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Thursday, September 5, 2002


Vernon Olen Wright

EASTLAND- Vernon Olen Wright, 82, of Eastland, passed away Tuesday at an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland with Dwain Clower, Keith Clower, and Jody Forbus officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Gorman, under the direction of the Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland.

Mr. Wright was born in Gorman, Texas on July 13, 1920 to Homer and Lexie (Tierney) Wright. He attended school in Gorman. He married Eleanor Owen in January of 1953. She preceded him in death in October of 1975. He married Phyllis Jean Donaldson on November 21, 1977, in Kokomo, near Gorman, Texas. He worked for Birdsong Peanuts in Gorman for 40 years. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ. Mr. Wright loved sports and had a heart that was bigger than he was. He was preceded in death by two nephews, Jimmy and Tim Warren.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Wright of Eastland; sisters, Monie Craddock and husband, Dalton, of Stephenville and Rena Robertson and husband, Cecil, of Lake Brownwood; nephews, Dr. Michael Robertson and wife, Lisa, of Lubbock and Kenneth Robertson and wife, Phyllis, of Flower Mound; and a niece, Debbie Prater and husband, Danny, of Dublin.

Myrl Inez Wood

Myrl Wood, widow of A.R. Wood, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 3, 2002.

She was a devoted wife, precious mother, doting grandmother, and friend to many. Born to the late George W. and Rosella Mooney Anglin on December 18, 1912 in Vinson Oklahoma, she was preceded in death by eight sisters and one brother. Mrs. Wood had been a resident of Stamford for the past 22 years. She was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church, the Mary Martha Sunday School Class, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, and a life member of the Stamford Garden Club.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law Jane and Euclid Appling of Stamford; one granddaughter, Janey Lou Smith and her husband, Doug, of Abilene, TX; two great-grandsons, Derek Smith and his wife, Julie, of Mesquite, TX and Brandon Smith of San Marcus, TX; a very special sister-in-law, Margaret White of Lubbock, TX; as well as a faithful friend, Mary Pardo. In addition, Mrs. Wood is survived by several nieces and nephews that she loved and enjoyed throughout her life.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the St. John's United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Erwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605 or to the donors favorite charity

David "Downtown" Brown

Mr. David “Downtown” Brown, 42, died Tuesday Morning, September 3, 2002, at his home in Abilene, Texas, after a short illness. Graveside services will be Friday, Sept. 6th at 2 P.M. in the Elliott- Hamil Garden of Memories, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Rev. Vernon Paul will be officiating. The family will receive friends at a visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Brown was born on April 27, 1960, in Seagraves, Texas, to Rev. R. L. and Ophelia Anderson Brown. He attended school in Brownfield, Texas, where he graduated.

After graduation, he joined the U. S. Air Force. His rank was Airman 1st Class when he was discharged in 1980 in the State of Montana. He then moved to Abilene.

Mr. Brown was a laborer, and before his illness was employed at 50's Classic Car Wash.

At an early age, he became a member of the Baptist Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Rev. and Mrs. R. L. Brown of Abilene; a grandmother, Zettela Brown of Abilene; four sisters, Faye Peoples, Catherine Lawrence, Emma Hankins, and Sarah Brown all of Abilene; five brothers, L. C. Brown of Brownfield, TX, Sylvester (Pete), R. L., Jr. (Pack Rat), Raymond, and Gene Brown all of Abilene; two sisters-in-law, Mary Brown of Brownfield and Tonya Brown of Abilene; two brothers-in-law, Earl Peoples and Roy Lawrence both of Abilene; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The family will be at the home, 2833 Hickory.

Gus "Butch" Flores

Gus “Butch” Flores, 46, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at his residence in Abilene.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Nilo Nalugon officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born to Gustavo C. and Mary Holguin Flores on August 9, 1956, in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Abilene from Dallas in 1970. He attended Franklin Middle School and was a graduate of Abilene High School. Mr. Flores was employed by Pallarel Roofing and previously was employed by the City of Abilene and WTU.

He married Esther Cisneros in Abilene on September 5, 1976. Mr. Flores was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Cisneros Flores of Abilene; a son, Gus Flores, III of Abilene; four daughters, Miranda Flores Jaramillo, Marissa Cisneros Flores, Mindy Flores, and Ambar Flores all of Abilene; his parents, Gus and Mary Flores, Sr. of Abilene; a brother, Juan Martinez of DeSoto, TX; two sisters, Ramona Banda of Abilene and Eulalia Holguin of Dallas; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Patricia Helms

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Patricia Helms, 57, a receptionist at North Richland Hills Baptist Church died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday, September 4, 2002. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday at North Pointe Baptist Church, located at 147 E. Hurst Blvd in Hurst. Private graveside service will be at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, TX.

