OBITUARIES - 2000

Steven Ray StiverSteven Ray Stiver
Steven Ray Stiver, age 49, of Arlington, Texas, died Friday, September 1, 2000, in his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Johnny Bullard, pastor of the Northeast Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post #7871. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Stiver was born July 13, 1951, in Amherst, Texas. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1969. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972, being stationed in Korea and Germany. He obtained an Associate Degree in Computer Programming from Cooke County Junior College in Gainesville, Texas. He had been employed by Harris Methodist Hospital of Fort Worth for the past 20 years, as a Systems Programmer Tech III in the Information Technology Department.
Survivors include his mother, Jerry Stiver, of Seymour, Texas; his son, James, of Atlanta, Georgia; two brothers, Tom Stiver of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Bill Stiver of Junction, Texas.
Pallbearers were his co-workers from Harris Hospital.


Mary Ellen MaloneMary Ellen Malone
Mary Ellen Malone, age 70, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2000, at her residence in Seymour.
After a four year battle with cancer, Mary Ellen went to be with our Heavenly Father. Her funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Leo McMahan and the Reverend Marvin Griffin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Rance Ward, Ray Neil Ward, Charles Ward, Kenneth Malone, Dicky Patterson and Edwin Royston.
Mrs. Malone was born February 7, 1930, in Throckmorton County, Texas. She married J.W. Malone on June 9, 1947, in Archer City, Texas. Mary and her husband of 52 years have been lifelong residents of Baylor County. She was a nurse's aid at Seymour Hospital for 23 years, and her life was devoted to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, J.W. Malone of Seymour; her four daughters and their families: Sharion Zachary and her husband, Mike, and their two daughters, Shana Phillips, and her two sons, Toby and Zachary Phillips, Shelby Thigpen and her daughter, Lindsey; Cindy Malone and her two daughters, Mindy Land and Peni Moore; Janie Todd and her husband, Roderick Sanders, and their daughters, Marti Sanders and Sheila Todd, and her son, Cameron, and Melody Todd and her daughters, MaKenzie and MaKayla; and Jeannie Vernon and her husband, Max, and their son, Max, Jr.
She is also survived by her sister, Thelma Howe of Seymour and her brothers, J.C. Echols of Albany, Texas, W.H. Echols of Farmington, New Mexico, Buster Echols of Goree, Texas, Wayne Echols of Olney, Texas, and Joe Lloyd Echols of Megargel, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sharion LaRae Vernon; her brother, Bill Echols; her sister, Maye Thomas; and her parents, Jim and Allie Echols.
Her family loves her and will miss her very much.
I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her sail to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. I stand watching her until she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says,
"She is gone."
Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the moment when someone says, "She is gone", there are others who are watching her coming. Other voices take up a glad shout,
"HERE SHE COMES."
And that is dying.


Emma D. AdamsEmma D. Adams
Emma D. Adams, age 90, went to meet the Lord on December 15, 2000.
She was born March 30, 1910 to Anna and Louis Valigura in Round Timber, Texas.
She and her husband moved to Fort Worth in 1943.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Adams, a brother Louis Carl Valigura, sisters Julia Little Rosa Giles, Martha Little and Henrietta Compton.
She is survived by a son, Jimmie Adams and wife, Margie; three daughters, Virginia Williams and husband, Andrew, Barbara Harkins and husband, Lewey, and Cecelia Bodine and husband, Gayle; a sister Vivian Fife; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews.


Mary Beth Wines
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Beth Wines, age 59, of the Hide-A-Way Lake Community were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church in Lindale with Rev. Tommy Lyles officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Sylvan Cemetery under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home in Lindale.
Mrs. Wines was born June 29, 1941 in Seymour, Texas to the late Jasper Dap and Ollie Gilbert Hayley. She passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2000, at a Tyler Hospice Center.
Mrs. Wines moved to Lindale in 1980 and to Hide-A-Way Lake in 1995 where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lindale, the Lindale Garden Club and the East Texas Court Reporter Association. She worked as a Court Reporter and had worked for Judge Bill Coats.
She is survived by her husband, Don Wines of Hide-A-Way Lake; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Stan Clark of Lindale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Lynda Reed of Tomball and Charles and Nancy Reed of Lindale; two brothers, Cliff Hayley of Bedford and Dan Hayley of Winnsboro; a sister, Carol Butler of Arlington; 5 grandchildren, Beth Reed, Logan Reed, Hayley Clark, Shelby Clark, Carley Reed all of Lindale; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jake Hayley of July 12, 2000.
Pallbearers were Phil Brakebill, Bill Beasing, Craig Murphy, Chuck McCray, and Jack Roach.


Virginia Hale Herring
Funeral Services for Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Hale Herring, age 84, of Bonham, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2000 in Wise Funeral Home Chapel. Family members and friends officiated. Burial followed in the Willow Wild Cemetery. Mrs. Herring passed away early Tuesday morning, September 5, 2000 at her residence.
Mrs. Herring was born October 10, 1915 in Westover, (Baylor County) Texas, the daughter of William Henry Hale and Florence A. Riley Hale. She married Robert Vyrne Herring, November 10, 1939 in Olney, Texas. He preceded her in death, August 11, 1970. A public school teacher, Mrs. Herring began her career in Baylor County, and taught many years in Bonham ISD where she retired. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers. Will Carlton Hale, James Whitcomb Hale, Edward Everett Hale and Joaquin Miller Hale.
Surviving are: two daughters, Mary Beth Lyle of Dodd City, Patricia Ann Barry of Houston; a brother, Ernest Hale of Seymour; a sister-in-law, Marietta Hale of Ralls; and grandchildren, Virginia Barry, Margaret Barry, Colleen Barry and Molly Hernandez; great grandchildren, Christopher Cook and Brittany Barry.
Pallbearers were Dan Hale, Tom Turner, Lewis Hutchins, Steven Hutchins, Bobby Harris, Leonard Gerner, Mike Whisenhunt, Dennis Herring and Charlie Herring.


Mavis Sessions
Services for Mavis Dean Sessions, 63, of Denver City were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2000 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Webb officiating and the Rev. Bob Fred and Randy Butler assisting.
Burial was in Denver City Memorial Park under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home of Seminole.
She died Tuesday, September 5, 2000, at Yoakum County Hospital in Denver City.
She was born July 6, 1937, in Lynn County. She married Jack Sessions on July 7, 1972, in Plains. She moved to Denver City from O’Donnell in 1972. She was a hairdresser in Denver City. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Denver City and the Yoakum County Golf Club.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Michael Dwaine Cathey of Burnet and William Kenneth Sessions of Corinth; two sisters, June Glenn of Odessa and Bonnie Dorman of O’Donnell; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Yoakum County Hospital and Auxiliary.


Hugh Dent BallardHugh Dent Ballard
Hugh Dent Ballard went to be with his Lord on September 6, 2000.
He was born November 22, 1908, on the family farm in Rutledge, Alabama, and was the youngest of 10 children. He was baptized into Christ at the age of 12 and was a faithful Christian his entire life. He attended Pharmacy school in Wichita, Kansas, and practiced pharmacy in Texas before serving his country for four years in the Navy during World War II. He returned to Alabama and married Ilamae Bean in 1951 and it was there that his daughter, Beba, and his son, Tommy were born. He and his family returned to Texas (Dallas) in 1965 and was in business with his brother, Dr. Bibb Ballard, until the mid 1980s. The last four years of his life were spent in Seymour, Texas, near his daughter, living independently, enjoying life raising cattle and being with his grandchildren. His family was his main priority. His grandchildren, Tara and Johnathan Studer, and Christopher, Aaron and Ashley Ballard will greatly miss his gentleness, quick wit and generosity. Nothing greater can be said about a man but that he served his God and family faithfully and enjoyed life to the end.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beba and John Studer of Seymour and son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Tommy and Melinda Ballard of Dallas; five grandchildren, Tara, Johnathan, Christopher, Aaron and Ashley and his brother, Dr. Bibb Ballard and his family.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9, at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment followed at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.


Bessie StuderBessie Studer
Bessie Studer, 91, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, in a Granbury Nursing Home.
Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Greenwood Chapel. Graveside service: 3 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour.
Bessie Studer was born Aug. 18, 1909, to B.F. and Mattie Keel. She married Mixon Studer on Aug. 27, 1933. They lived in Baylor County from 1933 to 1944, farming in the Ogden and Plainview Communities. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and a 50 year member of the Green Oaks Congregation.
Bessie was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, E.M. Studer, Sr., in 1981 and a son, E.M. Studer in 1948.
Survivors: Daughter, Betty Gideon of New Braunfels; son, Bobby Studer and wife, Genevieve, of Granbury; grandchildren, Mickey Stockwell of Galveston, Brenda Witt of San Antonio, Mike Gideon of Bryan, and David, Donna, and Betty Studer all of Granbury; great-grandson, Adam Witt of San Antonio.


Jake Morris HayleyJake Morris Hayley
ARLINGTON -- Jake Morris Hayley, 60, of Paradise passed away Thursday, July 13, 2000 in Arlington, of lung, brain and bone cancers..
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. Inurnment: Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Paradise at a later date.
Memorials: Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department or Home Health Care of Wise County.
Jake Morris Hayley was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Seymour. He was a longtime resident of the Arlington and Grand Prairie areas. He worked for Texstar Plastics for over 27 years and for Bell Helicopter for six years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jake and Zona Shaw Hayley and Morris and Grace Avary Gilbert.parents, Ollie Gilbert King and Jasper Eric Hayley.
Survivors: Wife of 42 years, Ann Hayley of Paradise; son, James Hayley and Mary of Paradise; daughters, Jamie Burns and husband, Bruce, of Bedford, Janet McCoy and husband, Mitchell, of Arlington; brothers, Cliff Hayley and wife, Delores, of Bedford, Dan Hayley and wife, Lorene, of Winnesboro; sisters, Mary Beth Wines and husband, Donnie, of Lindale, Carol Butler and husband, Dick, of Arlington; stepsisters, Syble Wright and husband, John, of Arlington and Peggy Garvin and husband, Lewis, of Gilmer; stepfather, Archie King and wife, Bonnie, of Arlington; and grandchildren, Jason, Camron and Jamie Taylor, Kimberly Martin and Marissa, Krystal, Adrian and Joey.


