Obituary for John Cecil Fowler, Jr.

John Cecil Fowler, Jr.
John C. Fowler, Jr. 1/1/1939-1/9/2020

John Cecil Fowler, Jr., 81 of San Angelo, went to be with the Lord on Thursday January 9th after a long battle with illness.

The co-owner of the former Pat’s Frontier Club in San Angelo had traveled the country and world in the telephone switching industry. John was an entrepreneur, a former sheriff’s deputy, volunteer firefighter, a Mason and a member of the Shriners Suez Temple of San Angelo.

John is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Cynthia and Brianna and granddaughters Esperanza and Toni.

Obituary for Sherrie Joanne Kirk

Sherrie Joanne Kirk

Sherrie Joanne Kirk was born on December 7, 1949 in Fort Riley, Kansas to Starling Mitchell and Carol Waldman.

Sherrie passed away in her home in Amarillo Texas on January 20, 2020.

Sherrie served in the US Marine Corps from 1970 – 1972. On July 7, 1977 Sherrie became a sober member of AA where she was of service to many throughout the years.

Sherrie married Phillip Kirk on September 15, 2012.

Sherrie is survived by her husband, Phillip Kirk; 3 children, Shawn Lynn Borgelt of Fritch, Shannon Borgelt of St. Louis and Shane Daniel Smith and fiancé Kim Farrond of Amarillo; 5 grandkids and 5 great-grand-kids.

Obituary for Kretia Uwimana

Kretia Uwimana
Kretia was born May 15, 1998 in Tanzania, Africa to Leon and Patricia. Kretia was an ambitious young man. He had a great sense of humor and loved art like his older brother Remmy. His family and friends were everything to him.

He is survived by his father and mother, Leon and Patricia; his sister, Neema and brothers Remmy, Richard, Metusela and Travion. They will miss him dearly.

“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5:8

Obituary for Sandra Charlene Patton

Sandra Charlene Patton

Sandra Charlene Patton passed in the comfort of her home on January 5, 2020 in Amarillo Texas.

Sandra was born on March 21, 1952 in McLean Texas to Charlie and Jessie Skipper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Jessie Skipper; 2 brothers, Lloyd Skipper and Joe Skipper.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Charlie Patton of Amarillo; a daughter, Angie Bailey of Amarillo; a son Charlie Patton of Amarillo; 2 brothers Floyd Skipper of McLean and Pete Skipper of Liberal Kansas; 2 grandchildren, Katy of Lubbock and Britton of Amarillo; 5 great-grandchildren, Colton, Blake, Aiden, Weston and Sara.

Graveside Service – 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at Allen Reed Cemetery.

Obituary for Joyce Anne Ashcraft

Joyce Anne Ashcraft was born on November 13, 1952 in Pampa Texas to Charles A. Ford and Betty Joe West.

She passed on December 22, 2019 in Amarillo Texas. Joyce spent her life in Pampa Texas and active in the Mormon Church.

Preceded in death by parents Charles A Ford, Betty Joe West and a granddaughter Tatum Ashcraft.

Survivors by daughter Sonja Winders and husband Ted; son, Larry Ashcraft and wife Stephanie; grandchildren, Jessica N. Winders, Brandon L. Winders, Anthony R Ashcraft; brother Charles Ford Jr

Obituary for Dixie Denese Wilson

Dixie Denese Wilson

Dixie Denese Wilson was born September 28, 1954 to W.H. and Helen Wilson.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Greg Hulsey.

She is survived by her three children Phillip Littrell of Amarillo, Sissy Daniel’s and husband Mark of Dallas, and daughter Jessica Cooper and husband Chris of Amarillo. She is also survived by a sister Sandy Houston of Tulsa Oklahoma. And long time partner Jere Henk of Amarillo.

She was loved by many and loved all who she knew.

Obituary for Theo Ray Hairston


Theo Ray Hairston went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 12.22.2019.

Theo was born 3.12.33 in Crowell, TX. to Roy & Bertha Hairston.

He was preceded in death by his soul-mate Shirley of 68 years, his parents & brothers Leeroy & Calvin.

Survivors include his son Ronnie and Numerous Nieces & Nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Thursday Dec. 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the City of Lubbock Cemetery with Bryan Tackett, Pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Amarillo, officiating.  Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation services in Amarillo. 

