OBITUARIES - 1998
Ota Inez Pruett
Ota Inez Pruett, age 90, of Fairfield, Texas formerly of Seymour, passed away Sunday, December 20, 1998 in a Palestine, Texas hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. at the Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield, Texas with Rev. Johnny Dammon officiating. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 1998 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas with Joe Chase officiating.

Mrs. Pruett was born August 27, 1908 in Ryan, Oklahoma. She moved with her family to East Texas and then to Seymour in 1920. She married Alma Adlai Pruett March 23, 1924 in Seymour. They moved to Dallas in 1932 where Mr. Pruett worked for Borden's Milk Co. until his retirement in 1964. They returned to Seymour in 1967 where they were faithful members of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Pruett passed away February 9, 1992.

Mrs. Pruett is survived by two daughters, Lois Loyd of Fairfield and Helen Pruett of Mesquite; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Pruett was preceded in death by two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.


Thelma Louise Hall
Thelma Louise Hall, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all, passed away Friday, November 20th, 1998. A celebration of Thelma's life was held at Calvary Bible Church, 4850 Manor, Bakersfield, CA.

Born June 28th, 1917 in Vera, Texas, she was married to Rev. Thomas W. Hall for 65 years. As Pentecostal Church of God ministers, they served as pastors at many locations including Earlimart, CA (1938-1940), McFarland, CA (1942-1953), and Bakersfield, CA (1953-1960).

Thelma, or "Sister Hall", touched a multitude of lives in her 81 years. A retired Licensed Vocational Nurse, she was always caring for others. She enjoyed her "job" as an active volunteer at the Cancer Society's Discovery Shop. High spirited and full of life, she enjoyed sewing, quilting and many creative activities, as well as her many friends who will miss her loving touch, sound advice, words of encouragement and countless nuggets of wisdom.

Thelma is survived by her husband, Rev. Thomas W. Hall; siblings J.T. Albright of Porterville, CA and Elaine Moffett of Orofino, ID; sons Wonnie Eugene and wife Jan-Marie of Boise, ID and Donald R. and wife Phyllis of Morro Bay, CA; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Thelma was preceded in death by a brother, Horace, who died in WWII, Horace's son, her mother, Nell Boone Albright and her father, Leslie Albright.

Her husband, Rev. Thomas (Buster) Hall and she lived in Seymour and started a church, Church of God. In a very short time it grew to 100 members.


Roland Craven Webb
Roland Craven Webb, born September 19, 1918 in Waco, Texas and died December 18, 1998. He attended Terrell Preparatory School and Southern Methodist University. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Hella Temple Shrine and served with the 106th Infantry Division in the European Theater during World War II. Mr. Webb was active in the family restaurant business, until his retirement in 1983. Preceded in death by his son, Lyn B. Webb. He is survived by his wife, Sue Kate Irby Webb; daughter, Gail Webb Natale; grandsons, Lyn Kelly and his wife, Kalee and Owen Kelly and his wife, Mandy; great-granddaughter, Kalyn Kelly; sister, Kay Webb Roberts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brother, John Webb of Sun City, Arizona; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, December 21, 1998 at Restland Wildwood Chapel, with Rev. Kathleen Baskin officiating.


Bedrich August Peters
Bedrich August "Fred" Peters, 87, of Seymour died Monday, December 14, 1998, in a Wichita Falls hospital.

Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 17, at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday morning, December 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour with the Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Peters was born April 11, 1911, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Christine Marak were married February 24, 1936, in Bomarton, Texas. She died August 16, 1992. He moved to Cache Creek community in 1915. He was a farmer and a school bus driver for Seymour I.S.D. for 20 years. He retired in 1976. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the K.J.T. Lodge and the Knights of Columbus. A son, Fred Peters, Jr., died August 9, 1973.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia John of Brownsville, Texas, Jeanette Campbell of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Pamela Kelley of Mesquite, Texas; a son, Raymond of Keller, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr.Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr.
Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr., age 74 of Seymour, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 14, 1998. He was born on June 18, 1924, to Paul Bryan and Emma Merphia Quillin in Seymour. He lived a very full and meaningful life.

