Shirley Rattan

Shirley Rattan, 78, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will follow in East Mound Cemetery in Matador. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Shirley was born Aug. 13, 1934, in Mineral Springs, Arkansas to Idus and Lois Porter. She was teacher and librarian at Boys Ranch ISD.

Shirley was an active member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, the order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile and she is a Founding Legacy Partner of the Cal Farley’s Alumni Association.

Shirley was preceded in death by Garland Rattan, her beloved husband of 57 years.

Survivors include two sons, David Rattan and wife Lee Ann of North Richland Hills and Chris Rattan of Canyon and wife Dena of Amarillo; a sister, Bobbie Schmidt of Perryton; two brothers, Jerome Porter of Texarkana, Arkansas and Jack Porter of Maud; and five grandchildren, Andy Rattan and wife Caitlyn, Courtney Rattan, Mackenzie Rattan, Zachary Rattan and Andi Webb.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to be made to the Garland & Shirley Rattan

Scholarship, c/o Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Alumni Association 133 Springhill Dr, Hurst, TX 76054

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Scott “Scotty” Lee Smith

Smith-Scotty-Obit-185x300Scott “Scotty” Lee Smith, 67, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kevin Oakley, pastor of Mescalero Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Scott Lee Smith (Scotty), 67, born to Lee Forrest Smith and Cleo Nadine Foster on January 1, 1946, in Amarillo, Texas. He married Carla Goldsmith on Sept. 29, 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carla Smith, of Amarillo; two sons, Larry Smith and Cathy of Del City, OK and Alan Southern and wife Marie Christine of Amarillo; two daughters, Michelle Shockey and husband Marshall of Amarillo and Katina Bettis and husband Danny of Amarillo; 7 grandsons; and 2 granddaughters.

The family suggests memorials to Texas Oncology – Amarillo Cancer Center, 1000 S Coulter St #100, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to BSA Hospice.

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Lynn Britten

46c7855232b744178442199c70557b86Lynn Britten, 69, of Groom, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Amarillo.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Groom. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 28 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Mieczyslaw Przepiora as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Groom. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

Lynn was born February 14, 1944 in Groom, to Leo and Marietta Britten. He graduated from Groom High School and started his life as a farmer/rancher working closely with his brother, Amos, on a centennial farm. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Groom. He was a member of the Texas Cattle Feeder’s Association, American Quarter Horse Association, and served on various committees in the Groom Area.

He was a strong devoted father, and enjoyed his grandchildren. His passion in life was his ability to raise quality cattle, horses, and productive crops. He enjoyed dining and spending time with close friends and family. He was a man of his word, with laughter in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carey Bichsel.

Survivors include two sons Leo Britten and wife Dayna of Canyon and Cody Britten and wife Julie of Groom; one daughter, Kay Lynn McLaughlin and husband Scott of Conway; a step-daughter, Annet Waxler of Amarillo; a step-son Andy Waxler and wife Jodi of Happy; one brother Amos Britten and wife Loretta of Groom; two sisters, Georgann Hinson and husband Bill of Groom and Mariellen Homfeld and husband Jerry of Adrian; 11 grandchildren, Owen, Hugh, and Gwyn Britten of Canyon; Mallie, Hunter, Emily, and Brent Britten of Groom; Christopher McLaughlin of Conway; Colton, Jack, and Daisy Waxler of Happy.

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James D. McCann

James D. McCann, Jr., 73, of Amarillo, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. McCann was born August 31, 1939, in New York City, to James McCann, Sr. and Janet McGill McCann. He graduated from West Texas State University. He served in the Navy. Mr. McCann drove a school bus for Amarillo School District and River Road for the past few years.

He married Vivian Boyd on Nov. 2, 1981 in Dumas.

He was preceded in death by his stepsons, Bryan Slagle and Doug Slagle.

Survivors include his wife Vivian McCann of Amarillo; two sisters, Debbie Gross and husband Carl and Betty Canderan, both of New Jersey; a brother, Tom McCann of Pampa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the funeral home.

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Sister Mary Magdalene Baca, née Perla Baca

Baca-Obit-Photo-192x300Sister Mary Magdalene Baca, née Perla Baca, 88, of Amarillo, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Rosary will be at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at St. Francis Convent. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at St. Laurence Catholic Church followed by the graveside service in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born March 23, 1925, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, Sister was the fourth of sixteen children born to Frank Baca and Leandra Ulibarri Baca. At sixteen years of age, she entered the Postulancy of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 28, 1941. She began her novitiate studies on January 6, 1942, and made her first profession of religious vows on January 6, 1944, in St. Mary’s convent, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sister served the Church as a teacher in various places in New Mexico, California and Texas, including many years at Alamo Catholic High School. She also served as Aspirant directress in the late 1960’s and as Directress of Novices from 1993 until 1994, when she was elected as Provincial Superior in June of 1994. After her term as Provincial Superior, poor health required that she retire in 1997.

Sister Mary Magdalene is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Andres Baca, and her sisters Margaret Marquez and Tina Casaus.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters: Trinnie Campos, Maggie Gallegos, Frank Baca, Connie Chavez and sister-in-law Polly Baca of Santa Rosa, New Mexico; and Ramon Baca and wife Marcella, Gilbert Baca and wife Vicki, Polly Maes, Boni Baca and wife Sylvia all of Albuquerque, and several nieces and nephews.

