Obituaries for General

Dora Alicia Gonzalez – March 11, 2018

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Dora Alicia Gonzalez, 77, of Amarillo, died Sunday, March 11, 2018.

A rosary service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Dora was born on December 6, 1940 in Cotulla, Texas to Marin and Ramona Anez.  She lived in Chicago most of her life.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and traveling.

She married Cornelio Gonzalez on February 24, 1960 in Cotulla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Susanna Arrez.

Dora is survived by her husband, Cornelio Gonzalez of Amarillo; three daughters, Maria Gonzalez, Dora Elsa Arroyo & husband Seberino, Maricella Gonzalez, all of Chicago; two sons, Danny Gonzalez and wife Elvia of Chicago and Rene Acosta and wife Nadine of Amarillo; nine grandchildren, Carlos Arroyo, Marco Arrez, Gabriel Arroyo, Eric Arroyo, Miguel Acosta, Lisa Esteban, Stephanie Lopez, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Nathaniel Gonzalez; and eighteen great grandchildren.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society 3915 Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

Ima Jo Bowley – March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Ima Jo Bowley, 88, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 12, 2018.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery with Bob Miller officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ima Jo was born on January 20, 1930 in Winters, Texas to Horace and Dollan Bradshaw.  She had worked as a housekeeper for Northwest Texas Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, and a great grandson.

She is survived by two daughters, Jane Hilleary and husband Tom, Becky White and husband Preston; a sister, June Littlejohn; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 13th from 6 pm to 7 pm.

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Mark Scott Boynton – March 10, 2018

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Mark Scott Boynton, 70, of Amarillo, TX died Saturday, March 10th, 2018.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church Chapel. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors located at 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mark was born August 6th, 1946 in Amarillo, TX to Robert and Neita Boynton. He graduated from Amarillo High where he was a decorated football player. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from North Texas University. He lived in Tallahassee, FL and Atlanta, GA before returning to Amarillo for the birth of his only child, Scott.

He then moved to San Antonio, TX where he lived for over 20 years. He was active in the community and helped run the Northside Suburban Little League for many years with several of his friends.

He returned to Amarillo, TX to care for his parents and would live there for the rest of his life.

Mark was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Palo Duro Lodge No. 1239 in Amarillo. He was an excellent salesman, spending most of his career with Vanity Fair. He was a dedicated father and an avid sports fan, particularly when it came to the Dallas Cowboys and Florida State Seminoles.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen Boynton.

He is survived by his son, Scott Boynton, and Scott’s partner, Megan Davis, his cousin Kenny Barnes and wife Amy Barnes, and his cousin Blake Barnes and wife Kelly Barnes.

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Wiley Eldred Sheets – March 9, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Wiley Eldred Sheet, 90, of Amarillo, died March 9, 2018.

Wiley Eldred Sheets was born October 17, 1927 in Spearman, Texas.  He passed away March 9, 2018, in Claude, Texas.  .  Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Hansford County Cemetery.

Wiley graduated from Spearman High School.  After graduation he served in the U.S. Marine Corp.  He attended West Texas State University.

Wiley was preceded in death by his wife Elva Lee; three brothers, Joe Roy, Don, and Shirley and two sisters, Letha Banks and Grace Bright.

Family surviving members are sisters, Wilma Cornette and husband Marvin, Wanda Clemmer and husband Buford, and Peggy Woods.  Surviving brothers are Jess Sheets and Jody Sheets, and 21 nieces and nephews.

Zoey Lynn Zint – March 9, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Zoey Lynn Zint, 14, of Amarillo, died March 9, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Southwest Church of Christ with Bob Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Zoey was born February 24, 2004 to David and DeLee Zint.  She was a student at Cornado Elementary and currently at Austin Middle School.

Survivors include her parents, David and DeLee Zint and sister, Lexie Zint; grandparents, Stuart and Margo Harrelson, Wayne Zint, and Cathie Spring; great-grandparent. J.D. Springs all of Amarillo.

Larry Wayne Laursen – March 9, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Larry Wayne Laursen, 74, passed away at home on March 9, 2018. Larry donated his body to Texas Tech University Medical Center in Lubbock.

No services are planned however, the family is extending an invitation to our friends for an open house at our home on Georgia St., Saturday March 17, 2018 from 2-4 pm to pay their respects.

Larry was born in Woodward, OK, December 24, 1943, his dad was in the service so grandpa drove his mother to the hospital in an old pickup truck with a hole in the floorboard, it was very cold according to DeVerle his mother.

When Larry’s dad Earl came home from the service in 1946 the family moved back to Amarillo. Earl and his dad built a small house on the side of their lot on Georgia St. in which they lived until their new home was completed in 1951.

Larry attended school at Bivins Elementary, Austin Jr. High, Tascosa High, Amarillo College and then completed his education at Texas A&M at College Station receiving a degree in civil engineering, which he used for the next forty years, starting in Kansas, followed by Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and retiring from the City of Rockford in Illinois in 2007. It was a very good life.

Larry met his wife Carolyn Cress Desbien in 1968 in Goodland, KS, they were married August 30, 1969 at his parents’ home on Georgia St. in Amarillo. To this union was born a son Larry Wade, Larry also helped raise Carolyn’s children Richard Desbien, Jr. and Lisa Renee’ Desbien.

Larry and Carolyn returned to the family home in Amarillo in 2007 to help care for his mother who was 95, he felt you never get too old to go home, it was the right thing to do and the timing was perfect.

