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.

Obituary for Robert Max (Bobby) Wynne

Bobby Wynne

Robert Max (Bobby) Wynne 81 of Lubbock, Texas went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 4, 2019.

A celebration of his life will be at Noon Saturday, January 12 at Westmont Christian Church, Lubbock, TX. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Bobby was born in Lubbock, Texas on November 13, 1937. Bobby met and married the love of his life Ruth Marie Durrett in November 1963, they dated for 12 days and then were married for 44 years. Bobby was a Mechanic and a Professional Musician who sang, wrote songs, played the trumpet and steel guitar. Bobby played with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys as well as Hank Thompson.  Bobby was one of the five founding members of the WSMSS (Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest) and he was the last surviving member of this group.

Bobby served as President and Director of the KHIVA Shrine Western Swing Band from 1998-1995. where he was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1998. Hobbies included leatherworking where he made belts, wallets, briefcases and many more items for family and friends. He also loved his fur babies Bubba, Maestro and Buddy. However his biggest love was his music. Bobby recorded several CD’s and wrote, produced and sang his most famous tune “The House on the Corner”. He loved Turkey Texas and attending Bob Wills Day in Turkey annually. He was a true American and Texan and loved and honored the American Flag and what it stands for.  We rejoice in knowing that he is now playing on the grandest stage ever.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Marie Durrett Wynne in September 2008. Survivors include his son Greg Wynne and wife Marion of Amarillo, his son Mich Wynne and wife Debbie of Amarillo, 5 Grandsons-Brad Wynne, Brian Wynne, Dane Wynne, Jonathan Wynne and Justin Wynne all of Amarillo, Texas and 3 Great granddaughters, 2 Great grandsons and many other extended family members (too many to name).

The family would like to thank Westmont Christian Church for ministering to Bobby over these past two years that he was homebound, the Doctors and Nurses from both Covenant and UMC Hospitals and the many caregivers over the years that attended to him. A special thanks to Jackie Buck for the kindness and care given to Bobby over the past few years.

The family suggest memorials to be made in Bobby’s name to the American Cancer Society in order to honor his beloved wife Ruthie.

Obituary for George “Bo” Boling Dunn III

George “Bo” Boling Dunn III

George “Bo” Boling Dunn III went to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on January 2, 2019.  He was the husband of Cathy Steen Dunn. They shared 44 years, 11 months and 23 days together.

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, he was the son of George B. Dunn II and Peggy Williams Dunn. He graduated from Mobeetie High School and Amarillo College. He retired as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas.  He enjoyed church, family, friends, small dogs, outdoor sports and watching the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his wife Cathy Dunn; children Tafney and Corey Ulven, Mattie and Scott Morris; grandchildren Hannah, Adam, Kenzie, Aaron, Skye, Andrew; great-grandchildren Kaygan, Brekkon, Emerie; sister Tanya and Ronnie Stuart; he was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Student Ministry at Trinity Baptist Church of Amarillo .

A memorial service was held January 7, 2019, 12:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church Chapel in Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements were under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Delia M.Valdez

Delia M.Valdez

Delia M.Valdez was born on March 22, 1935 in Ft. Stockton to Bacilio and Felisa (Sosa) Marruffo. Delia was a homemaker most of her life and dedicated to raising her four children and 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was a devoted Catholic and very passionate about her family.

Visitation will be on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 4-6p.m. at the Kent R Hance Chapel on the Texas Tech campus (2511 17th St). Rosary will follow immediately at 6p.m. in the chapel for those who would like to attend.

All are welcome to gather at Betty and Rubens’ home at 5424 44th St. Lubbock, TX  between 6:30-8 p.m.

Delia was preceded in death by her parents, Bacilio and Felisa Marruffo; brothers, Augustine, Jesus, and Segundo Marruffo; sisters, Consuelo Castro, Bertha Montemayor, and Adela Ibarra.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Sylvia Perez & husband Luis Perez, Evelyn Medellin & husband Richard Medellin, Esmeralda (Smitty) Roye & husband Norman Roye; son, Reuben Valdez & wife Betty Valdez; sister Helen Hernandez & husband Juan Hernandez; brother Ezekiel Marruffo & wife Virginia Marruffo; ex-husband Felipe Valdes and several nieces and nephews.

Obituary for Kelly Lynn Richards

Kelly Lynn Richards

Kelly Lynn Richards, 41, Amarillo, also known professionally as Kelly Fink in her tattoo artistry business, went to be with the Lord on December 30, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3, at Paramount Baptist Church, 3800 Western Street.  Arrangements are by Lighthouse Funeral Services.

