Today's Obituaries (Dec. 5, 1997)
Elvin 'Cotton' Stice
Elvin "Cotton" Stice, 78, of Nugent, died Wednesday
in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Phantom
Hill Cemetery with Ken Pearson officiating, directed by Allen-Korzenewski
Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd.
Mr. Stice was born in Kendrick, Okla., and married Ruth L.
Clary in 1939 in Oklahoma. He moved to the Abilene area in 1952.
He worked as a plumber for 42 years and formerly owned Cotton
Stice Plumbing, which later became Key City Plumbing.
Survivors include his wife, of Nugent; one son, Lawrence Stice
of Abilene; three daughters, Connie Morris, Sue Stice and Linda
Stice, all of Abilene; one brother, Glen Stice of Slick, Okla.;
one sister, June Sutherland of Midland; 14 grandchildren; and
Visitation will be from 6:30-8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
LAWN -- Dorothy Cain, 73, of Saginaw and formerly of Lawn,
died Monday at her daughter's home in Saginaw.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Lawn Baptist Church with
Jodie Boren officiating. Burial will be in Dewey Cemetery, directed
by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home of Tuscola.
Mrs. Cain was born in Cisco and attended school in Colorado
City. She lived in Hobbs, N.M. before returning to Colorado City.
She lived in Loraine and Abilene before moving to Lawn in 1980.
She worked as a waitress at a truck stop in Colorado City, Henderson's
Cafe in Loraine, and, for 13 years, Taylor's Cafe in Lawn. She
was a member of Loraine Church of Christ and was the widow of
W.D. "Boad" Cain, whom she married in 1943 in Colorado
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia "Jenny"
Thigpen of Saginaw and Kathy Pugh of Abilene; one son, Danny Cain
of Anna; two sisters, Johnnie Mitchell of Hobbs, N.M., and Jessie
Kennemur of Lawn; one brother, Edgar Hazelwood of Hobbs, N.M.;
12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
DODGE CITY, Kan. -- Holly P. Toler, 59, brother of an Abilene
resident, died Monday in a Wichita, Kan. hospital.
The body was cremated. A memorial service was held Wednesday
in Dodge City First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dick
Robbins and Dr. Mike Gardner officiating. Arrangements were made
by Swaim Funeral Home.
Mr. Toler was born in Hamlin and graduated from Southern Methodist
University in 1960. He worked as a cattleman for many years and
moved to Dodge City in 1979. He married Suzanne Martin in 1981
in Dodge City and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
at SMU. He was a Stephen minister at First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Dodge City; one daughter, Emily
Mecom of Houston; one sister, Suzanne Jones of Abilene; and three
Memorials may be sent to West Texas Rehabilitation Center,
4601 Hartford, Abilene 79605; Salvation Army, 1726 Butternut,
Abilene 79602; or a favorite charity.
BIG SPRING -- Lola Sheppard, 88, died Monday in a local nursing
home after a short illness.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Big Spring
First Baptist Church with Dr. Kenneth Patrick and the Rev. James
Liggett officiating. Arrangements were made by Myers & Smith
Mrs. Sheppard was born in Merkel and moved to Big Spring in
1939. She worked at Big Spring High School, Malone & Hogan
Clinic and Cowper Hospital, and Nalley-Pickle & Welch and
Myers & Smith Funeral homes. She sang in the Senior Choir
at First Baptist Church and was the widow of W.J. "Bill"
Sheppard Jr., whom she married in 1932 in Merkel.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Sheppard of Big Spring and
Rodney Sheppard of Austin; one sister, Dorma Jay of Abilene; one
brother, Lynn Shelton of Walla Walla, Wash.; seven grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Heritage Museum, 510 Scurry, Big Spring
79720; First Baptist Church, 705 Marcy, Big Spring 79720; St.
Mary's Episcopal Church, 1001 Goliad, Big Spring 79720; or a favorite
ROCHESTER -- Eunice Strickland, 99, died Wednesday in a Knox
City hospital after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Faith Chapel Church
with Kathryn Byrd officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery,
directed by Smith Funeral Home.
Mrs. Strickland was born in Stonewall County and was a homemaker.
She was a member of Foursquare Church and was the widow of W.L.
Survivors include two sons, W.W. "Woody" Strickland
of Abilene and Kenneth Strickland of Haskell; eight grandchildren;
17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to American Heart Association, 149 N.
Willis, Abilene 79603.
BROWNWOOD -- Eddie Swagerty, 74, employed by the Brownwood
Fire Department for 38 years until retiring as fire marshall,
died Thursday in a local nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Christian Church
with the Rev. Chris Dibrell officiating. Burial will be in Bangs
Cemetery, directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mr. Swagerty was born in Portales, N.M., and moved to Brownwood
in 1933. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps' Engineer Aviation
Battalion during World War II. He married Judy McClanahan in 1947
in Comanche and was a former officer of the Pecan Valley Kiwanis
Club. He was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Brownwood; two daughters, Sharon
Konty of Hermiston, Ore., and Karen Earp of Abilene; one sister,
Virginia Allen of New Braunfels; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Billy Ray 'Bill' Thompson
COLORADO CITY -- Billy Ray "Bill" Thompson, 64, lifelong
local resident, died Wednesday in a San Angelo hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Kiker-Seale Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Jake Chaney and Dr. Ted Spears officiating.
