Virginia Lee Garrison

173_Virginia_GarrisonVirginia Lee Garrison, 97, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Fellowship North Campus with Johnnie Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Virginia was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Hereford to Henry and Saleta Bowsher. She was raised in Hereford, where she graduated from Hereford High School. She attened Draughn’s Business College. Virginia married Clay Blanton Garrison on Feb. 15, 1951, in Taos, N.M. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1997. She worked as a secretary for John McClain Insurance and also for her husband’s investment and sales businesses for many years. Virginia and her family lived in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Her favorite memories included the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. She devoted her life to caring for others and was known for her great cooking skills, which she often shared with many friends and her husband’s work associates. She enjoyed her attendance at Hillside Christian Church’s senior life thursday fellowship.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Geoffroy and husband Joe and Mary Grigsby; a sister, Mildred Bowsher, all of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Katie Spetman and husband Brian, Kelsey Miller and husband Jason and Maegen Geoffroy; three step-grandchildren, Jason Geoffroy, Amber Price and Erin Geoffroy; a great-granddaughter, Reagan Robertson; six stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, Clay Blanton Garrison; two sisters and two brothers.

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Wayne Edwards

173_Wayne_EdwardsWayne Edwards, 68, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Christian Heritage Church with Gary Burd officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Wayne was born March 6, 1946, in Hereford to Calvin and Anna Mae Edwards. He went home to be with his Lord and savior on Thursday, March 20, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. Wayne was raised in Hereford where he was a graduate of Hereford High School. He attended Eastern New Mexico University as well as Amarillo College. He married Karen Hughes on Aug. 5, 1966, in Friona and moved to Amarillo in 1968. He worked in the life insurance business for 23 years working for Transport Life, Conseco and All State Insurance Co. He also worked for Texas Tech Medical School as a clinic manager. Wayne loved people and was always known to put the needs of others before his own. He was a loving husband, dad and brother. Most of all, he loved being PaPa and Pops to his grandchildren. He loved the game of golf and riding motorcycles.

He served as Chaplain for Hardcore Motorcycle Ministry. Survivors include his wife Karen of Amarillo; two daughters, Michelle Hein and husband John and Holly Rinehart and husband Jeremy, all of Amarillo; two sisters, Jan Brorman and husband Butch of Vega and Karen Smith and husband Monty of Hereford; his grandchildren, Audreanna and husband Larry, Michael Wayne, Mariah, Kaylee, Jayden and Alyssa.

The family suggests memorials be to Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center and Christian Heritage Church.

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Jessie Gene Wilkins

173_Jessie_Gene_Wilkins (1)Jessie Gene Wilkins, 74, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Paramount Baptist Church with Dr. Gil Lain officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery East. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Jess was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Dillon, S.C., to Jessie and Lillie Mae Wilkins. He was raised in Dillon and was a graduate of Dillon High School.

After graduating high school he joined the Air Force where he proudly served for 26 years. While in the Air Force, he served one year in Vietnam. While stationed in Taiwan, he was a coach and a player on the Air Force volleyball team. He earned double degrees in physical education and in business management. After retiring from the Air Force, Jess went to work in civil service for the Air Force. He married Janie Basting on June 17, 1995, and moved to Amarillo the same year. After moving to Amarillo, he worked as a medical service assistant at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center for 10 years.

Jess loved life and people in general. His Lord and his family were the most important areas of his life. He was a member of Paramount Baptist church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and being a part of the men’s fellowship activities. He loved sports and spent many years officiating. He was preceded in death by his father. Jess was half Cherokee and was always very proud of his heritage.

Survivors include his wife Janie of Amarillo; a son, Steve Basting of San Antonio; five daughters, Shelley Crouch and husband John and Janet Lindeman and husband Jim, all of San Antonio, Misti Kingston and husband Jerry of Abilene, Amy Saunders and husband Aaron of Denver, and Valerie Hockaday and husband Blake of Amarillo; his mother, Lillie Mae Wilkins of Dillon, S.C. and a sister, Ethel Hubbard of Fayetteville, N.C.; 15 grandchildren, John, Jessie, Jason, Matt, Corey, Nicole, Lucas, Caleb, Jared, Jennifer, Dustin, Adelynn, Benjamin, Joseph and Emily; and four great-grandchildren

The family suggests memorials be made to I love my church at Paramount Baptist Church.

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Carole Flowers Pierce

173_Carole_Flowers_PierceCarole Flowers Pierce, 67, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Everett, Wash.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Valley View Church of the Nazarene, 7601 S. Western St. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mrs. Pierce was born Carolyn Sue Flowers on Sept. 27, 1946, to Jewell and Earl Flowers in Clarendon. She was the last of four children. She grew up mostly in Amarillo and attended Amarillo High School.

She was a member of Shepard of the Hills Baptist Church in Noncoa Hills for many years. She and her husband, sister, brother-in-law and some of her grandchildren helped with the building of the church.

