Dorothy M. Brown – February 6, 2016

Brown Obit Photo (2)Dorothy M. Brown, 82, of Amarillo, died Saturday, February 6, 2016.    

Services will be at  3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in Llano Garden Mausoleum.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  

Dorothy was born February 25, 1933 in Hamlin, Texas.  She married Charles L. Brown and together they raised three children in Dumas, Texas where they lived until retiring and moved to Amarillo.    

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles L. Brown on June 23, 2009; her sisters, Carolyn Brunson in November 2015 and Frances Holder; father, Samuel Brunson in 1957; and her mother, Bessie Brunson in 1997. 

She is survived by a sister, Niavalene Blythe and husband David of Connecticut;  a brother, G. C. (Buddy) Brunson; two daughters, Deborah Smith and Sharon Flippo and husband Danny, all of Amarillo; a son, Steve Brown and wife Colleen of Ft. Myers, Florida; seven grandchildren, Cody Smith, Kelly Smith, Nikki Cantu and husband Scott, Dustin Flippo and wife Ashley, Austin and Brandon Brown, all of Amarillo; Devin Flippo and wife Jalee of Spring, Texas; Julie Nelson and husband Matt, Daniella Nolan and husband Paul, Justin Brown and wife Stephanie, all of Florida; eight great-grandchildren, Ashton, Hunter, Audriana, AnnaLisa, Elliette, Chloe, Riley and Collin.  

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

 

Michael Dale Clark – February 6, 2016

Clark Obit PhotoMichael “Mike” Dale Clark, 61, of Amarillo died Saturday, February 6, 2016.  

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in Llano Cemetery with Kyle Wilkinson, associate pastor of pastoral care at Trinity Fellowship officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  

Mike was born in Albemarle, North Carolina on September 12, 1954. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Clark.   

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Clark; a brother, Pete Clark; a sister, Dana Ingels; three daughters, Candi Dickey, Carrie Smith and Kristina Janssen; a son, David Murphree; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.  - 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and suggests in lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of family.

 

 

Wayland Boyd Tolbert – February 5, 2016

Wayland Boyd Tolbert, 81, of Amarillo, died Friday, February 5, 2016.  Tolbert NowTolbert Then

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Tolbert was born on January 28, 1935 in Durant, Oklahoma to Alma and William Tolbert.  He was raised behind a pair of Oklahoma mules cultivating the land their family share cropped.   He was a veteran in the United States Navy.  He had been an operator specialist for 35 years at the helium plant.

He liked playing golf; loved the Dallas Cowboys, two stepping at the Caravan, and watching encore western movies.

He is survived by three sons, Mick Henderson of Amarillo; Larry Henderson of Austin; and Darryl Henderson of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Kalee Henderson, Ashley Delacruz, Bo Cannon, Robert Vennell, Bethany Hawley and Aaron Henderson; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to St. Jude, St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148-0142 or Khiva Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 328, Amarillo, TX 79105.

 

 

C. L. “Nick” Nicholson – February 5, 2016

Nicholson Obit PhotoNicholson Website PhotoMr. Nicholson was born on April 19, 1926 in White Deer, Texas to Suzie “Mae” and J.R. Nicholson. He was raised on a dry land farm south of White Deer and attended and graduated from White Deer Schools. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and FFA. Nick played most sports there and despite his stature was an outstanding varsity basketball player. He enjoyed hunting and helping farm with his family.

Nick was a veteran in the United State Marines, service as a Lance CPL on Saipan during the Pacific campaign of WW II.  After his discharge he attended Texas Tech University.  He started farming and running cattle in the Spearman area and married Wadean Thomas of Pampa.  They moved to White Deer and raised 4 children. 

Starting out with rented farmland, Nick expanded his operations to where the family farmed approximately 3,200 acres of dryland wheat, milo and pastures – using mostly his family, as hired hands were hard to find.  He taught his sons and daughter how to work cattle, repair and operate a wide variety of equipment and tools.  Typically, he ran between 600 – 1,000 head of #2 Okie wheat pasture steers every year.  Nick preferred the term stockman to cowboy as he considered cowboys didn’t own the livestock, and would rather work cattle hard rather than easy.  He had the skills of a cowboy and horseman, but did it the gentle way.

He was active in both Carson County Farmers Union, Farm Bureau and the White Deer Coop, in those organizations he held several leadership positions.  He traveled to Washington DC and met with Congressional personnel, lobbying for wheat and milo support.

