Brian Alfred Rusk – September 15, 2014

Brian Alfred Rusk, 86, of Amarillo, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.Rusk Obit Pic


Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


Brian was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Pampa, Texas, to Doris and Paul Rusk.  The family relocated to Amarillo in 1936.


He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1946, and then served as a radar technician in the U.S. Navy. He married the love of his life, Joan McCormick, on August 5, 1950, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.


Brian attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and was graduated with an economics degree from West Texas State University. He enjoyed a 35-year career with Cowan Claims Service.


He was an active and involved member of St. Andrews for 64 years, and was well-known as a dedicated participant in his community, volunteering with Meals On Wheels, Amarillo Senior Citizens Association and BSA Hospice.


Brian enjoyed shooting pool, and loved to travel, camp, dance and play bridge with his wife, Jo. Throughout his life, he was the most kind and loving friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather one could ever hope for.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Brent, a sister Joyce and a daughter Rebecca Sue.


He is survived by his wife Jo, of 64 years; two daughters, Mary Louise Rusk and husband Bruce Baca of Amarillo, Karen Rusk and husband Brook Meggs of Boston; a granddaughter, Tana May and husband Billy of Amarillo; and two great-grandsons, Brian & Caleb.


The family would like to extend its appreciation to V.A. Medical Center & BSA Hospice for the excellent care Brian received.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church or the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association.


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Bobby W. Scruggs – September 16, 2014

Bobby W. Scruggs, 83, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.Scruggs Obit Pic


Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor, First Baptist Church and Rev. Corky Holland, First Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


Bobby was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Spanish Fort to Walter and Dora Scruggs.  He lived in Canyon from 1948-1949.  He married Betty Harper in 1949, in Umbarger.  Bobby went to work in 1950 for Southwestern Bell at which time he and Betty moved to Amarillo.  He retired from AT&T after 35 years of service.  Bobby was a member of First Baptist Church and a lifelong member of the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association.


He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters.


Survivors include his wife, Betty Scruggs, of the home; a daughter, Connie Elizardo and husband Joe of Amarillo; a son, Carl W. Scruggs of Springtown; two sisters, Odessa Linderman of Umbarger and Maureen Abbott of Canyon; six grandchildren, Jerry Owen and wife Amy, James Owen and wife Shannon, Carey Owen and wife Stephenie, Christie Scruggs and husband Rob, Robert Scruggs and wife Ashley, and Kayla Hackney and husband Tim; and 18 great-grandchildren.


The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Senior Adult Ministry, 1208 S. Tyler, Amarillo, Texas 79101.


The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the funeral home.


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Kimberly Anne Rowell – September 12, 2014

Rowell Obit PicKimberly Anne Rowell, a resident of Amarillo and a beloved family member and friend to many, passed from this life on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the age of 42.  She was born on Tuesday, April 6, 1972, to Harold Dewayne Glover and Linda Kathleen (Anderson) Lamb.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. in Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum in Pampa. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kim attended school in Amarillo and Pampa, graduating from Pampa High School in 1990.  She had been working at the Clements Unit as a grievance clerk.  She was a very hard worker and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Kim was a very loving mother to her children.  Her children meant everything to her.  She was a great mom and a fun mom.  Kim was an only child she was always helping her “Momma” out.  She would come to Pampa and ask her Momma and Granny what they needed her help with.  What a wonderful woman she was.  We all love her dearly and she is going to be greatly missed.  She had so much love to give and was so full of life.

Kim had the most beautiful blue eyes and a smile that would light up every room she walked into.  She was a beautiful woman inside and out.  She loved country music, dancing, and having a good time.

Kim is survived by a daughter, Ashlee Rowell and a son, Austen Rowell, both of Amarillo; her mother, Linda K. Lamb of Pampa; her father, Bill DeVoll of Pampa; her grandmother, Betty J. Anderson of Pampa; and an uncle, Mike Anderson and wife Millie of Rosston, Ark. and her loving pet, Mia; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kim was preceded in death by her grandfather, M.E. (Andy) Anderson; grandmother, Helen DeVoll; and grandfather, Steve DeVoll.

