Obituaries for Amarillo

Harold Dee Mitchell – April 9, 2018

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Harold Dee Mitchell, 93, of Amarillo died Monday, April 9, 2018.

Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Harold was born July 9, 1924, in Floydada to A.J. and Lena Mitchell.  He was a Navy veteran and served from 1942-1946, during World War II.  Harold was an architect and owned Mitchell & Sims Architects.

He married Dorothy Lucas in 1954, in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  She preceded him in death in June 2006.

Harold was a member of Amarillo Executive Association, Amarillo Planning and Zoning Commission, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, Craig Mitchell and wife Stephanie, of Amarillo; a daughter, Kelly Smallwood and husband Tim, of Amarillo; a sister, Marietta Baird, of Howardwick; and two grandchildren, Yvette and Saira Smallwood.

Kyle Lane Burt – April 6, 2018

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Kyle Lane Burt, 48, of Amarillo, died on Friday, April 6, 2018.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Kyle was born on March 13, 1970 in Littlefield, Texas to Bill & Sandi Burt.  He graduated from Levelland High School in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M.   He was a previous partner in Talon L.P.E. and had owned and operated Arcadia Apartments.

He married Lisa Hayes on May 20, 1994 in Amarillo

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Hayes-Burt; his son, the joy of his life, Ridley Burt; his parents, Bill & Sandi Burt of Lubbock; two brothers, Lance Burt of Lubbock and Kade Burt and wife Hollye of Austin; his parents-in-law, Jerry and Sherlene Hayes of Amarillo; two sisters-in-law, Stephanie Swindell and husband Victor of Amarillo, Amber McGurren and husband Marc of Ft. Worth; a brother-in-law, Austin Hayes and wife Jenna of Vega; a grandfather, Skeeter Whatley of Amarillo; several nieces and nephews; and god sons.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Amarillo SPCA.

Betty Jo Denman Roller – April 5, 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Betty Jo Denman Roller, 85, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 5, 2018, after battling cancer.

Betty Roller was born on March 28, 1933, in Channing, Texas to Ambrose Jackson and Allee Lavenia Denman.

Betty spent her early year in Channing before moving to Amarillo. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1951.  She went on to Amarillo College then completed her degree at West Texas State University, Betty played for decades in the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. A. Clyde Roller, who introduced her to his younger brother and fellow musician Dr. Dale A. Roller.  There was an instant spark and Betty and Dale married September 7, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas.

In 1984, Betty went on to get her Masters of Music Education as she continued to lead Band and Orchestra at several Amarillo schools.  Until recently, the Amarillo High School Marching Band would come to their home annually in preparation for the fair parade and serenade Betty at her home. She is well known for her humor and talent, as well as her gift of pouring into her students.  There was seldom a day when Betty was not stopped and hugged by a former student. Over the years, it was more and more difficult to place each student and the school where she taught them but always remembered the face and the instrument they played. In addition, Betty loved the many student teachers who worked alongside her throughout her career.  So many of her student teachers have gone on to leadership roles in Band and Orchestra.  She has literally touched the lives of thousands of students sharing her love of music, marching band, family, and Jesus.

Betty Roller retired from the Amarillo Independent School District in 1991, after 33 years of service.  For her dedication and excellence, Betty was named the Texas Orchestra Director of the year, named to the Amarillo High School Sandie Hall of Fame, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Amarillo College.  She also won the Bob Ashworth award for her service to the Amarillo Public School system. After her retirement, she stayed involved as she and her husband Dale continued to work as the UIL Executive Secretary, Region 1 Music.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Dale of Amarillo, Texas; their oldest son, Scott Roller of Stuttgart, Germany; and his children Sean Roller and his wife Theresa; Megan Roller and Tim Roller; Betty’s middle son, Kirk Roller of Austin, Texas and his wife, Anne and their children, Beth Roller and Blake Roller; Betty’s youngest son Jeff Roller of Amarillo and his wife, Carol as well as their children, Josh Roller, and Jenna Roller.

The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at First Christian Church, Amarillo, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Greater Southwest Music Festival; or to a charity of your choice.

Ronda Jane Murie – April 4, 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Ronda Jane Murie, 54, passed away April 4, 2018, in Amarillo, Texas.

