Lois Ann McPherson Smith

Smith-Obit-Photo-197x300Lois Ann McPherson Smith, 83, of Amarillo, died Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013 at the original building of First Baptist Church, with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor, officiating. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery officiated by David Green. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Lois Ann was born February 9, 1930 in Vernon, Texas to John Elmer and Bertha Lois McPherson. Lois Ann graduated Vernon High School, and continued her education, graduating Baylor University with undergraduate and master’s degrees in psychology, education and sociology. She married Aubrey Lyndol Smith, Jr., on November 21, 1951 in Dallas.

Throughout her career as associate psychologist and educational diagnostician, she served as a teacher, staff psychologist and guidance counselor. Many in our community have fond memories and deep gratitude for her many years of service as senior guidance counselor at Tascosa High School.

Lois Ann was a member of the Texas Psychological Association, Psi Chi National Honorary Fraternity, Panhandle Counselors Association, Texas Association of Educational Diagnosticians, Texas State Teachers Association. Community services include: Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Member; Chairman of Professional Advisory committee of Mental Health Board; Junior League Planning Committee on Learning Disabilities; Vice-President of Oral Rehabilitation Study Group of Southwest Wives Association; Board Member of United Fund; Officer in Panhandle Dental Wives Association; President of Wolflin Elementary PTA; Amarillo Symphony Guild; and many others.

Lois Ann will be laid to rest aside her husband, Dr. Aubrey Lyndol Smith, Jr., who died unexpectedly on December 22, 1973.

Survivors include her son Dr. Aubrey L. Smith III and his wife Robin Hendrickson Smith with their three children Brittany, Will, and Tyler; and her daughter, Kimberly Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial to the Presbyterian Children’s Home, 3400 Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Gilbert Morales

Morales-Obit-Photo-189x300Gilbert Morales, 54, of Amarillo, died Friday, March 29, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 in Beacon Baptist Church with David Chambers officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gilbert was born in Amarillo on Jan. 22, 1959, to Alex and Juanita Morales. He graduated from Caprock High School in 1977. He loved the outdoors and animals. Gilbert was always smiling and he loved helping any and everyone he met. He loved our Lord.

Survivors include his parents, Alex and Juanita Morales of Amarillo; five sisters, Carolina Inguanzo of San Jose of California, and Lupe Frausto, Linda Eisen, Rose Lyons and Rita Morales, all of Amarillo; three brothers, Rey Morales, Alex Morales and Johnny Morales, all of Amarillo; and several nieces and nephews.

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Bennie Perry

9045b9c3412045df8db3f25a800a6e36Bennie Perry, a longtime resident of Amarillo, passed away on March 22, 2013 at the age of 95. She was born in Hollene, a small town a few miles north of Clovis, New Mexico on December 19, 1917, the fifth of seven girls, to George and Willie Sagely. One of the highlights of her youth was as a star basketball player for her high school team. Upon graduation she and one of her sisters moved to Amarillo to attend Amarillo College and St. Anthony’s Nursing School. It was during that time that she met her future husband, Thurmon Perry, a native Texan. Mr. Perry’s job eventually required that he relocate to Oklahoma City.

After Bennie graduating from nursing school and became a Registered Nurse in 1941, she and Thurmon married later that year at Polk Street Methodist Church and began their life together in Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma, Bennie continued nursing at Tinker Air Force Base and St. Anthony’s Hospital. The Perry’s returned to Amarillo in 1954 and Bennie pursued her nursing career at St. Anthony, Northwest Texas, and later at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Mr. Perry pursued a successful new career in home building.

Bennie was preceded in death by her husband Thurmon and is survived by two daughters, Brenda Elaine Izydorek (Fred) of Centennial, CO, Patricia Ann Thomason (Jerry) of Marietta, GA, son Gregory Dean Perry (Sharon) of Frisco, TX, two grandsons, Adam Perry (Alyssa) of Fulshear, TX and Ethan Perry of College Station, TX.
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Dr. Charles Patrick “Pat” Oles

Oles-Obit-Photo-213x300Dr. Charles Patrick “Pat” Oles, 86, of Amarillo, died peacefully in his beloved home at the Palo Duro Club on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Services will be at 2 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer and the Rev. Kevin Deckard officiating. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Pat was born July 26, 1926, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo to Lawrence Maple Oles and Patty Alice Miller Oles. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1944 and entered the United States Navy the same year, serving honorably as a Medical Corpsman until 1946. He attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1946 through 1949, and then entered the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. As a proud member of the graduating class of 1953, Dr. Oles received the foremost honor bestowed by the Southwestern Medical Foundation, the Ho Din Award, for his outstanding knowledge, understanding and compassion. His internship and surgical residency at UT Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital was completed in 1959.

