Freddie Nell Beckham Bills – May 26, 2015

Bills Obit PicFreddie Nell Beckham Bills, 90, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 1, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo with Dr. Howard Batson officiating.  Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Boulevard.

Freddie Nell was born October 3, 1924, in Pampa, Texas to Herman T. and Nellie Jane Cox Beckham.  After graduation from Pampa High School she married Billy Jr. Bills and later moved to San Diego, California where they raised their family.  They were married for 64 years, and had four children, Nell, Janice, Michael and Randyl.

Freddie had boundless energy, and was active in her church, PTA, and Allied Gardens Women’s Club.  She was active in the National Federation of Republican Women and had a great interest in politics all her life.  She worked for many years as the Executive Assistant at the American Institute of Banking in San Diego, California.

Freddie and Bill returned to Amarillo in the early 1980s to start a new business, Blue Bonnet Leasing, and be closer to her brothers and sisters.  They enjoyed their many friends at First Baptist Church, and she became the unofficial party planner for their Senior Adult Sunday School Class. She especially enjoyed singing with the Heritage Choir. Her home was always open for family holidays, where family members would come to celebrate.  Special “Sweet Memories” were created at large Thanksgiving celebrations where there was always a piano, hymnals, singing, and great food.  She celebrated her 90th birthday with 50+ family members present in October.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, son, Michael, and son Randy.

Survivors include daughter Nell Bartlett, and her husband Jim of San Diego, California, grandchildren Rich Hill and Kris Hill and their families, daughter Janice Huddleston and her husband Bryan of Salt Lake City, Utah and grandchildren, John Shank, Eric Shank, Josh Huddleston, Chris Huddleston and Julia Huddleston and their families.  Freddie is also survived by brother, Doyle Beckham and wife Peggy of Pampa, their son Robert Beckham and wife Darla of Lubbock and daughter Lana Browne and her husband Curtis of Lewisville, Texas, and their families.  Also sister Julie Firestone of Amarillo, her son Ted White and wife Lolly of Folsom, Louisiana as well as Barbara Snell of Amarillo, Melvin Ogle and wife Sarah of Ft. Worth and Charmy Ann Leavell and husband Lonnie of Gooding Idaho, Paul Wallace of Albuquerque and Jacque McAdams and husband Larry of Albuquerque, New Mexico   Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Maurine LIttle – May 26, 2015

Little Obit PicMaurine Little, 89, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015, at Church of Christ at The Colonies.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Maurine was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Childress to Fate and Oma Lee Russell.  She married David Little on Dec. 19, 1942.  He preceded her in death on July 28, 1989.  Maurine was a member of Church of Christ at The Colonies.  She retired from AISD.

Survivors include three daughters, Dava Carter and DeRima Johnson, both of Amarillo and Brenda Hicks, of Dallas; a son, Russell Little of Houston; a brother, Carson Russell of Tulsa, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials be to Church of Christ at The Colonies, 4500 Wesley Rd, Amarillo, TX 79119.

Monty Lee Goree – May 23, 2015

Goree Obit PicMonty Lee Goree, 67, of Dumas, died Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Services will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Monty was born June 6, 1947, to Howard and Mae Goree, in Liberal, Kan. where he remained a longtime resident.   He married Gladys Cherry on July 4, 1977, in Dumas.  Monty was proud of being a Vietnam Veteran, enjoyed fishing, and loved his two dogs, Deuce and Sasha.

Survivors include his wife Gladys Goree, of Dumas; a son, Scooter Goree; a daughter, Dawn Goree; a stepdaughter, Renee Hughes; a grandson, Leslee Goree; three granddaughters, Ashlee and Britteni Barnheart and Courteni Whaley; two great-grandsons, Noah Barnheart and Devon Rosalas; and a great-granddaughter, Mia Ortiz.

The family suggests memorials be made to Texas Wounded Warrior Project Foundation, 4301 Fillbrook Lane, Tyler, TX 75707.

Wanda V. McClung – May 24, 2015

Wanda V. McClung, 96, of Amarillo, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

A memorial gathering will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Golden Plains Church of Christ.  Private graveside services will be in Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Grapevine, Texas. 

Wanda was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Boyd, Texas to Carl and Ethel Vandiver.  She co-owned and operated McClung Assets with her husband.  Wanda was a member of Lakewood Village Church of Christ in Fort Worth. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.B. McClung; and a daughter, Wanda M. Goe. 

Survivors include two sons, Woodie McClung and wife, Patsy, of Amarillo and Steven R. McClung of Las Vegas, NV; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. 

The family suggests memorials be made to Golden Plains Church of Christ, 4700 W Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to Lakewood Village Church of Christ, Fort Worth, 5100 Randol Mill Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76112.

Philip Bullock – May 22, 2015

Bullock Obit PhotoPhilip Bullock, 55, of Amarillo, died Friday, May 22, 2015. 

