Obituaries for Vega

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.

Anna Maria Jentzen Evans – March 25, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Evans Obit Pic (145x200)Anna Maria Jentzen Evans, 53, of Vega, died Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Rosary will be at 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2017, in Immaculate Concepcion Catholic Church in Vega.  Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega with Fr. Mitch officiating.  Reception following the service at Legion Hall in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Anna Maria Jentzen Evans was born on September 10, 1963 and adopted immediately by Lawrence and Mary Jentzen.  She always felt chosen by her parents, and lucky to grow up on the family farm outside Vega in Oldham County, always taking a moment to tell her friends how her dad dug the basement of their home by hand with a bucket. She enjoyed a real childhood with dogs, friends, dirt bikes, and love. In elementary school, Anna showed great entrepreneurial promise selling chunks of salt lick to the town kids. She made lifelong friends by fighting bullying and abuse, whether she was defending other kids or animals who needed her.

The Jentzens traveled the world, going to Germany, Israel, Italy, Canada, and most of the United States. She lived in Amarillo, Florida, and Oklahoma before returning to Vega. After her beloved daughter, Regina was born, Anna returned to school to realize her dream of becoming a nurse, and graduated in 2004. She cared for many people in the Critical Care unit at NWTH for 10 years, changing hundreds of lives with her love and skill. She often had to have difficult conversations with families, and with tireless compassion put the patient’s best interest first and foremost. She never stopped learning, and took every opportunity to earn more certifications, specializing in nephrology and dialysis.

Anna loved road trips, local history, true crime, camping, float trips, celebrating holidays, and her many rescued pets. She enjoyed studying people and their quirks, washing her own damn dishes, and saving money.  Anna gave Regina every opportunity to explore her interests, and Regina appreciates her Momma for letting her be herself, and supporting her decision to be a firefighter. Anna’s strong resolve got her through months of chemo and radiation, and she exceeded all medical predictions.

The family wishes to thank Dan and Elena Loomis and Alex Whiteside for their love and care during her illness, and the nurses who gave their love and time to Anna Marie. Thank you to BSA Hospice.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents, a loss she felt keenly every day.

She is survived by her loving and much loved daughter, Regina, uncle and aunt, Gene and Elsie Fangman, niece Shannon Collins and her children, extended family including Bill and Darlene Martin, and many cousins and beloved friends. She will be missed by her dogs Dottie, Poppy, and Luna.

David “Troy” Skarke – February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday February 17, 2017. Skarke Obit Photo

Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Troy was born on February 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas.   Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain board of directors, and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy, and friend to so many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke and daughter Sidney Skarke.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce;  two daughters, Kendra and T.Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite and one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; 3 sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; Two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents in law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Kinkle Road, Amarillo, TX 79108.



Thomas Oscar Tucker – February 9, 2017

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Thomas Oscar Tucker, 78, of Vega, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in First Baptist Church in Vega with Doc Poling officiating.  Burial will be in MemorialTucker Obit Pic Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Tommy was born April 9, 1938, in Red River County to William and Verna Faye Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Joe E. Tucker; and a sister-in-law, Paulette Tucker.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Beard, of Vega; a son, Tommy Curtis Tucker, of El Paso; five grandchildren, Rebecca Bean and husband Trey, of Godley, and William Tucker, Christopher Tucker, Carley Tucker and Courtney Tucker, all of Amarillo; the mother of his children, Arlene Cupell Neubauer; six great-grandchildren, Jentry of Godley and Brooklyn, William, Kyleigh and Aubrey, all of Amarillo, and Kayana, of Killeen; two sisters, Martha Hammonds and husband David, of El Salvador, Brenda Goheen and husband Gary of Hereford; two brothers, Harold Tucker and wife Linda of Hereford and Jerry Lee Tucker and wife Janet of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Vega EMS, Box 530, Vega, Texas 79092.

Viewing will be from noon-8:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the funeral home, and from 9:00 a.m, Monday until service time at the Church in Vega.

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Norma Faye Eisenman – January 12, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Eisenman Obit PicNorma Faye Eisenman, 69, of Vega, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in First Baptist Church in Vega with Matt Crawford and James Peach officiating.  Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Norma was born July 26, 1947, in Kermit to Ernest and Hazel Hubbard.  She graduated from Perryton High School.  Norma worked as a secretary for Dobe Fuel, Ben Moore in Wildorado, Oldham County Implement and Lloyd Glass.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Norma married Larry Eisenman on July 23, 1966, in Perryton.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ernest D. Eisenman; and a brother, Ernest Jewell Hubbard, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Eisenman of Vega; a daughter, Vietta Newton and husband Jay, of Vega; a son, Larry Wayne Eisenman, Jr.  and wife Brook of Amarillo; two sisters, Barbara Dockter of Pearl, Mississippi and Janet Powell of Borger; six grandchildren, Ernest Newton, Heather Smith and husband Tucson, Larry Eisenman, III and wife Maddy and Kolby Eisenman; a great-grandchild, Maizey.

