Obituaries for 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

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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.

Alfred Wayne Pulliam – December 4, 2014

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Alfred Wayne Pulliam, 72, died peacefully at his home in Vega on December 4, 2014.  Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Vega.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.Pulliam Obit Photo

Wayne was born on September 16, 1942 in Portales, New Mexico, the second of two children born to Alfred and Clara Pulliam.  He spent the majority of his life in the Amarillo area.  As a child, he lived in the small community of Ady, located just off of Tascosa Road close to the Canadian River in Northwest Potter County.  Wayne attended a one-room school house close to the Old Tascosa community before attending 9th grade at Nixson Junior High and 10th grade at Tascosa High School.  After leaving high school a little early, Wayne entered the workforce and later attended seminary at Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri.  On August 15, 1963, Wayne married the love of his life, Glenda Jo Mendenhall, a partnership that would span more than 52 years and include 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  Wayne was the quintessential gravel picker, spending over 40 years working for Texas Sand & Gravel, working his way up to the position of company superintendent before retiring in 2009.  Wayne was also an ordained minister, serving as a volunteer lay member with Grace Baptist Church in Portland, Maine after leaving seminary in the early 1970s, and as the pastor of the Fundamental Baptist Church in Wellington, Texas from 1976 to 1978.  Wayne moved the family to Amarillo for a brief time before settling in Vega in 1980, where he proudly lived until his death.  Wayne was a good boss and a company man who could operate any type of heavy machinery.  In all the ways that really matter, Wayne was an exceptional husband and father – he was kind, generous, hard-working and compassionate.  He spent the last years of his life enjoying time with his family and travelling.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jimmy Pulliam, and granddaughter, Kami Vines.  He is survived by his loving wife, Glenda Pulliam; two daughters:  Teresa Vines and husband Jay of Hartley, and Becky Pulliam of Tomball; a son:  Lynn Pulliam and wife Lawana of Amarillo; 7 grandchildren:  Crystal, Chad and wife Sam, KayLynn, Stephen, Bailey, Rylee, and Clara; 3 great grandchildren:  Aralyn, Gaege, and TJ; his sister:  Betty Weeks and husband Leonard of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, Katy Woods and husband Steve; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 on Sunday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Billie Carolyn SoRelle – October 28, 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Sorelle Obit PicBillie Carolyn SoRelle, 80, of Vega, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Services will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Carolyn was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Denton County.  At the age of 14, she met her sweetheart, Billy Gene SoRelle.  They were married on July 26, 1950, in the parsonage of First Baptist Church in Merkel.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2008.

Carolyn was a military wife who held the family together while Billy Gene served his county for 27 years.  She was a homemaker who loved caring for her husband their two children and their home.  She was a wonderful cook and she loved to clean.  She was a simple woman who loved to go fishing, hunting, camping, traveling and to be with family and friends.

Carolyn was a loving, dedicated and supportive mother who genuinely sought to bring out the best in her family.  She had a wonderful sense of humor, shared by her husband and passed on to her children.

Her last days were in the compassionate care of Hospice Care of the Southwest, whose excellent care and compassion was a true blessing for Carolyn and her family.  And for our special angel, Diana, who has loved us, held us, supported us in every turn through this journey with so much love and compassion.  There are no words that could even begin to convey our gratitude so all we can say in a very heartfelt way is thank you.

Surviving family members are Larry and Vickie, Jane, Johnnie, JoMarvyn, Tom and Vanessa.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice Care of the Southwest or Vega Methodist Church, Meet and Greet Fund in care of Vega Methodist Church, Vega, Texas 79092.

Dickie Robinson – September 16, 2014

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Robinson Obit PicDickie Robinson, MS, 60, of Vega, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Vega with the Rev. Geary Martin officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Dickie was born Oct. 17, 1953, in Amarillo to Kenneth and Winona Robinson.  He graduated from Vega High School in 1972, where he excelled in football and track.  He married Linda Alford on Sept. 9, 1972 in Amarillo.

