John O. Boyd – August 28, 2014

John O. Boyd, 61, of Amarillo, died Thursday, August 28, 2014.Boyd Obit Photo


Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Glen Walton, minister, officiating.  Private burial will be in Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


Mr. Boyd was born on February 18, 1953 in Amarillo to Betty Jo and Clarence Boyd.  He had taught auto mechanics at Tascosa High School and worked in the auto department at Amarillo College.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Enola Boyd and his daughter, Rayna Boyd.


He is survived by two daughters, Rachel Boyd-Nichols and Shayna Boyd, both of Lubbock; two brothers, Gary Boyd and Paul Boyd, both of Amarillo and three grandchildren, David Nichols, Sierra Nichols and  J. J. Nichols.


The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society, 3915 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109.



Laura Graves Tankersley – August 23, 2014

Laura Graves Tankersley was born in Lubbock, TX on March 26, 1970 to Bill and Linda Graves.  She was the second of their four children.

In 1992, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Laura’s ability to reach out to small children and teach them in a loving way was her passion and her purpose.  Children who came into regular contact with Laura came away with the knowledge that they were sent to receive, and also received the understanding that they were loved, that they were important, and that they were somebody, not just “another kid”.

In 2000, Laura became a counselor after receiving her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech.  She worked as a Mental Health Coordinator with the Early Childhood Head Start Program.  Her emphasis did not change, but rather morphed into a whole scale structured support system for at risk children.  She worked with parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure that the children’s mental health needs were met.

Her strong sense of advocacy for the children she served was so apparent to anyone who worked with Laura.  She believed wholeheartedly in making the best possible decisions for the children.  Everyone around her knew this was her greatest priority in her life’s work with children.

In 2006, Laura began teaching her own children in a home school setting.  The basis of her system of teaching was “Thomas Jefferson” style, literature based teaching.  The children went at their own pace – exceedingly fast!  Following the State of Texas guidelines for scope and sequence, she enhanced the guidelines with required Bible reading, verse recitations, art lessons, field trips, hands-on activities, all tied into the lessons she was teaching at the time.

Laura was a devoted Christian and a prayer warrior.  She and Jeff were workers in their churches – teaching, volunteering, helping in any way they could, wherever they lived.  She and the kids loved to cook and take things to family and friends and even people they hardly knew, in the Name of the Lord.  She excelled at being a wife, mother, friend, confidant, listener, and supporter.  Nothing was too large or too small for her to assist with and no one was above or beneath her.

Laura passed away on August 23, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Jeff Tankersley, and their three children:  Jaren, Kathlyn, and Audrey, all of Canyon, TX.  She is also survived by her father Bill Graves of San Angelo, TX, her mother Linda Graves of Troup, TX, her grandmother Dorothy McClain, also of Troup, her sister Jana Graves Rueter and husband John Rueter of Georgetown, TX, brother Allan Graves and wife Krispin of Colleyville, TX, and brother Andrew Graves of San Angelo, TX.  She will be greatly missed by her five nieces and nephews, as well as the many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her dearly.  Those who knew her and loved her are deeply impacted by her untimely death.  She will be missed here, but welcomed into Heaven.

The family has established a scholarship fund for the children.  Contributions may be sent to: Tankersley Children Fund, in care of Andrew Graves, Atty., P.O. Box 1071, San Angelo, TX 76902.

Fred Langdon – August 24, 2014

Langdon Obit PicFred Langdon, 84, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Dr. Roger Smith, pastor, and Craig Albracht, pastor of Hillside Christian Church South officiating.  A private burial was held at St. Francis Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Fred was born July 13, 1930, in Springer, N.M. to Frank and Bryan Troth Langdon. One of five graduates of the 1950 graduating class of Farley High School, Fred was a basketball standout and was known as the “Farley Flash.” After moving to Borger, Texas in 1951, he became a member of the Phillips 66’ers Semi-Pro Basketball Team while working at the Phillips Refinery. In 1962, he moved his family to Amarillo when he took a mechanic job with Courtesy Lincoln-Mercury. The dealership changed ownership and locations over the years, but Fred remained loyal and moved with the dealership each time until his retirement in 2002.

