John MacFarland Barnhardt, Jr. (Jack), 60, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on April 17, 2021, in Amarillo, TX.
Born December 6, 1960 in Chapel Hill, NC, and raised in Concord, Jack left NC for Los Angeles, CA in 1985 to embark on a 35-year career in commercial art and advertising that took him all over the US. Over the years, Jack worked free-lance and held corporate positions in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, CA, Atlanta, GA, Las Vegas, NV, Saluda, NC, Tucson, AZ, and most recently, Austin, TX. Jack devoted his life to the pursuit of art, style, music, and new experiences, testing society’s boundaries every step of the way. He also shared his family’s love for Tarheel basketball, and March Madness was a uniting theme for the family over the years and miles. The free-spirited nature of Jack’s youth never left him, and he jumped at any opportunity to attend a concert or take a road trip, even in the face of the cancer that would ultimately claim his life. Jack’s storied exploits are legendary, and most who knew him have a memory of getting caught up in – or helping Jack out of – a precarious situation brought about by his quests. But Jack made far more friends than foes during his life, and his passing leaves a profound void in the lives of all who loved him as a father, son, brother, uncle, husband, or friend. As Jack would say, “Later, Dude.” And we take comfort in knowing that if there’s a rock-n-roll heaven, Jack’s surely met the band.
Jack was preceded in death by his father, John MacFarland Barnhardt of Concord, NC.
Jack is survived by his mother, Jane Melvin (John) of Pawleys Island, SC, daughter, Brittany McIlwaine (Charlie) of New London, NC, grandsons Elon McIlwaine and Ellis McIlwaine, sister, Della Ellis (Chip) of Tucson, AZ, nephew Reed Ellis, and niece Jane Ellis.
A Celebration of Life for Jack is being planned with details to follow at a future date. Memorials may be made to Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation, Attn: Olivia’s Angels, 500 S. Taylor, St., Unit #223, Amarillo, TX, 79101, or online at https://hchfamarillo.org/olivias-angels/
Lydia Fay Atkinson Ford of Amarillo Texas passed away on April 21st 2021. She was born in Brazoria County in 1945 to Oscar Leo Atkinson and Emma Isabell Laird Atkinson. Lydia was the 4th of 5 children and was close with all of her siblings.
Lydia spent many years as a legal assistant in Amarillo, Tx and then she started a career as an administrative assistant the Department of Energy. She married Elmer Lee Ford (aka Bud) in 1975. She always referred to Bud as her soulmate. Together they raised 5 sons. After retiring, from Pantex, Lydia enjoyed her life by fishing, spending time with her family and taking care of her dog Leah.
One of her favorite things to do was give to others. She never missed an opportunity to make sure her family had everything they needed. She is remembered for her delicious dinners, her singing and her love for others. Oh and she hated onions almost as much as she loved sunflowers.
Lydia is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and grandson Dylan Taylor.
Lydia is survived by her sons Jason (Shannon), Amarillo; Jeremy (Liz), Amarillo and his children (Nick, and Jade); Doug (Becky) of Llano, his daughter Markki (Gabe Marinez) children Haiden and Gabbi Marinez , Amarillo; and Greg and Steve; as well as her sisters Lou Keith (David) of Grapeland; Pat Taylor of Amarillo; Norma Meek of Sylvester, Tx.; And her brother Richard Atkinson (Ladelle) of Bastrop, Texas. Lydia also had many nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.
Lydia will always be remembered for her ability to to make everyone laugh. She had a way to make you feel at home and she was tireless in her desire to see those around her happy.
A small service will be held on Monday 4/26/21 at 12:00pm at The Lighthouse Funeral Home
4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106.
Cynthia (Cindy) Ensey went home to our Heavenly Father on April 21, 2021. Cindy was born to Jimmie and Ann Blackman on December 22, 1953 in Borger, Texas.
