Obituaries for Dumas

Frances Louise Mullins – February 5, 2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Frances Louise Mullins, 92, of Dumas, died Monday, February 5, 2018.  Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox with Chris Benson, minister, officiating.  Burial will be at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Frances was born on August 2, 1925 in Hollis, Ok. to Charlie and Agnes Smith.  She was seamstress and homemaker.  She was a member of the 6th & Meredith Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Mullins and three grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Bruce Mullins of Sanford, Donnie Mullins and wife Mercedes of Hawaii; two daughters, Carol Maloney of Lamar, South Carolina, and Pat Brandon of Dumas; a brother, Herbert Smith of San Antonio; a sister, Cleta Haney of Chickasha, Ok.; twenty-one grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Alma Lee Snook – January 31, 2018

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Alma Lee Snook, 94, of Dumas, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church with Johnny Widener, pastor, and Dennis Guffey officiating.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Alma was born on March 9, 1923 in Hollis, Ok. to Jesse and Etta Ann Stafford.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church.

She married Luther Snook on June 20, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Snook; a son, Luke Snook; her parents; four brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by four daughters, Susan James and husband Dan of Abilene, Jerri Smith and husband Rick of Amarillo, Terri McCown and husband Keith of Dumas, LaJeania Levey of Denver; four grandchildren, Jason Eastridge, Jeff Cantrell, Lauren Levey, Nathan Levey; four great grandchildren, Logan, Sidney, Gabriel, Arriana; and one great-great grandchild, Evangeline.


Harlon Byron Vaughan – January 26, 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Harlon Byron Vaughan of Dumas, Texas, passed from this life on January 26, 2018.  A memorial service will be held at the Sunray, Texas Church of Christ, Friday, February 2nd, at 2pm.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Byron was born in Waukee, IA on February 25, 1926 to Claud and Gracie Vaughan.  Byron grew up near Pauls Valley, Oklahoma where he met his partner in life, Hazel Sutterfield.  They were married in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on December 7, 1946.  They immediately moved to the Solvang, CA area where Byron worked on a ranch for a few years before they returned to Oklahoma to start farming.  In 1952, they moved to the Halfway Community, between Plainview and Olton, Texas and in 1977, they moved their farming operation from the Plainview area to Dumas, Texas.

Byron had four great loves in life.   His faith in Christ, his wife Hazel, his family, and farming.  He was a member of the Sunray Church of Christ at the time of his death.  He served as a deacon and later as an elder for several years at other congregations.  He was a devoted husband who stood by and cared for his bride of over 70 years as she fought various cancers and finally Parkinson’s disease. He delighted in having all of his family together, but especially over the Christmas Holidays.  He began a tradition in 1993 of taking the whole family on a weeklong Christmas trip and continued this tradition until a couple of years ago when he and Hazel were not physically able to travel.  These trips generated many happy memories for his sons, daughters in law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He was known as an excellent farmer and his strong work ethic showed in his farming.  He won several crop production yield contests over the years.  He prided himself on taking care of the land and leaving it in better shape for the next generation.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; a brother Buran Vaughan; a sister Wilma Hairrel; and a great-grandson Gabriel Vaughan.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Vaughan and wife Kaye of Kismet, KS; Dee Vaughan and wife Terri of Dumas, TX; seven grandchildren, Jason Vaughan and wife Ruthie of Sublette, KS; Kristen Stapleton and husband Ryan of Meade, KS; Jeffrey Vaughan and wife Tracy of Salina, KS; Kelsey Rivera and husband Javier of Newton, KS; Jana McElroy and husband B.J. of Houston, TX; Keisha Vaughan of Denver, CO; and Lyndi Garwood and husband Judson of Los Angeles, CA; twelve great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Jarrett, Grayden, and Sayler Stapleton; Killian and Jael Vaughan; Carsten and Emily Vaughan; Kylah and Kyndrie Rivera; and Beckett and Berkeley McElroy; a brother Jerry Vaughan and wife Nancy of Arlington, TX; and a sister Launa Dennis of Wynnewood, OK.

The family will hold a visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Dumas, Texas from 6pm to 7pm, Thursday, February 1st,, 2018.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales; NM 88130, MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX  77210-4486; or the “Dig It” Bible Camp, c/o Sunray Church of Christ, PO Box 397, Sunray, TX  79086.

Claire McCabe – January 20, 2018

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Claire McCabe, 79, of Dumas, died Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel with Marlon Ham officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Claire was born on July 17, 1938 in Laguna Beach, California to Mildred and Byron Brady. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, O. W. “Buster” McCandless; a son, Hollis Annen; a sister, Judy Stevens and a brother, Kenny Brady.

