Obituaries for Fritch

Thomas Allen Purdy – March 28, 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Purdy ObitThomas Allen Purdy, 74, of Fritch, died Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kyle Wilkinson, associate pastor at Trinity Fellowship officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Thomas was born May 13, 1940, to Cecil and Beatrice Purdy.  He was a pipefitter all of his life.  Thomas married Versie Lee Smith on March 4, 1976, in Dalhart.  He loved cars, fishing and staying busy.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Saucier.

Survivors include his wife, Versie Lee Purdy of Fritch; two sons, John Murray of Waynesboro, Miss. and Jimmy Saucier of Fritch; 5 daughters, Shelia Woolsey and Lisa Saucier, both of Fritch, Bonnie Benge of Greenwood, Miss., Krystal Passmore of Amarillo and Freedom Saucier of Lubbock; a sister, Barbara Anderson of Tyler; four brothers, Ray Purdy of Sunray, Cleve Purdy of Kansas, and Gerald Purdy and Bud Purdy, both of Fritch; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Gary W. Clawson – March 5, 2015

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Clawson Obit PhotoGary W. Clawson, 69, of Fritch died Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, in McLean Cemetery with Eddie Sam Maxwell officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gary was born Sept. 15, 1945, in McLean to Doug and Louise Clawson. He married Jackie Justice.

He worked in the oil and gas industry as a pipeline inspector. He was a veteran of the Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie, in 2009; his parents; and a sister, Beverly June McLemore.

Survivors include three sons, John Neeley and wife Marilyn of Wellington, and Gary Daniell and Michael Clawson, both of Farmington, N.M.; three daughters, Candy Clawson of Bloomfield, N.M., Teresa McCollum and husband Danny of Fritch and Linda Watson and husband Keith of Dumas; his lifelong friend, Ricky Smith; a brother-in-law, Buck McLemore; numerous nieces and nephews including, Misty Siniard and husband Tim and Patrick McLemore and wife Sammi; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

John Newberry Sr. – December 1, 2012

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

John Newberry Sr., 84 of Fritch, died Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Llano East Cemetery with Richard Newberry officiating.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Newberry was born on October 27, 1928 in Shidler, Oklahoma to Homer and Lillie Mae Newberry. He married Thelma Edith Crider on June 15, 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Newberry of Amarillo; three sons, James Marrion Newberry and wife Ruth and John William Newberry and wife Karen, all of Amarillo, and Richard Sidney Newberry of Ft. Worth; a daughter, Dolly McMeen and husband Pat of Amarillo; fifteen grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

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Dorothy “Dot” Craven-July 12, 2012

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Dorothy “Dot” Craven, 84, of Fritch died on Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. with Bill Gehm officiating. Private burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Craven was born on May 25, 1928 in Davilla, Texas to Joe and Clara Duncum. She had worked as a nurse at Northwest Texas Hospital, the VA Hospital, home healthcare and private nursing. We all loved her greatly and she will be terribly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Craven in 1993, and her daughter, Vicky Cargill from Thorndale, TX.

Survivors include three sons, Rick Craven of Amarillo, Mark Craven of Fritch and Chris Scott of Hobbs, NM; a brother, Gene Duncum of Sealy, TX and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shorty (Jimmie Lee–J L) Albert-March 12, 2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Shorty (Jimmie Lee–J L) Albert, 89, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 403 S Cornell in Fritch at 1:00 PM. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born April 14, 1922 in Woodward, Ok, he is survived by his wife Leola Albert, two daughters, Betty K Mathews and husband Ricky of Lowell, AR, and Lorna Hear of Borger, TX.  He had four grandchildren, Erica Morquecho, Elicia Morquecho of Burleson, TX, Jake Heare of Baton Rougue, LA, Lydia Heare of Amarillo, TX, along with grandson-in-law Joe Gonzales of Bovina, TX.  Shorty was very proud of his four Great grandchildren, Krystin and Luke Gonzales of Bovina, and Aleena and Zariah Hermes of Burleson, TX.  He also has a very special and endearing nephew, J L Albert of Atlanta, GA and his sons, Josh and Jordan both of Colorado. 

Shorty began his life of pranks in Woodward, Ok followed by being drafted in 1942.  While fighting in the Pacific Campaign, he was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in battle. After returning to the states, he met the love of his life Leola in St. Helena, Ca.  They were married in July of 1947.  In 1950, Shorty and his little family moved to Fritch where he remained until his death.  Shorty worked for Natural Gas Pipeline for thirty-five years.  He believed as Will Rogers stated, “he never met a stranger”.  He never turned down an opportunity to dance, even when the band was just warming up, or to play “Santa” to young and old, to dress up for a parade or school play, but most of all to make someone laugh.  He use to say “life’s too short to be serious”.  When Lorna was in softball, Shorty began coaching on of many girls softball teams.  He was seen at the S-F football games running the chain for many years.  The house at the end of Cornell was known for many years as the Spook House with lines of older brave kids coming to see what Shorty had in store for them and knowing that he would scare them.  He was a KOPs member for twenty-six years and always enjoyed the conventions.  Shorty could have written the book on ADHD because he was a kid all his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be sent to Odyssey Hospice, 6900 I-40 West, Suite 150, Amarillo, TX 79106 or the First United Methodist Church of Fritch, 403 S. Cornell Ave., Fritch, TX 79036.

Anna Marie McMillan – March 10, 2012

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Anna Marie McMillan, 60, of Fritch died Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Amarillo

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Church of Christ in Fritch. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Anna was born Nov. 4, 1951, in Amarillo to Martin and Cecilia Shields Craven. She married Butch McMillan on Feb. 24, 1997, in Amarillo.

Anna loved spending time outdoors including snow and water skiing and yard work. She also loved taking care of her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Butch McMillan; two daughters, Renee Schwarz and Chance Talbott and Tonya Ledford and Brent, all of Fritch; a stepdaughter, Mandy Boyer and Eric Huddleston of Borger; two stepsons, Doug McMillan and Dillan McMillan, both of Fritch; two brothers, Jerry Craven and wife Eloise and John Craven, all of Amarillo; her mother-in-law, Nita McMillan of Fritch; a sister-in-law, Kathy Riggle and husband David of Fritch; and three grandchildren.

James R. Boyd – September 12, 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

James R. Boyd, 70, of Fritch, died Monday, September 12, 2011.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 15, 2011 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel.   Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery.  Military Rites are by American Legion Post 224.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Mr. Boyd was born on November 24, 1940 in Dumas, TX to J.L. and Pearl Boyd.  He married Lyn Crow on November 4, 1966 in Clayton, New Mexico.  He worked for over thirty-three years at Colorado Interstate Gas retiring as superintendent.

Survivors include his wife, Lyn Boyd, of Fritch; sons, Dusty Boyd and wife D’Ann of Panhandle, TX, Damon Boyd and wife Kira of White Deer, TX and Corey Boyd of Bushland, TX; sisters, Vivian McCann of Amarillo and Jean Ward of Dumas, TX; grandchildren, Becca, Lana, Callie, Brady and Tanner.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Gina and the staff at Heritage Convalescent Center.