Obituaries for Canyon

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.

Sterling A. Maples – November 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Maples Obit PicSterling “Sam” Albe Maples, 90, of Amarillo, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

A memorial celebration will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Coulter Road Baptist Church with Eddie Duncan, pastor, and Jim Benson officiating.  Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sam was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Canyon, to Norris and Verna Maples and raised in Wellington.  He proudly served his country and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945.  Sam married Jo Vaughn on June 22, 1946.  He was a charter member of Coulter Road Baptist Church.  He was a self-employed businessman.

Survivors include his wife, Jo, the love of his life of 68 years; three children, Anita Wynkoop and husband Bill of Phoenix, Steve Maples and wife Paula of Ft. Worth, and Paula Duncan and husband Eddie of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Alan, Shon, Misty, Preston, Porsche and Peyton; five great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, locally.

Walta Mae “Beenie” Wilson – October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Wilson, Walta Obit PicWalta Mae “Beenie” Wilson, 77, of Canyon, died on October 22, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born on October 29, 1936 in Magnolia, Arkansas.  On February 26, 1962, Beenie and Ray were married in El Dorado, Arkansas, then moved to the Panama Canal Zone.  In 1965, they adopted their daughter Teresa, and they continued to live in the Canal Zone until 1979.  They lived in eastern New Mexico and central Arkansas before retiring to west Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Ray Wilson of Canyon, Walter Beene (father), Joe Sumners (stepfather), Dessie Mae Wilson Beene Sumners (mother), and three siblings, Doris Beene, Bob Beene, and Ann Baldridge.

She is survived by her daughter Teresa Lynn Wilson of Amarillo.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations In Memory of Ray and Beenie Wilson be made to Crown of Texas Hospice Foundation for Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Ste. 110, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Kyle Stone – October 4, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Stone Obit PicKyle Stone, 26, of Canyon, was called home to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct.4, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Hillside Christian Church chapel, 6100 Soncy Rd. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kyle was born Dec. 7, 1987, in Amarillo to Ricky Stone and Tammy Craig. He graduated from Claude High School in 2006 and worked as an HVAC contractor for Bob Jay’s Heating and Air. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Kyle never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone. Most importantly, he was a great daddy and would do anything for his princess, Klair. She was the light of his world, his “Little Ms. Amazing”, his “Turbo”.

Kyle was preceded in death by grandfather, Manuel Stone; grandfather, Willis Ponds; Uncle, Walter Ponds; grandfather Wayne Craig; and grandmother Norma Ponds.

Survivors include his daughter Klair Madison Stone, of Canyon; his mother and step father, Tammy Craig and husband Pat, of Claude; his father and stepmother, Ricky Stone and wife Elva, of Morton; five brothers, Chad Garvey and wife Lesley, Jarrod Stone and wife Kayla, Cody Cook, Cody Craig all of Amarillo and Justin Craig, of Nolanville; a sister Ashley Leonard and husband Chad of Amarillo, his two grandmothers, Susie Paiz of Hobbs, NM and June Craig of Oklahoma City; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that memorials be made to a benefit fund set up for Klair Madison Stone at Amarillo National Bank.

Laura Graves Tankersley – August 23, 2014

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Laura Graves Tankersley was born in Lubbock, TX on March 26, 1970 to Bill and Linda Graves.  She was the second of their four children.

In 1992, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Laura’s ability to reach out to small children and teach them in a loving way was her passion and her purpose.  Children who came into regular contact with Laura came away with the knowledge that they were sent to receive, and also received the understanding that they were loved, that they were important, and that they were somebody, not just “another kid”.

In 2000, Laura became a counselor after receiving her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech.  She worked as a Mental Health Coordinator with the Early Childhood Head Start Program.  Her emphasis did not change, but rather morphed into a whole scale structured support system for at risk children.  She worked with parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure that the children’s mental health needs were met.

Her strong sense of advocacy for the children she served was so apparent to anyone who worked with Laura.  She believed wholeheartedly in making the best possible decisions for the children.  Everyone around her knew this was her greatest priority in her life’s work with children.

In 2006, Laura began teaching her own children in a home school setting.  The basis of her system of teaching was “Thomas Jefferson” style, literature based teaching.  The children went at their own pace – exceedingly fast!  Following the State of Texas guidelines for scope and sequence, she enhanced the guidelines with required Bible reading, verse recitations, art lessons, field trips, hands-on activities, all tied into the lessons she was teaching at the time.

Laura was a devoted Christian and a prayer warrior.  She and Jeff were workers in their churches – teaching, volunteering, helping in any way they could, wherever they lived.  She and the kids loved to cook and take things to family and friends and even people they hardly knew, in the Name of the Lord.  She excelled at being a wife, mother, friend, confidant, listener, and supporter.  Nothing was too large or too small for her to assist with and no one was above or beneath her.

Laura passed away on August 23, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Jeff Tankersley, and their three children:  Jaren, Kathlyn, and Audrey, all of Canyon, TX.  She is also survived by her father Bill Graves of San Angelo, TX, her mother Linda Graves of Troup, TX, her grandmother Dorothy McClain, also of Troup, her sister Jana Graves Rueter and husband John Rueter of Georgetown, TX, brother Allan Graves and wife Krispin of Colleyville, TX, and brother Andrew Graves of San Angelo, TX.  She will be greatly missed by her five nieces and nephews, as well as the many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her dearly.  Those who knew her and loved her are deeply impacted by her untimely death.  She will be missed here, but welcomed into Heaven.

The family has established a scholarship fund for the children.  Contributions may be sent to: Tankersley Children Fund, in care of Andrew Graves, Atty., P.O. Box 1071, San Angelo, TX 76902.

Rudy Marrugo – June 4, 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Marrugo Obit PicRudy Marrugo, 71, of Canyon, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Canyon with Father Phan as celebrant.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born in Coleman County, he lived in Amarillo and worked at Asarco for 35 years until retiring in 2003.  Rudy was a loving husband, father, and friend.  He enjoyed hunting, tending to his land, spending time with family and throwing barbecues on holidays.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rodie and Elvira Marrufa.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Marrugo; five children, Carolyn Osborne and her husband of Hampton, VA, Patti Copelin of Groom, Rudy Joe Marrugo, Jimmy Marrugo and Benjamin Marrugo, all of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.