Edward Lashley Melin – April 16, 2015

Melin Obit PicEdward Lashley Melin, 102, died Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Dr. Murray Gossett officiating. Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Eddie was born July 27, 1912, in California, Missouri to Edna Zeitz Melin and Dr. Henry Victor Melin, Sr.  He was reared in Alma, Missouri where he played in a family band and held jobs at the furniture store/funeral home, the creamery, and as a driver of a cattle truck. He graduated from high school at sixteen and attended Central Missouri State College. He paid his tuition by directing, managing, and playing in a dance band called The Whispering Serenaders. After graduation, he taught music in public schools before going to New York where he taught at a private music studio on Park Avenue and attended Columbia University. He received his master’s degree in music with a violin jury in 1940. At the suggestion of a family friend, he moved to Amarillo to teach. Two weeks later, he met Olive Cooper. They were married April 9, 1941 and celebrated their golden anniversary before her death in 1992.

He enlisted in the army in 1942 and served in the Medical Administrative Corps. While stateside, he assisted a chaplain with music for protestant services and got the choir he organized on The Army Hour, a national radio program. As a result, he was ordered to apply for OCS. His platoon commander said he was too small to be an officer. Eddie proved him wrong.  When he graduated, he was sent to Camp Grant, Illinois just as the director of the band stationed there was sent overseas. Eddie volunteered for the job and got it. He shipped out in August of 1944 to the European Theater with the 180th general hospital, where, among other things, he served as morale officer and as second in command of a hospital train that ran out of Paris. When he was discharged, Eddie returned to Amarillo and joined his brother-in-law, Sonny Cooper, in the book and record store, Cooper and Melin.

For many years, Eddie played violin in the Amarillo Symphony and served as its business manager. He and Dr. A. Clyde Roller are credited with saving the organization from financial collapse in the early 1950s. He chaired the fund-raising committee for the Amarillo Museum of Art, and helped raise funds to establish Texas in Palo Duro Canyon. He was a member of Rotary for over sixty years and served as its president. He was president of the Better Business Bureau and a supporter of United Way. He attended First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and elder.  Governor John Connally appointed him to the first Texas Fine Arts Commission. For his work in the arts, he was acknowledged by the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, and given the Summit Award by the Golden Nail Committee and the Beethoven Award. In 2010, The Amarillo Globe News honored him as their Man of the Year.

In recent years, his greatest joy was reading to four-year-olds at The Opportunity School. He participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and was given the honor or placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  He remained in good physical health partly by playing tennis, which he did three times a week until he was ninety-four.  On his 100th birthday, his family, friends, and the Amarillo Symphony threw a party and concert for him at the Globe News Center.

Eddied loved to tell stories, and was persuaded to record them in a book, Stories From An Old Man, which was republished in 2014. He was often asked what it took to live such a long life. His response was love, laughter, and music. He enjoyed an abundance of all three.

He also was preceded in death by his parents,  and a brother, Vic Jr.

He is survived by his son Bill, daughter Vicki and her husband Gerald Schoen, grandson David Jacobs, all of Amarillo, and his brother-in-law and business partner, Sonny Cooper of Paris, Texas, a niece and a nephew.

The family suggests memorials to the Olive Melin Scholarship Fund at Amarillo College, The Opportunity School, or a favorite fine arts organization.

Carlene (Ince) Latta – April 17, 2015

Latta Obit PicCarlene (Ince) Latta, 96, of Amarillo died Friday April 17, 2015.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Pastor Spencer Noore officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Carlene was born August 14, 1918, in Amarillo to Carl and Louise Ince. She lived in Amarillo until her high school years. After high school in San Francisco, she returned to Amarillo to marry the love of her life, Rodney O. Latta Jr. Together they raised their family in California, enjoying fishing, boating and travel. After retiring, they traveled coast to coast and border to border for 5 years before returning to Amarillo.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Rod; and by her 17 year-old granddaughter, Lisa Marie Kearns.

Survivors include her grandson, Raymond Latta of Amarillo, 3 children, Rodney Latta III and wife Terry of San Antonio, Ray C. Latta and wife Ora Lea of Amarillo, Rochelle Kearns and husband Pat of California. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Ince of California, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Carlene will be remembered most for her love of family and her ever-present smile.