Obituary for Beverly Sue Sistrunk “Cotton Top”

Beverly Sue “Cotton Top” Sistrunk

Beverly Sue “Cotton Top” Sistrunk passed away from a Brain Aneurysm on December 16, 2019 in Amarillo Texas. Beverly was born on September 11, 1965 to Enda and Harry Lusk in Stanton Texas.

She resided in Amarillo Texas where she received her High School diploma and made a career of taking care of others as caregiver in the Home Health Care profession.

Beverly was a lover of all animals, especially her own dogs and cats. She loved to hang out with friends, be silly and take goofy pictures to be remembered by. Beverly was avid fan of all types of music. She collected Goofy memorabilia as well as elephants with a preference of the trunk up as a symbol of good luck.

Beverly is survived by her parents, Edna Mae Lutz and Harry Hans Lusk; 2 sisters, Deborah Ann Lusk and Barbara Gail Owen; a brother, Mark Anthony Lusk; nephew, DJ Derik Wilson Owen Jr; niece Audrey Rae Voyles and her children; 6 cousins, Michael Chambers, Tammy Chambers, Linda Brown, Diane Doyle and Johnny Chambers, Stefani Lusk; step-daughter, Valene and spouse CJ Fahrenthold along with their children; special friends Letty McGraw and Bob Collins among many other close friends and relatives.

Services will be held Saturday, December 21st, 2019 1:00 P.M. at Family Worship Center 11901 I-27, Amarillo, TX 79119

Everyone is encourages to bring a written memory to share with the family at the service.

A Christmas Message: The Real Santa 


A Christmas message from your friends at

Lighthouse Funeral Home

The Real Santa 

I remember my first Christmas party with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus”  she jeered. “Even dummies know that!”

My grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns.  Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me.

“No Santa Claus!” she snorted. “Ridiculous! Don’t believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let’s go”.

“Go? Go where, Grandma?” I asked.

I hadn’t even finished my second cinnamon bun. “Where” turned out to be Kirby’s General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything.

As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. Take this money and buy something for someone who needs it. “I’ll wait for you in the car.” Then she turned and walked out of Kirby’s. I was only eight years old.

I’d often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobbie Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock’s grade-two class.

Bobbie Decker didn’t have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobbie Decker didn’t have a cough, and he didn’t have a coat.

I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobbie Decker a coat. I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

“Is this a Christmas present for someone” the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.

“Yes” I replied shyly. It’s … for Bobbie.” The nice lady smiled at me. I didn’t get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons, and write, “To Bobbie, From Santa Claus” on it — Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobbie Decker’s house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa’s helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobbie’s house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. “All right, Santa Claus,” she whispered, “get going.”

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobbie.

Forty years haven’t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my grandma, in Bobbie Decker’s bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were:


Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

Those of us at Lighthouse Funeral Home wish to express our deepest
appreciation for your love and friendship you give so freely. May the joys of
giving be forever a blessing to you this Christmas Season and throughout the

New Year

Obituary for Dale Ramsey

Dale Ramsey, age 70, raced into Heaven 12-10-2019. Graveside services will be Sunday 12-15-2019, 2:00 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery in Quitaque, Texas. Reverend Chris Tucker of First Baptist Church of Quitaque will officiate. Cremation services are under the personal care of Lighthouse Funeral Home of Amarillo, Texas.

Dale was born in Briscoe County Texas on December 23, 1948 to A.B. and Marie Ramsey. He was a graduate of the Class of 1967 Quitaque High School. He was an all star basketball player during his high school years with his team often scoring 100 points or more in a game.  He attended West Texas State College in Canyon, Tx.  He retired from farming in 2003. Dale was Justice of the Peace in Briscoe County from 1991 until his passing.

His lifelong passion was Drag racing. When he was not farming he enjoyed snow skiing and water skiing. He and his wife taught most of the family, their children, and many friends how to water ski. Dale loved Country music and was a DJ for many years.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and a brother Dwight Ramsey of Silverton.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, two children, Russell, of Quitaque.  Kristin Needham & husband Cory of Lubbock, Tx.  Two Granddaughters, Katie Ramsey and Haylee Needham.  Sisters: Wanda & Johnny Chadwick of Amarillo, Tx. Glenna & Gary Jameson of Claytonville, Tx.  Numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of other loving family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Quitaque Fire Department or Quitaque Ambulance Service.