Esther PorterEsther Porter
was born in Powell, Texas, on May 24, 1913, the youngest child of the late Robert and Nellie Tillies.
In 1949, Esther moved to Seymour with the Kitts family. She was housekeeper and friend to some of Seymour’s most prominent families. Working for many organizations such as Seymour Day Care Center, she retired from Meals on Wheels.
She united with Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was president of the choir. Later on, she attended Faith Deliverance Church of God in Christ with her daughter, Gladys Willis.
One thing is certain - everyone that kew Esther knew she always had a smile and a contagious laugh that will be missed by all.
On May 24, 2000, Esther’s 87th birthday, she went to join the loved ones she had lost. Proceding her in death were one son, Robert Tillis; a grandson, Moses A. Brown; a granddaughter, Chastity D. Bradley; 3 sisters, 4 brothers and many more loved ones.
She leaves to mourn her passing, a son, Ellis Dan Brown of Los Angeles, California; three daughters, Audrey Porter, Seymour, Ed and Gladys Porter Willis of Seymour, and Gracie Porter and Gary Stephenson of Sweetwater, Texas; Toby Brown, a son-in-law of 30 years; two sisters, Roise McDade and Bessie Lee Sample of Corsicana, Texas; 13 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Grandchild, 2 Nephews, 1 Niece and 9 Cousin.


Mrs. Viola Carter Green
April 22, 2000
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Lenora O. Fojtik
Lenora O. Fojtik, age 94, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2000, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2000, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2000, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Fojtik was born February 6, 1916, in Snook, Texas. She and Adolph Joseph Fojtik were married February 11, 1929, in Caldwell, Texas. He died August 31, 1976. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A son, Billy Joe Fojtik, preceded her in death on September 19, 1991.
She is survived by two sisters, Libby Nedbalek of Rockdale, Texas, and Reynalda Janac of Bryan, Texas.
Pallbearers were James Styles, Gary Wright, Melvin Motl, Alvin Jungman, Jerry Kuehler, and Danny Lane.


Marion “Billy” Moore
Marion “Billy” Moore, 89, of Goree, Texas, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Knox City, Texas.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15th, 2000, at Goree Church of Christ with Greg Melton officiating. Burial was in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mr. Moore was a retired farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Merle; a daughter, Marion Cunningham of Goree; a son, Dolan of Goree; two sisters, Essie Mae of Seymour and Alma Claburn of Wichita Falls; a brother, Johnny of Goree; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Lois Aleitha Hughes SullinsLois Aleitha Hughes Sullins
Lois Aleitha Hughes Sullins, 94, died February 23, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
A long-time resident of Seymour, Mrs. Sullins was born in Vera, Texas, on March 6, 1905, the third child of Tennie and Raleigh Hughes. Her sister, Trudy Russell, and her brother, Byron Hughes, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sullins married Hoyle Aaron Sullins on April 20, 1933. He died on September 20, 1961. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Joy and Rea Carter of Seymour; three granddaughters, Cecila Hardin of McKinney, Camille Baker of Seymour, Stephanie McMullen of Waco; one grandson, Lindley Carter of Wichita Falls; nine great-grandchildren, Ty and Jacob Hardin, Paige and Thomas Baker, Seth, Samantha and Brynne Carter, Jackson and Lydia McMullen; one niece, Aleitha Beck of Vera; two nephews, Maurice Hughes of Eunice, New Mexico, and Gerald Russell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and grandnieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held February 25, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church of Seymour, Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Mrs. Sullins' grandniece, Challa Goedeke of Lubbock, Texas, and cousins, Ronnie Reeves of Seymour and Thelma Lee Coulston of Vera, provided special music, including her favorite hymns "Ivory Palaces", "Evening Prayer" and "I Surrender All". Pallbearers were her grandson, Lindley Carter, grandsons-in-law Tony Hardin, John Baker and Vic McMullen, nephew Gerald Russell and grandnephew, Russell Beck. Interment was at the Vera Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sullins was a farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Seymour where she taught Sunday school and belonged to the Escalator Class. She was a graduate of the University of North Texas and a schoolteacher for 23 years in Knox and Baylor Counties, including Vera and Red Springs.
A recipient of lifetime memberships in the Baylor County American Heart Association and Baylor County Hospital Authority Pink Ladies Auxiliary, she also was a member of the Pierian Club, Methodist Women, Eastern Star and the Retired Teachers Association.


Martha E. GentryMartha E. Gentry
Martha E. Gentry, 80, our precious mother and mama left us to meet her Lord on Saturday, March 11, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She will be missed so much by her family and friends. Mother was loved by so many.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 13, 2000, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview. Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in the Lovington City Cemetery in Lovington, New Mexico.
A daughter of the late Enoch and Emma Glaze, she was born March 28, 1919, in Tuscola, Texas. She married Boucher Gentry on September 22, 1947, in Odessa, Texas, and they resided in Eunice until 1965, when Mobil Oil transferred Boucher to Lovington, New Mexico. A member of the Church of Christ, she dearly loved her family and absolutely adored her little dog, "Little Bit".
Preceded in death by her husband on May 13, 1995; her grandson, Blake on April 22, 1975; and her granddaughter, Jackie Jones on March 17, 1978, she is survived by her children, Nell Marler, Jerry and Sue Dodd, Randy and Judy Maples and Sharon and Mike Gibson; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Winifred Farris, Myrtle and Ruel Perkins and Hazel and Gene Lassiter; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Robby Maples, Donny Maples, Tim Maples, Darin Doss, Charles Carson and Vern Landavazo.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.


Roy Elbert Thorn, Sr.
Roy Elbert Thorn, Sr., 65, of Boyd, Texas, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Denton Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. in Seymour, Texas, at Woodmen of the World Cemetery with Reverend Scott Moore officiating.
Mr. Thorn was born August 10, 1934, in Seymour to Johnny Thorn and Cynthia Elam Thorn. He and had lived in Boyd for 24 years and operated Wild Fire Salvage. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Amber Thorn.
Survivors include two sons, Roy E. Thorn, Jr. and Randy L. Thorn; three stepsons, Jimmy, Kenneth and Charlie Grimsley; five daughters, Rhonda Leatherwood, Ranee Schwandt, Rhenda Ragan, Robbie Moss and Reggie VanOrsow; three brothers, J.D., Wesley and Jerry Thorn; a sister, Janelle Sturgeon of Seymour; thirty-five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brandon Alls, Poose Alls, Ernie Wilson, Aaron Leatherwood, Phillip Urango and Brian Dowell.


Kenneth Charles EvansKenneth Charles Evans
Kenneth Charles Evans, 71, of Haltom City, Texas, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, in his home.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2000, in Roundtimber Cemetery with Reverend Marvin Griffin officiating.
Mr. Evans was born May 16, 1928, in Burkburnett, Texas. He served in the Air Force during World War II. He was married to Theda Davis in Wichita Falls, Texas, where they lived until 1978 when they moved to Haltom City. He was a self-employed subcontractor of floor covering installation. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Olney, Texas.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Rocky; two grandchildren, Stacey and Nicole of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; a godson, Bryan Fergurson of Wichita Falls; a brother, George Evans of Wichita Falls; and two sisters, Frances Armstrong and Estelle Tedford, both of Wichita Falls.


Allen Dale OvertonAllen Dale Overton
Allen Dale Overton of Paint Creek died Monday, March 20, 2000, in Seymour at the age of 73.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Haskell with Reverends Shannon Gresham and Truett Kuenstler officiating. Burial followed in Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden-McCauley Funeral Home.
Mr. Overton was born on October 16, 1926, in Haskell, Texas. He graduated from Paint Creek High School and attended McMurry College. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, the Sons of Herman Lodge #241 and the First United Methodist Church. He was a farmer and rancher and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include two daughters, Jo Nell Sammons and Jana Sue Norville, both of Seymour; one sister, Jeannie Raughton of Paint Creek; seven grandchildren: Dustin, Jonathan, Erin and David Hajek, Jr., and Kris, Kaitlin and Klay Norville, all of Seymour.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Kay Overton; one brother, Roy Irvin Overton; and his parents, Roy Alonzo and Margaret Kuenstler Overton.
Pallbearers for the service were his grandsons: Dustin, Jonathan and David Hajek, Jr., and Kris Norville; and his friends, Mickey Melton, Ky Kuenstler, Larry Gilliam, Joe Brewer and Rusty Hollar.
Honorary Pallbearers were Runt Gary, Don Nanny, Ray Perry, Wilda Medford and Twain Mickler.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308, or Just Like Home, 1049 W. California St., Seymour, Texas 76380.


