Obituaries for Adrian

Bea Fortenberry – February 8, 2017

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Fortenberry Obit PicMary Beatrice “Bea” Brothers Fortenberry, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at her home in Adrian after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Church of Christ in Adrian with Bret McCasland officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bea was born August 25, 1927, in Dalhart to Harve and Celia McCommas Brothers and attended school in Channing and Adrian.  On July 22, 1944, she married Jake Fortenberry.  They farmed in Adrian for 72 years and raised three children, and was a dedicated homemaker.  She was featured in the Amarillo Globe-News for making her famous Coconut Pies.

Bea served a number of years at the Post Office and retired as Postmaster in 1989.  Bea taught Children’s Bible classes for many years.  She was Woman of the Year for Oldham County in 2000, an avid artist and obtained an art and decorating degree.

She loved sports and never missed her children’s basketball games, even through the college years.  She also was an avid volleyball player and world traveler and traveled extensively in Europe and China.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harvey; and a sister, Jeanette “Button” Broadsgaard.

Survivors include her husband, Jake, of 72 years; two daughters, Coralie Cox and husband Speck, of Hale Center and Patty Griggs, of Lubbock; a son, Mack, and his wife, Cindy, of Denver; six grandchildren, Jake, Nikki, Mandy, Cody, Richelle and Zeke; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials to Key to the Kingdom, 1406 SW 62nd, Amarillo, TX 79118; or a favorite charity.

The family will be at the funeral home in Vega, 110 S. Main, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Friday evening.

Dorthy “Lavelle” Bronniman – February 3, 2017

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Dorthy “Lavelle” Bronniman, 76, of Friona, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 3, 2017.    Bronniman Obit Pic

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Vega Church of Christ with Carroll Thomason, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Lavelle was born on November 23, 1940 in Lamesa, Texas to Effie and L. T. Prather. She married her beloved Oscar Bronniman on August 24, 1963 in Lamesa, Texas. They had three children.  She was an elementary school teacher.  She taught 3 years at Fluvanna; 3 years at Walcott; and 10 years at Friona.  Lavelle enjoyed singing church songs and reading.  She was a member of the 6th Street Church of Christ in Friona.

She is survived by her husband, Oscar Bronniman, of the home; two sons, Bart Bronniman and wife Sharla of Clovis, NM and Bret Bronniman and wife Krista of Early; a daughter, Bena Glasscock and husband Jerry Don of Adrian; three brothers, Jack Prather and wife Leslie of Lubbock; Ewell Prather and wife Marilyn of Abilene; and Orville Prather and wife Madie of Temple; a sister, Estelle Strother and husband Jim of Allen; ten grandchildren, Tiffany, Josh, Caitlin, Jacob, Blake, Jarrett, Jayden, Beau, Briley and Madison; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Taylor Bronniman and a sister, Verla Strickland.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Prairie Acres in Friona, the Alzheimer’s Association, Camp Blue Haven or a charity of choice.




James Hal Bearden – October 12, 2016

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

bearden-obit-picJames Hal Bearden, 48, of Adrian, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Matador with Chuck Harrison officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born Nov. 17, 1967, in Lubbock to James and Gail Bearden.  In 1986, he graduated from high school in Adrian.  He attended Amarillo College, graduating with an Associate’s degree.

James worked for PrimeMedia in Dallas for several years.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Tuff Harwell.

Survivors include his parents, James Bearden, of Matador and Gail Harwell, of Adrian; a sister, Tina Renee Hartness and husband Gregg, of N. Richland Hills; two stepsisters, Lee Jones and husband Michael, of Boerne and Jan Reeve and husband Mitch from Hereford; a nephew, Derek Loveless; and two nieces, Holly Baddorf and Hannah Hartness; two great-nieces, Kelbey and Layla; two great-nephews, Deacon and Luke; and several step-nieces and step-nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to Adrian United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Matador or the Volunteer Fire Department in Adrian.

Martha “Marci” Jean Gruhlkey – July 30, 2016

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Gruhlkey Now Photo Gruhlkey Then Obit PicMartha “Marci” Jean Gruhlkey, loving sister and aunt, passed away on July 30, 2016 at age 66, after a short but hard fought battle with ovarian cancer.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born October 26, 1949 in Amarillo, TX, Marci grew up in the quiet farming and ranching community of Adrian, TX, daughter of the late Robert Amos Gruhlkey and Clara E. Mosteller Gruhlkey. She loved and adored her big sister, Linda Gruhlkey Pond, and her big brother, the late Richard Allen Gruhlkey.

