Obituaries for Dumas

Jenease Melban – August 3, 2017

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Jenease Melban, 89, of Dumas died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel with Lane Boyd officiating.  Burial will be in Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Jenease was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Lubbock to Jim and Mae Mobley.  She loved to look at ancestry and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  Jenease worked for the Moore County News and Morrison Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Samuel Melban, of Amarillo; three sons, Charlie Melban and wife Beverlee, of Bushland, Sid Melban and wife Gail, of Dumas, and Jerry Melban and wife Lana, of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Cameron and wife Keri, Kassie and husband Jerry, Shelby and wife Alicia, Shayne and fiancé Jayna, Alayna and Joe, and Sydney and husband Andy; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be from Noon to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo, 2800 Paramount Blvd. and from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Dumas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Bill Lackey Memorial Scholarship in care of Dumas Education Foundation, PO Box 615, Dumas, Texas 79029.

Ruth Elizabeth Condo Canaday – August 2, 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Ruth Elizabeth Condo Canaday, 96, of Dumas, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox.  Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Ruth Elizabeth Canaday was born on February 9, 1921 in Canadian to William Henry “Bill” and Edith Florence “Ross” Condo.  She married Darwin Dayton “DD” Canaday on December 23, 1938 at Arnett, Ok.  He preceded her in death on March 10, 2002.  During their 63 years together they had seven wonderful children, while making their home in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas.  She  was a wonderful mother and grandma.  A strong, independent woman who’s faith and family came first.  She cared for her family by cooking, sewing, gardening, canning, and making or building whatever was needed.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints since 1964.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Gene Musick; two granddaughters, Tami Craig and Joveta “Jo” Collier; a brother, Daniel Condo; and three sisters, Naomi Hughes, Theda Austin, and Billie Whitsell.

She is survived by her children, Lee and Pat Canaday, Bonita Musick, Loretta and Robin Tice, Bill Canaday, Dorthie and Clarence Getman, Roberta Canaday, Edith and Bob Yeager.  They blessed her with twenty-five awesome grandchildren, sixty-seven great-grandchildren, and thirty-nine great-great-grandchildren, plus assorted spouses and whatnot and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry Ferguson – June 16, 2017

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Jerry Ferguson, 72, of Dumas, died Friday, June 16, 2017.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox with Ronnie Ferguson officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Jerry was born on September 23, 1944 in Dumas to Samuel and Hazel Ferguson.  He had worked for Valero over forty years as an operator until retirement.  He was a member of the Nazarene Church.

He married Carolyn Pitts on November 16, 1962 in Ola, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Connie Slagle and Donna Flint; and a granddaughter, Jazlyn.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ferguson of Dumas; a son, Michael Ferguson and wife Melissa of Sunray; a brother, Cecil Ferguson of Pampa; four sisters, Rita Junk of Kaw City, Ok., Florene Minnich of St. Mary’s, Ohio, Lou Packebush of Dumas, Ann Summit of Ola, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Chrystal, Shannon, and Stephen; and ten great grandchildren, Britten, Pearson, Brooklyn, Lucas, Jaxon, Kobe, Ty, Jayden, Lola, and Harper.

The family suggests memorials be sent toAmerican Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231



Glennella Gaillard Blue – June 10, 2017

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Glennella Gaillard Blue, 87, of Dumas, died Saturday, June 10, 2017. Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Temple Baptist Church.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Glennella was born following the stock market crash on August 22, 1929 in Texhoma to Phillippe and Hazel Gaillard. She was from the Greatest Generation and lived thru the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and WWII.  She worked as an LVN and made sure Blue Plumbing ran right since 1952.  Her greatest joy was raising her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Wanda Pickering, Willa Dean Allen, and Connie Castenada; her husband, J.W. Blue; a son, Monte Blue; and a grandson, Braxton Blue.