Steven Dennis Jackson – September 13, 2014

Jackson Obit PhotoSteven Dennis Jackson, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig and the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace.  Committal will follow in the columbarium chapel of the church. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall after the service. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Steve was the youngest of Ruth and Frank Jackson’s four children. He was born Oct. 28, 1955, in Amarillo. Those who knew him all of his life called him Stubby; those who knew him as an adult called him Steve.  But to all who knew him he was a down-to-earth, all-around great guy.

Steve was a hometown boy.  He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1974.

Steve loved his family, especially his father, who was his best friend. Steve and Daddy Boy (as Steve called him from childhood) fished, hunted, bowled and worked together at the family business, Jackson’s Auto Service.

After Frank’s death in 1995, Steve continued to run the business and provide his customers the same knowledgeable, dependable and honest service he had learned from his father.

When Steve married Mindy Lauder in 1980, he joined the Lauder family, developing a close friendship with his father-in-law, Howard Lee.  Steve’s mechanical skills and Howard Lee’s ability to fix anything came together when they built a 1932 Jaguar from a kit, one of numerous projects they shared.

Steve, Mindy and beloved daughter Jennilee were a tight three-some, who loved and supported one another and enjoyed being together. It was important to Steve that Jennilee know about sports and to that end he taught her how to snow ski, shoot a basketball, throw a baseball and hit a golf ball.

Steve was a man’s man.  He worked on cars, rode motorcycles, owned a ski boat, played basketball, umpired baseball games, snow skied and could recite stats for the Texas Rangers.

He was a devoted Texas Longhorn fan until Jennilee enrolled at the University of Oklahoma.  Steve traded in his burnt orange for crimson and cream and never looked back.

Over the years golf became Steve’s sport of choice.  He loved playing with his friends The Hamsters at Amarillo Country Club, where he served as president of the Men’s Golf Association in 2009.

Whatever Steve did he was all in.  A cooking class he took with a group of men from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church sparked an interest in cooking, that spurred an interest in grilling, that ignited a passion for barbecuing and smoking.

Steve soon became the cook for every meal – weeknights, family get-togethers and holidays.  He was known for his delicious briskets, ribs, tenderloins and hamburgers. But there are no recipes to share, because Steve cooked by instinct and was always tweaking his latest marinade or rub.

Not only was Steve the family cook, he was the family host.  Everyone who walked in the door of Mindy and Steve’s home was greeted with a big smile, a special name created and used only by Steve and a hug or handshake.

Steve was the king of his patio.  He enjoyed it year-round – relaxing after work, cooking on his smoker, watching baseball with Mindy, hosting family and friends or simply being with his dogs.

Steve is survived by his wife Mindy, daughter Jennilee and son-in-law and barbecue partner Patrick Lovelady and grandson Jackson Vahue Lovelady.  Also his mother, Ruth Jackson, brother Mike Jackson and wife Kathie, sister Jeri Farris and husband Tom, and sister Janey Lancaster. Plus his Lauder family: mother-in-law Pat Lauder, sister-in-law Becky King and husband Scott, sister-in-law Amy Edwards and husband Eddie and sister-in-law Lori Williams.

Steve is also survived by a passel of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who loved his cooking and with whom Steve had a special bond.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia, Amarillo, TX 79102, or a charity of choice.

Faye Baskett – September 13, 2014

Faye Baskett, 92, of Amarillo died Saturday, September 13, 2014 surrounded by her sons. Baskett Obit Photo


Public Graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rose Garden at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday,  September 16, 2014.   A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the First Nazarene Church, 5201 S. Soncy, with the Dr. Shawn Fouts, pastor, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


Faye was born in Stephens County, Oklahoma in the home at the family farm on August 6, 1922 to the late Ross Bell Roach and Martha (Mattie) Ellen (Calhoun) Roach.  She had two older sisters and a younger brother who predeceased her, Rossie Mattie Rowland, Johnnie Evelyn James, and Charles Thomas Roach.


Faye graduated from Duncan High School in Oklahoma.  Faye came to Amarillo on April 14, 1942.  She was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1942, and was employed in various positions and retired with 42 years of service.  Faye started as an operator and was promoted to a supervisor’s position.  Faye retired in January 1, 1984.  Over the years, Mrs. Baskett was also involved in several rental real estate businesses.  She was actively involved in her businesses until about 4 years ago.  She had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for a number of years.


Faye was a long term member of the First Nazarene Church in Amarillo of about 72 years.  During her life, she was also involved in other Christian churches, organizations, overseas Missionary projects, and children’s bus ministries.