After graduating high school, Marci attended Texas Tech University and West Texas State University where she received a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters degree in Social Work. She also took photography classes at Amarillo College. She spent the bulk of her career as a social worker for 26 years at TPMHMR, retiring in 2005. She was caregiver to her late mother Clara for 5 years and then remained in Adrian until her recent passing.

She loved photography, gardening, quilting, coloring and was an avid reader. The family fondly remembers summers in Ruidoso, leisurely visits and holidays spent in Adrian, spirited discussion on worldly topics and a sister and aunt who loved her family and her precious dogs very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Clara Gruhlkey and her brother Richard Allen Gruhlkey. She leaves behind her beloved Border Collie, Bear; sister, Linda Gruhlkey Pond and her brother-in-law C.G. Pond Jr., niece, Jennifer Pond Fisher and her husband William Fisher; sister-in-law Robin Gruhlkey, nephew, Drew Adrian Gruhlkey and his wife Ashley Gruhlkey and their son and Marci’s grandnephew, Reed Adrian Gruhlkey; niece, Amber Gruhlkey Farhangnia and her husband Mehrdad Farhangnia; and two close friends Jack Mowery and his wife Luella Peacock.

The family asks that memorials be left to Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega, TX or a no-kill animal shelter. More importantly, in her memory, that our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and friends be vigilant and their own first responders in being aware of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, a cancer for which there is no reliable medical test for early detection.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.

Barbara Joan Gurski – April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Gurski Obit PicBarbara Joan Gurski, 76, of Adrian, died Monday, April 18, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Barbara was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Shattuck, Okla. to Oliver and Marjorie Melton.  She helped run the Fabulous 40 Motel on Route 66 with her parents, Marjorie and Kenneth Callstrom, in Adrian for more than 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeffery Gurski; and a brother, Nathan Melton.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Yarbrough and husband Jeff of Santa Fe, NM; a brother, Billy Melton of Adrian; and four grandchildren, Dylan Maio, Cydney Burkhalter, Haden Burkhalter and Tianne Yarbrough.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.

Bob Wood – April 25, 2015

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Wood Obit PhotoBob Wood, 80, of Adrian, died Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Adrian United Methodist Church with David Bonnell officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Mr. Wood was born January 8, 1935 in Brownwood, Texas to Nina and E. K. Wood. He was the youngest of 10 children and grew up on his family farm near Regency, Texas.

He married Wade Ann Harbour on May 1, 1954 in Lubbock, Texas. For 61 years, Bob and Ann built a life together, living first in Brownfield, Texas before moving to Adrian in 1967. May 1 would have been their 62nd anniversary.

He graduated from Mullin High in 1953 and from Texas Tech with a B.S. Degree in Science and Agriculture in 1966. Prior to college he worked 15 years for Pioneer Natural Gas Company.

Bob was a teacher, farmer and rancher. He was the first Ag teacher at Adrian ISD and retired in 2000 after 35 years of inspiring the same values of hard work, creativity and ingenuity in his students that he instilled in his own family members. His memory will always be carried in the stories about “Mr. Bob’s” classes and the summers his grandchildren spent with him.  

Bob was an inventor who always found ways to improve the things around him. He was never afraid to take on tasks other men would have shied from. Together with Ann, he built his home from the ground up with his own hands from lumber he salvaged from a local grain elevator. 

Bob was a loving husband, father and grandparent. His friends will remember his jokes and stories. Every year on his birthday he reminded his family that he had outlived Elvis (who shared his birthday) by one more year. He loved being in the outdoors and was an avid snow and water skier. From the Hill Country of Texas to the mountains and forests of the Northeast, Bob and Ann travelled together to 46 States. They once traveled 6000 miles of American back roads in 28 days. On that trip alone they covered 27 states, with their pickup, their RV and a dog named Bud. Bob loved simple joys at home like morning sunrises viewed from his front window and 4 p.m. coffee with friends at Kevin’s Coffee Shop.

