Obituaries for Lubbock

Laina Jewel Burleson Bartlow – August 31, 2017

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Laina Jewel Burleson Bartlow, 73, of Amarillo went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2017 after a year long battle of cancer.  Memorial Services will be held Monday, September 4, 2017 at The Church at Quail Creek with Dale Moreland officiating.  Private burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.   

Mrs. Bartlow was born October 23, 1943 in Dodge City, Kansas to Albert and Evelyn Burleson.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1962, where she was active in music and theater. She later graduated from the Paralegal Institute in Scotsdale, Arizona and worked as a Paralegal for over twenty years.   

She married, Kenneth David Bartlow and recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.  Laina was a member of Sweet Adelines International for over 20 years and Director of the Amarillo Chorus for 12 years.  She was also a member of a quartet, The Sharpsichords and won several competitions including Regional Competitions.  Laina also participated in the music program at San Jacinto Baptist Church now known as The Church at Quail Creek, which included directing children’s choir, women’s Bible Study, church choir and solos.   

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth Burleson of Albuquerque and Tom Burleson of Amarillo.  Survivors include her husband, Dave Bartlow of the home, 2 sons, Shawn and wife Danetta Nelson of Arlington, Josh Nelson of Lubbock, 2 daughters, Suzann and husband Bill O’Brien of Crystal Lake, IL and Summer and husband Raymond Lea of Amarillo; brother Jim and wife Betty Burleson of Amarillo; 11 grandchildren, Deidre, Mikala, Kaleigh, Kristina, Noah, Hannah, Dharma, Madi, Lainie, Landri and Natalie and countless nieces and nephews.   

The family would like to thank the BSA Hospice of the Southwest and Hospice staff at Bivins Pointe for all of their love, care and support this past year for not only Laina, but our entire family! The family suggests memorials go to Bivins Pointe 6600 Killgore Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106.




Jesse Frank Tow – August 27, 2017

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Jesse Frank Tow, 85, of Amarillo went Home to be with the Lord Sunday evening, August 27, 2017, with his wife of 66 years by his side.  He fought a 16-year stand-off with cancer, but was hospitalized this month with complications, including the onset of myasthenia gravis.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Paramount Baptist Church with Lance Herrington officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Frank married Betty Brown Tow in 1951. He was drafted and stationed in Norfolk VA during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Frank and Betty lived and worked in Lubbock and Albuquerque before returning to settle in Amarillo in 1963. His two older brothers put him to work as a mechanic, and he began a 31-year career at Tow Brothers Equipment Co. He played bridge with friends on Fridays and Saturdays, or took Betty and his sons camping near every trout stream or hideaway within a weekend’s drive of Amarillo.

Growing up outside Canyon, Frank was schooled at the original West Texas Teachers’ College. His greatest spiritual teacher, everyone knew, was his grandmother Catherine “Little Ma” Clayton, with whom he is now reunited. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 12.

Gradually, his boyhood passion for roaming the pastures searching for arrowheads evolved into enthusiasm for walking fairways in search of golf balls.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and six siblings. Surviving brother and sisters are I. J. Tow (wife Ann), Sybil Woods and Shirley Moore, all of Amarillo; Mary Hancock (husband Happy) of Eustace, and Rebecca Asbury (husband Phil) of Wilcox AZ.

Frank and Betty enjoyed an active retirement across two decades, touring the country in their RV and making annual extended stays in Pendaries NM and the Fredricksburg area. He was an accomplished woodcarver and a deacon at Paramount Baptist Church. His regular golfing foursome included Billy Fred Maddox, Rick Wrestley and Don Elms.

He is survived by his dear wife and two sons: Doug Tow (wife Laura) of Lubbock, and Scott Tow (wife Marcy) of Sachse. He was forever proud of four grandchildren: Jesse Tow of Nashville TN, Hayley Tow of Lewisville, Jeremy Tow of Lubbock, and Hogan Tow (wife Shellye) of Josephine.  Recently, God brought four great-grandchildren Zoye, Tori, Logan and Etta. Frank touched the lives of many, many nephews, nieces and cousins – each deeply and dearly loved.

Everyone who knew him recognized Frank above all as an Advocate for Christ, a shepherd for his family, and a salesman for golf. He often gave away sets of clubs, recruiting friends and family to the game he loved.

He played his last round July 19, when he “shot his age” one final time.


Billy Gene Robison – August 20, 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Billy Gene Robison, 87, of Lubbock, died Sunday, August 20th, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26th, 2017, in the Claude, Texas Cemetery.  Viewing will be from Noon-6:00 p.m., Friday, August 25th, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers in Claude, 200 Parks Ave.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Robison was born June 30, 1930, in Amarillo, to J.E. (Ed) and Callie Baker Robison. He graduated from Claude High School in 1948 and attended Texas Tech University. He married Ruth Faye Brunson on June 8, 1951, in Clovis, N.M. He owned and operated Robison Seed Co. with his wife, from 1958 to 1994. He was a Master Mason in good standing and a 50+ year lifetime member of Kiva Shriners of Amarillo.  He enjoyed traveling and being able to participate in the accomplishments of his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons, C. Dale Robison and wife Vanessa of Lubbock, and Mark Robison and wife Joan of Canyon; three grandchildren, Christian J. Robison of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Aubrie Jo Robison of Lubbock, and Penni Nelson of Dallas; several brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth and his brothers, John T. Robison and D.K. (Dutch) Robison.

