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Carson County Obituaries
2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

July 2003

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Jack Vernon Holt Sr.  

HEDLEY - Jack Vernon Holt Sr., 77, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, in Childress.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Rowe Cemetery in Hedley with the Rev. Bryan Knowles, pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon, officiating. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mr. Holt was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Amarillo and was an Amarillo resident before moving to Hedley in 1975. He had been an auto mechanic and welder for most of his life before his retirement.

Survivors include a daughter, Nicki Nail of Wentzville, Mo.; two sons, David Holt of Hazel Green, Ala., and Jack Holt of Silsbee; two sisters, Mary Lessongang and Betty Littau, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 2, 2003

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Lola Pearl Howe



PANHANDLE - Lola Pearl Howe, 83, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Christian Church with the Rev. Ted Welch, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Howe was born March 28, 1920, in Clarendon and had been a longtime resident of Panhandle. She married Clarence Harvey Howe on Aug. 20, 1939, in Panhandle. She was a member of Rainbow Girls, National Cowbelles Association, New Mexico Cowbelles Association and Wyoming Cowbelles Association. She was also a member of Extension Clubs in Clayton, N.M., a 4-H Leader, El Telran Daughters of the Nile in Cody, Wyo., Altrusian Club, Panhandle Athenium Club, Panhandle 55+ Club, and Panhandle Christians Women's Fellowship. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church of Panhandle.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995.

Survivors include a son, Harold Howe of Panhandle; two daughters, Sandra Howe of Panhandle and Barbara Nichols of Stafford, Va.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice, Harrington Cancer Research, or First Christian Church of Panhandle.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 3, 2003

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Alice Nicholson



WHITE DEER - Alice Nicholson, 76, died Friday, July 4, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Dorn, pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Borger, officiating. Arrangements are by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Nicholson was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Missouri. She had lived in White Deer for 57 years. She married Don Nicholson on Oct. 22, 1946, in Pampa. She was co-founder of White Deer Senior Citizens.

She farmed in the White Deer area for 25 years. She was owner and operator of Green Punkin Restaurant for 15 years, co-owner of Honest Don's for 10 years and was a member of United Methodist Church of White Deer.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Nicki Maples of Amarillo; a son, Brent Nicholson of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to White Deer Senior Citizens, 319 Main St., White Deer, TX 79097.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 6, 2003

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Carla Mynear

WHITE DEER - Carla Mynear, 44, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, in Pampa.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of White Deer with the Rev. Monty Kreis, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Colorado City, and the Rev. John Collis, pastor of First Baptist Church of Ozona, officiating. Burial will be in White Deer Cemetery by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Miss Mynear assisted her uncle Frankie Kreis at White Deer Feed. She was a member of First Baptist Church of White Deer, where she taught Sunday School since 1978.

Survivors include her parents, Carl and Nell Mynear of White Deer; three sisters, Kim O'Connell of Grape Creek, Kandy Bolding of Midland and Patti Parks of White Deer; and her grandmother, Eunice Hurst of Wellington.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church Children's Ministry, White Deer, TX; or White Deer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 98, White Deer, TX 79097.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 18, 2003

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Ripley Albert "Rip" Snyder

GROOM - Ripley Albert "Rip" Snyder, 90, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in First Baptist Church of Groom with the Rev. David Kelly, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Groom Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.

Mr. Snyder was born Dec. 4, 1912, in Stratford, Sherman County. He was a resident of Groom for most of his life before moving to Amarillo a year ago. He married Joy Loraine Gibbins on Jan. 10, 1942, in Claude. He had worked at the grain elevator and at the hardware store in Groom for most of his life before retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was the recipient of five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Groom.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 16, 2003.

Survivors include a daughter, Nina Richey and husband, Truman, of San Angelo; a son, Jerry Snyder and wife, Carolyn, of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Hallie Snyder of Austin, Kimberly Alexander of Dallas, Marc and Tonya Alexander of Amarillo, Sean and Leticia Richey of Carlsbad, and Cory and Jennifer Richey of San Angelo; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 19, 2003

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Carolyn "Carrie" Horner

SKELLYTOWN - Carolyn "Carrie" Horner, 85, died Monday, July 21, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church of Skellytown with the Rev. Fines Marchman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Horner was born March 4, 1918, in Hutchinson County. She married Clyde Joseph Horner on Nov. 21, 1936, in Sayre, Okla. She had been a resident of Skellytown, and a member of First Baptist Church of Skellytown since 1944. She served as director and teacher in the primary Sunday school department, and was the librarian and church clerk for many years. She was a homemaker and helped her husband work in the Horner Brothers Grocery Store.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 15, 1991; two brothers, Virgil Meadows and Luther Meadows; and a sister, Dollie Mae Meadows.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Nichols of Skellytown; a son, Jimmie Horner of Amarillo; two sisters, Mary Ellen Richardson and Ramona Hutchens, both of Amarillo; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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

Amarillo Globe-News, July 23, 2003

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Panhandle Mayor McNeill dies

By KAY LEDBETTER
kledbetter@amarillonet.com
The Amarillo Globe-News

PANHANDLE - The community of Panhandle and the cattle feeding industry mourned the loss of a longtime leader Wednesday.