Truman served his country in the United States Navy in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. After the war, he settled with his family in Vernon, Texas, where he joined the staff of the Vernon Daily Record as an advertising salesman in 1947. In 1952, he became the business manager, and he was eventually named publisher of the Vernon Daily Record in 1960. He served in this capacity fro 1960-1976.

In his most productive years, Truman was active in community affairs. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Wilbarger County Hospital District and the construction of Wilbarger General Hospital, serving the hospital board as chairman during the hospital's planning, construction and initial operational stages.

Along the other community and area leaders, he secured a location for the Vernon MH-MR Center. He also was active in the industrial development of the community helping to locate Stein, Hall and Company's guar processing plant in Vernon. For a period of time, he served as chairman of the Vernon Industrial Foundation. He also served on the Chamber of Commerce Committee that secured the reconstruction of the Wilbarger County Airport.

Truman was a third degree Mason and a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Vernon. He was also active in the Optimist Club.

He and his son established a Golden Fried Chicken, later to become Chicken Express, in Vernon and Seymour.

He married Floy Beth (Binker) Cooper on November 24, 1991, in Seymour, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Floy Beth (Binker) of Seymour; a son, Truman Bryan Quillin, Jr. and wife, Sherian, of Vernon; two daughters, Paula Ford and husband, Bill, of Abilene, and Nancy Long and husband, Derek, of Austin; a sister, Francelle Emmons of Crowley, Texas; and four grandchildren, Shawn, Kelly and Hudson Quillin, and Kristen Ford.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 1998, at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon, Texas, with Reverend Brad Enloe, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Seymour, officiating. Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Golden Wings Hospice Foundation of Vernon, Texas.


James Michael ConnerJames Michael Conner
James Michael Conner, 30, died Saturday, December 12, 1998, in his residence in Wichita Falls.

Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home. Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 16, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Reverend Chris Davis, chaplain of Notre Dame Catholic School, officiating. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park.

Mr. Conner was born September 23, 1968, in Hereford, Texas. He lived in Arlington for 15 years, moving from Wichita Falls. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents, James and Martha of Wichita Falls; his maternal grandmother, Mary Pryor of Wichita Falls; his paternal grandparents, J.W. and Ella Conner of Seymour, Texas; a brother, David C. of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Kristen L. of Wichita Falls.

Memorials may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens of Wichita County.


Joann Harvey
Joann Harvey, 53, died Saturday, December 5, 1998.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell Smith and the Rev. Tony McGhee officiating. Burial was in Old Seymour Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harvey was born February 12, 1945, in Weinert, Texas. She and Teddy Harvey were married February 27, 1961. She moved to Seymour in 1957, was a homemaker and a baby sitter, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; mother, Lucy Lucille Burkett of Van Buren, Arkansas; five daughters, Rita Douglas of Spur, Texas, Nancy Jiminez, Laura Maxwell, Melissa Hutchinson and Carmen Renae Harvey, all of Seymour; three sons, Wayne Burkett, Eddie Harvey and Chase Harvey, all of Seymour; five sisters, Irene Walker of Plainview, Texas, Billie Hill of Garland, Texas, Pam Goforth of Chicago, Ill., Vickie Been of Richardson, Texas, and Clara Dodson of Van Buren; four brothers, Clarence Burkett of Deepwater, Mo., Willie Burkett of Stillwater, OK, and Charles Ray Burkett and David Burkett, both Van Buren; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Juanita 'Nig' Carlyle
Juanita 'Nig' Carlyle, 87, of Munday, Texas, died Wednesday, December 2, 1998, in a Munday nursing home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilson Welch officiating. Burial was in Henson Cemetery in Red Springs, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carlyle was born March 18, 1911, in Eastland County, Texas. She and Denver Carlyle were married April 8, 1935, in Weatherford, Texas. He died February 9, 1984. She moved to Baylor County in 1952. She was employed for many years as a sales lady at Byrd's Department Store and the Baylor Drug Store. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Carlyle of Seymour; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Aubra Olin Studer
Aubra Olin Studer, age 76, of Graford, died Thursday night, November 26, in a Fort Worth Hospital. Born September 22, 1922 in Seymour, Texas, where he had lived for several years. He was a furniture upholsterer, member of the First Baptist of Possum Kingdom Lake, VFW Post #2399 in Mineral Wells.

