|Nichols, John Will
John Will Nichols, 80,
died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Central Church of
Christ with Trey Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Rose
Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home. Mr. Nichols was
a long-time resident of Tulia and Dimmitt. He made a quiet
transition at his home in Tulia after a lengthy battle with
colon cancer. John Will Nichols was born on March 24,
1923, in El Paso to Thomas Manning and Geneva Willson
Nichols. The family lived a short time in Hatchita, N.M.,
before moving to Silverton where Tom was the manager of the
local Willson & Son Lumber Co. In 1935, the Nichols
family moved to Tulia where John and his older brother, Jim
Tom, attended Tulia public schools. John Will was encouraged
to play the clarinet by Professor D. O. Riley, director of
the Texas Tech band. He went on to win several tri-state
music contests. John Will was salutatorian of the
Class of 1941 and was awarded the Balfour Award. He was
offered music scholarships to Drake University and the
University of New Mexico. He attended Oklahoma University
and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the
Sooner band. He taught clarinet in the music department.
In 1943, John Will entered the Army and on Aug. 7, 1943,
married Floye Dell Carlile in Austin. Shortly after, he left
with the 206th Combat Engineer Battalion, which was part of
the 3rd Army under General George S. Patton. He trained
under the then famous bridge builder, Guy Bailey, and built
floating pontoon bridges used by the Allied forces to cross
rivers while under heavy fire in their march across Eurpoe.
He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
John Will and Flo moved to Dimmitt in 1946. They had two
sons, Jack and Tom. He was the owner and manager of Willson
& Nichols Lumber Co. and built many of the homes in Dimmitt.
He was a member of Dimmitt Lions Club and a Bible Class
teacher at Bedford Street Church of Christ. He and Flo were
very active in the band and athletic booster clubs. John Will and Flo moved
back to Tulia in 1967 where they both worked at First
National Bank for the next 21 years, retiring in 1988.
During this time, John Will was president of Tulia
Toastmasters Club, Tulia Rotary Club, Tulia Industrial
Foundation and Tulia Day Nursery. He was vice-chairman
of Swisher County Library and parliamentarian for the
Swisher County Historical Society. Unknown to most, he
personally kept the Tulia Royale theater open for years. During his presidency of
the Tulia Rotary Club, the largest Interact Club in the
world was formed. John Will held all offices in the
Tulia Toastmasters Club and was District 44 Governor. He
started six Toastmaster Clubs, was awarded the
Presidential Citation and was a Distinguished
Toastmaster. John Will was a graduate
of Fortune School of Training and was a Master Trainer.
He presented seminars to government agencies,
corporations and schools on executive telephone manners,
effective business letter writing, writing the job
resume, effective meetings, public relations and speech
preparation without notes. John Will was district and
regional coordinator for SCORE. He was a member of
Capital Resource Conversation and Development Council,
which was selected from all SCORE organizations to staff
the rural areas in the Baton Rouge area. He was preceded in death
by his brother, James Thomas. Survivors include his
wife; two sons, Jack of San Jose, Calif., and Tom of
Lubbock; four grandchildren; eight nieces; a nephew; and
seven great-grandchildren. Amarillo Globe-News,
11 September 2003.
Dorothy Payne, 61, died Saturday, March
Services will be at 2 p.m.
today in Kingdom Hall in Canyon. Burial will be in Rose Hill
Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs. Payne was born
Dec. 5, 1941, in Fairfield. She married Eugene Davis in 1978
in Tulia. Survivors include a brother, Lee Aurty Moore
of Las Lunas, N.M. Amarillo Globe-News, 1 April
Rosanel Payne, 73, died
Wednesday, May 7, 2003, in Olton.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Church of Christ
in Happy with Rick Bloodworth, minister, and Mike Reed,
minister of the Church of Christ in Olton, officiating.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Tulia by Brooks
Funeral Directors. Mrs. Payne was born July 28, 1929,
in Tulia to Elmo and Annie Speer. She married John A.
