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.

Obituary for Savannah A Zepeda

Savannah Zepeda

Savannah A Zepeda passed away unexpectedly Sunday October 28, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00pm Friday, November 2nd at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hereford. Interment will follow in West Park Cemetery in Hereford under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Savannah, also known as Savvy, was born November 6, 1998. She comes from a very large, loving family.

She is preceded in death by her great grandparents, Gregory & Florence Zepeda and Rachel Munoz; grandfather Jose V Lucero as well as two uncles, Jeremy & Virgil Lucero.

She is survived by her mother Nelda Hernandez and spouse Nick of Olton, TX; her father Jesse Zepeda and wife Jeannie of Amarillo, TX; early step parents, Mark Hernandez and Amy Gladwell; three sisters, Samantha Currier and husband Andrew, Monique Hernandez and Aubrey Reyes; seven brothers, Mark “Bubba”, Marko & Jordon Zepeda, Jaze & Luke Zepeda, and Andrew Reyes. Grandparents, Norma Lucero Jesse and Mary Zepeda; great grandmother Elsa A Munoz; aunts and uncles, Lisa and Oscar Garcia, Florence and Joel Gayton, Roy and Theresa Lucero, Elizabeth and Conrad Cruz, Freddie and Laura Garza, Odie and Carol Garza, Joshua and Chasity Lucero; Nieces Ariel and Alivia Currier as well as many great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Obituary for Jeanne LuAnn Galla

LuAnn Amarillo, TX

Jeanne LuAnn Galla, age 61, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 21, at BSA Hospice of Southwest in Amarillo Texas. A celebration of her life will be at 11am Wednesday, October 24 at Bell Ave Baptist Church, 5211 Bell St. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

She was born September 12, 1957, in Dumas, to Jerry and Jean Sherrod (Turner). She attended Stratford High School. She worked in the field of optometry for many years. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her two sons Shane and Coby. She dearly loved all of her family and was dearly loved by them.

Cristi Gooding was her niece that oversaw her well-being for several years and she was forever grateful to Cristi and her family Brad Breanna and Ashley’s dedication to her.  She is survived by her sons, Shane Galla and wife Mandy of Hoisington Kansas along with their 3 boys Rhen, Reece and Rogan; Coby Galla and wife Brooke of Kingfisher OK. along with their children Bradien, Landon, Easton, Camryn, Bentley, Oakley, Sterling and Remington. Her other niece Casie Tucker and husband Larry of Sierra Vista AZ and their children Keira and her husband Michael and son Chayston, Kian, Kappy and Kooper. A brother Jerry Mark Sherrod and wife Cindy of New Braunfels, several nieces and nephews Kamber, Jaysie and Scotty. She loved them all and was so proud of them.

She loved her dog DuPont, He was her little buddy! LuAnn especially loved going to watch Bradien’s High School football and basketball championship games in Canadian and if she couldn’t attend you would find her listening to his games on her Ipad radio. She lived to watch her children and grandchildren play sports.

Her only Granddaughter Cam was such a joy because she was the first girl amongst many Galla Boys and they had a special bond. Her friends Kath, Belinda and Torie were among some of her very best friends along with many others, she was so much fun to be with! LuAnn loved NASCAR and went to many races throughout her life. She loved to dance when she was able to. Her favorite was country and western music.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her Sister Teri.

Obituary for Roy Gene Yarbrough

Roy Gene Yarbrough of Amarillo, TX

Roy Gene Yarbrough, 68, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Hillside Christian Church South Campus, 6901 Bell St., Amarillo, TX. Interment will follow at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon, TX under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services. Masonic rites will be rendered by the Palo Duro Masonic Lodge #1239.

Roy was born on January 20, 1950 in Dallas, TX to William Eugene Yarbrough and Mary Ogle Northcutt-Yarbrough. He was a passionate athlete and graduated from Frisco High School. He then attended East Texas State University where he pursued a degree in business. He dedicated himself to his father’s business after graduation.

He married his wife, Judy of 39 years on October 17, 1979 and immediately inherited a daughter whom he loved and took in as his very own. Six years later, after the heartache of many losses, God gave him his son, whom he considered his hero, pride and joy. Because of the self-less life that he led and his huge heart, he took in and raised his grandson as his own.

He enjoyed watching his Green Bay Packers play. Win or lose he was the Packers #1 fan. He even named his dog, Packer after his favorite team. He enjoyed piloting airplanes and refereeing football for over 35 years, watching Nascar and old westerns with Nana, and teaching his boys how to play sports. He raced motorcycles, loved square dancing, and always opened his door to his son’s friends whom he loved as his own.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Yarbrough of Amarillo, son Cash Yarbrough of Amarillo TX, daughter Darvial Sumner of Yukon OK, five grandchildren, Sunny Sumner, Ashley Warner, and Garrett Sumner of Yukon OK, Aizling Yarbrough and Brooklynn Yarbrough, both of Amarillo TX.

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.