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Obituary, June 21, 2017

Sandy Pierce, 77 of Levelland

Sandy Pierce, 77, of Levelland passed from this life on Saturday, June 16, 2017. There will be a private memorial at a later date.

Sandy was born June 26, 1939 in Memphis, Texas to Robert Stewart and Clara Bell Gillis. She grew up in Littlefield and married Tommy Gene Pierce on January 31, 1957.

She started her career as a business owner in 1981. Later in life, Sandy truly enjoyed cooking for her family, her Facebook, and spending time in her flower garden. Her last days were spent surrounded by her family.

Her beautiful life will be forever cherished by her spouse of 60 years, Tommy Gene Pierce; two daughters and their spouses, Roxann and Greg Phillips, Cindy and Brian Thoms of Levelland; son & spouse, Monty and Sara Pierce of Carlsbad, NM; four grandchildren, Chad Pierce and mother, Mary Pierce, Shawn Phillips, Austin Thoms and Ali Thoms; three great grandchildren, Suede Pierce, Lux Pierce and Titus Phillips; her twin sister, Pauline Poff of Kerrville; sisters, Rita Parker of Lubbock, Wanda Williams of Littlefield; brothers, Billy Stewart of Arizona and Jerry Stewart of Arizona.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorial donations be made in memory of Sandy to South Plains Church, 1421 Cactus Drive, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Alton Wood, 74 formerly of Levelland

Alton Ray Wood, 74, formerly of Levelland, TX, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home at Lake Kemp, TX. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 11:30am to 12:45pm at George Price Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at George C. Price Chapel on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 1pm with Pastor E.G. Lambright officiating. Ray was born on May 29, 1943, in Littlefield, TX, to the late Roscoe Wood and Loveta Flake Wood. Ray was a barber in Levelland prior to joining Amoco Production Company in Sundown, TX, where he retired after over 20 years of service. After his retirement, he did what he enjoyed most, which included fishing, hunting, traveling and not wearing a watch. Ray was a simple man and lived his life at his own unique pace. Ray will be greatly missed by many friends and family. Ray is preceded in death by his father Roscoe Wood; mother Loveta Flake; brother Jerry Wood; sister Barbara McInturff & his First wife Nell Hunt Wood. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Glenda Wood; sister Jane and Doug Batson of Logan, N.M.; three sons, Chris & Beverley Wood of Decatur, Texas; Craig & Jessica Wood of Tucson, AZ; and Robert & Arlene Railey of Pinetop, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 2 worthless Brittany Spaniels.

Obituary, June 15, 2017

Don Henderson, 79 of Levelland

Don Alvis Henderson, 79, of Levelland passed from this life on June 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Fairview Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Don was born November 14, 1937 in the Fairview Community to William M. and Lola Lee (Burke) Henderson. He married the love of his life, Barbara J. Caswell, on August 11, 1956 at Fairview Baptist Church.

Throughout the years, Don owned and operated the Frontier Dodge dealership, Frontier Tower Service, Frontier Bail Bonds, Frontier Enterprises and Frontier Tree Removal Service.

During the 1970’s, Don drove a super stock race car he named ”Fever”. Between 1977-1981, Don served the citizens of Levelland as a City Councilman, Mayor and Reserve Deputy. Don was very active in his community and church. He was also a cancer survivor.

Don loved his family, friends and church. He had a phenomenal work ethic and always stayed busy, not only providing for his family, but by helping others.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 61 years, Barbara; sons, Randy Henderson and wife Debbie of Levelland, and Ricky Henderson of Levelland; grandchildren, Randa Wuerflein and husband Carson of Levelland, Jaime Timian and wife Ellen of Levelland, Marc Timian and wife Emily of Levelland, Brent Bateman , Kayla Bateman, Grace and Selah Trakulwatanachi ; and great grandchildren, Rylan Wuerflein, Reagan Wuerflein, Grace Bateman, Haley Davis, Kelsie Davis , Hannah Murillo,.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund, 2012 S. FM303, Levelland, Texas 79336; Hockley County Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels, 1202 Houston, Levelland, Texas 79336; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Obituary, June 14, 2017

Darlene Sweeney, 90 of Levelland

Darline Elizabeth Griffin Norman Sweeney, 90, of Levelland passed away Monday, June 12, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Darline was born June 6, 1927 in Joplin, Missouri to parents Emmett and Nellie Griffin. She was a member of Clauene Baptist Church.

Proceeding her in death are her parents; son, Jerry Don Norman; husbands, J.D. Norman and Bob Sweeney; and son-in-law, Dale Graves.

Darline is survived by her daughters, Sherry Israel and husband Chester, and Donna Graves; grandchildren, Jeff (Cameron) Israel, Shantelle (Michael) Standifer, Brian (Brandy) Israel; great grandchildren, Mercedes Standifer, Landon Standifer, Madison Israel, and Abigail Israel.

Obituary, June 13, 2017

Raymond Durham, 85 of Levelland

Raymond Arnold Durham, affectionately known as ”Red”, passed away on June 12, 2017 at the age of 85 years in Levelland, Texas at Lynwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Home. He moved to Lynwood on the 1st of March, 2017.

Red was born on February 29, 1932 in Brownfield, Texas to O.B. and Minnie Lee Durham, and later attended school in Olton, Texas. On January 6, 1951, he married Uelala Truelock where together in Olton they raised a family of four children. Red enjoyed hard work, and more hard work, but during his rare off-times, he liked to go camping and play dominos. His three greatest loves were family, friends, and farming. Red farmed in the Olton area and operated a dairy at Springlake, Texas. After retiring from farming and the dairy, he and his wife Uelala operated a Dog Kennel in Littlefield, Texas where they raised and groomed dogs. Raymond was a member of Parkview Baptist Church of Littlefield.

Raymond is survived by his four children, Gary and wife Emma of Lubbock, Grady and wife Jane of Belton, Marilyn Koelder and husband Gary of Plainview, and Carolyn Doshier and husband Kerry of Levelland; seven grandchildren, Sheila and husband John Jernigan, Gerald Ray Durham, Troyce Raleigh Durham, Kash Koelder, Kelby Koelder, Katelyn Franklin and husband Brandon, and Kordell Doshier; four great granddaughters, Marlee Jernigan, Faith Jernigan, Shiloh Ottmers and Kraylee Franklin; one great great granddaughter, Makenzie Ottmers; two sisters, Wilma Fulton and husband Tommy, and Cleo Ignacia and husband Marney; sister-in-law, Betty Durham; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two grandsons, Tanner Doshier and Paul Vaughn, and two brothers, John Lee Durham and Lloyd Moore.

Graveside services will be at 10 AM Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Olton Cemetery, Olton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Olton Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1065, Olton, Texas 79064, or your favorite charity.

Obituary, June 6, 2017

Velta Dee Turner, 81 of San Angelo

Dee Turner, 81, of San Angelo Texas, formerly of Levelland Texas, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 4, 2017 in Marble Falls, Texas of natural causes. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday June 11, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin St. Levelland, Texas 79336.

Dee was born in Floydada Texas on August 7, 1935 to Edith and Virgil Turner. He retired as Justice of Peace of Hockley County in which he served honorably for 22 years. Before being elected as Justice of the Peace, he also served as a law enforcement officer from 1960 to 1980 in Levelland, Lubbock, Denver City, and Kermit Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents Edith and Virgil Turner, his two brothers, Willie and Bobby Turner.

He is survived by two sisters, Laverne Bone and Leta Casbeer, two brothers, Dean and Dan Turner

He has five children, Tammy Miller of Marble Falls, Billy Turner of Levelland, Vickie Barnes of Mesquite, Lane Turner of Franklin, Tennessee and Pete Court of Big Spring. He was blessed with 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. (806) 897-1111

Obituary, June 5, 2017

Marvin Stroope, 84 of Amarillo

Marvin Lee Stroope of Amarillo, formerly of Smyer, passed away Wednesday May 31, 2017. Funeral services will be held on June 5, 2017, at 2:00 pm, in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel Levelland Texas. Burial will follow in the City of Smyer Cemetery. Marvin was born in Milfred Texas on October 17, 1932 to Carly and Ola Stroope. He married Janice Hilley of Smyer on March 2, 1951. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Janice after 64 years of marriage, his parents Carly and Ola Stroope, one brother James Stroope and nephew Ron Stroope of Smyer. Left to cherish his memory are sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael and Leah Stroope of Amarillo, Mark and Linette Stroope of Brownwood; grandchildren Justin and Sabrina Stroope of Amarillo, Jason and Rebecca Stroope of Amarillo, Jon and Emily Stroope of Round Rock, Lyndee and Kody Gilmore of Waco, his twin sister Marie Shinpaugh of Waxahachie, Brother and sister in law Charles and Joanne Stroope of Cotton Center and 7 great grandchildren; Jordan, Hayden, Hunter and Jase Stroope, Haddie Shields, Conner and McKenzie McIntire. Marvin took great pride in his family, and all his friends and neighbors in the community of Smyer. The short time he lived in Amarillo he touched many lives and shared his love of family, cattle, horses and farming. He rode countless horses in his life, and it comforts his family to know that he rode the last pony to Heaven. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary, June 2, 2017

Sharon Hodges, 66 of Levelland

Sharon Manon Hodges was born January 19, 1951 in Levelland, Texas went home to meet the Lord on May 16, 2017 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 66. Sharon touched many lives as an art teacher for several years all across Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Betty Kauffman and her husband, Billy Roy Hodges. She is survived by her son Bryan and his wife Tiara Hodges, her son Chase Hodges, her grandson Brayden Hodges, her siblings Karon Sumrow, Anna Kauffman, and Bob Kauffman, and her nieces and nephews. She is loved and will be missed.
Services will be held at George C. Price Funeral Home on June 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Levelland, Texas.

Billie “Bill” Gene Simpson, 83 of Levelland

Billie (Bill) Gene Simpson went to be with our Lord on May 31, 2017. Family will receive friends on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 5 to 7pm at George Price Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 10am at George Price Funeral Home Chapel with Sr. Pastor Dr. Steve McMeans officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery. Bill was 83 years old and a resident of Levelland. He passed away at Lynwood Manor Nursing Home. Billie Gene Simpson was born in Levelland, TX, on January 28, 1934. He married Wanda Lou Harris Simpson on November 4, 1952, in Lovington, NM. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. He had three children, eight grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. He was co-owner of Radio Shack in Levelland. Billie Gene Simpson was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Lou Harris Simpson; mother, Zulah Leoma Hendrix Simpson; father, Thomas Henry Simpson; brothers, Otis, Horace, E.D., Frank, and Clarence Simpson; and sister Mae Ferrell. Survivors are his son Larry Don Simpson; daughters, Darlinda Jean Simpson Rogers; Lola Sharee Simpson Reese; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He leaves behind many precious memories with family and friends.

Teddy “Ted” Holder, 75 of Levelland

Ted Holder, 75, of Levelland passed away in Lubbock on June 1, 2017. A family visitation will be held from 6 – 8 PM on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Ted was born in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University studying Business Management. He worked in Lubbock a short time, and relocated to Levelland, Texas where he has lived since 1971. He spent 33 years serving in municipal government service, and the last 23 years as Police Chief for the City of Levelland. After his retirement in December 2002, he worked as an Emergency Manager for 7 governmental agencies.

During his professional career, Ted also served on several local, regional and state boards in relation to his job. He was very interested in humanitarian projects domestically, as well as internationally. He was a member of the Rotary International, an international service organization, he served as District Governor for District 5730 from 2005-2006. Ted worked in several countries throughout the world setting up projects that helped to better the lives of those involved. Ted also set up and ran a Food Bank in Levelland, and operated it for over 20 years, resulting in over 50,000 people being reached with food and clothing.

Ted served for over 24 years on the board of South Plains Food Bank; he was on the Advisory Board for Breedlove Dehydrated Foods, then on the Board of Directors. He was Chairman of the Board for two years until becoming CEO of Breedlove in December 2010, serving until his retirement in 2015.

Along with Ted’s passion to serve others, he also loved to travel. During his lifetime he traveled to all seven continents leaving his mark and compassion wherever he ventured. His impact and absence in this world will be felt throughout those he served and left behind.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Louis and Isabelle Holder.

He leaves behind his wife, Tammie McDonald-Holder; and two children, Shawn Holder and Ashley Davis; and sister, Barbra Ewalt and her husband Bob.

Obituary, May 30, 2017

Bessie Brashear, 91 of Levelland

Bessie Rainey Brashear, 91, of Levelland, TX, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Cactus Drive Church of Christ with interment to follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery. Officiating the services are William Eudy, David Noles and Aaron Scott. Bessie was born on March 10, 1926, to the late Benjamin Franklin and Willie Rainey in Red River County, Texas. She grew up in Lynn County, TX, and graduated from Tahoka high school then attended Abilene Christian College. She married Myrle Brashear on April 20, 1948, in Clovis, NM. She lived the remainder of her life in Levelland and was a longtime member of Cactus Drive Church of Christ. She raised four children in Levelland and passed away after a lengthy illness. Bessie worked as an accountant/bookkeeper for several businesses in Levelland over the years and also operated the H&R Block franchise for many years. She loved her Lord, her children and her grandchildren more than words can say. Bessie was a wonderful, caring, loving, Christian woman who always put others before herself. She enjoyed so much attending all the kids and grandkids sporting events. She also enjoyed reading; she had a library of books, as well as baseball, horses and coin collecting. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Myrle Brashear; brothers Jay Rainey and George Rainey; and sisters Louise Davis and Polly Rainey. Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters Inez Sooter of Plainview; Dorothy Jones of Lubbock; June Williams of Lubbock; son Steve Brashear and wife Sharon of Portland, TX; daughter Linda Smith and husband Neil of Levelland; son Brady Brashear and wife Nancy of Levelland; son Cody Brashear and wife Cara of Levelland; grandsons Scotty Brashear and wife Kristen of Cypress, TX; Ben Brashear and wife Crystal of Kaufman, TX; granddaughter Stacy Yoakum and husband Wes of College Station, TX; grandsons Christopher Stanley of Lubbock, TX; Derek Stanley of Bakersfield, CA; granddaughter Jill Brashear of Levelland, TX; granddaughter Holly Condit and husband Taylor of Midland, TX; granddaughters Susan Brashear of Dallas, TX; Baylee Davis and husband Ryan of Levelland, TX; grandson Britt Brashear and wife Kylie of Levelland, TX. She also leaves behind three step-grandchildren, Aaron Smith and wife Taylor of Sundown, TX; Adam Smith of Levelland, TX; and Jared Smith and wife Ashley Smith of Smyer, TX; along with 16 great grandchildren, Jakob, Derek and Silas Yoakum, Averi and Abi Stanley, Jaxon and Lyndon Perry, Finley and Karsyn Condit, Paige and Zach Brashear, Sam and Maddie Brashear, Lincoln Lane Davis and Reis and Keelan Smith. Online condolences may be made at www.georgepricefunerals.com.

Obituary, May 29, 2017

Carla Dewbre, 69 of Levelland

Carla June Dewbre, 69, of Levelland, TX passed from this life on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at a hospital in Lubbock. A Visitation will be held from 5- 7 PM on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin Street Levelland, TX 79336. Funeral Services will be held 10AM Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 500 Houston Street Levelland, TX 79336. Interment will follow at Morton Memorial Cemetery.

Carla was born August 13, 1947 to L.S. (Mac) and Norma Kathleen (Denson) McCarty in Littlefield, TX. She was raised in Morton, TX. On May 26, 1968 she married Donnie Michael Dewbre in Morton. Carla worked as a mail room clerk for 29 years at South Plains College. She enjoyed music, friends and family. Carla was a beloved wife, mom, grandmother, and expectant great- grandmother who will be deeply missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, L.S. (Mac) and Norma Kathleen McCarty; father and mother in-law, R.Z. and Zena Dewbre and son, Dustin Dewbre.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory include husband, Donnie of the home; son, Dane Dewbre and wife Jeri Ann of Levelland, TX; daughter, D’Nae Galloway and husband Rusty of Clovis, NM; grandchildren, Ryan Galloway and wife Ashley of Portales, NM, Rylee Galloway of Clovis, NM, Sam and Annie Dewbre of Levelland, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the South Plains College Foundation.

Obituary, May 26, 2017

Angelita “Helen” Garcia of Levelland

Angelita (Helen) Garcia entered eternal rest on May 24, 2017. A celebration of life will be held Saturday at 10:00 am; Service is to be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Land officiating. Visitation will be until 9:00 Friday night in Head Duarte  chapel.

Those left to cherish her memory are her spouse, children: Teresa Chavez and Johnny Garcia of Lubbock, Diane Edwards of Levelland; siblings: Virginia and Juanita Dominguez, Mary McGinnis all three of Sundown; sister in law Elena Guerrero; granddaughters: Marissa Edwards of Sundown, Authumn Brock of Levelland, and Arantxa Rosales; two great grandchildren.

Angelita Garcia was born on May 30, 1942, in Sundown to Marcial and Juliana Dominguez. She wed Miguel (Mike) Garcia on August 27, 1964, in Sundown. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and spending time with her family. Angelita was involved with Saint Michael’s as well as the military support group. She had a heart of gold and would lend a helping hand to anyone that was in need. Angelita loved Jesus, her church, and reading the Bible. She was greeted in heaven by her parents and brothers: Rodulfo, Jim, and Marcial Jr Dominguez, and Antonio Torres.

Obituary, May 23, 2017

Ruby Bailey, 83 of Levelland

Ruby Louise Stockton Bailey, long time resident of Levelland, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 20th, 2017, at The Plaza in Lubbock, Texas, of natural causes at the age of 83. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 24th, from six o’clock to eight o’clock at Krestridge Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at Krestridge Funeral Home on Thursday, May 25th, at 1 o’clock. Following the funeral, Ruby will be buried at the Levelland Cemetery. Allen Whitley will be officiating the service.

Ruby was born in Crosby County on February 3rd, 1934, to Troy Stockton and Mable McCartey. She attended Brownfield High School. She married her husband, James Carroll Bailey, in Levelland in 1969, and was a housewife for the majority of her life. Ruby enjoyed cooking, playing bingo, and watching John Wayne western movies.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Carroll Bailey, and sons, Larry Vassar and Jim Reding.

Ruby is survived by her five children, Deborah Perry, Richard Vassar and wife Linda, Terrie Cannon and husband Matt, Carol Foster and husband Joey, and Peggy Bailey, as well as her seventeen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Obituary, May 21, 2017

Shane McWaters, 48 of Levelland

Clinton Shane McWaters, 48, of Levelland passed away on May 20, 2017 in Lubbock. Family visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at College Avenue Baptist Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Shane was born July 15, 1968 in Tulia, Texas to parents, Glen and Annis (Dudley) McWaters. He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1987 and attended South Plains College. Shane married Tonya Rumbaugh on May 15, 1993. He was employed by Script Office Supply which he later purchased and it became Script Office Products.

Shane was a great husband, father and Christian. He loved everyone as well as watching baseball and hunting with his favorite hunting buddy, Terry Rumbaugh.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, and his father.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tonya McWaters; daughter, Emily McWaters; mother, Annis McWaters of Lockney; sisters, Dede and Dennis Welborn of Lamesa, Glenda and Michael Cruz of San Angelo; mother-in-law, Gale Rumbaugh; in-laws, Tambrey and Perry VanZandt, Terry and Cecily Rumbaugh, Tracy McCormack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituary, May 16, 2017

Geneva Pearl Parkinson, 87 of Levelland

Memorial services for Geneva Pearl Bean Parkinson, 87, of Levelland will be at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Cactus Drive Church of Christ, Levelland, Texas with Aaron Scott and William Eudy officiating. Geneva’s body has been donated to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Geneva was born on April 19, 1930 in Littlefield, Texas and was a longtime resident of Hockley County. She graduated from Littlefield High School. Geneva married M.E. (Gene) Parkinson on December 15, 1949 in Littlefield.

Gene and Geneva opened Parkinson TV in 1955 and it grew into Parkinson Electronics. In 1973, they dropped the retail section of their business and quickly became a large mobile communications business. They operated the business for over 50 years and employed some of their children and grandchildren over the years. Geneva was a lifetime member of Cactus Drive Church of Christ.

Geneva was a member of the PTA, Den Mother, band sponsor, 4-H sponsor, Lioness, Marigold, and an Honorary Rotarian. She, along with Gene, received the Citizen of the Year award for Levelland, the Lions Club Dale Albright Award, and The SPC Foundation Pacesetter Award.

Gene and Geneva were strong in their Christian faith and always put others first, as evidenced by their many generous donations to several Children’s Homes, South Plains College, and the Rotary Club. They also funded the radio program ”Just for Today” on KLVT radio for many years.

Geneva wrote many prayers and had them published in the Lubbock AJ Daily Prayer and later, Words of Inspiration, for over 25 years. She used those same prayers to create bookmarks which she distributed world-wide.

Geneva is survived by sons, Melvin (Jan) Parkinson of Levelland, Terry (Katherine) Parkinson of Chandler, IN, Tommy (Pam) Parkinson of Possum Kingdom Lake; daughter, Toni (Terry ”Toby”) Wilson of Sundown; sister, Edith Lancaster of Lubbock; brother, Ray (Judy) Bean of Irving; sisters-in-law, Nancy Barry of Levelland and Marilyn (Bob) Morrill of Fruita, CO; 22 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Mickey Parkinson, brother Harold Bean, great granddaughter Tayla Parkinson, and great great grandson Slayde David Parkinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Gene and Geneva Parkinson Scholarship at South Plains College, 1401 S. College, Levelland, Texas 79336; Interim Hospice, 727 S. Alamo, Levelland, Texas 79336; or a charity of your choice.

Obituary, May 15, 2017

Willie Jones Sr., 95 of Levelland

Willie Jones, Sr. was born March 13, 1922 in Wortham, Texas to the parentage of Newt and Evenia (Harper) Jones.

He moved to San Diego, California where he met and married Estella M. Nelson on February 18, 1968. He had a long and loving relationship with his wife for over 40 years. In 1990, he and his wife decided to retire to Levelland, Texas. They were united with Evans Chapel Church of God in Christ under the pastorage of Supt. J.E. Evans in Morton, Texas.

