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Donald E. “Gene” Barton

46778_memorialServices for Donald E. “Gene” Barton, 79, of Borger, will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at First Baptist Church Borger, TX with the Rev. Eric Barton, Pastor of Bethel Bible Church in Tyler and Rev. Charlie Morgan, Pastor officiating. Burial will take place earlier in a private family graveside service at Westlawn Memorial Park, Borger, under direction of Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors, Borger.

Mr. Barton went home to be with his Lord Jesus and breathe the air of Heaven on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Borger. He was born September 22, 1934 in Borger, TX to the late Seth Alexander Barton and Alice Stanford Barton.

Gene grew up in Pampa, TX and was characterized his whole life by hard work. He was a very proud veteran of the U.S. Navy with which he fought in the Korean War from 1952 to 1956 aboard the USS Pickaway. He studied Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He had a very productive and fulfilling career in Lubbock and Borger as an electrical engineer. January 18, 1967, he married Sylvia Rendon of Monterrey, Mexico. Gene treasured and adored Sylvia through 47 years of marriage. Gene was very active in his church, and loved to discuss theology, doctrine, and the philosophy of life. All that knew him were warmed by his wisdom and compassion. Gene committed his life to making a better life for his two sons, who were his pride and joy. Most of all, Gene revered and cherished his Savior Jesus Christ, and looked forward with great anticipation to seeing Him in Person.

He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Sylvia Barton, of Borger; two sons, Steve Barton and wife Abi, of Corpus Christi, Eric Barton and wife Susan, of Tyler; and grandchildren, Brooks Barton and Madison Barton of Corpus Christi; Ethan Barton and Joshua Barton of Tyler.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Danny Holt, Danny Kindy, Mickey Boyer, Jim Slaybaugh, Rick Baggett, Don Thompson, Ralph White, Roger Holmes, Gary Tate, and Randy Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church (100 South Hedgecoke St., Borger, TX 79007); or the building fund of the Downtown Campus of Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX (17121 Hwy 69 South, Tyler, TX 75703).

The family will receive friends at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Curtis LeVerne (C. L.) Edwards


38194_memorialCurtis LeVerne (C. L.) Edwards, 95, of Panhandle, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2014.Visitation will be held at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle on June 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Panhandle on June 12 at 2:00 p.m. with former pastor Steve Vernon officiating. A private burial will follow at White Deer Cemetery. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell.

C. L. Edwards was born in White Deer, TX to Neal and Kate (Moss) Edwards on February 26, 1919. He graduated from White Deer High School as Salutatorian and attended Texas Tech University. He married Hazel Colgrove in 1939. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII from 1944-1946. Edwards, a lifetime Democrat, proudly worked as a wheat farmer in Carson County his whole life. He was one of six men who helped to charter the Texas Wheat Producers Association (TWPA) in 1950. He was a charter member of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), also founded in 1950. From that time forward, Edwards helped to promote wheat domestically and abroad. He served as President of the TWPA from 1960-1962 and served as Secretary-Treasurer from 1970 to present. In addition, Edwards was appointed to serve on the USDA Committee on Feed Grains and Wheat in 1961 by Secretary Orville Freeman under President John F. Kennedy and was reappointed under President Lyndon B. Johnson. From 1953-1973, he served on the State ASCS Committee. He was also an instrumental member of the Federal Land Bank Board for 38 years. He was proud to have graced the May 1963 cover of Texas Farmer-Stockman Magazine and received the awards of “Who’s Who in Texas” in 1975 and “Wheat Man of the Year” in 2002.
Edwards was always very civic-minded. He served on the City Council, Panhandle School Board, and Garretson’s Retirement Home board for many years and was a Master Mason for 67 years. Edwards loved God and his First Baptist Church of Panhandle and served it in many capacities including deacon since 1948.

Mr. Edwards is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Hazel Colgrove Edwards; and his younger brother, Nathan Edwards.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Karren Edwards of Panhandle; his daughter and son-in-law, Bette and Cecil Carpenter of Amarillo; his son, Ronnie Edwards of Amarillo; granddaughter, Lisa Neese; granddaughter and husband, Leslie and Chris Lee; granddaughter and husband, Debbie and Dean Munson; grandson, Jeff Edwards; granddaughter and husband, Dondra and Randy Stang; seven great-grandchildren; step-son, Steve Spalding; and step-daughter and husband, Dedria and Curtis Crain.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to White Deer Cemetery Association, First Baptist Church of Panhandle – general fund, or charity of choice

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Chu and staff of Amarillo
Heart Group, The Arbors Rehab and their loving staff, Panhandle EMS,
Accolade Home Health and Hospice for final care, family and friends.
Our quick-witted, ultimate Mr. Fix It, candy man and published poet will
probably be missed most for his gentle face which always twitched with

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Homer E. Henslee

ThumbnailHomer E. Henslee, 97, died on June 5, 2014 at Charlton Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was born on December 22,1916, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Homer E. Henslee, Sr. and Susan B. Anthony Worth.

