Obituary for Michael Wayne Kaltenborn

Michael Wayne Kaltenborn

Michael Wayne Kaltenborn, 57, of Valle De Oro Texas died on Tuesday November 20, 2018 in Amarillo Texas.  Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation. Celebration of Life services will be held at First Church of Valle De Oro on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Michael “Mike” Kaltenborn was born on September 5, 1961 in Amarillo, Texas. He attended Travis Middle School and Palo Duro High School. He worked in construction and on auto mechanic most of his life. He married his companion and longtime girlfriend, Angela, on September 5, 2013.

Mike was a life member of the North American Hunting Club and NRA. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed going camping, traveling, NASCAR, motor crossing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Fances Kaltenborn; his father Robert Kaltenborn, his grandparents. Charley and Mary White; two uncles Thomas Bailey and Wilkie Reeves, and an aunt, Dora Reeves.

He is survived by his wife Angela; an aunt, Dottie Bailey of Weatherford Texas and a step daughter Danielle Miracle of Fort Drum, NY; along with numerous other family and friends.

Obituary for Shirley Smith Hawks

Shirley Smith Hawks

Shirley Smith Hawks, 91, passed away at home in Amarillo on November 23, 2018.

She was born to Marie and Drew Smith in 1927 in Lesley, Texas, one of eight children. She taught school in Stinnett during World War II and married Byron Hawks in 1948. They spent many years in the oil business near Spring Creek and after obtaining a BA in education from WTSU, she taught 2nd grade and was very active in the Spring Creek School. After retiring, she lived in Borger, then Amarillo for many years.

She is survived by daughters Cindy, Hilarie, and Robyn and sisters Sue Carter, Lou Mayo, and Liz Padgett and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Shirley touched many lives with her grace, kindness, and laughter and will be sorely missed on this earth.

In lieu of flowers or food, memorial donations to the High Plains Food Bank will be appreciated. Services will be at a later date and arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Loyal “Duane” McEvers

Loyal "Duane" McEvers

Loyal “Duane” McEvers, 81, of Amarillo, passed away Friday, November 23rd, 2018. A graveside service will be at 2:00p.m., Monday, November 26, 2018, at Llano Cemetery, under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Duane was born August 13, 1937, in Dalhart, to Bill and Mildred McEvers. He married Judy Herrington in 1964. Duane retired from Tow Brothers in Amarillo, then went on to enjoy his retirement in many ways. Duane loved traveling with his wife. He also enjoyed taking on small handyman jobs, and he was always keeping an eye out for Jeeps that needed fixing up.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mildred McEvers; sister, JoAnn Bell; and brother, Larry McEvers. He is survived by his wife Judy McEvers, three children: Kim & Doug Kunreuther; David & Karen McEvers; Paula & Kevin Meister, and six grandchildren: Justin Miller; Sara, Ashley & KyleMcEvers; Dillon & Tyler Meister.

The family extends their gratitude to the staff of Kindred Hospice and Abundantly Blessed Home for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations of memoriam to Panhandle Cancer Cure Foundation.

Obituary for Josephine “Josie” C. Fabela

Josie Fabela

Josephine “Josie” C. Fabela of Tulia, TX passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at the age of 63.

Josie was born on September 26, 1955 in Knox City, TX to Victor and Maria Luisa Contreras. She worked as a Human Services Tech for the Texas Department of State Heath Services for 36 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Lou Contreras.

Josie is survived by her husband, Migel Fabela of Tulia, TX; her son David Pedroza and wife Rebecca of Artesia, NM, and her daughter Jessica Trevino and husband Peter of Silverton, TX; her five sisters, Mary Elizabeth Garcia and husband Manuel, Elaine Fernandez and husband Richard, Martha Leal, Janie Porras, Esther Contreras; three brothers Victor Contreras Jr. and wife Juanita, Carlos Contreras and wife Hilda, Ezekiel Contreras; her five grandchildren Kayla Eid, Danielle Pedroza, David Pedroza (Bubba), Benjamin Trevino, and Rylan Pedroza and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at CenterPointe Church in Muleshoe, TX. Pastor Ruben Acevedo Jr. will officiate the ceremony and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Josie’s life. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services. Flowers and condolences may be sent to 521 South 1st Street, Muleshoe, TX 79347.

