Obituaries for Perryton

Sarah Ruth Wilson – March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Sarah Ruth Wilson, of Amarillo and formerly from Perryton, passed away on March 4 at the age of 88 in Amarillo, Texas. She was born to Edward and Lena Norton in Faulkner, Mississippi on August 13, 1929.  The family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi when she was five years old.  She graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1947.  She then pursued a double major in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.   She then attended St. Mary’s School of Medical Technology in Kansas City and graduated in 1951 with an ASCP degree as a Medical Technologist.  She began work as a medical technologist in Perryton and worked for Dr. Kengle and Dr. Pearson.  Later she worked with Dr. R.D. Stephenson in a clinic until Ochiltree General Hospital opened in 1967.  When Ochiltree General Hospital opened, she became the Lab supervisor and maintained that position until she retired in 1990.  She also filled in as X-ray technician when needed during her tenure at the hospital.  She was an advocate and volunteer to support Coffee Memorial Blood Center to help replenish the blood supply that was used at the hospital.

She married Floyd Wilson on February 25, 1953 and they celebrated their 54th anniversary before he passed away on March 18, 2007.  They farmed and ranched in southeast Texas County, Oklahoma and they lived in Perryton.  Floyd retired in 1988.  As medical attention dictated, they moved from Perryton to Amarillo in 2004 to be closer to medical facilities and their son.

After Sarah retired from the hospital she spent much of her time growing fruit trees and working in the garden. She was a member of the Iris club and loved canning vegetables and sewing.   She cherished her friendships and spent many hours a day checking on everyone with the phone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Wilson and her brother, William Dewey Norton of Brandon, Mississippi. She is survived by a son, Olen Wilson and wife Terry of Amarillo and two grandchildren, Kristen Wilson and Rachel Wilson, both of Amarillo.

A short graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday March 7th at Ochiltree Cemetery followed by a memorial service at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Perryton at 11:00 a.m.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Viewing will be Monday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors in Amarillo and noon to close on Tuesday at Boxwell Brothers in Perryton.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to THE PANHANDLE ADULT REBUILDING CENTER (PARC), 413 SW 6th,  Amarillo, 79101 or HEAL THE CITY, 609 S. Carolina, Amarillo, 79106.



Elizabeth Nannie Whitley – August 24, 2017

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Elizabeth Nannie Whitley, 60, of Amarillo, died Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M, Monday, August 28, 2017, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Ronnie Nemoede officiating. Burial will be in the Llano Cemetery.

Elizabeth was born September 5, 1956 to Marvin R. and Frances Cain. She loved taking care of her grandkids and others children; she was a Nannie to many. She was a member of Village Park Church.

She was survived by a son, Brandon Dale Cain of Amarillo; a daughter, Keva Bell and husband Sean of Amarillo; her mother, Frances Cain of Amarillo; brothers, Marvin Cain and wife Lynn of Amarillo, Johnny Cain and wife Wendy of Amarillo, Mike Cain and wife Darlene of Fritch; sisters, Tina Good and husband Gary of Perryton, Lisa Littlejohn of Amarillo, Cathy Nemoede and husband Ronnie of Amarillo; grandchildren, Haley Bell, Briana Whitley, Stevie Beesley, Braden Skelton, Tevia Bell, Tacie Bell; and great-grandchildren; Zac, Zoie, and Griffyn.

The family suggests memorials be to Kids Inc, 2201 SE 27th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79103


Jack K. Scarth – August 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Jack Scarth of Farnsworth, Texas passed away August 1, 2017 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Perryton with Richard Laverty, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be private in Ochiltree Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He was born November 23, 1929 in Higgins, Texas and attended school in Booker and Amarillo. He married Ruth Lavon Deal on April 6, 1949. Together they lived and worked mostly in Perryton, Stratford, and Texline, Texas. He was preceded in death by parents Willard and Leila Clark Scarth, his wife Ruth, and granddaughter Shanna Scarth. He is survived by brothers Dale and Bob Scarth, sister Sue Hershey, his children Pat and Janet Scarth, Jim and Phyllis Perkins, and Ken and Jeri Scarth, 8 grandchildren and their spouses, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Although Jack lamented his own lack of formal education, he was an expert in his chosen fields of farming and oil and gas. He was a student of American and Texas history, cowboy culture, and an avid reader of Western novels. He was dedicated to his family, ensuring they knew the importance of education, hard work, and especially of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He taught by example everything from how to have a good marriage to how to drive a vehicle, from the importance of geometry to good magic tricks, from woodworking to how to keep Christ at the center of your life. When he did “take time off” or eventually retire, he would spend much of his time and resources in the service of God and others, helping to build churches or working on missions, supporting them in many ways.  He and Ruth loved to travel, taking each of their grandchildren on long RV trips, and then spending much of their golden years in Colorado or on the Gulf Coast RVing with friends and family. When health issues forced them to stay home, Jack continued to show his steadfast dedication to home and family, caring for Ruth until she passed and mowing the lawn and watering tree rows until Parkinson’s forced him to stop. Through it all, he provided a determined witness of a life dedicated to sharing the saving love of Christ with all he met.

