Obituaries for Amarillo

Sarah Ruth Wilson – March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Sarah Ruth Wilson, of Amarillo and formerly from Perryton, passed away on March 4 at the age of 88 in Amarillo, Texas. She was born to Edward and Lena Norton in Faulkner, Mississippi on August 13, 1929.  The family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi when she was five years old.  She graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1947.  She then pursued a double major in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.   She then attended St. Mary’s School of Medical Technology in Kansas City and graduated in 1951 with an ASCP degree as a Medical Technologist.  She began work as a medical technologist in Perryton and worked for Dr. Kengle and Dr. Pearson.  Later she worked with Dr. R.D. Stephenson in a clinic until Ochiltree General Hospital opened in 1967.  When Ochiltree General Hospital opened, she became the Lab supervisor and maintained that position until she retired in 1990.  She also filled in as X-ray technician when needed during her tenure at the hospital.  She was an advocate and volunteer to support Coffee Memorial Blood Center to help replenish the blood supply that was used at the hospital.

She married Floyd Wilson on February 25, 1953 and they celebrated their 54th anniversary before he passed away on March 18, 2007.  They farmed and ranched in southeast Texas County, Oklahoma and they lived in Perryton.  Floyd retired in 1988.  As medical attention dictated, they moved from Perryton to Amarillo in 2004 to be closer to medical facilities and their son.

After Sarah retired from the hospital she spent much of her time growing fruit trees and working in the garden. She was a member of the Iris club and loved canning vegetables and sewing.   She cherished her friendships and spent many hours a day checking on everyone with the phone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Wilson and her brother, William Dewey Norton of Brandon, Mississippi. She is survived by a son, Olen Wilson and wife Terry of Amarillo and two grandchildren, Kristen Wilson and Rachel Wilson, both of Amarillo.

A short graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday March 7th at Ochiltree Cemetery followed by a memorial service at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Perryton at 11:00 a.m.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Viewing will be Monday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo and noon to close on Tuesday at Boxwell Brothers in Perryton.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to THE PANHANDLE ADULT REBUILDING CENTER (PARC), 413 SW 6th,  Amarillo, 79101 or HEAL THE CITY, 609 S. Carolina, Amarillo, 79106.



Andrew “Andy” Garcia Arriaga – March 3, 2018

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Andrew“Andy” Garcia Arriaga, 71, of Amarillo, died Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Andy was born on March 14, 1946 in Killeen, Texas to Damacia and Candelairo Arriaga. He had been a supervisor at Levi Strauss.

He married Barbara Ethridge on November 1, 1974 in Clovis, New Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; a daughter, Shauna Arriaga; two sons, Nick Arriaga and wife Victoria and Casey Arriaga and wife Yolanda, all of Amarillo; and four grandchildren, Tyler, Abigail, Kaitlyn and Ethan.



Patricia “Pat” D. Groom – March 3, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Patricia “Pat” D. Groom, 93, of Amarillo, died Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Llano Cemetery with Mike Cox officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Pat was born on April 18, 1924 in Amarillo to Louise and Joseph Devine. She taught school for 36 years, retiring from Amarillo Independent School District in 1984.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Douglas Groom; two sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by a son, Douglas “Doug” Groom of Amarillo; a daughter Margaret “Maggie” Carstarphen of Fort Stockton; and a nephew, like a son, Michael Cox of Euless.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1515 S. Georgia, Amarillo, Texas 79102.

Jose Humberto Torres – March 1, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Jose Humberto Torres, 67, of Amarillo died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jose was born October 8, 1950, in Huanusco Zacatecas, Mexico, to Jose and Esperanza Diaz De Leon Torres.

Jose lived an American Dream. He came to the United States, leaving his beloved country and land to seek out opportunity and to help his mother, father, brothers and sisters back in Mexico. Through his journey in the U.S., he would later find his forever soul mate, his wife, Juanita Anez. They married on July 15, 1972 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through their struggles, they settled in Texas and helped, and raised three sons. Through good-times and hard-times, he taught them hard work, doing the job right, his words of wisdom, advice, and generosity. He went back to his roots and started and enjoyed gardening, which later lead to his own business at a second chance in landscaping. His love for his family and his humor will always be remembered. He always encouraged us to be the best at what we do. He shared his love of his music and sports. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a coach, our #1 Fan, in his own words, “Siguele”.

