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Tuesday, July 9, 2002


Mitchell Ray Baird

HASKELL - Mitchell Ray Baird, 31, died Saturday, July 6, 2002 at his family's home in Wichita, Kansas. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 at the Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita.

Mitch was a self-employed maintenance man in Haskell.

Survivors include his best friend, Tim Larned of Haskell; one son, Broc of Denver; his mother, Alberta Riley of Haskell; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jackie Walker of Wichita; and one aunt, Jean Riley of Wichita.

Marjorie Lynn Brown Lacy

Marjorie Lynn Brown Lacy, 85, of Cisco, died in Eastland Memorial Hospital on July 8, 2002. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cisco Church of Christ with Larry Fitzgerald officiating. Graveside service will be in the Cross Plains Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. directed by Kimbrough Funeral Home.

She was born in Token, Texas to Benjamin Franklin and Ethel Sophronia (Irby) Brown. She was Society Editor of Rising Star Record newspaper and later worked for LTV as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Cisco Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill Home Demonstration Club, and Sabanna Quilting Club.

She was married to Harlon Lacy on May 8, 1937 in Rising Star. He preceded her in death on July 1, 1992.

Survivors are daughters, Sylvia Lacy King and husband, Carl, of Cisco, Jacquelyn Lacy of Austin, and Jill Lacy Frazier and husband, Robert, of Austin; sister, Frances Colson of Arvada, Colorado; brother-in-law, Jack Lacy of Lampasas; sister-in-law, Lenora Newton of Victoria; grandchildren, Donna Irby, Kibb King, Ginger Lacy Gamer, Adam Frazier, Marjorie Lacy Frazier, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Lake Cisco Christian Camp, P.O. Box 629, Cisco, Texas 76437; or Fosters Home for Children, 1779 North Graham Street, Stephenville, Texas 76401.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6p.m. until 8p.m. Tuesday for visitation.

William Arlus Motley

William Arlus Motley, 84, known affectionately as "Motley" by family and friends, was born January 30, 1918 near Clyde, Callahan County, Texas. He died Friday, June 28, 2002 in Lake Jackson, Texas. He was the fifth of six children of William Marshall Motley and Olive Lisman Motley. Later the family moved to Abilene, Texas, his beloved hometown, and he graduated from Abilene High in 1935. After high school, Motley worked in the west Texas oil fields where he met the love of his life Johnnie Maxine Boyd. They married in 1941 and had one child, Jolene, born in 1942.

Motley was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in 1941. He served in England, France and Holland and rose to the rank of Tech Sergeant. After the war, Motley moved the family back to the oil field and later was in private business. In the early 1950's, he joined Ethyl Corporation in Pasadena, Texas, and remained with the company until his retirement in 1978.

After retirement, Maxine and Motley moved to a small farm in the community of Woodlake in Trinity County, Texas. They loved this place and remained there until her health failed. Maxine's sister, Ayleen Boyd Robert, was a member of their household during these years. They moved to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1995 to be near Jolene. The Motley's were long time members of Pasadena, Texas First United Methodist Church and then Groveton, Texas First United Methodist Church.

Motley was preceded in death by wife, Maxine; sister-in-law, Ayleen Robert; his parents; brothers, Elmer, Jasper and Zolus, who was his life long best friend.

Survivors include daughter, Jolene Motley Renfro and husband, Jim, of Lake Jackson, Texas; grandchildren, Rebecca Renfro Grimes and husband, Eric, of Northborough, Massachusetts, Jim Renfro III and wife, Shelly, of Denton, Texas, and John Renfro of Houston, Texas. Great-grandchildren are Tristan Grimes, Collin Renfro and Allison Renfro.

Other survivors include his sisters, Hassie Motley Johnson of Weatherford, Texas, Lera Motley Beach of Temple, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Motley was revered by his nieces and nephews who called him Unc. He was known for his personal generosity when some of them were struggling through college.

Edna Faye Hall

Edna Faye Hall, 64, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2002 at a local hospital. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002 with Reverend Don Greenway officiating at Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South.

Edna Faye Reeves began life on January 17, 1938 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma to Don and Dessie Reeves. She moved to Abilene in 1947 where she met Larry L. Hall. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 5, 1957.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Larry L. Hall of Abilene, TX; one son, Larry L. Hall Jr. of Abilene, TX; two daughters, Gloria Dianne Butler of Abilene and Colene Sue Henley of Winnsboro, TX; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild;three brothers Donald Ray Reeves of Hawley, TX, Billy Lynn Reeves of Abilene, and Leeroy Reeves of Eldorado, TX; and one sister, Linda Joyce Willson of Tye, TX.

