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Richard “Dickie” Marr Massey

Richard “Dickie” Marr Massey, 74, of Post, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 in Tahoka.

He was born July 2, 1940 in Stamford, Texas to Willie Valton and Novelle Ellen Massey of Aspermont.

Dickie married Mildred Lorine Guthrie at the Church of the Nazarene in Post on July 19, 1959. Throughout his life, he enjoyed drag racing, riding motorcycles, camping, fishing, going to Ruidoso and spending time with his family.

Dickie served two years in the US Army before returning home to West Texas. He owned a Gulf Station in Abilene for several years before returning to Post where he worked in the cotton mill, owned an auto mechanic shop and worked in the oilfield until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

Dickie is survived by his wife, Mildred of 55 years; his three wonderful children,Donna Gayle Baker and husband Kelly, Gregory Scott Massey and wife Angela and Dustin Lamarr Massey and wife Amber; his grandchildren, Brandon Massey, Kamdon Baker and wife Whitney, Hayley Mason and husband Tye, Klent Baker, Kristen Bradshaw and husband Neal, Ashlee Massey and Allison Massey. He is also survived by his five great grandchildren: Ayden, Ryan and Myles Mason, Kye Baker and Mileigh Baker.

He is preceded in death by: his parents Valton and Novelle; his brother, Harold Wayne Massey; his nephew, Roger Dale Massey; his granddaughter-in-law, Taylor Baker and great grandson, Dunkan Ray Baker.

A visitation was held on Monday at Hudman’s Funeral Home. Services were held at First Baptist Church of Post on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. With Brother Jack Maddox officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Should friends desire to do so, contributions may be sent to Brynne’s Smiles or The First Baptist Church of Post.




Julius C. Stelzer

Mass for Julius C. Stelzer,86, of Post was Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Malcolm Neyland officiating.

Burial was in Terrace under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

J. C. died on Jan. 8, 2015 at his home in Post. He was born on Feb. 5, 1928 in Muenster, Texas to Matt and Helen (OConner) Stelzer. He married Isabelle Eberhart on Sept. 28, 1948 in Muenster. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2011.

He served in the Merchant Marines at the age of sixteen until he was old enough to enlist in the Marine Corp. during WWII. Julius moved to Post where he was involved in oil production and ranching.

?Survivors include one daughter, Brenda and husband Harol Barner of Post;  three sons, Chris and wife JoAnn Stelzer of Post, Junior and wife Diane Stelzer of Post and Donny and wife Donna Stelzer of Lubbock; two brothers, G. A. Stelzer of Buena Park, Ca and Maurice Stelzer of Hobbs, NM; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Rosary was held Sunday at Hudman Funeral Home.




Renee Williams


Renee Williams, 45, of Post, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was born in Greenwood, Texas on Dec. 11, 1969 to Richard and Carolyn Neely, Burl and Carrol Farmer. Renee graduated from SPC College of Nursing in 1997.

She married the love of her life, Kurt Williams, on Nov. 13, 2010. She was a member of Caprock Springs Fellowship in Post, and had a passion for always lending a hand to others.

She is survived by her husband of four years, Kurt Williams; her son, Derek Wilson and his wife Brandi Wilson; her daughter Andrea Wilson, her step daughter Danica Williams; grandchildren Aubrey, Ryleigh, Whitley and Brantley; brothers Michael, Richard Jr, Ray, Clifford & Darrell; sisters Carol Jo, Cindy and Dana, mother and father in law Billy and Wilma Williams.

Renee was preceded in death by Burl and Carrol Farmer.

A celebration of Renee’s life was held Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Family Harvest Church, 111 N Ave I Post Tx 79356. The Family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hope Cancer Retreat 26904 Brentwood Rd, Splendora, TX 77372. 




John “Mark” Forrest

John “Mark” Forrest went to be with the Lord on Jan. 7, 2015. He was born in El Paso, TX to Paul Harper Forrest and Dorothy Anderson Forrest on December 3, 1953. The family moved to Lubbock in 1961 where he attended school and later worked at various jobs. He married Frances Benham on April 8, 2006 in Lubbock. They moved to Post where he worked part time at McDonalds until he went to live at Southern Specialty. Survivors include his wife Frances of Post, two step-sons, David and wife Amber Benham and John Benham both of Lubbock; one step-daughter, Sonja Creek of Lubbock; three brothers, Charles and wife Norma Forrest of Ohio, Paul and wife Jan Forrest of Michigan and Tom and wife Susanne Forrest of Idaho, four sisters: Rosemary and husband Fritz Jones of Amarillo, Linda and husband Tom Watt of Spring, TX, Carol Forrest of Lubbock and Dottie Wise of Spring, Tx, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and his dog Gizmo. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Nathan Wise. Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Maddox officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Visitation was held Friday at the funeral home.






Richard “Dickie” Marr Massey

Richard “Dickie” Marr Massey, 74, of Post, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 in Tahoka.

He was born July 2, 1940 in Stamford, Texas to Willie Valton and Novelle Ellen Massey of Aspermont.

Dickie married Mildred Lorine Guthrie at the Church of the Nazarene in Post on July 19, 1959. Throughout his life, he enjoyed drag racing, riding motorcycles, camping, fishing, going to Ruidoso and spending time with his family.

Dickie served two years in the US Army before returning home to West Texas. He owned a Gulf Station in Abilene for several years before returning to Post where he worked in the cotton mill, owned an auto mechanic shop and worked in the oilfield until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

Dickie is survived by his wife, Mildred of 55 years; his three wonderful children,Donna Gayle Baker and husband Kelly, Gregory Scott Massey and wife Angela and Dustin Lamarr Massey and wife Amber; his grandchildren, Brandon Massey, Kamdon Baker and wife Whitney, Hayley Mason and husband Tye, Klent Baker, Kristen Bradshaw and husband Neal, Ashlee Massey and Allison Massey. He is also survived by his five great grandchildren: Ayden, Ryan and Myles Mason, Kye Baker and Mileigh Baker.

He is preceded in death by: his parents Valton and Novelle; his brother, Harold Wayne Massey; his nephew, Roger Dale Massey; his granddaughter-in-law, Taylor Baker and great grandson, Dunkan Ray Baker.

A visitation was held on Monday at Hudman’s Funeral Home. Services were held at First Baptist Church of Post on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. With Brother Jack Maddox officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Should friends desire to do so, contributions may be sent to Brynne’s Smiles or The First Baptist Church of Post.




Mass for Julius C. Stelzer


Mass for Julius C. Stelzer, 86, of Post was Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Malcolm Neyland officiating.
Burial was in Terrace under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

J. C. died on Jan. 8, 2015 at his home in Post. He was born on Feb. 5, 1928 in Muenster, Texas to Matt and Helen (OConner) Stelzer. He married Isabelle Eberhart on Sept. 28, 1948 in Muenster. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2011.

He served in the Merchant Marines at the age of sixteen until he was old enough to enlist in the Marine Corp. during WWII. Julius moved to Post where he was involved in oil production and ranching.

Survivors include one daughter, Brenda and husband Harol Barner of Post;  three sons, Chris and wife JoAnn Stelzer of Post, Junior and wife Diane Stelzer of Post and Donny and wife Donna Stelzer of Lubbock; two brothers, G. A. Stelzer of Buena Park, Ca and Maurice Stelzer of Hobbs, NM; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Rosary was held Sunday at Hudman Funeral Home.





Renee Williams

Renee Williams, 45, of Post, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was born in Greenwood, Texas on Dec. 11, 1969 to Richard and Carolyn Neely, Burl and Carrol Farmer. Renee graduated from SPC College of Nursing in 1997.

She married the love of her life, Kurt Williams, on Nov. 13, 2010. She was a member of Caprock Springs Fellowship in Post, and had a passion for always lending a hand to others.

She is survived by her husband of four years, Kurt Williams; her son, Derek Wilson and his wife Brandi Wilson; her daughter Andrea Wilson, her step daughter Danica Williams; grandchildren Aubrey, Ryleigh, Whitley and Brantley; brothers Michael, Richard Jr, Ray, Clifford & Darrell; sisters Carol Jo, Cindy and Dana, mother and father in law Billy and Wilma Williams.