Donations may be made to North Pointe Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Patricia was born in Jackson, Tennessee on January 16, 1945, but soon moved to Fort Worth where she spent most of her life. She graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 1963 and attended Texas Christian University. Patricia was a member of North Point Baptist Church in Hurst. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Gordon Clinard and her husband, Earl Helms.

Survivors include son, Stan Gertz and fiance', Mary Ann, their daughters, Chelsye and Ashley; mother, Christine Clinard of North Richland Hills; brother, Truitt Clinard and wife, Rinda, of Fort Worth; sister, Tracye and husband Paul Schlange of Goffstown, New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Colleyville, (817) 498-5894

Geneva H. Reid

HAMLIN -- Geneva H. Reid, 88, died Tuesday at an Abilene hospital with her son and daughter-in-law at her bedside. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Reverend Terry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery directed by Foster-Adams Funeral Home.

Born December 9, 1913 in Hamlin to the late Walter L. and Lula (Hayes) Hunter, Sr., she attended Hamlin schools. She married Burnia Reid February 5, 1933. He preceded her in death July 18, 1987. Mrs. Reid was a longtime Hamlin resident, a homemaker and faithful member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, and one niece.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, L. Mac and Anita Reid of Hamlin; two grandchildren, Kevin Reid of Charlotte, North Carolina and Rami Reid of Austin; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Hunter of Hamlin; and one great-nephew, Raun Hunter.

Jim Jack Blackshear

GORMAN -- Jim Jack Blackshear, 81, went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2002.

He was born on January 23, 1921, to Charley and Izetta Blackshear in Eastland County. He served his country during World War II as an airplane mechanic in the European Theater. After the war, he worked as an airplane mechanic and in the oil industry unitl his retirement in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Nell Blackshear of Gorman. He is also survived by two sons and their wives, Charley and Mary Jane Blackshear of Winters and Keith and Donna Blackshear of Iraan; and two daughters and thier husbands, Linda and Russell Elstad of keller and Anne and Lee Burnham of Winters. He leaves behind one broher, Jimmy Blackshear of Sweetwater; and three sisters, Lucille and Tom Broom of Gorman, Bonnie Witt of Marynell, and Peggy Mimmick of Abilene. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind three step-children, Edward and Lou Jonas, Larry and Ruth Jonas, and Judy Jonas. He also leaves behind a large extended family and many friends in the Gorman community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two childre, Evonne and Robert Blackshear, and one brother, Robert Blackshear. Winters Funeral Home, Inc. Winters, Texas

Amelia "Molly" Rodriquez

ANSON -- Amelia "Molly" Rodriquez, 64, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at a local nursing home. Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2002, at Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2002, at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. John Chero officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Born September 12, 1937 in Eden, Molly was a daughter of the late Polo and Nieves (Lopez) Reyes. She lived in Abilene for many years and worked for Coronado Nursing Home. Molly returned to Anson in 1999 and was a member of Saint Michael's Catholic Church where she was a member of the Guadalupanas.

One son (Joe Rodriquez, Jr.), two sisters (Lupe Garcia and Lydia Garcia), and one brother (Cleo Reyes) preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, David and Elma Rodriquez of Anson; two grandchildren, Issac Rodriquez of San Antonio and Penny Rodriquez of Kerriville; two brothers, Paul Reyes of Abilene and Juan Reyes of Ballinger; and five sisters, Maria Escobar of Illinois, Beatrice De La Garza of Ballinger, Carolina Anaya of Lubbock, and Elida Losano of Anson.

Pallbearers will be Samuel Reyes, Gabriel Anaya, David Reyes, Fernando Losano, Alvino Garcia, Jr., Rene Garcia, Johnny Reyes, and Sergio Delagarca, Jr.

W.Y. Burns

ANSON -- W.Y. Burns, 85, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002, at an Anson nursing home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Loren Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Belvieu Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Born July 24, 1917 in Hopkins County, William was a son of the late Jeff B. and Emily (Stewart) Burns. He was a U.S. Air Corp veteran of World War II and was the widower of Mary Lou Alexander, whom he married in 1943. William married Vista M. Barker in 1950 in Midland and worked for the Sharbauer Hotel for 27 years. William moved to Anson from Midland in 1989.

