Obituaries for General

James Douglas Chance – July 23, 2017

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

James Douglas Chance, 70, of Amarillo died Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017, in St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Jim Smith officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Doug was born June 10, 1947, in Yuma, Ariz. to Troy and Maudie Chance.  He was a graphic artist and was well known for his creativity.  Doug was prominent in the art and advertising community.

Doug married Kathy Napier on Jan. 8, 1972, in Canyon.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Kathy Chance, of Amarillo; three daughters, Jennifer Woods and husband Chris, Cameron Tinsley and husband Randy, and Kelsey Reynolds and husband Steven, all of Amarillo; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice Care of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th Ave Ste. 100, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S. Western, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Edna Mae McAvey – July 24, 2017

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Edna Mae McAvey, 88, of Amarillo, died Monday, July 24, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Jeff Parsons officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Edna was born July 30, 1928, in LaVernia to John and Adeline Pharris.  She was a member of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church.  Edna married Joseph McAvey on Jan. 31, 1949, in San Antonio.  He preceded her in death in 1997.

Edna loved the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and NASCAR.  She was a loving wife and mother.

Survivors include four daughters, Pat Bachus and husband David, of San Antonio, Carol Jenkins and husband Stuart, of McAllen, Cathy Young and husband Duane, of Midway and Bobbie Parsons and husband Mark, of Amarillo; a son, Danny McAvey and wife Candi, of Amarillo; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Mission Amarillo, 601 SW 10th, Amarillo, TX 79101; or to Make-a-Wish Foundation, 411 S Fillmore St, Amarillo, TX 79101.

Willie Artho – July 22, 2017

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Willie Artho, 79, of Stratford, died Saturday, July 22, 2017. 

Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef officiating.  Burial will be at the Stratford Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford.

Willie was born on January 27, 1938 in Umbarger to Paul and Mary Artho. He had farmed in Dallam County for many years. He served as a county commissioner in Dallam County and as a deacon for over thirty years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  His favorite saying was “I drink beer, smoke cigars, and chase wild women” however his true call in life was to be a saver of souls.

He married Jeanette Husmann on January 18, 1961 in Hereford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elroy Artho, Harvey Artho, Leo Artho, and Kenneth Artho; and two sisters, Edna Weick and Gracie Raef.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Artho of Stratford; four sons, Douglas Artho and wife Shauna of Guymon, Paul Artho and wife Sammie of Canyon, Eric Artho and wife Denise of Plano, Rex Artho and wife Paige of Canyon; three daughters, Debbie Frerich and husband Howard of Vernon, Lynette Kautz and husband Jeff of Stratford, Jennifer Artho of Stratford; two brothers, Joe Artho of Hereford, Andy Artho of Vega; three sisters, Irene Reinart of Hereford, Viola Birkenfeld of Amarillo, Elsie Fangman of Vega; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 28, Stratford, Texas 79084.

John Lee Nichols – July 19, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

John Lee Nichols, 68, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Private services will be held. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

John was born on September 15, 1948 to Elizabeth C. and E. Lee Nichols, Jr. in Texoma, Okla. He cherished the many valued friendships he made during his employment with the Amarillo Soncy Street Home Depot.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Graf Nichols, daughter, Rikki Diane Wheeler and husband Danny of Amarillo, two sisters, Barbara Ann Kuykendall and husband Ron of Beaver, Okla., Susanne McMinn and husband Mark of Maquoketa, Iowa; brother-in-law Michael Brian Graf and wife Chandra of Amarillo, his grandchildren, Tucker Lane Wheeler and Gracie Mae Wheeler, of Amarillo; 7 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-nieces and nephews.


Winona Robinson – July 20, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Winona Robinson, 88, of Vega, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Amarillo.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Vega.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.

Winona was born August 7, 1928 in Mountain Park, OK to Howard and Pauline Blasingame. She married Kenneth “KY” Robinson on April 14, 1950 in Clovis, NM. Her beautiful heart, gentle nature, free spirit, creative talents and cute little laugh will be missed by many.  She was known for her delicious pies, seamstress abilities, beautiful paintings, and lovely quilts. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vega.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Dickie.