The family suggests memorials be to the Armstrong County Museum, Box 450, Claude, Texas, 79019.

Toni Janine Sweet – June 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Toni Janine Sweet, 62, of Amarillo, died Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rick Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Toni was born on October 27, 1954 in Lubbock, Texas to June and Charles Hudson. She had worked for H&R Block and for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Toni was a member of Seventh Day Adventist.

She married Kent Sweet on April 29, 1981 in Clovis, New Mexico. He preceded her in death in 2007.   She was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Michie.

She is survived by a daughter, Amy Bailey and husband Wes of Amarillo; two brothers, Rick Hudson and wife Janet of San Antonio and Alan Hudson and wife Genice of Lubbock; a sister, Sue Hart and husband Bill of Austin; two grandchildren, Baylee Williams and Aaron Williams, both of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, Candy Wilbur of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Texas Oncology, Dr. Reddy and Interim Hospice, Tiffany and Jennifer.

The family suggests memorials 24 Hours In the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center, 4514 B Cornell, Amarillo, TX 79109.



Harry Andy Reeves – June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Harry Andy Reeves, 84, of Amarillo, died Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday in Covenant Fellowship Church with Stephen Gaines, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Harry was born to George and Cora Reeves on May 12, 1933 on the farm outside of Tulia, Texas. Harry graduated from Tulia High School and then received a business degree from West Texas State University.  He served in the United States Army at Fort Carson, CO and then returned home to help with the family Butane business.  Shortly thereafter, he founded Reeves Insurance Agency.  He was very active in civic activities serving in the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tulia ISD School Board (which he was president of for several years) and First United Methodist Church.  He was especially proud of chairing the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for Swisher County.  Because he chaired that celebration, he was selected Man of the Year in Tulia in 1966.  Later in life, he continued to serve his God and was on several committees of Covenant Fellowship in Amarillo, the Amarillo District Council of Ministries and the Invite Team of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed volunteering with the VA in their transportation services.

Harry was a loving father and husband. He and his wife Velma raised their sons in Tulia.  He married Joy Pierce on June 1, 2003 and moved to Amarillo.  After their marriage, Harry rejoiced to count Joy’s children and grandchildren as his own.

Harry is survived by his wife, Joy, of the home; two sons, Randall and his wife Mary of Lubbock, Texas and Brad and his wife Sherrie of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Janeane White and her husband Jim of Midland, Texas and Tammi Ward and her husband Pete of Canyon, Texas; six grandchildren, Andrew Reeves, Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass and her husband Weston, Derek Reeves, Blake Ward and his wife Erica, Nick Ward and his wife Michelle, and Ky White and his wife Amie; and six great-grandchildren, Morgan Ward, Grayson Ward, Emery Ward, Cohen Ward, Tegan White and Samuel Pendergrass.

The family suggests memorials to Covenant Fellowship Church, 8501 S Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79119.

Cody R. Salmon – March 22, 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Cody R. Salmon, 39, of Amarillo died Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Salmon Obit Pic

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Southwest Church of Christ with Brian Mashburn and Kyle Wade, ministers, officiating. Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Cody was born June 9, 1977 in Amarillo to Jon and Rhonda Salmon. He was a 1995 Randall High School graduate.  He loved to play disc golf, enjoyed going to concerts and playing guitar.

His children were his greatest joy. Cody was full of compassion that ran his life and an underdog champion. He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

He married Shannon Phillips on April 1, 2013, in Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Little in 1966 and Pete Salmon in 1982, a brother, Clay Salmon in 2010, and his father Jon Salmon in 2015.

Survivors include his wife, Shannon Salmon, of Amarillo; a daughter, Shaylee Salmon of Lubbock; a son, Slade Salmon of Amarillo; a stepson, Israel Gonzales of Lubbock; his mother, Rhonda Salmon of Amarillo; a brother, Casey Salmon and wife Tara of Amarillo; and his grandmothers, Mildred Little and Marie Salmon; aunts and uncles, David and Linda Thurston, of Amarillo and Greg and Lana Little of Amarillo; and many cousins.




Patricia Harrison – March 2, 2017

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Patricia Harrison, 57, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 2, 2017.Harrison Obit Photo

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Joe Kirkwood officating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Patricia was born on January, 25, 1960, in Clayton, NM to Juanita Blea. She married Kirk Harrison on May 23, 1995, in Canyon, Texas.  She was a homemaker, avid volunteer and member of Family and Friends Worship Center.