The family wishes to thank the Ware Living Center and BSA Hospice for giving Carlene such loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice.

John F. Stradley – April 15, 2015

John F. Stradley, 72, of Amarillo, died Wednesday April 15, in Amarillo.  Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Church at Quail Creek with Kyle Clayton, pastor, officiating.  Private Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount blvd.

John was born August 17, 1942 in Torrance, CA to Forrest W. and Hettie Nolan Stradley.  John attended Amarillo Public Schools, graduating from Tascosa High School in 1961, attended Amarillo College and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Banking in 1976.

He was employed by The First National Bank of Amarillo as a summer employee in 1960 and retired from the bank in 2002 where he was President and CEO.  His retirement coincided with the merger of the First National Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.  He served as chairman of the board of Directors of Wells Fargo Bank-Amarillo until 2011.

Mr. Stradley was elected a Potter County Commissioner in 1996 and served on the Commissioners Court until 2001.  He was a  member of the Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo.  He served on numerous community, civic and business boards including The Amarillo Club, Amarillo Credit Bureau, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Amarillo, Amarillo Habitat for Humanity, First National Mortgage Co, Amarillo Community Center, The Community Bank Council of the Texas Bankers Association, Amarillo United Way, Amarillo Business Foundation, The Tri-State Fair Association and the LaTour Condominium Association.

Survivors include two brothers and a sister: Paul Stradley and his wife Sharon of Wichita Falls, W. L. (Bud) Stradley and his wife Jeanette of Denton, Mrs. Chloe Webb and her husband Doug of Fort Worth.  Three nephews and a niece Stephen Stradley, Mike Arden, W.B. Stradley and Mrs. Elise Slone.

The Family suggests memorials be to Faith City Mission or BSA hospice.

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Savas “Junior” Garza – April 15, 2015

GarzaSavas “Junior” Garza, 66, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Rosary will be said at 6 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gomez as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Garza was born Oct. 22, 1948, in Lubbock to Savas and Rita Garza.  He was a licensed plumber. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Knights of Columbus.  He loved hunting and fishing, outdoors, and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Maggie Garza, of the home; twin daughters, Rita Sargent and husband Reggie and Regina Morrow and husband Robby of Hereford; daughter, Michelle Martinez and husband Reuben; 10 sisters; and 13 grandchildren.

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Mable “Jane” Marie Sartor – April 15, 2015

Sartor ThenSartor Obit ThenMable “Jane” Marie Sartor, 90, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Greg Corona officiating.  Burial will be at 1:00 p.m.  in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. 

Mable was born March 14, 1925, in Wheeler, to Roy and Alta Lamb.   She graduated from Wheeler High School.  Mable married Andrew Thomas Sartor, Jr. on March 13, 1946, in Wheeler. 

Mable worked as a cook at Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Amarillo and retired in 1998.  She loved to farm, garden and sew.  She loved helping teach others to sew.  She made many beautiful quilts over her lifetime.  She loved to cook for her family and friends and was known for her enchiladas. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter Sue Seitz; three brothers, Leroy Lamb, Lougene Lamb and Earl Lamb; four sisters, Viola Wagner, Dortha Keele, Sidney Miller and Georgia Hancock.   

Survivors include daughter, Judy Cook and husband Jerry, of Amarillo; two granddaughters, Shannon Seitz Wheat and husband Jamie and Alana Cook Mitchell and husband Erik, all of Amarillo; three great-grandchildren, Emerson Wheat, Andrew Mitchell and Elise Mitchell; two brothers, Willis Lamb of Wildorado and Elvin Lamb of Bushland; two sisters, Marilyn Hodges, of Amarillo and Alice, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. 

We would like to thank The Craig Methodist Assisted Living, Rehab, Long Term Care and Memory Care unit staff along with the Hospice Care of the Southwest staff. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and suggests memorials be to The Children’s Home, 3400 Bowie; or Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Suite 110; or to a favorite charity. 

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Pat Trotter – April 14, 2015

Trotter Obit PicPat Trotter, 77, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Pat was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Lubbock County, to Willie and Mattie Joplin.  She married Clyde Trotter on June 9, 1958.  Pat worked for Education Credit Union for more than 15 years.