Renee was preceded in death by Burl and Carrol Farmer.

A celebration of Renee’s life was held Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Family Harvest Church, 111 N Ave I Post Tx 79356. The Family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hope Cancer Retreat 26904 Brentwood Rd, Splendora, TX 77372.




Agapito N. Flores


Agapito N. Flores, 87 of Post, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at the Golden Plains Care Center. He was born to Marcelino and Magalena (Hernandez) Flores in Bee County, Texas. He was raised at Mathis and married Josefa Garza at San Patricio in 1953. In 1963 they came to Post and Garza County and he went to work for Gerald and Jim Norman. Even though he worked as a cotton farmer his favorite things to do were working in the yard, farming and ranching. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years Josefa Flores; three sons, Julian and his wife Frances of Post, Agapito Jr. and wife Irma of San Antonio, and Carlos and his wife Connie of San Angelo; three daughters, Connie Flores of Post, Oralia Flores and Carmen Flores both of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Antonio Julian Flores of Sherman, Jamie Flores of San Antonio, Jayson and Jaylem Flores of San Antonio; seven great-grandchildren, Isiah Flores, Zoey Flores, Yessenia Flores, Ariel Flores, Matthew Flores, Jasmine Flores and D’Erica Flores, all of San Antonio; two brothers, Francisco Flores and Felix Flores, both of Mathis, three sisters, Juanita Flores of Mathis, Leonar Flores and Margarita Bordayo both of Mathis.

Rosary was held Thursday Jan. 1, 2015 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection was Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 in Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Agapito Flores, Jr.. Julian flores, Carlos Flores, Jaymie Flores, Julian Flores, Jr., Jayson Flores, Jayson Flores and Toby Flores.

The family wishes to acknowledge Accolade Hospice for their care given to Agapito and the family. Memorials are suggested to Accolade Hospice.





Monte Williams

Memorial services for Monte Williams, 53, of Post were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel with Charles McCook officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Monte died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at his home in Post. He was born on Aug. 30, 1961 in Post to Wanda and John Williams. He graduated from Kermit High School and worked as a roughneck until an injury forced his retirement.

Survivors include one daughter, Joelie Nicole Williams of Post; one son, Montana Williams of Post; his mother, Wanda Dooley of Post and two brothers, Michael Williams of Lubbock and Mark Williams of Slaton.

The family requests that memorials be made to White River Youth Camp. 




Janice Ruth Biddy

Janice Ruth Biddy passed away Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends gathered to celebrate her life of 76 years on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of Janice’s life may be found at www. memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Janice Ruth was born on December 17, 1938 to James and Viola Bonham Montgomery in Littlefield, TX. On Nov. 26, 1958, Janice married the love of her life, William “Bill” Biddy in Lubbock, Texas. Janice was a kind, loving and generous person. Janice was happiest when she was surrounded by her grandchildren, great grandson and extended family. She loved spending time with her family and friends playing games, bingo, and just sitting and talking for hours.
Survivors include her daughters, Staci Marts and husband, Joe from Post,Texas Sebrena Townsend and husband, Douglas from Georgetown Texas. Grandchildren, Courtney Moss and husband, Jerry, Keyli Upshaw and husband, Ryan, Zane and Cody William Marts; great-grandson, Jase Upshaw; siblings, Bettye West, Nancy Montgomery, Robert Montgomery and wife, Stella, and David Montgomery and wife, Barbara as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins she adored.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, her parents and siblings, Wanda Ott, Kathy Burnett, and Kenneth Montgomery.

Memorial contributions are welcome and the family would greatly appreciate donations to the American Heart Association – Lubbock, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd. Suite 320, Austin, Texas 78759 or American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601.





John William Gist

John William Gist, a hero to all who loved him, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was 93 and from Post.

He was born to the late Virgil and Lela Gist, Nov. 4, 1921, in Quanah, Texas. John, known to many as “Dub” went to school in Quanah until 8th grade. He later joined the CCC and built roads for the National Parks in Colorado. He served in the Army as a Medic in the Philippines during World War II Veteran. John also pitched for the Levelland Refiners of the Oil Belt League and Lamesa Lobos of the West Texas/New Mexico League.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Devore Gist. They were married in 1946 in Pampa, Texas. They lived together in Denver City before settling in Post in 1957.

“Big John” worked for Shell Oil Company from 1947 until his retirement in 1985. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone his rattle snake rattler collection grew to several hundreds.

John was an active member of The Church of Christ in Post. He loved to travel, and took his family to 13 states before deciding Colorado was where he would go camping for 30 years. His family and friends loved to hear him play the harmonica.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Gist of Olton, one bother, Donald Gist and his wife Vivian of California; three children: Linda Lewis and her husband Edwin, of Lubbock, Texas; Sherry Owen and her husband Benny Owen of Abernathy, Texas; and John David Gist and his wife Vicki from Canyon. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Scott Lewis and his wife Tracy; Randy Lewis and his wife Cassie; Jennifer Gregg and her husband Larry; Gentry Owen; Lynlee Roe and her husband T.J.; Carrie Day and her husband Eddie; ; Marc Owen and his wife Debbie, Ryan Gist and his wife Cara and 15 great-grandchildren: Laken and L.G. Lewis; Jayton, Riley, Trent and Zack Lewis; Evan, Keaton, Sailor and Alexandra Gregg; Blake Roe; Brianna and Dillon Day; Cagen and Bailey Denison; Kaden and Abbott Gist.

He is preceded in death by: his sisters, Emma Gist, Clara Gist Province, and Wanda Gist Tucker; and three brothers: Carl Author Gist, Charles Gist and David Gist.

A visitation was held on Monday from 6-7 p.m. at Hudman’s Funeral Home. The funeral was held at the Church of Christ in Post, on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Burial followed at Terrace Cemetery in Post.




Evelyn Meeks

Evelyn Meeks 106, of Lubbock, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Lubbock. She was born to Sam Houston and Julia Viola (Kilgore) Webb in Coleman County, Texas. She started school there and moved to Garza County to farm in the Pleasant Valley Community. She attended school at Pleasant Valley and graduated from Southland. Evelyn married Alfred Allen ‘Jack’ Meeks Feb. 1, 1930 at Post. Jack preceded her in death Sept. 28, 1988. They made their home in the Graham Chapel Community and farmed. Later, they moved to the Pleasant Valley Community. Evelyn was very active in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and only after the closing of the church, did she move her membership to the Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock. Evelyn was preceded in death by her two sons, Allen Doyle (Jacky) Meeks and Billy Lowe Meeks. She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Meeks.

Survivors include: four grandchildren, Billy Joe Meeks and wife Michele of Boerne, Mickie Meeks Gray and husband Brooks of Lubbock, Holly Carter of Lubbock and Kathy Foster of Lexington, South Carolina; six great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post, with the Rev. Kenneth Winchester and Rev. Syl Moore, officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Jones, Kyle Meeks, Brooks Gray and Billy Meeks.

The family wishes to acknowledge Promiseland Assisted Living Home and Accolade Hospice for their care and concern given to Evelyn and the family.




Michael Ray Rolan

Services for Michael Ray Rolan, 67, of Brownfield were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 30, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Carter officiating. Burial followed in Post under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home. There was a family visitation Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Brownfield Funeral Home. Michael was born on Nov. 8, 1947 to Raymond Rolan and Audrey Stewart in Southland. He graduated from Post High School and then served in the United States Army. Michael married Donna Sue Litton on Feb.18, 1969 in Brownfield. Michael retired as a field supervisor from Halliburton after 29 years. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Audrey Rolan. Michael is survived by his wife Sue Rolan of Brownfield; three sons, Jeff Rolan of Brownfield, Clay and wife, Jona of Canyon, Philip and wife, Donna of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Jillian, Trenton, Madison, and Brody Rolan; and two sisters, Clara Rolan of Post and Jean Baldree of Post. 




