Obituaries for Claude

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.



Doug Cope – January 16, 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Doug Cope, 77, of Claude, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.Cope Obit Pic

Services will be at 2:00 p.m, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel in Amarillo. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., in Claude Cemetery, in Claude.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Doug was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Washburn to Clyde and Marie Cope at the family home, south of Washburn.  At the age of six, the family moved to Claude where Doug started first grade and graduated with the class of 1957.

At an early age, Doug became involved with the family farm.  He was involved with farming and ranching all of his life in addition to other businesses.  Doug was most passionate about his used farm equipment business.  He would try to attend all local area farm auctions and those he could in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and other parts of Texas.  He enjoyed this adventure most of all and even became a licensed auctioneer.

In the late eighties, Doug was a friend to 4H and was voted man of the year in 1985.  For many years, he was a volunteer firefighter and was always willing to assist any way he could even in his later years.  Doug was a member of the Moose Lodge since 1976, and served as president of the Claude Lions Club, which was involved in many community projects.  He became a member of Claude Baptist Church in 1952.

Survivors include his wife Peggy Cope, of the home; a sister, Connie Blaut and husband Dale, of Amarillo; a niece, Cassie Cleavinger and husband Codi, of Nazareth; a nephew, Brandon Blaut and wife Emily, of Austin; five great-nephews; 2 great-nieces; and several cousins.

The family suggests memorials be to Claude Fire Department, Box 531, Claude, TX 79019; or a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 6:30pm-7:30pm, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the funeral home in Amarillo.

Laura Lee Adams – August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Adams Obit PicLaura Lee Adams, 91, of Claude, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at Claude Cemetery with the Rev. Sean Smith, pastor of United Methodist Church, in Claude.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Laura Lee was born May 3, 1925, in Panhandle, to Charles and Mabel Russ.  She was a member of United Methodist Church in Claude where she sang in the choir.  Laura was a volunteer at the Armstrong County Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Adams, in 1982; a grandson, Sam Adams; and a great-granddaughter, Lily Anna Woolery.

Survivors include a daughter, Cherry Marshall and husband Lanny, of Amarillo; two sons, Jackie Adams and wife Kitty, of Claude and Maury Adams and wife Amy, of Hereford; three sisters, Maurine Russ, of Panhandle, Ola Faye Hinsey of Silverton, Ore., and Mary Sue Triplett, of Claude; a brother, Charley Russ, of Panhandle; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Armstrong County Museum, The Armstrong County Museum, 120 N. Trice, Claude, Texas 79019; or to United Methodist Church, 400 Trice St, Claude, TX 79019.

Rex Aduddell – June 22, 2016

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Aduddel Obit PicRex Aduddell, 75, of Claude, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

A gathering of family and friends will be at the home at 100 N Cherry St in Claude, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Claude and a memorial will be held at a later date.

Rex was born December 29, 1940 in Clarendon, TX to William Edward and Pearlie Aduddell. Rex attended schools in Clarendon and Claude, Tx. He married Jeannie on August 29, 1959 in Memphis, TX and they raised their children in Claude.

Among his many talents Rex worked as a carpenter and a millwright. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was very artistic which he demonstrated through his painting, jewelry making and other metal and wood arts.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannie, brothers Bill, Bob and Danny and sister Jerre Bretthauer. He was also preceded by a granddaughter, Candice Leigh Feland.

Survivors include his daughters Kelly Kelley of Claude and Sharla Matthews and husband Dean of Panhandle; sons Bret Aduddell and wife Kira of Fort Collins, CO and Tom Edd Aduddell of Amarillo; his brothers Tex Aduddell of Matheson, CO and Dee Adduddell of Claude; his sisters Nita Short of Colorado Springs, CO, June Tucker of Walsenburg, CO, Joyce Cagle of Strasburg, CO, Cinda Shuping of Hamlin, TX, Glenda Chenault of Canyon and Marie Shipley of Aurora, CO; seven surviving grandchildren; Jennifer, Kimber, Nathan, Trena, Jonathan, Janéy and December; his great-grandchildren, Dominick, Donovan, Marie, Macie, Anika, Shamara, Callie, Kyree, Trudy, Benjamin, Drake, Lillie Austin and Tilly.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to Claude Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 189, Claude, TX 79019; or the Claude EMT Association at P.O. Box 289, Claude, TX 79019

Wanda Lou Kelley (Nanny) Davis – June 10, 2016

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Wanda Lou Kelley (Nanny) Davis, 94, of Amarillo, died on Friday, June 10, 2016.Davis Obit Photo

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Claude Cemetery with Royce Mason of Great Plains Western Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Wanda was born January 6, 1922 in Beckham County, Oklahoma to Allen Thurman and Elena McGinnis Kelley.

