Lou Ellen Morris – March 27, 2015

Morris Obit PhotoLou Ellen Morris, 88, of Amarillo, formerly of El Paso, died Friday, March 27, 2015.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., and attended Hamilton High School. She earned her degree in Music Education from Trenton State Teachers College and began her teaching career in New Jersey.

She met Robert Morris, and they were married in 1949. In 1956, they moved their family to El Paso, where Lou continued her teaching career with the Ysleta Independent School District. During that time, she served as organist and music director at St. James United Methodist Church and later at Faith Presbyterian Church. She retired from teaching in 1986.

After retiring, she worked as a volunteer in the El Paso Police Department, serving for many years at both the Mission Valley and Pebble Hills Command Centers. She was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church, serving at times on the session. In 2010, Lou moved to Amarillo to be closer to her family. She lived at The Clairmont, where she made many new friends. While living there, she continued her love of music by playing the piano for the residents.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin J. and Viola Butterfoss; her husband of 54 years, Robert Morris; and her brother, Edwin J. Butterfoss.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Standal and husband John, of Eatontown, N.J.; two sons, Karl Morris and wife Susan of Cambridge, Minn., and Glenn Morris and wife Karen of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Ivan Standal and wife Angela, Ethan Standal, Erica Morris, Andrew Morris, Jonathan Morris, Sophie Morris and Grace Morris; one great-granddaughter, Kali Standal; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request, her body was donated to medical science.

The family has requested that donations be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P. O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79015, or to Faith Presbyterian Church, 661 Lomaland Drive, El Paso Texas 79907, or to a favorite charity.

“Tuff” Don Montgomery Harwell – March 26, 2015

Harwell Obit Pic“Tuff” Don Montgomery Harwell, 79, of Adrian, died Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, at Vega United Methodist Church with David Bonnell and Roger Morris officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m., at the Harwell Ranch.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Tuff was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Vega to Roddy and Irene Harwell.  He graduated from Vega High School.  He married Joanie Paschel on Sept. 12, 1960.  Tuff furthered his education with a bachelor’s degree in economics from West Texas State University.    He married his best friend, Gail Brown on Sept. 21, 1985.

He served on the Vega School Board 1978-1985, and was a member of Adrian Methodist Church. Tuff ranched all of his life and was a man of few words but had many friends who all loved him for his cowboy humor and wit.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Harwell, of the home; three daughters, Lee Jones and husband Michael, of Boerne, Jan Reeve and husband Mitch of Hereford, and Tina Hartness of North Richland Hills; a son, James Hal Bearden, of Matador; a brother, Lynn Harwell and wife Joy of Seneca, SC; a sister, Sharon Hobbs of Vega; a nephew he thought of as a son, Colby Harwell; grandchildren, Michelle, Emily, Melissa, Kinsey, Cory, Derek, Holly and Hannah; and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Adrian Methodist Church; or to Adrian Volunteer Fire Department.

Viewing will be from Noon – 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home in Vega.

J.D. Jeter – March 25, 2015

Jeter Obit PicJ.D. Jeter, 91, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at The Church at Quail Creek with Kyle Clayton and Dale Moreland officiating.  Burial will follow at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

J.D. was born May 30, 1923, in Mickey to O.R. and Vada Jeter.  He was a Tom’s Candies and Pepsi distributor and worked at Panhandle Crane for 20 years as a crane operator.  J.D. was a member of The Church at Quail Creek and Tascosa Golf Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Jeter; and two sons, David Lee Jeter and Rusty Owen Jeter.

Survivors include two sons, Gene Jeter and wife Janice of Amarillo and James Jeter of California; five grandchildren, David, Kim, Kelly, Melissa and Steven; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to The Church at Quail Creek, 801 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo, TX 79124.

Dr. Donald Albert Frank, Sr. – March 26, 2015

Frank Obit PicDr. Donald Albert Frank, Sr., 84, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church officiating.  Interment will be in Llano Garden Mausoleum.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Ponca City, Okla. to Edward Thomas Frank and Violet Ann Frank.  He was raised in Lake Village, Arkansas.  Drafted into the military Air Force and was honorably discharged.  He attended Arkansas A.M. – Monticello, Mississippi State University, University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Dr. Frank was the president of his senior class with the highest GPA as well, he met Martha Ann Smith and they were married.

