Obituaries for Lubbock

Hylasue Yeager Walker – February 28, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Hylasue Yeager Walker, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28, at Promise Land Assisted Living, in Lubbock, Texas.

Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, with Pastor Nick Garner and Joan Gaines. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Hylasue was born to Robert L. and Mary Lucile Yeager on March 20, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas. She was the oldest of three children. Hylasue graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1952.

Hylasue married Basil Walker Jr. in Amarillo on August 2, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 62 years; her two brothers, Ben Allen Yeager and Robert Yeager, and grandson, David Walker. Survivors include three children, Susan Walker Davis and husband Alan of Lubbock; William Walker and wife Linda of Albuquerque; and Bob Walker and wife Michelle of College Station. Hylasue had nine grandchildren, Malia Scott; Lacy Eads and husband, Robert; Ansley Key and husband, Alonzo; Alicia Klimek and husband Jeff; Melissa Belluomini and husband Marshall; Bobby Walker and wife Pam; Chase Walker and wife Stasia; Mallory Reyes and husband, Scott; and Caitlin Walker. Hylasue had 13 great grandchildren, with two more expected in August. She had two great, great grandchildren. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Patsy Walker of Amarillo, Patricia Yeager of McKinney, and Wynell Yeager of Schoolcraft, Michigan. In addition, she had many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Hylasue was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Amarillo, Kappa Kappa Gamma at University of Texas, and PEO in Amarillo.

Hylasue loved and valued spending time with her family and extended family. She had 30 wonderful years of memories at the family cabin in Angel Fire.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to special caregivers at Promise Land Assisted Living in Lubbock, Texas, where she lived the last 10 months of her life; including, Teresa Scoggins, Gayle, LaTonya, and Brittany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Amarillo Children’s Home.

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Otis “Don” Berry – December 8, 2017

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Otis “Don” Berry, 80, of Amarillo, died Friday, December 8, 2017.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Washington Avenue Christian Church with Lennie McCay, pastor, officiating.  Private burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Don was born on June 5, 1937 in Burkburnett, Texas to Dollie and Ed Berry. He graduated from Seagraves High School in 1956.  He married Margaret York on August 22, 1994.  Don retired from Southwestern Public Service on June 26, 1998 with 32 years of service.  He was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepdaughter, Anita Mounce.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Berry, of the home; a brother, Edwin D. Berry of Maitland, Florida; his children, Debbie (Jim) Hobbs of Brownfield; Mitzy Lott of Lubbock; and Shayne Berry of Seagraves; his step-son-in-law, Charles Mounce of Lubbock; his stepdaughter, Sandy (Jack) Turner of Amarillo; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


Sue Scarth Hershey – November 25, 2017

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Sue Scarth Hershey, 83, of Amarillo died November 25, 2017. Visitation will be at 6 – 7 p.m. tonight at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.   Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in San Jacinto Church of Christ, Line Avenue and Mississippi, with Dale Dennis and Glen Walton officiating.  Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Darrouzett Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sue was born September 6, 1934 in Higgins, Texas to Willard and Leila Clark Scarth. She married the love of her life, Joe Hershey, April 24, 1955 in Hereford.  She loved to cook and sew, work with Joe on the farm at Texline and work as a registered nurse caring for people.  She loved to care for her husband in later years.  She made many hand quilted quilts for her family.

She was a Registered Nurse having been chose “Most Outstanding” nursing student in her graduating class in 1955. She was the original “night nurse” in the new intensive care unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, beginning in 1969 for several years.

Sue was an active member of the San Jacinto Church of Christ having taught children and adult women Bible classes for years at both Texline and San Jacinto churches. She loved the Lord and loved to do His service.

She was a very active Republican having been elected a delegate to the National Republican Coventions in Philadelphia and New York City in 2000 and 2004. She was Vice President of the High Plains Republican Women and was elected to serve two four-year terms as District Committee Woman of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 62 years, Joe, on April 22, 2017, her parents, brother Jack Scarth and all three of her sisters-in-law, Helen Scarth, Joan Scarth and Ruth Scarth.   She leaves behind three children, Doug of Amarillo, Lenita and Earl Unruh of Blossom and Tom and Letha of Monte Vista, Colorado.  Other survivors include two brothers, Dale Scarth of Burleson and Bob and Angela Scarth of Amarillo.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Isaac and Sara Unruh, Chris and Heather Unruh, Trey and Kelli Unruh of Blossom, Andy Hershey of Lubbock and Katie and Nick Renteria of Claude.  Her eight great-grandchildren are Grace, Paul, Caleb, Cooper, Hallie and Luke Unruh and Cecilia and Kelsey Renteria.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to San Jacinto Church of Christ, 823 S. Mississippi, Amarillo, TX 79106 or your favorite charity.