Donna Workman-Lemons

Donna Workman-Lemons 64, of Lubbock, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at her nieces’ home in Lubbock. She was born to Norris Sherman and Syble Fern (Hightower) Workman at Blooming Grove, Texas. She attended school at Frost and in 1960 the family moved to Post. She attended school in Tahoka and later obtained her GED from Post schools. Donna worked at the Postex Cotton Mill, The Ranch Burger in Lubbock, Auto Zone and later for the Security Bank in Ralls. She lived at Fluvanna for many years. Her love was her family, friends and her collection of bears. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Randy Workman and sister: Christie Ann Martin. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church of Abernathy.

Survivors include, her spouse, Hurston ‘Buck’ Lemons of Fluvanna; one brother, Gary Workman of Post; three sisters, Sherry and Billy Meurer, Ila Workman and Tena Hughes, all of Lubbock. Donna is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Lifetime friend Brenda Mason also survives Donna.

Services were Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Post, with the Rev. Joel Perez, Pastor of the Northside Baptist Church of Abernathy officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Roger Daugherty, Caleb Needham, Rusty Workman, Boady Hand, Chad Williams, and Shorty Martin. Honorary Pallbearers were: Ronnie Bridges, Cody Ferguson, Brandon English, Travis Martin and Lonnie Gene Peel.

The family met friends at the funeral home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, from 6-7 p.m.





Pauline Mathis

Dixie Pauline Thompson was born May 25, 1926 to Charles Homer and Roxie Letha (Exum) Thompson at Cross Roads in Garza County. She left us to go to her Christmas Homecoming with her Lord and Savior, early Wednesday morning Dec. 17, 2014. There to meet her was the love of her life; James Stanley Mathis and all those who preceded her in death. Pauline attended Post schools and graduated from Post High. She married James Stanley Mathis Dec. 18, 1942 and he preceded her in death Aug. 7, 2001. Shortly after their marriage Stanley went into the service. Pauline later entered the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and received her LVN license in 1957. She worked for the Garza Memorial Hospital for 44 years. Pauline spent her spare time helping others with her skills. She was very active in her church and at the time of her death, she was the oldest member of the Post Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include: her son, James Homer Mathis of Post; daughter, Melba Feagin and husband Mike of Lubbock. Five grandchildren, Teresa Mathis of Tyler, Letha Mathis of Tyler, Dixie Bushey and spouse Eddie of Ft. Worth, Stana Washington and spouse Cody of Lubbock and Samantha Feagin of Lubbock. Six great-grandchildren; Zach Bushey, Dylan Mathis, Kelsey Bushey, Zander Washington, Zoee Washington and Zane Washington.

Home For Christmas Celebration for Pauline was held 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 20, 2014 in the Post Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Michael Davis, Chaplin of Interga Care Hospice officiating. The Rev. Charles Gibson, pastor will assist. Family members also shared in the Home For Christmas Celebration. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

The family greeted friends Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. 




Ruth Reno


Ruth Reno, 92, passed away at Golden Plains Nursing Home on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Ruth was born to Allen ‘Luke’ Lucas and Alma Lucas on Nov. 14, 1922, in Verbena Texas. Alma Lucas was visiting her mother, Nannie Matsler, at the time and remarked that she didn’t feel well but would return home. Nannie Matsler said no you’re not leaving, you’re about to have a baby! They sent someone for Doctor A.C. Surmun, who was on another house call at the time, but he made it to the house in time for Ruth’s delivery.

Ruth’s parents were cotton farmers, and had moved to Verbena from Bend, near San Saba, by covered wagon in 1916. The family was very poor as Ruth grew up. Ruth recalled that her favorite toy when she was a little girl was a doll she named ‘cobie’ that her mother made for her from a corn cobb. But despite their lack of material wealth, Ruth’s parents were generous and were always ready to open their home to relatives who needed help. Ruth said there were always one or two children of her distant relatives living with her and her five brothers and sisters in their small two-bedroom house. Like most rural homes in that day the house lacked modern conveniences, with no bathroom and the only indoor plumbing being a hand pump in the kitchen sink.

Life could be hard as Ruth grew up. She along with her brothers and sisters worked on the farm every day, picking cotton by hand in the fall, which caused Ruth to miss several weeks of school each year. Those cold fall days picking cotton also led to a life long problem with Ruth’s hearing, and Ruth eventually lost her hearing the last few years of her life. But despite these hardships Ruth grew up happy. She loved her extended family and friends. She grew up with her cousins and they remained close all her life.

After graduating from Post high school in 1940 and then Drauns Business School in 1941, Ruth and her sister Jo both joined the USO and moved to Clovis New Mexico, where they also worked for Western Union on an Army base. Shortly afterward her sister met and soon married a soldier, Jack Morrison, after which Jo moved to live with her husband’s parents in Illinois. Ruth then moved to Dallas to work in the Western Union Office there. But Ruth didn’t like her manager and it wasn’t too long before Ruth moved back to live with her parents in Verbena.

Ruth met Marshall Reeves Reno in 1944 when her brother Bill brought Marshall home with him during a brief furlough from the Army. Marshall had grown up only a few miles away in Grassbur. They were immediately smitten with each other and were married not too long afterward at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Marshall was stationed. Ruth returned to her parent’s home after Marshall was deployed, and she and Marshall moved to Post after the end of World War II.

Ruth and Marshall lived in a small one-room attic apartment for the first 10 years of their marriage. It was there that she lost her first baby a couple of months into her pregnancy. The doctor told her that she would never be able to have a baby after that, but she was determined to prove him wrong and in 1956 she delivered a daughter, Nancy Jo.
About a year after Nancy’s birth Ruth went to work as Deputy Tax Assessor for Garza County, later becoming Tax Assessor 1978. Ruth’s mother and father had by that time moved into town, and they kept Nancy at their home during the day while Ruth worked. Ruth really enjoyed working at the Courthouse, especially working with Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Tipton, Joy Dickson, Laura Hattaway, Jeanette Hodges and the rest of her co-workers. She also thoroughly enjoyed her daily interactions with the public. She was proud of her service to Garza County, and when she retired in 1988 she was happy that one of her deputies was able to take over her position.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Post, and a member of the Fidelity Sunday School Class. She served on the communion and hospitality committees and was always ready to help with Church dinners or to provide food for families in need.

Ruth’s passions in addition to Church were her extended family and friends. She loved to can jelly and vegetables for her family and friends. She and Marshall were also regular domino players, and every Saturday night you could find them playing 42 with Rex and Mable Welch and Ralph and Helen Welch.

Ruth was also a huge NBA fan, and never missed an NBA game involving her beloved San Antonio Spurs. During the NBA playoffs she would only eat her dinner in front of the television so as to not miss a single minute of the games.

Ruth was the family historian, keeping track of all births, weddings, death and other important family events. She was an avid letter writer and always tried to send a birthday card to each of her relatives and friends. Ruth especially loved her cousins. She is one of the last of her generation of Matslers. Only Louella Bilberry, Kay Shank and Carolyn Caudle remain of that generation to carry on the Matsler legacy.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Marshall on Dec. 15, 2002, by her parents Alma Lucas and Allen Lucas, by her brothers Harold Lucas, Wilbern Lucas and James Lucas, and by her sisters Marguerite Claborn and Willie Jo Morrison.

Ruth is survived by her only daughter, Nancy Jo Wyatt and her husband Chris Wyatt of Anchorage, Alaska, grandson Jason Wyatt of Austin, Texas, grandson Scott Wyatt and wife Ally Wyatt of Pittsburgh Pa, grandson Paden Wyatt and wife Monica Wyatt of Austin, granddaughter Hillary Wyatt of Austin, Texas, grandson Bitt Wyatt of Austin, Texas, and great-grandson Lucas Alan Wyatt of Austin.

Services were held Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 First United Methodist with John Bill Hedrick officiating. Burial was at Terrace Cemetery.





Donna Workman-Lemons


Donna Workman-Lemons 64, of Lubbock, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at her nieces’ home in Lubbock. She was born to Norris Sherman and Syble Fern (Hightower) Workman at Blooming Grove, Texas. She attended school at Frost and in 1960 the family moved to Post. She attended school in Tahoka and later obtained her GED from Post schools. Donna worked at the Postex Cotton Mill, The Ranch Burger in Lubbock, Auto Zone and later for the Security Bank in Ralls. She lived at Fluvanna for many years. Her love was her family, friends and her collection of bears. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Randy Workman and sister: Christie Ann Martin. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church of Abernathy.

