Obituary for Stanley Donell Davis

Stanley Donell Davis

Stanley Donell Davis, 55, of Amarillo, Texas, died on Tuesday, October 2nd 2018. A viewing will be held at Lighthouse, 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106 on Friday, October 12th, 2018 from noon-8pm. A going home celebration will be held at 2pm Saturday, October 13rd, 2018 at New Life Church #2 Amaryllis, Borger Texas, officiating Pastor Conny Moore. Graveside services will follow at Westlawn Cemetery.

Stanley was born on May 20, 1963 in Borger, Texas to Erma Brown. He attended Borger High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. His basketball skills were so excellent that he was dubbed Chocolate Thunder. He was a brilliant artist, enjoyed listening and dancing to funk music, fishing, and cooking.

He enjoyed watching his Dallas Cowboys play. Win or lose he was the Cowboys #1 fan. He was able to watch the Cowboys win over the Lions on his final days on earth.

He was a very talented man and was self-taught in everything he did. He took his artistic talent and had been working on an animated cartoon. He enjoyed sharing his progress with his family and spoke about having his nieces and nephews do the voice over. He always amazed everyone with his progress.

He was preceded in death by his step father, Johnnie Brown and Grandmother Ollie Bowie.

Survivors include his mother, Erma Brown, 6 siblings William Davis and wife Diane, Ricky Davis and wife Mary, Sylvia Davis, Johnny Davis and wife Monica, Muriel Tinner and husband Ronnie, Marva Brown-Washington and husband Jeff, and 17 nephews and nieces, 2 great nephews and a great niece, and an abundance of uncles, aunts and cousins.

Obituary for Joleen Patricia Edwards

Joleen Patricia Edwards of Amarillo, TX

Joleen Patricia Edwards, 74, of Amarillo, Texas, died on Wednesday, September 26th 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Saint Laurence Catholic Church, 2300 N Spring St, Amarillo, TX 79107. Graveside services will follow at Llano Cemetery East at approximately 3:30 pm under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Joleen was born in Burlington, Iowa, and moved to Amarillo with her parents, brothers and sisters to Amarillo in 1966.

She was a lifelong and devoted Catholic, and her faith shone through all of her interactions with family, friends and with life itself. She often told family and friends that “Jesus never promised us a rose garden,” and her devotion to our Lord and to his Mother was a towering source of strength during difficult times for her and her family, and an example to all who knew and love her.

Joleen was also devoted to family and friends, particularly the care and wellbeing of kids. Holidays were often a raucous affair, full of people and joy, and Mom was never happier than when all of her children and grandchildren were there to celebrate good times under her roof.

She was also a talented jazz musician and singer, often playing gigs with equally talented siblings or her own children, and for many years was a well-known fixture in the jazz scene in Amarillo.

Other hobbies of hers included collecting dolls, watching various movies and re-runs of “Walker, Texas Ranger”, doing crosswords, reading science fiction and urban fantasy books, and being a person of indomitable character and unmatched generosity.

Joleen was sassy, warm, funny, caring and confident, and she will be grievously missed. There will never be a match for her good advice, gentle encouragement or sense of humor. We love you.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cyrillas Meyer of Amarillo.

Survivors include four brothers, Marshall Meyer of Crowley TX, Lance Meyer of Willow Park TX, and Matt Meyer and Kevin Meyer, both of Amarillo; two sisters, Michelle Zielinski of Canyon TX and Lisa Needham of Ooltewah TN; four sons, Tim Grady and Brennen Nase of Houston TX, Baker Nase of Flower Mound TX, and Joshua Edwards of Amarillo; three daughters, Cathy Conway of Chicago IL, and Shannon Nase and Rachael Edwards, both of Amarillo; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Obituary for Weva Louella Mahaffey

Weva Louella Mahaffey of Amarillo, TX

Weva Louella Mahaffey, age 80, passed away on September 25, 2018.

A celebration of her life will be at 1pm Thursday, October 4, 2018, at New Life Church, 406 Pittsburg Street in Amarillo, Texas.

Weva was born on August 15, 1938 in Winchester, Illinois to Harvey and Eva McGlasson.  She was a waitress for many years followed by working for AISD in the cafeteria.  She enjoyed dancing at the Caravan, crocheting, baking goods, garage sales, and spending quality time with family and friends. She had a generous spirit and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 siblings, Owen McGlasson, Lennie Smart, Herbert McGlasson, Charlie McGlasson, and Paul McGlasson.