Obituary for David “Roy” Harmon

David "Roy" Harmon
David “Roy” Harmon passed away on November 18, 2018 in Amarillo/
A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Friday, November 23, 2018 at Generation Next Church with Tommy Fulgham, Pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00pm Wednesday, November 21 at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services, 4207 SW 21st Ave.
Roy was born on February 20, 1960 in Groom, TX to Ralph and Barbara Harmon. He was a truck driver by trade, known by the handle as “Kicker”, and caregiver to his mother. He was a friend to many, and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Roy was preceded in death by his father, his brother, Douglas Harmon; and his brother in law, Tom Bittle Jr.
Left to cherish the memories are his mother; his sister, Teresa Bittle; his nieces and nephews, James Bittle and sons Brayden and Parker, Jessica Sustaita and husband Tyson and their children Caleb, Annie, and Hudson, and Cydney and Saige Tippery.
To all his family and friends he leaves this message, “You’re Fired”!
The family requests that memorials be made to Generation Next Church, 3503 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Obituary for Alfred “Warren” Cox

Alfred “Warren” Cox
Alfred “Warren”  Cox, 66, of Booker, Texas died November 3, 2018. Services were held Monday, November 5 at Victory Family Church in Texas with Pastor Gary Mills officiating.

Warren was born on February 9, 1952 in  Chattanooga, Tennessee to Al and Dean Cox.  He was preceded in death by his father, Al Cox.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Julie, and his three children, Matthew, Anna Lauren, and Ashton. He is also survived by his beloved mother, Dean Cox,  as well as his two sisters, Debbi Abraham and her husband, Ed, Sandee Sprang and her husband, Will. He had lots of cousins, one niece and four nephews who loved him dearly.

Warren grew up in Pensacola, Florida where he spent a lot of time on the water. He loved scuba diving and swimming as well as searching for shells, but one of  his greatest joys in life was fishing.

Warren had a tremendous passion for others, a sweet, humble spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. He was always smiling and treasured spending time with his family and friends. But his greatest love was for the Lord, and even throughout his extended illness, Warren continued to praise God for his many blessings.

The family is so grateful for the medical staff at Vibra hospital in Amarillo, Texas who provided such excellent care for him during the last weeks of his life.

A memorial service will be held in South Carolina at a later time to spread his ashes in the waters that he loved so much. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Donations can be made to Miracle Hill Ministries, 494 South Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607, a place that was very dear to Warren’s heart and where he became a true Overcomer.

Obituary for David Ronald “Ronnie” Johnson

David Ronald “Ronnie” Johnson

David Ronald “Ronnie” Johnson, 75, formerly of Pampa died Sunday November 4, 2018, at his home in Amarillo.

Memorial service will be at 2:00PM Friday, November 16, 2018 at Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ with Minister Keith Feerer, officiating. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services of Amarillo.

Mr. Johnson was born December 30, 1942 in Amherst, Texas to David and Anna Johnson. He was involved in the FFA and played football. He graduated from Springlake-Earth High School in 1961. He married Linda Lewis on June 29, 1962. He attended Abilene Christian University and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Accounting. He and his family moved to Pampa in 1973. He worked for Malcom Hinkle before opening his own business, Johnson Business and Financial Services, in 1975. He enjoyed gardening, reading and watching cooking shows. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and playing with his great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lyle Johnson, his parents, in laws Virgil and Annie Lewis, sister in law Margaret Johnson, and brothers in law Leon “Tuffy” Dent and Truman Lewis.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; a daughter, Melanie McBride and husband John of Amarillo; a brother, Don Johnson of Santa Fe, New Mexico; eight grandchildren, Lindsay Spearman and husband Jared of Katy; Lauryn Langford of Amarillo; Logan Langford and wife Britini of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Maycie McBride and Rylan McBride of Lubbock; Jaden Johnson and Colin Johnson of Connecticut; and Abigail Smith and husband Chace of Fort Worth; eight great grandchildren, Madysen and Jagger Martinez of Amarillo; Jack, Parker, and Slade Spearman of Katy; Eden Langford, on the way, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Bailey and Ava Smith of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law Neleen Dent and Mona Lewis of Lubbock; brother-in-law Melvin Lewis and wife Evelyn of Keller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Benevolence Fund at Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ, 1342 N. Mary Ellen St., Pampa, TX, 79065, Snack Pak for Kids, 2406 SW. 3rd, Amarillo, TX 79106 or a favorite charity.

