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Wednesday, August 21, 2002


Clarice Blair McCall

ABILENE -- Clarice Blair McCall, 77, died Saturday, August 17, 2002 in a local hospital.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. today at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel in Merkel with Dr. Philip Schuler officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Clarice was born November 7, 1924 in Nubia, Taylor County, Texas to Grover and Mittie Crow Blair. She graduated from Noodle High School and married Cornelius W. McCall December 14, 1941 in Waggoner, Oklahoma. Mrs. McCall was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, C.W. "Dub" McCall of Abilene; two sons, Tom McCall and David McCall and his wife, Pamela all of Austin; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Katherine and a sister, Hazel East.

Don Hawkins

MERKEL -- Don Hawkins, 75, died Saturday, August 17, 2002 in a local hospital. His body was cremated. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Rose Hill Cemetery with Reverend David Stuckey officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

Don was born July 10, 1927 in Wanette, Oklahoma to Floyd and Ruby Beckner Hawkins. He married Patricia Copus, May 12, 1984.

Don graduated from Albuquerque High School and attended the University of New Mexico. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Philippines. He was a salesman for several companies and considered himself as a "first rate peddler." He owned and operated Everstuff. He was a past member of the New Mexico Orchid Society, a mason, shriner, and Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Hawkins of Merkel; three daughters, Donna Hawkins Kiser, Deborah Hawkins Kelly and her husband, Chris, and Dora Hawkins, all of Merkel; two step- daughters, Tina Allison and her husband, Rex, and Michelle Hawkins Trumbley, all of Merkel; a brother, Harold Lynn Hawkins of Norfolk, VA; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Esther Mae Jones Ford

Esther Mae Jones Ford, 87, of the Denton Valley Community, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, in a Baird care center.

Services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Riley Fugitt officiating with burial to follow in the Kendrick Cemetery at Denton Valley.

Mrs. Ford was born in the Denton Valley Community south of Clyde on January 25, 1915 to Henry Wallace and Esther Gertrude Turner Jones. She was the youngest of seven children, all of which preceded her in death. She was a life long resident of the Denton Valley Community where she grew up and graduated from Denton Valley High School. She married James Gordon Ford January 19, 1934, in Potosi. She worked for several years at Timex Corporation in Abilene.

She was raised in a loving Christian home and was a loving dedicated wife and homemaker for over 68 years. She enjoyed her family and friends and enjoyed working with her flowers and garden. She enjoyed reading until her failing eyesight no longer allowed her to do so. She will be missed greatly: SHE IS AT REST IN PEACE AND LEAVES A VERY LOVING MEMORY.

She is survived by her husband, J.G. (Gordon) Ford of Denton Valley; four nephews, Billy Wallace Jones, J.C. Jones, James Howard Jones, and Tommy J. Jones; three nieces, Loye Nell Gage, Virginia Byrd, and Madie Allen; and several great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20th at Bailey Funeral Home.

Mildred Wilson Barton

Mildred Wilson Barton, 81, was called home by our Lord and Savior on Tuesday August 20, 2002 after a long and courageous battle. Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday August 22, 2002 at Elmwood Memorial Park with Rev. Rickie Rister officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home 5750 Hwy 277 South.

Mildred was born September 23, 1920 to Robert and Sarah McKinzie in Coleman Texas. She was a member of Elmwood Baptist Church here in Abilene. Mildred was an avid bowler and loved to dance. Her spark will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Elvoyd Barton of Breckenridge, TX, one sister; Corriene Pinkston of Abilene, three children; Stan Thomas of Temple, TX, Mike Thomas of Johnson City, TX and Idoma Bush of Abilene, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her special angel and niece Linda Pinkston of Abilene.

Pallbearers will be Stan Thomas, Scott Thomas, Mike Thomas, Steven Thomas, Clay Bush, Shane Bush, Chance Bush, and Dee Wilson.

Richard F. Swanson

Richard F. Swanson, 69, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at a local hospital. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Reverend James McKinnon officiating, directed by Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.