Cindy married the love of her life, Lynn Ensey, on March 10, 1978. They were blessed with three daughters: Christi, Rebecca, and Rachelle. Cindy loved her family and always tried to be the best role model possible. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for several years. During that time, she was the summer camp director for the Quivira Council of the Girl Scouts of America.
In addition to her family, Cindy loved creating all manner of crafts. From gifts to sewing for her daughters to creating art for the home or quilting just for fun, nothing was beyond her ability. But her true passion was with baking and cooking. Whether it was birthday cakes for a party or frying chicken for a family gathering, Cindy always enjoyed her time in the kitchen and took pleasure in everything she made. Cindy was also a big fan of sports and loved attending games of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, and Amarillo Sod Poodles.
Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Blackman, and mother, Ann Blackman. Survivors include her husband Lynn, daughters Christi Keck and her husband Tracy of Spring Hill FL, Rebecca Velasquez and her husband Eugene of Houston TX, and Rachelle Castleberry and her husband Scot of Amarillo. Two aunts, Linda York and Betty Miser, both of Amarillo. She also had six grandchildren that she loved with all of heart: Jarod, Elizabeth, Xavier, Victor, Braelyn, and Brooke.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to your favorite charity.
Steven M. Schmidt, 63, of Amarillo died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., April 24, 2021, Saturday at
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 2101 N. Coulter St. (Corner of Tascosa Road and N. Coulter). The visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., April 23, 2021, Friday at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services located at 4207 S. 21st, Amarillo, Texas.
Steve was born in Worthington, Minnesota, on January 31, 1958, to Arthur and Jean Schmidt. He met and fell in love with his “Sweetheart,” Leslie Schmidt, and he proposed to her during their horseback ride through the shallow waves of the ocean at Padre Island. When they got back to the stables, she was given a beautiful rose and a poem (See Below). They then went back to their busy lives as Steve worked for a granite company, Rock Tops.
In his spare time, he worked on a classic Corvette, rode his motorcycle with his “Sweetie,” built five little bird houses, constructed and remodeled many different projects, and always stayed busy. Steve was blessed with a specific talent and skill constructing and building almost anything to perfection. His favorite get away was to go with his wife and help her dad at the ranch using a lot of those talents and skills in learning to become a rancher. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and experiencing different places and outdoor adventures, including fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, relaxing on the beach, and site seeing the area. Steve always told his wife everything was a “we thing.”
Predeceased by his parents and one son, Christopher Schmidt. Survived by his wife, six children – Steven Schmidt and his wife Rachel, Justin Schmidt and his wife Hanna, Ryan Schmidt, Brianna Schmidt, Conner Schmidt, and Caitlin Schmidt; three step-children – David West and his wife Emily, Kandas Graham and her husband Dustin, and Joshua West; six grandchildren – Kyra Schmidt, Grady Schmidt, Gemma Schmidt, Griffin Schmidt, Lucy Schmidt, June Schmidt; seven step-grandchildren – Colton West, Branch West, Emma West, Dylan West, Case West, Teddy Graham, and Lexi Graham; six siblings – Jim Schmidt and his wife Rosalyn, Mark Schmidt and his wife Tami, David Schmidt and his wife Jinjer, Sandy Bishop and her husband David, Dan Schmidt and his wife Melanie, and Kathy Hadfield and her husband Greg, and a host of family and friends.
By Steve Schmidt
I met a girl, who touched my heart,
I didn’t even know where to start.
We laugh, we smile, and we giggle and cry,
For what brought us here we don’t know why.
We talk of many things that touch our hearts,
This brings us close – for we live far apart.
But even though I am here and she is there,
She is always included in my private prayers.
For the night will come and she will sleep,
Pray that Heaven’s Angels they will keep,
And as she rests my thoughts are there,
To let her know, I really do care.
To mend the wounds and bind the breaks,
And give my love – whatever it takes.
It is this Angel that makes me smile,
And whispers to me – It’s all worthwhile.
For she is an Angel that touched my heart,
And life is great – It’s a brand-new start.
To My Angel
To watch the service click the link below