Homer grew up in Hereford, Texas and attended grade school and high school there.He graduated from Texas Technological University (Texas Tech) in 1938 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi honorary society. He worked for engineering construction firms in Tulsa, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Texas, London, Canada, India, and Holland until retirement in 1981, when he moved to Amarillo, Texas.

Homer married Fay Christine Fincher in Lubbock, Texas, in 1938. They were married until her death in 1992. They had two children. He was married to Inez Houghton Glenn from 1994 until her death in March 2014.

Homer was a member of First Christian Church of Amarillo. He enjoyed golf, shooting his age even when he was in his 80’s. He also enjoyed photography and was a member for a while with the Amarillo Photographic Society.

Homer is survived by one son, Kenneth Charles Henslee of Green Valley, AZ and his wife Bara and one daughter, Judith Gwen Hollingsworth of Duncanville, TX and her husband Kenneth; a sister, Mary Mager of Amarillo, TX; seven grandchildren: Matthew Henslee of Kuna, Idaho, Mark Henslee of Fountain, Colorado, Kendra Henslee Holley, of Rogers, Arkansas, Charles Henslee, of Pueblo West, CO, Nathan Hollingsworth of Randleman, NC, Anne Hollingsworth Fondren of McGregor, TX, Carrie Hollingsworth of McGregor, TX; 15 great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Appreciation is extended to the staff of Ware Living Center of Amarillo who were so caring during Homer’s last years.

A memorial service will be held at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, Texas, at 11:00 am, Wednesday June 11. Burial will be at West Park Cemetery in Hereford, Texas, on Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators (www.wycliffe.org) PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL32862-8200.

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Ruby (Lucas) Williams

140_memorialRuby (Lucas) Williams age 82 of Wellington, died Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Stallings, pastor and Rev. Gene Weinette, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery by Adams Funeral Home.

Ruby was born on May 15, 1932 in Wellington, to R. B. “Shorty” and Ruby Delany Ivy Lucas.

In the early 70′s, she worked with the Community Action Center, was a Title 1 aide for the WISD from 1975 to 1985. Ruby graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1985 with a degree in Education and began teaching first grade in Wellington. She retired in 2000 and then went on work for the Wellington Opportunity Center where was employed at the time of her death.

She was a charter member of the Faith Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday school and was always active with Vacation Bible School.

Ruby was a member of TSTA, NEA, and the Retired Teachers Assoc.

Ruby was preceded in death by an infant son Billy Williams, JR in 1955, her parents and 2 brothers.

Survivors include great nieces Connie Kasner and Todd of Bryan, Carol Ann Daves and Annette Bergstrom of Salt Lake City, Alicia Lorene White and Wade of Dickinson, and Patti Louella Sixta and Steve of Mesquite; a great nephew Royce Lee Daves and Kristen Houston; a very special friend Alta Porter and Rodney of Wellington; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Faith Baptist Church or the Wellington Opportunity Center in care Adams Funeral Home, 1300 East Avenue, Wellington, TX 79095.

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John “Johnnie” Leland Monden, Jr.

Monden-Obit-Pic-217x300John “Johnnie” Leland Monden, Jr., 87, of Amarillo, died Monday, June 9, 2014.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kerry Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at 4:00 p.m., at Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Johnnie was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Fox, Oklahoma to Clemmie Polf Monden and John Leland Monden, Sr. He attended Southwestern School of Pharmacy in Weatherford, Oklahoma and practiced pharmacy for 55 years. He was a member of South Georgia Street Church of Christ and served at one time as an elder.

He was married to Tommie Ann Campbell Monden in New Deal in 1952.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clemmie and John Monden; and a daughter, Dianna.

Survivors include his wife, Tommie Ann Monden, of Amarillo; a son, Steve Monden of Amarillo; a brother, M.A. Monden and wife Mary, of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Angela Monden and Sabra Monden, both of Amarillo, Cobey Monden and wife Lila of Amarillo, Leland Monden of Grapevine; three great-grandchildren, Taytum, Isaiah John and Henry Monden, all of Amarillo.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at their home.

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Nicholas “Nic” Reeves

Reeves-Obit-Pic-300x300Nicholas “Nic” Reeves, 31, of Amarillo, died Friday, June 6, 2014.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in Hillside Christian Church Chapel with Chris Condit officiating. Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Nic was born on October 11, 1982 in Amarillo, Texas to Carolyn and Gil Reeves. He graduated from Amarillo High School and Vista College. He had worked for Host Ice and currently Reddy Ice.

