Donna Stout Byars

Byars-Obit-Pic-232x300Donna Stout Byars, 82, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Stan Cosby, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Donna was born May 22, 1931, in Shattuck, Oklahoma, to Floyd and Irene Stout. She married Lyle E. Byars on Sept. 1, 1956. They were married 57 years.

Donna was a loving wife, mother, and faithful friend. She was head of student records at Amarillo Independent School District until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle E. Byars; a sister, Fern Clark; and two brothers, Arley and Leston Stout.

Survivors include a son, Scott E. Byars of Lubbock; a daughter, Michele R. Byars of Amarillo; a brother, Otis Stout of Santa Barbara, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Elena Hardy

173_Elena_HardyElena Hardy, 70, died Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cox Funeral Home with Chester Beavers, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4100 Canyon Drive.

Elena was born Sept. 15, 1943, in Chicago. She was raised by her parents Herbert and Helen. She attended West Chicago Community High School, graduating in 1961. She then attended college at The Art Institute of Chicago. Elena married Grandville Hardy on March 24, 1963, in La Grange, Ill. She worked as a caregiver and at High Plains Hospital for many years. She continued her love of fine arts throughout her life and enjoyed writing, painting and sculpting. Elena was an animal lover and especially loved her horses, cats and dogs. Most importantly, she devoted her life to caring for her family, friends and pets.

She was preceded in death by parents.

Survivors include her husband, Grandville Hardy of Amarillo; two sons, Guy Hardy and wife Catherine of Amarillo and Marshall Hardy of Amarillo; a grandson, Jesse; and her brother, Vincent Berkley and wife Carol of South Carolina.

The family suggests that floral arrangements be a type of bulb or plant that can continue growing in remembrance of Elena. The family suggests donations be to Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund or to Interim Health Care of Amarillo, who provided angelic professional steadfast hospice care of Elena for many months.

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Nelda Mae Ragan Ward Jackson

173_Nelda_Mae_Ragan_Ward_JacksonCLARENDON — Nelda Mae Ragan Ward Jackson, 84, of Amarillo formerly of Claredon died Monday, April 28, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Community Fellowship Church with Larry Capranica, pastor, and the Rev. Anthony Knowles, pastor of the Agape Christian Church, officiating. A family graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon and Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mrs. Jackson was born April 19, 1930, the second of two children to W. C. and Lora Ragan in Robinson, McLennan County. She grew up on a farm near Lakeview in the deep lake area. She loved animals, especially, dogs and herding cattle with her horse, Dolly.

At a young age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was a member of the Community Fellowship Church of Clarendon. She had worked with children in Sunday school. At her job, she affectionately cared for the senior citizens in Clarendon nursing homes for 28 years. She was a faithful, loving mother and a friend to all. She was lovingly cared for by the staff of Ware Living Center, hospice, her church, and the Comanche Trail Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Aubrey Ragan; and her husband, W. A. Jackson.

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Ed Wilson

173_Ed_WilsonEd Wilson, 81, died Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Tucker officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Ed was born June 7, 1932, in Los Tannes, N.M., to Frank and Beulah Wilson. He married Rose Elgin on Feb. 14, 1996, in Amarillo. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and the Kiwanis Club for many years. He was a hard worker, who didn’t like idleness. He was a very caring, giving and selfless person who will be missed by those closest to him. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anita Wilson; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Elgin Wilson; a son: Bruce Edward Wilson and wife Melissa; a stepdaughter, Patricia Varner and husband Tommy; nine grandchildren; a brother, Fred Wilson and wife Dorothy; a sister, Becky Stevens and husband Bill, all of Amarillo

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Mary Lois Whipple-Drake

mary-drake-obituaryMary Lois Whipple-Drake, age 80, of Amarillo went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 28, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. A time for the family to receive friends will be Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Coulter Road Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church with Rev. Reed Redus officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Mary was born in Belton to Roy and Euda Mae (Nettles) Yielding on June 1, 1933. She and her family lived several places before settling in Amarillo in 1954. She met the love of her life and later married Joe Dan Whipple, June 22, 1955 in Clovis, NM. He preceded her in death in 1983. She later married Loren Drake in 1984 and he preceded her in death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Melvin Yielding and Jimmy Yielding and a nephew Melvin Yielding Jr.