Les McNeill, 61, mayor of Panhandle and a past Texas Cattle Feeders Association president, died in Amarillo after a two-year battle with cancer.

"He was just an exceptional person," said Burt Rutherford, TCFA communications director. "Les was very involved, not only as a great leader in the cattle industry, but he was very civic-minded and a tremendous leader in the community of Panhandle."

Panhandle City Manager Loren Brand said McNeill continued to function as mayor for Panhandle until his death, missing only a few council meetings during his fight against cancer.

"It's hard," Brand said. "He was a friend of mine a long time before he was my boss. The community is losing a powerful asset."

McNeill served on the city council from 1976-1981 and was elected mayor from 1981 to 1990 and again from 1994 to the present.

"I attribute a majority of the progress that Panhandle has made over the last several decades to Les and people like Les who have worked toward it," Brand said.

He said renovation programs such as the Main Street Project, the new $2 million wastewater treatment plant, the updating and equipping of emergency services, including the fire, police and ambulance departments, all happened under McNeill's leadership.

"But it's harder to lose a friend than it is to lose a mayor," he said.

McNeill was chairman of the building committee when First Baptist Church burned in 1997. He was past president of Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, past president of the Panhandle Rotary Club and past president of the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce.

NcNeill also provided leadership to TCFA in many areas over the years, Rutherford said, as chairman of several committees and as president in 1994.

In addition to TCFA, McNeill served the cattle-feeding industry as chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which oversees the national beef checkoff, in 2000, and for several years as a director of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

A native of Corpus Christi, McNeill was a graduate of Texas A&I University with a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. He was decorated for service as an officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and had been co-owner and manager of Carson County Feedyards since 1973.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Panhandle with arrangements by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Panhandle Cemetery.

McNeill is survived by his wife, Anne; three daughters, Megann, Sarah and Allison; one son, Lane; and two grandsons.

Brand said Panhandle has a mayor pro-tem, Dan Looten, who has presided at the meetings in McNeill's absence.

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Jim W. Osborne  

PANHANDLE - Jim W. Osborne, 67, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003.

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

Mr. Osborne was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Pampa. He was a farmer/rancher.

Survivors include his wife, Jeri; a son, Mike Osborne of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Dana Porter of Wolfforth and Judy Osborne of Austin; a brother, David Osborne of Pampa; and two sisters, Nell Williams of Canyon and Rosemary Crossett of Fair Oaks Ranch.

The family suggests memorials be to Crown of Texas Hospice, 1000 S. Jefferson, Amarillo, TX 79101; or to First United Methodist Church of Panhandle.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 24, 2003

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Haleigh Autumn Throgmorton

PANHANDLE - Haleigh Autumn Throgmorton, infant daughter of Rodney and Jerri-Lynn Throgmorton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Panhandle Church of Christ with Ernie Bishop, of Hutchinson, Kan., officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Haleigh was born June 8, 2003, in Panhandle.

Survivors include her parents of Panhandle; her grandparents, Jerry and Pat Boone of Rotan and Wayne and Becky Throgmorton of Panhandle; great-grandparents, Wayne Throgmorton of Amarillo, Charles and Juanita Underhill of Roby and Joe and Margaret Boone of Boulder City, Nev.; and two brothers, Cory Throgmorton and Cade Throgmorton, both of Panhandle.

The family suggests memorials be to Haleigh Throgmorton Memorial Fund at Sun Bank in Panhandle.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 24, 2003

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Nancy Jo Adams 

SKELLYTOWN - Nancy Jo Adams, 47, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, in Pampa.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today in Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors Colonial Chapel in Pampa with the Rev. Rob Lackey of Panhandle officiating.

Mrs. Adams was born Feb. 18, 1956, in Torrance, Calif. She married Dan Adams on Sept. 18, 1982, in Pampa.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Jen Lewis and Angela Adams, both of Skellytown, and Renee Darce Adams of Amarillo; a son, Jed Adams of Skellytown; three sisters, Karen Fletcher of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Sandy Winegeart and Susan Barnhart, both of Oklahoma City; a brother, Jerry Lewis of McKinleyville, Calif.; and a granddaughter.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 26, 2003

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Randy Dewayne Whitehead

PANHANDLE - Randy Dewayne Whitehead, 47, died Saturday, July 26, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church of Panhandle with the Rev. Bill Fuller, pastor, and the Rev. Charles Wyatt of Claremore, Okla., officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Mr. Whitehead was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in youth mission trips.

Survivors include his wife, Jo; two sons, Justin and wife, Bonnie, of Pampa and Shawn of Panhandle; a brother, Paul Harmon of Del Rio; and a granddaughter, Hailee.

The family suggests memorials be to Panhandle First Baptist Church, youth missions fund.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 28, 2003

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Deila Faye Adams

PANHANDLE - Deila Faye Adams, 71, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of Christ in Panhandle with Don Stone, interim pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Miss Adams was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Armstrong County. She took care of the elderly for years.

Survivors include two brothers, Louis Earston Adams of Wichita Falls and James Adams of Phoenix; and three sisters, Iva Mae Cox of Pampa, Leota Marie Haire of Wheeler and Sue Mayfield of Tatum, N.M.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 31, 2003

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