Sandor “Alex” Gozon

Sandor “Alex” Gozon

In memory of Sandor “Alex” Gozon, 47, born June 14, 1976, who passed on April 7, 2024. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and gone too soon in Amarillo, Texas.

Alex immigrated to New York City, from Hungary where he lived for seven years before moving to Maui, Hawaii. There is where he met BriAnne Taylor, the love of his life in 2007. Married on August 11th, 2008, they shared a beautiful life full of adventure and love. Traveling from destination to destination, Alex and Bri shared a wonderful life. Alex loved photography, painting and fashion. Alex loved hard and with passion. He was the kindest, most loving, generous and humorous man. His laugh could light up the room.

Alex’s brain cancer journey started on October 11, 2007, and ended on April 7, 2024. Although this never hindered his bright spirit. He was strong, powerful, a fighter and unstoppable. He was Gozon Sandor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sandor Gozon and Edit Balogh; his maternal grandparents, Sandor Balogh, and Edit Racz; his paternal grandparents, Janos Gozon and Vinceller Julianna, and his grandmother, Nelda (Meme) Taylor.

Survivors include, his wife, BriAnne Taylor Gozon; his fur babies, Lexie and Lila; his sister, Edit Gozon; his beloved nephews, Csaba Toponary and Norbi Toponary; mother-in-law, Robin Taylor; his father-in-law, Monte Taylor and wife Pamela; a brother-in-law, Rusty Taylor; a sister-in law, Amanda Taylor; a sister-in-law, Niki Taylor and husband Blaine Bearman, and his nieces Jordan Howard and Chelsea and Riley Bearman. He is also survived by his grandfather, Donald Taylor, and wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins.

Alex’s family and friends will gather for a private celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m. April 21, 2024.

Any floral donations can be delivered to 5404 While A Way Rd. Amarillo, Tx 79109.

Scotty (Scooter) Lee Puryear

Scotty (Scooter) Lee Puryear

Scotty (Scooter) Lee Puryear, 50, passed away April 6, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born and raised in Amarillo. He spent part of his childhood in Nevada and Arkansas, but his favorite place of all was living by the beach in Corpus Christi. He loved the ocean. 

Scott is remembered for his love of life, family, and friends. He is well known for his humor and random ideas. I remember one time it rained so much that our bar ditch flooded. So, Scott put a rowboat in the bar ditch and took our kids and friends for a ride. He got a lot of laughs from us and the cars driving by. He was always thinking of unusual things to do.

Scott was kind to the world and made sure everyone around him felt included. He never met a stranger. He could even make friends standing in line at gas stations, which he did once in 2001. He met a guy standing in line at Toot-N-Totum. The guy worked on a crab boat in Alabama and was home visiting his wife. He met Scott and convinced him to go work with him in Alabama. Scott came home from getting gas and said, “Babe, I’m going to work in Alabama on a crab boat. I leave tomorrow, if that’s OK with you.” I said, “Of course,” (as this was an answered prayer.)

Scott enjoyed music (especially Elvis) and singing in the band Tribal Asylum. He also enjoyed helping people by raising money through benefits the band played at.

In the most recent years, Scott changed careers and became an insurance adjuster. He was so proud of his new career as it was professional and humbling. He got the opportunity to travel and work with his wife, son, brother, and sister-in-law. We made many memories on these journeys. 

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Winnie Puryear; an uncle Larry Puryear; his grandfather John Henslee, and his grandmother Dorothy Henslee.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mandy Puryear; his children Majestia, Saxon, and Jazlynn; his mother and stepfather Belinda and Chuck Cooper; his father Johnnie Henslee; his siblings Brandy, Chris, and Tisha; a sister-in-law Jessica, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

We all loved Scott so very much. He will be missed by many.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Scotty’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2024, at His Church, 6300 Arden Road, Amarillo, Texas.

Judith K. Abacherli

Judith K. Abacherli

In the words of Charles Dickens, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” This quote encapsulates the life of Judith K. Abacherli, who was born on May 21, 1944, in Chico, California, and passed away on April 3, 2024, in Amarillo, Texas. Known for her funny, spirited, witty, and courageous nature, Judith K. was a beacon of joy and resilience, spreading laughter wherever she went. An independent soul, she valued her freedom and lived life on her own terms, always insisting her daughters did not have to worry about her.

Judith K. led a life as vibrant and colorful as her personality. As a retired Certified Nursing Assistant, she dedicated her career to providing care and comfort to countless individuals. Despite her professional commitments, she always found time for her diverse hobbies. Whether it was toe tapping or dancing to her favorite tunes, writing enchanting poetry, traveling to new places such as Japan and England, learning about different cultures, or raising an array of pets, Judith K. embraced life with open arms. Her love for baking manifested in the form of delicious apple pies, which won her several ribbons over the years. Moreover, her unique ability to turn her thoughts into beautiful words led to her poetry being published, a testament to her creativity.

