Randall Brice – February 21, 2018

Randall Brice, 83, of Amarillo died Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Military rites are provided by Volleys for Veterans.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Randall was born October 29, 1934, in Birdtown, Arkansas, to Iver and Lillie Brice.  He was an Army veteran.  Randall married Barbara Winters on March 1960, in Memphis, TX.

Randall was a truck driver and worked for Harris Trucking, Danager Oil in Tulia, Brodie Construction, Owens Corning, Nelson-Sikes, and Enterpipe.  He enjoyed going to the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brice, of Amarillo; a daughter, Utona Grundy and husband Don of Stephenville; a granddaughter, Alisha Nelson of Stephenville; two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Brianna; a brother, William “Bill” Thomas of Amarillo; a sister, Nadine Stidham, of Tulia; cousins of Nevada and Arkansas; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Elsie Jane Passmore Lester – February 21, 2018

Elsie Jane Passmore Lester, 90, of Denver, Colorado died Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Elsie was born March 23, 1927, in Chillicothe to Victor and Ethel Passmore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Ira Lester; and a daughter, Vallie Carol Lester.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Joan Lester and Roberta Louise Hill; two sons, Danny Lynn Snelson and Rodney Dale Snelson; twelve grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

 

Patricia “Trisha” Hall – February 21, 2018

Patricia “Trisha” Hall, 57, of Canyon, died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Amarillo.  Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Memorial services will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Bible Baptist Church with Johnny Widener, pastor, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Trisha was born on January 4, 1961 in Dumas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from West Texas A&M University.  She had last worked in security at the Rick Husband Airport in Amarillo.

She is survived by two daughters, Lacey Nelson and Shanda Lackey and husband Blake, all of Amarillo; her mother, Patricia Joanne Hurt of Amarillo; two sisters, Terrie Hill and husband Paul of Dumas and Dedra Quick and husband Lee of Portales, N.M.; a brother, Johnny Hurt of Amarillo; two grandchildren, Kelsey Dymek and Ashlynn Nelson; and two great grandchildren, Savannah Dymek and Taylen Dymek.

 

 

Harley Lee Kern – February 20, 2018

Harley Lee Kern, 85, of Amarillo died Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, at Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Corky Holland officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Harley was born in Spearman to Clarence and Lockie Dennis Kern on July 19, 1932.  One of six children.  The family moved to Amarillo where Harley graduated from Amarillo High.  He greatly appreciated AG and the AG teacher which further enhanced his love for animals.

Harley had a great love for animals, over time he raised various breeds of dogs, Shepherds, Min Pins, Pomeranians, Boston Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and Yorkie Terriers.

As a young man, he cowboyed for Whittenburg on the Turkey Track for an interesting and exciting time.  He went to Panhandle State at Goodwell, Oklahoma and was voted “Ugliest Man on Campus”.  He joined the Navy and could tell some stories about storms at sea.  He made some great friendships but loved Amarillo best.

Harley worked as an agent for Texas International and Continental Airlines where he had many great friends and memories.  He owned a small ranch and had some exciting times with the cow/calf operation.

Harley enjoyed people, laughed a lot, and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mrs. Lockie Kern and Clarence Kern; a brother, Clarence Jr.; sister, Judy and Tucker Love; and a sister-in-law, Georgia Kern.

He is survived by his partner, Dennis Brown; brothers, Jerry and Karen Kern, and Dennis Kern, all of Amarillo, Gene and wife of Reno, NV, and Gerald and wife, of Washington State.

Harley had many special people in his life that we want to recognize, Ronnie and Shannon Heck, Jeremiah Cantrell, Jerry Dean “Pete” and wife Windy Kern, Cris Kurtis, Wylma, Mark Rawh and Richard Pullen, and Jane, David Barren, and Larry Dockery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are always welcome for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174 – 0001 or High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79118.

Johnny Lee “Pappy” Taylor – February 15, 2018

Johnny Lee “Pappy” Taylor, 67, of Amarillo gained his wings while surrounded by his family and friends Thursday, February 15, 2018.

A celebration of life honoring Johnny will be Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., in the family garage located at 5500 Willis-Knight in Amarillo.

Johnny was born October 13, 1950, in Wichita Falls, TX.  He met his wife, Karla, on a blind date, and then married on January 20, 1973.  Together they had two beautiful daughters, Candy and Mindy.

He worked at Lake Steel as a truck dispatcher for 40 years. He enjoyed racing, running the river, riding Harleys, and prison ministry.  His favorite place was his garage among his family and friends.

