Obituaries for Amarillo

Jerome Maurice O’Rear III – December 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Jerome Maurice O’Rear III, 69, of Amarillo died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jerome was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and graduated from Monterey High School in 1967. He went on to attend Texas Tech University and received a degree in government. While at Texas Tech University, he was in the marching band and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

He worked in the financial services industry in Amarillo. Jerome was active in the Boy Scout community as both a scout leader and later served as the district leadership for the Llano Estacado Council. Jerome was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo where he served as an usher and as a Sunday school teacher for 6th grade boys for many years. He was a strong man of faith who loved his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. J.M. and Dorothy O’Rear; and a son, Gregory Jerome O’Rear.

He is survived by former wife, Jayne Riker; daughters, Allison and her husband Ben Colaw and Jennifer and her husband Sage Woolf; a son, Mark and his wife Lydia; and his grandchildren, Peyton, Grady, Vivienne, Saylor, Oliver, Emma, Quincy and Jude.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler, Amarillo, TX; or to Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America, 401 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo, TX.


Ann Bettis Enloe – December 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Ann Bettis Enloe, age 86, of San Angelo, Texas, died on December 31, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

A graveside service will be held for Ann at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 6th.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born on March 21, 1931 in Knox City, Texas to Harry Moody Bettis and Elizabeth Dabney Bettis.  She grew up in Olney, Texas with her two brothers Harry and Zack.  While attending Texas Christian University she met George Enloe of Fort Worth.  They married on September 2, 1950 and resided in Alpine, Texas and Fort Davis, Texas before eventually moving to the Texas Panhandle in the late 1960’s.

Ann and George were in the cattle business.  They had one son, George.  Ann loved to play bridge with her many friends.  She also took great care of her husband and son and kept a beautiful home and yard while living in the Davis Mountains and the Texas Panhandle.  Ann especially loved to give sage advice to younger friends and relatives and did not often mince words.  She was gracious and was loved by many.

The last few months Ann lived in Amarillo near her son and daughter in law, Phyllis and George Enloe whom she is survived by.  She is also survived by three granddaughters, Jillian Dougherty of Raymore, Missouri, Madison Enloe of Austin, Texas and Taylor Khoury of Denver, Colorado.  Ann was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1984, her parents and brothers Harry and Zack Bettis.  She is also survived by great grand children and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ann was a generous giver and her two favorite charities were The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco and Amarillo Children’s Home.  The family would like to thank Lisa Knaff and the other wonderful care givers of Abundantly Blessed Home in Amarillo and the Kindred Hospice staff.


Martha Dobbins – December 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Martha Dobbins, 87, of Amarillo died Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Llano East Cemetery with Sam White officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Martha was born January 29, 1930, in Wellington to Harry and Effie Roy. She grew up on a farm and was born and married in the same house south of Wellington.  She moved to Amarillo in 1950.

Most recently she had been a cashier for Drug Emporium and worked at JC Penney. For many years she also was the manager for S&H Green Stamp Store.  While raising her children she worked as an Avon Lady.  She enjoyed working around people.  She was proud of her grandchildren and lover her great-grandchildren beyond measure.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Dobbins on June 3, 2013; and a grandson, Paul Dobbins.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Dobbins and wife Cindy, of Dumas, and Larry Dobbins and Cici Cameron, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; four grandchildren, John Dobbins and wife Heather, Andrew Dobbins, Steven Dobbins and wife Stephanie, and Krista Dobbins; granddaughter-in-law, Sheree Dobbins; and six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Trevor, Kesleigh, Harlee, Jazlyn and Jayce; a brother, Leon and wife JoAnn Roy, of Athens, TN.


Cynthia Ann Rittenberry – December 30, 2017

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Cynthia Ann Lindley Rittenberry, 76, of Amarillo died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church with Murray Gossett officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Cynthia was born December 23, 1941, in Dallas, Texas to Swift and Ruby Lindley. She moved to Amarillo in 1945 and married Charles Lambie Rittenberry on Aug. 28, 1961. Cynthia loved quilting, the Palo Duro Club and her grandkids.

Cynthia was an active leader in many Amarillo volunteer organizations: President of the Junior League of Amarillo, the Wolflin PTA and the YMCA Board. She was an active member of the Amarillo Junior League Garden Club and the Amarillo High School Alumni Association.  She was a 50 year member Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni. And a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was an award winning quilter and was the Treasurer of most organizations in which she participated. She and Lynette Milburn founded the Amarillo High School Sandie Steppers in 1959.