David Eric MyersEric Myers
David Eric Myers, 28, of Joshua, Texas, died Friday, March 31, 2000, in an automobile accident in Joshua.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Mountain Valley Chapel in Burleson, Texas, with Pastor Doak Taylor officiating. Burial was in Burleson Memorial Park under the direction of Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson.
Mr. Myers was born February 8, 1972, in Arlington, Texas, to Lois Hargrove and Dudley Myers. He graduated from Joshua High School in 1990. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bull riding and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a Water Department Employee for the City of Burleson.
He is survived by two sons, Justin Wade Myers and William David Myers; his parents, Dudley and Lois Myers of Joshua; four sisters, Becky Akin and her husband, Gabriel, of Burleson, Misti Varnell and her husband, Chad, of Fort Worth, Caren Myers of Joshua and Kristi Maniscalco and her husband, David, of Simonton, Texas; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Myers of Seymour, Texas; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Barbara
Goodwin Brown

Barbara Goodwin Brown, age 58, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Seymour Church of Christ with Stanley Goodwin and Bud Branson officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown was born February 20, 1942, in Baylor County, Texas, to Bill and Virginia Rogers Goodwin. She graduated nursing school in 1961 and was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for many years, working in Seymour, Olney and Archer City. She married Jerry Ladd Brown on May 1, 1964, in Henrietta, Texas. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed painting, ceramics and crafts and was always helping others.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Ladd Brown of Seymour; a daughter and her husband, Angela and Doug Barker of Seymour; a granddaughter, Marley Barker of Seymour; four sisters, Zuleka Jenkins and Glenna Stennett of Olney, Texas, Billie Kreeger of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Kathy Moore of Megargel, Texas; two brothers, Kenneth "Bud" Goodwin of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Gene Goodwin of Seymour; and by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Greg Moore, Chuck Stennett, Danny Kreeger, Roger Ricketts, Rick Ickert, Jim Anz, Gene Hauck and Jack Goodwin.
The family requests that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, Box 347, Seymour, Texas 76380.


Ava Lu Jones
Ava Lu Jones, 90, of Graham, Texas, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2000, at a Wichita Falls, Texas, hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 10, at the Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Buddy Moore, pastor of Salem Crestview United Methodist Church in Graham, officiating. Burial followed at Pioneer Cemetery in Graham under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jones was born June 14, 1909, in Sipe Springs in Comanche County, Texas, to the late Don Carlos and Keron (Johnson) Moorman. She married Clarence R. "Chili" Jones May 8, 1928, in Comanche, Texas. He preceded her in death October 12, 1990. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a member of the Salem Crestview United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Anita Green and her husband, B.J., of Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Mary Ehrette of Albuquerque, New Mexico; three grandchildren, Bilita Merritt of Fort Worth, Texas, Brenda Trainham of Lubbock, Texas, and Bobby Green of Graham; and three great-grandchildren.


Bobbie Ruth Hale
Bobbie Ruth Hale, 72, of Petrolia, Texas, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Erle and Emma White Hospice Center.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Westover, Texas, Cemetery with Reverend Max Burkhead, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Olney, officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Ms. Hale was born August 15, 1927, in Westover. She was a Medical Transcriptionist for Bethania Hospital for 12 years, retiring in 1989. She had lived in Petrolia all of her life and was a member of Megargel Methodist Church.
Survivors include four nieces, Joni Kay of Carrollton, Texas, Betty Schoeling of Olney, Texas, Linda Hamilton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Jeanie Haney of Petrolia; four nephews, Terry Hale of Huntsville, Texas, Jon Hale of Midland, Texas, Dan Hale of Bonham, Texas, and James Berger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


George Pribyla
George Pribyla, 79, of Bomarton, Texas, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Seymour Hospital in Seymour, Texas.
Christian burial was on Saturday, April 15, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in Bomarton Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Pribyla was born April 24, 1920, in Bomarton. He was a lifetime resident of Bomarton where he farmed and ranched. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include two nephews, Kenneth Pribyla and David Pribyla; five nieces, Carol Newman, Mary Sample, Virginia Pribyla, Rita Lashlee and Nancy Horst; eighteen great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Tillie Pribyla.


Eula Mae Clark Engle
Eula Mae Clark Engle, age 85, departed this life on Saturday, April 29, 2000, in Camarillo, California. Funeral services and interment were in Camarillo.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Grover Clark and grew up in Baylor County. She had lived in California for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Nelda Perry of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Margie Wakley of Camarillo; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Eva Sessums of Lubbock, Texas; and three brothers, G.D. Clark of Stanton, California, Calvin Clark of Monahans, Texas, and Norman Clark of Red Springs, Texas.


Opal HaleyOpal Hayley
Opal Tripp Hayley, 86, of La Marque passed away Thursday, May 10, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Mrs. Hayley was born September 9, 1913, in Buffalo Gap, the daughter of Emmett and Janette Watkins Tripp. She was a resident of La Marque for 53 years and a member of First Baptist Church of La Marque. Mrs. Hayley was a member of the Lydian Sunday School Class at her church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Hayley, and sister, Ruby Lee Tripp. Mrs. Hayley is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Jane Hayley of Texas City; her grandchildren, Jerry and Cindy Hayley of Woodlands, Texas, Jason and Jennifer Hayley of Texas City; four great-grandchildren, Amanda, Abby, Allyson and Zack Hayley; one brother and sister-in-law, E.W. and Wynette Trip of Texas City; and two sisters-in-law Hazel Hayley of Wichita Falls and Amy Hayley of Seymour.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the First Baptist Church of La Marque with Dr. Kyle Cox and Reverend Darwood Galloway officiating. Burial followed at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers were Ernie Deats, Sonny Byrkett, Mike Tripp, Gary Meyer, Tommy Briggs, Donnie Lera, R.T. Fuller and Jerry Harkreader.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of La Marque or the charity of your choice.


Richard William GuynesRichard William Guynes
Richard William Guynes, 74, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Funeral services will be held from Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday morning, June 1, at 11 o'clock. Pastor Keith Schweitzer and Reverend Ken Boersche will officiate, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post 7871. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Guynes was born March 20, 1926, in Bomarton, Texas. A distinguished veteran of 20 years Naval Service, Mr. Guynes served in World War II and Korea as well as in the atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter and a man of character. He was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. and Lee, and two sisters, Rita Mae and Elsie.
He is survived by his loving wife, Arvilla L. Guynes, native of South Dakota; three daughters, Janiece Van Loon and Cherie Dischinger of Hollister, California, Suzanne McTighe of Hayward, California; two sons, Richard Guynes and John Guynes of Rhododeron, Oregon; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, James Guynes of Seymour; two sisters, Viola Peters of Seymour and Aslee Castleman of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Richard Thomas "Dick" Morris
Richard Thomas "Dick" Morris, age 92, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Friday, June 16, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2000, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour, with the Reverend Don Chaffin, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Morris was born December 1, 1907, in Baylor County, Texas, to the late G.B. and Cora Lee Morris. He married Janette Plants on August 3, 1963, in Seymour, Texas. A graduate of Seymour High School and Baylor University, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seymour, a past president of the Seymour Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Seymour Rodeo Association. He served as a director of the First National Bank in Seymour for 43 years. He owned and operated Morris-Wirz Chevrolet in Seymour for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Janette Plants Morris of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Helen Stone of Dallas, Texas; by one brother, G.B. Morris of Lubbock, Texas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Morris was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.


Bessie Lou "Bess" HooserBessie Lou
"Bess" Hooser

Bessie Lou "Bess" Hooser, age 73, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Friday, July 7, 2000, in Seymour.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour with Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hooser was born May 8, 1927, in Seymour, to the late Thomas Eric and Essie Melinda Swilling Brock. She graduated from Seymour High School and attended Texas Women's College in Denton, Texas. She married T.J. Hooser on July 21, 1947, in Seymour. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1987.
She attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1968. She was a bilingual teacher and taught school at Hardwick Elementary School and an evening Continuing Education Class in Lubbock, Texas. She then taught at Andrews Elementary School in Andrews, Texas, Seymour Elementary School in Seymour and Blanton Elementary School in Odessa, Texas. After retiring in 1993, Mrs. Hooser returned to Seymour.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seymour where she was active in the Escalator Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women. In 1996 and 1997, she participated with the United Methodist Church in two Medical Mission Tours to Guatemala. She was a member and current president of the Baylor County Retired School Personnel. She was also a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, the Baylor County Free Library, Friends of the Library and the Pierian Club.
She is survived by one daughter, Nanette Coffey, and her husband, James, and their son, Thomas Sterling of Tacoma, Washington; by one son, Mark Hooser, and his wife, Kriston, and their son, Riley Joseph of Canby, Oregon; by two sisters, Helen Jane Hooser of Seymour and Mary Lynn Welch of Big Spring, Texas; by one brother, Leonard Brock of Wichita Falls, Texas; and by a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Seymour or the donor's favorite charity.
MY LONG JOURNEY
By Bess Hooser
Many of my life songs
have never been sung;
Just years and years of my instrument
being restrung.
After the agony of the climb
to the highest peak,
My songs have now begun
as my deeper soul I seek.
Along my paths, peoples
of the world I'll find;
Not one, oh, not one must
I pass by.
And so, I go down from
the mountains lofty,
And listening, I hear my
new heart strings singing - so softly.
Written by Bess to share on the last evening of a Volunteers in Mission team assignment in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.