She is survived by her husband, W. A. “Bill” McCabe; four sons, Curtis McCandless, Danny McCandless, Kent McCabe, and Keith McCabe; two daughters, Carla McCabe and Janice Jordan; two brothers, Wayne Fowler and Melvin Fowler; and a sister, Shirley Ryder; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.



Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles – January 8, 2018

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles passed from this life on January 8, 2018, in Lubbock, Tx surrounded by her children. She was born to A.B. and Audria Fielder on May 28, 1936, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Donna Sue lived most of her life in Dumas, only moving to Lubbock in October 2011, to receive care where her son, Hugh, and his wife Melissa could be close.

Donna Sue, or Sweetie as she was widely known by all her family and friends, was first and foremost a loving mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She was a consummate cook and hostess–enjoying opening her home to her large family for holidays, parties, and get togethers. She loved sharing fun times with her bridge club, neighborhood and church friends and was always the first one to volunteer to cook or bake for church functions. Sweetie loved the mountains, particularly the family cabin in Lake City, Colorado and the Boles cabin in Taos, New Mexico where she spent many summers.

Sweetie was married to Hugh T. Lyle in October 1954, having met when she was the Lion’s Club sweetheart and he was the only bachelor in the club. They raised four children– Libby, Becky, Hugh Norwood and Mary together, and her greatest joy was supporting them in whatever they were involved in–driving them to and attending all their events; sewing clothes and costumes; putting up with Hugh Norwood’s variety of lizards, turtles and water dogs; and giving them all the strong foundations of faith, humor, and family ties.

After Hugh’s death in November 1976, Sweetie married Rev. Jerry Boles, and she embraced the life of a minister’s wife offering her kindness, faith and devotion to God and the church in a new role. They enjoyed many years of life together until his passing in 2009. During the last few years of Jerry’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s, Sweetie devoted herself to helping him and other patients at the nursing home each day. She believed in “blooming where you are planted”, and she exemplified this in making everyone’s day brighter in whatever circumstances she found herself. Sweetie’s grandchildren were blessed with many years of her loving care and presence whether playing in the mountains, precious time with her during holidays or Dogie Days, and her frequent visits for their music, sports or school events. Each of them knew how much she loved them and was proud of them.

Sweetie herself was struck with Alzheimer’s, and despite the challenges that the disease took on her mind, her joyful, playful, and sweet spirit was evident throughout these last few years. Her caregivers always marveled at her sweetness, even when she no longer had many words to express herself. For her last years, she was fortunate to have the loving support of long-time friend, Pete Mhoon.

Donna Sue, or our Sweetie, was blessed by the magnitude of love that surrounded her throughout her life. She is survived by those who celebrate her life–her children and their spouses–Libby (Dave) Culver of Durango CO, Becky (Brian) Mehrmann of Overland Park, KS, Hugh (Melissa) Lyle of Lubbock, and Mary (Steve) Clayton of Jonesboro, AR; fourteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; her sisters–Connie Nash and Leah Rae Baugh; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends who loved her so. Her greatest legacy are her children and their families who treasure the example of love and light that she gave them as she taught them to make a positive difference wherever they are.

Services will be held in the Dumas First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Barry Loving officiating. A visitation will be on Friday evening at the church from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

The family requests memorials be made to the Scholarship Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 700 E 1st St, Dumas, TX 79029.

Sybil King – January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Sybil King, 86, of Dumas, died Saturday, January 06, 2018. Graveside services will he held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Silverton Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Sybil was born on July 4, 1931 in Silverton to Bill and Charlie Watters. She had worked as a bus driver and in the cafeteria for the Silverton School for many years.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arch Martin.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Lynn Morris of Bastrop and Robbie Cartrite of Dumas; a son, Mitch Martin of Tulia; a sister, Eudean Crow of Silverton; six grandchildren, Cody, Leah, Jordan, Kassy, Tanner, and Tatum; and three great grandchildren

Roberto Aguilera – December 30, 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Roberto Aguilera, 35, of Dumas, died Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in El Paso at a later date.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Roberto was born on October 11, 1982, in El Paso to Heriberto and Lucia Aguilera. He graduated from Jefferson High School where he proceded to go to technical school to get his diesel mechanics degree.  He also became a truck driver and as an auto technician.  He moved to Dumas seven years ago where he started his new journey.

