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Frankie L. McMillian

Frankie-L.-McMillian-300x223Frankie L. McMillian, 92, died April 8, 2014.

Services will be Friday, April 18, 2014, 11:00am at New Covenant Baptist Church, Pastor James Mims. Superintendent A.L. Gipson of the Jerusalem Church of God in Christ as Eulogist.

Services entrusted to Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes, Amarillo, TX

Frankie L. McMillian was born in Madisonville, Texas to the late Elmer and Roberta Johnson, April 13, 1921. She passed away April 8, 2014.

She was a faithful member of the Jerusalem Church of God in Christ under for 30 years under the leadership of Superintendent A.L. Gipson. She attended the Bryan Independent School District She moved to Amarillo in 1953 and was formerly employed by Judge Edward Nobles. She was a resident of Plum Creek Nursing Home for 13 years.

She is preceded in death by 7 siblings.

She is survived by sister, Rose Johnson, son, Willie McMillian Jr. Grand daughter, Kandace Blount

3 great grand daughters

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Mary Catherine Swann

Swann-Obit-Pic-249x300Mary Catherine Swann, 85, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel in Claude. Burial will be in Claude Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary was born May 22, 1928, in Amarillo, to James and Louise Swann. She graduated from Amarillo High School and lived in Amarillo all of her life.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Everett of Amarillo; a niece Tracy Everett Sumner of Denver, CO; an aunt, Anna Belle Hughes of Amarillo; an uncle, John Chauveaux of Claude; and extended family of cousins.

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Robert E. “Bob” Schooling

Schooling-Obit-Pic-230x300Robert E. “Bob” Schooling, 83, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Billy Snider officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bob was born on Sept. 29, 1930 in Nogales, AZ. He married Mary McWilliams on Sept. 22, 1951. Bob served in the Army from 1955-1962. After the military he worked in the oil and gas industry, farming and ranching. After retirement Bob enjoyed spending time with family. Bob will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Patrick Schooling; and a grandson, Christopher Southerland.

Survivors include his children, Cathy Jordan and husband Kenneth and Lee Schooling and wife Debbie, all of Amarillo, Debi Brown and husband James of Midland and Lisa Wood and husband Wade of Clayton, NM; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Mary Schooling of Clayton, NM.

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Wanda Meinert

Meinert-Obit-Pic-267x300Wanda Meinert, 79, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery East Mausoleum with Dr. Stan Cosby, senior pastor, St. Stephen United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Wanda was born May 1, 1934, in Amarillo, to Theo and Norma Gibson. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1952. She married Kenneth Meinert on Jan. 27, 1967. Wanda worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Schlitz, Gene Messer Volkswagen and Pro Speed Center. She spent the last several years as a homemaker and loved her children and grandchildren very much.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Meinert of Amarillo; two sons, John Dellis and wife Lori of Bushland and Harvey Dellis of Canyon; a sister, Barbara Jean Lackey of Lubbock; five grandchildren, John L. Dellis, Jamie Romero and husband Chris, Jadee Dellis, Jace Dellis and Noranda Duren and husband Ryan; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Delores “Dee” Wilson

delores-wilson-obituaryDelores “Dee” Wilson, age 70, of Washburn, died April 16, 2014.

Mrs. Wilson will lie in state all day Friday, April 18, at Schooler Armstrong Chapel, Claude, Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at First Baptist Church of Claude with Rev. Synott Matthews, officiating. Burial will be in Washburn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

Dee was born on January 3, 1944 in Norman Oklahoma to Synott and Elsie Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Donna Lee and Willa Dean.

Survivors include her husband, Gary, of Washburn; three daughters Gloria Jones, Misty Brown and husband Tommy both of Amarillo, and Jaci Clark and husband Brian of Wellington, CO; three stepchildren Pam Wilde of Claude, Christyl Wilson of Grand Prairie, and Chad Wilson of Arlington; two brothers Synott Matthews of Mangum, OK, and Marvin Matthews of Amarillo; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Family suggests memorials be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, 600 W. 11th
Amarillo, TX 79101-3228

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Contessa “Tessa” Ward

contessa-ward-obituaryContessa “Tessa” Ward, 30, of Fritch died April 14, 2014.

