Willie Drew Hodge – November 30, 2016

hodge-obit-picWillie Drew Hodge, 16, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Trinity Fellowship West Auditorium with Kyle Wilkinson officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Drew was born March 24, 2000, in Amarillo, to Willie and Elizabeth Hodge.  He was a student at Amarillo High School and a gifted athlete who loved to play basketball and run track.

Drew loved to spend time with his family and grandmothers.  He loved to eat his grandmother’s pies. Drew was very caring and looked out for others, very humorous and full of life.   He was simply a kid that touch many, many people’s lives.

He was a member of Trinity Fellowship.

Survivors include his parents, Willie and Elizabeth Hodge, of Amarillo; two sisters, Dez’Rae Sanchez and husband Elias and Tae’Lor Hodge, all of Amarillo; two brothers, Erich Bowers of Houston and Adam Lopez, of Dallas; his grandparents, Herman Hodge, Jr. and Pauline Watson, both of Amarillo and Alex and Maria Garcia of Muleshoe; great-grandparents, Jose and Arminda Orozco; three nieces, Aaliyah Sanchez, Adalee Sanchez and Avah Sanchez; two nephews, Arian Sanchez and Tyler Bowers; and aunts, uncles and many cousins who all adored him.

The family suggests memorials be made to Greater Amarillo Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, P.O. Box 50610, Amarillo, Texas 79159.

Jack Cooke Hazlewood – November 29, 2016

hazlewood-obit-picJack Cooke Hazlewood, 89, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery East Mausoleum.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jack was born on February 13, 1927 in Amarillo to James Auti Hazlewood and Jewel Lucille Hazlewood.  He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1945.  He served in the Air Force in the European Theatre from 1945-1946.  He attended Amarillo College and the University of Texas where he earned a BBA in 1949 and later a law degree with honors in 1952, graduating 3rd in his class.  While attending law school he received the highest awards available in each of all six major scholastic categories as well as served as Editor of the Law Review.

He was past president of the Amarillo Bar Association; past director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; past chairman of the Texas Bar Association Grievance Committee, and past chairman of the City of Amarillo’s Planning and Zoning Commission.  He practiced law in Amarillo and in the Tri-State area from June 1952 until his retirement in 2012.He was board certified in civil trial law and personal injury law.

Jack married Mary Elizabeth Jane Archer on September 1, 1950 in Amarillo. They were happily married for 60 years until her death on October 7, 2010.

Family was so important to Jack and he especially enjoyed spending time with his sons, Richard and David riding motorcycles in the Canadian riverbed.  Sadly, he lost Richard too soon, but was so proud that David followed in his footsteps into the legal profession.  They had many stimulating conversations about legal issues as Jack was a seeker of knowledge and truly loved the law.  As much as he loved his sons, his daughter, Anne-Marie was the light of his life and he adored her.  Jack was an avid story and joke teller. He especially enjoyed exchanging tales with Anne, his beloved daughter-in-law, also a lawyer. Jack often looked to Anne to be his advocate during lively family debates.

For many years in Amarillo, Jack enjoyed the camaraderie of his ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out).  They met frequently to exchange stories and share lunch.

In the last several years he resided at Prestonwood Court-Senior Living in Plano, Texas and took great pleasure in leading his current events group every Friday at 10:00am.  He would occasionally encounter problems with his printer before his meeting, and Blair, his beloved son-in-law, would have to be on call and ready to assist with technical problems.

Jack was a talented artist and enjoyed showing some of his many paintings at a formal Exhibition at Prestonwood Court.  He loved to paint scenes from the National Geographic, draw caricatures on napkins while waiting for his meal at a restaurant or just doodle on a legal pad.

He had a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor and it remained with him until the very end. While he was in the hospital, one of the last things he asked Blair to do was “get me out of here”.

He was a man of integrity, had a passion for politics and was a fierce fighter for the underdog. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He was a true gentleman and a loving family man. Former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen once described Jack as “one of the finest Texans I know”.  That he was.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son Richard Hazlewood; a sister-in-law, Dr. Luta Bob Archer Roberts; three brothers-in-law, Dr. John Archer, Judge Branch T. Archer, Jr. and Larry Roberts.

