James Austin Stavenhagen

James was born April 24, 1932 at Cotton Center to Ira and John Stavenhagen. After graduating from Lelia Lake High School in 1949, he played basketball for Clarendon College and graduated in 1952. He then played professional basketball for the Whiskered Wizards. James moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked for Boeing Aircraft, while attending school at the University of Wichita, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954.

After completing his degree, he returned to Lelia Lake as a basketball coach and teacher. In June 1955, he joined the Army and served for two years. Upon completion of his service, he moved to Stratford where he taught and coached basketball. He attended West Texas Teachers College (now West Texas A & M University) receiving a Master of Education degree in 1960.

James married Geraldine Murphy Trapp, who had three children, in 1960. They lived in Stratford until 1961 when they moved to Wellington. After Geraldine died in 1966, James and his children remained in Wellington, Texas, where he continued teaching and coaching. James became Superintendent of schools at Quail in 1970.

James moved to Shamrock in 1973 where he was Director of Special Education, serving a five county area for the Eastern Panhandle Co-op. He married Virginia Blackerby Cooke in 1974. They lived in Shamrock for the remainder of James’s career, from which he retired in 1989.

James was an avid golfer and while living in Shamrock, he served as President of the Shamrock Country Club, and was on its Board of Directors for many years. He also served as President of the Shamrock Lions Club and was a faithful member of the Shamrock Booster club.

In 2001 James and Virginia moved to Pampa and joined the First United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Directors for Pampa Country Club, and as President. He was a member of the Tri-State Seniors Golf Association for over twenty years, where he served as President and received the coveted “Colonel Bogie” Award. He also belonged to the Southwest Golf Association and participated in the “Life Begins at Forty” annual golf tournament at Harlingen for many years, where they made many dear friends.

James was passionate about his God, his family, his friends, farming, travel, and hunting quail, especially with his boys. Although James had no biological children, he saw the six children God gave him as his. He was father to each of them in every way. The grandchildren and great grandchildren were really special to him and they called him “Grand James,” but one tiny girl dubbed him “Stavey Baby.” James was a faithful friend and his golfing buddies were special to him.

The Stavenhagen family loved to travel and especially enjoyed trips with family and friends. Those trips included Europe, and cruises to Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Alaska, the Eastern Seaboard, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as many trips within the United States.

James was also preceded in death by his parents, John and Ira Stavenhagen, his brother, Ed Stavenhagen, and his sister Earline Strand.

James built a legacy of integrity, faithfulness and hard work. Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife of forty-three years, Virginia, and his children: son, Steve and Sherry Trapp of Plano, daughter, Betsy and Mark Goen of Amarillo, daughter, Terry and Jerry Burkham of Ravina, Oklahoma, daughter, Beverly and Lynn Johnson of Mansfield, daughter, Cathy Burrell of Wheeler, and son, Kelly and Charlotte Cooke of Midland; 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter; three brothers: Mac and Jean Stavenhagen, and Bill and Annis Stavenhagen, all of Clarendon, and W.G. and Liz Stavenhagen of Dumas; and a sister: Pearline McCuiston of Clovis, New Mexico.

Memorial services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, February 23, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ruby Moultrie, pastor, John Curry and Dale West, officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

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Maxine Clemmens Nunn

Maxine was born June, 20, 1934, in Talala, Oklahoma to Daniel Noel and Lillie Capehart Clemmens. The family came from humble beginnings. “The Clemmens all had a good sense of humor and could find fun in the simple things. They loved God and their families.” (from the Clemmens Family Cookbook that she helped write) Four children were born to this union, but only one, Maxine, survived to adulthood. Maxine’s mother, Lillie, died in a tornado when Maxine was six years of age.

Maxine graduated from Talala High School. She married Chester “Check” Nunn, September 9, 1960, at the house he built for her at the edge of White Deer. They had two children Linda Kay and Sheri Lee. Maxine taught Sunday school at the Baptist Church in White Deer teaching those mischievous boys that she loved and thought were angels. Chester and Maxine moved to Amarillo at his retirement. Chester preceded her in death on April 1, 1999.

