Vernon Olen Wright
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
The family will be
at the home, 2833 Hickory.
Flores, 46, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at his residence
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
be Samuel Reyes, Gabriel Anaya, David Reyes, Fernando Losano,
Alvino Garcia, Jr., Rene Garcia, Johnny Reyes, and Sergio Delagarca,
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
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
may be made to Pyron Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 2, Hermleigh,
TX 79526, or charity of choice.
Jackie Jolene "J.J."
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.
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
Jane Spivey, 73,
a resident of Fort Worth, Texas and formerly of Abilene, died
Tuesday, September 3, 2002, in Fort Worth.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Lawrence (L.C.) Bays
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
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
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
Mary Ellen Collins
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 Moores
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, 60,
of Abilene, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Arrangements are pending
with Norths Funeral Home.
Burns, 85, 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, with burial
in Belvieu Cemetery.
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,
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.
Dan E. Paschall, 56, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Bangs, with
burial in Santa Anna Cemetery.
Betty Lanell Reece, 61, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, with burial
in Throckmorton Cemetery.
H. Reid, 88, 11 a.m. First Baptist Church, with burial in Hamlin
Genena Russell, 83, graveside 2 p.m., Winchell Cemetery.
Laura Garcia Wheat, 38, 10 a.m., Heartland Church, graveside 2
p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery.
Olen Wright, 82, 2 p.m., Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with burial
in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Inez Wood, 89, 2 p.m., St. Johns United Methodist Church,
with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery.
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