Marla Gail Bryant

Marla Gail Bryant

Marla Gail Bryant, 63, of Amarillo, passed away on January 14, 2022. She was born December 28, 1958, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Howard Ray and Patricia Gail (Douglas) Bryant.

Marla Gail Bryant loved her family she was always making sure she kept up with who’s birthday it is despite her family increasing by the year. In fact, she saved all any birthday cards she received it was that important to her. She also loved going out to eat with friends & family and also loved all things shopping. Marla loved cats she always had a cat as far as anyone can remember her latest one was Snowball. Marla also loved just staying home with her kids and grandkids playing card games, karaoke, or beer pong. She loved listening to music mostly Country or Christian & Classic rock. Also enjoyed listening to her father sing Country music on old cassette tapes. Marla will be missed by all the people’s lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Patricia Gail Bryant, Howard R. Bryant, Sr., and her sister Debra Jean-Daniel.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph Hyde, and Justin Morgan; grandchildren, Ariana Hyde, Jasslyn, Jeremiah, Jadence, and Julius; her siblings, Judy Collins, and Howard Bryant Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m., January 28, at 21818 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas 77373.

Helen Sue Smith

Helen Sue Smith

Helen Sue Smith, 70, of Amarillo, passed away on January 15, 2022. She was born April 24, 1951, to Ernest and Norma Jean (Winn) Burkes, Jr., in Borger, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Lighthouse Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave., in Amarillo, Texas. The family will receive visitors beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Helen was always the one to lighten the mood with her funny wit. Her contagious laugh would have everyone cracking up. She lived the core values of life and loved helping other people. She will be dearly missed by the family and friends that knew her. All the outpouring of support during this trying time is proof that she made a difference in many people’s lives. When she was younger she enjoyed going to rodeos with her dad and riding in the parades. She will truly be missed.

Helen was preceded in death by her dad, Ernest Burkes, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Norma J. Burkes; her son, Tracy Smith, and wife Kristyn, and grandchildren Domonic Wendell, Kaylee Smith, and Leeam Smith.

Amelia Carthell Huntington Davis “Corky”

Amelia Carthell Huntington Davis “Corky”

Amelia Carthell Huntington Davis (known as Corky to family and friends), age 83, of Amarillo, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 12, 2022.

Corky was the firstborn to Earl and Ruby Huntington in Plainview, Texas, on October 28, 1938.  She graduated from Vega High School and went on to earn an education throughout her life. Corky married Artie E. Davis on April 30, 1960, in Wildorado, Texas. She and Art raised a passel of children whom they challenged and brought up to be and do their best.  They instilled in them the same spirit of strength, fortitude, and love of knowledge she lived and exemplified. Corky loved her children and grandchildren and spent her retirement years spending time with all of them wherever they were and assisting with whatever they needed. Corky’s retirement also allowed her the opportunity to fully dig into her second passion – painting. Corky started in oils and quickly loved pastels where she won several awards and became juried. Unfortunately, Corky contracted Alzheimer’s. While dementia affected time, place, and names, she enjoyed her family to the end. 

Corky is preceded in death by both her mother Ruby and father Earl. Art preceded Corky after 40 years of marriage. Corky also lost three children,  Suzanne deceased immediately following childbirth in 1963; Len at age four in a tragic home fire in 1969; Patty Ely of heart failure in 2000.  Additionally, Corky lost a cherished stepson John Davis in an automobile accident in 1988.

Those Corky leaves to cherish her memory are her sister Eva Jewel (Tommi) Myers who resides in Irving, Texas; her remaining four children, spouses, and grandchildren, Cathy and Michael Huntington of Canyon, Texas, Debby Davis of Amarillo, Texas, Ami and Kevin Parkman of Albuquerque, New Mexico,  and Lee and Julie Davis of Lago Vista, Texas; Corky’s stepson, Gary Davis of Amarillo, Texas; an entourage of grandchildren,  John Davis, David Davis, Jennifer Turner, Jason Huntington, Christian Huntington, Marnie Quintanilla, Kelly Smith, Noah Huntington, Mikki Leadford, Lexly Bledsoe, Andrea Falk, Brent Turner, Carissa Turner, Trenton Turner, Trey Turner, James Turner, Cheyna Aguirre, Kaitlin Davis, Lee Davis Jr., Cody Mitchell, Sunni Davis, Eden Davis, and Collin Davis. Corky also leaves forty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was truly blessed with a full quiver.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Amarillo Art Institute for a scholarship designated for children’s programs and tuition.

Gary Lee Moore

Gary Lee Moore

We are saddened to announce the death of Gary Lee  Moore, Papa to many.  Gary passed away on January 8, 2022, at his home.  Gary was born May 6, 1953, in Memphis, Texas, to Chester Lee and Dorothy Jean (Bolden) Moore. He was 68 years old.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., January 22, 2022, at Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, Texas.

He married Shelia Ann Moore on August 12, 1973, in Hedley, Texas.  Together they had seven children, Chester, Clifton, Carrie, Christa, Christopher, Cassie, and Cala.  Gary also has one son from a previous marriage, Jared Moore.

Gary was a strong, hard-working husband and father.  His life’s work included running heavy equipment, driving trucks, and working in mechanics.  His ultimate love, however, was being around his thirty grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father,  Chester Lee Moore, and his mother, Dorothy Jean Moore.

Gary is survived in life, and loving memory by his beloved wife, Shelia; all of his children; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The family appreciates and welcomes prayers on their behalf.  Anyone wishing to contribute financially for Gary’s final expenses may do so via Cash  App to  $tracimoore55, or by calling Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation Servies, 806-418-6509.

James David Saunders

James David Saunders

James David Saunders, 65, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 7, 2022, in Amarillo.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., February 19, 2022, at Texas Route 66 Visitor Center, 1900 6th Ave., Amarillo, Texas, 79106. 

 Jim was born February 19, 1956, to Dave and Florence Saunders in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 He had a very colorful life. Jim spent part of his childhood in Laguna Beach, California when his father portrayed Red Ryder, which kept them there for many years. He played in the Little League World Series before moving back to Albuquerque. This is where he became involved in the manufacture of silver and turquoise jewelry during the turquoise boom of the 1970s. He went on to design and manufacture several lines of jewelry, doing so for over 45 years. Jim always cut his own stones,  mining material for this purpose for about 30 years. In time, he came to own numerous mines. He said his greatest love was cutting the stones, especially turquoise.

Jim was a world-renowned jeweler and silversmith, gaining a reputation as “Silversmith to the Stars,” since he created jewelry for several country western stars.

He enjoyed so many things: surfing, fishing, tying flies, hunting, motocross racing, baseball and playing guitar. Also, he loved cooking and gardening.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Dave Saunders, and son, Michael Saunders.

 Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rebecca of Amarillo; son, AJ Saunders and wife, Araceli, and their children, Samson, Annalicia and Melania of Albuquerque; son, Jonathan Scherer of Cheyenne, Wyoming; daughter, Kathryn Colter and husband, Chane, and their children, Xander and Charlotte, of Amarillo; brother, John Saunders and wife, Lena of Joshua, Texas; and mother, Flourence of Amarillo.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.