Dickie went on to play football in a semi-professional league, as a member of the team “Outlaws.”  An avid knife maker and American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith, Dickie won many cutting competitions beginning in the early 1990’s, including “Sharpest Man.”  He taught Introduction to Bladesmithing and assisted in teaching Damascus class at the Bill Moran Bladesmithing School in Old Washington, AR, sponsored by Texarkana College.

Dickie farmed in Oldham County for over 40 years, and served on the Soil Conservation Board.  He was also a member of the Harley Owners Group; he enjoyed the rides, the lifestyle, and the people.

Survivors include his wife Linda Robinson, of Vega; a daughter, Shawnell Ayres of Vega; a son, Russell Robinson of Vega; his mother, Winona Robinson of Amarillo; two sisters, Patty Robinson of Amarillo and Lynda and husband Chris Simmons of Bushland; and two granddaughters, Alisha and Alex.

In memory of Dickie, the family requests memorials be made to the scholarship fund at The American Bladesmith Society, P.O. Box 160, Grand Rapids, OH, 43522.

Jimmy Pulliam – September 5, 2014

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Pulliam Obit PhotoJimmy Pulliam, 50, of Amarillo died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with David Preston of Paramount Baptist Church officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega with the Rev. James Peach officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jimmy was born the special son of Wayne and Glenda Pulliam on June 28, 1964, in Amarillo. He was a proud 1985 graduate of Vega High School. He was a longtime resident of ResCare Residential Living Services. The Pulliam family is especially appreciative of the care provided to Jimmy by the ResCare staff. Jimmy loved the independence he was able to experience within the ResCare system. He had many jobs over the years, but really enjoyed helping Tim Bradwell, the maintenance supervisor for the group homes, mow lawns, paint the houses, and clean carpets, as well as helping answer phones in the ResCare office. Jimmy had many great friends among the residents and staff of the ResCare group homes. One of Jimmy’s proudest moments and fondest memories was marching at the state capitol in Austin as an activist for people with disabilities.

Jimmy was a member of the Paramount Baptist Church Special Adults class and also a regular participant at Camp Agape’s adult camps for the mentally disabled. He enjoyed working with camp staff and all of the various camp activities that were provided.

Jimmy lived his life to the fullest. He loved eating out and shopping with family and friends. He was a collector of silly funny movies. Jimmy truly enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends during the holidays and birthday events.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, Wayne and Glenda Pulliam of Vega; two sisters, Teresa Vines and husband Jay of Hartley and Becky Pulliam of Tomball; a brother, Lynn Pulliam and wife Lawana; many nieces and nephews, including Chad Sutton and wife Sam of Dalhart, Crystal Rogers and husband Drennan of Stinnett, KayLyn Vines of Lubbock, Bailey and Rylee Sutton of Tomball and Stephen and Clara Pulliam of Amarillo; two great-nephews, T.J. Sutton and Gaege Rogers; a great-niece, Aralyn Rogers; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends.

The family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice, 600 N. Tyler St., P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105; or Talon Point Agape Christian Camp, 5145 FM 722, Channing, TX 79018-3313.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Maida Sandoval – August 16, 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Maida Sandoval, 70, of Vega, died Saturday, August 16, 2014.Sandoval Obit Photo

Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father James Schmitmeyer celebrating.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 S. Main.

Mrs. Sandoval was born on July 17, 1944 in Pastura, NM.  She moved to Vega in 1991.  She was a homemaker.

She married Richard Sandoval on June 2, 1962 in Clovis, N.M.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie and Jose Isabel Madrid; her sister Lupe Madrid and brother Theodore Madrid.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Sandoval, of the home; seven daughters, Donna and husband Mario Martinez; Molly Sandoval; Lupe Castillo and Manuel Silva; Stella Sandoval; Andrea and husband Eduardo Flores; and Yvonne Fuentes and Ada Vargas; and Laura Sandoval; two sons, Tony and wife Peaches Madrid and Alex Sandoval; three brothers, Felipe Madrid; Julian Madrid; and Dicky Madrid; three sisters, Corine Gallegos; Marie and husband Tony Bachicha; and Rita Sanchez;  twenty-five grandchildren; and forty-one great-grandchildren.