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Kenneth Lane Hayes

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Kenneth Lane Hayes, 69, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Panhandle. Burial will follow in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. The family will receive guest at the funeral home in Panhandle on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored by a gift to Smile Train, www.smiletrain.org.

Kenneth was born Feb. 2, 1945 in Hollis, Okla. to Burt and Grace Hayes. He proudly served in the United States Army. Kenneth married Sandra Wagner on March 15, 1989 in Panhandle. He loved to hunt, trade guns and messing with his tractors. Kenneth also enjoyed flea markets and garage sales. He loved his grandkids most of all. Kenneth was a member of Carson Masonic Lodge #1167.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra of the home; sons, Lane Hayes and his wife, Amy of Arlington, Brandon Bradshaw of Panhandle, Wesley Bradshaw and his wife, Tina of Duncan, Okla.; six grandchildren; brothers, Calvin Hayes of Sunray, Wayne Hayes and his wife, Edna of Weatherford, Okla.; sisters, Lou Christian and her husband, Gail of Amarillo, JoAn Stallings of Leedy, Okla., Flo Yoakam and her husband, Gary of Norfolk, Ohio, and Doris Hobbs of Panhandle.

William Randal “Randy” Phillips

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

William Randal "Randy" Phillips 1948-2014

William Randal "Randy" Phillips
1948-2014

William Randal “Randy” Phillips, 65, of Panhandle, passed away at his home on April 1, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Oak Street Baptist Church in Colorado City, Texas with Rev. Jackie Brem officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Randy was born on July 26, 1948 in Colorado City, to Acie William “A.W.” and Betty Louise Phillips. He graduated from Colorado High School in 1966. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served as the Post Commander over the Veterans of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and a longtime resident of Mitchell County before he relocated to Panhandle. Randy married Kathy Hall in Panhandle, in September of 2001.

Randy loved people deeply and was loved deeply. He was a loyal son, husband, brother and friend. He was a loving and very special father and grandfather. As a true patriot and lover of his country he worked with all his energy to help other veterans receive the honor and dignity they so deserved. Any donations or tributes can be made to the organization he was so deeply passionate about –
James Mecaskey VFW Post 6972, PO Box 243, Panhandle, TX 79068.

Those left to cherish Randy’s memory are his parents, A.W. and Louise Phillips of Colorado City; his wife, Kathy Phillips; daughters, Trisha Phillips Wall of Colorado City and Robin Phillips of Levelland, Texas; step-daughter, Jenny Lewis and husband Shane of Weatherford, Texas; son, Scott Phillips and wife Ashley of Chicago, Ill.; step-son, Ben Herrera of Panhandle; three grandchildren - Chase Gaines, Zack Phillips, and Penny Phillips, as well as one grandchild on the way; five step-grandchildren; and one sister, Brenda Edwards and husband Joe of Alamogordo, N.M.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.kikerseale.com

Eldon Graham

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Eldon Graham 1937-2014

Eldon Graham
1937-2014

Eldon Graham, 76 of Borger passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 in Borger.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Fritch Church of Christ with Mr. Richard Kasko of Fritch Church of Christ and Rev. Leonard Forsythe, pastor of Bible Baptist Church officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Minton Chatwell funeral Directors of Borger.

Eldon was born Oct. 2, 1937 in Quanah, Texas to Sam Thomas Graham and Helen Madeline Bischel. Eldon came to Borger in 1943, he was a carpenter. He married Margaret Ferguson on May 20, 1958 in Borger. He loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed reminiscing and telling stories. His hobbies included taking walks in the country, crossword puzzles and cooking. He was also an avid pool player.

Eldon is preceded in death by his parents; son, Russell Graham; sisters, Donna Lind, Lucille Graham and Bette Scott; and a brother, Melvin Graham.

He is survived by his wife Margaret of Borger; son, Frank Eldon and wife M'Leigha of Panhandle; daughters, Helen Thomas and husband Bill of Borger, Christine Wise and husband Eddie of Borger, Texas and Monica Graham of Amarillo; sisters, Leatrice Graham of Alpine, Texas, Carole Graham and Linda Graham, both of Denison, Texas; grandchildren, Matt and wife Jennifer Thomas, Jason and wife Deidra Thomas, Megan and husband Dustin Hill, Eric and wife Kristen Graham, Alex Graham, Samantha Bogges, Jonathan Bogges, Brett Wise, Rebecca Wise, Riley Graham, Reece Graham and Kinley Graham; abd great-grandchildren Ethan Thomas, Abigail Thomas, Avery Thomas and Maddox Dowling.