He completed his medical degree at Highcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In 1959, he opened up the Gruver Clinic in Gruver, Texas.  He moved to Dalhart, Texas in 1961 to start a private practice.  He became a Free Mason; member of the Rita Blanca Lodge.  Being a family practice physician, he delivered over 2,000 babies and a very caring practice.

Dr. Frank moved to Amarillo in 1978 opening a practice at 13 Medical Dr.  His patients came from Amarillo, Dalhart, Gruver and much of the northern panhandle.  During his practice in Amarillo he was chief of staff at High Plains Baptist Hospital, medical director of BSA Family Medical, medical director of Heritage Nursing Home, director of Turning Point Rehab, assistant clinical professor at Texas Tech, upon retirement stayed active doing military physicals, and insurance physicals.

Survived by the love of his life, Molly; sons, Donald Jr., Brian and wife Amy, and Marcus, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Kathryn of Birmingham, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Chelsea, Christian and wife Sara Lee, Noah Clay, Victoria, Abbie, Aaron, Emma Kate, Hampton and Kane; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Aspen.

The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the funeral home.

Shad Ray Gilley – March 25, 2015

Gilley Obit PicShad Ray Gilley, 41, of Amarillo, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at The Church at Quail Creek. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Shad was born December 31st, 1973, in Amarillo and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1992.  During high school, he worked at Steak & Ale as a cook.  Upon graduation, Shad worked for ADT Corporation in the recon department as a certified paintless dent repair technician at Amarillo Auto Auction.  He transferred to the Albuquerque Auto Auction in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was the Fleet Lease Manager.  From Albuquerque, Shad went to work for the Manheim Corporation as the Operations Manager in Houston, Texas, and Seattle, Washington.  Upon return to Amarillo, he became an independent catastrophic adjuster during Katrina and Rita.  Shad returned to the car business as Body Shop Manager for All Star Dodge and Auto Pro.  He also was the owner of Gilley’s Dent Empire.  At the time of his passing, Shad was the vehicle Inventory Manager for Fenton Motors.

Shad’s number one joy in his life was his daughter, Macy Jane.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, and internet gaming where he was in the top ten guild on the server of World of War Craft.

Shad was preceded in death by a sister, Tonya Smith, grandparents, Edmurr and Lovan Gilley, grandfather, Marshal Loyd, and an uncle, Marlon Loyd.

He is survived by his pride and joy, Macy Jane Gilley, his mother, ElRay Gilley, father and wife, Gary and Lunell Gilley, brother and wife, Gary and Kerri Gilley, grandmother, Linnie Loyd, his girlfriend, Shondra Martinez, and multiple aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Macy Jane Gilley’s name has been set up at First Bank Southwest, P. O. Box 32552, Amarillo TX  79120-2552.

Visitation will be Friday, March 27th, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Darrell Conger – March 24, 2015

Conger Obit PicDarrell Conger, 75, of Amarillo, died, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Dr. G.A. Roach, Chaplain, Bivins Foundations, officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Darrell was born March 28, 1939, in Amarillo to Claudia and Benjamin Conger. He had two siblings Joyce Thomas and Billy Conger, who preceded him in death. Darrell was born with a servant’s will and strong work ethic. From a very early age, he sold newspapers on the corner and worked on docks moving freight to help his family. At Amarillo High School, he played football, eventually earning a scholarship to University of Texas-El Paso.

After earning a BS in biology with minors in chemistry and mathematics, Darrell taught science and math at Travis Middle School. He went on to learn computer programming while earning a MBA from West Texas State University. He worked in the computer center and taught classes at WT before eventually becoming Director of the Computer Center at Amarillo College, where he worked for more than 30 years.

Darrell spent many years coaching his kids’ sports and coining such infamous phrases as “Herky Jerky!” on the basketball court. A natural athlete, Darrell jogged, played racquetball, basketball, and softball for much of his life. He had a quirky sense of humor and delivered many a deadpan joke.

Darrell was a member of Paramount Baptist Church. He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. All of us will miss him dearly. Stuart Scott said, “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” Darrell beat cancer, but Jesus wanted him home.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Linda Conger; his children, two sons, Kevin Conger of Amarillo and Chris and daughter-in-law, Tori Conger of Fort Worth; a daughter, Tracy and son-in-law Jim Joseph of San Diego, CA; and four grandchildren, Addison and Audrey Joseph, Kyler Conger, and Holden Conger.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Darrell be sent to Amarillo College Foundation, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178.

