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Donley County Obituaries
2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

July 2003

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Thomas Gary Barnhill



CLARENDON - Thomas Gary Barnhill, 84, died Friday, July 4, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Robertson Funeral Home, Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Ned Creswell, Episcopal minister of Amarillo, officiating. Masonic graveside services and burial will be in Citizens Cemetery.

Mr. Barnhill was born June 19, 1919, in Crockett. He married Nell Williams in 1939. He served in the Army infantry in World War II at Camp Fannin in Tyler and with the Allied Military Government in Korea.

After his military service, he and Nell owned and operated the Farmer's Supply in Turkey. In 1955, they moved to Clarendon and built the Sandell Drive In Theater.

He later purchased the Mulkey Theater and operated both movie venues for more than 30 years. In 1968, he opened Barney's Marine and operated it until May 2003.

He was a member of Clarendon Masonic Lodge No. 700 and was a past master and past district deputy grand master. Gary, or "Barney", as he was affectionately called, was a friend and mentor to countless people.

He was a dear, beloved husband, father and grandfather to his family. He loved his family and friends and will be sorely missed by all. He loved Clarendon and always said "Clarendon's been good to us."

Survivors include his wife of 64 years; two daughters, Sandi Barnhill-Harris and husband of Amarillo, and Adele Barnhill-Lee and husband of Arlington, Wash.; a sister, Jeanette Case; sisters-in-law, Lois Grupe Warrenburg and Mary Barnhill; a brother-in-law, Jack Williams and wife; grandchildren, Tami Logsdon of Amarillo, Darin Davis and wife, Brenda, of Green Bay, Wis., Gary Sherr and wife, Tamara, and Tripp Sherr, all of Arlington, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Hope and Kristin Logsdon; great-great-grandchildren, Hannah Logsdon and Lexi and Dakota Sherr; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Citizens Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 7, Clarendon, TX 79226; or to Clarendon College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 968, Clarendon, TX 79226.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 6, 2003

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Mattie Elizabeth Rhodes Chamberlain

CLARENDON - Mattie Elizabeth Rhodes Chamberlain, 94, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, in Carrollton.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Robertson Funeral Directors Chapel of Memories with the Rev. James Ivey Edwards, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery.

Mrs. Chamberlain was born Dec. 13, 1908, in Stamford. She was a former resident of Claude and then Amarillo before moving to Carrollton three years ago. She married Benjamin Emory Chamberlain on May 20, 1944, in Amarillo. She attended West Texas Teachers College (now WTAMU) and taught school for several years in Ashtola, Chamberlain and Claude.

She had worked in the Armstrong County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office and for the Armstrong County Agent for several years. She was a member of the Armstrong County Business Women's Club and the Senior Citizens Club. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Claude and had previously served as church secretary for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 4, 1976.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Benese Scherrer of Boulder City, Nev. and Prarie Counce of Carrollton; seven sisters, Jewell Stewart, Irene Jones and Betty McElvoy, all of Amarillo, Ailene McElroy of Clarendon, Ruth Riley and Dorothy Adamson, both of Dewey, Ariz., and Johnnie Adamson of Bakersfield, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 15, 2003

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Robert L. "Bob" Thompson

HOWARDWICK - Robert L. "Bob" Thompson, 82, died Friday, July 11, 2003, in Tyler.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors Colonial Chapel in Pampa with John Love, pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church of Amarillo, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa.

Mr. Thompson was an Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He had lived in the Panhandle area most of his life.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Thompson of Las Vegas, N.M.; three stepsons, Bill McPherson of Fairborn, Ohio, Jimmy McPherson of Elk City, Okla., and John McPherson of Lake Palestine; several grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 15, 2003

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Waymon Arliss Holt

HOWARDWICK - Waymon Arliss Holt, 74, died Friday, July 25, 2003 at Temple.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Robertson Funeral Directors Chapel of Memories in Clarendon with the Rev. Curtis Johnson, nephew of Mr. Holt, and Stephen Paulson of Temple officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery.

Mr. Holt was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Electra and was a longtime resident of Amarillo before moving to Howardwick 14 years ago. He was a retired master plumber. He married Edith Irene Prather on June 15, 1961, at Farmington, N.M. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a former prisoner of war in Germany. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 17, 1995, and a brother, Lonnie Holt.

Survivors include a daughter, Karla Durfee of Temple; five sons, Everett Eugene Willis, Marlin Willis, Ronald Willis and Lonnie Willis, all of Amarillo, and Victor Holt of Temple; three sisters, Vera Barnes and Ruth Kinney, both of Wheeler; and Glenda of New Mexico; two brothers, Coyce Holt of New Mexico, and Kenneth Holt of Fort Worth; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Casket and honorary bearers will be the grandsons.

Amarillo Globe-News, July 27, 2003

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