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Sunday, March 24, 2002


Jasper Opal Dossett

Jasper Opal Dossett passed away March 18, 2002 after a short illness.

He was born on April 8, 1931 in Kaufman County Texas, the son of Hugh Opal Dossett and Willie Mae Gamblin. He was raised in the Terrell Texas area. He served in the U.S. Army honorably for over twenty-three years including two tours in Vietnam and earned among many awards, the Bronze Star. He joined The American Legion Post No. One in Paris, France and was a member for 44 years. He then worked as a peace offier for Dallas County for seven years and retired and returned to farming outside Terrell. He belonged to Masonic Lodge Number 24, Yakima, WA, and was a Dallas Scottish Rite and Hella Shrine.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Richard Dossett and Donald Ray Dossett; and a sister, Atha Grace Howell. He is survived by his wife, Venita Dossett, of Terrell; his daughters, Barbara Dossett of Dallas, Florence Dosett and her son J. Patrick Wickham of Abilene, and Jackie Dosett and her children Josephine and John Hines of Plano; and their mother, Julienne Dossett, whom he married in Paris, France in 1953; his stepdaughters, Kimberly Esquivel and her daughter and grandson, Jessica Eaquivel and C.J. Cooper, and Kathy Isringhouse and her children, Tony Ochoa, Joey and Casey Isringhouse, of Dallas; his aunts, Atha Taylor of Quinlan, Marie Dossett of Terrell, and Esther Dossett of Mineola. He is also survived by his best friend, Wayne Tollett; brother, Bobby Lane Dossett of Terrell; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be March 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Cindy Coberley

MULESHOE -- Cindy Coberley, 46, died Friday, March 22, 2002 in Amarillo. Graveside services will be on Monday, March 25, 2002 at Fife Cemetery, in Fife, TX with Reverend Steve Claybrook, pastor of New Covenant Church of Muleshoe, officiating. Memorial services will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Covenant Church in Muleshoe. Arrangements are under the direction of Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon.

Cindy Coberley was born January 15, 1956 in Houston to William and Betty Jo Lohn Tedder. She grew up and attended public school in Abilene, Texas and graduated from Cooper High School in 1974. She attended Hardin-Simmons University, majoring in nursing and graduated from Mary Meek School of Nursing in 1978. She married Chancie Coberley at Clovis on October 17, 1979. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Texas State University in 1988 and her Master of Science in Nursing from WTSU in 1993. She completed her family nurse practitioner preceptorship in 19944 and was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She began her nursing career at Hendrick Medical Center ER in Abilene in 1978 before moving to Amarillo in 1978 and worked in the ER at the old NWTH as an RN staff nurse and charge nurse. She was later head nurse of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the new NWTH. In the early 1980's she worked part time as a flight nurse for Life Watch and in the 1990's she worked part time as a nursing instructor at Amarillo College. In 1990 she was employed by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Clements Unit. She worked there as Director of Nursing and later as a nurse practitioner. In 1996, she went to work for the Muleshoe Area Medical Center as a nurse practitioner in the ER and was employed there until her illness prevented her from working in 2000. She was a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for professional nursing. She was also co-organizer of the Hope Chest of Muleshoe, a charitable organization for the needy of Muleshoe and Bailey County.

She is survived by her husband, Chancie Coberley of Muleshoe; two sons, Chris and wife, Vera, Coberley of Timbercreek and John Coberley of Williamsburg, VA; a daughter, Lu and husband, Shawn, Stephen of Roundrock, TX; her parents, Bill and Betty Tedder of Abilene; a brother, Charles, and wife, Stasey, Tedder of Lubbock; her mother-in-law, Doris Coberley of Pampa; three grandchildren; and five nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Hope Chest of Muleshoe, Box 175, Muleshoe, Texas 79347.

Ronald G. McDearman

Ronald G. McDearman passed away March 21, 2002 after a long illness. Ron was injured in a fall in Nairobi, Kenya while serving in the Peace Corps June 2001. He had been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to extend his stay as a professor at the University of Nairobi for the following year.

Ron was born in Abilene, Texas November 3, 1936. A graduate of Abilene High School, Abilene Christian University and from SMU Law School in 1966. He practiced law in Dallas, until his move to Mesa, Arizona in 1994, where he joined the Peace Corps for service in Africa.

Ron married Sandra Dobbs from Oklahoma City in 1974 and his only son, Michael David McDearman was born July 28, 1975.

He is survived by his son, Michael David of Dallas; father and mother, John C. and Frances McDearman, longtime residents of Abilene; and a brother, Rusty; sister-in-law, Jayne; and nephews, Bryan and Eric McDearman of Dallas.