Simon De Luna CasillasSimon De Luna Casillas
Simon De Luna Casillas, age 76, of Seymour, passed away Monday, July 24, 2000, in Seymour.
Christian Wake Services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Deacon Jim Novak officiating.
Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Bart J. Landwermeyer officiating. Burial will be in the Benjamin Cemetery directed by Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Casillas was born February 16, 1924, in Bridgeport, Texas. He married Katherine Flores on January 29, 1949, in Knox City, Texas. He lived in Benjamin and Knox City before moving to Seymour in 1966. He was a mechanic for Montgomery Tractor Company. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #3740 and Father Albert Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in Windthorst, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Katy, of Seymour; by two daughters, Ruth Amador and her husband, Andrew, of Wichita Falls and Stella Glass and her husband, Troy, of Seymour; by one son, Vince and his wife, Jamie of Wichita Falls; by two sisters, Margaret Guerra of San Angelo, Texas, and Mary Rodriquez of Hobbs, New Mexico; by four brothers, Manuel of Wichita Falls, Jesse of Hobbs, New Mexico, Joe of O'Brien, Texas, and Frank of Seymour; by four grandsons, Monty, Johnathon, Jason and Damian; and by five great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Tatum, Tanna and Mariah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio and Guadalupe De Luna Casillas; by one brother, Salomon, and by one sister, Esther.


Gussie E. Robertson
Gussie E. Robertson of Duncanville was born December 4, 1907, in Abilene, Texas. She passed away August 14, 2000.
She had been a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church since 1948. She retired from Continental Insurance Co. She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary; three brothers, Loyd, Henry and Alvin.
She is survived by two sisters, Annie Eudora Robertson and Ruth Joyce and brother-in-law Ted Joyce of Duncanville; one brother, Morris Robertson and wife, Faye, of Seymour, Texas; sister-in-laws Paulyne Robertson of Corsicana and Lois Robertson of Waxahachie; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted by Reverend Mike Simmons, assisted by her nephew Bob Joyce, at David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Duncanville at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 17. Interment followed at Little Bethel Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 265 W. Pleasant Run, Cedar Hill, Texas 75106; or a charity of your choice.


Judy Kay PlaceJudy Kay Place
Judy Kay Place, age 45, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2000, in a Wichita Falls, Texas, hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2000, at the Northeast Baptist Church in Seymour, with the Reverend Johnny Bullard, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Place was born December 4, 1954, in Fort Worth, Texas. She married James Place, Jr. on April 3, 1976, in Fort Worth. She was a cook at the Seymour Hospital and was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, of Seymour; by a son, Cody Place, of Seymour; by her parents, Sammy and Peggy Thomas of Fort Worth; and by a sister, Sara Jones, of Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Jones, on September 18, 1998.


Lessie Fay WelchLessie Fay Welch
Lessie Fay Welch, age 88, of Seymour, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2000, at her residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour with Carlton Brock, officiating. Interment was in the Round Timber Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Welch was born June 15, 1912, in Round Timber, Texas, to the late Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Belle Rouswell Stennett. She married Henry Floyd Welch on October 12, 1929, in Round Timber, Texas. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1974. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce Hedges of Wichita Falls, Texas; by three sons, Donald Welch of Seymour, Garland Welch of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Eldon Welch of Columbia, Tennessee; by 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Charlie M. MyersCharlie M. Myers
Charlie M. Myers, 64, of Seymour, Texas, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000, at Hospice in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Christian Wake service was held Friday, October 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour with Revered Richard Eldredge, officiating.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 28, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Reverend Jeremy Myers, officiating. Burial was in Catholic Cemetery in Seymour.
Mr. Myers was born September 10, 1936, in Crowell, Texas. He was raised and attended school in Gilliland, Texas. He and Mary Koetter were married January 24, 1960, in Wichita Falls. They lived in Wichita Falls for several years before moving to Seymour in 1972. He owned and operated Charlie Myers Grain Elevator. He was a Baptist.
His brother, Kenneth Myers, died in 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Seymour; a daughter and son-in-law, Shellye and Tim Kuehler of Seymour; a son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Shelli Myers of Seymour; two brothers, Billie Jake Myers of Rhineland, Texas, and Dean Myers of Seymour; and four grandchildren, Sarah Hosea, Chaz Myers, Chelsea Myers and Zachary Kuehler.
Memorials may be made to Baylor County Livestock Association or the Cliff Styles Activity Center.


David Edward MorrisonDavid Edward Morrison
David Edward Morrison, 57, of Seymour, Texas, died Saturday, November 18, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, at Northeast Baptist Church with Brother Johnny Bullard, pastor, officiating and Mack Vickery assisting. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
David was born April 28, 1943, in Fort Worth, Texas. He lived most of his life in Wichita Falls. He was an oilfield worker and sandblaster before his retirement. He moved to Seymour in 1990. He and Melissa Shradley were married July 11, 1987, in Wichita Falls, and have been together for twenty years. He was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, R.C. Morrison; his mother, Judy Palmer; and a sister, Faye Morrison.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa, of Seymour; three sons, David Jr. of Wichita Falls, Johnny of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jimmy of Seymour; two sisters, Leah Raye Bullard and husband, Johnny, and Cathy Wright and husband, Floyd, of Seymour; his stepmother, Nora Bell Taylor of Seymour; nieces, Tammy and Mack Vickery of Nashville, Tennessee, Terry and Cesar Martinez and Linda Bullard, all of Fort Worth, Tamara Rogers and David Birkenfeld, Carrie and Raymond Flores and Terry Haak, all of Seymour; and many great nieces and nephews and friends who loved David and will miss him greatly.


Allen L. EavesAllen L. Eaves
Allen L. Eaves, 57, a lifetime resident of Wichita Falls died Tuesday, December 5, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 8, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Dr. Rick Thompson of Colonial Baptist Church and Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Eaves was born November 15, 1943, in Wichita Falls. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was the owner and operator of A & B Janitorial Service.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Vita Eaves of Wichita Falls; three sons, Jeffrey Eaves and his wife, Latisha, and Stephen Eaves, both of Wichita Falls, and David Eaves of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ruby Nell Hamilton of Bakersfield, California; two grandsons, J.D. Eaves of Wichita Falls and D.J. Eaves of Buffalo, New York; two granddaughters, Rachel Eaves of Wichita Falls and Jessica Ann Eaves of Buffalo, New York, and a grandchild, Shannan Eaves of Wichita Falls.


Henry Franklin (Penn) Moore
Henry Franklin (Penn) Moore, Jr., died December 21, 2000, at Westview Care Center, Seymour, Texas, at the age of 96 years, 11 months.
Funeral services were at Red Springs Baptist Church, Red Springs, Texas, on December 23, 2000, at 10 a.m. under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Reverend Jack Bennett and A.B. Martin officiated. The church choir, led by Pete McLarty, and accompanied by organist Peggy Morris and pianist Janie Kisinger, provided music for the service. Burial was in Henson Cemetery, Red Springs, in the Moore plot. Pallbearers were grandsons, Brent Moore, Jon Moore and Jim Fullmer; great-grandson, Brandon Moore; Orgie Shipman; Carl Kisinger, Jr.; Jerry Massey; and Edward Boyd.
Penn was born in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, on January 17, 1904. He was the ninth child of Henry Franklin Moore, Sr., and Mattie Absher Moore. There were ten brothers and sisters who preceded him in death: Dave, Viola, Ora, Irene, Leona Pearl, Dillie, Bill, Joe, Dockward and Thelbert. Three of the eleven died in infancy. The family moved to Baylor County in December, 1906, and settled 2 miles west and 1 mile north of Red Springs. Penn's mother was ill for several years and died when he was just 8 years old. She was a charter member of the Red Springs Baptist Church. He attended the Red Springs school and assisted his father in farming. When he was young, his siblings called him "Penny" because of his size. Eventually, his nickname was shortened to "Penn" by which he was addressed for his lifetime.
Penn and Pearl Shoopman were married October 9, 1926, in the groom's new 1926 black model T roadster. The ceremony was performed by Reverend J.R. Balch. They lived on the family home place until 1936 at which time they bought their farm, located 2 miles west of Red Springs. Penn already had two horses with which to farm. Later, he invested in a team of mules. These animals were a trade-in for his first tractor. Their four children were reared on that farm. Penn retired from farming twice before retiring permanently.
Their children were pleased to honor them with receptions on their 50th and 60th Wedding anniversaries.
Penn was a reserved individual and more of a stay-at-home person. He was more comfortable in a one-on-one conversation than with a group. During his farming years, he was involved in the Red Springs Gin Association and the community activities. His pastime was playing dominoes with the Gin gang. He enjoyed traveling. The family made yearly trips to West Texas where his brothers and sisters settled. They took a memorable trip to the south one summer and to the 1936 Centennial in Dallas. Penn took pride that he had been to all but one of the 48 states when it was safe to sleep outside in tents or in the car. He and his brother-in-law, Henry Gleghorn, made the trek to Alaska with a camper on the pickup before Alaska gained its statehood.
In 1990, Penn and Pearl moved to Seymour from their Red Springs farm and home.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl; son, Wayne Moore and wife, Mozelle, of Seymour; daughter, Wynette Moore, Dallas; son, Jack Moore, New Waverly; son, Ray Moore and wife, Barbara of Seymour. The grandchildren are Brent Moore and wife, Teresa, of Haslet, Texas; Brenda Fullmer and husband, Jim, of Flower Mound, Texas; Raymie Moore and wife, Sharron, of Gatesville, Texas; Ronnie Moore and wife, Susan, of Willis, Texas; Rhonda Moore of Conroe, Texas; Rick Moore of Clearwater, Florida; Jon Moore and wife, Marchele of Seymour. There are 5 great-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.