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Ruth G. Ferguson

Ferguson-Obit-Photo-231x300Ruth G. Ferguson, 70, of Amarillo, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Gravesides services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ruth was born April 1, 1943, in Roanoke, VA. She worked as a nurse’s aid and med aid. She also worked for Amarillo Independent School District.

Survivors include her husband, Jasper Ferguson of Amarillo; two sons, David Laprade of Hawaii and Duane Ferguson of Amarillo; three daughters, Patty Ann Layton, Rebecca Jean Ziess, and Geneva Mae Helton, all of Amarillo; a stepson, Matt Coots of Amarillo; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Gilbert Estrada

47dca9e9-a0af-4871-b2de-ad2b16bfda65His rosary will be at 9am on June 25th, 2013 at the LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home, Martin Road Chapel, 1501 Martin Road, Amarillo, Texas

Memorial service will be at 10am on June 25th, 2013 at the LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home, Martin Road Chapel, 1501 Martin Road, Amarillo, Texas with Pastor Gary Snider of Friends and Family Worship Center and Servando Quintana officiating.

LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo are in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert was born in La Junta Colorado on September 9, 1949 unto Jose T. and Teresa Quintana and his grandfather Ramon L. Estrada. He lived in Hereford, Amarillo and Phoenix, AZ. Gilbert was a man of many talents and was willing to “go where the work was” in order to take care of his family. He loved poker and called himself the “King of scrabble”. He loved his family and will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sandy Estrada and grandfather Ramon L. Estrada

He is survived by his mother Teresa Quintana, a daughter Sabrina Estrada, a son Adrian Estrada both of Amarillo and son Gilbert Estrada, Jr. of Denver, Co. three sisters Connie Lopez, Anna Marquez and Marsha Tijerina of Amarillo, two brothers Ramon and Servando Quintana and of Amarillo, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild

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Frances Wiggins

9Frances Wiggins 78, of Amarillo, died Monday, June 24, 2013 in Amarillo

Memorial services will be at a later date in Arizona. Cremation was by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St.

Mrs. Wiggins was born in Birch Tree, MO. She was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by one daughter, Debra Barrell of Glendora, CA; five sons, Billy Wiggins and Barry Wiggins both of Amarillo, Gary Wiggins of Florence, AZ, Randy Wiggins of Brownfield and Jeff Wiggins of Cannon Falls, MN; one sister, Lois Happy of Birch Tree, MO; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

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Dorothy Mae Bell

1105_memorialDorothy Mae Bell 96, of Amarillo died Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Westlawn Memorial Park in Borger with Bob Miller, pastor of Crossroads Country Church in Amarillo officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St.

Mrs. Bell was born December 21, 1916 in Lexington, KY. She moved to Borger in 1965 from Kentucky. She worked at Jim’s Grocery for several years before moving to Amarillo in 1980. She worked with her daughter at Carousel Antiques and at the T-Anchor Flea Market for many years.

She married Claude Bell in 1947 at Lexington. He preceded her in death in 1978. She was also preceded in death by a son, Arthur Lee Bell in 2002 and a brother Charles Sherrod in 1975.

She is survived by two daughters, Reva Venable and her husband Jack of Amarillo and Joan Bindseil and her husband Frank of Blanco; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Amarillo SPCA, 11901 S. Coulter Amarillo, Texas 79119.

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L. B. King, Jr.

1107_memorialL. B. King, Jr., 87, of Amarillo died Friday, June 21, 2013 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph Myers officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home, 2800 South Osage.

Mr. King was born in Amarillo, Texas on December 16, 1925 to Lawrence B. King and Martha Jane (Trayler) King. He attended school through the 9th grade and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the Solomon Islands where he received the Victory Medal.

After his service, he returned to Amarillo where he worked in the meat department of many grocery stores all over Amarillo before opening his own stores, King’s Choice Meats. In the later 1960s, he converted his business to King’s Drive Inn where he made hamburgers and BBQ in Canyon and in Amarillo on 27th Street, on Grand Street, in the Eastridge Shopping Center, and later at the Mrs. Burger on NE 15th and North Mirror. In the 1970s, King’s Drive Inn became a popular arcade with pool tables, pinball machines, and some of the first video games in Amarillo. He also raised parakeets and finches. In his later years, worked at Cowan’s Pipe and Tobacco until his retirement in 2009.

Among the things Mr. King enjoyed were animals of all kinds and children, discussing the news especially politics, playing blackjack, sharing Amarillo history, working, listening to bluegrass music and attending his church of 45 years, Gospel Chapel. He was known for helping those in need and for his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his sisters: Anna Mae Edwards, Martha Lee Byers, and Wanda Palmer and by a brother, Richard D. King.

Survivors include his daughters, Brenda King of Las Vegas, NV, Sherrie King of Las Vegas, NV, Terry King of Amarillo and his sons, Larry King and wife, Becky, of Enid, OK, Garry King of Boulder City, NV, and Barry King and wife, Cheryl, of Kingsland, TX, numerous grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, four former wives, and many friends including Catherine Hulen of Amarillo, his girlfriend, Doris Laney of Dalhart, and two spoiled cats.

The family wishes to express unending gratitude to the amazing staff of Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home for the kind and loving care given to Mr. King in his final year.

The family suggests memorials be to a charity of your choice.

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