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Carson County Obituaries

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

May 2003


Ruby Wigham Harmon
PANHANDLE - Ruby Wigham Harmon, 96, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Garland.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Christian Church with Ted H. Welch Sr., pastor, and the Rev. Leonard Forsythe, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Borger, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Harmon was born Nov. 14, 1906, in Wichita Falls, to Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Wigham. She married R.P. Harmon of Panhandle on Aug. 4, 1935. She began teaching piano while still in her teens in Wellington. The family moved to Panhandle in 1916. She began playing piano for her church while she was still in grade school. She retired from teaching piano in 1981. She was a lover of music and poetry.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and a grandson, Douglas Harmon.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Harmon and wife, Barbara, of Amarillo; a daughter, Georgia Bell Newman and husband, Don, of Garland; a sister, Georgia Bell McFarling of Austin; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 6, 2003


Carla Meyer Dittberner

PANHANDLE - Carla Meyer Dittberner, 45, died Monday, May 12, 2003, in Austin.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church in White Deer with the Rev. Calvin Winters, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Fritch, and the Rev. Harold Abney of Plainview officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Dittberner was born Jan. 5, 1958, in Amarillo, to Carl and Carol Meyer of Skellytown. She was married to Terry Don Dittberner on Dec. 28, 1976. Carla was a mother, homemaker and served as church secretary of First Baptist Church in White Deer, where she and her family were members for many years. She taught children's Sunday school as well as children's choir and G.A.'s.

She had a passion for music and loved singing as a member of the church praise team, and had been the church pianist. Carla was a past member of Veranda Blanco Study Club. After moving to Austin in 1997, she became a member of Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda. Carla was a cancer survivor for 20 years following a bone marrow transplant in 1984 in Seattle.

Survivors include her husband of Austin; a daughter, Tammy Michelle Yourman and husband, Brian, of New Braunfels; a son, Trey Jonathan of College Station; her parents of Skellytown; three brothers, Gary Meyer and wife, Cheryl, of Skellytown, Greg Meyer and wife, Constance, of Austin and John Meyer and wife, Susan, of Houston; her grandfather, E.S. "Cap" Byars of Memphis; and her father-in-law, Ed Dittberner of Panhandle.

The family suggests memorials be to Harrington Cancer Center of Amarillo; Lonestar Hospice, 1212 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78664; or First Baptist Church of White Deer.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 14, 2003


Marcus Andrew Jolly

PANHANDLE - Marcus Andrew Jolly, 101, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church of Panhandle with the Rev. Vernon O'Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery in Borger by Boxwell Brothers at Panhandle.

Mr. Jolly was born Dec. 15, 1901, in Panhandle. He was the owner of Jolly Drug Store in Phillips and had worked at the Panhandle Country Club. He was a veteran of World War I and World War II, serving in the Navy.

Survivors include a son, Mark Jolly of Amarillo; two daughters, Linda Cranfill of Denton and Carol Smith of Panhandle; six grandchildren, Vance Cranfill, Andrea Stillwell, McKenna Thomason, Spencer Smith, Brynn Jolly and Bryan Jolly; six great-grandchildren, Cal Cranfill, Makena Stillwell, Luke Stillwell, Nicholas Stillwell, Jayden Jolly and Cole Jolly; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 600 W. 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101; or First United Methodist Church at Panhandle.

The body will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Boxwell Brothers at Panhandle.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 23, 2003

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Jack Wayland McClellan Sr.

PANHANDLE - Jack Wayland McClellan Sr., 70, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Fuller, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mr. McClellan was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Wellington. He had been a Panhandle resident since 1969, moving there from Amarillo. He married June Parker on Sept. 12, 1953, in Blackwood Monmouthshire, South Wales. He had been a volunteer fireman since 1970, a fire Marshall, dispatcher and a member of State Fireman's and Fire Marshall's Association of Texas.

He was also a member of Brothers of Third Wheel Inc., International Trikers Association, American Association of Retired Persons, American Legion, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union.

Mr. McClellan was a Bexar County Sheriff's deputy. He was a retired machinist from the Pantex plant, Mason and Hanger. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Panhandle.

Survivors include a son, Jack Wayland McClellan Jr. of Corsicana; three daughters, Gill Armstrong of Stephenville, Lynda June Hitchcock of Valparaiso, Ind., and Vickie Scott of Round Rock; a brother, Jimmy McClellan of Pearsall; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Panhandle Volunteer Fire Department.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 27, 2003


Margaret Kirk Dauer

PANHANDLE - Margaret Kirk Dauer, 81, died Sunday, May 25, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Panhandle First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Matsler officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Dauer was born Feb. 20, 1922, in DeQueen, Ark. She graduated from White Deer High School in 1939 and married Paul Dauer on June 8, 1941.

Margaret Dauer was a partner with Dauer Herefords for 62 years. Representing the ranching industry, she was a member of Top O' Texas CattleWomen, Texas CattleWomen, National CattleWomen and Texas Hereford Auxiliary. She received the Texas Cattle Woman of the Year award in 1984.

Margaret and husband, Paul, were awarded the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Farm and Ranch Family of the Year award in 1988. The 1989 Fort Worth Southwestern Livestock Show was dedicated to their work in the Hereford cattle industry.

Margaret was a member of American Society of Interior Designers, State of Texas Interior Designers and owned her own business, Decorators Lane. She served on the Garretson Retirement Center board of directors. She was a volunteer for St. Anthony's Hospice and Life Enrichment Program and Crown of Texas Hospice.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Wives, past president of the Atheneum Club and a charter member of Panhandle Country Club. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle, where she served on the church board and taught Sunday school. Margaret was also awarded the 1990 Women's Forum Distinguished Service Award and was nominated for the Golden Nail Award in 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, John Paul Dauer and wife, Patty, and Steve Dauer and wife, Ashlee Flowers, all of Panhandle; seven grandchildren, Rachel Dauer and Russell Dauer, both of Leander, Micca Rasp and husband, Josh, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Justin Dauer and wife, Barbi, of Panhandle, Stephanie Sammons and husband, Brad, of Amarillo, Amy Biggs and husband, Ryan, of Frisco and Tomi Gerber and husband, Charles, of Bailey, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren, Halee Biggs, Ashby Dauer, Jared Dauer and Katelyn Sammons.

The family suggests memorials be to First Methodist Church of Panhandle; Crown of Texas Hospice; or a favorite charity.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 27, 2003


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