Obituaries for Happy

Larry Bragg – December 18, 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Larry Carlton Bragg, 67, a resident of Happy, TX died December 18, 2017 at Plum Creek Speciality Hospital, Amarillo, TX.

A funeral service will be held at. 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st  at Paramount Baptist Church.

Mr. Bragg was born December 13, 1950 in Fort Worth, TX to Viola Appling Bragg and Clay Bragg.  Larry was one of God’s very special children.  He was subsequently raised by his grandparents, Robert and Eleanor Appling and spent most of his childhood years in Ava, Missouri.  Larry moved to Amarillo with his grandparents when he was a teenager.  Later in his life, he spent some years in group homes.  When he was 50, Larry went to live with Camma Lou and Larry Tackitt in Happy.  The Tackitts lovingly cared for Larry as they would their own son and he thought of them as Mom and Dad.  He spent many happy years in their home until he recently had to be hospitalized. Larry was loved by all his family and so many friends.  He was, despite his challenges, a positive, fun-loving and sweet man who touched many lives.  He was a devoted Christian and attended Paramount Baptist Church.  He loved to sing hymns and knew many by heart.

Mr. Bragg is survived by his two sisters, Darla Hurley of Decatur, TX; Deborah Reynolds of Corsicana, TX and a brother, Gary Bragg of Truth or Consequences, NM, also a brother in friendship, Robert Lovato of Happy, TX; his “Mom” and caregiver, Camma Lou Tackitt of Happy, TX; two aunts, Roberta Alexander and Vada Odell,  of Amarillo, 1 niece, 4 nephews, 12 grandnieces, 7 grandnephews; and 9 cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and Larry Tackitt (“Dad”)

Contributions may be made to Special Adults Class / Paramount Baptist Church, 3801 S. Western St., Amarillo, TX 79109

John Harvey Hare – July 11, 2013

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Hare Obit Photo Then Hare Obit Photo NowJohn Harvey Hare, 90, of Happy passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Karel Smith, pastor of First Christian Church of Tulia, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

John was born on September 5, 1922, in Goose Creek, Texas, and spent his youth in surrounding towns in east Texas. He told stories of attending school in a one- room school house and spending time with his two sisters at Granny Brown’s house.

John met his precious wife Virginia on a blind date. During his three tours of duty with the Army in World War II, he carried talismans of love and faith in his pocket – a picture of Virginia and a Bible. They were married when he returned from service. That war torn bible held a place of prominence in their home, and a picture of Virginia remained in his billfold. They were blessed with 66 years of love and laughter.

John was a talented man who began his 38 year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company by climbing poles, and later created the Builders Architect department.  He had many sideline occupations, included ownership of a gas station, John’s Coffee Shop at the Herring Plaza, and the Fleet Garage, as well farming and ranching.  His hobbies included playing cards and dominos, telling jokes, hunting with his grandson, and fishing with his grandchildren.  Many precious memories were made while fishing at Baylor Lake with his children and grandchildren.

His love for his country was only surpassed by the love for family.

He was predeceased by the love of his life and his wife, Virginia Hare; daughter, Tana Gay Hare; brother, Jim Porter; sister, Bertie Gray; stepfather, O.E. Porter; and mother, Ollie Porter.

John was proud of, and is survived by, his two daughters, Sherre House, of Woodward, Okla., and Shanon Frye and husband John of Tulia. He is also survived by his sister, Lucille McCollum and husband Gilbert of Livingston; his loving grandchildren, Toni Thomas and husband Mark, Teri Carrell and husband Tracy, Chad Fincher and wife Lindsay; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time spent with him.

The family suggests memorials be to First Christian Church of Tulia, 102 N.W. Sixth St., Tulia TX 79088; or Snack Pack 4 Kids, Panhandle Commission Services –Tulia P.O. Box 32150, Amarillo, TX 79120.

Charles Monroe Steen – May 19, 2013

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Charles Monroe Steen, 77, of Happy, died Sunday, May 19, 2013.


No services will be held.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


Charles was born April 27, 1936, in Dalhart, to Winfred and Grace Steen.  He attended Amarillo High School and in 1952, at the age of 16, enlisted in the United States Army.  He proudly served his country and was thankful for the opportunity.  Charles married the love of his life, Helen Louise Barnes, November 6, 1959.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  Charles had a very kind spirit and heart of gold and was cherished by his family and friends.  His family is happy he is with the Lord, but will miss him.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruby Steen.


Survivors include his wife Helen, of Happy; two sons, Calvin Steen and wife Judy of Hawley and Keith Steen of Canyon; a daughter, Faith Watson and husband Lonny of Canyon;  a granddaughter, Crystal Bradshaw and husband Jeff of Converse; two grandsons, Blake Steen and wife Carrie of Spring Valley, California, and Andy Watson and wife Brittany of Amarillo; two great-grandsons, Bryson Glen Watson and Able Monroe Steen; a brother, Dan Steen and wife Alice of Longview; and a sister, Edith Dickerson of Amarillo.


The family extends sincere thanks to Dr. Suresh Neelagaru and staff, BSA Hospice staff and very dear friend, Kirk Williams.


The family suggests memorials be to Happy Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 216, Happy, Texas 79042.

Virginia Hare – April 5, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Emma Virginia Hare, 88, of Happy, died Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2012, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Karel Smith, pastor of First Christian Church of Tulia, officiating.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Hare was born May 23, 1923, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Robert and Emma Stanbrough. Despite missing most of her senior year of high school due to appendicitis, she still graduated valedictorian of her class. During World War II, she met her future husband, John Hare, before he shipped out for three tours of duty. They stayed in correspondence throughout the war (she kept the letters in a shoebox) and were married on Aug. 3, 1945, in Ft. Worth. The couple shared sixty-six wonderful years together.

During her long life, Mrs. Hare was a court reporter for the county judge in Guthrie, a secretary for the Cerebral Palsy Center (now known as the Children’s Rehab Center), an antique store owner, and a real estate agent for Ken J. Brown.  She lived in Canyon for many years and relished her roles as band parent and both Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughters, and later, as a doting grandmother. Upon Mr. Hare’s retirement, they moved to a farmhouse outside of Happy.

Mrs. Hare was a strong Christian woman who, in the past, led a children’s Sunday school class and was currently a member of First Christian Church in Tulia.

She was preceded in death by a brother, D.C. Phillips, a sister, Marie Duffey, and her daughter, Tana Gay Hare.

Survivors include her husband, John Hare, of Happy; two daughters, Sherre Delynn House of Woodward, Oklahoma and Shanon Gale Frye and husband John of Tulia; a brother, Bobby Stanbrough and wife Charlene of Guthrie, Oklahoma; a sister, Lila Longan of Perkins, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Toni Thomas and husband Mark and Teri Carrell and husband Tracy; a grandson, Chad Fincher and wife Lindsay; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was loved, and she will be greatly missed.

The family suggests memorials be to First Christian Church of Tulia, 102 NW 6th Street, Tulia, TX 79088; or Snack Pak 4 Kids, Panhandle Commission Services-Tulia, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Box 32150, Amarillo, TX 79120.