He is survived by three sisters, Gila Aguilera and Angie Gaytan, both of El Paso, Cecilia Aguilera of Dumas; a brother, Ramon Marquez of El Paso; a cousin, Pamela Vasquez of El Paso; his girlfriend Karen Howard of Dumas; and various nieces and nephews.

Martha Dobbins – December 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Martha Dobbins, 87, of Amarillo died Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Llano East Cemetery with Sam White officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Martha was born January 29, 1930, in Wellington to Harry and Effie Roy. She grew up on a farm and was born and married in the same house south of Wellington.  She moved to Amarillo in 1950.

Most recently she had been a cashier for Drug Emporium and worked at JC Penney. For many years she also was the manager for S&H Green Stamp Store.  While raising her children she worked as an Avon Lady.  She enjoyed working around people.  She was proud of her grandchildren and lover her great-grandchildren beyond measure.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Dobbins on June 3, 2013; and a grandson, Paul Dobbins.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Dobbins and wife Cindy, of Dumas, and Larry Dobbins and Cici Cameron, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; four grandchildren, John Dobbins and wife Heather, Andrew Dobbins, Steven Dobbins and wife Stephanie, and Krista Dobbins; granddaughter-in-law, Sheree Dobbins; and six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Trevor, Kesleigh, Harlee, Jazlyn and Jayce; a brother, Leon and wife JoAnn Roy, of Athens, TN.


Roberto “Tito” Vazquez – December 14, 2017

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Roberto “Tito” Vazquez, 10, of Dumas, died Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Rosary Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox.  Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 18, 2017, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cactus with Father Cesar Gomez officiating.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Tito was born on December 19, 2006, in Dumas.  He was the happiest boy.  He loved baseball and video games.

He is survived by his mother, Guadalupe Vazquez; a sister, Karla Camila Salas Vazquez; his grandmother, Socorro Vazquez; an aunt, Laura Vazquez; cousins, Jacquelyne Gallegos and Alejandro Gallegos; and second grandparents, Nana and Tata.

Thelma Claudine McDaniel Hutchison Smith – December 12, 2017

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Thelma Claudine McDaniel Hutchison Smith was born February 2, 1933, and passed away on December 12th at her home in Dumas.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 6th and Meredith Street Church of Christ with Chris Benson and David Bonner officiating.  Burial will be in Stratford Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Thelma was always surrounded by a lot of friends.  In her later years, she attended many funerals.  Following one funeral, she remarked that she was going to have to find some younger friends.  She was a member of a troop of senior entertainers known as the Darlin’ Ding-a-lings.  She made a point of entertaining at all area nursing homes, knowing she would most likely end up in one.  She was an active member of the Red Hat Society and a longtime member of the 6th and Meredith Street Church of Christ.

Thelma was once appalled when she learned her nephew, Mike, had placed his beloved dog in a freezer upon the dog’s death.  She told family members that if she went missing to look for her in the freezer.  For years when people inquired about her health she would reply she was just one bark away from the freezer.

Thelma attended primary and secondary school in Kerrick and Stratford, Texas and college in Goodwell, Oklahoma.  She always bragged she was first in her 8th grade class in Kerrick.  Eventually, her children learned she was the only one in her class.

Thelma enjoyed being around friends and family.  She loved going to the farm where she was born and staying in her cabin in New Mexico.

A woman of immense energy, when Thelma began to complain of a lack of energy she learned the electrical part of her heart would no longer work without a pacemaker.  Her pacemaker came with a lifetime warranty and she wondered what exactly that meant for her. So, Thelma departed this life on December 12, 2017, at the age of 84 – obviously the pacemaker failed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Minna McDaniel, her brother, Fred McDaniel, husband, Duane Smith, and son, Al Smith.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Ron and Lana Hutchison of Longview, Texas and Scott and Nita Hutchison of Lubbock, daughters, Sherri Hutchison of Arnold, Missouri and Terry and husband Larry Macomber, of Dennison, Texas and daughter-in-law, Stephnie Smith of Dumas.  Thelma has many nieces and nephews, but was especially close to her brothers’ children, Mike McDaniel of Kerrick and Patti McDaniel of Aurora, Colorado.  She is survived by 11 granddaughters, 11 great-granddaughters and 8 great-grandsons.

The family will celebrate a life well lived with one last rendition of “Too Fat Polka” on an accordion.

The family suggests memorials to Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation (Activity Fund), 302 E 2nd St, Dumas, TX 79029; or Window on the Plains Museum, 1820 South Dumas Ave., Dumas, TX 79029.