Betty Jean Housley

Betty was born December 16, 1936 in Groom to Eldred Neal and Wilma Ruth James. She married Johnny Brooks and they had four children. In 1982 she married Bill Housley. He died in 2014. She worked as Postmaster General for twenty-seven years, retiring from Sealy.

While in Groom, Betty volunteered at the food bank and for Meals-on-Wheels. She enjoyed socializing with her ladies club and supporting various sports teams.

Betty’s biggest smile was when her family was around. Her happy place was on her patio, watching people pass by and she cherished the memories of her lifelong friends in Groom. She also enjoyed her last few months living at Hoyt Place in Sweetwater and making new friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Eldred Wayne James; and sister-in-law Lynn James.

Betty is survived by her children, Debbie Anthony and husband, Steve of Roscoe, Deanna Holtkamp and husband, Jeff of Seguin, Donna Edwards of Bellville, Dale Brooks and wife Carolyn of Groom, and Todd Housley and Teri Housley of Austin; her brother, Edgar James and wife Marianne of Boerne; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Groom, with Pastor Andy Dietz as officiant. Burial will be in Groom Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

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Viola (Serpan) Jennings

Viola was born June 27, 1922 in Timken, KS to Otto Joseph and Rose Serpan. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in LaCrosse, KS. She married John Lee Jennings in Wichita, KS in 1942. After John served in WWII, they moved to Canadian. Then they lived in various places before settling in Amarillo in 1954. She was a member of Hamlet Baptist Church for years and served as a Girl Scout and a Cub Scout Leader. She was a great mom and homemaker and a second mom to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Lee Jennings; two grandchildren, Raven Tess Elizabeth Kipker and Pamela Gail Pendley; three brothers; and two sisters.

Viola is survived by her daughters, Lavina Pendley of Amarillo, Rosalie Arnold and husband, Steven of Austin, Norma Parsons of Amarillo, and Jo Ann Smart and husband, Chuck of Amarillo; her son, John Jennings and wife, Barbara of Bedford; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Schooler Funeral Home, Brentwood Chapel with Craig Albracht as officiant. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

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Bobby Charles Terry

Bobby was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Joshua to AA and Ida Terry. He entered the service on Jan. 7, 1951, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 6, 1955.

He became a civil service fireman in 1955 at the Amarillo Air Force Base until 1969. He married Jo Beth Hairgrove on May 29, 1954. He worked for Yellow Freight after discharge from service until his retirement. He loved fishing, living at the lake, woodworking and just general piddling. His children, grandchildren and great children were the light of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Arthur Terry and Ida May Jackson Terry; 11 siblings; a daughter, Debby Gray; and a granddaughter, Terri Beth Hensler.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Beth Terry; two daughters, Trena Terry, Kelly Riddle and husband Gary; a son, Chuck Terry and wife Renee; his grandsons, Ty Hensler, Jeremy Terry and wife Sonya and Tyler Terry and fiancé Ivy; his granddaughters, Tami Williams and husband Grant, Kandle Pierce and husband Neil and Tanna Ludlum; three great-grandsons, Tyler, Titus and Jett; and three great-granddaughters, Kennedy, Elyse and Trinity

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home Wednesday June 7, 2017.

Graveside memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo with Terry Callis officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home, 2800 S. Osage St.

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Jimmy Lee King

Jim was born on June 5, 1947. He proudly enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the Green Berets in the Screaming Eagle 101 Airborne, 5th Special Forces Division. He served in Vietnam, where he received multiple Purple Heart Medals. Jim settled in Amarillo, where he worked for the Veteran’s Hospital in maintenance for over 15 years until his retirement. Above all, Jim was a devoted husband and loved his Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Rhenea King; brother, Robert Joe King and wife Wanda; 3 sisters, Shirley Watson and husband Billy and Darlene Christianson, all of Amarillo and Susan Morris of Houston; 3 step children, Crystal Gamble and husband Michael of Canyon, Greg Ballard and wife Desiree of Prosper and Lisa Vega and husband Julio of Amarillo; 8 grandchildren, Erica Marry, Ashley and Devin Calhoun, Dusty and Chance Gamble, Cale and Nathan Ballard, Mattie and Camille Vega and 6 great grandchildren.

Graveside Inurnment
Llano Cemetery
Amarillo, TX
Thursday, June 08, 2017
10:00 a.m.

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Donald “Don” Oppliger

Don was born April 7, 1949, in Columbus, Nebraska to Edward and Edna Oppliger. He graduated from Columbus High School in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska.

He married Joi Christopher on Aug. 14, 1976, in Blair, Nebraska.

Don owned and operated the Don Oppliger Companies, which include feedlots, farms, and ranches spread across roughly 150,000 acres in Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska. He began his business in 1980 with rented farmland in Hereford and quickly began expanding it with the purchase of a 15,000 head feedlot in Farwell. Don then acquired a 35,000 head feedlot in Clovis, New Mexico in 1991 and later purchased his first Nebraska farm in Lincoln County, Nebraska, on which he built at 55,000 head feedlot, which he later expanded to 70,000 head. In the last decade, Don acquired multiple ranches across Eastern and Western Nebraska and additional farmland and feedlots in Nebraska and Texas. His integrated and diversified operations also included a dairy and a trucking company. Despite the complexity of the operation, Don somehow managed to track the many details of his businesses in his head and a small notepad he kept in his shirt pocket.

