- Layne Mercer, 16, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, in New
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church
of Canyon with the Rev. Curtis House, pastor of First United
Methodist Church of Happy, and the Rev. Paul Burwash, pastor
of First Baptist Church of Happy, officiating. Burial will
be in Happy Cemetery by Brooks Funeral Directors.
Miss Mercer was born Jan. 14, 1986, in Amarillo to Tim and
Jackie Allison Mercer. She attended Canyon schools through
the eighth grade and then became a Happy Cowgirl.
She was active in Happy Cowgirl basketball, cross country
and was sophomore class vice-president, president of FFA and
homecoming flame queen. She was a regional qualifier in
She was a member of Randall County 4-H and was active in
stock shows. She was affiliated with First Baptist Church of
Happy and Methodist Church youth groups.
She was a free spirit and surely will be missed.
Survivors include her parents of Canyon; a sister, Timberly
Mercer of Canyon; her grandparents, Jack Allison of Dalhart
and Dub and Jontha Mercer of Lockney; and two uncles, Joe
Allison of Dalhart and Dan Mercer of Canyon. Amarillo
Globe-News, 6 August 2002.
|Moore, Betty Sue
Betty Sue Moore, 70, died
Sunday, March 31, 2002.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Wallace Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Karol Smith, pastor of First Christian
Church, and the Rev. Tommy Ewing officiating. Burial will be
in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Moore was born Nov. 18,
1931, in Swisher County. She was a member of First Christian
Church. Survivors include a sister, Anna Belle
Schacher of Tulia; and a brother, T.W. Moore Jr. of Tulia.
Amarillo Globe-News, 2 April 2002.
|Morris, O. V.
TULIA - O.V. Morris, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Rob Lindley, pastor, and the Rev. Tommy
Ewing officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by
Wallace Funeral Home.
Mr. Morris married Emily McAnally on May 11, 1940, in Post.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sheran Childress
and Orvillia Tucker, both of Tulia; a son, Joe Don Morris of
Amarillo; a brother, D.C. Morris of Post; seven
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Amarillo
Globe-News, 27 February 2002.
HAPPY - Gladys
Null, 92, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Amarillo. Services will
be at 3 p.m. today in Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel with
the Rev. Lance Wood, pastor of First Baptist Church of
Miami, and Chad Horton, director of pastoral care of Bivins
Foundation, officiating. Burial will be in Dreamland
Cemetery. Mrs. Null was
born March 19, 1910, to John and Pearl Stovall Kemper in
Wheeler County. She graduated from Tulia High School in
1930. She attended Wayland Baptist College. She married
George Russell Null in December 1933. They lived and farmed
near Friona, Wheeler, Wellington, Tulia and Happy.The family
wished to extend a special thanks to all the wonderful and
caring people at Bivins Memorial Nursing Home and Crown of
Texas Hospice. She was
preceded in death by her husband; a son, Albert Null; her
parents; two brothers, Marvin and Ray Kemper; and a sister,
Vera Auippa. Survivors
include a daughter, Effie Harle and husband, Bill, of Vega;
two sisters, Theresa Wilson and husband, Clarence, of
Amarillo, and Opal Bice of Tulia; five grandchildren; 19
great-grandchildren; and 29 nieces and nephews.
Amarillo Globe-News, 13 November, 2002.
TULIA - Zuleika O'Daniel, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist
Church with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral
Mrs. O'Daniel was born Dec. 20, 1911, in Castro County near
Hart. Her parents were Robert and Mary Lou Kendrick. She
lived in the Hart community until she married Dick O'Daniel
on Sept. 23, 1929.
They lived in Hart where Dick worked for his brother, J.D.
O'Daniel, who owned Magnolia Oil Co. They later purchased
farm land in the Lakeview community, west of Tulia. In 1951
the O'Daniels built their home in Tulia and moved into town.
Zuleika was actively involved in city, county and state
activities. Known as "Mrs. Democrat" in Swisher County, she
served as Democratic Committee Woman for six years.
Mrs. O'Daniel served two years on the City Council in Tulia,
always keeping an ongoing list of things which needed to be
done, many of which were accomplished. For example, she was
active on Tulia's Beautification Committee as she promoted
care for the large park near her home and other recreation
Zuleika O'Daniel was selected Woman of the Year by Tulia
Chamber of Commerce in 1972. Later she was honored as
Pioneer Woman of the Year in 1999.
Always active at First Baptist Church, Zuleika served 30
years as secretary of the Sunday School Department for
9-year-old children. She was a great help to her neighbors.