Survivors include, her spouse, Hurston ‘Buck’ Lemons of Fluvanna; one brother, Gary Workman of Post; three sisters, Sherry and Billy Meurer, Ila Workman and Tena Hughes, all of Lubbock. Donna is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Lifetime survives Donna.

Services were Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Post, with the Rev. Joel Perez, Pastor of the Northside Baptist Church of Abernathy officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Roger Daugherty, Caleb Needham, Rusty Workman, Boady Hand, Chad Williams, and Shorty Martin. Honorary Pallbearers were: Ronnie Bridges, Cody Ferguson, Brandon English, Travis Martin and Lonnie Gene Peel.

The family met friends at the funeral home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, from 6-7 p.m. 




Troy Willis


Services for Troy Willis, 73 , of Post and formerly of Brownfield were held Dec. 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Maddox officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Troy died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at his home in Post. He was born on Feb. 25, 1941 in Brownfield to Troy Ode and Lillie Mae (Abney) Willis. He married Carolyn Terry on October 30, 2004 in Post. He worked for Goodpasture in Brownfield until his retirement. He moved to Post in 2003. Troy was a member of the Masons and was a faithful member of the Post EMS where he drove the ambulance. Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Post, Mother, Lillie Mae Willis of Post; two sons, Gerald Willis of Russellville, Ark and Glenn Willis of Brownfield; two daughters, Glenna Estenson and Gayla Carillo both of Brownfield; four stepsons, Eddie Heatley of Lubbock, Bart Burns of Brownfield, Vincent Burns of Brownfield and Tony Burns of Ackerly; two step-daughters, Cindy Smith of Lamesa and Mindy Burns of Brownfield; four brothers, Johnny Willis of Shallowater, Roy Willis of Lubbock, Coy Willis of Graham and Jimmy Willis of Lubbock; one sister, Annette Riggs of Post, 10 grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two wives: Mary Willis and Cecelia Ann Willis, one stepson, Wendell Heatley, his father, Troy Ode Willis and a sister-in-law, Nancy Robinette.
Visitations were Tuesday at the funeral home. 

 


Diana Sue Basquez


Diana Sue Basquez 48, of Post, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Southern Specialty Rehab Center in Lubbock. She was born to Prudencio ‘Pru’ and Aurelia (Mindieta) Basquez here in Post. Diana attended Post schools and graduated from Post High School in 1984. She was active in the Band Booster Club and attended all the band activities. Diana worked in the concession stand as well. She is preceded in death by her Father: Prudencio ‘Pru’ Basquez; niece: Christina Aguilar and sister: Jackie Gonzales. She is also preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors include: daughter: Courtney Basquez of Post; mother, Aurelia ‘Ana’ Basquez; grandson, Aries ‘Papi Chulo’ Basquez; sisters, Cindy Aguilar and spouse Lupe; Gina Rodriguez and spouse Miguel; nieces, Rubi Rodriguez, Evette Rodriguez; Nephew: Jacob Rodriguez; great-niece, Aubre Garcia.

Rosary was at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection was held Nov. 25, 2014 in the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Giles Dalby, Jr., Felix Bustoz, Jessie Collazo, Jr., L.D. Harper, Roland Basquez, Mario Luna, Jimmy Valdez, Stephen Montoya and Kelly Baker. Honorary Pallbearers were: Aries Basquez and Jacob Rodriguez. 




Jerry Dewayne Pennell

Jerry Dewayne Pennell, 77, passed away Nov. 20, 2014 in Harlingen, Texas.

Jerry was born Jan. 24, 1937 in Houston, Texas to Don and Opal Howard Pennell. He served his country as a SP 4 with the U.S. Army and graduated from Texas Tech, where he received an Engineering Degree.

Jerry married Betty Lou Pennell, who preceded him in death and then on June 8, 1990 married Carol Ann Pennell. He was employed by White Sands in New Mexico, Eagle International in Brownsville, R.C. Kelly, and then Anderson-Bingham. Jerry enjoyed woodworking and genealogy.

Jerry is survived by his wife Carol Pennell of Harlingen; daughter, Kim Pennell (Bill Thompson) of San Antonio; stepdaughter, Page Hines (Bart Hines) of Fort Worth, and several nieces and nephews in Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Opal Pennell of Southland; brothers, Harvey Lewis Pennell of Plainview and Donald Harlan Pennell of Lubbock; and sister, Karen Gale Callaway of Lubbock,.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Terrace Cemetery in Post, with Rev. Page Hines officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

The family would like to give a “special thanks” to the Camargo family (Phillip, Carmen, Moises and Carmen F.) who are a special part of our family. Our heartfelt thanks goes to Jerry’s caregivers Roy Ramos, Alma Ybarra, Maria Cano and Phillip Camargo.

You are invited to sign the online guestbook or share a memory at www. buckashcraft.com.

Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.




Diana Kay Byron


Chapel services for Diana Kay Byron, 69, of Post were held Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jack Maddox of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. She was born on July 18, 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Earl and Jane (Biman) Bias. She grew up in Post and graduated from Post High School. Prior to her retirement she worked as a switchboard operator. Survivors include her mother: Jane Bias of Post, one son: Greg Howell of Mesquite, one daughter: Carrie Howell of Plano and two grandchildren: Grady Howell and Grace Howell both of Mesquite. 



Normagene Godfrey


Normagene Godfrey, 84, of Post died on November 3, 2014 in Post. She was born on March 3, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Everette Godfrey and resided in Des Moines, Iowa for 55 years before moving to Post two years ago.

Survivors include one daughter: Susan and husband Pat Pennell of Post, one grandson, 2 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son.

Services will be in Des Moines, Iowa at a later date.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.




Mary Alice Palos Torres

Mass for Mary Alice Palos Torres, 36, of Lubbock was held?Nov. 2, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church?with Fr. Joseph Thanavelil officiating. Burial in Terrace?Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.?   She died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 in Lubbock. She was?born to Angel and Carmen Palos Sr. on May 27, 1978 in Post.?She had been a resident of Lubbock for many years.?   

Survivors include her husband: Juan Jose Torres of Post,?Parents: Angel and Carmen Palos Sr. of Lubbock, Two Sons:?Jesse Rene Palos and Michael Anthony Palos both of Lubbock,?one daughter: Alicia Ascencion Esparza of Lubbock, two?brothers: Trinidad Palos and Jose Palos both of Lubbock, one?sister: Letecia Palos of Lubbock, grandmother: Sofia Palos?of Lubbock and two grandchildren: Adeline Fay Palos and?Jeremiah Palos both of Lubbock.?   

Rosary was held Oct. 31 at Hudman Funeral?Home.




Lathonia Wiley


Lathonia Wiley 39 of Post, died Saturday October 25, 2014 in Dallas at the Baylor University Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Nov. 1, 2014 in the First Baptist Church of Post.





Breena Payton

Breena Payton 69, of Pleasant Valley died Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014 in Lubbock. 

She was born April 3, 1945 to Charles and Dorothy Joan (Douglas) Kass at Auckland, New Zealand.  

Breena and her family came to the United States in 1946 and settled in San Francisco, California.  Breena started school in New Zealand and graduated high school in San Francisco. 

She married J.W. Payton April 10, 1966 at Treasure Island Naval Base, San Francisco, California.  After their marriage they moved to Post to farm in the Pleasant Valley Community.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Breena was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Slaton.  Breena’s favorite past times were reading and spending time with her grand children.

Breena is survived by her husband of 48 years: J.W. Payton; sons, Thomas H. Payton and wife Terry of Post and Steven Carl Payton of Lubbock; daughter, Korren Anne Payton of Lubbock; two brothers, Paul Kass and Richard Kass;  three grandchildren, Daegan Benham of Wilson, Jessica Payton and Elizabeth Payton, both of Post.  Breena also counted as close friends, Dawne Englesen and Liz Hayes, both of San Francisco, California.