She is survived by her daughters; Patty Robinson and Lynda Simmons and her husband Chris; a daughter in law, Linda Robinson; a sister, Bonnie Newkirk; two brothers, Jerry Blasingame and Cecil Blasingame; 5 grandchildren, Lindsay Faircloth and her husband Darrell, Tyler Simmons, Christy Simmons, Shawnell Ayers, and Russell Robinson; and 4 great-grandchildren, Alisha Ayers, Alex Ayers, Wilson Faircloth and Tavie Faircloth.

The family suggest memorial to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.





William Ralph (Bill) McKinney, Jr. – July 3, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

On July 3, 2017, William Ralph (Bill) McKinney, Jr. passed away, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends at his home in Amarillo, Texas. Bill was born on February 1, 1946 in Houston. His family moved to Pampa, Texas in 1948, where he grew up with his younger brother Charles and his parents, Theresa and Ralph McKinney. He graduated from Pampa High School in 1964.

From an early age Bill was a fan of his parents’ Alma Mater, Baylor University, so it was no surprise when he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor in 1968. Shortly after graduating, he married the love of his life, Marian Carol Watkins from Quitman, Texas. The couple resided in Waco while Bill attended Baylor Law School; and after graduating with his law degree, they moved to Corpus Christi.

Bill worked for the SBA in Corpus Christi, and this path took the couple far from Texas to Pennsylvania; however, they quickly returned home when they became expectant parents for the first time. Their journey home brought them to Amarillo, Texas in 1973.

For 49 years Bill served his family, his church, and his community. His law career in Amarillo began with his service as the Assistant City Attorney in 1973. He also served as an Assistant DA in Randall County until 1974. From 1975 to 1977 he was an associate with Robinson & Fotheringham; and from 1977 to 1980, he was a partner with Priolo & McKinney.  In 1980, he embarked upon private practice until the spring of 2017.

While practicing law, Bill was a member of many professional organizations including the Amarillo Area Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and past President of the Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Bill McKinney was a successful Amarillo attorney; but his friends, family and community knew him to be a very successful Amarillo advocate, volunteer and leader. An avid supporter of public education, Bill served as President of Austin Middle School’s Excellence Council and as a member of the Tascosa Excellence Council. He was a member of the AISD Middle School Committee.  He served as President of the Tascosa Lions Club and as a member of the High Plains Epilepsy Board, Southwest Rotary Club and Advocacy, Inc.  His passion was found in service with Masonic Lodge #731, Scottish Rite of El Paso, and the Amarillo Shrine Khiva Temple where he was a past President of his Khiva Patrol Unit.  More recently, Bill was serving on the Board of Directors of the Herring Bank.  In 2016, he answered the call to serve as an Elder in his home church, First Presbyterian Church. He listened to his heart and did his very best to serve well in his Father’s name.

Bill was many things: Son, Brother, Baylor Bear, attorney, Shriner, Elder, life of the party, scratch golfer (maybe) – but his proudest accomplishment was his role as a family man. His wife, three children and six grandchildren were the loves of his life. Their successes were his successes, their challenges were his challenges, and their joys were his joys. His dedication to them set an example for others to strive toward.

Bill McKinney was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ralph and Theresa McKinney. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; his children, William Ralph McKinney III (Trey) of Plano, Alicia Marie McKinney of Grapevine, and Christiana Victoria Harris of Denton; and his brother and wife, Charles and Patti McKinney of Denton. He also leaves behind his six adored grandchildren: Katie McKinney, Anna Atkinson, Arielle Harris, Jameson McKinney, Marian Harris, and Nora Harris and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo on Monday, July 24th at 3:00 P.M.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.   In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Amarillo Children’s Home, 3400 S. Bowie, Amarillo 79109; Khiva Shrine Temple, 305 SE 5th Avenue, Amarillo 79101; or the charity of your choice.