One son (Rex Burns), one sister (Nelda Charles), and two brothers (Ray Burns and Reed Burns) preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Vista Burns of Anson; one son, Ron Burns of San Marcos; one stepdaughter, Carole Rice of Watauga; two brothers, Ashley Burns of Anson and Freeman Burns of Arlington; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Joseph E. Woodin

COLEMAN -- Mr. Joseph E. Woodin, age 79, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at home.

He was a member of the Coleman Masonic Lodge, Past Master Coleman Masonic Lodge #496. Mr. Woodin served in the 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division in WWII, Pacific Theater and was twice decorated. After discharge from the Marine Corps, he joined the U.S. Army and requested assignment with the 504th Parachute Regiment. Subsequently, he requested and received assignment to Special Forces and upon completion of two years training was assigned to Special Ops, 24th Inf Div, Korea. After completion of service, Mr. Woodin finished college and received an AS degree and worked as an electronic engineer for Hughes Aircraft and the Boeing Company on the Titan and Minuteman ICBM systems. Before moving to Coleman in 1987, he ranched in New Mexico and then in Texas.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 9 at Walker Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Coleman City Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites. Family visitation will be Sunday from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Norene T. Woodin; two daughters, Mrs. Sandra K. Lacy, RN, of Coleman and Dr. Pamela L. and husband, Aurthur, Allen of Falls River Mills, CA; brother, Dr. James Woodin of Kalamazoo, MI; two sisters, Barbra DeMoore of Marshall, MI and Norma J. Sherman of White Plains, NY; and grandson, Joseph C. Lacy of Coleman.

Thelma Lee Kniffen

CLYDE -- Thelma Lee Kniffen, 73, of Clyde, a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, died Tuesday in an Abilene Care Center.

Services will be Friday, September 6, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Clyde Church of Christ with Bob Connel officiating, with burial to follow in the Clyde Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kniffen was born in Elmdale, Texas on September 15, 1928 to Ray Charles Herrell and Clara Bell Holmes. She grew up in the Elmdale Community where she attended school, later graduating form Abilene High School. She has lived in the Clyde area since moving from Wichita Falls in 1971. She was the widow of Arnold Barr Connel whom she married in Abilene July 14, 1947. She married Gene Kniffen March 25, 1995 in Clyde. She worked for many years as office manager for Dr. Gayao and was secretary for the Clyde Chamber of Commerce for several years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by one son, David Arnold Connel, who was killed during Vietnam War in the line of duty.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Kniffen of Clyde; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Ray and Karen Connel of Wichita Falls and Mitchell Lee and Paula Connel of Lawn; one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Ann and Richard Seigler of Madison, Mississippi; six step-children, Maryln Kay Franklin of Krum, Doris Searcy of Clyde, Larry Kniffen of Lubbock, Joyce Mounsey of Clyde , Anita Robinson of Abilene, Judy Morris of Hamby; two brothers, Charles Ray Herrell of Mansfield and Kenneth Dale Herrell of Georgetown, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Jean Byram of Clyde; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey Funeral Home in Clyde.

Roy Hallman

Roy Hallman, 88, of Inadale Community, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at Hendrick Medical Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Chapel with Reverend Blake Westbrook, grandson-in-law, officiating. Burial will be in Pyron Cemetery, directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home. The family will greet friends at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Mr. Hallman was born February 23, 1914 in Mitchell County, TX. He married Loreta Williams January 19, 1946 in Scurry County. Mr. Hallman was a farmer and a lifetime resident of the Inadale area and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Loreta Hallman of Roscoe; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie Joyce and John Dever of Coahoma; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Kay Hallman of Sweetwater; son, Royce Walker of Sweetwater; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Phyllis Hallman of Tubac, AZ; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Mary Hallman of Big Spring; 12 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pyron Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 2, Hermleigh, TX 79526, or charity of choice.

Jackie Jolene "J.J." (Clark) Rainey

Jackie Jolene "J.J." (Clark) Rainey, age 24, of Desdemona, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2002 in the DeLeon Hospital.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Gorman with Marlin Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Desdemona Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.

J.J. was born December 30, 1977 in Eastland. She was a self- employed massage therapist and a member of the Bride of Christ Church in Gorman.