Maxine received an Associate Degree in Nutrition and one in Interior Design from Amarillo College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma. She also graduated from the School of Massage Therapy in Amarillo and was a certified counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Maxine belonged to the South Georgia Baptist Church and was active in Bible studies and prayer groups in her home. She was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Sunshiner’s, in which she planned activities for seniors. She made mission trips to Jamaica and Brazil through church groups, and Connecticut to support Americorp.

Maxine moved to Lane, Oklahoma, March, 2012. She lived near her daughter, Sheri, and was an active member of Lane Baptist Church. She considered this her happy retirement “mountain home” and enjoyed time with Sheri, Ted and Matthew.

As “Grandma”, she enthusiastically cheered at many grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s sporting events across the Texas Panhandle and Eastern Oklahoma. She loved time with family and friends, especially hosting tea parties and her Annual Cousins Christmas Dinners, as well as attending the annual Clemmens Reunions at Talala, Oklahoma.

Maxine was also preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Noel and Lillie Capehart Clemmens.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Kay Rapstine and husband Chris of White Deer; and Sheri Wallace and husband Ted of Lane, Oklahoma. She is also survived by grandchildren Becca and Landon Ware of Canyon, Thomas and Natalya Rapstine of Golden, Colorado, Jacob Rapstine of Midland, Brandy Costner of Guymon, Oklahoma, James and Amy Wallace of Amarillo, and Renee and Daniel Edwards of Lubbock. Great grandchildren are Matthew Costner, Joshua Born, Paige Wallace, Beau Harper, Colton Edwards and an expected grandson baby Rapstine, son of Thomas and Natalya Rapstine. Maxine is also survived by many treasured family members and friends and her furry friend Bentley.

Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 25, 2017, at First Baptist Church in White Deer, Texas with Pastors Alan Wilson and Bob Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa, Texas.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Lane Baptist Church in Lane, OK.

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Stephen Anton Urbanczyk

Mr. Urbanczyk was born February 21, 1950 in Pampa. He was a 1969 graduate of White Deer High School. After graduation, he served two years with the U. S. Army. Stephen married Pamela Stephens on September 21, 1979 in Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Stephen enjoyed golf, farming and ranching, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church for over 20 years, and was very active in where he served as chairman of the building and grounds committee.

Stephen began his career as a laborer with Excell Helium Plant in 1978, moving up the ranks to plant manager in 1992. In 2002 his position changed to safety and occupational health specialist in the Fillmore office and then several years later, he became the plant manager at the Cliffside Gasfields, where he worked up until the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Urbanczyk of the home; a daughter, Chelsea Jo Urbanczyk of Houston; a sister, Joan Baker of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two brothers, Jay Urbanczyk and wife Anita of Pampa, and Jim Baker of California; two nieces, Tamara Anderson and Cassie Green; and two nephews, Shelby Stephens and Aaron Urbanczyk. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Thelma Urbanczyk.

Services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, February 23, 2017, at First Baptist Church in White Deer, with Rev. Alan Wilson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in White Deer Cemetery with military rites courtesy of U.S. Army. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

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Gerald Lee Rasco

Gerald was born in Pampa, Texas on February 28, 1945 to Clifton (CT) Rasco and Dovie Lou (Easter) Rasco. He attended Pampa High School, where he was an avid athlete. In his junior year he was mentioned in the local newspaper as “the burly Harvester weight man that has been in the shadow of the mighty Randy Matson,” as he competed in shot put. After his high school years, he was a bronco bustin’ rodeo cowboy.

On Good Friday, April 16, 1965 he married Joyce Owens Higgins and her two children, Gary and Diana Higgins. Two years later Kristy completed their family. Gerald & Joyce recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.

Gerald enjoyed the great outdoors such as camping, 4-wheeling, dune buggies, dirt bikes, motorcycles, fishing and frog gigging, golfing with his buddies, including multiple couples golfing trips with friends. He organized the construction of a softball field at Cabot Corporation and they named it “Rasco Field”. He also participated in the construction of the softball fields at Hobart Street Park in Pampa. He was coach and a player in a local men’s softball team. Gerald also coached Tiger League Football, refereed for junior high and high school football and basketball games in and around the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. He loved sports so much, that he insisted their family home be located very close to the local high school football field. He also took a lot of pride in being selected to haul around the Harvester Victory Bell from town to town to attend games for many years. His most recent sport was Old West Chuck Wagon Cooking Competitions. And just for fun he would saddle up and ride along on trail rides to cook for the working cowboys.

