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Eugene Sanford “Gene” Snell, Jr.

AllObitsLogo300Gene was born January 3, 1926, in St. John, Kansas to Gene and Jennie Snell where he resided until joining the U. S. Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. He served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Harmon in WWII. During his tour of duty, the USS Harmon was stationed off Iwo Jima where he witnessed the invasion and the historic raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi.

November 24, 1949, Gene married the love and joy of his life, Floy Jean Mawdsley. Gene graduated from Kansas State in 1951. Following graduation, the Snells moved to the Rhea Community of the Texas Panhandle before moving to Pampa in 1956 where he was employed by Hoover Oil Company, owned and operated Farm Service Center, and worked for Pampa Concrete and Golden Spread Redi-Mix. Upon retirement in 1998, he fulfilled his life-long passion of farming.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his son Brad, and three sisters.

Gene was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather being survived by his wife, Jean of the home; son, Craig and spouse Kimberly of Amarillo; daughter, Jen of White Deer; son, Kim and spouse Jamie of Edmond, OK; and daughter, Becky of Norman, OK; a brother, Bob and spouse Lila of Manhattan, KS; two sisters, Mary Lou and spouse Lester of Pratt, KS, and Kathy of Salina, KS; eleven grandchildren, Chad and spouse Cindy; Eric and spouse Michelle; Sheridan and spouse Waylon; Kyle and spouse Cristin; Markeeta and spouse Donny; Adam; Reagan and spouse Clay; Grace; Michelle and spouse Jeremy; Michael and spouse Sheena; and Matthew and spouse Michelle; and 21 great grandchildren; extended family, Ross and Jeanie Hoener of Pratt, KS; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gene was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where a memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, at 2:30 pm with Pastor Michael Erickson officiating.

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Jerry Raymond Halford, Sr.

1064_memorialJerry was born May 19, 1936 in Visalia, California to Eva Mae and John Rubert Halford. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1955 and went on to serve his country with the Marine Corps. On November 3, 1984, he married Kay Coburn in Amarillo. Together, they shared many wonderful and memorable years. He worked at ASARCO for many years, culminating with him serving as president of the union. After ASARCO, he worked and retired from Texas Dodge and also from UniFirst after giving nine more years of service. He greatly enjoyed hunting, watching the Dallas Cowboys and western movies and novels. He was very involved with his children and grandchildren, coaching football and baseball at the Maverick Club. In his younger days, he enjoyed play days at the Rolling Hills Riding Club, even winning the Pony Express Race in 1986. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Deborah Halford and a brother, Rusty Halford. The family wants to thank the physicians and staff of the VA Community Living Center for their care and compassion.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; his children, Jerry “Rookie” Halford and wife Michele of Jacksonville, NC, Cheri Thompson and husband Kevin of Ft. Worth, Darrin Halford and wife Jennifer of Fayetteville, NC, Tracy Longwell of West Virginia, Shane White and wife Jinger of Amarillo, Shawne White of Amarillo, Shannon Vanover and husband Michael of Amarillo; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; his sister, Eva Fisher of Amarillo, as well as a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life
Washington Ave. Christian Church
3800 S. Washington Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79109
Thursday, April 23, 2015
10:00 a.m.

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Cody Allen Holliman

1066_memorialCody was born on May 1, 1985 in Amarillo to Don and Christine Holliman. He attended Randall High School, graduating in 2003. He then attended Amarillo College, where he earned his Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design. Cody was a manager at I Don’t Know “IDK” Sports Bar in Grill. Cody had a love for animals, especially his rescue dog, Cosmo. He had a great appreciation for art and music, and loved all sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Texas Tech Red Raiders. Most of all, Cody loved people. He could make anyone laugh with his on-the-spot jokes and could make a new acquaintance feel like an old friend.

He is survived by his mother, Chris Brewer and husband Leo of Amarillo; father, Don Holliman of Dumas; brother, Corey Holliman and wife Lexy of Prairie Village, KS; 2 grandfathers, Artis “Papa” Cain and Bo Holliman, both of Amarillo; grandmother, Erna Brewer of Amarillo and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by 2 grandmothers, Donna Cain and Patricia Holliman and grandfather, Leo Brewer.

Celebration of Life Service
Hillside Christian Church
6100 S. Soncy
Amarillo, TX 79119
Friday, April 24, 2015
2:00 p.m.

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Payton Warren


Warren-Obit-Pic-236x300Payton was born March 22, 1991, in Albuquerque, N.M. He graduated from Amarillo High School.

Survivors include his mother, Christi Warren of Round Rock; his grandparents, Cliff and Cherry Heffner of Amarillo; and a brother, Jarrett Warren of Round Rock.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Bonnie Louise (Ball) O’Brien

downloadMrs. O’Brien was born May 21, 1927 to Dr. and Mrs. L. D. Ball in Vernon, TX. She graduated from Brady High School, Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mrs. O’Brien married Chester C. O’Brien on June 25, 1946 in Big Spring, TX. She touched and blessed not only her family and many friends, but she served as teacher, author and accomplished musician. She taught in Amarillo Public Schools, she taught Bible classes for more than sixty years, and she taught private piano lessons. She authored seven published books and served as a commissioner for the Southern Baptist Historical Commission. She traveled overseas 33 times and accompanied her husband to revivals in Okinawa, England and Japan, and to a month-long interim pastorate in Honolulu, HI.

Mrs. O’Brien was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. L.D. and Mrs. Helen Ball.

Survivors include her husband, Chester O’Brien of Amarillo; son David of Austin, TX; daughter Marianna Chopin of Dallas, TX; son John and his wife Marilyn of Amarillo; two sisters, Kathleen Williams of Greenville, TX and Jeanie Miley and husband Martus of Houston, TX; brother-in-law Bill O’Brien and wife Charmaine; grandchildren Reagan El Abd and Jillian Chopin of Dallas, and Lauren Richardson of Amarillo; and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, in First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor, officiating. Private family burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Earl Banick

Banick-Obit-Pic-228x300Earl was born June 12, 1942, in Moline, Illinois. His parents were Earla Braun and the late Ted Braun. Earl married Sheron Auringer on May 1, 1993, in Albuquerque, NM. Earl worked in construction for more than 30 years. He retired from Lowe’s. His favorite passions were playing golf and part-time Santa.

Survivors include his wife, Sheron Banick, of Amarillo; a son, Stephen Earl Banick of Lubbock; three daughters, Vickie Judkins-Howard of Canyon, Robin James of Moline, Illinois and Susan Buchanan of Amarillo; his mother, Earla Braun of Bettendorf, Iowa; a brother, Lyle Braun of Bettendorf; a sister, Nancy Mazich of Sebastion, Florida; six grandchildren, David Allen James, Stephen Judkins, Lindsey Elsner, James Eastep, Zachary Bowerman and Nicholas Bowerman; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Hillside Christian Church chapel, 6100 S. Soncy Rd., with Greg Corona and Bev Gambrel officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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