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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

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, TX 75801.

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.

Wayne Easterling

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.

Rodney Cline

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 Park.

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.

Ray Hall

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 Home.

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.

Robert Hawkins

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.

Thelma Watson

CISCO - Thelma Watson, 94, died at Canterbury Villa. Services are pending with Kimbrough Funeral Home.


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