A devoted wife, Judith K. and her late husband, Ben, shared a love that was profound and enduring. They relished their shared passion for motor shows in California, creating countless cherished memories. A fierce Scrabble player, she brought the same vigor and vitality to the game as she did to her life. Judith K.’s legacy lives on in her four daughters, Robin Cook (Mike), Vickie Dellinger, Kimberley Borgens (Lawrence), and Tonia Hall. She was also a beloved nana to her grandchildren Jessica Ayres, Felicia Watrin, Matthew Ignacio, Aaron Borgens, Benjamin Borgens, Cierra Borgens, James Hall, Derek Dellinger, and Kaitlon Hall, and to her great-grandchildren Summer, Skyler, Autumn, Dominic, Conor, Zack, Luke, Blake and Diesel. Her sister-in-law, Sarah Wood, also survives her, as well as her dear cousin Robert Bellman.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Loreena Linville, her husband, Benjamin Abacherli, her stepfather, Stanley Mitchell, her grandson, Michael Jr., and her brother, Tom Wood.

We encourage everyone who knew Judith K. to honor her memory by sharing their stories, photos, and memories on her memorial page. Her spirit lives on in the laughter she inspired, the lives she touched, and the love she shared.

A special thank you to her neighbor and friend, Paula Butler, for the compassionate and dedicated care given when some extra support was needed.

Johnnie Mae (Cortez) Edwards

Johnnie Mae (Cortez) Edwards

Johnnie Mae (Cortez) Edwards was ushered to her heavenly home April 1, 2024, with loved ones by her side. She was born March 20, 1932, in Amarillo, Texas to the late Supt. H.W. Cortez and Thenolia Cortez.

A Celebration of Life Service celebrating Johnnie Mae will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024, at Emmanuel Temple Church, 900 North Adams Street.

Johnnie Mae had a beautiful and long-lasting relationship with God, who she received into her life at a very early age. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Temple church and was active in various departments until a decline in her health.

After graduating from Carver High School, she went on to attend Amarillo College where she was one of the first four black women in the nursing program, and then went on to Denver General Hospital where she graduated and became a nurse.

At this time in her life, she met and married the only man in her life, Airman L.T. Edwards, U.S.A.F. To this union our Father bestowed three children, Trenton L. Edwards (Clytia) of Amarillo, Texas, Terria L. Perkins, whom our Father called home on March 29, 2012, and Sharon L. Brooks of Amarillo, Texas. She was also blessed with 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Johnnie Mae was well traveled. All of her children were born throughout the United States, from Virginia to California, then Indiana. She lived and worked in many other places such as Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; Salina, KS; and Goldsboro, NC. In November 1984, Johnnie Mae was named Employee of the Month at St. Anthony’s hospital in Amarillo. She would eventually retire from Ware Memorial.

Johnnie Mae loved to travel. While living in Germany at the Hahn A.F.B., she traveled to London, England; Paris, France; Holland in the Netherlands; Rome, Italy; and even to Jerusalem where she was blessed to see where the Son of our Holy Father carried the cross, was crucified, and entombed until His Resurrection.

Johnnie Mae is survived by her son Trenton (Clytia), daughter Sharon, sisters Nadine Cortez Johnson and Daphine Hendry, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was dearly loved by her family, church family, and friends, and will be greatly missed.


Becky Aleta Wheeler

Becky Aleta Wheeler

Becky Aleta Wheeler, 69, of Amarillo, passed away April 1, 2024.  She was born December 27, 1954, in Amarillo, to Frank and Ruth Pauline (Harvey) Kyle.
Amarillo remained her cherished home throughout her lifetime. Becky had an innate ability to light up any space she entered, her laughter both infectious and healing.
Her love for all things Texas was evident in her lifestyle, from her passion for cooking and gardening to her knack for crafts and scrapbooking. Her salsa garden was her pride and joy, a testament to her nurturing spirit and her love for the flavors of her home state.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Kyle, her mother, Pauline Kyle, her brother Donnie Kyle, her first husband, Gregg Wheeler, and her second husband, Ron Plumlee.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jennifer Hopkins and husband Tim, Jessica Johnson and husband Josh, and Christy Bowerman and husband Billy; her sisters, Mary McGuire and husband Randy, and Ginger Cartwright and husband Roy; her grandchildren, Zachary Miller, Jill, Jessie and Jaxon Johnson, and Archer Hopkins, her niece, Janan Blankowski and husband Dave, her nephew, Jason Cartwright and wife, Denise; her longtime companion, Ronnie Morgan, and many other family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2024, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 6969 E. Interstate 40, Amarillo, Texas.