Obituary for Alana Talbot Moellmann

Alana Talbot Moellmann

Our beautiful wife and mother Alana Talbot Moellmann, 56, passed away in her sleep on Monday February 11th, 2019 in Amarillo Texas.

Services are planned for Wednesday, February 13th where a 5 pm viewing and a 6 pm service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 2101 N. Colter st. Amarillo Texas.

Alana was born on August 17, 1962 in Logan, Cache county, Utah to Hyrum Eugene Talbot and Joycealene Chatterton Talbot. She was raised and grew up on a wonderful farm in Moreland Idaho.

She was proceeded in death by paternal grandparents Henry Leon and Alice Naomi Seamons Talbot.  Maternal grandparents Norman J and Thelma Nessen Chatterton. Sister Kristine Talbot Olsen and brother in law David Lamar Olsen. Also by her father in law Guenther Anton and Beverly Lorraine (Smith) Moellmann.

She is survived by her husband James Randolph Moellmann, her sons Derek James and Devin Michael and Brittnee (Talley) Moellmann. Her parents Hyrum Eugene and Joycealene Chatterton Talbot.  Sisters Pamela (Layne) Harker, Dawnette (Kent) Oram, Laurel (Brian) VanOrden and Brother Kyle Eugene Talbot and her sister in law Ruth Ann (Jim) Weatherford.

Alana had a love for life and almost anything you can imagine. She was loved by all who met her and has been frequently described “as close to an angel as anyone could be.” She was always concerned with others and gave everything she could to help someone. Her friends referred to her as “one of the sweetest people I have ever known.” She believed in the best in people and always wanted the best for them.

She had wonderful talents to make and create beautify art, craft and decoration projects. One of her most favorite activities was to sing and play the piano. She was frequently ask to accompany or sing for special events. To those who heard her sing, it was not forgotten and often became a cherished memory. Her ability to bless and touch others hearts through music was a true inspiration.

Growing up on a farm in Idaho taught her an unbelievable work ethic, she never quit to the point it got her in challenging conditions. In spite of all her health challenges, she loved to bless and help others. Even if she was watching TV, she was also working on a crochet project at the same time.

She had faith beyond belief and has an undying love for our Savior Jesus Christ. She would not let her physical limitations get in the way, she was always willing to do whatever was asked of her. One day she fell on her way into church and cut her arm pretty badly. She simply covered her arm with a tissue and went inside and played the organ for the sacrament meeting, trying not to let blood drip on the organ.

Her example of love and sacrifice will long be remembered.


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Obituary for Jerry Max Duggan

Jerry Max Duggan, Tyler TX

Jerry Max Duggan, 82, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Tyler Texas. No services are planned.

Jerry was born June 7th, 1936, in Dialville, Cherokee County Texas, located just south of Jacksonville, to Charles Edward Duggan and Ethylene Rossie Hill Duggan. Jerry moved with his family in 1945 to Andrews Texas and lived in various Humble camps, living in the Humble camp at Flory, located in the Means field of Andrews county Texas. Then to the Parker camp west of town before moving to town where he graduated Andrews High School in 1955. He entered the US Army, and was stationed in Germany, and discharged at the end of 1959.

He married Frieda his first wife while in Germany and they settled in Andrews, he worked for Humble and later Exxon upon his return from the service, going to Saudi Arabia with Aramco where he finished his career in the oil field. He later went to work for the Midland Sheriffs office in Midland County.

He is survived by his three sons, Ken Duggan of Midland, Glenn Duggan of Midland, and Curtis Duggan of Midland, Granchildren Ericka Carter and husband Bill and great granddaughter Madeline of Henryetta OK, Max Duggan and Tember Hopkins Of New York, Hunter Duggan of Midland and Brock Duggan of Midland, his significant other and best friend Marie Pease of Tyler. Two sisters Beth McDonald of Kingsland, and Charlene Benton of Irving.