Survivors included 6 siblings; Gladys Thias, Martha Bangert, Harvey McGlasson, Dottie Harold, Joe McGlasson, and Nathan Henderson; 5 children, Shirley Ellenburgh, Cindy Beck and husband John, Connie Dencklau and husband David, Kathy Harrison, and Kenny Hoots and wife Kathy, 14 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

Obituary for Donald Anthony Miller, Jr.

Donald Anthony Miller, Jr of Amarillo, TX

Donald Anthony Miller, Jr. was born on March 21, 1950 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He was the first born son of Donald and Mary Jane Miller. They were so pleased with Little Don that soon we were a family of eight, Dad, Mom, and 6 kids: Donald Anthony, Kathleen Jane, Cynthia Ann, Rosanna Marie, Jeanette Eileen, and John David.  We were all very close growing up and remained close as we went on to live our lives.  We lost Mom in 1992 and Dad in 2011.

Don graduated from Alamo Catholic High School in 1968. He worked in the office supply and furniture business for most of his life. He retired as manager from Center City Furniture in 2012. Don had four children with his high school sweetheart, Gloria. Three sons, Paul, Steven, and Michael and one beautiful daughter, Suzie. There are four wonderful grandchildren, Jasmine, Marc, Kylie, and Koner.

Don was a lover of music, especially the Beatles and John Lennon. He was self taught on the guitar and loved to play at gatherings of all sorts. He also loved to play steel tip darts. Don became a very accomplished player and won numerous tournaments and trophies.

Don was truly a free spirit, a gentle soul that always had a big smile.  He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people and will be greatly missed by many, especially his four little sisters and his little brother.

A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Friday, September 28 at Hillside Christian Church West Campus Chapel, 6100 South Soncy, with Bob Attaway officiating. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to you big brother. Give Mom and Dad a hug from all of us.

 

Obituary for Ernesto “Ernie” Lira Ramos

Ernesto "Ernie" Lira Ramos, Amarillo, TX

Ernesto “Ernie” Lira Ramos, age 85, passed away on September 3, 2018.

A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 6 at Arden Road Baptist Church, 6701 Arden Rd. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Viewing will be from Noon-8:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home, 4207 SW 21st Ave.

Ernie was born on November 11, 1932 in Yorktown, TX to Alejos Ramos and Lira Nieves. He was a farmer for many years. He enjoyed dancing, playing pool, and spending time with his family. He had a generous spirit, and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 6 siblings, Maria Vega, Natividad Ramos, Alejos Ramos, Jimmy Ramos, Minnie Ozuna, P.L. Martinez, and 4 grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestina Ramos; 7 children, Ramiro Ramos and wife Diana, José Ramos and girlfriend Teri, Johnny Ramos, Raul Ramos and wife Yolanda, Tina Wilson and husband Ron, Daniel Ramos, Richard Ramos; Siblings, Juan Ramos and Blaza Gonzalez, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and other relatives.

Obituary for Juan Flores Garcia Jr.

Juan Flores Garcia Jr

Juan Flores Garcia Jr., age 59, of Amarillo passed away on Sunday August 26, 2018.

A celebration of his life will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 31 at Power Church, 1344 SE 10th Ave with Manny De Los Santos and Jessie Lucero, Pastors officiating. Interment will follow in Dreamland Cemetery of Canyon under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.
Juan was born on December 13, 1958 in Brownfield to Juan Garcia Sr. and Juanita Flores. He attended school in Tulia and later resided in Amarillo where he worked for Fillmore Cleaners for several years.
Juan enjoyed listening to Spanish music, and having a good time. His sense of humor and selflessness were some of the many things most cherished by his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Cerbantez; children, Ruben Garcia and wife Priscilla, Victoria Barrera and husband Pilar, Maria Juanita Garcia and husband Juan, Armando Garcia, and Rosalynda Garcia; Siblings, Alicia Diaz, Poncho Garcia, Jesus Garcia and wife Carmen, Lupe Lucero and husband Jessie, Maria Lucero and husband Bennie, Jose Angel Garcia, and Florence Diaz and husband James; 16 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00pm Wednesday, August 29, and 6:00-9:00pm Thursday, August 30 at CP Event Center, 310 S. Ross.

Obituary for Lynne Jean Davila

Lynne Jean Davila, Fort Worth Texas

Lynne Jean Davila, 68, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away, Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Lynne was born, Lynne Jean Hobbs in Ely Cardiff, South Wales, May 18, 1950 to Charles and Iris Hobbs.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Henry and his wife, April Henry of Fort Worth, Texas, and her Grandchildren, Dillon Henry and Madison Henry of Burleson, Texas. Her Mother Iris Hobbs of Ely Cardiff, South Wales, brother John Hobbs of Ely Cardiff, South Wales, sister, Pat Marchant of Torrevieja, Spain. Brother, Michael Hobbs of Ely Cardiff, South Wales, sister, Marie Hobbs of Ely Cardiff, South Wales and sister, Angela Walters along with her children Marcus Walters and Chelsea Walters of Ely Cardiff, South Wales. She also has many nieces, nephews, cousins and family within the United Kingdom, England, Texas and Indiana.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Charles Hobbs and Brothers, Norman Hobbs and Phillip Hobbs.

