Obituaries for Dumas

Houston Scott Goddard – March 15, 2018

Friday, March 16th, 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.

Samuel “Sam” Melban – March 8, 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Samuel “Sam” Melban, 90, of Dumas died Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox with Lane Boyd officiating.  Burial will be in Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Sam was born on May 14, 1927 in Van Houten, New Mexico to Jack and Davina Melban.  He had worked for CIG as an operator over 30 years.  He was a carpenter and had helped build the little league parks in Dumas, one of these fields were named after him.  He was a member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenease Melban.

He is survived by three sons, Charlie Melban and wife Beverlee of Bushland, Sid Melban and wife Gail of Dumas, Jerry Melban and wife Lana of Amarillo; two brothers, Kenneth Melban and Jimmy Melban, both of California; six grandchildren, Cameron and wife Keri, Kassie and husband Jerry, Shelby, Shayne and wife Jayna, Alayna and Joe, and Sydney and husband Andy; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Bill Lackey Memorial Scholarship in care of Dumas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Dumas, Texas 79029.

Viewing will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo and from 10:00 a.m.. to 8 p.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Dumas.

Jose Humberto Torres – March 1, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Jose Humberto Torres, 67, of Amarillo died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jose was born October 8, 1950, in Huanusco Zacatecas, Mexico, to Jose and Esperanza Diaz De Leon Torres.

Jose lived an American Dream. He came to the United States, leaving his beloved country and land to seek out opportunity and to help his mother, father, brothers and sisters back in Mexico. Through his journey in the U.S., he would later find his forever soul mate, his wife, Juanita Anez. They married on July 15, 1972 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through their struggles, they settled in Texas and helped, and raised three sons. Through good-times and hard-times, he taught them hard work, doing the job right, his words of wisdom, advice, and generosity. He went back to his roots and started and enjoyed gardening, which later lead to his own business at a second chance in landscaping. His love for his family and his humor will always be remembered. He always encouraged us to be the best at what we do. He shared his love of his music and sports. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a coach, our #1 Fan, in his own words, “Siguele”.

He was a hard worker, owned his own landscaping business and worked for AISD for 18 years. Jose was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Santos Torres and Rene Torres; and a sister, Rocia Garcia.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Torres, of Amarillo; three sons, Jose Torres Jr. and wife Rita, Marin Torres and wife Kristy, and Alex Torres, all of Amarillo; eight brothers, Alejandro Torres of Mexico, Sergio Torres, Juan Manuel, Joel Torres, Jose Luis Torres, Hector Torres and Rodrigo Torres, all of California, and Jaime Torres of Dumas; and six sisters, Cristina Huerta of Fort Worth, Esperanza Ortiz, Lourdes Martinez, Maria Sandoval and Clara Luz Nunez, all of California, and Silvia Aguayo of Des Moines; and four grandchildren, Isaiah Torres, Javier H. Torres, Matteo Torres and Mia Torres.

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Cecil Regier – February 26, 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Cecil Regier, 83, of Dumas, died Monday, February 26, 2018.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with Anthony Inman, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Cecil was born on May 9, 1934 in Dumas to David and Lena Regier.  He graduated from Perryton High School.  In 1955, he was an international farm youth exchange delegate to Iran.  He was part of the last graduating class at Oklahoma A&M University before it became Oklahoma State University.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry.  He married Mary Grace Sharp on December 21, 1955 in Rosston, Ok. Cecil and Mary Grace spent 15 summers after retirement working with construction teams building church facilities on the eastern side of the Navajo Indian Reservation.

He was employed by the Agricultural Extension Service for several years and retired from the North Plains Research Field.  He was a member of the Dumas Noon Lions Club and was currently serving as vice president of the Windows on the Plains Museum.   He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace Regier; a son, David Ray and wife Janice of Amarillo; and a daughter, Patti Martin and husband David of Irving.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6 to 7 P.M. and suggests memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 401 Binkley Ave., Dumas, Texas  79029 or the Window on the Plains Museum, 1820 S. Dumas Ave., Dumas, Texas 79029.

Patricia “Trisha” Hall – February 21, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Patricia “Trisha” Hall, 57, of Canyon, died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Amarillo.  Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.  Memorial services will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Bible Baptist Church with Johnny Widener, pastor, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Trisha was born on January 4, 1961 in Dumas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from West Texas A&M University.  She had last worked in security at the Rick Husband Airport in Amarillo.

