Kenneth Berl Morris

Kenneth Berl Morris was born on May 1, 1943 in Morton Texas to Vernon Craig Morris and Wynona “Winnie” Grace Jackson Morris. He was a lifelong cowboy spending many years on the Griffin and R.O. ranches in Donley County. His knowledge and love of the cowboy life was spread to all of his children. Kenneth spent the last 19 years in Dumas with his partner Trudy Mae Cofer Harris.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY – his parents; and two brothers Glen Morris and Vernon Morris.

SURVIVORS – he is survived by his partner Trudy; 3 sons Mark Morris and wife Sunday of Amarillo, Craig Morris and wife Tracy of Amarillo, Rex Morris and wife Mikki of Amarillo; 1 daughter Natalie Holland of Amarillo; Mother of his children, Judy Morris of Amarillo; 1 sister Debbie Sims of Austin; 1 brother Wayne Morris of McLean; sister-in-law Sandy Morris; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and numerous extended family members that loved him and his infectious laugh.

GRAVESIDE SERVICES – 4:00 PM Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeview Texas.

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Betty Bernice Phillips Barnes

Betty was born December 19, 1934 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Walter and Madeline Phillips. Betty received her registry and began her work as a lab and x-ray technician at the Las Vegas Hospital. On December 21, 1956 she married Pete Barnes of Dilley, Texas. Betty was a homemaker for 20 years and began working as an x-ray and lab tech for Texas Tech School of Medicine outline clinic of Claude for 10 years before retiring.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY – her parents; only sister; a son in law, Wesley Reed; and her husband, Pete Barnes.

SURVIVORS – daughter, Alison Paetzold and husband David of Amarillo; daughter, Kathy Barkley and husband Rick of Gruver; son, Clifford Barnes and wife Tracy of Garden City, Texas; daughter, Sheila Irons and husband Kevin of Forney; Eleven grandchildren; Eight great grandchildren. Betty loved her family and friends deeply and was loved deeply by all. A very special Thank You to Jill Benson and the Hudson House ladies who cared for and loved our Mom while she made her home there.

SERVICES – 10:00 AM Thursday, June 1, 2017 in the First Baptist Church in Claude with Rev. Dick Gravley, officiating.

INTERMENT – Claude Cemetery in Claude.

ARRANGEMENTS – Robertson Claude Chapel.

Viewing will be held only at the service on Thursday.

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Dallas Noah Saenz

Dallas was born on December 2, 1998 in Plainview to Toni Ramirez Walker and Ricky Saenz. Dallas loved his family to the fullest. He was a great protector and he did not like injustice. He enjoyed being with his friends all the time and was known as “D-Town”. His favorite hobby was to play the guitar. He served God and gave his life to Christ and was baptized in 2015. He will always be known for his big heart, showing his love to everyone with a big smile and most of all being happy. Dallas graduated from Tulia High School on May 26, 2017 in Tulia. The family would like to give a special gratitude to the Sonic Drive-In, the Class of 2017 and all the Tulia Community for all their support.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Manuel and Fidela Saenz, Antonio Ramirez and Carmelita Alvarez.

He is survived by his mother: Toni Walker & husband Terry, his father: Ricky Saenz; two sisters: Rickel Saenz and Nadine Carmelita Saenz; his niece: Roisen Saenz; two nephews: Vahn Guererro and Vaylen Saenz; his grandfather: Joe Alvarez, his grandmother: “Nana” Olivia Aviles; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Tulia with Pastor Kurt Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Tulia.

A prayer service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Kornerstone Funeral Directors Chapel.

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James David Fite

Mr. Fite was born October 6, 1952 in Manchester Township, Arkansas, to Mary and Alvin Fite. He was a 1971 graduate of Amity High School in Amity, Arkansas. James married Mary McLeod on May 5, 2000 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He had been a resident of Pampa since 2010. He worked for Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a corrections officer since 2009. James loved hunting, fishing, stock car races and NASCAR. He enjoyed the Bluegrass Music Festival and was a member of Central Baptist Church. James enjoyed spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Fite of the home; two daughters, Shelley Fite Flores of Houston, and Amanda Bryant and husband Wes of Aurora, Missouri; two sons, Duston Eli Fite and wife Leslie of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and John Zenkovich and wife Casey of Austin; a sister, Marilyn Fite of Arkadelphia; a brother, Dewayne Fite and wife Cynthia of Arkadelphia; 10 grandchildren, Selena Santana, Christopher Fite, David Bryant, Daniel Bryant, Kendall Zenkovich, John Grady Zenkovich, Alexa Ross, Alana Fite, Diego Flores and Marissa Flores; two great grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 10:00 AM Friday, June 2, 2017, at Central Baptist Church, with Rev. Norman Rushing, pastor, officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

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Naomi Elizabeth Brisendine

Naomi Elizabeth Long Brisendine took the journey to Glory after 92 blessed years on Earth. She was born January 23, 1925 to Sammy Leonard Paul Long and Lensie Craver Long in Midway, North Carolina where she attended and graduated high school. She died May 27, 2017 in Brownfield.