Pat married his high school sweetheart, Mary Martha Monning in Amarillo on August 20, 1949. Dr. and Mrs. Oles returned to Amarillo from Dallas in 1959, where he began his long, successful career as a general and vascular surgeon which continued through his retirement in 2000. He was honored to practice medicine along with the many distinguished physicians in his hometown for over forty years and served as a trusted mentor and teacher to many.

During his distinguished career, he was an active member of the Texas Surgical Society, Texas Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, and the Potter Randall County Medical Society. He held many leadership positions including former Chief of Staff of both Northwest Texas Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital. Pat also proudly served for many years on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Amarillo and the Bivins Foundation, and as a member of the Phi Delta Theta at the University of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Miller Oles.

Survivors include his loving, devoted wife of almost sixty four years, Mary Martha; a daughter, Kaki and husband Tom Vallee of Houston, two sons, Patrick Oles Jr. and wife Julie of Austin and David Oles and wife Cynthia of Plainview; two sisters, Mary Mike McKenzie of Aledo and Suzanne Hyatt and husband Mike of Amarillo. The grandchildren are Laine Vallee Balhoff and husband Michael, Sterling Oles, Brooke Oles, Patrick Oles III, Chris Oles and Allison Oles Cox; step-grandchildren, Catherine Van Hersh and Rick Van Hersh; two great-grandchildren, Lane Cox and Tyler Cox; and several nieces and nephews, along with his loyal friend and bird-dog, Blue.

The family wishes to thank all of our many dear friends and medical professionals who have blessed our lives and provided outstanding care for many years. We are especially grateful for being a part of the life of Pat Oles.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Polk Street United Methodist, 1401 Polk St., Amarillo TX 79101; or to a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at the funeral home.

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Grady Lee Wilson

Wilson-Obit-Photo-1-300x289Grady Lee Wilson, 92, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Celebration of life services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, at San Jacinto Assembly of God, 400 N. Georgia. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Grady loved the Lord, his family and friends more than anything in life. He was a self-taught man when it came to music, TV and mechanic repair. He was a skilled carpenter, storm chaser and served in the Amarillo Civil Defense. He was an avid fisherman, loved travel and RV camping in beautiful places. Technology was his hobby; up to two weeks before passing, he used the latest table technology for spiritual inspiration and praising the Lord.

Grady had been a member at Bell Avenue Church of Christ for the last 48 years and he dearly loved his church family. Grady retired from Pantex in 1988 and has been recognized as a Cold War Hero by our country.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, his baby brother, Pee Wee Wilson, Margie Wilson, his wife of 43 years, his 36 year old grandson, Todd Harbor, and his younger brother and best friend, Ovie Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Wilson; 4 daughters, Louise Dunlap, JoLyn Harbor and husband Pete, Nealann Williams and husband Kerry, Janis Bristow; a sister, Thelma “Sis” Jones; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Wilson; stepsons, Roy Brunton and Alan Brunton; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Larry L. Nelson Jr.

3-26-2013 34244 PM  Larry L. Nelson, JrLarry L. Nelson Jr., 5, of Amarillo died Monday, March 25, 2013 in Childress.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church with bishop James Mims officiating and the Rev. V.C. Conner of New Zion Baptist Church of Borger as eulogist assisting. Arrangements are by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St.

Larry L. Neson Jr. was born March 29, 2007, in Amarillo. Larry was 5 years old and was a kindergarten student at Mesa Verde Elementary School. He was quiet, loved to play and was full of life and energy.

Survivors include his father, Larry L. Nelson of Amarillo; his mother, Vanessa Oages; his biological mother, Janice Timmons of Amarillo; an aunt, Glendell Oages; several brothers and sisters; several aunts and uncles; and cousins and relatives.

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Iva Nell Onan Lane Rogers

Rogers-Obit-Photo-216x300Iva Nell Onan Lane Rogers, 84, of Sulphur Springs, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Donnie Lane officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Rogers was born March 9, 1929, in Duke, Oklahoma to Iva and J. Herbert Onan. She raised her family in Amarillo. She was a homemaker, a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She loved to cook, sew and most of all, play with her grandchildren. She attended Bushland Baptist until she moved to Fritch in 2001 where she attended The Fritch Church of Christ with her second husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William “Bill” E. Lane.

Survivors include two daughters, Karon Lane-Baker-Goodson and husband Jerry and Debra Nell Allen and husband Pat, all of Sulphur Springs; a son, Barry E. Lane and Sandy of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Tempe Shelton; six grandsons, Mike Baker, Cory Baker, Dallas Kirby, Justin Kirby, Brandon Lane and Aaron Lane; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles David Onan of Duke, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

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Earl William Pargé

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Earl William Pargé, 87, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Gene Shelburne officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Pargé was born in Chicago, IL, February 4, 1926, to Ted and Carrie Pargé. He graduated Lane Tech High School in Chicago and went directly into the Army Air Corps, in February 1944. He served as right waist gunner on a B-17 in Italy during World War II.