Kelly was born on August 8, 1977, in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Amarillo in 1989 and attended Amarillo High.   Kelly was a premiere tattoo artist in Amarillo and was widely admired for her exquisite designs and use of color in creating beautiful works of art on skin.  She was a featured artist in at least eight national magazines and was twice a finalist to appear on the “Inkmasters” TV show.  She was co-owner of the Music Box Body Art Studio in Amarillo.

She was the loving mother of son Ryden Fox Richards and daughter Cricket Rickman of Amarillo.

She is survived by her mother, Alana Velasquez, and stepfather, Benjamin Velasquez.  She is also survived by brother David Richards and wife, Sarah, of Nashville, stepsisters Crystal Fuston and husband Billie of Turkey, Texas, Chanda White and husband, Marty, of Lubbock, stepbrother David Velasquez and wife, Angi, of Amarillo, and by grandmother Gwen Ornell of Duluth, Minnesota, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Richards, and grandfather, Allen Ornell.

Kelly Lynn Richards
Kelly Lynn Richards

Obituary for Vonda Lou Finley

Vonda Lou Finley

Vonda Lou Finley, 81, of Amarillo, was born July 24, 1937 in Hereford, Texas to Joe and Ova (Vernon) Pitts and entered her eternal home on December 29, 2018.  She graduated from Hereford High School, where she met her husband, Bobby D. Finley who she married on August 21, 1957 in Hereford, Texas and they enjoyed 40 years of marriage.  In Hereford, she was employed by Piggly Wiggly. During their life together they were blessed with two daughters that they raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. In Hobbs, she was employed by Levi Strauss and Bob’s Upholstery Shop. She moved back to Amarillo, Texas in 1995, where she was employed by Amarillo Christian School, Cal Farley’s Boys’ Ranch, and Walmart.

Her parents Ova (Vernon) and Joe Pitts, husband: Bobby Finley, and two sisters: Vinita Camp and Lola Holt preceded her in death.

She was a woman of deep, abiding faith in Jesus with a humble, strong love for family and neighbors.

A very devout Christian, whose faith influenced every facet of her life. She loved reading her Bible and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed teaching two year olds at church and children at Amarillo Christian School.

She will be remembered as a kind woman who loved her family deeply and was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.  She will be greatly missed by her church family with whom she loved, served, and worshipped God.  She “fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7

Those left to cherish her memory are her family: two daughters and son-in-law: Belinda Finley of Hobbs, New Mexico and Regina and Lance Lindstrom of Monticello, Minnesota, twin sister and brother-in-law Wanda and John Rowland of Amarillo, Texas sister-in-law Linda Finley of Hot Springs, Arkansas, sister-in-law Deana Finley of Germany, Shannon Tidwell of Amarillo, Texas, and many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will will be at 2 pm, January 3rd, 2018 at Comanche Trail Church of Christ at 2700 E 34th Ave. Amarillo, Texas with Trey Morgan of Childress, Texas and David Pounds of Amarillo, Texas officiating.  Interment will be in Llano Cemetery under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

The family requests memorials to be made to the Children’s Emergency Home c/o Comanche Trail Church of Christ, 2700 E 34th Ave. Amarillo, Texas 79103.

Obituary for Kristy Eyvonne Rodgers

Kristy Eyvonne Rodgers went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ at 41 years of age on December 18, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas.

Kristy was born on April 27, 1977 in Amarillo, Texas.  She graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1995.  Kristy’s killer smile and energetic personality were well-known and greatly appreciated throughout her career in Amarillo, most recently as a bartender and night manager at Duke Tracy’s Lounge.

Kristy’s compassionate heart and witty sense of humor enabled her to easily make new friends as well as cherish and nurture life-long friendships.

To know her was to truly love her.

Kristy is survived by the light of her life, her daughter Madisann Eyvonne Jeffries; parents Charlie Rodgers and Becky King; beloved fiancé Alvin Hill; sister Melissa Darnes, brother Kevin Rodgers, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, countless dear friends, and cherished canine companion Sneakerz.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday December 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Freedom Baptist Church in Amarillo Texas, with Pastor Alvin Walker officiating.

The Church is located at 900 Alta Vista Street in Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Obituary for Delilah Hope Rodriguez

Dallas Obituary for Delilah Hope Rodriguez

Delilah Hope Rodriguez, beloved first daughter of Joel and Cameo Rodriguez, was born in the arms of Jesus on December 13, 2018 at Medical City Hospital Alliance. Our lives were touched by the joyful surprise that we got to know her at all. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we prepare for coming to terms with our lives here on earth without her.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12

There will be a celebration of life for Delilah on December 18, 2018 at 1pm at Foust Funeral Home at 523 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Any donations can be made to the family via Go Fund Me to cover medical expenses.