How much does a funeral cost in Texas

how much a funeral costs in Texas

Funeral prices have skyrocketed in the last 10 years with the average funeral, according to The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), now at $7,755. However, those are just basic fees so just how much does a funeral cost in Texas? This does not take into account any cemetery fees, obituary fees, or State and death certificate fees. This is only the cost at the funeral home for things like caskets, outer burial container/vault, the hearse, maybe a few flowers and typical memorial items like a register book and some memorial folders. At the cemetery, the average family could then spend anywhere from $4,000.00 to $10,000 depending on where the individual wants to be buried. An average obituary in Texas is around $450 on top of the funeral home costs. State government fees for death certificates are a minimum when held up to the other costs of a funeral. In Texas it is $21 for the first death certificate and $4 for each additional copy. It would be fair to say that the average traditional funeral in Texas when all is said and done would be well over $10,000. This can really be an ominous number when a family has to come up with the money in less than a week to be able to pull off a funeral. And unfortunately, funerals typically aren’t on the minds of those who are faced with these costs unexpectedly.

How can families know how much a funeral costs in Texas and make intelligent decisions when purchasing a funeral?

The following are three tips to help educate our readers on the ins and outs of funeral pricing and costs to make sure they get the best deal.

1. Make sure you have a copy of the “General Price List”

This is super important (that’s why it is number one). Every funeral home by law must have a General Price List and on that price list must be the price of every service that that funeral home provides. This price list is to ensure that the consumers are aware of the prices and there are no changes, such as price increases or hidden fees. The price list they hand to you during the arrangement conference is the price list the have to go by and that is the law. The prices that have to be on this list include casket and vault ranges, embalming and cremations prices, hearse, viewing and any other charges they normally offer to their customers. “Cash Advance” items you will not find on the price list because these are usually charges the funeral home just passes on to the family with no markup. These items include death Certificates, State fees, permit fees, clergy honorariums, trafic escort services, etc.  

2. Advertising Could be a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Many funeral homes will advertise the price of a funeral or Cremation but their advertised price could be a ploy to get you in the door advertising a $900 cremation price might seem like a good price but make sure they don’t tack on a a $300 cremation fee making your out the door price $1,200.00 Another example is advertising a $3,700.00 burial service with a casket. But you have to ask yourself “what casket?” You get in the door and see the casket and it’s the most hideous casket on the market. They know no one will buy the light blue cloth covered cardboard casket hat was introduced in the 70’s because it really is Hideous. You pick one you like In the “mid range” selection and find out its $2,000.00 more than the one they are advertising this is a classic. Service goes from $3,700.00 to $5,700.00. Oh but then you find out that you have to buy a vault and it is not included either in the advertised price. You find out the vault is another $1,300.00 and now your price just at the funeral home is $7,000.00 before any death certificates of cemetery costs. Many different combinations exist in this “bait and switch” feeling of advertising. Make sure if you respond to an advertisement that you get all the details first and you know the “out the door price” on everything you need and want for the services for your loved one.

3. Don’t Dig Yourself Into a Hole with Cemetery Costs

Much like funeral home costs there are so many things that go into buying a couple of cemetery spaces for you and your significant other. If you respond to advertising at a cemetery for a great deal on a couples burial plot, make sure all the prices are disclosed before you make any final decisions. The cost that gets most people is the opening and closing costs. This is the cost to dig the grave and cover it back up again. This cost is never included in the advertised prices. This cost can be as little as $500 to as much as $2,000,000 and it all depends on what Cemetery you buy your plots at. A scenario we see often is that a couple buys plots from their local cemetery 20 years ago for say $800.00 for two plots. They feel everything is taken care of. In that 20 years the cemetery has changed owners a couple of times and today the cemetery is owned by a corporation that is located in another city far away and they are now charging an opening and closing fee of $1,500.00. This cost was not paid for 20 years ago and can be a surprise to the owner of the plot and ultimately it adds to the costs families have to come up with at the death of their loved ones. Something else we see often is 20 years ago when our family bought cemetery plots they panned on a burial but with funeral costs so expensive today they want a cremation. It makes sense that an urn with cremains in it is significantly smaller than a casket and you would think that it would be reasonable to burry two sets of cremains in one burial plot to save some money, but cemeteries have wised up to this thinking and have now started to charge for a “second burial right” for the same space this cost could be as much as half the cost of a plot adding another $750.00 to $3,000.00. These costs can be really frustrating surprises when a death occurs and you thought it was all handled 20 years ago. So if you own cemetery property its a good idea to check in every once in a while to make sure these costs don’t sneak up on you.