Willie had a passion for the game of dominoes and played daily with family and friends. One of his favorite hobbies was eating! He served in the United States Army and was in the janitorial business as well as an avid collector. Willie was the Jones version of Sanford and Son. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Mark Jones, and daughters Josephine Jones and Joyce Davis.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Willie Jones, Jr. of Virginia; daughters, Lisa Jones and Bridgett Gross both of California; brothers, James Jones of Levelland and Robert Jones of Seminole; sister, Adele Halcey of California; 7 grandsons; 6 granddaughters; several great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at http://www.krestridgefuneralhometx.com.

Obituary, May 11, 2017

Terry Osburn, 63 of Boyd, TX

Funeral Services are scheduled for Terry Osburn, 63 of Boyd, TX.  Services are scheduled for Friday, May 12 at 11am in the Woodlawn West Church of Christ in Arlington, TX. Burial will follow in the Bellevue Cemetery.  He passed away on Monday.  Services are under the direction of Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington.

Terry Don Osburn joined his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was 63 years old.

Born in Boyd, Texas on June 12, 1953, Terry was the sixth of 10 children. He often appeared to be the smartest of the bunch, likely because he was frequently quieter than the other nine. If only the rest would pay more attention to Solomon’s Proverbs….

Terry graduated from Boyd High School in 1971 where he played football, was nominated “Most Friendliest” (an indication of the rigor of Boyd education) and was voted FHA Beau (an indication of Terry’s good looks).

After high school, Terry met his wife of 36 years, Sherry, in a college church ministry. The two were married on May 29, 1980. Terry worked at Gearhart and Computalog before joining AT&T, where he did something important–no one is sure what–for a number of years.

Terry was an elder at Woodland West Church of Christ, which he and Sherry have attended since 1980. He loved to spread the word of Jesus, from working at Circle C Camp in Colorado after high school, mission trips to New York City in his early 20s to a mission trip to Ecuador just last year. He was looking forward to more mission work after retirement.

Terry was also passionate about the outdoors and spent free time hiking, camping, biking and volunteering for Cleburne State Park and Dinosaur State Valley Park, where he worked on trail restorations. He was known by family far and wide as the man to call when you needed an expert to fell a tree.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Naomi Osburn. He is survived by many who love him, including his wife Sherry; three children and their spouses, Jason and Emily Osburn and Dustin and Brooke Osburn of Covington, and Alisha and Joshua Tucker of Richland, WA; nine brothers and sisters; four grandchildren, Davis, Anna, Eliza and Gabe; his parents-in-law Gabe and Juanette Davis; brother- and sister-in-law; 30 nieces and nephews; and 25 great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in the name of Terry Osburn to the Woodland West Church of Christ to allow the youth he was so passionate about to spread the word of Christ through mission work. He would also love for donations to be made to Dinosaur Valley State Park (PO Box 396, Glenrose, TX 76043) in his name or for the organization Hope Outfitters to be supported through donations or purchases.

Obituary, May 9, 2017

Francisco Cavazos, 80 of Smyer

Francisco Cavazos, Sr. 80 yrs. old of Smyer passed away on Saturday, May 6th, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, May 9th, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Levelland with Fr. Ernesto Lopez and Bishop Robert Coerver, Priest and Deacons of the South Plains Diocese of Lubbock and sounding areas officiating.

Survivors include his spouse of 58 years, Matilde Garza Cavazos; children, Deacon Juan Jose (Martha) Cavazos, Ismael Cavazos, Margarita Cavazos (Miguel III) Garza, Carmen Cavazos (Isreal) Ramirez Portillo, Marisol Cavazos (Gabriel) Salas; siblings, Marcelina Salinas, Berta Garza, Ramona Gutierrez; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be held in the City of Smyer Cemetery.

Obituary, May 8, 2017

Maurene L. Duff, 94 of Levelland

Maurene Lester Duff, 94, of Levelland passed away on May 4, 2017 after a brief illness. Family visitation will be held from 6 – 8 PM on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Maurene Lester was born on a farm in Lynn County, Texas on November 19, 1922. She married I.J. Duff, Jr. in Lubbock, Texas on August 20, 1950. She and I.J. bought a farm in Hockley County in 1950 where they farmed and raised their family.

Maurene is survived by daughter, Denise Mundy and husband Bruce; son, Don Duff and wife Paula, all of Levelland; 6 grandchildren, Jenny Kojro of Anna, Jeffrey and Jennifer Mundy of New Braunfels, John Duff of Lubbock, Susan and Tanner Jackson of Andrews; 3 great grandchildren, Savannah Kojro and Kaylin and Brynleigh Mundy; brother, Joe Lester and wife Joy of Amarillo; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Buford and Saleta Duff of Levelland; and sister-in-law, Ruth Lester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who preceded her in death are her parents, W.P. and Ima Lester; husband, I.J. Duff, Jr.; and brothers,Billy, Troy and Winston Lester.

Obituary, May 5, 2017

David Golightly, 65 of Levelland

David Norris Golightly, Jr., 65, of Levelland passed away at his home on Monday, May 1, 2017.   Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Austin Street Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

David was born February 13, 1952 in Clarksville, Texas to parents, David Golightly Sr. and Vera Moore. He graduated from South Plains College. David married Jacqueline Green on February 13, 1988 in Levelland.

David served our country in the United States Army and worked for the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office until retirement.

He is preceded in death by his father, David Golightly, Sr. and his sister, Priscilla Nix.

David is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Golightly; mother, Vera Moore; brothers, C.J. Golightly, Alfred Golightly, Samueal Golightly, and Dale Golightly; sisters, Linda Golightly, Kay Golightly, and Dorothy Jean Golightly; children, Brandon Taylor, Bryan Taylor, Brittany Golightly, Erika Palmer, Darlyn Davis, and Bryce Golightly; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Obituaries, May 4, 2017

Levetta Bradshaw, 85 of Levelland

Levetta Thetford Bradshaw, 85, of Levelland, formerly of Ropesville, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Ropesville. Burial will follow in the Ropes Cemetery.

Levetta was born December 23, 1931 in Shallowater, Texas to Tee and Irene (Benton) Thetford. She grew up in the Lubbock area including Shallowater and New Deal, but spent most of her days on the family farm in Ropesville.

She graduated from Ropesville High School, where she participated in basketball. She loved the game and always played hard. She was extremely competitive in everything that she did.

Levetta married Carrol Bradshaw on October 29, 1948 in Ropesville, and together they raised six boys. She spent her days doing laundry and cooking meals for seven bottomless pits, including her nephew David Thetford. Her spare time was filled with feeding pigs, hoeing cotton, spraying weeds, changing water, and running the module builder.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ropesville where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Levetta loved to bowl and participated in league bowling for 50 years.

Levetta followed all sports and school activities. She refereed many ballgames, even though she never owned a striped shirt or a whistle! Levetta coached several girls’ little dribblers’ teams, leading one team to the National Little Dribblers’ Tournament in Levelland.

In her later years, Levetta traveled the world spending time in Alaska, China, Japan, England, Australia, and New Zealand. She loved to play Canasta, Bridge, and dominoes. She never did like to lose.

Levetta helped with Meals on Wheels for many years. She served as the Hockley County election judge for the community of Ropesville.

Levetta had a compassionate heart and went the extra mile helping those she loved during difficult times by washing dishes, cooking meals and doing whatever was needed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Tee and Irene Thetford; husband, Carrol Bradshaw; son, Terry Bradshaw; and brothers, Allyn Dwayne Thetford, Billy D. Thetford, and C.E. (Jack) Thetford.

Levetta is survived by her sons, Eddie (Denese) Thetford, Wes (Donna) Bradshaw, all of Ropesville, Dale (Terilyn) Thetford of Los Angeles, CA., Tony Thetford, and Bart Bradshaw of Shallowater; daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Bradshaw Jackson of Lubbock; sister, Geneva Fletcher of Ropesville; sisters-in-law, Nancy Thetford of Ropesville and Pat Bradshaw of Lubbock; grandsons, Rob Bradshaw, Todd (Heather) Bradshaw, Skyler Thetford, Austin Bradshaw, Beau Thetford, and Toby Thetford; granddaughters, Julie (Wes) Jensen, Kristen Bradshaw, Sara (Brandon) Tucker, and Carrie (Austin) Holly; great grandchildren, Ashley Bradshaw, Carol (Jon) Sides, Garrett (Briana) Bradshaw, Abigail Bradshaw, Jordan Jensen, and Emersyn Bradshaw; and great great grandchild, Tanner Bradshaw.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Hickory Place and Interim Hospice for sharing their love and compassion with our Mom and Granny as she went through a very difficult time in her life.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests donations in Levetta’s memory to Meals on Wheels, South Plains College W.A. Wise Scholarship Fund, First Baptist Church of Ropesville, or Ropes Cemetery Fund.

Inez Harvey, 93 of Levelland

Inez Isaacks Harvey, 93, of Levelland passed away on May 2, 2017 in Lubbock.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the City of Levelland Cemetery.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Fifth Street Church of Christ in Levelland.

Inez was born on August 30, 1923 to parents William David and Mary Elizabeth (Wallace) Murphy in Memphis, Texas. She came to Hockley County in 1929 and lived on the family farm in the Arnett Community.

Inez married J.J. Isaacks on November 26, 1939 in Levelland. She and J.J. farmed for 50 years. After J.J. passed away in 1980, Inez married Marvin Harvey. They enjoyed fishing in Colorado.

Inez was a lifelong member of Fifth Street Church of Christ in Levelland.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mary and William David Murphy; husband, J.J. Isaacks, and second husband, Marvin Harvey.

Inez is survived by her son, Howard David (Barbara) Isaacks; daughter, Diane (Sonny) Cook; grandchildren, Paul Isaacks, Suzanne Corbett and Scott Cook; 6 great grandchildren; brother, LeRoy Murphy;
sister, Anne ”Reedie” Culberth; and sister-in-law, Frances Sanders.

Obituaries, April 27, 2017

Vaughndell Warren, 90 of Levelland

Vaughndell Warren was born in Comanche Co., Texas, March 19, 1927. She passed from this life on April 26, 2017 at the age of 90.

She lived a life of quiet grace and elegance. She was a natural caregiver, always ready to help and comfort. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Warren. She is survived by her 2 children, Yvonne Stucker, of Lubbock, TX and Darrell Warren of Lynchburg, TN; 4 grandchildren: Amy Gonzales, Terry & Mariel Stucker and Winnde Buchalew, all of Lubbock, and Reg & Tiffany Martin of Amarillo; 7 great-grandchildren: Joshua and Taylor Gonzales, Zoey Stucker, Georgia and Merideth Martin and Kaden and Blake Buckalew; and numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

The graveside service will be held Saturday, April 29th at 3:30 pm at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Levelland, TX. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3pm at College Avenue Baptist Church, Levelland, TX. Online condolences may be offered on our website at www.georgepricefunerals.com. Arrangements are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Ruperd “Rudy” Hanna, 87 of Houston

Rudy, or Rudean, as he was affectionately known by his close family and Mississippi friends was born on Christmas Day in Winston County, Mississippi to Olyn and Minnie May Hanna. His close relatives called him Rudean. He is preceded in death by his parents and his 2 brothers, John Claford Hanna and Donaver Purvis Hanna. After graduating from Southern Miss in 1952 he joined the US Army where he advanced to the rank of 1st Lieutenant training officers for the Korean War. Rudy married Barbara Carol Barton in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 26, 1961. They have 3 children; Dr. John Hanna of Levelland, Susan Hanna Neilson and Sandra Hanna McKenzie. He built a career in sales and was an entrepreneur. He and Carol were the owners of Hanna’s Furniture in Lubbock.
Rudy loved hunting, fishing, reading, driving on road trips and meeting and conversing with people. One of his treasured memories was a fishing trip to Alaska with his son John. He was a very generous and helpful man who would happily do what he could to help someone. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a Bishop in the early 1960’s in Shreveport La.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Dr. John (Noreen) Hanna, daughter, Susan (Renn) Neilson, daughter, Sandy (Stan) McKenzie and grandchildren; Kristen (Alex) Ence, Lindsey (Tanis) Reed, Robert (Kailey) Hanna, Elliot and Ashleigh Hanna, Gustaf, Preston, Ryan, Nicholas, Parker, Haden, Chase, Lauren, Peyton Neilson and Joshua, Shaun and Maegan McKenzie and great grandchildren Jocelyn and Thane Ence, Olivia Reed and Thomas, Aurora and Emilie McKenzie. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at 12pm at the City of Levelland Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Leonor Garcia, 89 of Levelland

Leonor Garcia, 89, of Levelland passed away April 26, 2017, at her home. Rosary was held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, April 28, 2017, at 10:00 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens.

Leonor was born July 1, 1927 in Guadalupe Victoria Meoqui, Chihuahua to parents Cruz Garcia and Maria Saldana. She grew up in Delicias Chihuahua and moved to the United States in1991.

Leonor married to Jose Vitolas of Delicias, Chihuahua. They were married twenty years until Jose passed away. She lived with her only son, Jose Luis, in Mexico until 1991 when they moved to the United States. Jose Luis took on full responsibility of Leonor until the day of her death.

She is preceded in death her parents, husband, and siblings Rosendo Garcia, Pedro Garcia, Marcos Garcia and Martha Garcia.

Leonor is survived by her son, Jose Luis; granddaughter, Eunice Rodriguez; grandson, Jose Luis Vitolas, Jr.; granddaughter, Yesenia Vitolas; great grandchildren, Isaak Rodriguez, Jade Rodriguez, Jose Luis Vitolas III, Ricardo Vitolas, and Natalia Marin; and sister, Antonia Garcia.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at http://www.krestridgefuneralhometx.com.

Obituaries, April 25, 2017

James St. Clair, 73 of Lubbock and Formally of Morton

James Thomas St. Clair III, a long-time resident of Morton, Texas, and recently of Lubbock, entered his eternal home on April 22, 2017, at the earthly age of 73. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel at Lakeridge United Methodist Church. James was born August 12, 1943, in Lubbock to James and Lois (Fouts) St. Clair, two of the first merchants and civic leaders of Cochran County.

James, also known as Jim, Jimmy, and Judge, was a Texas Tech graduate and veteran of the U. S. Army where he served in Viet Nam with the Core of Engineers. After his discharge from the Army, he assumed the role of manager/owner of St. Clair’s Department Store and Ben Franklin Variety Store until 2004. Jimmy was elected Cochran County Judge in 1998 and served in that position until 2013. During his tenure as Judge, he was on the Board of Directors of the South Plains Association of Governments, and served as president 2010-2012.

While living in Morton, he was a member of the Lions Club, Little League, and the Morton Indian Booster Club where he served as president of each organization more than once. He was also a member of the City Council, the Masonic Lodge, Morton Country Club, American Legion, numerous boards at the First United Methodist Church in Morton, and the Cochran County Historical Committee. After moving to Lubbock, he became a member of the Lubbock Lions Club and Lakeridge United Methodist Church.

James is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Sue (Jones) St. Clair; sons, James T. St. Clair, IV, and wife Shanna, Chris St. Clair and wife Diana, and Stephen St. Clair and wife Katelin, all of Lubbock; siblings, John St. Clair and wife Janette of Lubbock, Kay Holland and husband James of Houston, and Mary Abbe and husband Mayland of Levelland; seven grandchildren, Madeleine, Emily, Abigail, Benton, Graham, Katy Jane, and Samuel; a mother-in-law, Ruth Jones; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends both old and new.

The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Cochran County Historical Committee or a charity of your choice in James’ honor.

Betty Reffner, 93 of Levelland 

On April 22, 2017, after 93 years of life and love, Betty Lee Reffner went to be with the Lord she loved so dearly.

Born on December 28, 1923 in Sterling, Kansas to Glenn Edwin Truesdell and Myrtle Marie Baggett, Betty was the eldest of three children. After marrying Maurice James Reffner on October 29, 1939, the couple were blessed with four sons and three daughters, and later moved to Texas.

Betty and Maurice were married 49 years, until Maurice’s passing in 1989. Also preceding her in death were her parents; her siblings, Gerald Edwin Truesdell and Glenna Lois Burgess; and three of her sons, Jerry James, David Lee and Michael Edwin Reffner.

Surrounded by loved ones in her final days, family members reminisced about Betty’s love for her family, holiday traditions and her delicious fried chicken, pies and homemade ice cream. Levelland residents remember her smiling face as a Walmart greeter, a job she excelled at for 11 years.

Through the years, Betty was also involved in the Legion of Mary and the Altar Society in Odessa. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

As the matriarch of the family, Betty leaves behind surviving children, Susan Gray and husband Steve of Lubbock; Michele Reffner of Levelland; Carol Trout and husband Mike of Odessa; and Chris Reffner and Jamie of Levelland. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She is remembered by them all for her legacy of faith and family, and for carrying her cross with dignity and grace.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland at 6:00 pm with visitation to follow. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. Interment will be in Odessa at 4:00 pm in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Obituary, April 24, 2017

Saul Hernandez, 44 of Levelland

Saul Meraz Hernandez, 44, of Levelland passed away on April 18, 2017. Visitation will be Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and Sunday, April 23, 2017, beginning at 12:00 pm, with Rosary beginning at 6:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with visitation from 12:00 -1:30 pm prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Saul was born July 4, 1972 in Morton, Texas to parents Edwvigez Meraz Hernandez and Torivio Hernandez. He married Rosalinda Martinez Hernandez in Morton on January 3, 1995. He came from a big family and spent all of his youth and young adulthood in Morton. In 2003, Saul relocated to Levelland and for many years worked at Worley Welding.

In May of 2010, he was given a son, Angel, who was called home. Three years later, Saul was blessed with a daughter, Natalia. His world revolved around her and his wife. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle.

Saul is preceded in death by his son, Angel Hernandez.

Saul is survived by his loving wife, Rosalinda; beautiful daughter, Natalia Isabel; parents, Edwvigez and Torivio Hernandez; brothers, Sammy of Liberal, KS, Adam of Smyer, Jose of Levelland, Jesus of Ropes, Toby of Levelland, and Noel of Guymon. Oklahoma; sisters, Rosa Hernandez of Morton, Lucy Ornelas of Platteville, Co, Vicki Munoz of Monahans, Melissa Smith of Florida, Mary Salazar of Levelland, and Melinda Hernandez of Levelland; numerous nieces, nephews and great nephews from both sides of the family.

Obituary, April 17, 2017

Jerel McMinn, 74 of Sundown

Jerel Ray McMinn went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, April 15, 2017. He fought a long hard battle for 19 years with cancer. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Fairview Baptist Church, 2012 S. FM 303, Levelland, Texas. Burial will follow in the Sundown Cemetery.

Jerel was born October 6, 1942 in Knox City, Texas to parents Thomas Olan and Mildred Meredith (Atkins) McMinn. He married the love of his life, Judy Kleam, on October 9, 1964. Jerel knew that she was the one after their first date.

Jerel was an active member of Fairview Baptist Church and served as the greeter for many years. He worked in the oilfield for many years, and ran his own business, McWat Specialty for many years.

Preceding him in death are his father, mother, step-mother Ora McMinn; step-father Cecil Meredith, brother Olan McMinn, and sister Evelynn McMinn.

Jerel is survived by his loving wife, Judy McMinn of Sundown; son Frank (Dolores) McMinn of Franklin, Tx.; daughters, Janett Herrera of Ruidoso, NM, and Charlotte (Russel) Waters of San Angelo; brother, James McMinn of Brownfield; sister-in-law, Marilyn McMinn of Chattanooga, Tn; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren with 3 on the way; many adopted kids and grandkids; sister-in-laws; brother-in-laws; nephews and nieces.

Obituary, April 14, 2017

Betty Yeary, 84 of Levelland

Betty Anne Campbell Yeary was born on March 19, 1933, in Amherst TX, to Henry and Laura Campbell, and died on April 11, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, James Henry Hall, and her husband, Clyde Elbert Yeary.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Hall and his wife Anne, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter. She is also survived by four step-children, four step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Betty brightened the world for everyone who knew her. She was a long-time middle school science teacher in Levelland. She loved animals, especially her cats, nature walks and wildflowers. She loved to tell stories of her life, she loved to laugh, but she especially loved her family. She will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Cactus Drive Church of Christ with interment to follow in Littlefield Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary, April 12, 2017

Betty Jewel Williams, 84 of Levelland

Betty Williams, 84, entered into eternal rest on April 11, 2017. Betty Jewel Miller was born in Big Spring, Texas on June 9, 1932 to Wilburn Waldo Miller (Tom) and Katy Jewel Miller. She graduated from Jayton High School in 1950. She married Bill Williams on December 4, 1950 and the two were married for 57 years until his passing in 2007. Bill opened his service station as a very young and inexperienced businessman. He learned quickly that he needed a helpmate and partner; he found and married a ”Jewel”. Together they operated their businesses successfully on the south side of Jayton and over the years were blessed with many customers and friends. Betty kept the books and was the glue that held all the enterprises together. Betty and Bill often opened their home, hearts and table to friends and strangers alike. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jayton where she taught Sunday School when her children were young. She was an active member of the Eastern Star and proudly served as an officer in the Spur Chapter. She enjoyed participating in activities of the Senior Citizens of Kent County until she moved to Levelland

It’s safe to say her most prized title was ”Momma.” Her three children, Nick, Larry, and Rhonda were never without a fan in the stands in all their activities. She loved her children, and (Grand) children who lovingly called her ”Nanny” and she enjoyed watching them grow and prosper.

She remained in Jayton until 2012, but due to her health, she moved to Levelland to be near her children. She was initially concerned she would not be among friends. However, she quickly made many there and was blessed with precious caregivers who loved and cared for her as if she were their own Mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents Tom & Jewel Miller, her husband, Bill and five brothers, Ollie, Garland, Bill, Ray & Robbie and two sisters Dixie and Nadine.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Nick and Laurie Williams, Larry and Carla Williams of Levelland. Her daughter Rhonda and husband Rick Spann of Lubbock. Her brother T.J. Miller and his wife Nadine of Lubbock. Sisters-in Law (who always seemed like sisters) Nelda Helmers of Monahans and Dorothy Cranford of Fritch. Eight Grandchildren: Nicole, Jason, Tyson, Brian, Selena, Amy, Amanda and Jenni, Twelve Great Grandchildren and One Great-Great Grandson.

The family wishes to express their profound appreciation for the staff of Hickory Place, Interim Hospice of Levelland and the wonderful caregivers JoAnn, Patty, Lidia, Bryanna & Jassinia who cared for her during the later stages of her life.

The family will receive visitors at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland on Friday, April 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 15 at the First Baptist Church in Jayton from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Her celebration of life service will follow at First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with interment at the Jayton Cemetery immediately following the service.

