Today's Obituaries (Feb. 14, 1998)
Hallie Cole, the 'Library Lady', dies at 69
Hallie Ruth Gindratt Cole, known as the "Library Lady"
to the many people with whom she came in contact at the Eugenia
Pickard Library for 37 years until retiring in 1990, died Friday
in a local hospital. She was 69.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Zion Baptist Church
with the Rev. Harry Gaston Jr. officiating. Burial will be in
Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home, 542
A native of Waxahachie, Ms. Cole moved to Abilene at age 13.
She graduated from Abilene Negro High School, later Woodson High
School, in 1945 and Phillips Business College in Dallas. She worked
as a part-time secretary and librarian at B.F. Darrell Elementary
in Dallas before returning to Abilene.
To open the city's first branch library for the black community
in 1953, Cole enlisted 25 people as its patrons. She transported
them to and from the facility since many didn't have cars, and
taught them how to utilize its resources, such as the Dewey Decimal
She taught three generations of A.C. Jackson's family at the
"She was like a mother figure for all the kids at Woodson
High School," said Jackson, active in the black community.
"Always willing to buy some kid lunch or bring them breakfast
in the morning. Rain, hail, sleet or snow, she was always on the
job at 7:15 every morning so the kids can come in.
"For the African-American community, she sacrificed her
personal finances and personal life."
In recognition of her work, she was saluted by the local chapter
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
and the Black Chamber of Commerce.
"You have looked after kids after school who came to the
library, and (you) saw to it that they have had enough to eat,"
Abilene Mayor Dale Ferguson said in a 1989 Abilene Reporter-News
story about Cole. "We could never get anyone to replace you
here at this library."
Upon retiring, she taught the Junior Buffalo Soldiers Reading
Club at the main library for two years.
She was a past president of the Key City Business and Professional
Woman's Club, treasurer of Hope Drug and Counseling Center and
a director of Friends of the Library, American Heart Association
and the Kidney Foundation. She co-founded the Abilene Heritage
Committee, which was instrumental in getting a state historical
marker to recognize Mount Zion Baptist Church as Abilene's oldest
African-American congregation. She also was a volunteer at Hendrick
Medical Center. She was a member of the Task Force on Public Relations
for the city of Abilene; Queen Esther Chapter 917, Order of the
Eastern Star; Texas Library Association and Mount Zion Baptist
Survivors include her stepmother, Naulia Gindratt of Sacramento,
Calif.; two brothers, Mack Gindratt of Sacramento, Calif., and
Henry Maurice Gindratt Sr. of Abilene; one sister, Louise Gindratt
of Abilene; one foster sister, Fairy Bell Miles of Portland, Ore.;
one nephews and two nieces; two aunts; and many cousins and other
The family will be at 935 N. LaSalle Drive.
Visitation will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Huffman
Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ralph H. Huffman,
80, died Thursday in a local hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Caps Baptist Church with
the Rev. Donald Valenta officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood
Memorial Park, directed by Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 U.S. Hwy
Mr. Huffman was born in Game, Ky., and worked for the Internal
Revenue Service. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans.
He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American
Legion, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Air Force Sergeants
Association and Caps Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marie D. Huffman of Abilene; two
sons, Gary N. Huffman of Van Nuys, Calif., and Marcus B. Huffman
of Simpsonville, S.C.; two daughters, Heleana M. Harvey of Blanding,
Utah, and Debera J. Huffman-Harris of Abilene; 12 grandchildren;
nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
C.E. 'Kil' Kilpatrick
BALLINGER -- C.E. "Kil" Kilpatrick, 77, died Friday
in a local nursing home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Seventh Street Baptist
Church with the Rev. Tony King officiating. Graveside services
will be at 4 p.m. in Admiral Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale
Mr. Kilpatrick was born in Paradise and served with the U.S.
Army during World War II. He married Goldia Mae Jones in 1945
in Abilene and was a retired auto mechanic. He was a member of
Seventh Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Ballinger; three daughters,
Jolene McBurney of Abilene, and Louise Kelly and Robin Burgess,
both of Ballinger; two brothers, Billy Gene Kilpatrick of Abilene
and W.C. Kilpatrick Jr. of San Angelo; three sisters, Gladys Chittum
and Quida Snow, both of Abilene, and Ruth Graham of San Angelo;
10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Dave Houston Tharp
RISING STAR -- Dave Houston Tharp, 70, died Thursday in an
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Higginbotham Funeral
Home Chapel with Gary Adams and David Harris officiating. Burial
will be in Rising Star Cemetery.
Mr. Tharp was born in Comanche County and lived in Eastland
County most of his life. He served with the military in Korea
and married his wife in 1953 in Abilene. He worked as an oilfield
driller and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Tharp of Rising Star; two
sons, David Tharp of Rising Star and Gwynn Tharp of Abilene; one
brother, Louie Tharp of Early; two sisters, Lorena Eastwood of
Corpus Christi and Ramona Duds of Rising Star; and six grandchildren.
Bonnie Harris Kelley
MABANK -- Bonnie Harris Kelley, 87, formerly of the Big Country,
died Thursday in an Athens, Texas nursing home after a long illness.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Gun Barrel City First
Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating, directed
by Eubank Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m.
