Charles F. Hood, Jr. – July 24, 2014

Hood Obit PicCharles F. Hood, Jr., 86, of Amarillo, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Greg Corona officiating.  Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery in Panhandle.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Charles was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Panhandle to Fred and Thelma Hood.  He attained the rank of Army Lt. Colonel during his service to his country. He retired as an accountant for the US Postal Service.  Charles married Gardys Elizabeth “Betty” Armstrong on June 27, 1950.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2013.  Charles was a member of Hillside Christian Church and was an active Mason, in Blue Lodge, York Rite, and Scottish Rite.  He volunteered with VFW and DAV. He was patron of and season ticket subscriber to the Amarillo Symphony for many years.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Fredrick Hood, III and wife Patricia, Maurice Lynn Hood and wife Maria Consuelo, and John Andrew Hood and wife Nancy; four grandsons; two granddaughters; three great-granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.

Melba J. Sansing – July 23, 2014

Sansing Obit PicMelba J. Sansing, 97, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  She was born November 6, 1916 in Lipan, Texas to S.H. and Kate Ator.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 25, at First Baptist Church Chapel.  Burial will be Saturday, July 26, in Stephenville, Texas at 1:00 at West End Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

While attending John Tarleton State College, Melba met William B. Sansing, Jr.  In 1936, after his graduation from Baylor University, they were married.  Their son, William A. Sansing, was born in 1938.  After her husband’s death in 1952, while serving his second tour of duty with the US Navy during World War II and Korean War, Melba started her long career with the Amarillo National Bank.  She retired after 30 years, most of which was as an outdoor teller.  She had a special bond with all her customers, knowing each one by name.  “Mama” was fun to tease as you could expect a quick retort. Her gift of knowing everyone by name stayed with her to the end as she introduced us to all her caregivers at Harrington and Ware and nurses at her doctor’s offices.  She was a true lady.  She enjoyed driving through the pastures each spring, admiring all the new baby calves at Bill and Betty Ann’s ranch in Clarendon.  She drove herself there on her 90th birthday.

Melba is survived by her son and wife, Bill and Betty Ann of Clarendon; 5 grandchildren:  Barry, Lynn, Mark, Shelley, Billy; 6 great-grandchildren:  Cassie, Quinton, Taylor, Wyatt, Tatum, and Cara Beth.

The family suggests memorials be to their favorite charity.

Norma Fay Nance Scarborough – July 23, 2014

Scarborough Obit PicNorma Fay Nance Scarborough passed from this life on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Anna Street Church of Christ with Gene Shelburne and Lyndon Latham officiating.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Norma was born in Rural Swisher County, Texas on August 15, 1921 to Joel and Jewel Nance. Norma married Tom Willet Scarborough on May 13, 1939 in Silverton, Texas. Together they had five girls and resided in Amarillo, Texas.   Norma was a seamstress for many years at the Hollywood department store.   She was also a very active member of the West Amarillo Church of Christ then later the Anna Street church of Christ.  Norma had a heart for children and did not want them to go hungry; she volunteered in the food pantry and donated to many ministries over the years to aide in the fight of hunger.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Jewel Nance; husband Tom Scarborough; brothers, Hugh Nance and JD Nance; sister, Edna Grant; and grandson, Jeffrey Parton.

Norma is survived by her sister, Betty and Howard Heines, of Lakeville, IN; five daughters:  Glenda Scarborough, of Amarillo, Carolyn and Dudley Robertson, of Dallas, Janice Leos, of Weatherford, Wanda Scarborough, of Weatherford, and Donna Voss, of Lancaster. Her grandchildren: Tommy Robertson, of Forney; Mark and Kim Robertson, of Rockwall;  Kristin Parton, of Amarillo; Phil and Dawn Parton, of Frisco; Leslie Robertson, of Mesquite; Tim and Jana Barrett, of College Station; Aaron and Arianne Voss, of Corinth; Andy Barrett, of St. Francisville, LA and Andrea Voss, of Lancaster.  Great-grandchildren; Jeramiah Robertson, Celeste and Justin Heflin, Jake Robertson, Jared Robertson, Spencer Parton, Taylor Parton, Megan Barrett, Gwyn Voss, Lauren Barrett, Robert Voss, Gabby Voss,  Avery Barrett and Anari Barrett; three great-great-grandchildren, Savannah Heflin, Gabriel Heflin and Cheyenne Heflin; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers contributions could be made to the Christian Relief Fund, 1501 SW 58th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79110; or to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 199 Water Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038.