Survivors include his wife Alenda Studer, of Graford; his daughters, Keri Williams of Arlington, Jane Willis of Loveland Colorado, Jacquline Joyce DeBoise of Tucson, Arizona, Sharon Riedel of Weatherford, Gaylene Linguist of Mineral Wells, and Dianne Hensley of Aledo; his sons, Kevin Studer of Tacoma, Washington and Randy Jack of Weatherford; sisters, Eileen Ryan of Seymour and Alta Ammon of Three Rivers; brothers, Keith Studer of Rock Island, Ill and Loye Studer of Seattle, Washington. 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 30, in the First Baptist Church of Possom Kingdom Lake, with Rev. Ray Rodgers officiating. Interment was in East Greenwood Cemetery. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Lillian M. Orsak
Lillian M. Orsak born in Seymour, Texas on February 6, 1908 entered into rest in San Antonio, Texas on November 10, 1998 at the age of 90 years. She was a member of the Catholic Czech Fraternal of Texas and the Senior Chapter AARP of San Antonio, and a member of the Altar Society of Holy Name Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Julius Orsak and her son, Edward Orsak. Survived by: Sons, Lawrence J. Orsak and wife, Mildred of Mathis, TX., and Jerry J. Orsak and wife, Dorothy of San Antonio; Daughter-in-law, Barbara Orsak of Borger, TX.; Brother, Jerry Mocek and Sister, Margie Brom, both of Seymour, TX.; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A Rosary was recited in the Dellcrest Chapel on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass was celebrated in Holy Name Catholic Church on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were handled with the Dellcrest Funeral Home, 2023 S. W.W. White Rd., San Antonio, Texas.


Larry James Cobb
Larry James Cobb, 54, died Sunday, November 15, 1998, in his residence in Seymour, Texas.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, at First United Methodist Church with Dirk Davis officiating. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mr. Cobb was born September 28, 1944, in Altus, Arkansas. He was a master plumber. He moved to Seymour in 1990 and worked for Garlington-Brown and later became a self-employed plumber.

Survivors include a son, Larry James Smith of Arkansas; and a sister, Midge Satterfield of Coalhill, Arkansas.


John Robert McDanielJohn Robert McDaniel
John Robert McDaniel, 88, died Friday, November 20, 1998, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 23, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour with the Reverend Herman Lancaster and the Reverend Glenn Shock officiating. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. McDaniel was born November 11, 1910, in Almyra, Arkansas. He and Myrtle Lee Barnett were married June 27, 1931, in Maud, Oklahoma. He was raised in Bowlegs, Oklahoma, worked for the British American, Gulf and Chevron Oil Companies until his retirement in 1972. He had lived in Seymour before moving to Bakersfield, California, in 1959, moved to Riverton, Wyoming, back to Oklahoma in 1966, returned to Seymour in 1972 and moved to Fort Worth in 1997. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, member and past master of Seymour Masonic Lodge No. 604 AF&AM and The Order of the Eastern Star in Vernon.

Survivors include his wife; three sons and their wives, Robert Lee and Betty of Lakeside City, Texas, James Edward and Deborah of Fort Worth and Johnny Ray and Peggy of Austin; a brother, George McDaniel of Hugo, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Clark and wife, Linda; Rusty, Ronald, David and wife, Cathleen; Joel and Craig; and four great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Anna Kate and Luke.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Seymour, Seymour Masonic Lodge or Parkinson's Research.