He loved cattle and enjoyed checking on his many pastures and feedlots from the cockpit of his plane or helicopters. Aside from attending Nebraska Cornhusker games, farming and flying were his favorite hobbies. “People say he died doing what he loved,” Ben Oppliger said. “That’s really true.”

Although Oppliger was a successful and wealthy landowner, he also was down-to-earth and always willing to make time for a visit, said Joe Herrod, who owns property neighboring Oppliger’s west of Sutherland. Outside of the industry, few people knew he was such a large operator, Herrod added. “He was a wonderful neighbor, just an aw-shucks kind of guy,” he said. “It’s really a shame.”

He was preceded in death by a son, Grant Oppliger; and a sister, Lori Prill.

Survivors include his wife, Joi Oppliger, of Amarillo; a son, Benjamin Oppliger and wife Katie, of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Madison Oppliger, of Amarillo; three sisters, Rita Peters and husband Don of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Diane Thompson and husband Joe, of Lincoln, Nebraska and Phyllis Olson and husband Ralph, of Columbus, Nebraska.

The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the funeral home.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer, senior pastor and the Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at 4:00 p.m., in Farwell Cemetery in Farwell, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Donna Renee Maness

Donna will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, mother and friend. Her smile, laughter, and wit will live forever in our memory.

Donna is survived by her sister, Tammy, of Mansfield; her daughter, Macy, and her soul-mate, Jimmy, both of Amarillo. She also leaves behind other loving relatives and friends.

Donna was predeceased by her parents, Reg and Louise Maness, and brother, Jimmy Thomison, of Texas.

In keeping with the wishes of Donna, private services will be held.

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Randall King

Randall was born May 29, 1940, in Dozier to Littleton and Floss King. He was an Army veteran.

He married Maria Diaz on Aug. 30, 1969, in San Antonio.

Survivors include his wife, Maria King; a son, Randall L. King; three daughters, Debra King, Melissa Kennann and Stephanie King; and 9 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with John Esler, VA Chaplain, officiating. Military rites are provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Katherine Gene and Victoria Rose Tapp

Katherine Gene and Victoria Rose Tapp, were stillborn on June 1, 2017 in Pampa.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. Ken Houston, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lefors, and Rick Pearson, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Survivors include their parents, Austin and Brynna Tapp of the home; maternal grandparents, Ty and Jennifer Stubblefield of Pampa, and Doug and Rachel McKinney of Salisbury, Maryland; paternal grandparents, Melissa Tapp of Lefors and Rodney Tapp of Council Bluff, Iowa; maternal great grandparents, Randy and Trudy Stubblefield, and Carolyn Martin, all of Pampa, Ken and Sandy McKinney of Bonham, Gregg Dillhoff of Dublin, Ohio, Debra and Jack Githens of Hinton, Oklahoma; paternal great grandparents, Rita and Emmet Tapp of Lefors, Pat Tapp of Parkson, South Dakota, and Troy and Debbie Campbell of Kansas; maternal great-great grandmother, Ethel Stubblefield of Pampa; aunts and uncles, Cassie Stubblefield and Korie Stubblefield, both of Pampa, Caden McKinney, Tobias McKinney, Jaxon McKinney and Charis McKinney, all of Salisbury, Maryland, Tyson Tapp and Braden Tapp, both of Lefors.

Katherine and Victoria were preceded in death by their great grandfather, Roy Martin; and great grandmother, Debbie Dillhoff.

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Wiletta Eloise Edwards Ritter

Wiletta Posey Edwards Ritter was born on March 24, 1925 to Bud and Lois Posey at her Granddaddy Pete Dennis’s ranch in Stonewall County at the foot of the Double Mountains. She married Roy A. (Eddie / Skeeter) Edwards on August 31, 1942 in Florida where he was in the Navy. Freddie Neal was born in 1944, followed by Gary Loyd in 1945. To finish their family, Tommy Lynn was born in 1949. Following the Navy, the family lived in Silverton. Wiletta was an avid square dancer for many years and enjoyed riding horses. She loved to socialize over a game of cards, but she wouldn’t let you win just because she liked you. She adored her family and was involved in their lives. She was fiercely independent and though we will miss her, we know that she is dancing and loving on those waiting for her in Heaven. Wiletta was preceded in death by her sons, Gary (2000) and Tommy (2009) as well as a husband, Roy A. Edwards (1998). She was also preceded by two grandsons, Jody Edwards (2012) and Darren Edwards (2014). She is survived by a son, Freddie Edwards, and wife, Jan of Petersburg, a daughter-in-law, Janet Edwards of Abernathy, 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, May 8, 2017 in the Silverton Cemetery with Rev. Janet Edwards officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors in Plainview, Texas.

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Troy James Turner

Troy was born April 21, 1957 in Brownfield, Texas to Troy Herman and Virginia Jean Day Turner.
Troy lived most of his life in Memphis, Texas. He was a Baptist.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY – his parents.

SURVIVORS – his daughter, Angelia Mahan of Hedley; 2 sons, James Kyle Turner of Huntsville and Troy Jeremy Turner of Lubbock; 1 brother , Dale Turner of Amarillo, Texas; 1 sister, Dorothy Fuentes of Amarillo, Texas; and 3 grandchildren.

Obituary for Troy James Turner
GRAVESIDE SERVICES – 10:00 PM Monday, June 12, 2017 in Rowe Cemetery in Hedley.

INURNMENT- Rowe Cemetery in Hedley.

CREMATION AND ARRANGEMENTS – Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

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