Carrie Lou Riley

Riley-Obit-Pic-223x300Carrie Lou Riley was born in Old Mobeetie on the 23rd of January 1928, to Rufus Park Morris and Willie Maxine Ellis Morris. She grew up in Canadian and graduated from Canadian High School. She attended West Texas State College. She met Jack Riley between semesters and after a three-month engagement, the two were married in September 1947. That same year the couple moved to Lubbock so Jack could attend Texas Tech University. The next year they moved back to Canadian and Jack returned to a lifelong career with Santa Fe Railroad. In 1954, they moved to Amarillo where they raised their family.

Carrie was a devoted wife and mother who adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; a brother, R.P. Morris, Jr.; two sisters, Glenna Schultz and Georgia Leigh Isaacs; and a great-granddaughter, Kinley Grace Riley.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Lynn Gunnels, of Irving; two sons, Jack Lee Riley and wife Shelly and Shawn Nelson Riley and wife Susan, all of Amarillo. Additional survivors include a brother-in-law, Quinten Isaacs; two grandsons, Ryan Gunnels and Johnathan Riley; four granddaughters, Sarah Milford, Ashley Bichard, Caroline Riley, and Georgia Riley; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Leta Ferne Rutherford Walker

Walker-Now-Pic-206x300Leta was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Armstrong County where she lived and raised her family. She graduated from Claude High School in 1955 and married Don Rutherford in April 1956. Leta loved nothing more than caring for her husband and their daughters. She retired from the Department of Agriculture after 21 years of service. Leta married Jim Walker in June 2002. Leta was active in many community organizations and a devoted Christian who enjoyed singing in the church choir. She loved supporting her three daughters and their sporting and rodeo events as well as her grandchildren’s many activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delton and Fannie Mae Best Dye; a brother, Kenneth Dye; and a granddaughter, Kyla Cleveland; and her husband, Jim Walker.

Survivors include three daughters, Paula Bagwell and husband Ross of Amarillo, Janet Uptergrove and husband Jimmy of Claude, and Rene’e Weitz and husband Doyle of London, Texas; grandchildren, Ty Bagwell and wife Andi of Amarillo, Teal Bagwell and wife Rebeca of Leavenworth, Wash., Shayla Bagwell of Amarillo, Cole Cleveland of Davis, Okla., Jenna Harris and husband Blaine of Canyon, Chet and Chaine Weitz of London, TX; and great-grandchildren, Kason Harris and Caleb Britten.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Claude with Rev. Jim Brown officiating. Burial will be in Claude Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.

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Clarence Stewart Webster

Webster-Obit-Pic-210x300Clarence was born June 9, 1932, in Wellington, Kan. to J.D. and Mabel Webster. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Yorktown CV-10 during the Korean War. Clarence married Shirley Wallace on Oct. 23, 1955, in Wellington. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 39 years. Clarence was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, J.D. Jr., Clifford and Joe; and a sister, Shirley.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Webster, of the home; two daughters, Jo Le Ginter and husband Carson of Higgins and Cindy Pena and husband Michael of Plainview; a son, Brad Webster of Amarillo; two brothers, Calvin Webster of Fredericksburg and Willard Webster of Corbin, Kan.; and five grandchildren, Kris, Noah, Stanzie, Corey and Amy.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Charlotte Condren Fyfe

Fyfe-Obit-Pic-247x300Charlotte Condren Fyfe was born on June 27, 19-none-of-your-business, to Willis and Lucy Condren. Charlotte was the proud sister to 4 brothers and 4 sisters. With 9 children in all she learned early on that she had to be tough to survive. She began working for Mason’s café at the age of 14 and used her tips to provide lunch money for her younger siblings. After high school graduation she began a career bookkeeping with Hoyt & Associates.

After meeting the love of her life, Charles E. Fyfe, III, they got married in the spring of 1959. Education was very important to Charlotte even after she married. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in economics at WTSU and began a teaching career at Amarillo College. Along with her teaching career she co-owned and helped run the family business of Fyfe Cement Co. & Supply.

Charlotte was very civic minded and remained very active in the community until her passing. She was a proud member of Polk St. United Methodist Church, the Fraternal Order of Economics, and the Women’s League of Voters. Over her lifetime she enjoyed countless rounds of golf, playing thousands of hands at bridge club, knocking down a few pins at bowling league, and debating anyone willing to argue politics. She has always supported the arts and looked for any excuse to hear a good concert or a piece of great jazz.