Roy Porter Glass
Roy Porter Glass, 95, of Seymour died Thursday, November 12, 1998, in a local nursing home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Millier officiating. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Mr. Glass was born July 23, 1903, in Tarrant County. He was also raised in Tarrant County. He came to Baylor County in 1934. He farmed for several years and was a painter and wallpaper hanger. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include four sons, Joe of Seymour, Vance of Liberty, KY., Troy and Bill, both of Seymour; two brothers, George of Big Springs, and Amos of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.


Clara V. Stewart
Clara V. Stewart, 84, died Sunday, November 15, 1998, in a Henrietta nursing home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour with the Rev. Ronnie Miller officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stewart was born July 31, 1914, in Aley, Arkansas. She and Jason Stewart were married May 4, 1968, in Petrolia, Texas. She moved with her family to Seymour in 1928. She later moved to Wichita Falls where she worked for Levi Strauss Company for 14 years and then for Wichita General Hospital. She and her husband lived in Denton before moving to Seymour in 1975, where she cared for children in her home. They moved to Henrietta in 1997. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour.

Survivors include her husband; a brother, Clarence Priddy of New Port Richey, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Marijeanne Fenno Cunningham
Marijeanne died October 26, 1998, from a severe asthma attack which resulted in a coma. She was living in De Funiak Springs, Florida. She was 53 years old and was born in Seymour, Texas. However, from 1956 on she considered her home in Bellingham, Washington.

She always had the philosophy that to be challenged by new goals governed her quests. As an example when she was a freshman in high school she decided that she wanted to learn Scottish dancing and six months later she won first place in the sword dance competition held in San Diego for Highland games competition of Southern California. Her parents, Dale and Virginia Fenno, moved to Connecticut after her graduation from San Diego High School in 1963 where she entered Connecticut College for Women, primarily because it was across the street from the Coast Guard Academy. Her father was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, where she attended Old Dominion University. The family returned to Bellingham where she attended Western Washington University to receive her Bachelor and Masters Degrees and was one of the first females to receive a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts in the state of Washington. Marijeanne taught five years in Arlington and Bellingham, Washington. She became challenged and began setting new goals to explore in other fields, some being computer training, newspaper setup for the Herald and Friday Harbor Journal, magazine illustrator, textbook designer for the Department of Education of Alaska, business manager in New Orleans, computer designer, Captain of a tourist boat in Guam, marrying Japanese couples while in Guam, among other quests, the most recently being a part of the University of Florida.

Marijeanne and her surviving husband, Gene Cunningham, purchased a 42 foot sailboat and lived aboard it in Bellingham, Friday Harbor and Juneau. From Juneau, Alaska, they made a trip down the Pacific Coast as far as Newport, California. At this time they decided to trade boating for traveling in a motor home. Opportunities opened up in Guam for them, and they spent three years working there. They returned to the states in February of 1998. Their travels took them to De Funiak Springs, Florida.

Marijeanne has always been very active in the Episcopal Churches where she lived. In fact, she had been studying theology with the goal of a four year degree. Another goal she had was prompted by the activities of the church. She wanted to sing well enough to sing solos at church; so she took some singing lessons in Bellingham and became very active in the choirs in Bellingham, Friday Harbor, Guam and De Funiak Springs.

She is survived by Gene; two stepchildren, Stacy and Jason of Alaska; her parents, Dale and Virginia Fenno of Friday Harbor, Washington; an uncle, Vane Cherry, of Waco, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law Bob and Elizabeth Cunnningham of Bellingham; and numerous cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. She was proceeded in death by her fraternal grandparents, Richard and Minnie Fenno of Bellingham and her maternal grandparents, Vane and Lyda Cherry of Seymour, Texas.

At Marijeanne's request she will be cremated and her remains will be interred at St. John's Episcopal Church on Guam in an honorary place.