Visitation will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home on Friday, March 27, from 6-7 p.m.

Dorothy “Dot” Clark – March 23, 2015

Dorothy “Dot” Clark, age 92, of Amarillo, died March 23, 2015.  Celebration of life services will be at Polk Street United Methodist Church on Friday, March 27, at 2:00 pm., Clark Obit Picofficiated by Burt Palmer, Kevin Deckard, and Curtis House.  Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dorothy was born April 2, 1922, in Lexington, Kentucky to Herbert S. Chase and Malissa Wilson Chase.  She graduated from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, then attended Eastern Kentucky State University.  On July 5, 1941, Dorothy married Charles O. “Charlie” Clark in Fort Thomas.  They moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1955.

As a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church, she served on the Administrative Board, taught Sunday school, was a member of United Methodist Women and the 50/50 Sunday School Class, and sang in the Sanctuary Choir for 53 years.  Dot also started the Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry.  She was in several Bible studies including Thursday Morning Bible Study at the First Christian Church for over 30 years.  Dot was an artist, a member of the Amarillo Symphony Guild, Amarillo Art Force, Amarillo Art Alliance, Amarillo Antique Club,  Amarillo Republican Women’s Club, and enjoyed playing bridge with friends.

Dot loved her family, her church, and her Lord.  She had a zest for life, a quick wit, and was not afraid to speak her mind.  She will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, and two sisters.

Survivors include her children, Winston “Wink” Clark and wife, Bea, of Canyon, Malissa Alexander of Amarillo, and Beth Drake and husband, Randy, of La Crescenta, California.  She was known as “Grandma Dot” to her 6 grandchildren:  Malissa Langham, Lane Marrufo, Allison House and husband Curtis, Eloise Bell and husband Miles, Austin Drake, and Carrie Drake.  Dot also had 11 great-grandchildren:  Tiffni Urioste, Christian O’Con, Alexis Alcala, Makenze Little, Brandon Cowden, Wade, Bethani, Emmalee, and Hadlee House, Cora and Miley Bell, and one great-great-grandchild, William Herrera.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Polk Street United Methodist Church, Gideons International, or Young Life.

William Winston “Bill” Carter – March 23, 2015

Carter, William Obit Pic 1Carter, William Obit Pic 2William Winston “Bill” Carter went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2015, at the age of 93.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo, 1100 S. Harrison, with Reverend Howard Griffin officiating.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bill was born at home in Amarillo, Texas on February 19, 1922, weighing more than 14 pounds.  Three doctors were required, but miraculously mother and baby were fine.  He attended school at Margaret Wills, Sam Houston Junior High, graduated from Amarillo High School in 1939, and started at Amarillo College.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was on active duty from 1942 – 1946 during World War II, primarily with Fox Battery, 2d Bn, 14th Marines of the 4th Marine Division.

Bill served on the battlefield in the Marshall Islands (Roi and Namur), Marianas Islands (Saipan and Tinian) and Volcano Islands (Iwo Jima).  When his battery’s fire direction team were all killed by a single shell hitting the fire direction center during the battle for Saipan, Corporal Carter alone directed the battery under enemy fire until relieved.  He received the Bronze Star for his conduct.  Sergeant Carter celebrated his 23rd birthday offshore Iwo Jima on D-Day and landed on D + 1.  Bill then received a battlefield commission to Lieutenant of Marines, and he was on Guam training for the invasion of Japan, when peace was declared.  But he never talked about the War.  All gave some, and some gave all.  There was nothing else to say, but for Bill, and many others who were spared, the gift of life was not to be wasted.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Melba Naomi Baker, during a brief furlough and a trip home in early 1943 before deploying to the Pacific.  He returned to her after the War and graduated from Amarillo College in 1947 and from West Texas State University in 1949 with a degree in business. Soon thereafter, he was employed by Baker and Taylor Drilling Company where he would spend the next 31 years as Vice-President of Baker & Taylor and subsequently as President of its successor, Yucca Petroleum Company.  He also served as President of the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Vice President of the Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association and in many other industry positions.