Survivors include his children, Pat Scarth and wife Janet, of Amarillo, Phyllis Perkins and husband Jim, serving in Africa, and Ken Scarth and wife Jeri, of Grand Haven, Michigan; grandchildren, Shelly Hough and husband Eric, of Aubrey, Justin Scarth and wife Erin, of Austin, Melissa Paruolo and husband Tom, of Edmond, Oklahoma, Cara McLeod and husband Scott, of Frisco, Aubrey Shipp and husband Joey, of Amarillo, Aaron Scarth and wife Danielle of California, Jacqueline Schimmel and husband Matthew, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Caleb Scarth of Connecticut, Amanda Smith and husband Eric of Jenison, Michigan, Kelly Ohlendorf and husband Scott, of Grand Haven, Michigan, and Leanne Hathaway and husband Tony, of Grand Haven, Michigan; and great-grandchildren, Brenden, Heather and Nathan Hough, James and Nicholas Scarth, Juliana and Sophia Paruolo, Ryder and Addie McLeod, Hunter, Logan, Dylan and Sawyer Scarth, Cameron Renner, Brynleigh Shipp, Maggie and Ty Smith, Charlie Ohlendorf, and Landon and Grayson Hathaway.

Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo.  A visitation will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.  Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Perryton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Hope for Eternity

14080 Nacogdoches Rd, Ste 173

San Antonio, TX 78247

William Ernest “Bill” Pletcher, Sr. – October 16, 2013

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Pletcher Obit Pic (2)William Ernest “Bill” Pletcher, Jr., 68, of Amarillo, formerly of Perryton, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., today in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, in Ochiltree County Cemetery in Perryton. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bill was born May 24, 1945, in Lake Forest, IL to William and Mildred Pletcher. He graduated from Perryton High School in 1963. He attended West Texas State and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He served in the Marines. He worked for Diamond Shamrock, Kimberly Clark, Kraft Foods, farmed in Perryton, was a stock broker, and was county treasurer for Ochiltree County.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Janie Taylor.

Survivors include his wife, Delia Pletcher of the home; his mother, Mildred Pletcher of Amarillo; his children, Matt Pletcher and wife Leandy of Johnson City, Melissa Davila and husband Danny of Round Rock, and their mother, Jane Hammerbeck of Georgetown; a brother, John Pletcher and wife Terri of Canyon; two stepsons, Terry Hague and wife Cathy of Perryton and Darren Eddy and wife Tina of Amarillo; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Eddy of Florida; several grandchildren including Millie and Emme; a few great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family will receive guests from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 310 SE 32nd Ave., in Perryton.

The family suggests memorials be to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX, 79174.

Kenneth Jack Allen – October 20, 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Kenneth Jack Allen, 86, formerly of Perryton, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Amarillo.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in First United Methodist Church in Perryton. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kenneth was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Carl Community in Harmon County, Okla., to David Jack and Nellie Wylie Allen. He graduated in 1944 from Erick Oklahoma High School.

He was a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program of the Agribusiness Seminar in 1979; this was composed of business and government leaders from all over the world.

His World War II military service started in the infantry then was transferred to the paratroopers, where he served in the South Pacific and the Marianas Islands, primarily Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Kenneth returned from military to join his family in Perryton. After some farm, ranch and construction work, he began to work for the Perryton Equity Exchange in early 1947. He worked for them for six years and then moved to Wakita, Okla., to manage the Farmers Coop for five years. In 1959, Kenneth came back to PEE to take over the role as GM and CEO, where he served until his retirement in 1989 after 35 years.

After his retirement from PEE, he expanded his farming and ranching operations in the Ochiltree and Dallam counties in Texas, as well as Harmon and Beckam counties of Oklahoma. He retired from the farming and ranching operations in 2011 and moved to Amarillo to be closer to family.

Kenneth also served on numerous boards in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. He retired from Farmland Industries Board of Directors in 1991 after serving 12 years on the board, the last five years as chairman. He also served on the USDA Advisory Board of Agriculture, appointed by President Reagan and continued service under President Bush.

Kenneth married Helen Marie Griffin on May 31, 1947, in Wellington. Together they have two daughters. He was a very loving and involved grandfather and uncle, coaching and sponsoring sports teams, supporting FFA and many other numerous activities that all the kids were involved with.

Kenneth was a member in good standing for more than 50 years with the Masonic Lodge 910 of Perryton. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. During his life, he served on numerous committees and board in support of his community and his church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Conner Allen, a daughter, Susan Anita Allen-Aguilar; and a grandson, Jonathan Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Polly Allen Hill of Amarillo; a brother, Bobby Scott Allen of Vinson, Okla., a sister, Dena Beth Allen Smith of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Andrew Allen-Aguilar and Brian Allen-Aguilar of Austin and Kristin Hill of Lubbock; a great-grandson, Jackson Caddell; numerous nieces and nephews who he was always very proud of and very involved with, including a special nephew, Douglas Kenneth Allen.

The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church, 321 S Baylor St., Perryton, TX 79070; or YMCA, 1201 S.W. 15th Ave., Perryton, TX 79070.