James “Jim” Lighthill, 89, of Amarillo, passed away on November 20, 2020. He was born on June 1, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Robert James and Sylvia LaCeile (Miller) Lighthill.
Jim married Imogene Miller on June 25, 1949. They were married for 55 years, until her passing in 2004.
Jim served his country as a Gunner’s Mate in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked as an architect for the military and Busch Gardens, in Tampa Bay, Florida.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Sonny; his beloved wife, Imogene, and his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Myrna Lawson and husband, Denny, of Amarillo; one grandson, Jason Lawson and wife, Heather; two great-grandchildren, Brook Lawson and Neil Lawson, all of Moore, Oklahoma.
Services will be held at a future date.
Diane Lee Parish, 69, of Amarillo, passed away on November 17, 2020.
She was born September 14, 1951, in Austin, Texas to Billy Bob and Wilma Faye (Gourley) Folsom. She lived in Kyle, Texas for most of her childhood. The family moved to Amarillo during her 8th grade year. She attended Bowie Middle School and graduated from Caprock, High School in 1970. Diane worked at Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR) until her retirement in 2012.
Diane had one child, Tana Garcia. Her family and grandchildren were her whole life. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church.
Diane was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Wilma and Jim Roberts; her grandmother and grandfather, Arlie and Ralph Carlile; her dad and stepmom, Billy Bob and Jean Folsom; her brother, Brad Folsom, and her stepbrothers, Kenny Roberts and David Roberts.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Tana Garcia and husband Benny; her brother Bobby Folsom and wife, Rita; her granddaughter, Kayla Grissom and husband Austin; her grandson, Parker Shannon and wife, Morgan; granddaughters, Leah and Lauren Garcia; great-grandchildren, Cohen and Sawyer Grissom, and Aubrey and Thomas Shannon; many nieces and nephews, and a stepbrother, Gary Roberts.
Diane’s family extends their gratitude for everyone’s prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts at the end of Diane’s life.
Donald Shantz, 77, passed away on November 4, 2020 in Amarillo.
Donald was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to William and Anna Shantz on August 6, 1943. He enjoyed, sports, spending time with his family and he never met a stranger. He was a Marine Corp Sargent for four years during which he served in Vietnam. He married his late wife Veda A. Binns on June 25, 1967. Donald married Lavone Shantz in April of 1999.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Veda A. Shantz, and Shirley Shantz
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Alicia Shantz, son Darren and his wife Lisa Shantz; his sister Elaine Oliver; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation services have been entrusted to Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation Services.
Gladys Carter, 82, went to her heavenly home on November 20th, 2020. She was born on August 6th, 1938 in Cameron, TX to Peter and Goldie Davis Melkis.
Gladys loved to sew, paint, and loved to take her kids to the show.
Proceeded in death by Husband Joe B. Carter; 2 sons, Freddie and Rusty Carter.
Survived by 2 sons Joe Carter and Ogden Carter and wife Patricia.
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 at 11:00 at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation, 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX
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Connie Sue Kirklin, 58 of Amarillo went to be with the Lord on Tuesday November 10th. Connie was born October 25, 1962 in Pampa, TX to Lonnie Ernest Kirklin and Rosie Mae Kirklin.
She was raised in Pampa and attended Pampa schools. She made her home in Amarillo and loved her community. She had a strong Faith in God and attended church services at yesLord!
She was proceeded in death by her father, Lonnie Ernest Kirklin.
She is survived by her mother, Rosie Mae Kirklin of Pampa, husband Maurice Kemp of the home, a brother, Lonnie Kirklin of Pampa, daughter Deborah Kirklin of Pampa, son Omar Kirklin and daughter-in-law Tamara Kirklin of Amarillo, son Stevie Contreraz of Oklahoma, mother and father in-law Brenda and Perry Edwards of Amarillo and sister-in-law and dear friend Angela Kemp of Amarillo. She is also survived by many beloved grandchildren and friends whom were family.
Services for Connie Sue Kirklin are pending as the family would prefer to celebrate her life in a safe and convenient manner for all who want to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the Family asks that food, clothing, or monetary donations be made to Faith City Mission, 600 N. Tyler St, Amarillo Tx, 79107.