His real passion was Amarillo High School Sandies’ Football. Beginning in the 1980’s, he never missed a home game and only a few out-of-town games. When his illness would not allow him to attend the games, he listened to the radio and read the game coverage in the Amarillo Globe-News.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Survivors include one brother, Ben Woolley and wife Ann of Dalhart; two sons, Joe Langdon and wife Judy and Jim Langdon, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Shaun Wink and husband Frank, of Panhandle; grandchildren, Mike Wink and wife Stephanie of Panhandle, Jimmy Wink and wife Michele of Canyon, Tommy Conner and wife Tammy, Lesa Hamilton and husband Mark and Misti Wieck and husband Andy, all of Amarillo; thirteen great-grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Brittany McAlister, Nathaniel McAlister, Nicholas Wink, Christian Wink, Destiny Williams, Megan Williams, Dustin Williams, Taylor Wink, Langdon Wink, Ashley Conner, Katelyn Conner and Derek Hamilton a great-great-grandchild, Zoe Swindell; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to AHS Sandies Football Boosters,  4225 Danbury St, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Randall (Randy) Coy Buttrill – August 25, 2014

Buttrill Obit PicRandall (Randy) Coy Buttrill, 67, of Amarillo, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Roger Hubbard, pastor, Lake Tanglewood Community Church officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.   Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Randall (Randy) Coy Buttrill was born in Hereford, Texas, Sept. 15, 1946, to parents Mabry Dee and Velma Buttrill.  The family farmed in Hereford until 1962 when they moved to Canyon, Texas after buying the Buffalo Motel.

Playing football at Canyon High School was his dearest memory.  He graduated in 1965 and attended WT for 2 ½ years.  He was drafted into the Army in 1968 where he served in the 2nd and 39th Infantry Division in Vietnam.  For heroic actions, he received numerous medals which include the soldier’s medal and purple heart.

He married Sandy Stephens, his surviving wife, on June 15, 1968, before deploying to Vietnam.  After his service, he was a policeman in Arlington, (where his son, Stephen was born), a builder in Albuquerque, NM, (where his daughter, Kathy, was born), and a farmer in Canyon in 1973.  He opened Unpainted Furniture Center in Amarillo and Lubbock, expanding into Furniture Center Inc. in 1984, and Kidspace in 1990.  In Lubbock, he bought Rim Rock Ranch in 1988 where he raised Beefmaster cattle until health issues prevented him from doing so.

He restored antique Corvettes, loved to hunt and fish, travelled the U.S. in his motor homes, and perfected hobbies too numerous to mention.

Words cannot describe how deeply he loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Buttrill; son, Stephen Buttrill and wife Stephanie; daughter, Kathy Coker and husband David; grandchildren, Sterling Buttrill, Stetson Buttrill, Grady Carr Coker, Taylor Coker; sisters, Donna Mae Davis, Alva Dee Fleming and Jerry Nelson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the funeral home.

Edna Mae Klinkerman Lutz – August 25, 2014

Lutz Obit PicEdna Mae Klinkerman Lutz, 85, of Amarillo, died Monday August 25, 2014.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Amarillo with the Rev. Brian Hesse officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Lutz was born in Electra, Texas.   She attended St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas and was employed by Waggoner National Bank in Vernon, Texas.  Following 18 years in Vernon, she moved to Amarillo in 1962 where she and her husband, George, owned and operated Mary Carter Paints, which they later expanded to be Lutz Decorating.  Edna had a natural gift for interior decorating, as her many clients around the Panhandle would attest.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church from 1962 until 2011.  She enjoyed her membership in Beta Sigma Phi and was awarded Sweetheart of Beta Sigma Phi in 1976.  Edna, a lifelong artist, was honored by her friends and family on her 80th birthday with a showing of her oil paintings, quilts and dresses.  These items will be long treasured by her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lorenz and Lydia Klinkerman and her beloved husband of 54 years, George Lutz.

Survivors include her two sons, George Lutz and wife Sheri, of Dallas and John Lutz and wife Cullen, of Amarillo; two sisters, Lydia Nichols of Dallas and Bernice Alexander of Electra; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Lutz, Benjamin Lutz, Olivia Lutz and Layton Lutz.

 The family suggests memorials be to Hansford Manor, Spearman, Jan Werner Adult Day Care, Amarillo, or Trinity Lutheran Church, Amarillo.

Rebecca Anne Cooper – August 25, 2014

Cooper Obit PicRebecca Anne Cooper, 37, of Amarillo, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Grace Fellowship Church in Borger with Pastor Tim Hall officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ms. Cooper was born and raised in Borger.  She was a graduate of Borger High School and Amarillo College, where she received her nursing degree, with honors.

She was a Registered Nurse, and worked in the surgery units of Golden Plains Community Hospital in Borger, Pampa Regional Medical Center, Northwest Texas Hospital and the Surgery Center on Soncy in Amarillo.

She recently had moved to Hale Center and worked in the healthcare field in Lubbock.  She began her medical career as an operating room surgical technologist.

She was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church.  Becca enjoyed spending time with her sons, and with her dogs.

She was preceded by her grandmother, Edna Stutzman of Amarillo.