Survivors include daughter, Shyann Annette Rainey of Desdemona; father, R.G. "Speedy" Clark of Gorman; mother and step-father Sarah and Tom Davis of Rising Star; two brothers, Reece Clark of Breckenridge and Waylon Davis of Rising Star; sister, Shelby Davis of Rising Star; and grandparents, Jack and Nell Ridens of Desdemona.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lunch for the family will be served Friday at the Desdemona Community Center.

Jane Spivey

Jane Spivey, 73, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas and formerly of Abilene, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002, in Fort Worth.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with Rev. Ronnie Newton officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born to John William and Mary Jane McBee Searcy on October 4, 1928, in Potosi, Texas in Taylor County, and attended schools in Wylie and Hawley. After her marriage to Vernon R. Spivey on June 7, 1945 in Dallas, the couple lived in Midland-Odessa, Comanche, and Abilene before moving to Fort Worth in 1967. She was formerly employed as a sales clerk with both Stripling's and Dunlap's in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Spivey was a homemaker and a member of Roadmont Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Rod Spivey, on December 22, 1998.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon R. Spivey, of Fort Worth; three sons, Bill Spivey and Roy Spivey of Abilene and Jerry Spivey of Forth Worth; a daughter, Carolyn Ryan of Mansfield; a sister, Eva Taylor of Abilene; a brother, Calvin Searcy of Hobbs, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Laura Garcia Wheat

Funeral services for Laura Garcia Wheat, age 38, of Brownwood, and formerly of Cisco, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Heartland Church with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, TX, with Reverend Bob Ferguson officiating. Interment to follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood. Laura passed away Sunday at her home in Brownwood after a sudden illness.

She was born January 9, 1962 at Cisco, TX. She had been a resident of Brownwood since 1998, moving from Cisco. She was a member of Heartland Church where she was a teacher with the children's church. She worked as a teacher at the infant and toddler Head Start program in Brownwood and was a volunteer with Girling Health Hospice program in Brownwood.

Survivors include fiance, James Weathers of Cisco; three sons, Tim Wheat of Abilene, Joe Wheat of Brownwood and Jacob Wheat of Brownwood; daughter, Sarah Wheat of Brownwood; father, Lupe Garcia, Sr., of Cisco; mother, Dolores Garcia of Cisco; two brothers, Lupe Garcia, Jr. of Cisco and Danny Garcia of Cisco; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Flores, Sr., and an uncle, Joe Flores, Jr.


Death Notices

Lawrence (L.C.) Bays

STEPHENVILLE — Lawrence (L.C.) Bays, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Lingleville East End Cemetery, Lingleville. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Margaret Hogue Clough

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Margaret Hogue Clough, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Friday in Garden of Memories Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home, Sweetwater. The family will be present from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.

Rebecca Leneigh Finn

STAMFORD — Rebecca Leneigh Finn, 35, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God Church, with burial in the Fort Phantom Cemetery, Abilene, under the direction of Kinney Funeral Home.

Mary Ellen Collins

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Mary Ellen Collins, 72, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Garnett Road Baptist Church, with burial in Floral Haven Cemetery, under the direction of Moore’s Southlawn Chapel.

Dwain Hardin

SWEETWATER — Dwain Hardin, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Broadway Baptist Church under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Johnny Montez

Johnny Montez, 60, of Abilene, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Arrangements are pending with North’s Funeral Home.


Funerals Today

ANSON — W.Y. Burns, 85, 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, with burial in Belvieu Cemetery.

LUEDERS — Alfred L. ‘Buck’ Hansen, 76, 11 a.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, Ericksdahl, with burial in Bethel Cemetery.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Patricia Helms, 57, 11 a.m., North Pointe Baptist Church, with private graveside service in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville.

Delia Rogers Lewis, 88, of Abilene, 1:30 p.m., Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park.

SANTA ANNA — Dan E. Paschall, 56, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Bangs, with burial in Santa Anna Cemetery.

KNOX CITY — Betty Lanell Reece, 61, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, with burial in Throckmorton Cemetery.

HAMLIN — Geneva H. Reid, 88, 11 a.m. First Baptist Church, with burial in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery.

WINCHELL — Annie Genena Russell, 83, graveside 2 p.m., Winchell Cemetery.

BROWNWOOD — Laura Garcia Wheat, 38, 10 a.m., Heartland Church, graveside 2 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery.

EASTLAND — Vernon Olen Wright, 82, 2 p.m., Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.

STAMFORD — Myrl Inez Wood, 89, 2 p.m., St. John’s United Methodist Church, with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery.


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