Don Loper

 

Don Loper
Don Loper

Don Loper was born July 9, 1938, in Amarillo, Texas to Vada and E. N. Loper.  He died November 25, 2021.

Don graduated Amarillo High School in 1957 and served in the United States Air Force as a crash rescue firefighter.  He worked as a firefighter, fire driver for the City of Amarillo Fire Department for 24 years.  He was active in the design and building of a shower and laundry mobile disaster unit for Texas Baptist Men.  He was a perfectionist who could build and fix almost anything and loved to prove that natural God-given talent was superior to book learning.  He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church.

Don married Linda Manning in Amarillo on December 22, 1962. They were married for 58 years and eleven months.  They were blessed with one son, Bradley, his wife Adrienne, and four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ian, Gabriel and Jacqueline Loper.

Private interment service to be at a later date.

Aaron Troy Thurman

 

Aaron Troy Thurman, 43 of Amarillo, Texas died Monday, November 22, 2021.
 
Aaron was born August 2, 1979 in Plainview Texas.
 
Persons with special needs come into our lives leaving footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.
 
Aaron was a blessing to those who knew him. Although non-verbal, Aaron had a beautiful voice and a way of communicating with his loved ones. Anyone who knew him, knew how much he enjoyed his newspapers, black coffee, and his rocking chair.
 
His family is grateful for the time spent together.
 
He is preceded in death by his mother Donna Gayle Thurman, his Grandmother Wanda Gayle Moon, and Great Aunt Carolyn Dale Rogers.
 
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Everett Lee Scott Jr.

Everett “Buster” Lee Scott, Jr, 72, of Hoisington, KS died Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

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

Buster was born October 24, 1949, in Montezuma, KS to Irma and Everett Scott, Sr.  He lived in Hoisington, KS and only recently moved to Amarillo.

Buster was a track foreman for the railroad, a truck driver, and loved working on anything with an engine.  He enjoyed drag racing, family gatherings (especially the 4th of July), and flying his plane.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Randy.

Survivors include his son, Everett Lee Scott III and wife Tricia, of Amarillo, TX; a daughter, Mary Tran, of Pueblo, CO; three brothers, Leon Soctt, and Donnie Scott and wife Peggy, all of Great Bend, KS, and Tom Scott, of Hoisington, KS; sisters, Emma Linsner, of Great Bend, KS, Shirley Taylor, of Jay, OK, and Ruby Brox, of Amarillo, TX; and seven grandchildren.

Joseph Edward Walsh

Joseph Edward Walsh went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 24, 2021, at the age of 87.
 
A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson, First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
 
Joe was born January 18, 1934, in Amarillo to W.D. and Mary Walsh. Joe was the second youngest of nine brothers and is survived by his youngest brother, Lee Walsh. Joe attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated in 1953 from Price College.
 
During Joe’s early years, he worked in the family business, Walsh Grocery, which later became Walsh Food Service. Joe found enjoyment boxing for the Golden Gloves. He married his high school sweetheart Rheta Kay Latimer on July 22, 1954. Joe and Kay had four boys with whom he enjoyed riding motorcycles at the river, going to the lake, coaching, and supporting each of
them through college. After the untimely death of his wife, Kay, in 1983, he married a long-time family friend, Marjorie Royse Taylor, on December 30, 1983. With his new family, he quickly gained a loving and long-term relationship with everyone and always loved each of them as his own.
 
As a meat buyer and butcher in the family business, Joe had always dreamed of opening his own meat market. He accomplished this in 1984 before semi-retiring to be proprietor and concessioner for the State of Texas at the Goodnight Trading Post and with his son, Randy, the Goodnight Stables in Palo Duro Canyon. In 2000, Joe fully retired to travel with Marjorie and spend time with his grandchildren. In retirement, Joe found tremendous joy in playing Santa Clause for children all over Amarillo through his church and Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed playing games, golf, and beekeeping. However, his true passion and devotion was his family, especially each of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Joe was loved by all that knew him. He had an infectious smile and was well known for his hugs.
 
Joe received Last Rites on November 22, 2021, by Monsignor Rex Nicholl. On November 23, 2021, prayers of blessing were given by Dr. Howard Batson.
 