Faye was the cherished wife to her late husband, Glenn Henry Baskett for 61 years, who went before her in 2008.  They were married March 23, 1947.  Survivors include two sons, Harvey and wife Kathy, Mark and wife Tammy all of Amarillo, four grandchildren, Jeremy of Amarillo, Josh and wife, Mindy, of Edmond, Jonathan of San Antonio, and Ashley of Amarillo.  She has three great granddaughters, Madison and McKenzie of Oklahoma City, and Parker of Amarillo.  Mrs. Baskett also has a number of nieces, nephews, and other close family members.  She considered her church parish as her family also.



The family will receive friends at 2304 Julian Blvd and receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hazel Lee Goodrich Moody – September 13, 2014

Scripture:  Romans 14:8: HazelMoody

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord;

so then whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

In the early hours of September 13, 2014, the angels summoned Hazel Lee Goodrich Moody to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ where she will reunite with her beloved husband of 64 years, Walter Roscoe Moody, Jr. , her parents Florence Hazel Miller and Milton Harris Goodrich and brother Milton Goodrich, Jr.  She is sure to be warmly received by the many friends and family members who treasured her warmth, beautiful smile, and generosity of spirit.

Hazel was born August 13, 1920, in San Antonio, where she was surrounded by the large Goodrich clan and influenced by the joys of frequent family gatherings.  In 1936 the family moved to Dallas where she attended Woodrow Wilson High School and later, Texas Women’s University of Denton.  She and Walter, a young Baylor College of Dentistry student, met at Christian Endeavor at East Dallas Presbyterian Church.  They were married there August 1, 1942.

After a brief time in Abilene, the couple moved to Amarillo where Walter joined his father Walter Moody, Sr. in dental practice in the Fisk building.  Their first commitment was to join First Presbyterian Church, December, 1943, making Hazel the living member of longest standing.  She faithfully served as a member and leader of Circle, Sunday School teacher for cradle roll for 26 years, Elder, chair of Christian Education, President of Presbyterian Women (and other offices), Superintendent of Sunday School, Hospitality for 15 years, Congregational Care, Properties, Nuffs, and all other aspects of church life, including protecting the church silver and scrubbing floors when necessary.   Walter and Hazel were recognized by the church for their many years of dedicated service when a Habitat for Humanity home was built in their honor in 2007.  The church chimes are also named in Walter’s memory.

With her arrival in Amarillo, Hazel immediately began to make friends and become a part of her new home town, in spite of homesickness for the green trees of Dallas.  She served as president of almost every organization, including PEO Chapter CM for over 60 years, a 1951 charter member of Northwest Texas Hospital Auxiliary, with over 12,00 hours of service, and  State President of the Texas Dental Society Auxiliary in 1978-80.  She became a part of bridge, birthday and Junior Travel Study groups.  She and Walter took up square dancing and were active members in American Business Club.  In addition, she participated in PTA, Cub Scouts, A & M Mothers Club, and served as Potter County election judge.

With her special talent for decorating, Hazel loved hosting parties for friends, recipe showers for brides, and family celebrations at holidays.  Her organizational skills earned her the title of “Queen” from friends and family who learned to follow her directions.   She was well known for her beautiful Christmas events and often hosted multiple groups during the season.  Their retreat at the Palo Duro Club was filled with friends and family, 4th of July celebrations and picnics on the hilltop.  One of her favorite times was having all of the grandchildren spend their own special week at the “club” each summer.  She treasured all the memories of her life that surrounded her family and people she had known forever or just met, each of whom she considered dear in their own unique way.  She never stopped trying to reach out and be friendly to others, even as a resident in her final years at Ware Living Center, where she made a point of acknowledging residents with a smile, a touch, a greeting.

Hazel’s children and family will always remember her ability to make every event a celebration of love of family.  They are Suzanne and David Wofford of Austin, Bethany Wofford-Price (Christopher) and Eleanor of Portland, Oregon, and Erik Wofford (Andrea Couch) of Austin; Jerry and Becky Moody of Fort Worth, Robert Moody of Arlington, and Philip Moody (Sarah Norris) of Austin; David and Marilyn Moody , Joshua Moody (Rian) and Malachi, and Nathaniel Moody and Miles, all of Amarillo.  Other survivors include sister-in-law Marion Goodrich of Dallas, Goodrich family niece Sally Helfand, nephew Joe Goodrich, and many cousins; Moody family includes nieces Peggy Hayes and Joan Moody of San Antonio.

