Gary W. Jackson – September 12, 2017

Gary W. Jackson, 71, of Amarillo, TX passed away on September 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be at Llano East Cemetery with military honors.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gary was born in Borger, TX on April 5, 1946 to Johnny Aaron Jackson and Virginia Hanna Jackson.  He was raised at Sneed Camp, TX and moved to Liberal, KS in the eighth grade.  Gary graduated from Liberal High School in May of 1964.

On December 22, 1965 he was drafted into the United States Army, and received his basic training in Fort Lewis, WA.  Shortly after his induction, he was sent to Vietnam where he joined C Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, where he served as a Sergeant.  Gary was hospitalized for about three months in Japan as a result of being wounded on January 8, 1967 in Vietnam, suffering second and third degree burns on his face and hands when the personnel carrier in which he was riding ran over a land mine.  He was also stationed in Korea with a missile command.  His tour of duty ended on Oct 9, 1967.  As a result of the injuries he received in Vietnam on January 8, 1967, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

After an Honorable Discharge, Gary returned to his job at National Helium in Liberal, KS.  On June 7, 1975 Gary married Linda Cay Hill in Liberal, KS.  During their time in Liberal, Gary worked as a ticket counter agent for Frontier Airlines, which lead to relocations to Shreveport, LA, Omaha, NE, and Midland, TX.  He then worked for United Express Airlines in Midland, TX and transferred to Amarillo, TX.  Gary worked for the United States Department of Interior in Amarillo until retirement, as well as retiring from the State of Texas for his work at the Texas Department of Corrections.

Gary is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda; two sons Chad Alan Jackson and wife Cassie of Gilbert, AZ, and Tye Derek Jackson and wife Courtney of Amarillo; one brother Stacey Jackson of Springfield, MO; a nephew Shane Jackson of Weatherford, OK; 5 grandchildren Zane Jackson and Britney White, Shelby Jackson, and Presley Jackson, all of Gilbert, AZ, Gavin Jackson and Cora Jackson of Amarillo, and one great grandchild  Mason White of Gilbert, AZ.

Family suggests donations to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4101 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX  79110.

Neil Junior Lucero – September 12, 2017

On 09/12/17 at the age of 74 Neil Lucero passed away.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Trinity Fellowship Church, North Campus, 503 E. Willow Creek Dr. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Neil was born April 2, 1943, in Amarillo to Neal and Adella Lucero. He married Cecilia Guerrero on Aug. 3, 1963, in Amarillo.

Neil was a compassionate husband and loving father. For thirty years he owned and operated a successful carpet installation business. He worked tirelessly, sacrificing much to provide for his family. Neil enjoyed table tennis and fishing and having a cold one on a hot day. Neil was a member of Trinity Fellowship and he was dedicated to God and his family. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Psalms 91:14-16 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”

“With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia; a son, Daniel Lucero, in 1996; and a brother, Ted Lucero.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Lucero and Jaime Lucero and wife Penny, all of Amarillo; three daughters, Laneva Dison and husband Billy, of Carrollton, TX and Rebecca and Christa Lucero, both of Austin; four brothers, Robert Lucero and wife Virginia and Jimmy Lucero, all of Amarillo, and Albert Lucero and wife Gloria and Mark Lucero, all of Albuquerque, NM; three sisters, Margaret Angel and husband Nick and Maryann Thomason and husband Gerald, all of Albuquerque, and Gloria Rivera and husband Rueben, of Amarillo; and four grandchildren, Carey Cross, Allyson Whitlow, Mackenzie Cross and Eryn Lucero.

 

 

 

 

Don Butler – September 11, 2017

Don Butler, 74, of Clarendon, TX returned to his heavenly home on September 11, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Life is made of two dates and a dash here is how he lived his dash.

Don was born to the late Lillian and E.W. Butler, Jr. on September 30, 1942. He was immersed in the Southern Baptist community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. After graduation from Lamar High School, he attended Texas Tech University on a Rodeo Scholarship and graduated with a bachelors in Animal Husbandry.  He enlisted in the United States Navy immediately following graduation on May 13, 1966, as a Hospital Corpsman and was later certified as an advanced laboratory technician. During his tenure, he was stationed at Naval Hospital Oakland and Naval Hospital Guam where he was certified as a rescue crewman and flew many missions supporting the Vietnam War. Following his discharge on February 15, 1970, Don returned back home to his roots in Stratford, TX.

Don was a rancher at heart, spending the majority of his adult life with Hart Start Cattle Company and Eagle Tail Ranch. A man with strong hands, a big heart, and a man who NEVER knew a stranger nor passed up a dinner social or good meal, he would quickly meet Kim Flippin on the dance floor and later wed on September 30, 2013, in Amarillo. He was kind, had a strong passion of sharing life stories, and was always willing to help others. Blessed with a gifted deep bass voice, he would sing, recite poetry and announce at numerous Rodeos. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who understand he’s now wrangling cattle for the Savior and dancing on the streets of gold.

