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James Wesley Holley

32eafe73-2c02-4760-9869-f0d4b157f35bMr. Holley, born in Boonesville, Texas on April 12, 1921, graduated from Paradise High School. In his 20’s, he arrived in Bunavista to work as a mechanic for the federal government synthetic rubber plant (later Phillips Petroleum). He received numerous awards for his ingenuity over the next 37 years. Originally a member of Masonic Isom Lodge No. 1242 in Borger in 1947, Mr. Holley subsequently was a founding member of the Billy Dixon 1369 Lodge in Fritch, where he served as the first secretary for five years. He achieved his 32nd degree in 1964 and was presented his 50 year pin in 2014 by the Scottish Rite, Orient of Texas, Valley of El Paso. Mr. Holley was also an active community leader in Fritch, serving as precinct chair, election judge, and city planner.
After retirement he moved to Amarillo, Weatherford, then Corpus Christi where his green thumb reached a magical dimension. He was a confectioner and also designed and crafted furniture.
Mr. Holley was preceded in death by wife Mary Ella Frampton Holley and his parents Marlin Wesley Holley and Frances Elmira Stark Holley. He is also preceded in death by all of his siblings: Hubert, Arabelle, Blanche, Thomas Marlin, Sion, Evelyn, Frances Oleta, and Virginia.
He is survived by his son, Weldon Holley, and wife Sandy; daughter, Karon K. Connelly; Charlei Diwan Holley; and his rescue pal, Foxy. He is also survived by generations of grandchildren, nieces, cousins and best friend Mike Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery East Mausoleum with Pastor Jerry Davey officiating. Entombment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 I-40 East. Masonic Rites will be conducted by the Billy Dixon Masonic Lodge 1369, Fritch, Texas.

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Betty R. Stevens

Betty-R-Stevens-Profile-1461768092 (1)Betty was born on May 28, 1926 in Shamrock to Elmer and Ida Mae Bell. She attended Memphis High School and graduated from West Texas State University with a BSN degree . She married Willie Perry Stevens on December 15, 1945 and was a faithful member of San Jacinto Baptist Church and more recently First Christian Church in Amarillo. Betty was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 45 years. She worked as an RN until her retirement in 1990. Betty loved traveling, sewing, quilting, crocheting and her Boston Terriers. She adored her grandkids and great-grandkids. Betty was loved by all who knew her.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Glen and D.B. Bell

Betty is survived by a son, Perry Stevens and wife Jo of Amarillo, two daughters, Vickie Hilmers and Barbara Harvey and husband Nelson, all of Amarillo, a brother Stan Bell of Wilmer, a sister, Joan Combs of Denver, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home, Coulter Road Chapel with Reverend Dick Gray officiating. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors.

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William J. Stone

William-J-Stone-Profile-1462206773William James Stone, known to family, friends, acquaintances, and many others as ‘Bill’, passed away in Keller, Texas on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. He was 93 years old. Lutheran funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amarillo, Texas with Pastor Brian Hesse officiating. Interment will be at Llano Cemetery Field of Valor with full military rites. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, of Amarillo, Texas.

William, or ‘Bill’, a true southern gentleman, was born to Anne Marie Benton Thomas and William James Thomas on March 26, 1923 among the magnolias and azaleas in Augusta, Georgia. Later, as a young boy, his mother married Joseph Hopkin Stone, USN, just before the start of World War II. Growing up in a military family during the time leading up to America’s involvement in World War II, he lived in many different places, including Puerto Rico, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and southern California. He graduated from high school in Long Beach, California, attended the University of Maryland, the University of Oklahoma, and the Overseas Extension College in Wiesbaden, Germany.