Although he was a man of very few words, he could put a smile on everyone’s face.  He has touched many hearts and lives in everything he has done.  He was also was the founder and president of the Amarillo chapter of B.A.C.A. (Biker’s Against Child Abuse), helping children and their families when needed.  Johnny was a very generous and caring friend who did anything for anyone.  He was an amazing and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karla Taylor, of Amarillo; two daughters, Candy with husband, Charles Ballard and Mindy Taylor; three grandsons, Brian with wife Aunda Edwards, Brayden with wife, Karma Van Dell, and Jesse Taylor; two granddaughters, Summer and Autumn Ince; two great-granddaughters, Zoey Edwards and Paisley Van Dell, all of Amarillo; a brother, Melvin Taylor and a sister, Paula Owens, both of Electra, TX; along with several cousins, nieces, nephews, and an abundance of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Ella Taylor, of Electra, TX.

Should friends desire, celebration donations may be made at www.youcaring.com, to support celebrating the life of Johnny Taylor.

Teresa Q. Rodriguez – February 19, 2018

Teresa Q. Rodriguez was born September 30, 1938 to Lorenzo Quintero and Victoria Garcia in San Marcos, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Rodriguez; and a grandson, Ryan Andrew Rodriguez.

Surviving children include Rosa Linda Jimmerson, Mary Ann Ortiz, Willie Rodriguez Jr., Benito Rodriguez and Darlene Pritchett.  She has 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Teresa lived in Hereford, TX for 58 years.

She was a member of Iglesia de Cristo in Hereford.  She was a faithful Christian who enjoyed reading her Bible and singing praises to the Lord.  She enjoyed having her children around for family gatherings.  Holidays were special, as she would make tamales, empanadas, menudo, bunuelos and Mexican cookies for family and friends.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

William A. “Bill” McCabe – February 16, 2018

William A. (Bill) McCabe, 88, of Amarillo and former longtime resident of Dumas died peacefully Friday morning, February 16, 2018, surrounded by family while in hospice care in Amarillo, TX.

Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 PM , Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox Ave., Dumas, TX with Marlin Ham officiating. A visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and will conclude immediately prior to the service.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Born July 1st, 1929 in Amarillo to parents H.V. and Lula (Byrd) McCabe, Bill spent most of his formative years on the family farm near Dawn, Texas. He graduated from high school in Canyon, TX and attended West Texas State University.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years Claire Ellen (Brady, McCandless) McCabe, and brother James E. McCabe of Hereford, Tx.

Survivors include his sister Ann Carthel of Friona, TX, daughter Carla McCabe and her husband Bob Brancatelli of Dallas, TX, son Kent McCabe and his wife Lesa of Seabeck, WA, son Keith McCabe of Dumas, TX, step-son Curtis McCandless of Shattuck, OK, step-son Danny McCandless and his wife Cheryl of Fayetteville, NC, numerous beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Bill, a retired pipeline welder, embraced life to its fullest. His many interests included shooting sports, woodworking, and a lifelong love of music, which included singing, and playing trumpet and harmonica. He was an active member of the Christian Church for many years.

Kenneth Gene High Jr. – February 18, 2018

Kenneth Gene High, Jr., (Ken) age 56 of Amarillo died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 18, 2018. While fighting a hard battle with cancer, one of the things he would always say is that his goal is to finally be able to proclaim “they gave me two years and I am now a 20 year survivor. I want to punch Satan in the face and tell him you cannot defeat Jesus Christ.” While he may not have accomplished this goal entirely he did win the war and is now home with the Lord and pain free. Born August 12, 1961, in Amarillo, Texas, to Kenneth High, Sr. and Barbara High. He graduated from Tascosa High in 1979 where he made fond memories with many friends that he held close to his heart. On June 12, 1982, he married the love of his life, Cindy Elaine Gustin.

