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Carson County Obituaries
2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

June 2003

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Emalea London



GROOM - Emalea London, 92, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Groom Church of Christ with Kent Watson, minister of Claude Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Groom Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mrs. London was born Dec. 9, 1910, in Wheeler and had lived in Groom since 1945. She graduated from Mobeetie High School in 1927, from Clarendon College in 1954, and from West Texas State University in 1969. She married John V. London on Aug. 17, 1935, in Sayre, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of Groom Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 1, 1964.

Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Bentley of Bartlesville, Okla., and Sandra Black of Amarillo; two sons, Jack London of Austin and John London of Amarillo; a sister, Fern Trott of Bay City; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Casket bearers will be Jett Black, Randy Black, John Black, Mark London, Jonathan London, Scott Bentley, Jason Black, Keith Weaver and Paul London. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Keith Black.

Amarillo Globe-News, June 6, 2003

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Rita Grace Lindsey



PANHANDLE - Rita Grace Lindsey, 65, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Panhandle Church of Christ with Trey Johnson and Bill Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Ms. Lindsey went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday. She was born March 24, 1938, in Logan, N.M. She was a home health care provider who touched the hearts and lives of many. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She was a member of Believer's Way Church in Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Abelina Chacon; and a granddaughter, Abilena West.

Survivors include her children, Brian Lindsey and wife, Cindy, of Panhandle, Levona Longinaker and husband, Robert, of White Settlement, Pamela Burris and husband, Paul, of Casper, Wyo., Todd Lindsey and wife, Lorrie, of Panhandle; three brothers, Charlie Chacon and wife, Natalie, of Tribune, Kan., James Chacon and wife, Bonnie, of Logan, N.M., and Albert Chacon and wife, Donna, of San Jon, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Olivia's Angels, in care of BSA hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176.

Amarillo Globe-News, June 10, 2003

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James Earl Walker



PANHANDLE - James Earl Walker, 63, died Saturday, June 14, 2003.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church in Tarkio, Mo. Burial will be in Home Cemetery of Tarkio. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Mr. Walker was born Feb. 24, 1940, in Tarkio to Sidney and Irene Walker. On Dec. 7, 1958, he was united in marriage to Loretta K. Flake. To this union three children were born.

He worked many years in the Amarillo area as a United States Department of Agriculture meat inspector. He retired from the USDA in June 2000 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Panhandle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Angela East.

Survivors include his wife; a son, James Rodney Walker of Plattsmouth, Neb.; two daughters, Cindy Gabel of Panhandle and Jill East of Richardson; a sister, Lila Faulkner of Tarkio; three brothers, Sidney Walker of Cotopaxi, Colo., Marvin Walker of Jefferson City, Mo., and Melvin Walker of St. Joseph, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Crown of Texas Hospice, 1000 S. Jefferson St., Amarillo, TX 79101; or to the Alzheimer's Association, 2200 W. Seventh, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Amarillo Globe-News, June 16, 2003

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Harriet Carter



PANHANDLE - Harriet Carter, 72, of Panhandle, formerly of Amarillo died Friday, June 20, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel of Amarillo, 4100 S. Georgia St., with the Rev. Carol Stahl of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship officiating. Burial will be in West Park Cemetery of Hereford.

Mrs. Carter left this world peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Friday, following a lengthy illness.

She was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Amarillo. She was the daughter of Beulah Lee Rutherford Carter and Jess M. Carter. Her early childhood years were spent in her maternal grandmother's home in Hereford. Her Rutherford ancestors were early settlers and ranchers in the area. She later moved with her mother to Amarillo, graduating from Amarillo High School in 1949. She was an accomplished swimmer, an excellent horsewoman and a natural beauty. As a young woman, she was crowned "Miss Wheatheart of the Nation."

Following high school, Harriet began a long and distinguished career as a floral designer, first at Cunningham Floral Company and continuing at Westhaven Flower and Garden Shop. In the early 1960s, she became a partner in Professional Landscape Service Co., located at the corner of 45th Avenue and Coulter Road. In 1972, she established the Flower and Present Place in the Coronado Center at 34th and Georgia. Her artistic flair and unique sense of style were in evidence in some of the area's finest homes and at some of Amarillo's premier social events during her years in the business. She took particular pleasure in helping introduce her customers and clients to the ambiance of tropical Mexico.

She says goodbye to many, many friends and acquaintances who will remember her always and fondly, including several of her early playmates and many of her classmates at Amarillo High School who have remained loyal and steadfast friends over the years, her "son the doctor" and her "blue-eyed baby boy," the Fangman clan, the Silvermans, Barbara Jean Steptoe, who was with Harriet and her mother for more than 30 years, the many young men and women who once worked for her but have since gone on to accomplishments in their own right, her many colorful friends and her appreciative clients and customers.

Harriet's lasting legacy is the friendships forged with people from across her wide-ranging interests and concerns, people who will cherish memories of her quick wit, curious mind, unexpected generosity, creativity and individualism, with the exception, that is, of a few waitresses and store clerks around Amarillo who took the blunt of her exacting nature. She shared with those fortunate enough to know her an unconditional love of animals, her fascination of complexity of the world around her, and a deep and abiding love for vastness of the Panhandle sky.

Harriet has requested that we ask each of you whom she loved, but has had to leave behind, to someday watch a sunrise on the plains and think of her.

She was preceded in death by both her mother and father.

Survivors include her stepmother, Ellen (Mrs. Jess) Carter of Hereford; a cousin, William A. Carter of Vega; her "children," Lee Mathis Shennum of Amarillo and Dirk J. Mathis of Dallas; and her beloved pets, Norman and Kate.

The family suggests memorials be to Crown of Texas Hospice, 1000 S. Jefferson St., Amarillo, TX 79101; or to an animal rights advocacy or nature conservancy group of your choice.

Amarillo Globe-News, June 24, 2003

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Benny Robert Hicks

PANHANDLE - Benny Robert Hicks, 66, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Panhandle Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Fuller, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mr. Hicks was born Jan. 11, 1937, in Childress. He was a feed mill operator.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; six sons, Bob Hicks, Barry Hicks, Bryan Hicks and Benny Ray Hicks, all of Panhandle, Bill Hicks of Amarillo and Buddy Hicks of Houston; a sister, Sandra Milton of Saginaw; 14 granddaughters; and a grandson.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Amarillo Globe-News, June 27, 2003

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