Roy F. Northrup

Roy F. Northrup
Roy F. Northrup

Roy F. Northrup, 83, of Amarillo, died May 7, 2021.

Services will be 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Arrangements are with Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount.

Roy, the son of Bert Northrup and Tince Willyard Northrup, was born September 24, 1937, in Higgins, Texas located in Lipscomb County.  His grandparents homesteaded in the Bishop community.  His parents farmed in this area until the early 1940s.  Roy’s parents worked on the Kritser Ranch in Hemphill County until the late 1940s.  In 1948, his family moved to the town of Canadian and settled in Amarillo in June 1950.  He absolutely loved this land the people of the Panhandle with a bond that never lessened his desire to live here his entire life.  He played football for the Sandies.  Roy attended Austin Junior High and was a 1957 graduate of Amarillo High.  He had scholarship offers to play for several colleges and universities.  Roy was recruited by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant to play football for the fighting Texas Aggies, where he was a three-year letterman and elected captain by his teammates his senior year.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961.  While attending Texas A&M, he married his high school sweetheart, Dena Goldston.  They were married for 32 years and raised five children before divorcing.  In 1995, Roy married Dolly Hankins who preceded him in death on August 26, 2016.

After graduation, Roy returned to Amarillo where he was the co-owner and manager of Amarillo Seed House.  From this business, he developed his love of gardening which has continued all his life.  In 2000, Roy began a career in real estate with Coldwell Banker First Equity and is currently a licensed realtor.  Roy was so grateful for the clients who trusted him through these years with the privilege of selling and purchasing homes for them.

Roy was a member of First Christian Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Herman and his second wife, Dolly.

Roy loved his family and was a devoted father to his children.   Survivors include his first wife, Dena Goldston; sons, Kyle Northrup, Michael Northrup and husband Ben Wilkins, Patrick Northrup and wife Karen; daughters, Katie Goldston and partner Phil Bonsal, Dena Beth Hodan and husband John; his sister, Glenda Neill and husband Don.  “Poppyseed” had many precious memories with his 7 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Tedrick and husband Trevor, Chloe, Payton and wife Megan, Kade, Ashley Stribling and husband Corey, Hannah and Maggie.  He was adored by his 5 nieces.

If desired, friends may make memorial donations to First Christian Church or Downtown Women’s Center.

10 Replies to “Roy F. Northrup”

  1. I knew Roy as a good friend at Austin Junior High and Amarillo High School. He was one special guy who was well liked by many. He had a sweet spirit, quiet friendliness, and was a great football player. Roy will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
    Rest with Jesus dear Roy.

  2. Roy was a dear friend to my dad Bill Davis and a great friend and encourager to me since I was a boy. He was so loved by so many people. Will be praying for the Northrup family and all his friends.

  3. Roy was one of toughest men I ever knew. He came to my home on a snowy winter night so that I could sign a real estate contract while Roy was in wheelchair from knee surgery! Still he always told me that he loved me. I was able to watch Aggie football with Roy last fall. We had a great friendship!

  4. Remembering Mr. Roy Northrup.
    For more than 3 decades, he supplied my family with the best Christmas trees ever. They were special to us.
    My Mother was very particular. She wanted a 6 foot tree flocked green and frosted white..
    Mr. Northrup would always deliver our tree with our musical stand already attached around December 10th. Each tree was perfect and looked like the year before.
    This was a tradition for my family and a special part of our Christmas.
    Thank you Mr . Northrup for your dedication and service for your customers.
    Please know we see remembering Mr. Northrup and your family with very fond and lasting memories.
    Jeff Frazer
    The family of Alton and Molly Ann Forbes

  5. Always a big smile. Thankful for memories that go back to our
    Canadian days and enjoyed visiting with him at the Seed House

  6. So sorry for your loss. He was a great man! And will be dearly missed. We love you guys
    Larry & Laresa

  7. Sending prayers to all of the family!! We so loved Uncle Roy!!
    Billy and Sue Schafer
    Jeff and Sandra Young

  8. My thoughts and prayers to Roy’s friends and family. I loved Dolly and Roy was a wonderful friend. He will be missed.

  9. Big Roy was a great mentor in the landscape business. I was able to learn many things outside of landscaping from Roy. My condolences to the Northrup family. He will be missed.

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