Naomi was a child of the Depression who ran her house on a tight budget using her resources in the most efficient way. While she was frugal with things, she was liberal with her love for her family. Naomi reveled in work, she was an excellent Southern cook and was known for her spotless house. She enjoyed maintaining her yard and flower beds, even sweeping her front sidewalk on 25 Mile Avenue every day. She was a prolific reader. Naomi was a years-long member of a Home Demonstration Club, the Hereford Hospital Auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church.

More especially, she took care of her family in the best of times and the worst. She used her abundance of energy to care for the love of her life, her husband Thomas Edward (Ed) Brisendine, whom she married August 27, 1945. Ed preceded her in death June 8, 1994. Their’s was a war time romance and love at first sight. They corresponded during the war, as she followed his advance across Europe in World War II. Upon his return, they married in North Carolina and he brought his new bride to Amarillo. It was a life transition from woods and hills to the high plains of Texas. While in Amarillo they had two children. They then moved to Hereford where they had two more children and made their lifelong home. In 2014, she moved to Brownfield where she lived at Cottage Village Assisted Living Center.

Naomi taught her children how to deal with the vagaries of life, the ups and downs. She was the definition of honesty, integrity, patriotism and her belief in the Good Lord. These traits she not only shared with her family but demanded of them.

She is survived by 3 sons: Lynn and Linda Brisendine of Brownfield, Mickey and Michelle Brisendine of Hereford, and Trent and Jodi Brisendine of Lubbock. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Edward Brisendine and daughter Diann Burns of Dallas, Georgia. Naomi is also survived by a sister Betty Jean and husband Jimmy Hall of Welcome, NC, brother-in-law C.L. Gordon of Arcadia, NC. Others to greet her at Heaven’s gate will be her brother Wilburn Long and his wife Doris, her sisters Edna Mae Gordon, Vada and her husband Claude Bost, step-brother Coy Swicegood , a young sister Geneva Long and great grandson Hayden Stephens.

Naomi was the matriarch of a large family including 9 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren include Becky and Brian Stephens of Lubbock, Barbie and Alan Taylor of Lubbock, Brian and Susan Brisendine of Brownfield, Gina and Joel Turner of Haslet TX, Dana and Richard Noon of Roanoke TX , Wendy and Andrew Neighbors of Canyon, Michael Burns of Las Vegas, Matthew Burns and Michelle Burns of Georgia. Also Shelly Lusk of Kentucky, Lindsey Wood of Lubbock, and Savannah and Jonathan Doerzbacher of Austin.

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Velma Ruth King

Velma Ruth was born on September 29, 1922, to William Greenlee Williams and Cora Addie Conner Williams in O’Donnell, Texas. She married Jacob Alva King, Jr. in Post, Texas in 1941 and became a resident of Hereford, Texas in 1953. She was a longstanding member of the American Legion-Hereford Post 192. Velma Ruth was a volunteer with Red Cross as part of her service to the community. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hereford, Texas as well as a charter member of the Forrest Hill United Methodist Church of Amarillo, Texas. Velma Ruth was a valuable employee of Wackers’ Variety Store, Lamesa Cleaners, Montgomery Ward, Ben Franklin’s, and J.C. Penny during her career.

Velma Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, William and Cora Williams, her husband, Jacob Alva King, Jr., her brother Jessie Williams and his wife Ola, her brother Allen Williams and his wife Alice, and her brother Conner Williams and his wife Juandine. She is also preceded by her sisters, Mattie Ayres, Maudie Blair, and Addie James and her husband Virgil. Her grandson Clayton Jacob Johnson, her great-great-grandson Hunter Roye, as well as her father- and mother-in-law Jacob Alva King, Sr. and Alma Pearl King, and her daughter-in-law Barbara Hines King have all preceded her in death as well.

Survivors include her children Bobby King and his wife Marilyn of Wasilla, Alaska, Gay Sadler and her husband David of Sunnyside, Texas, Brenda Johnson and her husband Steve of Amarillo, Texas, and Karl King of Hereford, Texas. She is also survived by grandson Jordan Johnson and his wife Caitlyn of Canyon, Texas, as well as her granddaughters Melody and her husband Walter Roye of Hobbs, New Mexico, Karla Sadler, of Abilene, Texas, Kristi Medford and her husband Bobby, of Hartley, Texas, and Bethany Johnson, of Amarillo, Texas.

Velma Ruth’s surviving great-grandchildren include Shaina Roye and her son Jericho of Hobbs, NM, Samuel and Bekah Roye and their sons Emery, Maddox, and Asher, Spenser Roye, Shyann Roye, Shaeli Roye, all of Hobbs, NM, and Ashton Medford and Beckett Medford, both of Abilene, TX.

Dear family friends, Cynthia Shattles, of Perryton, TX, and Verba Sadler survive her as well. Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly and experienced her loving care, first hand.

A visitation for Velma Ruth is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, from 2pm to 8 pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, June 5, at 2pm in the Hereford Heritage Funeral Home Rose Chapel of Memories in Hereford. Texas.

