Obituary for Jeremiah Ray Dennis-Telford

Jeremiah Ray Dennis-Telford of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on February 09, 2018 at the age of 19.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., February 13th 2018, at Hillside Christian Church Northwest Campus, 600 Tascosa Rd. A viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements are by Lighthouse Funeral Home, 6811 Mack Rd #21.

Jeremiah was born in Amarillo, TX to Amanda Rene Dennis Lacy on August 28th, 1998.

Jeremiah was born with special needs, and touched many lives throughout his short lifetime. Jeremiah had an infectious laugh, even though no one was sure what was so funny. When he was well, he enjoyed taking walks outside, swimming, going to school and in early life, eating a lot of food. Jeremiah was loved by his family and the many health care providers that cared for him.

Jeremiah was preceded in death by his great grandfather, James Weldon Dennis Sr. of Amarillo.

Survivors include his mother, Amanda Rene Dennis Lacy of Amarillo; a brother, Camron Alex Lacy of Amarillo; two sisters Trinity Alexis Lacy and Aaliyah Mackenzie Lacy of Amarillo; an aunt and uncle, Kara Danell and Joseph Barrow, of Amarillo; a grandmother, Mary Ann Dennis of Amarillo; a grandfather, James Weldon Dennis Jr of Amarillo; a great grandmother, Lou Alice Dennis of Amarillo; and a great grandfather, James Truett Albert of Amarillo.

How much does a casket cost?

Caskets can vary in price from $895 or lower for a basic steel casket to over $40,000 for a gold plated casket.  The type and quality of casket you want will be the biggest factor in price. However, funeral homes will most always have different pricing for caskets. One funeral home will charge $1,350 for a casket whereas the same casket at a different funeral home will cost $2,500.

Each funeral home has access to all the same caskets and can typically find the same kinds of caskets at every funeral home.  The important things to know that will affect the casket price are materials, its features and the brand. 

Casket Materials

What the casket is made of determines the cost of a casket more than any other factor because some materials are more expensive to obtain than others. There are numerous material options but when discussing the ones that impact price, funeral homes typically reference these: cloth covered, 20 gauge steel, 18 gauge steel, softwood, hardwood, semi-precious metal and precious metal.

Cloth Covered Caskets

The most inexpensive caskets are made of very inexpensive materials like particleboard and are covered in a decorative cloth to make it look nice. There are also simple particleboard caskets.

20 Gauge Steel Caskets

The 20 gauge steel casket is probably the most commonly used (anything higher than 20 is very thin metal).  

18 Gauge Steel Caskets

An 18 gauge casket is very common  and costs more than the 20 gauge because more metal is used in the creation of the casket. The lower the gauge the thicker the metal. Caskets typically come in either 18 or 20 gauge.

Softwood Caskets

Wood is another popular material for caskets. The cheaper of the wood options are called softwoods. These include woods like pine, cedar, aspen, etc.  

Hardwood Caskets


Hardwood caskets are made of more expensive materials which is reflected in the price. Hardwood caskets are made of oak, cherry, mahogany, etc.  

Semi-precious Metal Caskets

Some of the most expensive caskets you’ll typically see in a funeral home will be made of semi-precious metals such as stainless steel, copper, and bronze.

Precious Metal Caskets


Precious metals include materials like silver and gold. Yes, you can buy a gold plated casket. There are a number of funeral homes that sell precious metal caskets for more than $40,000. And yes, they have sold many. To real people.

Casket Features

There are a few features that can change the price of a casket as well. A sealer or gasketed casket means it has a rubber or silicone seal around the opening that when cranked down it has a tighter seal. The gasketed caskets cost more than the non-gasketed.  

Customization of a casket will cost a bit extra. Some casket brands have hidden drawers to put in memorabilia, letters and trinkets with your loved ones. Others have the ability to embroider the cloth on the interior of the casket or provide custom carvings on the casket. If the interior is a higher quality cloth like velvet, the price will be more than the more common crape and cotton polyester interiors.  Each feature can add to the price of the casket.

Casket Brands

Bigger brand name caskets tend to make caskets cost more.  Batesville and Aurora are some of the higher end brands. They make a great caskets and have the brand authority to charge for it. Some funeral homes will have contracts with casket companies and only sell their brand. 

Other brands you might see are York, Matthews, and Wilbert who also produce quality caskets. There are also countless local companies that ship caskets in from China. Those caskets are usually priced lower because they don’t have the big brand names.

Obituary for Ronald G. Wilson

(November 10, 1936 – January 21, 2018)

Our loving, quick-witted and energetic, husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather Ronald G. Wilson, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of January 21, 2018.

Ron was born November 10, 1936 in Los Angeles, California. There he graduated high school then studied at East Los Angeles Junior College where he took an avid interest in architecture and mechanical engineering. In 1956 he made the long journey by steam-liner to Stockholm, Sweden, where he served an LDS mission for the next three years. Ron joined the Army Reserves upon returning. Shortly after, Ron met the love of his life, Shirley Phelps. They were married on August 27, 1960 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. There in California they had their first three sons and one daughter before moving to Alpine, Utah where they had their last son.