Raymond F. Schroeder – July 23, 2014

Schroeder Obit PicRaymond F. Schroeder, 76, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kyle Streun officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Raymond was born March 10, 1938, in Adams, Oklahoma to D.W. and Elizabeth Schroeder.  He served in the Army Reserves.  Raymond married Janet Lyles on July 2, 1961, in Tyrone, Oklahoma.

Raymond was a high school principal, teacher and coach.  He coached in Texoma, Okla., Sundown, TX, Muleshoe, TX and Hereford, TX where he also joined the administration.  Raymond served as principal in Pinetree High School in Longview.

He was very involved in civic organizations everywhere he lived as well as an active church member.  Raymond was a member of Mobberley Baptist Church in Longview and attended First Baptist Church in Hereford.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Wilbur; a sister, Dorothy Wiebe; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Lyles.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Schroeder, of the home; a daughter, Stacy Hamby and husband Kevin of Amarillo; two sons, Todd Schroeder and wife Kelly of Vega and Chad Schroeder and wife Leslie of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Gordon Schroeder of Carrolton; three sisters, Theresa Frantz of Denver, Colo., Eldena Friesen of Newton, Kansas, and Elizabeth Sherril of Parkland, Kansas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sherri Lyles, Rodney Lyles, Dwayne Lyles and Devon Lyles; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Hunter, Bailey, Bryson, Brock, Cade, Abby and Bryanlie.

The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite scholarship fund.

Patricia Ann (Pattian) Harrison – July 19, 2014

Harrison Obit PicPatricia Ann (Pattian) Harrison, 62, of Amarillo, died Saturday, July 19, 2014.

No funeral services will be held.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Pattian was born the first of five children to Edward Jack Harrison and Arlene Patricia Harrison on March 17, 1952 in West Point, New York. She grew up in Amarillo, Texas where she graduated from Amarillo High School and later received a B.A. in education from Texas Tech University.

For 35 years Pattian devoted her life to teaching, first in Westlaco, Texas and later in Amarillo, Texas.  She was dedicated to students in her ESL classes and was recognized as teacher of the year several times in her career. Pattian was genuinely selfless and gave boundless kindness to those she loved and taught.

Pattian was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Jack Harrison and Arlene Patricia Harrison, and two brothers, Roger Harrison and Bruce Harrison.

Pattian is survived by her sister Donna Patton, and husband Greg, of St. Louis, Missouri; sister-in-law Kim Harrison of Amarillo, Texas; brother David Harrison, and wife Paula, of Aurora, Colorado; Eric Lindstrom, and wife Jodi, of Keller, Texas; nine nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial gifts be to a Catholic charity of choice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

Mary Elizabeth Trussell – July 23, 2014

Trussell Obit PicMary Elizabeth Trussell, 87, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Tom Jones officiating.  Entombment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Liz was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Newlin to John and Myrtle Bradford Rollins.   She grew up in Estelline and Memphis, graduating high school from Estelline.

She had various jobs growing up.  She worked as a soda jerk, in a medical clinic, and for a dentist.  Liz met the love of her life, Dudley Trussell, while working at a medical clinic in Memphis, TX.  They married March 27, 1954, in Clovis, NM.  They lived in the Texas panhandle during the first years of marriage.  During the late 50s they made their final home in Amarillo, TX.

Liz had several hobbies throughout her life. She made beautiful knitted items, enjoyed needlepoint, and sewing interesting craft projects.  She loved music – country, gospel, piano pieces, anything from her younger years.  Her favorite artist was Tom Jones.  Liz thoroughly enjoyed the yearly summer trips to Red River, NM with Dudley.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, her sister LaVerne Spencer, and 4 half brothers and sisters.

Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Plus very special, loving neighbors who were like family.

Please make any memorials to Cal Farley’s Boys Home and Girlstown, USA in Amarillo, TX.

Shirley Cummins Tankersley – July 22, 201

Tankersley Obit PicShirley Cummins Tankersley moved to her eternal home on July 22, 2014.  She was eighty years old.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Paramount Baptist Church with Scott Tankersley officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Shirley was born on February 26, 1934, in Gould, Oklahoma.  Earl and Shirley Tankersley moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1967.  She worked for numerous years in the Amarillo Independent School District at several schools, most notably Caprock High School.

She is survived by the love of her life, Earl; her three children, Ann Sampier and husband Geary, Tommy Tankersley and wife Dana, and Scott Tankersley and wife Angie; eight-grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Shirley was a mother to countless, a friend to all, and believed in many when others had given up.  Her family asks that all who come to celebrate her life wear bright colors to remember her glowing spirit.

In lieu of flowers, a benefit account has been established at Amarillo National Bank, in the name of Shirley Tankersley or Mrs. Tank, for scholarships to be given to future Caprock High School graduates.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the funeral home.

Jim Penland – July 20, 2014

Penland Obit PicJim Penland, 73, of Dumas, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Jim was born on January 11, 1941, to Horace Penland and Eula Gant in Waynesville, NC and was also raised by his stepmother Wilma Elizabeth.  Jim was married on January 19, 1967 to Judy in Murphy, NC.  He was a telephone contractor/cable splicer.  He moved to Texas in 1969 and lived in Dumas since 1974.  Jim’s hobbies included fishing and hunting with his kids, riding his Harley with Judy, and he was also a beekeeper.  Jim was the director of the Amarillo H.O.G. Chapter in 1988.  He was a member of The Eagle’s Lodge of Dumas for 16 years and president for one year.  Jim was also on the board of Moore County Volunteers for many years.  He enjoyed helping other people.

Jim is survived by his wife Judy, of the home; three sons, Jack Penland and wife LeaAnn, T.J. Penland and wife Terasa, and Larry Dutcher and wife Val, all of Dumas.  Survived also by Jimmie Russell Penland, Sissy Blackburn, and Pam Barrett, all of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Cheyenne, Teagan, and Kylea of Dumas; three brothers, Garry Penland and wife Gail of Virginia, Dan Penland of NC, and Charles Penland of NC; three sisters, Gail Hager and husband David of NC, Ann Cole and husband Wayne of NC, and Jean Bagby and husband B.B. of Virginia; and many special friends.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Temple Baptist Church; pastor J McGaughy officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.  The family requests memorial donations be made to Temple Baptist Church Building Fund.

The family would like to graciously thank Memorial Hospice.

Geneva T. Sanchez – July 20, 2014

Sanchez Obit PicGeneva T. Sanchez, 89, of Amarillo, died Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott L. Raef as celebrant.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Geneva was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Loveland, Colo. to Max and Guillermina Tenorio.  She was a homemaker who served her family her entire life.  She was a long time member of St. Laurence Catholic Church and most recently St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She married Orlando Sanchez on Aug. 22, 1943, in Canyon.

Survivors include her husband, Orlando Sanchez of Amarillo; three sons, David Sanchez, of Holmen, Wisconsin, Charlie Sanchez and wife Cherry, and Teddy Sanchez, all of Amarillo; a brother, Alex Tenorio of Amarillo; two sisters, Margaret Flores and Caela Escoto, both of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Alysia, Melanie, Lauren, Michael, Amber, Autumn and Skylar; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79105; or to Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

Jean Ellyson – July 20, 2014

Ellyson Obit PicJean Ellyson, 82, of Amarillo, died Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Memory Gardens Cemetery with Jack Weebs, pastor of Highland Christian Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jean was born June 14, 1932, in Denison, to Edward and Ludie Cottrell.  She married Don Ellyson on Jan. 15, 1954, in Tulsa, Okla.  She worked as a dental assistant and was a member of Highland Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband Don Ellyson of Amarillo; two sons, Victor Ellyson and Mark Ellyson, both of Amarillo; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.