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Elizabeth Biggerstaff
Elizabeth Biggerstaff, age 89, passed away Monday, September 4, 2000, in a Wichita Falls, Texas, hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 7, 2000, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Andy Graham, pastor of the Southside Baptist Church in Olney, Texas, officiating. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Biggerstaff was born on February 12, 1911, in Knox City, Texas, and moved to Seymour at an early age. She married C.W. "Doc" Biggerstaff on August 19, 1933, in Seymour, Texas. He passed away December 26, 1983. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. She had lived in Olney and Newcastle for the past several years.
She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Hitch of Olney, Texas, and Linda Coleman of Archer City, Texas; by two sons, Joe Biggerstaff of Seymour, Texas, and Rocky Belknap of Olney, Texas; by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Alta Vivian "Kaye" AmmannAlta Vivian
"Kaye" Ammann

Alta Vivian "Kaye" Ammann, age 64, died Wednesday, August 30, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.
She had resided in Live Oak County since 1955. She was born to Olin and Bertha Studer in Devine, Texas, on July 19, 1936.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ammann of Three Rivers, Texas; one son, Stephen Wayne and his wife, Beverly Ammann, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Katherine Jean "Kandy" and her husband, Alan Alexander, of Lufkin, Texas; two brothers, John Studer of Rock Island, Illinois and Loye Studer of Tacoma, Washington; one sister, Eileen Ryan of Seymour; four grandchildren, Shannon Alex-ander of Lufkin, Andrew Alexander of Lufkin, Lindsey Ammann of Three Rivers and Kyle Ammann of Three Rivers; two step-grandchildren, Shaun Alexander of Lufkin and Kristi Kildow of San Antonio, Texas.
Services were held on Saturday, September 2, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Three Rivers with Pastor Don Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Three Rivers Cemetery under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home.


E.A. "Keg: ChamberlainE.A. "Keg" Chamberlain
E.A. "Keg" Chamberlain, 73, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at First Christian Church with Reverend Dannie Gwinn officiating. Burial was in Archer City Cemetery in Archer City, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Chamberlain was born September 20, 1926, in Bomarton, Texas. He served in the Navy during WWII, as a fireman. Upon returning from the Navy, he lived in Wichita Falls and then Eloy, Arizona. In Eloy he ran a backhoe service and also served as the deputy sheriff. He was also a member of the Eloy Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. He and Vera Hodson were married in 1962 in Old Mexico. She preceded him in death on February 29, 1992. Keg was a member of the Baptist church and a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and the Eagles Club for over 30 years. He served as local president of all three clubs and served as State President of the Eagle Club. His main goal was in fund-raising and was a leader in all civic activities. Keg moved to Seymour in 1986 and owned Seemore Antiques and Collectibles until his death. He had many friends. He loved to laugh, joke and cut up and was a big tease. He was named by his high school coach because of his size.
He is survived by four daughters, Tanya Lagunas of Seymour, Latricia Wright of Kountze, Texas, Pam Chamberlain of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Marsha Mullikin of Tempe, Arizona; a son, Mike Mooney of Tucson, Arizona; two sisters, Billie Latham of Seymour and Linnie Mae Hudson of Archer City; ten grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.


Cora Bell Copeland
Cora Bell Copeland, age 70, of Sherman, Texas, passed away Monday, July 31, 2000, in a Denison, Texas, hospital.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3, at the Cache Creek Cemetery with Reverend Lee Hembree officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Copeland was born August 22, 1929, in Benjamin, Texas, the daughter of the late John B. and Willie Mae Blackburn Moore. She married Johnnie Thomas Copeland on November 5, 1958, in Benjamin. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. She worked at the Red and White Laundry in Seymour. She had lived in Sherman for the past 28 years, where she was employed as a Nurses Aide at the Chapel of Care Nursing Home. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Becky Ford of Denison; by two sons, Wayne McMorris of Seymour and Mike McMorris of Sherman; by two sisters, Doris Davis of Dierks, Arkansas, and Nell Moore of Midland, Texas; by three brothers, Lorenzo Moore and Ernest Moore, both of Seymour, and John Bill Moore of Dierks, Arkansas; by 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Georgia Snodgrass Sherley
Georgia Snodgrass Sherley, 85, of Olney, Texas, died Sunday, September 10, 2000, in an Olney nursing center.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at the Megargel Church of Christ with Harvey McQueen, minister, and Scotte Clark, minister of Hamilton Street Church of Christ in Olney, officiating. Burial followed in Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Mrs. Sherley was born August 16, 1915, in Wood County, Texas, to the late Charles Oswald and Queen Victoria (Brice) Snodgrass. She and O.C. Sherley were married October 12, 1933 in Walters, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1999. She was a member of the Megargel Church of Christ. She served as Sunday school teacher for many years. She was active in school functions serving as a room mother for each of her four daughters. She also operated her own beauty shop in Megargel in her earlier years. She began to be incapacitated with arthritis and Parkinson’s disease in March of 1980. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Peggy O. Kirkpatrick, January 14, 1989.
Survivors include three daughters: Carolyn Sue McDaniel of Seymour, Texas, Niki Collins of Knox City, Texas and Deborah K. Sherley of Olney, Texas; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Megargel Church of Christ, P.O. Box 302, Megargel, Texas 76370 or Megargel Cemetery Association, c/o Florence Gray, P.O. Box 341, Megargel, Texas 76370.


Vane Baccus Ryder
Vane Baccus Ryder, age 89, passed away December 26, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Services were held on Friday, December 29, 2000, at the Seymour Church of Christ, officiated by A. B. Martin. Interment was held at the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ryder was born August 15, 1911 in Erath County, Texas near Dublin. She grew up in Vera, Texas and moved to Baylor County in 1929. Vane Timberlake and Lee Roy Baccus were married June 2, 1929. He preceded her in death in 1975. She later married John A. Ryder. He preceded her in death November 11, 1990. She will be remembered as a faithful member of the church of Christ and as the supportive wife of an elder in the Seymour congregation for forty years. She loved the Lord with all her heart and put her total trust in him.
Vane Baccus Ryder owned and operated the “Little Store” on her property just north of Seymour Elementary School for over twenty years; it was here at this small establishment that she acted as teacher, helping many children begin or add to their practical knowledge skills of how to ‘make change’ from their purchases of food and supplies.
Vane loved gardening and was among the first to plant new flowers and bulbs; she could hardly wait to nourish the plants to maturity. She eagerly awaited the coming of spring and the planting of her seeds, most notably black-eyed peas, green beans, okra, tomatoes, onions, and beets; from her apricot, peach, pear and plum trees and berry vines she made delicious preserves and jelly. Throughout her life, multiple shelves in her closets were lined with jars of canned vegetables and fruits, visual evidence of her industry and love of life. Perhaps her most obvious and respected quality was her generous spirit; and it was because of this innate generosity that she gladly gave to her family, neighbors, and friends far more of her produce than she kept for herself.
Her greatest love was her family. Not only was every room in her home filled with pictures of her immediate children and their families, but surrounding walls and shelves proudly displayed photographs of her extended family and cherished friends. Rejoicing with her at the successful completion of this earthly journey are her three sons and daughters-in-law; Carroll and Betty Baccus of Ruidoso, New Mexico; Gene and Gerrie Baccus of Lake Jackson, Texas and John and Shella Baccus of San Marcos, Texas. Also among her greatest joys were her three grandsons and two granddaughters; Daniel and Corliss Baccus of Richardson, Mark and Kathryn Baccus of Weehawken, New Jersey; Alan and Christina Baccus of Denton and Tracee Herring of Lake Jackson, Texas. Her beloved granddaughter, Sherrie Lynn Baccus predeceased her. Her legacy also includes five great grandchildren of whom she was most proud. Alexis Baccus of Richardson; Josh and Kara Baccus of Denton and Kippin and Kristin Herring of Lake Jackson. She is also survived by three sisters; Dottie Golightly of Gainesville, Texas; Hilda Trainham of Wylie, Texas and Rudene Stone of Abilene, Texas. Two brothers, Clay and Ergle Timberlake predeceased their sister. During the last six years of this habitation, she shared a mutual love with her daily caregiver and friend, Pat Frazier.


Johnnye Lucile HarmelJohnnye Lucile Harmel
Johnnye Lucile Harmel, age 78, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home. Private burial was held after the service at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery.
Mrs. Harmel was born August 15, 1922 in Baylor County, Texas to Tom and Lula Farr. She was a lifetime resident of Baylor County, Texas. She and Lawrence Harmel were married June 3, 1939. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Cattlewomen’s Association.
She is survivied by her husband, Lawrence Harmel of Seymour, Texas; a son, Bill Harmel of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a granddaughter, Dawn Graves; a grandson, Chris Harmel; one great-granddaughter, Alexanderia Whittington.
Pallbearers were: John Underwood, Roy Quisenberry, J. Scott McDermett, John Horn, Dr. Joe Mendoza, James Cooper, Pinky Arledge and Bob Young.


MayDell Smith MorganMayDell Smith Morgan
MayDell Smith Morgan, 74, formerly of Seymour, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mrs. Morgan was born August 6, 1926 in Snyder, Texas. Survivors include her husband, Richard R. Morgan; three children, Patrick M. (Deanna) Cowan of Archer City, TX; Nancy A. Cowan and Suzanne C. (Rodell) Johnson, both of Arizona; seven grandchildren, Cody, Courtney, Hayden and Lauren of Archer City; Claudia Johnson, Amelia and Patrick Zebell all of Arizona; two great grandchildren and three stepdaughters and their families of Houston, Texas. Private family services were held. Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, Arizona handled arrangements.


Velma Mann
Velma Mann, age 80, formerly of Seymour, Texas, passed away Sunday December 31, 2000, in Abilene, Texas. Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Glenn Shock, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mann was born July 14, 1920, to Nora Nettie (Love) Cooper and Lonnie Ernest Cooper, in Seymour, Texas. She married William Henry Mann on June 1, 1942. She was a hairdresser. She had lived in Seymour until moving to Abilene ten months ago. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, William Mann of Abilene, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Kay and Bert Stewart of Lehigh Acres, Florida; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary William and Myra Mann of Merkel, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Delbert G. and Jean Cooper of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Iva Mae and Johnnie Southerland of Seymour, Texas; a sister, Helen Espinosa of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; an aunt, Cleo Bolton of Wichita Falls, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Thelma Rushing; a sister, Ina Lee Cooper; and a brother, William Cooper.


