Carol Faye Stroope

Stroope-Obit-Pic-300x300Carol Faye Stroope, 79, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in St. Theresa Catholic Church in Panhandle. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in St. Theresa Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Groom Catholic Cemetery in Groom. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Carol was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Pampa, to Aloysius and Nell Britten. She was a lifelong resident of Panhandle. Carol married James Stroope in November 1952. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1998.

She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Gayle Stroope in 1961 and SeLisa Ann McLean in 2006.

Survivors include a daughter, Laurie Stroope Huff of Amarillo; two sisters, Willie Mae Barnett of Groom and Betty Rae Kotara of White Deer; a brother, Maynard Britten of Edmond, OK; two grandchildren, Jamie Dark of Austin and Marcus McLean of Amarillo; two great-grandchildren, James McLean and Annie McLean.

Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Boxwell Brothers in Panhandle.

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David Wayne Smith

Smith-Obit-Pic-300x300David Wayne Smith, 52, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

David was born June 21, 1961, in Beaver, Oklahoma. He attended school in Houston, Chandler, Arizona and Canadian High School. David served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He worked as a carpenter when he was young and as a salesman for many years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Smith; his grandparents, R.W. “Slim” and Minnie Shelton and Fred and Myrtle Smith.

Survivors include his mother, Caroline Shelton Jones; his father Raymond Lee Smith; a brother, Philip Ray Smith; nephews, Travis and Dusty Smith; nieces Alicia, Ruby, Ann, Margaret, Katrina, Veronica, and Cira Smith; a great-nephew; and a great-niece.

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Harold Dean Fowler

3ff44f07-0b0f-4784-baa1-a4442652e9e0Harold Dean Fowler age 93 died October 29, 2013 in Amarillo

Graveside services will be held at Palo Duro Cemetery in Wildorado, Texas on Friday, November 1 at 11:00 AM.

Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia

Harold was born in Amarillo on December 24, 1919 to L.B. and Edna Fowler. He attended Wildorado schools but graduated from Grandbury and went on to attend Tarleton State University and graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in Mathematics. He married Lazelle Gwynn on December 8, 1948.

Harold farmed and ranched his entire life; however he also ran Fowler Pump Company. He adored his family and was especially fond of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He cherished time spent in the company of loved ones.

Harold was preceded in death by a son William Robert Fowler in April 1, 2012.

He is survived by his wife Lazelle; his son James Dean “Jim” Fowler and his wife Joy of Wildorado; his two grandsons Chad Fowler and his wife Tiffany Kay and Dusty Fowler and his wife Tiffany Sheree’; and seven great-grandchildren, Caden, Slade, Nashton, Copper, Kinsleigh, Coy and Brooklyn

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James N. “Jim” White

eca42db3-3ad2-4178-8bf0-7d753bddbc57James N. “Jim” White, 82, of Amarillo died October 29, 2013.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Lifeway Fellowship Church, located at 3315 Hancock, with Ray Milhoan officiating. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall at Lifeway following burial services at Llano Cemetery. Services are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia

Mr. White was born August 19, 1931 in Amarillo to Jesse B. and Zella Garretson White. Jim was a 1948 graduate of Panhandle High School and graduated from West Texas with a BBA degree in 1958.

He ran many business, managed many properties including the Rivera Swim and Slide and and DJ Enterprises. He cherished time spent with his wife and friends in Amarillo and New Mexico. He raised a small herd of cattle that were known as “his babies” and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

The family will receive guests at the funeral home Friday evening from 6PM until 7 PM at the funeral Home

He was preceded in death by his son, Donald James “Donnie” White in 2007. He is survived by his wife Conde George White, daughter Wendie White Woodward and husband Jeff of Plano, sisters Ramona Price, Loretta Cole, and Carroll Brigman, all of Amarillo, grandsons James Davis White and Joseph Daniel White, both of San Ramon, California, granddaughters Claire Elise Woodward, Audrey Lee Woodward and Grace Isabel Woodward, grandsons Thomas Evan and William Conde, all of Plano, Texas.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army or a favorite charity.

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Mary Fleming

Fleming-Obit-Pic-225x300Mary Fleming, 75, of Amarillo, died Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Anna St. Church of Christ with Gene Shelburne and Lyndon Latham officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Fleming was born on January 11, 1938 in Amarillo to Elvora and Woodrow Allen. Being a “preacher’s kid” she spent early childhood in several places. During elementary school the family relocated to Denison where she graduated from high school. She moved to Amarillo in 1956, and began work in the retail clothing field, being employed at Klines, and Colberts. Returning in 1960, Amarillo has been her home since that time. She was a homemaker.

In addition to being a homemaker, she was an enthusiastic supporter of Amarillo Christian School. Other volunteer work included the Northwest Texas Hospital Auxiliary, Potter County Senior Citizen Committee, and Meals on Wheels. Being instrumental in the establishing the Meals on Wheels program, the Amarillo-Globe Times honored her in an accolade for service as the first Coordinator. She had a passion for the serving the elderly.

In 1983, she and Darrell purchased a property west of Trinidad, Colorado and revived a previous name, Stonewall Guest Ranch. Mary had an immediate vision of changing the operation to focus on family reunions and church groups. By her ingenuity and many garage sales, the place took on the atmosphere of a visit to Granny’s house, providing a blessing to groups from all over the tri-state area.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at The Cottages at Quail Creek where Mary has been a resident for three years, and to Odyssey Hospice staff for the compassionate service they provided.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Darrell Fleming, of the home; a son, Louis Fleming and wife Jacque of Andrews, TX; a daughter, Darla Bracken and husband Stuart of Amarillo; two brothers, Roger Allen of San Angelo and Randy Allen of Lubbock; her grandchildren, Jessica Shopoff and husband Patrick; Stefanie Bailey and husband Joe; Macey Ochesky and husband Justin; Dustin Bracken and Meridith Bracken; her great-grandchildren, Hudson, Disney, Everett and Declan.

