Obituaries for Claude

Lena Juanita Stump – June 28, 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Stump Obit PhotoLena Juanita Stump, 90, of Claude died Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Claude. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Juanita was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Reed, Okla., to Lloyd and Pearl Sorrells. She lived in Memphis for 30 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Claude.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jack Windel Ledbetter; and eight siblings.

Survivors include five daughters, Sharon Easley of Miami, Louise Phillips and husband Doug of Clinton, Okla., Carol Cross and husband Ronnie of Mannford, Okla., Darla Smith and husband Bill and and Lana Graham and fiancé Brad Bradley, all of Amarillo; a son, David Stump of Albuquerque; two brothers, Lloyd “Junior” Sorrels, Jr. and wife June of Amarillo and Leslie Sorrells and wife Nancy of Council Bluffs, Idaho; a sister, Sue Grissom and husband Bill of Claude; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church of Claude, 308 Parks St., Claude, TX 79019.

Mary Jane Potter Campbell – June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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Mary Jane Potter Campbell, 96, of Claude, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dan Carter, pastor officiating.  Burial will be in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude, 200 Parks Avenue.

Mrs. Campbell was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Dallas, to Faye Allison Potter and Jesse Dale Potter.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1935 and attended Amarillo Junior College and University of Texas where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

She married Phillips K. Campbell on July 11, 1942.  After the end of World War II, they moved to Armstrong County in order to ranch and farm on the Campbell Ranch.

She was a Gray Lady at the Amarillo airbase during World War II.  Mrs. Campbell served as a docent at Amarillo Art Center now known as Amarillo Museum of Art; she also served as a docent at Harrington House.  Mrs. Campbell was a volunteer at Armstrong County Museum and was a member of Amarillo Junior League.  She enjoyed doing needlepoint with her friends, painting and working in her yard with her flowers.

The family extends their sincere appreciation for the care she received from Cathy Phillips, Evelyn Johnson and Michelle Aikens.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Robert Jesse Campbell; and her husband Phillips K. Campbell.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Potter Campbell; a son, Phillips K. Campbell, Jr., and a niece, Nancy Gant Hollis.

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

Jeannie Aduddell – June 4, 2014

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Aduddell Obit PicJeannie Aduddell, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Amarillo under the care of Hospice Care of the Southwest. 

A gathering of family and friends will be at the family residence at 100 North Cherry Street Claude, TX.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Claude.

Jeannie was born 4/02/1944 in Clarendon, TX to Thomas Lawrence Heckman and Wanda Lee Stapp Heckman.  Jeannie attended school in Stratford, Clarendon and Claude, all in the Texas Panhandle.  She married Rex Aduddell on August 29, 1959 in Memphis, TX and they raised their children in Claude.

Jeannie was the owner and operator of Jeannie’s Beauty Salon on Claude until she retired in 2008.  Throughout her career she established lifelong relationships with her clients who cherished her friendship.

Jeannie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Randy Heckman, step-brother Jack Carter Allen, Jr. and a beloved Granddaughter Candice Leigh Feland.

Jeannie is survived by her husband Rex Aduddell of Claude, daughters Kelly Kelley (Terry) and Sharla Matthews (Dean) of Amarillo. Sons Bret Aduddell (Kira) of Fort Collins, CO and Tom Edd Aduddell (Jenny) of Canyon, TX.  Her Sister Patsy Daily and Brother Kenny Heckman both live in Waukomis, OK. She also has seven surviving Grandchildren; Jenniffer, Kimber, Nathan, Trena, Jonathan, Janey and December.  Great Grandchildren are Dominick, Donovan, Marie, Macie, Anika, Shamara, Callie, Kyree, Trudy, Benjamin, Drake, Lillie and Austin.  She also will be missed by her precious poodle Roxie.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be expressed through donations to the Claude Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 189, Claude, TX 79019 or the Claude EMT Association at P.O. Box 289, Claude, TX 79019.

Mary Nell White – May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Mary Nell White, 85, of Claude, died Thursday, May 8, 2014. White Obit Pic

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 12, 2014, in Claude Church of Christ with Jim Yates officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., in North Fairview Cemetery in Wellington.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Wellington to Buford and Mary Chandler.  She married William Alfred White on November 23, 1947 in Wellington.  They spent 66 wonderful years together.  She was a homemaker and was very involved with her husband’s ministry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred White; and a sister, Lona Barton.

