Gregory Paul Whelchel – September 27, 2013

Gregory Paul Whelchel, 52, of Amarillo, died Sept. 27, 2016.whelchel-obit-pic

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at God of Wonders Fellowship, 1924 S. Polk St., Amarillo.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Greg was born in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 3, 1963, at the Edna Gladney Adoption Home.  A few weeks later he was adopted by Robert and Bettye Whelchel of Silverton, Texas.  They moved to Petersburg, Texas shortly after, then back to Silverton after a few more years.  In 6th grade Greg moved to Claude, Texas, where his family lived through his high school years.

After high school, Greg attended 1 year at West Texas State University.  The next year he began pursuing his paramedic certification.  He worked several years as a paramedic in Canyon, Texas, plus he was the director of the volunteer ambulance service in Claude.  He then transitioned to a salesman for Ingram’s Carpet and Tile for many years, then spent the last 15 years as a salesman for Midwest Glove and Supply.

Greg had an amazing wit and hilarious personality.  His goal in life was to laugh and tease others.  He never met a stranger.  In fact, he developed many friends in the various towns he traveled to on business that he would meet for lunch or dinner whenever he drove through.  He had strong opinions on everything, including politics, religion, etc., but it was always a joy to have these discussions with him.

Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Bettye Whelchel and his father, Robert Whelchel.

Survivors include his brother, Jeff Whelchel and wife Pam of Amarillo; a sister, Bob Ann Weatherly and husband Mike of Richmond, Texas; a stepson, Jonathan Ryder of Amarillo; 2 nephews; 3 nieces, 1 great-nephew; as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Christian Relief Fund.  The family plans to have a memorial water well drilled in Greg’s honor in Kenya, Africa.


Lillie Mae Underwood – September 27, 2016

underwood-obit-picLillie Mae Underwood, 85, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Lillie was born Oct. 29, 1930.  Lillie married W.R. Underwood on Oct. 12, 1946.  She lived in Perryton, Irving and Amarillo.  She was a cook for Amarillo ISD and Irving ISD.  She worked for Kmart in Irving.  She loved cooking, gardening, traveling and to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was always ready in time of need for her family and friends.

A special thanks to the Heartis Care staff for the loving care given.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, W.R. Underwood; her mother, Irma Brown; and a brother, Joe Brown.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Franks and husband Danny, of Amarillo; a son, Robert Underwood and wife Donna, of Irving; a sister, Martha West, of Waco; four granddaughters, Rhonda Watson, Kim Warren and husband Shawn, Mandy Franks, of Amarillo and Jessica Cornett and husband Chris of Vancouver, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Watson and Cayman Warren, of Amarillo, Baby Cornett, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a great-great-niece, Shylee Brown, of Amarillo.

Claudie West – September 26, 2016

west-claudie-obit-pic-1 west-claudie-obit-pic-2Claudie West, 91, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on September 26 at home.

Claudie was born in Hollis, Oklahoma on April 6, 1925 to Claude W and Pearl Gilmer West.  He attended school at LaCasa and was inducted into the Army in 1944, serving two years in Japan during World War II.

He married Madge Gebhart in 1947 and they moved to Borger in 1954, where he was owner of West Motors.  He also built a number of homes, serving as an independent contractor in the Borger and Amarillo area.  He and his wife moved to Amarillo in 1997.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Pearl West; four sisters, Verona Hays, Gladys Croft, Mae Hays and Rosalie Osborn; and seven brothers, Eugene, Ray, Archie, Vernon, Leroy, Earl and Bill West.

Claudie is survived by his wife, Madge, of the home address; son, Phillip of Umbarger, daughter, Beth West Pennington and husband, J.R. of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Nikki West Roberson and husband, Ty, and David West of Amarillo, Janice Pennington of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Brad and Matthew West of New Braunfels, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Colby Hart, Hailey and Rhett Roberson and Lucas and Lily West.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Kindred at Home Hospice and Nurses Unlimited.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, September 30, 2016 at Church of Christ at The Colonies.  Burial will follow the funeral at Westlawn Memorial Park, Borger, Texas.  Dick Marcear will be officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 6:00-7:00 PM, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Vicky L. Smith – September 23, 2016

Vicky L. Smith, 69, of Amarillo died Friday, September 23, 2016.

smith-obit-picNo services are scheduled. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Vicky was born on January 18, 1947 in Wellington, KS to Bob and Ruby Sidman.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Smith; a daughter, Kimberly Smith; a son, Christopher Smith; a brother, Bobby Sidman; three sisters, Marie Benton, Judy Hormell and Barbara Trego; and one grandson.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.



