Obituaries for General

Marvin Axe – April 24, 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Marvin Axe, 83, of Vega died Monday, April 24, 2017.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Vega United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Marvin was born Feb. 5, 1934 in Dimmitt to H.L. Axe and Dovie Maurine Sullinger Axe.  He went to school in Jumbo and Dimmitt where he was active in sports and FFA.  In 1952 they won the State Basketball Championship in Class 1A and 2A with Coach John Blaine.

Marvin married the love of his life, Janie Jennings on April 27, 1954, in Canyon.  He is being laid to rest on their 63rd anniversary.

Marvin served in the Army from 1954-1956.  He was a long time farmer and rancher in Castro and Oldham counties.  Marvin was also employed with Citation Oil and Gas.

Marvin was instrumental in establishing the Oldham County Farm and Ranch Museum.

He served in numerous positions in many organizations including ASCS, Oldham County Country Club, Vega ISD School Board, as an Oldham County Commissioner, Commander of American Legion Post 168, and Vega Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Axe; and a grandson, Randall Artho.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Axe, of the home; daughters, Donna and Verlon Duggan of Lone Grove, Okla., Karen and Harold Artho, of Umbarger, Sherri and Bruce Hartman of Canyon and Terri and Bret Richardson of Bushland; a sister, Zelda and husband Gayland Anderson of Lubbock; a brother, Dr. Jim and Suzanne Axe of Lubbock; a sister-in-law, June Cleavinger; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Duggan, James Duggan and wife Ashton, D’Ann Artho Johnson and husband Matt, Dustin Artho and wife Chelcie, Katy Richardson Roach and husband Randall, Rusty Hartman, and April Artho; and 8 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Vega Volunteer EMS, Box 530, Vega, TX 79092; BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106; or a charity of your choice.

Family will receive friends from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the funeral home in Amarillo.

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

 

Gwendolyn Zang – April 22, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Gwendolyn Zang, 84, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Services will be held in Geraldine, Montana at a later date.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gwendolyn was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Geraldine, Montana.  A woman of strength, unending kindness and humor.  Her love was immeasurable. She never met a stranger, as they were soon fast friends.  It was her unending love and giving nature that made so many love her in return.  Her family from children to distant cousins filled her heart with love and joy.

Gwen is survived by her children, Stephanie and Raimund Schultz, Jason and Yvette Zang and Justin and Lisa Zang; her grandchildren, Brian and Robyn Osman, Ashley Zang and Jared Zang; her great-grandchildren, Emily Kate Osman and Avery York.  She will be missed by all as she joins her loving husband, Richard Zang.

Joe Hershey – April 22, 2017

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Joe Hershey, 83, of Amarillo died April 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be Monday, 6-7 pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at the San Jacinto Church of Christ, Amarillo, at 10:00am Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with  Dale Dennis and Glen Walton, ministers of the church, and son, Tom, conducting the service.  Burial will be at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, in the Darrouzett Cemetery.

Joe was born May 29, 1933 on a farm west of Hereford to Horace and Juanita Turner Hershey.  He married Sue Scarth, the love of his life, April 24, 1955 in Hereford and they were married almost 62 years.

He served the Lord that he loved so dearly by being an elder in the church at both Texline and San Jacinto for over 25 years.

In 1949, when he was a senior in high school, he was elected as the first president of the Future Farmers of America in Hereford High School.  He served as president of the Chapter Conducting Team which won first place in state competition that year.

Joe graduated from Texas A&M, class of 1954, with Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.  He used his positive leadership personality to be very successful in his work both for the Lord and in jobs and business during his lifetime.  He was Lipscomb County Ag Extension Agent for six years and general manager of the Darrouzett Co-op elevator and service station another six years.  He enjoyed farming with the help of his wife, Sue, and their children at Texline for over twenty years.  He enjoyed living in Amarillo his remaining years.

He leaves behind his wife, Sue, three children, Doug of Amarillo, Lenita and Earl Unruh of Blossom, Texas and Tom and Letha of Monte Vista, Colorado.  Grandchildren include Isaac and Sara Unruh, Chris and Heather Unruh and Trey and Kelli Unruh all of Blossom, Texas, Andy Hershey of Lubbock and Katie and Nick Renteria of Claude.  His eight great-grandchildren are Grace, Paul, Caleb, Cooper, Hallie and Luke Unruh and Cecilia and Kelsey Renteria.  Other survivors are his brothers Sam Hershey of Yantis, Texas and Homer Hershey of The Woodlands, Texas, brothers-in-law Dale, Bob and Jack Scarth, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Horace and Juanita Turner Hershey.

The family suggest memorials be sent to the San Jacinto Church of Christ, 823 Mississippi, Amarillo, TX, 79106 or your favorite charity.

 

 

Debby Spring – April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

If you’ve ever heard a loud, cackling laugh that scared you at first then was so infectious, made you smile…you probably came in contact with Debby Spring. Debby was born in 1955, in Alaska, to David and Pat Spring and had three ornery brothers David, Larry and Brian. Debby may not have finished school at Caprock High School but she was one of the smartest women and turned into one of the most savvy and amazing business owners you could ever meet. Debby was always willing to follow her brother David into new business ventures. David started the Town Crier, which eventually turned into American Classifieds. David moved on and Debby continued to run and grow American Classifieds for over 29 years. She set an example for all of her employees and children with hard work, dedication and passion.

