Dee Hawkins

bff8cc909d234e30939fefba4e6b8533Dee Hawkins was born in Pampa, Texas Dec 8, 1947 to R.D. “Red” and Maxine Hawkins. Dee attended the Pampa schools, Woodrow Wilson, Pampa Jr. High, and Pampa High graduating in 1966. He attended West Texas State University and graduated in 1970. He was accepted into Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida for the Navy where he was trained as a navigator for Naval aircraft. An unusual condition kept him from going into high altitudes. He was moved to Naval Investigations and served as a plain clothes agent in the Naval Investigation Service. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he became a marketing director for Baxter Laboratories in Chicago. He missed the Texas Panhandle and returned to Amarillo in 1978. He was founder and owner of Hawkins Trailer and Equipment Company in Amarillo, Texas for 35 years. He also owned and operated Rockhound Supply and was very active in the Golden Spread Gem & Mineral Society. He was a District Director for the Hugh O’Brian Foundation, and volunteered for non-profit organizations that worked with children.

He is survived by his mother Maxine Hawkins, his beautiful wife Karen Hawkins, his brother Tom Hawkins and sister-in-law Mary. He is also survived by his son Nickolas Hartwell, and step-children, Shantel, A.J. and Tyson Hartwell.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 am on Monday December 2, 2013

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Brenda Kaye Nicholes

generic Fall Candle EnsembleBrenda Kaye Nicholes, age 68, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors.

Brenda was born in Liberal, Kansas to Chester and Fern (Delano) Nicholes on July 22, 1945. She received her BA degree in 1967 in Biology/Chemistry from ? and her PhD. from University of Illinois Medical Center and served her Fellowship at University of Texas. She was appointed to the Medical Staff of metroHelath in 1989 in Cleveland, Ohio as the Head of Critical Care. She then became Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with her specialty being Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Critical Care and Point of Care.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Charles Laverne Nicholes.

Brenda is survived by her three sisters Delores and Jim Breton of Amarillo, CHarlyse and Jim Oblander of Goodwell, Ok. and Meriem Nicholes of Amarillo and a special niece Rhonda Ford Moore and her husband Ronnie and a special Nephew Doug Ford both of Amarillo.

The family requests donations, in Brenda’s name, be made to National Parkinson Foundation,
Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.

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Pedro Angel Rivera

generic 1066_memorialPedro Angel Rivera, 70, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Rivera was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Ciales, Puerto Rico, to Baltasar and Demetria Rivera. He had worked as a cook.

Survivors include his daughter, Maria M. Mendez of Amarillo; three sons, Pedro Angel Rivera, Jr. of San Francisco, CA, Hector Rivera of Pampa and Daniel Rivera of Amarillo; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Jerry Reese Garrett

Garrett-Obit-Pic-208x300Jerry Reese Garrett, 47, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jerry was born Sept. 26, 1966, in Amarillo.

He joined in Heaven with his parents, Jesse and Linda Garrett and grandparents, Dorothy and Blueford Turner.

Survivors include two brothers, Jack Garrett and wife Myra and Jeff Garrett and wife Michelle; a sister, Loretta Forbes and husband Chris; four daughters, Lindsey Garrett of Amarillo, Ashley Pratt and husband Adrian of Florida, Christian Bovee and husband Justin of New Mexico and Jordan Wheeler and husband Cidney of Amarillo; 6 nieces and nephews, Bo, Amber, Cody, Katelyn, Marissa and Tristan; 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Mina, Samuel, Khloe, Emilie and Dokota; and best friends, Faedra Bowers, mother of his children, and Alicia A. Martin, partner in crime at fishing time.

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Ruth A. Nichols

Nichols-Obit-Photo-243x300Ruth A. Nichols, 96, of Amarillo died, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Jeff Messer, chaplain of Childers Place, officiating. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery in Perryton. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ruth was born April 10, 1917, in Beaver County, Okla., on her parents’ homesteaded land. She was one of seven children born to Rueben Clayton Nichols and Ocie Mumma Nichols.

