Celso Martinez

Celso was born on September 12, 1921 to Severino and Eloisa Martinez in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. He married Antonina in Amarillo. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 38 years as a track laborer until his retirement. Celso moved to Quitman in 1997. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Antonia, two sisters, Alice Romero and Rebecca Rumbugh and three brothers, Pablo Martinez, Arthur Martinez and Benito Martinez.

Mr. Martinez is survived by his niece, Marie H. Schoolcraft and husband, David; a sister, Percilla Mota and husband Abellino; a brother, Guadalupe Martinez and wife Alma; several step children and numerous nieces and nephews.

Holy rosary will be said at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Martin Road Chapel. Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Our lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1210 SE 11th Street with Father Jose Gomez as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 1505 Martin Road.

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Wanda Jean Humphrey

Wanda was born on August 31, 1940 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Lester and Willie Stuart. Her family moved to Amarillo when she was a young girl. Wanda married David O. Humphrey in 1985. She worked as a tax preparer for H & R Block for 18 years. She enjoyed reading. Wanda will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, David; children, Valarie Lawler and husband Robert, Raymond Allen, Randy Allen and Christopher Humphrey; five grandchildren, Jeff Allen, Dustin Allen, Leslie Allen, Kasey Allen and Layla Allen; and 15 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 22, 2017 in LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Martin Road Chapel, 1505 Martin Road. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 1505 Martin Road.

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Quang Duc Tran

Quang Duc Tran was born on April 22, 1935 in Vietnam. He worked as a truck driver until his retirement.

He is survived by his children and grandchildren.

Viewing will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 8:00 am until 11:00 am in LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Martin Road Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Llano Cemetery East. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 1505 Martin Road.

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LaKesha Monique Johnson Gilbreath

LaKesha Monique Johnson Gilbreath was born Nov. 10, 1978, in Tucson, Ariz. She graduated from Tascosa High School and attended Amarillo College. She enjoyed being a mother, enjoyed her family, loved dancing and was always excited about getting her hair done.

Survivors include a daughter, MaurKesha Johnson Gilbreath; her husband, Maurice Gilbreath of Amarillo; three sisters, Nadeana Flowers of Atlanta, Ga., Sabrina Brown of Dallas and Sharay Brown and husband Timothy of Forth Worth; a brother, Damien Brown and wife Sarah of Amarillo; six aunts, Delois Davis, Angela White, Brenda White, Betty White, Tammy White and Michelle White; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop James Mims, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Vurn Martin of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church as eulogist. Arrangements are by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St.

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Commander Sandy R. Alvarez

Commander Sandy R. Alvarez
October 16, 1949 – June 7, 2017

Cox Funeral Home
4180 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, TX 79109
Saturday, June 10, 2017
4:00-6:00 P.M.

Sunset Funeral Home
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218
Monday, June 19, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Military Graveside Service
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10:00 a.m.

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Robert “Bob” Victor Kieckhaefer

Bob was born in Freeport, Illinois to Walter and Abigail Kieckhaefer. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot from 1940-1966. He served during WWII and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Air Force, he was vice president of William Lyon Home Construction in Fullerton, CA for about ten years. He piloted for that company as well. He was a pilot for the state of New Mexico for a time. He also worked for the IRS as a business agent. Bob earned his master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. Flying was Bob’s passion. His happiest times were when he was flying an aircraft. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lillian Rang in 2016.

Survivors include a son, Bill Kieckhaefer and wife Pat of Laguna Niguel, CA; a daughter, Mary Ann Stankovsky of Kingwood; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later time.

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M.L. “Buddy” Swindell

Mr. Swindell was born December 11, 1929 in Paris, Texas to Dale and Gertrude Swindell. He attended Memphis High School. He married Gerelene Hemelstrand on December 15, 1949. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Buddy was a business owner. He drove buses for Trailways for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Andy Swindell; three brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Gerelene Swindell; two daughters, Cindy Terk and husband, Michael of Amarillo, and Donna Hunnicutt of Austin; a son, Jack Swindell and wife Carolyn of Amarillo; a brother, Tom Swindell and wife Alene of Amarillo; a sister, Charlene Thore of Decatur; six grandchildren, Bonnie Kellogg and husband Donnie, Kelle Bankhead and husband Scott, Angela Pisani, Jerrod Swindell, BJ Hunnicutt, Thomas Hunnicutt; and nine 9 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service
Lighthouse Church
4020 SW 50th
Amarillo, TX
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 am

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Brent “Dayton Todd” Herring

Brent was born October 24, 1952 in Thomas, OK to Elon and L. B. Herring. He graduated from Elk City High School in Oklahoma, continued school at Southwest Oklahoma State University and also the Communication and Technology Institute of Broadcasting. He was a radio personality with KIXZ-KMML and KDJW-KBUY FM, for many years. He opened his own recording studio, Audio Refinery, in which he recorded commercials for radio, television and bands. A talented musician, he loved music. He formed a band with his friends known as the Bunkhouse Band. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing and boating. He married Laurie Herd in Las Vegas, NV on November 18, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Farrell Richard Herring.