Larry was a slow talking and walking Texan, if he was picked on about this, he liked to say, I have two speeds and you wouldn’t like the other one either. A friend once said of Larry, he is one of the good guys.  Agreed!  Larry was my rock, my assurance that everything would be okay.  He loved to travel, play games of almost any kind, he particularly liked Texas Hold’em, Bingo and Casino play.

Survivors are his wife Carolyn of the home and children Larry Wade and Melissa of Austin, Dr. Lisa R. Altmann and Charles of Broussard, LA and Richard L. Desbien, Jr. of Rockford, IL, grandchildren Lucas Shelby and Emily Elizabeth Laursen of Austin and Alex Matthew and Samuel Charles Altmann of Broussard, LA, brother-in-law Fred Cress and Karen of Liberal, KS, sister-in-law Margaret Baalman of Goodland, KS, as well as many other extended family members, also lifelong friends Dennis and Mary Reynolds, Danny Black, and special old friends Creola Nebhut and Betty Duniven, all of Amarillo, and last but certainly not least, our sweet, happy little dog “Joey” will miss his sleeping buddy.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Earl and DeVerle and a brother Shelby Lynn Laursen.

The family suggests any donations be made to the Alzheimer Association.

We would also like to thank the staff of Encompass Hospice for their help and care, especially Shelly, Krista, and Emily.


Lois Blanche Line – March 9, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Lois Blanche Line, 95, died March 9, 2018.

Lois was born September 17, 1922 in Sperry, Oklahoma to Ernest and Mina Hutchinson.  She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Garvin Monroe Line.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Garvin Line and wife, Jenny of Stinnett and Garvin Monroe Line, Jr. and wife Karla of Columbia, Missouri; a daughter Beth Sunderman and husband, Max of Vega; and a sister, Lola Huckins of Skellytown; eight grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest privately by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Samuel “Sam” Melban – March 8, 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Samuel “Sam” Melban, 90, of Dumas died Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox with Lane Boyd officiating.  Burial will be in Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Sam was born on May 14, 1927 in Van Houten, New Mexico to Jack and Davina Melban.  He had worked for CIG as an operator over 30 years.  He was a carpenter and had helped build the little league parks in Dumas, one of these fields were named after him.  He was a member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenease Melban.

He is survived by three sons, Charlie Melban and wife Beverlee of Bushland, Sid Melban and wife Gail of Dumas, Jerry Melban and wife Lana of Amarillo; two brothers, Kenneth Melban and Jimmy Melban, both of California; six grandchildren, Cameron and wife Keri, Kassie and husband Jerry, Shelby, Shayne and wife Jayna, Alayna and Joe, and Sydney and husband Andy; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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

Viewing will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo and from 10:00 a.m.. to 8 p.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Dumas.

Charles Rudolph Dixon – March 8, 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Charles Rudolph Dixon, 93, of Amarillo died Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Graveside services will be at 1pm, Monday, March 12, 2018, at Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Dixon was born in Ranger, Texas, March 14, 1924, to Florine Angeline (Tyree) Dixon and Clarence (Sodie) Byron Dixon.  Charles was a long time resident of Amarillo, where he married Matha Marie Thorn on December 22, 1945, shortly after his return from the World War II effort in the Southwest Pacific.

Charles retired as a Chief Warrant Officer assigned to the U.S. Army, 31 October 1966.  After more than 20 years service which included three years in the Southwest Pacific, 1942 through 1945, during the second World War, Korea 1952 through 1953, England 1954 to 1955, and Germany 1962 through 1965.  Mr. Dixon was awarded the following decorations, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Certificate of Appreciation and the Army Commendation Medal.

Mr. Dixon was employed by Raytheon Company as a maintenance manager in Saudi Arabia for over four years shortly after his retirement from the U.S. Army.  He returned to Amarillo where he was employed by GTE, NCR, and A.G. Edwards and Sons as a stockbroker.  Mr. Dixon retired in 1983 and spent the remaining years of his life taking care of his home and yard, and of course, a garden during the summer months.

He was a member of Amarillo Masonic Lodge 731 for more than sixty years.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Florine Dixon; his father, Clarence Dixon; an older brother, Clarence Eugene Dixon; and younger brother, James Edward Dixon.

Survivors include his wife, Matha Marie (Thorn) Dixon; two daughters, Sallie Carol Cristiani, of Surprise, Arizona and Denise Jean Litherland, of Amarillo; a sister, Betty (Dixon) Higgins of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Megan Litherland, of Dallas, Casey (Litherland) Rejda, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sam Brown, of Austin, Texas and Denna Marie Brown, of Surprise, Arizona; and four great-grandchildren, Mia Renee Brown,  James Texas Brown, Cole Parker Brown and Berkley Epic Rejda.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to Shriner’s Hospital for children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl.  33607.

Benjamin David Thomas – March 3, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Benjamin David Thomas, 3, of Amarillo, died Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018, at Tascosa Road Fellowship with Pastor Joe Dwyer officiating.  Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Benjamin was born April 29, 2014, in Amarillo, Texas to Dameon Hayes and Kami Shemeka Thomas.

Defying the odds of his diagnosis, he left the hospital with his parents. Only expected to live days after he left the hospital, Ben’s relentless fight to live was evident. His fight survived two surgeries and many accounts of being sick. With God, Ben courageously lived a month shy of his fourth birthday.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Isom William Thomas.

Survivors include his parents, Dameon and Kami Thomas; his grandfather, William Collins; his grandmothers, Shelley Collins and Debra Wiseman; uncles and aunts, Keith and Myra Collins, Charles Thomas Jr., Rolanda and Trant Kirven, Kirk and Monica Collins, LaShun Clark, and a host of other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the funeral home.