Obituary for Oscar Garcia Murillo

Oscar Garcia Murillo

Oscar Garcia Murillo age 66 passed away Saturday, June 30 th 2019 at his home in Amarillo. He was born June 29 th 1953, in the small town of Floydada.

He later moved down to Amarillo where he worked for Heritage Nursing home for many years taking care of the elderly. He loved working for the nursing home and hosting/ playing bingo and many other activities.

Oscar was a big family man and all he ever talked about was his family and how much all his family meant to him. He always put everyone before himself and never hesitated when anyone called and asked for help. Oscar was a very chatty outgoing person, who loved to crack a joke here and there but he always made it easy for you to talk to him. He made such an impact on every single person he met along this life journey.

One thing we admire of Oscar was his love for the Lord, He was always praying over everyone and in ever situation that came his way he always said God’s Got It All Taken Care Of, Oscar loved going to church and listing to the word and worshiping to Jesus.

Oscar had 1 Daughter (Survivor) Nadia Suzette Marie (Murillo) Wineberg, Husband Michael Wineberg along with her children (Saviors’s) Carissa, Izabella, Wyatt and Lawson, who were as he always called it “His Pride and Joy”. Along with 9 siblings (7 Survivors) 4 Sisters and husbands Esperanza-Alcozer / Bobby, Lupe-Sernza/ Juan, Benny-Berez/ Joe, Rose-Mary/ Samuel and 3 Brothers and wife’s, Juan Louis Murillo, Ralfuel-Murillo/ Lana, Martin-Murillo/ Gracie (2 deceased) Johnny Ramond and Julia Rodgriez. Other (Surviving) families Rodriguez, Gomez, Serna, Lujan, Segura, Lopez, Murillo.

Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Location: St. Lawrence Catholic Church – 2300 N. Spring, Amarillo TX 79107

Private family viewing will be held Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Services – 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX

Obituary for Deanie “Erlene” Wheeler

Deanie "Erlene" Wheeler

Deanie “Erlene” Wheeler

Erlene was born November 13, 1959 in Dumas Texas to Delbert & Dean Wheeler and passed away June 25th, 2019 in Amarillo, TX.

She graduated high school in 1978 in Stratford Texas and then enlisted into the Army in 1979. She was honorably discharged in 1980.

She worked for the City of Amarillo as an Animal control officer and retired after 22 years.

Erlene loved all animals and rescued many dogs and cats over the years. She especially her beloved pit bull Rain, who we are sure greeted her in heaven. Her gorgeous blue eyes and strong willed personality was known by all. She loved God very much, as well as loved to listen to contemporary Christian music and country music.

Erlene was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her father Delbert Wheeler; sister in law Debbie Wheeler; brother in law Patrick Danler; and Half-brother Del Wheeler.

She is survived by her mother Dean Wheeler; son Jeremy Wheeler; grandchildren: Dalani Green, Preston Wheeler, & Daeton Wheeler; Brothers Terry Wheeler, Greg Wheeler and his wife Cindy, sisters, Sandra
Danler & Brenda Anthony, and many nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great nephews and friends.

A visitation will be held Thursday, June 27th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Service – 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
Location: San Jacinto Assembly of God – 400 N. Georgia St, Amarillo, TX

Obituary for Shawn Alan Villegas

Shawn Alan Villegas

Shawn Alan Villegas of Amarillo passed away early Monday morning June 16, 2019. He was only 28.

He was born August 16, 1990 to Tracey (Holmes) Thompson and Roy Villegas Sr. and is the oldest of 3 boys.

Shawn was very outgoing and loved to do anything that had to do with the outside. He loved Mother Nature. Shawn touched many people’s lives always leaving a lasting impression in his journey of life. Although short lived Shawn’s passion in life had become to help the less fortunate and those in need. He will be greatly and sadly missed.

I wanna say a very a very special thank you to Roman Garcia for being that one true loyal best friend/ brother that Shawn needed. He loved you very much.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather in 2017.

He is survived by his 3 kids; his mother, Tracey (Holmes) Thompson of VA; his father Roy Villegas Sr. of Amarillo; his 4 brothers, Justin and Erick of VA, Roy Villegas Jr of Amarillo and Roy Borrego; 2 sisters, Laci and Brandy Villegas of Michigan; his grandmothers Edwina Wilson of VA, and Virginia Villegas of
Amarillo and numerous family and friends are left to mourn as well.

Home going services will be held on Monday July 1 st at 1:00 p.m. at Power Church in Amarillo. All are welcomed to Attend as Shawn has touched many lives in his journey to final destination. You will always be in our hearts forever. Until we meet again. Fly High Baby Boy!

Obituary for Leland James Griess

Leland James Griess

Leland James Griess, age 74, died unexpectedly on Wednesday , June 19, 2019 in Amarillo, Tx.

Lee was born in Hastings, Ne. on January 20, 1945. He was the oldest of 4 children.