Obituary, April 11, 2017

James Simpson, 73 of Phoenix, AZ

James Clinton Simpson, 73, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away April 4, 2017, in Glendale, AZ. He went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior surround by his loving children. Visitation for James will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 1pm at George Price Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Those left to cherish his memory are three children; daughter Marianna Kimberly Mansell and husband Keith of Midland, TX; daughter Evelin Simpson of Lafayette, LA; and son James C. Simpson III of Watford City, ND; as well as many grandchildren, close family member and friends. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary, April 5, 2017

Tim Steele, 15 of Smyer

Timothy “Tim” Brian Steele was born on December 7, 2001, to Brian and Renee Stuart Steele in Lubbock, Texas.

Tim was a 9th grade student at Smyer where he participated in band, basketball, football, track, chess, and UIL. He was an active member of First Assembly of God where he helped with Children’s Church and played drums for his youth group‘s worship band.

Survivors include his parents, Brian and Renee Steele; siblings, Ben and Katie Steele; paternal grandmother, Diane Steele; maternal grandparents, Ray and Karen Stuart; aunt and uncles, Laurie Lausi and husband, Mike; Reagan Stuart and wife, Michelle; and Rod Stuart and wife, Christine; eight cousins, Justin, Sarah, and Connor Lausi; Ellen, Emily, Lauren, Garrett, and Cole Stuart.

Joe L Padierna, 88 of Midland

Joe L. Padierna, 88, of Midland, TX, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 2, 2017. He was born in Mexico on December 28, 1928. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock.   Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Priscilla (Mata) Padierna and various close family members and friends. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary, March 31, 2017

Baby Roland Garza Jr.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Baby Roland Garza, Jr. of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at 1pm in the San Isidro Catholic Church in Sundown.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

He is survived by his parents, Roland Sr and Wendy Montez Garza of Levelland.  Grandparents, Reynaldo Garza Sr. of Hobbs, Maurico Munoz of Seagraves and Henry Montez of Sundown.  Sisters:  Kadence, Karigen and Ryland Garza of Levelland.

Petra “Patsy” Cruz Ramirez, 68 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Petra “Patsy” Cruz Ramirez, 68 of Levelland.  Services are set for Friday, March 31 at 2pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Wednesday in Lubbock.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

She is survived by Children:  Vickie (Lupe) Rodriguez, Victor (Jennifer) Cantu, Patrick (Jasmine) Cantu, and Jesus David (Malissa) Arenivas, all of Levelland; siblings:  Manuel (Diana) Cruz of Odessa, Pete Cruz of Sundown, Joe (Linda) Cruz of Levelland, Josephina (Pete) Esquirel of San Antonio; grandchildren:  Myriah, Justin, Angel, and Patrick Jr Cantu, Zachary Cantu Harbour, Alex, Jonathan, Nathan, Uriah, Evany, and JJ Arenivas; Great grandchildren:  Itzel and Ethan Cantu.

Obituary, March 30, 2017

Henry “Elvis” Burran, 90 of Levelland

Henry Burran, 90, of Levelland, Texas passed from this life on March 29, 2017 at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. A family visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017, in the Chapel of Krestridge Funeral Home. Interment will be on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 2:30 pm at Oakland Memorial Cemetery in Terrell, Texas.

Henry was born November 12, 1926 to parents Harrie and Lela (Mosely) Burran. He was a long time member of Primitive Baptist Church in Levelland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Ortha Ralston Burran; children, Roger Ralston and Johnetta Moore; two sisters; and six brothers.

Henry is survived by children, Cynthia (David) Blazer, Russ (Sharon) Burran, Deborah (Charlie) Whisner, and Betty Brinkley; 17 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituaries March 29, 2017

Jennie Gibbs, 89 of Levelland

Jennie Lou Gibbs, formerly of San Angelo, TX, passed away on March 26, 2017 in Round Rock, TX, at the age of 89. She was born on June 12, 1927, in Ackerly, TX to parents, Ralph and Dura Guthrie. Jennie was valedictorian of her graduating class at Sundown High School, Sundown, TX and attended Baylor University for one year prior to marrying Marion R. Gibbs on December 18, 1946, in First Baptist Church, Sundown, TX. They were married for 70 years.
She was a devout Christian, devoted wife, wonderful mother and grandmother, dedicated Sunday School teacher, church worker and faithful friend to many. To know Jennie was to love her. She was gracious and kind to all. Jennie is survived by her husband, Marion Gibbs of Austin, TX and son, Russ Gibbs and wife, Vicki of Kingwood, TX; nephew, Allen Guthrie and wife, Rita of Round Rock, TX; niece, Janice Neithercutt of Davis, CA; niece, Kendra Williams Harris of Mineola, TX; nephew, Sam Williams of Grapevine, TX; niece, Wanda Kirby of Moab, UT; niece, Lynda Sorensen of Moab, UT; and other extended family.
Jennie was preceded in death by her sister Nettie Grant in 2000, bother R.A. Guthrie Jr. in 2010, grandson Ryan Gibbs in 2012, niece Janell Moncrief in 2013, and niece Kelley Williams in 1984. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of First Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX. A private burial service led by her son, Dr. Russell Gibbs will be held at the graveside in Levelland, TX. Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville TX and George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, TX are in charge of the arrangements.

Obituaries March 20, 2017

Wanda Simpson, 79 of Levelland

Wanda Lou Harris Simpson went to be with our Lord on March 16, 2017.  Funeral services will be held Monday, March 20, 2017, at 1pm at George Price Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Billy Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery. She was 79 years old and was a resident of Levelland for 64 years. She passed away at Lynwood Manor Nursing Home. Wanda Lou Harris Simpson was born in Como, TX. on June 19, 1937. She married Billie Gene Simpson on November 4, 1952 in Lovington, NM. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had three children, eight grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was co-owner of Radio Shack in Levelland and a member of First Baptist Church. Wanda Lou Harris Simpson was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Faye Cannon; father, J.C. Harris; brothers, George B. Harris and L.J. Harris; and sister, Lillie Jewel Harris, all of Sulphur Springs, TX. Survivors are her husband, Billie Gene Simpson; son, Larry Don Simpson; daughters, Darlinda Gene Simpson Rogers; Lola Sharee Simpson Reese; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She leaves behind many precious memories with family and friends.

Arvilla Tipton, 99 of Levelland

Arvilla Tipton, 99, of Levelland passed from this life on March 17, 2017, in Levelland, Texas. A family visitation will be held from 6 – 8 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Second Baptist Church with burial to follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Arvilla was born to parents, J.W. and Maxie Sims, on October 8, 1917 in Tussey, Oklahoma. She moved to Oklahoma Flats at an early age and attended Whitharral Schools. She married Warren C. Tipton on October 23, 1937 in Clovis, New Mexico. Arvilla was a devoted wife, Mother, and a child of God.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Maurice and Finis Tipton; granddaughter, Kathy Tipton; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Arvilla is survived by her children, Loretta McNabb of Smyer, Johnny Tipton of Levelland, and Sue Shaver of Levelland; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 13 great great grandchildren.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorials be made in Arvilla’s memory to Interim Hospice, 727 South Alamo Road, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Obituary March 17, 2017

Elsie Dowden, 100 formally of Whitharral

Elsie Mae Dowden CLIFTON-Elsie Mae Dowden passed from this life and entered Heaven’s gates on March 9, 2017, at the age of 100 years. She died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Sahuarita, AZ, surrounded by loving family.

Elsie was born in Davilla, Texas, on Sept. 29, 1916, to Josie Hitch Ercanbrack and William Howard Ercanbrack. Blessed with great health, Elsie was ill for only a short time after suffering a heart attack at age 100.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reverend Wayland Dowden; daughter, La Juana Watt; sister, Inez Allsup; brother, Buddy Ercanbrack; and her beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Lexi. She is survived by a son, Ronald and wife, Nina Dowden of Clifton, Texas; a daughter, Jan and husband, Steve Michel of Sahuarita, AZ; a brother, Gene Ercanbrack of Ballinger, Texas; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was also an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Elsie was raised in Davilla and in 1929 at the age of 13 moved to Whitharral. She was Valedictorian of her high school graduating class and an outstanding athlete. While attending school, she met the love of her life, Wayland Dowden. At the ages of 13 and 15 they became teenage sweethearts. They married on March 6, 1937. They spent their early years farming and raising a family in Whitharral. Wayland was called into the ministry and was ordained by the Methodist Church. Together, they served numerous churches located throughout the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. A consummate mother and homemaker, family meant everything to her. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly. Elsie loved to sew. You could find her in front of her Singer sewing machine almost every day. She loved to quilt, read, work crossword puzzles and Sudoku, watch basketball games, play dominoes, and watch Wheel of Fortune. But, most of all she loved her family, and of course, her little Yorkie. This vivacious and independent woman was still driving when she turned 100 this past September. Her mind was still sharp as a tack. Her hearing and the ability to get up quickly were the only things that needed a tune up. A lifelong member of the Methodist Church, Elsie has been a member of the United Methodist Church of Clifton for the last 24 years. She was recently honored with a 75-year service pin recognizing her continued service and dedication to the Methodist Women’s Organization. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Daughters of the Confederacy.

A Memorial Service will be held for Elsie on Saturday, March 18th at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Clifton, Texas, with Reverend Mary Gean Cope presiding. Interment and a graveside service will take place in the Whitharral Cemetery on Thursday, March 16th, at 2 p.m. The family wishes to thank all hospice members who cared for Elsie from both Gentiva Hospice and Hospice Family Care. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her honor to the United Methodist Church of Clifton, Texas.

Obituary March 15, 2017

Norman Lee Overstreet, 70 of Brady

Norman Lee Overstreet, 70, of Brady, Texas, formerly of Anton, Texas died March 11, 2017 in Brady.

Graveside services 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Anton Cemetery.

Norman was born in Lubbock, Texas on March 16, 1946 to Cecil and Bernell Overstreet.

Norman served in the National Guard and received his associates degree in civil drafting.  He continued on to work at the City of Fort Worth, Engineering Division.  Norman then moved with his wife, Linda Frazier and their two children to Houston, Texas where he worked for Turner, Collie and Braden, Inc. for several years as a civil draftsman before moving back to Anton, Texas and then worked for Wilson Surveying in Lubbock, Texas.

Norman enjoyed retirement living in Hext, Texas where he was actively involved in the Hext Volunteer Fire Department.  He loved listening to country and gospel music, especially George Jones, Roy Orbison, and Merle Haggard.  His most recent pastime involved watching old westerns.

Norman is survived by two daughters, Tanya Lair and husband Kirk of Lubbock, Texas and Tricia Zant and husband Curt of Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Jerry and wife Becky Overstreet of Round Rock, Texas; five grandchildren, Corey Zant and wife of Lubbock, Texas; Megan Hunt and husband of Wolfforth, Texas; Tabitha Martin and husband of Lubbock, Texas; Mallory Lair of Lubbock, Texas and Logan Lair of Lubbock, Texas; and three great grandchildren, Israel Martin and Theodore and Benjamin Zant.

Donations can be made to Hext Volunteer Fire Department at 15657 State Hwy 29, Hext, Texas 76848

Obituary March 11, 2017

Christy Diane Murrell-Seeman, 52 of Levelland

Christy Diane Murrell-Seeman, 52, of Levelland died March 9, 2017 in Lubbock.

Services 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 in Hammons Memorial Chapel, Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield, Texas.  Burial in Littlefield Memorial Park in Littlefield, Texas.

Christy was born in Colby, Kansas on December 1, 1964 to Chris and Michele Seeman.  She married Jerry Murrell and they had three daughters, Kasandra, Christmas, and Kerrie.  Her greatest joy in life was working with and raising her daughters.

Christy was always full of adventure and was never afraid to follow her dreams.  While pursuing her life of adventure she was a bowler, an actress, laborer, enjoyed cruising main street in Littlefield, baking, and singing.  She always stayed young at heart.  The most important thing in her life was being a mother to her girls.

She lived her life by the thought that, “Nothing is bad unless it controls you”.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Larry; her mother, Mickey Seeman; and a sister, Roxanne Ward.

Christy is survived by her father, Chris Seeman; 3 daughters, Kasandra Gonzalez and partner Shawn Franklin of Levelland, Christmas Murrell of San Antonio, Texas, and Kerrie Johnson and husband Ryan; 3 grandchildren, Chase Ray Lynn, Nikole Jewel, and Wesley James; and 2 sisters, Sandra Murrell and husband Larry of Kress, Texas, and Michele Gore and husband Rocky of Levelland, Texas.

Obituary March 10, 2017

Jesus Carlos Quevedo, 57 of Levelland

Jesus Carlos Quevedo, 57, of Levelland, TX passed from this life on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his home in Levelland. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 PM on Friday,March 10, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin Street Levelland, TX 79336 . Funeral Mass will be held 11AM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 316 East Washington Street Levelland, TX 79336.

Carlos was born September 12, 1959 to Augustin and Isabel (Varela) Quevedo in Uvalde, TX. He attended and graduated from Knippa High School in Knippa, TX. Shortly after graduation he moved to Lubbock and then to Levelland when he married his wife, Mary Ybarra on May 15, 2004. Carlos loved fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and going to watch all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their sporting events.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Augustin and Isabel Quevedo and brothers, Jose V. Mata Jr and Guadalupe V. Mata.

Those left honor and cherish his memory include loving wife, Mary Quevedo of Levelland, TX; children, Carla Garcia and husband Steve of Houston, TX, Anita Ovalle of Levelland, TX, Tommie Vidales and husband Sergio of Levelland, TX, Jesse Casarez and wife Jaime of Lamesa, TX; sisters, Irene Coffman of San Antonio, TX, Sylvia Quiroz and husband Carmelo of Uvalde, TX; brothers, Ruben Mata and wife Carrie of Levelland, TX, Eduardo Quevedo and wife Emma of Lubbock, TX; along with fifteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mary would like to thank her daughters Tommie and Anita, she wouldn’t have made it without them.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Obituary March 8, 2017

Roy Lynn Swim, 77 of Sundown

Roy Lynn Swim, 77, of Sundown, TX passed from this life on March 7, 2017, at hospital in Lubbock, TX. A family visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from 6 – 8 PM at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Park Drive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Sundown Cemetery.

Roy was born March 8, 1939 in Ralls, TX to parents Loys and Gladys (Perryman) Swim. He was a member of the Park Drive Baptist Church.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Loys and Gladys Swim.

He is survived by his wife, Dessie Swim; daughters, Lorane Harrell and husband John, Dianna Stueart and husband Michael; sons, Royce Swim, Joe Swim and wife Melena; brothers , Ronnie Swim and wife Elladean, Perry Swim and wife Linda; along with nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and loved ones.

Obituary March 7, 2017

Shirley Fay Grant, 81 of Morton

Shirley Fay Grant, 81, of Morton passed from this life on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Levelland, TX A visitation will be held from 8 AM – 5PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin Street Levelland, TX 79336. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2 PM at Krestridge Funeral Chapel, 505 Austin Street Levelland, TX 79336.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Bodie Cooper; husband, William B. Grant and son, William B Grant Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, James Grant; daughters, Jackie Jackson and Deborah Kimbrell; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Obituary March 6, 2017

Jerry Hawkins, 81 of San Antonio

Jerry Wayne Hawkins, 81, of San Antonio passed away March 1, 2017. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, in the City of Sundown Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituaries March 3, 2017

Teddy Graninger, 42 of Levelland

Teddy Ray Graninger, 42, of Levelland passed from this life on March 1, 2017, at his home. A family visitation will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Chapel of Krestridge Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Teddy was born June 28, 1974 in Levelland to parents Raymond Dalton and Rose Kathryn (Rust) Graninger. He grew up in Levelland and was a member of the Maintenance Department at Levelland Independent School District.

Teddy is preceded in death by his sister, Melody Graninger.

He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Kathryn Graninger; sisters, Kala Kidd, Pam McCown, Laura Johnson, and Kristi Alford; brother, Michael ”Rusty” Graninger; 4 nieces; 4 nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at http://www.krestridgefuneralhometx.com.

Esther Saldivar, 82 of Levelland

Esther Saldivar, 82, of Levelland passed from this life on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Lubbock, TX. A Rosary will be held at 6 PM on Friday,March 3, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin Street Levelland, TX 79336 . A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 2PM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 316 East Washington Street Levelland, TX 79336.

Esther came to Levelland as a young girl from Mexico with her parents. She attended local schools until her Mother’s untimely death at which time she quit school to manage her Father’s household. Esther loved to cook and at various times worked at local restaurants.

On August 4, 1966, she married Ernest Duque and they blended their families. The couple soon moved to San Jose, California with their six children. The family said goodbye to five older siblings who remained behind in Texas.

They lived in California for about twenty-five years. The Duque family found California very much to their liking, purchased a home, raised a loving and successful family. During those years she continued working as a cook and had a third son. In addition to working she became a US citizen an accomplishment of which she was very proud. But she didn’t stop there, she also went to night school and earned her high school diploma. She loved to learn and was an avid reader.

In January 1984 her husband Ernest past away quite unexpectedly at age 60. After several years and faced with an empty nest she decided to return to her childhood home in Levelland. Esther had long missed her sisters and extended family. After several happy years her health began to fail. However, she was very well cared for by the Hernandez Family an effort that was spearheaded by her loving sister Lupe Cobarrubia.

Esther celebrated her 82nd birthday on January 25, 2017 and unfortunately several weeks later faced a health crisis and succumbed to her illness on February 28th 2017.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Felipa Juarez, Vicenta Salazar. Natividad Medina, and brother Bernabe Hernandez.

Esther is survived by her children, Olivia Pompa, Rose Castro, Reyna Perez, Dolores DeLeon, Petra Alvarado, Ernesto Duque, Mary Helen Smith, Mary Ann Segura, Luis Hernandez, Dario Duque, Michael Duque, and Joe Duque; brothers, Richard and Maria Elena Hernandez, Salvador Hernandez, Raymond and Mary Hernandez; sisters, Lucy and Willie Sanchez, and Lupe Cobarrubia; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her family will truly miss her loving nature. She was a quiet woman, but a woman of great dignity and grace. Each member of her family can lovingly recall being touched in some gracious manner by this generous, kind and gentle lady.

Obituaries March 1, 2017

James T. McInturff, 83 of Levelland

James T. McInturff, 83, of Levelland passed away at his home on February 23, 2017. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Second Baptist Church in Levelland.

James was born March 30, 1933 in Concho, Texas to parents Carl Gene and Mary Alice (Landers) McInturff. He was raised on a farm around Whiteface and Pettit. James married Barbara Quenell Sisk on January 9, 1954 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He served in the US Army for 8 years and served in the Korean War. He was a hot oil truck driver.

James enjoyed his family, The Cowboys and John Wayne.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Carl Marvin McInturff, son Danny Bruce McInturff, and daughter Regina Lynn McInturff.

Survivors include son, Larry Gene McInturff; daughters, Detta Clem of Fairchild, and Terry Clem of Levelland; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

Obituaries February 14, 2017

Phillip S. Coley, 71 of Levelland

Phillip Stanley Coley, 71, of Levelland Texas passed away in Lubbock Texas on Friday, February 10, 2017. A family visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Paducah, with burial to follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah, Texas.

Phil was born July 25, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo. to parents Stanley Floyd and Martha Zane (Waggoner) Coley. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in St. Louis in 1963 and attended the University of Missouri. In 1966, Phil joined the United States Air Force as an Aero Medical Technician. He attended USAF Physician Assistant School from 1972-1974 and received a B.S. in P.A. Studies from the University of Nebraska. Phil separated from the USAF in 1979 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He worked as a Physician Assistant in Texas, Arkansas, and Wyoming.

Phil married Velda Ruth (Isbell) Coley on November 12, 1982 in Paducah, Texas. They moved to Levelland, Texas in 1997 where he worked as a Physician Assistant at Levelland Clinic until his retirement in 2008. Phil loved to hunt, coach, being a P.A., and most of all being a Dad and Papa to his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; aunts, Sara Waggoner Yarnell, Mae Coley-Wren; uncle, J. Virgil Waggoner; niece, Patricia Coley; parents-in-law, Jack and Dorothy Isbell; brother-in-law, Tommy Isbell; and sister-in-law Peggy Montgomery.

Phil is survived by his wife, Velda Coley; children, Laura Coley-McQuartters, Clint (Lachella) Coley, Cassie Coley (Demetrio) Conde, Sara Coley (Derek Moreland), Roy (Jenai) Blount, Cody (Julia) Blount, Thomas (Rusti) Blount, and Crystal Blount (Erik) Alberts; 21 grandchildren, Tre’, Mack, Tyler, Hunter, Sage, Cooper, Brayden, Cole, Tanner, Dalton, Abigail, Wyatt, Danika, Ella, Layton, Rylie, Hayes, Devin, Truett, Jacob, and Reese; , Great- Granddaughters Henley and Braylee; brothers, Doug Coley and Patrick (Deborah) Coley. Phil and his cousin Carmen were lifelong friends.

 Danny “Cowboy” Wayne Gipson, 53 of Levelland

Danny ”Cowboy” Wayne Gipson, 53, of Levelland passed away in Lubbock on Friday, February 10, 2017. Family visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Cowboy was born June 7, 1963 in Olton, Texas to parents, Jesse ”Hoot” Edgar and Martha Miriam (Garrett) Gipson. He was a truck driver, worked in the oil field industry as a truck pusher, husband, father, grandfather and jack of all trades. He loved motorcycles, horses, and spending time at the lake.

He is preceded in death by his father Jesse Gipson and mother Martha Gipson.

Cowboy is survived by his wife, Dianne White; children, Amanda Gipson and Cody Gipson; grandchildren, Aralyn Gipson and Kason Gipson; siblings, Kathy Gipson and Jeff Gipson; nephews, Michael Gipson, Daniel (Matt) Gipson, and Chase Gipson; niece, Alex Gipson; and pet, Gus.

Jeanice Doshier, 80 of Whitharral

On February 11, 2017, Anna Jeanice Doshier was called home by her Lord and Savior. Jeanice began her life on August 18, 1936, born to Grover Cleveland and Velma Presley Royal in Smyer, Texas.