Nick was a Sunday School teacher and deacon at the First Baptist Church in White Deer and is known for organizing and subsidizing Ski Trips for the youth of the community.  He introduced and taught a generation of young people to snow skiing.  He also taught 4-H and FFA youth the ins and outs of working cattle and utilizing wheat as pasture grazing.  Nick assisted the Extension Agents in several counties in teaching farmers how to buy, raise and sell steers for a wheat pasture operation.  He helped set the pre-conditioning standards for cattle and procedures for some of the first feedlot operations in the panhandle.

He was later involved in real estate development and sales throughout the Panhandle.  He assisted new sales staff in sponsoring for license and getting started in Amarillo, Pampa, Hereford, Dumas, Groom and Panhandle.  He was active in the initial promotion, leasing and development of the Wind Farm north of White Deer and promoted the utilization of wind as an energy source. He developed the current water supply for the city White Deer

Nick was always helping others; whether it be monetary assistance, moving cattle or spraying weeds for a neighbor.

He enjoyed multiple trips to Las Vegas and fishing, especially with his daughter Sandy.

He was preceded in death by his son, Russell O. Nicholson; his brother, Donald B. Nicholson; and his sister, Roberta Wilson.

He is survived by two sons, Don Nicholson and wife Melanie of Amarillo and Dave Rick Nicholson and wife Gwen of White Deer; a daughter, Sandra Cason and husband Bernie of Midland; and his sister, Florine “Nikki” Gatlin and husband George of Amarillo; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Kenneth Wayne Butler – February 5, 2016

Kenneth Wayne Butler, 75, of Amarillo, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Butler Obit Photo

Services will be at 3:30 pm, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Bruce Clifton officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kenneth was born Dec. 30, 1940, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Woodrow and Bonita Butler. For 25 years, he owned and operated KB’s Sewer & Drain Service. If you knew Kenny, you knew family and friends meant everything to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow and Bonita, and his wife Sharon Nall Moore Butler.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Butler Shannon and husband Tracy, of Seguin; two sons, Richard W. Butler and Capt. Ryan K. Butler and wife Tina, all of Amarillo; a sister, Donna Howell and husband Jim and his dad, Walter Farmer, all of Oklahoma City; his former wife and lifelong friend, Barbara Wassom, of Amarillo; Sharon’s beloved daughter Melody, son-in-law Todd, and grandchildren Aaron and Meg, all of Purcellville, VA; 10 grandchildren: Jennifer, Angel, Haylee, Levi, BreAnna, Travis, Jenny, Scott, Samantha, and Stephanie; 5 great grandchildren: Sophia, Lilly, Kinsley, Crew, and Juliet.

 

 

Christler Elliott Crews – February 4, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Christler Elliott Crews, age 25, of Amarillo.  Elliott was involved in a fatal auto accident early in the morning of February 4, 2016. Crews Obit Pic

Services honoring Elliott will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Msgr. Harold Waldow officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Elliott was born Oct. 15, 1990, in Richmond, Virginia.  Come to think of it, he arrived too early too, being 10 weeks premature. Regardless, he grew into a fine young man with immeasurable creative talent.  As a youth, he was a skateboard enthusiast.  As he matured and experienced life and its lessons, he realized the creative outlet music allowed to express his love and positive energy.  Elliott composed poetry and songs, wrote and performed underground hip-hop and was a music promoter.  Following his first album, The Minded 1, a cooperative effort was well under way with The Ancient Architects.  Elliott also had a special talent for creative cookery and was sous chef at Yellow City Street Food.  He and owner, Scott Buchanan, were often featured on Studio 4.  The two also had the privilege of performing their music at South by Southwest in Austin last summer.

Elliott had wisdom beyond his years.  His poetry and lyrics communicated his understanding of the human condition, called us all out and made us think deeper and love more freely.  He appreciated his family roots and possessed a loyalty to given and chosen family.  During his short time on Earth, Elliott touched many lives and hearts with his distinctive style, open mind, rare truthfulness and gentle, loving spirit.  A life cut short too soon, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him and continually honored by their shared memories.  Bright lights are like that.  They come, they share their light with others, and depart to serve where needed elsewhere – leaving us to share with others the light he reflected.

He leaves his mother, Deni Hoyler; his brother, Mason Hoyler and his wife Whitney Bullard; his stepfather, Branch Reid; a stepsister, Rose Anne Roye; stepbrothers, B.J. and Chase Reid; his aunts, Donna Hoyler and Melanie Croy; his uncle, David and aunt, Ruth Hoyler; his aunt, Dana Hoyler; and his cousins, Craig Hoyler, Alex and Katie Hoyler, Barry and Whitney Hoyler and Stephanie and Omar Soloranzo, as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be to Amarillo SPCA, 11901 S Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79119; or to Amarillo Coalition for the Homeless, PO Box 1971, Amarillo, TX 79105.