Lee moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his family as a young boy and often talked of the great memories with his siblings and family during those years in Buena Vista and then Colorado Springs, Co. Lee and Lani were married on September 11, 1976 in Amarillo, Tx. They moved back to the mountains and lived and loved there for 42 years.

Lee loved the Pikes Peak – Ute Pass region and worked and played in the dirt with Ute Pass Sand and Gravel in Woodland Park, Co. from 1989 until he retired in 2018. Lee spent his life working hard and sacrificing all to take care of his family in the best way he knew.

Lee was preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Verlene, and his daughter Shelly.

Lee is survived by 2 brothers Dwight and Dwayne of Co., Lani Griess his wife and friend of 43 years, 8 children, Cammi Cook, Rickey Clark, and Timothy Cook of Co. , Annette Viter, Glen Griess, and Tannette Griess of Ne. , Jeremy of Az. and Jennifer of Mi. Lee had many grand children and great-grandchildren many of whom called him Dad also. He will be missed.

There will be a celebration of Lee’s life held on June 29th, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Chaparral Hills Baptist Church, 4000 Cherry Ave. Amarillo, TX.
A loving celebration and good by for Lee in the beloved mountains of his home will follow at a later date to be announced.

Our family sends heartfelt gratitude for the prayers and outward expressions of sympathy through this tough time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association in honor of Lali , a cause very dear to his heart.>WaystoGive or 1-800-342-2383 or
American Diabetes Association P.O. box 15829 Arlington, Va 22215

Obituary for Austin Lewis Willoughby

Austin Lewis Willoughby

Austin Lewis Willoughby passed on June 18, 2019 in Amarillo Texas.
Austin was born on June 26, 1945 in Brinkman Oklahoma to Jessie and Julia Willoughby and grew up in Vinson Oklahoma.

After moving to Amarillo Texas, he married Patsy on November 27, 1964 and always celebrated their anniversary the Friday after Thanksgiving.

He worked at Southwestern Drug for 15 years and following that worked at Owens Corning for 33 years until his retirement.

Austin Welcomes everyone into his home and enjoyed hosting parties for his children’s friends.

He is survived by his wife, Pasty Willoughby; daughter, Kristi Carranza and husband Danny Proctor; son Rusty Willoughby and wife Trina; 9 grandchildren, Cameron Carranza, Erin Perry and husband Brandon, Kayla Carranza, Lance Dugger, Shawn Willoughby and wife Kourtney, Torie Kelly and husband Michael, Rorie Paulk, Taylor Proctor and Marissa Proctor; 7 great grandchildren as well as host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20th 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Service
4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106

Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 21st 2019 2:00 PM
Location: First Baptist Church Chapel
1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101
Graveside Following at Memorial Park Cemetery

Obituary for Howard (Glenn) Drye

Howard Glenn Drye

Howard (Glenn) Drye died Sunday June 9 th at 62 years old. He was born in Friona, Texas on November 23, 1956.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Drye; his grandparents on his mother’s side, Mr. and Mrs. Price; his mom and dad Mrs. and Mr. Jack Drye of Hereford, Texas; lots of uncles and aunts from both sides.

He went school at Hereford, Texas. Then he joined the Navy as a firefighter, returned to Hereford where he worked at Holly Sugar. Then he moved to Amarillo and worked for Affiliated Food and then Tender Crust Bakery for 13 years. Then he worked different jobs over the road driving before returning to work for Gemini a sub division of Loves Country stores until he got sick.

He married Brenda Joyce Ford in Amarillo, Texas on September 14, 1983. He had two step daughters Rebecca Webb Burnam of Amarillo, Texas and Jennifer Leigh Webb Kirk of Little Elm, Texas and eight grandchildren.

He loved riding his Harley and cookouts, working in his yard and loved his wife a lot and his church where he will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Columbarium.

Come by 1421 Nez Perce Trail (Home) between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, June 23rd, 2019 to celebrate his life.

Obituary for Ga La Moen Watson

Ga La Moen Watson

Ga La Moen Watson of Gorman Texas passed away June 8, 2019.
Graveside services will be held 3:00 p.m., July 6, 2019 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Gorman Texas with Richard Watson officiating.

Ga La “Gaye” was born on October 15, 1938 to Edna Ellen and James Arland Watson. She was born and raised in Gorman where she excelled in school and was active in the First Baptist Church. She had a career in marketing for various rehabilitation hospitals in and around the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. More recently she had been a resident of Weatherford, Texas and has been a long time member of Weatherford’s Victory Baptist Church.

Ga La is known as someone who enjoyed decorating her home and took pride in her appearance. Her charismatic, outgoing personality was apparent to all. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Tecson and husband James “Tex” Tecson; a brother, Johnnie Watson; and her beloved dog, Suzy.