She is survived by a son, Steve Blue and wife Patsy of Dumas; a daughter, Cathryn Creel and husband Bub of Proffitt, Tx.; a brother, Phillip Gaillard and Linda of Tucson, Az; a sister, Luann Baker of Las Vegas, Nevada; ten grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be sent to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001 or the American Cancer Society.


Jerry Yerby – June 6, 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Jerry Yerby, 75, of Dumas, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  Private graveside services will be held at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Jerry was born on March 27th, 1942 in Plainview, Texas to B.B. and Myrtle Yerby.  He served in the U.S. Navy and had owned Yerby Construction and a R.V. Park.  He married Glynda Pierce on August 9, 1963 in Plainview.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Hud Yerby; and a great-grandchild.

He is survived by two daughters, Sherry Boyd of Spearman and Sheila Getman of Clarksville, Georgia; two brothers, Chester Yerby of Muleshoe and Danny Yerby of Bryan, Tx.; two sisters, Frances Nelson and Jolene Taylor, both of Lubbock; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Mickey “Mick” Lane Harris – May 5, 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Mickey “Mick” Lane Harris, 51, of Dumas died Friday, May 5, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mickey Lane Harris was born Feb. 26, 1966 in Amarillo to Duane and Peggy Harris.  He grew up in Dumas, and graduated from Dumas High School.  He received college degrees from Kilgore College and Stephen F. Austin University.

Mick was a hard worker who earned the respect of many who knew him.  He worked in management most of his career.  He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR.  He was quick witted and always enjoyed making others laugh.

Survivors include his parents, Duane and Peggy Harris; a sister, Marilyn Lewis; a brother, Mark Harris; friend, Hope Ritchie; nephews, Matthew and Paul Lewis; nieces, Heather Hudgeons and Mysti Truit; his buddy, Adyen Sanchez; and many friends.

Nowlin Smith – April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Nowlin Smith, 87, of Dumas, died Monday, April 24, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox, with Rev. Brad Foster, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Nowlin was born on March 10, 1930 in Clarksville.  He had worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline for more than twenty-five years until retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Claira Smith of Dumas; a son, Nowlin Smith Jr. of Newcastle, Wyoming; three daughters, Linda Ward of Amarillo, Jane Redwine of Stinnett, and Evelyn Huneke of Independent, Missouri; a sister, Rayma Terrill; four grandchildren, Belinda, Jennifer, Kevin, and Jason; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Memorial Hospice, 224 E. 2nd, Dumas, Texas  79029


Hazel Marie Sutterfield Vaughan – April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Hazel Marie Sutterfield Vaughan, 91, of Dumas died Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. at the Church of Christ in Sunray on Friday, April 21, 2017 with Jonathan Zerby, minister, officiating.  Private burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Hazel was born March 24, 1926, in Timbo, Ark. to Charles I. Sutterfield and Lillie Maud Sutterfield.  She married Harlon Byron Vaughan on Dec. 7, 1946 in Maysville, Ok.  They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.  She had worked at Douglas Aircraft as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII on C47.  She was a member of the Church of Christ in Sunray and also worked in the World Bible School.

Hazel was a dedicated farm wife and loved her family.

She was preceded in death her parents; two brothers, Floyd and Lloyd Sutterfield; one sister, Berenice Cheatwood of The Villages, Fl.; a sister-in-law, Bessie Sutterfield; one great-grandson, Gabriel Vaughan of Sublette, Ks.; and one brother-in-law, Ronald Minyen.

Survivors include her husband, Harlon Byron Vaughan, of Dumas; two sons, Jimmy Vaughan and wife Kaye, of Kismet, Kansas and Michael Dee Vaughan and wife Terri, of Dumas; 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, Keisha Vaughan of Washington D.C., and Lyndi Garwood and husband, Judson of Los Angeles, Ca.; twelve great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Jarret, Grayden, and Sayler Stapleton of Meade, Ks., Carsten and Emily Vaughan of Sublette, Ks., Killian and Jael Vaughan of Salina, Ks., Kylah and Kyndrie Rivera of Newton, Ks, and Beckett and Berkeley McElroy of Houston; a brother, Charles Sutterfield and wife, June of Stratford; two sisters, Helen McVeigh and husband, L.D. of Las Vegas, Nevada, Edna Minyen of Farewell, Tx.; one sister-in-law, Gearldine Sutterfield of Blythe, Ca; and a host of nieces, nephews, and close friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday.