By his wishes, Ron's ashes will be laid to rest in Abilene, TX beside his younger brother, Mickey, who passed away in 1941. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Peace Corps Partnership program; notation: In memory of Ron McDearman, Project #615130. Send to: C. Kanstrup, OPSC Peace Corps., Washington, DC 20526.

Felipa Esquivel Ramirez

ANSON -- Felipa Esquivel Ramirez, 77, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2002, at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Reverend John officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Born September 13, 1924, in Dilley, Felipa was a daughter of the late Pedro and Manula (Ruiz) Esquivel. She married Jesus Ramirez in 1953. He preceded her in death in 1973. Felipa moved to Anson in 1970 and worked for Anson General Hospital. She was a member of Saint Michael's Catholic Church.

Survivors include three sons, Johnie Ramirez and Ramiro Ramirez, both of Anson and Esa Ramirez of Abilene; one daughter, Martha Ramirez Patterson of San Antonio; three brothers, Cano Esquivel of Pearsall, Santiago Esquivel of Hereford and Jesus Esquivel of Vega; one sister, Maire Esquivel of Hereford; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Charles "Charlie" Brown

Charles "Charlie" Brown, 51, of Clyde, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th St., with Reverends David Sims and Raby Sims officiating.

Mr. Brown was born June 14, 1950 in San Angelo. He married Bertha Jean Grohman on December 23, 1985, in Abilene. He worked for Adams Plumbing as well as other plumbing companies in Abilene and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Cisco.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Brown of Clyde; a son, Chuck Fisher of Austin; a daughter, Shelley White of Roanoke; two brothers, John Brown of Denton and Matt Guinan of Abilene; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Buster Brown; his mother, Betty Guinan; and a brother, James Brown.

Ada Mae Reneau Butman Cochran

Ada Mae Cochran, 87, died Thursday, March 21, 2002 at a local medical center. Services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Elliott- Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Reverend Kevin Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Homes, 542 Hickory.

Mrs. Cochran was born July 2, 1914, in Van Zandt County, Texas to the late William and Ida Mae Reneau. She attended school in Trent, TX and married Benjamin S. Butman on December 19, 1931. She later married Carl T. Cochran on August 20, 1958 in Lordsburg, NM. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Ada Mae is preceded in death by three brothers, Irving Reneau, Floyd W. Reneau and Joe Reneau; and a son, Bill Butman.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Thomas Cochran of Abilene; a son, Jerrell Lee Butman of Merkel; a daughter, Joyce Smith of Abilene; nine grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a stepson, Banny B. Cochran of Augusta, GA; four stepgrandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

The family will be at 4550 N. 7th, and a visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, 542 Hickory.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Hospice, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.

Bernice Irene Coker

Bernice Coker, 97, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2002 in a local nursing facility. Graveside services will be held Monday, March 25, 2002, at 3:00 P.M. in Elmwood Memorial Park with Dr. Chris Diebel, Pastor Emeritus of First Christian Church, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Homes, 542 Hickory Street.

Mrs. Coker was born February 19, 1905, in Tyler, Texas, to Frances and C.R. Morris. She was raised and attended schools in Tyler, Texas, graduating from Tyler Junior College. She married Harold Coker on December 23, 1933. In 1943, Bernice and Harold Coker moved to Abilene. She served as secretary of First Christian Church for 37 years and was a member of the church for 59 years prior to her death. She had been a member of the Abilene Woman's Club for many years until her health required her resignation. Never considering herself a shut-in, she made many calls to her church friends to bring them cheer.

She is survived by one daughter, Gail Russey and husband, Joe, of Abilene; two granddaughters, Kathryn Gail Russey of Dallas and Dianna Jo Atkinson and husband, Benny, of Abilene; two great- grandchildren, Jeremy Wayne Presley of Decatur, Texas and Brandy Presley of Abilene; and a host of friends.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the tender loving care given to Bernice by all the Sears Methodist Retirement and Nursing Center personnel during her residency under their care, and to Hendrick Hospice Care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Coker and her two brothers, John and Ray Morris of Tyler, Texas.

Honorary pallbearers are Elders of First Christian Church.

Memorial remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

Bobby Joe Cleveland

TUSCOLA -- Bobby Joe Cleveland, 40, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, as a result of an automobile accident near Sterling City. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church of Tuscola. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home.

Mr. Cleveland was born in Abilene to Robert L. and Wanda J. Wilder Cleveland on March 20, 1962. He graduated from Jim Ned High School in 1981. He worked for Bill Reed Distributing, Yellow Freight Truck Lines and owned his own business, Restore-All in Abilene for nine years. The last four years he has been an independent insurance adjuster for Wardlaw Claims Service in Abilene. He was a member of Outlaw Tractor Pulling Association and Texas Tractor Pulling Association. He was active in body building and participated in weight-lifting competition throughout Texas. He was a certified SCUBA diver with search and rescue certification.

