Obituaries for Clarendon

Judy Mae (Parkhill) Malone – October 26, 2017

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Judy Parkhill Malone, 93, of Clarendon passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Joannie Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Claude Cemetery following the memorial services.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Judy was born at home in Gainesville to Ernest and Ava Sullivan Parkhill. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, U. L. Parkhill, Ferrell Parkhill, and Billy Parkhill; and one sister, Sunshine Hudson; and one infant son.

Judy married L. J. (Buddy) Malone in Amarillo on September 20, 1941, and they were married for over 60 years. He preceded her in death in 2002.  We honor our father and our mother.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Claude.

In Amarillo, Judy and her best friend Evelyn Drake walked together and shared visits for many years.

A mother’s love for her family is never ending. The nearest thing to the love of God is the love of a mother’s heart.

Judy was caring and courageous and loved by her three children, Judy Hodges and husband Bill of Clarendon, Jerry Malone of Pearland and Jada Garrett and husband Steve of Amarillo; her four grandchildren, Michele Malone, Melissa Richardson and husband Danny, Ty Garrett and wife Casey, Bryce Garrett and wife Brittani; and six great-grandchildren, Taylor Styles, Jadyn Richardson, Stryker Garrett, Gracelyn Garrett, Maverick Garrett, and Amelia Garrett.

Judy had many great nicknames including Buttercup. She loved poetry and growing roses.

Thank you and many blessings to all of the individuals who cared for her.





Don Butler – September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 12th, 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


Maurice McClish – August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Maurice McClish, 91, of Lake Greenbelt died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

A memorial gathering will be at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Maurice was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Amarillo to William Chamberlain McClish and Pearl McClish. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1944, where he played for the Yannigans.  Maurice furthered his education at Northwest Missouri State Teacher College followed by a stint in the Navy during World War II.

He was a big Amarillo High School football fan, attending every game, including away games until the end of the 2016 season. He loved water skiing and entertaining all of his lake friends “Family”.  For the past 20 years, Maurice sang for the residents at four Amarillo nursing homes driving each week from Clarendon.   Another passion was making and watching home movies.

Since 1968, Maurice had been a member of First Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; after 26 years of marriage, his wife, Nell Carter, died in 2011; and four brothers, Felix, Elwood “Mac”, W.C. “Bill” and Adrian McClish.

Survivors include his brother, Gary McClish, of Dallas; a son, Kevin McClish, of Amarillo; two daughters, Beverly McClish Prevette, of Norfolk, Virginia; Elizabeth McClish Ray; four stepdaughters, Laquita Gruver and husband, Kurt, of Hudson Oaks, Marita Ross and husband, Brad, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Ora Switzer and husband, Bryan, of Dallas and Gay Nell Acord, of Pecos, New Mexico; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Margarita L. Martinez – August 3, 2017

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Margarita L. Martinez, 64, of Amarillo died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Tony Castro officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Margarita was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Rotan to Modesto and Felomena Leija. She married Eugene Martinez on Feb. 14, 1970, in Tulia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Felomena “Flo” Martinez.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Martinez, of Amarillo; seven sons, Jeffery Martinez and wife Patricia, Roman Martinez and Mo Martinez and wife Jennifer, all of Amarillo, Jerome Martinez and wife Gigi, of Clarendon, John Martinez, of Cisco, Pete Martinez, of Eastland, and Aaron Martinez, of Albany; a daughter, Gina Martinez and husband Mark of Albany; three daughters-in-law, Kelly Vickers of Cisco, Jessica Martinez, of Ben Wheeler, and Brittney Pruter, of Albany; a son-in-law, Reyes Martinez, of Amarillo; ten grandchildren, Adam, Karleigh, Matthew, Erykah, Valerie and husband Daniel Frescas, Olivia, Emily, Isabella, Mary-Margaret and Abby; a great-grandchild, Brazen, and one more on the way; her mother-in-law, Francis Martinez; two brothers, Jimmy Leija and Juan Perez; and her best friend, Rita O’Con.


David Dyer Hardin – July 18, 2014

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

David Dyer Hardin, 65, died Friday July 18, 2014 in Amarillo. Hardin Obit Photo

Memorial services will be at 5:00 p.m. Monday, in Crush Wine Bar, 701 S. Polk, with Joan Gaines, Chaplain of BSA, officiating.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

David was born May 30, 1949 in Amarillo to W.K. and Maxine Hardin.  He was a lifelong resident of Clarendon TX where he farmed with his father.  He later installed satellite dishes with his friend Jimbo. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved history, nature and hunting arrowheads.  David was the caregiver for his parents during their last years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Cheryl.

Survivors include son Shawn and wife Amy of Omaha, NE; daughters Andrea Douglas and husband Rory of Canyon and Renea Parks and husband Chad of Amarillo; three grandchildren Jacob, Gracie and Sarah Douglas; siblings Shauna Kidd of Austin, Brent Hardin of El Paso, and Kelli Mooring of Canyon.

Family would like to extend sincere appreciation to BSA Hospice staff for their loving care.