She passed away shortly after moving to Washington to live with her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron Pierce; a stepdaughter, Sandy Pierce; and a nephew, Brent Gollihugh.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Gollihugh of Amarillo; a daughter, Dynette Hofmann and husband Steven of Arlington, Wash.; stepchildren, Kelly Williams of Everett and Aaron Pierce and wife Andrea of Spokane, Wash.; many nieces and nephews, including Alice Willis, Billy Flowers, Jim Gollihugh, Jerry Gollihugh, Courtney Booth and Shena Ferguson of Amarillo; and grandchildren, Jeffery Hofmann and wife Samantha of Marysville, Wash., Joshua Hofmann of Granite Falls, Wash., Jaime Hofmann of Sidney, Mon., Megan Pierce of Post Falls, Idaho, Wade of Everett and Devin Pierce of Spokane.

The family suggests memorials be to Shepard of the Hills Baptist Church in Nocona Hills or Medical Center League House in Amarillo.

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James “Ned” Clark

173_James_Ned_ClarkJames “Ned” Clark, 78, of Canyon, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Canyon Hills Church of Christ. Burial will be in Memory Gardens. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Ned was born Aug. 13, 1935, to J.P. and Nettie Clark and raised in Cottonwood.

Ned graduated in 1953 from Cross Plains High School and married Billie Ruth Woody in November 1954 in Cross Plains. They moved in 1972 to Canyon. They were married for 59 years.

Ned was a member of Church of Christ. He worked in road construction for Cooper & Woodruff, Plains Machinery and, the last 25 years, with Holmes Construction after serving two years in the Army, stationed in Germany.

His favorite pastimes included watching grandchildren play baseball, riding 4-wheelers with family and traveling to Laughlin, Nev., and Santa Fe, N.M., with Billie Ruth.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Janie Clark Woody, and a daughter, Billie June Whitson.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth; two sons, Gary and wife Brenda of Muleshoe and Scott and wife Tandy of Canyon; a sister, Barbara “Cookie” Robinson and husband Bob of Cottonwood; a brother-in-law, Billy Gene Woody of Fort Worth; a sister-in-law, Marie Brown of Abilene; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home., 78, of Canyon, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

173_James_Ned_ClarkServices will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Canyon Hills Church of Christ. Burial will be in Memory Gardens. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Ned was born Aug. 13, 1935, to J.P. and Nettie Clark and raised in Cottonwood.

Ned graduated in 1953 from Cross Plains High School and married Billie Ruth Woody in November 1954 in Cross Plains. They moved in 1972 to Canyon. They were married for 59 years.

Ned was a member of Church of Christ. He worked in road construction for Cooper & Woodruff, Plains Machinery and, the last 25 years, with Holmes Construction after serving two years in the Army, stationed in Germany.

His favorite pastimes included watching grandchildren play baseball, riding 4-wheelers with family and traveling to Laughlin, Nev., and Santa Fe, N.M., with Billie Ruth.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Janie Clark Woody, and a daughter, Billie June Whitson.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth; two sons, Gary and wife Brenda of Muleshoe and Scott and wife Tandy of Canyon; a sister, Barbara “Cookie” Robinson and husband Bob of Cottonwood; a brother-in-law, Billy Gene Woody of Fort Worth; a sister-in-law, Marie Brown of Abilene; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Neoma Faye Nelson

173_Neoma_Faye_NelsonNeoma Faye Nelson, 90, died March 17, 2014.

Graveside services will be in Llano Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday. Celebration of life will be held in The Big Texan following the graveside service. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mrs. Nelson was born on July 28,1923, in Childress to Oliver and Ruby Pringle.

She grew up in Hollis, Okla., and graduated from LaCasa High School in 1941. After high school, she married Charles Noble Nelson, also from Hollis, at which time he began serving in the Navy, during World War II. Soon they had their first child, Ronald. She also gave birth to three girls during the mid 40s, none of whom survived. In 1951, son Scott was born and the family relocated to Amarillo in 1952. In 1955, her third son, Joe was born. When husband Noble passed in 1964, Mrs. Nelson continued as an active person in Amarillo’s business community as the owner of Belmar Cleaners until 1971 then shifting into the hotel/motel business where she served on the board and as President of The Panhandle Hotel Motel Association for almost 30 years. During this time, she was general manager of Howard Johnson West, The Quality Inn and served in sales for many motels, not the least of which was The Big Texan Motel & Restaurant, which looms largest in her legend. From the age of 73 until 84, she was known as “The Opry Mom” by more than 500 singers, young and old alike. Every Tuesday night, she arranged the singers and dancers to put on a show at The Big Texan, making people from all over the world happy they stopped in Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Ruby Pringle; three brothers and a sister; her husband, Noble; and a son, Ronald.