Jeanice met and married the love of her life and soul mate, Tommy Leroy Doshier, on October 24, 1953. During their 63 years of marriage, she was blessed with and survived by 5 children, Rick Doshier and wife Karen of Monahans, Cindy Elliott and husband Allen of Seagraves, Kelly Doshier of Midland, Shelley Samsel and husband Randy of Levelland, and Kerry Doshier and wife Carolyn of Levelland; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. Jeanice is also survived by 2 sisters, Sandy Meyer of Levelland and Dorothy Sinyard of Levelland; brother, Wendall Royal of Levelland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Marsha Lynn Royal, and grandson Tanner Lynn Doshier.

A time of reflection and visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 10:00 am in the Chapel of Krestridge Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorials to the Childrens Home of New Mexico, 1356 NM 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130, or a charity of your choice.

Obituary February 9, 2017

Faye Walker, 94 of Levelland

Odie Faye Walker, 94, of Levelland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 6, 2017, in Terrell, Texas. A visitation will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5 to 7pm at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017, at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Levelland with Reverend Michael Holster officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of George Price Funeral Home. Faye was born on August 5, 1922, to the late E.M. and Odie Faye Barnes in Waco, Texas. Faye and her family moved to Levelland and she attended Levelland schools until graduating high school. She then attended Baylor University before marrying John W. Walker on November 1, 1942. John and Faye served their country during WWII, he in the Pacific with the Army Air Corp and she as wife and mother in the states. After his return and ending of service, they settled in Levelland to farm and raise their family. Faye returned to college life and graduated from South Plains College in 1962 and Texas Tech University in 1964 with a BS Degree in Education. The family had moved to Kress, Texas, during the Tech years and she began her teaching career there. She continued to teach for 21 years, 19 of those in Dimmit, Texas. She loved her career and all the students who came through her classes. She retired in 1985. John and Faye then began their “snow-birding’, years of living in South Padre Island and Dimmit. They then settled in Levelland in 1987 to enjoy their retirement years. She is preceded in death by her Husband John W. Walker; Parents E.M. and Odie Faye Barnes; Sisters Mildred Childress, Eva Ann Vaughn, Eddie Flo Holloway and Barbara Cooper; and Brother Dr. Donald E. Barnes. Those left to cherish her memory are Sons John N. (Ned) Walker and wife Catherine of Buena Vista, NM; Darrell Walker and wife Judy of Terrell, TX; Daughter Susan Flippin and husband Ricky of Plainview TX; three Brothers Royce Barnes and wife Charlotte of Keller, TX; Davis Barnes and wife Bootsye of Levelland, TX; Doug Barnes of Levelland; Sisters Linda Burns of Seminole, TX; Eula Funk and husband Frank of Milton, FL; 14 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the E.M. Barnes Memorial Scholarship Fund at South Plains College.

Eddie and Donna Jean Paxton

Eddie and Donna Jean Paxton, 89 and 87, of Georgetown, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 08, 2017, in Lubbock. A memorial service was held at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 10. 2017, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel with Paton Parrish officiating.

Eddie was born December 25, 1927 in Palestine, Texas. Donna was born March 16, 1929 in Cushing, Oklahoma. They were married October 22, 1981 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Abigail Paxton; wife Gwen Harrison Paxton; brother Lewis; and sister Lee. Donna is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Mary Cook.

Survivors include 4 sons, Micah and wife Connie of Lubbock, Todd and wife LeeAnn of Levelland, Keith and wife Patricia of Levelland, and Brett and wife Rita of Denton; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren 1 great great grandchild; and Donna’s brother, Larry Cook and wife Kay of Kerrville.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorials be made to the South Plains College Scholarship Foundation, 1401 S. College Avenue, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Obituaries February 8, 2017

Donna Whitaker, 73 of Levelland

Donna Mae Whitaker, 73, of Levelland passed from this life on February 5, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Donna was born January 2, 1944 in Brownfield, Texas to parents, Ila Godwin and Kenneth Godwin. She married Ronald Whitaker, Sr. on June 10, 1961 in Brownfield. Donna was a member of the Church of Christ and a very dedicated and loving wife and Mom.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ronald, Sr., and son, Cody Whitaker.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Ronald, Jr., Kenny, Gary and Tony Whitaker; daughter, Trina Lopez; 12 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Obituaries February 3, 2017

Elwanna McHam Parker, 91 of Levelland

Services are scheduled for Elwanna McHam Parker, 91 of Levelland.  Services are set for February 3 at 2pm in the Second Baptist Church in Levelland under the direction of George Price Funeral Directors of Levelland.  She passed away on February 1.

Elwanna Melton McHam Parker, 91, of Levelland, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2017. Funeral services will be Friday, February 3, 2017, at 2pm at Second Baptist Church in Levelland, with Reverend Michael Holster officiating. Elwanna was born on July 12, 1925, to E. R. Melton and Irene Parchman Melton in Crosby County, TX. She graduated from Ralls H. S. in 1943. She later married Bobby Ray McHam in Ralls on October 9, 1943. She graduated LVN School in Plainview, TX and worked For Covenant Home Health Service for 38 years. Elwanna married Lloyd Parker in Levelland, TX. August 5, 1997. She enjoyed attending Country music shows all over West Texas. She and Lloyd had a good life together. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Bobby Ray McHam; Brother Jack Melton; Brother Bud Melton; Sister Joe Chance; sister Sis Waller; June Melton; Sister Bernice Vineyard; Sister Melavie Waller; and Brother ER Melton. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Lloyd Parker; sister Sally Houchen of Petersburg; daughter Linda Hill and husband Charlie of Lubbock; Laurie Moorhead of Spring; Lance Hill and wife Karen of San Saba; daughter Barbara Johnson and husband Claude of Nocona; Tim Johnson; Nicole Johnson; and Jeff Johnson.

Obituaries February 1, 2017

David L (Jimmy) Diggs, 71 of Lubbock

Funeral Services for David L (Jimmy) Diggs, 71 of Lubbock are set for Thursday, February 2 at 10am in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  He passed away on January 25 in Lubbock.

David L (Jimmy) Diggs, 71 of Lubbock, left this earth January 25, 2017 to be with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his father Lee G. Diggs, his mother Billie Sue (Stephens) Diggs and youngest brother Dennis (Jake) Diggs. He was born December 31, 1945 in Lubbock Texas. He married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Brenda (Perrin) Diggs on June 23, 1967.

David was a carpenter and loved to build cabinets. He also competed with handguns on the national level. He loved his family dearly and was a faithful friend to those close to him.

He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter, Kirstie Diggs of Lubbock, son Jeremy Diggs and wife Kristie of Sundown, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, Mike Diggs & wife Vicki of Spur, Texas, granddaughters Tori Pritchett and husband JP, Erika Diggs, Riley Diggs, Tatum Diggs, grandson, Hunter Coleman and two great-grandsons Jaxon Pritchett and Cooper Pritchett. He is also survived by a niece, Erin Posey, nephew, Zack Diggs and many friends.

David was a Master Mason of Wolfforth Frenship Lodge 1447, a 32nd deg. Scottish Rite Mason and York Rite Mason. David was a graduate of Sundown High School and South Plains College with an Associates degree in Business Administration.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM at the family residence at 2205 36th St., Lubbock, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, February 2nd at Krestridge Funeral Home at 505 Austin Street, Levelland, Texas 79336.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or the Scottish Rite Learning Center of Lubbock, 1101 70th St, Lubbock, Texas 79412.

Obituaries January 30, 2017

RG Procter, 81 of Levelland

RG Procter, 81, of Levelland, passed away in Lubbock on January 28, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

RG was born December 13, 1935 in Woodson, Texas to parents, John Henry and Beatrice Childre Procter. He married Cecelia Doris Cole on February 27, 1957. RG worked in the oil field and lived in west Texas most of his adult life. He attended The Cowboy Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, William Henry Procter.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Carla Procter of Levelland, Roy Procter of Levelland, Cheryl Procter of Levelland, and Darlene Franklin and husband Bert of Amarillo; grandchildren, Janice Procter of Lubbock, Vanessa Guerrero of Levelland, Amanda Moreno of Lubbock, Miranda Reed of Lubbock, Keegan Franklin of Amarillo and Kayden Franklin of Amarillo; brothers, Charlie Procter of Breckenridge and Travis Procter of Ranger; 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Sherry Fred, 75 of Levelland

Funeral services for Sherry Fred, 75, of Levelland will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at College Avenue Baptist Church, followed by burial in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Sherry was born April 16, 1941 in Albuquerque, NM to Sam and Joni Porter. Her parents, sister Sammie and brother Bobby moved to Afton, TX while she was still young. She grew up surrounded by extended family, and graduated from Patton Springs High School with the Class of 1959.

At South Plains College, Sherry was a Tex-Ann and member of other student organizations. Most importantly, she met Prentice Fred and they were married on Sept. 6, 1960. They made their first home in Levelland, then moved to Pettit where they raised their sons Robin and Scott.

When her boys were old enough, Sherry resumed her education at Texas Tech, earning her B.A. in Education. She took a job teaching third grade at Morton Elementary. After three years, she moved to a first grade classroom, where she taught for more than 25 years. As a mother, she was active in 4-H and all her sons’ activities. At church, she taught Sunday School for more than 40 years and was a go-to person for taking care of people in their time of need. She touched many lives.

Sherry was always smiling, and usually asking someone else to smile so she could take their picture. She loved scrapbooking, gardening, and cooking. She made a mean coconut pie. She loved traveling with Prentice, even if it was on his motorcycle. She adored children, especially her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Prentice, by her son Robin and his wife Sharon and son Brendan of Raleigh, NC; her son Scott of Pettit and his children Sarah Dunn and husband Chase of Levelland, Emily Fred of Fort Worth, Abbie Fred of Canyon, and Sam Fred of Lubbock; her daughter-in-law Belinda Fred of Lubbock; her sister Sammie Phillips of Matador; brother Bobbie Porter and wife Shirley of Mineral Wells; in-laws Patti and Stan Poff of Lubbock and Jan and Melvin Parkinson of Levelland; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Obituaries January 20, 2017

Cody Wade Whitaker, 39 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Cody Whitaker, 39 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday, January 21 at 2pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  He passed away on January 14 in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Directors of Levelland.

Cody was born December 8, 1977 in Levelland to parents, Donna and Ronald Whitaker, Sr. Cody proudly served our county in the United States Marine Corp from 1999 until 2004. In 2002, he served as part of Iraqi Freedom.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Whitaker, Sr.

Surviving Cody are his mother, Donna Whitaker; children, Maddison and Natalie Whitaker; brothers, Ronnie, Kenny Gary and Tony; sister, Trina Lopez; and several nieces and nephews.

Jeanette Swaringen, 45 of Brownfield

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jeanette Swaringen, 45 of Brownfield.  Services are set for Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10am in the First Baptist Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Wednesday, January 18 following a brief illness.  She was a counselor for Levelland ISD.

Jeanette was born March 5, 1971 in Fort Worth, Texas to parents, Richard Conley and Shirley (Hogue) Conley. She graduated from Cypress Creek High School in Houston as a member of the Class of 1989. Jeanette attended Texas A&M University and received her Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University. She married David Swaringen on July 28, 2007.

Jeanette is survived by her parents, Richard Conley and Shirley Hogue Conley of Levelland; husband, David of Brownfield; sons, Rider Jefferies, Brad Swaringen, and Tanner Swaringen and wife Shelby; brothers, Rick Conley and Shane Conley; sister, Bonnie Svoboda; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Obituaries January 19, 2017

Larry “Coach” Anthony, 76, of Levelland,Tx, has caught his last fish and played his last song on his beloved guitaron Wednesday, January 18, 2017, with his family by his side.


Larry was born May 11, 1940, to Jack and Lillian Anthony of Lamesa,Tx. Upon graduating from Lamesa High School, Larry was able to realize his dream when Rice University offered him a scholarship to play football. While a member of the Rice Owl football team, Larry played in the Sugar Bowl and the Bluebonnet Bowl. During his senior year, Larry was honored for his play by being  invited to play in the Blue-Gray All Star game in Montgomery, Alabama. When Larry graduated from Rice, he was offered an opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Rams.

However, he chose to use his newly acquired B.S. in Biology and from that day on became known as “Coach” Anthony . For the   40 years Larry was a teacher/educator or a High School coach, he touched many lives of young students, yet, they all called him Coach Anthony, even after retiring in 2004.

Larry will be missed by his family though never forgotten. He is survived by his wife Katherine, his sister Virginia, daughter Stacia with Eric, sons: Tony with Lisa, and Lance with Suzanne.

His grandchildren, Jennifer, Tiffany, Zach, Andrea, Miranda and Kaitlyn along with the great-grand children Addison, David III, and Landry were the stars in his eyes who he always had time to play a song on his guitar for them.

At his request, the family will have a memorial service, at a later date, to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, Coach Anthony asked that donations be made to South Plains College Foundation, memorial-Larry Anthony, 1401 S.College Ave, Levelland, Texas, 79336

Obituaries January 12, 2017

Funeral Services are scheduled for Eliazar Merse Garcia, 72 of Seagraves and formally of Brownfield.  Services are scheduled for Thursday, January 12 at 11am in the St. Paul’s Catholic church in Seagraves.  Burial will follow in the Loop cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Directors of Levelland.

Obituaries January 10, 2017

James (Jim) Donald Hogue, 86, of Lubbock, Texas passed away Friday, January 6, 2017, at a local hospital in Lubbock. A Visitation will be held 5-7 PM Monday, January 9, 2016, at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin St. Levelland, TX. A private family graveside will take place on Tuesday January 10, 2016.

Jim was born June 9, 1930 to Dee and Alvina Ruth (Ely) Hogue in Borger, Texas. Jim graduated from Sundown High School and later attended Texas Tech University. After college he lived several years in Durango, Colorado before returning to live most of his life in Sundown. Jim served a term as president of the South Plains College Archeological Society and several successful years working with the Hockley County Historical Commission. Jim’s passion was studying the life of the American Plains Indians and had a vast collection of Indian artifacts he collected over the years. After many years with Amoco Oil Company, he retired in 1986. Jim spent his retirement years traveling the world with his wife, Bettie. They spent the last five years enjoying their lives at Raider Ranch in Lubbock.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Dee and Alvina Hogue; first wife, Charlene Hogue; and brother, Dave Hogue.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory include loving wife, Bettie Hogue; children, Jim Hogue and wife Lynda, Bob Hogue and wife Suellen, Tim Hogue, Suzanne Miller and husband Jim, and Shannah Bushong and husband Joey; along with 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Hockley County Historical Commission.

Obituaries January 6, 2017

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jose Refino Amalla, 77 of Portales, NM and formally of Anton.  Services are set for Saturday, January 7 at 11:00am in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Rosary Services are scheduled for 7pm Friday, January 6 in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  He passed away on Thursday, January 5 in Lubbock.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Barnabe Hernandez, 85 of Whitharral.  Services are scheduled for Monday, Jan  uary 9 at 10:00am in the St. Michael’s Catholic church in Levelland.  He passed away on Thursday in Levelland.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Marcela Riojas, 81 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday, January 7 at 1pm at St. Michael’s Catholic church in Levelland.  Rosary Services are set for Friday, January 6  at 7pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Obituaries December 16, 2016

Gene Edward Rooze, 82 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Gene Edward Rooze, 82 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday, December 17 at 2pm in the First Baptist Church in Levelland with burial to follow in Littlefield Memorial Park.  Visitation is set for 10am to 12noon on Saturday in the Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  He passed away on Saturday, December 10.

Gene was born January 16, 1934, in Crawfordsville, Indiana to parents, Fred and Helen (Hanover) Rooze. He grew up in Lafayette, Indiana with siblings, William Rooze, Ronald Rooze, Jack Rooze, and Karen Rooze. He was drafted into the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and served as aircraft mechanic from 1952-56 reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University, Gene began his life work in education teaching in the Glencoe and Evanston, IL Independent School Districts. After obtaining a master’s degree at Northwestern, he earned a Ph.D. in Education at Southern Illinois University. He served as Professor of Education at Texas Tech University from 1969-1996. Gene authored five books, numerous articles, and dissertations during his tenure. Upon retirement he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.

In his later years he was extremely active in his church and regularly toured with a national singing group. Gene also had an active prison ministry.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, brother, William Rooze; wife, Esta Mae Rooze, and stepson, Michael Todd.

Survivors include children, Mark Timothy, Vernon Mowatt, and Virginia Lynn; step-children, Cheri Hisaw, Charla Lopez, Eric Todd and Dana Todd; grandchildren, Marie Angelique, Megumi Sadoyama Rooze, Jeanette Winsor Rooze, Anthony Tyler Rooze, Alyssa Kate, Jamie Chronister, and Jill Misner; great grandchildren, Naomi Warner, Lynnsey Stanley, Kayla Shockley, Makael Misner, Jamison Chronister, Margot Chronister, and Cullen Chronister; and great great grandchildren, Sophia Shockley and Elliot Stanley.

Clara Margaret Wallace, 86 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Clara Margaret Wallace, 86 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, December 17 at 10am in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland with burial to follow in the Whitharral Cemetery.  She passed away on Tuesday, December 13 in Levelland.
Margaret passed away December 13, 2016 in Levelland, TX. She was born to Charley and Mary Israel on October 11, 1930 in Altus, OK. She married Jim Wallace in 1951. Margaret was raised in Levelland where she attended Levelland High School and later went on to attend Texas Tech University. She worked for the Levelland Independent School District and the Seminole School District for 30 years.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and two brothers.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her daughter, Teresa and husband W.H. ”Bubba” Rowell; son, Bill and wife Tanna Wallace; brothers, Curtis and wife Mary Nell Israel, Chester and wife Sherry Israel; along with three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of floral contributions, the family requests that memorials be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 1291, Levelland, TX 79336.

Obituaries December 9, 2016

Felix Acosta Perez, 62 of Seagraves

Funeral Services are scheduled for Felix Perez, 62 of Seagraves and formally of Midland. Services are scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at St. Paul Catholic Church of Seagraves. He passed away on Wednesday, December 7 in Midland.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Brownfield.

Obituaries December 6, 2016

Casimiro Hinojos, 83 of Morton

Funeral Services are scheduled for Casimiro Hinojos, 83 of Morton.  Services are scheduled for Friday, December 9 at 2pm in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Morton.  Viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 11am to 6pm and Wednesday, December 7 from 9am to 5pm and Thursday, December 8 from 9am to 9pm.

He is survived by a daughter, Grace Benavides of Morton, 3 Sons including, Arthur Hinojos, of Lubbock; Rudy Hinojos of Friona and Johnny Hinojos of Morton.  1 sister, Vicenta Mendoza of Morton and several grandchildren.

Jimmy Lee Braddock, 62 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jimmy Lee “Boney” Braddock, 62 of Levelland.  Services are set for Wednesday, December 7 at 2pm in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  He passed away on Saturday in Levelland.

Jimmy was born in Post, Texas on April 2, 1954, to the late Bobby and Wanda Todd Shaver Braddock. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Larry Dean Braddock, Jeffrey Lynn Braddock and Ricky Lynn Braddock. He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Childers and Kymberly Braddock; three sisters, Sandra Bishop and husband Ron; Cynthia Varner and husband Danny; and Rhonda Bridges; grandchildren Xzavier Childers, Auzshalena Mathis, Kegan Dent, Eithan Wallace, Trinnity Wallace, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jimmy worked in the oil field as a pulling unit operator for over 30 years. He also worked for Nolan Brunson for many years. His final position was with Well-Co until he retired to then become Mr. Mom, caring for the grandchildren which he dearly loved. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituaries November 28, 2016

Ofilia Gonzalez, 80 of Brownfield

Funeral Services are scheduled for Ofilia Charles Gonzalez, 80 of Brownfield and formally of Morton.  Services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 10am.  Rosary Services are scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Brownfield.

Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Brownfield.

Obituaries November 22, 2016

Benito Aragon, 70 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Benito Aragon, 70 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 at 2pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  He passed away on Friday, November 18 in Levelland.

Benito entered eternal rest Friday, November 18, 2016, in Levelland surrounded by his family.
His spirit is carried on by his four children: Elizabeth
Vargas and Christy (Gilbert) Alvarez, both of Levelland, Texas, Michael (Roberta) Aragon and Benny (Cinder) Aragon both of Roswell, New Mexico; one brother: Ray Aragon of Roswell; one sister: Arlene (Rocky) Rodriguez of Lubbock.

Benito Aragon was born on January 23, 1946, in Carrizozo, New Mexico, to Benito and Domitilla Aragon. Benito wed Victoriana Moncada on June 12, 1964, in Morton, Texas. He worked at Alsups and Great Western for several years. On his free time, He enjoyed playing games on his phone, fishing, playing bingo, dancing to Hispanic music, and listening to Ramon Ayala.

Obituaries November 17, 2016

Arthur Murphy, 59 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Arthur Murphy, 59 of Levelland.  Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, November 19 at 11am in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  A memorial service was held Thursday, November 17 in Sugarland, TX in the Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home.  Local arrangements are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland.  He passed away Monday, November 14 after a brief illness.

The childlike soul of Arthur Jerry Murphy went to be with the Lord Monday evening November 14, 2016 at 6:40 PM. Jerry was preceded in death by his father Arthur Oscar Murphy and his mother Frankie Jean Droigk Murphy. He is survived by his sister Theresa Jane Murphy O’Dell of Sugar Land, Texas, two nieces Leslie Jane O’Dell Armentrout of Sugar Land, Texas and Nicole Lynn O’Dell of Rosenberg, Texas and one nephew Caleb Jackson O’Dell of Sugar Land, Texas. One great niece Alyson Jayne Armentrout and one great nephew Cody James Armentrout of Sugar Land, Texas. Jerry’s passing was the result of a cardiac arrest that occurred Thursday morning November 10, 2016 at approximately 10:30 AM CDT from which, because of severe brain damage from the lack of a heart rate and loss of respiration, he never regained consciousness.