Ken made sure to live his life to the fullest, even up to his last day. He constantly wanted everyone to remember that life is a party and to have fun. It was never a dull moment  with Ken, he knew how to turn any regular boring day into an adventure.  He was well known for his quick wit, ornery but loving personality, and family oriented life style. He focused a lot of his time on his family and made sure to let them know how much they were loved. Ken was also a dedicated member to the church, God of Wonders Fellowship, where he helped run the audio and sound for  the music ministry during services and events. To everyone who was able to join him in his festival of life, thank you. He will be greatly missed, but the stories and memories created with him will live on. You could describe Ken as an astonishing cook, a self-taught handy man, avid fisher, enthusiastic cigar connoisseur, and a firm believer in Christ. The grandkids loved their PawPaw and enjoyed all the time they were able to spend with him making memories to cherish. He was his wife’s best friend, a loving father, PawPaw and friend. As the end of his life approached, the reflections among his family and friends were consistent. Most stories about him were variations of, “A generous heart,” “Life of the party,” “He is a good man,” and “He was the real deal,”. Everyone you approach has kind and funny thoughts to tell you about their encounters and time spent with him. Ken would always make sure to mention to his kids, if something were to happen to him to throw a party and not a funeral. So please help us celebrate his life and throw him a “party”.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Cindy (Gustin) High, children Christine Graf & husband Kevin , son Travis High & wife Andrea , grandchildren Cristian Graf, Archer High, Ryan Graf, Gavin Graf, Logan Graf & soon to come Baby High. His parents Ken & Barbara High. His brother Kyle High & wife Celeste. His in-laws Les & Lois Currey and many aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews. He was also survived by his best friend known as his brother from another muther Tim Payne & wife Natalie & daughter Liv. Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Sanders, and brother in laws Chris and L.V. Currey.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018 at God of Wonders Fellowship in Amarillo with Pastor Randy Srader officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, Ken would have liked donations to go to the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center.

Billy Joe Passmore, Sr. – February 17, 2018

Billy Joe Passmore, Sr., 81, died Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Trinity Fellowship Chapel with Kyle Wilkinson officiating.

Billy was born on December 29, 1936 to Celia and Thomas Passmore.  He had been a heating and air warehouse manager prior to his retirement.  He was a veteran in the United States Marines.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy, Jr.

He is survived by three sons, Tommy Passmore and Ricky Passmore, of Amarillo and Michael Wallace of Dallas; three daughters, Anissa Irving, Shirley Passmore, and Bambi Antrikin, all of Amarillo; a very special friend that lead him to Christ, Jared Moreland of Amarillo; three sisters, Carolyn and Barbara of Amarillo and Nancy of Oklahoma; two brothers, Dewey of California and Marvin of Amarillo; 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

John William Pristash Jr. – February 14, 2018

John William Pristash, Jr., 83, of Canyon, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Services will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Wendi Gordon and Steve Brauner officiating.  Burial will be at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with Paul Krupicka officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Pristash was born August 24, 1934, in Cornucopia, WI, and was raised in Rock Island, IL.  He graduated from Rock Island Senior High School in 1952 and enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country for 10 years. He was stationed overseas for five years in Hawaii, Johnston Island, Japan, and Korea.  He lived in Amarillo and Canyon for over 40 years.

He graduated in 1975 from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  He was a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Panhandle Chapter, TSCPA.  He owned and managed John W. Pristash, C.P.A., until he closed his office in 2005.  After leaving solo practice, he continued working for Brown, Graham, and Company, PC, until 2014.

Mr. Pristash married Anna Mae Becker on November 20, 1960, in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death on November 19, 2000, and he will join her in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Community Center and Amarillo Council of Camp Fire.  He was a Meals on Wheels driver, a HOSTS mentor at Margaret Wills and San Jacinto Elementary Schools and Palo Duro High School, and a reader at Opportunity School for many years beginning with the program’s inception.

Mr. Pristash was a member of the West Amarillo Kiwanis Club for seven years until it disbanded and served in various offices including President.  He then became a member of the Kiwanis Club of Amarillo-South for 19 years and served on the Board of Directors for many years and was Treasurer for three years.  Upon his retirement from active employment, he moved his membership Palo Duro Kiwanis of Canyon, TX.

He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for over 40 years and served several times on the Church Council.  He was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association.  He was also a member of The Buffalo Sports Association and the Fast Break Fans at West Texas A&M University.  He was a avid fan of West Texas A&M women’s basketball and rarely missed a home game.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Phyllis Allison and Pauline Pristash.

He is survived by a son, Timothy Pristash of Waco; a daughter, Elizabeth Pristash of Waco; two sisters, Alveda Spencer of Phoenix, AZ, and Natalie Jehu of Midlothian, IL; a brother-in-law and spouse, Melvin and Lila Becker of Henry County, IL; a sister-in-law and spouse, Illene and Burnell Howlett of Prophetstown, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Meals on Wheels of Amarillo, 219 W Seventh, Amarillo, TX 79101; Opportunity School, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo, TX 79101; or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3500 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.