Obituaries for Adrian

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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Leland Chris Burns – November 3, 2012

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Leland Chris Burns, 90, formerly of Adrian, died Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012 in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega with David Bonnell, pastor of Adrian United Methodist Church officiating.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Mr. Burns was born on September 24, 1922 in Inola, Oklahoma to A. P. and Beulah Burns.  He married Irma Brothers on August 25, 1945 in San Angelo, Texas.  She preceded him in death in 1985.

He then married Mary Collie in 1986.  She preceded him in death in 2009.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Grace, Carol and Lorraine.

He was a Methodist and a farmer.

He is survived by one son, Chris Burns, Jr. and his wife Marty of Adrian, two daughters, Vicki Brown of Dallas and Marsha Grantz and her husband Arthur of Palo Alto, California; one sister Donna Brooks of Big Cabin, Oklahoma; one brother Paul Burns of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Memorials to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105 and Adrian United Methodist Church, Adrian, Texas 79001.

Minnie Smotherman Fortenberry – October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Minnie Smotherman Fortenberry, 84, of Adrian died on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Adrian with Dee Slocum officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. (MST) at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis, New Mexico. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Minnie was born on the family farm, South of Farwell, Texas to Francis H. Smotherman and Gladys Edwards Smotherman on October 11, 1928. She graduated from Texico High School. Minnie worked as a secretary at ASCS Farm Services from 1953 to 1961.  She met and married Roy Fortenberry in 1961. She had also worked at the Parmer County Hospital and Clinic in Friona and the Adrian Post Office. When she wasn’t tending to her children and grandchildren, she was an EMT for the Adrian EMS during the 1980’s.

Minnie’s hobbies were knitting, crocheting and needle work. She gave her life to Christ at an early age and she loved her Lord and family very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-seven years, Roy Fortenberry, in January of 2009 and two older siblings, Dalia Lee and Francis E. Smotherman.

Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Jane Brown and husband Earl of Hereford, Betty Lynn Archambeau of Tampa, Florida and Patricia Siewert and husband Kent of Peaster, Texas; a son, Michael Fortenberry and wife Karen of Adrian; ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Adrian Baptist Church; the Adrian EMS, P.O. Box 14, Adrian, Texas 79001; or to the Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79106.

Viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Larry Eugene “Butch” Fairchild – September 13, 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Larry Eugene “Butch” Fairchild, 72, of Adrian, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Adrian School gymnasium in Adrian, 301 Matador Dr.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He passed away due to complications from amyloidosis.

Mr. Fairchild was born Oct. 18, 1939, to Eugene Lester “Hap” and Julia O’Brian Fairchild.  He was a graduate of Friona High School in 1958.  He married Paula Dean Neel June 10, 1958, in Friona.

Born in Clovis, NM, Larry loved west Texas and was a lifelong farmer and rancher beginning in the Friona area and moving to the Adrian community in 1974.

He served on many governmental and civic boards over the years, including Adrian Independent School District Board of Trustees and as a director of Panhandle-Plains Federal Land Bank.  He served as a member of Adrian Lions Club and Adrian EMS.  He was a recipient of the Oldham County Man of the Year award and Oldham County Soil and Water Conservation District Farmer of the Year award.

He served as an elder for the Adrian Church of Christ.  He also served as a mentor for the Christ Prison Fellowship at the Neal Unit.  He was a true humanitarian, volunteering on medical mission trips to Ecuador and led  his life based on true Christian values.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant son, Larry Dean Fairchild.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; two daughters and their husbands, Tammy and Mark Gammon of Friona and Vicki and David Crain of Round Rock; one son and his wife, Jeffery and Patty Fairchild of Amarillo; eight grandchildren, Heath Gammon, Lori Rutledge, Matt Gammon, Lindsey Tatum, Tyler Fairchild, Logan Fairchild, Caroline Crain and Miles Crain; a great-grandson, Trenton Fairchild; and a sister, Marilyn “Chuck” Blackburn.

The family requests memorials to be to Amarillo Bible Chair, 2501 S. Jackson Amarillo, Texas 79109, or Key to the Kingdom, 1406 SW 62nd Ave. Amarillo, Texas 79118.

Peter Lyn Brown-July 17, 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Peter Lyn Brown, 51, formerly of Adrian, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Dallas.

Services are scheduled for 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 21, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Amarillo.  The burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega. Arrangements are being provided by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2008 Paramount Blvd.

Peter was born in Amarillo on April 28, 1960. He grew up in Adrian and graduated from Adrian High School in 1978. He attended Texas A&M University and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1982. He then went on to graduate from Baylor Law School in 1985.

He practiced law in Amarillo and Dallas and had been employed by Kreiss Collection in Chicago. He was currently employed as an Executive Loan Officer for Shelter Mortgage in Dallas. He was a former member of First Baptist Church Adrian, First Baptist Church Amarillo, and Park Cities Baptist Church Dallas. Peter was a very compassionate person who served on the board of many charities.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lem and Helen Biddle of Vega, Texas, Floyd and Ruth Brown of Adrian, Texas, and his aunts, Maxine Brown of Adrian, Texas, and Pat Biddle of Pueblo, Colorado.

He is survived by his parents, Billy Don and Elizabeth Ann Brown of Adrian, Texas; his brother, Dennis Don Brown and his wife Sarita of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a sister, Amy Elizabeth Brown Villwock and her husband Scott of Kingwood, Texas; three nephews, Maston Floyd Brown and his wife Erin, William David Roy, and Michael William Villwock; four nieces, Kathryn Lorraine Brown, Karen Elizabeth Brown, Hannah Ruth Roy, and Megan Elizabeth Roy; one great niece, Guadalupe Sarita Brown; his aunts and uncles, Jimmy Brown, Phyllis and Bob Gruner, Jerry and Charlene Biddle, Nancy and John Jeffreys, many cousins, and numerous friends.

Peter had the uncanny ability to make someone laugh the instant he met them. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, loved him.

The family request that memorial donations be made to The Master Plan at First Baptist Church Amarillo, 1208 South Tyler Street, or Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.

Connie Joyce Harwood – May 8, 2011

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Connie Joyce Harwood, 59, of Adrian died on Sunday, May 8, 2011.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Adrian United Methodist Church with Jim Watkins officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Connie was born on February 26, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas to Warren and LaNelle Stover.  She married Richard Harwood on August 15, 1970 in Amarillo.  Connie worked at the Adrian School for twenty-five years as a teacher’s aid and librarian.  She was a member of the Adrian United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Warren Stover on April 8, 2011.

Survivors include her husband, Richard “Dick” Harwood of the home; her mother, LaNelle Stover of Amarillo; her daughter, Melanie Harwood of San Antonio and her brother, Paul R. Stover of Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Adrian United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 214, Adrian, TX 79001.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Boxwell Brothers at Vega.