Jerry will always be loved and missed by many family, friends and caretakers, some old and some new but all that were very important and appreciated by Jerry and his surviving family members. Jerry’s developmental disability never allowed him to develop a conception of time and distance. To Jerry it was “see my pretty watch”. He could tell you where to turn but “it’s not that far”. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate in Jerry’s memory to Texana www.texanacenter.com or your local religious organization.Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Barbara Dunn, 59 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Barbara Dunn, 59 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday, November 19 at 2pm in the First Baptist Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Wednesday, November 16 in Lubbock.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 6pm to 8pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.
Barbara passed from this life Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Lubbock, Texas.
She was born April 26, 1957 in Midland, Texas to Clarence and Anna (Phillips) Gallagher. She married David Dunn, June 14, 1980 in Midland, Texas

Barbara had a deep love for God, her family and helping others. She loved children especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter; Rachel Dunn, and brothers; Ray and Eddie Gallagher.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her loving husband, David, daughter; Anna Hord and husband, Kyle, son; Michael Dunn and wife Fabiola, 5 grandchildren; Addilyn, Karter, and Walker Hord, Joshua and Grayson Dunn, sister;
Beverly Smith and husband, Steve, father and mother in law; Earl and Paula Dunn, brother in law Stephen Dunn and wife, Annette, and sister in laws; Corie Gallagher, Susan Hicks and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack Sikes, 89 of Levelland

Memorial Services are scheduled for Jack Clayton Sikes, 89 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.

Visitation is set for 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, November 17 at Krestridge Funeral Home.

He passed away Tuesday in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.

Jack was born February 28, 1927 to P.W. and Mary Nell Sikes in Cisco, Texas. He married Joyce Coleman on December 16, 1978 in Levelland to this union Jack gained four new children, Kathy Robinson, Patti Pearson, Jerry Coleman and Kerry Coleman.

He was a very busy man and loved trying all kinds of businesses including; services stations, installing juke box machines, candy machines, cigarette machines and sound systems. His favorite was the One Stop 66. After retiring from One Stop 66, he invested in rent houses, at one time owning 36. Jack loved playing bridge and dominoes. He also enjoyed camping with friends, family reunions and just sightseeing. Jack was a member of the Levelland Primitive Baptist Church serving as a Deacon and song leader. He served as President of Levelland Senior Citizens and led the singing of the weekly sing alongs. He was the greatest auctioneer of all times at the family reunions

Preceding him in death were his parents, sisters; Peggy Johnson, Patsy Gregston, Georgie Sikes, and a daughter Patti Pearson.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce, daughter; Kathy Robinson, sons; Jerry Coleman and Kerry Coleman, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sister, Carol Roark and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hockley County Senior Citizens Center 1202 Houston Street, Levelland, Texas 79336 or to the Children’s Home of Lubbock P.O. Box 2824 Lubbock, Texas 79408

Obituary November 10, 2016

Mildred Price, 87 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Mildred Price, 87 of Levelland.  Services are set for Thursday, November 10 at 2pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel of Levelland.  Burial will follow in the Meadow Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Reid Price.

Mildred is survived by her three children; Glenda and Bill Renfro of Crane, Ronald Price of Canyon, and Lynette and Dave Campbell of Levelland. 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

Mildred and Glenn married in 1945 and lived in the Lubbock area until 1954 when they began farming at Ropesville. They were married for 69 years until his death on December 29, 2014. Mildred was a homemaker for many years. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Ropesville as the Children’s Choir Director and with VBS. In 1965, Mildred began working at the ASCS office in Levelland until 1975.

She loved her family dearly and nothing thrilled her more than having each of them by her side. She will be missed by her family and her memory will be cherished by each of them.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.

Obituary November 3, 2016

Joseph Pierce, 57 of Lubbock

Private Funeral Services will be held for Joseph Robert Pierce, 57 of Lubbock.  He passed away on Tuesday, November 1 in Lubbock.  He was the owner and operator of Caprock Printing in Lubbock for 39 years.

Obituaries November 2, 2016

Kay Pinkert, 68 of Levelland

Kay Pinkert, 68, of Levelland passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at her home. A family visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in the Chapel at Krestridge Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Kay was born on October 29, 1948 in San Angelo, Texas to parents Jesse and Miriam (Sims) Eblen. Kay married Wayne Pinkert on July 10, 1981. She worked as Assistant County Treasurer for Hockley County from 1981-1995. Kay enjoyed fishing, crocheting and crossword puzzles.

Preceding her in death are her mother, Miriam ”Momie”, brother Joval Eblen and sister Anne Humphrey.

Left to treasure her memory are her husband, of 35 years, Wayne; sons, John Les Key and wife Leslie of Levelland, and Keith Key and wife Jewel of Brownfield; daughters, Sharon Pinkert and partner Jennifer Fletcher of Aurora, Colorado, and Amy Collins and husband Joe of Plainview; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Obituaries October 31, 2016

Glynn Wendel Lee, 86 of Sundown

Memorial Services are scheduled for Glynn Wendel Lee, 86 of Sundown.  Services are set for Wednesday, November 2 at 11am in the First Baptist Church in Sundown.    Visitation is set for Tuesday, November 1 from 6pm to 8pm at the Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  He passed away on Thursday, October 27 in Lubbock.

Glynn was born in Erick, Oklahoma on May 8, 1930, and moved with his family to Sundown, Texas in 1938. He attended Sundown Schools and graduated in 1948. He immediately went to work in the oilfield.
Glynn was preceded in death by a son, Jon Lee, and Glynn’s parents A.H. and Cora Lee, brothers, Roy, Carl, Ralph, Noel, Terry and Russel Lee and sister Rena Richardson.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Soula of Sundown, daughter, Pattie Lee of Capetown, South Africa and son, Steve Lee of Lubbock, grandchildren; Eric Lee of Lubbock, Kristy Fred of Reno, Nevada, Melissa Garza of Sundown, and Candice Crawford of Weatherford, Texas, great grandchildren; Katelynn Rodriguez, Hunter Stanley, Ryder Stanley, Stella Garza, Braiden Thomas, Jaleigh Freed, Tessa Fred and Kaelynn Fred, sisters; Iona Bilbrey and Anna Skinner of Sundown and brothers; Hanks Lee of Brandy and Bob Lee of Wilson, and a host of friends.
Glynn was active in the oil industry as a general contractor for many years through G &C Contracting, Glynne Lee Test Tank Rentals, and Lee Transports. He was well known as a fair man to deal with and always standing by his word

The greatest part of Glynn’s life was spent living out his faith in Jesus Christ. Glynn and Soula traveled to parts of Asia, Europe and the United States, ministering through Youth with A Mission (YWAM). He was the happiest when he was sharing his love for the Lord.

Memorials in Lieu of flowers may be given to the Youth with A Mission, at YWAM.org

Obituaries October 27, 2016

Donald Neil Whittenburg, 77 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Donald Neil Whittenburg, 77 of Levelland.  Services are set for 2pm Friday, October 27 in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  He passed away on Tuesday in Lubbock.

Don graduated from Levelland High School in 1957 and attended South Plains College. After graduation he farmed and started Whittenburg Insurance Agency in the Seminole and Lamesa area.
Don married Barbara Gonzales, April 28, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a member of the Transformation Church of Lubbock.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara K. Whittenburg, children; Joseph Esquivel and wife, Jerrian, Luis Esquivel and wife, Linda, Regina DeHoyos and husband, Rocky, Rebecca Bower and husband Gary, Sherry Malphurs, John Mark McDonald and wife, Anna Maria two sisters; Florine Edwards and husband Glenn, Belenda Lane and husband Jesse, seventeen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family requests memorial be made to the South Plains College Foundation 1401 College Ave, Levelland, TX 79336

Vera Phillips, 59 of Brownfield

Funeral Services are scheduled for Vera Phillips, 59 of Brownfield.  Services are set for Friday, October 28 at 2pm in the Calvary Baptist Church of Brownfield.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Brownfield.

Obituaries October 25, 2016

George Robert Riddell, 77 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for George Robert Riddell, 77 of Levelland.  Services are set for 10am on Thursday, October 27 in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  He passed away on Sunday, October 23 in Levelland.  Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at the Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.  Rosary services are scheduled for 6:30pm on Wednesday.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

George Robert Riddell, 77 years, entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
There will be a Rosary recited on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our chapel.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 320 E Washington, Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 10:00 am.

His legacy is carried on by his wife: Marie Ochetti Riddell of Levelland; one son: Mark and wife Martha Riddell of Dallas; two daughters: Cyndi and husband David Clark of Nashville, Tennessee, and Jacqueline Riddell of Dallas; two brother in laws: Floyd Hammontree and James Ochetti; five grand children and two great grandchildren.

George Robert Riddell took his first breath on May, 26, 1939, in Whitehall, Michigan, to Clarence and Alberta Riddell. He wed Marie Louise Ochetti on June 24, 1961, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The couple relocated to Levelland, Texas in 1962. He earned a Master Degree in Education and was a band director in Levelland, Abernathy, and Whiteface. George was an artist and enjoyed painting portraits as well as landscapes; he was a musician, played the saxophone, and had a passion for teaching children to play instruments. He enjoyed going out to dinner and traveling as well. His memory will be cherished by all of his family and friends.
He is reunited with his parents as well as two sisters: Audrey Goren and Clarie Hammontree
Funeral arrangements are under the professional care of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland

Paul “Crow” Cirilo, 54 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Paul “Crow” Cirilo, 54 of Levelland.  Services are set for 2pm on Wednesday, October 26 at the First Presbyterian Church in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland.

Paul “Crow” Cirilo, 54, of Levelland, passed away October 22, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. Paul was born to Roman and Ernestina Cirilo on July 18, 1962, in Levelland, Texas. He married Lucy Pacheco Cirilo on June 30, 2007. He is preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother. He is survived by his wife Lucy, four brothers, Manuel; Ramon; Ramiro; and Domingo Cirilo; two sisters, Rosa Cirilo Rincones and Anita Cirilo Elliott; his grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces and cousins. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Jimmy Studdard, 67 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jimmie Studdard, 67 of Levelland.  Services are set for 2pm on Friday, October 28 at Missionary Baptist Church in Morton.  He passed away on Monday, October 24 in Lubbock.  Services are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Morton.

He was born February 26, 1949 in Lubbock, Texas to J.T. and Alta Mae (Singleton) Studdard. He married Vanessa Windham in Morton, Texas on October 5, 1968.

Jimmie was an auto mechanic for many years, and was a business partner with his dad, J.T. at Jay’s Garage in Morton. The business celebrated 75 years before closing in 2014. Jimmie was an avid fisherman, hunter and arrowhead hunter. He is preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Jerry Don.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Vanessa; his two daughters, Melissa Blackstock and her husband, Len of Fort White, Florida and LaHuana Studdard of Levelland, Texas; his son, Jody Studdard and his wife, BB of Shallowater, Texas; his brother, Ronnie Studdard and his wife, Gloria of Sundown, Texas; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, with one to be born in January 2017; and 2 nieces.

Gerald Don “Rip” Lasater, 77 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Gerald Don “Rip” Lasater, 77 of Denton and formerly of Sundown.  Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at 10am in First Baptist Church of Levelland.  Family visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.  Burial will be held at 4pm Thursday in the Old Andrews Cemetery in Andrews.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.

Gerald Don ”Rip” Lasater, 77, was ushered into the presence of our Lord on Thursday, October 20, 2016. He was born October 19, 1939 in Odessa, Tx to Virgil Bell Lasater and Ruby McCarley Lasater. He grew up in Andrews, Tx and graduated from Andrews High School in 1957. He attended Hardin Simmons University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He met the true love of his life while at Hardin Simmons. He married Julia Wilson on December 26, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tn. They moved to Hobbs, NM in 1962 where he began his career in the school system. While in Hobbs, he taught in both elementary and junior high. He worked in the central office there in public relations and later became an elementary principal. He received his Masters of Education and his Education Specialist degrees from Eastern New Mexico. He then had the opportunity to move to Sundown, Tx to serve as superintendent of schools. He felt blessed to have the opportunity to serve, support and love the students, staff and community of Sundown. He felt his occupation was a true ministry. He was a deacon in Hobbs, Sundown, and Levelland, not just in title but in life. His life goals were to make you feel loved, valued, and special and he was successful in that.

He is preceded in death by his father, Virgil Lasater, and his step-father, Gordon Walker.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Julia of Denton, TX, his mother, Ruby Walker of Lubbock, TX and sister, Alice Scott (Granvel) of Lubbock, TX. His daughters, Marianne Pierson (Weldon) of Argyle, TX and Laurie Gray (Leffel) of Abilene, TX. Grandchildren include Brianna Sales (Chad) of Lubbock, TX, Grant McMillan (Linda) of Lubbock, TX, Tabor McMillan (Katie) of Fort Worth, TX, Meredith Churchill (Chase) of Carrollton, TX and Landon Gray of Austin, TX. Great grandchildren are Madeleine and Fallon Sales of Lubbock, TX, Chord Churchill of Carrollton, TX and Walker McMillan of Fort Worth, TX.

Memorials may be sent to the Rip Lasater Scholarship Fund, c/o Sundown ISD, P.O. Box 1110, Sundown, TX 79372.

Obituary October 20, 2016

Kirby Truett Howell, 62 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Kirby Truett Howell, 62 of Levelland.  Services are set for Friday, October 21 at 11am in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel.  He passed away on Tuesday, October 18 at his home in Levelland.

Kirby Truett Howell passed away of natural causes in his home on Tuesday, October 18.  He was born October 29, 1953 in Waco to Paul and Ida Howell.  He grew up in Levelland and worked in the oilfield after graduating from Levelland High School.  He later moved to Midland, where he worked for Phillips Petroleum Corporation.  He returned to Levelland to be near family.

His greatest asset was to see humor and comedy in almost all situations.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul Howell and sister Renee Manning.  He is survived by his son Tracy Howell of Greely, Colorado; his daughter, Lacey Bixier and husband James, also of Greely, Colorado, two brothers, Shelby and wife Betsy of Canyon Lakes, and Doug Howell and wife olly of Lubbock; brother in law Tom Manning; granddaughters, Ella and Arie and numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituary October 18, 2016

George R. Keeling, 68 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for George R. Keeling, 68 of Levelland.  Services are set for Friday, October 21 at 10am in the First United Methodist Church in Levelland with Rusty Dickerson officiating.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  He passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 17 at the Lubbock Heart Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 5pm to 7pm in the George Price Funeral Home in Levelland.

George R. Keeling, husband, father, son, brother, friend, volunteer, donor, and proud business owner of George R. Keeling Germania Insurance, The Brasch Mitchell and benefactor of The Wallace Theater Project; Gorgeous George…King George…Georgie…the Godfather…the consummate nick name giver died unexpectedly at the Lubbock Heart Hospital on October 17th at the age of 68. George is survived by his beautiful wife Iris, his precious daughter Alycyn, loving sister Kay Selby and brother in law John, brother in law Don Boedeker, nephews and nieces Greg and Diane Selby, Jeff and Lisbeth Selby, and Laura Selby and grand nephews and nieces Hayden, Bethany and Jeffrey Selby. He is preceded in death by his parents Bishop and Ruby Lee Keeling and In-laws E.W. Bill and Gladys Boedeker. George was born on December 19, 1947, in Levelland Texas at Phillips-Dupre Hospital. He was a proud graduate of the class of 66’ Levelland H.S. and 1971 graduate of Texas Tech University…GO RAIDERrrrrrrrrrrsssssss. (as George would definitely insert there) where he received his Chemistry B.A. and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He came home to work at his father’s new car dealership for the summer before going to Pharmacy School at the University of Texas and instead decided to stay. After attending General Motors Institute for dealership management in 1972 and his father’s passing in 1975, George became a General Motors Dealer for Keeling Buick. In 1977 he married the love of his life Iris Boedeker and on that August 6, the two would become the inseparable George and Iris Keeling, a love to be envied and most definitely emulated. On the 25th of May, 1985…his greatest achievement…his pride and absolute joy Alycyn Keeling was born and he would get a new name only one would be lucky enough to get to call him… “dad.” George could most accurately be framed by the phrase “service above self”; the Rotarian motto which he did not just recite on Tuesdays at lunch Rotary but that he lived every single day. George served on the Levelland Chamber Board, was elected the State Director for Texas Auto Dealers Association, served as President of the Lubbock Area Association of Health Underwriters, President of Levelland Noon Rotary Club, established the Downtown Association through the Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the Christmas Downtown Lighting Project, served as President of the Mainstreet Board, American Cancer Society President, was a founding member of the Hockley County Endowment and has served on numerous committees and donated countless hours of volunteer efforts and dollars to making Levelland a place you could sing from the rafters…’livin in Levelland and lovin’ it! George received the Community Service Award in Business from the Levelland Area Chamber of Commerce in 1977, Citizen of the Year in 2002, The Jerry Barton Service Award in 2005, Mainstreet Hero Award in 2008 and also in 2008 the Lubbock Area Association of Health Underwriters established “the George Keeling Distinguished Service Award” with George as the first recipient. George sold the dealership in 1986 and established George R. Keeling Insurance Agency where he has operated and served this community ever since. George never met a stranger, he was known far and wide for the nick names he gave out and he never greeted you without a smile, a handshake a hug, a story or that boisterous love that made everyone feel special. And if we could call Heaven and ask George what he was doing right now…he would reply “Oh, I’m just sittin’ here on the beach eaten bon bons and sipping umbrella drinks!” George will be celebrated and remembered as a life well lived…well loved and well done! Viewing will be Thursday, October 20th at George Price Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral is scheduled for 10:00am Friday, October 21st at the First Methodist Church of Levelland, with burial to follow at the Levelland Cemetery. Rusty Dickerson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and celebrate George R. Keeling’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be given to the project MOST near and dear to George’s heart…The Wallace Theater Project. Donations can be made online at http://www.wallacetheater.com or mailed to Levelland Wallace Theater PO Box 1398 Levelland, TX 79336.

Obituary October 12, 2016

Mary Lynn Hodges, 74 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Mary Lynn Hodges, 74 of Levelland.  Services are set for Thursday, October 13 at 10am in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, October 12 from 6pm to 8pm  in the Funeral Home Chapel.  She passed away on Sunday at Covenant Specialty Hospital in Lubbock.

Mary Lynn Hodges, 74, of Levelland, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Covenant Specialty Hospital. Mary was born on October 7, 1942, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to Gene and Sybil McClure. Her family moved to Levelland in 1949. She graduated from Levelland High School in 1961. Mary was a member of Second Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years. Mary began her career in banking with Levelland State Bank and was employed with them for 45 years. She saw many changes in the banking industry. She then retired from Chase Bank in 2009. Survivors include her son Kevin and wife Heidi Hodges and her triplet granddaughters, Kendal, Keely and Kirsten, all of Lubbock. These girls and her family were her whole life. She also leaves behind her sisters Genie Ballew and Sue Wade, and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Mickey McClure. Mary was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many.

Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituaries October 6, 2016

Jaden Lee & Nyine Anthony Vela

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jaden Lee Vela, 7 and Nyine Anthony Vela, 5 of Levelland are set for Thursday, October 6 in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  They both passed away September 23 in El Paso.  Services are under the direction of George Price Funeral Directors.

Funeral Mass for Jaden Lee Vela, 7, and Nyine Anthony Vela, 5, of Levelland, will be held Thursday, October 6 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Ernesto Lopez officiating. Visitation will be held at George Price Funeral Home Wednesday, October 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jaden and Nyine passed away September 23, 2016, in El Paso. They are the sons of Rosemary Castro and Victor Vela III.

Jaden and Nyine are survived by their mother, Rosemary Castro and fiancé, Juan Gonzalez; father, Victor Vela III; Manuel Chapa; and host of loving family members.

Online condolences may be offered and the guestbook may be viewed on our website at www.georgepricefunerals.com.

Alice Faye Golightly, 77

Funeral Services are scheduled for Alice Faye Golightly, 77 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday, October 8 at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7 from 6pm to 9pm at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  She passed away on Sunday, October 2.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.

Alice Faye Golightly, 77, of Levelland passed away October 2, 2016. A family visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Alice was born April 28, 1939 in Palestine, Texas. She married Warndell Golightly on March 9, 1956 in Palestine. Alice moved to Levelland in 1956 and became the housekeeper for Billy and Nancy Price. She also cared deeply for the couple’s sons, Dusty and Rusty Price. Retiring after 40 plus years as a sales clerk at Western Auto, Alice became a caregiver for the Levelland Senior Citizens. Alice enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and helping those in need.

Preceding Alice in death were her mother, Bernice Williams; father, L.T. Williams; father, Frank Mayfield; husband, Warndell Golightly; and brother, John Williams.

Left to cherish her memory are son, Tony La’Dell Golightly and Delia Leon of Phoenix, Az.; twins, Genora dn Genor Golightly, both of Levelland, Tx.; sisters, Clara Jean Young of Midland, Tx., Bettie Mae Lockridge of Levelland, Tx., Helen Laverne Martin of Midland, Tx, and Veronica Ann Williams of Palestine, Tx.; grandchildren, Terez Ramos and La’Quarie Golightly of Levelland, Tx.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Willie Floyd Smith, 85

Funeral Services are scheduled for Willie Floyd Smith, 85 of Levelland.  Services are set for Saturday at 10am in the Fifth Street Baptist Church.  Visitation is scheduled from 6pm to 8pm on Friday from 6pm to 8pm at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.

Willie Floyd Smith, 85, died at his home on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, surrounded by family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and uncle.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, October 7th at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin Street in Levelland. Funeral services will be at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Levelland, 1009 5th Street, at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 8th.

Floyd was born on January 4, 1931, to Lee Monroe and Iona Beatrice (Boggs) Smith in Bixby, Oklahoma. The family moved to Whiteface, Texas, where he graduated from Whiteface High School in 1948. He married the love of his life, Norma Dean Read on December 20, 1949. They were married for 65 years, until her passing in 2015. Much of his heart died that same day.

Floyd worked as a Roustabout, Pumper, and Production Foreman for Dekalb Energy Company (aka DEPCO) for 42 years, retiring in 1990. His focus went beyond just being a supervisor, he was also a teacher that molded young workers into men. He was respected for being more than just a boss. His work ethic was second to none. He believed that you stayed with the job until it was finished properly, no matter how long it took, or what the conditions were. He demanded that things be done the right way, and expected that from his staff, as well as the contractors that worked for him. There were no shortcuts.

His pride and joy were his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was very proud of all of them, and a pushover when it came to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Floyd never met a stranger or turned down an opportunity to tell a good story, with a perhaps a little embellishment. He laughed often and made others do the same. He was also always up for a game of dominoes. He could pretty much tell what dominoes you had after you played your first one, then he had you.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beatrice Williford, and last year by his wife, Norma.