He is survived by a son, David Hazlewood and his wife, Anne Morris Hazlewood of Lubbock; a daughter, Anne-Marie Hazlewood Taylor and her husband Blair Taylor, of Celina; a brother-in-law, Dr. Richard K. Archer, and his wife, Ruth Archer, of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Archer of Amarillo;  his  grandchildren, John David Hazlewood of Lubbock; Cheston Taylor of Krum; Bridgette Taylor West of Denison; and Travis Taylor of Chicago Illinois; his cousin-in-law Mrs. J. W. Foust of Amarillo; and cousins in Houston, Arizona and California; beloved great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Jack’s family extends a special thank you to all of his friends and caregivers at Prestonwood Court in Plano for their love and support.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association. Click here to view the fund page for Jack Hazlewood Memorial Page

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Gary Eugene Nathan Gum – November 2, 2016

gum-obit-picGary Eugene Nathan Gum, 73, of Amarillo, passed away on November 2, 2016 after an extended illness. Gary was born August 25, 1943 to Buster and Gladys Gum in Dalhart, Texas. He grew up on a farm near Texhoma, OK and graduated from Texhoma High School.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and served 6 years in the Army Reserve.

Gary married his loving wife Cynthia Packard in Guymon, Oklahoma in 1995.  He spent his career in insurance sales and construction.  He was a member of Polk St. United Methodist Church. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, working on old cars, listening to music and dancing. He had a smile that lit up rooms and a natural ability to make everyone around him laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Buster and Gladys Gum.

Gary is survived by his wife, Cynthia of Amarillo; sons: Landon Gum and wife Christi of Norman, OK, Ray Packard and wife Elizabeth of Amarillo and Erick Gum and family; daughters: Ashlee Gum Chatham and husband Winn of Birmingham, AL, Holly Linton and husband Denny of Summersville, WV; Brother: Timothy Gum and wife Debbie of Kennesaw, GA, his much loved grandchildren: Ellisyn Gum, Chloe and Claire Chatham, Lexi, Cameron and Loren Packard; niece and nephew Shelly and Jason Gum; and numerous loving family and friends.

Memorial services will be at 2:00pm., Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorials be made in Gary’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, 110 Mesa Park Drive, Suite 250, El Paso, TX, 79912 or online at www.alz.org.

Jean Norton – November 29, 2016

norton-obit-picJean Norton, 80, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Fredd Mewborn officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jean was born Oct. 20, 1936, in Gorman, TX to Claude and Ruby Mewborn.  She worked for Army and Air Force Exchange Service for 37 years and G’s Jewelry for several years.

Jean was a member of American Business Women’s Association, Amarillo Porcelain Art Club, New Neighbors of Amarillo, and Coulter Road Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Norton.

Survivors include a daughter, Gina Lawler and husband Brett, of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Macy Lawler, of Amarillo; three sisters, Sue Rice, of Amarillo, Cynthia Bicknell of Abilene, TX and Mary Beth Heller of Littleton, Colo.; three brothers, Ed Mewborn and wife Ruth Ann of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Fredd Mewborn and wife Betty of Corpus Christi, TX and Dewayne Mewborn of Garland, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to Coulter Road Baptist Church, 4108 Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79109.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the funeral home.

Patrecia Daphene Wright – November 27, 2016

wright-obit-picPatrecia Daphene Wright, 76, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Happy Cemetery in Happy.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Patrecia was born Feb. 16, 1940, in Clovis, NM to Buck and Freida Lloyd.  She grew up in Bovina and graduated from Farwell High School.  She was a hairdresser for 10 years in Canyon.  She married Ed Wright on March 25, 1988, in Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Philip Lloyd; and a sister, Pauline O’Hair.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Wright, of the home; two sons, Ken Magness of Lubbock and Vincent Wright of Tampa Bay, FL; a daughter, Teresa DeSantis of Amarillo; a sister, Penny Lawlis, of Amarillo; and 5 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Ed & Patrecia Wright Scholarship Fund in care of WTAMU Foundation, Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016.

Josh T. Houser – November 24, 2016

houser-obit-photoJosh T. Houser, 35, of Amarillo, died Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in More Church with Daryl Roach, senior pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Josh was born on June 6, 1981 in Amarillo to Loretta and Donald Houser.  He had been an electrician for about 15 years.

He is survived by three sons, Keeven, Logan and Macklin, all of Amarillo; his mother, Loretta Houser of Groom; a brother, Zeke and wife Patrice Houser; his nephews, Browning and Brock Houser; his nieces, Brayleigh and Breigh Houser, all of Midland, Texas; and lots of other family and friends.