He is survived by his wife Laurie; step children, Coby Leach and wife Erin and Emily Whitsitt; step-grandchildren, Addisyn Grace and Graham Montgomery Leach, all of Amarillo; a brother, Larry Herring and wife Dana, of Elk City, OK; 3 nephews, Larry Gordon Herring and wife Rhonda, Jason Herring and Andrew Herring and wife Shaunda; great-niece and nephews, Colton, Haylee and Weston Herring, all of Oklahoma City, OK; and an uncle Don Herring and wife Wanda, of Thomas, OK; and many close friends.

Celebration of Life
First Baptist Church Chapel
1208 S. Tyler
Amarillo, TX 79101
Saturday, June 17, 2017
2:00 pm

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James “Bud” Andrew Jackson, Jr.

Bud was born April 13, 1930, in Ralls, TX, to Bessie and James Andrew Jackson, Sr. He moved to Amarillo from Ralls in 1940. He was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Amarillo College, University of Texas and West Texas State University. He taught school for one year in Mexico City. He was an educator, teaching with the Amarillo ISD, retiring in 1994 after 37 years, and was beloved by all his students and peers. He married Dolores Gerber Meade in Amarillo on August 12, 1982, and was a constant source of love and support to her, two daughters, four granddaughters and ten great grandchildren. He loved and was loved immensely by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and all who knew him. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his friends, Charles Kempf and Connie Basker, who visited often, lending a hand so generously. He will be missed more than words can express. He was a member of Amarillo Bible Church. He was also fortunate enough to get to travel to Israel and Greece. He loved his Lord and Savior and would tell everyone about Him. He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; daughters, Jennifer Free and husband Terry of Chattanooga, TN, and Vanessa Maples of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Holly Small, Ashley Phillips and husband Aaron, Melissa Schlabs and husband Joey, Jillian Maples and Eric Winkle; ten great grandchildren, Kylee, Kynslee, Jaxson, Maddox, Mia, Eiden, Jack, Oliver, Farrah, and Ezra; also surviving him are two sisters, Elene Kelly and Bernice Wickware; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life Service
Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel
4180 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, TX 79109
Monday, June 19, 2017
2:00 pm

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James “Jim” H. Wingate

Jim was born to James “Orville” and Cora Wingate on March 29, 1930 in Wayne, Oklahoma. He married Paulette Gaddy of Dalhart on December 26, 1980.

Jim moved to the Texas Panhandle from Oklahoma in 1957 with his then wife Patricia (Wilson) while working for Taylor Evans. In 1962, he founded Wingate Fumigation & Farm Supply,which grew to become a major supplier of agriculture products from grain handling equipment to implements. He helped farmers and ranchers around the world design creative and innovative automation systems. Jim farmed and ranched in Texas, New Mexico, and Missouri for several years, helped his children grow and prosper, and developed many long time friendships.

Whether it was helping someone he just met ship out cattle before the first snowstorm, or helping out a friend or family member who fell short on support or funds, Jim was always there. Jim was a man people could count on. He believed in people and their ability to do things they could only dream of. He supported, inspired, and encouraged people to achieve their dreams. Many have said, “I always knew Jim had my back.”

Jim played catcher for his high school baseball team and was an avid baseball fan his whole life. In his later years, he followed the Texas Rangers closely and rarely missed a televised game. In 2010, he went to the ballpark in Arlington to see the Rangers play in the playoffs with his sons and grandsons.

Jim enjoyed nothing more than getting together with family and friends. It didn’t matter if it was a hunting or fishing trip, a week in Mexico, or a game of cards or dominos; he was there with a smile ready to make the most of it. He was a good cowboy, father, husband, businessman, and friend to all those fortunate enough to encounter him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Jerry

Survivors include his wife of 36 years Paulette; three adult children, Gayle Ekins and husband Mike of Spokane Washington, J. Bryan Wingate and wife Mary of Amarillo, and Mark W. Wingate and wife Jeanette of Amarillo; two step-daughters, Taysha Stanton and Laryssa Bliss both of Amarillo, his sister Mary George of Lexington, Oklahoma; eightgrandchildren, Shanna, Melissa, Cris, Jenna, Matthew, John, Courtney, and Kaedyn; and fourteen great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Cox Funeral Home Chapel located at 4180 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79109.

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