Mr. Pargé met Jane Dice while at the University and they were married in 1948 in Chicago. He graduated from School of Architecture, University of Illinois in 1950. Stood the exam and received his license to practice architecture in Illinois. In 1951, they moved to Amarillo.

He retired in 1996 after a successful 46 years in the practice of architecture. A few of his projects include the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon, Tascosa High School, Amarillo City Hall, Don Harrington Discovery Center, Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, Park Place Towers and numerous buildings on the WTAMU and AC campuses.

Earl was an avid fisherman and aviation enthusiast and participated in the Amarillo Radio Kontrol Society (ARKS) activities for many years. He was also a founding member of the Panhandle Foreign and Sports Car club in the ‘50s. He was an artist who created water colors, oil paintings, mobiles and woodcarvings and had a passion for sharing his knowledge with others.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and two granddaughters, Katie Pargé and Sarah Pargé.

Survivors include his wife, Jane of Amarillo; a brother, Ted and wife Kathy of Aurora, IL; three sons, Kent and wife Donna Sue, Phil and wife Sally, and Garrison; two granddaughters, Carrie and husband Steve Singleton and Haley and husband Kyle McCall; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Parker McCall, Jace Tyler Singleton and Emerson Jane McCall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to BSA Hospice or Olivia’s Angels, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79105; or to a favorite charity.

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Bennie Perry

Fall Candle EnsembleBennie Perry, a longtime resident of Amarillo, passed away on March 22, 2013 at the age of 95. She was born in Hollene, a small town a few miles north of Clovis, New Mexico on December 19, 1917, the fifth of seven girls, to George and Willie Sagely. One of the highlights of her youth was as a star basketball player for her high school team. Upon graduation she and one of her sisters moved to Amarillo to attend Amarillo College and St. Anthony’s Nursing School. It was during that time that she met her future husband, Thurmon Perry, a native Texan. Mr. Perry’s job eventually required that he relocate to Oklahoma City.

After Bennie graduating from nursing school and became a Registered Nurse in 1941, she and Thurmon married later that year at Polk Street Methodist Church and began their life together in Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma, Bennie continued nursing at Tinker Air Force Base and St. Anthony’s Hospital. The Perry’s returned to Amarillo in 1954 and Bennie pursued her nursing career at St. Anthony, Northwest Texas, and later at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Mr. Perry pursued a successful new career in home building.

Bennie was preceded in death by her husband Thurmon and is survived by two daughters, Brenda Elaine Izydorek (Fred) of Centennial, CO, Patricia Ann Thomason (Jerry) of Marietta, GA, son Gregory Dean Perry (Sharon) of Frisco, TX, two grandsons, Adam Perry (Alyssa) of Fulshear, TX and Ethan Perry of College Station, TX.

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James Glendall Calcote

Calcote-214x300James Glendall Calcote, Sr., 81, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Danny Mize and Georgia King officiating. Burial will be in Citizen’s Cemetery in Clarendon. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born May 9, 1931, in Clarendon, Texas, to Verlis J. and Jessie Lee Morgan Calcote. He attended school in Clarendon and served in the Army from April 1946 to October 1947 as an airplane and engine mechanic.

He married Helen Jean Eakins on April 23, 1950, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The couple lived in Amarillo and Borger in the early years of their marriage while Jim worked for Superior Manufacturing, Amarillo Air Force Base, Panhandle Pipe and Steel and Ford Brick and Tile. In 1965, they moved their family to Mangum, Oklahoma, where Jim served as general manager and president of Mangum Brick Company until 1981. He joined US Brick as general manager of the Mineral Wells, Texas, plant in 1981. In 1984, Jim and Helen formed Tascosa Brick in Amarillo, Texas, as brick distributors, where he served as owner and CEO, representing the products of several brick companies. They have made their home in Amarillo ever since.

Jim was a licensed ham radio operator and belonged to local ham radio organizations wherever he lived. He enjoyed fishing, boat racing and water skiing, taking his boys out on the water on a regular basis. He was a charter member of the Panhandle Boat and Ski Club. He also held a private pilot’s license and at 65 years of age acquired his A&P license and enjoyed flying and restoring antique airplanes. He and a few of his flying aficionados created a grass roots flying gang known as Blue Sky Airfield in south Amarillo. He liked to spend time at his hangar there, restoring antique airplanes.

Jim had a deep dedication to education and during his years in Mangum, served many years on the Mangum School Board of Trustees and held the office of President for several of those years. He was also a member of the Oklahoma State School Board Association and served a term as its president. During that time, he was a delegate to the National School Board Association.

James was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sula Fae; nieces Marthella and Christy, and a nephew John Harvey.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, of the home; sons and daughters in-law: JC and Anna, of Amarillo, and Kevin and Jeri Lou of Mineral Wells; grandchildren: Nicole Calcote, of Chicago, IL; Kenyon Calcote, of Norman, Oklahoma, and Chad Calcote of Flagstaff, Arizona, and good friend, Steve Ellard.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

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