Mary’s life was focused on her children and grandchildren, to the point of being there each day to pick her grandchildren up from school with a car loaded with drinks and treats for any child leaving school. She loved cooking, especially desserts, doing yard work, working with the Hospital Auxiliary, but especially spending time daily in her spiritual walk with her Lord.

Survivors include her daughter Linda and husband James Baker of Amarillo and a son Danne and wife Leigh Whipple of Amarillo and her grandchildren Joe Whipple of Houston and Bailey Whipple and fiance Logan Tiffany of Amarillo. She also leaves behind a sister Joyce Keil of Sheridan, WY and three brothers Buddy and wife Ruth Yielding of Belton, J. W. and wife Ann Yielding of Temple and Bill and wife Jere Yielding of Frisco and a sister-in-law Neva Yielding of Las Cruces, NM and many nieces and nephews.

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Steve Michael Dukes

2500958Steve Michael Dukes 49, of Amarillo died Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Friday at Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel. Cremation and arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St. Amarillo, Texas.

Steve was born in Dell City. He moved to Amarillo more than 20 years ago. He was a co-owner of Miller Radiator Service. He was a hard worker and enjoyed taking care of the customers that needed him.

Steve was a devout husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He never met a stranger and was always the center of attention. Steve was an honest man. He was very giving and enjoyed helping others, any way he could. He loved outdoor activities and was an avid hunter. Steve never thought of himself as better than anyone and was very appreciative of the little thing in life.

He married the love of his life, Rose Martos in 1987 in Dell City.

He is survived by his wife; 2 daughters, Sinci Rios and her husband Austin of Amarillo and Stephanie Palmer and her husband Christian of Mountain Home, ID; 1 brother, Dobi Dukes of Vega; 3 sisters, Susie Maldonado of El Paso, Lorrie Rodriguez of San Antonio and Cristie Romero of Midland and 2 grandson, Jax Rios and Peyton Palmer.

The family suggests memorial donation the Wesley Community Center. 1615 S. Roberts, Amarillo, Texas 79102

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James E. “Jim” Jenkins

james-jenkins-obituaryJames E. “Jim” Jenkins, age 82 of Amarillo died April 27, 2014 in Amarillo.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Hillside Christian Church West Chapel. The Rev. Bob Schroeder and the Rev. Mike Nuthman will officiate. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

Jim was born in Nevada, Texas to Earnest and Ruth Jenkins on March 24, 1932. After completing high school he served in the US Navy. He married Layma Tatum in Clarendon on December 25, 1950. Jim graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in Accounting.

At the time of his death, Jim was a CPA, a profession in which he had worked for over the past fifty years. He faithfully worked for Earl T. Smith and Associates for over thirty years. Jim was a caring individual and became a great friend to many at the Amarillo National Bank. He served in many different capacities on boards and held memberships in the Panhandle Chapter of CPAs, the Texas State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. In the early 1970’s, Jim was appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve on the very first Board of Regents at West Texas State University.

Jim was a member of Hillside Christian Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Both he and Layma cherished time spent together traveling and playing golf. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He influenced many lives for the Lord through his service in his church.

The family will receive guests Tuesday evening from 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is lovingly survived by his wife, Layma; his daughter Susan Dawson and her husband Mike of Flower Mound, Texas; his sister, Sharon Walling and her husband George of San Antonio; and his granddaughter, Lauren Dawson of Dallas, Texas.

The family suggests that memorials be made to a favorite charity.

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Jimmie Thomas Carpenter

2499188 (1)Jimmie Thomas Carpenter 78, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Bob Miller, pastor of Crossroads Cowboy Church officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St.

Mr. Carpenter was born on Aug. 26, 1935 in Vernon. He moved to Amarillo in 2003. Jimmie was a very hard worker. He worked as a farmer and rancher around Muleshoe for many years. He also bought and sold livestock in various parts of Texas.

Jimmie was a loving father. He spent many years taking his kids to junior rodeos and teaching them the “Cowboy” way of life. He was active in 4H and loved helping youngsters excel in life.