Survivors include her three children, Bill White and wife Susie of Amarillo, Beth Graham and husband Bugs of Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Jim White and wife Janeane of Claude; a grandson, Ky White and wife Ami of California; two sisters Ladell Popwell and husband Leo of Wellington and Kay White of Richardson; and the family will be blessed with the arrival of a great-grandchild soon.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials be made to High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79118.

Mary Catherine Swann – April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Mary Catherine Swann, 85, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014.Swann Obit Pic

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel in Claude.  Burial will be in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary was born May 22, 1928, in Amarillo, to James and Louise Swann.  She graduated from Amarillo High School and lived in Amarillo all of her life.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Everett of Amarillo; a niece Tracy Everett Sumner of Denver, CO; an aunt, Anna Belle Hughes of Amarillo; an uncle, John Chauveaux of Claude; and extended family of cousins.

Lois Katherine Wertenberger Tucker – March 2, 2014

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Lois Katherine Wertenberger Tucker, 90, of Amarillo, died Sunday, March 2, 2014.  EPSON MFP image


Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Reverend Don Travis officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. 


Lois Katherine Wertenberger Tucker was born on March 19, 1923 in Armstrong County, Texas, where she lived most of her life.  She was the youngest daughter of Jess and Effie Werternberger.  Lois attended several of the one-room schools in Armstrong County and graduated from Claude High School.  She later attended Goodnight College.  She worked for a time in Clarendon under a public works program before becoming a civil servant and moving to San Antonio to work for a government contractor at Kelly Air Force Base.  During this time, she began to date her future husband, Rubert Tucker, who was literally the “boy next door” in Claude.  Lois returned to Claude, where she married Rupert on January 1, 1949.


After a short honeymoon, the newlyweds moved in with Rupert’s mother and started construction on their own home on another corner of the same city block, where they would live together for the next 50 years.  They raised three girls: Eleanor Frances, Melinda Sue and Betty Lois.  Lois was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker, but she was also a helping hand to Rupert’s furniture reupholstering and refinishing business.  Mrs. Tucker also took a job as a school bus driver for the Claude Independent School District.   This career was cut short when a semi-tractor trailer rig rear-ended Lois’ bus one morning, thankfully before any children were on board.  However, Lois suffered numerous spinal injuries that would impair her for the rest of her life. 


Mrs. Tucker was a member of First United Methodist Church of Claude.  She was also regularly called upon to help with elections held in Armstrong County and Claude.  After Rupert died, Lois moved to Amarillo to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Bob Young.  Lois moved to Craig Methodist Retirement Center in 2002, where she was lovingly cared for by their staff until her death. 


Lois was a loving wife, a good neighbor and the best mother any child could possibly have.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, but we shall be glad knowing that she is together again with family and friends and that God will relieve her of her pain.


Mrs. Tucker is survived by three children, Eleanor Williams of Log Cabin, Texas; Melinda West of Guthrie, OK; and Betty Young of Amarillo.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Rebecca Katherine West and Stuart Tucker West of Guthrie, OK.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Monday at Boxwell Brothers at Claude.


The family requests that memorials be made to the Craig Methodist Retirement Center Employee Appreciation Fund, 5500 W. 9th Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79106; the First United Methodist Church of Claude; or the Claude Ambulance Fund. 


Cory Brandon Hales – February 2, 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Cory Brandon Hales, 37, of Claude, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in First Baptist Church in Claude with Jess Little officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude, 200 Parks Ave.

Cory was born Dec. 18, 1976, in Amarillo to Chester and Linda Hales.  He graduated from Claude High School.  Cory loved to fish and hunt, and had fished Sun Country and Golden Spread Bass Club.  He served on the District 4-H Fun Committee.  Cory loved his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Billie Hales, and Thomas Guy and Kay Clewis; an uncle, Jack Meathenia; and an aunt, Sherry Hales Welch.

Survivors include his parents, Chester and Linda Hales of Claude; two sisters, Tiffany Blandford and husband James of Claude and Leslie Miller and husband Marc of Ft. Worth; a nephew, Jayden “Jaybird” Blandford; two nieces, Lexi Blandford and Adeline Miller; aunts and uncles, Sue Meathenia of Canyon Lake, Jean and Harry Wood of Claude, Guy Lynn and Billy Davis of Colorado City, CO, Jennie Myrick of Cove, AR, and Tom and Helen Clewis of Ohio; and numerous cousins and close friends.

The family suggests memorials be to Armstrong Claude 4-H, Drawer 528, Claude, TX 79019.

The family will be at 201 Alamo.

Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel.