In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Navy as the American involvement in World War II was getting underway. He trained and served as a meteorologist in the Pacific during the war. After the war, he went to work for the United States Weather Service in Winslow, Arizona as a meteorologist, where he met the woman he would eventually marry, Margery Gay Stout of Winslow. They married on October 2, 1946 in Winslow. He served with distinction in the US Weather Service. However in 1950, as the conflict in Korea escalated, he was recruited by the United States Air Force to serve as a meteorologist in the Korean conflict. As he would later recall, both the US Navy and US Air Force were in need of weathermen, and the USAF made him the better deal. He served sixteen years in the United States Air Force, becoming a weather superintendent, and eventually retiring in 1966 at Amarillo Air Force Base. His career as an Air Force meteorologist took him to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, and military bases in Illinois, Germany, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., England, and finally, Amarillo. He received numerous commendations as an Air Force meteorologist and served his country with distinction.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Bill went to work as a civilian meteorologist in Amarillo. He started as a weather forecaster and broadcaster with local meteorologist Seth Kimball, who operated a small company known as Weather Forecast, Inc. He initially started out doing weather broadcasts for KGNC Radio and later moved into television weather broadcasting with KGNC TV, which is now KAMR TV. He was the morning and weekend meteorologist for the former KGNC TV before moving to rival KVII TV in the early 1970s. Shortly after Marsh Media purchased KVII TV, he was the lead meteorologist for the dominant force in local news, weather, and sports during the 1970s – the Pro News Team. He held the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and was widely respected for his accurate, no-nonsense presentation of weather forecasts. He left KVII in the mid-1970s and went back to KAMR TV as a weekend meteorologist before retiring from television broadcasting in the late 1970s. He retired for good in 1986 and continued to live in Amarillo until moving to Keller, Texas in 2015. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amarillo, and Messiah Lutheran Church in Keller. He had many interests, including military and political history, the natural sciences, religion, music, and all kinds of sports. He was a beloved father and grandfather, and his sharp mind and good nature captivated those who took care of him during the last year of his life.

Bill was preceded in death in 1999 by his wife of 54 years, Margery. He is survived by three children, Cheryl Lynn Stone of Oceanside, California, William James Stone II and wife Patti Holtzclaw Stone of Keller, and Susan Lynn Jimenez and husband Julian Jimenez of Amarillo. Surviving grandchildren are Michael Travis Stone of Oceanside, California, Joshua Michael Jimenez and Tawny Nicole Jimenez of Amarillo, Berkeley Kate-Holtzclaw Stone Simmons and husband Captain Stephen Simmons, USMC, Fort Worth, TX, and Hillary Glenn-Holtzclaw Stone Melesky and husband Andrew Thomas Melesky, Keller. He is also survived by 10 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.

He embraced the central doctrine of the Lutheran Reformation – justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus. His soul now rejoices in the presence of the Lord and waits for re-unification with the body in the resurrection to come. The family suggests memorials be to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, his favorite charity, or to Trinity Lutheran Church, Amarillo, or Messiah Lutheran Church, Keller. Family visitation will be Tuesday, May 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at Marriott Courtyard Amarillo West/Medical Center, 8006 I-40 West.

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Christi Lynn Callen

Christi-Lynn-Callen-Profile-1462377392Christi was born on February 27, 1962 in Amarillo, Texas to Myrle and Dee Davis. She grew up in Amarillo where she graduated from River Road High School in 1980. Christi married David Lynn Callen on January 12, 1984. She worked at the Veterans Hospital in the Human Resources Department until her health forced her to retire early. She enjoyed playing softball, going to her daughter’s volleyball games and tournaments attending her son’s athletic events and racing. Christi will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her sister Lisa Gaye Davis.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, David Callen; a son and daughter in law, Ryne David and Mollie Beth Callen; a daughter, Ashlea Lynn Callen; a grandson, Kaige Russell Waldrop; her parents, Myrle and Dee Davis; sister and brother in law, Joely M. and Rusty S. Sullivan.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Coulter Road Chapel. Arrangements by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S. Coulter Street.

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Carol L. Reining

Carol-L-Reining-Profile-1462270686Carol was born on June 7, 1928 in Oronoque, Kansas to George W. and Nina J. Corns. She grew up in Oronoque where she attended school. She married Edward A. Reining in Dallas, Texas on August 13, 1961. Carol worked as a cafeteria manager for AISD for 24 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing canasta weekly with several ladies, collecting tea pots and sewing. Carol was a grandmother to everyone. She had the most adventurous soul that most people have never seen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward A. Reining, two sons, Ronald L. Cargill and Walter D. Reining, a daughter, Shirley E. Reining, two brothers, Lloyd Corns and Kenneth Corns, two sisters, Elnora Kingston and Lahoma Corns, a grandson, Shane T. Hawks, two great grandsons, Jackson Owens and Brady Caipa.

She is survived by her children, Edwina K. Owens, Barbara J. Scheck, Beverly A. Hawks, Edward A. Reining, Jr., William K. Reining, Renee E. Reining; 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Coulter Road Chapel. Burial will follow in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S Coulter St.