Ron was a sales engineer in the process instrumentation and control industry and was highly coveted and recognized as an industry leader. Ron enjoyed being outside, working around the yard. He also enjoyed putting his amazing home decorating and remodeling skills to good use. Every home in which he lived had his touch and were all beautiful. His favorite pastime though was putting a smile on the face of his loved ones. He loved being around his family and nurturing the aspirations of those around him. Ron lived a life of service. He was a bishop and was called several times to serve in bishoprics and branch presidencies, including the Mission Training Center, of the LDS church. He also served two additional LDS missions later in life with Shirley in Baltimore, Maryland and the Addiction Recovery Program in Orem, Utah.  Until his last day on this earth, he was helping and serving those around him.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents James and Rachel Wilson; brother James (ReVoe) Wilson; sisters Lois (Art) Ceja and Carolyn West; daughter-in-law Kemley Wilson. Ron is survived by his wife Shirley Wilson, his children Steven Wilson, Ronald (Andrea) Wilson, Sean (Lisa) Wilson, Shirlene (Matthew) Barlow and Christopher Wilson; brother Dennis (Patty) Wilson; brother-in-law Dan West; Grand children Jenessa (Kenny) Griffin, Haley (Tyrone) Jackson, Brady Wilson, Riley Wilson, Nicole Wilson, Jared Wilson, Ellie Wilson, Tanner (Karlee) Wilson, Bailey (Tate) Laing, Logan Wilson, Cole Wilson, Lauren Barlow, Micaela Barlow, and Anthon Barlow; Great grandchildren Landon Griffin and Ella Jackson, with whom he all loved greatly.

Ron’s life will be celebrated on January 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Suncrest 5th Ward Chapel, 140 North 400 West Orem, Utah. There will be a viewing for family and friends prior to the funeral at 9:00 a.m. at the same address. Ron would appreciate all of those who knew and loved him to share in this celebration of his life.

Obituary for Larry C. Williams

Larry C. Williams passed away Saturday January 6, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm on January 11, 2018 at the Hillside Christian Church Northwest Campus, 600 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo, TX.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Larry was born December 22, 1955 to Ira Clinton Williams and Dixie Wilson.

He was a truck driver for 35 years. He loved the mountains, fishing, cooking, and John Wayne Movies. Although he was rough around the edges he had a heart of gold. He could make a friend anywhere.

Larry is survived by his loving wife Jackie Williams. His mother Dixie Wilson. Two sisters Jackie & Denny Whitehead of Gentry, AR and Lori & Kevin Johnston of Gentry, AR. Five daughters Brandy & Craig Jones of Goldsmith, TX, Tracy & Dwain Virden of Dexter, NM, Misty Aragon of Tucumcari, NM, Katie Williams of Amarillo, Laurie Williams of Amarillo, TX. His grandchildren Ty Williams, Zac Williams, Payton Virden, Bailey Virden, Justin Aragon, Jaden Aragon. 1 great grandson Landon Williams.

He is proceeded in death by his father Ira Clinton Williams and sister Elizabeth Williams.



Is embalming required?

No, embalming is not required by law except under certain circumstances (for example, when shipping the body to another state). Under federal rules, a funeral home may not embalm a body (or charge for it) without authorization from the family.

Embalming disinfects the body and replaces certain fluids with chemicals. This helps preserve the body for a few days so that the deceased may be viewed before burial or cremation. If you select embalming, a funeral director will attend to it personally, professionally, and with care. The funeral director will advise you in this matter. Cosmetics, hair styling, dressing, and casketing are additional options as well.

What do I do if I die out of town?

What happens if I die outside of town? If you die in another country, another state, or another city that is a 100 miles or more away from your home, it is very inconvenient and costly to say the least. Most people do not expect to die while they are out of town and don’t think about what would need to take place if that did happen.  

The first thing you need to decide is what funeral home you would like to have handle your services. More than likely it will be a funeral home in the town of your permanent residence. Choosing this funeral home is important because they will be the ones coordinating all the transportation arrangements back to your town of residence.  

When someone dies in another state or country, the remains are subject to the laws of that state or country.  Most states will have to go through an approval process and issue a document that releases the body from the state.  This document is usually a death certificate or a burial transit permit.

Most remains are shipped in a wooden tray with a cardboard top called a combo unit. Shipping in this tray there is no need for a casket.  The other most common shipping method is when the remains are placed in a casket and then in an Air Tray.  Both trays are a container for shipping by plane.  The price of the plane ticket is usually on top of the shipping and receiving fees.

All funeral homes have a price for forwarding and a receiving of remains on their general price list (What is a general price list?). The family will be responsible for paying for the fees to transport the body from the shipping funeral home and the receiving funeral home. This price is usually around $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 for both but could differ by funeral home. This fee is typically charged if you die 100 miles away from your home or more.