She is survived by a daughter, Jill Murie; a son, Nate Murie; her mother, Carol Kirian; and father, Milton Pool.  Other members include three brothers, and four sisters.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Jeanne Anne Christian – March 29, 2018

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Jeanne Anne Christian died Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Amarillo.

A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, Claude with the Rev. George Price, District Superintendent, Abilene officiating. Private family burial 11:00 a.m. at Claude Cemetery is under direction of Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel, 200 Parks St.

Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2018, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Claude.

Anne was born December 21, 1933 in Ralls, Texas to John and Hazelle Thomas. The family moved to Lubbock and Coffeyville, Kansas before returning to Ralls in 1944.  She graduated from Ralls High School in 1951.  Anne graduated from Texas Tech University, College of Home Economics (B.S. Home Economics, Specialization in Clothing and Textiles), and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.  She was first President of the Tech Chapter one year after the organization became a National Fraternity.  The fraternity awarded her its White Violet Award for 50 years of service.

Anne married Tom Terrill Christian March 12, 1958 in Perryton, Texas, and soon they established their home on the Christian Family ranch south of Claude. And she joined the community as supporter, advocate, defender, and champion—a local friend commented that Anne would recognize a need in the community, would work to make a change, and wouldn’t stop until the work was done.

She attended First United Methodist Church in Claude, where she served on many church boards, and was a member of United Methodist Women in Claude and throughout the Methodist Conference. She raised her children focusing on Christian values, education and community service.

Anne was a member of Unity Study Club and several bridge clubs—she played lots of bridge. She enjoyed visiting her grandkids.  She loved watching Texas Tech University football and basketball with her “Guns Up”.  Lunch with the birthday girls club was a favorite activity.

She assisted Tom throughout his political career as a State Representative, served in the High Plains Republican Women, and on several Governor’s wife events in Austin. She served on:  Board of Potter Randall County MHMR, Wesley Community Center, Martha’s Home (Amarillo), United Methodist Women Board of the Panhandle, Friends of Harrington Cancer Center (Panhandle Representative), Golden Nail Award Committee (Panhandle Representative), and Texas Tech University Alumni Association.

Later Anne and Tom were approached by Amarillo Chamber of Commerce to start a tourism business in this area, and Cowboy Morning was born–Anne served as President of Cowboy Morning. She served on Amarillo Convention and Visitor’s Council and Texas Travel Industry Association Board. She and Tom were always in attendance at the annual convention and legislative dinner. They worked tirelessly to improve tourism in Texas especially in Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon.

Anne served as board member of Armstrong County Museum in Claude. She was appointed Co-Chair for Charles Goodnight House Restoration and creation of Charles Goodnight Historical Center in Goodnight, Texas.  She worked with architects, engineers, and contractors to assure authentic restoration with historic accuracy.  Her efforts included soliciting gifts, developing education exhibits for the Historical Center, and promoting tourism for the Center.

She is survived by her husband Tom; two brothers, John Thomas Jr. (Mary Nell) of Lubbock and Jean Thomas of Key West, FL; her children Frannie (Randy) Nuttall of Amarillo, Joe (Diana) Christian of Frisco, Rit (Shay) Christian of Claude, Mary (Tom) Hayden of Arlington; her grandchildren Garrett Nuttall, Joshua (Cody) Christian, Allie Christian, Kaila Christian, James Terrill Christian, Rachel Hayden, Michael (Kirstin) Hayden, Scott Hayden; her great-grandchildren Elijah Christian, Jeremiah Christian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Charles Goodnight Historical Center, in care of Armstrong County Museum, P O Box 450, Claude, TX 79019 – Anne Christian Memorial.

Brent Alan Jones – April 1, 2018

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Brent Alan Jones, 39, of Amarillo died Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Ted Billingsley officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Brent was born October 13, 1978, in Prescott, Arkansas.  He graduated from Dumas High School in 1997.  Brent was a machinist/mechanic at Fuel Innovative Solutions.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Boyett and husband James, of Amarillo; father, Alan Dale Jones, of Okolona, Arkansas; and a brother, Brandon Dale Jones and wife Irasema, of Amarillo.

Glenn Wilson – March 31, 2018

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Glenn Wilson, 83, of Amarillo, died Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. in Parklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Plainview, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Glenn was born on February 12, 1935 in Wilson, Texas to Beulah and Arthur Wilson. He lived and farmed in Hart, Texas.  He was a member of Sunnyside Baptist Church in Sunnyside, Texas, and First Baptist Church of Canyon.