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Jerry Madrid

Jerry-Madrid-Profile-1462452138Jerry was born on October 13, 1960 in Chama, New Mexico to Jose B. and Ruth Madrid. He grew up in New Mexico where he graduated from Escalante High School. He attended Southern Arizona Bible College in Hereford, Arizona. Jerry married Paula De Los Santos on July 26, 1986 in Sterling, Colorado. He worked as a bus driver for the head start program for YDI in New Mexico. Jerry was a member of Victory Church. He loved the great outdoors where he enjoyed camping and fishing. He also liked to sing where many times he would make up his own songs. He will be most remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to make anyone laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sisto Madrid and Emilio Madrid, two sisters, Mary Madrid and Erma Greyeyes, his mother in law, Rosa De Los Santos and his sister in law, Delores Nuñez.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Madrid; adopted children, Manuel Nuñez, Solana Loera, and Rosa Nuñez; grandson, Kobe Loera; brothers, Baltazar Madrid, Johnny Madrid and his wife Naomi, Salamon Madrid, David Madrid, Joe Madrid, and his wife Rosemary, Louis Madrid and his wife Linda, and his twin brother, Jesse Madrid; sisters, Bernie Madrid, Julia Garcia and her husband, Tommy, Margaret Valdez and her husband, Tommy; sisters, in law Tessie Madrid and Leticia Lopez and her husband, Lupe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Victory Church with Pastor Rosa Perea, officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens. Arrangements by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S Coulter St.

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Cindy Jo Pitcher

Cindy-Jo-Pitcher-Profile-1462810870Cindy Jo Carter was born September 30, 1958 in Portales NM to Johnny and Betty Jo Wossum. Cindy was a lifelong resident of Amarillo. She enjoyed all outdoor activities such as gardening and fishing. She lived her life for her friends and family and was always there for anyone who needed her. Her three grandchildren were everything to her and she lived her life for them. The family would like to send a special thank-you to all the nurses of 3rd floor women’s center of BSA hospital.

Cindy was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo Wossum.

Cindy is survived by her father, Johnny Wossum, a brother, Randy Wossum and wife Rosemary, a daughter, Brittney Farley and husband Beau, 3 grandchildren, Avery, Kennedie and Carter Farley, two nieces and a nephew.

Memorial services will be at 2:00PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home Coulter Road Chapel. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S. Coulter.

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Yvonne Vandever

_AllObitsLogo300Yvonne was born on January 1, 1934 in Pilot Point, Texas to Durwood and Dessie Vandever. She worked as a caregiver for a group home and she was also a cook.

She is survived by her five children, David Chavis, Debra Stevenson, Vicki Snow, Kimberly Chavis and Todd Chavis, two sisters, June Rudd, and Edna Harvey; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 8400 Hunsley Road, Canyon, Texas.

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Nancy Fay Gibson

Nancy-Fay-Gibson-Profile-1462964635She was born on November 1, 1940 to Fay (Read) and Vernon Ford. She married the love of her life, Deward “Gib” Gibson on February 22, 1957. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending quality time with her family. Nancy lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Bud Ford and Bubbie Ford, her daughter Gayla Taylor, a daughter in law Sandy Gibson, a great granddaughter Hope Dockery and loving husband Gib of 49 years.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis Gibson and Brad Gibson and his wife Lynn; a brother, Wayne Ford; a sister, Sandra Booth and her husband Alan; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren with her 7th on the way; and a host of cousins, and other loving relatives and friends.

Family will receive guest on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, May 13, 2016 in Valleyview Church of the Nazarene, 7601 S. Western with Pastor Larry Dunlap, officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S Coulter Street.

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Michael Ruth Janzen

Michael-Ruth-Janzen-Profile-1462972855Michael Ruth Janzen was born June 20, 1942 in Crowell to the late Bob and Hannah Wisdom. She worked for the city of Spearman almost 20 years. Michael then moved to Country Estates in 1988. She worked as a retail sales person at both Dillard’s and JC Penneys. After her retirement she spent countless hours working in the library. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all she knew. Her beautiful smile will be missed by all.

Michael is survived by a sister, Bobby Ann Malmen, a nephew, Tim Wisdom of Ava, Missouri, a niece, Robin Wisdom of Miami, Fl. niece and nephew, Shawnie and Bryce Tuck a great niece, Mandy Warren, a great-great nephew and niece, John and Alexandra Warren all of Fort Worth and lots of cousins from Thailand to Arizona..

Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Country Estates Community Center, 7900 SW 81st Ave with Pastor Scott Davey officiating.

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