Burial will be in Colorado City Cemetery.
Mr. Thompson was born in Colorado City and married Sandra Kay
Watkins in 1959 in Las Cruces, N.M. He owned and operated Thompson's
Body Shop and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, of Colorado City; two daughters,
Paula Reed and Johnnie Kay Whatley, both of Corsicana; two sons,
Ricky Thompson of Colorado City and Jimmy Thompson of Germany;
seven grandchildren; one aunt; and many nieces, nephews, great
nieces and great nephews.
BROWNWOOD -- Charles L. Reid, 61, of Galveston and formerly
of Brownwood, died Monday in a Galveston hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Davis-Morris Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. R.J. Elkins officiating. Burial will
be in Greenleaf Cemetery.
Mr. Reid was born in Brownwood, where he graduated from high
school, and attended Howard Payne College. He lived in Odessa,
Abilene and Houston before moving to Galveston in 1987 and was
a retired diesel parts manager. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include one daughter, Charla Kay Lang of New Caney;
one son, Steven Reid of Galveston; his mother, Mary Reid Fisher
of Brownwood; one sister, Betty Reid Miller of San Antonio; four
grandchildren; and one nephew.
HASKELL -- Amador Benavides, 59, mechanic at the Medford car
dealership for 25 years, died Tuesday in an Abilene hospital.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today in St. George Catholic
Church. Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with
the Rev. Michael Melcher officiating. Burial will be in Willow
Cemetery, directed by Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors.
Mr. Benavides was born in Falfurrias and married Angelica Perez
in 1957. He moved to Haskell in 1967 and was a member of St. George
Survivors include his wife, of Haskell; four sons, Amador Benavides
Jr. of San Angelo, Joe Benavides of Knox City, and Pablo Benavides
and Hilbert Benavides, both of Haskell; three daughters, Elsa
Rodriquez of Knox City, Zilda Tafolla of Denton and Emily Escobedo
of Austin; three brothers, Gil Benavides and Jesse Benavides,
both of Falfurrias, and Alex Benavides of Houston; one sister,
Rufina Macias of Falfurrias; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
THROCKMORTON -- Walter Cypert, 75, Throckmorton school teacher
for 31 years until retiring in 1981, died Thursday at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Throckmorton First
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ava Berry officiating. Burial
will be in Throckmorton Cemetery, directed by Merriman-Archer
Mr. Cypert was born in Hamlin and served with the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He moved to Throckmorton in 1948 from Hamlin.
He married Minta Sue Thompson in 1949 in Throckmorton and was
a farmer and rancher. He was a member of First United Methodist
Survivors include his wife, of Throckmorton; two sons, Chuck
Cypert of Plano and Rick Cypert of Lincoln, Neb.; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to Walter Cypert Scholarship Fund at
Throckmorton First National Bank.
Altha Lakey Adcock
HAMLIN -- Altha Lakey Adcock, 85, died Thursday in an Anson
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Foster-Adams Funeral
Home Chapel with Paige Baize officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin
Mrs. Adcock was born in Comanche and attended school in Olney.
She worked as a beautician and lived in Sweetwater, Big Spring
and Odessa before moving to McCaulley in 1976 and Anson in 1992.
She was a member of Tuxedo Church of Christ and was the widow
of Lindsey Adcock, whom she married in 1939 in McCaulley.
Survivors include one son, Lynn Adcock of Kingman, Ariz.; two
grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Marshall Carnelious Cox
GIRARD -- Marshall Carnelious Cox, 86, died Thursday in a Rotan
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Jayton Baptist Church
with the Rev. David Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in Jayton
Cemetery, directed by Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
Mr. Cox was born in Van Zandt County and married Wanda Fincher
in 1940 in Spur. He moved to Girard in 1950 and was a farmer.
He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, of Girard; one son, Larry Cox of
Cranfills Gap; one daughter, Marsanette Cox of Girard; one brother,
R.D. Cox of Terrell; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Retired Lt. Col. Raphael Ramirez
Retired Lt. Col. Raphael Ramirez died Thursday at his home.
Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Milton Lozano Jr.
BIG SPRING -- Milton Lozano Jr., 49, died Thursday in a local
hospital. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch
BALLINGER -- Margarett Roach, 76, of Paint Rock, died Thursday
in a local nursing home. Services are pending with Rains-Seale
BIG SPRING -- Gladys Phillips, 87, of Slidell, La., and formerly
of Stanton, died Thursday in Slidell. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Ollie Marie Birdett
DUBLIN -- Ollie Marie Birdett, 89, died Wednesday in a Sherman
nursing home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Harrell
Funeral Home Memorial Chapel.
Lillie Mae Barnard Fryar
BIG SPRING -- Lillie Mae Barnard Fryar, 67, died Tuesday in
a Midland hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home Rosewood Chapel.
Lucille Beck Jacobs
STEPHENVILLE -- Lucille Beck Jacobs, 89, died Tuesday in a
local nursing home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Stephenville
Funeral Home Chapel.
BIG SPRING -- Dean White, 73, died Tuesday in a local hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today in Nalley-Pickle & Welch
Funeral Home Rosewood Chapel.
The Rev. Audry Wesley
BRECKENRIDGE -- The Rev. Audry Wesley, 62, died Wednesday at
his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olive
Baptist Church, directed by Melton Funeral Home.
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