She started and finished high school in Carter, May 1941. She married Roy P. Davis in Mangum, Oklahoma on September 6, 1940.  Wanda was Nanny to everyone she met and opened her heart, arms and home to everyone unconditionally.

She was preceded in death by her parents Thurman and Elena Kelley, three sisters; Delva Mae (Curley) Corbitt of Elk City, Oklahoma, Katy Leah Tietjins of Claude and Louella Ann Kelley of Claude.

Survivors include siblings Charles D. Kelley of Fountain, CO; Donny Kelley, Mertes Goodin and husband Gail, of Claude; two daughters, Gayle Langley and husband Bill, and Jeanette (Jeanne) and husband Joe Miller of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Kimberly and husband Jerry Johnson of Claude; Keith Miller of Englewood, CO; Amber and husband Rex Mancuso of Amarillo; Julie Langley and Janesa Langley of Amarillo; great-grandchildren, Tessa Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Anthony Christy, Avery Martinez, Alijah Martinez, Chandler Miller, McKenzi Bixler, Jaren and Talon Miller and Carlen McCarty; special friend and long time care giver Jakki Brack; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

David Mark Turner – September 3, 2015

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

David Mark Turner, 60, of Claude, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Military rites are provided by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude, 200 Parks Ave.

David was born Jan. 10, 1955, in Turkey to Otis and Albertha Turner.  He was an Army veteran and worked in construction.

Survivors include a son, Dustin Moore and siblings, Danny Turner of Perryton, Truman Turner of Amarillo, James Turner of Pampa, Roy Turner of Washington, Billy Joe Turner of Del Rio, Johnny Lynn Turner of Dallas, Mary Ellen Gregg of Amarillo, and Joyce of Michigan.


Ernest Robert “Bobby” Stone – May 29, 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Stone Obit PhotoErnest Robert “Bobby” Stone, 65, of Claude died Friday, May 29, 2015.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church of Claude with the Reverend Dick Gravely officiating. Burial will be in Claude Cemetery.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude, 200 Parks.

Ernest Robert “Bobby” Stone was born June 2, 1949, in Amarillo to Earnest and Elizabeth Stone. He grew up in Amarillo and attended Palo Duro High School. He was called home to the Lord on May 29, 2015, at his home in Claude.

Bobby was an extremely proud native Texan. He loved Ford Motor vehicles and was a lifelong mechanic. He loved country and western music, Texas swing music, line dancing and two- stepping. He also loved to participate in a good debate whenever he got the chance.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Shoemake; his brother, Michael Stone Sr.; and a stepson, Joshua Casey.

Survivors include his wife, Sherri Stone of Claude; his sons, Tony Stone and Chris and Tera Stone, all of Bridgeport, Scott and Mayra Stone of Fresno, Calif., Ben and Andrea Stone of Claude and Josh and Anna O’Brien of Canyon; his daughters, Stacey O’Brien of Minneapolis, Minn., Kristin Casey of Hereford and Amanda Casey of Claude; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and his father, Earnest Stone of Spearman.

Viewing will be from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joe Merl Nelson – April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Joe Merl Nelson, 83, of Claude, died Thursday, April 9, 2015.Nelson Obit Pic

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Claude with the Rev. Dick Gravley officiating.  Masonic rites are by Claude Masonic Lodge #719.  Burial will follow in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.

Mr. Nelson was born May 27, 1931, in Amarillo, to Merl and Cassie Nelson.  He earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Oklahoma.  While attending OU, he married Betty Ramona Young on Dec. 7, 1951.  She preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2012.  Joe served the Army during the Korean War.

