Obituaries for Canyon

David “Troy” Skarke – February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday February 17, 2017. Skarke Obit Photo

Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Troy was born on February 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas.   Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain board of directors, and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy, and friend to so many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke and daughter Sidney Skarke.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce;  two daughters, Kendra and T.Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite and one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; 3 sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; Two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents in law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Kinkle Road, Amarillo, TX 79108.



Eldon Franklin Gragert – February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

gragert, eldon obit picEldon Franklin Gragert, 61, of Canyon, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Brandon Moore, Next Step Pastor, Family Life Church, officiating.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Lyons, Kan., to Elmer and Rosemary (Michael) Gragert. He grew up across the Midwest, but called Montana home. In 1973, he graduated from Chester High School in Chester, Mont., and remained in touch with several of his classmates. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting, especially with his four older brothers.

He married Audry Snook on May 1, 1981, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hooker, Okla. They made their home just outside Adams, Okla. Eldon enjoyed living in the country, occasionally raising pigs or cows. He had worked in the gas industry, including for Flint and Enron. He later earned associate’s degree from Amarillo College. He then formed his own business, Specialty Computer, in which he did contract computer services for various school districts in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He later went became a computer tech full-time for Hooker Independent School District. He also owned SoundWaves Productions, a DJ service that provided entertainment for school dances, weddings and parties. He enjoyed making friends in the DJ community around the world, often attending DJ conventions in Las Vegas, Nev.

Eldon and Audry had two children, Amanda and Ojay, to whom he was a wonderful, fun father. He opened his home and welcomed the friends of his children, as well as foreign exchange students. He was a “dad” to many. He retired in 2010, the following year moving to Canyon, where he volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. He then proudly took on a new role – PaPa to his granddaughter, Sydney. They spent countless hours listening to albums, working in the shop and hanging out.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audry; his parents; and his brothers, Charley, Mike and Don Gragert.

Survivors include daughter Amanda Rogers and husband, John, son Ojay Gragert and granddaughter Sydney Rogers, all of Canyon; a brother, Bob Gragert, and his wife Marilyn, of Tillamook, Ore.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Irene Biggs of Allen, Okla., Sharon Gragert of Billings, Mont., Karen Gragert of Tillamook, Ore., Edward and Sheila York of Amarillo and Jerry and Donna Snook of Shady Point, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews, to whom he was known as the “young, cool uncle.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr #110, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Nellie Vee King – December 21, 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Nellie Vee King, 94, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.king-nellie-obit-pic

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Glen Walton and Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Nellie was born March 14, 1922, in Carey, Texas to Della and John Gaither. She married William King on January 16, 1938, in Childress.  She loved getting family together and cooking meals for them, and she loved to laugh.  Nellie was a member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her siblings and a son-in-law, Norman Naron.

Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Miller and husband Milton, of Amarillo, Jean Harmon and husband Jerry, of Canyon Lake, and Joan Naron Felps and husband Dale, of Boerne; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren.



Milton Eugene (Gene) Slater – December 7, 2016

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Milton Eugene (Gene) Slater left this world and went to heaven on December 7, 2016.slater-obit-photo

He was born January 22, 1945 in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ed and Louise Slater. He spent his first 19 years in Lubbock, Texas.  That is where his love of sports developed.  He played football at Monterey High School.   Due to a knee he had to change direction in college.   His love of sports always remained.  He knew everyone’s team player in college and NFL til the end.

All of his adult life was spent in Amarillo. He was a fireman for many years and then went into sales.  He loved people, traveling, and was successful for many years.  Gene loved his family and was a “Force of Nature”.  He was a loving, caring person with a joke to share always.  He always was happy and had a “Bear Hug” for everyone.  That’s his trademark.  He was our go to person before computers.

He will be truly missed. He loved everyone and never met a stranger.  He knows he is loved and special.

Gene is survived by his wife, Betty, one son, Vince; a daughter, Sharon Maden and son-in-law, Walt Maden; one granddaughter, Katlyn Maden of Amarillo who attends WTAMU; several family members and extended families; one sister, Pat Wilson of Mineral Wells, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Our appreciation to his caregivers Diane and Derk who made his last times wonderful. Thanks for your excellent care.  Rest in peace and God Speed.

His memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Corky Holland of First Baptist Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

We would be honored to Celebrate his life with you.

Larry Glenn Kopp – August 18, 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Larry Glenn Kopp, 65, of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Canyon, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.Kopp Obit Pic

Services will be at Noon, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in South Georgia Baptist Church with Mike Martin, senior pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Larry was born Dec. 28, 1950, in Amarillo. He was raised in Amarillo and graduated from Tascosa High School.  For 42 years, Larry was a resident of Canyon.

Larry was a hard worker and a self-employed contractor for more than 25 years. He was always willing to help and adored his family and friends.  Larry had a heart for God and loved to read and study about God.  He was a member of South Georgia Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia Kopp; a daughter, Jennifer Kopp-Jones; a son-in-law, Brian Jones; a son, Matthew Kopp; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at the funeral home.


