Billy Acton – October 22, 2014

Acton, Bill Obit PicBilly Acton, 82, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Military rites are by VFW Post #430.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Billy was born November 5, 1931, in Hunter, Arkansas to Birtis Acton and Rachel Reneau.  He married Kathryn Mae Davis on Oct. 17, 1951.  After graduating from Amarillo High School, Billy joined the Marine Corps in February 1949. He served during the Korean Conflict War and Peacetime. He was wounded in action and received three Purple Hearts and the Korean Service Medal. He faithfully and honorably retired from the Marine Corps in January 1955. Sergeant Acton was a proud member of the VFW Post 4818 and served as Post Commander for 2 years. Billy and Kathy loved being around their children, teaching them to dance, play sports and win at poker. Most of all they taught their family the value of family togetherness – to love and rely on each other and create good times.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Acton and son, Billy Acton, Jr.

Survivors include his children, Lorraine “Tootie” and Jim Sandoval of Hereford, Barry Acton of Amarillo, Cindy Acton and Kim Judd, both of Lubbock; his grandchildren,  BD Acton Ware, Lizzie and Bryan Mason, Kara Daniel, Blake Acton, Brody Acton, and Marlar John Acton, all of Amarillo, and Chad Sandoval of Jonesboro, Ark.; his great-grandchildren, Bryson Ware,  Payton Ware,  Gabrielle Mason,  Caroline Mason,  Faith Underwood,  Brayden Daniel, and Corie Acton, all of Amarillo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to WTAMU for the Greater Texas Foundation-Kathryn Davis Acton, RN Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship. Billy was often cared for by his wife and supported the establishment of a scholarship in 2008, to honor Kathryn Davis Acton’s dedication to him as well as the nursing profession.

Make donations in the name of: The Greater Texas Foundation-Kathryn Davis Acton, RN Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship Department of Nursing, WTAMU Foundation, West Texas A&M University, P.O. Box 60766 Canyon, Texas 79016 or call Faith Hoelscher 806-651-2645.

Samuel (Sam) Boyd Stewart – October 22, 2014

Stewart Obit PicSamuel (Sam) Boyd Stewart, 80, of Claude died on October 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Claude with Andy Dietz officiating.  Masonic rites are by Claude Lodge 719.  Burial will follow at the Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sam was born on September 28, 1934 in Claude to Charles and Estelle Stewart.  Sam enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17 and served his country as a radarman in the South Pacific and Asia during the Korean War.  Sam was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Japanese Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.  In addition, Sam was awarded the Korean War Service Medal by the Republic of Korea.

Following an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Sam attended Eastern New Mexico University on the GI Bill and received a degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, in 1959.  While in college, Sam met Joanne Atkinson and they were married on July 25, 1959.  Sam was an insurance agent and a partner in Stewart Insurance in Claude until his retirement in 1995.

Sam was an active civic leader who remained devoted to community service throughout his lifetime.  He served as an officer, director or volunteer with many organizations including: the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum; the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission; the First National Bank of Claude, which is now Citizens Bank, serving as Chairman of the Board from 1981 to 1998; the Claude Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief from 1971 to 1985; the City of Claude Volunteer Ambulance Service; the Claude Cemetery Association; the American Legion, Harold Gist Post #344; and the Claude Lion’s Club.  Sam was instrumental in providing health care services to residents of rural communities as one of the organizers of the Armstrong County Medical Center, which is now known as the Claude Family Medical Clinic, and Sam volunteered with that organization from 1965 until his death.  Sam was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Claude and served the Church in various capacities including as a Deacon and as Treasurer.  Sam was a member of Claude Lodge 719, AF&AM Masonic Lodge, for over 50 years, was a Past Master and was honored to receive the Golden Trowel Award twice.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Wallace Stewart.  Sam is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Joanne Stewart of Claude; a daughter, Amy Stewart Sanders and her husband Gary of Amarillo; a son, William Joseph Stewart and his wife Amy of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Kimberly Stewart, Brogan Stewart, Caitlyn Sprous and Collin Sprous; a brother, Norman Stewart and his wife Susan; a sister, Nancy Stoddard and her husband Don; three nieces, Vivian Shirley, Kathy Arthurs and Jennifer Garner, and a nephew; Eric Stewart.

The family offers special gratitude and appreciation to the following persons for the care they provided to Sam:  Janet Bilyeu, RN, FNP and the staff at the Claude Family Medical Clinic; Joel Osborn, M.D.; Rush Snyder, M.D.; Mike Campbell; the nurses and staff of Accolade Home Care and Hospice; and the physicians and staff at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Claude Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 231, Claude, Texas 79019, or to the Claude Fire Department, 115 Trice Street, Claude, Texas  79019.

Viewing will be from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 23, at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo.  Viewing will also be from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  with the family receiving friends from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel, 200 Parks.