He was a hard worker, owned his own landscaping business and worked for AISD for 18 years. Jose was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Santos Torres and Rene Torres; and a sister, Rocia Garcia.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Torres, of Amarillo; three sons, Jose Torres Jr. and wife Rita, Marin Torres and wife Kristy, and Alex Torres, all of Amarillo; eight brothers, Alejandro Torres of Mexico, Sergio Torres, Juan Manuel, Joel Torres, Jose Luis Torres, Hector Torres and Rodrigo Torres, all of California, and Jaime Torres of Dumas; and six sisters, Cristina Huerta of Fort Worth, Esperanza Ortiz, Lourdes Martinez, Maria Sandoval and Clara Luz Nunez, all of California, and Silvia Aguayo of Des Moines; and four grandchildren, Isaiah Torres, Javier H. Torres, Matteo Torres and Mia Torres.

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Richard Eugene Dwight – March 1, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Richard Eugene Dwight, 85, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G.A. Roach officiating. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Richard was born January 31, 1933, in Amarillo, Texas to Jesse Marion and Margie Dwight. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War, Artillery Division.  He was a retired locomotive engineer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Nicole Ann Dwight; great-granddaughter, Madison Powers; his brothers, Buddy, John, Robert, and Bernie; and his sisters, Margie and Mary.

Survivors include his children, Danny Dwight of Amarillo; Timber Lee Potts and husband James Edward of Hedley, Paul Dwight of Amarillo, and Kirk Dwight and wife Beverly of Hedley; grandchildren, James Lee Potts, Tessa Powers, Chris Dwight, Haley Dwight, and Kristen Dwight; and great-grandchildren, Chevy Miller, Tristan Powers, and Eva Jade Potts.




Hylasue Yeager Walker – February 28, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Hylasue Yeager Walker, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28, at Promise Land Assisted Living, in Lubbock, Texas.

Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, with Pastor Nick Garner and Joan Gaines. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Hylasue was born to Robert L. and Mary Lucile Yeager on March 20, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas. She was the oldest of three children. Hylasue graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1952.

Hylasue married Basil Walker Jr. in Amarillo on August 2, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 62 years; her two brothers, Ben Allen Yeager and Robert Yeager, and grandson, David Walker. Survivors include three children, Susan Walker Davis and husband Alan of Lubbock; William Walker and wife Linda of Albuquerque; and Bob Walker and wife Michelle of College Station. Hylasue had nine grandchildren, Malia Scott; Lacy Eads and husband, Robert; Ansley Key and husband, Alonzo; Alicia Klimek and husband Jeff; Melissa Belluomini and husband Marshall; Bobby Walker and wife Pam; Chase Walker and wife Stasia; Mallory Reyes and husband, Scott; and Caitlin Walker. Hylasue had 13 great grandchildren, with two more expected in August. She had two great, great grandchildren. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Patsy Walker of Amarillo, Patricia Yeager of McKinney, and Wynell Yeager of Schoolcraft, Michigan. In addition, she had many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Hylasue was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Amarillo, Kappa Kappa Gamma at University of Texas, and PEO in Amarillo.

Hylasue loved and valued spending time with her family and extended family. She had 30 wonderful years of memories at the family cabin in Angel Fire.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to special caregivers at Promise Land Assisted Living in Lubbock, Texas, where she lived the last 10 months of her life; including, Teresa Scoggins, Gayle, LaTonya, and Brittany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Amarillo Children’s Home.

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Gary Don Gifford – February 28, 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Gary Don Gifford, 73, of Amarillo, got a first class ticket to Heaven Wednesday, February 28, 2018. A service celebrating his dynamic life will be held at Washington Avenue Christian Church on March 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM, with Bob Mink officiating. Please bring your short stories to share with the family. Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Boxwell Brothers of Amarillo.

Born May 8, 1944 the year of our Lord in Borger, TX to Millie and James Gifford, he was one of 6 children.  Gary and his wife, Deborah, shared this life since 1983 and were married in 1986. His lifelong passions included cars, Boy Scouts, sports, and his family (especially his grandchildren).  During his life, he worked in all areas of sales, and newspaper production ending with over 12 years at Amarillo Globe News. He then worked as a correctional officer for the State of Texas until retirement.

His dedication to youth sports through Kids Inc. and school athletics touched the lives of many and brought him great pride.  He was a man any family member or friend could turn to for advice, help or a “swift kick in the ass” (as he would put it).  Gary loved working on cars, a great sunset, a full “baby makin’ “ moon and driving with the tops off.   The best we can strive for is to live up to the person he saw through his eyes.

