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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 36.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Gillit of Abilene; one daughter, Lanell Campbell of Salado; one sister, Marie Arp of Abilene; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene 79601.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Gene Franklin

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 1969.

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 and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Remodeling Fund or a favorite charity and left at the funeral home.

Florence Chadwell

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 Home.

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 hospital.

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 of Roscoe.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 Blakley

Lula E. Blakley, 98, died Friday in a local nursing home. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277 South.

Minnie Lee Walker

JAYTON -- Minnie Lee Walker, 76, died Friday in Lubbock. Services are pending with Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.

Henry Pedro

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 Baptist Church.

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.

Vernice Banks

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.

H.N. Turner

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.

R.H. Moore

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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