Many children of several generations played in the basement
of her home and in her large yard. Her attitude was that of
a loving grandparent.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 21, 1988; a
brother, Marcelus Kendrick; a sister, Robbie Jones; and her
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Vander Zee of San
Antonio; a brother, Kellough Kendrick of Waco; two
grandsons, Dan Vander Zee and wife, Kathy, of Granbury and
Dirk Vander Zee and wife, Sarah, of St. Louis, Mo.; five
great-grandchildren, Lindsey Vander Zee, Lacey Vander Zee
and Lilley Vander Zee, all of Granbury, and J.D. Vander Zee
and Eden Vander Zee, both of St. Louis; several nieces and
nephews; and many friends whose lives were enriched by
having known her. Amarillo Globe-News, 25
|Pacheco, Ruben A.
TULIA - Ruben
A. Pacheco, 53, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Amarillo.
will be at 6 p.m. today in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in First Assembly of God
Church with the Rev. Matthew Garcia and the Rev. Gilbert Del
Toro officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Pacheco was
born July 23, 1949, in Colonia, Esperansa, Mexico. He worked
for Caprock Feedyard in Lockney for several years as a load
include his wife, Olga; two daughters, Elvira Pacheco and
Arecelli Pacheco, both of Tulia; eight sons, Ruben Pacheco
Jr. of Plainview, Richard Pacheco, Asael Pacheco, Roman
Pacheco and Emanuel Pacheco, all of Tulia, and Ernest
Pacheco, Saul Pacheco and Felix Pacheco, all of Amarillo;
his father, Salvador Pacheco Sr. of Las Cruces, N.M.; three
brothers, Reynaldo Pacheco, Salvador Pacheco Jr. and Miguel
Valles; three sisters, Rosa Ochoa, Anne Arros and Eva
Garcia; and nine grandchildren. Amarillo
Globe-News, 13 November 2002.
|Patching, Ferne Eleanor Francy
- Ferne Eleanor Francy Patching, 95, died Friday, June 21,
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Happy
Cemetery with Thacker Haynes, pastor of McLean United
Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Holley
Funeral Home. Mrs. Patching was born May 26, 1907, in
Bennett, Iowa, to Joseph and Electa Ann Francy. She moved
with her family by rail train to Happy when she was 9 months
old. She attended school at Childress and Sunny Slope
country schools before the school opened in Happy. She also
attended Canyon Normal School. She married Edgar T. Patching
on Sept. 1, 1926. A pioneer woman in Swisher County,
she was a housewife and active in community activities. She
was a founding member of the Presbyterian Church in Happy.
She was a member of The Woman's Study Club, Happy Music
Club, Eastern Star and Presbyterian Women. After her husband
passed away in 1959, she worked at Warren's Department Store
in Canyon and became a dorm director at West Texas State
University and Northern Arizona University. She moved
to Tulia in 1983, where she was very active in Swisher
County Senior Citizens. She led their exercise classes until
she was 86 years old. She moved to McLean Care Center in
1999. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son,
Bob, in 1984; four sisters, Nell Jordan, Gladys Francy, Faye
Wheeler and Joyce Deal; and a brother, Robert Francy.
Survivors include a daughter, Joann Odom and husband, Pete,
of Happy; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Patching of Happy; five
grandchildren, Neal Odom and wife, Beverly, of McLean, Kyle
Odom and wife, Tricia, of Decatur, Kevin Odom and wife,
Tresa, of Shallowater, Gary Barrett and wife, Brenda, of
Canyon and Teri Witten of Texarkana; and 13
great-grandchildren. Amarillo Globe-News, 23
|Penn, George Raymond
- George Raymond Penn, 70, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist
Church of Canyon with the Rev. Paul Burwash, pastor of First
Baptist Church of Happy, officiating. Burial will be in
Happy Cemetery by Brooks Funeral Directors.
Mr. Penn was born in Happy to Bill and Alice Penn on April
30, 1932. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Happy.
He served in the armed forces from 1952 to 1954 and was in
the Korean War. He received a good conduct medal and
national defense service medal. He was a loving husband,
father, granddad, brother, uncle and friend.