Claud Marland Hollingsworth – October 21, 2014

Hollingsworth Obit PicClaud Marland Hollingsworth, 79, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at The Church at Quail Creek, 801Tascosa Road with Dale Moreland officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Claud was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Delhi, Okla., to Bobbie and Vera Hollingsworth. He attended schools in Hollis, Okla., excelling in football, baseball and basketball, graduating in 1954.  Claud met and married the love of his life, Karen Gallop, in 1955.  They moved to Amarillo in 1956, where he began his 40-year career at Southwestern Public service as Foreman in the Line Department.  He enjoyed many hobbies including Dirt Track Racing, flying airplanes, fishing, traveling, motorcycles, tennis and spending time with his family.  He was a master mechanic and loved working on cars.

Claud was loved dearly by his family where he was known as “Pop”.

Survivors include his wife Karen; children,  Randy Hollingsworth, Jana Leach and husband Mark, Dana Alexander and husband Bob, Marla Owens and husband Monty; grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Clint, Chris, Ashlee, Chase, Kris and Coby; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Finn, Logan, Colten, Parker and Sadie.

Walta Mae “Beenie” Wilson – October 22, 2014

Wilson, Walta Obit PicWalta Mae “Beenie” Wilson, 77, of Canyon, died on October 22, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born on October 29, 1936 in Magnolia, Arkansas.  On February 26, 1962, Beenie and Ray were married in El Dorado, Arkansas, then moved to the Panama Canal Zone.  In 1965, they adopted their daughter Teresa, and they continued to live in the Canal Zone until 1979.  They lived in eastern New Mexico and central Arkansas before retiring to west Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Ray Wilson of Canyon, Walter Beene (father), Joe Sumners (stepfather), Dessie Mae Wilson Beene Sumners (mother), and three siblings, Doris Beene, Bob Beene, and Ann Baldridge.

She is survived by her daughter Teresa Lynn Wilson of Amarillo.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations In Memory of Ray and Beenie Wilson be made to Crown of Texas Hospice Foundation for Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Ste. 110, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Jacob Clark Diel – October 19, 2014

Diel Obit PicJacob Clark Diel, 87, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

Graveside services will be t 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Burlington OK with friend Marv Ketcham officiating.  Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Burlington.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Jake Diel was born August 25, 1927, in Burlington, OK.  He married Vera Ward on Nov. 23, 1949.  Jake and Vera were led to Christ about a year later. A few years later, they started a business in Muleshoe, Texas. Which later became the present Employee Owned Company, Excel Machinery, Ltd.  It was through the combined efforts of a number of faithful employers that funds were generated to build and sustain the on-going mission work for some 5O years.   Jake and Vera never had children but they had an extended family of missionaries in some 27 countries.

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

Survivors include his wife, Vera Diel of Amarillo; and a sister, Luella Wenninger, of Morton, IL.

The family and friends suggests memorials be made to New Tribes Mission, 1000 E. 1st St., Sanford, FL 32771.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the funeral home.

G O Murphy – October 18, 2014

Murphy, G. O.G O Murphy, 84, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Wayne Griffin, pastor of Second Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Murphy was born March 23, 1930, to Lewis and Ida Burk.  He served in the Army from 1946-1947, the Marine Corps from 1950-1954, and was awarded the Korean Service Medal.    He married Sharon Anne on May 25, 1956, in New Mexico.  She preceded him in death in September 2005.  He was a Union electrician and member of IBEW Local 602.  Mr. Murphy was a Southern Baptist.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy and Lewis; and a sister, Billie.

Survivors include two sons, Rory Murphy and wife Marnell of Amarillo and Mike Murphy and wife Tatyana of McKinney; a twin brother, Jerry Murphy and wife Betty of White Oak; three grandchildren, Zachary, Marissa and Christina Murphy; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Madilyn and Breckyn.

Adolphus Andrew “Andy” Hicks III – October 18, 2014

Adolphus Andrew (Andy) Hicks III, 76 of Quail, TX died Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas.

Hicks Obit Photo

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Andy was born December 2, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Diva and Dolph Hicks, Jr.     He was a long time resident of the Texas Panhandle, and a graduate of Dumas High School 1955.    As a young school boy, Andy became a follower of Jesus Christ and was a faithful servant of the Lord every day since.

He was a lifelong educator which culminated with a tenure of 17 years at Frank Phillips College with 10 years as President.  He and Sue Ann spent the last 21 years enjoying retirement at “the ranch” with family and friends.

