Obituary for Christopher Edward “Chris” Taylor

Chris Taylor Amarillo, TX

Christopher Edward “Chris” Taylor, 45 of Amarillo, returned to his heavenly home on August 11, 2018 after a valiant battle with a lifelong illness. His family will rest, knowing that God supported Chris in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Chris was born to Charles and Edie Taylor on June 17, 1973 in Amarillo. Chris had a lifelong passion for fishing and vintage hot rods which began at a very young age. A passion that he shared with his children Christopher and Kayla as well. The children remember their dad for his love of restoring and racing his 66 Bel Air, going camping in Colorado, and drinking cherry icee’s.

Left to cherish his memory is his son Chris Taylor and wife McKenna, daughter Kayla Taylor, brothers, Bill Shepard and wife Tracy, Robert Shepard and wife Toni, and Brian Shepard and wife Laura.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Edie Taylor and a brother Jeffery Taylor.

Chris will be dearly missed by his family and all those who love him and celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

Obituary for Sammy DeLeon

Sammy DeLeon, Amarillo, TX

Sammy DeLeon passed away Friday August 10th, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Father José Gomez as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Sammy was born on June 17, 1973 to Carmen and Linda Deleon. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by Father Carmen, brother Jesse Deleon, uncles Richard Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez and nephew Anthony Deleon.

He is survived by fiancé, Patricia Mejia DeLeon; mother Linda DeLeon; daughter, Roxanne and husband Reuben Guitron; sons, Michael and Marcus DeLeon; grand children, Jeremiah, Roman, Roland and Ruben Guitron Jr.; brothers, Tony Deleon, Freddie and wife Martha DeLeon, sister, Norma Chavez and husband Jeremy and special friends, Michael and Johnny Terry.

Obituary for Damian Michael Jay

Damian Michael Jay Mansfield, TX

Damian Michael Jay, 35 years old, passed away Wednesday August 8, 2018 in Arlington, TX.

A service will be held in his honor Tuesday, August 14 at 2:00pm at the American Legion 624, 2951 FM 917 Mansfield, TX. under the direction of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Damian was born in Wheatridge, CO on September 24, 1982. He and his family moved to Arlington, TX in 2011.

Damian is survived by wife Amber Jay, and two wonderful children, his son Kayden Lee and his daughter Kali Marie, mother Pamela Thompson, father Patrick Thompson, sister Danielle Jay-Schofield, nephew Landon Schofield, mother & father in-law Tammy and Joseph Leonard, mother & father in-law Maricel and Tommy Beals, sister & brother in-law Amanda and Jeremy Roberson, nephews Brody and Brantley Roberson, aunts Vicky Peters and Mindy Kent, uncles David Maghan and Greg Peters, cousins Brock, Adam, and Eric Peters, Jeremy and Christopher Salankey, Drake and Mason Laurie, Alana McDonald, Amanda Maghan and Mackenzie Kent.

Damian was an EMT for American Medical Response (AMR) for the past 6 years. Damian was also a volunteer firefighter in both Texas and Colorado. Damian had a heart of gold and loved to help others. He was very outgoing and loved making everyone laugh.

Obituary for Eva Pearl (Halford) Fisher

Eva Pearl (Halford) Fisher, Amarillo, TX

Ms. Eva Pearl (Halford) Fisher, born on September 5, 1934 in Plainview,Texas, to the late Eva Halford and the late John Halford, passed away at age 83 on August 10, 2018.

Eva was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Halford and Grandson Timothy. She is survived by her sons, Harold Fisher and Mike Fisher; and daughter, Patricia Hale all of Amarillo and daughter Sheila Dawson of Fritch.

She is also survived by 8 Grandchildren, Nathan, Monica, Tianna, Randy, Brian, Cassie, Jaden, James; 15 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Friends and family can pay their respects at the memorial service, officiated by Dick Marcear, on Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. at The Colonies Church of Christ, 4500 Wesley Rd, Amarillo.

The family will be at 6922 Thunder Rd. on Sunday August 12, 2018 from   6:00-9:00pm.