Joe is survived by: his wife, Marjorie Royse Walsh; his four sons and their spouses, Alan & Linda, Randy & Brenda, Rocky & Trish, and Shannon & Susan; stepson and his spouse, Victor & Laura Taylor; and stepdaughter and her spouse, Royse Anne & Jeff Donaway. Additionally, Joe is survived by 10 grandchildren: Erin Walsh, Brenda Kay Walsh, Ashley Donaway Massucci, Allyson Donaway Kaplan, Keelan Walsh, Camie Walsh, Morgan Donaway Parker, Kayla Walsh, Jerry Kleinpeter, and extended grandson Casey Dickerson. Joe has been blessed with 8 great-grandchildren and is survived by many nieces and nephews who all claim Uncle Joe was their favorite.
 
Memorials are encouraged in Joe’s name to Heal the City of Amarillo, Texas.
 
Family visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at the funeral home.

Joseph Philip Brent

 

Joseph Phillip Brent Sr. died on November 16, 2021, at the age of 81. Phillip was born on April 8, 1940, in Amarillo, Texas to Robert Price Brent Jr. and Lillian Blanche Thompson Brent.

Phillip had a beautiful, indomitable spirit and an amazingly clear mind. He loved children, horses, and dogs (Lolli and the late Biscuit) and they loved him.

He began school at the Bivins School in Masterson TX, transferring to Bivins Elementary in Amarillo. After attending Texas Military Institute he graduated from Amarillo High School in 1958. Phillip went to the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and later transferred to Southern Methodist University. He married Nancy Fellers in 1965.

Phillip is the grandson of Georgia Emma Sneed Thompson and Terry Thompson Sr of Amarillo and the great-grandson of Joseph Tyre Sneed Sr and Georgia Beal Sneed of Georgetown TX.

Joseph Tyre Sneed Sr with his oldest son developed ranch land in Moore and Hartley counties. Phillip’s heart was always with the family ranch where he spent his early years and he returned to Moore County as a rancher and farmer.

A fourth-generation rancher Phillip loved and respected the land and he passed that legacy on to his two children. He spent time teaching them about land conservation and ranch work. No task was too menial for him, cleaning tanks, water gaps- he enjoyed mowing on his tractor. Until his health declined he was on horseback riding the pastures.

Phillip’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Perkins Sneed (Born in Davidson County, TN) was ordained as an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South by Bishop John Emory in 1833. He preached from a log cabin on the Brazos River. One of the first circuit riders in Texas, he was also a farmer, as well as an educator. He founded the first Methodist Church in Waco, TX, now the First United Methodist Church of Waco.

On December 27, 1988, Phillip married Suzanne Stokes Curtis and they blended their two families.

Phillip’s two children Joseph Phillip Brent Jr “Jay” (wife Chonda) and Julie Sneed Brent Jasper (husband Dan) all of Amarillo.

Suzanne’s three children are Margaret Curtis McDermid (husband Ralph Grace) of Charleston SC, Stephen Teel Curtis II (wife Tiffany Prescott) of Amarillo, and Sara Curtis Robinson (husband Benjamin Rowland) of Sarasota FL.

Phillip was a much-beloved “Grande” to his grandchildren, Jordan Brent Blandford (husband Braxton) of Midland TX, Ralph Grace McDermid Jr of Denver CO, William Teel McDermid of Los Angeles CA, Margaret Armstrong “Maisie” McDermid of Santa Clara CA, Henry Teel Curtis of Amarillo, Rowland Wyatt Robinson of Washington DC, Tristan Rodman Robinson of New York City, Spalding Rhys Robinson of Miami FL and Caleb Jasper of Amarillo.

Phillip loved having the grandchildren working and exploring at the ranch. He delighted in family gatherings for holidays and special occasions in Santa Fe, Dallas, and Thanksgiving at the Broadmoor.

The family would like to thank the wonderful physicians who cared for Phillip: Dan Hendrick MD, Alan Keister MD, Kalil Al-Nassir MD, Joel Osborn MD, and Praveen Tumula MD., the caring nurses at NWTH especially Julia in CCCU, Sara, Tristan, and Matthew on the 5th floor, Colby Neely in the ER and Kristi at BSA Hospice. Nettie Tucker and Sergio Rodriquez were special caregivers and friends. Phillip was grateful to his friend Bill W for 37 years.

Phillip is survived by one brother, Robert Price Brent III (wife Sharon), one nephew, Robert Price Brent IV, and one niece, Elizabeth Brent Marsh (husband Stan) a great-nephew, three great-nieces, and numerous cousins.

A service in Phillip’s honor will be held at Polk Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 4 pm. There will be a virtual service at psumc.com.

If desired, memorials may be sent to the Lillian Blanche Brent Scholarship at The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University, CCRC, PO Box 41160, Lubbock, TX 79409-1160 or Heal the City at 609 S. Carolina St, Amarillo, TX 79106.