Mr. Swanson was born December 25, 1932, in Vernon, Texas, moving to Abilene at an early age. He was employed as a truck driver for Wylie Oil Company for several years, Paul Carroll Welding for many years, and retiring from Western Trailer Company. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth W. Swanson of Abilene; a daughter, Debra Ann Williams of Pampa; a sister, Jo Ellen Caffey of Abilene; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Weldon Swanson, and a brother, Eddie Swanson.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

James "Jim" Balckie" A. Snelson, Jr

James "Jim" "Blackie" A. Snelson, Jr., 69, died Monday, August 19, 2002, in a local hospital. Services will be 10:00 AM. Thursday, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, with Chaplain Tim Hirten. Burial will be in Bold Springs Cemetery at West, Texas, under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street. Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Snelson was reared in West, Texas. He married Barbara Holacka, December 27, 1952 in West, Texas. Mr. Snelson was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1974. He retired from the Air Force at Dyess AFB as a Master Sgt. He worked for Albertson's for 8 years and he worked for I.T.S. at Abilene Regional Airport for 2 years.

Mr. Snelson was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, and a member of the V.F.W. Post 4819, D.A.F Chapter Texas 36, National Association of Uniformed Services and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Snelson Abilene, Texas; two sons, James A. Snelson, Ill, and his companion, Emily Salinas, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Charles Frank Snelson of Gatesville, Texas; two daughters, Pamela Kay Snelson, and her fiance, Kyle Wakham of Abilene, Texas; Kellie Diane Merritt and her husband, Reverend Herman Merritt of Breckenridge, Texas; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Snelson and his wife Vickie of West, Texas; one sister, Doris Fore and her husband Jack of Leesburg, Georgia.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 149 N. Willis St. #10, Abilene, Texas 79603, American Cancer Society, 209 5. Danville, Abilene, Texas 79605, or to your favorite charity.

Raymond A. Hilscher

STAMFORD- Raymond A. Hilscher, 78, retired farmer and postal worker, died Sunday, August 18, 2002 in Houston. Mass will be Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Father Michael Melcher officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kinney Funeral Home in Stamford.

Mr. Hilscher was born August 10, 1924 in Stamford, the son of the late Joseph A. and Henrietta Louise Ganzert Hilscher. He married Beatrice Chaney January 25, 1947 in Stamford. He started out his married life as a farmer and worked in the oil fields, then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the ship USS Marmora with the rank of Coxwain. He published his memoirs in a book entitled "Seas of Memories." Raymond also did carpenter work on many well known businesses and churches in Stamford. He served as Commander of VFW Post 9179 where he was a lifetime member. He was a member of the American Legion; Past President of Sons of Hermann Lodge # 228, where he was a member for over 60 years; was active in Little League, Meals on Wheels, Scout Master of Troop 39, Past President and Deputy District Governor of Lions Club. He carried a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years before retiring. Mr. Hilscher was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers.

Mr. Hilscher is survived by his wife, Beatrice, of Houston; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Joe Mechler of Houston; one granddaughter, Holly and David Cooley of Katy; one great granddaughter, Caroline Cooley of Katy; one sister, Ann Weaver of Taylor; and one brother, J.W. and Rita Hilscher of Houston. Kinney Funeral Home Stamford, Texas

Etta Louise "Lou" Bowers

Etta Louise “Lou” Bowers, 79, a loving wife, devoted aunt, and loving and thoughtful friend to many, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at an Abilene medical center.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Bill Luttrell officiating, directed by Elliott- Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.  The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Lou was born to James and Alma Priddy LaRoe on March 28, 1923, in Kaufman, Texas. She attended Abilene Christian University and married James M. “Jim” Bowers in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on November 7, 1941, returning to Abilene from Port Arthur, Texas in 1946. Mrs. Bowers was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ, and retired after a 39-year bookkeeping career with Thornton's Department Store.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Jack LaRoe and Elton LaRoe.

She is survived by her husband of sixty years, James M. “Jim” Bowers of Abilene; three nieces, Patsy Norton and Jimmie Lou Martinez both of Abilene and Jean Vandergast of Levittown, Pennsylvania; a nephew, Billy Jack LaRoe of  Kaufman; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends, Nell Taylor, Jean Krieger, Edith Hayes, and Betty Prude.

Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Gertrude Loyd

Gertrude Loyd, 86, of Abilene, died Monday, August 19, 2002 in a Bronte nursing home.