He loved to follow his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to sporting events, concerts, plays, camps and anywhere else their adventures took them.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dolph and Diva Hicks.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue Ann Bernard Hicks, of the home;  his children,             Andy Hicks and wife Gwen of Canyon and Jud Hicks and wife Michelle of Borger; his grandchildren, Erin Hicks Moon and husband Ben of Birmingham, AL; Drew Hicks of Denver, CO;  Alyssa Hicks Dahl and husband Ole of Pampa, TX; Austin Hicks and wife Elizabeth of Amarillo, TX; Madison Hicks of Amarillo, TX; Mike Whitmire and his wife Lacey of Borger, TX; Matt Whitmire of Borger, TX; his great-grandchildren, Holland and Marlo Moon of Birmingham, AL; Peyton Dahl of Pampa, TX;  Aiden Whitmire of Borger, TX; Taylon Whitmire of Borger, TX; his sister, Linda Hicks Pennington of Fort Worth, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews and family who loved him greatly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to the Hicks Scholarship at Frank Phillips College, PO Box 5118, Borger TX 79007.

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Tina Rae Butterfield – October 13, 2014

Tina Rae Butterfield, 58, died on October 13, 2014 in Amarillo, TX. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo, 1100 S. Harrison, at 11:00 a.m. on Butterfield Obit PhotoSaturday, October 25. Guests are invited to wear tartans or plaid in honor of Tina’s proud Scottish heritage.

Tina was born April 27, 1956 in Lubbock to Ed and Gay Butterfield. She graduated from high school in El Paso a year early and lived in various cities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, finally landing in Houston, where Tina worked in the banking industry while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming.  Her job took her to Midland and Lubbock where Tina had her only child, Stephenie Kae O’Neil. Tina enjoyed  a long career in Computer Programming in Dallas.  Tina went back to school to obtain a teaching certificate and became certified to teach high school math.

She loved nature, pets, gardening, being outside, reading, collecting and restoring antiques, cooking, renovating old homes and high school football.  She lost her beloved dog, Nikki, a month before Tina’s own diagnosis of cancer.  Tina was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephenie Kae O’Neil of Galveston, her father, Ed Butterfield and wife Arlene of El Paso, her mother, Gay Butterfield of Amarillo, her younger siblings: Rohn Butterfield and wife Vicki Wilmarth of Amarillo, Gayle Ray and husband William of El Paso; Justin Butterfield and wife Alie of Garland; and Brittany Butterfield of El Paso;  four nephews: Hart Wilmarth of Austin, Aaron and Matthew Ray of El Paso and Jameson Butterfield of Garland; plus many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Special thanks to Aunt Saunie Englund of Amarillo for caring for Tina during her illness.  The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers from Goodcare Services and the nurses from BSA Hospice for their help in her final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tina’s favorite charity, Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72202 or

Gary W. Barnard – October 13, 2014

Gary W. Barnard, 67, long-time resident of Amarillo, died Monday, October 13, 2014. Barnard Obit Photo

Gary was born in Amarillo on June 19, 1947 to George and Juanita Barnard.  He graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, TX in 1965.  He received a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 1970 where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He earned his J.D. in 1973 from Texas Tech University Law School.

He became a partner with Stokes, Carnahan & Fields Law Firm from 1973-1993 and then from 1993-2000, he was a partner with Barnard, Woodburn & Sears, L.L.P.

Survivors include the mother of his children and best friend of 47 years, Cindy Barnard, his children, Ryan Barnard (Michelle) of Amarillo, Greg Barnard (Sarah) of Morro Bay CA, and Tanner (Joelle) of Morro Bay CA, and grandchildren, Chloe, Ethan, and Nate of Amarillo, and Simon of Morro Bay CA, his brothers, Chris Barnard of Maine and Jay Barnard of Amarillo, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amarillo Little Theater, 2019 Civic Circle, Amarillo TX 79109.

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

Ken Hollabaugh, Retired Major – October 17, 2014

Hollabaugh Obit PicKen Hollabaugh, Retired Major, 78, of Amarillo, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Polk St. United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer and Rev. Kevin Deckard 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.

Ken was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Shamrock, to Luther and Florence Hollabaugh.  He retired from the military having served in the Army and completing two tours of duty in Vietnam.  Ken was a supervisor at Bell Helicopter and worked most recently at Apex.  He was a member and proud usher for many years at Polk Street United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly Jean Hollabaugh; and his brother, Harold Hollabaugh.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Hollabaugh, of Amarillo; a daughter, Vanessa Harber and husband Mark of Amarillo; a son, Lonnie Hollabaugh and wife Becky of Amarillo; a sister, Barbara Windom and husband Sonny of Amarillo; a very special friend and stepson, Larry Pratt, of Amarillo; a stepdaughter, Brenda Bane of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren, Amber Lee, Lacy Harber, Daniel Harber, Kurt Hollabaugh, Conner Hollabaugh, Caleb Hollabaugh, Jerome Pratt, Jenny Pratt, Katresa DeBault, Tiffany Cochran and Chris Bane; and 12 geat-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101; or to Amarillo Firefighters Pipes and Drums, 8220 Progress Dr., Amarillo, Texas 79109.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.