Obituaries for Lubbock

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.




Carlos Miguel Jordan – July 6, 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Jordan Obit PicCarlos Miguel Jordan, from Lubbock, Texas, passed away on July 6, 2016, at Childers Inpatient Hospice. A celebration of life gathering was held on Saturday, July 9th.  At a later date, the family will hold a special memorial service.

Carlos was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jordan, and his daughters and their spouses, Pat and Jan Pirtle of Amarillo, Texas and Jeff and Celeste Dannemiller of Cody, Wyoming. Elizabeth and Carlos were married on July 18, 1953 and have been living together in Lubbock for almost 63 years.  “Poppie” was also survived by six grandchildren, Jordan Patrick Pirtle, Danielle Love, Jordan Jackson, Michael Pirtle, Candiss Hill, and Logan Dannemiller.  And his legacy continues with 10 Great-grandchildren.  Carlos was uncle to Vic Stephenson and his family. He had many special friends and kind neighbors, Kyle and Shelly Carver and their family, whom he loved as his own.  Carlos had several passions and loves in his life. Yet his family and special friends took priority.  He pledged to care for his wife every day and stay connected to all of his family. “Poppie” always wanted to know how his grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing and growing.  He was proud of each and every one!

Carlos was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on December 19, 1934.  He lived in Puerto Rico until he moved to the mainland to attend Texas Tech in 1952.  He majored in Commercial Art & Architecture Design.  However, he did not finish at Texas Tech until after he served in the US Marine Corps. Carlos joined the Marines in October of 1953 and actively served in Korea for about 3 years. He completed his time with the Marines in the reserves until October 1961 and received an Honorary Discharge. He was presented with the Medals for National Defense, United States Service, and the Korean Service.  In October of 1990, he retired as a Civil Service employee from Reese AFB in Lubbock.  His civil service of 34 years was recognized with honor and special awards for his outstanding commercial art and presentations for the government.

After retirement, Carlos involved himself with many days of painting and sketching.  He enjoyed attending and teaching art classes and meeting fellow artists around the Lubbock area.  Carlos was an accomplished artist and created many different pieces of art in a variety of mediums, subject matters, and styles.  He especially took pride in portraits and character creations. His most recent entry and award was from the Plains Art Association in Plainview for an abstract acrylic portrait of a coffee buddy.  Carlos had never liked to work with acrylics, but he challenged himself at 80 years old to try something new.  This large portrait won 1st Place in acrylics.  “Jeery” or “Blueberry” was one of his last paintings. Not only did Carlos have a great talent and interest in art, but he also enjoyed music and reading.  He was an avid reader of mysteries, novels, biographies, and art history.  He loved to listen to classical music, Barbara Streisand, and his favorite Frank Sinatra. His favorite song was “I Did it My Way”. Carlos always had a strong connection and love for his homeland.  He enjoyed cooking Puerto Rican food, listening to Puerto Rican music, talking about memories of his family and the beautiful island that he knew as a boy.  He said, “It is a beautiful land and sea”.

Our “Poppie” will never be forgotten and his legacy will continue through our lives……like he signed his letters and cards ……SIEMPRE…..meaning always!  Thank you God, for your mercy and love that has blessed us dearly!  Romans 7:6

Glenda Gayle “MeeMee” Daniels – June 21, 2016

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Glenda Gayle “MeeMee” Daniels, 61, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Daniels Obit Photo (2)

Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in Jubilee Apostolic Church with Nathan Carrington officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Daniels was born on January 8, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland to Betty and Ralph Brooks. She had been a hairdresser for life and a caregiver.  She married Larry Daniels in 1974 at Amarillo.  She was the greatest baker in the world and wanted to make sure everyone was fed.  She could make a spread like no other.

