Today's Obituaries (Oct. 3, 1997)
Simona 'Pokey' Searcy
Simona "Pokey" Searcy, 67, died Thursday in a local
The body was donated to science and no services are planned.
Arrangements were made by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange.
Mrs. Searcy was born in Galesburg, Ill., and moved to Abilene
in 1934. She was a member of University Baptist Church and was
the widow of John Raymond "Jake" Searcy, whom she married
Survivors include two brothers, Alois D. "Pat" Heirman
and Leo A. Heirman, both of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
Louise Durham Wells
Louise Durham Wells, 75, formerly of Hamlin, died Wednesday
in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hamlin East
Cemetery with the Rev. Tracey Watson officiating, directed by
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Mrs. Wells was born in Hamlin, where she graduated from high
school in 1939, and married Bill Wells in 1942 in Stamford. She
worked as a city clerk in Stamford for many years. She was a post
office employee in South Carolina until retiring and was a member
of the Business and Professional Women's Club in Stamford.
Survivors include her husband, of Abilene; one brother, John
T. Durham of Indianapolis; and four sisters, Charlene Joiner of
Hamlin, Jerita Rogers of Odessa, Janet Armstrong of Abilene and
Barbara Holloway of Irving.
Memorials may be sent to American Heart Association, 149 N.
Willis, Abilene 79603; or West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601
Hartford, Abilene 79605.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. today in the funeral home.
George B. Lopez, 69, died Thursday in a local hospital.
A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today in Elmwood Funeral
Home Chapel, 5750 U.S. Hwy 277 South. Mass will be said at 9 a.m.
Saturday in St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church with the Rev.
David Matz officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mr. Lopez was born in Aspermont.
Survivors include his wife, Natividad Lopez of Abilene; four
sons, Oscar Lopez of Tyler, David Lopez and Larry Lopez, both
of Abilene, and Freddy Lopez of Lubbock; five daughters, Stella
Gonzales, Vickie Cortinaz and Terri Lopez, all of Abilene, Olga
Studer of Los Angeles and Rebecca Gregory of Killeen; two brothers,
Andrew Lopez of New Mexico and Juan Lopez of Stamford; three sisters,
Chonita Herrera of Aspermont, Lydia Pena of Greenville and Tive
Herrera of Odessa; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Tessie B. Painter, 71, died Wednesday at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Larry Tarver
officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Painter was born in Ranger and graduated from high school
in Corpus Christi. She worked in civil service for the Federal
Aeronautics Administration during World War II. She married Dwight
Painter in 1951 in Midland and was a homemaker. She was employed
by the Texas Department of Public Safety until retiring.
Survivors include her husband, of Abilene; one son, David Dwight
Painter of Spring; one daughter, Traella Kay Painter of Austin;
one sister, Lessie Jean Roark of San Diego; and four grandchildren.
Gladys M. Keils, 74, died Wednesday at her home.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today in Hamby Cemetery
with the Rev. Clayton Pennington officiating, directed by Allen-Korzenewski
Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd.
Mrs. Keils grew up in Paducah and moved to Abilene in 1942.
She married J.D. Keils in 1951 in Abilene and was a homemaker.
She was a Baptist.
Survivors include one son, Charles Keils of Abilene; one daughter,
Patsy Jones of Abilene; and four grandchildren.
Lindon Earl Wheeler
ANSON -- Lindon Earl Wheeler, 91, employed by the Texas Highway
Department for 20 years until retiring in 1970, died Thursday
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Anson First Baptist
Church with the Revs. Lee Welch and Jerry Pittman officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams
Mr. Wheeler was born in Grayson and moved to Haskell County
as a child. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and
participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He moved to Anson in
1950 and married Faye Bennett in 1971 in Funston. He was a member
of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Anson; three stepsons, Don Bennett
of Eula, Doug Bennett of Fort Worth and Lynn Bennett of Anson;
one stepdaughter, Mary Ann McFadden of Haskell; one brother, Gilbert
Wheeler of Euless; one sister, Frances Downer of Arlington; 11
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six nephews and four
EASTLAND -- Florencio Soto, 72, died Wednesday at his home.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today in Edwards Funeral Home
Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Francis Catholic
Church. Burial will be in Eastland City Cemetery.
Mr. Soto was born in Texas and grew up in Eastland. He was
a World War II veteran and was a retired pipeline worker of R.M.
Sneed. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and St.
Francis Catholic Church.