Reba Mae WoodReba Mae Wood
Reba Mae Wood, age 94, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Larry Mays, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wood was born November 6, 1906, in Washta, Iowa. She married Wayne G. Wood on July 12, 1926 in Vinton, Iowa. He passed away March 10, 1989. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour. She has lived in Seymour since 1982.
She is survived by one Daughter, Norma Thurman of Seymour, Texas; by one son, Richard Wood of Chula Vista, California; by one sister, Kathryn Garlick of Tipton, Iowa; by four brothers, Maurice “Pete” Glick of Olin, Iowa, Clifford Glick of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, James Glick and Jay Glick, both of Anamosa, Iowa; by seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Mary Virginia “Jean” Hayley
Mary Virginia “Jean” Hayley, age 75, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2000, in Seymour. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the First Baptist Church in Seymour, with the Rev. Glenn Shock, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Hayley was born July 31, 1925 in Albany, Minnesota. She married Wesley Hayley on April 25, 1947 in Seymour. She was a telephone operator for General Telephone for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School class. She is survived by her husband, Wesley of Seymour; by two sisters, Bernadean Grubb of Sturges, South Dakota and Martha Pruitt of Maryland; and by one brother, Edwin Perne of St. Cloud, Minnesota.


Keith Jones
Keith Jones, age 28, of Altus, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 22, 2000, at his residence. Memorial Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark, Arkansas. Mr. Jones was an automotive repairman and a member of the Ozark Jehovah’s witness.
He is survived by his parents, Jimmy and Ruby Jones of Altus, Arkansas; by his paternal grandparents, Bernard and Leona Jones of Seymour, Texas; his maternal grandparents, Lavelle and Juanita Catlinger of Altus, Arkansas; by a sister, Rhonda Musgrove of Altus, Arkansas and by two brothers, Kyle Jones of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ronnie Jones of Altus, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Scott Jessup, Ethan Maestri, Rick Covert, Tom Musgrove and Paul Maestri.


Rev. Douglas CrowRev. Douglas Crow
Rev. Douglas Crow, age 86, went to be with his lord on Sunday, December 31, 2000.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Vera Baptist Church, in Vera, Texas, with Rev. Don Chaffin and Rev. Darryl Smith, officiating. Interment will be in the Vera Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Brother Crow was born August 3, 1914, in Balmorhea, Texas. He graduated Balmorhea High School in 1932, and graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 1940. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Chaplain-Captain. He married Fernetta Foley on June 10, 1947, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She preceded him in death on August 12, 1985. Brother Crow was the Pastor of The First Baptist Church in Vera, Texas for 23 years, and had served in other churches throughout the years. His ministry reached out to the entire community. He loved to play golf, fish and cook. He loved the Davis Mountains and going to Piasanio Baptist Encampment, where he served on the board for many years. He retired in 1985, and at the time of his death was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour.
He is survived by one daughter, Cindy Finley, and her husband, David, of Wichita Falls, Texas; by one son, Morris Crow, and his wife, Karen, of Lubbock, Texas; by one brother, David Crow, and his wife Maxine, of, Clovis, N.M.; by one sister, Patsy Morris of Lubbock, Texas; and by four grandchildren, Meegan and Robert Senkel, both of Wichita Falls, Texas and Alyssa and Joshua Crow, both of Lubbock, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Brother Crow will be dearly missed by his loved ones and friends.


Paula Ann Portwood Brookreson
Paula Ann Portwood Brookreson, 64, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in Riverview Cemetery with Dr. Ed Hart officiating. Burial was under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brookreson was born December 11, 1935, in Wichita Falls. She was married to D.J. Brookreson, who preceded her in death in 1983. Paula owned and operated Baylor County Abstract Co. in Seymour for many years and was also a rancher. She moved to Rolling Meadows Retirement Complex in Wichita Falls in the fall of 1989. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Jane Portwood, on December 5, 1992.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Lee Portwood of Wichita Falls; two grandchildren, Harry Knowles and Dannie Knowles of Austin, Texas; a niece, Lee Ann Swanzy of Longview, Texas; and a grand-niece, Sarah Swanzy of Longview.


Lula Virginia "Jenny" YatesLula Virginia "Jenny" Yates
Lula Virginia "Jenny" Yates, 77, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Seymour Hospital in Seymour, Texas.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor, and Reverend Wayne Sharp officiating. Burial was in the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas.
Mrs. Yates was born August 13, 1922, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She moved from Dallas to Baylor County in 1947. She and John W. "Bill" Yates married November 21, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 12, 1993. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband until his death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, William "Mike" Yates of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Johnnie Sue McCarter of Winter Park, Florida; four sisters, Catherine Wilson, Margie Thomas, Jewel Thomas and Sarah Sharp; four brothers, Floyd Reed, Lloyd Reed, George Reed and Paul Reed; and five grandchildren.


John Willburn BryanJohn Wilburn Bryan
John Wilburn Bryan, 81, a retired automotive parts salesman, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, in Greenwood Garden Chapel. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth.
John Bryan was born October 28, 1918, in Seymour, Texas.
He was a graduate of Seymour High School and a Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the parts division of Longhorn Dodge in 1984. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mamie Bryan and his brother, Leroy Bryan.
Special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Fireside Lodge Care Center and Vitas Hospice Care.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Vesta Helms Bryan of Fort Worth; a daughter, Sandra Brown and husband, Leslie, of Fort Worth; brothers, Denton Bryan and wife, Ruthie, of Seymour, Loyd Bryan and wife, Barbara, of Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters, Betty Parrish and husband, Carman of Chula Vista, California, Nancy Stegall of Chula Vista and Margaret Galloway of San Diego, California; granddaughter, Debra Brown of Fort Worth; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Clarence E. "Whit" PowellClarence E. "Whit" Powell
Clarence E. "Whit" Powell, 78, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Faith Village Church of Christ with Charles Grisham, of Faith Village Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Mr. Powell was born September 7, 1921, in Red Springs, Texas. He married Lucille Brothers in 1964, in Seymour. She preceded him in death on April 13, 1987. He was a member of Faith Village Church of Christ and a resident of Wichita Falls since 1965. He served with the Army during World War II. He was a cement finisher for Texas Department of Highways.
Survivors include two sons, Davis L. Powell and Randy E. Powell, both of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Vickie L. Freeze of Estelline, Texas, and Teresa Lockhart of Memphis, Texas; a brother, Charles "Buddy" Powell of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; five sisters, Marjarie McCandless of Sand Springs, Clella Powell, Irene Hogan, Jeffie Smith and Helen James, all of Lubbock; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


Jesse Earl Wilson
Jesse Earl Wilson, 74, died Sunday, March 19, 2000 at Seymour Hospital.
Services were held Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 10 a.m. at Church of Christ in Seymour, Texas with Bud Branson Officiating. Burial with Military Graveside rites was conducted by VFW Post #7871 in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour.
Jesse was born September 20, 1925 in Merkel, Texas. He came to Baylor County as an infant. He served in the Navy during World War II. He and Alene Coleman were married April 26, 1946. He worked for the City of Seymour in the electrical department for 31 years before his retirement in 1976. He then went to work for B-K Electric until he retired in 1991. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7871.
Survivors include his wife, Alene; a daughter, Debbie Jenkins of Seymour; a sister, Johnnye Lee Sears of Zephyr, Texas; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Owens and Jody Jenkins.


Raymond
Lorane Brown

Raymond Lorane Brown, age 88, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, Texas, with Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Brown was born February 20, 1912, in Brandon, Texas, the son of John Thomas and Elizabeth "Bessie" Brown. He married Myrtle Railsback on December 19, 1931, in Munday, Texas, and four children were born to this union. He was a farmer and rancher in Baylor County and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; three daughters, Raydean Damon of Crawford, Texas, Evelyn Bailes of Jacksonville, Texas, and Ruth Shook of Arlington, Texas; one son, Robert Brown of Seymour; four sisters, Ruby Dennis of Abilene, Texas, Johnny Gray of Munday, Texas, Mary Agnes Schroeder of Akron, Ohio, and Hazel Lewallen of Seymour; eight grandchildren, Cindy Damon and Jamie Burgess of Crawford, Trey Godfrey of Rowlett, Texas, Tami Stinger of Corinth, Texas, Tara Welch of Leander, Texas, Jay Bailes of Jacksonville, Jan Del Toro of Houston, Texas, and Neal Brown of Copperas Cove, Texas; twelve great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and countless treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Fred; a sister, Grace Curtis; a granddaughter, Teresa Beckner; and an infant great-grandson, Joseph Joshua Beckner.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers included members of the Escalator Class and Methodist Men, including Robert Patterson, Rea Carter, Richard Cox, Frank Simaichl, Hershell Hatter and Gene Robinson.
Mr. Brown was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His gentle, quiet spirit and his unfailing faith, love and strength serve as an example to us all.


