Nelson Cardwell

1094_memorial>Nelson Cardwell, Jr. 26, of Amarillo died Sunday April 28, 2013 in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday at Trinity Fellowship Church, West Auditorium with Randy Srader, pastor of God of Wonders Church officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St. Amarillo, Texas.

Nelson, Jr. was born in Amarillo. He was a talented, kind-hearted and very generous person. He was also the best brother ever. He loved playing pool and spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved Sunday cookouts with his family. Nelson, Jr. was a hard worker. At the time of his death, he was employed for the City of Amarillo and was working at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport as a diesel mechanic.

Nelson, Jr. loved his family. He was the proud father of 2 daughters, Nicole Cardwell and Kati Chantelle Cardwell. Kati preceded him in death in 2009.

He is survived by his fiancé, Kristina Leavitt of Amarillo; one daughter, Nicole Avery Cardwell of Amarillo; his step-son, David Pulsifer of Amarillo; his mother and step-father, Shelley and Coby Blevins of Amarillo; his father, Nelson Cardwell of Amarillo; one brother, Chase Blevins of Amarillo; his grandparents, GW and Shirley Flatt, Louis Cardwell and Rose Cardwell, all of Amarillo and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family requests memorial donations, in lieu of flowers be made to the Nicole Avery Cardwell fund in care of any Amarillo National Bank location.

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Sergio Rodriguez

Rodriguez-Sergio-1-191x300Sergio Rodriguez, 29, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, in St. Laurence Catholic Church. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sergio was born Oct. 4, 1983, in Amarillo to Mario and Juana Rodriguez. He graduated from Caprock High School and worked in construction.

Survivors include his mother, Juana Rodriguez of Amarillo; three brothers, Jose Rodriguez, Jorge Rodriguez and Mario Rodriguez, Jr., all of Amarillo; and three sisters, Marisol Rodriguez, Veronica Silva and Soledad Rodriguez, all of Amarillo.

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M. Howard Ensign

Ensign-Obit-Photo-231x300M. Howard Ensign, 93, of Amarillo, died Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, in First Christian Church with Barry Loving, pastor, and Dr. John Bridwell, minister emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

M. Howard Ensign was born in Cutler, California on January 2, 1920. He spent all of his boyhood in Visalia, California, and studied at Fresno State College until interrupted by the peace-time draft in November 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he was stationed at Chanute, Illinois, Lincoln, Nebraska and Amarillo, Texas. He was an instructor on nearly all of the aircraft used during WWII. On February 5, 1943, Howard married his hometown sweetheart, Virginia Louise Smith. Howard was discharged from the Army in December of 1945 when he and Virginia chose to stay in Amarillo.

Studying architecture on his own, Howard passed the Texas State Board of Architectural Examiner in June of 1947. He assumed ownership of the office of J. C. Berry after Mr. Berry’s death in 1950. Howard retired from active practice in 1988. Architectural projects completed by his office include Fannin Jr. High, Coronado Elementary, Crockett Jr. High, four buildings at Amarillo College and the First Christian Church at 3001 Wolflin in Amarillo.

Howard was an active member of the First Christian Church congregation during his lifetime in Amarillo. He served as an Elder, Elder Emeritus and Chairman of the Board for the church. He also taught Sunday school for many years as a member of the Friendship Class. He was an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, Rotary, and the WBCCI Airstream Club.

Howard was fortunate to have enjoyed many wonderful life-long friends. Glenda Prouty provided exceptional and loving support in his later years. His family recognizes and appreciates her care.

Howard and Virginia made Amarillo their home until her passing in 2005. Howard was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by two children, Donald L. Ensign of North Andover, Massachusetts, and Vicki Lynn Nierlich of Huntington Beach, California, and four grandchildren: Rachel and Rebecca Trahan, Katherine and James Ensign.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorials be given to the First Christian Church of Amarillo, 3001 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Erma V. Penny

12202884Erma V. Penny, 80, of Amarillo died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Emmanuel Church of Amarillo with the Rev. Joe Taylor, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St.

Erma was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Jacksonville to Henry and Ruby M. Lacy Thompson. She grew up in Cherokee County and completed high school in Lamesa.

Survivors include her husband, Author L. Penny; three brothers, Henry Jr. of Amarillo and John Henry Sr. and L.C. Thompson, both of Fort Worth; two sisters, Ruby Price and Gerline Gupton, both of Fort Worth; four daughters, Marjorie Thompson of Lamesa, and Lydia Jones, Yvonne McGee and Junell Willis, all of Odessa; three sons, Darryl Tompson of Fort Worth, and Landers and Lonnie Jones, both of Odessa.

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Joseph B. Boren

Boren-Obit-Photo-229x300Joseph B. Boren, 85, of Amarillo, passed from this life into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on April 27, 2013.

Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church with Bobby File, pastor of Evangelical Fellowship Church officiating. Private burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Joe was born July 5, 1927 to Joe and Mable Boren in Portales, NM. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger from 1945-1985. He married Alfreda Harbert in 1955 and was the father of two sons, Bruce and Dennis Boren.

He was a member of Evangelical Fellowship Church; participated in Bible Study Fellowship and Community Bible Study.

In recent years, he was a volunteer at the VA hospital. He was an accomplished artist and a life-long student of history. He had a lightning quick wit and loved a good joke.

He loved his family and the Lord and dedicated his life to both.