The family suggests memorials be made to Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to First Baptist Church of Vega, Box 414, Vega, TX 79092.

Viewing will be from Noon-8 pm, Sunday, at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo; and from 11 am – 6 pm, Monday at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.

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.




Melanie Beth Allred – June 24, 2016

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Melanie Beth Allred, 64, of Vega, died Friday, June 24, 2016.Allred Obit Photo

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday in Christ Community Fellowship Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Allred was born on January 17, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas to Margery and Clayton Cook. She graduated from Vega High School in 1970.   She married Don Allred on June 12, 1970 in Vega.  She retired from the Texas A&M Research Center in Bushland after twenty-six years of service.

She was an active volunteer in community efforts.  Mrs. Allred was a member of the Golden Spread Emmaus Community; Vega Kiwanis Club; and Christ Community Fellowship Church, where she worked for nine years.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Leigh Cook.

She is survived by her husband Don Allred, of the home; two daughters, Amanda and husband Blaine Westlake and Meredith and husband Craig Eddins, all of Amarillo; two brothers, Larry Cook and wife Sara of Paducah and Mike Cook and wife Becky of Amarillo; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Ansleigh and Cai.

Viewing will be Monday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Christ Community Fellowship Church in Vega.

The family suggests memorials to Milburn Price Culture Museum, 1005 Coke St., Vega, TX 79092; Golden Spread Emmaus Community, P.O. Box 3048, Amarillo, TX 79109; Christ Community Fellowship Church, 607 Coke St., Vega, TX 79092; or BSA Hospice/Olivia’s Angels, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105.



Geneva Cloraetta Lowery – June 7, 2015

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Lowery Obit PicGeneva Cloraetta Lowery, 82, of Vega, died Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Vega with Matt Crawford officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 S. Main.

Cloraetta was born July 7, 1932, in Wheeler to Tom and Alice Routson.  She married Robert Lowery on July 6, 1950.  Cloraetta drove a school bus for 20 years, first for Bushland then moved to Vega in 1967, and drove for Vega until she retired.

Cloraetta was a lady with many talents, she loved to sew, quilt and embroidery.  She did it not only for her family but for the whole town.  She also liked to do arts and crafts, draw pictures and paint.  She was named woman of the year from the Vega City Council in the 70’s.  She was a volunteer EMT for many years.  She raised five of her own kids and took in other people if they needed a place to stay or help out for a little while.  She was a well respected woman, mother, and grammy or mammy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Alice Routson; her husband, Robert Lowery; and a son, Danny Lowery.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Jones and husband Bobby, of Newalla, Okla. and Jhonda Cutrell and husband Tim, of Amarillo; two sons, Rodney Lowery and wife Wanda, of Brandon, MS and Rodger Lowery of Vega; seven grandsons, Roudy Blasingame, Dusty Blasingame, Brandon Lowery, Rusty Lowery, Tyrel Webb, Riley Lowery and Chance Lowery; three granddaughters, Tiffany Webb, Regan Lowery and Kendra Lowery; and 9 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, Box 496, Vega, TX 79092.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home in Vega.

Helen Wyly – January 16, 2015

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Helen Wyly, 80, of Vega, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.Wyly Obit Pic

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Vega United Methodist Church with Rev. David Bonnell, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Helen was born Dec. 26, 1934 in Plainview to Clarence and Zona Diuguid.  She owned and operated Wyly Real Estate and retired as Oldham County Auditor after 31 years of service. Helen was a member of Vega United Methodist Church, Oldham County Historical Committee, Friends of the Oldham County Library, and a member of the Texas Association of County Auditors.  In 2005 she was honored as Oldham County Woman of the Year.  She will be remembered as a woman of faith, character, honesty and commitment.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Wyly.

Survivors include three daughters, Beth Batenhorst and husband Paul of Canyon, Teresa Cassetty and husband Randy of Vega, and Lauri Paetzold and husband Randy of Hereford; and three grandchildren, Katie Cassetty, Ben Paetzold and Trent Paetzold.

The family suggests memorials be made to Vega United Methodist Church, Box 182, Vega, TX 79092.

Viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.

Gordon Glen Moore – December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Moore Obit Pic

Gordon Glen Moore, 80, of Vega, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Gordon was born Dec. 6, 1934, in Lela to Andrew and Lois Moore.  He married Wanda Lewis on May 22, 1954. He was a rancher and truck driver for Vega Sand and Gravel.  Gordon also owned and operated Hickory Inn and Moore’s Trailer Park.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wanda Moore, of the home; a daughter, René Strawhacker and husband David, of Amarillo; a son, Pat Moore and wife Charlene of New Braunfels; two brothers, James Moore and wife JoAnne of Canyon Lake and Jack Moore and wife Sue of Dallas; a sister, Linda Blair and husband Dwight of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Kristopher, Andrew and Brandye; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the funeral home in Amarillo and from Noon – 6:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the funeral home in Vega.