Debby had three children; daughters Cristi Spring and Deneen Webb and her son, Ryan Putman. Debby was known to her grandchildren as “Mammy” and Mammy will be greatly missed by Kaleb, Havyn, Ethan, Eli, Ashlyn, Ella and Charlotte. Luckily, she got to meet her newest great-grand babies Oliver and Willow before she passed. And it will be hard to go without the everyday phone calls for her daughter-in-law Stacie and sister-in-law Sandy, with daily dishing and inappropriate humor.

Debby Spring was strong, independent, kind, generous, courageous and had the most amazing laugh. She lit up the room and made each person she came in contact with feel special. Debby passed away in her home on Monday, April 17, 2017. We are relieved that her pain is gone and blessed and forever changed to have had her in our lives.

A private service was held for the family on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Memorials may be sent to American Classifieds 1612 S. Washington.

 

 

 

Humberto Morales – April 20, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Humberto Morales, 87, of Amarillo, died Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Rosary will be at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, in St. Hyacinth Catholic Church with Fr. James Schmitmeyer as celebrant.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Humberto was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Paint Rock, Texas, to Pablo and Senorita Morales.  He owned and operated a sheep shearing business for more than 20 years and traveled from Colorado to Montana. He also had a career with Deaf Smith County. He was a member of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delia, a son, Richard, a brother Amadeo Morales, and his sister, Dora Sepeda.

Survivors include two sons, Humberto Morales Jr. and wife Carol of Amarillo, John Paul Morales and wife Karen of Brighton, Colo.; a daughter, Tillie Nix of Amarillo; two brothers, Robert Morales of Menard and Mario Morales of San Angelo; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Norma B. Lee – April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Norma was born on February 21, 1926 in Newark Ohio, Licking County, to parents Adrian and Mildred Butcher. As an only child, Norma was her parents’ pride and joy. Norma grew up a farmer’s daughter, or as she would say a gentleman farmer’s daughter in Homer Ohio. After high

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school graduation, Norma entered and later graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. A Buckeye at heart she followed her alma mater’s sports and academia news closely. Norma met her future husband, Robert W Lee, while at OSU. Robert was a returning WWII veteran. After graduation, Norma and Robert married and landed in Amarillo, TX with a brief stint in Tulsa OK, in 1954.

Norma’s second love, after family, were her 2nd grade students, which she nurtured and taught reading, writing, and arithmetic for nearly 25 years. She often characterized her educator experience as having never graduated from the second grade, teaching at both Hamlet and Puckett West elementary schools in Amarillo.

After retiring, she volunteered for many years at Northwest Texas Healthcare and at the Amarillo voting and election polling sites.  She was also a member of the CM Chapter of P.E.O Sisterhood.

Norma was also a practicing Presbyterian, primarily at Amarillo’s First Presbyterian Church where she was a long standing fixture the choir and an active participant in Women’s Circle. Until the end she could frequently be heard humming and singing bits and pieces of the hymns, she loved, praising God and the fruits of his grace.

Norma and Robert bore three children, Robert David Lee while in Tulsa, and later Richard James Lee and Melinda Kay Lee in Amarillo. Her beloved Richard passed away in 2006.

Norma’s love and husband of 66 years passed away July 27, 2016. Norma left this world on April 17, 2017 at age 91, surrounded by the family she always held dear. Throughout her struggle with memory loss, she maintained a sweet spirit and gentle disposition particularly enjoying time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she saw regularly.

Norma is survived by her son Robert D Lee, daughter Melinda Lee Doherty and grandchildren, Paige Doherty, Casey Doherty, Amanda Lee, Michelle Lee Sommers, Preston Lee, Aaron Lee and Allison Lee Holdman.

Norma B. Lee’s funeral will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, TX.

 

Daisy Garcia Flores – April 11, 2017

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Daisy Garcia Flores, 35, formerly of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Prayer services will be at 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Daisy was born May 22, 1981, in Amarillo to Joseluis Flores and Manuela Garcia.   She attended Forest Hill, Travis and Palo Duro schools while growing up.

She was preceded in death by a son, German Flores; and her mother, Manuela Garcia

Survivors include four children, Andy Campos and Genevieve, Vannesa and Genesis Terrazas, all of Amarillo; her father, Joseluis Flores, of Fort Hancock; three brothers, Joseluis Flores and Antonio Flores, both of Amarillo and Miguel Flores, of Fort Hancock; and a sister, Dalila Flores of Fort Hancock.

Mark Kelly Kendall – April 15, 2017

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Mark Kelly Kendall, 62, of Amarillo, died Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with VA Chaplain Rory Murphy officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mark was born May 31, 1954, in Lamesa to Norman and JoAnn Kendall.  Mark attended school in Brownfield.  After his senior year, he joined the Air Force.

Mark was dedicated to serving others as a peer support specialist at Amarillo VAMC and as a staff member at Men’s ARC.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his girlfriend, Christy Deaver; a daughter, Patricia Ann Speakman of Wilmington, Delaware; a sister, Norma Kay Courtney of Pelham, Alabama; a brother, Thomas Martin Kendall of Kentucky; his mother, JoAnn of Pelham; a special niece, “Baby Girl” Melissa Anne of Indiana; a grandson, David; and a niece, Amanda of Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Men’s ARC, 412 SE 16th, Amarillo, TX 79101.

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.