The family suggests memorials be sent to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas  77210-4486 or the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM  88130.

Darryl McClendon – April 13, 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Darryl McClendon, 49, of Dumas, died Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 19th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Darryl was born on March 2, 1968 in Amarillo.  He graduated from Palo Duro High School and had worked as a supervisor at ConAgra Beef.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara McClendon; a brother, Christopher McClendon; and a daughter, JuJuan M. Robinson.

He is survived by his wife, Cephia McClendon of Dumas; a daughter, Lacresha Redic of Garden City, Ks.; a son, Jermier Robinson McClendon of Dumas; two sisters, Carla McClendon and Kristie McClendon Washington, both of Amarillo; a grandmother, Velma McClendon of Amarillo; three aunts, Gwendolyn Morris, Violean Riley, and Estella McClendon, all of Amarillo; two uncles, Jerrold McClendon of Augusta, Georgia and John Roy McClendon of Stockton, Ca.; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Jack Fincher Dodson – April 13, 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Jack Fincher Dodson, 91, of Amarillo died on April 13, 2017. He personified Gen. Patton’s words, “Better to fight for something than to live for nothing.” He began as a farm boy, grew up as a WWII veteran and found his calling as a husband, father and entrepreneur.

Jack was born at the Dodson family farm in Ochiltree County on November 18, 1925, to the late Elbert Carter Dodson and Rhoda Elizabeth Fincher. He was the youngest of three, preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Waldean Ficke and Beryl Trew and three wives, Dora Martha Everhart, Ollie Andrews, and Betty Frye.

He graduated from Perryton High School in 1943 and immediately began service in the Army Air Corps. He flew an impressive 35 missions as a tail gunner on a B-17 in WWII. His bomb group forced key hits in the Battles of Campaigns—Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He earned numerous awards, among them were three Bronze Battle Stars, five Oak Leaf Clusters and a French Legion of Honor medal. After the war, he married Dora Everhart and together they had two children. In 1987, he married Ollie Andrews who passed away in 1999. In 2001 he married Betty Marie Frye and she passed away on April 19, 2016. He attended Texas Tech University, but before finishing his degree Jack began a residential construction business, The House That Jack Built, and continued in the construction industry in various ways for the next 50 years. To know Jack was to love him. He was happiest in his woodworking shop, tending his garden, playing bridge, solving jigsaw puzzles and loving his family. He was famous for his sayings – “Glad to be vertical and breathin’,” “Waitin’ on payday and quittin’ time,” “Measure twice and nail once,” and “Put a fork in me, I’m done.” Jack was an active member of Polk Street Methodist Church, a life member of the VFW and the NRA.

He is survived by two children, Debbie (Bill) Farnum of Austin, Texas, and Scott (Judy) Dodson of Dumas, Texas; four grandchildren, Kathryn (Scott) Whitaker of Austin, Texas, Daniel (Amanda) Farnum of Fairhope, Alabama, Sarah Dodson Sloan (Michael) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Anna Dodson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four step-children, Becky Reinart of Hereford, Texas, John (Shannon) Frye of Tulia, Texas, JoNell (Phil) Slack of Amarillo, Texas, and Dennis Andrews (Lindsey) of Liberty Hill, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and twelve step-greatgrandchildren.

The family will be gathered at 2223 S. Ong Street, Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:30am, officiated by Dr. Burt Palmer, Polk Street United Methodist Church. Private family burial will be at Ochiltree County Cemetery on the same date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Charis Bible College, for the benefit of the Building Fund, 800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park, Colorado 80863; Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for the benefit of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 4900 Mueller Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78723; or to a charity of your choice.