Bob was an active member of the Adrian United Methodist Church. He was honored as Oldham County Man of the Year in 2000. He was an active member of the Adrian Lion’s Club, Oldham County Soil Conservation Board, a State Director Texas VATAT Retired Teachers, and a State Director of the Texas Vocational Ag Teach Association. He was an appointed as an honorary member of the National FFA.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; three sisters; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Colin.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, daughter and son-in-law, Janice and L.B. McKenzie, Jr. of Fort Stockton, son and daughter-in-law, Ernie and Brenda Wood of Colorado City, sisters, Anna Bell Egger and Jean and husband Bob Sutton, sister-in-law, Sadie Wood, six grandchildren, Randall McKenzie and wife Meagan, Casee McCulloch and husband Jeremy, Ty Wood and wife Amie, Trey Wood and Karen Franco, Colby Clifford and husband Warren, Byron McKenzie and wife Tasha. He was also survived by twelve great-grandchildren, Callen, Kutter, Hanna, Berkley, Isabella , Carolina, Cameron, Landon, Jacquline, Zac, Eli, Braxton and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to Adrian United Methodist Church, 307 Grant, Adrian, Texas 79001.

“Tuff” Don Montgomery Harwell – March 26, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Harwell Obit Pic“Tuff” Don Montgomery Harwell, 79, of Adrian, died Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, at Vega United Methodist Church with David Bonnell and Roger Morris officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m., at the Harwell Ranch.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Tuff was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Vega to Roddy and Irene Harwell.  He graduated from Vega High School.  He married Joanie Paschel on Sept. 12, 1960.  Tuff furthered his education with a bachelor’s degree in economics from West Texas State University.    He married his best friend, Gail Brown on Sept. 21, 1985.

He served on the Vega School Board 1978-1985, and was a member of Adrian Methodist Church. Tuff ranched all of his life and was a man of few words but had many friends who all loved him for his cowboy humor and wit.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Harwell, of the home; three daughters, Lee Jones and husband Michael, of Boerne, Jan Reeve and husband Mitch of Hereford, and Tina Hartness of North Richland Hills; a son, James Hal Bearden, of Matador; a brother, Lynn Harwell and wife Joy of Seneca, SC; a sister, Sharon Hobbs of Vega; a nephew he thought of as a son, Colby Harwell; grandchildren, Michelle, Emily, Melissa, Kinsey, Cory, Derek, Holly and Hannah; and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Adrian Methodist Church; or to Adrian Volunteer Fire Department.

Viewing will be from Noon – 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home in Vega.

Armenia Elliott Creitz – April 2, 2014

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Armenia Elliott Creitz passed away on April 2, 2014, at King’s Manor Methodist Home in Hereford.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 in Adrian Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Vega, 110 S. Main.

Armenia was born on October 19, 1912, in Grayson County in east Texas, she came to Adrian to teach school in 1938 after graduating from North Texas State Teachers College in Denton (University of North Texas).

She married Adrian resident Lorin Rhine Creitz (1908–2004) in 1941 and they lived, worked, and raised their family on the Creitz farm south of Adrian until his death in 2004 and her subsequent move to King’s Manor.

She is survived by two daughters, Paula Creitz Chamlee of Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Melani Kay Creitz of Austin, Texas, and three grandchildren, Stacy Creitz of Lubbock, Texas, Wendy Chamlee Owens of Marietta, Georgia, and Stephen Chamlee of Emaus, Pennsylvania, and 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Vega from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday, April 6.

Donna L. Lewis – January 31, 2014

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Donna L. Lewis, 93, of Amarillo, died Friday, January 31, 2014.Lewis Obit Photo

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kevin Deckard officiating.  Private burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Lewis was born on September 4, 1920 in Cleveland, Arkansas to Agnes “Hanah” Permilie and Charles Raleigh Newton.  She had lived in Adrian, Texas for many years before moving to Amarillo in 1963. 

Mrs. Lewis had worked for Affiliated Foods as an internal auditor and she was also a real estate broker.    She was a member of St. Stephen United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Lewis in 1973.

She is survived by her son John Lewis of Amarillo and a granddaughter, Marissa Lewis of Austin. 

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Candelario Guardiola – April 27, 2013

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Candelario Guardiola, 77, of Adrian, died Saturday, April 27, 2013. Guardiola Obit Photo


A Rosary Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Vega.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Vega.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.


Candelario was born on February 2, 1936 in Julimez, Chihuahua, Mexico.  He had worked as a farmer and cowboy his entire life.


He is survived by his wife, Andrea Guardiola of Adrian; four daughters, Leticia Guardiola-Mora of Adrian, Maria Guadalupe Guardiola of Adrian, Esther Guardiola-Gott of Austin, Marlin Guardiola of Adrian; three sons, Israel Guardiola of Midland, Ismael Guardiola of Chihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico, and Abel Guardiola of Adrian; two brothers, Dario Guardiola of Mexico City, Manuel Guardiola of Leon GTO; two sisters, Guadalupe Guardiola and Maria De Jesus Guardiola, both of Chuihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico; twenty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


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