He married Betty Ruth Leavitt in 1955. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia Foerester and Oma Mathews Gray, 3 grandchildren, Jeremy, Erica and Cody and two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Alex.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Lavern Burton and her husband Justin of Granby, Colo, Joie Hutchens and her husband Mickey of Amarillo and Sharon Burris and her husband Orvis of Muleshoe; one son, Curtis Carpenter and his wife Shelli of Muleshoe; his former wife Betty Ruth Carpenter of Vega; one sister, Janet Obenhaus of Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Heather, Brandi, Piper, Chancey, Brian, Jessica, Jamie, Colby, Tessa and Morgan; 12 great-grandchildren, Bralee, Gavin, Gentri, Truitt, Tatum, Kennedy, Ellie, Hayden, Lainey, Kambry, Jett and Paislee and numerous other family members.

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Patsy L. Funk

Funk-Obit-PhotoPatsy L. Funk, 73, of Dalhart, died Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Dalhart with Ryan Smallwood and Kurtis Abla, youth pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Patsy was born on October 19, 1940 in Matador, Texas to G.F. “Buster” and Jimmie Lee Smallwood. She worked for Dalhart TDCJ for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Funk; a granddaughter, Jessica Funk; two brothers, Rusty Smallwood and James Smallwood; and a sister, Sharon Smallwood.

She is survived by her daughter, Jonna Preston and husband Steve of Dumas; a brother, Bobby Smallwood and wife Norma of Dalhart; one grandson, Craig Funk, and one great-grandchild, Serenity.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Ste. 110, Amarillo, Texas 79106; or to Coon Memorial Nursing Home, 210 E Texas Blvd, Dalhart, TX 79022.

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Linda Cobb Bigham

Bigham-Now-219x300Linda Cobb Bigham was born on July 10, 1947, in Amarillo, Texas to Edena Beard and James F. Cobb and passed away on April 26, 2014.

Services will be at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Jo Roberts Mann officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Linda was the oldest of three children born to her parents. Out of all the many roles she played in life, being the oldest sister was one of favorites. Linda was very proud of her Texas heritage, and she spent countless hours retracing the history of her family. She was a direct descendant of James Hope, one of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” who received a land grant on the Brazos River on July 10, 1824. She is also directly descended from Nicholas Crunk and Prosper Hope who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. Linda took advantage of every opportunity to explore and share her Texas heritage with her children and grand children.

Linda grew up in the First Baptist Church of Amarillo. During her childhood, she attended Wolflin Elementary School and Stephen F. Austin Junior High School. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1965.

After graduating from Amarillo High School, Linda attended Baylor University. Although Linda did not graduate from Baylor University, she was Baylor proud. She became a Baylor University Alumnus by Choice in 2013. Linda earned both her Bachelor and her Master’s degrees from West Texas State University.

Upon completing the requirements for teacher certification, Linda began a successful teaching career in the Canyon Independent School district. A favorite amongst teachers and students alike, she earned many honors while in the classroom including the chance to be a delegate for CISD at the NEA convention in Louisville, KY in 1986. Linda shined as an administrator in CISD. She began her journey at Canyon High School, but she became a Raider when the doors of Randall High School opened up in 1988. While at Randall High School, Linda was able to be both a tough administrator and a kind leader for teachers and students alike. She will be remembered as a wise and reassuring presence for the teachers and staff at Randall High School. Her career in education spanned more than four decades, and she has touched the lives of thousands of students with her kind heart and knack for motivating reluctant learners.

Linda was loved greatly by her family and all who knew her because of her amazing sense of humor and clever wit. She not only told her children and grand children how to be a great human being- she demonstrated it each day through her words and interaction with others. Linda was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mom, and teacher. Through her involvement with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, she also demonstrated her faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Her life partner, her children, her grandchildren, and her siblings will miss her for countless reasons. We are all better people because of the influence she has had on our lives.

Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Edena Beard Cobb, and her former husband and father of her two children, John Dean Bigham.

Linda is survived by her father, James F. Cobb of Brentwood, Tenn; her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nita Cobb of Euless; her sister and brother-in -law, Mark Buford and Dena Kay Buford of Brentwood, Tenn; her son and daughter-in-law, John Todd and Lori Bigham of Amarillo; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Hayden and Trey McKinney of Rowlett; and her beloved life partner of more than 30 years, Vivian Salazar of Amarillo. Linda was also blessed with 3 grandchildren: Katherine May McKinney and Jameson Ryan McKinney of Rowlett and Madison Gray Bigham of Amarillo. In addition, Linda was blessed with 4 nephews and 3 nieces.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s financial assistance fund to aid students in economic need who desire to attend St. Andrew’s.

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