She was a member of Jubilee Apostolic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Daniels, of the home; a daughter, Maegan McClain of Lubbock; a son, Christopher Daniels, of Amarillo; three sisters, Tammy Long of Amarillo; Stormie Romaniello of Connecticut ; and Henrietta; a brother, Herbert; a sister-in-law, Nancy Daniels of Amarillo; and two grandchildren, Mersaideez McClain and Maddyson McClain.

The family will receive friends on from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.




Lorene Grisham – May 28, 2016

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Lorene Grisham, 93, of Panhandle died Saturday, May 28, 2016. Grisham Obit Photo

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Lorene was born in Comanche Co., Texas on June 28, 1922. She married Frank Grisham on March 9, 1940 in Gorman, Texas.  They lived there until 1953 when he was transferred to Panhandle, as manager with Pioneer Natural Gas Company.

Frank preceded her in death on December 23, 1997. She was also preceded in death by a son, Weldon Grisham on December 2, 2000.

Lorene was a member of the Panhandle Country Club and Ladies Golf Association. She was a club champion several times, which she was very proud of and also a member of 55+ Club that she attended every Wednesday and had lots of fun playing cards.

Lorene had lots of hobbies, sewing, quilting, and all kinds of handwork.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Held and husband Les of Panhandle, a grandson, Steve Held and wife Kathy of Marquez, Texas; a granddaughter, MeLinda Shemwell and husband Ralph; a great-grandson son, Ryan; great-granddaughter, Hanna Williams and husband Westin, all of Panhandle; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Grisham of Panhandle; a granddaughter, Michele Rollans and husband Brad; a great-granddaughter, Meredith, all of Allen, Texas; a grandson, Scott Grisham of Panhandle; and great-grandson, Kyler of Lubbock, Texas.

She dearly loved all her family, Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandma, Lorene.

Judith (Judy) Elaine Rattenborg Millard – March 18, 2016

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Judith (Judy) Elaine Rattenborg Millard, 74, died heroically from pancreatic cancer on March 18, 2016 at her home in Dumas,Millard Judy Obit Photo Texas. Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Darrell Wait, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
Once in a while, God sends a person to help teach us how to love, to be creative, to be yourself and to live life to the fullest. Judy was one of those people. Judy was born Sept. 14, 1941 in Elk Horn, Iowa to John and Mabel Rattenborg, the descendants of Danish immigrants. Judy was proud of her Danish heritage and loved to cook Kringla, Ebelskiver, Frikadeller and Danish pancake recipes for the family that were taught to her by her mother.
She was raised in Denison, Iowa where her father and mother operated a dairy and produce store. She met the love of her life there, Dale (Duke) Millard, and they were married shortly after high school graduation in 1958.
Duke worked in the beef packing industry and Judy counted 14 different houses that they had lived in over the years due to work related moves. When Duke had been injured early in their marriage, she ran a blue plate diner in Sioux City, Iowa to make ends meet, with two young children.
The family came to Dumas, TX in 1973 after moves from Sioux City, IA; Hereford, TX; Plainview, TX and Holton, KS. Her husband Duke helped build the original American Beef Plant in Cactus, TX, which is now JBS Swift.
In 1988, Judy and several of her friends were instrumental in bringing the Memorial Hospice to Dumas. She volunteered for hospice for many years. In 1995, Judy and Duke were awarded the “Citizens of the Year” from the Moore County Chamber of Commerce for their civic contributions. Judy also served on the Dumas city commission for a short time in 1996, during which time she helped to acquire a new city animal shelter.
For the last 30 years, Judy was known during the Halloween season by her alter ego, “Witchy-Poo.” Judy loved dressing up in makeup like a witch and entertaining kids at the library, schools and especially at her house on Halloween night. Hundreds of people would come by to see what “The Witch” had brewed up for decorations and treats each year.
Judy was known as “MeMe” to 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She loved her family with passion and made sure every Christmas or any other family get together included plenty of food and games such as card games or Pictionary. Her family scavenger hunts became legendary.
She loved her dogs, feeding the birds, painting and creating artwork, playing Bridge, traveling with friends and entertaining others. She never met a stranger and was always quick to make them her friend. She also loved to make sure you were completely stuffed at dinner and if you didn’t take seconds, she was quick to guilt new guests into more helpings by her famous, “What’s the matter, you don’t like it?” line. She will always be remembered for her laughter, her beauty, her dedication to her family, her imagination and creativity, her compassion for animals and the best homemade cinnamon rolls ever.
Judy is preceded in death by husband Duke, parents John and Mabel Rattenborg, two brothers Richard and Phillip Rattenborg and grandson, Justin Reeves. She is survived by daughter, Kelly and Robert Fortney of Lubbock, TX; one son, Bryan Millard and Tammy Muckle of Austin, TX; daughter Kaye and Tory Moore, of Dumas, TX; daughter Kathleen Ransonette of Amarillo, TX; 8 grandchildren, Kristina and Tim Dean; David and Kathryn Moore; Drake Ransonette, Danielle Ransonette, LeShea Millard, Laura and Zach Maner; Lexi and Davidson Venencio. Also 5 great grandchildren; Alana and Maddison Dean, Haidyn Ransonette, Matthias Moore and Bexley Maner. Also her faithful companion, Miss Boo whom she rescued from the animal shelter.
In lieu of flowers, Judy would rather you make a donation to Memorial Hospice, any “No-Kill” animal shelter, or 1st Christian Church of Dumas, where she was a member.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Edna Joann Shelton – December 27, 2013

