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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.

Kathy Darlene Webb

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Kathy Webb

Kathy Darlene Webb
1962 – 2013

Kathy Darlene Webb, 50, of Amarillo died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday in LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Martin Road Chapel with Jim Ledford of Arena of Life Cowboy Church officiating. Burial was at 2 p.m. in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Arrangements were by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors.

Kathy was born Aug. 1, 1962, in Memphis. She was raised in Amarillo and attended Horace Mann Junior High School and Palo Duro High School. She worked for many years at Pride Home Center and was well-known there for her outgoing and friendly personality. She was a kind and loving daughter, sister and mother. Kathy will be dearly missed by everyone whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wesley Price Webb.

Survivors include a son, Dustin Frederick and wife Lil of Amarillo; her parents, Willard Webb of Amarillo and Lois Proctor Hamil of Dallas; a brother, Glen Webb of Amarillo; her grandmother, Etta Martiel Webb of Amarillo; and her aunts and uncles, Doris Lemons and Sandra Butler, both of Amarillo, Jerry Proctor and wife Barbara of Livingston, Glenda Atkins of Nash, Kenneth Proctor and wife Inelda of Blossom, Vela and Wesley Webb of White Deer and Billie and Kenneth Webb of Goldthwaite.

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Carroll Dean Russell

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Carroll Dean Russell, age 68, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1944, to Wesley and Irene Russell. Carroll resided in Keller at the time of his death. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother and grandfather.

He was a 1963 graduate of White Deer High School and a member of the championship basketball team of 1962.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 11 years, Donna Heckman of Keller; sons, Dean Russell and wife, Sherrie of Carthage, Rodney Russell and wife, Jo Ellen of Carthage and Eugene Dotson and wife, Ericka of Abilene; daughters, Jennifer Dotson of Keller and Megan Choate and husband, Reagan of Roanoke; grandchildren: Dustin Russell, Dayton Russell, Braden Russell, Jordan Russell, Kaly Russell, Eleanor Wolf, Caleb Gates and Sydney Gates; and a sister, La Donna Ramming of Amarillo.

Memorial services will be on March 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford, Texas.

Aline Lee

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Aline Lee, 97, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Panhandle Cemetery in Panhandle with Harold Stone officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Lee was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Portales, N.M. to Franklin and Mabel Jernigan. She had loved sewing, needlecraft, fishing and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lee.

Survivors include two daughters, Louise Kitchens of White Deer and Mary Ransford of Colorado Springs; a sister, Viola Suftaita of Round Rock; three brothers, Jack Jernigan of Roswell, N.M., Paul Jernigan of Whitehouse and Edward Jernigan of Quartz Hill, Calif.; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Assembly of God Missions, P.O. Box 64778, Lubbock, Texas 79464.

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Robert Pauline Shafer

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Roberta Pauline Shafer of White Deer passed away Jan. 8, 2013 at the age of 78 years. Roberta was born Sept. 6, 1934 to Harold and Mabel Gill Shafer at Noble, Ill. She had been a member of the White Deer community for approximately 11 years. She moved to Texas from New Mexico where she was a teacher and a girls’ coach in the Carlsbad and Eunice schools. Roberta was a tennis player for many years. She attended the Methodist Church.

The family will have a private graveside service in New Mexico at a later date.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Don Shafer.

She is survived by her nephew, Richard Alan Shafer of Ft. Collins, Colo. and her lifelong friend Jessie Smith of White Deer; two brothers and their wives; a half brother and his wife, and several nieces and nephews.

Claudine Elizabeth Balch

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Claudine Elizabeth Balch, 1919 - 2013

Claudine Elizabeth Balch,
1919 – 2013

Claudine Elizabeth Balch, 93, of Creedmoor died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Services were held March 12 in Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ in Pampa with Keith Feerer, minister, officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Balch was born June 5, 1919, in White Deer to Elmer and Alice Frashier. She married Elmer L. Balch on June 18, 1938, in Pampa. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1997.

Claudine was an active member of Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ, where she taught women’s Bible classes. She was president of Pampa Board of Realtors in 1986 and sat on most of the board’s committees. That year, the Pampa board was awarded more state prizes than any local Texas board had ever won, and she traveled to the national convention in New York City that same year.