"Tooter" Payne in Clovis, N.M., on March 26, 1946. She was a
lifelong resident of Swisher County and was a member of
Happy Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by
her husband in 1997; and a brother, Donald Ray Speer, in
2003. Survivors include three sons, Larry Payne and
wife Ann, Jimmy Payne and wife Becky, and Johnny Payne and
wife Becky, all of Amarillo; two daughters, Elizabeth
Bizzell and husband Gail of Olton, and Barbara Shipman and
husband Thomas of Happy; a brother, Bob Speer and wife Jodi
of Buffalo, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and 11
|Robinson, Anna Bee
Anna Bee Robinson, 84,
died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Amarillo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in First United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Curtis House, pastor, and Mike Kuhlman
officiating. Burial will be in Happy Cemetery by Brooks
Funeral Directors. Mrs. Robinson was born Dec. 17,
1918, in Swisher County to Bee and Alpha Huckabee. She
married Dr. Glen Robinson in Happy. She was a member
of First United Methodist Church of Happy, where she served
on numerous committees and taught Sunday School. She was a
community leader and helped raise funds for charities. She
also served as den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was a
longtime columnist for the Tulia Herald. She was
preceded in death by her husband in 1974. Survivors
include a son, Dr. Bob Robinson and wife, Cleo, of Canyon; a
brother-in-law, Ed Vornsand of Rosenburg; and a niece,
Paulette Maehara of Chevy Chase, Md. Amarillo
Globe-News, 11 September 2003.
|Rodriguez, Rebecca Corina
Rebecca Corina Rodriguez, 26, died
Sunday, March 30, 2003, in Kress.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Wallace Funeral Home
Chapel with Gilbert Del Toro officiating. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Rodriguez was born Sept. 11,
1976, in Tulia. She grew up in Tulia. Survivors
include three sons, Christopher Rodriguez, Saul Torres and
Juan Ricardo Carbajal; a brother, Ricky Rodriguez of Tulia;
two sisters, Diana Ortiz of Amarillo and Dora Smity of
Tulia; and her parents, Cruz and Luisa Rodriguez of Tulia.
Amarillo Globe-News, 1 April 2003.
Francis Thompson, 87,
died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Central Church of
Christ with Trey Morgan, minister of Childress Church of
Christ, officiating. Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday with Adrin Fletcher,
minister of Munday Church of Christ, officiating.
Arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs.
Thompson was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Munday. She grew up in
Munday and graduated from Munday High School. She went to
Amarillo College for two years. She married Hershel "Red"
Thompson on Dec. 7, 1935, in Munday. She moved to
Swisher County in 1954. She worked as a grocery checker for
Bob's Supermarket for 18 years. She worked as a cashier and
in the office at Joe Bob's Supermarket from 1982 until 1995,
where she retired at the age of 81. She was a member of
Central Church of Christ. She was also a member of the
Women's division of the Chamber of Commerce, RSVP and senior
citizens. She also took part in the Home Demonstration Club
in Munday and Tulia. She was preceded in death by her
husband on April 9, 1991. Survivors include a son, Joe
Bob Thompson and wife, Sharon, of Tulia; two grandchildren,
Jacob Thompson and wife, Angela, of Farwell and Jennifer
Smith and husband, Jeff, of Merkel; and a great-grandson,
Derek Smith of Merkel. Amarillo Globe-News, 14
|Tucker, Lillie Mae Muncy
Lillie Mae Muncy Tucker,
91, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Central Church of
Christ in Tulia. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Trey Morgan and Eric Creel will officiate. Arrangements are
by Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs. Tucker was born on Jan.
8, 1912, in Payden, Okla., to Elbert and Augusta Gilbert.
She married Alonzo Muncy in 1926 in Canadian. He passed away
in October of 1953. She married John R. "Chink" Tucker in
October 1955 in Tulia. He passed away in 1995. She
worked as a nurse and retired in 1976. She had worked for
Swisher Memorial Hospital, for Dr. Childress as an office
nurse and as a school nurse for Tulia ISD. She was
preceded in death by her husbands, a brother, Leroy Gilbert,
and a sister, Ann Danes. Survivors include a daughter,
Mary K. Tucker of Tulia; a son Elbert Wesley Muncy of
Boulder City, Nev.; seven grandchildren, David, Danny and
Daryl Tucker of Tulia, Dianne Crowley of Lubbock, Edward
Muncy Jr. of Barstow, Calif., James Muncy of Valdosta, Ga.;
a step-granddaughter, Kathy Harcourt of Gilbert, Ariz.; 19
great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Amarillo Globe-News, 29 August 2003.
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