She was born November 24, 1915 in Wingate and grew up there. She was married to Robert W. (Bob) Loyd from June 17, 1932 until 1982. He preceded her in death in April of 1999. She was a homemaker, an avid bridge player, and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheri Miller and husband, Dean of Abilene; three sisters, Wanda Dailey of Austin, Ruth Cone of Rockdale, and Tommie Sikora of Surprise, Arizona; and one granddaughter, Kristi Krumbholz and husband, Roy of Canyon Lake.

Family visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at Winters Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002 at Wingate Cemetery with Johnny Green officiating directed by Winters Funeral Home.

Sergeant Major Robert Worthel Fender, 1932- 2002

The family of U.S. Army Sergeant Major Robert Worthel Fender (SGM Retired) is sad to inform you of his passing on August 19, 2002. Robert Fender was 70 years of age and spent his last weeks with his family and friends in Abilene, Texas.

A native of Illinois, son of Frank and Julia Fender (deceased), Robert Fender attended high school in Dundee, Illinois and Spooner, Wisconsin. He received his AA degree from Los Angeles City College.

Sergeant Major Fender began his 30-year military career when he entered the US Air Force on September 8, 1950. He served at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico and Columbus Air Force Base in Ohio until September 7,1954.

He returned to military service in March of 1955 by enlisting in the US Army and was initially stationed at Fort Bragg. North Carolina, as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper and later with the 82nd Airborne Aviation Company (Provisional), as an aircraft mechanic.

Sergeant Major Fender continued his military service at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, as a B-52 crew chief. While in Columbus, he met and married Billie Jo Keller of Columbus, Mississippi on June 17,1961. From 1963 to 1966 they were stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.

Sergeant Major Fender served our country in Vietnam for two and one-half years, 1966— 1967 and 1969.-1971, with the 21" Aviation Company, Black Aces Bird Dog Aviation Reconnaissance Unit. Upon returning home from Vietnam in 1971, he was appointed First Sergeant of an aviation detachment at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

In 1973, Sergeant Major Fender was selected for the Armed Forces Courier Service. He served as the Armed Forces Courier Station Commander at McGraw Kaserne in Munich. Germany for four years and for another four years at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan until his retirement in July 1981 after 30 years of dedicated military service.

Sergeant Major Fender was a highly decorated soldier during his military career, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (first Oak leaf Cluster), two Air Medals, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Outstanding Unit Citation, Parachutist Badge, National Defense Service Medal (first Oak leaf Cluster), and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

After his retirement from military service, Sergeant Major Fender continued his federal service career in May 1982 in numerous positions culminating as the Chief of the Petroleum operations Branch, 5O5th Quartermaster Battalion in Okinawa, Japan, where he worked until his second retirement in 1995.

Robert Fender is survived by his wife of 40 years, Billie Jo Fender, of Abilene, Texas; his son and daughter-in-law, Frank Anton Fender III and Sally Ann Padgett, of Delray Beach, Florida; his daughter, Robin Ruth Fender of Denver, Colorado; his sister and brother-in- law, Julia and James Zinzow of Waukesha, Wisconsin; and his grandson, Frank Anton Fender IV.

Robert Fender will be remembered as a dedicated husband and father. He was a generous neighbor and friend. He has been a licensed private pilot since he was 18- years-old and enjoyed his participation as an active member of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Big Country Squadron in Abilene, Texas, Sergeant Major Fender was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA). He enjoyed flying, carpentry and spending time with his family. He was quick with his wit and steadfast in his convictions. He will be greatly missed.

Sergeant Major Fender will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 2:00 PM at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange Street, Abilene, Texas. Visitation is scheduled from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, on Wednesday, August 21 2002 at North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street, Abilene, Texas.

The family requests memorials are made to the Commemorative Air Force, Big Country Squadron, Elmdale Airpark, Route 8, Abilene, Texas 79601, or the American Cancer Society, 1601 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804.

Alejandro Mendez

Alejandro Mendez, 93, of Stamford, died Monday at a local nursing home. Rosary services will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel and Mass at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the St. Ann's Catholic Church with Father Michael Melcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford.

