Today's Obituaries (Dec. 26, 1997)
Rev. Sam Partee
BIG SPRING - The Rev. Sam Partee, 73, died Tuesday in a local hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in
Big Spring with Dr. Ed Williamson officiating, directed by Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. at Bradshaw
Cemetery in Bradshaw.
Mr. Partee was born May 10, 1924, in Hill County and married Rose Best
on July 3, 1964, in Bradshaw.
Mr. Partee grew up and attended school in Colorado City. He was affiliated
with the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and pastored
United Methodist churches in the Central Texas area until retiring in 1990.
He was also a World War II veteran of the United States Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Partee of Big Spring; three daughters,
Patricia Vanover, Jeanett Ross and Becky Rodriguez, all of Odessa; three
sons, Tommy Partee of Sumpter, Ore., Devin Partee and Richard Partee, both
of Abilene; three sisters Alma Bishop of Colorado City, Roxie Phillips of
Early and Jewell Purvis of Cross Plains; and 19 grandchildren.
The family suggests sending memorials to Permian Basin Rehabilitation
Center, 620 N. Alleghaney Ave., Odessa, 79761.
Catherine Bell Carey Brown
Catherine Bell Carey Brown, 62, died Tuesday at her residence.
Graveside services will be today at 1 p.m. at Newman Cemetery with Joe
Smith officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown was born in Cisco and had lived in Abilene for 17 years, moving
here from Fort Worth. She married Bruce G. Brown on Dec. 24, 1955, in Odessa.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce, of Abilene; three sons, Mark Spivey
of Virginia Beach, Va., Johnny Mac Brown and Anthony Bruce Brown of Dallas;
two daughters, June Lucretia Smith and Kimberly Violet Dodd, both of Abilene;
three brothers, Jack Carey and Leroy Carey, both of Arkansas, and Jerry
Glenn Carey of McCauley; a sister, June Hindman of Sylvester and 13 grandchildren.
Warren C. Judd
Warren C. Judd, 77, died Wednesday at a local hospital.
Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. today at Potosi Cemetery with the
Rev. H.G. Barnard officiating, directed by Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mr. Judd was born in Potosi and had lived there all his life, attending
school in Elmdale. He married Frieda Royal in 1942 in Pampa and served in
the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a service station operator and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Frieda, of Abilene; a stepson, Harvey Hutton
of Alhambra, Calif.; two sisters, Willie Mae Antilley and Pauline Judd,
both of Abilene.
Memorials may be made to the Potosi Cemetery Association, 3418 Potosi
Road, Abilene, 79602.
Lois Marie Baker Lackey
Lois Marie Baker Lackey, 81, died Wednesday in a Fort Worth nursing center.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. in Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories
with the Revs. Danny Thompson and George Ivy officiating. Burial will be
in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Lackey was born in Cedar Gap where she attended school. She was
the widow of J.B. Lackey, whom she married in 1933 in Anson. She lived in
Abilene all her life, except the last four years. She was a homemaker and
a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, Lawrence William Lackey of San Antonio,
Lester Preston Lackey of Abilene and Donald Ray Lackey of Weatherford; a
daughter, Betty A. Ingram of Abilene and 12 grandchildren.
Ben D. Kniffen
Ben D. Kniffen, 71, died Thursday at a local hospital.
Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Potosi Cemetery with
Weldon Gann officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mr. Kniffen was born in Abilene and attended Abilene public schools.
He married Georgia Parker in Abilene on Dec. 16, 1944. He was employed by
Haliburton for 35 years and was a member of the 16th and Vine Church of
Christ. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #559.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia Kniffen, of Abilene; two sons, David
R. Kniffen of Dallas and Bennie G. Kniffen of Fort Worth; one daughter,
Debra Kniffen of Abilene; three sisters, Gertrude Amersen of Dallas, Edna
Roberts of Abilene and June Bollinger of Aurora, Co.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford,
Abilene, 79605, or Harmony Family Services, 1626 N. 3rd, Abilene, 79601.
Geneva Leard, 84, died Thursday at Canterbury Villa.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with
Rev. Joe Philpott officiating.
Mrs. Leard was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Post Oak. She married Roscoe F.
Leard on Oct. 11, 1930, in Snyder. She was a homemaker and member of the
Baptist church and Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Roscoe F. Leard, of Cisco, and one brother,
Cecil Ray Brown of Houston.
Lynette Fincher Myers
Lynette Fincher Myers, 72, of Palestine, a native and former resident
of Albany, died Wednesday morning in Austin Diagnostic Medical Center after
a 23-day illness with cancer.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Church in Palestine. A memorial to be held later in Albany is pending.
Mrs. Myers was born April 14, 1925, in Albany, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Theron P. Fincher. She lived in Fort Griffin before moving with
her parents to Albany where she graduated from Albany High School in 1941.
Mrs. Myers was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She
was recently installed as Moderator-Elect for Presbyterian Women in Grace
Presbytery as part of the Fall Gathering held in Palestine in November 1997.
She was director of the 1997 Synod of the Sun Women's Conference in May
at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.
She is survived by a son, Mike Myers of Palestine; three daughters, Deborah
Denson of Houston, Marcy Myers of Palestine and Kelly Weaver of Henderson;
a sister, Barbara Craig Kelly of Abilene; a brother, E.D. "Buddy"
Fincher, and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 410 Ave. A, Palestine,
Mrs. G.W. (Zay) Birrell
BIG SPRING - Mrs. G. W. (Zay) Birrell, 79, died Wednesday in a local
nursing home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Nalley-Pickle & Welch
Rosewood Chapel with the Dr. Ed Williamson, pastor of First United Methodist
Church officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
BIG SPRING - Wayne Easterling, 53, died Wednesday at his home, following
a sudden illness. Services will be 4 p.m. today, directed by Myers and Smith
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial Park.
BIG SPRING - Rodney Cline, 55, died Tuesday at Midland Memorial Hospital
following a sudden illness. Services will be 11 a.m. today, directed by
Myers and Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial
W.H. "Dub" McKeever
W. H. "Dub" McKeever, 63, died Thursday in an Abilene hospital.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Rockdale Cemetery in Haskell
County, directed by Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.
Sherry Lynn Johnson
Sherry Lynn Johnson, 32, died Thursday at a local hospital. Arrangements
are pending at Allen-Korzenewski Funeral Home, 1443 North 2nd.
SWEETWATER - Ray Hall died Thursday at an Alvin hospital. Services will
be 2 p.m. Saturday at McCoy Chapel of Memories, directed by McCoy Funeral
Ben D. Kniffen
Ben D. Kniffen, 71, died Thursday in a local hospital. Services are pending
with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Ola Myrtle Green
COLEMAN - Ola Myrtle Green, 90, formerly of Ballinger, died Tuesday.
Graveside services will be today at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, directed
by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.
HASKELL - Robert Hawkins, 21, died Thursday in his home. Services are
pending with Holden-McCauley.
Linda Sue Witzsche
CISCO - Linda Sue Witzsche, 42, died Thursday in a Fort Worth Hospital.
Services are pending with Kimbrough Funeral Home.
CISCO - Thelma Watson, 94, died at Canterbury Villa. Services are pending
with Kimbrough Funeral Home.