Jacob and Addison; great-great-grandchildren, Ayden and Grantly; two nieces, Patsy Gunnells and husband Ray of Robert Lee and Pam Vaughn and husband Dwayne of Lafayette, La.; sister-in-law, Lucille Hendrix of Lafayette, La. Also, Georgia Lane Cook and husband Vernon of Miami and numerous nieces and nephews.

Casket bearers were Shawn Smith, Jeffrey Lane, Kelly Lane, Chad Smith and Jason Smith.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Southwest at Childers Place for their love and tender care.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Panhandle, White Deer Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Mary Floydene Slaughter Pollard Huffman

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Mary Floydene Slaughter Pollard Huffman 1932 - 2013

Mary Floydene Slaughter Pollard Huffman
1932 – 2013

Mary Floydene Slaughter Pollard Huffman passed away on July 30, 2013 at her home in Edmond, Okla.

She was born to Don and Marjorie Slaughter on Jan. 4, 1932 in Tucson, Ariz. Mary was raised on a farm near Wakita, Okla. and later moved to a farm near Hawley, Okla., where she attended Gore Consolidated Schools and Bethel Hawley Baptist Church. After graduating as salutatorian, she attended Oklahoma A&M. She returned home after her freshman year and became deputy court clerk in Medford, Okla. where she met Grant County Judge, the honorable John Lewis Pollard. They were married March 6, 1952.

To this union was born three children, John David Pollard, Robert Kent Pollard, and Lisa Ann (Pollard) Truesdell. While living in Medford, she faithfully attended Medford First Baptist Church and worked as a tag agent in town. Mary lovingly cared for her husband, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma until he passed in 1966. In 1968, she married Medford High School teacher and football coach, Dale Dwight Huffman, and welcomed his two children Deborah Dale (Huffman) Kane and William Dodd Huffman. In 1970, Mary and Dwight welcomed twins, Eric Dwight Huffman and Heidi Lee (Huffman) Brewer to complete their family.

Mary and Dwight moved to White Deer in 1975. There Mary and Dwight were members of White Deer First Baptist Church where Mary taught fifth grade girls Sunday school for years. Mary was a bank clerk in White Deer and she became a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, which she continued for the rest of her life. When Dwight retired from the White Deer school system in 1994, they moved to Edmond. Shortly after their move, Dwight was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Mary, again, lovingly cared for her husband until his death in 1996. In Edmond, Mary was an active member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church where she helped facilitate the Grief-Share program and was a member of bible study fellowship. In 2008, Mary began attending First Baptist Church of Edmond with her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Larry Truesdell. Mary was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Marjorie Slaughter; her first husband, John Pollard; her second husband, Dwight Huffman; her brother, Kenneth Herrman and her son, Bill Huffman. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Gene Warnock; her son, Robert Pollard and his wife Judi; her son, John Pollard and his wife Annette; her daughter, Lisa Truesdell and her husband Larry; her daughter, Debby Kane and her husband Tom; her son, Eric Huffman and his wife Kara; her daughter, Heidi Brewer and her husband Michael. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Trey Truesdell, Aubree Day, Chelsee Pease, Will Pollard, Jay Jay Pollard, Matthew Kane, Michael Kane, Jackson Huffman, Gavin Huffman, Abigail Brewer, Mason Brewer, and great-grandson Sawyer Truesdell.

Services will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Edmond with interment following at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Crossroads Hospice, 701 SE 82nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73149.

Edna Mae Carroll

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Edna Mae Carroll 1928 - 2013

Edna Mae Carroll
1928 – 2013

Edna Mae Carroll, 85, of Amarillo died Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with Dick Marcear, pastor of Church of Christ at The Colonies. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Mrs. Carroll was born April 15, 1928, in Panhandle to Ellis and Dora Russ. She graduated from Panhandle High School. She moved to Amarillo 46 years ago. Mrs. Carroll was an entrepreneur. She was always looking for ways to increase her income. She learned to play the piano and organ by ear and loved sharing her talent with others.

She married James Yeates Carroll in 1949. They ran a farmers market in Santa Fe Depot for several years. They made many lifelong friends from their market.