Survivors include his mother, Wanda Cleveland of Tuscola; his father, Robert Lon Cleveland of Abilene; a sister, Judy Lynn Cleveland of Tuscola; his grandmother, Helen Wilder of Tuscola; two aunts, Jo Ann Lothridge of Ft. Worth and Carroll Lynn Harris of Midland; one uncle, Frank Cleveland of Lawn; and three cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Earl Nelson

MUNDAY -- John Earl Nelson, 84, of Munday, Texas, entered God's Kingdom early Saturday morning, March 23, 2002 in Munday Nursing Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2002 at the First Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Reverend Billy F. Fitzgerald of Amarillo will officiate. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of McCauley- Smith Funeral Home.

John Earl was born October 21, 1917 southwest of Munday to E.H. "Bud" and Hetty Mae Waldron Nelson. He lived in Knox and Crosby Counties, attending schools in both areas, graduating from Munday High School in 1935, and attended John Tarleton College before moving to San Diego, California, where he worked for Consolidated. He married Juanita Hunter of Thorp Community, Texas on July 26, 1942 in Yuma, Arizona. they made their home in San Diego. He entered the Army shortly after marriage during WWII. They were transferred to Richmond, Virginia, where John served during the war, returning to Munday in the fall of 1946. Here, he was engaged in the farming and ranching community in Knox, Haskell and Baylor Counties for over 50 years. During this time he spent many hours helping to shape the lives of numerous boys and young men of this community, supporting many of these through ag related activities. He was probably one of the Munday Moguls' most faithful fans.

John is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years, Juanita; two daughters and their husbands, Bobbie and Bill Wright of Carrollton, Texas, Rosann and Harold Owens of Seymour; two sons and their wives, John Lee and Pam Nelson of Munday, Joe and Emily Nelson of Quinlan; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Charlene Coats of Dallas, Floy Allison of Seymour and Emogene and Gene Thompson of Munday; grandchildren, Mike Cypert, Derek Cypert, Dustin Wright, Darrik Wright, Charlotte Locke, Wayne Owens, Christi Adams, Cathy Barnhill, James Nelson, Cameron Nelson, and Jonathon Nelson; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jason, Arron and Hunter Cypert, Amanda, Nicole and Deven Cypert, Cody Petters, Jesse Owens, Britni and Brody Adams, Paige, Colby and Courtney Barnhill; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Gaylon Allred, Ricky Ramos, David Rister, Gary Cypert, Claude Rister and Mickey Jackson.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home for the family to receive family and friends.

Claudie Delle Carpenter Preston

Claudie Delle Carpenter Preston, 66, of Abilene, died Thursday, March 21, 2002 at a local medical center. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Phil Christopher, Reverend Bob Weissinger and Dr. Gene Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Preston was born November 15, 1935 in Jones County, Texas to J.O. and Florence Carpenter. She graduated in 1953 from McCauley High School in Fisher County as Valedictorian of her class. In 1957, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Education and a teaching certification. She initially worked for Ropes ISD (Ropesville, Texas) for two years. She married Arnett Carl Preston on June 2, 1959, whom she met at college. They lived in Denver, CO, during the first four years of marriage then two years in Santa Fe, NM. They moved to Abilene on October 1, 1965.

Mrs. Preston did some substitute teaching for Abilene ISD, but was primarily a loving wife and mother until her two sons were grown. She was an active member of First Baptist Church since 1965 and worked for 22 years as a secretary for the church, until her retirement in February of 2000. She was beloved of all who knew her.

Claudie was preceded in death by her parents, and one nephew.

Survivors include her husband of forty-two years, Arnett Carl Preston; two sons, Randal Wayne Preston of Austin, TX and Russell Dean Preston of Abilene; two sisters, Darlene Dowell and husband, Bryce, of Granbury, TX and Kay O'Briant and husband, Leeroy, of Lubbock, TX.; three sisters-in-law, Margie Weller of Denver, CO., Quepha Lewis and husband, Jim, of Springfield, MO, and Melba Sykes and husband, Hap, of Odessa, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Preston will be available for viewing at the funeral home at 542 Hickory until noon on Monday.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 41, Abilene, TX 79604.

John Jeremiah "Jerry" Lacey

John Jeremiah "Jerry" Lacey, 75, of Abilene, died Thursday, March 21, 2002 at a local hospital. A memorial service to be held later will be announced by the family.