Claudine had been a resident of Pampa until 2001, when she moved to Buda to be close to her sister.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Jean Cook; a sister, Elgin; and a brother, Loyd Frashier.

Survivors include three sons, David Balch of Berkeley, Calif., Lloyd Balch and wife Brenda of Houston and Gordon Balch and wife Frieda of Smithville, Okla.; a brother, Gordon Frashier and wife Joyce of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Betty Epperson of Buda; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Sara Ann Lusk

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Sara Ann Lusk, 82, died Friday, March 8, 2013 in Amarillo.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Panhandle with Rev. Buddy Payne, officiating. Burial will follow at Panhandle Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Sara was born Jan. 1, 1931 in Odessa to Flossie Mae Smith and J.L. Hawley. She lived in Borger as a young child then her family moved to Gulf Camp and later to Panhandle. On Dec. 11, 1949 she married Lester Lusk. She was a member of the Liberty Club. Sara is preceded in death by her parents, Flossie and J.L. Hawley.

Her memory may be honored with a gift to First United Methodist Church of Panhandle, P.O. Box 549, Panhandle, Texas 79068 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 West Seventh Street, Amarillo, Texas 79106.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lester; daughter, Connie Rhinehart; son, Don Alan Lusk; grandchildren, Shawn Garrett Rhinehart and Amanda Ann Rhinehart; brother, J.L. Hawley; sister-in-law, Vera Crowell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bobby Chris Schaef

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Bobby Chris Schaef
1952-2013

Memorial services for Bobby Chris Schaef, 60, of Palestine were at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Trinity Church in Palestine with Brother David Gregg officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Bobby passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1952, in Pampa to Bert James Schaef and Jewel Bonita Black Schaef. He was a member of Trinity Church and worked as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Michael Unit. Bobby married Di Weldon on Sept. 28, 2006. He was a carpenter and loved to fish and garden. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Betty Hines and Barbara Fife.

Survivors include his wife, Di Schaef of Palestine; son, Sean Schaef of Palestine and stepson, John Weldon of Palestine; two sisters, Clarice Meadow and husband Plez of White Deer and Ruth Ann Manion and husband Rusty of Shawnee, Okla.; and five brothers, Larry Schaef and wife Pat of Atoka, Okla., Ed Schaef and wife Peggy of Amarillo, Jackie Schaef and wife Linda of Amarillo, Johnny Schaef and wife Sue of Amarillo, and James Schaef of Oklahoma City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg
1974 – 2013

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg, 38, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Stinnett.

Services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in White Deer with Rev. Gene Krieg, pastor of King’s Highway Baptist Church in Fort Worth and Rev. Justin Krieg, pastor of Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, officiating.

Burial was in White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jennifer was born July 16, 1974 in Pampa to James and Jeanie Samples. She was a 1992 graduate of White Deer High School and received her associate degree from Frank Phillips College in Borger. Jennifer married Jeremy Krieg on May 11, 2004 in Stinnett. She pursued a career in banking which included H&H Credit Union in Stinnett, loan officer at Amarillo Federal Credit Union, and vice-president of Dalhart Savings and Loan in Dumas. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in White Deer.

Survivors include her husband, Jeremy, of the home; her mother, Jeanie Samples of White Deer; her father, James Samples, of Perryville, Ark.; two sons, Forrest and Dakota Lopez of Gruver; a daughter, Emma Lopez, of the home; a stepson, Brody Krieg, of Borger; a stepdaughter, Jourdan Krieg, of Borger; a sister, Janet Grange and husband Shane of White Deer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rev. Gene and Ginger Krieg of Fort Worth; a brother-in-law, Rev. Justin Krieg and wife Regina of Cedar Hill; a sister-in-law, Tara Hokanson and husband Ben of Abilene; several nieces and nephews including Sierra, Casey, Hannah, Kailee, Kaci, Briana, Brady, Logan, Jack, Jocelyn, Kyla, Bailee, Greyson, Jack, and Reagan; and by a goddaughter, Izzy. Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Teresa Krieg.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 411 S. Omohundro, White Deer, TX 79097, or to a favorite charity.