Obituary for Billy V. Maples

Billy V. Maples Amarillo, TX

Billy V. Maples, born September 10, 1928, passed away on August 3, 2018.  He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Pat Keetch-Maples.

They had 3 daughters, Trudy Best (Larry) of Albuquerque, Judy Maples of Amarillo and Robin Maples of St. Paul. There were 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  

Mr. Maples worked on the railroad as a young man.  He went on to be self employed, trading cars and diamonds, running cattle ranches and drilling for crude oil.  He lived life on his own terms.

Per Mr. Maples’ wishes, no funeral services are to be held.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Obituary for Billie Jacqueline Simmons Holycross

Billie Jacqueline Simmons Holycross Amarillo, TX

Billie J. “Jackie” Simmons Holycross was born December 17, 1924 in Amarillo, Texas to W.T. “Bill” Simmons and Lillian Faye Nollner Simmons.

The middle child of 3, growing up, she lived all over the Panhandle of Texas from Pampa to Dalhart, Canyon, and River Road, finally graduating from White Deer High School. After high school she moved to Amarillo where she met a soldier stationed at the Airbase named Charles Holycross. They married during World War 2 on July 18, 1944.

After the war, she and Charles moved to Ohio where they lived for many years farming in Logan County. They moved back to Texas in 1965 and Jackie went to work at the American Quarter Horse Association. She retired from there in 1990 after 25 years of service in the Registration Department.

A member of the Baptist Community since high school, she was also a member of Altrusa Club of Amarillo where she served as secretary for 2 years. She was very active with genealogy and did crochet, knitting, sewing, and quilting for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed oil painting, reading, and traveling.

Jackie passed from this earth on August 6, 2018 at her home in Amarillo. A memorial will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at The Loft Church, Coronado Shopping Center, 2632 SW 34th Ave. at 1:00 PM.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Bridges of Amarillo, her son, Charles, Jr., 4 grandchildren, Lana Chandler-Eckiss, Lonnie Bridges, and Loren “Bubba” Bridges, wife Trinity, of Amarillo and Gloria Jean Holycross-Mongold of Springfield, Ohio. 1 nephew, Rick Simmons of Phoenix, Arizona,1 niece, Dulcy Carden of Amarillo, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, 15 Great-grandchildren, GK,  Lawrance, Cameron, Coleman, Josh,  Cody, Jeffery, Daymon, Justin, William, Treveal, Hailey, Jacilynne, Tejay, and Lillyann. 5 Great-great Grandchildren, Leon, Grayson, Maddox, Haylen, and Everleigh.

The family wishes to express a Special Thanks to Clarissa of Hospice of the Southwest,  Nurses, Staff, and Aids for their loving care of Billie for the past 2 years.

Obituary for Bruce Champlin Sr.

Bruce Champlin

Bruce Champlin Sr, age 68, of Amarillo passed away on July 21, 2018.

The family will receive friends from 6:00—8:00 pm Wednesday, August 1 at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services, 4207 SW 21st Ave.

A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Friday, August 3 at City Church, 205 S Polk St. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services of Amarillo.

Bruce was born on April 2, 1950 in East Stroudsburg, PA to Harold Champlin and Marjorie Jumper. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Tanner; 6 children, Bobbie Jo Colyer, Bruce Champlin Jr., Justin VanBuskirk and wife Penny, Bobbi-Jo Tanner, Shaun Tanner, and Jason Champlin and wife Crystal; 22 grandchildren, Jason, Jasmine, Mikeal, Faith, Azriah, Charly, Krista, Monica, Justin Coller, Tammy, Morgan, Justin Jr., Erica, Freeman Jr., Elexis, Darius, Ember, Jackson, Shaylyse, Hayley, Jason Jr., and Jayce; and 5 great grandchildren, Chloe, Cailey, Sage, Sky’leigh, and Abbigale.