Memorials may be made to the Taylor Jones Humane Society, 3811 North First Street, Abilene, Texas 79605.

Elva Matilda Skiles

STAMFORD - Elva Matilda Skiles was born August 21, 1910 to W.B. and Edna West in Owensville, Texas and went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2002. Elva married Henry Skiles on July 22, 1928 in Anson, Texas, and he preceded her in death in 1988. She had been a resident of Stamford since 1919, moving there from Floydada, Texas. She was a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church, where she was very active and a soldier for the Lord. She held Vacation Bible Schools for churches throughout Stamford. She was an L.V.N. for the Stamford INN and the Stamford Hospital for many years and was a member of the Texas Nurses Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years; one daughter, Merlene Hutson; two grandsons, Eddie Wayne Hutson and Cary Glenn Snow; three brothers; and six sisters.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Truman Davis of Stamford, Patricia and Richard Ivy of Midland; one son and daughter-in-law, Ralphord and Priscilla Skiles of Livingston, Texas; one brother, W.B. West Jr. of Hale Center; and one sister, Mona Taylor of Midland; 17 grandchildren; 30 great- grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverend Jesse Morton officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home.

Betty L. Shelley

Betty L. Shelley, 74, of Rotan, passed away Monday morning at Rotan Health Care Center. Services will be held Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Rotan with Dan Simmons and Ruben Covington officiating. Burial will follow in the Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan.

Mrs. Shelley was born January 12, 1928 in Roby, Texas to Oran S. and Vera (Hurst) Simmons. She married James B. Shelley in Rotan on March 31, 1945. She was a member of the Rotan First Baptist Church and The Ladies Auxiliary. She worked as a clerk for H.L. Davis and Company for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband; one son, Thomas Arlin Shelley; one brother, Oran T. Simmons; and one sister, Francis DAniel.

She is survived by two sons, Byron Shelley of Amherst, Texas and Oran Shelley of Rotan; three sisters, Clara Hammit, Georgia Shipman, and Vera Covington; three brothers, James Simmons, William Simmons, and Dan Simmons. Along with seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Russell Aubrey Thompson

HAMLIN - Russell Aubrey Thompson, 86, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, in Hobbs, NM. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at the Hamlin Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Jimmie Spalding officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Foster-Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson was born February 14, 1916, in Hamlin. He married Laura Foye Spalding June 22, 1940, in Eastland. She preceded him in death in 1991. Mr. Thompson was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and retired from Southern Union Gas Company in Hobbs, New Mexico. He was a Baptist. He had formerly lived in Hamlin and Eunice, New Mexico before moving to Hobbs.

One son, James C. Thompson, preceded him in death in 1996.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Dollene Thompson of Midland and Dean and Linda Thompson of Castroville; two daughters and one son-in-law, Beth and Cleo Hunter of Hobbs, NM and Shirley Smith of Austin; a daughter-in-law, Fay Thompson of Eunice, NM; three brothers, Lester Thompson of Banning, CA, J.W. Thompson of Morango Valley, CA, and Don Thomposn of Palm Dale, CA; one sister, Margie Rutledge of Rising Star; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Jimmy F. Floyd

Jimmy Floyd, 69, of Hawley, died Monday July 8, 2002 at Hendrick Health System. Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at North's Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Hawley cemetery directed by North's Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 Tuesday at the Funeral Home, 242 Orange.

Mr. Floyd was born in Chesapeake, Ohio where he grew up. He moved to Abilene in 1962. He married Doris Elliott in 1987 in Abilene. He was a Truck driver for 27 years and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include; wife, Doris Floyd of Hawley, four sons, Larry Floyd and Gary Floyd, both of Abilene, Jerry Floyd of Snyder, Texas, Chris Floyd of Hawley; two daughters, Nancy Cooper of Huntington, West Virginia, Donna Miller of Abilene; three step daughters, Nancy Peterson of Branson, Missouri, Karla Moore and Marie Gonzales both of Abilene; eighteen Grandchildren; eight Great Grandchildren; one brother, Larry Floyd of Chesapeake, Ohio; four sisters, Wanda Hayes of Proctor, Ohio, Juanita England of Chesapeake, Ohio, Nancy Hail of Fairborn, Ohio, and Frances Floyd of Chesapeake, Ohio.

Jeannette Turnham Stanek

Jeannette Turnham Stanek, 87, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at an Abilene medical center.