Celebration of Life Memorial service was held 2 p.m. Saturday October 25, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Slaton.  Dr. Cleve Kerby, pastor and the Rev. Kenneth Winchester, Breenas former pastor at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church officiated.  Memorial Service was under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.

The family greeted friends after the service, Saturday.

Breenas request was to donate her body for research, to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Medical School.

Memorials are suggested to Boys Ranch, Children's Home or to a charity of choice.





Billie Jean Anderson Lappen Collins


Billie Jean Anderson Lappen Collins 75, of Post died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at Southern Specialty Rehab and Nursing Center.  She was born July 7, 1939 to Wesley Earl Anderson and Irene Jewel McDougle Anderson here in Post.  They moved to Wichita Falls and Billie Jean attended school there.  She married Joseph Francis Lappen, July 9, 1953 in Wichita Falls.  He preceded her in death Jan. 9, 1971.  After his death she moved to Post to live.  She married Richard L. Collins May 11, 1982 here in Post.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.  Billie Jeans special interests were her family, her grand kids, prison ministry and Walk to Emmaus.  She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Calvin Anderson; daughters: Beverly Davis and Judy Rush; son: Joe Lappen, Jr.; also by three son-in-laws.

Billie Jean is survived by her husband of 30 years: Richard L. Collins.  Son: Alex Lappen and wife Peggy of Midland.  Four daughters: Frances Benham and husband Mark Forrest of Post; Agnes Lyons and husband Chris McDougle of Slaton; Helen Blevins and husband William of Odessa; Rita Mitchell and husband Dwain of Lubbock.  One brother, Wesley Robert Anderson and wife Helen of Dallas;  One sister: Lorena Benham and husband Jerry of Post; 30 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; Aunt: Ila Mae Holleman and husband Jimmy of Post; Also by numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life service was held on Oct. 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Post.  Brother Jack Maddox, pastor officiated.  Burial followed in the Terrace cemetery.  Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.

Pallbearers were: Alex Lappen, Jr., R.J. Lopez, Jeff Blevins, Allen Rush, John Benham and Daniel Jones.  Honorary Pallbearers were: Alex Lappen, Sr., Chris McDougle, David Benham, Jr. and Dustin Lappen.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice.




Breena Payton

Breena Payton of Garza County passed from this life Tuesday October 21, 2014 in Lubbock. Memorial service is pending with Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.




Mattie (Jackie) (Nana) Gibson Miller Wisley

SAN ANGELO - Mattie (Jackie) (Nana) Gibson Miller Wisley, 88, of San Angelo went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, Oct.9, 2014. Visitation was held all day Sunday with the family present at the funeral home located at 1939 Sherwood Way in San Angelo.


Graveside services were at Oct. 13 at Fairview Cemetery in Bronte, Texas with Pastor Harold Watkins of Freedom Fellowship officiating. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.

Mattie was born March 11, 1926 to Floyd and Lola Maude Gibson in Bronte, Texas.
She was preceded in death by Eris Miller, Leo Wisley, her parents Floyd and Lola Gibson, grandparents, son-n-law Dean Huddleston & grandson Randy Jones.

She is survived by her daughters Ruth Huddleston and Partner David Nash of San Angelo, Collette and Clint Jones of Granbury, Texas; granddaughters, Debbie and husband David Farr of Trent, Texas, Lori and husband Brian Hennington of Flipping, Arkansas; grandsons, Gary Huddleston of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Chad Jones of Granbury, Texas; great grandsons J. W. Powell of San Angelo, Quintin and wife Savannah Powell of San Angelo, Kevin and wife Sharon Huddleston of Burnet Texas; twelve great great grandchildren and one great great great granddaughter; sister, Della and husband Joel Webb of Roswell, New Mexico, one great niece, one great great niece; two great great nephews and many many friends.

Special thanks to Gentiva Hospice, nurse Rae, aide Ann, volunteers Eileen, Suzanne, Allen and Rebecca. The staff at Regency that took care of Mattie in her last days.

When I left this world without you

I know it made you blue
Your tears fell so freely
I watched: I know this is true.
While you were weeping
Days after I passed away
While all was silent within me
I saw you kneel to pray.
From this wonderful place called heaven
Where all my pain is gone
I send a gentle breeze to whisper
My loved ones, please go on.”
The peace that I have found here
Goes far beyond compare
No rain, no clouds, no suffering
Just LOVE from everywhere.
You need not be troubled
Just stay close to GOD in prayer
Someday we'll be reunited My love,
His love surrounds you always, EVER

Online condolences may be made to www.shafferpioneer.com





Richard “Dicky” Wayne Vardiman

Richard “Dicky” Wayne Vardiman, Jr. went to meet his Savior Monday evening October 13th at the age of 67. Dicky was a faithful husband and father who left behind a beautiful legacy of love.

Growing up in Post, Dicky enjoyed participating in the FFA and spending time outdoors exploring Sand Creek and his family’s old homestead in Clairmont.

Dicky married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Martin, on July 6th, 1967 and spent 47 years building a beautiful life and raising two daughters who were his pride and joy.

After joining the US Air Force in 1967, Dicky proudly served in Vietnam and stateside. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award.

Dicky went to work at Texas Power & Light as a young man in 1972, where he remained until his retirement in 2011.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wayne Vardiman, Sr, and his mother Bonnie Bell Scogin Vardiman.

Dicky is survived by his wife Cheryl Martin Vardiman of Whitehouse, TX,

daughter Krista Cher Kumahata and husband Jim Kumahata of League City, TX; daughter Alesha Kim Keller and husband Vic Keller of Argyle, TX; Grandchildren Joel and Samantha Kumahata and Zach and Cameron Keller; brother Kenneth McFadin and wife Glenda of Abilene.

Dicky will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who had a compassionate heart and gentle spirit. His love for history, the arts, and country dancing will be fondly remembered by many.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Victory Therapy Center, a therapeutic equine facility, providing services for veterans and others with physical and emotional needs.

VictoryTherapy.org, 10600 Dunham Rd. Roanoke, TX 76262





Ed Ray Baker

Ed Ray Baker, 79 years and 11 months old, passed away from this life on Friday evening, Oct. 10, 2014 at UMC
Hospital in Lubbock after a short time with Dementia.

A Celebration of Life was held Oct. 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Maddox officiating.

He was born to Charlie and Myrtle Baker on Nov. 3, 1934 in Granbury, Tx. He married Beverly Kay Gilmore nearly
54 years ago on Nov. 10, 1958 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Post. Over the years Ed Ray worked as a mechanic,
drilling superintendent for Joe Melton Drilling Co and as a truck driver. He was a loving husband, daddy and Fatty. He
loved reading, doing crossword puzzles every day and his grand/great children. He was a hard-working man until his
illness.

Ed Ray was preceded in death by his parents, one son-Stephen Ray Baker, three brothers, two sisters, nephew Joe Baker and great grandson-Dunkan Ray Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Baker, three Sons: Randy Baker and wife, Trecia Morris, Kelly Baker and wife, Donna Baker, and Gary Baker, two Sisters: Loraine Taylor and Sharla Evers, four Grandchildren: Kam Baker, Klent Baker, Amber Dean and Jeremy Baker and five Great Grandchildren: Kye Baker, Mileigh Baker, Deidra Dean, Allyssa Richardson and Anthony Ray Lopez.
   
The family suggests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Post or to Alzheimer's Association




Jean Jones

Jean Jones, 86, of Midland, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. The family received friends on Sept. 28, 2014 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland. Funeral services were Sept. 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Post. Interment will follow at Terrace Cemetery in Post.

Jean was born Dec. 14, 1927 to John W. and Maggie Joe McQuien in Post. After graduating from Post High School, Jean worked as a telephone operator in Post. She married Hal W. Jones on Nov. 18, 1947. She worked at Postex Cotton Mills for several years.

They lived in Post until 1969 when they moved to Jal, NM. After completing studies at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, Jean obtained her nurse’s license in 1974. She worked at hospitals in Kermit, Andrews, and Jal. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Walton McQuien and husband Hal Jones.