A Memorial Service in celebration of Hazel’s life will be Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Harrison, Amarillo 79101.  Graveside will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:00 AM.  Visitation will be Monday, September 15, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Suggested memorials: Women’s Mission Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo, Texas 79101;  Amarillo Children’s Home, 3400 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109-4997.

San Juanita Ramos – September 11, 2014

Ramos Obit PicSan Juanita Ramos, 67, of Dumas, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

San Juanita was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Alamo to Manuel and Consuleo Trevino.  She married Monserrato Ramos in 1979 in Dumas.  San Juanita was a homemaker and loved to cook.  She liked music and playing games.  She loved her husband, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Consuleo Beltran and a son, Alejandro Oliverez.

Survivors include her husband, Monserrato Ramos of Dumas; three daughters, Sylvia Meza of Cactus, and Celia Martinez and Rubi Ramos, both of Dumas; four sons, Eddy Olivarez  and Jaime DeLuna, both of Amarillo, and Rudy Olivarez and Eric Ramos, both of Dumas; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Michael “Mike” Hamilton – September 11, 2014

Hamilton Obit PicMichael “Mike” Hamilton, 65, of Amarillo died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum with Kurt Oheim, pastor of Pinnacle Community Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mike was born Oct. 8, 1948, in McKinney to Clifford and Aline Hamilton.  He married Shirley Burtram on Oct. 18, 2002, in Amarillo.  Mike worked in computer programming, landscaping and irrigation for golf course construction and design.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hamilton of Amarillo; two daughters, Kelly and Sam Garza of Waterloo, IL and Kassidy and Ben Hardee of Ardmore, Okla; three step-sons, Manuel Duke of Princeton and John Duke and Mark Duke, both of Amarillo; two brothers, Billy Earl Hamilton and Linda of Garland and Tom Hamilton and Nanette of Colorado Springs; and 6 grandchildren.

Wanda Sue Burks Caudy – September 10, 2014

Wanda Sue Burks Caudy, 71, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.Caudy Obit Photo

Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Oasis Southwest Baptist Church with Chester Beavers officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Wanda was born April 4, 1943, in Amarillo to Albert and Anna Burks.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1961.  She married William “Bill” Caudy on June 17, 1961, in Amarillo.  Wanda retired as a directory assistance operator from Southwestern Bell after 20 years.  She worked for more than 5 years at Walmart and had co-owned and operated B&W Mailing Center and Dream-Lite Candles.  She was a member of Oasis Southwest Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Caudy of Amarillo; two daughters, D’Anna Hale of Sanford and April Cates of Amarillo; a son, B.T. Caudy and fiancee Ginger of Amarillo; a sister, Judy Gregoris of Amarillo; and four grandchildren, Austin Burns, Trey Hale, Sharley Hale and Bradford Grant.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Susan G. Komen – The Cure Fund, 9645 Interstate 40 Business, Amarillo, TX 79124; or to Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

The family will be at 2410 Rhonda Ave.

Nellie Maudine Ferrell – September 9, 2014

Ferrell Obit PicNellie Maudine Ferrell, 79, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Pastor Robert Newman of Arena of Life officiating.  Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Shamrock Cemetery in Shamrock.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Nellie was born July 27, 1935, in Yukon, Okla. to Lee and Hazel Trimble.  She spent 17 years working for Amarillo Independent School District and had worked for United Market Street for the past eight years.  Nellie enjoyed traveling, singing karaoke, dancing and she loved to gamble.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Trimble; a brother, David Lee Trimble; a daughter, Rhonda Kay Edwards; and her son-in-law, Michael Betzen.

Survivors include three sons, Kevin Edwards and wife Stacey and Keith Jerrell, both of Amarillo and Billy Ray Hobbs of Garden City, KS; three daughters, Raynell Hart and husband Dennis, Becky Borne and husband Michael and Kelli Jo Betzen, all of Amarillo; two brothers, Duane Trimble of Amarillo and Edward Trimble of Pampa; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren

The family suggests memorials be made to American Cancer Society, 3915 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109; or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 50433, Amarillo, TX 79159.