 

Ryan Alan Williams – February 3, 2016

Ryan Alan Williams, 22, of Canyon, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Williams Obit Photo

Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ryan was born on May 26, 1993 in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Mark and Dawn and precious baby brother to Sean and Tiffany.  Ryan attended school at Amarillo High and Tascosa while living with his father, Mark and stepmother, Tina in Amarillo.  Ryan moved to Hooker, Oklahoma in 2011 to live with his mother, Dawn and stepfather, Eric.  He attended Hooker High School where he graduated in 2012.

Ryan accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in the summer of 2011 at First Baptist Church in Hooker, Oklahoma.

Ryan was very active in sports.  He started wrestling at age 4.  He also participated in football and basketball and later developed a passion for running.  He participated in track and cross- country and earned many medals, including a team Gold for the Oklahoma Cross Country Championship his senior year.

Ryan discovered another passion in high school, the Arts.  He loved art class and acting in drama class.  He carried on his love for the Arts by attending the International Art Institute in Lenexa, Kansas and majored in Computer Animation.

After college, Ryan moved back to Amarillo to work and be close to family.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clifford Williams and grandmother, Patsy Lebouef.

He is survived by his father, Mark Williams of Amarillo; his mother and stepfather, Eric and Dawn Fowler of Hooker, Oklahoma; his siblings, Sean Williams of Canyon, TX ; Josh and Tiffany DeStefano of Amarillo; Piper Fowler of Hooker, Oklahoma; Trever Gonzales of Amarillo; Tessa and Kelsey Parker of Amarillo; Darcy Mallard of Hooker, Oklahoma; Jacque and Lawrence Marston of Glendora, California; Eli Fowler of Denver, Colorado; his grandparents David and Sammie Butler of Amarillo and Bob and Leah Fowler of Hooker, Oklahoma; his great grandmother, Mary Martin of White Settlement, TX;  thirteen nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Michael Edward Weatherford – February 4, 2016

Michael Edward Weatherford, 63, of Amarillo died Thursday Feb. 4, 2016.Weatherford Obit Pic

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday Feb. 12, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Michael was born Sept. 2, 1952 in Dumas to Clarence and Elwanda Weatherford.

He married Dana Hatter on Feb. 4, 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Dana; a daughter, Kristie Brewer and husband Derek of Amarillo; two sons, Kit and Dustin Weatherford, of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Baylee, Maycee, Makaylee and Blaisen; and a great-grandchild, Rylee.

 

 

 

Robert Vern Witherspoon – February 3, 2016

Witherspoon Obit PicRobert Vern Witherspoon Sr., 74, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Murray Gossett and the Rev. Cindy Ferraresi, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Robert was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Amarillo, to Beryl and Grace Witherspoon.  He was a Baptist lay minister and co-owner of Classic Ornamental Iron. Robert married Marge Dean on Oct. 25, 1997, in First Presbyterian Chapel in Amarillo.

Survivors include his wife, Marge Dean, of the home; two sons, Collin Witherspoon and Robert Vern Witherspoon, Jr.; two daughters, Cindy Ferraresi and Tara Meraz; a stepson, Sam Dean; a stepdaughter, Monica Dean; a sister, Jane Pugh; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to https://www.kiva.org/invitedto/robert_witherspoon/by/cindy8986 which provides micro loans for small businesses; and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Noe M. Reyes, Sr. – February 3, 2016

Reyes, Noe obit photoNoe M. Reyes Sr, 51, of Dumas, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the First St. Church with Chauncey Spencer, minister, officiating.  Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Noe was born on September 15, 1964 in Hereford to Antonio Reyes and Cruz Meza.  He grew up in Hereford.  He had worked for Valero over 24 years.

He married Milly Flores on May 10, 1986 in Dumas.

He is survived by his wife Milly Reyes; a son, Noe Reyes Jr. and wife Tiffany; three daughters, Christina Reyes and Cesar DeLeon, Casandra Reyes and Gary Griffin, and Candy Reyes, all of Dumas; five brothers, Fermin Reyes of Friona, Roy Reyes of Marble Falls, Antonio Reyes of Bracketville, Tx., Robert Reyes of Dumas, and Rudy Reyes of Amarillo; and ten grandchildren, Evan, Sania, Zane, Alyssa, Ava, Xander, Avery, Haze, Naima, and Ally.