He is survived by his children, Sue Edwards, of Levelland, Nancy Swain (Frank) of Levelland; and Bobby Smith (Sabrina) of Midland. Also his grandchildren, Jason Edwards (Danielle), Melissa Young (Jeff), Michael Swain (Mary Jo Ramharter), and Matthew Swain (Abi); great-grandchildren, Jadan Edwards, Alexandra and Samantha Young, Matthew, Nathan, Zachary, Jacob, and Mason Swain. He is also survived by brothers Leon Smith, Holice (Nancy) Smith, and sister Edith Bryant, along with in-laws Dale (Jenny) Read and Myrlene Read, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him beyond description.

The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Todd Rose and the caring staff at the Heart of Lubbock Dialysis Center. They helped prolong his life to see the family continue to grow, and make no mistake, he loved his family. Further, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the charity of your choice, in his name.

Obituaries September 30, 2016

Roberto Escobar Sr., 71 of Sundown

Funeral Services are scheduled for Roberto Escobar Sr. 71 of Sundown.  Services are set for Saturday, October 1 at 10am in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  He passed away on Thursday, September 29 in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

Roberto Escobar entered eternal rest on September 29, 2016.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church,320 E Washington, Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 AM.

His spirit is carried by his two children, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, five sisters, and an extended family of relations and friends.

Roberto Escobar Sr. was born on November 25, 1944, in Melvin. During his life, Roberto was a farm laborer, worked for the grocery store in Sundown, Masengale Oil Company, L.C. Kerney in Sundown, and S&W Roustabout. He married Refugia Perez on July 4, 1970. Roberto enjoyed playing dominos, doing cross puzzles, watching The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune, playing horseshoes and washers, fishing, shooting his ’22 rifle, listening to a variety of music, and he enjoyed Monday Night Raw. Roberto was a Dallas Cowboys fan. He cherished and enjoyed every moment that he got to spend with all of his family. Roberto is reunited with his mother, and one son: Bobby Esocar, two brothers: Samuel and Alfredo Escobar.

Jimmie Jean Hayes, 92

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jimmie Jean Hayes, 92.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at 2pm in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 30 from 5pm to 7pm in the George Price Funeral Home.  She passed away on Wednesday, September 28.

Jimmie Jean Hayes, age 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016. She was born on May 6th, 1924 in Knox City, Texas to Jim and Beulah Horton. She has a younger sister Lilly Newsom. She married Bufford Hayes on November 11th, 1944. She graduated from Witharrell High School in 1941. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Levelland, the WMU and the PTA. She taught Sunday School and GAs at First Baptist Church Witharrell and later joined First Baptist Church Lubbock. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed riding motorcycles with her friends and husband. She loved her Lord and treasured her family above everything else. Visitation will be held at George Price Funeral home Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at George Price Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, son, James and grandson Patrick. She is survived by two daughters, Latricia Polk and Karen Waller, one son, Gary Hayes, 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary September 29, 2016

Wanda (Spence) Holder, 79 of Lubbock

Funeral Services are scheduled for Wanda (Spence) Holder, 79 of Lubbock.  Graveside Services are scheduled for 11am Friday, September 30 in the Smyer Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.  She passed away on Sunday, September 25 in Shallowater.

She worked for 14 years and retired as a correctional officer at the State Prison in Lubbock. She is survived by 4 Sons, 1 Daughter, 14 Grandchildren and 1 Brother.

Obituaries September 23, 2016

Thalua Marie Garner, 89 of Levelland

Graveside Services are scheduled for Thalua Marie Garner, 89 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Monday, September 26 at 2pm at the Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow with burial to follow.  She passed away on Thursday, September 22.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.

Our beloved Nana, Thalua Marie (Bearden) Garner, went to be with her Lord on September 22, 2016.

Friends and family visitation will be held from 4:00-5:00 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow with Rev. Sammy Elliott of the First Baptist Church in Levelland officiating.

Thalua was born on January 10, 1927, in Hale County, Texas, to C.A. and Zuma (Coe) Bearden. She graduated from O’Donnell High School in 1943 and moved to the Union Community near Brownfield
where she met the love of her life, Alton Garner. They married on September 11, 1948.

Thalua taught school for several years in rural communities around Brownfield and began secretarial work in Plains and Brownfield while Alton was overseas during the Korean War. She then joined him in the abstracting business in Littlefield and Perryton. She enjoyed a 19 year career as a legal secretary and trust officer at First National Bank in Perryton working for a most favorite boss, Bruce Julian.

In 1991, Thalua and Alton moved to Levelland where she spent wonderful retirement years attending school programs, ballgames, birthday parties, and holiday dinners with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Thalua volunteered in the church library for many of those retirement years, and she and Alton restored tractors. They were active members of the South Plains Antique Tractor Association

Thalua is preceded in death by her parents; two children stillborn, Charlotte Ann and Paul Douglas; four sisters, Loys Stephens, Mamie Lamb, Vera McKee, and Ethel McKee; and one brother, Sterling Bearden.  She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Jennifer Morgan and husband, Neal, of Lubbock; two grandchildren, Rachel (Morgan) Fernihough and husband, David of Lubbock, Jim Morgan and wife, Rachel
of Heath; five great-grandchildren, Joseph, Lauren, and Nora Fernihough, and Clay and Harper Morgan. She is also survived by one sister, Lena Franks of Midland; “bonus” sisters whom she lived with the year Alton was in Korea, Carol Ann (Garner) Stokes of Brownfield and Marcia (Garner) Polsgrove of Fort Worth; and one sister-in-law, Sheron Daniel of Lubbock.

We want to thank Nana’s caregivers at Covenant Levelland Hospital, Promiseland II Assisted Living in Lubbock, and Hospice of Lubbock for your most loving care. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock 79410.

Johnnie Lee Currington, 82 of Lubbock

Funeral Services are scheduled for Johnnie Lee Currington, 82 of Lubbock.  Services are set for Friday, September 23 at 2pm in the West Texas Church at the Barn in Lubbock.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home of Levelland.

Johnnie Lee Currington, 82, of Lubbock, Texas passed from this life on September 21, 2016 in Lubbock. She was born November 4, 1933 in Wortham, Texas to George Howard and Iva Lee (Marriot) Huddleston.

Johnnie married the love of her life, C. A. Currington, January 9, 1949 in Emhouse, Texas. Together they made their home in Levelland where she was a cosmetologist for many years.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her loving husband, C. A. Currington, children; Ronnie Currington and wife, JoAnn, Ted Currington and wife, Jan, Pam Bryant and husband, Ricky, Mark Currington and wife Amy,
13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sister, Judy Stephens; several nephews, nieces and a host of friends.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Kirkwood and brother, Glenn Huddleston.

Funeral services to honor Johnnie’s life will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 2:00 PM in the West Texas Church at the Barn in Lubbock with Pastor Ted Currington officiating, interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Obituaries September 19, 2016

Pete Flores, 51 of Morton

Funeral Services are scheduled for Pete Flores, 51 of Morton.  Services are set for Thursday, September 22 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church in Morton.  He passed away on Saturday, September 17 in Lubbock.  Services are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home in Morton.

Church Service for Pete Flores Age 51, of Morton, Texas, is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Morton with Rev. Lyndall Fletcher of officiating. Pete died Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Lubbock. He was born April 14, 1965 in Levelland, Texas.

Pete was a long-time resident of Morton, Texas. He worked as a roughneck and later became a well site supervisor. He loved to cook and BBQ; and most of all loved his family. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Gilbert and Florentina Perez.

Survivors include his sons, Dustin Compton and his wife, Melissa of Abilene, Texas, Peter Flores Jr. of Abilene, Texas and Sawson Flores of Arizona; his two daughters, Destiny Flores of Abilene, Texas and Kyran and Angelina Flores of Arizona; his parents, Lester and Alma Ware of Morton, Texas; three sisters, Nelda Whitman and her husband, Johnny of Heflin, Alabama, Sylvia Thomas and her husband, Ray of Idalou, Texas and Jana Hopson and her husband, Kenny of Earth, Texas; a brother, Johnny Bartosiewicz and his wife, Donna of Temple, Texas; and five grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all of his co-workers.

Cristina Sanchez, 79 of Brownfield

Funeral Services are scheduled for Cristina (Padron) Sanchez, 79 of Brownfield.  Services are scheduled for Monday, September 19 at 10am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland with Ernesto Lopez officiating.  She passed away on Thursday, September 15 in Brownfield.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland.

Cristina Sanchez entered eternal life surrounded by her loving family on September 15, 2016.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church,320 E Washington, on Monday at 10:00 AM.

Her spirit is carried by her twelve children, fourty grandchildren, fifty-two great grandchildren, one great great granchild, one brother, four sistersr, and an extended family of relations and friends.

Cristina Sanchez’s life story began on June 19, 1937, in Hondo, Texas to Calletano Sr and Dominga Padron. She married Mauro J Sanchez on December 17, 1952. The couple lived in the Levelland/Brownfield area until relocating to Brownfield in ’96 where they raised their family and she spent her life being a loving mother and wife. She enjoyed watching soap operas, feeding and caring for her dogs and chickens, listening to Spanish music, and having lots of family gatherings. She is reunited with her parents, her husand, two brothers: Juan and Calletano Jr Padron; one son: Gregorio Sanchez; and one daughter: Christine Sanchez.

Obituary September 18, 2016

John McCasland, 84 of Littlefield

Funeral Services are scheduled for John McCasland, 84 of Littlefield.  Services are scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9am in the Grace Chapel in Littlefield.  Services are under the direction of Hillcrest Funeral Home of Littlefield.  He passed away on Friday in Amherst.

John H. McCasland, 84, of Littlefield, passed away September 16, 2016 in Amherst. He was born March 20, 1932 in Post, Texas to George and Ollie McCasland. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. He married Shirley Hanson December 9, 1953 in Ft. Worth. He was a car salesman and mechanic for many years. He was proud of his restored 1917 Dodge Brothers car, and loved to drive it around. He enjoyed being outdoors, working in his yard or garden, and could often be found at the coffee shop with his friends. John liked to play dominoes, and was a great storyteller. Mostly he loved spending time with his family. John is survived by his daughter, Jerry Yarbrough and husband Mark of Amherst; three sons, Johnny McCasland and wife Terri of Tulia, TX, Jimmy McCasland and wife Patsy of Ft. Stockton, TX, and Jackey McCasland and wife Tamra of Plainview, TX; nine grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. Waiting for him in Heaven were his wife, Shirley McCasland; granddaughter Ashley Yarbrough; two brothers, George McCasland and Harley McCasland; and a sister, Vera Cobb. Services will be 9:00 a.m., Monday, September 18, 2016 at Grace Chapel in Littlefield with Mark Yarbrough officiating. Interment will follow in Amherst Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jason, James, John, Justin and Taylor McCasland, and Alex Yarbrough.

Obituary September 13, 2016

Oscar Noe Lopez, 61 of Olton

Funeral Services are scheduled for Oscar Noe Lopez, 61 of Olton.  Services are scheduled for Friday, September 16 at 2pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olton with burial to follow in the Olton Cemetery.  He passed away on Sunday, September 11 in Lubbock.  Services are under the direction of Hammons Funeral Home of Littlefield.

Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 in Hammons Memorial Chapel, Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield, Texas.

Fucneral Mass will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olton, Texas. Burial in Olton Cemetery, Olton, Texas.

Oscar was born May 2, 1955 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to the late Victor Lopez and the late Maria D. Lopez. He worked as a laborer at Cattleman’s Feedlot in Olton.

His hobbies were soccer and wrestling. He was part of the soccer team in Navegantes de Colon in Monterrey, Mexico.

Survivors include two sons, Oscar Lopez and Noe Lopez of Littlefield; 13 grandchildren, Hope Orosco, Elizabeth Adriel Grace Lopez, Oscar Noah Luis Lopez, Mikyela Nevareh Maria Lopez, Alecsis Noelle Lopez, Micah Sanches, Donavon Amos Tenorio, Claudia Ann Lopez, Esmeralda Lopez, Isabella Andrea Lopez, Hannah Catharina Lopez, Hayden Noel Lopez, Kyson Nicholas Lopez; one great-grandchild; five brothers, Victor Lopez, Hugo Lopez, and Mario Lopez from Monterrey, Mexico, Martin Lopez and Jesus Lopez from Olton, Texas’ and 4 sisters, Maria DeLaCruz from San Antonio, Rita Minerva Lopez from Olton, Texas, Marina Lopez from Dallas, Texas, and Maribel Lopez from Abilene, Texas.

Obituary September 9, 2016

Winnie Reid, 87 of Levelland

Funeral Services for Winnie Reid, 87 of Levelland are scheduled for Monday, September 12 at 2pm in the Second Baptist Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, September 11 from 3pm to 5pm at the Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.

Winnie Reid, 87, of Levelland, Texas passed from this life on September 5, 2016 in Levelland. She was born September 19, 1928 to Walton O. and Eva B. (Kirkham) Bowen.

Winnie was born in Brown County, Texas, and grew up around the Abilene area. She married Charles Warren Reid in Levelland, Texas on September 22, 1948. With her pioneering spirit, Winnie was the first woman to graduate from SPC in automotive repair. She was a writer for the Levelland Sun News and Levelland News Press. Winnie taught piano and swimming as well as being very involved in the women’s softball league. She was active in the women’s auxiliary of the VFW, and for 18 years dedicated her service and loyalty to the Hockley County Sheriff’s Department. Winnie was a charter member of Fifth Street Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her father, Walton ”Otho” Bowen; mother, Eva Byrd; husband, Charles Warren Reid; and son, Randal Reid.

Those left to cherish her memory include sons, Jesse Reid and wife Cindi of Illinois and Harley Reid of Levelland; daughter-in-laws, Debbie Reid of Arlington and Carol Reid of Lubbock; 8 grandchildren, Amy Reid of Dallas, Tjay Reid of Arlington, Michael Reid and Christopher (Stacie) Reid of Jacksonville, FL, Austin Reid of Richardson, Evan and Kelsey Reid of Lubbock, and Madeline Hohman of Springfield, Il.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Winnie Reid Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Women in Law Enforcement at South Plains College, 1401 College Avenue, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Obituary September 7, 2016

Juanita Hargrove, 80 of Levelland

Memorial Services for Juanita Hargrove, 80 of Levelland are scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 at 2pm in the Cactus Drive Church of Christ.  She passed away on Friday at her home in Levelland.  Juanita was born June 26, 1936 in Crosbyton, Texas to Raymond and Elva Davis. She established a strong work ethic as a child, working as a migrant worker in Oregon. Throughout her life she worked some odd jobs, was a stay at home mom, and was a manager/assistant manager at Town & Country stores in Levelland for 28 years. Juanita retired from working at the age of 77.

She loved movies, music, jigsaw puzzles, and ELVIS. She knew family was much more important than money, loving her family unconditionally. Juanita had a kind gentle spirit and treated everyone with respect and kindness.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Elva, as well as her husband of 35 years Lanny Hargrove. She is survived by daughters, Jeannie Stinson and husband Mike of Edmonson; Jana Garnett and husband Doug of Denver City; Shannon Morris and Randy Houck of Amarillo; sons, Jimmy Hartley and wife Janice of St. Peters, Missouri; Shane Hargrove and wife Lori of Fairmont, Minnesota; brother, Eddie Davis and wife Pat of Sommerville, South Carolina; three nieces; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grand children.

A celebration of life service to honor Juanita was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Cactus Drive Church of Christ in Levelland.

Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary August 10, 2016

Jackie Henderson, 59 of Levelland

Funeral Services for Jackie Sue Henderson, 59 of Levelland are scheduled for 2pm Friday, August 12, 2016 in the Grace Chapel of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.  She passed away on Monday, August 8 in Lubbock.

Jackie Sue Henderson, 59, of Levelland passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 in Lubbock. She was born December 5, 1956 in Littlefield to Glenn and Geneva Horton. Jackie attended school in Littlefield. She worked at Walmart for over 20 years, before retiring. She loved watching movies, and doing crafts like making jewelry and ceramics. Most of all, she loved being with her family, especially at holidays when the whole group would be there. Jackie loved her kids, grandkids, and her dog, Sugar. She attended Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock. Jackie is survived by her daughter, Randa Wuerflein and husband Carson of Levelland; two sons, Marc Timian and Jaime Timian and wife Ellen, all of Levelland; three grandchildren, Haley Davis, Kelsie Davis, and Rylan Wuerflein, and one grandbaby on the way. Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2016 at Grace Chapel in Littlefield, with Allen Whitley officiating. Interment will follow in Littlefield Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday evening at the funeral home from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.

Obituary August 8, 2016

Winnie Sue Taylor, 74 of Levelland

Graveside Services are scheduled for Winnie Sue Taylor, 74 of Levelland for Tuesday, August 9 at 2pm in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  She passed away on Friday, August 5 in Levelland.

Winnie Sue Taylor 74, of Levelland, Texas passed from this life Friday, August 5, 2016, in Levelland, Texas. Winnie was born in Turkey, Texas on September 13, 1941, to Paul and Dinah (Chadwick) Skelton.

She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Dinah Skelton

Those left to honor and cherish Winnie’s memory include her sons, Tye Taylor and wife, Edith of Lovington, NM, Chance Taylor of Lubbock; daughter, Mika Brown and husband Pat of Levelland; grandchildren, Scott Fisher, Jennifer Hernandez, J.R. House, Shayla House, Brittany Taylor, Katy Brown, Josh Brown, Brittney Brown, Nathan Brown, Steven Brown, Sidney Taylor and Braden Taylor: great grandchildren, Addie, Jace, Nolan, Tucker, Logan, Cheyanne, Baylee, Braelyn, Braxton, Emersyn, Brooks, and Ryder; sister, Mary Corgill and husband Jerry; brother, Paul Skelton, Jr. and wife, Nan ; and several nieces and nephews,

Graveside Services will be held at 2PM, Tueday, August 9, 2016 at Levelland City Cemetery with Rev. Shannon Gresham officiating.
Obituary July 28, 2016

Elbia (Adame) Hernandez, 61 of Levelland

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Elbia (Adame Hernandez, 61 of Levelland is scheduled for 2pm Tuesday, August 2 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Wednesday, July 27 in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Viewing will be held at the funeral home from 9am to 5pm on Monday, August 1.

She is survived by 3 sons including, Eugenio (Melissa) Hernandez Jr. of Lubbock; Felipe Hernandez and Edward Hernandez of Levelland; 3 Daughters including Esmeralda (Felix) Landa, Elvia (David) Benitez and Emilia Hernandez all of Levelland; 2 Brothers; 8 Sisters including Emma Adame Zepeda, Esmeralda (Jose) Gonzales, Petra Mendoza, Maria Rodriguez, Erma (Juan) Solano, and Palmera Dominguez all of Levelland; 32 Grandchildren and 36 Great Grand Children.

Gano Richard “Dick: Tubb, 74, of Levelland, Texas, left to be with our Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016. Dick was born on October 30, 1941, in Levelland, Texas, to Howard Gano Tubb and Goldie Curtis Tubb. He was a retired business owner and an avid fisherman and golfer.

Dick married Patricia Bridges on May 7, 1964, and was with her for many happy years until the day of his passing. She was definitely the source of his most pride and joy. Dick enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends. He attended South Plains College in Levelland and received his B.S. from West Texas State University in 1967.

Dick taught school for four years in Hereford, Texas, before taking jobs with Farm Bureau, SPS and Tretolite. He started his own company, Chem Tech, in 1980. He later brought in a partner, Dennis Patton and eventually sold the business in 2006. Chem Tech is still proudly owned by members of the Tubb family.

Dick was preceded in death by his father Gano and mother Goldie. He is survived by his wife Patricia; brother Joe and wife Kathy of Levelland and brother Mack and wife Melissa of Spring. He had many nieces and nephews including nephew Chad Tubb of Lubbock; niece Leslie Spears and husband Britt, also of Lubbock; Jennifer Darwin and husband Todd; Beth Cozby and husband Drew; niece Penny Tubb of Spring; and niece Libby Garavito and husband Gonzalo, also of Spring. He had many great nephews and nieces including Kayli, Kade, Keely, Jake, Noah, Ainslee, Lizzie, Joe, Gleith, Merritt and Emily.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gano and Goldie Scholarship fund at South Plains College, or the SPC scholarship fund of your choice. Online condolences may be offered on our website atwww.gerorgepricefunerals.com. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

John Lewis Fulbright 73, of Levelland, Texas, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. John was born February 19, 1943, to W. Carl Fulbright and Lucille Gibbs Fulbright in Seagraves, Texas, and was the middle child of 5 siblings.

He married his beloved wife, LaDonna Gressett, on February 2, 1972, in Levelland, Texas. John worked as the Production Supervisor of Texaco Oil Company and retired after 37 years. John greatly enjoyed time with his family and friends as well as baseball, golf, hunting and fishing. He was also on the Denver City football team who won the State Championship in 1960. He was an avid Facebook user and was known for his wit, humor and genuine personality among his friends and family.

After not enjoying a few years of retirement, he went to work as a consultant for Midville Energy. John was devoted to the care of his lawn, was very competitive and loved to attend his families reunions. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Carl Gene Fulbright and a sister Elaine Fulbright. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife LaDonna; son Matt Fulbright of Levelland; daughter Kimberly Thompson of Levelland; grandson Collin Thompson; granddaughter Johnna Thompson, both of Friona; brother Don and wife Alice Fulbright of Garland, TX; and brother Dr. Robert Fulbright of New Haven, Connecticut.

Online condolences may be offered on our website atwww.georgepricefunerals.com. Arrangements under the direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, TX.

Obituary July 27, 2016

Kenneth Wayne Chappell Sr., 82 of Lubbock

Funeral services for Kenneth Wayne Chappell Sr., 82 of Lubbock are scheduled for Thursday, July 28 at 10am in the First Baptist Church in Lubbock.  Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Levelland.  He passed away on Sunday, July 24 in Lubbock.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.

He was born May 5, 1944 in Texico, NM and moved to Levelland in 1998 and relocated to Lubbock in 2008.  He was a Navy Veteran and retired as a Lubbock Police Officer after 17 years.  He is survived by 1 Son, 1 Daughter, 1 Brother, John David Chappell of Levelland, 2 Sisters, Barbra Landerith and Joann Faircloth both of Levelland.

Jetrudis Sanchez Lopez, 81 of Levelland

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Jetrudis Lopez, 81 of Levelland.  Services are set for Friday, July 29 at 10am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton with burial to follow in Whiteface Cemetery.

She was born November 15, 1934 and married Manuel Lopez on November 22, 1958 in Mexico.