 

Warren Williams

Warren Williams

 

Warren Williams
Warren Williams

Warren Williams, 71, of Amarillo, TX died Monday, November 22, 2021.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Dr Jim Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery in Tulia, TX.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Warren was born February 18, 1950, in Tulia, TX to Billy and Dorothy Williams.  He graduated from Tulia High School in 1968.  He served in the Army National Guard.  Warren attended West Texas State University and Texas Tech University.

Warren married Billie Buck on May 10, 1980, in Tulia, TX.

For over 20 years, Warren worked with Jackson Supply Company and several years for U.S. Food Service.

He enjoyed watching Westerns, the Dallas Cowboys, movies, and politics.  He also enjoyed hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Williams; and a step-grandson, Corey Coke.

Survivors include his wife Billie Williams, of Amarillo, TX; a daughter, Carmen Williams, of Tulia, TX; a son, Clint Williams, of Amarillo, TX; a brother, Leonard Williams, of Fort Worth, TX; a sister-in-law, Rita Williams Hoelting, of Nazareth, TX; a stepdaughter, Lacey Stubbs and husband Ray, of Strawn, TX; step-granddaughter, Cody Coke; two step-great-grandchildren, Courtney and Charles; nephews, Troy, Dennis, and Ryan; and nieces, Kimberly and Amy.

Family visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 26, 2021, at the funeral home.

Robert Charles “Bob” Roland

Robert Roland
Robert Roland
Robert Roland

Robert Charles “Bob” Roland passed away peacefully on November 18, 2021, after a very short illness.

He was born on August 28, 1942 in Bartlesville, OK to Charles H. Roland and Frances E. Goeser. His father was widowed soon after, and married Rosalind Lobdill in 1944, who lovingly raised him and his sister Carol E. King.

Bob grew up in Phillips, TX and after graduating from Phillips High School attended Frank Phillips Junior College. He then became a proud Red Raider at Texas Tech University where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Engineering Physics and a Master of Business Administration. He had a career as a professional engineer. He was active as a Blackhawk Phillips High School alum all of his adult life.

Bob had three daughters, his oldest favorite Rosie, his middle favorite Carla, and his youngest favorite Caroline.  Additionally, he had numerous doggies along his life, with Asta being his latest walking, napping and movie watching partner.

He was a life-long collector of items and friends.  Among his serious collections were stamps, knives, guns, postcards, anything his dear wife was interested in, and so much more.  His love of collections led him to sell on eBay, where he had a 100% positive seller rating for many years.  Among his “lesser” collections, his family is lucky to have inherited thousands of toothpicks, hundreds of mint Life Savers as well as dozens of decks of playing cards, comic strip cutouts, and reading glasses. His love of history and people also led him to be a genealogy buff, often helping others learn so much more about their family history.

Bob cared deeply about people, often in unique ways. He never met a stranger and always had a dad joke at the ready.  He donated 109 pints of blood at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center and made hundreds of dried cholla cactus crosses for friends and strangers alike. He thoughtfully chose special stamps for every card he sent, and often picked up meaningful treasures for friends and family members as he visited estate sales and antique stores. He was quick to welcome people with a smile, and will be missed for his long-winded stories.

Bob was also a servant. Since the early 1970s, he was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where over the years he served as usher, member of the vestry, treasurer and much more. He served as treasurer of the Gem and Mineral Club and was active in various gun organizations.

In his final short days, he never failed to thank every person who helped him, no matter his pain or procedure.  He showed his daughters ultimate grace and love as he faced the most disheartening diagnosis.

He was preceded in death by his dear wife Jennifer and is survived by his daughters Dr. Rosalind V. Alderman and husband Gene, Rev. Dr. Carla E. Roland, and Caroline E. Brain and husband Larry; grandsons Evan and Andrew; sisters Carol E. King and Nancy Atkins and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on December 3, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Amarillo, Texas, followed by a reception in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coffee Memorial Blood Center or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, or to a favorite dog rescue organization.

Amadeo Cazares

 

Amadeo Cazares, 65, of Gruver, Texas passed away on November 20, 2021.

A funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Canyon, Texas with Father Scott Raef as celebrant. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Amadeo was born in Olton, Texas on September 24, 1956, to A.R. and Olivia Cazares.