Don is survived by his wife, Kim Butler; his two sons Martin Ross Butler and wife Amy of Aurora, CO and William Judd Butler and wife Daina of Windsor, CO; Jon Hart (although cousins, their relationship was that of very close brothers); his sister Barbara Diller and husband Richard of Stratford, TX; his grandchildren, Katherine Packwood and husband Kyle, Austin Butler and wife Megan, Tori Rouse, Trevor Butler, Danielle Butler, Tyler Rouse, and Holton Butler; and his great-grandchildren Kayden, Kyrah, and Krusoe Packwood,

A memorial service will be held for at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on September 14 with Larry Capranica officiating. Don will be buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on September 15. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.boxwellbrothers.com.

 

Evelyn Marie Crump Turner – September 9, 2017

Evelyn Marie Crump Turner, 91, passed away in Amarillo, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the funeral home.  Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in First Christian Church in Woodson, Texas with Matt Bomhoff officiating.  Burial will be in Woodson Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marie was born on May 9, 1926 to James Oliver Crump and Susan Janet Parrott Crump in Woodson, Texas.  She graduated from Woodson High School, attended North Texas Teachers College and nursing school.

Marie loved being a homemaker, sewing and her most favorite job later selling ladies clothing at the Hat and Gown in Breckenridge, Texas.

She was preceded in death by husbands, James Simeon Timmons and Charles Kent Turner;  son-in-law, David Bergmann; and grandson, John Bergmann.

Survivors include her daughters, Janette Caviness and husband Terry of Amarillo and Peggy Bergmann of Park City, Utah; two grandsons, Trevor Caviness and wife Sarah and Regan Caviness and wife Kelly; a granddaughter, Katherine Bergmann; six great-grandchildren, Sam, Charlotte, Emily, Harper and Asher Caviness and Brooklyn Marie Hughes.

The past 11 years since moving from her home in Breckenridge, Texas, she has lived at Craig Methodist Retirement Community and Bivins Pointe previously known as Childers Place.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pink Ladies c/o Stephens Memorial Hospital, 200 Geneva Ave., Breckenridge, TX 76424; Woodson Cemetery Association, PO Box 152, Woodson, TX, 76491; or to a charity of your choice.

A special thank you to Marie’s most kind, loving and selfless caregivers, Dianna Lowry, Jeannie Sylvester and Donna Vejcik.

 

Andrew Soria Alonzo – September 8, 2017

Andrew Soria Alonzo, 86, of Amarillo died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Andrew was born May 3, 1931, in Amarillo to Miguel and Serapia Alonzo.  He was a grounds keeper at Llano Cemetery for 20 years and worked in construction for 15 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

The family gives special thanks to Open Heart Hospice and Jacob and Lucy Cardenas.

He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 granddaughters, 1 son, two wives, Lucy Alonzo and Corrine Alonzo.

Survivors include his sons, Mario Alonzo and wife JoAnn, Ismael Sierra, Jose Sierra and Eli Ramos; his daughters Josie Andrada and husband Freddie and Lucy Cardenas and husband Jacob; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

 

Anna Louise Robinson – September 7, 2017

Anna Louise Robinson, 95, of Amarillo died Thursday, Sept. 7 2017.

Services will be at 10 a.m., today, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Linvell Tisdale officiating.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Louise was born July 22, 1922, in Platte City, Missouri to Maynard and Anna LaRue.  She graduated from Marshall High School in Missouri and continued her education at Marshall State Teacher College.  She married Bill Robinson on March 27, 1946.

Louise was a dedicated Christian, adoring wife, and a loving mother.  As a charter member of Bykota Baptist Church, Louise faithfully served many years as a GA leader and a Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill Robinson.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Elliott and husband Ron of Amarillo and Sandi Reynolds and husband Allen of Smyrna, Tennessee; a son, Eric Robinson and wife Jan of Amarillo; a sister, Dorothy Knipmeyer of Sweet Springs, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Velma Mae Harris – September 6, 2017

Velma Mae Harris, 104, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Velma was born Jan. 13, 1913, in Plainview, Arkansas to Alonzo and Cordelia Albright. She married Sidney Harris in 1935 and they moved to Amarillo in 1937.  He preceded her in death in 2001.

Velma was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Harris Karnes, in 2017.

Survivors include a daughter, Cordelia Man and husband Jim, of Amarillo; a grandson, Jimmy Man and wife Karla, of Dallas; two granddaughters, Jennifer and husband Mark Adams, of Lubbock and Caley and husband Val Cooper of Lubbock; great-grandchildren, Abbie Adams and Luke Adams, both of Lubbock, Dowden Man of Dallas, and Caitlyn Cooper and Creed Cooper, both of Lubbock.

 

Mary Ruth Upchurch – September 6, 2017

Mary Ruth Upchurch, 81, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., today, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Bruce Clifton officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary was born March 11, 1936, in Paris, TX to Ottis and Eunice Bridges. She was a homemaker, worked as a teacher’s aide for AISD for 20 years, and then cared for all of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Windy” Upchurch; by a great-grandson, John David Howard “JD” Upchurch; and a brother, Bill Bridges.