Tom Burleson – May 5, 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Burleson Obit PicTom Burleson, 82, of Canyon, died Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2016, in Church at Quail Creek with Kyle Clayton officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Tom was born December 23, 1933, in Richland, Texas to Albert and Lola Burleson.  He was an Army veteran. Tom worked in flight operations at Bell Helicopter. He loved anything to do with cars, especially classics. Tom also enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, and playing bridge.  He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three daughters, Cathy Miller and husband Dick of Corsicana, TX, Nannette Evans and husband David of Amarillo, TX., Cheree Burleson of Canyon, TX., a son, Trey Burleson and wife Julie of Amarillo, TX., a brother, Jim Burleson and wife Betty, a sister, Laina Bartlow and husband Dave both of Amarillo, TX; seven grandchildren: Richard Miller, Hunter Weber, Elizabeth McKenzie, Landry McKenzie, Jake Burleson, Addie Burleson and Max Burleson; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, and special friend and companion Marlena Kerns.

The family suggests memorials be to Dick’s Classic Car Museum, 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666.


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Ken Price – March 23, 2016

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Price Obit PicKen Price, 59, of Canyon, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 28, 2016, in Christian Heritage Church with Gary Burd, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ken was born March 10, 1957, in Mineola, NY, to Alexander and Gloria Price.  He married Cindy Hawkins on April 16, 2002, in Amarillo.  Ken worked for Texas Sand and Gravel since 2012.

Ken spent his entire life helping out the less fortunate and witnessing to others.  He loved people and God.  Ken was a member of Christian Heritage Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ian Price.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Price, of Amarillo; two daughters, Emily Price and Kristina Price, both of Amarillo; and a brother, Doug Price, of Mesa, Arizona.

Karen Hollis – March 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hollis Obit PicKaren Hollis, 71, of Canyon, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Miami Cemetery in Miami with Lewis Holland  officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Karen was born June 20, 1944, in Pampa, to Charles and Frances Lyons. She was an avid WT athletic booster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom “Tommy” Hollis.

Survivors include a daughter, Tomi Hollis and partner, Kim Lewis of Ft. Worth; and a son, Tim Hollis, of Canyon.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016, at the funeral home.

David Earl Combs – March 20, 2015

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

David Earl Combs, age 73, passed from this world into his heavenly home on Friday, March 20, 2015 at his residence in Amarillo, Texas.  Combs Obit Photo

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 in First Nazarene Church, 5201 S. Soncy with Lonnie Brooks officiating.  Burial will be at 6:00 p.m., in the Ochiltree Cemetery in Perryton, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

David was born at home to Robert Henry and Constance Forrester Combs in Atlanta, Texas on January 21, 1942.  He married Linda Carole Tooley from Hereford, Texas on July 24, 1965.

His education includes a high school diploma from Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas in 1960 and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1973.  He was certified to teach all levels of music, social studies, and physical education.  He also had many other education credits and was an avid reader because he was a life-long student who always wanted to learn more.

Between high school and entering college, he spent sometime in the U. S. air force.  He was an adventurer who wanted to fly airplanes.

In April 1986 David received a certificate of ordination from the Church of the Nazarene.  He pastored churches in Hamlin, Texas and in Canyon, Texas in the 1980’s.

However, he was a coach and teacher for the majority of his adult life, a position he used to encourage many young people to fully embrace life with a positive attitude.  More than once, he received the Who’s Who among America’s Teachers award.

Coach Combs loved God, his family, singing gospel music, teaching, coaching, and watching football.

David was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Carl Combs in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, of the home; a son, Thomas Cole of Canyon; two daughters, Janella Kami and husband TC of Kodiak, Alaska and Crystal Dilley and husband John of Amarillo; eight grandchildren, Thomas and Dianna Combs, Christian and Bradley English, Lukas and Carissa Dilley, Isabella and Noa Kamai; and two sisters, Marie Bradshaw and husband Leon and Dorothy Combs.

Darrell “Coondog” Coon, Jr. – November 29, 2014

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Coon Obit PicDarrell “Coondog” Coon, Jr., 66, of Canyon, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Osage Baptist Church with David Speed officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Darrell was born Oct. 6, 1948, in Amarillo, to Kenneth and Geneva Coon.  He married Gloria Reynolds on May 27, 1967.  Darrell worked as a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Randy; three sisters, Barbara, Nancy and Mary.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Coon; two daughters, Tammy Goodloe and husband Walter of Big Lake and Debbie Acord and husband James of Canyon; a son, David Coon and wife Kerry of Amarillo; two sisters, Janet Butler and Debra Kile and husband Glen, all of Amarillo; a brother, Ricky Coon and wife Marilyn of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, Jessica Acord, Craig Goodloe and wife Ridge, Kerston Coon, Vanessa Goodloe, Taylor Coon and fiancée Faith Gregory and Jacklyn Acord; two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Kenzleigh; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at the funeral home.