Funeral costs are continuing to go up and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. It is important to make sure you are educated on how a funeral costs in Texas with the services you want by running by your favorite funeral home and grabbing their price list. This will help you know how they are getting you in the door and then reveal what they are really trying to get you to buy. Same goes for cemeteries. Go by and get all the facts so that when you get to the point you need it, there won’t be the frustrating realization that you are not finished forking out the dough.

Top Funeral Homes in Lubbock, TX

With dozens of funeral and cremation options in the Lubbock, TX area, it takes a considerable amount of work to determine which is the best choice. We’ve outlined the top funeral homes in Lubbock to give a curated resource breaking down the specialties, customer reviews and contact information to help in the search to find the perfect match of services and price. The best funeral homes in Lubbock are listed below, first by family owned and then by corporate owned, both in alphabetical order.

Family Owned Lubbock Funeral Homes

Combest Family Funeral Home

Kevin and Tonya Combest bought numerous funeral homes in Texas before purchasing all of the White Funeral Homes location in the area and changing the name to Combest Family Funeral Home. They feel its important to “grieve along with family and friends” and focus on tradition and respect.

Online reviews: 5 stars on Facebook and 4.8 stars on Google.

Website

Phone: (806) 749-4483

 

Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services

Family owned and founded, Lighthouse is honored to serve the Lubbock and surrounding areas. They offer full traditional and contemporary burial, cremation and veteran services. They specialize in using technology to provide ultra-custom funeral services at the best prices and provide financing for funerals if needed. Their trust the families they serve and have a no pressure policy.

Online reviews: 5 stars on Facebook and 5 stars on Google.

Website

Phone: (806) 553-0538

 

Sanders Funeral Home

Owned by Dwight and Loyd Sanders and Sam Sparkman, Sanders Funeral Home prides itself on being family owned. They claim to separate themselves from others because of their leaders in the profession, dedication to excellence in services, and high integrity.

Online reviews: 4.8 stars on Facebook and 4.4 stars on Google.

Website

Phone: (806) 763-6433

Corporate Owned Lubbock Funeral Homes

Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Memorial Park

Owned by Service Corporation International out of Houston, TX, Resthaven offers a variety of funeral and memorial celebrations . They also pride themselves on providing a family-like environment at their funeral home.

Online reviews: 3.6 stars on Google

Website

Phone: 806-791-6200

Obituary for Jacquelyn Renee Hernandez

Jacquelyn Renee Hernandez of Lubbock, TX

Funeral services for Jacquelyn Renee Hernandez of Lubbock will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Greater St. James Baptist Church, 117 N. Mulberry Ave in Lubbock. Interment will immediately follow in the Englewood Cemetery in Slaton, Tx. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6pm-8pm at Greater St. James Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services of Lubbock.

Jacquelyn was born on August 29, 2000 in Waco, Tx. to Adam Hernandez and Yvette Diaz Hernandez. She grew up in Lubbock where she attended Parkway and Wheatley elementary, Mackenzie Jr. High and went on to Coronado High School. While at Coronado she enjoyed pottery class and participated on the year book committee. She graduated this May with her fellow Mustangs Class of 2018.

Jacquelyn was a humble soul. She was kind and loving. She found joy in laughing with friends and family. She always had a good joke to tell. Things she enjoyed were going on family trips to the beach, taking pictures, and of course eating. All who knew Jac can agree that she sure loved a good snack. She was loved by many of her co-workers, who will tell you that she’s more than just a co-worker, she’s family. Her favorite colors were pink and purple, and she also loved her kitties.

Jacquelyn was such a beautiful spirit, who had the heart of a giant and she loved hard. She loved her family more than anything in the world and she loved her boyfriend Perry Wright very, very much. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, and she will be missed by more loved ones here on earth than she could possibly imagine.

She is preceded in death by her great grandmother; Maria Hernandez and her grandfather; Gill Diaz Jr.

Those left behind include her mother; Yvette Hernandez, father; Adam Hernandez stepfather; Clifton Harris; sisters, Harmony Nicole Hernandez and Mareah Joelle Hernandez; 4 grandmothers; 3 grandfathers; 8 aunts; 8 uncles; and numerous extended family and friends.

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The Broken Chain

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.