Jackie “Jack” Hunt – November 5, 2017

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Jackie “Jack” Hunt, 69, of Amarillo died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jack was born Oct. 15, 1948, in Wellington to Bill and Odell Hunt. He graduated from Wellington High School and completed three tours in Vietnam.

Jack was an avid motorcycle and fast cars kind of guy.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Moore and husband Scott, of Amarillo; a son, Wayne Hunt, of Amarillo; two sisters, Cathy Canada, of Memphis and Vicki Gibson, of Dalhart; a brother, Kenny Hunt, of Lubbock; and 5 grandchildren, Riley Vegas, Marley Starr, Mack, Jesse and Casey.

Velma Mae Harris – September 6, 2017

Thursday, September 7th, 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.


Laina Jewel Burleson Bartlow – August 31, 2017

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Laina Jewel Burleson Bartlow, 73, of Amarillo went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2017 after a year long battle of cancer.  Memorial Services will be held Monday, September 4, 2017 at The Church at Quail Creek with Dale Moreland officiating.  Private burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.   

Mrs. Bartlow was born October 23, 1943 in Dodge City, Kansas to Albert and Evelyn Burleson.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1962, where she was active in music and theater. She later graduated from the Paralegal Institute in Scotsdale, Arizona and worked as a Paralegal for over twenty years.   

She married, Kenneth David Bartlow and recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.  Laina was a member of Sweet Adelines International for over 20 years and Director of the Amarillo Chorus for 12 years.  She was also a member of a quartet, The Sharpsichords and won several competitions including Regional Competitions.  Laina also participated in the music program at San Jacinto Baptist Church now known as The Church at Quail Creek, which included directing children’s choir, women’s Bible Study, church choir and solos.   

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth Burleson of Albuquerque and Tom Burleson of Amarillo.  Survivors include her husband, Dave Bartlow of the home, 2 sons, Shawn and wife Danetta Nelson of Arlington, Josh Nelson of Lubbock, 2 daughters, Suzann and husband Bill O’Brien of Crystal Lake, IL and Summer and husband Raymond Lea of Amarillo; brother Jim and wife Betty Burleson of Amarillo; 11 grandchildren, Deidre, Mikala, Kaleigh, Kristina, Noah, Hannah, Dharma, Madi, Lainie, Landri and Natalie and countless nieces and nephews.   

The family would like to thank the BSA Hospice of the Southwest and Hospice staff at Bivins Pointe for all of their love, care and support this past year for not only Laina, but our entire family! The family suggests memorials go to Bivins Pointe 6600 Killgore Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106.




Jesse Frank Tow – August 27, 2017

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Jesse Frank Tow, 85, of Amarillo went Home to be with the Lord Sunday evening, August 27, 2017, with his wife of 66 years by his side.  He fought a 16-year stand-off with cancer, but was hospitalized this month with complications, including the onset of myasthenia gravis.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Paramount Baptist Church with Lance Herrington officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Frank married Betty Brown Tow in 1951. He was drafted and stationed in Norfolk VA during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Frank and Betty lived and worked in Lubbock and Albuquerque before returning to settle in Amarillo in 1963. His two older brothers put him to work as a mechanic, and he began a 31-year career at Tow Brothers Equipment Co. He played bridge with friends on Fridays and Saturdays, or took Betty and his sons camping near every trout stream or hideaway within a weekend’s drive of Amarillo.

Growing up outside Canyon, Frank was schooled at the original West Texas Teachers’ College. His greatest spiritual teacher, everyone knew, was his grandmother Catherine “Little Ma” Clayton, with whom he is now reunited. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 12.

Gradually, his boyhood passion for roaming the pastures searching for arrowheads evolved into enthusiasm for walking fairways in search of golf balls.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and six siblings. Surviving brother and sisters are I. J. Tow (wife Ann), Sybil Woods and Shirley Moore, all of Amarillo; Mary Hancock (husband Happy) of Eustace, and Rebecca Asbury (husband Phil) of Wilcox AZ.

Frank and Betty enjoyed an active retirement across two decades, touring the country in their RV and making annual extended stays in Pendaries NM and the Fredricksburg area. He was an accomplished woodcarver and a deacon at Paramount Baptist Church. His regular golfing foursome included Billy Fred Maddox, Rick Wrestley and Don Elms.