Charlotte had a wonderful spirit, a mischievous laugh, and an ornery side that would light up any room. She will be truly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Fyfe III; her parents, Willis and Lucy Condren; a brother, Jack Condren; and a sister, Patricia Kersten.

Charlotte was survived by Don Condren of Carmel, CA, Harry Condren and wife Pegge of Webbers Falls, OK., Howard Condren and wife Kay of Miami, OK, Wanda Douglas of Matthews, N.C., Virginia Clement of Wichita Falls, TX and Sandra Deharde and husband Harvey of Mansfield, special friends, Cory and Stephanie Musick, of Amarillo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101; or to Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St., Amarillo, TX 79101-1442.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the funeral home.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 31, 2015, at Polk Street United Methodist Church chapel with Dr. Burt Palmer, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Phyllis Ann James Remy Tuggle

1219_memorialPhyllis Ann James was the youngest of five children, born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on April 27, 1938 to Guss and Tressie James.

She graduated from Southeast High School, Oklahoma City, OK in 1956. She enjoyed school, played in the band and was voted Homecoming queen her senior year. Always staying busy, she worked as a “soda jerk” at a local drug store as well as night clerking at the Skirvin, one of Oklahoma City’s finest hotels.She went on to attend Oklahoma State University. There, she met Jim Remy and was swept off her feet when he and his fraternity brothers sang to her outside her dorm window. They were married in May of 1957, spent eight years in Air Force service (New York, Alabama and Nebraska) and then chose private business which brought them to Lubbock, Texas and finally Amarillo. Along the way, they raised four children together.

She was again swept off her feet when she met Delmer Tuggle in the spring of 2009. They were married in December of that year and have not stopped since! Together they have traveled extensively to enjoy family and friends, playing golf, dominoes and cards along the way, and rarely missing an antique shop for a possible treasure … perhaps their greatest treasure though was each other!

She invested in her church family of First Baptist Amarillo and sang in the choir for many years. Those friends and experiences were dear to her.

Phyl leaves behind her loving husband, Delmer R. Tuggle and six children; two daughters Liz Mayes and husband David of Abilene, TX, Jill Remy and life partner Tami Pugh of Amarillo, TX, two sons, Gus Remy and wife Sharon of Rochester, NY, Tom Remy and wife Kacy of Tulsa, OK, two step-daughters, Della Holland and husband Marvin of Willis, TX and Crystal Dyer of Houston, TX. She is also survived by one brother, Don James and wife Diana of Little Rock, AR. She was “Grandee” to Brandy, Drake, Annabelle, Benjamin, Brooklyn, Alex, Duke, Cody, Candice, Lindsey and Kyla and three great grandchildren.

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Jason Ray Graham

1220_memorialJason was born on August 18, 1977 in Amarillo to James Graham and Patty Lancaster. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1996. He enjoyed being a salesman at McGavock Nissan where he enjoyed meeting new people and made many friends. Jason’s positive attitude and contagious smile will be missed by many.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Taegan Graham Donation Account, c/o Wells Fargo Bank.

He is survived by his daughter, Taegen Graham of Flower Mound; his mother and step father, Patty and Lyndal Lancaster of Amarillo; father and step mother, James and Donna Graham of Waco; girlfriend of 10 years, Jennifer Hueber; grandparents, Dewey and Bernice Webb of Amarillo and Letha Doyle of Waco; 5 step siblings and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends who loved him very much.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Chad.

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Charles E. Guyer

1227_memorialCharles was born February 13, 1931 in Woods County, Oklahoma to Rella and Ed Guyer. He served his country in the army and was the type of man who never met a stranger. He was a real people person who never complained. He liked wood working and crafted many quilt racks, along with other treasured mementos, many people still are using to this day. He was an outdoorsman and would walk five miles every day. He enjoyed traveling to Padre Island on the coast and to Wolf Creek Pass in the mountains. He loved having his grandchildren with him on some of these trips, making special memories. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rella and Ed Guyer; his daughter, Charla Gayle Guyer; his son, Craig Allen Guyer and his sister, Esther Redgate.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Coleen Guyer of Amarillo; his daughter, Marsha Thomas and husband Gale of Amarillo; his daughter-in-law, Lori Guyer of Pampa; 6 grandchildren, Scott Thomas and wife Alicia of Gruver, Chase Guyer and wife Isabella of Amarillo, Stephanie Finley and husband Billy of Amarillo, Cole Guyer of Pampa, Sheldon Thomas and fiancé Berkley of Amarillo, Lynsie Green and husband Zac of Pampa; 6 great grandchildren, Jayla, Marley, Addison, Hunter, Brayden, and Maddox; also surviving him are 2 sisters, Allez Jamison and Jean Barker both of Waynoka, OK and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Leroy Bennett