She is survived by 7 sons including Jesus Lopez of Levelland; 1 Daughter; Several Grandchildren and Several Great Grandchildren.

Obituary July 21, 2016

Konnie Simpson, 58 of Morton

Konnie died July 20, 2016 in Lubbock. She was born July 16, 1958 in Muleshoe, Texas to Homer and Doris (Hanna) Richardson She married Dan Simpson in Threeway, Texas on May 27, 1977.

Konnie had lived in Morton all of her life. She graduated from Three Way High School and Eastern New Mexico University. Konnie owned and operated Simpson Bookkeeping in Morton for 30 Years.

Konnie is survived by her husband Dan Simpson of Morton, Texas. Her mother Doris Richardson of Morton, Texas. One Sister Belinda Steinbock of Sudan, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Ronnie Richardson.

Family suggest memorials be made to The American Diabetes Association, 8008 Slide Road, Lubbock, Texas, 79424.

Obituary July 14, 2016

Alton R. Kelley, 64 of Levelland died July 11, 2016 in Levelland, Texas.

Memorial Service 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016 at Park Drive Baptist Church; 107 County Road; Levelland, Texas under the direction of Hammons Funeral Home of Littlefield.

Alton was born November 29, 1951 in Muleshoe, Texas to Travis and Artie Ledbetter.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Kelley of Levelland; his father, Travis Kelley of Morton; a son, Greg Curtis of Seagraves, Texas; a daughter, Anjela Kelley of Abilene, Texas; a brother, Wendall Kelley of Tyler, Texas; and two sisters, Treva Crump of Amarillo, Texas, and Andrea Warton of Dexter, New Mexico.

Obituary June 13, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland for Rosa Garza, 57 of Levelland is scheduled for 10am Tuesday, June 14 at the Assembly of God Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Wednesday, June 8.

Obituary June 7, 2016

Nancy Kathleen (Deaver) Barnett left this life to be with her Lord and Savior after a lengthy illness on June 5, 2016. Nancy was born in Morton, Texas on April 30,1938 to Burl Richard and Evelyn (Sadler) Deaver. She grew up in Morton and has many friends there.   Services are scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at 2pm in the Cactus Drive Church of Christ in Levelland.

Nancy married the love of her life, Jack E. (Pinkie) Barnett on October 17, 1959, in Levelland. She worked at the Levelland State Bank and enjoyed many activities as a mother and community parent. She and Pinkie are well known and remembered for encouraging many young people in Levelland to participate in sports programs, including baseball and basketball. Nancy loved to play Canasta with her friends, watch Texas Ranger baseball, and watch Nadal win a tennis match.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, “Pinkie” Barnett; a son, Mark Alan Barnett, and two brothers Jack and Bill Deaver. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Rena Cox and husband Wilton of the Woodlands, Texas; and her son, Kevin Ray Barnett of Levelland. “Nana” has three granddaughters; Triston Frost and her husband, Andrew, of The Woodlands; Taylor Hord of Houston and Kayla Espinoza and her husband, Joey, of Levelland. She is blessed with six great-grandchildren: Mia, Harper and Asher Frost, and Khloe, Kymberlee and Keirsten Espinoza. Nancy is also survived by a brother, Burl Deaver and his wife, Jamettie, of Lubbock, Texas; her sister-in-law, Marvie Deaver, and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was loved by her extended family and many friends. She always had a great smile and enjoyed a good laugh. She will be missed but not forgotten. The family wishes to thank all who prayed for her, cared for her and enjoyed relationships with her over the years.

Obituary May 27, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home has been set for Billy J. Barker, 86 of Levelland and formally of Plainview.  Services are scheduled for 10am on Saturday, May 28 in the Second Baptist Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow at 2pm in the Dreamland Cemetery in Turkey.  He passed away on May 24, 2016.

Obituary May 20, 2016

A memorial service for Donald Edward Caddell, 76, will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Levelland with Randy Caddell of Garden City, Kansas officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 pm at George Price Funeral Home in Levelland. Donald passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016,. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on December 15, 1939 to Jace and Hada (Ford) Caddell. Hada passed away during childbirth and five years later Jace married Verna Mae Williams, who became Donald’s loving mother. Donald was a lifelong resident of Hockley County. He graduated from Levelland High School in 1958. Donald married Betty Knight in 1959 at Fellowship Baptist Church of Clauene, Texas. Donald and Betty had one daughter, Donna Rena, born in 1964. Donald farmed in the Clauene community for several years and then went into Law Enforcement with the Hockley County Sheriff’s Department for 28 years. During that time, he worked as deputy and chief deputy for the department. Donald served as sheriff for Hockley County from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. Donald was a big man with a big heart who enjoyed raising cattle and doing metal work and woodwork in his shop. He was a talented artist and enjoyed photography. He loved growing flowers and tending to his yard. He is preceded in death by his parents. Donald is survived by his wife, Betty of 56 years; daughter, Donna Edwards and husband David, all of Levelland. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Levelland Nursing Home and Interim Hospice nursing staff for the loving comfort and care provided. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests dona-tions be made to The Donald Caddell Scholarship in Law Enforcement at South Plains College, 1401 College Avenue, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Obituaries May 19, 2016

Bill Allen Head, 75, passed away on May 15, 2016 surrounded by his family and close friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at West Texas Church at the Barn in Lubbock. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Bill was born on April 2, 1941 in Levelland, Texas. He was a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family with all his heart He loved farming, cattle, good horses and roping. Bill loved doing everything with his wife and all of his children. He took great pride in his BBQ and feeding everyone. Bill enjoyed reading the Bible and his West Texas Church at the Barn family. Special thanks to Dr. Rodolfo Martinez and staff, Accolade Home Health, especially Angela, Buffy and Kara, and to his wife whom he loved above and beyond. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Shelley Head; sons, Bill Jr. (Tiger), and Scott and wife Carol Ann; grandchildren, Amber Dvorak, LaShawnda Deitsch, Tye Head, Rowdy Head, and Kooper Head; great grandchildren, Creed, Charlie Ann, Cohen, Jackson and Gage; and many other family and friends that called him “Poppie”.

Obituary April 26, 2016

Victoria Lynn Henry, 61, of Levelland passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Lubbock. A family visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at First Assembly of God Church with burial to follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Vicky was born July 22, 1954 in Levelland to parents James Edwin and Verna Sue (Smith) Johnson. She attended South Plains College and graduated with Associates Degrees in both Legal Terminology and Medical Terminology. Vicky is preceded in death by her parents, James and Verna Johnson; and her grandmother, Darsie Mae Griffin. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dave Henry; children, Kelly (Cathy) Breckenridge, Jamie Tucker, Melissa Henry, Traci Henry, Melanie (Caleb) Pennebaker, and Jessica (Matthew) Burt; and grandchildren, Ethan Moravek, Jayton Henry, Jonathan Murphree, Cheyanne Murphree, Levi Pennebaker, Sarah Pennebaker, Connor Burt and Collin Burt.

Obituaries April 23, 2016

Calvin Claude Kilby, Jr. “C.C.” of Sundown and formerly of Anton, passed away April 19, 2016. A family visitation will be held Friday, April 22, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 3:00 pm at Second Baptist Church in Levelland. Calvin was born April 29, 1975 in Littlefield to parents Calvin and Ramona Kilby. He married Becky on May 18, 2012 in Sundown. Calvin worked at Summit ESP as a field service tech. He graduated from Anton High School in May 1994. Calvin was a part of the Boy Scouts as a child and also volunteered with his dad on the Anton Fire Department. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, while cheering for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Texas Tech football. Calvin enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his wife, kids, nephew, and Godchildren along with the rest of his family. He is preceded in death by his father, Calvin Kilby, Sr. and his sister, Ramanda Kilby. Calvin is survived by his wife, Becky; three children, Kaysee Cox, David Cox and CJ all of Sundown; his mother, Ramona Kilby of Anton; sister, April of Anton and Eriq Kilby of Anton; aunt, Joyce Collier of Seagoville; along with numerous cousins and friends.

Obituaries April 20, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Paul Alaquinez, 40 of Levelland.  He passed away on Saturday, April 16.  Services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at 10am in the St. Michael Catholic Church in Levelland.  Private burial services will follow.

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Larry Lopez Jr., 45 of Lubbock and formally of Levelland and Morton.  He passed away on Saturday, April 16 in Lubbock.  Services are scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 2pm at St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Morton.  Reflections on the Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 7pm on Thursday, April 21 at Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Morton.

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Martin Nevarez Sr., 76 of Levelland.  He passed away on Sunday, April 17 in Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at 2pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Rosary Services were held on Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm at the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel.

Obituaries April 15, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Jerry Larue Jones, 74 of Levelland.  He passed away on Tuesday, April 12 in Lubbock.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 10am in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow at 3pm on Saturday in Willow Cemetery in Haskell.  Visitation is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Friday, April 15 in the George Price Funeral Home.

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Lorine Belle Jones Lippard, 97 of Levelland.  She passed away on Tuesday, April 12 in Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 10am in the First United Methodist Church in Levelland.  Visitation is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Sunday, April 17 in the George Price Funeral Home.

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland are scheduled for Ms. Olga Bela, 58 of Clovis, NM and formally of Levelland.  She passed away on Sunday, April 10 in Clovis, NM.  Services are scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 11am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled from 6pm to 9pm on Sunday, April 17 at the Head Duarte Funeral Home.  Rosary Services are scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at 7pm at the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel

Obituaries March 8, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Stanley Newburn Jr, 58 of Levelland will be held at a later date in California.  He passed away on Sunday in Levelland.  Burial will follow in California.

Doris June Melton, 88, of Levelland passed away in Lubbock on Friday, March 4, 2016. Family visitation will be held Monday, March 7, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Fifth Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. June was born January 12, 1928 in Estacado, Texas to parents Alsie Lee and Virgie Cecil (Wilson) Shirey. She spent her childhood in Pettit, Texas and graduated from Pettit High School. June married Albert Leon Melton in Levelland on April 27, 1946. They were married for 67 years. June graduated from South Plains College where she was a member of the first class to attend. She also graduated from Texas Tech University and taught all levels of elementary students as an art teacher. Her teaching career included one year at Sundown Elementary, and 28 years at West Elementary in Levelland. She was a lifelong member of Fifth Street Baptist Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts and quilting. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Reba Kaesemacher, and brothers Cecil Lee Shirey and Harold Dean Shirey. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Nancy and Larry McVay of Kingsland; son, Stevan and Darlene Melton of Levelland; sisters, Lucy Lindsey of Colorado and Virginia and Harry Phenice of Alaska; sister-in-law, Helen Shirey of Wolfforth, Texas grandchildren, Heath and Kim McVay of Loveland, Colorado,, Heather and John Conquest of Austin, Joshua Melton, Julie Melton and Jonathan Melton all of Levelland; and 9 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in June’s name to South Plains College or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Leon Slape of Levelland, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the age of 94. Leon is survived by his children, Jimmy and Anita Slape, Lonnie and Vickie Slape all of Levelland, and Martha and Ernie McDaniel of Howe, Texas; grandchildren, Kelly McDaniel of Howe, Brad and Brittany Slape, Matt and Shalyn Slape all of Levelland, Amanda and T.J. Martin of Lubbock, Erin Slape of Midland, Kasey and Pat Tarantino of Ithaca, NY, and Dustin Slape of Midland; great grandchildren, Destinee Slape, Danielle Slape, Haydn Dukatnik, Brooklyn Slape, Jessi Slape, Enzo Tarantino, and Dylan Slape; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Leon was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary Frances; son Dennis Slape; and grandson Patrick Slape. He was born on June 15, 1921 in Paducah, Texas to James and Nettie Slape. He married Mary Frances Wade on November 25, 1944 in Littlefield, Texas. He was a long time farmer and custom harvester until his retirement. He was a very special Husband, Daddy, PaPa, Uncle and Friend to many, and will be greatly missed. Leon was a member of Park Drive Baptist Church in Levelland. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Park Drive Baptist Church in Levelland with Brother Gil Rameriz officiating. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to Park Drive Baptist Church Building Fund or to your favorite charity.
Funeral Services for Marvin Newman, 86 of Levelland is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at 3pm in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home.  He passed away on Sunday, March 6 in Levelland.
Funeral Services for Rosa Cirilo, 95 of Whitharral is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 10am in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home.  She passed away on Friday, March 4 in Levelland.

Obituaries February 11, 2016

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home are scheduled for Guadalupe Marquez Gomez, 81 of Levelland.  Services are set for Thursday, February 11 at 2pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Graveside Services under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, NM are scheduled for Clifford Reeves, 77 of Portales.  Services are scheduled for 2:30 Thursday, February 11 in the Floyd Cemetery.

Funeral Services for Orestes “West” Garza, 51 of Levelland are scheduled for 10am Friday, February 12 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland.  He passed away Sunday in Lubbock.

Funeral Services for Juan Raul Mora, 34 of Lubbock are scheduled for 2pm, February 19 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Levelland under the direction of Griffin Mortuary in Lubbock.  He passed away on February 1.

Obituaries January 5, 2016

Teresa Gail McHam, 52, of Levelland passed away January 3, 2016. A family visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm at the George Price Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Park Drive Baptist Church with Brother Gil Rameriz officiating. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Teresa was born September 18, 1963 in Levelland, Texas to parents, Robert McHam and Elaine Nutt. She was a hairdresser from 2000-2015. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and most of all her children and grandchildren. Teresa is preceded in death by her mother, Elaine Nutt; step-mom, Jeanette McHam; and grandmother, Lorene Powell. She is survived by her father, Robert McHam; step-mom, Gwen Marker; daughters, Crystal Newberry and Brittany Castro; sisters, Bonnie Burt and Darla Austin; grandchildren, Ethan Castro and Isaiah Castro; nieces and nephews, Brandon Newberry, Brant Newberry, Jason Austin and April Clark; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Julie Dawn Welch, 53, of Lubbock passed away January 4, 2016. A family visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Julie was born November 28, 1962 in Levelland, Texas to parents Jimmy and Jeanette (Hogue) Welch. Julie was a bookkeeper for West Texas Gas. Preceding her in death were Mindy and Matt Stanley. Julie is survived by her parents, Jimmy and Jeanette Welch; daugh-ters, Tori York and Courtney Smith; son-in-laws, Cody Smith and Matthew Carney; granddaughters, Emery Smith, Presley Smith, Charley Peyton Smith and Jemma York; siblings, Jackie and JoAnn Welch and Jeanie and Len Stanley; nieces and nephews, Misty and Nathan Brummett, Macey and Aaron Bracken, and Chelsi and Trey Welch.

Obituaries January 3, 2016

Ken Overland
(February 29, 1948 – December 27, 2015)

Kenneth Overland, 67, of Littlefield, Texas went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus, Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at Grace Chapel in Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Littlefield Memorial Park. Ken’s family will receive friends and loved ones at the funeral home from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday January 3, 2016. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield. Ken was born to the late Gordon and Joyce (Bearden) Overland on February 29, 1948 in Hobbs, New Mexico. The family moved to Littlefield for a few years, and then to Bula, Texas in 1953. Ken attended Bula Schools and graduated in 1966. It was his sophomore year, in 1963 that a new girl started school and became the love of his life. Ken and Lana Carol Aduddell began dating in October 1965, and after graduating, Ken entered the Air Force, then they married September 8, 1967 in Littlefield. After living four years in Lubbock, the young couple returned home in 1971. Ken was the owner of the Enco & Deep Rock service stations for four years before becoming a truck driver in September of 1975. Ken and Lana loved Littlefield and raised their sons Clint (1969) and Wade (1973) in the small town school atmosphere where the boys attended and graduated. Ken loved horses, ducks, fishing, boating, hunting, guns, cars, camping, woodworking, growing tomatoes, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was an active member of the Lamb County Sheriff’s Posse for many years, participating in playdays and parades. Ken grew up attending St Martin’s Lutheran Church in Littlefield, where at age 12 he was saved and confirmed. He started attending the Baptist church with Lana, and at the time of his passing was a member of the Whitharral Baptist Church. Ken took great pride in working hard and providing for his family. He was the most wonderful, funny, loyal and loving husband, son, dad, brother, grandpa, uncle, cousin, in-law, and friend. The joys of his life were his boys and their wives, but his grandkids, great grands, and nieces & nephews all held a special place in Ken’s heart. He was affectionately known as Uncle Ken and Do-Da. Until November 11, 2015 Ken was employed as a truck driver for Walmart Distribution of Plainview, Texas. Even though he had been unable to drive this past year, Walmart held his job for a year for him. Ken loved driving his truck and working for Walmart. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Gordan and Joyce Overland; a sister, Joy Darlene (1945); two brother in laws, Faron Black (2001) and Kevin Aduddell (2013); step sister in law, Janice Cox (2013); father in laws, Jack Aduddell (2007) and Dewitt Tiller (2010); and mother in law, Nina Aduddell Tiller (2014). Ken is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lana Overland of Littlefield; sons, Clint Overland and wife Shannon of Lubbock, and Wade and wife Shannon of Arlington; five grandchildren, Talon of Lubbock, Danielle of Arlington, Cheyenne of Littlefield, Jesse of Bushland, and Ryan of Lubbock; two great granddaughters, Rheyli and Rhustli of Littlefield; two brothers and their wives, Michael and Robin Overland of Lubbock and Keith and Diane Overland of Garden City, Kansas; a sister, Elaina Overland Black of Lubbock; two brother in laws, John Aduddell of Littlefield and Randy Aduddell of Sierra Leone Africa; very special family friend Jim Huston of Houston; special step brother and wife, Billy and Christal Tiller of Bula; two special step sisters, Beverly Tiller of Littlefield and Elaine Hedges and husband Eddie of Levelland; 46 nieces and nephews including spouses; 41 great nieces and nephews including spouses; 2 great-great nephews; and many wonderful cousins and friends. The family suggests memorials be made to the Littlefield EMS, Littlefield Salvation Army, or a charity of your choice.

Obituaries December 17, 2015

Domia Dene (D.D.) Gillespie, 85, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born July 8, 1930 and grew up in Pettit. D.D. was a resident of Dimmit, Texas and was retired as a truck driver, have worked many years at Goodpasture, Inc. D.D. is survived by one son, Rev. Darren Gillespie and wife Paula of Radcliff, Kentucky. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Chance, Shelby, Jonah, and Julieann Gillespie, all who live in Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his father, Clemon Gillespie; mother, Mattie Kate Hagan; brothers, Carol Ray, Gerald and Frank Gillespie; sisters, Pauline Burkett and Ruth Simpson; and two infant daughters, Rene’ and Joye Gillespie. Rev. Darren Gillespie will hold a small graveside memorial at the City of Levelland Cemetery on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 11:00 am.

Lee Hugh Savage, 98, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Levelland, passed away on December 14, 2015. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 11:00 am in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel. A family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Hugh was born December 27, 1916 in Hollis, Oklahoma to parents Lee and Effie Savage. He graduated from Arnett High School in 1936. Hugh married Margaret Wever on January 29, 1938. He farmed in west Texas for many years, and was also a sales representative. Later in life he and Margaret enjoyed traveling around the United States. Hugh was an avid Lady Raiders Fan during the Marsha Sharp years. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and son Eddie James Savage. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Brenda Miller and husband Cary of Kingsland, Texas; sister, Margarete Miller Sisk of Lubbock, sister-in-law, Mary Savage of Lubbock; grandchildren, Johnny, David, Patricia, Clay and Monia; many loving great and great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Hugh’s name be made to Lubbock Children’s Home, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408.

Obituary December 14, 2015

Jim Allen Cogdell, 45, passed away December 10, 2015 in Levelland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Second Baptist Church with Mike Holster and Gil Ramirez officiating. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. A family visitation will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at George Price Funeral Home. Jim was born June 30, 1970 in Lubbock, Texas to Gene and Carolyn Cogdell. He graduated from Levelland High School in 1988 and attended South Plains College and South Plains College Law Enforcement Academy. Jim married Jennifer Abney on June 20, 1991. He began his law enforcement career at South Plains College Police Department, where he worked for 4 years. He then worked for the Levelland Police Department for 16 ½ years. While at the Levelland Police Department, Jim was a member of the Honor Guard, S.W.A.T Team, and rode motorcycles for several years. He also worked for the Lubbock County and Terry County Sheriff’s Departments. Jim was currently employed at Womack-Cavendar Farms taking care of their horses. Jim loved his family, but his true love was being out with the horses sharing his love of riding with his wife, girls and grandson. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, and also attended Park Drive Baptist Church. Jim is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughters, Lisa Cogdell, Brittany Cogdell and Katelyn Cogdell; parents, Gene and Carolyn Cogdell; brother Gary Cogdell; parents-in-law, Mike and Barbara Abney; brother-in-law, Steve Kuhler; and one amazing grandson, Joshua Cogdell. He is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Cogdell and his grandparents.

Obituary December 7, 2015

Velna Marcelene “Marcie” Bowen, 88, of Levelland passed away in Lubbock on December 3, 2015. A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 10:00am on Monday, December 7, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Levelland. Marcie was born in Crosbyton, Texas on December 5, 1926 to parents John William and Lydia Anne (Mayo) Bertram. She married Carroll Bowen on August 24, 1947 in Post, and they moved to Levelland in 1954. Marcie was an educator in Post, Whiteface, Pep, and South Plains College for many years. She volunteered for the Baptist Student Ministries after retirement. Marcie was a member of First Baptist Church for many years, and worked in the nursery there for 58 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll, and daughter, Leeanne Dupree. Marcie is survived by daughter, Dawn (Ron) Reed of Spokane, WA; son, Kim (Lana) Bowen of Montgomery, TX, daughter, Amy (Bunk) Skelton of Claude, TX, son, Dusty (Wanda) Dupree of Lubbock, TX; sister, Gerry (Clinton) Kennedy of Levelland, TX; grandchildren, Michelle Dowler of Troy, ID, Leesa Martinez of Spokane, WA, Alison Bowen of Shell, Ecuador, Luke Bowen of The Woodlands, TX, Heidi Nicholson of Levelland, TX, Jill Piersall of Fort Worth, TX, and Lana Gibbs of Bonham, TX; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Obituary November 13, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for James Oder Osborne, 88 of Levelland is set for today at 2pm in the Christ United Methodist Church in Levelland.  He is survived by his wife Margie McElroy Osborne, 1 Daughter, 1 Son, 6 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandchild, 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters.