He was a member of the SFOA (Southwest Football Officials Association) for 14 years, the Top O’ Texas Rodeo Association for 9 years, and the American Chuck Wagon Association for the past 9 years.

Gerald worked at Cabot Corporation for 16 years, then became self-employed as owner of Rasco Oilfield Service and Top Of Texas Tubing Testers along with his wife Joyce Rasco for 20 years. They later sold Top Of Texas Tubing Testers and started Rasco Construction. Gerald and Joyce retired in 2009, bought a travel trailer and started enjoying the life they work so hard for. Gerald continued to work part time in a catering service, R&R Catering, which he co-owned with longtime friend Ed Robinson. They often would be found at various locations with the High Plains Auctioneers from Dalhart Texas.

Gerald was preceded in death by both parents, Clifton (CT) Rasco & Dovie Lou (Easter) Rasco; sisters Gloria Beth Norris & Priscilla Rasco; brother-in-law Orlin Bowman; and a brother Carl J Rollins.

Gerald is survived by his beloved wife Joyce Rasco; son Gary Higgins and wife Vonda of Pampa; two daughters, Diana Sexton and husband Tim of Pampa, and Kristy Wheeler and husband James of Amarillo; two granddaughters, Sarah Smith and husband Bryan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jill Underwood of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; a grandson, Jacob Sexton of Canyon; three great grandchildren, Deja’ Roe, Shelby Underwood and Tyner Underwood all of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; a sister, Travis Bowman of Harmon, Oklahoma; a brother, Tony Rasco of Harmon, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Bill Norris of Pampa; an aunt, Lilly Rasco of Enid, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2017 at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Colonial Chapel, with Pastor Paul Nachitgall of Highland Baptist Church, and Rev. Rick Parnell, retired Baptist minister, officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors in Pampa.

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Glendon Wayne Wear

Glen was born on January 31, 1943 in Tulia, Texas. He was one of seven children born to Arthur and Ellie Montgomery Wear. He married the love of his life, Elrain Uptergrove on April 27, 1963 in Dimmitt, Texas. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Vernon Lynn, Sharrel, Sherrie, Max, and Carrie. Glen was a jack-of-all-trades and made his living as a ranch cowboy and all around fix-it guy. He moved his family around and worked in many places including Alamosa, CO, Post, Gruver, Paducah, Texhoma and Buffalo, OK. He knew a little of everything. If anything could be fixed, Glen could find a way to do it. In his spare time, he handcrafted bits, spurs, belts and bridles. He was even known to have put his hand to making his own saddle. Glen loved riding horses, taking care of cattle and just being outdoors.

He is survived by three daughters, Vernon Lynn Waide of Liberal KS, Sherrie Nunn of Amarillo, Carrie Waide and husband Corkey of Imperial, NE; two sons, Sharrel Wear and fiancé Nicole O’Neil of Higgins, Max Wear and wife Gina of Holyoke, CO; his mother, Ellie Wear of Perryton, five sisters, Lorine Robison of Emory; Kathryn Wells of Carthage, Melba Johnson of Perryton, Florence Wells of Mount Enterprise, Debbie Hornsby of Ingalls, KS; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elrain Wear; his father, Arthur Wear; two grandsons, Chance Waide and Asher Nunn; and a great-granddaughter, Paisley Wear.

Services are scheduled for Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Perryton, Texas.

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Johnny Lynn Taylor

Mr. Taylor was born on December 13, 1956 in Perryton, Texas, to John Taylor and Veneta Cook Taylor. He was a lifetime resident of Perryton. He completed high school and four years of college. He graduated Steven F. Austin with Honors. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Perryton, Texas. He worked in the oilfield and farmed.