Jimmy Houston Goodin – September 10, 2016

Jimmy Houston Goodin went to be with the Lord on September 10, 2016.

Memorial Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.

Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jimmy was born September 12, 1946 in DeKalb, TX to Johnny and Vera Goodin.  Jimmy grew up in a large family of six siblings. He worked in supported employment at Dyess Air Force Base.  Jimmy enjoyed working in the yard and planting flowers.

Jimmy is survived by his ResCare family, his “Bud” John Raymond of Canyon, Charles Goodin, Rose Goodin and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.


Jimmy Ray Glover – September 21, 2016

glover-obit-picJimmy Ray Glover, 90, went Home on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home and now rests safely in the arms of Jesus.

He was born on February 18, 1926 in Bovina, Texas to the late Johnie Richard and Ora Ether Kerby Glover. He married the former Carey Jeanne Hoyle on March 12, 1946.  Jim has lived in Amarillo since 1949 and retired from the Amarillo Fire Department in 1982 after 32 years of service. During 23 of those years, Jimmy and Carey, owned and operated a licensed day care facility in their home. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of World War II as a Motor Machinist Mate and served aboard the U.S.S Munsee, ATF-107, a fleet tug and firefighting vessel. Jimmy was a Southern Baptist and loved to teach children and sing in the choir. Throughout his life Jim enjoyed music, gardening, fishing and camping. Jimmy was an avid do-it-yourselfer, teaching himself electronics, woodworking and welding. Jim also enjoyed reading.

Jimmy and Carey were preceded in death by their 3 eldest sons, Michael William Glover, Jack Ronald Glover and Gene Ray Glover.

Jim is survived by the love of his life, his wife of over 70 years, Carey; a son, Jeffrey Craig Glover and his wife, Rebecca of Albuquerque, NM; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, outlaws and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Bob Miller officiating. Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery.

Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be the Amarillo Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lottie Moon fund which funds missionaries and spreads the Gospel around the world. Checks should be made payable to IMB, notating it for “Lottie Moon” and mailed to: IMB DEVELOPMENT, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA  23230.  Donations may also be made online at:  The Glover Family thanks you for your support.

Norma Lee King Patterson Fischer – September 20, 2016

fischer-obit-picNorma Lee King Patterson Fischer passed away on September 20, 2016. She was born on February 10, 1926, in Davidson, Oklahoma to William Thomas and Allie Dickerson King. She attended high school in Elmore City, Oklahoma. She married Wallace Monroe Patterson in 1942. They were married until his death in December, 1959. In 1964, she met and married George Fischer and his three children. Together they reared six children—truly a “yours, mine, and ours” family. George preceded her in death in 2011, and Norma is survived by their children: George Lawrence Fischer and his wife Karen of Brownwood; Patricia Patterson Ellison and her husband, Thomas Ellison of Austin; Mike Patterson and his wife Joan Steinman of Houston; Michael Troy Fischer of Dennison; Lisa Fischer Howell and her husband Jerry Howell of Claude; and Lori Fischer Mongold and her husband Allan Mongold of Canyon. Norma has eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren: Dennis Conan Fischer and his daughter, Heather Rose Fischer; Joshua Todd Fischer, his wife Valerie and their daughter, Amber; Paige Ellison Lasley, her husband Toby Michael, and their children Ellison Lauren, Thomas Michael, and Layne Monroe; Taylor King Ellison; Adam Finnis Howell, his partner Amanda Hensley, and their son Noah Finnis; Austin  Douglas Howell; Zoe Annette Patterson; Max Ryan Patterson; David James Fischer;  Zachary Allan Mongold; and Christopher George Mongold. She is also survived by her brother W.T. King of Hart, Texas, her nieces, Linda Goodwin Culp and Dorinda Goodwin McCormack of Amarillo; and many King nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister Alice Marie King Goodwin Krimmer of San Antonio, and her brother, Lynnville King of Plainview.