Phyllis Rita Porter – November 26, 2016

Phyllis Rita Porter, 100, of Amarillo, died Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Mass will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Schmitmeyer as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Simeon Cemetery in Aurora, Colorado.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Phyllis was born on October 11, 1916 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to Daisy and Henry Immler. She had been a paralegal.  She was a member of St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Bobbie Sartini of Castle Rock, Colorado and Ginny Sartini of Amarillo.


Joyce “Joy” Mills Divelbiss – November 25, 2016

Joyce “Joy” Mills Divelbiss passed away at home on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the age of 86 years. divelbiss-obit-photo

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in Erick Cemetery with Andy Taylor, pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Sayre, OK. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born October 29, 1930 in the family home 5-1/2 miles southeast of Erick, OK to Leonard and Glenn (Wooley) Mills. Both were part of pioneering families that helped settle Beckham and Greer counties in Oklahoma.

The family moved to Wheeler Co., TX in January 1937. Joyce attended school in Kelton, Texas graduating in 1947.  She excelled in sports, especially basketball.  She later moved to Amarillo where she completed the nursing program at Amarillo College.  Joyce had a rewarding career in nursing, working at hospitals and doctor’s offices in Seattle, WA, and Miami, FL, all while raising her three children, Gayle, Gary, and Phyll.  She also worked locally in Amarillo hospitals, including the Hemodialysis Unit at St. Anthony’s Hospital.  Joyce joined Levi Strauss and Co., Amarillo, TX as their Industrial Nurse focusing on reducing job injuries and maintaining employee health and safety.  She was responsible for plant safety, which included OSHA regulations, Federal Environmental regulations, and Texas State Environmental regulations.  After her retirement from Levi Strauss in 1996, she volunteered at High Plains Food Bank, BSA Hospital, and was a reading mentor at Margaret Wills Elementary school, helping a host of young readers to improve and develop a love of reading.

Joyce was a caring, loving daughter, granddaughter, Mother, Grandmother Joy, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a member of Arden Road Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Joyce was preceded in death by her son Gary David in January 1971, her parents Leonard and Glenn in 2000, and numerous aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her daughters Gayle Divelbiss of Carter, OK and Phyllis Weiss Riley of Clovis, NM; three grandsons, David Easter of Erick, OK, Brandon Easter of Sayre, OK; and Brad Weiss of Amarillo, TX; six great-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter expected in January; numerous cousins; two special friends Betty Miller of Gravois Mills, MO and Paula Britt of Amarillo, TX.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joy loved children, therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the High Plains Children’s Home, P.O. Box 7448, Amarillo, TX 79114 or the Erick Cemetery Trust Association c/o Erick City Hall, PO Box 25, Erick, OK 73645.


Kathaleen Sue Binion – November 24, 2016

Kathaleen Sue Binion, 73, of Amarillo, died Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Kathaleen was born on May 15, 1943 in Lubbock, Texas to Lula and J. B. Sparks. She had been a nurse.  She married Forrest Bryson Binion on June 6, 1964 in Lubbock, Texas.

Kathaleen was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Forrest Binion; a sister, Dorothy Bippes; a son, Jay Binion; a daughter, Trina Wood; and six grandchildren.






Dennis K. Merritt – November 23, 2016

Dennis K. Merritt, 75, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016. merritt-obit-photo

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday in Palo Duro Baptist Church in Wildorado with Ron Muller, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Palo Duro Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dennis was born on August 23, 1941 in Pittsboro, Indiana to Helen and Ercell Merritt. He was the oldest of nine children. Dennis was a veteran in the United States Air Force.  He had been a painter.  Dennis was a member of Palo Duro Baptist Church.

He married Teresa Ann Viney on April 18, 1986 in Frankfort, Indiana.

Dennis was preceded in death by a son Phillip Merritt.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Merritt, of the home; three daughters, Bonita Merritt of Frankfort, Indiana; Nicole Peel and Beth Duncan, both of Amarillo; two sons, Scott Merritt of Frankfort, Indiana and Nicholas Church of Amarillo; one brother, Richard Merritt of Frankfort, Indiana; two sisters, Martha Ridge of Frankfort, Indiana and Sharon Scolley of Vega; and nine grandchildren.