Survivors include her husband, Kirk Harrison; sons, Theodore Villalobos, Jr., of Florida, Michael Villalobos, of Lubbock, Patrick Villalobos and wife April, of Vernon; daughters, Heather Cardenas and husband Michael, Leticia Cortez and husband Greg, and Rita Smith and husband Bryan, all of Lubbock; sisters, Sofia Salas, of Muleshoe, Vivian Hall and husband Charles, of Stratford,  Virginia Martinez, of Odessa, and Angie Arriaga and husband Marcos; a brother, Max Martinez; and two grandchildren, Gregory and Nichole.


Dorthy “Lavelle” Bronniman – February 3, 2017

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Dorthy “Lavelle” Bronniman, 76, of Friona, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 3, 2017.    Bronniman Obit Pic

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Vega Church of Christ with Carroll Thomason, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Lavelle was born on November 23, 1940 in Lamesa, Texas to Effie and L. T. Prather. She married her beloved Oscar Bronniman on August 24, 1963 in Lamesa, Texas. They had three children.  She was an elementary school teacher.  She taught 3 years at Fluvanna; 3 years at Walcott; and 10 years at Friona.  Lavelle enjoyed singing church songs and reading.  She was a member of the 6th Street Church of Christ in Friona.

She is survived by her husband, Oscar Bronniman, of the home; two sons, Bart Bronniman and wife Sharla of Clovis, NM and Bret Bronniman and wife Krista of Early; a daughter, Bena Glasscock and husband Jerry Don of Adrian; three brothers, Jack Prather and wife Leslie of Lubbock; Ewell Prather and wife Marilyn of Abilene; and Orville Prather and wife Madie of Temple; a sister, Estelle Strother and husband Jim of Allen; ten grandchildren, Tiffany, Josh, Caitlin, Jacob, Blake, Jarrett, Jayden, Beau, Briley and Madison; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Taylor Bronniman and a sister, Verla Strickland.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Prairie Acres in Friona, the Alzheimer’s Association, Camp Blue Haven or a charity of choice.




Billy Wayne Williams – September 16, 2016

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Billy Wayne Williams, 71, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with his Lord on September 16, 2016.williams-obit-photo

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Jubilee Apostolic Church. Burial will be in     Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Billy was born September 21, 1944, to G.T. (Bud) Williams and Aline Williams in Dalhart, Texas.  He grew up in Masterson and Dumas, Texas, graduating from Dumas High School in 1964.  He was a barber for many years and later worked in the printing field.

Billy was a member of Jubilee Apolostolic Church. His life was guided by his deep Christian faith. He loved attending Camp Meetings & singles conferences. He was a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan, liked to garden, and had recently re-discovered his joy in drawing cartoons. He attended Jan Warner Adult Daycare regularly and enjoyed playing pool and visiting with the staff and residents. The family thanks Jan Warner and the PACE program for the excellent medical and other care given to Billy. The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff and physicians at Amarillo Nephrology and the Amarillo High Plains Dialysis Center.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Aline Williams, and Royce Williams, brother. He is survived by his sister Faye (Beth) McClung and brother-in-law Raymond (Butch) McClung; two nieces, Rhonda McClung and Diana McClung, both of Amarillo; great-niece, Rachael McClung and her children, Roy and Aubrey Short, also of Amarillo; his sister-in-law, Sue Williams of Lubbock, nephews Tommy Archer and family of Arco, Idaho; Brad Williams and family of Granite Shoals, Texas; and David Williams and family of Lubbock, Texas. This family was very close to Billy and will miss him terribly.  Special thanks to J. R. Romero, who was like a brother to Billy for many years, and to his friend, Chris Peters of Moore, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to the United Way of Amarillo for Jan Warner Adult Daycare Center.

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Roy James “RJ” McCray – August 30, 2016

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Roy James “RJ” McCray, 30, of Lubbock, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016.McCray Obit Photo

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Ray Perryman and Roger Morris officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas.

RJ was born on January 21, 1986 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Janet Davis and Tracy Williams. He graduated from Lubbock-Cooper High School in 2004 and American Motorcycle Institute in 2005.  RJ lived in Vega and worked for Kirkland Seed Company in 2011 – 2012.  He moved to the Lubbock area and resided until present. He spent his life enjoying his family.  He had a deep love for them all.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and working with his hands.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, James A. Davis and aunt, Jane Williams.

He is survived by his mother, Janet Davis, of Oklahoma; his father, Tracy Williams and wife Tammy of Ohio; his wife, Shawna D. McCray of Lubbock; his children, Roland, Harley and Tatem McCray of Texas; his step-children, Tawnee and Maddye McAfee; his grandfather, Chuck Williams of Colorado; his grandmothers, Judy McCray and Sharon Wells of Ohio; Marie Davis of Vega; Frances Davis of Oklahoma City; his sisters, Celeste Braker of Lubbock and Bianca and husband Jon Musgrave of Ohio; his brother, Charlie Williams of Ohio; aunts and uncles; Don and Rita Williams of California; Josh and Allie Williams of Colorado; Trisha and Brandon Gary of Kansas; Sean McCray of Ohio; Kenny Davis of Texas; Marla Atchison and Jay Atchison, both of Oklahoma and Kevin Atchison of Florida; his nephew, Cole Braker; his niece; Eden Braker, both of Lubbock; and a whole lot of family that loved him.