She was preceded in death by her father, Swift L. Lindley, her mother, Ruby Birdsong Lindley, and her husband.

She is survived by her son Charles (Charlie) L. Rittenberry and  wife Jayme and son David J. Rittenberry and wife Darcy. Four Grandchildren, Hannah Rittenberry Wood and husband Andrew, Hougen Rittenberry, Parker Rittenberry and wife Laura, and Blake Rittenberry.  One sister, Sylvia Lindley Frazer. All of Amarillo.

Margaret Russell – December 14, 2017

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Margaret Russell, 95, of Vega died Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Christ Community Church in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Margaret was born July 20, 1922, in Turkey, Texas to Benjamin and Lillie Simpson.  She worked as a preschool administrator and was a wonderful mother and pastor’s wife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Russell; and a son, James Gregory Russell.

Survivors include her children, Warren Russell, Bobby Russell, Cynthia Laxton and Timothy Russell.


John Solis – December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29th, 2017

John Solis, 82, of Amarillo died Friday, December 29, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in Llano Cemetery with military rites provided by Volleys for Veterans.  Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m., at First Christian Church with Barry Loving officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

John was born on August 9, 1935 in Amarillo, Texas to Isabel and Jesus Solis.  He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1955 and West Texas State University in 1970.  John was a veteran in the United States Army and had worked for Santa Fe Railroad for thirty years.

He married Betty on June 29, 1960.  Together they raised three sons.  John was very proud of his three sons.

He was a member of First Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Josephine Elizalde.

John is survived by his wife, Betty Solis, his sons, David Solis and Rhonda Rossman, Alan Solis and his wife Ivet, Chris Solis and his wife Brenda, a brother, Antonio Solis, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

The Solis family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Texas Oncology as well as Linda and Liz and the rest of the staff on the eighth floor at BSA Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Christian Church, 3001 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79109.

The family will receive friends from 4-5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the funeral home.

Cindy Simpson – December 18, 2017

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Cynthia Marie Simpson, age 57, passed away on December 18, 2017.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Known as Cindy among her friends and family she was born on March 12, 1960 in Amarillo, Texas to John Wesley Crawford and Shirley Sue Saxton.

Cindy attended Ridgecrest Elementary School for the first two years of her education and it was during this time that her parents chose to separate and later divorce. As a result, she relocated to California along with her mother and sisters.

She completed her grade school education at Olive Elementary School and went on to attend Baldwin Park High School. During her freshman year she decided to move back to Amarillo and finish her education at Tascosa High School.

After graduation she began working for the City of Amarillo where she met her husband Robert Simpson. Together they raised their daughter Tosha until they divorced fifteen years later.

She held various positions in a variety of businesses, but her favorite job was working at banks and credit unions. She could turn on the charm when she wanted to and loved helping her customers.

One of her special talents was her cooking. She made the best fried chicken in all of Texas and made sure that she had plenty to feed the whole neighborhood so it seemed. To say she was a wonderful cook is an understatement.

Among her many loves and interests was time spent at Possum Kingdom Lake and the beaches of California with family and friends. But her true love was the time spent with her grandchildren, Maddox and Nolan. Her love and devotion was never more present than it was when she was with them and her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Tosha Marie Villegas and her husband Chris, her sisters Pat Crawford from California and Darlene Coburn from Tennessee, her brother Mike Rowlette from California, her stepsisters Regina Faulkner, Diana Doyle, and Denise Riggs all from Amarillo, her grandsons Maddox and Nolan, her niece Courtney Coburn and her two sons Caden and Elijah along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joy W. Riley – December 21, 2017

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Joy W. Riley, 98, of Amarillo, Texas died Thursday, December 21, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Craig Senior Living, 5500 W. 9th Ave. in the Chapel, with Lane Boyd officiating. A reception will follow in the Multi-Purpose Room on the third floor. Burial will be at Westover Cemetery, Westover, Texas at a later date.

