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Carson County Obituaries
2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

February 2003

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Emma 'Polly' Tate

PANHANDLE - Emma "Polly" Tate, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in Shamrock.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church of Wellington with the Rev. Dorian Blasingame, retired Baptist minister of Amarillo, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Wellington by Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tate was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Collingsworth County, to General Lee Blasingame and Lena Hayes Blasingame. She married Ernest Tate on Aug. 3, 1934, in Hollis, Okla. She was a member of Panhandle First Baptist Church.  She graduated from Wellington High School in 1934 and received her RN degree from Amarillo College.

She had been director of nursing for Thomas Nursing Homes in Wellington and McLean. She lived in Lutie from 1942 to 1965, in Wellington from 1965 to 1978, and in Panhandle since 1978.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1965; and 11 brothers and sisters.  Survivors include a son, Rudie Tate and wife, Karon, of Samnorwood; a daughter, Dottie Holliman and husband, De, of Panhandle; a sister, Lena Cason of Fort Worth; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Garretson Retirement Center, P.O. Box 1239, Panhandle, TX 79068.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 1, 2003

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Cuma Lorella "Tiny" Harmon

HEDLEY - Cuma Lorella "Tiny" Harmon, 69, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Howard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in East Mound Cemetery in Matador by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mrs. Harmon was born March 5, 1933, in Dickens County. She had lived in Borger for five years before moving to Hedley in 1984. She married Lonnie Murl Harmon on Aug. 19, 1950, in Carlsbad, N.M. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Wayne Harmon on Oct. 18, 2001.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Tommy L. Harmon of Amarillo; four granddaughters, Karen R. Tucker and Samantha A. Harmon, both of Clovis, N.M., Terri J. Metzger of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Lisa A. Harmon of Fort Worth; and four great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 19, 2003

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Essie Cooper Knowles



GROOM - Essie Cooper Knowles, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Groom United Methodist Church with the Rev. Weldon Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Groom Cemetery by Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors of Amarillo, 5400 S. Bell St.

Mrs. Knowles married Burnise H. Cooper on Oct. 9, 1924, in Sayre, Okla., and he preceded her in death in 1971. She moved to Groom in 1944. On Dec. 28, 1976, she married a longtime friend, Steve Knowles in Erick, Okla., and he preceded her in death in 1981. She was a member of Groom United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school, bible school, sang in the choir and was an active member of United Methodist Women.

Survivors include four daughters, Jeanne Morrow and LaWanda Lee Redd, both of Groom, Yvonne Wetzel of Houston and Merilyn White of Wichita, Kan.; a son, James H. Cooper of Elk City, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Groom United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 21, 2003

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Vivian Jaunice O'Neal Biggs

PANHANDLE - Vivian Jaunice O'Neal Biggs, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Fuller, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Biggs was born May 26, 1917, in Texico, N.M. She graduated from Panhandle High School and attended Amarillo College. She married Harold D. Biggs on July 3, 1936, in Panhandle. She and her husband were ranchers and farmers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Panhandle and had been a member of Alturian Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; her parents, Lenard and Ola O'Neal; a brother, Harold V. O'Neal; and a sister, Virginia O'Neal Hawkinson.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Biggs and wife, Judy, of Panhandle; a daughter, Jean Walker of Panhandle; a sister, Lenola Gray of Panhandle; four grandchildren, Ryan Biggs and wife, Amy, of Frisco, Ric Biggs and Clint Walker, both of Panhandle, and Sarah Sturm and husband, Matt, of Bloomington, Ind.; and a great-grandchild, Halee Biggs of Frisco.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church of Panhandle.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 27, 2003

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William B. "Bill" Wood

SKELLYTOWN - William B. "Bill" Wood, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Fox, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church of Amarillo, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Pampa.

Mr. Wood was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Webb City, Okla. He had lived in Skellytown with his wife of 59 years since 1959.

Survivors include his wife, Zelma; a son, William Dale Wood of Round Rock; two daughters, Shirley Jane Purcell of Borger and Betty Jean Butler of Amarillo; two brothers, Thomas C. Wood and Roy J. Wood, both of Fritch; a sister, Lois Jean Newman of Springdale, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 28, 2003

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