She is survived by two daughters, Lacey Nelson and Shanda Lackey and husband Blake, all of Amarillo; her mother, Patricia Joanne Hurt of Amarillo; two sisters, Terrie Hill and husband Paul of Dumas and Dedra Quick and husband Lee of Portales, N.M.; a brother, Johnny Hurt of Amarillo; two grandchildren, Kelsey Dymek and Ashlynn Nelson; and two great grandchildren, Savannah Dymek and Taylen Dymek.



Frances Louise Mullins – February 5, 2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Frances Louise Mullins, 92, of Dumas, died Monday, February 5, 2018.  Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox with Chris Benson, minister, officiating.  Burial will be at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Frances was born on August 2, 1925 in Hollis, Ok. to Charlie and Agnes Smith.  She was seamstress and homemaker.  She was a member of the 6th & Meredith Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Mullins and three grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Bruce Mullins of Sanford, Donnie Mullins and wife Mercedes of Hawaii; two daughters, Carol Maloney of Lamar, South Carolina, and Pat Brandon of Dumas; a brother, Herbert Smith of San Antonio; a sister, Cleta Haney of Chickasha, Ok.; twenty-one grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Alma Lee Snook – January 31, 2018

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Alma Lee Snook, 94, of Dumas, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church with Johnny Widener, pastor, and Dennis Guffey officiating.  Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Alma was born on March 9, 1923 in Hollis, Ok. to Jesse and Etta Ann Stafford.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church.

She married Luther Snook on June 20, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Snook; a son, Luke Snook; her parents; four brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by four daughters, Susan James and husband Dan of Abilene, Jerri Smith and husband Rick of Amarillo, Terri McCown and husband Keith of Dumas, LaJeania Levey of Denver; four grandchildren, Jason Eastridge, Jeff Cantrell, Lauren Levey, Nathan Levey; four great grandchildren, Logan, Sidney, Gabriel, Arriana; and one great-great grandchild, Evangeline.


Harlon Byron Vaughan – January 26, 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Harlon Byron Vaughan of Dumas, Texas, passed from this life on January 26, 2018.  A memorial service will be held at the Sunray, Texas Church of Christ, Friday, February 2nd, at 2pm.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Byron was born in Waukee, IA on February 25, 1926 to Claud and Gracie Vaughan.  Byron grew up near Pauls Valley, Oklahoma where he met his partner in life, Hazel Sutterfield.  They were married in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on December 7, 1946.  They immediately moved to the Solvang, CA area where Byron worked on a ranch for a few years before they returned to Oklahoma to start farming.  In 1952, they moved to the Halfway Community, between Plainview and Olton, Texas and in 1977, they moved their farming operation from the Plainview area to Dumas, Texas.

Byron had four great loves in life.   His faith in Christ, his wife Hazel, his family, and farming.  He was a member of the Sunray Church of Christ at the time of his death.  He served as a deacon and later as an elder for several years at other congregations.  He was a devoted husband who stood by and cared for his bride of over 70 years as she fought various cancers and finally Parkinson’s disease. He delighted in having all of his family together, but especially over the Christmas Holidays.  He began a tradition in 1993 of taking the whole family on a weeklong Christmas trip and continued this tradition until a couple of years ago when he and Hazel were not physically able to travel.  These trips generated many happy memories for his sons, daughters in law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He was known as an excellent farmer and his strong work ethic showed in his farming.  He won several crop production yield contests over the years.  He prided himself on taking care of the land and leaving it in better shape for the next generation.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; a brother Buran Vaughan; a sister Wilma Hairrel; and a great-grandson Gabriel Vaughan.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Vaughan and wife Kaye of Kismet, KS; Dee Vaughan and wife Terri of Dumas, TX; seven grandchildren, Jason Vaughan and wife Ruthie of Sublette, KS; Kristen Stapleton and husband Ryan of Meade, KS; Jeffrey Vaughan and wife Tracy of Salina, KS; Kelsey Rivera and husband Javier of Newton, KS; Jana McElroy and husband B.J. of Houston, TX; Keisha Vaughan of Denver, CO; and Lyndi Garwood and husband Judson of Los Angeles, CA; twelve great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Jarrett, Grayden, and Sayler Stapleton; Killian and Jael Vaughan; Carsten and Emily Vaughan; Kylah and Kyndrie Rivera; and Beckett and Berkeley McElroy; a brother Jerry Vaughan and wife Nancy of Arlington, TX; and a sister Launa Dennis of Wynnewood, OK.