Joy was born April 30, 1919 to Perry and Grace Riley in Wheeler County, Texas. Joy grew up on the family farm with 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and 3 aunts. Her favorite aunt was Aunt Timmie who was a school teacher who taught them many subjects. Joy graduated from Briscoe High School in 1937. Joy graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. She and several women in the family were a “Rosie the Riveter” in WWII at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

Joy taught school for a while before getting a job as Wilbarger County Home Demonstration Agent in Vernon, Texas. Joy taught many women and girls how to sew and make their own clothing. Joy taught them how to can vegetables, fruits, jams, and jellies. Joy also taught them many skills they would need to know to make a house a home. Joy won several awards. One was Outstanding Service and Leadership to the 4-H Youth in Wilbarger County. Another was Recognition of Years of Service to the Youth and Homemakers of Wilbarger County. Another award Joy won was In Recognition of Faithful and Meritorious Service to the People of Texas as a Member of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, From TX A&M University.

Joy was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Joy was a care giver. She cared for Aunt Timmie until Aunt Timmie passed away.  Joy loved her family. She and her favorite cousin Whit Hale, took weekends, vacations, and retirement going to see family all over America in Whit’s Jeep Wagoneer and Airstream travel trailer. They also went hunting and fishing. They would bring back their catch and we would have a catfish fry at Mamaw’s house. Joy helped care for her sister in California during her illness. After Joy took care of Whit, she moved to Amarillo.  Then she took care of her brother and sister-in-law in Sweeny, Texas. After that, Joy returned to Amarillo.

Joy loved the Lord and was a devout member of the Olsen Park Church of Christ. Joy enjoyed going to the Symphony, plays at the Amarillo Little Theater, the melodrama “TEXAS” in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the summer. Joy also enjoyed The Craig bus rides to see the beautiful autumn leaves and colorful Christmas lights. Joy liked playing the domino game Mexican Train with her family and friends.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Grant Riley, and James Riley, 3 sisters, Tamsey V. Leitch, “Betty” Hollis, and Valaree Crabb, 2 nephews, Mark, and James Blake Crabb, one great nephew John Crabb, and many, many friends.

Joy is survived by a sister-in-law Laverne Lasley Riley of Amarillo, 2 nephews, Don Crabb and wife Barbara of Amarillo, and Lance Hollis of Riverside, CA., and 3 nieces, Kim Hollis of Weston, Ohio, Lou Ann and husband Stan Young of Olton, Texas, and Rena and husband Sam Smith of Amarillo, 3 great nephews, and 7 great nieces, and many great, great nephews, and nieces, and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to either,Wilbarger Co. Extension Office, 1700 Wilbarger St. Rm.29, Vernon, TX. 76384-4749; or Wheeler Co Extension office, P.O. Box 448, Wheeler, TX. 79096-0448.

Mary Helen Page – December 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Mary Helen Page, 80, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Bob Miller officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary Helen was born February 8, 1937, in Spearman to Joe and Oleta Harris.  She married Dan Page on July 2, 1964, in Amarillo.  Mary Helen enjoyed sewing and quilting and loved her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Darren Stanton; two sisters, Elizabeth Grantham and Jean Harris; and a brother, Jerry Harris.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Page, of Amarillo; three daughters, Tamara Stanton, of Amarillo, Teresa Wavra and husband Dave, of Spring and Jorja Ballard and husband Mike, of Farmington, NM; three sons, Tony Grider and wife Patrice and Troy Grider and wife Loritta, all of Amarillo, and John Grider, of St. Augustine, FL.; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, 600 SW 11th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101.

Dolores Spencer – December 22, 2017

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Dolores Spencer died December 22, 2017 at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital.

She was born September 22, 1934 in Ulysses, Kansas, the daughter of Lowell and Pauline Damon. She grew up in Ulysses with her two brothers Donald and Darrell Damon.

Dolores left Ulysses and attended the Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, Kansas. Upon graduation, she secured employment at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  Her adventurous spirit then took her to South America where she lived in Brazil for a few years.

Dolores returned home to Kansas and married Norman Spencer in 1960 at the Ulysses Christian Church. They lived on a farm until 1974 when they moved to Amarillo to start their own business.

Dolores was a partner in the business, a published author and homemaker. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and going out for ice cream.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Norman Spencer; her daughter, Melinda Spencer, her grandchildren, Grace Spencer Verrinder, Dana Williams and Damon Williams; her great-granddaughter, Krysten Williams, and her brother, Darrell Damon.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, April Williams, and brother, Donald Damon.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Robison Chapel, First Christian Church with Reverend Barry Loving, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.