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in Llano East Cemetery.  Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.    

Philip was born on December 1, 1959 in Carlsbad, NM to Mary and William Bullock.  He was a veteran in the United States Army.   Philip had worked in automobile sales.   He attended Cross Roads Country Church & Redeemer.   

He loved to make people laugh.   

Philip married Debbie Carter on November 23, 2013 in Amarillo. 

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Bullock, of Amarillo; three daughters, Sabina Paulk of Amarillo; Jesseca Bullock of Gainesville, Florida; and Lauren Bullock of Lubbock; two sons, C. B. Domagala of Amarillo and Hunter Bullock of Lubbock; three brothers, Andy Bullock of Covington, Louisiana; John Bullock of Mansfield; and Paul Bullock of Fate, Texas; and two grandsons, Cameron Domagala and Levi Domagala. 

 A fund has been established at Happy State Bank to help with funeral expenses.

James Marvin Klostar Wilcoxson – May 23, 2015

Wilcoxson-Jim (2)James Marvin Klostar Wilcoxson, 70, of Amarillo, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Amarillo.                                 

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Hillside Christian Church Chapel with Mike Nuthman officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. 

Jim was born on Nov. 15, 1944, in Pilot Point to Marvin Klostar Wilcoxson and Annie Maude Wilcoxson. He grew up in Childress and graduated from Childress High School in 1963. Jim met the love of his life, Nicki Sooter, at Childress High School in 1960. Jim and Nicki married on Jan. 23, 1965, in Lubbock. 

Jim attended Texas Tech from 1963 to 1966 on a golf scholarship, where he lettered all three years. As a sophomore at Tech, he was undefeated in match play. Jim graduated in 1985 from West Texas State University with a bachelor of science in education. 

Jim lived with his family in Amarillo for 46 years. He worked in the golf business from 1968 to 1982 at Southwest Golf Course in Amarillo and Amarillo Country Club.   

Jim began his coaching career as a volunteer coach for his daughters’ Kids Incorporated teams. In 1981, Jim and Dr. Gerald Parker established a four-team Little Dribblers’ franchise in Amarillo, which later evolved into Southwest Amarillo Basketball Association and then into the Amarillo Basketball Association. 

In 1981, 1982 and 1983, Jim coached the Southwest Amarillo girls’ basketball teams to win national Little Dribblers’ championships. In 1982, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame honored Jim with a Special Achievement Award for back-to-back Little Dribblers’ National Championships. In 1983, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Sports Committee gave him a sports achievement award for the Little Dribbler national championships.  

Jim served as a volunteer assistant coach to Kelly Chadwick at Amarillo College from 1983-1985.   

After Jim graduated from West Texas State University in 1985, he took his first girls’ high school coaching job at Booker High School in Booker. Jim coached girls’ basketball at Tascosa High School in Amarillo from 1986-1989. During the 1987-88 season, he coached the Lady Rebels to the regional playoffs for the first time in school history.  

Jim served as the girls’ basketball coach at Randall High School from 1989-2004, where he led the teams to 15 consecutive playoffs during those 15 years.  He led the 1992 and 1998 Lady Raider teams to the Class 4A State Championships. 

In 1992, Jim received the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association Coach of the Year award. He received the Texas Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year award in 1998. 

Jim was inducted into the Randall High School Raiders Hall of Fame in 2004. He received the Mike Newland Sportsmanship Award given by the Amarillo Basketball Officials Association in 2004. 

In 2005, Jim became the 135th inductee into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. 

During the 2006-07 basketball season, Jim, along with Dale Blaut, became assistant coaches for Coach Krista Gerlich and the West Texas A&M University Lady Buffs basketball team. 

Jim was inducted in 2012 into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame.  

During retirement, Jim was an avid golfer. He became a certified person trainer and loved to work out. He was active in his grandsons’ lives and in his church.  

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and by an infant daughter, Amy, in 1967. His wife most recently preceded him in death on May 13, 2015.

He is survived by two daughters Kim Migliaccio and husband Vince, of Flower Mound; Jami Wilmarth and husband Dorsey, of Amarillo; and three grandsons, Hart Wilmarth of Maryland; Jordie Henry of Amarillo; and Cole Migliaccio of Flower Mound. 

The family suggests memorials be sent to Lost But Not Forgotten, LBNF, PO Box 50292, Amarillo, TX 75159.

Audry Kathleen Snook Gragert – May 22, 2015

audry_gragert (2)Audry Kathleen Snook Gragert, 57, of Canyon, died Friday, May 22, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Canyon with Robert Civil officiating.  Burial will be at Dreamland Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born June 29, 1957, in Dumas, Texas to O.J. and Lorene (Samples) Snook. She grew up south of Dumas most of her childhood. She graduated from Dumas High School in 1975. In 1979 she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University, and went on to receive a master’s degree in special education from Northwestern Oklahoma University.