He achieved the rank of Life Scout, BSA Troop 94.

Nic is survived by his father, Gil Reeves and companion, Becky Boyd; his mother, Carolyn Reeves and companion, Dennis Pierson; two sisters, Cathy Moore and husband Steve, all of Amarillo and Missy Lindmark and husband Jeff of Nashville, Tennessee; two brothers, Phillip Reeves and companion Whitney and Clay Blake and wife Joie, all of Amarillo; four nieces, Sarah, Elizabeth, Chloie and Ellie; two nephews, Abram and Crew; and his dog, Archie.

Visitation and sharing service will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.

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Robert “Bob” Errol Scott

Scott-Obit-238x300Robert “Bob” Errol Scott, 67, of Amarillo, died Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bob was born on March 18, 1947, in Decatur, to Mary and Delwyn Scott. He graduated from Sanford Fritch High School in 1965. He loved motorcycles and all animals, especially his dog and his constant companion. His quick wit and sly smile endeared him to all who knew him. He was a member of First Christian Church.

He married Carol Evans on July 12, 1968 in Lubbock.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Scott of Amarillo; his father, D. R. Scott; a brother, Don Scott and wife Judy; a sister, Barbara Scott, all of Fritch; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family suggests memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 3611 Soncy Rd., Ste. 6A, Amarillo, Texas 79119.

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Wynona Day

461_memorialWynona was born November 1, 1942 in Amarillo to James and Ruby Craghead. She was an instructor at the Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing for several years and will be missed by those closest to her. She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by; 2 sisters: Carol Pipes and husband Bill of Crozier, VA, Jan Clowe of Colleyville, TX; 3 step children: David Day and wife Donna of Keller, TX, Doug Day and wife Anita of Midlothian, TX, Jill Bivens and husband Ray of Perryton, TX; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; as well
as a host of nieces and nephews.

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Jennie Darlynn Harwell Soria

462_memorialJennie was born August 2, 1956, in Dallas, to Maxine and Curtis Harwell. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is preceded in death by her father, Curtis Harwell, and a son, Johnny Gonzales.

She is survived by: mother and step father: Maxine and Arnold White of Amarillo; son: Chris Gonzales of California; 4 grandchildren: Johnny Joe, Richard, Shawn and Mena all of California; sister: Debra Moore of Amarillo; 2 step sisters; 2 step brothers; and a host of other relatives

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Elizabeth Loriece Levitt

generic flowerElizabeth Loriece Levitt, age 71, of Amarillo passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014. Graveside services will be Wednesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 am at Northlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dumas with Rev. Sherman Eastland chaplain of Odyssey Hospice officiating.

Elizabeth was born in Brownwood July 30, 1942, to Dr. R. N. and Margaret (Smith) Whitehead. She graduated from Dumas High School and West Texas State University with a teaching degree. She married the love of her life Gene Levitt in Amarillo July 28, 1967.

Elizabeth taught school a few years before she became a Mother and then she devoted her time to raising her children and caring for Gene.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dr. John Whitehead.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Gene of Amarillo and a son John and wife Shelley Levitt of Dumas and a daughter Michelle and husband Troy Ducheneaux of Canyon and four grandchildren Chelsea Ducheneaux, Joshua Ducheneaux, Chloe Devenney and Claire Devenney. Also left behind is a sister Judy Whitehead of Hurst, Texas

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to BSA Hospice for the loving care they provided for Elizabeth and her family.

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Gladys Risinger

241ddd43-2b6e-41bd-a525-bba5e7c37979Gladys Risinger 85

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Chaplain Brian Cooper officiating.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 I-40 East.

Gladys was born October 2, 1928 in Bellville to Joseph and Lonie Long. She passed from this life on June 8, 2014. She graduated from Coleman High School in Coleman, Texas. Gladys married Ernest Risinger on April 2, 1949 in Coleman. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Nile and attended Paramount Terrace Christian Church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend and she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Travis and Howard Long and a grandson, Joe Corbin.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Risinger of Amarillo; son, Sid Risinger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter, Pam Risinger of Amarillo; sister, Marie Cox of Midland and her grandchildren, Amy Smith, Mark Risinger, Scott Risinger and Sean Risinger.

Memorials can be sent to Daughters of the Nile, Avihk Temple #70, 305 5th St. Amarillo, Texas 79101.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.

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Billie O. Alexander

46782_obitBillie O. Alexander, age 100, of Clovis, NM passed away on June 7, 2014 in Odessa, Texas.

Services are Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 16th and Pile Church of Christ in Clovis, New Mexico. Burial will follow at Mission Garden of Memories, in Clovis, New Mexico.

A full obituary will be posted once the family has given information.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at www.steedtodd.com .

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