Ron Dickinson

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Ron Dickinson 1946-2014

Ron Dickinson
1946-2014

Ron Dickinson, 67, of Skellytown, died March 25, 2014 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at CrossPointe Church in Pampa with Pastor Charles Lowry, officiating. Cremation and arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Dickinson was born July 25, 1946 in Portland, Ore. He had been a resident of Skellytown since 1985, moving from Pampa. He married Alma Newman on April 2, 1976, in Pampa. Ron was a gunnery crew chief in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals including the Purple Heart. He was a long haul truck driver for Secured Land Transport with his wife for 20 years. Ron was a member of CrossPointe Church. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed being with his family including his wife, Alma, and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Dickinson, of the home; a son, Michael Dickinson and wife Valarie of Pampa; a daughter, Charity Dickinson of Shattuck, Okla.; a brother, Lyn Dickinson and wife Kathleen of Lavita, Colo.; two grandchildren, Brennan Dickinson and Megan Dickinson, both of Pampa; four nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel Jenkins Dickinson and Juanita Baggs Dickinson.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 12672 Silicon Dr., Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78249.

Tommy Jack Parks

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Tommy Jack Parks, 46, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

There are no services scheduled. Arrangements are by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Parks was born Jan. 26, 1968, in Pampa. He married Sherry Ray on July 24, 1993, in Pampa.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Parks, of Pampa; a son, Cody Parks, of Pampa; a daughter, Carlee Parks, of Pampa; two brothers, John Parks of Skellytown and Timmy Parks of Amarillo; and a sister, Angie Simmons, of Pampa.

Martin “Buddy” Vance, Jr.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Martin "Buddy" Vance, Jr. 1926 - 2014

Martin "Buddy" Vance, Jr.
1926 - 2014

Martin “Buddy” Vance Jr., 87, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Panhandle. Burial will follow in the Panhandle Cemetery. His memory may be honored with a gift to Hospice Care of the Southwest or a charity of choice.

Buddy was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Panhandle to Margaret and Martin Lee Vance, Sr. He married the love of his life, Novella Weatherly on Aug. 25, 1948. Buddy was member of First Baptist Church of Panhandle and past president of the American Agriculture Movement. As an agricultural lobbyist, Buddy participated in the 1979 Tractorcade to Washington, D.C. He was a faithful democrat and a licensed private pilot.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Timothy Otis Vance in 1975; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Novella of the home; sons, Gary Vance and his wife, Micki, and Jimmy Vance and his wife, Kelly, all of Panhandle; daughter, Marsha Haseloff and her husband, Len of Fritch; sister, Virginia Vincent of Lubbock; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers of Hospice Care of the Southwest.

Naoma Louise Mooring Spann

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Naoma Louise Mooring Spann 1930 -2014

Naoma Louise Mooring Spann
1930 -2014

Naoma Louise Mooring Spann was born May 8, 1930 in Clarendon, Texas. Naoma went to be with the Lord and her loving husband on March 26 2014.

Naoma was the daughter of Ed and Goldie Mooring. She married Joe Crawford Spann on April 16, 1954 and moved to Panhandle to raise their two children, Carla and Mark. She and Joe moved to Kansas in 2000.

Naoma was a beloved wife, mom, Gram, Grandma and G-ma who loved spending time with her family. Naoma loved cooking for others, studying the Bible, teaching Sunday School, being a Girl Scout leader, sewing, crafts, needlework, reading, painting and watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Kechi United Methodist Church and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Naoma was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Joe; brothers, BJ Mooring, Herman and his wife Anita Mooring of Clarendon, Arlis and Sandra Mooring of Clarendon; and sister, Juanita Dickinson.

She is survived by sister and brother-in- law, Genella and Jack Eads; brother, Bill Mooring from Clarendon; Tina Mooring of Tyler, Texas; W.D. (Brownie) Dickinson of Midland, Texas; and Nancy Schieffler and husband Gene of Kaufman, Texas. She is also survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Dan Labus of Wichita, Kan.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Patti Spann of Lindale, Texas; grandchildren, Kelly Davis and Larry Sage of Denver, Colo., Garrett Labus and Lindsey Hall of Wichita, Kan., Matt and Brittany Spann of Charlotte, N.C. and Kayla and Travis Rhea of Tyler; and also, five great-grandchildren, Graceson, Gavin and Tessa Spann. Stone Sage and Austyn Labus and one due in June - Hadley Rhea.