The family will hold a visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Dumas, Texas from 6pm to 7pm, Thursday, February 1st,, 2018.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales; NM 88130, MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX  77210-4486; or the “Dig It” Bible Camp, c/o Sunray Church of Christ, PO Box 397, Sunray, TX  79086.

Claire McCabe – January 20, 2018

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Claire McCabe, 79, of Dumas, died Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel with Marlon Ham officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.

Claire was born on July 17, 1938 in Laguna Beach, California to Mildred and Byron Brady. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, O. W. “Buster” McCandless; a son, Hollis Annen; a sister, Judy Stevens and a brother, Kenny Brady.

She is survived by her husband, W. A. “Bill” McCabe; four sons, Curtis McCandless, Danny McCandless, Kent McCabe, and Keith McCabe; two daughters, Carla McCabe and Janice Jordan; two brothers, Wayne Fowler and Melvin Fowler; and a sister, Shirley Ryder; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.



Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles – January 8, 2018

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles passed from this life on January 8, 2018, in Lubbock, Tx surrounded by her children. She was born to A.B. and Audria Fielder on May 28, 1936, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Donna Sue lived most of her life in Dumas, only moving to Lubbock in October 2011, to receive care where her son, Hugh, and his wife Melissa could be close.

Donna Sue, or Sweetie as she was widely known by all her family and friends, was first and foremost a loving mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She was a consummate cook and hostess–enjoying opening her home to her large family for holidays, parties, and get togethers. She loved sharing fun times with her bridge club, neighborhood and church friends and was always the first one to volunteer to cook or bake for church functions. Sweetie loved the mountains, particularly the family cabin in Lake City, Colorado and the Boles cabin in Taos, New Mexico where she spent many summers.

Sweetie was married to Hugh T. Lyle in October 1954, having met when she was the Lion’s Club sweetheart and he was the only bachelor in the club. They raised four children– Libby, Becky, Hugh Norwood and Mary together, and her greatest joy was supporting them in whatever they were involved in–driving them to and attending all their events; sewing clothes and costumes; putting up with Hugh Norwood’s variety of lizards, turtles and water dogs; and giving them all the strong foundations of faith, humor, and family ties.

After Hugh’s death in November 1976, Sweetie married Rev. Jerry Boles, and she embraced the life of a minister’s wife offering her kindness, faith and devotion to God and the church in a new role. They enjoyed many years of life together until his passing in 2009. During the last few years of Jerry’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s, Sweetie devoted herself to helping him and other patients at the nursing home each day. She believed in “blooming where you are planted”, and she exemplified this in making everyone’s day brighter in whatever circumstances she found herself. Sweetie’s grandchildren were blessed with many years of her loving care and presence whether playing in the mountains, precious time with her during holidays or Dogie Days, and her frequent visits for their music, sports or school events. Each of them knew how much she loved them and was proud of them.

Sweetie herself was struck with Alzheimer’s, and despite the challenges that the disease took on her mind, her joyful, playful, and sweet spirit was evident throughout these last few years. Her caregivers always marveled at her sweetness, even when she no longer had many words to express herself. For her last years, she was fortunate to have the loving support of long-time friend, Pete Mhoon.

Donna Sue, or our Sweetie, was blessed by the magnitude of love that surrounded her throughout her life. She is survived by those who celebrate her life–her children and their spouses–Libby (Dave) Culver of Durango CO, Becky (Brian) Mehrmann of Overland Park, KS, Hugh (Melissa) Lyle of Lubbock, and Mary (Steve) Clayton of Jonesboro, AR; fourteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; her sisters–Connie Nash and Leah Rae Baugh; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends who loved her so. Her greatest legacy are her children and their families who treasure the example of love and light that she gave them as she taught them to make a positive difference wherever they are.

Services will be held in the Dumas First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Barry Loving officiating. A visitation will be on Friday evening at the church from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

The family requests memorials be made to the Scholarship Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 700 E 1st St, Dumas, TX 79029.