The family would like to thank the BSA Hospice Staff.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tommy
Leslie Penn; two sisters, Mary Alice Penn and Willie Faye
Noel; and a grandson, Ricky Lynn Kincade.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; three daughters, Debra
Kincade and husband, Charles, of Panhandle, Shirley Calhoun
and husband, Eugene, of Amarillo and Brenda Penn of Canyon;
a son, Derick Collins and wife, Sondra, of Amarillo; a
granddaughter, Sheryl Chavez and husband, Terry, of
Tucumcari, N.M.; a grandson, Dustin Penn of Canyon; a
sister, Charlotte Weavers of Happy; two brothers, Bill Penn
and wife, Sandra, of Amarillo and David Penn and wife, Kay,
of Sulphur Springs. Amarillo Globe-News,
12 November 2002.
|Phillips, Johnny Dean
HAPPY - Johnny Dean Phillips, 60, died Friday, May 17, 2002.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Memorial Chapel of
Happy with the Rev. Curtis House, pastor of First United
Methodist Church of Happy, officiating. Burial will be in
Happy Cemetery by Brooks Funeral Directors.
Mr. Phillips was born June 27, 1941, in Woods County, Okla.,
to John and Delilah Rink Phillips. He worked at Roll A Cone
for 30 years and had been a resident of Happy for 40 years.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; a daughter, Kathy Keith
of DeLeon; three sons, J.D. Phillips of Happy, and Freddy
Phillips and Jimmy Phillips, both of Amarillo; two
stepdaughters, Robin Stegall of Wichita, Kan., and Rena
Gortney of Woodward, Okla.; and 12 grandchildren.
Amarillo Globe-News, 19 May 2002.
|Ramirez, Felilpe Enostrosa
- Felipe Enostrosa Ramirez,
66, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, in Amarillo.
will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Assembly of God Church
with the Rev. Gilbert Del Toro, pastor of Church of the
Comforter, the Rev. Rusty Gray, pastor of Tulia Christian
Fellowship, and the Rev. Benny Rodriguez, associate pastor,
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace
Funeral Home. Mr. Ramirez was born Feb. 5, 1936, in
Crowell. He married Micalia Luera on Nov. 19, 1955, in
Tulia. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Oscar
Phillip Ramirez of Kress, and Richard Ricky Ramirez and
Victor Ramirez, both of Tulia; six brothers, Antonio Ramirez
Rocha of Knox City, Frank Esparza, Jesse Esparza and Juan
Ramon Esparza, all of Amarillo, Ray Esparza of Canyon and
Jose Luis Ramirez of Dallas; six sisters, Lupe Luna of
Bonita Springs, Fla., Estella Salazar of Plano, Mary Marquiz
of Happy, Sylvia Ramirez and Elva Moreno, both of Tulia, and
Angie De La Rosa of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; and three
Amarillo Globe-News, 25
TULIA - Noah Rios, infant son of Chris and Claudia Rios Jr.,
died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in Amarillo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Wallace Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Mariano Moreno, pastor of El Buen
Pastor Spanish United Methodist Church of Tulia, and the
Rev. Ricky Salazar, pastor of Church of God in Tulia,
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Noah was born March 16, 2002, in Amarillo.
Survivors include his parents of Amarillo; and his
grandparents, Eleazar and Sarah Medina of Tulia, and Chris
and Modesta Rios Sr. of Tulia. Amarillo
Globe-News, 11 April 2002.
TULIA - Curtis Shivers, 39, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Church of God in
Christ Jackson Chapel with the Rev. Henry Jackson, pastor,
and the Rev. Melvin Tatum officiating. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home.
Mr. Shivers was born Oct. 20, 1963, in Lubbock. He married
Sherri Powell on March 21, 1987, in Tulia.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Shayla Shivers of
Tulia and Sameria Smith of Floydada; a son, Terrance Powell
of Tulia; his mother, Charlie Mae Shivers of Lubbock; two
brothers, Michael Shivers of Lubbock and James Shivers Jr.
of Dallas; five sisters, Patricia Shivers and Gloria
Russell, both of Abilene, Demetria Shivers and Katrice
Shivers, both of Lubbock, and Wanda Perry of Houston; and
his grandmother, Jesse Mae Parker of Calvert. Amarillo
Globe-News, 28 November 2002.
|Spillman, Theo Hood Stratton
Theo Hood Stratton Spilman,
100, died Friday, April 19, 2002, in Amarillo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wallace Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor of First
Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill
Cemetery. Mrs. Spilman was born Oct. 8, 1901, in
Hempstead County, Ark. She attended schools in Hempstead and
moved to Swisher County in 1920. She was married to George
A. Stratton from 1926 to 1949. She then married John C.
Spilman on Aug. 26, 1967, in Amarillo. She was
preceded in death by both husbands; and a daughter, Janie
Stratton Martin Lee. Survivors include two daughters,
Genevia Stratton Dunn and Juanita Spilman Tucker, both of
Amarillo; two sons, Kawahu "Snort" Stratton of Fritch and
Tom G. Stratton of South Fork, Colo.; eight grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Amarillo Globe-News, 20 April 2002.
|Standridge, James A.
