Marley Lynn McElroy – March 17, 2018

Marley Lynn McElroy, 14, of Amarillo died Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Hillside Christian Church – Amarillo South Campus, 6901 Bell St.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marley was born August 7, 2003, in Lubbock to Marques and Holly McElroy.  She was a student in the eighth grade at Fannin Middle School.

Some of the things Marley loved included Chocolate!, “hot chips”, Taco Villa, Pizza Planet, Dad’s steaks – “He made the best!”, Mom’s Shepard’s Pie, crab legs, Def Leppard, emojis, her pets, her purple Hover Board, Snapchat with her friends, WWE, Wonder Woman, to swing, bowling, Property Brothers and Fixer Upper – she wanted to demo and rebuild, and of course, Marley deeply loved her friends, and her family.

Marley loved to make people smile and laugh.  Everyday Marley made silly faces.  We would ask her, “Marley, why do you make those goofy faces?”  She said, “To make you smile and laugh.”  We would tell her “Don’t make those faces at school; people will think you’re crazy.”  Marley told us, “I don’t care.  It’s just me.”  When she was successful at making us laugh (as she always was), she would pull down her arm in victory and say “YES!”

Marley was brave, strong, and sassy.  Marley’s favorite quote was “McElroy’s never quit!”  She proved that to us since the day she was born.

Survivors include her parents, Marques and Holly McElroy, of Amarillo; a brother, Jackson McElroy, of Amarillo; grandparents, Randy and Dana McElroy, of Bay City, Texas, and Jim and Susan Taylor, of Canyon; aunt, Melinda Longoria and husband Edward; uncle, David Taylor; great-aunt, Kenda Dietrich and husband Kevin; and two cousins, Ethan and Ian Longoria.

The family suggests memorials to Amarillo Speech, Language and Auditory Services, 5501 W 9th, Amarillo, TX 79119; or AISD Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, 7200 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Richard “Dick” E. Phillips – March 16, 2018

Richard “Dick” E. Phillips, 76, of Amarillo died Friday, March 16, 2018.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018, at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon.  Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Amarillo with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dick was born August 16, 1941, in Grand Junction, Colorado to Harold and Barbara Phillips.  Upon graduation from the University of New Mexico, Dick was immediately commissioned into the Air Force, and began serving his country.  Dick earned the rank of Captain during the Vietnam War, serving from 1964-1969.  During this time, he married Sanette Scoggin on February 26, 1966, in Waco.

Dick’s education and experience led him to a career as an engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy at Pantex from May 1969 until retirement in November 2001.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and Kiwanis Club of Amarillo South.  Dick also served his community as a driver for Meals on Wheels, provided flag service for Kiwanis Club, read to children at Opportunity School, volunteered at Kiwanis Annual Bible Reading Marathon and Kid’s Café, and he worked in the fourth grade Sunday school class at First Baptist Church.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Doug.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sanette Phillips, of the home; a daughter, Jocelyn Phillips, of Amarillo; his sister Linda McConahy and husband Larry, of Longmont, Colorado; his brother, Jim Phillips and his wife Pat, of Phoenix, Arizona; his sister-in-law, Signe Donaldson and husband Jim, of Irving, Texas; as well as six nephews and two nieces.

The family asks that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Amarillo (

Jules Patrick Moore – March 18, 2018

Jules Patrick Moore, 11, of Amarillo died Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Amarillo Fellowship Church with Richie Brown, II officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Jules was born December 21, 2006, in Amarillo to Gaylon Patrick Moore and Amanda Moore. He attended Windsor Elementary School.

There are no words to describe Jules, but if we were to choose a few, they would be vibrant, charismatic, prideful, hilarious, all knowing, goofy, intellectual, loving, and unforgettable to anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. His mind was so creative that it has been said that “he makes his own box.” His personality was larger than life. Jules was a wise little man of many words and talents. If only given more time, he was destined to change the world.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gaylon Patrick Moore.

He is survived by his mom, Amanda Moore; a sister, Hannah Moore; a brother, Jacob Burton; his grandparents, Sterling and Robbie Beckner, Ron and Linda Jones, Ella and Ken Whitley; six great-grandparents; and a large, loving family that expands all over the globe.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the funeral home.

James F. Ennis – March 18, 2018

James F. Ennis, 88, of Amarillo, died Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Llano Cemetery with Bret McCasland of Central Church of Christ officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born on March 21, 1929 in Lincoln County, Tennessee to Lilly and Harvey Ennis. He married Shirley White on August 1, 1966 in Clayton, New Mexico.  He was a longtime member of Central Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home; three daughters, Sherry Wright of Amarillo; Debra Lacey of Tyler; and Cathy Cotton of Haskell, Oklahoma; two sons, Jimmy Ennis of Rockport and Benny Monds of Pampa; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.


James “Jim” Killham – March 13, 2018

James “Jim” Killham, 51, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jim was born on December 29, 1966 in Mount Clements, Michigan to Sandra and John Killham. He graduated from Tascosa High School.  He had been a building contractor and did a lot of business with B&M Asset Group.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, John and Patti Killham of Amarillo; his brother, Shane Killham and wife Brandy of Amarillo; his son, Brady Killham of Denton; and his daughter, Karson Killham of Amarillo.


Mark Andrew Ortega – March 14, 2018

Mark Andrew Ortega was born July 10, 1978, in Amarillo, to Frank and Annette Ortega.

Mark loved life. Even as a young boy he had many friends and playmates. He was a natural leader, full of ideas and energy. He was the type of boy and young man who, with his easy-going manner and charming sense of humor, never met a stranger. He enjoyed people and they enjoyed him. By the strength of his personality and quality of his character, he touched many lives.