Memorials may be made to the Asthma Foundation or Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital.


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Ota Inez Wages PruettOta Inez Wages Pruett
Ota Inez Wages Pruett, born August 27, 1908, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to John Clifton Wages and Maggie Lee Foster Wages, passed away on December 20, 1998, in Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine, Texas, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 23 days.

Services were conducted December 23 by Dr. Johnny Dammon at Capps Memorial Chapel. Final resting place was Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, on December 26, 1998. Conducted by a great-grandson-in-law Joe Chase.

On March 23, 1924, in Seymour, she married Alma Adlai Pruett. As a young couple they farmed, later in 1932 moved to Dallas where in 1965 Adlai retired from Borden Dairy. In 1967, they moved back to Seymour where he passed away in February 1992. Due to ill health on November 1, 1998, Inez moved to Fairfield, Texas.

They were members of the First Baptist Church of Seymour until she moved her membership to the First Baptist Church of Fairfield.

She leaves two daughters: Lois Loyd of Fairfield, Texas, and Helen Pruett, formerly of Seymour, now of Mesquite, Texas; five grandchildren: Diane Mason, Daniel Loyd, Les Akens, Cindy Willis and Mary Stevenson, Deceased: Bill and Phillip Akens; ten great-grandchildren: Daniel Roberts, Colleen McNaughton, Sharon Beantley, Jamie Mason, Jessia Mason, Renee Akens, James Willis, Cheryl Chase, Amy Stevenson and Andy Stevenson, Deceased: April Akens; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Glenn Tilson and Maxine Vick of Terrell, Texas; one brother, Joe Wages of Willis Point, Texas; and two brothers, Deceased, Hobert and Dale Wages. She leaves a host of loved ones and old and dear friends plus a host of new friends since her move to Fairfield.

She is greatly missed by her family.


Newell Weaver Howard, Sr.
Former Seymour resident Newell Weaver Howard, Sr., 82, died recently in a Cottonwood, Arizona nursing home. Private services were held in Arizona.

Howard was born in Montague County, Texas but moved with his family to Baylor County when he was a young child. His parents, Laura and Walter L. Howard, Sr., maintained the Seymour Park and swimming pool for many years. Weaver Howard was a 1936 graduate of Seymour High School, where he received many honors, including Most Popular Boy and Mr. SHS. He married Josephine Nichols, and they moved to Arizona, where Howard began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, managing Post Offices in Scottsdale and Flagstaff. He retired in 1974 and they moved to Avery, Texas, where they raised cattle and enjoyed years with family and friends. Due to health reasons, the Howards moved back to Arizona in 1990, settling in Cottonwood.

Weaver was fond of travel in his motor home, fishing and collecting antique clocks. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Scottsdale, AZ and the past state president of the Key-winders' Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Cornelia Longley of Wichita Falls, and a brother, W.L. Howard, Jr. of San Antonio.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Josephine Nichols Howard of Cottonwood, Arizona; a daughter, Nancy, and her husband, George G. Shoemaker of Flagstaff, Arizona; a son, Newell Weaver (Bud) Howard, Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of St. George, Utah; a brother, Auborn Howard of Gunnison, Colorado; two sisters, Leela Collier of Seymour, Texas, and Eunice Rigg of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Those who have known Weaver will miss his ready wit and mischievous spirit.


J.W. "Woody" Dodd
J.W. "Woody" Dodd, age 84, died in Wichita Falls Saturday, December 26, 1998. Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 1998 at 2 p.m. in the Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Gary Tull of Graham, Texas officiating. Burial followed in Murray Cemetery in Young County, Texas. Arrangements were under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Dodd was born December 9, 1914 in Seymour, Texas to the late William Stanley "Buck" and Hattie "Molly" (Teague) Dodd. Mr. Dodd had worked in the oilfield in West Texas and North Dakota in his early years. He had also been associated with the Seymour, Texas Sheriff's Department. He married Addie Emaline Shifflett September 13, 1955 in Benjamin, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1997. Mr. Dodd was a retired farmer and a Baptist. Survivors include; three daughters, Nell Marler of Lovington, New Mexico, Judy Maples of Wichita Falls, Texas and Sharon Gibson of Mingus, Texas; two sons, Jerry W. Dodd of Artesia, New Mexico and Doyle Mayes of Graham, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren also survive.