Bill’s wife, Melba, preceded him in death in 1979.  Yucca Petroleum Company sold in 1980, and Bill became Managing Partner of Carter Investments for the next 35 years.  For this second half of his adult life, he was loved and supported by Elizabeth Pounds Carter, his spouse and devoted caregiver until his death.

Bill served the Amarillo community throughout his life.  He served as Budget Committee Chairman of the United Fund; Director of Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; President of the Amarillo YMCA; Trustee of the Amarillo Independent School District for six years (serving as chairman during the transition to integration and later the relocating of Amarillo High School);  Elder of First Presbyterian Church;  Member of the Texas State Board of Education; Co-chairman-Major Gifts Division of Harrington Cancer Center Fund Drive; Chairman of Decade 80’s Education Committee; Chairman of Capital Fund Committee of Amarillo Good Samaritan Retirement Center; Chairman of the Endowment Committee, Vice President, and President of Amarillo Art Center; Finance Chairman of West Texas State University Foundation; Chairman of the Board of West Texas State University Foundation; and in many other positions.

As much as Bill loved his work, there was no greater joy or priority in Bill’s life than his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Winston and Ethel Carter.  Bill is survived by Elizabeth Pounds Carter, his beloved wife of 35 years and their children, Kay Brown and husband Richard, Terri Bagot, Winn Carter and partner Tom Peaslee, Janice Carter, Mike Pounds and wife Melissa, and Jana Pounds and partner Donna Bullis. Bill is also survived by two brothers, Jimmy Carter and wife LaRue and Curtis Carter, ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, many wonderful nieces and nephews, and faithful friend Alzia Dean Smith.

A child of the Great Depression, hero and survivor of the War, educated and educator, industry leader, tireless community servant, father and family patriarch, giving and caring, a godly man who loved the Lord – Bill Carter was a good man who lived a good life, and he is one of the reasons his generation is the Greatest Generation.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo 79101; Texas Wounded Warrior Project Foundation, 4301 Fillbrook Lane, Tyler, TX 75707, or a favorite charity.

Neita Boynton – March 22, 2015

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Neita Boynton, 92, of Amarillo, died Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating.  Burial

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

Neita was born along with her twin sister, Zeita on Jan. 17, 1923, to Scott and Kate Webster.  She was raised in the Texas panhandle and South Plains.  She married Robert Boynton in June 1941.  He was a fighter pilot in World War II.  She followed him in training and in the war.

After her family, dentistry was her love.  She became a certified dental assistant in the 1950′s.  She worked for a number of dentists and orthodontists in Amarillo.  Neita helped organize the dental clinic at Boys Ranch.  After assisting, she helped organize, start and develop the dental hygiene and dental assisting department at Amarillo College.  The Panhandle District Dental Association honored her for 50 years of devotion.  Also, she was recognized by being honored as a honorary member of the same.

  She was also named by dental assisting national board as an emeritus certified assistant.

Neita was on the board of directors for multiple sclerosis and Texas Panhandle Mental Health and Mental Retardation.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi.  She was chosen Texas Delta Epsilon master’s sweetheart and outstanding girl.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo.

Survivors include a son, Mark of Amarillo; a grandson, Scott Boynton and Megan Davis of Brooklyn, NY; a brother-in-law, Guy Barnes of Amarillo; nephews, Kenny and Amy Barnes and Blake and Kelly Barnes, all of Amarillo and David and Gloria Webster of Austin; nieces, Nancy and Steve Dennis of Odessa and Nawna Ba

bers of Tucson, Ariz.; and a cousin, Bob Webster of Seminole, Okla.

The family would like to thank everyone at Ware Living Center and Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice for the help they received.

Ricardo “Rick” Morin – March 23, 2015

Morin Obit PicRicardo “Rick” Morin, 56, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 23, 2015.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Trinity Baptist Church with Nate Magloughlin, senior pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Rick was born May 8, 1958, in Amarillo to Moises and Juanita Morin.  He married Julia Ann Morgan on Aug. 30, 1980.  Rick was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.  He worked for Pantex for 34 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Jim Gonzales.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Morin, of the home; a son, Shane Morin and wife Lucy of Amarillo; two brothers, Val Morin and wife Shelley, Moses Morin and wife Barbara, all of Amarillo; a sister, Teresa Gonzales of Amarillo; his mother-in-law, Mamie Morgan of Amarillo; and a grandchild, Dash.

The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 1601 W Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79109; or Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the funeral home.