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Jesusa Ozuna

Jesusa was born July 5, 1919, in Rio Grande, Texas, to Jose and Victoria Quintanilla. Jesusa was a loving mother to her children and enjoyed doing the cooking for family celebrations. She was also a longstanding member of the Guadalupanas group at San Jose parish in Hereford, Texas.

Jesusa was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Victoria Quintanilla, her daughter, Gloria Arzola, and her son Rolando Longoria. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Leandro Quintanilla, Gustavo Ozuna, and Jose Angel Perez, as well as her daughter-in-law Gloria Arsola.

She is survived by her son, John Arsola of Hereford, Texas. Survivors also include 10 grand-children: Ester Alfaro of Albuquerque, NM, Andrew Baca of Albuquerque, NM, Rene Longoria of California, Irma Gutierrez of Laredo, TX, Monica Martinez, Christina Valdez, and Marina Cruz, all from Amarillo, TX, Victoria Casarez of Houston, TX, John Anthony Arsola of Hereford, TX, and Melinda Longoria Guerrero of Las Cruces, NM. 18 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly and experienced her loving care, first hand.

A visitation for Jesusa is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, from 5pm to 8 pm, with the recitation of the Rosary at 6pm at the Hereford Heritage Funeral Home Rose Chapel of Memories. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held June 1, at 1pm at the parish of San Jose in Hereford. Texas. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hereford Heritage Funeral Home.

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Dewart “Buster” Armour McCutchan

Buster was born on January 7, 1921 in Tipton, OK to Everett and Mary Ellen (Powell) McCutchan. He was a longtime resident of Dumas. Buster was united in marriage to Mildred James in Clovis, NM in 1941; she preceded him in death on May 13, 2016. He was a member of First Assembly of God and a Deacon of the church for many years.

Buster was a member of the Farm Bureau Board and spent most of his life in farming. He enjoyed driving tractors, helping others and driving trucks for Oglesby International. He was an avid collector of toy tractors. After his retirement, Buster spent many hours drinking coffee with ”the guys” at Oglesby’s shop. He looked forward to going to Albert’s restaurant for fish because of the good natured banter of the wait staff.

In addition to his wife Mildred, he is preceded in death by a son: Barry McCutchan; brothers: Don and Kenneth McCutchan; and sisters: Helen Guss and Cuma Frochen.

Buster is survived by his son: Jerry McCutchan and wife Doris of Dumas; grandchildren: Russell McCutchan and wife Wenda of Fayetteville, NC, Scott McCutchan and wife Mem of Yukon, OK, and Jay McCutchan and wife Susan of Dumas; sisters: Betty Ledford of Springfield, MO and Leona Smith and husband Dan of California; brother: Bob McCutchan of Idaho Falls, ID; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at First Assembly of God with Damon Akins, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

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Sandra Sue Nunnelley

Sandra was born on January 7, 1945 in Childress, TX, to Sam Houston and Pearl (Rea) Wrinkle. She moved to Dumas where she lived with her sister Annette. Sandra worked at Memorial Hospital where she registered people in the emergency room. She was a member of the Sunray Church of Christ.

Sandra loved to play the piano and was a very happy person. She always seemed to be smiling even when times were tough. Sandra loved her family and would visit everyone, especially her mother and father, as often as she could. She loved Elvis and would collect any Elvis memorabilia.

Sandra is preceded in death by her parents; a sister: Peggy Mink; and a grandson: Patrick.

Sandra is survived by her sons: Alan Nunnelley of Amarillo, TX, Sean Nunnelley and wife Cindy of Dallas, TX: sisters; Beatrice Costlow of Dumas, TX, Betty Benson and husband Bob of Snyder, TX, Patsy Hubanks and husband W. J. of Childress, TX, Annette Ray of Dumas: brother; Sammy Wrinkle of Midland, TX; grandchildren: Courtney, Amanda, Whitney, Shane and Kyle; and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Morrison Memorial Chapel, with Jonathan Zerby, Pastor of Sunray Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Northlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.

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Cruz Arce

Cruz was born on September 15, 1934 in Mexico to Encarnacion Arce and Juanita (Castillo) Arce. Cruz has lived in the Dimmitt community since 1954. He married Altagracia (Correa) Arce in 1956. Cruz worked for Cluck Farms as a cowboy and horse trainer from 1954-1977. He then went to work for Watts Farms and later Hyman Feed yard before his retirement. Cruz was a workaholic always loved working around animals and tending to the horses and cattle. He also enjoyed music and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Cruz is survived by his spouse, Altagracia Arce of Dimmitt, 6 children, Saul Arce and wife Elisa of Dimmitt, Javier Arce and wife Janie of Amarillo, Hilda Alaniz and husband Armando of Amarillo, Maricela Rivas and husband Everardo of Plainfield, IL., Cruz Arce, Jr and wife Silvia of Joliet, IL., and Armando Arce and wife Rosalinda of Amarillo, 2 siblings, Josefa Arce of Plainfield, IL., and Rosa Maria Torres Arce, of Chicago, IL, 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Cruz was preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings.

Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, at Colonial Funeral Home with Mass of Christian Burial being held on Wednesday at 2:00P.M. in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Raj Arockia and Deacon John Nino officiating. Burial will be held in Castro Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the care of Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt.

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