Today's Obituaries (Feb. 1, 1998)
Margrette Sparks Corley
Margrette Sparks Corley, 91, cottage attendant at the Abilene
State School for 13 years, died Saturday in an Albany nursing
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Broadview Baptist Church
with the Rev. David Cason officiating. Graveside services will
be at 3 p.m. in Morgan Mill Cemetery in Erath County, directed
by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Mrs. Corley was born in Harbin and moved to Dumas in 1954 from
Morgan Mill, and Abilene in 1955. She returned to Abilene in 1992
from Blackwell. She was a leader of the Blackwell Quilting Club.
She was a member of the Women's Missionary Union at Broadview
Baptist Church and was the widow of Franklin A. Sparks; and Olin
Corley, whom she married in 1968 in Abilene.
Survivors include one son, James Sparks of Buffalo Gap; two
daughters, Shirley Kirkland of Abilene and Betty Bailey of Llano;
two stepdaughters, Irma Lewis of Potosi and Billye Grisham of
Big Spring; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Samuel E. Crume, 72, died Friday in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Elmwood Memorial
Park with Dr. Steven Williams officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277 South.
Mr. Crume was born in Munday and graduated from high school
in Huntington Park, Calif. He moved to Abilene in 1960 from Haskell
and formerly owned a Chevron station at South 23rd and Willis
for 30 years. He worked for FICA in mail operations at Nationsbank,
First State Bank and Security State Bank from 1986 until retiring
in 1997. He was a 25-year member of the Evening Lions Club and
also was a member of the Minuette Dance Club. He was a deacon
at Brookhollow Christian Church and was the widower of Mary M.
Crawford Crume, whom he married in 1944 in Huntington Park, Calif.
Survivors include one son, Richard Crume of Denver; one daughter,
Sherrie Jones of Denver; three grandchildren; and a longtime companion,
Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box
41, Abilene 79604; Leukemia Society of America, 12850 Spurling,
Suite 140, Dallas 75230; or a favorite charity.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Tommie Finley Conner
Tommie Finley Conner, 92, died Thursday in a local nursing
Services with Masonic rites will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Mike
Schirle and Courtney Wheeler officiating. The body will be cremated.
Mr. Conner was born in Bartlett and lived most of his life
in the Abilene area. He worked as a salesman for Gibson's Discount
stores for 15 years and also for Mackey's and Arrow Ford until
retiring. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a 50-year member
of Abilene Masonic Lodge 559. He was a member of the U.S. Army,
Coast Guard and Scottish Rite. He was the widower of Fannie Bess
Stewman Conner, whom he married in 1946 in San Angelo.
Survivors include one son, Victor S. Conner of Scottsdale,
Ariz.; one daughter, Carolyn Wheeler of Abilene; one sister, Jacqueline
Kooyman of Austin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 3113 Oldham
Lane, Abilene 79602.
Doris Smith, 71, of Coldspring and formerly of Abilene, died
Friday in Humble.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Robert Wingrove
officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born in Roby and lived in Abilene most of her
life. She was a homemaker and moved to Coldspring about 15 years
ago. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Weldon Eugene Smith of Coldspring;
three sons, Jerry Smith of Pasadena, Richard Smith of Humble and
Donnie Smith of Abilene; one sister, Glyn Tatum of Lamesa; seven
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Margaret Tully Hart
CLYDE -- Margaret Tully Hart, 69, died Friday in an Abilene
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Clyde Cemetery
with the Rev. Riley Fugitt officiating, directed by Bailey Funeral
Mrs. Hart was born in Monon, Ind., and attended school in Monticello,
Ind. She married Guy Hart in 1956 in Sturgis, S.D., and was a
homemaker. She moved to Clyde in 1976 from Abilene and formerly
worked as a beautician. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, of Clyde; two sons, Edward Hart
and Wayne Hart, both of Clyde; one brother, Wayne Tully of California;
and one aunt and one cousin.
Milton Bass Sr.
FORT WORTH -- Milton A. Bass Sr., 85, formerly of Abilene,
died Friday in a local hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Laurel Land Funeral Home
Chapel of the Chimes. Burial will be in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Mr. Bass was born in Corsicana and lived in Abilene for many
years. He worked as a credit manager. He was a member of Disabled
American Veterans and Bethel Baptist Church in Waxahachie and
was the widower of Mamie Ruth Bass.