Ruth graduated from Perryton High School, where she loved playing on the girls’ basketball team. She attended beauty school and worked as a beautician in Pampa.

At the outset of World War II, Ruth left Pampa to work in Wichita, Kan., at the Boeing Aircraft Plant installing equipment in the warplanes. After a short time, she moved on to Seattle and worked for Boeing there

She opened her Mona Lisa Hairdressing Studio in Seattle in 1946. Ruth closed her business in 1953, returned to Texas and assisted in the care of her elderly parents. At that time, she made a career change and began work at Nunn Electric in Amarillo and remained there until retirement in 1984.

Ruth loved using leisure time to cook, garden, and travel and to take classes at Amarillo College. She learned the florist business and would help out at busy times for the florists. She also spent a lot of time caring for others and visiting those who were ill.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Emmette “Pete” and William; and four sisters, Helen Turner, Gladys Brooks, Lillian Neilson and Letha Branum.

Survivors include ten nieces and nephews; many great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Kilgore Drive, Ste. 110, Amarillo, TX 79106; or your favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the funeral home.

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Georgia Jane Weathers

Weathers-220x300Georgia Jane Weathers, 72, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dale Bigham officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Georgia was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Wheeler to George and Janie Fulks. She married Ron Weathers on March 23, 1958, in Amarillo. Georgia was a registered nurse. She was a member of Arden Road Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom West Fulks.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Weathers; three children, Garland Weathers and wife Susan of Dallas, Gina Marlow and husband Jim and Jana Satterfield and husband Gary, all of Amarillo; two sisters, Shirley Neff and husband Carl and Dollie Fulks, all of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Clint Weathers and Kara Weathers both of Dallas, Garrett Satterfield and Janie Satterfield, both of Amarillo; and special friends, Frank and Linda Beierschmitt of Lubbock.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the funeral home.

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Dr. Jesse (Jess) W. Ghormley

Ghormley-Obit-Pic-191x300Dr. Jesse (Jess) W. Ghormley, 88 of Amarillo, Texas went to his eternal home on November 26, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Westcliff Bible Church, 5300 Amarillo Blvd., with Dr. Steven Waterhouse, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dr. Ghormley was born in Cisco, Texas and is predeceased by his parents, Dr. William Isaac and Ammon Ghormley; sister Miriam and brother William Isaac, Jr.

Dr. Ghormley graduated from Cisco High School at the age of 16 and attended 2 years at Cisco Junior college before enlisting in the Navy. He rose to the grade of Lieutenant, Junior Grade and served in the Pacific Fleet. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal after distinguishing acts of heroism on Peleliu Island, September 15, 1944.

Upon being honorably discharged he went on to attend Southern Methodist University and then graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in July, 1949. Dr. Ghormley initially practiced in Arlington, Texas but was presented with an opportunity to relocate to Amarillo in the early fifties, working for Broome Optical in the summer of 1950. He subsequently purchased the business and practiced for over 63 years before retiring in 2012. He was one of the first optometrists in the Panhandle to prescribe and fit contact lenses, which he greatly enjoyed throughout his career. One of his greatest pleasures was in seeing his patients over the many generations.

He was active throughout his lifetime in charitable and civic events. A member of the Gideon’s, supported Faith City Mission, a long-standing member of Rotary, a former president were just some of his activities. Dr. Ghormley also gladly played the role of Santa for many years, visiting children in Amarillo hospitals.

Dr. Ghormley loved music and to sing–his singing career began when he agreed to perform in church in exchange for his first ride on a horse at the age of 12. He continued to sing throughout his lifetime, in barbershop quartets, church choirs, with his cousins and children with little provocation.

Dr. Ghormley and his wife were active members in Westcliff Bible Church for many years. He was an astute student of the Bible and studied the word faithfully throughout his entire life.