How it works

If you die out of town a funeral home in that area will pick you up and charge a $1,500 to $2,000 as a forwarding fee to your local hometown funeral home. Your local funeral home will charge a $1,500 to $2,000 receiving fee. If you die 100 miles away from home, the least expensive it could possibly cost you is $3,000, but it will probably end up costing more.

If someone were to die in another country, the paperwork is much more extensive and the fees vary greatly depending on the country, but they are substantially higher.  Some who have died out of country have paid upwards of $25,000 to get their loved one home.

Because the fees are so high to transport someone back from out of town, if you are someone who travels several times a year for work or for pleasure, its recommended to look into insurance for out of town transportation.

Return Assured is an insurance product that will ship you back to the town of your residence for a one time payment of $280. This covers any death more than 100 miles away from your permanent residence. They will take care of everything and it won’t cost a penny more even if you die out of country. This or other insurance options are really a product you should consider if you travel at all.

For more information on this protection or out of town deaths feel free to give us a call.

Obituary for Isaac O. Foshee

Isaac O. Foshee, age 83, passed away on December 17th, 2017 in Valle de Oro.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services

Isaac was born on April 28th, 1934 in Nuyaka, OK to Isaac Foshee Sr. and Iva Perkins. He married Marie Besser on January 17th, 1953. They were married for 64 years, and resided in Valle de Oro. He served his country, proudly, in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following his service to our country, Isaac worked for Hobbs Trailers, and drove a truck for Booker.

He was preceded in death by a son, Durrah L. Foshee, his parents, and siblings.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife; son, Billy Foshee; daughters, Janice Geerdes, Toni Carrier and husband Kenneth “Cajun”, and Renee Baker; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made to Amarillo National Bank, care of the Isaac O. Foshee foundation.

Obituary for Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold, age 40 of Amarillo, passed away on December 15th, 2017 in Lubbock, TX.

A celebration of his life will be at 11:00 am Saturday, December 30th at Lighthouse Church, 4020 SW 50th Ave with Chris Condit, Pastor of Hillside Christian Church Northwest Campus, officiating.

Interment will follow at 3:00 pm in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Brad was born on March 28th, 1977 in Lubbock to Roy Arnold and Sondra Brewer. He was a Correctional Officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and had worked for units in both Amarillo and Lubbock.

Some of his hobbies included watching WWE, writing music and playing his guitar, and attending concerts. His favorite artists were Aaron Watson, Luke Bryan, and News Boys.

He was an avid New York Giants fan, and particularly enjoyed watching Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents; Hanford Brewer, Jim and Fern Bulls, Ernest and Mary Arnold; and his Aunt Bonnie.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Christina Arnold; 2 daughters, Bethany and Kayla Arnold; 2 stepdaughters, Cheyenne and Courtney Shepard; his parents, Roy and Sondra Arnold, and stepmother, Debra Arnold; 2 brothers, Steve and Matthew Arnold; a sister, Shyanne Arnold, a grandson, and 3 special friends, Jeremy Bonar, Matthew McDonough, and Phil Hutcherson.

Obituary for William Charles Sitz

William Charles Sitz passed away on December 14th, 2017 in Amarillo, TX.

A memorial service will be held January 4th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Lighthouse Baptist Church at 5631 Pavillard Dr, Amarillo, TX 79108. Food will be served at 11:45 AM before the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

William was born on January 4th, 1951 to Elton and Marie Sitz. He served in the United States Marine Corp. He drove a truck for 42 years following his service. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and always had a variety of projects he was working on.

Although he was tough from the exterior, he had a heart of gold and was willing to give the shirt off his back for anyone. He was a loving dad and grandpa and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

His family, dogs and horses were what filled his heart with joy, and they will cherish the memories in their hearts for a lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Vickie Finch.

He is survived by 5 children and 2 step children. Nesha Ditto of Wichita falls, TX; Tiena Barnes and husband Kevin of Lansing, MI; Kaven Sitz and wife Stephanie of Archer City, TX; Joyce Sewell of Amarillo TX; Tammy Jordan and husband Will of Howardwick TX; William and Russell Brandes of Amarillo TX; his life partner Madonna Brandes; a brother Terry Sitz and sister Sandra Boyd. 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, his best friend for life Rex McKeever and a host of nieces and nephews.

Why do I need death certificates?

Before we dive into why you need death certificates, its important to clarify what it is. A death certificate is the official government document that the county or state of death produces to verify that someone has passed away and it is usually a public document.  

Death certificates are needed for a number of processes after someone passes. In order to close the deceased’s accounts, transfer custody of an account, make transactions or receive benefits from any account of the deceased, death certificates are typically required.  Examples of accounts you would need a death certificate for are insurance policies, bank accounts, loans, utilities, stock accounts, and others.

Death certificates are available to the next of kin at the county or state health department. The funeral home that is helping with arrangements can also provide the next of kin with copies of the death certificate.  Friends and extended family usually will not be able to get a death certificate from the county or state health department without a legal need.

Each county charges a fee for each copy of the death certificate.  It typically takes two or three days to prepare a death certificate because a doctor must sign the death certificate and document the cause of death.