Following World War II, W.M. moved to Plainview, Texas where Norma had been residing during his time in the Navy.  W.M. owned and operated a carpet store there for a number of years. Norma worked for the Cap Rock Girl Scout Council during this time. Following W.M.’s death, she worked for Payne’s Gifts. In 1964, she met George Fischer, and they married that same year. They lived in Plainview until 1972 when they moved to Amarillo, Texas where George worked for ACCO feeds and where he was employed for over 30 years. They were active members in the Whirly Bird Square Dance Club and the Top of Texas Square and Round Dance Association for many years. Following George’s death, Norma moved to Canyon, Texas, where she has resided most recently in the Hudson House where she has received expert care from the very kind and skilled staff.

Norma was a talented seamstress and wonderful home cook. Her friends and children knew that she could make wedding dresses, formal gowns, square-dance ensembles, refinish or reupholster furniture, effortlessly give a dinner party for 40, or host a party at a moment’s notice with the provisions she kept in her pantry and freezer. One of her daughters has been heard to lament that we had been blessed-but-cursed with a mother who made us think that we could do anything because she could.  With her boundless energy, Norma’s motto, “If I rest, I rust,” was displayed in a needlepoint sampler that hung over her chair.

Norma loved her grandchildren above all else. Every summer they descended on her for what was lovingly called, “Camp Grandma” or the Fischer Center for Exceptional Grandchildren.  There were no rules, no dietary restrictions, no bedtimes or any other impediments to childhood happiness. There were endless hours of arts and crafts, painting Grandpa’s face—something none of his children could believe he allowed, baking bottomless jars of cookies, picnics at Wonderland Park, manicures and pedicures, and late night visits to the Pizza Planet with the Whirly Birds. During her decline these last few months, the grandchildren have reciprocated for all of Norma’s love and support with their frequent visits and devoted dedication to assisting in her care.

Norma will be laid to rest following a graveside service at Memory Gardens in Amarillo on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Burl Ray Peterson – September 21, 2016

peterson-obit-picBeloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Burl Ray Peterson joined his Lord and Savior Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Burl was born November 2, 1931 in Trent, Texas to Lester and Valvee Peterson.  He married the love of his life Beverly Sue Storey Jan. 6, 1952 in Abilene Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1961.

Burl moved to Amarillo in 1962 as a Civil Engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He owned and operated Dyess Testing Laboratory from 1968 till 1993 when he retired.

He was an active member of the San Jacinto Lions club for 60 years and served on the Eye bank, food collection for Thanksgiving dinners, eyeglass program and many other community projects.  He loved farming, hunting and ranching. He attended First Christian Church.

Burl is survived by his wife Beverly, brother Delbert “Bud” Peterson of Lubbock, daughters Brenda Peterson of Acworth, GA, Belinda and husband Charlie Rivas, Jr., Cindy Peterson of Amarillo, Rae Ann and husband Don Skaggs of Buda, TX and son Lee and wife Dalana Peterson of Amarillo.  10 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donation be made to Texas Lions Camp 4100 San Antonio Hwy Kerrville, TX

Theresa Weaver McKinney – September 19, 2016

mckinney-obit-picTheresa Weaver McKinney, 94, of Highland Village, Texas formerly from Pampa and Horseshoe Bay, Texas, passed away September 19th 2016, just 20 days short of being 95.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Calvert Cemetery in Calvert, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Theresa was born in Dallas, Texas on October 9th 1921. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Z. Weaver and Mary E. Weaver and her brother, J.Z. Weaver. She married her high school and college sweetheart W. Ralph McKinney in 1943. Ralph McKinney preceded her in death in 1987. Mrs. McKinney will be buried in Calvert, Texas.

Mrs. McKinney was a Baptist. She believed in her heart and confessed with her mouth the salvation that comes from Jesus Christ. She was a member of The Church at Horseshoe Bay.

Mrs. McKinney graduated from Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas. While in high school she was a proud member of the Scottish Highlander Marching Patrol. A few years ago she was invited to a Highlander reunion as the oldest living member of the Highlanders.

Mrs. McKinney went on to graduate from Baylor University where she received a B.S. Ed. Degree in 1943. Both Theresa and Ralph were fiercely proud of having gone to Baylor and they literally bled green and gold. She never missed listening to or watching a Baylor football game. Theresa and Ralph were long time members of “The Old Main Society” of Baylor University.