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at Family Worship Center with Pastor Ronnie Woodward officiating. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

Tessa was born in Amarillo, on December 5, 1983 to Ricky and Donna Ward. She worked as a clerk for Lowes Grocery, and loved animals.

She was preceded in death by her two grandfathers Ed Briscoe, and Alvie Ward and a grandmother Tootsie Ward.

Survivors include her three sons, Michael Hudnall, Brandon Hudnall, and Jacob Parramoore, all of Jacksonville, Florida; her father Rickey Ward and wife Christy of Fritch, mother, Donna Hudnall and husband James of Jacksonville, Florida; four brothers Chris Teague and Rickey Ward and wife Jenea, of Amarillo, Christian Ward and Skylar Ward both of Fritch; grandmother Vera Briscoe of Amarillo, and a great-grandmother.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929

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Jesse “Jake” Jones

2485618Jesse “Jake” Jones, 83 of Amarillo died Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Amarillo.

Services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday at Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with Kerry Spinks officiating. Graveside services will be at Noon Saturday at the Claude Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St.

Jake was born on June 30, 1930 in Claude. He moved to Amarillo in 1964 from Adrian. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Jake worked as a trailer mechanic at American Trailer and Equipment for more than 30 years. He retired from Utility Trailer.

He married the love of his life, Shirley Goodenough in 1954. She preceded him in death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his father and mother and his grandmother Maggie Palmer, who raised him after the death of his mother.

Jake enjoyed spending time at Jan Werner playing cards and dominoes with his friends. He was a mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Cowboy Church and Arena of Life.

He is survived by 4 sons, Johnny Jones and his wife Ginger of Pampa, Richard Jones and his wife Cathy, Billy Jones and Sam Jones and his wife Sheri all of Amarillo; 2 daughters, Cindy Bullington and her husband Mike of Amarillo and Sandy Blackburn and her husband Steve of Canyon; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Friday at the funeral home. They request memorial donations to Jan Werner Adult Day Care, 3108 S. Fillmore, Amarillo, Texas 79110.

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William Louis Wallis

2483308William Louis Wallis, 93 of Amarillo died Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with Louis Clark, senior pastor and Jeremy Shreiner, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church officiating. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, CO. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home 2800 S. Osage St.

Mr. Wallis was born in Denver. He moved to Amarillo in 1999 from Denver. He worked as a cabinet maker for many years. He was an avid fisherman and Denver Broncos fan. Mr. Wallis served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.

He married Helen Horn in 1964 at Denver. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1996 and 2 sons, William “Bill” Wallis and Robert Martin Wallis.

He was a member of Life Tabernacle Church.

Mr. Wallis is survived by his daughter, Linda Galvin and her husband Jerry of Amarillo; 2 step-daughters, Sue Vitgnos of Littleton, CO and Kathy Johnston and her husband Mike of Nebraska; 6, grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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Jose “Henry” Mata, Sr.

Mata-Obit-Pic-248x300Jose “Henry” Mata, Sr., 75, of Amarillo, died Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Jose Gomez, as celebrant. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Henry was born April 10, 1939, in Mosquero, NM, to Pedro and Vincentita Mata. He married Martha Keeble on Jan. 1, 1959, in Amarillo. Henry worked for Overhead Doors for 17 years. He enjoyed playing pool and was an excellent player. He also enjoyed playing poker and travelled to Las Vegas frequently.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Mata, of Amarillo; a son, Jose Mata, Jr. and wife Beatrice of Amarillo; three daughters, Mona Lisa Mata-Keeble and Belinda Rodriguez and husband Carlos of Amarillo and Tonia Jeanine Lopez and husband Alberto of Albuquerque, NM; two brothers; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Reba Joyce Ensey

generic flowerReba Joyce Ensey, 77, of Amarillo, died Monday, April 14, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2014, in Friends and Family Worship Center. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery in Dumas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Reba was born May 22, 1936, in Wellington to Floyd and Lula Mae Hudson. She married Vernon Ensey on June 14, 1953, in Dumas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 2014. Reba was the pianist for 35 years at her church.