Survivors include one brother, Nasario Soto of Cisco; three
sisters, Christina Perez of Big Spring, Nellie Martinez of Eastland
and Lydia May Lopez of Breckenridge; and several nieces and nephews.
ALBANY -- Lowell D. Ford, 57, died Wednesday at his home.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in First Christian
Church with the Revs. David Mallory and Tom Anthony officiating,
directed by Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.
Mr. Ford was born in Bonham and graduated from Oklahoma City
and Loyola universities. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He
worked as a geophysicist with Amocco for 20 years and was one
of five men who invented a seismic refraction prospecting process
now used worldwide. He was employed by the Jones Co. at its Houston
office and, when that office was closed, moved to Albany. He was
a geophysical consultant at the time of his death. He was a member
of the Society of Geophysicists and served as the society's District
3 representative. He also was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include three sons, Jeff Ford of Arlington, Steve
Ford of Albany and Ryan Ford of Lubbock; two daughters, Nicole
Waczak of Arlington and Traci Dufour of Azle; two sisters, Nancy
Fogleman of Houston and Linda Hall of Yukon, Okla.; and three
Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church in Albany.
BRECKENRIDGE -- O.O. Hollabaugh, 98, formerly of Roby, died
Wednesday in a local hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Roby First Baptist Church
with the Rev. Mickey Wagoner officiating. Burial will be in Roby
Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan.
Mr. Hollabaugh was born in Hunt County and lived in the Roby
area most of his life. He was a former city manager in Roby and
also worked as a deputy sheriff. He was a farmer and was a member
of the Masonic Lodge, Palominto Polo Club, Fisher County Sheriff's
Posse and Roby First Baptist Church. He was the widower of Ruby
Lee Pikin Hollabaugh, whom he married in 1922 in Roby.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Hollabaugh of Leander and
Stephen Hollabaugh of Breckenridge; three daughters, Aza Lee Baxter
of Longview, Wash., Willow Jo "Billy" Kelley of Burnet
and Mary Hooper of Nacogdoches; two sisters, Jewell White of San
Marcos and Geneva Randolph of Roby; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Lee Robinson
SYLVESTER -- Dorothy Lee Robinson, 51, of De Soto and formerly
of Sylvester, died Wednesday in a Dallas hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sylvester Baptist Church
with the Rev. Glen Moffett officiating. Burial will be in Sylvester
Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan.
Mrs. Robinson was born in Lubbock and married Michael Robinson
in 1966 in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. She worked as a Christian bookstore
saleslady. She was a homemaker and was a member of Sylvester Baptist
Survivors include her husband, of De Soto; two children, Jackie
Michelle Peterman of Knoxville, Tenn., and Michael L. Robinson
II of Gainesville; and four grandchildren.
BROWNWOOD -- Velma Lively, 93, died Wednesday in a local hospital.
The body was cremated. Memorial graveside services will be
at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were
made by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lively was born in Scurry County and graduated from Kansas
City Bible College. She worked as a nurse and moved to Brownwood
more than 30 years ago. She taught Sunday school and was a member
of Southside Baptist Church. She was the widow of G.W. McAbee
and James Lively.
Survivors include one daughter, Trudy Flippo of Branson, Mo.;
four sisters, Yvonne Bristow of Brownwood, Lynn Gruver of Austin,
Ollie Fugua of Big Spring and Virginia Phillips of Barstow, Calif.;
one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Euna Rudd, 96, died Thursday at her home. Services are pending
with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Gene Franklin, 84, of Potosi, died Thursday at his home. Services
are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Johnnie Lee Alexander
SWEETWATER -- Johnnie Lee Alexander, 91, died Thursday in a
local care facility. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Ralph Doyle Gillit
Ralph Doyle Gillit, 69, died Thursday at his home. Services
will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750
U.S. Hwy 277 South.
Cecil Cortez Stracener
SWEETWATER -- Cecil Cortez Stracener, 76, died Wednesday at
his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in McCoy Funeral
Home Chapel of Memories.
O'BRIEN -- B.L. King died recently in O'Brien. Graveside services
will be at 11 a.m. today in O'Brien Cemetery, directed by Smith
Funeral Home of Knox City.
Ethlinda Loucile 'Bobbie' Stewart
DE LEON -- Ethlinda Loucile "Bobbie" Stewart, 83,
died Thursday in a local hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m.
Saturday in De Leon First Baptist Church, directed by Nowlin Funeral
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