Jean’s family would like to thank Nancy Knight, who was like a daughter to Jean, for her selfless dedication as her caregiver for the last 4 years. The family would like to acknowledge Home Hospice of Midland for their invaluable help in Jean’s final days.

Survivors include her son, Johny W. Jones and wife, Leslie of Jal, NM; daughter, Mara Rundell and husband, Bruce of Glassboro, NJ; daughter, Holli D. Jones of Midland; grandchildren, Hal J. Jones, Holly Jones Aguirre, Ethan Rundell, Owain Rundell; great-grandchildren, Emma Aguirre, Dale Jones, Eugene Jones, and John Jones.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4400 N. Big Spring Ste 32, Midland, TX, 79705.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley- Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of  Midland, TX, 79705.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley- Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www. npwelch.com.



Alvin Lee Vernon


Alvin Lee Vernon 71, of Lubbock died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Covenant Medical Center. He was born March 18, 1943.

Celebration of Life service was held this past Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Post. Burial with honors by the Lubbock County Sheriff ’s Office Honor Guard, will follow in the Terrace Cemetery, Post. 



Sara Ingram


Born July 16, 1938 in Abilene, TX and passed away Sept. 12, 2014 in Dallas, TX. Sara is survived by her husband, Jimmy Ingram; sister, Sandra Huffman; brother, Mike Ray; stepdaughter, Cindy Ingram; niece, Donna Jan Tillman; and three nephews, Brook, Bart, and Kirk Ray. Graveside services were held Sept. 16, 2014 at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to your favorite charity.



Florencio Lopez, Sr.


Florencio Lopez, Sr. 83 of Post, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Rosary was held Sept. 12, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Santaigo Gonzalez officiating. Mass of the Resurrection was held Sept. 13, with the Rev. Joseph Thanavelil, officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery Post.



Cindy Nelson

Cindy Nelson, 71, of Corsicana, formerly of Post, passed away peacefully at Country Meadows Nursing Home on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Cecilia ‘Cindy’ Theora Nelson was born on July 31, 1943 in Post, Texas, to Cecil Merritt and Nancy Alma (Cordell) Bland. Cindy grew up in Post, which is in Garza County, and graduated from high school there. After graduation and turning 18, Cindy moved to Corsicana and lived with her aunt Shuggy. Through her life, she was married, had three children, and was a wonderful homemaker. She worked as a waitress, owned a restaurant, and studied to be a nurse. She served as a home health aide for many years. Cindy was an extremely loving and caring woman, who lived to serve others. She was an exceptional gardener and loved spending time in her garden. She was also a great cook and her cabbage rolls were a favorite dish she prepared for her family. Cindy was a Christian and attended Grace Community Church. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Cindy is survived by her children: Terrie Richter and her husband, David, of Mildred; Mike Kirby and his wife, Mary, of Chatfield; Judy Paschal and her husband, Shannon, of Corsicana; her brother, Bill Bland and his wife, Judy, of Seymour, Texas; her grandchildren: Erika Richter, Tyler Richter, Brooke Richter, Cpl. Matthew Kirby, USMC, Mark Kirby, and Andrew Paschal; and her great-grandchildren: Isaac Cavender, Adiline Richter, and Jensen Kirby. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, and her aunt, Ruth ‘Shuggy’ Carson.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Terrace Cemetery in Post.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA. 22311 (www.diabetes.org), or to a charity of your choice.

An online guest book is available at www. corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Cindy Nelson obituary.



Lillie ‘Lil’ Conner


Services for Lillie ‘Lil’ Conner, 80, of Post were held on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Post, with Pastor Tony Conner officiating. A graveside service and burial was Thursday In Bee House Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home of Post. Mrs. Conner died Sunday, Sept. 7, in Slaton. She was born on May 9, 1934, in Paris, Texas, to Leon and Freida Reeves. She was a graduate of Three Way High School. She married Syd Conner on November 20, 1953, in Lubbock. They moved to Post in 1962. He preceded her in death on December 2, 2009. One brother, James Reeves, also precedes her in death. Survivors include three sons, Rusty Conner of Burien, WA, Tony Conner of Midland, and Randy Conner of Post; a daughter, Christie Curb of Post; three sisters, Dorothy Davis of Portales, NM, Shirley Harrison of Deleon, and Joan Pearcey of San Antonio; one sister-in-law, Dawnye Reeves of Midland; one brother, Jack Reeves of Mortan; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
 
Visitation was Tuesday, September 9, at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Syd Conner Memorial Scholarship Fund, Garza EPC Fund. 806-495- 4400.


Cecelia Bland Nelson


Cecelia Bland Nelson, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Corsicana, TX. Memorial service are pending in Post. She was 71. 




G. B. Wilke

Services for G. B. Wilke, 60, of Post were Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with John Bill Hedrick of the Graham Chapel Methodist Church officiating assisted by Lee Norman. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. G. B. died Aug. 19, 2014 near Floydada. He was born on September 5, 1953 in Slaton to Reuben and Pauline (Perkins) Wilke. He graduated from Post High School and then furthers his education at South Plains College. He was a farmer in Garza County for many years and was an avid collector of antique tractors. Survivors include one brother: Robbie Wilke of Post, one sister: Lillie and husband Jerry Wright of Lovington, NM one niece: Jennifer and husband Efrain Gonzalez of Silverton, one nephew: Christopher and wife Joann Wright of Lubbock and 3 Great nieces and nephews: Alexis and Jacob Gonzalez of Silverton and Landon Wright of Lubbock. Visitation was on Friday at Hudman Funeral Home. 



Deloise (Dan) Reed


Deloise (Dan) Reed was born in Lamar County on March 9, 1950. He went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM. Services were Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Arthur Kelly officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Alberta Reed, one brother: W. M. (Dutch) Reed and two sisters, Eddie Mae Reed and Viola Humphrey. He leaves to cherish his loving memory two daughters: Shannon and Tammy Reed both of Lubbock, four sisters: Dora Williams and Dorothy Pringler both of Post, Anna Bennett of Oklahoma City and Dorothy Sue Griffins of San Diego, Ca, three brothers: Harold Ray Reed of Dallas, Bill H. Reed of Post and Charles Reed of Lubbock, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.



Hugh Mansel Bryan


Services for Hugh Mansel Bryan, 65, of Post were at Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Post with Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Burial, with military honors, were Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in the Spearmen Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. He died August 8, 2014 in Lubbock. He was born on July 30, 1949 in Ft. Worth to Joe Dan and Ruth (Wilbanks) Bryan. Hugh was raised in Spearman and furthered his education at Tarleton State University. He then served in the Army where he flew Cobra helicopters. Hugh retired from the Texas Department of Justice and then moved to Post to work for MTC as Associate Warden at the Dalby Correctional Facility for the past 12 years. His many interest included flying both fixed wing and radio controlled aircraft, military history, restoring 1940,s era jeeps, the history channel and MTC (a job he truly loved). He was also a member of the Masonic L o d g e . Hugh married Nora Turner on Nov. 25, 1999 in Newport News, Va. Survivors include his wife Nora of Post, two sons: Les (Kathy) Turner of Houston and Michael (Sisi) Turner of Post, one daughter: Laura (Aaron) Martin of Travis AFB, Calif., one brother: Joe Mike (Dee) Bryan of Tucson, AZ and five grandchildren: Ryan Turner, Zach Turner, Kaitlan Turner, Issabella Turner and Liam Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: James Bryan and by one granddaughter Grace Martin.



Josephine Landtroop


Josephine was born February 24, 1944 in Sulphur Springs, Texas and after a short illness passed to our Lord on July 31st, 2014 at Hendrix Medical Center, Abilene, Texas.

She Spent her childhood in Yanis, Tx where she was remembered by her brothers and sisters as a loving sister that watched over all of the others, keeping them out of trouble.

Josephine was known for her compassion and loyal dedication to family and friends.

In December of 1961 Josephine married Wendell (Pete) Coyt Landtroop Jr. They lived in many different states and places as they were proud to be part of the Military and they served over 20 years in the Army. Josephine was the perfect military wife as she spent a lot of time raising their children while Pete was away on assignment.