John Lee Scamahorn – July 19, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Attributing his longevity to better bourbon, John Lee Scamahorn, 95, of Amarillo, slipped the surly bonds of earth for the last time on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Services are scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4PM at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel at 2800 Paramount Blvd. The Texas Patriot Guard will post the colors at the entry of the chapel. Volleys for Veterans will offer a military tribute.

John was born midwinter in a dugout in Union County, northeastern New Mexico, on February 07, 1922, to Virgil Lee and Margaret Duffy Scamahorn. He was valedictorian of his 1940 Grenville, NM, High School class of 12. As such, he received a scholarship to Amarillo College and moved to Amarillo. At AC he met Drucilla Louise Adelmann. They married March 09, 1945, in Amarillo.

In World War II, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant, serving in the ferrying command. His Pilot Certification and Individual Flight Records show his qualification in the A-20, AT-6, AT-11, B-17, B-24, B-25, BT-13, C-46, C-47, C-49, C-61, C-64, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, and P-63 aircraft.      Additionally, he flew countless civilian aircraft.

John was a career pilot, earning every propeller rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, including the Air Transport Rating, the highest rating issued.

He had over 15,000 hours in his log books.

After his military service, he started Amarillo Flying Service flight school with Kenneth Brown at Tradewind Airport. John sold his interest to Kenneth and became a company pilot for Plains Machinery Company. He completed his career as the safety officer for Gilvin Terrill Construction Company.

He participated in the first Texas Panhandle Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. in 2008.

He earned the Boy Scout rank of Life Scout. He was a Master Mason, a lifelong member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 923 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Golding-Meadows Post 1475. As a professional pilot, he was a member of Quiet Birdmen Amarillo Hangar 9845.

John has again and now eternally put out his hand and touched the face of God.

Those preceding John in death were his wife Drucilla of 59 years, his parents and a little brother Lawrence Ray.

Remembering him are his daughters of Amarillo, Ann Louise Scamahorn and Ellen Stallings and husband Eddie.

His ashes will be scattered following Drucilla’s, scattered previously, in the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado.

John’s best color was green like his smiling Irish eyes. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully, accordingly.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Texas Air and Space Museum “Grains to Planes” building fund, P.O. Box 31535, Amarillo, TX – 79120, or to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4101 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX – 79110.

After the service, friends are invited to the VFW Post 1475, 1401 SW 8th Ave, to offer a Farewell Toast in John’s honor. The Patriot Guard will provide a motorcycle escort from the chapel.

Jerry Lynn Shoulders – July 19, 2017

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Jerry Lynn Shoulders, 75, of Amarillo, died Wednesday July 19, 2017.  

A memorial service will be at 1:00 Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mr. Shoulders was born November 19, 1941 in Vernon, TX to Stanley and Inez Shoulders.  He was an active member of AA for 43 years.  He was preceded in death by a daughter  Stephanie Bellner in May of 2014.

He is survived by a daughter Amy Frank and her husband Brian of Amarillo; a brother, Lee Cantrell of Arizona; 4 grandchildren, Noah Frank, David Bellner, Amanda Bartlam, and Chelsea Frank; and three great grand-children, Aspen, Zoe and Zeke.

The family suggests memorials be to your local AA chapter or a charity involved with Parkinson’s

Truman Overton Moore – July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Truman Overton Moore, 101, of Amarillo died Thursday July 13, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday July 22, 2017, at the West Chapel of Hillside Christian Church, West Campus, 6100 Soncy Road.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Truman Moore was a Christian. He served the Lord and shared God’s grace all of his days. A devoted family man he treasured his loved ones and kept in touch with extended family throughout the country. Truman was a talented salesman; competitive, but always treating his customers as he would want to be treated. He greeted friends as loved ones, and strangers as friends. His smile was broad and his handshake was fierce. Truman retired from Moore Business Forms in 1981 after thirty-three years. Truman loved his country; he served in the Navy in World War II. Truman was an avid golfer. He had two holes in one fifty years apart, and maintained a handicap lower than his age for many years. He was a lucky fisherman, a wonderful story teller and he sang with enthusiasm.