Survivors include three sons, Milton A. Bass Jr. of Burleson,
the Rev. T.R. Bass of Waxahachie and David Bass of Fort Worth;
eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
COLORADO CITY -- Eldred A. Long, 76, died Friday in a local
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Westbrook First Baptist
Church with the Revs. E.E. Zoeller and Jim Mosley officiating.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Potosi Cemetery, directed
by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Mr. Long was born in Wylie and married Opal Boiles in 1943
in Abilene. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and
was a retired mechanic and supervisor of Permian Corp. He was
a deacon at Westbrook First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Colorado City; two daughters,
Linda Nettles and Joyce Boatwright, both of Midland; two sisters,
Elizabeth "Bess" Hobbs of Abilene and Patricia Kennedy
of Olalla, Wash.; one brother, John Long of Potosi; four grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Buckner Baptist Children's Home, 129
Brentwood Ave., Lubbock 79411.
Frank Arlie Smith
STAMFORD -- Frank Arlie Smith, 91, died Friday in a local nursing
home after a long illness.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Avoca Baptist Church
with the Revs. James Brigham and Terry Davis officiating. Burial
will be in Springcreek Cemetery, directed by Tankersley Funeral
Mr. Smith was born in Itasca and was a retired carpenter and
farmer. He taught the junior boys Sunday school class for many
years at Avoca Baptist Church and also was a church song leader
Survivors include two daughters, Frankie Huggins of Stamford
and Judy Daughtry of Abilene; one brother, W.D. "Pee Wee"
Smith of Avoca; three sisters, Ruby Whitworth of Houston, Evelyn
Hughes of Avoca and Annetta Ruth Kemino of Beaumont; four grandchildren;
15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
COLEMAN -- Carl McDonald, 70, died Saturday in a local hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Santa
Mr. McDonald was born in Santa Anna and attended school in
Red Bank. He served with the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines. He married
Margaret Andrews in 1967 in Coleman and was a retired oilfield
driller and truck driver. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, of Coleman; four children, Gary
McDonald of Abilene, and Vickie Owen, Anita Monroe and Lee Ann
Brooks, all of Coleman; three brothers, Jacky McDonald and Glen
McDonald, both of Coleman, and Bill McDonald of Abilene; and six
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Jennie Pauline Lee
Jennie Pauline Lee, 76, died Saturday in Katy. Services are
pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Violet R. Gilchrest, 78, of Boise, Idaho, died Friday at her
home. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange.
Richard Cass Fowler
Richard Cass Fowler, 60, died Saturday in Abilene. Services
are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
BROWNWOOD -- Bertha Gardner, 34, of Lake Brownwood, died Saturday
in Temple. Services are pending with Stevens Funeral Home of Coleman.
Nina Opal Dunnam
HASKELL -- Nina Opal Dunnam, 82, died Saturday in a local hospital.
Services are pending with Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors.
BRECKENRIDGE -- Jack Roberts, 82, died Saturday in a local
hospital. Services are pending with Melton Funeral Home.
STEPHENVILLE -- Regina Post, 17, died Friday in a Fort Worth
hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Stephenville Funeral
BRECKENRIDGE -- Irene Peeks, 85, formerly of Breckenridge,
died Thursday in an Odessa nursing home. Graveside services will
be at 2 p.m. Monday in Breckenridge Cemetery, directed by Morehart
Carrie Mae Graham
STEPHENVILLE -- Carrie Mae Graham, 87, died Friday in a local
hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Stephenville Funeral
BRECKENRIDGE -- Lee Stouard, 66, died Thursday at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Crystal Falls Baptist Church,
directed by Melton Funeral Home.
Christopher Glenn Pierce
BIG SPRING -- Christopher Glenn Pierce, 26, died Friday. A
memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Myers & Smith
Funeral Home Chapel.
Clarence 'Lonnie' Kehley
BROWNWOOD -- Clarence L. "Lonnie" Kehley, 91, of
San Antonio and formerly of Brownwood, died Friday in a San Antonio
hospital. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Winchell
Cemetery, directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING -- Vera (Mrs. Edward) Crabtree, 90, died Saturday
in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m.
Tuesday in Trinity Memorial Park, directed by Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home.
Lee Noel Delcamp
BALLINGER -- Lee Noel Delcamp, 77, died Saturday in Ballinger.
Private services will be held. Arrangements were made by Rains-Seale