He is survived by his dear wife and two sons: Doug Tow (wife Laura) of Lubbock, and Scott Tow (wife Marcy) of Sachse. He was forever proud of four grandchildren: Jesse Tow of Nashville TN, Hayley Tow of Lewisville, Jeremy Tow of Lubbock, and Hogan Tow (wife Shellye) of Josephine.  Recently, God brought four great-grandchildren Zoye, Tori, Logan and Etta. Frank touched the lives of many, many nephews, nieces and cousins – each deeply and dearly loved.

Everyone who knew him recognized Frank above all as an Advocate for Christ, a shepherd for his family, and a salesman for golf. He often gave away sets of clubs, recruiting friends and family to the game he loved.

He played his last round July 19, when he “shot his age” one final time.


Billy Gene Robison – August 20, 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Billy Gene Robison, 87, of Lubbock, died Sunday, August 20th, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26th, 2017, in the Claude, Texas Cemetery.  Viewing will be from Noon-6:00 p.m., Friday, August 25th, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers in Claude, 200 Parks Ave.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Robison was born June 30, 1930, in Amarillo, to J.E. (Ed) and Callie Baker Robison. He graduated from Claude High School in 1948 and attended Texas Tech University. He married Ruth Faye Brunson on June 8, 1951, in Clovis, N.M. He owned and operated Robison Seed Co. with his wife, from 1958 to 1994. He was a Master Mason in good standing and a 50+ year lifetime member of Kiva Shriners of Amarillo.  He enjoyed traveling and being able to participate in the accomplishments of his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons, C. Dale Robison and wife Vanessa of Lubbock, and Mark Robison and wife Joan of Canyon; three grandchildren, Christian J. Robison of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Aubrie Jo Robison of Lubbock, and Penni Nelson of Dallas; several brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth and his brothers, John T. Robison and D.K. (Dutch) Robison.

The family suggests memorials be to the Armstrong County Museum, Box 450, Claude, Texas, 79019.

Toni Janine Sweet – June 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Toni Janine Sweet, 62, of Amarillo, died Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rick Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Toni was born on October 27, 1954 in Lubbock, Texas to June and Charles Hudson. She had worked for H&R Block and for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Toni was a member of Seventh Day Adventist.

She married Kent Sweet on April 29, 1981 in Clovis, New Mexico. He preceded her in death in 2007.   She was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Michie.

She is survived by a daughter, Amy Bailey and husband Wes of Amarillo; two brothers, Rick Hudson and wife Janet of San Antonio and Alan Hudson and wife Genice of Lubbock; a sister, Sue Hart and husband Bill of Austin; two grandchildren, Baylee Williams and Aaron Williams, both of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, Candy Wilbur of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Texas Oncology, Dr. Reddy and Interim Hospice, Tiffany and Jennifer.

The family suggests memorials 24 Hours In the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center, 4514 B Cornell, Amarillo, TX 79109.



Harry Andy Reeves – June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Harry Andy Reeves, 84, of Amarillo, died Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday in Covenant Fellowship Church with Stephen Gaines, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Harry was born to George and Cora Reeves on May 12, 1933 on the farm outside of Tulia, Texas. Harry graduated from Tulia High School and then received a business degree from West Texas State University.  He served in the United States Army at Fort Carson, CO and then returned home to help with the family Butane business.  Shortly thereafter, he founded Reeves Insurance Agency.  He was very active in civic activities serving in the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tulia ISD School Board (which he was president of for several years) and First United Methodist Church.  He was especially proud of chairing the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for Swisher County.  Because he chaired that celebration, he was selected Man of the Year in Tulia in 1966.  Later in life, he continued to serve his God and was on several committees of Covenant Fellowship in Amarillo, the Amarillo District Council of Ministries and the Invite Team of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed volunteering with the VA in their transportation services.

Harry was a loving father and husband. He and his wife Velma raised their sons in Tulia.  He married Joy Pierce on June 1, 2003 and moved to Amarillo.  After their marriage, Harry rejoiced to count Joy’s children and grandchildren as his own.

Harry is survived by his wife, Joy, of the home; two sons, Randall and his wife Mary of Lubbock, Texas and Brad and his wife Sherrie of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Janeane White and her husband Jim of Midland, Texas and Tammi Ward and her husband Pete of Canyon, Texas; six grandchildren, Andrew Reeves, Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass and her husband Weston, Derek Reeves, Blake Ward and his wife Erica, Nick Ward and his wife Michelle, and Ky White and his wife Amie; and six great-grandchildren, Morgan Ward, Grayson Ward, Emery Ward, Cohen Ward, Tegan White and Samuel Pendergrass.

The family suggests memorials to Covenant Fellowship Church, 8501 S Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79119.