Pat was a Christian.

She was preceded in death by a son, Chris Trotter.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Trotter, of the home; two sons, Mike Trotter and wife Paige, of Spur and Erik Trotter of Amarillo; two grandsons, Kolby Trotter of Midland and Shayne Trotter of Dallas; a brother, Gene Joplin of Salado; and two sisters, Jan Altman of Smyer and Laverne Duncan of Brownfield.

Jodi Anne Bytheway – April 12, 2015

Bytheway Obit PicJodi Anne Bytheway, 66, of Amarillo, was received by Jesus on April 12th 2015.

Services will be Thursday April 16th at Tascosa Road Fellowship Church at 3:00 p.m., with Pastor Jay Roberson and Frank Chambers officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jodi was born May 14th 1948 in Amarillo to Dr. Alfred Peters and Vadys Carson Peters.  Jodi married Bert Bytheway on January 6th 1967 in Amarillo and together raised two sons.

Jodi owned Mailsource for 18 years before selling the business.  Jodi then became administrative assistant for Dr. Roby Mitchell. She was known to her 15 grandchildren as “Mimi”.  Jodi was also a member of Tascosa Road Fellowship Church.

Jodi was also a 1966 graduate of Tascosa High School.

Jodi was preceded in death by her parents Dr. Alfred and Vadys Peters.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years; her children Shane Bytheway and wife Angela of Kamiah, Id, Bobby Bytheway and wife Tammy of Virginia, 13 grandchildren of Idaho, 1 grandchild of Amarillo, and 1grandchild of Virginia; and a brother, Roger Peters and wife Cindy of Bushland.

Jodi will be greatly missed by all.

The family suggests memorials be to The Animal Rescue Shelter, 12500 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX 79118.

The family will receive friends from 6-7pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the funeral home.

Alene Goodman – April 13, 2015

Goodman Obit PicAlene Goodman, 93, of Amarillo, died Monday, April 13, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Alene was born Oct. 2, 1921, in Leedey, Okla. to Tony and Mabel Moore.  She retired from Avon after 20 years.  Alene was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and active in the DAV auxiliary for years.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Goodman.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Goodman and wife Jean of Humble and Wayne Goodman and wife Pat and Lynn Goodman and wife Teresa, all of Amarillo; eight grandchildren, Laurie, Vanessa, Brandon, Deborah, William, Tracey, Julie and Tony; 16 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Ada Pierce Broyles – April 12, 2015

Broyles Ada Obit PicAda Pierce Broyles, 78, of Amarillo, died Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, at First Baptist Church chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ada was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Wheeler to Marvin and Mary Pierce.  She was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College.  Ada married Eugene Broyles on Aug. 26, 1961, in Amarillo.  He preceded her in death, April 1, 2015.

Ada worked as an administrative assistant for various oil and gas companies and law firms before retiring after many years of service from the Harlow Corporation in 2005.  She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Mary Pierce; and her twin sister, Katie Whitson.

Survivors include a son, Tim Broyles of Frisco; and a daughter, Lisa Murseli and husband Emin of Amarillo; a brother, Cecil Pierce and wife Nancy of Wheeler; a sister, Patricia Boyd and husband Charles of Springfield, Missouri; and a sister, Wanda Gann and husband Larry of Fort Worth.

Bryan Lloyd Giles – April 10, 2015

Bryan Lloyd Giles, 65 of Amarillo died April 10, 2015 in Lumberton, Texas. Giles Obit Photo

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with  Dr. G. A. Roachofficiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Giles was born on August 7, 1949 in Amarillo to Irene and Ira Giles.  He worked for the Rock Island Railroad as a switchman, Bell Helicopter, and then for Potter County Road and Bridge for 15 years and retired in 2008. 

He loved to collect trains.   Mr. Giles was a veteran in the United States Navy serving in Vietnam.  He was a member of Bykota Baptist, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Giles; his daughter, Michelle Holt; and his brother, Randy Giles.

He is survived his son, Adam Nunn and wife Faith of Nashville, TN; his daughter, Lailani Holland and husband Brian of Lumberton, TX; two brothers, Billy Giles and Kim Giles both of Amarillo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.