In his later years he spent time hunting and fishing at his place in Leakey Texas, and as a Senior volunteer at Hoards Creek in Coleman, many trips across country visiting Yellowstone and the national parks with Marie. And was especially proud of his work with the Make a Wish foundation that he volunteered on with so many of his dear friends. He also had become a regular at the Andrews 55 to 59 Class Reunions and enjoyed all his former classmates.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Make a Wish foundation, or a charity of your own.

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Obituary for Stephen Lewis Aikens Jr.

Stephen Lewis Aikens Jr

Stephen Lewis Aikens Jr. born on January 29, 1975, and passed away on January 29, 2019.

He was a lover of life, the true life of the party with his infectious smile and contagious laugh. He welcomed everyone into his life with open arms. Was willing to give his last dollar and do without to make sure others were taken care of. A man that touched so many lives.

He is survived by his wife Kristile Aikens, mother Sharon Aikens, son Johnathan Aikens and step sons Johnathan Barrios and Troy Barrios. Along with many many family he chose.

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

Obituary for Galane Kelly Culver

Galane Kelly Culver

Galane Kelly Culver AKA Kitty, Jenny, was born in Amarillo, TX to Francis Kelly and Marcus Davis, on January 28, 1966.

She was a proud mother of 4 daughters Arica, Astere, Amalakya, & Anais and 3 sons Areno, Anfernee, & Antonio. She was a loving grandmother to 7 beautiful grandchildren.

She was a happy, joyful woman that loved to travel. She was beautiful inside and out, and always kept a smile on her face. She had the most beautiful stunning hazel eyes, that we most definitely will never forget.

She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday January 28, 2019, her 53rd birthday.

Fly high with the angels Mom. We love you!

Obituary for Lee (Leland D.) Boyd

Lee (Leland D.) Boyd, of Amarillo, passed to eternal life on January 24, 2019. Lee was born December 19, 1934 to Thomas Jackson Boyd and Beulah Echo Spence near Chilton, in Falls County, Texas. After graduating from Chilton High Lee attended Tarleton College and then graduated from Texas A&M University in 1957 with a BA – Journalism.
While at Tarleton he met Bonnah F. Brawley of Glen Rose. They maintained their relationship and married on Feb. 14, 1958. Lee served as a general reporter for newspapers in Friona, Bovina, Littlefield, McCamey, and Kermit Texas and Winkleman AZ. from 1958-1965. Daughter Darla was born in Littlefield in 1959. Son Dan was born in Fort Worth in 1960. The Boyd family moved to Lubbock in 1965 where Lee began a 10-year career as reporter for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Lee moved to Amarillo in 1976 where he began to work for Iowa Beef Producers. Lee and Bonnah divorced in 1979.
Lee met Nadene Moore in Amarillo. They were married on Aug 23, 1980. Lee became step dad to Barbara, Patricia, Kay, James Allen, and Shirley. He loved his 16.5 year career with the Amarillo Street Department retiring in 2008.
More than any career Lee is remembered as a man of a gracious and encouraging spirit who loves Jesus and walked in the power of the Holy Spirit. He and Nadene shared a love for ministry to men and women incarcerated in area prisons.
He was preceded in death by sister Geneva Davis and brothers Iverson and Melvin Boyd and grandson Skylar McFadden.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-eight and half years, Nadene Moore Boyd; daughter Darla Boyd of Houston; son Rev. Dan Boyd (Renee) of Carlsbad, NM; stepdaughters Barbara Cullen (Bennie) of El Reno, OK, Patricia Coombs of Wichita, KS, Kay Leftwich of Van Buren, AR, Shirley Moore of Amarillo, TX and stepson James Allen Moore (Eydie) of Wichita, KS. Lee is survived by 19 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother Nolan of McGregor, TX and sister Ruth Nicholson of Pinetops, NC. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and treasured family and friends.
A celebration memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Jubilee Apostolic Church at 5804 Erik Ave. in Amarillo, TX. The family requests memorials to the church.

Where can I scatter ashes or cremated remains?

Its important to consider a few different laws and decisions before scattering ashes in Texas. First of all, once scattered, ashes cannot be collected again so ensure that this is truly the final disposition you want for your loved one.

Can I scatter ashes or cremated remains on public land?