She married Eldon Gragert on May 1, 1981, in Hooker, Okla. They lived in Adams, Okla., where Audry taught kindergarten and special education for seven years. While they continued to live near Adams for about 30 years, Audry taught special education for Hooker Public Schools for 27 years. She had a love for children of all ages and had a unique ability to see them for their abilities and potential, rather than their disabilities and limitations. Early in her career at Hooker, she taught students from Pre-K through high school simultaneously. She later went to the junior high and high school, where she taught special education. However, in the classroom she also counseled many students through difficult situations. She didn’t simply teach the subjects, but cared for each student in any way needed.

Eldon and Audry were a team, and she was a devoted caregiver to him when his health took a hit. They moved to Canyon, Texas in 2011, although she continued to teach for the remainder of the school year. This allowed her to live with her college roommate, Nancy Tolento, and come to Canyon on the weekends. She cherished that time with her dear friend, making new memories.

She had two children, Amanda and Ojay, to whom she was a wonderful mother, making games out of things as simple as vacuuming the house or folding laundry. She emphasized education and new experiences. She opened her home and welcomed the friends of her children, as well as foreign exchange students. She was a “mom” to many. She retired from teaching in 2012, to become a full-time GiGi to her granddaughter, Sydney. They spent countless hours doing crafts, baking and going to the park.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ernest Snook; her niece, Ada Snook; brothers-in-law, Mike Gragert and Don Gragert; and her best friend, Nancy Tolento.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon Gragert of Canyon; daughter Amanda Rogers and husband, John, of Canyon; son Ojay Gragert of Canyon; granddaughter Sydney Rogers of Canyon; a brother, Jay Snook and wife, Donna, of Shady Point, Okla.; a sister, Sheila York and husband, Edward, of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Audry Gragert Memorial Fund at Happy State Bank or Hospice Care of the Southwest, #3 Care Circle, Amarillo, TX  79124.

Bobby Galvan – May 20, 2015

Galvan Obit PicBobby Galvan, 58, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bobby was born Aug. 28, 1956, in Anson, to Elias and Hortencia Galvan.  He graduated from Anson High School in 1974, enlisted in the Navy and served from 1974-1977, and was a certified deep-sea diver.  He was a master in his trade as an electrician.  Bobby loved trying new things, loved his job and loved staying busy, travelling and spending time with his family. He was a generous and loving man. Bobby was a member of Bethel Assembly of God.

Survivors include four daughters, Trisha and Luis Vega, Jennifer Galvan and Saul Gallegos and JoAnn Montenegro, all of Amarillo and Erica Serrano of Ft. Worth; three sons, Bobby Lee Galvan and Danielle Zamora, Christopher Montenegro and Gabriel Montenegro, all of Amarillo; two former wives, Luisa Garces and Aundria Garcia, both of Amarillo; his mother, Hortencia Galvan of Anson; two sisters, Velma and Edward Rodriguez and Alma and David Galvan, all of San Antonio; two brothers, Fabian Galvan of Anson and Lee and Stephanie Galvan of Amarillo; a cousin, Irma and Alvin Garcia of Amarillo; sixteen grandchildren; and many more close, loving and beautiful cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Richard Keith Hinton “Dicky” – May 19, 2015

Richard Keith Hinton “Dicky”, 62, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Cemetery with Chase Pope officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Richard was born Sept. 27, 1952, in Detroit, Mich., to Roland Harris Hinton and May Etta Dillon Hinton. He graduated in 1971 from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.  He was a handy man and worked in heating and air. In his free time, he enjoyed riding with GA Gossett and his kids.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Roland Harris Hinton; his mother, May Etta Dillon;  a son, Clint Harris Hinton; a sister, Wilma Lea; and a brother, Mike Lea.

Survivors include his companion, Bell Hinton; a daughter, Kalynn Rene Miller and husband Larry of Channing; two sons, Tony Lynn Hinton and wife Tonya of Lorenzo and Jody Lee Hinton and wife Tarah of Childress; a sister, Loretta Lea of Orlando, Fla.; and three grandsons, Austin, Jonathan and Keith; four granddaughters, Kerry, Mikalee, Kelsey and Camrie.

The family suggests memorials to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX, 79174-0001.

C.W. “Bill” Ross – May 20, 2015

Ross Obit PicC.W. “Bill” Ross, 76, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

No services will be held.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Ross was born April 3, 1939, in Forestburg to Frank and Bessie Ross.  He served in the Air Force and was a truck driver.

Survivors include two brothers, Ray Ross and wife Jean of Woodward, Okla. and Charles Ross of Amarillo; four sons, Will Ross and wife Debbie, Allen Ross and wife Carolyn and Dale Wayne Ross, all of Amarillo and Cloys Ross of Arizona; a daughter, Tina McCollough of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Texas Oncology, Texas Oncology, 1000 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX 79106.