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Donley County Obituaries

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

May 2003


Opal Kae Maxey

CLARENDON - Opal Kae Maxey, 79, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Robertson Funeral Directors Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Rob Seale, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery.

Mrs. Maxey was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Childress and had been a resident of Clarendon most of her life before moving to Amarillo four years ago. After the death of her first husband, Forrest J. Helton, she married Malcolm Warren Maxey on Feb. 28, 1949, and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1987.

She had worked as a manager at Allsups Convenience Stores for several years prior to her retirement. She most enjoyed dancing and being with her family members and attending family reunions. She was a Baptist.

Casket bearers will be Phillip Helton, Monte Helton, Brandon Helton, Byron Helton, T.J. Maxey, Chad Maxey and Zachariah Maxey.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Joyce Sutton and Mary Wells; and a brother, Bobby Hudson.

Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Roulett of Kileen, Maxine Wleczyk of Baytown, Pam Williams of Brady and Ruby Dethrage of Buena Vista, Colo.; six sons, Phillip M. Helton and Gary Maxey, both of Amarillo, Bobby D. Helton of Hugoton, Kan., Jasper Maxey of Dalhart, Warren Maxey of Canyon and Johnny Helton of Albertville, Ala.; two sisters, Jane Stevens of Clarendon and Lola Sexton of Amarillo; 33 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 1, 2003


William Roland "Billie" Christal

CLARENDON - William Roland "Billie" Christal, 92, died Thursday, May 15, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with Mike Word, grandson, and the Rev. Truman Ledbetter, pastor, officiating. Masonic graveside rites and interment will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.

Mr. Christal was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Lelia Lake and had been a resident of Donley County all of his life. He married Thelma Gertrude Self on Nov. 27, 1930, in Portales, N.M.

He had been a farmer and rancher most of his life and served for many years as the Donley County judge. While serving as county judge, he served in various capacities on many local and area boards and committees.

He had served on the Lelia Lake School Board and the Clarendon College Board of Regents for many years. He served on the PRPC Board and was very instrumental in the implementation of the county Emergency Medical Services System.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and had been a sunday school teacher and a Deacon. He was a member and past master of Clarendon Masonic Lodge No. 700, a recipient of the Golden Trowel Award, a member and Past Patron of Clarendon Chapter No. Six, Order of the Eastern Star, and was well known for the elaborate Christmas lighting display at his home.

He was preceded in death by his wife on May 28, 1992; a sister, Marguerite Alderson; and a granddaughter, Kathryn Kuhrau.

Casketbearers will be David Word, Tim Word, Brandon Word, Cameron Word, David Miller, Quentin Kuhrau, Clayton Kuhrau and Tyler Word.

Honorary bearers will be Robert Swerzinski, great-grandchildren, First Baptist Church deacons and Clarendon Masonic Lodge members.

Survivors include two daughters, Jan Word of Amarillo and Janeice Kuhrau of Seattle; six grandchildren, Kimberly Miller, Mike Word, David Word, Timothy Word, Clayton Kuhrau and Quentin Kuhrau; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to the Donley County Courthouse Restoration Project Fund or Harrington Cancer Center of Amarillo.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 18, 2003


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