Dale Powers – May 16, 2014

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Powers Obit PhotoDale Powers, 65, of Clarendon died Friday, May 16, 2014.      

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Agape Church in Clarendon with Melvin Clinton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Turkey, and C.W. Parker, officiating.  Military rites will be by the U.S. Marine Corp.  Burial will be in Citizen’s Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Powers was born May 11, 1949, to Doris and Samuel Powers.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and Marines. 

Survivors include two children, Billy Powers and Victoria Baird; three brothers, Jack Powers, Bill Tucker and Mick McNeil; four sisters, Sandy Seaman, Carol Powers, Kathy Albones and Laurie McNeil; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  

The family suggests memorials be to VFW, 810 E. Second St., Clarendon, TX 79226; or Clarendon Senior Citizens, 115 E 4th St., Clarendon, TX 79226.

LaRue Marjorie Shadle Pittman – July 3, 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Pittman Obit Photo

LaRue Marjorie Shadle Pittman, 88, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Perry Hunsaker, minister of congregational care officiating.  Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

LaRue was born on March 27, 1925, in Wise County to Thomas Marvin Shadle and Louise Koeninger Shadle.  As an infant, she moved to Donley County with her parents.  She graduated from Clarendon High School with the class of 1942 and from Clarendon College in 1944.  She attended Texas Womens University and graduated from West Texas A&M University.

She married Robert Ray Pittman on June 30, 1946, in Clarendon.  She had been a member of First United Methodist Church of Clarendon, Polk Street United Methodist Church and Pleasant Valley United Church, where she taught Sunday school for 20 years and served in several capacities with the official board. She later became a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

LaRue taught school at Hedley High School from 1944 to 1945 and at Skellytown Grade School from 1945 to 1946. She was employed by Upshaw Insurance Agency, Realty Company and Investment Corp. from 1946 to 1966. She was employed by Amarillo College in 1966 and retired as accounting supervisor in 1987.

LaRue always said her greatest accomplishments in life were the friends she made.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Marvin Shadle, on Aug. 11, 1968; her father on Aug. 3, 1988; her husband on June 17, 2005; and her mother on Dec. 31, 2005.

Survivors include two nephews, James Dennis Shadle and wife Susie and Joe Neal Shadle and wife Raenell, all of Clarendon; two nieces Cheryl Shadle Anderson and husband Randy of Canyon and Barbara Shadle Williams and her husband Roy of Clarendon; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; 31 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; a great-great-great-niece;  a sister-in-law, Cherrye Shadle Howard of Clarendon; a brother-in-law, Billy Mae Pittman and wife Ruth of Amarillo; two nephews-in-law; seven nieces-in-law; and a number of friends who were very dear to her. Also survived by Alice Harrison and husband Edward, Verna Moore and husband Robert and Jeannie Lucas and husband Roger, all of Amarillo, Sue Keesee of Barstow, Calif., Mary Alice Bucher and husband Chuck of Houston, Nelda Wilks and husband Ronnie of Lubbock and Kathy Lott and husband Jerry of Pearl City, Ill., two nephews, Charles Lee Wood and wife Patti of Green Valley, Ariz., and Gene Wood and wife Carolyn of Holly Lake Ranch.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be to the LaRue S. Pittman Scholarship Fund, in care of Amarillo College Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178; Citizens Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 983, Clarendon, TX 79226; St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106; or a favorite charity.

Nell Barnhill – February 13, 2012

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Nell Barnhill, 92, of Clarendon, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Dr. Darin Davis officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ruth Nell Williams was born in Dalhart to Dallam County Pioneers, Jack and Ethel Williams.  Nell was a vivacious beauty and reigned as XIT Queen.  She also worked for the Dalhart Chamber of Commerce.

She married Gary Barnhill on April 8, 1939.  Nell and Gary lived in Turkey until 1955, when they moved to Clarendon.

Nell was always a working partner in their family businesses, the Farmer’s Supply and the Sandell & Mulkey Theatres.  She helped choose movies to be shown and mailed movie calendars to Clarendon and area residents.  She was the pretty smile and the wonderful laugh at the ticket booth for both theatres.  Nell also made the delicious barbeque that was a hit of the snack bar.

After retiring from her duties at the Sandell, Nell enjoyed playing golf, bridge and poker with her special “girl friends.”  She was a great cook, an avid gardener and had the gift of making her home beautiful and comfortable for all.  Her family especially loved to come to “Nonnies” and crash.  Nell had a beautiful voice and served as choir director in the First Presbyterian Church of Clarendon for many years.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Gary; her parents, Jack and Ethel; and her siblings Jack, Irma and Lois.

Surviving Nell are daughters, Sandi Harris and Adele Lee and their families; grandchildren, Tami Logsdon, Darin Davis, Gary and Tripp Sherr; and eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to all who cared for Nell.  They are Ware Living Center, especially the staff of Cherry II, Nancy Owens of Clarendon, the “amazing angels” at BSA Hospice, Allen Arvello and Dr. Stenhouse.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the funeral home.