Jerry was born March 7, 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska to James B. and Alma Pierson Lacey. He grew up in Joplin, Missouri where he played on the championship football team at Joplin High School. In 1945, he left high school in his senior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an Aviation Radioman Third Class. After his military service he returned to Joplin, where he attended Joplin Junior College. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1950, with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

On graduation from college, he spent several years on surveying and pipeline crews in New England. His most productive surveying mission was the New Years' Eve party he attended on December 31, 1950, where he met his future spouse, Alice A. Arakelian of Worcester, MA. The couple married on August 2, 1952, in Massachusetts.

After their marriage, the couple moved to West Texas where they spent 30 years moving around West Texas and Colorado before settling in Abilene in 1972. His loving wife, who he affectionately nicknamed "Tiger," adapted rapidly to West Texas life and the oil business. He worked for a variety of companies including Stanolind Oil Company, Tenneco Oil Company, Saxon Oil Company, Fisher-Webb, Inc., and John Chalmers Operating Company, Inc. He retired here in the late 80's. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

His parents, a brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Abilene; a brother, Terry Lacey of Baton Rouge, LA; a son, Kevin Lacey and wife of Hurst, TX; two daughters, Karen Alfaro and husband of Houston, TX and Karla Lacey of Arlington, VA; six grandchildren, Joshua, Adam and Joseph Lacey and Kelly, James and Michael Alfaro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elda Mae Parmer

Elda Mae Parmer, 68, of Abilene, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at a local medical center. Services will be Tuesday, at 2 p.m. in the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Reverend Rodney Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park, under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Homes, 5701 Hwy 277 South.

Elda Mae was born July 22, 1933 in Medicine Mound, Texas, to Thomas and Sarah Mulkey. She was a graduate of Coleman High School. She married I.A. Parmer and was a homemaker and a member of Lytle South Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, I.A. Parmer, in 1998; and a son, Martin Parmer in 1997.

She is survived by a son, David Green of Dumas; a daughter, Kathy Tidmore of Abilene; two step-daughters, Gayle Corry of Irving and Patsy Devereaux of Arlington; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Hospice, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.

Elsie M. Wilson

Elsie M. Wilson, 83, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at a local hospital. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2002 at Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South.

Mrs. Wilson was born February 6, 1919 in Vera, Texas to William M. (Bill) and Maud Shipman. Until her retirement in 1981, she worked more than 30 years in the restaurant business and also at Aileen's in Abilene. she was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include four sons, Ronnie Green of Cortez, Co., Gerald Green of Cloud Croft, NM, Kenneth Green (Pete) of Clyde and Randy Wilson of Abilene; one daughter, Sharon Kelley of Abilene; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Death Notice Obituaries

Lewis J. Chase

Lewis J. Chase, 76, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.

Michael Anthony Dowe Sr.

BROWNWOOD — Michael Anthony Dowe Sr. 54, died Thursday, March 21, 2002. Graveside services were Saturday in Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs. Davis-Morris Funeral Home made arrangements.

Cynthia Earles

GORMAN — Cynthia Earles, 78, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial follows in Gorman Cemetery.

Rena Kight

Rena Kight, 84, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.

Susie Aline Krawczykowski

Susie Aline Krawczykowski, 73, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Newhaven Tabernacle. Visitation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, directed by North’s Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street.

Ila Damron Lovelace

BROWNWOOD — Ila Damron Lovelace, 80, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Monday in Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Blanket Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Sullivan Mathis Sr.

Sullivan Mathis Sr., 51, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services are pending with Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.

Allie D. Meredith

BROWNWOOD — Allie D. Meredith, 66, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church; burial follows in Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Arma Lena Johnson Mooney

STEPHENVILLE — Arma Lena Johnson Mooney, 86, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. today at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Clairette Cemetery, Clairette.

Gracie L. Soles

SWEETWATER — Gracie L. Soles, 84, died Friday, March 22, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Colorado City Cemetery.

J.B. Snider

BROWNWOOD — J.B. Snider, 91, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorsey Woods Terhune

Dorsey Woods Terhune died Saturday, March 23, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.

Funerals Today

Charles “Charlie” Brown, 51, 2 p.m. at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street.

GORMAN — Cynthia Earles, 78, 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Gorman Cemetery.

DUBLIN — Francisco “Frank” Martinez, 17, graveside 1 p.m. at Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.

STEPHENVILLE — Arma Lena Johnson Mooney, 86, 2 p.m. at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Clairette Cemetery.

Elwin Lloyd Skiles, 89, 3 p.m. First Baptist Church Sanctuary; burial Monday at 10 a.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park.

COLEMAN — Ruby Trammell, 98, 1 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Coleman City Cemetery.

GOLDTHWAITE — Betty Sides Traylor, 77, 2 p.m. at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery.

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