Serving as pallbearers were; Robby, Donny, Tim, Brent, Gary Maples, and Bern Landbarzo.


Willie Boone
WilIie Boone, 72, died Monday, December 14, 1998, in a Seymour hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen Shock officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Boone was born December 5, 1926, in Baylor County, Texas. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Seymour. She and Claude Boone were married May 2, 1944. He died March 27, 1985. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert of Seymour; a daughter, Charlotte Howell of Seymour; a brother, Armon Smith of Seymour; a sister, Tennie Wishart of Borger, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Louise Garner
Louise Robertson Garner, 85, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, in a Seymour hospital.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Shock officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Garner was born June 26, 1913, in Baylor County. She and William F. Garner were married January 21, 1933. He died October 17, 1973. She was a lifetime resident of Seymour. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. A son, Charles Lynn Garner, died February 15, 1991.

Survivors include a son, Jim Cleve of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Jerrye Wishon of Seymour; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


James 'Tooter' Goodwin
James "Tooter" Goodwin, 59, died Friday, December 11, 1998, in an Abilene, Texas, hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Munday with the Rev. John Hall officiating. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Mr. Goodwin was born September 12, 1939, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Penny Melton were married November 24, 1979, in Holiday, Texas. He was a graduate of Munday High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a bricklayer and was working for Knox County Precinct Four. Mr. Goodwin was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tenya Shippley of Wichita Falls; four sons, Mark and Cameron, both of Wichita Falls and Wayne Melton and Johnny Melton, both of Munday; his mother, Vivian Pierce of Wichita Falls; a sister, Carol Bunch of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Sonny of Megargel, Texas, and Gary of Wichita Falls; and nine grandchildren.


Don Lee Franklin
Don Lee Franklin born February 27, 1947 in Seymour, TX passed away December 10, 1998 in Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Pat Franklin; 2 daughters, Missy Hammond and husband, Jon; and Crissy Young and husband, Dell; grandchildren, Ashlyn Young and Jessica Hammond; sister, Tonia Chapman of Denver, Colorado; mother, Marcena Franklin. Service was held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 1998 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park.


Ray Conrad
Ray Conrad, 73, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Derby, Colorado, retired Architectural Cabinets master cabinetmaker, died Saturday, November 7, 1998. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, at Gateway Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Conrad lived in Seymour for several years where he worked as a finish carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Alberta; sons, Michael of Albuquerque and Richard of Los Lunas, New Mexico; daughters, Sharon Goucher of Alba, Missouri, and Theresa O'Dill of Denver; stepson, Allan Schwyhart of Wichita; stepdaughters, Karen Kiddoo of Branson, Missouri; and Renee Vandergrift of Wichita; brothers, Jack of Derby and Elwood Jr. of Edgerwood, New Mexico; sisters, Helen Baxter of Derby, Darlene Brown of Mound Valley, Arlene Johnson of Yucaipa, California, and Paula Corvin of Stanley, New Mexico; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Pikes Peak Hospice, 3630 Sinton Road, No. 302, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907 or Gateway Presbyterian Church. Blunt Mortuary, Colorado Springs.


Valerie McLamore Tevis
Valerie McLamore Tevis died on Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at McAllen Medical Center. She was born September 9, 1909 in Round Timbers, TX, Baylor County, to Dr. and Mrs. Julian T. McLamore. Her father was in the second graduating class of the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Her maternal grandfather, John Wesley Stevens, was the first permanent settler of Baylor County. He was also a founding member of the Texas Cattlemen's Association. Her husband, John Felix Tevis, died in 1958.