Amadeo’s family moved to Gruver, Texas when he was in the first grade. He attended Gruver High School where he was known for bronc and bull riding and graduated in 1975. Following his graduation, he worked alongside his childhood friends, Monte Cluck and Tim Weldon, at Dean Cluck Feedyard. It was there that he met his future wife, Tencha Lechuga, to whom he proposed after just one week.

Amadeo was a long-time business owner in Gruver, known for his strong work ethic and quality welding craftsmanship. Most recently he worked in the oil and gas industry in West Texas. An avid outdoorsman, Amadeo enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends, but what he enjoyed the most was spending time with his grandchildren, Mason and Sophia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.R. and Olivia Cazares.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Tencha Cazares; son, Cody Cazares of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Kasey Cazares-Fleming; son-in-law, Robert Fleming; grandson, Mason Cazares; and granddaughter, Sophia Fleming, all of Windsor, Colorado; and countless family and friends.

Brent Michael Palmer

 

 

Brent Michael Palmer, 33, of Amarillo, TX died unexpectedly of a possible pulmonary embolism on November 18, 2021, at his home shared with his loving wife Erin.

He was born on April 4, 1988, in Amarillo, TX to Kent and Vicki Palmer just minutes before his fraternal twin brother Blake.

Brent graduated from Amarillo High School in 2007. Following graduation, he served 4 years in the US Marine Corp. While in service he did 3 tours, two while in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He truly felt the Marines made him the man he was meant to be and gave him the brotherhood he cherished the most.

Brent met his now-wife Erin Merrill freshman year of high school but the two never dated until Good Friday, April 2019. At the end of their first date (lasting 14 hours) Brent and Erin both knew they had found their soulmate. Brent proposed on October 5, 2019, and they were shortly married on September 19, 2020. Although their marriage was cut short, he was a devoted loving husband bringing happiness and security to the life they built together. It really was the greatest love story this town had ever seen!

Brent had many friends who loved him for his contagious laughter and fun easy-going spirit. He was considered a brother to everyone who knew him. He enjoyed bowling as a member of the Amarillo UCBC, most recently in the league “Mixed Nuts”. His greatest accomplishments being an almost perfect game, scoring 299 along with several 700 Series throughout his bowling career. His true passion resided in his need for speed and love of cars, especially muscle cars. His first muscle car love was a 1969 Orange GTO and last being his 2010 black Dodge Challenger.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Joe Merril; and grandparents, A. C. & Val Henneman.

Survivors include his wife, Erin Palmer; parents, Kent & Vicki Palmer; mother-in-law, Brenda Merrill; and twin brother, Blake Palmer, all of Amarillo.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 27, 2021, at The Loft Church with Joe Tindall officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials and donations be to k9sforwarriors.org.

Kenton Robert Gazzaway

 

   

Kenton Robert Gazzaway, 38, of Amarillo, TX died on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Brett Coe, First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kenton was born on May 13, 1983, in Amarillo, TX to father Kelly and mother Frankie Gazzaway. He moved with his mother to Plano and then to Garland, Texas; later returning to Amarillo where he graduated from River Road High School. He attended Amarillo College where he earned a certificate in mass communications.

Kenton achieved one of his lifelong ambitions by working as an on-air personality at KACV-FM, “FM90”, while at AC. He worked for a short time for a local television station as part of the morning show camera crew. He held a commercial driver’s license and did a stint as an over-the-road truck driver, seeing America from the windshield of an eighteen-wheeler. He traveled widely with his family, enjoying many adventures including a camping trip traversing Canada’s Alaska Highway, to Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, and back through the gold fields of Yukon Territory. Kenton loved animals, music of all kinds, and loved attending the latest movies. He could talk extensively about both music and movies far beyond his span of years.

Kenton loved to be around people and would engage anyone in conversation. He was sincere and genuine, without artifice. He never judged others based on appearance but accepted everyone at face value. He trusted Jesus as his Savior and treated others with kindness and compassion. He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William R. “Bill” and Sally Gazzaway; grandmother, Mary Reese; cousin, Curt Wetzel; and a step-grandfather, J.D. Reese.

Survivors include his mother, Frankie Gazzaway of Amarillo; father, Kelly Gazzaway and stepmother Audrey Gazzaway of Amarillo; and a stepbrother, TJ Abernathy of Bentonville, Arkansas. He is survived by an aunt, Tynetta Wetzel and uncle Jim Wetzel; and aunt, Valerie Lowry. Surviving cousins include Cory Wetzel and family, John Lowry and family, Joseph Lowry and family, and Rachel Lowry. He is also survived by a great-aunt, Pat Devin (and family).