TULIA - James A. Standridge, 76, died Friday, April 12,
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Calvary Baptist
Church of Tulia with the Rev. Scott Hensley, pastor,
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Tulia
by Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.
Mr. Standridge was born March 14, 1926, in Atkins, Ark. In
1964, he started Standridge Pump Co. which he owned and
operated until his retirement in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; a daughter, Brenda
Mitchell of Plainview; and a grandson. Amarillo
Globe-News, 15 April 2002.
HAPPY- Dozier Thornton, 78, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in First Baptist
Church with the Rev. Paul Burwash, pastor, Bob Miller,
pastor of South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo, and Rick
Bloodworth, minister of Happy Church of Christ, officiating.
Burial will be in Happy Cemetery by Holley Funeral Home of
Mr. Thornton was born May 15, 1923, in Joplin, to Oscar
Heath Thornton and Verna Mae Hayse. He married Betty Jane
Welch on Sept. 11, 1945, in Seymour. The past 47 years they
lived and farmed in the Happy community.
He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Happy. He served
in the Navy armed guard during World War II. His favorite
hobby was playing "42" with friends and family along with
reading, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Leonida
Cleveland of Amarillo, Lana Beth Stevenson of Canyon and
Megayla O'Rear of Azle; a brother, Jack Thornton of Tulia;
two sisters, Ludie Martin of Malakoff and Ned Gilbreath of
Yantis; four grandchildren, Jim Stevenson of Clarendon,
Tommy Stevenson of Friona, Sam Stevenson of Canadian and
Kristie Cleveland of Austin; and two great-grandchildren.
Amarillo-Globe News, 11 April
|Timmons, James Perry
James Perry Timmons, 74, died Tuesday,
Aug. 6, 2002, in Amarillo.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today in Happy Chapel
with the Rev. Paul Burwash, pastor of First Baptist Church,
officiating. Private burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery in
Canyon by Holley Funeral Home. Mr. Timmons was born
Sept. 6, 1927, in Sentinel, Okla. He graduated from the
University of Oklahoma with a BBA in 1955. He started his
career as a hospital administrator in 1957 at Bexar County
Hospital District in San Antonio. He was preceded in
death by his first wife Laura Timmons in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Allene; three sons, Paul Timmons
of North Richland Hills, Mark Timmons of Amarillo and Ross
Brown of Fritch; four daughters, Terri D. Timmons of Odessa,
Carol Yirak of Canyon, Charlotte Stephens of Panhandle, and
Beverly Johnston of Fritch; a brother, Roy Timmons of Locus
Grove, Va.; a sister, Ann Hosek of Wayne, Okla.; 16
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Amarillo
Globe-News, 8 August 2002.
|Vehaus, Vincent J.
HAPPY - Vincent J. Venhaus, 60, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002.
Prayer services will be at 6 p.m. today in Happy's Memorial
Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Holy Name
Catholic Church of Happy with the Rev. Dennis Boylan, pastor
of the church, officiating. Burial will be in Happy Cemetery
by Brooks Funeral Directors of Happy.
Mr. Venhaus was born on June 30, 1941, to Albert and Marie
Venhaus in Canyon. He married Kaye Baker on Feb. 26, 1960,
in Amarillo. He was a lifetime farmer and rancher.
He was currently serving as a City Commissioner of Happy and
was a 20-year member of the Jaycees of Happy. He was also a
member of the Holy Name Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Venhaus; and
a sister, Norma Huseman.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Vicky Buckelew
and husband, Terry, and Connie Osmanski and husband, Mike,
all of Happy, and Carry Schacher and husband, Ivan, of
Stapleton, Neb.; a son, Vincent Ray Venhaus and wife,
Kristy, of Royse City; his mother, Marie Venhaus of Dumas;
three sisters, Bernice Hoelting of Nazareth and Irene
Huseman and Joyce Wethington, both of Dumas; three brothers,
Cecil Venhaus and Clyde Venhaus, both of Dumas, and Lloyd
Venhaus of Amarillo; and 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Venhaus,
Heather Venhaus, Matthew Venhaus, Mitchell Venhaus, Tara
Kleman, Justin Kleman, Kelcee Kleman, Tyler Schacher,
Tiffany Schacher, Tanner Schacher, Terence Schacher, Jacie
Osmanski and Chanlar Osmanski. Amarillo
Globe-News, 6 January 2002.
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