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Shelton obit photoEdna Joann Shelton, 89, formerly of Amarillo, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Lubbock.

Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Lakeridge United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel in Lubbock. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Joann was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Syracuse, Kan., to Arthur and Edna Benedict. As a young child she moved to Lamar, Colo., and was raised on a farm outside of town with her three siblings. In 1943, she and her sister Jean moved to Amarillo to train as teletype operators and were soon employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for several years.

On June 10, 1945, she married Thomas Coe Shelton. Joann found her passion in raising four daughters in a Christ centered environment.

Joann was a beautiful lady who was always loving and kind. She had the heart of a caregiver, always helping those in need. She was active in her church and taught the three year olds Sunday School class for 15 years at Buchanan Street Baptist Church. Joann later became active for many years in the First Baptist Church of Amarillo.

In 2009, she and her husband moved to Heartland House assisted living in Lubbock to be closer to family. She quickly established new friendships and enjoyed attending church at Lakeridge United Methodist Church. Joann loved participating in games and activities and regularly beat her daughters at Scrabble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and a brother.

Survivors include her husband, T.C. Shelton; four daughters, Cathy Lynskey of League City, Karen Milner and husband George of Morganton, N.C., Connie Shelton of Austin and Kristi Townsen and husband Stewart of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, a sister, Lois Sawyer of Grand Rapids, Mich; and her treasured nieces, Linda Burkett, Carolyn Shannon, Patricia and Lana Adcock.


Marilyn Butcher – July 8, 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Butcher Obit PhotoMarilyn Butcher, 71, formerly of Amarillo, TX, died Monday, July 8, 2013 in Lubbock,Texas.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel in Amarillo, TX with the Rev. David Schatte, associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran, officiating.  Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Amarillo.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marilyn was born Dec. 29, 1941 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to Andy and Verna Mattes.  She married Edward Butcher in 1961 at Monrovia, Pennsylvania.  She was a retired nurse and was preceded in death by a son, Edward Andrew Butcher.

She is survived by her husband, Ed of the home; one son, Michael Butcher and his wife Jessica of Albuquerque, NM; three daughters, Debra Donald and her husband John of Mission Viejo, CA; Bonnie Dugie and her husband Joe of Amarillo, TX and Pam Sanford and her husband Dave of San Diego, CA and three grandchildren, Nathan Dugie, Matthew Sanford, and Jamie Sanford.