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Roy L. Jones

2933052Roy L. Jones, 87, died January 27, 2015, in Pampa.

Services will be at 10:00 AM Friday, January 30, 2015, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Jeff Knighton, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Jones was born October 19, 1927 in Paris, Texas. He married Katherine Lyons on August 16, 1976 in Pampa. She preceded him in death on December 23, 2009. Roy was the foreman for Texas Pipe and Metal, retiring after 28 years of service. He was a member of First Christian Church and he loved to go fishing.

Roy was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Jones on December 5, 2000; seven brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include two grandsons, Jeff Jones and wife Jodie of Pampa; and Kelly Jones and wife Krista of Amarillo; five great-grandchildren, Kalynn Curtis and husband Justin, Brian Jones and wife Heather, and Blake Jones, all of Pampa, and Hayden Jones and Cooper Jones, both of Amarillo; and four great-great-grandchildren, Weston Jones, Lindi Jo Curtis, Haegan Curtis and Aubrie Jones, all of Pampa.

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Mr. Rafael Nanez Regalado

gen skyMr. Rafael Nanez Regalado, 72, long time Hereford resident died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Hereford.

Services are pending.

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Ruby P. Graham

2932716_wlppRuby P. Graham quietly entered Heaven on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. She was 88 years old. She was born July 7, 1926 to Joe & Bertie Oakley at their homeplace South of Memphis. She was the youngest of 8 children. She delighted in being the spoiled baby. Many memories recanting hilarious, takes of this precocious little girl. She attended grade school at Gammage School, a one-room divided by a sheet to separate older students from the younger ones. Her maternal grandfather donated the land & built the school. She furthered her education at public schools and high school at Memphis. She married Lester W. Graham on June 19, 1944. Their courtship took place at the skating rink and their marriage was one of 49 years until Lester’s death in 1993. They made Memphis their home where they raised four children. In 1966, she graduated from the first class of Licensed Vocational Nurses in Memphis. She worked as an LVN for numerous years at Hall County Hospital. She also did various private duty nursing jobs for individual families. There are those who still speak kindly of her as being the most dedicated and caring nurse they had ever known. She had a personality to match no other. She could be serious at one minute and at the next she loved to tell jokes. She certainly let one know where one stood with her and she didn’t have any problem giving her opinion in situations. She was a beloved wife, mother, and Nanny; a meticulous housekeeper, and famous for her sunk in the middle but delicious cakes. She could always laugh at herself baking those. She was baptized in the Baptist faith & was a charter member of the Travis Baptist Church. She played piano by ear & she passed her love of music on to her children and grandchildren as well. Many of her fun-filled times were spent singing Karaoke at family gatherings every Friday night up until the age of 84. She still remains the Queen of Karaoke. Mother, walk slowly for soon we will follow.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY – Yet, in her lifetime she knew tragedy and heartbreak with the death of her parents; 4 brothers, Irvin, Dick, Jim, and Sonny Oakley; 2 sisters, Estelle Hudson and Josie Oakley; husband, Lester; their first born grandchild, Macelanie Joyce Graham; and her daughter in law, Brenda Joyce Graham.

SURVIVORS – While she’s rejoicing in heaven with them and many more who have gone before her, she leaves other to mourn her passing, sons, Keith Graham of Claude and Gary Dale Graham and wife Nita of Memphis; daughters, Sissy Thweatt and husband Jerry of Saint Jo and Rita LeGate of Memphis; her 10 grandchildren, Heath Spruill, Dee Collum, Jodie George, Mickie McQuirk, Justin Thweatt, Leslie White, Mark Graham, Missy Henderson, Brandi Beagle, and Terry LeGate; 19 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and 1 sister, Helen Collins.

MEMORIALS- The family request memorials be sent to the Fairview Cemetery Association, American Heart Association, or a favorite charity of choice.