Survivors include three children, Phil Riddle and wife Jenny, Donna Alexander and husband Bob, Tim Alexander and wife Debby; a sister, Edna Joyce Brinegar and her husband John; a sister-in-law Kay, Watson; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren along with a host of nephews and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you consider a donation to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Online donations can be made at

Obituary for Leticia Fernández

Leticia Fernandez

Leticia Fernández, of Amarillo, passed away on June 11, 2019.

Leticia was born July 19, 1959 in Camargo, Mexico to Magdaleno Amparan and Camerina Lozoya. She was preceded in death by her mother, a sister, and brother.

Survivors include 2 children, Luis Fernández and wife Sandy, Hilda Fernández; her father, 6 sisters, 2 brothers; 5 grandchildren, Nathalie, Alondra, and Dayanara Fernández, Jazmin and Denisse De Santiago.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-8:00 pm Thursday, June 13 at Lighthouse Funeral Home, 4207 SW 21st Ave.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, June 14 at Llano Cemetery. Interment will follow under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Harvey Thomas Conner

Harvey Thomas Conner

Harvey Thomas Conner, age 63, died peacefully at his home in Midwest City, Oklahoma on the 5th of June 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Harvey had been ill for many years and is finally free of his imperfect body and his suffering.

Harvey was born 25th September 1955 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Homer T. and Betty Jean Whitlock Conner. He has 2 sisters, Louise Conner Daniel (Roger), of Denison, TX and Sharon Lee Conner of Oklahoma City, OK.

He married Marcia Pace in November 1987; their marriage was sealed in December 1988 in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Four children were born to them over the next six years: Brett Thomas Conner (fiancé, Jackie Weir), Natalie Erin Conner Ransom (Aaron), Holly Michelle Conner Carver (Trevor), and Paul Samuel Conner. The family added a son, Chazz Eugene Putnam (Shelby) during his high school years.

Harvey graduated from Capital Hill High School in Oklahoma City in 1973. He earned a degree from South Oklahoma City Junior College and became a Paramedic. He devoted his life to Emergency Medical Services, serving his community as a Paramedic for 40 years. He taught many as a Professor of EMT at Oklahoma City Community College for 25+ years.

Harvey joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1987 and was a faithful member throughout his life. He served as Elder’s Quorum President, Young Men’s President, High Priest Group Leader, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Primary Teacher, Executive Secretary to six bishops, and his favorite calling was that of a home teacher.

Harvey is survived by his children and their spouses as well as 5 grandchildren whom he adored. Charlotte Michelle Ransom (7), Caroline Elizabeth Ransom (5), Joel Thomas Carver (3), Eleanor Pearl Ransom (1), and Jane Atlas Carver (1); sisters Louise (Roger) and Sharon, brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Bonna Lynn Whitlock McGonagle, nephew, Allen Daniel, grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles, and

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 15 June 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Oklahoma City South Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12915 South Sante Fe Avenue, Moore, Oklahoma.

There will be a visitation with the family from 1:00-1:45 pm with no
viewing. There will be a slide show of Harvey at that time. Following the memorial service, the burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, 1800 North Choctaw Road, Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Special thanks to those who have given countless hours, care, and love to Harvey and to his family over the past years – Mercy Home Health, Cindy, Teresa, Rhonda, and many others. Dr. DuBois and her staff. Aaron, James, Greg, Justin, Eugene, Larry, and others of the EMS community. The Midwest City Fire Dept. who have answered the call to help many times.

Thanks to special friends, Jerry, Roberto, John, Robert, Eldon and others who often came by to buoy him up.

Thanks to Tyler Carver and Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services for the kindness, care, and service rendered to the Conner Family.

Obituary for Richard Hearn

Richard Hearn

Richard “Papa” Hearn of Amarillo Texas passed away June 7, 2019 at his home at the age of 79. He was born June 15, 1939 to Walter and Ida Sue.

He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 18 years old. Later he also joined the Army National Guard. When he was discharged he went on to work as a civilian at Reese Air Force Base. He enjoyed old cars, collecting guns and knives, playing with the grandkids and his little fur baby Littlebit whom he spoiled so much.

He met and married Lula Mae, they were happily married more than 50 years, they had seven children.

He went onto driving a truck cross country until he retired. He spent his leisure time just enjoying life.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Ida Sue; his wife, Lula Mae and his beloved fur baby Littlebit.

Survivors included a sister, Linda Mackienze; three daughters, Laura Hearn, Alice Wills, Kathy Collis all of Amarillo; four sons Allen Hearn, David Hearn, Ricky Hearn and Billy Flowers all of Amarillo; grandchildren, Casey Elliott, Stormie Hearn, Valarie Ventura, Allyssa, Courtney, Sheena, Lacie, Jesse;
great grandkids, Aziah, Angel, Emma, Dominic, Jayden, Zayn and Everly, Randy and Ashley; not to mention numerous more grand and great grandkids.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Service: 4207 SW 21st Ave. Amarillo, TX

Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Location: Hillside Christian Church: 6100 S Soncy, Amarillo, TX 79119