Survivors include two sons, Gavin and Mason Cooper of Borger; her father, Dennis Burton of Hale Center; her mother, Lisa Parkhurst of Weatherford, TX; a sister, Elizabeth Winks and husband Gary of Borger; and grandparents, Joe and Lila Swann of Amarillo, and James Burton of Lady Lake, Fla.

Gary Lane Allen – August 23, 2014

Allen, Gary Obit PhotoGary Lane Allen, 67, of Amarillo died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Polk Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gary was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Elk City, Okla., to Dooly and Wynona Allen. He married Gayle Williamson on November 23, 1966, in Amarillo.

Gary served from 1970-1972 in the Navy in Norfolk, Va., and received his college degree from Old Dominion University.

For many years, Gary was a self-employed computer consultant. He was the chief information officer at Amarillo Independent School District from January 1999 until his retirement in December 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Allen; a daughter, Jana Allen Griffin and husband Scott; a son, Lane Allen and wife Casey; a grandson, Ford Allen and three granddaughters, Annie Allen, Ella Griffin and Brenna Griffin; and a sister, Nyda Perkins and husband Jerry.

Please feel free to wear colorful clothing to celebrate Gary’s life; his favorite color was red.

The family will receive friends at their home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Melanoma Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486; or online at;  Meals on Wheels, 219 W. Seventh Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101; or Aldersgate Scholarship Fund, in care of Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101.

Billy G. Hudson – August 23, 2014

Hudson Obit PhotoBilly G. Hudson, 86, of Amarillo died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Mantooth, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Billy was born July 9, 1928, in Amarillo to Curley and Jewel Hudson. He married Reta Wiley on March 5, 1949, in Wellington.

He worked with Amarillo Hardware for 23 years, as a truck driver and warehouse supervisor. He was loved by all. He was a veteran of the Marines. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Reta Hudson; a son, Rushe Hudson and wife Janis of Amarillo; a daughter, Lisa Hulsey and husband Carl of Amarillo; a brother, Jimmy Hudson and wife Nelda of Amarillo; a sister, Frances Quisenberry and husband Doyle of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren, Bobby Hudson, Macie Jefferson, Katie Barnes and Hilary Hulsey; and five great-grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Ian, Smith and Savannah.

The family suggests memorials be to Temple Baptist Church, 3208 S. Van Buren St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

Jimmy Clayton Allen – August 23, 2014

Jimmy Clayton Allen, 53, of Amarillo died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Private family services were held. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jimmy was born June 20, 1961, in Amarillo to Forrest and Lorena Allen. He competed and raced at the NCRA circuit and locally at the Amarillo Speed Bowl.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Forrest Wayne Allen.

Survivors include a son, Jacob Allen of Amarillo; a brother, Gary Allen of Amarillo; and two sisters, Gracie Lineman and husband Joe and Shirley Moreau, all of Amarillo.

Alberto “Beto” S. Renteria – August 23, 2014

Renteria Obit PhotoAlberto “Beto” S. Renteria, 87, of Amarillo died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Hector Madrigal as celebrant and Father Jose Gomez as con-celebrant. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Renteria was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Amarillo to Florencio B. and Esther S. Renteria. He worked for the Fort Worth and Denver-Burlington Northern Railroad Co. for 35 years as a car inspector. Upon receiving medical discharge from the railroad in 1975, he continued to work at different endeavors for the next 34 years, finally ending his working career in 2009 with Laurenco Stone.

He married Dilubina Hernandez on Feb. 25, 1945, in Amarillo. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this year.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 9413. Albert had a generous and giving spirit. He donated his time along with other parishioners to build the “Pieta” Grotto for the church in 1985. The Grotto still stands on the church grounds to this date. He was involved with various fundraisers for his church throughout the years and was a strong supporter of the Panhandle Children’s’ Home.

Albert had a sharp mind until the end, possessing a unique ability to recall past events. He had a wonderful personality and a keen sense of humor. He loved to visit with family members, friends and even total strangers for hours on end. He loved to watch boxing events and followed the sport faithfully.

Albert was truly loved and will be dearly missed by his entire family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Dilubina Renteria; two daughters, Mary Martinez and husband Laurence of Amarillo, and Connie Sepulveda and husband Rene of Kyle; six sons, Albert Renteria and wife Tina, David Renteria and wife Eva, Richard Renteria and wife Barbara and Raymond Renteria and friend Laura, all of Amarillo, John Renteria and wife Bea of Canyon and Sam Renteria and wife Karen of San Antonio; four sisters, Florentina Lopez, Chuy Palacio, Luz Guiterrez and Benita Ruiz; four brothers, Luis, Fernando, Tony and Raymond Renteria;  24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1210 S.E. 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79102.