Gary is survived by his wife, Deborah Latham Gifford; children Joseph Don Gifford and Jeremy & Ashley Gifford; grandchildren Gavin and Ivy Gifford; siblings include Gene & Clara Gifford, Bill & Helen Gifford, Janie Rook and Terry & Geneva Gifford; In-laws include Lula Ralston, Beau & Linda Latham, Mike & Beverly Malchak, Kay Latham, Roberta Latham, Mike & Carol Latham, Jim & Eva Latham, Chris Latham, Angel & Daren Crisp.  Extended families include many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind many close friends who will miss him dearly.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents James & Millie Gifford, sibling Roy Lee Gifford, Ella Purdom, Nola Ralston, R.B. & Francine Latham, L.W. Ralston and Don Purdom.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Boys Scouts of America or Kids Inc.

Cheryl Bryan – March 1, 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Cheryl Bryan, 86, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Cheryl was born January 14, 1932, in Clayton, New Mexico to Grady and Minnie Lou Burson.  She graduated from Clayton High School in 1950 then the School of Nursing in Chicago.  She married Dr. Garnett Bryan on August 7, 1955, in Amarillo.  Cheryl was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her son, Grady Wilson Bryan; her sister, Glenys Pettis; her brother, Jim Burson.

Survivors include daughter, Leigh Wright, of Amarillo; a son, Gary Bryan and wife Kim, of Pine, Colorado; a sister, Lou Ann Weaks and husband Bill, of Plainview; a daughter-in-law, Natalie Bryan, of San Angelo; and four grandchildren, Joshua, Megan, Jeffrey and wife Neeley, and Claire.

The family suggests memorials to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 I-40 West Amarillo, TX 79106.

Cindy Ann Manning – February 28, 2018

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Cindy Ann Manning, 64, of Amarillo passed from this life on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

Services will be at 3 pm, Saturday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Ken Branum officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Henderson, Texas.

Cindy was born on July 26, 1953, in Amarillo to the late Bill and Wanda Vaughan. She lived in Henderson, Texas for many years until her return to Amarillo two years ago.  Cindy retired from the Henderson school district as a paraprofessional working with special needs children.  She was also a beloved bus driver for the children of Henderson. Her hobbies included crafting, flower arranging and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Sammy Manning and sister, Billie Kaye Stoddard.

Survivors include her four daughters, Andrea Odom and husband Shane of Henderson, Michelle Labrier and husband Gary of Amarillo, Shonda Bell and husband William of Johnson City, TN and Kimberly Manning of Amarillo; eleven grandchildren, Brenden VanDeventer, Kelcie Crawford, Hayden Labrier and Zayne Manning of Amarillo, Kerrigan, Kathryn, Katelyn and Brady Odom of Henderson, Braxton Westbrook, Avery Westbrook and Coco Bell of Johnshon City, TN., and one great-grandson, Gunner Howard of Littlefield.  Surviving siblings include brother Pete Vaughan, and sisters Debbie Peatrowsky, and Shirley Cleavenger all of Amarillo.

A special thank you to her beloved life-long friends Brenda and Gary Funderburk for their care and compassion during her illness.

The family will receive visitors after the service at 5700 Buffalo Springs Trail, Amarillo, TX and suggests memorials to Harrington Cancer Center Wig Boutique, 1500 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Lacy Rhea Borger – February 28, 2018

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Lacy Rhea Borger, 90, of Amarillo died Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Central Church of Christ Chapel with Lanny Newton and Greg Dowell officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Lacy was born November 18, 1927, in the “City” of Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas one year after the oil boom started the town in 1926. His parents were Lacy Henry Borger and Veda Rhea Campbell Borger.

He graduated from Borger High School in May 1945. He attended Texas A&M in College Station as a freshman.  After his sophomore year, he volunteered for a three-year term in the Army Corps of Engineers.  He received an Honorable Discharge in 1949, and finished his degree at West Texas State University in Canyon in 1951.  He worked for McCartt Supermarkets and as an investor in various other enterprises in Amarillo.

Lacy started the Joy Bus Program at Southwest Church of Christ bringing hundreds of children to hear about Jesus every week. He served as a volunteer at the VA Hospital for seven years and served as a Potter County Commissioner from 2004-2008.

He married Colene Wheeler on September 15, 1950, at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo, Texas. Colene and Lacy were faithful members of Central Church of Christ for many years.

Lacy was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a sister, Jo Ann Hampton; and a brother, Jack Borger.

He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Mayfield and husband Gene, of Amarillo; a son, Mike Borger and wife Lynnae, of Pampa; a daughter, Janice Conway and husband Darrell, of Abilene; a son, Larry Borger and wife, Callie, of Amarillo; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018, at the funeral home.