Gram leaves us with memories of those warmest embraces, ‘sugar-babe’ hellos, and her sense of humor that stayed within through the very end...

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Asbury Park, 200 SW 14th, Newton, KS 67114.

A special thanks to the nurses and aides at Asbury Green House Home 1212 Asbury Park for all their love and care in taking care of our mother, grandmother and friend.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday March 31, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. The viewing and the service will be at Kechi First United Methodist Church in Kechi, Kan. Burial to follow.

Janice Faye Rodgers Brownlow

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Janice Brownlow 1954 -2014

Janice Brownlow
1954 -2014

Janice Faye Rodgers Brownlow, 59, of White Deer died Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Celebration of life services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, in First Baptist Church in White Deer with Sgt. Jim Sinyard officiating.

Janice was born Oct. 31, 1954, in Amarillo to Luther and Norma Gene Rodgers. She graduated in 1972 from Amarillo High School and lived her life as a wife and mother in White Deer.
She shared her humor and strong work ethic at many places during her lifetime. She had a servant’s heart, a compassionate soul and a sweet smile that could brighten anyone’s day. She retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Neal Unit in 2010 but returned to work at the Jordan/Baten Unit until the time of her death. She always had a strong devotion to her family and lived her life to care for her daughters and her granddaughter and namesake, Carlie Faye.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Thereasa Todd.

Survivors include her daughters, Stacie Boyer and Carie Brownlow, both of Pampa; a granddaughter, Carlie Villalpando of Pampa; a brother, Paul Rodgers of Amarillo and a sister, Tammy Boland and brother-in-law Jerry Todd of Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials be to Carlie Faye Villalpando Education Fund, in care of Amarillo Postal Employees Credit Union, 2400 Hobbs Road, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Viola Elizabeth Wagner

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Viola Elizabeth Wagner 1924 - 2014

Viola Elizabeth Wagner
1924 - 2014

Viola Elizabeth Wagner, 90, of Hereford died March 17, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Anthony Neusch officiating. Interment followed in Rest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Hereford Heritage Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wagner was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Slaton, Texas to Leo and Ann Catherine (Blume) Gabel. She grew up in the St. Francis area. In 1946 and after helping raise her 10 siblings, she left the Texas Panhandle to work at a hospital in Washington D.C., but returned to marry Lester Wagner in 1948 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Amarillo. To many sweet, young ladies she was a mentor and leader in 4-H and served many years as a Cub Scout Den Mother to many rowdy young boys. She was chosen KPAN Radio, “Mother of the Year in 1991”. She was the perfect and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Viola had many friends and was active and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Viola was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Wagner, her parents, brothers Vernon, John and Jim Gabel and sisters Birdie Mae Frazier, Dorothy Pivarinus and Leona Sexton.

She is survived by her husband Lester Wagner of 66 years; a son, David Wagner and wife Julia of Hereford; two daughters, Mary Kay Peters and husband Frank of Amarillo and JoAnn Bryan and husband Randy of Pueblo West, Colo., 18 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren with another one due any day. She is also survived by sisters Betty Dudek of Amarillo and Evelyn Risner of Joshua; two brothers, Don Gabel and wife, June of Happy and Dick Gabel of Amarillo; sisters-in-law, Ruby Gabel of Amarillo, Marion (Gabel) Prien of Amarillo and Doris Gabel of Panhandle; and brother-in-law, Jack Sexton of Albuquerque, N.M.

Memorials may be made to St Anthony’s Endowment Fund or Hereford Senior Citizens Association.

Express your condolences and sign the online guest book at www.herefordheritagefh.com.

Larry Neal Luster

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Larry Neal Luster 1950 - 2014

Larry Neal Luster
1950 - 2014

Larry Luster, a Broken Arrow resident for 34 years, died March 22, 2014. He was 63.

Larry was born June 19, 1950, in Pampa, Texas, where he grew up, graduating from Pampa High School in 1968. At the time of his death, he was retired from a long career at American Airlines where he worked as a welder for 29 years.

He had unprecedented strength and taught others to overcome, to endure and to love. Larry was the heart and soul of his family and friends, making sure that all knew how much he cared for them. He will be cherished and loved always.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Bill Luster and LaVeta Caskey and his son Bryan Luster. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice Luster; his daughter, Shelley Luster; his mother-in-law, Betty Napier; his brothers Darell Luster and his wife Lyn and David Luster; and many friends who were like family to him.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. Services will be Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3 p.m., at the Floral Haven Funeral Home chapel in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Online guestbook is at www.floralhaven.com/obituaries/Larry-Luster