Mark also loved family. He looked forward to family gatherings and holidays, and especially enjoyed visiting his grandparents on the farm in Abernathy. He was always ready to help his grandad with chores and projects around the place.

Lastly, he loved his Lord. As he completed high school and began planning for college and a career, he was leaning toward becoming a youth minister, at which, no doubt, he would have excelled.

Mark attended school at South Georgia, Puckett, Crockett and Amarillo High graduating in 1996. In his first semester at the Austin Community College, he was involved in a tragic single car accident, which left him fully awake and alert, but essentially immobile and unable to speak. He remained in this condition for twenty-one years, with round-the-clock care. During that time, he learned to communicate with a Dynavox, and even gave demonstrations on how to use the device to the speech department at TIRR in Houston. Mark could have given up on life numerous times, but chose to remain. Though majorly compromised, he remained strong and resilient.

Mark Ortega, 39, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018. His family and many others prayed for him, loved him, cared for him, and wondered countless times what might be going through his fully functioning mind. We are working our way into peace with the unwavering certainty that he is now whole, healthy, and free.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gid Adkisson, Jr. and Charlie Ortega and uncles Chuck Ortega and Andy Adkisson.

Survivors include his parents, Frank and Annette Ortega, of Amarillo; a sister, Angela Blackburn, of Amarillo; three nephews, Torrin Bixler, Bailey and Ethan Blackburn; a niece, Elizabeth Blackburn; grandmothers, Annie Ortega, of Amarillo and Marie Adkisson, of Abernathy; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A special thank you to the many caregivers, therapists, and medical personnel who were part of Mark’s life over the last 21 years.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Monsignor Harold Waldow as celebrant.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a favorite charity.

Houston Scott Goddard – March 15, 2018

Houston Scott Goddard, 24, of Dumas, died Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Cremation and arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Houston was born on May 24, 1993 in Amarillo.  He was a talented musician and enjoyed bike racing and studying history.

He is survived by his father, Scott Goddard; sister, Victoria Lynn Goddard; grandmother, Sue Kitchens; and grandfather, Vance Goddard and wife Chris; Aunt, Peggy Dillard; a niece, Kourtney Lynn; and cousins, Ray Dillard and wife Lorraine.

The family suggests memorials be sent to a favorite charity.

Louise Herndon Avery – March 14, 2018

Louise Herndon Avery, 87, of Amarillo died Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Louise was born November 4, 1930, in McLean to Charles and Annie Herndon. She married Bobby E. Avery on June 10, 1950, at Clovis, New Mexico.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  Louise was a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, Pat Avery and wife Patty, and Kelly Avery, all of Amarillo; a brother, Darryel Herndon and wife Jane, of McLean; two sisters, Kathleen Reynolds and husband Gerald, of McLean and Natalie Metheni and husband Kenneth, of Bloomfield; and four grandchildren, Patrick, Bobby, Chastity and Sarah; and two great-grandchildren, Trip and Bash.




Juanita Mae Campbell – March 13, 2018

Juanita Mae Campbell, 56, of Amarillo died Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2101 N Coulter St.  Amarillo, TX. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.AmarilloTX.

Juanita was born June 2, 1961 in Hereford Texas to Richard and Dixie Fortenberry.

Survivors include her husband, Rusty Campbell, of Amarillo; two sons, Trey and wife Markie, and Cory; a grandson Deklan, all of Utah; a sister, Linda Drake, of Yukon Oklahoma; a brother, Victor Fortenberry, of Hereford; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Nita grew up on their family farm.  She attended Walcott Elementary School, Hereford High School, and WTA&M University.  She worked as an administrative assistant in various capacities. She served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Oregon and Washington states.

She married Rusty Campbell on October 21, 1988 in Canyon Texas.  They made their home in Amarillo, where she was a stay-at-home mom and ran their trucking business.

Nita helped raise her many nieces and nephews, each of whom she loved dearly.  She dedicated years to caring for her ailing parents.  She moved back to Hereford and continued helping operate the family farm and ranch at the time of her death.

The apples of her eye are her two sons. She supported them as they served full-time missions, and was so proud of them and their successes.  She finally got her daughter when Trey married Markie.  She felt her greatest title, other than Mom, was G-ma to little Deklan and was eagerly anticipating the birth of her second grandchild due in May.

Please join the family Saturday as they celebrate her life.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made online at:








Bodil “Bo” Blackburn Bradley – March 13, 2018

Bodil “Bo” Blackburn Bradley, 88, of Amarillo died Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bo was born July 6, 1929, in Evant, Texas to Chester and Ora Lee Blackburn.  She went to school in Evant and when the family moved to Spearman, while Bo was in high school, she began attending and later graduated from Spearman High School.

Most of her life, Bo was a legal secretary.  She had a passion for redecorating and remodeling homes and owned and operated Blackburn Flowers in Spearman.  She has lived in Amarillo, Hereford, and Canyon for the past 25 years.  Bo was a member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo and in Spearman over 25 years.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Eddie Lee Blackburn and J.E. Blackburn.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Ownbey and husband Jimmie, of Vinita, Oklahoma and Lisa Popejoy and husband Rocky, of Amarillo; a son, Joe Hutchison and wife Judy, of Pampa, Texas; a sister, Elaine Cessnun, of Soldotna, Alaska; a brother, Bill Blackburn, of Llano, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Spearman Community Fund, PO Box 639, Spearman, Texas 79081; Heal the City, 609 S Carolina St., Amarillo, TX 79106; or High Plains Food Bank, 815 Ross Street, Amarillo, TX 79102.