Joe was recently preceded in death by his son Dr. Bruce Boren. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Freda; son, Dennis and his wife, Kathleen; daughter-in-law, Vickie; grandchildren: Alyssa, Hannah, Haley, Andrew, Bryan, Tracey, and Cole; great-grandson, Zane; and niece, Glennetta Golightly.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations for missions in memory of Joe Boren to Evangelical Fellowship 5000 SW 49th, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Candelario Guardiola

Guardiola-Obit-Photo-180x300Candelario Guardiola, 77, of Adrian, died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

A Rosary Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Vega. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Vega. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Candelario was born on February 2, 1936 in Julimez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He had worked as a farmer and cowboy his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Guardiola of Adrian; four daughters, Leticia Guardiola-Mora of Adrian, Maria Guadalupe Guardiola of Adrian, Esther Guardiola-Gott of Austin, Marlin Guardiola of Adrian; three sons, Israel Guardiola of Midland, Ismael Guardiola of Chihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico, and Abel Guardiola of Adrian; two brothers, Dario Guardiola of Mexico City, Manuel Guardiola of Leon GTO; two sisters, Guadalupe Guardiola and Maria De Jesus Guardiola, both of Chuihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico; twenty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Kathleen M. Pulley

Pulley-Obit-Photo-215x300Kathleen M. Pulley, 89, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Sherman, Texas. Services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Gil Lain, pastor at Paramount Baptist Church officiating. Private burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Hereford. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kathleen was born on March 18, 1924 in Florence, Alabama to Charlie and Roxie Richardson. She had worked as a office manager for many years at Construction Services. She was a volunteer at the NWTH auxiliary and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. She was member of Paramount Baptist Church.

She enjoyed spending time with her three great granddaughters.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, George Pulley; a son, Danny Lester; a daughter, Glenda Nix; and a step-son, G.G. Pulley.

She is survived by two step-sons, Robert G. Pulley and Dr. Dan D. Moore; two brothers, David Richardson and R.C. Richardson; two sisters, Myrtle Wright and Jean Peters; and a grandson, Shone Nix and wife Tina; and three great grandchildren, Lynsi, Kaedyn, Brynlee.

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Carlos M Royo

79a8ca47-cdbf-4622-8be5-ba1bbcf2d565His visitation will be from 4-6 pm Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home 8310 S. Coulter Rd, Amarillo, Texas. La Grone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo is in charge of arrangements.

No services are planned at this time.

Carlos M. Royo was born on September 30, 1944 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carlos obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. He demonstrated extreme dedication and competency throughout his 40+ year career while working for Cities Services/Occidental Petroleum, but his favorite job was his last with Continental Resources. He enjoyed golf, racquetball, sailing, travel, fishing, and tennis. He held a great disdain for fiscal irresponsibility, heavy forestation on golf courses, and jewelry stores.
Carlos fought a courageous battle against a disease called Multiple System Atrophy. MSA falls under a group of diseases titled Parkinson’s Plus syndrome but it has a much less favorable prognosis than Parkinson’s disease. These brain disorders are devastating and research to find cures are essential. He faced his illness with unwavering positivity and an amazing sense of humor that enriched all those around him. Carlos felt strongly about organ donation and decided to lose his mind in Lubbock, Texas by donating his brain to the Garrison Institute on Aging.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rei and Josefina Royo

Survivors include his ever-cleaning and loving wife Stephanie, his bio-engineered, mini-me daughter Kristin Crowley and the greatest golfer Carlos has ever seen in person, her husband John. Carlos has four surviving brothers, Rei (Nora), Mike (Xiaohui), Jose (Alice), Norman (Barbara).

In lieu of flowers (because you will be too late and Carlos did not agree with the utility of a perishable decoration), please make a contribution to the Garrison Institute at Texas Tech or the Mary E. Bivins Foundation in Amarillo, Texas

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Oscar David Fizer

1093_memorialOscar David Fizer, Jr., 87 died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Monday at New Salem Funeral Home Chapel, 1823 Blue Mills Road, Independence, Missouri, with Reverend Mark Bender officiating. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery.

“Pa”, as he was lovingly called by his family, was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. He was a World War II Veteran and proudly served his country until his Honorable Discharge in 1946. On May 18, that same year, he met and married his bride of 67 years, Olene Tanner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Rena Fizer and by two sisters and five brothers.

Survivors include: his wife, Olene; two daughters, Kathy Fizer of Independence and Doneice Ray and her husband, Jerry, of Amarillo, Texas, seven adoring grandchildren and eight loving great-grandchildren.

Rest in peace, Pa, you will always be our hero!

Family and friends are welcome to visit prior to the service beginning at 1:00 pm at New Salem Funeral Home.

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Patsy A. Johnson


Patsy A. Johnson, 69, of Amarillo, died Monday, April 22, 2013.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 24, 1943, in Phil, Kentucky to John Grigsby and Lora Shell Grigsby. She was raised in the Kentucky by her maternal grandmother, Cora Shell. At the age of 15, Patsy became a member of South Fork Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Johnson married the love of her life, James “Jimmy” Johnson on February 18, 1961.

She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She also helped Jimmy in various business ventures including running the office of Royal Limo Service. Mrs. Johnson was an active member and officer of Clara Henrich Eastern Star Lodge #424, in Paducah, Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and stepdaughter, Judy Reeves.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Johnson of Amarillo; a daughter, Jennifer Hunt and husband Kenny of Paducah, Kentucky; a son, James Johnson, Jr. and wife Lori, of Amarillo; a stepson, Jerry Johnson and wife Judy, of Paducah, Kentucky; two grandsons, Keith Eads and Jesse Johnson; a granddaughter, Amanda Smith; and four great-grandsons, Dalton, Kelly, Braxton and Devin.

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