Monday in Roscoe Cemetery with the Rev. Oscar Fanning officiating,
directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Roscoe.
Mrs. Kelley was born in Comanche and formerly lived in Abilene.
She moved to Mabank in 1992. She was a member of Gun Barrel City
First Baptist Church and was the widow of William C. Kelley.
Survivors include three children, Willie F. Millhollon, Donal
Wayne Kelley and William C. Kelley Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
three grandchildren; and many other relatives.
A.A. 'Tony' Donnell Jr.
GRAHAM -- A.A. "Tony" Donnell Jr., 83, of Eliasville,
died Tuesday in a local hospital.
Graveside services were held Wednesday in Donnell Cemetery
near Eliasville with Dr. Dan Sebesta and Larry Pratt officiating,
directed by Morrison Funeral Home.
Mr. Donnell was born in Eliasville and attended Texas Tech
University. He married Maxine Williams in 1939 in Albany and ranched
in Eliasville for many years. He was a Presbyterian.
Survivors include his wife, of Eliasville; two daughters, Valda
Kauffman of Arlington and Margaret Ann Lamkin of San Antonio;
two sons, Bill Donnell of Berlin, Germany, and Tommy Donnell of
Graham; one sister, Virginia Donaldson of San Antonio; nine grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Graham General Hospital or a favorite
Clemmie Irene 'Tim' Roberts
SWEETWATER -- Clemmie Irene "Tim" Roberts, 87, died
Friday in a local nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in McCoy Funeral Home Chapel
of Memories with Norman Archibald officiating. Burial will be
in Palava Cemetery.
Mrs. Roberts was born in Palava, where she graduated from high
school, and owned and operated Tims Cafe in Sweetwater for 22
years until 1962. She moved to Lubbock and worked in the Lubbock
school system until retiring in 1980. She then returned to Sweetwater.
She was a Baptist.
Survivors include one daughter, Temy Teel of Sweetwater; one
brother, O.L. "Ted" Sharrock of Sweetwater; three sisters,
Bess Caldwell of Mansfield, Goldie Caldwell of Mineola and Vida
George of Dallas; and one grandchild.
GOREE -- Ruth Coffman, 85, died Thursday in a Big Spring hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Goree First United Methodist
Church with the Rev. William Sterling officiating. Burial will
be in Goree Cemetery, directed by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Mrs. Coffman was born in Merit and was a homemaker. She moved
to Knox County in 1931. She was a member of United Methodist Women
at First United Methodist Church and was the widow of Melton Wood
"Buster" Coffman, whom she married in 1930 in Clovis,
Survivors include one son, Don Coffman of Munday; one daughter,
Carol Stovall of Midland; one sister, Edith Morris of Littlefield;
two stepbrothers, Bill Duke of Fort Sumner, N.M., and Hollis Duke
of Lubbock; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Michael Shane Johnston
KNOX CITY -- Michael Shane Johnston, 37, died Thursday in Fort
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Knox City Cemetery
with Bob Cameron, Don Taylor and the Rev. Barbara Arther officiating,
directed by Smith Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnston was born in Waurika, Okla., and worked as a computer
insurance specialist while living in Fort Worth for nine years.
He was a member of Millsap Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Janice Johnston of
Possum Kingdom Lake; two sisters, Kerrie Johnston-Hall of Mineral
Wells and Sundee Crim of Weatherford; his grandmother, Winnie
Johnston of Stamford; two nieces; and one aunt.
Memorials may be sent to Jessica Crim and Skye Hall, c/o Citizens
State Bank, 110 N. 2nd, Knox City 79547.
Loretta Portwood Bowers
STAMFORD -- Loretta Portwood Bowers, 80, died Friday in an
Abilene hospital. Services are pending with Kinney Funeral Home.
Notre Pauline Latham
EASTLAND -- Notre Pauline Latham, 82, died Friday in a Dallas
hospital. Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home.
SWEETWATER -- Jean Jones, 59, died Friday in Sweetwater. Services
are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING -- Lena Daniel, 60, of Lubbock, died Friday in a
Lubbock hospital.Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home.
ROWENA -- Emma R. Fuchs, 86, died Friday in a San Angelo nursing
home. Services are pending with Rains-Seale Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Joe Sidney Logsdon
STEPHENVILLE -- Joe Sidney Logsdon, 63, died Wednesday in Stephenville.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in De Leon Cemetery,
directed by Nowlin Funeral Home of De Leon.
Zachary Jacob Ramon
ROWENA -- Zachary Jacob Ramon, infant, died Thursday in San
Angelo. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph
Catholic Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Nelson Erick DeNoon
DE LEON -- Nelson Erick DeNoon, 81, died Friday in a Midland
hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in De Leon Church
of Christ, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home.
CISCO -- Leora Bean, 96, died Friday in a local nursing home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Cemetery,
directed by Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Adrion Gerald Kyle
DUBLIN -- Adrion Gerald Kyle, 45, died Friday in a Stephenville
hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Nowlin Funeral
Home Chapel in De Leon.