Mrs. Tevis graduated from Seymour High School and received a B.A. in Music Cum Laude from Texas Christian University. She was an elementary teacher in the school districts of Bomarton, Seymour, Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and Valley View (Hidalgo County) as well as in Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen. She retired from teaching in 1984.

In Wichita Falls, Mrs. Tevis was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship of the First Christian Church, serving as President. She was also a member of United Church Women, Women's Forum, 1934 Study Club and CA Chapter of PEO.

Mrs. Tevis moved to McAllen in 1970. In the Rio Grande Valley she was active in St. Clair's Guild, Women of the Church and the Altar Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church of Pharr. She served as Recording Secretary of DV Chapter of PEO in McAllen. She was a member of Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In 1984, she was awarded "Teacher of the Year" Award by the Valley View I.S.D.

She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Martha Tevis of Edinburg, TX.

A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 1998 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pharr, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 692, Pharr, TX 78577 or to a favorite charity of choice.

Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. in McAllen.


Roger V. Marek, Jr.
Roger V. Marek, Jr., 79, died Monday, November 23, 1998, in a Wichita Falls hospital.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour with the Rev. Richard Eldredge, pastor, officiating. Burial was in S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Marek was born May 28, 1919, in Seymour. He and Lillian Sokora were married November 19, 1941, in Seymour. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving in several African and European campaigns. He was a lifelong resident of Baylor County and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7871.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia Jackson of Seymour and Beverly Fisher of Electra; a son, Dennis of Seymour; a sister, Frances Hejl of Seymour; two brothers, Frank of Seymour, and Victor of Denton, Texas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Jessie Hamby SmithJessie Hamby Smith
Jessie Hamby Smith, 86, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, November 25, 1998.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 30, at Crestview Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with the Reverend Doyle Fuller officiating. Burial was in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born March 11, 1912, in Seymour, Texas. Her husband, Richard Smith, died November 24, 1970. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons: Richard Merl of Pampa, Texas, and Edward Taylor of Palestine, Texas; three daughters, Kay Vannoy of Wichita Falls, Billie Crawford of Lewisville, Texas, and Virginia Dickerson of Wake Forest, North Carolina; four sisters, Mozelle Richardson of Mineral Wells, Texas, Emma McLemore of Plainview, Texas, Billie Jean Smith of De Soto, Texas, and Marie Hamby of Graham, Texas; a brother, Andrew Hamby of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.


Harry Don Ferrier
Harry Don Ferrier, 57, died Friday, November 20, 1998, in Bridgeport, Texas.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 23, 1998 at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bud Branson, minister of Seymour Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Ferrier was born July 22, 1941, in Seymour, Texas. He moved to Bridgeport in 1996, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a sister, Ruth Little of Houston; and a brother, Robert Earl Ferrier of Bridgeport.


Harriet Jeanette DicksonHarriet Jeanette Dickson
Harriet Jeanette Dickson, 92, died Thursday, November 19, 1998, in a Wichita Falls nursing home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour with A.B. Martin and Dr. Ed Hart officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dickson was born April 13, 1906, in Bowie, Texas. She and James Dickson were married July 29, 1942. He died July 30, 1994. She attended school in Bowie and Olney, Texas, went to Decatur, Texas, Baptist College, and graduated from North Texas with a degree in elementary education. She taught school for three years in Olney, taught third grade in Seymour for 40 years and taught tap dancing to children for many years while still in Seymour. She moved to Wichita Falls in 1994 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Seymour.

Survivors include a niece, JoAnn Tennison of Wichita Falls; and a nephew, Temple Driver of Wichita Falls.


Elizabeth Frerich
Elizabeth Welchel Frerich, 73, died Saturday, November 14, 1998, in Garland, Texas.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church of Seymour with the Rev. Glen Davis officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Crestview Memorial Park, Rose Garden Section under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Frerich was born June 19, 1925, in Canton, GA. She and M.H. Lewis were married June 24, 1944, in Wichita Falls. He died in 1975. She was a Baptist, lived in Burkburnett and Wichita Falls, worked for the civil service and moved to Seymour in April 1993.