Upon graduation from college, Theresa went to Houston where she worked for Sinclair Oil Company while Ralph served in the Navy during WWII. Theresa and Ralph moved to Pampa where they lived until 1979 when Ralph was transferred to Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX until 1982 when he retired from Cabot Corporation and moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas. During her years in Pampa, she was active in community affairs.

As a mother, she was always there for her sons. Her wise counsel will always be missed by all.

She was an avid duplicate bridge player. She was especially proud of being a Platinum Life Member of the American Contract Bridge League and having attained that status without the assistance of professional players.

Theresa McKinney is survived by William R. McKinney, Jr. and wife Carol, of Amarillo, Texas and Charles Lee McKinney and wife Patrice of Denton, Texas and her special friend for over 20 years, Mr. Jim Short of Summerfield, Texas also formerly from Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Theresa had 5 grandchildren; Joshua McKinney of Denton, Texas, William R. McKinney, III. of Plano, Texas, Alicia McKinney of Grapevine, Texas, James McKinney of Euless, Texas and Christiana Harris of Denton, Texas and had 9 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The Church at Horseshoe Bay PO Box 8295, 600 Hi Ridge, Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657-8390, Baylor University Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice.

James William “Jay” “J.W.” Barnett D.D.S. – September 17, 2016

James William Barnett, D.D.S., (Jay, J.W.), 93, died Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016, at First Christian Church of Amarillo, Texas with Dick Gray officiating. Burial willbarnett-obit-pic be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Boulevard, Amarillo, Texas.

Jay was born on September 30, 1922 in Groom, Texas to Beulah and Ivan Barnett. He graduated from Phillips High School, Texas Tech University and received a dental degree from University of Missouri at Kansas, City and a graduate degree from University of Texas School of Orthodontics, Houston, Texas. He was the chief dental officer aboard the USS Doyen, for the U.S. Navy.

Jay was a distinguished lecturer as well as serving as past President of the Panhandle District Dental Society, past President of UT School of Orthodontic alumni group, as well as past Chairman of the Orthodontic Department of the Pankey Institute, Miami, Florida.

In 1959 Jay opened his orthodontic practice in Amarillo, reaching out to the surrounding towns including, Dalhart, Hereford, Childress and Boys Ranch. Jay loved young people and encouraged many to enter the dental profession. He practiced his beloved orthodontics until he was in his 80’s, eventually selling his practice to Dr. Steve Astuto.

Jay loved the game of tennis, helping with others to create the T Bar M Racquet Club, bringing in capable coaches for the players. He shared in promoting the YMCA through various programs and activities, including Dr. Ken Cooper (Cooper Aerobics Center of Dallas) with his means of quantifying exercise. Jay helped in promoting a “running track” for the YMCA and helped promote fitness, when fitness was not “cool”.

He was described by this friends and associates as: “An inspiration- with a passion for friends and work – always with a smile and a word of encouragement – one that brightens our day – when thinking of you causes us to smile – “the million dollar smile” – his great sense of humor – his energy – his desire to share – his wonderful ability to communicate.”

Jay is predeceased by his parents, a sister Evelyn Barnett Ayres and his first born son, Dr. James William Barnett, Jr.

Jay is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Denver, his three beloved boys, Dr. Ron Barnett and wife, Carrie of Austin, Shon Barnett and wife, Cindy of Toronto, Ontario Canada, and Kirk Barnett and wife Shannon of Amarillo. He is also survived by his step-sons, Scott Laningham and wife Elizabeth of Austin, Doug Laningham and wife, Jill of Ft. Worth and step-daughter, Suzy Laningham Hamilton and husband, Rick of Denver. He is survived by grand-daughter, Lisa Barnett de Froberville of South Bend, Indiana, grandsons Jeremy Barnett of Austin, Jason Barnett of Corpus Christi, Brooke Barnett and wife, Audrey of Houston, Bevin Barnett and husband John Rieboldt, Ashley Barnett Griffith and husband Chris all of Austin, Erin Barnett of California and L.E. Barnett of Montana, Evan Barnett of Anacortes, Washington, Shannon Barnett Meland and husband Joe of Brooklyn, New York, James William Barnett, III and Currie Kelln, both of Amarillo. He is survived by 11 step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and one more on the way!   He is also survived by many other friends, former patients and anyone else lucky enough to have encountered such an exuberant soul!

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Avenue, Amarillo, Texas 79101.