Jane Taylor LlewellynJane Taylor Llewellyn
Jane Taylor Llewellyn, 7
9, a homemaker, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at University Christian Church. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park, under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Charles Newman, Frank Bailey, Ed Fitzgerald, Don Jackson, W. Kent Riley, Dr. John Burk, John Chambers, Charlie Alexander and Bob Moor. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Decker, Joe Ambrose, Jake Hershey, George Meihaus, Dr. Jack Morris, Eric Hyden, Raymond Kelly and Robert N. Ross.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the University Christian Church.
Jane Taylor Llewellyn was born on September 27, 1920, in Fort Worth. She had been a resident of Fort Worth her entire life. She was a graduate of the University of Texas. She was a sorority sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha and was a member of the Jewel Charity Ball, Junior League, River Crest Country Club, the Fort Worth Club and the Fort Worth Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carter Harris and Frances Taylor of the Carter Taylor, C Lazy T Ranch, of Baylor County.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jack Llewellyn of Fort Worth; a son, John Carter Llewellyn and his wife, Mary Lillian, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Lynn Llewellyn Farley and her husband, James Cheever, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren, Amy Ross Biggs, Lauren Llewellyn, John Carter Llewellyn, Jr., James Cheever Farley III and Taylor Llewellyn Farley; and great-grandchild, Robert Ross Biggs.


William C.
"Bill" Moss III

Services for William C. "Bill" Moss III, 59, of Snyder, Texas, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Colonial Hill Baptist Church with Reverend Miller Robinson, retired Baptist Minister, and Reverend Tommy Culwell, pastor of Colonial Hill, officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Garden, under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Mr. Moss died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder after a sudden illness.
Mr. Moss was born June 23, 1940, in Dallas, Texas. He married Judy Greene on August 5, 1961, in Snyder. He was Western Regional Administrator, TDCJ Windham School and was a member of Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Snyder. He graduated from Seymour High School and played football at North Texas State University where he earned his bachelor's degree. He earned his master's degree from Sul Ross State University in 1969. Mr. Moss moved to Snyder in July 1987 to become manager of the Snyder Chamber of Commerce. He had been chamber manager in Monahans. Prior to that, he served 15 years with the Pecos and Monahans schools as high school principal. Mr. Moss was chamber manager when Snyder worked to locate the Price Daniel Unit here. He resigned the chamber post to become Windham School principal in August 1991. In August 1995, Mr. Moss was named assistant regional director for Windham, with oversight of educational programs in 22 West Texas Prison Units. He was a member of Snyder Country Club and a former member of Rotary Club and had served on the Snyder School Board since 1998.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Melissa Burke, who died in 1988.
Survivors include his wife; a sister, Lynda Patterson of Snyder; his mother-in-law, Gaye Nelle Greene of Snyder; and three brothers-in-law, Mackey Greene, John Greene and Pete Greene, all of Snyder.


Milton Bartos
Milton Bartos, 88, of Seymour, Texas, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Bomarton Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home of Seymour.
Mr. Bartos was born June 7, 1911, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Faye Chambless were married in 1937 in Haskell, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 18, 1985. Mr. Bartos was a farmer and rancher and operated oil properties.
He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Marie Warterfield and husband, Floyd Edward Warterfield, Bobbie Faye Loving and husband, Arlie Dean Loving, and Melanie Gayle Gooch and husband, Jon David Gooch; two stepdaughters, Helen Louise Frymire and husband, James Robert Frymire, and Margaret Brown Halsey; a stepson, Edwin Tracy Brown and wife, Ada Mae Brown; two sisters, Albina Macha and Eula Kocurek; a brother, Bedrick Bartos; four grandchildren, John Milton Warterfield, Robert Tracy Warterfield, Deana Rhea Dalton and John Thomas Loving; five step-grandchildren, Charles Edwin Frymire, James Philip Frymire, Robert Michael Frymire, Thomas Randal Brown and David Edwin Brown, who preceded him in death; three great-grandchildren, Derek Chase Dalton, David Cole Edwin Dalton and Bailey Marie Warterfield; and two step-great-grandchildren, Michelle Amber Frymire and Melissa Scott.


Mary Louise Storek
Mary Louise Storek, 83, of Denton, Texas, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Vintage Nursing Home in Denton.
Rosary was held Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial was on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Storek was born October 29, 1916, in Baylor County, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Seymour and was a homemaker. She and John Frank Storek were married in 1944 in Seymour. He preceded her in death in 1995. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances Marie Storek of Denton; two brothers, Frank L. Hons of Seymour and William Hons of Olney, Texas; two sisters, Rosalie Rienke of Mabelle, Texas, and Dorothy Laney of Wichita Falls, Texas; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Oneta Mills
Oneta Mills, 94, of Megargel, Texas, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in an Olney Hospital.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at Restland Cemetery with Carter Pirtle, youth minister of the First Baptist Church of Olney, officiating. Burial was in the Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Mrs. Mills was born December 10, 1905, in Sherman, Texas, to the late Frank and Bertha Scott Hardy. She and Burrel Mills were married September 16, 1924, in Olney, Texas. He preceded her in death, December 4, 1970. Mrs. Mills moved to Baylor County at a very young age. She had been an active farmer and rancher for 75 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Anderson of San Antonio, Texas; one son, William B. Mills of Megargel, Texas; one granddaughter, Carma Nishimura of Fort Worth, Texas; one grandson, Doug Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah; one great-granddaughter, Erin Nishimura of Fort Worth; and one sister, Louise Warren of Seymour, Texas.


Lambert HolubLambert Holub
Lambert Holub, age 74, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Wake services led by Deacon Jim Novak and Rosary led by Margaret Holub and Marcella Lane were held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Seymour memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was said at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour with the Reverend Leo Schloemer, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, officiating. Lector was Day Carlin, Cantor was Marilyn McGough and Altar Servers were Evan Psencik and Greg Knezek. Interment was in the SPJST Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Holub was born September 17, 1925, in Baylor County, Texas, to Louis and Elizabeth Kubena Holub. He and Junette Michalik were married September 21, 1957, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour. Mr. Holub was a graduate of Seymour High School, a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong farmer and rancher.
He is survived by his wife, Junette, of the home; by one son and his wife, Jeffery and Stefanie Holub of Kamay, Texas; by two grandchildren, Cody Holub and Erica Holub; by a sister and her husband, Margaret and Joe Jungman of Weatherford, Texas; by two nephews, Victor Jungman of Weatherford, Texas, and Darrell Jungman of Ovilla, Texas; by four nieces, Debbie Pitts of Guam, Yvette Whatley and Karen Davenport of Glenrose, Texas, and Sharon Mitchell of Weatherford, Texas.
Pallbearers were Victor Jungman, Darrell Jungman, Randal Psencik, Eric Hostas, Lawrence Holub, Henry Liberda, Louis "Bud" Redder and Eddie Joe Orsak.


Mary Novak NeSmith
Mary Novak NeSmith, 88, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Sunday, June 4, 2000.
Funeral services were held at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 6, at St. Andrew Catholic Church followed by burial at Mount Olivet under the direction of Thompson's Harveson & Cole.
Mrs. NeSmith was born December 8, 1911, in Bomarton, Texas, and had been a resident of Fort Worth since 1930. She was a Charter member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and a lifelong member of SPJST and KJZT. She assisted her husband, H.E. NeSmith, in their business, NeSmith Office Furniture, for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, H.E. NeSmith.
Survivors include two daughters, Sr. Miriam NeSmith, S.S.M.N. and Judy Briscoe and her husband, Bob, of Fort Worth; a grandson, Gabe Briscoe and his wife, Priscilla, of Fort Worth; a great-granddaughter, Isabel Briscoe, of Fort Worth; a sister, Martha Novak of Seymour; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, 909 West Shaw, Fort Worth, Texas 76110.


Joe Spinhirne
Joe SpinhirneJoe Spinhirne, 89, died Friday, May 12, 2000, in Amarillo, Texas.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15, in the church with the Reverend Pat Carathers, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Vega Cemetery by Vega Funeral Home.
Mr. Spinhirne was a lifelong resident of Vega. He was a farmer and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hons Spinhirne, in 1995.
Survivors include three sons, Raymond Spinhirne of Austin, James Spinhirne of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Charles Spinhirne of Vega; a brother, Glen Spinhirne of Vega; a sister, Rose Hons of Georgetown; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be to Vega E.M.T.s, P.O. Box 411, Vega, Texas 79092.


Frances Lola SealsFrances Lola Seals
Frances Lola Seals, 72, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, in Amarillo, Texas.
Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Westview Christian Church with Reverend Charles Waugh, pastor, and Reverend Roy Barringer officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon.
Mrs. Seals was born in Seymour, Texas, April 17, 1928, and was a graduate of Seymour High School. She married Foster Seals in Texas in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1994. The couple moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they lived for twenty years, raising four children. She was a homemaker and past president of the Agape Circle of Westview Christian Church where she had been a member for twenty years.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Spain and Tina Walker of Amarillo; two sons, Terry Seals of Waukegan, Illinois, and Russ Seals of Kennedale, Texas; two brothers, Foster Harvey of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Fred Harvey of Seymour; and six grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Seymour on Sunday, July 16, with Shannon Gresham, pastor, officiating.
Memorials may be made to Westview Christian Church, 6810 Hillside, Amarillo, Texas 79109.


Mary Juanita "Nita" HatterMary Juanita
"Nita" Hatter

Mary Juanita "Nita" Hatter, age 71, of Seymour, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour with the Reverend Larry Crumpton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Henson Cemetery in Red Springs, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. hatter was born February 12, 1929, in Prescott, Arizona. She graduated from Electra High School and received her bachelor of business administration degree from North Texas State Teachers College, and later obtained her teacher certification. She taught for the Seymour Independent School District and retired in 1986. She married James Hershell Hatter on July 14, 1949, in Decatur, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, attended the Escalator Sunday School Class and was active in the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary, the Baylor County Retired School personnel and the American Diabetes Association.
She is survived by her husband, Hershell of Seymour; by three daughters, Carol McCord and her husband, Mark, of Seymour, Diane Sanderson and her husband, Brian, of Frisco, Texas, and Kathy Rozell and her husband, James, of Seymour; and by seven grandchildren, Kelli, Marci and Whitney McCord, Bradley and Kyle Sanderson and Blaine and Dillon Rozell.
Nita was preceded in death by her son, Robert Steven Hatter on July 7, 1986; by her parents, Brown Lea and Mary Strain Stevenson; and by one brother, Bill Stevenson.
The family requests Memorials to Camp Sweeney, c/o Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 918, Gainesville, Texas 76241, the First United Methodist Church or the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary.