Tom Harkey – January 11, 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Tom Harkey, 79, of Claude, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in the United Methodist Church in Claude.  Pastors, Dan Carter and Buddy Payne will lead the celebration of life.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.

Tom was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Crystal City.  He earned degrees from Tarleton State College, Texas Tech University, and West Texas State University.  He was an educator, both as a teacher and an administrator, who touched many lives.  He was a life-long active member of the Methodist Church.  He served in the U.S. Army and was a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Martha Harkey, a brother, H.L. “Sonny” Harkey, two nephews, Wayne Harkey and Hal Harkey.

Survivors include his wife of 54 plus years, Joyce Church Harkey; a son, Gary Don Harkey and wife Betsy of Vernon; a daughter, Joyce Lynn Grange and husband Chad of Amarillo; grandchildren include Mindi Grange Knocke and husband Brian of Jenks, OK, Matthew Grange of Lubbock and Logan Harkey of Canyon, two great-granddaughters, Adison and Bella Knocke of Jenks, OK.  Extended family includes sister-in-law, Annette Harkey of Crystal City; a nephew, Marty Harkey of Crystal City; a niece, Joyce Winn and husband Pete of Uvalde; and other family and friends.

The family will greet guests at the Methodist Family Life Center, 400 Trice St., in Claude immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 136, Claude, TX 79019; Olivia’s Angels Hospice Program, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas   79105; or a favorite charity.

Jack Lewis Morton – August 31, 2013

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Jack Lewis Morton, 82, of Claude, died Saturday, August 31, 2013.  Morton Obit Photo

No services will be held.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  

Mr. Morton was born on April 15, 1931 in Warensburg, Missouri to Lelia and Russell Morton.

He was a veteran in the United States Air Force and Navy serving in Korea and Vietnam.  He retired from the service after 22 years of service.  He retired from the United States Postal Service after 20 years of service. 

Jack was a fun loving person and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Knox. 

He is survived by his wife, Arline Morton; two sons, Chris Morton and wife Pam and Russell Morton and wife Aji; two daughters, Debra Hartley and Katherine Schieffer and husband Keith; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-eight grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

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Sammie Genevra Morris Karr – July 30, 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Sammie Genevra Morris Karr, 90, of Claude, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Claude Cemetery, in Claude, with Dr. W. Winfred Moore, pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sammie Genevra Morris Karr was born the youngest of nine children to Samuel Leonidus and Annie Jeanette Harris Morris on March 12, 1923, in Amarillo.  Her parents were a founding family of Amarillo and owned a sizeable portion of downtown Amarillo, including their home place on Taylor Street.

Sammie attended Amarillo schools including Amarillo High through the ninth grade. In 1938, her parents moved to their farm in Armstrong County near Claude.  Because there was no public school transportation in Armstrong County at that time, Sammie moved to live with a sister in Hansford County and attend Spearman High School where she graduated in 1940.

Following graduation, Sammie enrolled in the residence nursing program at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.  She graduated, completed her Registered Nurse exams, and enlisted in the Navy in 1943 to serve as a nurse caring for the men wounded in the Pacific battle theaters of World War II.  Her first assignment was at San Diego Naval Base followed by an assignment to the Naval Station in Corvallis, Oregon.  She served there until she was honorably discharged in 1946 at the end of the war.

Sammie married Benny Lewis Karr June 1, 1945.  The couple ranched in the Texas Panhandle and Western Colorado for their entire marriage of 21 years until Benny died in 1967.  Since 1987, Sammie has lived on the family farm near Claude.  Benny and Sammie had four children who were her pride and joy

In 1956, she resumed her nursing career returning to work at Northwest Texas Hospital the first year followed by 12 years at Amarillo Air Force Base, a year at the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo, two years at the Amarillo Texas Tech School of Medicine Campus, and finally as the private office nurse for Dr. Maurice E. Dyer in Amarillo until she retired in 1981.

Sammie’s memory will be forever treasured in the hearts of her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Winston Carter, John William “J.W.” Morris, Leon Morris, Andrew Jackson “Jack: Morris; and four sisters: Helen Carter King, Annabel Lee Morris Franz, Lucy Jeanette Morris Hartman, and Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Morris Roberts.

Survivors include her children, Constance Sue Karr Surratt and husband Steven of Warner Robins, Georgia, Benjamin Barton Karr and wife Linda and Annie Jeanette Karr Carroll and husband Cornel, all of Claude, and Eva Nell Karr Stephenson of Amarillo.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or Paralyzed Veterans of America, Donation Processing Center, PO Box 758532,  Topeka, KS 66675-8532.