Mr. Taylor is survived by one brother, Reece Taylor and wife, Kara, of Perryton; one daughter, Becky Estep, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one sister, Debra Ann Johnson and husband, Gary, of Perryton; four nieces; one nephew; one great-nephew; and one grandchild.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by one grandson, Angel Estep.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Perryton, with Rev. Richard Laverty officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton, Texas.

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Garland Caldwell Hopper

Garland Caldwell Hopper, 93 years of age went to her home with God on February 17, 2017. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10 am under the guidance of Elder James Baker. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Spearman. She was preceded in death by her spouse, William “Bill” Hopper. Also, parents, Vernie & Ruth Caldwell and her 5 siblings. Garland leaves Gladi (spouse, Jim, deceased), Gail (spouse, Bob, deceased), Buddy & spouse, Yvette. Grandchildren, Jennifer & Eric with Chase, Brady and Kendall; Joe & Kelly with Morgan, James & Kenzie; Leahann ,& Bobby with Audra & Bekkah. She was blessed with a full life of family & friends, Hopper’s Drive-in, nursing that included Hansford Hospice from its founding, the Senior Citizens Center & membership with Borger Primitive Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Borger Primitive Baptist Church, Hansford Hospice or your favorite charity. The family appreciates the support & love shown to all of us. Special thank you to the Hansford Home Health & Hospice nurses and to the personnel at Hansford Manor for the tender loving care for Garland and our family.

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Ray Dean Coates

Dean was born on March 23, 1948 in Amarillo, Texas to Kenneth E. Coates and Lois Marie Newingham Coates. He was a member of the Union Church. He served in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. He was an aircraft mechanic Dean was also a past member of the Spearman Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Pete and granddaughter, Hannah.

Dean is survived by two sons, Brett and wife Kerri Coates of Spearman and Seth Coates of Amarillo a daughter Mae Coates of San Leandro CA. and two brothers Kenneth and Galen Coates. Dean is also survived by his three grandchildren.

Services will be on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Union Church in Spearman at 10:30a.m.with Rev. Mark Murray assisted by Rev. Danny Hendricks. Burial will follow at the Waka Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Spearman.

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Barbara Parrish

Mrs. Parrish was born on October 30, 1945 in Logan, Utah, to Devon Hulse and Maida Balls Hulse. She married her husband, Charles Parrish, in Perryton, Texas on May 12, 1989. Barbara is well-known for her caring, giving and loving heart. She loved Native American décor, to crochet in her free time, reading Romance and mystery novels, but most of all she loved her family. She worked as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business and as a caretaker of her family. She attended Key Heights Baptist Church and lived an admirable Christian life.

Mrs. Parrish is survived by her husband of 27 years, Charles, of Perryton, Texas; five sons, Jimmy Nyman of Jacksonville, Florida, Shane Nyman of Perryton, Texas, Charlie Parrish of Ft. Worth, Texas, Rex Nyman of Logan, Utah, and Chris Parrish of Grapevine, Texas; five daughters, Rita Beaty of Bozeman, Montana, Tanya Smith of Amarillo, Texas, Renea Tucker of Naples, Florida, Anissia Bussell of Goldthwaite, Texas, and Kimberly Morgan of Las Vegas, Nevada; one brother, Murry Hulse of Brigham City, Utah; and one sister, Betty Weeks of Preston, Idaho; two sisters-in-law, Suzy Gilless and Linda Knighton; thirty-four grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by her parents and mother and father-in-law, Clarence and Betty Parrish.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:55a.m. at Key Heights Baptist Church in Perryton, with Rev. Dr. Jeff Knighton officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton, Texas.

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Jose Del Carmen Barrientos

Mr. Barrientos was born on June 16, 1958. He worked for Azteca Milling and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Barrientos of Plainview; one daughter, Roxanne Barrientos of Plainview; one son, Carmelo Barrientos of Amarillo; his mother, Delfina Herrera Piedra; five brothers, Pedro Barrientos, Serjio Barrientos, Maximino Barrientos, Jose Barrientos and Catarino Barrientos; four sisters, Panfila Barrientos, Catalina Barrientos, Antonia Barrientos and Jovelia Barrientos; two grandchildren and one hija/hijo on the way.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 24, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview. A rosary will be held at 6:30 P.M., Thursday at the funeral home.

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