Gladys Ama Lambeth
Gladys Ama Lambeth, 90, of Munday died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Munday Nursing Center.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in Goree Cemetery with W.O. Smith officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lambeth was born May 24, 1910, in Haskell County, Texas, to Oscar Henry and Anna Belle Hutchens. She worked as a nurse's aide for 30 years in many hospitals including Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Munday, Knox City and Seymour Hospitals. She was a member of Goree First Baptist Church. She married Homer Lee Lambeth December 22, 1929, in Goree.
Survivors include her husband, Homer Lambeth; two sons, Billy L. Lambeth and wife, Mary, of Seymour, and Keith Lambeth and wife, Connie, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Geri Hardin and husband, Ron, of Wichita Falls; nine grandchildren, Diane Bevill of Austin, Anna Winn of Lubbock, Joe David Lambeth of Seymour, Jana Tennyson of Fort Worth, Janay Foley of Waco, Texas, Julie Carroll and Jenifer Awtry, both of Wichita Falls, Chris and Scott Lambeth, both of Fort Worth; 18 great-grandchildren, Marcus and Mason Bevill; Shelby and Haley Winn; Matt, Ben, Sam, Luke and Dan Tennyson; Will, Sarah and Ann Martin Foley; John Carroll; Brandon, Brady and Blaine Willeford; Jake Awtry and Randi Spence; and a great-great-grandson, Seff Alan Spence.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Hutchens; a sister, Grace Hutchens; and a grandson, Jeff Hardin.
Memorials may be made to Goree Cemetery or Jeff Hardin Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Wichita Falls Fire Dept., 10th and Bluff, Wichita Falls.


Cora Bell Copeland
Cora Bell Copeland, age 70, of Sherman, Texas, passed away Monday, July 31, 2000, in a Denison, Texas, hospital.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3, at the Cache Creek Cemetery with Reverend Lee Hembree officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Copeland was born August 22, 1929, in Benjamin, Texas, the daughter of the late John B. and Willie Mae Blackburn Moore. She married Johnnie Thomas Copeland on November 5, 1958, in Benjamin. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. She worked at the Red and White Laundry in Seymour. She had lived in Sherman for the past 28 years, where she was employed as a Nurses Aide at the Chapel of Care Nursing Home. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Becky Ford of Denison; by two sons, Wayne McMorris of Seymour and Mike McMorris of Sherman; by two sisters, Doris Davis of Dierks, Arkansas, and Nell Moore of Midland, Texas; by three brothers, Lorenzo Moore and Ernest Moore, both of Seymour, and John Bill Moore of Dierks, Arkansas; by 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Ella Mae JordanElla Mae Jordan
Ella Mae Jordan, born August 9, 1909, in Cleburne, Texas, was the third of eight children born to Janie (Ewing) and Gary Walker Jordan. As a child she learned the value of hard work and skillful management. Her dad taught her to earn her way. If she wanted a tennis racket she had to sell a dozen rackets, etc. She loved hats and sold many that she might have a few for herself.
She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and eagerly followed her Lord in baptism when she was 12. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ for 79 years.
Ella married DeMarquis Walls in 1928, and to this union were born two daughters: Charlsie Lee (1930), and Bobbie Jean (1931).
DeMarquis managed Duke & Ayres Five & Dime stores for several years. The young family moved to Clifton, Texas, and then to Victoria, Texas.
In 1938-39 he managed a ranch at Fischer Store in Comal County owned by veterinarian, Dr. Casey, of Dallas, Texas. Ella was industrious and made good use of her time and resources. She raised white leghorn hens and sold friers and eggs. She also milked by hand 10 cows, morning and night, and sold butter, cream and milk.
After returning to Cleburne, DeMarquis served in the International Guard, stationed at Trinidad until World War I. He then moved his family to Grand Prairie, Texas, and both he and Ella worked at the North American Airplane Defense Plant during the war. Charlsie and Bobbie both graduated from Grand Prairie High School.
Following a divorce, she met and married Carl Jordan of Hope, Arkansas. Carl and Ella began the Lincoln County Mutual Insurance Co. in Dallas, Texas. Salesmanship was a natural life for Ella and she included in her selling experiences: insurance, Easterling Fine China, Mary Kay Cosmetics (earning a pink Buick) and real estate. She signed her last contract in her 80's and kept her license renewed in hope that she would return to active selling.
Although Ella did not graduate high school she admired education and in her late 50's decided to take some college courses. She began at Eastfield Jr. College near her home in Dallas and then continued picking up courses until she began in earnest to seek a degree. She became an honor graduate of Texas Women's University in Denton when she was 71 years old.
Ella was fond of bragging about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charlsie Lee married Bill Pritchard in 1949 and to that union were born: Betty Ann, Billy Keith, Patti, Eileen and Terri Lynn.
Bobbie married A.B. Martin in 1953 and added: Cathy, Dan, Linda, Ken, Brandy, Tina and Meg to the family.
Ella enjoyed 12 great-grandchildren between the two families. Her 13th: Dean Alan Pride Wiginton, was born in Austin, Texas, less than a week after her death on September 29, 2000. Her funeral services were held at the White Rock Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas, and entombment is in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Irving, Texas.


Hattie PavlicekHattie Pavlicek
Hattie Pavlicek, 101, of Seymour, Texas, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, in Seymour.
Christian Wake services were held on Sunday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, November 13, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home of Seymour.
Hermina "Hattie" Pavlicek was born July 16, 1899, in West, Texas. She moved to Baylor County in 1906. She and Bedrich W. Pavlicek were married November 25, 1920, in St. John's Catholic Church in Bomarton. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1982. Hattie was a homemaker and a substitute rural mail carrier. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas where she was an officer for 59 years, WWI Auxiliary, Seymour Hospital Auxiliary and SPJST. Hattie loved music and was a concert pianist and violinist. She was also a drummer with the Bomarton Czech band and served as choir leader at Bomarton St. John Catholic Church for 56 years. She attended Bomarton High School where she played basketball in 1916 and 1917.
She is survived by one daughter, Pat Coker, and her husband, Tom, of Seymour; one son, Bedrich W. Pavlicek, Jr., and his wife, Catherine, of Colleyville, Texas; six grandchildren, Bedrich W. (Rick) Pavlicek, III and wife, Jeanne, of Concord, California, Belinda Middendorf and husband, Robert, of Grapevine, Texas, Charles Lawrence and wife, Susie, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Chris Lawrence of Seymour, Craig Lawrence and wife, Sherri, of Vernon, Texas, and Chad Lawrence of Seymour; nine great-grandchildren, Hanna Middendorf, Becky Hunter, Chrissy Lawrence, Casey Lawrence, Cole Lawrence, Brad Lawrence, Marca Lawrence, Bryson Lawrence and Stormie Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary, 201 Stadium Drive, Seymour, Texas 76380


Louis Johnson
Louis Henry Johnson, 81, of Seymour, passed away Friday, November 17, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Seymour with Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson was born April 21, 1919, in Erin, Wisconsin. He graduated high school in Hartland, Wisconsin, and received his bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. He later received his master's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard Field. He married Betty Zane Griffin on June 9, 1945, in Randlett, Oklahoma. After his discharge in 1946, he began his longtime career in education, teaching at Seymour High School. He served as principal of Seymour Elementary School and then as Superintendent of Schools for 21 years. He was an avid fisherman, gardener and carpenter.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of United Methodist Men. He was a member of the Seymour Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Retired Teachers Association. He had been a Scout Master, Sunday school teacher and recipient of several honorary awards.
An enjoyment late in life had been the friendships from the feed store. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the education of his family was a source of pride.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty of Seymour; by one daughter, Jana Knezek, and her husband, Don, of San Antonio, Texas; by two sons, John Henry and his wife, Debra, of Edmond, Oklahoma; and Gene of Ruston, Louisiana; by his grandchildren, Jason Johnson and his wife, Pepper, and Will Johnson of Edmond, and Malia and Dane Knezek of San Antonio; and his great-grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia Johnson of Edmond.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.


Cecil Glenmore Phillips
Cecil Glenmore Phillips, 76, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 28, at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Chapel with Reverend Bob Brown, pastor of Christ United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park, under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home.
Mr. Phillips was born June 10, 1924, in Telephone, Texas, and had been a resident of Wichita Falls since 1953. He married Frances Day on June 9, 1973, in Wichita Falls. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Red Door Senior Citizens Center and the Senior Zone. He retired in 1989 from the City of Wichita Falls where he was a mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Frances of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Elaine Hughes of Santa Maria, California; two sons, Mike Phillips of Irving, Texas, and David Wayne Devrow of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Dorothy Lee Simms of Irving, Alene Crocker of Longview, Texas, and Mary Beeman of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Billy Wayne Phillips of Quinlin, Texas, and John E. Phillips of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, Kevin and Karen Hughes, Christy Phillips and Cody Paul Devrow; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Blaine and Justin Stephen Hughes and Dakota Paul Devrow.
The family suggests memorials to Red Door Senior Center, 1008 Burnett, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.


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