One of their favorite times together was driving throughout Texas looking at all of the wild flowers and especially the bluebonnets.

She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Coyt, her husband Wendell (Pete) Landtroop Jr, her father Orville Nichols of Yanis, Texas and her mother, Sally Rebecca Walker of Grand Saline, Tx. Josephine is survived by her children, Jeannie Lavelle McIntire, fiancÈ Steve Satoff of North Carolina, Jacquelyn Lavelle Walker, Abiline, Tx, Wendi Dawn Landtroop, Abilene, Tx. Josephine is survived by her brothers, Steven Tyler Orville Nichols, wife Gail, Jimmy Lee Nichols, wife Kay, sisters Mary Dell Keller, husband Calvin, Diannie Kay Walden, husband Doug, Callie Morgan, Charlotte Critzenberg, husband Cary, and Linda Gale Stone, husband Brad. Josephine was also survived by sister-in-law, Jeannie Brookshire, husband Weldon, brother-in-law, Charlie Landtroop, wife Sabrina and her mother-in-law, Imogene Landtroop. She is survived by grandchildren Ronnie Coyt McIntire, Clifton Ray McIntire, Michelle Rene Rico, husband Jonathan Rico, John Thomas (JT) Morelan, wife Natasha, Rebecca Nicole Morelan, Josh Maldonado, Odell Coyt Walker and Dillan James Landtroop. 8 great grandchildren, one on the way, 20 nieces, 8 nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She will be missed dearly and loved by all. Viewing was at Hudman’s Funeral Home, Post, TX Saturday, with Services the following Sunday.



Nedra Evans Foster


A beloved mother, sister and wife; a kind and gentle woman to her Terrace United Methodist and “Voyager” friends; and an affectionate “Mimi” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren; Nedra Evans Foster, 89, joined the Lord in Heaven early Friday morning, July 25, 2014. There, she will be reunited with her brother, Jack Evans, and sister, Marion Wheatley, as well as with her daughters, Rebecca Manry and Lisa Foster.

Born to Eula and Boone Evans of Post, TX – where she will be laid to rest at Terrace Cemetery Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10 a.m. – she was the third of four children. As a young woman, she enjoyed riding horses on the open range and played the clarinet in the marching band in high school. She attended West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, TX, where she met the love of her life, Robert Donnell (Don) Foster after having caught his eye in a play she had performed in. They later married in 1945 and lived in Austin, TX, while Don finished his education before moving to Houston where they would begin their family and eventually spend 69 wonderful years together.

Although petite in stature, Nedra’s brimming and adventurous spirit carried her to exotic and home-grown locales alike. Whether it was as one of the first Americans to venture back into Communist China in 1979 with Don, or during her regular girls-only shopping trips to Wimberley with her sisters, she always touched the hearts of those she came across. Yet even during her busier years, she never forgot to show her kin how much she loved them and how proud she was of their accomplishments.

Funeral service were held at Terrace United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to celebrate a life well-lived and well-loved. Visitation was held prior to Wednesday’s service on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, also at Waltrip Funeral Home.

Her family would like to welcome you all to a 10 a.m. service at Terrace Cemetery in Post on Saturday, August 2, 2014, to celebrate a life well-lived and well-loved. Visitation will be held prior to Saturday’s service on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Justice- Mason Funeral Home, 301 West main Street in Post, where stories and memories were shared with her friends and her family, to include: husband Don, son Michael with his wife Joan, sister Joyce with her husband Gene, and her grandchildren Brandon with his wife Gail, Eric with his wife Sheila, Lindsey with her husband Clifton, and Taylor, in addition to her seven great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin, William, Ethan, Cara, Evangeline and Anselm.

She will be missed but not forgotten. And to ensure this – in lieu of flowers – remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, American Diabetes Association, or your favorite charitable cause.



Stanley Joe Degan


Stanley Joe Degan, 66, died at his home in Kalgary, Texas, on Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014.
He was born in Matador, Texas on October 26, 1947 to Joe and Leona Degan. Stanley married his childhood sweetheart, Donna Rogers on December 6, 1969. They were married almost 45 years.

Stanley farmed all his life. He and his daddy owned several cotton gins in Afton, Flomot and Kalgary. The last seven years of his life, he and his son, Dane Degan, farmed cotton in Kalgary.

He was a member of White River Lake Chapel and was baptized in that lake in 1985. Stanley was also a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Stan was also a 20-year board member of Caprock Telephone in Spur, Texas, and served on the Crosbyton School Board from 1987 to 1999.

He was a hunter and a fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his 8 grandchildren who lovingly called him “Pappy”.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Donna Degan of Kalgary, Three children: Shawna and Jeff Abernathy of Abilene, Shay and Jimmy McDaniel of Sundown, and Dane and Leah Degan of Lubbock. His mother Leona Degan of Crowell, brother Morris Degan of Medicine Mound and a sister Sheila Gilbert of Jacksonville Alabama. Eight grandchildren: Kyler, Kason and Eli Degan; Seth, Luke and Kolt McDaniel; Jake and Allie Abernathy.

Graveside services were held at the Flomot Cemetery on July 19, under the direction of Adams Funeral Home Crosbyton In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Lubbock. Online condolences can be made at www.adamsfuneral.com.





Don Pennell

Graveside services for Don Harlan Pennell, 73, of Lubbock were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Terrace Cemetery with Dr. Jerry Koch of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Don died Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Lubbock. He was born on June 23, 1941 in Southland to Donald and Opal (Howard) Pennell. He was a 1959 graduate of Southland High School. Don was a mechanical and also drove trucks for many years. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include one son: Matt and wife Gloria Pennell of Lubbock, one brother: Jerry and wife Carolyn Pennell of Harlingen and one granddaughter: Jazmin Aguilar of Lubbock.




Matthew Aaron Valadez

Matthew Aaron Valadez died July 15, 2014. He was 38. Services were held July 21 in Slaton. He was buried at Green Memorial Park Cemetery in Wilson.



Carl Dwaine Boteler


Memorial services for Carl Dwaine Boteler, 72, of Post will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Carl died Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Lubbock. He was born on June 13, 1942 in Coolidge, Arizona to Henry and Flora (Bilberry) Boteler. He married Ingrid Klumpp on May 9, 1964 in Plainview. Prior to his retirement he worked as a pumper.

Survivors include his wife, Ingrid, of Post, two sons: Dwaine Boteler of Glendale, Arizona and Kenneth Boteler of Okinawa, Japan, one sister: Iva Sanders of Floydada and five grandchildren.




Manuel Certantez

Manuel Certantez of Hereford and formerly of Post, died Monday July 7, 2014 in Amarillo. He was born August 17, 1943 to Manuel and Emilia Casias Certvantez at Lorenzo. They moved to Post in 1959 to live. He married Marta Deleon here in Post March 13, 1969 and to this marriage a daughter was born, Andrea. They moved to Hereford and Manuel went to work as a truck driver, hauling cattle.

He worked for Bradford Trucking, Cavness Trucking and later for Reiter Trucking. In 2010 he retired due to health. While living in Hereford he became very active in the First Church of the Nazarene.

Services for Manuel were 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Post Church of Christ, 10th and Avenue M. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery in Post. Jimmy Valdez and Travis Sweet, minister of the Post Church of Christ, officiated.

Survivors include his daughter: Andrea Weilacher and spouse Jeffrey of Denton; sister: Katy Valdez and spouse John of Post; four grandchildren: Aimee Speer of Ft. McGuire, New Jersey, Jordan Escamilla, Alyssa Escamilla and Emily Escamilla, all of Denton.

Pallbearers were: Scott Weilacher, Jordan Escamilla, Feliciano Escamilla, Michael Valdez, Mark Valdez and Harvey Polanco.

Memorial are suggested to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 50433, Amarillo, TX 79109


Myra Hill Oden

Myra Hill Oden, 55, died July 10, 2014 in Lubbock. She was born May 5, 1959. Services were held Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Graham Chapel United Methodist Church. The family had visitation Saturday at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Post.



Christine Shankles


Christine Shankles, 82, went home to her Lord and Savior June 28, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital, in Odessa, TX.