Scattering ashes on public land is possible but you must first contact the city or governing body that oversees the land you wish to place the ashes on. Texas law states that a person may scatter cremated remains over uninhabited public land, over a public waterway or sea, or on the private property of a consenting owner. Texas law also states that unless the container is biodegradable, the cremated remains must be removed from the container before being scattered.

Can I scatter ashes or cremated remains on private land?

In Texas, scattering ashes on private land is allowed so long as permission to do so has been given by the land owner. Its important to be sensitive to the land owner and ask them if there are any areas of their property they would prefer remains not be placed. Many families express interest in scattering ashes on the grave of another loved one. In most cases, this is not allowed. Some cemeteries have a designated area where cremated remains can be scattered. Your Lighthouse funeral director can help you contact the cemetery to coordinate.

How to scatter ashes or cremated remains in the ocean?

If you hope to scatter ashes at sea the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that it be at least three nautical miles away offshore. Requirements for scattering cremated remains in lakes and inland waterways can be found by contacting regional offices of the EPA or state authorities.

Other options?

Cremated remains may be placed in a cemetery in a grave. You can also purchase a keepsake in the form of a miniature urn, jewelry or other suitable object, where a portion of the cremated remains may be placed and shared with loved ones. Some people choose to purchase several keepsakes to share the cremated remains with multiple family members and friends.

Obituary for Harold Figueroa

Harold Figueroa

Harold Figueroa passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019 at the age of 90 in Plano, Texas where his final care was provided. Harold is survived by his wife Helen June of 70 years, daughters Carol Forbus (Ron), Rena Mainprice; sons Harold Glen, and Allen Dale (Michelle); eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and expecting great, great grandson in February.

Harold was born September 18, 1928 in Aiea, Hawaii. Harold and June were married In Hawaii November 13, 1948; had four children and decided in 1957 to move to the mainland (California). California became home and where they raised their children, but Hawaii remains forever in his heart. Hayward became home for 51 years. November 2017 he would never go home again; from 2017 to 2019 he went from the hospital to rehab to skilled nursing. December 26, 2018 his wife decided the best place for his final care was to move to Texas.

Harold’s legacy; “he never met a stranger.” Always one to strike up conversations, and those conversations lead him to lifelong friends and neighbors. His charismatic personality started as a young boy with his uncles, continued through school years and high school and over the years it only became more infectious. He loved sports; played baseball, coached baseball for his sons. He was a jack of all trades and master of many. He enjoyed spending time with his uncles working on cars. He loved parties and any excuse to have a party. He loved to have family around; and family just didn’t mean family it meant friends as well. Along with the parties, it wouldn’t be a party without music, playing the guitar and ukulele. Music including dancing, he loved to dance with his wife; they were the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of Hawaii (maybe a stretch but he thought so). Travel took him back to Hawaii visiting often. Later travel included Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama and the Big Apple; New York, New York!

He couldn’t wait to retire; he had a countdown calendar and as the days got closer the countdown was in hours. After 47 years of working up to three jobs at times, he was ready to start the easy life. Go to bed at regular hours and not have to work second shift anymore. Do whatever he wanted when he wanted. Retirement was everything he thought it could be. He was diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s several years ago; everyday living became challenging. His wife was at his side until the challenge became too great for her. Although his passing was peaceful; the last 20 months was not.

He cherished the love of his life for 70 memorable years.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Texas on January 26, 2019 and in California on February 16, 2019.

Obituary for James Lee Willburn

James Lee Willburn

James Lee Willburn, 45, of Amarillo, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

He was born July 7, 1974 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Nancy Willburn-Renfro and Clinton Lee Willburn. Gifted with a superior intellect, James was a seeker of all knowledge. His exceptional creativity was expressed through his many pieces of unique artwork. He was free spirited, kind-hearted, funny, and gentle.

He is survived by his son, Seth Cole Willburn of Fort Collins, CO; son, James Bret Willburn of Amarillo, TX; mother, Nancy Renfro of Amarillo, TX; brother, David Willburn of Amarillo, TX; special love, Jen Eisenburg of Amarillo, TX; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as a large group of great friends.

