Art Spikes

Art Spikes, 80-years-young, of Amarillo, Wichita Falls & Henrietta passed away peacefully on October 4, 2020.

He is survived by his former spouse, Jane Bonifield; and his children, Greg Bonifield and his wife Karen; and Sabrina Krieg and her husband Tim. He also leaves behind five granddaughters, Lauren Lindley and her husband Bill, Kathryn Bonifield and her husband Lance Mahon, Kacy Hoopes and her husband Justin, Madison and Blair Bonifield; two great-granddaughters, Willow and Harlow Hoopes; and three great-grandsons, Bowen Hoopes, Walter and Theodore Lindley. He is also survived by his siblings, Helen Leonhart, Marie Parker and Tommy Spikes.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, Meredith and Ozelle Spikes; and siblings, Daisy Ann, Meredith Junior and Jess Angelo.

Art came to Amarillo with his wife, Jane, and baby boy, Greg, in 1965. He was enticed to move here by a job opportunity with the International Shoe Company within Colbert’s Department Store. His position as the shoe manager and buyer gave him the opportunity to visit fun markets in Dallas and NYC. He later joined the team at White & Kirk which was eventually purchased by Sakowitz. He took his love of people and sales to the next level when opening Spikes Realty. He spent over three decades helping folks locate their dream home.

Art participated in the Amarillo West Rotary Club for 39 years with perfect attendance. He served as President of the Amarillo Board of Realtors. He especially enjoyed the PTCC singles group. Let’s just say, he liked the ladies.

Art was a hell of a good cook! He kept his family and friends well fed. He received a blue ribbon the first time he tried his hand at a chili cook-off. But his spicy-sweet pickles were the bomb digity!! Deviled eggs were forever changed after being topped with those pickles! One bite and you were forever hooked. He perfected his pecan pie recipe at the detriment of many waistlines. He kept his oven burning the midnight oil cooking for every celebration.

We will greatly miss him and his zany love for anything and everyone beautiful. Waterford, Lalique, Marilyn Monroe…

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at High Plains Senior Care Hospice and Mary Carascoe Care Homes. Such amazing kind caring folks.

Our family welcomes you to a reception at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2020, from 6-7:30 P.M. Art will be laid to rest in his family plot in Bellevue, TX on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 2901 N. Soncy Rd., Amarillo, TX 79124.

Hopefully, he’ll visit us in our kitchens!

11 Replies to “Art Spikes”

  1. Art was a good friend, and I am sorry I didn’t see his obituary earlier. Always loved seeing him. We had many good times together. A piece of my heart is broken.

  2. Art was a special addition to our Happy Hour group. He was always bringing an extra treat for us to share. When we start having Happy Hour again, he will be missed by all. He was always so kind and caring. Such a pleasure to have known him

  3. So many fun memories of Art during our years at PTCC in the Singles Too group. He was always a surprise when that mischievous look came across his face, it was fun to see what he would say or do. I always knew him to be kind to all and willing to jump in and help wherever he was needed. He and his smile will be missed. Expect to see him at the “Pearly Gates” one day. Condolences to his family.

  4. My heart is so sad to hear of Arts passing. He was a dear friend of Bob and mine. And yes he was a fabulous cook . Art was always so pleasant! my love and prayers for his family. Mary Sue Balliett

  5. My condolences to the family. Art was loved and will be missed.
    I still have some of his recipes, and think of him when I use them.
    May God bless and comfort all of his family and friends.

  6. I first knew Art from PTCC Singles group in the 1980’s. He continued to be a friend throughout the years. He will be remembered with fondness.

  7. Such a gentleman whose kind smile, impeccable appearance, and thoughtful manner made every visit a pleasure. He never failed to remind me he enjoyed selling shoes to my mother, my grandmother and my great aunt – which always touched my heart.

  8. What a beautifully-written obituary of Art. So many of us loved him deeply and he always made us feel we were the only one. He called a few months ago saying since I knew “all about everything in Amarillo” and asked whatever he wanted; I DID happen to have the answer for him, then we reflected on the past, present and all going on. We ended the call with our love. I’m so thankful for his calls and knowing him.
    THANK YOU for sharing Art with all of us!! God is Love. Art expressed that love so divinely.
    With loving wishes to all of you, DJ Stubben

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