1228_memorialLeroy was born March 30, 1931 in Amarillo, Texas to Howard Clayton and Lucy Anna Bennett. He graduated from Amarillo High, attended Amarillo Community College, and graduated from Texas Tech with a business degree. Leroy also served in three branches of the military. In 1952 he married Martha Ann Tipton. Together they raised four children. In 1995 he married Julia Rudsell.
Leroy was a strong family man and provided for his family as an outstanding truck salesman for Sid Stout Ford and Plains Chevrolet. He was a proud member of the National Micro Midget Association. This was his hobby and passion for 35 years. During this time, Leroy was able to travel around the country racing and developing an extended family of friends. He attended South Georgia Baptist Church for many years.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lucy Bennett, his wife, Martha, his son, James Lynn Bennett, his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Henry Parker, and a nephew, Clay Parker. He is survived by his wife, Julia Bennett, his son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Diane Bennett of Austin, two daughters and their spouses, Laura and Art Owen and Yvonne and Johnnie Mays, and a step-daughter, Amanda Parker, all of Amarillo. He was also survived by two nieces and their spouses, Suzanne and Jim Bloom and Lisa and Larry Thomas. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Heather, April, Kayla, and Lucy Bennett, Kimberlee Rich, Matthew Lindsley, Tifannie Gipson and Kaylee, Aimee, and Rylee Parker and 12 great grandchildren.

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Rita Focks Hutchings

1232_memorialRita was born on July 2, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH to Don and Thelma Gilbreath. She worked as a nurse in Dallas for over 30 years. Although she retired from healthcare, nursing was in her spirit and she devoted her life to caring for others. Another strong trait for Rita was her red hair. She had a heart of gold but the temperament of a true red head. Her grandchildren considered her their “hotrod” Granny. Rita’s nurturing spirit and strong willed personality will be missed by all.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Roberts; sister, Helen Gilbreath Hurley; 2 grandchildren, Vicki Calvary and Steve Roberts and 2 great grandchildren, Brianna Calvary and Sean Drennan and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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James Otis Walker

James-Walker-1438168573James Otis “Jim” Walker was born May 2, 1928 inside a small house on 10th Street in Amarillo, TX. He was the son of Otis and Dolly Walker; and his grandparents, Milton Green and Tisha Walker were original homesteaders to the Texas panhandle. Jim attended grade school in Conway, TX and was a graduate of Panhandle High School in 1945.

After high school, he worked as a ranch hand for the Wagner Ranch in Vernon, TX and many other iconic Texas panhandle ranches. On October 2, 1950 he was drafted into the US Army as an infantryman. He served 1.5 years in the Korean War where he fought on the front lines and was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1956. After his service in Korea, he continued his work as a ranch hand on the Matador Ranch in Channing, TX. He loved the cowboy lifestyle; working with horses, sleeping under the stars, and eating out of a chuck wagon.

In an effort by his mother and his sister, Nita, to make him more civilized in 1957, he went to work for Pantex. There he met the beautiful secretary Carolyn Cayton who became his wife for 41 years. Together they raised five children, Doug, Diane, Mary Lynn, Charlotte and Sherri. For the next 35 years, Jim spent his time working in agriculture; he ran his own cattle and worked at First Bank of the Southwest where he was cattle and ranch appraiser. In June 2001 he married the second love of his life, Leta Fern Dye Rutherford of Claude, TX, who was a faithful companion, protector and caretaker. The couple lived in both Claude and Amarillo.

The family would like to thank his caring and compasionate care givers, Cris and Laura Sanchez, Yazman Cordiel and Caryn Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Carolyn; three children, Sherri Ann Payne, Ava Diane Veach and Douglas Cayton Cummings; and three brothers, Melvin, Robert and Jo Pat Walker.
He is survived by his wife Leta; his daughters Mary Lynn Nelson of Atlanta, GA and Charlotte Lowe and her husband John of Richardson, TX; his sister Nita Duncan of Ft. Worth, TX; his grandchildren Meggie Thrasher, Matthew Nelson, Kira Lowe, Corey Lowe, Lauren Urbanczyk, and Michael Veach; two great-grandchildren, Truett and Quinn Nelson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 30th at Schooler Funeral Home, Brentwood Chapel. Pastor Chris Downer of Bible Baptist Church in Slaton will officiate. The Volley for Veterans Organization will provide military honors. Burial will follow in the Claude Cemetery, Claude, Texas. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

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