Today's Obituaries (Oct. 4, 1997)
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, with the Rev. Richard Adkisson officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mr. Gillit was born in Lamesa and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He moved to Abilene in 1948 and was a self-employed truck driver
and welder. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter
Survivors include his wife, Nell Gillit of Abilene; one daughter,
Lanell Campbell of Salado; one sister, Marie Arp of Abilene; and
Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory,
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Gene Franklin, 83, of Potosi, lifelong Taylor County resident,
died Thursday at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Highway 36 Church of Christ
with Ed Headrick officiating. Burial will be in Potosi Cemetery,
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Mr. Franklin was born in Taylor County and married Lena Belle
Taylor in 1936 in Fort Worth. He served with the U.S. Army Air
Corps' intelligence division during World War II. He worked as
a barber and was a stock farmer. He was a former Wylie school
trustee. He was an elder and charter member of Highway 36 Church
of Christ and also was church treasurer for 33 years.
Survivors include his wife, of Potosi; two sons, Ted Franklin
of Irving and Terry Franklin of Abilene; three brothers, Jack
Franklin and Reed Franklin, both of Abilene, and Lannie Franklin
of Potosi; one sister, Marie Underwood of Hobbs, N.M.; five grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Highway 36 Church of Christ Building
Fund, 10576 Hwy 36, Abilene 79602.
Sammye Steddum Higgins
ALBANY -- Sammye Steddum Higgins, 88, died Friday in Albany.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Albany First Baptist Church
with the Rev. John Tunnell officiating. Burial will be in Albany
Cemetery, directed by Morehart Mortuary.
Mrs. Higgins was born in Mills County and graduated from high
school in Berryhill. She worked as a licensed vocational nurse
at hospitals in Albany, Kermit, Pecos and Fairfield. She was a
member of First Baptist Church and was the widow of Ocie Lee Steddum,
whom she married in 1930; and Ed Higgins, whom she married in
Survivors include three children, Mary Belle Steddum Jones
of Mentone, Ocie Mozelle Steddum Bartee of Albany and Thomas D.
Steddum of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico; three sisters, Imogene
Cox Burrus of Abilene, Savonne Cox Giddins of Midland and Carlene
Cox Craver of Breckenridge; one brother, Glen Cox of Haskell;
nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Remodeling Fund
or a favorite charity and left at the funeral home.
RANGER -- Florence E. Chadwell, 82, of Lake Livingston and
formerly of Ranger, died Friday in Houston.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Evergreen Cemetery
with the Rev. James Upshaw officiating, directed by Edwards Funeral
Mrs. Chadwell was born in Clyde and married Roland J. Chadwell
in 1935 in Carlsbad, N.M. She worked as an accountant and bookkeeper
for more than 30 years until retiring. She lived in Houston for
many years until moving to Lake Livingston in 1980.
Survivors include her husband, of Lake Livingston; three sons,
Roland G. Chadwell, James R. Chadwell and Thomas W. Chadwell;
one brother, Travis Bryan; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph Steggall Sr.
CISCO -- Joseph E. Steggall Sr., 80, died Sunday in a Waco
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian
Church with the Rev. Dutch Baziel officiating. Arrangements were
made by Chambers-Wilcox Funeral Directors.
Mr. Steggall was born in Anamosa, Iowa, and married Linda Alman
in 1973. He was retired from the trucking business. He owned and
operated the White Elephant Restaurant from 1991-94.
Survivors include his wife, of Lincoln, Neb.; six sons, Lyle
Steggall and Rodger Steggall, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donald
Steggall of Chicago, and Michael Steggall, Brian Steggall and
Andrew Steggall, all of Cisco; four daughters, Charlotte Miller
of Torrance, Calif., Margaret Dumas of Hayward, Wisc., Holly Schedule
of Bedford and Patrica Older of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one brother,
Francis Steggall of Marble Falls; three sisters, Julia Berta of
Marble Falls, and Bernice HonKomp and Pat Hauson, both of Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Johnnie Lee Alexander
SWEETWATER -- Johnnie Lee Alexander, 91, died Thursday in a
local care facility.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Roscoe Cemetery
with Phil Collard officiating, directed by McCoy Funeral Home
Mrs. Alexander was born in Mobeetie and lived in Nolan County
most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the
Friendship Club in Roscoe and Church of Christ, and was the widow
of William Jasper "Bill" Alexander, whom she married
in 1927 in Sweetwater.
Survivors include two sons, Darwin Dean Alexander of Houston
and Stanley G. Alexander of Austin; five grandchildren; and eight
James 'Jed' Harrison
CROSS PLAINS -- James Dalton "Jed" Harrison, 72,
brother of two Eastland residents, died Thursday at his son's
home in Terrell.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Edwards Funeral Home
Chapel in Eastland with the Rev. Jim Odell and Alvin Hutchins
officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery.
Mr. Harrison worked in the trucking and ranching business.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Beth Todd Harrison of Cross
Plains; one son, Neil Craig Harrison of Terrell; one brother,
John Harrison of Eastland; one sister, Burma Lee Bradford of Eastland;
two grandchildren; and several other relatives.
Belva Curry Whittington
RULE -- Belva Curry Whittington, 86, of Lubbock and formerly
of Rule, died Friday in a Tahoka nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rule First Baptist Church
with the Rev. Jim Turner officiating. Burial will be in Rule Cemetery,
directed by Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors of Haskell.
Mrs. Whittington was born in Pinkerton in Haskell County and
graduated from Rule High School and West Texas State University
in Canyon. She taught school for 42 years and her career included
Ballew, Bunker Hill and New Cook, all in Haskell County, and Hall
County and, for eight years until retiring, Tahoka. She was a
Baptist and was the widow of Jess E. Whittington, whom she married
in 1942 in Potter County.
Survivors include two brothers, John B. Curry and Rogers Curry,
both of Lubbock; one sister, Mrs. Robert Darnell of Haskell; and
many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth Jean Horn
Elizabeth Jean Horn, 74, died Friday in a local nursing home.
Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Lula E. Blakley, 98, died Friday in a local nursing home. Services
are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277
Minnie Lee Walker
JAYTON -- Minnie Lee Walker, 76, died Friday in Lubbock. Services
are pending with Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
BIG SPRING -- Henry Pedro, 76, died Friday in a local hospital.
Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Simona 'Pokey' Searcy
Simona "Pokey" Searcy, 67, died Thursday in a local
hospital. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today in Second
Vernis Rose Burns
BIG SPRING -- Vernis Rose Burns, 70, died Friday at her home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Trinity Memorial
Park, directed by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Hazel Upton Miller
SANTA ANNA -- Hazel Upton Miller, 80, of Fort Stockton and
formerly of the Big Country, died Wednesday in a Fort Stockton
nursing home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Santa
Anna Cemetery, directed by Henderson Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING -- Vernice G. Banks, 83, died Wednesday in a local
hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Mount Bethel Baptist
Church, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
KINGSLAND -- H.N. Turner, 76, formerly of the Abilene area,
died Wednesday in Kingsland. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today
in Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel.
CISCO -- R.H. Moore, 71, died Friday in a Fort Worth hospital.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Oakwood Cemetery,
directed by Chambers-Wilcox Funeral Directors.
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