A service will be held Saturday, January 19th at 2:00pm at Oasis Baptist Church.

Obituary for Jones Dale Oliver

Jones Dale Oliver

Jones Dale Oliver, of Amarillo Texas, flew home Tuesday at 7:37pm to be with his Lord and Savior.

Jones was born in Boone, North Carolina on April 21, 1942 to Luther and Margaret Oliver. He was the baby of the family with four older siblings: John Oliver, L.C. Oliver, Christine Critcher, and Frankie Stokes. He was first and foremost a Godly man. At the age of 15 Jones was baptized at Oak Grove Baptist Church in North Carolina. He enlisted in the Airforce in 1960 and served as mechanic for seven years where he was given the nickname “Dobie”. Some of his duty stations included France and Florida.

After the service he continued his trade as a welder installing the safety railing at Tweestie Railroad. His love of Ford began when working at the Ford Dealership. Jones had many hobbies in life including welding, building and racing hot rods. As an avid drag racer, he won a National Event at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Later in life he worked for W&L Trucking and retired from Sunbelt Trucking, putting in 35 plus years on the highway. “Welding Rod” was his CB handle and he was a true professional in every sense of the word. Truck driving allowed him to meet people across the nation. Every person he met became a friend to him. It was either his passion of trucking or of eating out at restaurants that led him to the love of his life, Elaine Oliver. Jones and Elaine dated for thirteen years and finally married February 5, 1993 in Amarillo, Texas.

Jones was a man of routine; he loved to read his bible and play his guitar. He was the anchor of the family and would turn every day conversations into teachable moments. No one realized that we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun. It did not matter if you only knew him for five minutes or five years, all walked away realizing just how special of a man he was. He enjoyed joking around with friends and family and was a true observer of everything around him. He believed in doing things the right way the first time and truly taking pride in all you do. Even though he is not with us anymore, his memory and legacy lives on in all of us. Jones loved his family above all else, and made sure each and every one felt loved and wanted. We as his family and friends have been blessed beyond measure to have someone like Jones in all our lives. He will be deeply missed by all.

He was proceeded in death by his mother and father, his two brothers John and L.C. and one sister Christine.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, sister Frankie and husband Len of Boone, NC, his daughter Shannon Oliver of Indian Trail, NC, son Rick Oliver and wife Lisa of Jacksonville FL, son Russ Crandall and wife Janette of Amarillo TX, and daughter D’Lesa Wagoner and husband Brian of Amarillo TX. Grandchildren include: Corey Wagoner, Anna Wagoner, Brooklyn Oliver, Zach Crandall, Jordan Bell, and Nichole Crandall. He is also survived by an extended family – the Swartz’s.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00pm at Crossroads Country Church in Amarillo, Texas.

For family and friends who could not attend, a second celebration will be held in Boone, NC at a later date. Further details to come.

Obituary for Stanley Paul Whisenhunt

Stanley Paul Whisenhunt

Stanley Paul Whisenhunt of Amarillo, passed away on January 9, 2019.

A celebration of his life will be at 2pm Monday, January 14 at Hillside Christian Church West Campus Chapel, 6100 South Soncy. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Stanley was born on February 10, 1945 in Littlefield, TX to James Phillip and Jonnie Ruth Whisenhunt. He was the youngest of 5 children. He married Janet on February 20, 2018. He was proud to have served in the United States Army and his time as a police officer in Amarillo. He enjoyed fishing and being around lakes, but most of all, spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy; a brother, Randy; and 2 sisters, Phyllis and Shirley.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Whisenhunt; stepson, Jacob Gilliam and wife Charlee of Amarillo; 2 brothers, Keith Whisenhunt and wife Gladys of Azle, TX, Rodger Whisenhunt of Amarillo; grandchildren, Tiffany Whisenhunt, Harley Whisenhunt, Ethan Gilliam, and Alexxis Gilliam all of Amarillo; a great grandson, Teegan Whisenhunt of Amarillo, and several nieces and nephews.