Survivors include three sons, Steve Upchurch and wife Beverley and Gary Upchurch and wife Michele, all of Amarillo, and David Upchurch and wife Linda, of Memphis; a daughter, Peggy Hohensee and husband Gayland, of Amarillo; two brothers, Charles Bridges of Wichita, Kansas and Milton Bridges, of Garden City, Kansas; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Don W. Houghton, O.D. – August 31, 2017

Don W. Houghton, O.D., 71, of Amarillo passed Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Dr. Houghton was born March 11, 1946, in Amarillo to Waldo E. Houghton, O.D., and Inez Houghton Henslee.  He was a lifelong resident and practicing optometrist in Amarillo for 46 years; he was passionate and fully committed to his patients and community alike. Providing the best possible care to all who walked through his doors cultivated a great sense of pride that resonated throughout his entire life.

“We always said it was fun to spoil each other,” said Mrs. Houghton. He married the love of his life, and was faithfully devoted to his wife Becky for 34 years. Although the two found romance underneath the sailing booms while island hopping in the Caribbean, his greatest adventure was raising three spunky kids who adored him. Dr. Houghton is survived by Drew Houghton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Shanon Houghton Cox of Austin, Tex.; and Gentrye Houghton and husband, Ryan Kenney, of Redstone, Colo.; his only living sibling, Linda Houghton Doudney and husband, Wayne, of Mustang, Okla., and their two children, Andrew Doudney and Ashley Wetzel, both residing in Mustang.

He was a ’64 graduate of Amarillo High School, and earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston in 1971. Houghton believed in academic pursuits in order to best care for his patients, and later earned a certification in Therapeutic Optometry as well as becoming a Glaucoma Specialist through the U. of H.

He was an active member of the Polk Street United Methodist Church and Amarillo Area Corvette Club; he served as past president of AMBUCS, Panhandle Optometric Society, the Corvette club, and was a former Deacon for the First Christian Church of Amarillo.  Dr. Houghton is well known for his love of fast cars and enjoyed sailing, golfing, hunting, fly-fishing, and playing guitar.

Relationships were of the upmost important to him; for those who knew him, you couldn’t help but love him. Mere words cannot express the mutual love Dr. Houghton shared with his family.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Burt Palmer officiating.  Preparations are being handled by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests his memory be honored with donations to Snack Pak 4 Kids and PSUMC’s Nehemiah Project.

Marian Evelyn Miller Narrell – August 30, 2017

Marian Evelyn Miller Narrell, 77, a long-time resident of Amarillo, TX, passed away on August 30, 2017.

A celebration of life memorial service will be at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim Smith officiating on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Arrangements are with Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Evelyn was born December 16, 1939 in Jacksboro, Texas to Marion and Edith Miller. She lost her dad from kidney disease when she was eight years old. She and her brother, Ed, were raised by their mother with the help of their grandparents while her mother served as County Treasurer for approximately 14 years. The Jacksboro Courthouse was a very familiar place to both Evelyn and Ed. She graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1958. After high school, she attended McMurry College on a choir scholarship and sang in the McMurry Chanters choir. It was there that she met her future husband, Bill Narrell, a football player for McMurry. They were married December 3, 1960 at the First Methodist Church in Jacksboro, TX. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from McMurry College and her Master’s Degree from West Texas State in Canyon, TX.

After they both graduated from McMurry, Bill’s first coaching job was in Los Fresnos, TX where Evelyn taught English. She thoroughly enjoyed being married to a football coach and football remained one of Bill’s and her great loves. When Bill was drafted into the army, Evelyn taught in Roscoe, TX until she was able to join him in France. She took time off from teaching for a few years while raising their two sons, Britt and Eric. Later she went back to teaching in Dimmitt, Hereford, and was with Amarillo Independent School District for many years where she taught English. Later she became a high school counselor at Caprock HS after getting her Master’s Degree from WTSU. After retiring from her counselor position, she played a very important part with AmeriCorp serving as program coordinator. She was a charter member of Texas High School Coaches Wives Association serving as president one year and was named Woman of the Year in 1994. She was a member of the St. Stephen United Methodist Church and John Mark Sunday School Class where she was very involved before her health declined.

Her family was very special to her. For holidays, she would go the extra mile to make each occasion special for the entire family. She compiled a cookbook with pictures of everyone and all their favorite recipes. She wanted to leave a legacy to her family that they would remember for generations to come.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, and two sons, Britt and daughter-in-law Daphne of Andrews, and their three children, Blake, Katie, and Beau, Eric and daughter-in-law, Jennifer of Naples, FL, and their three children, Chloe, Parker, and Cooper. She is also survived by her brother, Ed, and wife, Linda, of Houston and their children.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the Texas High School Coaches Wives Association (THSCWA) scholarship fund. The address to send donations is:

THSCWA, 1906 Campfire Lane, Lewisville, Texas  75067