Dr. Ghormley met and married his “beautiful bride”, Bernadine Clark Hall in 1977. They have spent many years enjoying the treasure of their union in travel, shared love of the arts and the Amarillo Symphony.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bernadine; his daughter, Jana Ghormley Boss of Allen, Texas: sons Dr. Tod Ghormley and his wife, Mimi of Conway, Arkansas; Chris Ghormley of Santa Maria, California; Jason Ghormley and his wife Mary Anne of Plano, Texas; step-daughter, Andrea Baldwin of Austin, Texas; step-son, Charles Hall, Jr. and his wife, Melissa of Houston, Texas and his sister, Norma Ghormley Sherman of Kerrville, Texas. Together they have 9 grandchildren: Tessa and Tyler (Lindsay) Boss of Dallas, Texas; Ben (Megan)Ghormley, Megan Ghormley (Garrett) Matsuyama, both of Conway, Arkansas; Sarah and Amy Ghormley, Plano, Texas; Jennifer Baldwin (Arin) Whittington of Golden, Colorado; Jessica Baldwin of Chicago, Illinois and Caitlin Hall, in Houston, Texas. He also leaves 3 great-grandchildren: Adam Whittington, Maddox Matsuyama and Patrick Scott Boss.

The family of Dr. Ghormley would also like to acknowledge his five first cousins that were in fact, his brothers throughout their lifetime: the late Valin R. and Stanley Woodward and Lewis, Morgan and Lee Woodward. The laughter never stopped when they were together.

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Zola Mae Gleaton

Gleaton-Obit-Pic-244x300Zola Mae Gleaton, 94, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Private burial was held at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Zola was born May 25, 1919, in Hartley County to Caleb and Nellie Stout. She graduated from Dalhart High School. Zola worked at Neely, Craig and Walton from 1942 until 1999. She was a member of San Jacinto Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Gleaton, in 1979.

Survivors include three nephews, Norman Page, Edward Stout and Kenneth Denman; and a niece, Catherine Denman Cantley.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to San Jacinto Baptist Church, 801 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo, TX 79124; or to City Church Meals for Kids, 205 S. Polk Amarillo, TX 79101.

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Florene Sanders

generic butterflyFlorene Sanders, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Parkway Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses, 1717 S. Manhattan St., with James Haynes officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Florene was born July 5, 1933, in Levelland to Arnold and Dora Sanders. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 50 years. She was a kind, aiding and compassionate person who loved life. She lived life to the fullest through her spiritual works, gardening, loving care of animals and her kind deeds. Florene loved to travel ,and was a fine person who would give anything to someone in need.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Savannah Gail Sanders; a brother, William Sanders; a grandson, Donavan Pennington and a granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Ge-Pennington.

Survivors include two daughters, Sally Pennington and husband Jerry and Shelly Pullen and husband Gary; her grandchildren, Melina Gail Abernathy and husband Harbor, Austin Jo Holguin, and Alisha Boydd Arrington; and her great-grandchildren, Annyston Hailey Pennington, Frankie Ge-Pennington and London Harbor Abernathy.

The family suggests memorials be to Watchtower Bible Tract Society of New York City or any Amarillo Kingdom Hall.

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Bobby I. Holland

173_Bobby_I._HollandBobby I. Holland, 78, of Amarillo died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Chester Beavers, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Bobby was born on April 17, 1935, in Amarillo to Howard and Eleanor Holland. He graduated from Clarendon High School before enlisting in the Army in 1957. He served in the 82nd Airborne division before his honorable discharge in 1963. Bobby drove a truck for North American Van Lines for many years before moving to California where he drove a truck hauling gasoline for more than 14 years. He then returned to Amarillo, where he worked for Techline Trucking until his retirement in 2008. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and cruising in his 1972 custom Chevrolet pickup. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Kim Holland of Amarillo and LaJean Elsasser of Lubbock; a stepson, Scott Moller of San Antonio; a stepdaughter, Deborah Cooke of Las Vegas, N.V.; two grandchildren, Michelle and Austin; three great-
grandchildren, Kiana, Kennzie and Shaunn and many nieces and nephews, who loved him greatly.

The family will receive visitors form 6 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

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