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Minnie Lee Phillips Pakan

gen skyMinnie Lee Phillips Pakan was born February 29th, 1924 to Charles Morgan and Nancy Francis Phillips in Decator, Texas. She died January 24th in Amarillo. Minnie married Dusan Pakan on June 29th, 1946 at the Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in the Pakan Community between Shamrock and McLean. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two older sisters, Jeannette Phillips Ellerd and Movelda Phillips Franks and an older brother, Carl Phillips.

She was a loving and devoted mother of two children, Phyllis Pakan Eagan of San Antonio and Sam Pakan of Amarillo and Shamrock.

Minnie was a lifelong learner, story teller and lover of children. She taught for 38 years in Shamrock, Lela and Pakan schools and was named Region 16 Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Her teaching career began during World War II when, as a third-year student at West Texas State Teachers College, many young men were inducted into the armed forces. The resulting teacher shortage necessitated a waiver of the required bachelor’s degree for teachers. Having graduated high school at age 16, nineteen-year-old Minnie Phillips accepted her first position teaching elementary school students in Lela, Texas. A year later, she accepted a job as school marm for grades one through eight at Pakan School, a few miles west of Lela.

Pakan School had neither running water or indoor toilets, but rancher and school board president, Dusan Pakan, who resided only a half mile away, brought fresh water in milk cans at recess and during lunch break. By Minnie’s second year of teaching, it was noted by many that Dusan began arriving early and frequently remained after recess. A courtship ensued and the two were married a year later.

Minnie went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees taking night classes while teaching, caring for infirm parents, and raising two children, driving them to daily activities. She also provided meals for the family and neighboring ranchers when they came to share the load of cattle working or harvest.

In her final years, she completed a book on the history of the Pakan Community and researched the genealogy of the Pakan and Phillips families. She also spoke often and lovingly of former students.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Eagan, her son and his wife, Sam and Tanya Pakan, one grandson and his wife, Stefan Ruff and Chantal McCabe, and eight great-grandchildren, Molly and Phoebe McCabe, and Mikayla, Megan, Merrick, Graydon, Marcus and Berkeley Tipps.

The family requests memorials be sent to Olivia’s Angels of Amarillo or True Blessings of Canyon.

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Thomas “Red” Ryder

ec82d53c-83d5-4538-90ec-e6bf17ed477eThomas “Red” Ryder

January 23, 1929 in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2015 in Amarillo

Celebration of Life services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Pioneer Chapel with Pastor Joe Andrajack and Pastor Gerald Petsch officiating

Thomas was born January 23, 1929 in Los Angeles to Thomas and Bertha Ryder. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 20 years and 5 days of service, at the Amarillo Air Force Base. He was a Korean War Veteran. Thomas received his Masters degree from West Texas State University and then taught Industrial Arts at Fannin Junior High before retiring from there. He was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church and was also a member of the DAV, and a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Amarillo. Thomas loved to bowl and enjoyed swimming and traveling. He was a man who just loved life. He was very family oriented who loved his children and entire family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lilo Ryder and two sons Pete and Raymond Ryder.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Audrey Ryder of Amarillo; his children, Frank Ryder and wife Charlotte, Robert Ryder and wife Jo Ellen, LouAnne Williams and Logan Williams and wife Angela; also by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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Loretta Jean Wimer

Wimer-Loretta-Obit-Pic1-238x300Loretta Jean Wimer, 80, of Amarillo, died Saturday, January 24, 2015.

A memorial gathering will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd with Dr. G. A. Roach officiating.

Loretta was born on June 10, 1934 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Ada and Delbert Winkle. She had worked as a waitress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Chester Wimer, a daughter, Jeanne Aldridge, a son, Dennis Wimer; two brothers, Lee and Junior, and a sister Dorothy.

She is survived by her son, Danny Wimer, of Amarillo; a brother, Charles Winkle and wife Barbara of Terra Haute, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

Mama I will be listening for your whistle.

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