Obituary for Ronald “Ron” Dean Widener

Ronald "Ron" Dean Widener

Ronald “Ron” Dean Widener born June 16th, 1943 in Winfield, KS and passed on November 7th 2018 at the age of 75. His life was cut short by ALS.

He is survived by his spouse Sue Widener of Skellytown, TX. His daughter Paula and her spouse Daniel Throop. His granddaughter Kelsey Brown whom he was a father figure too and one grandson Remington Throop all of Skellytown, TX and special nephew Bryan Wood and spouse Robyn of Amarillo, TX and three honorary grandsons Tyson Wood, Brayden Wood and Corbyn Wood all of Amarillo TX and one sister Connie Brooks of Rapid City, SD and blessed by many other nieces and nephews and his dog Gigi.

He was proceeded in death by his father Edward L. Widener and his mother Amy Widener. His Brothers Richard, Leroy, Chuck, Jim, twin brother Donnie and one sister Madge.

His memorial service will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Skellytown, 306 Roosevelt St. with Carter Pirtle officiating. The family requests that everyone dress casual. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services of Amarillo.

He was one of the strongest men who overcame many set backs, but still would do anything for others.

Obituary for Gladys Fries

Gladys Fries

Gladys Ernestine Fries, 68, of Amarillo, Texas, died November 4, 2018, following a lengthy illness.

She was born December 30, 1949, in Townsend, Montana, the youngest of the 10 children of Julius and Pauline Fries of White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Her early years were spent on the family ranch in the Castle Mountains of central Montana before the ranch was sold and the family moved to White Sulphur Springs and then to Orem, Utah.

Gladys graduated from Orem High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brigham Young University. She moved to Plainview, Texas, in the 1970s and spent many years as caregiver for her developmentally delayed sister, Patricia (Patty) Fries, and for her mother as her health failed.

A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she served a mission for the church in Germany from 1989 to 1991. She arrived in Berlin the day the Berlin Wall was breached. She also served for many years as a teacher in the Church’s Primary organization, as well as a group leader for single adults.

Gladys moved to Amarillo in the early 1990s, seeking better health care for Patty and educational and employment opportunities.  She gained her special education certification from West Texas A&M University in 1994 and spent several years teaching special education students at Caprock High School. She loved special needs children and volunteered many years with the Special Olympics organization.

Gladys is survived by one brother, Stan  Fries of Deer Lodge, MT,  sisters-in-law Marsha Fries of Great Falls, MT,  and Bette Fries of East Helena, MT, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Anna Fish, Margaret Hansen, Patty Fries and Katherine Shropshire; and brothers Julius G. (Jerry) Fries, Ernest Fries, Earl Fries and Orville Fries.

A memorial service will held Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5400 Bell Street, Amarillo, TX.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Special Olympics or a charity of your choice.

Obituary for Isaac William Bowman

Isaac William Bowman

Isaac William Bowman passed away on October 28, 2018 in Amarillo, TX.

Services were held on Friday, November 2 at Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo.

Isaac was born on March 6, 1945. He was raised in Roy, N.M, and later moved to Tucumcari in 1955. He graduated from Tucumcari H.S. in 1963, and attended ENMU for 1.5 years prior to surrendering to the ministry at 17 years old. He worked for Coca Cola in Tucumcari and Coopers Market. He married Lois Ann Jernigan on April 9, 1966. Isaac pastored churches in Vaughn, NM, Loving, NM, Denver City, TX, Brownfield, TX Tucumcari, NM. He was the director of La Casa de la Hope Rescue Mission in Tucumcari. Moved to Clovis, NM in 2004 when Lois transferred with her job. Moved to Amarillo, TX May 2018 to be near brother, Willis and his wife, Marsha.

He is survived by his wife, sons Britton W. Bowman and wife Laura, Todd W. Bowman and wife Rosie, brother Willis W. Bowman and wife Marsha; 4 grandsons Trevor Bowman, Brayden Bowman, Justin Bowman, and Ashton Bowman. Many cousins and close friends.

Preceded in death by parents Willis W. Bowman and Vera Mae Cosslett Bowman, one son Patrick W. Bowman.

He loved collecting eagles, old bottles, Coca Cola memorabilia, caps, and avory bottles. Member of the Church of Quail Creek in Amarillo, TX.