Joe was a computer systems analyst for Honeywell.  In the 1960’s, he was one of the top three globally recognized experts on adaptive control theory.

Mr. Nelson was a member of Claude Masonic Lodge #719, past Master of Mount Hollis Lodge of Holliston, Mass., Eastern Star, and was past board member of Panhandle Plains Museum.  He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Cathleen Nelson of Claude and Brita Joanne Nelson and husband Roy Satzman of Clifton Park, N.Y.; a son, John Merl Nelson and wife Debra of Holliston, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Rebecca Dublin and husband Alex and David Everett Satzman.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be mailed to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Attn: Donations, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607, by telephone at 800-241-4438; or on the web  at

Arline Mae Morton – February 2, 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Morton Obit PicArline Mae Morton, 80, of Claude, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in First Baptist Church of Claude with Dick Gravley, pastor, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude, 200 Parks Ave.

Arline was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Wellington, Kan. to Willis and Ruby Beatty.  She graduated from Crook County High School in Prineville, Ore.  In 1952, Arline married Jack L. Morton in Zuma, Ariz.  He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2013.  Arline was a member of First Baptist Church of Claude.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Knox.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Morton and wife Pam, of Goodnight and Russell Morton and wife Aji of Midland; two daughters, Debra Hartley of Claude and Katherine Schieffer of Houston; a brother, Richard Beatty and wife Gail of Oregon; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials be made to Gentiva Hospice, 3232 Hobbs Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Samuel (Sam) Boyd Stewart – October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Stewart Obit PicSamuel (Sam) Boyd Stewart, 80, of Claude died on October 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Claude with Andy Dietz officiating.  Masonic rites are by Claude Lodge 719.  Burial will follow at the Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sam was born on September 28, 1934 in Claude to Charles and Estelle Stewart.  Sam enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17 and served his country as a radarman in the South Pacific and Asia during the Korean War.  Sam was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Japanese Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.  In addition, Sam was awarded the Korean War Service Medal by the Republic of Korea.

Following an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Sam attended Eastern New Mexico University on the GI Bill and received a degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, in 1959.  While in college, Sam met Joanne Atkinson and they were married on July 25, 1959.  Sam was an insurance agent and a partner in Stewart Insurance in Claude until his retirement in 1995.

Sam was an active civic leader who remained devoted to community service throughout his lifetime.  He served as an officer, director or volunteer with many organizations including: the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum; the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission; the First National Bank of Claude, which is now Citizens Bank, serving as Chairman of the Board from 1981 to 1998; the Claude Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief from 1971 to 1985; the City of Claude Volunteer Ambulance Service; the Claude Cemetery Association; the American Legion, Harold Gist Post #344; and the Claude Lion’s Club.  Sam was instrumental in providing health care services to residents of rural communities as one of the organizers of the Armstrong County Medical Center, which is now known as the Claude Family Medical Clinic, and Sam volunteered with that organization from 1965 until his death.  Sam was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Claude and served the Church in various capacities including as a Deacon and as Treasurer.  Sam was a member of Claude Lodge 719, AF&AM Masonic Lodge, for over 50 years, was a Past Master and was honored to receive the Golden Trowel Award twice.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Wallace Stewart.  Sam is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Joanne Stewart of Claude; a daughter, Amy Stewart Sanders and her husband Gary of Amarillo; a son, William Joseph Stewart and his wife Amy of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Kimberly Stewart, Brogan Stewart, Caitlyn Sprous and Collin Sprous; a brother, Norman Stewart and his wife Susan; a sister, Nancy Stoddard and her husband Don; three nieces, Vivian Shirley, Kathy Arthurs and Jennifer Garner, and a nephew; Eric Stewart.

The family offers special gratitude and appreciation to the following persons for the care they provided to Sam:  Janet Bilyeu, RN, FNP and the staff at the Claude Family Medical Clinic; Joel Osborn, M.D.; Rush Snyder, M.D.; Mike Campbell; the nurses and staff of Accolade Home Care and Hospice; and the physicians and staff at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Claude Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 231, Claude, Texas 79019, or to the Claude Fire Department, 115 Trice Street, Claude, Texas  79019.

Viewing will be from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 23, at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo.  Viewing will also be from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  with the family receiving friends from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel, 200 Parks.