She was born on September 5, 1914, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, to Vivan and Annora McCabe Turnham, and graduated from Wayzata High School.  She married Howard James Stanek on September 12, 1938 at the Turnham home in Hennepin County.  Jeannette was a homemaker and a member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church in Abilene where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. She moved to Abilene from Holiday, Florida in 1986. She was a member and Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in both Minnesota and Florida, Contest Club, Rock and Mineral Society, and Rose Park Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Stanek was  predeceased by her husband, Howard Stanek; a son, James Stanek; brothers, Merriman George Turnham, Leslie Vivan Turnham, and Kenneth Turnham; and sisters, Winnifred Marion Bryant and Neva Irene Mills.

Survivors include a son, Donald Stanek and wife, Chris, of Toledo, Ohio; twin daughters, Joanne Fuller of Hillsdale, Michigan and Jean Butler and husband, George, of Abilene.  She is also survived by grandchildren, Keith MacKenzie and wife, Tammy, of Fenton, Michigan, Katherine MacKenzie of South Lyon, Michigan, AnnaB Richardson and husband, Bobby, of Abilene, Alan Butler and wife, Richa, of Belton, Texas, and Melissa Stanek and Jason Stanek both of Toledo, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, her joy and delight, Autumn Ruth Butler and Alianna Richardson.

A service of celebration led by Rev. Rick Doyle will be held at Elmwood West United Methodist Church, 1302 South Pioneer Drive, at one o'clock on Tuesday, July 9.  The body will be cremated, and burial of the cremains will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Minnesota.  Local arrangements are being made by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Memorials may be made to Elmwood West United Methodist Church for the Mission Fund.

Jack Jarred

HASKELL -- Jack Jarred, 84, died Sunday at his home in Haskell. A funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eastside Baptist Church in Haskell with Dr. David Page officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden- McCauley Funeral Home.

Jack was born on September 19, 1917 in Stamford the son of Uriel Franklin and Molly Grey Decker Jarred. He married Alta Mae Johnson on August 19, 1940 in Haskell. She preceded him in death on February 4, 1997. He was a carpenter and a member of the Eastside Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Martha Jarred of Haskell; two grandchildren, Diana Hoover and husband, Mark of Port Lavaca, and Susan Jarred of Haskell; three great-grandchildren, Hanna and Troy Hoover of Port Lavaca, and Harrison Jarred of Haskell; and sister, Vivian Shaw of Haskell.

Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Uriel Jarred.

The family request memorials be made to the Eastside Baptist Church, 600 N. 1st East, Haskell, Texas 79521.

Death Notices

Cleo Berniece Aldridge

SWEETWATER — Cleo Berniece Aldridge, 91, died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

Irene Anthony

COLEMAN — Irene Anthony, 85, died Sunday, July 7, 2002. Services are 1:30 p.m. today at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Coleman Cemetery.

Benjamin Johnnie Blanton

DUBLIN — Benjamin Johnnie Blanton, 94, died Sunday, July 7, 2002. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Comyn Baptist Church; burial is in Ray Cemetery, under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.

Guy Bradley

KNOX CITY — Guy Bradley died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Smith Funeral Home.

Beverly Burkhalter

Beverly Burkhalter, 61, of Abilene, died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral Home.

Reva Keating

GOLDTHWAITE — Reva Keating died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.

William Bradley Kyser

COLEMAN — William Bradley Kyser, 41, died Saturday, July 6, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Testament Holiness Church in Bangs; burial is in Coleman Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Barbara Joy McBride

EARLY — Barbara Joy McBride, 60, died Sunday, July 7, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home, with burial in May Cemetery.

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott, 70, of Abilene, died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Alvin Sam Stewart

Alvin Sam Stewart, 96, of Abilene, died Saturday, July 6, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Community Memorial Funeral Home, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mae Etta Stewart

Mae Etta Stewart, 92, of Abilene, died Monday, July 8, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Curtis-Starks Funeral Home.

Arthur Edwin Travis

CLYDE — Dr. Arthur Edwin Travis, 93, died Sunday, July 7, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.


Funerals Today

COLEMAN — Irene Anthony, 85, 1:30 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Coleman Cemetery.

CISCO — Ila Bernice Carter, 97, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

COMANCHE — Bobby Gene Hatch, 67, 11 a.m. at Comache Funeral Home, with burial in Sardis Cemetery.

HASKELL — Jack Jarred, 84, 2:30 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, with burial in Willow Cemetery.

ELBERT — Virginia Johnson, 86, 2 p.m. at Elbert Baptist Church, with burial in Elbert Cemetery.

STEPHENVILLE — Lt. Col. Arthur J. Kush, Ret., 86, 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with burial in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Jeannette Turnham Stanek, 87, of Abilene, at 1 p.m. Elmwood West United Methodist Church, with burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Minn.

HAMLIN — Russell Thompson, 86, 2 p.m. at Hamlin Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery.



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