The family suggests memorials to the Christian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114-1670 or Meals on Wheels, 219 W. 7th, Amarillo, TX 79101.

The family will receive friends from 6pm – 7pm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the funeral home.

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Marcy Ann Mathis

Mathis-Obit-Pic-201x300Marcy Ann Mathis, 60, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in First Christian Church with Rev. Marvin James, retired minister, officiating. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marcy Ann Mathis was born in Perryton, in 1953, to A.B. and Dolores Holmes. Ms. Mathis worked at Baptist St. Anthony’s in Medical Transcription for over 20 years. She was active in her church and at the Downtown Women’s Center. She enjoyed traveling to Israel and volunteering with the people there.

She was preceded in death by her father, A.B. Holmes.

Survivors include two sons, Jacob Mathis of Odessa and Joshua Mathis and wife Stacie of Lubbock; her mother, Dolores Holmes of Amarillo; and a brother, Bruce Holmes and wife Jackie of Cedar Hill.

The family suggests memorials be made to Downtown Women’s Center, 409 S. Monroe, Amarillo, TX 79101.

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Christopher Merlin “Chris” McCorkle

McCorkle-Obit-Pic-2-193x300Christopher Merlin “Chris” McCorkle, 20, of Sunray, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Dumas Church of Christ, 14th St. in Dumas, with DeWayne Gion, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Brown Memorial Cemetery in Sunray. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Chris was born Feb. 1, 1993, in Abilene to Shawn and Dawn McCorkle. He married Kaylee Elizabeth Gordon on March 9, 2013, in Amarillo. Chris was a member of Civil Air Patrol and Dumas Church of Christ, 14th St. in Dumas.

Survivors include his wife, Kaylee Elizabeth McCorkle, of the home; his father and mother, Shawn and Dawn McCorkle of Sunray; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James “J.D.” and Starla Gordon of Sunray; his birth mother, Sandra Crosby of Nashville, TN; his grandparents, Don and Beth Rich of Abilene and Kenneth and Charlotte McCorkle of Alvarado; his great-grandfather, Noel Head of Mena, AR; his great-grandmother, Jane Bullion of Mineral Wells; and a host of cousins and in-laws.

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Emiliano Garcia Jr.

E.-Garcia-Obit-PicEmiliano Garcia Jr., 46, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Rosary will be said at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery East. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Emiliano was born August 16, 1967, in Santa Fe, NM to Emiliano and Valentina Garcia. He was a loving father and husband, was known as a hard worker, and always will be loved, missed and remembered.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Garcia; his children, Frank Banuelos, Julie Garcia, Jessica Garcia, Ashley Garcia, and Stephanie Garcia; six grandchildren; 10 sisters; and 2 brothers.

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Johnnie Lou Branch

crossJohnnie Lou Branch age 76 of Amarillo, died October 27, 2013 in Amarillo.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday (location to be determined) with Rev. John Ayers officiating from Hobbs, New Mexico. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

Johnnie Lou was born in Dodson, Texas on December 14, 1936 to John Harden and Opal Marie Baird. She graduated as valedictorian from Dodson High School in 1954. On September 3, 1955 she married the love of her life, Billy Ray Branch in Wellington, Texas.

She worked in retail for over thirty years at Colbert’s and Dillard’s, retiring from Dillard’s in 2002.
Johnnie’s life revolved around her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whether attending a sporting event or another activity, she cherished time spent with each of them.
She was passionate about reading and even enjoyed watching the occasional old western movie. Johnnie had a particular fondness for red birds but enjoyed watching all types.

The family will receive visitors Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Schooler Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and two sisters, Verna Mae and Sarah.
Survivors include her two daughters, Diann Wright and husband Scott and Mary Moore and husband Darryl; her son Randy Branch and wife Jacque all of Amarillo; one sister, Shirley Ayers of Hobbs, New Mexico; one brother, Vernon Baird of Oklahoma CIty, OK; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.

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Mary Lee Brune Needham

692e65da90834f67bd3f59e9f325d683 (1)Mary Lee Brune Needham died October 23, 2013 at the age of 69 after a brief illness.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 27 in Brentwood Chapel at Schooler Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 28 in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with the Rev. John Valdez officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

Mary was born in Ft. Madison, Iowa on September 21, 1944 to Bernard and Colette Brune of St. Paul, Iowa. She attended St. James grade school and high school graduating in 1962. Mary attended Ottumwa Heights Jr. College, Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, and New Mexico Highlands University, graduating with a degree in elementary education. She taught school in Davenport-Bettendorf, Iowa; Joplin, Missouri; and 24 years at St. Mary’s School in Amarillo, for a total of 32 years.

Mary married the love of her life, Dr. Thomas E. Needham on May 8, 1965 at St. James Church in St. Paul, Iowa. They were members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Jason Edward Needham.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Suzanne Needham of Amarillo; two sons, Thomas E. Needham, Jr. and wife, Carolyn and Timothy Needham and wife, Carrie all of Amarillo; three sisters, Janet Thrasher of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Peggy Womer of Algoma, Wisconsin, Ellen Gaudineer of Des Moines, Iowa; four brothers, William Brune of West Burlington, Iowa, Eugene Brune of Houghton, Iowa, Kenneth Brune of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Samuel Brune, of Sterling, Illinois; and five grandchildren, Tristyn, Dena, Mary-Claire, Gretchen, and Robby.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 4118 S. Bonham, Amarillo, TX 79110.


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