Mr. Mendez was born April 24, 1909 in Merkel to Juan and Petranila Mendez. He moved to Stamford in 1919 and was a lifetime resident of the area. He married Teresa Flores in Stamford in 1934. He was a cement worker involved in construction for many years and was a member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Survivors include three sons, John Mendez of Bellflower, California, Visente Mendez of Stamford, Texas, and Martin Mendez of Breckenridge, Texas; two daughters: Mary Diaz of Breckenridge, Texas and Christina Gonzales of Clinton, Oklahoma; three sisters: Eloisa Menchaca and Noberta Rios, both of Chicago, Illinois, and Gregoria Rangel of Stamford, Texas; 34 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, six sons, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and his parents. Tankersley Funeral Home Stamford, Texas

Ida Lou Palmer

Ida Lou Palmer passed away August 17, 2002. She was born February 8, 1904, in Greenbrier, AR. She married Roy I. Palmer and lived in North Little Rock, AR for 40 years. After Roy's death in 1979 she moved to Abilene to live closer to her sons. I.B. (Wilidean) Palmer and Rudy (Mary Lou) Palmer.

She was preceded in death by 13 siblings.

She is survived by her two sons; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was a member of Pioneer Baptist Church in Abilene.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Hwy 225 west of Greenbrier. Arrangements by Huson Funeral Home, Sherwood, AR.

Jimmy Otts

THROCKMORTON -- Jimmy Otts, 62, died Monday, August 19, 2002 at United Regional Health Care Systems in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend John Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Throckmorton Cemetery, directed by Merriman- Archer Funeral Home.

Jimmy was born October 2, 1939 in Breckenridge. He married Beth Lilly on October 15, 1967. Jimmy was a life long resident of the Throckmorton County. He served in the United States Army and was a Methodist.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Sidney A. Otts on November 26, 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Beth Otts of Throckmorton; two daughters, Deana Faye Freeman of Houston, and Malinda Beth Adrus of Wichita Falls; his mother, Ima Faye Otts of Throckmorton; three brothers, Granvel Otts, Derrel Otts, and Bobby Don Otts, all of Throckmorton; and one grandchild, Madison Andrus of Wichita Falls.

Death Notices

Luther Burl

Luther Burl, 99, died Friday, August 16, 2002. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at New Fellowship Baptist Church, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home.

Beatrice Carter

BALLINGER — Beatrice Carter, 85, died Monday, August 19, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.

Robert ‘Bob’ Arthur Fournier

SWEETWATER — Robert “Bob” Arthur Fournier, 68, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002. Arrangements are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

Stenio N. Irias

Stenio N. Irias, 62, of Abilene, died Monday, August 19, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent Pallotti Church, with burial in the Masonic section of City Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.

Wilma Lucas

Wilma Lucas, 90, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South

Naoma Morrow

GORMAN — Naoma Morrow, 87, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Higginbotham Funeral Home.

Bernice Nelson

ANSON — Bernice Nelson, 65, died Monday, August 19, 2002. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Weeping Mary Baptist Church, with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Londa Stuart

ROBY — Londa Stuart, 86, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002. Arrangements are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

Johnnie James Treadwell

BANGS — Johnnie James Treadwell, 72, died Monday, August 19, 2002. Services are 3 p.m. Wednesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Bangs Cemetery.


Funerals Today

ARLINGTON — Jerry Paul Armstrong, 47, 10 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home, Bowen Road Chapel, with burial 4 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ericksdahl.

BIG SPRING — Chancey Barrier, 96, 10 a.m. at Masonic Cemetery.

James W. “Bill” Burnam, 84, 10 a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, with burial in Elliott-Hamil Gardens of Memories.

BRECKENRIDGE — Madge Marie Baker Dixon, 97, 10 a.m. at Morehart Mortuary.

DENTON VALLEY — Esther Mae Jones Ford, 87, 10:30 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Kendrick Cemetery

Lewis Henry Gardner, 81, 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Aspermont, with burial in Aspermont Cemetery.

Alice M. Hewes, 76, 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church.

PRETTY — Bessie M. Huett, 80, 11 a.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

BANGS — Johnnie James Treadwell, 72, 3 p.m. at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Bangs Cemetery.

ROSCOE — Felipe Villegas Sr, 68, 2 p.m. at St. Albert’s Catholic Church, with burial in Roscoe Cemetery.

STEPHENVILLE — Juanita Cora Weathers, 93, 10 a.m. at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in West End Cemetery.

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