Obituary for Latrece Latele Black

Latrece Latele Black

Latrece Latele Black, age 28 of Amarillo, passed away on July 11, 2018

A celebration of her life will be at 10:00 am Friday, July 20 in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary with Dr. Howard K. Batson, Pastor, as the officiant. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery East under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Latrece was born on August 14, 1989 in Phoenix, AZ to Theresa Barrow and Carnail Black. She attended Tascosa High School, and graduated from South Pointe High School in Arizona. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Her children were her pride and joy, and she dedicated her life to raising them. She had a great sense of humor, and could brighten a room with her contagious smile. Her outgoing and friendly nature were what drew most people to her, and she will be dearly missed by all who loved her.

Left to cherish the memories are her parents; children, Ariyanna Rhoden and Trevon Black; a grandmother, Ruby Jenkins; her siblings, Latoria Black and Latifah Thompson, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family requests that memorials be made to Martha’s Home, 1204 SW 18th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79102

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

Obituary for Jerry Don Hassell

Jerry Don Hassell

Jerry Don Hassell of Amarillo, Texas, died on July 10, 2018.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00am Friday, July 13 in Llano Cemetery East. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Jerry was born on March 3, 1938, in Childress, Texas to Joel Davis “Hi” Hassell and Frances Kathryn Purcell Hassell. He was the grandson of Childress County pioneer settlers Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Hassell and Mr. & Mrs. Ben Purcell.

During high school, Jerry worked as a shoe salesman and at a printing company. He graduated from Childress High in 1956 where he played basketball and was a cheerleader. Jerry then attended West Texas State University.

Jerry was in the Army in San Antonio, Texas, and later served in the National Guard. He worked for Morton Food and for Affiliated Food.

Jerry was a minister for ten years: First at Southside Baptist Church in Tell, Texas, then at Valley View Baptist Church in Valley View, Texas.

Jerry married Pat Foster on April 24, 1994.

In his younger years, Jerry enjoyed bowling and playing pool. He did ceramics and leather work. He was also a Little League coach. In his later years, Jerry enjoyed projects like building decks, doing yard work, and gathering and splitting firewood.

Jerry was preceded in death by both parents, his sister Jo Evelyn, his daughter Toni Lynn Smith, and his great-granddaughter Story Vest.

Jerry is survived by his wife Pat; son Joel and wife Denise; niece Kathy Cohtes and husband Randy; three step-daughters: Estella Albion, Lisa Edgar, and Susan McMillon; eleven grandchildren; a great-grandson; and another great-grandbaby on the way.

Obituary for Linda Gay Beasley

July 20, 1953 – July 2, 2018.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be at 11:00am Friday, July 20th at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Kevin Deckard, Associate Pastor, officiating. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Linda went to be with her Lord after he called her home. She touched many lives and lived life to the fullest. There was not much she couldn’t do. Linda enjoyed camping, cooking, traveling, family and friends. Linda was a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, a devoted friend, and loved all! Linda was a strong leader, showed love and compassion to people no matter what shape, size, or color. She is a prime example of God’s desire how we all should live. Her humble nature to love and help others will be missed by all!

Linda attend Tascosa class of 1972, was an active member of Polk Street United Methodist Church youth and choir, graduated from Amarillo College School of Nursing, was active in the Girls Scouts and Boys Scouts of America, and was a strong community member.

Linda is survived by her daughter Melisa Martinez, her mother Leota Beasley, her grandsons Jacob Nations, Brandon Martinez, Braxton Martinez, a brother, Gary Beasley and his wife Debra, a sister, Carol Weeks and her husband Larry, nephews Zane Beasley and Justin Cates and wife Cayley, nieces Robyn Russell and husband Chad, Jessica Cates-Ritchardson and husband Wesley, Amber Matoska and her husband Shea, Alycia Kidd and husband Josh, great nephews and nieces Anthony, Madison, Alison, Nolan, Rylan, Zariah, Kilynn, Nola, Madden, Kinsley, Cooper, Kyson, and great-great nephew Grayson

Linda was preceded in death by her father Edwin J. Beasley and daughter Jennifer Renee Nations.