After a debilitating stroke in 2001, Mrs. Carroll moved to Kirkland Court Nursing and Rehab. She loved living there and was a very cheerful resident and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003 and a son, James ‘Jim” Carroll, in 1991.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Carroll and wife Jan, Don Carroll and wife Nina, Gary Carroll and wife Kim and Jerry Carroll, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Elaine Hill and husband Greg of Amarillo; a sister, Helen Tarpley of Panhandle; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Activity Fund, Kirkland Court Nursing and Rehab, 1601 Kirkland Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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

Sadie Sena Martinez

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Sadie Sena Martinez 1921 - 2013

Sadie Sena Martinez
1921 – 2013

Sadie Sena Martinez, 92, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Services were held Monday, July 22, in Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with the Rev. Jim Fox, chaplain of IntegraCare Hospice officiating. Burial was in Field of Valor at Llano Cemetery East with arrangements by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Mrs. Martinez was born June 3, 1921, in Santa Rosa, N.M. She moved to Amarillo in 1951 from New Mexico. She worked as a seamstress for many years and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She married Jose “Joe” Gilbert Martinez on Sept. 1, 1942. They were married 70 wonderful years. Mrs. Martinez was described by her family as a “little firecracker” because she was so active, even in her 90s. She dearly loved her family and was always helping others. She loved cooking meals for her elderly neighbors. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of Amarillo; a son, Robert Martinez and wife Louisa of Panhandle; two daughters, Linda Reichart and husband Ken of Rowlett and Mary Herron and husband Roy of San Antonio; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Wesley Community Center youth activities or the activity department of Georgia Manor Nursing Home.

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

Jay Roth

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Jay Roth 1952 - 2013

Jay Roth
1952 – 2013

Jay Roth, 61, died July 19, 2013 in Dallas.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa, Texas.

Mr. Roth was born July 2, 1952 in Pampa. He attended Pampa schools, graduating from Pampa High School in 1970. He married Heidi Shuman in 1977 in White Deer. Jay worked in sales in the oilfield in Pampa for many years. He had been a resident of Farmington, N.M. since 1991. He and Heidi hosted the players of the Connie Mack World Series Baseball Tournament in Farmington. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing golf, camping and snow skiing. Jay will be remembered as a kind and generous man. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Myra Jane Roth.

Survivors include his wife, Heidi Roth of the home; two sons, Kris Roth and Taylor Roth both of Farmington; two brothers, Joe D. Roth and wife Beverly of Livingston, Texas, and John Roth of Pampa, numerous nieces and nephews, and his special dog, “Coco.”

Memorials may be made to the Pampa Optimist Youth Club, P.O. Box 802, Pampa, Texas 79066-0802.

Dorothy “Dot” Louise Schroeder

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Dorothy "Dot" Louise Schroeder 1928 - 2013

Dorothy “Dot” Louise Schroeder
1928 – 2013

Dorothy “Dot” Louise Schroeder, 84, of Burkburnett, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, July 20 at Elgin Memorial Cemetery in Elgin, Okla. under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.

Dorothy was born to Calvin and Esther Burchett on Oct. 11, 1928 in Tipton, Okla. She was their beloved “Tiny Bell”. She graduated from Tipton High School, and married Donald Ray Schroeder on Sept. 1, 1947. They were blessed with three children but tragically lost their oldest daughter, Myrita Sue, in an accident in Elgin. Dorothy was happy she was going to join Myrita. Dorothy loved to read and crochet. Her smile was a mile wide when she received a Hershey Bar!

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Esther Burchett; ex-husband, Donald Ray; her daughter, Myrita Sue; her brothers, Rex and James Burchett; and a sister, Sue Ann Burchett.

Survivors include her sister, Cecile Aaron of Amarillo; her daughter, Mary and husband Kevin Tagliabue of Burkburnett; her son, Albert Don and wife Dea Schroeder of Panhandle; grandchildren, Leslie Gonzales of Burkburnett, Lisa and husband Bryan Fisher of Pampa, Rhonda and husband Jason Harris of Pampa, Ben Schroeder of Lubbock and Taylor Hanson of Arlington. She had a wealth of great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy suggested a donation be made to the Tipton Home, Make-a-Wish Foundation, or Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.