Survivors include four daughters, Jerry Ann Austin of Garland, Texas, Joyce Mayo of Black Creek, Canada, and Sharon Baldwin and Judi Williams, both of Seymour; five sons, Royce Lewis of Fort Worth, George Lewis, Harold Lewis and Larry Lewis, all of Garland, and Tracey Frerich of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Bobbie Hughes of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Billie Clark of Wichita Falls and Ruth Logan of Logansville, GA., a brother, Harold Welchel of San Diego, California; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


John W. Holmes
John W. Holmes of Alma, Arkansas died Monday, November 16, 1998 in a Van Buren nursing home. He was a retired farmer. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alma and a member of Masonic Lodge in Seymour, Texas and Shriner.

Graveside Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18 at Hight Cemetery, Mulberry, Arkansas under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Jean Holmes of Van Buren, Arkansas; two daughters: Jill Ryan of San Angelo, Texas, Robin Fisher of Mulberry, Arkansas; three sisters: Bettye Hurd of Brownfield, Texas, Allie Mae McWhorter of Throckmorton, Texas, and Peggy Morris of Seymour, Texas; five grandchildren: Kevin Ryan, Sean Ryan, Clint Fisher, Jessica Fisher, Ty Fisher; Great-grandchild: Devin Ryan.


Imogene Spring
Mrs. Imogene Spring of Cooper, passed away Monday morning, November 16th, at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care Center in Paris.

Graveside funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 18th, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper with Bobby Tollison of Commerce and Terry Bryan officiating under the direction of the Delta Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spring was born in Commerce, Texas, April 24, 1928. She was the daughter of J.D. Dunn and Ava (Ferguson) Dunn. She married J.M. Spring on July 9, 1948. She was a retired school teacher, teaching 28 years. She lived in Honey Grove, Commerce, Mount Pleasant, Seymour and Crandall before moving to Cooper in 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Commerce, the Bayview Club, Alpha Ki, and Eta Epsilson.

Survivors include: her husband, J.M. Spring of Cooper; three daughters, Peggy Spring of Wichita Falls; Judy Spring of Jacksboro; Sherry Harmon of North Richland Hills; four grandchildren, James and Sarah Kasper and Daniel and Stephanie Harmon.


Bryce Collier Meers
Bryce C. Meers, 77, died Tuesday, November 3, 1998, in a Wichita Falls Hospital following a lengthy illness. Graveside services were held Friday, November 6, 1998, at Wilbarger Memorial Park, Vernon, Texas, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Irl Holt officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Mr. Meers was born on December 21, 1920, in Goree, Texas, son of the late Floyd and Lillie Bartlett Meers. He married Viola Navaratil on October 8, 1949, in Seymour, Texas.

Mr. Meers moved to Vernon in 1959, from Seymour. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He owned and operated numerous laundromats for over 35 years.

Survivors include: His wife Viola Meers of Vernon; one son, Richard Meers and wife, Karen, of Vernon; two sisters, Cloe Saunders, Fort Worth and Irene Saunders, Slayton, TX; three grandchildren, Stephen, Andy, and Kelly Meers, Vernon.


William Hilton Lane
William Hilton Lane, 84, of Megargel, Texas, died Monday, November 9, 1998, in the Seymour Hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at First Baptist Church in Megargel with the Reverend Robert Wrenn, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Lane was born April 20, 1914, in Megargel. He and Ora Edna Peek were married January 8, 1938, in Paducah, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Megargel. He farmed for many years and worked for Megargel Drilling Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sharon of Wichita Falls; four sisters, Juanita and Vileta, both of Megargel, Dorris Collins of Olney, Texas, and Era White of Sulphur, Oklahoma; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.


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