Survivors include her sons, Scott Nelson and wife Beverly, and Joe Nelson and wife Charli; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Interim Hospice, Plum Creek Healthcare, Charlie, his family and staff at Cox Funeral Home and The Big Texan for their love and care of Mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be to Texas Music for Life, 7710 Garden Oaks Drive Amarillo, TX 79119.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Victoria Grace McDowell

McDowell-Obit-Pic-240x300Victoria Grace McDowell, 15, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Victoria Grace McDowell was born September 1, 1998. She was taken from us before her time and leaves behind two wonderful parents, Mimi and Kevin McDowell; two loving sisters, Jessica Smith and Lesandra Botello; four grandparents, and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was beautiful, smart, and full of life, and she will be forever missed by all those who had the blessing of knowing what a kind, unique soul she was. May she rest in peace.

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Manuel Vidal Diaz

Diaz-Obit-Pic-219x300Manuel Vidal Diaz, 66, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 20, 2014.Diaz Obit Pic

Celebration of life services will be at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Final funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, 24, 2014, in First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 1100 S. Harrison, with the Rev. Orlando Lopez, pastor of The Road Fellowship and the Rev. Samuel Lopez, pastor of Christ Worship Center in Laredo, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Manuel was born June 1, 1947, in Sacramento, CA. He was drafted into Heaven on March 20, 2014. He was greeted in Heaven by Isabel Diaz, his grandmother, who raised him.

Manuel served his country honorably in the Marine Corp, including service during the Vietnam War. He loved his family, his friends, his country and donuts.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Diaz, of Amarillo; two children, Dathan Diaz and wife Teresa of Midland and Dena Lopez and husband Orlando of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Zach Saldivar, Amy Saldivar, Michael Diaz, Angela Lopez, Alexia Diaz, Gabriel Lopez and Jonathan Lopez; and a great-grandson, Jayden Saldivar.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests monetary donations be made to the Presbyterian Home for Children, 3400 Bowie St., Amarillo, TX 79109; or that you volunteer your time at Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home, 1020 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo.

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.

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Martha Louise Haralson

Haralson-Obit-Pic-203x300Martha Louise Haralson, 92, of Amarillo, died March 21, 2014. Haralson Obit Pic

Graveside services will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, Bowie, Texas with Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Amarillo arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Bowie arrangements are by White Family Funeral Home, 1418 Highway 59 North.

Mrs. Haralson was born October 30, 1921 to William and Blye Morgan

in Folsom, West Virginia. She grew up in Perry, Oklahoma and graduated from Perry High School in 1939. After graduation she moved to Pampa, Texas where she met the love of her life Sharon Haralson. They were married in Hollis, Oklahoma June 15, 1940. She and her husband owned and operated Haralson Oil Company in Pampa for 24 years. After they retired they lived in Crestone, Colorado, Amarillo, Texas, and Bowie, Texas. She was a past member of Business and Professional Women, Desk and Derrick Club in Pampa and First Baptist Church in Bowie.

Her family was the joy of her life and she loved to cook big dinners for

them and all enjoyed her delicious homemade rolls. She enjoyed staying in close contact with her friends and relatives especially with beautifully written cards and letters. She also liked to crochet and knit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her

husband of seventy years.

Survivors include two sons Terry Haralson and wife Trudy of Bowie, Texas, Randy Haralson and wife Sherrie of Amarillo, Texas, five grandchildren Tobey Cleek and husband Bob of San Antonio, Texas, Tory Haralson of Bowie, Texas, Tally Leonard and husband Bill of Coppell, Texas, Brad Haralson and wife Joni of Wichita, Kansas, Greg Haralson and wife Alison of Sugar Land, Texas , and nine great- grandchildren.

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Martha Vasquez

Vasquez-Obit-Photo-231x300Martha Vasquez, age 56, of Amarillo passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014. Vasquez Obit Photo
Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Memorial mass will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday in St. Laurence Catholic Church with Father Roberto Cabrera as celebrant. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Martha was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua on February 24, 1958 to Victor Ramirez and Socorro Perez. Martha graduated from Coronado High School in 1978. Martha and Luis married in El Paso, Texas in 1978 and were married 35 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed watching novelas and scary movies. She worked at Bank of America for over 25 years. She took pride in everything she did whether it was work, family or her friends and was always willing to help others. May the angels wrap you in God’s loving arms forever.

Martha was preceded in death by her brother Emilio Perez Jr.

Martha is survived by her mother Socorro Perez, husband Luis Vasquez, her daughter Esmeralda Vasquez, her son Luis Vicente Vasquez Jr. and wife Cindi Vasquez, and grandchildren; Carlos Aguilar Jr., Monisa Renee Aguilar, Juan Luis Aguilar, Micayela Maria Vasquez, Luis Vicente Vasquez III, Nathaniel John Vasquez, and Gabriel Kenneth Vasquez.

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