He married LaWanda Brooks on September 16, 1960 in Hart, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, LaWanda Brooks Wilson; three daughters, Glenda J. Tanner and husband John of Olympia, Washington; Gwendalyn Randolph and husband Hermann Kyrychenko of Clayton, Missouri; and Melinda Wilson Thomas of Plainview, Texas; a sister, Doris Morrison of Plainview; six grandchildren, Jazz, Alex, Grant, Hunter, Anton and Athena; and two great-grandchildren, Lyra and Lilla.

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J. Marie “Tincy” Britain – March 31, 2018

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

J. Marie “Tincy” Britain, 104, of Amarillo, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Plum Creek Specialty Hospital and she’s so happy she finally made it to heaven.

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Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Private burial will be at Dreamland Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marie was born on February 21, 1914 in Kirkland, Texas to Katheryn “Kate” and Joseph “Joe” Hardin. She and her husband, Pat, owned and operated Britain Photography Studio in Canyon, Texas.  She was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat Britain and son, Donald Ray Britain.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Tracy Roos and Terry Warnken and husband Cotton; a grandson, Pat Britain and wife Carol; a great-grandson, Jett Roos; a sister, Jeane Swafford; a daughter-in-law, Jeri Williams and was much loved by all of her nieces and nephews.



Freddie Mack Gillmore – March 28, 2018

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Freddie Mack Gillmore 78, of Amarillo died Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Fred-O was born May 14, 1939, in Pampa, Texas to Gus and Opal (Allen) Gillmore. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Delephane; wife Annette (Andi); wife Edna Gillmore; and a brother Denny Gillmore.

Survivors include siblings, Debbie and David Mitchell, Phil and Sandra Gillmore, Jimmy and Beverly Gillmore, Rodney and Dena Gillmore, Arlene Gillis and Betty Hadsell; children Tommy and Tammy Gillmore of Amarillo, Niki Perez and husband Bradley of Lubbock, Steven Kent Gillmore and wife Karla of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Raquel Andrea Murdock and husband Edmond of Amarillo. 14 Grandkids; and 20 Great Grand Kids.

Fredo worked for Amarillo Ice Company from 1972-1980. He was a professional carpenter for many years, he contributed his skills to New York, New York Casino and Hotel, Riviera Hotel and Casino, The Rio Hotel and Casino all in Las Vegas from 1990-1992. His master trade was carpentry. In his retirement he enjoyed his food vending rig and having all his children and grandchildren to help.

His hobbies included spending time with family and friends especially driving around and checking on everyone. He would tell everyone he was just doing his weekly drive-bys. He loved working hard, fishing, dancing, woodworking in his shed, watching football especially the Ravens (so proud of his Great Nephew Crockett Gillmore) drag racing and going to the river. Every memory and every story can be best summed up by one word ¨Fredo.¨

Virginia Lee Gallaway – March 29, 2018

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

On March 29th, 2018, surrounded by her family, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother, Virgina Lee Gallaway, departed this earth and walked peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus.

Virginia Gallaway was born in Delhi, Oklahoma to George and Lula Kelley. At the age of 4 her family moved to Erick, Oklahoma where she graduated from Erick High School. She loved sports and played basketball, tennis and ran track.  She loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers and attended many games.

She retired from the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) after 35 years of service.  She was the only woman who held the position of Director of Purchasing for the school district.

She was awarded the Selby Trophy for service to Young People. After retirement, she served 2 years as a volunteer in Service to America, and volunteered as Buchanan Mission for 12 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents George and Lula Kelley and two sisters Peggy Williams, and Lucille Willoughby.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Wilson and husband Jimmy, Terry Gallaway, and one son Steven Gallaway and wife Cheryl. Three grandchildren:  Whitney Schlesener and husband Tim, Jarrod Wilson and wife Katy, and Cameron Barber, seven great-grandchildren, Macy Thompson and husband James, Kelsey Busboom, Katelyn Wilson, Madison Wilson, Haley Wilson, Parker Bailey and Ashley Wilson, two great-great-children, Taygen Thompson and Hadley Thompson, and her many friends.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to your favorite charity in honor of Virginia.