Survivors include two daughters, Jana Snider and husband Gary of Amarillo and Holly Stone and husband Gary of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Amber Gildon, Austin Hill and Brooklyn Stone; two great-grandchildren, Haydyn and Tyson.

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Michael “Mike” Olson

173_Michael_Mike_OlsonMichael “Mike” Olson, 56, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Celebration of life services will be at 5 p.m. today in Cox Funeral Home with Pastor Reed Redus officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mike was born May 11, 1957, in Topeka, Kan., to John and Virginia Olson. He moved to Amarillo, where he graduated from Caprock High School in 1975. He married Laura Lyons on May 13, 1983.

Mike received a journeyman plumbers license and worked as a journeyman plumber before working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway as an engineer. He partnered with his nephew, Steven Scholl, at Apple Plumbing, where he worked until the time of his death.

Mike was an avid reader and a fan of Kansas University basketball. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter, Erin, who was the love of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Olson of Amarillo; a daughter, Erin Olson of Amarillo; a sister, Johnie Olson Boyd and husband John of Fort Worth; his sisters-in-law, Annie Frantz and husband Lee of Mulvane, Kan., and Amy Johnson of Waverly, Kan.; a brother-in-law, Tim Lyons of Topeka, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews who loved him greatly.

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Carter Kelly

173_Carter_KellyCarter Kelly went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Carter was born and grew up in Amarillo. He attended Margaret Wills, Sam Houston, and Amarillo High School, where he was Mr. AHS, president of Bel Canto and National Honor Society, and active in many other groups. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an MBA.

He married Sue Whitney in 1961.

Carter worked for IBM in Austin and became president of a data processing company there. He installed one of the first computer systems in Texas. Next he was a consultant and CPA with Ernst and Ernst in Dallas. In 1970 he and his family moved to Amarillo for him to become president of Western Data. When First National Bank purchased Western Data, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the bank. When he returned to Amarillo from Kazakhstan, he worked for Graham Data and Science & Services.

Carter was a deacon in the First Baptist Church, where he and Sue taught in the college department for 22 years. They enjoyed going on mission trips to Brazil, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Kenya, South Africa, Romania, France, Azerbaijan, China, and Hungary.

Carter was on the board of Baptist Hospital, the predecessor of BSA, Olivia’s Angels for BSA Hospice, and the Speech and Hearing Clinic. He also helped with various prison ministries and the Christian Men’s Job Corps.

In 1992, he and Sue moved to Kazakhstan. There he was briefly an advisor to the president on privatization of industries, and then the accountant for Mercy Corps International, a humanitarian aid and development organization, in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Carter and Sue were privileged to host many Kazakhs and Russians in their apartment for Bible studies and fellowship.

When he became critically ill in 1996, God saved Carter’s life and helped him return to Amarillo. He loved being with his grandchildren and participating in their lives.

Recently, he enjoyed getting to know and help people whom God has brought to Amarillo and Cactus from many different countries. He also enjoyed talking with his many friends of diverse ages and walks of life. Friends and family treasure their memories of Carter as wise, funny, caring, encouraging, faithful, and loving.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sim and Abbie Lee Kelly, his sister, Carolyn, and a son, Matthew. He is survived by his beloved family: his wife, Sue, his son, Whitney Kelly, his daughter, Carolyn Terrell, three granddaughters, Kathryn, Abbie, and Susanna Terrell, and his aunt, Kathryn Carter.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:6
“Jesus said, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church in Amarillo for missions, music, ESL, or prison ministry, or to International Commission, 260 Continental Drive, Lewisville, TX 75067.

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