Truman Overton Moore was born in Marlow, Oklahoma December 12, 1915 to George Washington Moore and Bessie Hatley Moore. Truman’s father passed in 1928. The family struggled through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Truman pitched in however he could. After, finishing high school, Truman found work in Oklahoma City. He provided a home for his younger sister, Velma Moore Wayland, as she attended high school and business college. In 1938, Velma arranged a blind date for him with Rita Murray. The date was the first of many.

Truman and Rita married in Oklahoma City February 18, 1940. Truman and Rita were blessed with their three children, Lyndal, Craig and Brent while living in Oklahoma City. The family moved to Amarillo in 1954. In 1955, Truman and Rita helped found Paramount Terrace Christian Church. Lyndal, Craig and Brent grew up in the church and became faithful Christians.  Truman served as chairman of the elders for many years, and later participated in the transition that created Hillside Christian Church.  Truman and Rita enjoyed retirement. They traveled extensively, did a lot of camping, visited family and always made new friends. They also went on mission trips and remained active in the church. Truman and Rita moved to Lake Tanglewood with Lyndal in 2007, after Rita became ill. They attended Lake Tanglewood Community Church and made many friends in the community. Truman took care of Rita. They were married for over 70 years, parted only by Rita’s death in 2010. Truman remained active after Rita’s death. He golfed regularly, even playing after his 100th birthday. He continued to travel. He also took care of Lyndal when she became ill with cancer. Truman’s life was a bible lesson for those around him. His example was followed. Truman was well cared for by Brent, Deborah, Cloydia and a host of family when he grew frail. Truman recently said that his life had turned out better than he could have imagined.  He was a good and faithful servant whose faith has been rewarded.

Truman was predeceased by his wife, Rita Moore, his daughter, Lyndal Coats and his son, Truman Craig Moore.

Truman is survived by his son, Brent Moore, and wife Deborah of Austin;

his daughter-in-law, Cloydia Moore of Pflugerville; six grandchildren Chrystal Kasch, Eric Coats, Karrie Kendall, Cade Moore, Corbin Moore, and Cara Elizabeth Beavert; and eight great-grandchildren.



Robert “Bob” Daniel – July 18, 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Robert “Bob” Daniel, age 79, of Amarillo died Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Jim Daniel officiating.  Burial will precede the service at 9:00 a.m. MST at Melrose Cemetery in Melrose N.M.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Robert was born on September 6, 1937 in Folsom, Oklahoma to Raymon and Grace Daniel.

He married Patsy Ruth Adams of Melrose on January 3, 1957, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  She passed on in November 1989. He then married Virginia McCord Burt in Amarillo, in 1992.

Bob retired from Pantex and opened Daniel’s Drive Inn in 1981.  He was a fast pitch softball pitcher for over 30 years.  He traveled all over singing with the Good News Quartet.  He was a deacon and taught senior adults in Sunday School at Hillcrest Baptist and Temple Baptist Church for several years.

Robert was a witness to everyone he met by sharing his love of the Lord, and by giving much of his time to others through a food delivery ministry.

Robert was predeceased by his wife Patsy Ruth Adams Daniel, and wife Virgina McCord Burt Daniel, and a brother, Don Daniel.

He was survived by his sons, Gary Daniel and wife LaDonna, Charles Daniel and wife Mari; his step-daughters, Debra Campoamor and Shelly Akerly and husband Bruce; his brothers, Jim Daniel and wife Lanell, of Gravette, Arkansas, Billy Joe Daniel and wife Sue, and Dan Daniel of Amarillo, a sister-in-law, Joby Daniel, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to:  Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2901 Martin Road, Amarillo, Texas 79107 or the High Plains Food Bank, 815 Ross Street, Amarillo, Texas 79102.