Obituary November 11, 2015

Celebration of Life services for Lonnie Gene Stroud of Levelland will be held at 2:00 pm November 12, 2015 at George Price Funeral Home Chapel with Carl Newsom officiating. Lonnie passed away on November 6, 2015. Lonnie was born March 9, 1952 to parents Leathel Ray and Maretta Stroud. He went to school in Levelland. Lonnie married his soul mate and they had two daughters and a son. He worked as a truck driver and derrick hand for numerous oil companies and Haliburton. He enjoyed horses, baseball, cars, and spending time with his dog, Baxter. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Rebecca; daughters, Stasha of Levelland and, Miranda of Lubbock; son, Chris Scrogum of Indiana; brothers, Terry of Levelland, and Ronnie of Woodrow; two nephews and three nieces. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Leathel and Maretta Stroud, and brother, Donnie Stroud.

Obituaries October 1, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Renetia Renae Walls of Waco and formally of Morton, 44 is scheduled for Saturday at 2pm at the First Baptist Church in Morton.

She is survived by her Parents including Jaquera Sanders of Levelland; 1 Daughter, Amber Johnson Honesto of Brownfield; 1 Son; 3 Brothers including Jonns Gilliam of Levelland; 2 Sisters; and 2 Grandchildren.

Funeral Services Under the Direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Faustino Lopez Jr. of Lubbock and formally of Levelland age 72 is set for Friday at 10am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Levelland.

He is survived by 4 Brothers, including Armando Lopez and Mario Lopez both of Levelland; 4 Sisters including Margarita Lopez and Beatrice Valadez both of Levelland.

Obituary September 23, 2015

Eugenior Flores of Maple and Goodland, Texas, 85 passed away on Monday in Lubbock.  Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, September 23 at 10am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland with Father Ernesto Lopez officiating.

Rosary Services are scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.

He is survived by his sons:  Jose Flores and Jessie Flores both of Levelland; Daughters including Reyes Guillen of Levelland and Gloria Flores of Whiteface; 30 Grandchildren; 35 Great Grand Children and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.  He is also survived by 1 Sister.

Burial will follow in the Morton Memorial Cemetery

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Bobby “Bob” Gene Odell of Levelland

Bobbie “Bob” Gene Odell of Levelland passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015, at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas. Services to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 2 pm at Cactus Drive Church of Christ in Levelland. Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at George Price Funeral Home. Bob, the son of Robert and Neva O’Dell, was born in Levelland, Texas on July 11, 1935. He graduated from Levelland High School in 1954. Bob was employed by Continental-Emsco in Sundown in 1957. He married Linda Deere on November 28, 1958. Bob later went to work for Dunco Oil Field Supply as General Manager on June 1, 1976 until 2000. He then worked for Aim Bank as a courier from 2007 until March 2015 when he had his stroke. Bob was an active member of the community having been in the National Guard for 10 years, a long time member of Rotary, a Little Dribblers coach, a Little League coach, Booster Club, LISD School Board member, President of Chamber of Commerce, long time member of Cactus Drive Church of Christ, serving as deacon and then elder. Bob loved traveling to Colorado with his family and fishing. Bob left a legacy of a strong faith in God and was proud of his church history and his town of Levelland. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Neva O’Dell. He is survived by his wife, Linda; one daughter, Staci and David Noles; one son, Barry and Meri Lyn Odell; five grandchildren, Kevin and Diane Noles, Kirk and Michaela Noles, Kelly and Brittney Noles, Kelsey and Casey Williams, and Derek Odell; two great-grandchildren, Nixon Noles and Liam Odell; one great-grandchild on the way; one brother, Frank and Lois O’Dell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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James W. Davis of Levelland

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, James Davis completed his circle of life. On July 8, 1928, James was born in Ellamore, West Virginia, where he lived until 1948 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. James proudly served in the Army for 26 years. Once retiring, he planted his roots in Levelland, TX where he resided for 37 years. James worked at the original Levelland State Bank for over 10 years as well as First Baptist Church as a maintenance man. James enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, Cadillacs and pickups, and he was always on time for everything in life. James loved and was very active in his community of Levelland. He enjoyed cooking, canning, coin collecting, board games and always a good joke. James was preceded in death by his parents Rosco and Stacey Davis, his loving wife Rachel Davis, daughter Barbara Jackson, and brother Carrol Davis. James is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Terry Davis of Alamogordo, NM; sister, “Boots” Marino of West Virginia; grandchildren, Lisa (Tim) Dean of Vancouver, Washington, Jason Davis of Floydada, TX, Apryl Stickels of Alamogordo, NM, Ben (Krystal) Jackson of Aledo, TX, Matt Jackson and Father Gary Jackson of Clovis, NM; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Makynley Dean, Audree Ana Martinez, Julian and Cameran Davis, Markus Covarrubia, Blaine and Maddie Jackson; and his very special companion, Pat Lacewell. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the George Price Funeral Home Chapel, 1400 Ave. J, Levelland, TX. Services will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 10:00 am at George Price Funeral Home Chapel, 1400 Ave. J, Levelland, TX, with burial to follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. The reception will be held after services at the First Baptist Church, 401 Houston Street, Level-land, TX. Pallbearers include Ben Jackson, Matt Jackson, Gary Jackson, Jason Davis, and Julian Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Smitty Smith and Charles Meetze. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Levelland, 401 Houston Street, Levelland, TX 79336

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June H. Hale of Levelland

Funeral services for Annie Lajune Hughes Hale, 86, of Levelland will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015, in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael J. Holmes officiating. Interment will be in the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of George Price Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. She passed away surrounded by her family on September 20, 2015. Mrs. Hale was born on October 13, 1928 to the late Thomas Bethel and Eula Mae (Jones) Hughes in Winters, Texas. She was the eldest of 6 children. As a child, her father was a rancher and a business man which led her to live in many places throughout her childhood. She met Noil Edwin Hale during her senior year in high school and they later wed in Matador, Texas in 1948. The couple had 2 sons, Jesse Edwin and Paul Alan. Following her husband’s work in the oil industry, the family lived in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming before settling in Levelland in 1960. Mrs. Hale was a substitute teacher for Levelland ISD for several years and enjoyed working for the Census Bureau. She also sold Avon and was a Cub Scout Leader. She enjoyed cooking, reading, fishing, spending time with her family, and had a fascination with family history. Her many talents included playing piano, sewing, and painting. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Eula Mae Hughes; husband, Noil Edwin Hale; brother, Mike Hughes; sister, Dana Bontke; and son, Paul Hale. She is survived by her son, Jesse and Darlys Hale of Levelland; daughter-in-law, Diane Hale De Luna of Levelland; granddaughters, Jennifer Franklin and husband Marlon of Bushland, Texas, Jackie Garrett and husband Randall of Benbrook Texas, Jillian Hale and husband Daniel Smith of Lubbock, Texas, and Katherine Hale of Levelland; great-grandsons, Cannon and Callan Garrett; sisters, Bonnie Ayers and husband Ralph of Lubbock, Texas and Susie Karrh and husband Robert of Amarillo, Texas; brother, Bill Hughes and wife Bobbie of Paris, Texas.
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Euel Elkin “Judge” Palmer
Euel Elkin “Judge” Palmer, 87, of Levelland, Texas passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015, at his home with family. Funeral services are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas. A public visitation will be held at George Price Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 25, 2015, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Levelland Texas on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 1 p.m. Judge was born on December 26, 1927 in Levelland, Texas to parents Earl Mixon, Sr. and Edna “Rosie” Atchison Palmer. Judge was a 1945 graduate of Levelland High School and attended Texas Tech College before being drafted into the United States Army, stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. After an honorable dis-charge from the United States Army, Judge and Laverne moved back to Levelland to own and operate Palmer Brothers with his two brothers, M.G. and Baldy. The first Palmer business, opened in 1924, which was a tailor shop, set the groundwork for the Palmer business future. Among his many business ventures included cleaners, restaurants, farms, banking, real estate, oil and gas, and cattle. Palmer Brothers remains in operation today. Judge married Doris Laverne Boyd on September 2, 1950. His family and his business brought him the most pride and joy in his life. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Laverne; one son, Kirk Palmer of Levelland; one daughter, Penny Palmer Webb and husband Donnie “Boogie” Webb of Levelland; grandson, Derek Palmer and wife Carrie and their daughter Elizabeth “Lizzie” of Bandera, Texas; grandson, Dillon Palmer Webb of Fort Worth, Texas; one grand-daughter, Stevi Marie Foster and her husband Tyler Rowdy Foster of Thibodaux, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Evelyn Palmer of Levelland, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews which he loved. If you care to join the family in celebrating Judge’s life, please visit www.georgepricefunerals.com.

Obituary September 10, 2015

Larry Campbell, 70, of Anton passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at his home. He was born November 22, 1944 in Risco, Missouri to Russell and Rebecca Campbell. Larry married Carrol Rushing April 27, 1963 in Anton, Texas. He owned and operated the Humdinger in Littlefield for 32 years. He was well known for his good cooking and made lasting relationships with his customers. Larry loved to play golf, enjoyed working in his yard, playing games and shooting pool. He was a Judo instructor for many years, and was very talented in competitions. His greatest pleasures in life were being “Pap” to his grandchildren and a loving husband to his sweetheart, Carrol. He is survived by his wife, Carrol Campbell of Anton; a daughter, MaLinda Stone and husband Steve of Anton; three sons, Karl Campbell and wife Judy of Anton, Wes Campbell and fiancé Tori of Anton, and Larry Don Campbell and wife Mandi of Levelland; ten grandchildren, Adair Campbell, Karl Wayne Campbell, SaVanna Walker, Tyson Thompson, Joshua Thompson, Tim Stone, Mitchell Stone, M’Kenzi Campbell, Jordan Campbell, and Addisen Campbell; ten great grandchildren; seven brothers, Lonnie Campbell of Littlefield, Jim Campbell and Vernon Campbell both of Stockton, California, Dennis Campbell, John Campbell, Joe Campbell and Shannon Campbell all of Lodi, California; three sisters, Bonnie Baines of Lodi, California, and Linda Roland and Rose Buren of Stockton, California; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Anton Cemetery in Anton, Texas with Jay Macha officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Karl Campbell, Wes Campbell, Larry Don Campbell, Tyson Thompson, Joshua Thompson, Tim Stone, Carl Walker and Steve Stone. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield. The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers to one of the following: Hospice of Lubbock, Anton United Methodist Church, or Anton Senior Citizens.

Obituaries July 27, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Lewis Albert Hall, 65 of Amarillo and formerly of Whiteface is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 2pm in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  The family will receive guests from 6pm to 8pm on Friday at the Head Duarte Funeral Home.

He passed away on Thursday in Amarillo.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Amarillo; 1 Daughter; 3 Brothers including, Farris Hall Jr and Ernest Hall both of Levelland and 2 Sisters.

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Ismael Alvarez, 67 of Levelland and formally of Morton is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 1pm in St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton.  He passed away on Saturday in Levelland.

He is survived by 3 Sons, Gilbert Alvarez and Danny Alvarez both of Levelland and Tony Alvarez of Morton; 2 Daughters, Ida Franco and Chriselda King both of Levelland; 3 Sisters, Elida Alvarez and Juana Soliz both of Morton and Manuela Bautista of Levelland; and 1 Brother.

Obituaries July 21, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Maria Elana Acosta, 61 of Levelland are scheduled for Thursday at 10am at the First Assembly of God Church in Levelland.  She passed away on Sunday, July 19 in Lubbock.

She is survived by her husband, Elias Acosta, Sr. of Levelland; 3 Daughters including Ester Tienda, connie Acosta and Andrea Edwards all of Levelland; 1 Son, Elias Acosta, Jr of Sundown; 6 Brothers including Juan Sanchez of Sundown, Mauro Sanchez Jr of Brownfield; Jesse Sanchez, Enrique Sanchez and Tommy Sanchez all of Levelland.

Obituaries July 13, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland for Sally Ann Ochoa, 30 of Levelland is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 10am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Rosary Services are scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm at the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel.

She passed away on Friday, July 10 in Lubbock.

She is survived by her parents, Paul and Celestina Ochoa of Levelland; 2 Sisters, Mirand Juarez of Lubbock and Emilie Muniz of Levelland; 3 Brothers, Emilio Muniz and Joe Juarez, both of Levelland and Alex Neff of Lubbock; 2 Aunts including Mary Muniz of Lubbock; 2 Uncles, Hector Muniz Sr. of Levelland and Jose Muniz of Lubbock.

Obituaries July 9, 2015

Joe Bollinger was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He married his wife, Irma Galindo, on November 24, 1965 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Lubbock, TX. He was a 1960 graduate of Athens High School and a graduate of Texas Tech University. He served in the Air National Guard from 1964 to 1970. Afterward, he worked for General Dynamics, Ralston Purina, and Clark Equipment before becoming the Physical Plant Director at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. In 2003, he retired after 22 years with the college. In 2012, he and his wife moved to Frisco, TX to live closer to their children and grandchildren. Throughout his life, he generously donated his time to various community organizations and his church. He loved gardening, tinkering, watching the news, RVing with his wife, and working in his workshop. He enjoyed spending his time with his grandchildren and great-children, who were his greatest joys. He was a very honest man who always spoke his mind. He enjoyed meeting new people everywhere he went. He will be missed for his knowledge, humor, and his dedication to his family and loved ones. Joe passed away on July 7, 2015 in his home, under hospice care, with his loving wife by his side. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irma; sons Robert and his wife Becky of Frisco, TX; Joe and his wife Julie of Arlington, TX; and daughter Marisa George and her husband Patrick of Plano, TX; his grandchildren Samantha Suhler, Shanda Griffon, Tyler and Tori Bollinger, Andi and Michael George, and by his great-grandchildren Stone Griffon and Sam and Max Suhler. A memorial mass will be celebrated in his honor on Monday, July 13, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas, 75023. If desired, contributions may be made in his name to South Plains College or to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation (www.mds-foundation.org).

Obituaries July 6, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Directors of Levelland for Linda Kay Rawlins, 69 of Levelland is scheduled for 2pm Monday, July 6 in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel.  She passed away on Monday, June 29.  She is survived by her husband Carl, 4 Children including Kyle Rawlins and wife Melissa of Lubbock and Scott Rawlins of Levelland and 4 Grandchildren.  She is also survived by 1 sister.

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Directors of Levelland for Karen Jane Davis, 56 of Levelland is set for Tuesday, July 7 in the First Baptist Church in Levelland with burial to follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  She passed away on Saturday, July 4.  She is survived by her Husband Dale Davis, her mother Pat Clark of Lubbock, 4 Children including christal Ainsworth and husband Trey of Smyer and Becky Wilks and husband Ricky of Lubbock; 1 brother David Clark and wife Ashley of Lubbock and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Directors of Levelland for Billye Oneta King, 95 of Levelland will be scheduled at a later date.  She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 6 sisters.  She is survived by 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 5 great great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Obituaries June 5, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Directors of Levelland for Josephone Tilghman Allen, 89 of Levelland is scheduled for Saturday at 10am in the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel.

She is survived by 3 Daughters including Patti Reyes of Levelland, Gaylen Leavelle and Cheri Davis both of Lubbock; 1 Son Larry Allen of Lubbock and 1 Sister.

Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Obituaries June 1, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Directors of Levelland for Veloria Holland of Lubbock and formally of Morton, age 50 are scheduled for Friday, June 5 at the First Baptist Church in Morton at 2pm.  Survivors include a daughter Roselyn Patton of Lubbock; 6 Sisters including Amy Henry, Evelyn Mojekwu and Barbra Eskihati all of Lubbock.  4 Brothers including Larry Holland and Gary Holland both of Levelland and WT Holland of Lubbock and 1 grandchild.

Obituaries  May 14, 2015

Funeral services for Jerald Joe Cookston, 71, of Levelland will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 2PM at the 5th Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Family visitation will be on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 6-8PM at the George Price Funeral Home. Jerald was born July 3, 1943 in La Mesa, California to Joe Frank and Hazel Della (McMillan) Cookston. He married Linda K. Brooker on April 3, 1962 in Levelland, Texas. Jerald was a Sergeant in the US Army from 1961 to 1964. While in the Army, he received the Sharpshooter Award. After the Army, he farmed, was an oilfield pumper and a Walmart associate. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Jerry and Joel. Jerald is survived by his wife Linda; son Ricky and Brenda Cookston of Wolfforth; daughter D’Layna and Johnny Palomin of Levelland; grandchildren Nathan Palomin, Devyn Griffith, Jared Cookston, and Kelsey Cookston; great-grandchildren Justin Palomin, Addison Palomin and Roslyn Griffith; his ever present side-kick Boo; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Sycily Jeannette Lattimore, 94, of Levelland, Texas passed away Monday, May 11, 2015. Services will be held at 2PM on May 30, 2015 in the Sundown Room at South Plains College.

Wendell Allen Osburn, 90 of Decatur went to be with our Lord Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his home in Decatur.

His memorial service is Friday at 11:00am at the Boyd Church of Christ in Boyd, Tx.  Family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday at the church.  Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home will be handling arrangements.

Clyde Harold Slimp will officiate.  Pallbearers include Leon Tovaas, Jim Coffey, Jason Osburn, Rodney Tovaas, Dustin Osburn and Seth Slimp.

Wendell was born on October 3, 1924 to Paul and Thelma (Combest) Osburn in McKinney, Tx.  He was united in marriage to Naomi Tribble on December 30, 1950 in Gainsville, TX.  Wendell served in the US Army, seeing action in WWII, where he was awarded a Purple Heart.  He loved his family and worked hard to provide for them.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Naomi, his parents, two brothers and two grandsons.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his 10 children, JoAnn Whittenburg and husband Sam, Patsy Slimp and husband Clyde, Virginia Elkins, Billie Murphy and husband Randy, Richard Osburn and wife Beth, Terry Osburn and wife Sherry, Theresa Boulter and husband Bruce, Charlene Hale and husband Ricky, Molly Windle and husband Jeff, and Thomas Osburn; 26 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and his beloved friend and Caregiver Anita Ratliff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, #70 in Decatur, TX, Honor Flight, or Boyd Cemetery Association.

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Obituaries  April 26, 2015

Our beloved wife, Mom, Mema, sister and friend, Glenna Stubblefield passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015. Glenna was born October 15, 1926 in the farm home of her grandparents near Tipton, Oklahoma. She was the eldest child of Guy and Grace Thompson.

As a teenager, she and her family moved to the West Texas plains near the farming community of Spade, with a new pair of jeans and a “hi-y’all” she became a Texan in no time.

She graduated from Spade High School in 1944. In the fall of 1945, Cpl. J.A. (Jack) Stubblefield was proudly serving his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in Europe. In September he came back to the states on a 30-day leave. After a whirlwind courtship of 19 days, he and Glenna were married.

They became the parents of three beautiful girls and had a marriage that lasted 70 years.

Other than two years in Perry Park, Colorado and two years in Manzanilla, Mexico, they spent their entire married life near Spade.

Glenna loved her church family and was a long time and faithful member of the Church of Christ.

Her family was her greatest joy. Family trips to St. Pete’s Beach in Florida, back yard cookouts for family and friends, and going shopping with the girls was so much fun.

She also enjoyed sports – the Dallas Mavs and San Antonio Spurs were her favorite teams. And her Okie blood came out when she watched the Oklahoma City Thunder. She enjoyed word puzzles, country western music, dancing and watching old western movies on T.V.

She and her teammates won many trophies playing volleyball and she helped coach a championship girls’ softball team.

She is survived by husband, Jack Stubblefield; three daughters, Evone Oliver, Carole Faver and her husband, Dwight, and Kathy Conley; three grandchildren, Lisa Benton and husband, Chad, Jennifer Volpe and Matt Faver; three great-grandchildren, Grady Benton, Mark Benton and Sophie Volpe; a brother, Guy Thompson and wife, Beverly. She is also survived by Kerwin Oliver.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, April 26, from 4 to 7 at the family home South of Spade at 2920 FM 168.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lubbock Children’s Home or the charity of your choice.

Obituaries–April 21, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Directors of Levelland for Crescencia Murillo Coronado, 87 of Levelland are scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd at 2pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She is survived by 2 Daughters: Leticia Coronado and Alysia Murillo both of Levelland
2 Brothers: Abraham Murillo and Louis Murillo both of Levelland
2 Sisters including Delfina Tienda of Levelland
3 Grandchildren

Funeral Services under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Directors of Levelland are scheduled for Jeynette Greaves Simmons, 79 of Levelland. Memorial Services are scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 2pm at the Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.

She is survived by 2 Daughters, 2 Sons including Alan and his wife Joanna of Levelland, 11 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren and 1 Sister.

Obituaries, April 23, 2015

Funeral Services under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home in Morton are scheduled for Glynna Merritt, 80 of Morton will be held at 11am Thursday, April 23 at the First Baptist Church in Morton. Burial will follow in the Morton Memorial Cemetery. She passed away on Monday, April 20 at her home.

Glynna moved to Morton when she was in the first grade and operated the Beehive Flower Shop for many years. She started the Cancer Cake-A-Thon 43 years ago. The 43rd Annual Cake-A-Thon will be held on Saturday. She was also the director of the project to publish Texas’ Last Frontier, A History of Cochran County which was published in 1986.

She is survived by:

2 Sons, Monty Merritt of Morton and Donnie Merritt and wife Leann of Morton
8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren

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Jerry Paul (Pancho) Lawson, born to Dick and Mona Lawson on June 10, 1959 in Levelland, Texas, passed away on April 18, 2015. Family visitation will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at George Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM in First United Methodist Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Dick Lawson, and sister Kay Lynn Lawson. He was born and raised in Levelland, Texas and was a farmer by trade. He enjoyed raising pigs and loved gardening and fishing. Jerry loved helping people and would do anything for someone in need. He received a Trans-Am for his 16th birthday and has treasured that car his whole life. He graduated from Levelland High School and attended South Plains College majoring in Agri-business. He participated in the Texas Cradle of Giants show at South Plains College and music was always an important part of his life, and continued playing music throughout his life. Jerry is survived by his mother, Mona Lawson of Levelland; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and K’Wyn Lawson of Levelland; daughter, Jordan Lawson of Levelland; brother and sister-in-law, Alton (Bunk) and Carol Lawson of Levelland; and sister and brother-in-law, Leslie and Richard Lang of Round Rock, Texas; grandchildren, Codee LeCrone, Colton LeCrone and Jazzi’Lynn Lawson; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the church or organization of your choice.

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