She was a long time resident at Derrings Nursing Center in Odessa.

Born, Christine Freeman, Feb. 10, 1932 in Durham, GA., to Naomi Hallman Freeman and Newby Freeman.
She married Granville Shankles, Nov. 8, 1950 in Ft. Payne, AL.

They lived in Alabama, Louisiana and then Texas until his death May 19, 1965.

She is preceded in death by her Husband Granville, and her son Anthony Shankles.

She is survived by: sons, Kyle Shankles and Stephen Shankles, both of Hooks, TX.; Anthony’s wife, Amy, of Slaton; son Wesley Shankles and wife Lizz of Hermleigh; daughter Naomi Shankles of Gresham, OR.; daughters Melody Shankles Scott and husband Doug, of Odessa; granddaughters Magan Scott Riddle and husband Tyler, of Odessa; Samantha Shankles of Slaton, and Kristen Shankles of Hermleigh; grandsons Anthony Shankles II of Snyder, and Pace Sanders of Lubbock; four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Interment will be next to her husband at the cemetery in Wilson, TX.

Graveside services were held by Hudman Funeral Home July 3, with Pastor Henry Walton of North College Avenue Baptist Church, in Snyder, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.



Wanda Mitchell


Wanda Mitchell, 77, died peacefully at her home on June 16, 2014. Wanda was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and cherished friend to many. She was born March 24, 1937 to Gene and J.C. White of Stamford, Texas.

She grew up in Stamford and graduated from Stamford High School in 1955. She married Mike Mitchell August 5, 1955.
 
Wanda spent many years in the beer industry with Mike. They were distributors for Lone Star, Pearl, Olympia, and many other brands for the Lubbock area. She served as the main street manager of Post for many years following her retirement from the beer business where she was fondly referred to as “the boss of the town”. Mike and Wanda moved to Lubbock in 2008 and Wanda became active in several bridge clubs and the Lubbock Women’s Club. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Mike. She is survived by four children, Kim Mills- Oller and husband, Rich; Kelly Davis and husband, David; Pat Mitchell, and Mike Sullivan along with six grandchildren, Macee Mills Balka and husband, Russ; Meagan Mills Sackenheim and husband, Michael; Mitchell Mills; MacheÆ Mitchell Milhauser and husband, Matt; Dylan Davis, and Sutton Mitchell. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren with a fifth due soon, Leah and Luke Balka, and Mathew, Jacob, and baby brother Sackenheim. She leaves quite a legacy!

Services are under the direction of human Funeral home of Post. Interment will be Friday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Terrace Cemetery in Post for family and close friends. Following the burial, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Post. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, TX 79410 or First Presbyterian Church of Post, 910 West 10th St., Post, TX 79356.



Ronald Lou Bouchier


Ronald Lou Bouchier, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away at his home in Houston on Tuesday, the 3rd of June 2014, following complications from Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s Diseases. He was 81. Ronald Bouchier, son of Buena and Tom W. Bouchier, grew up in Post, Texas. He was active in sports, the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated Post High School at the age of sixteen. He continued on to New Mexico Military Institute where he made lifelong friends, participated in sports, and revealed the leadership qualities that later defined him.

Ronnie earned his degree in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas. He was inducted into the Cowboy Honor Society and served as president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, retaining those friendships through the years. Following graduation, Ronnie Bouchier served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, after which Manhattan Construction Company of Houston, Texas employed him. He worked in Houston for three years before being sent to Lubbock, Texas to open offices that would oversee construction of commercial properties in Northwest Texas and New Mexico.

He married Linda Lott, the love of his life, in Post, Texas in 1960. The couple lived in Lubbock, Texas until 1967 when they and their three children, Blair, Ryla, and Lew, moved to Houston, Texas.

Once in Houston, Ronnie began a successful career in real estate and commercial office building development. He was also active in banking and overseas investment activities. A consummate gentleman, Ronnie was also known for his integrity and his unwavering belief in the goodness and opportunity in the United States of America.

He held a strong belief in education and was a generous and private donor of countless scholarships to young people through the years. He was an enthusiastic participant in the New Mexico Military Alumni Association serving as a Director for 12 years and its President for three years.

Ronnie also served as a member of the University of Texas Student Union Board, enjoying an active association with former and current students. He was an avid reader and collector of books on history, with greatest concentration of interest on military history, especially on World War II. He remembered with great pleasure his trips to Normandy on D-Day anniversaries, and being in the congenial company of other military scholars and historians. He was known for his love of travel, love of family, love of friends, his menagerie of pets, and his wonderful sense of humor. Ronnie Bouchier is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Blair Bouchier and his wife Janice of Taos, New Mexico; daughter, Ryla Bouchier and her fiancé, Frank Spagnoletti, of Houston; and son, Lew Bouchier, of Austin. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Nicole Bouchier, of Chicago, Illinois and grandsons, Austin and Maxfield Bouchier, of Austin. He was surrounded by family, close friends and wonderful caregivers in the last years of his life, his “Band of Angels.”

Arrangements in Houston were entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, The Funeral Directors Since 1936, www.geohlewis. com, 713.789.3005.

Friends were received at a visitation with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, the 8th of June, at Justice- Mason Funeral Home. A funeral service and celebration of his life was conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, the 9th of June, at the First United Methodist Church in Post, Texas. Interment followed at Terrace Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: K.W. Kirkpatrick, Mark Kirkpatrick, Richard Kirkpatrick, Drew Kirkpatrick, Jack Lott, Jeff Lott, Jay Lott, Tommy Bouchier and Frank Spagnoletti.

Post arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to the Boy Scouts of America at 2225 N. Loop W. Fwy, Houston, TX, 77008; or to the charity of one’s choice.




James Thomas Aten


 James Thomas Aten, 85 of Grassland died Tuesday, June 3, 2014. James Thomas Aten, son of Henry and Era (Thomas) Aten was born August 19, 1928 in Lynn County.

He married LaVerne Furr, daughter of Woodrow and Velma (McCarty) Furr, September 15, 1955 at Post.

James graduated Post High School at the age of 16.

He was a member of the Grassland Nazarene Church. Having served on the Church Board and played the violin and guitar for the song service. He also sang in the choir. He served as president of Grassland Water Supply for several years and also on the Grassland Butane Inc. board. James was a very talented musician and knife maker. He farmed in the Close City Community and Grassland Community. He is preceded in death by his brother Ted Aten and his parents.

Survivors include: his wife of 58 years LaVerne Aten; one son, Mike Aten and his wife Julie; one daughter, Terri Aten. one grandson, Larry Don Lee and wife Virginia and two great-grandchildren, Seth and Samantha, all of Grassland.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Grassland Nazarene Church with Charlie Stice and James Miller, officiating. Burial followed in the Grassland Cemetery. Services were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Post.

Pallbearers were: Terry Laws, Joby Long, G.B. Wilke, Robbie Wilke, Delbert McCleskey and Bill Aten.



Ronald L. “Ronnie” Bouchier

Ronald L. “Ronnie” Bouchier of Houston passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the age of 81.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Post.

A Houston visitation was held Friday at the George H. Lewis and Sons funeral home.




Teresa G. Nelson
 
Funeral service for Teresa Nelson, 51, of Slaton was at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 5, in Englunds Chapel with Pastor David Rohde officiating. Burial followed in Terrace Cemetery in Post under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

Teresa was born in Slaton on Dec. 16, 1962. She passed from this life May 31, 2014 in Houston.

She grew up in Southland Community where she graduated from Southland High School in 1980. She participated as a cheerleader and was on the track and basketball teams.

After graduation, she had a number of careers, including Fields & Company, Greg Garrett Realtors, Coors, as well as working as an Insurance Adjuster, in the oilfield, and as a waitress at George’s in Post.

She is survived by her sons, Stephen and wife Angel Nelson, Joshua Nelson all of Post, and Matthew Nelson and Veronica Ramirez of Wilson, her parents Arlie and Donnie Nelson of Post, sisters Arla Koslan of El Paso, Carla Reiter of Post, and Lisa Nelson of Slaton, a special friend T. K. Thompson of Post, along with six grandchildren.

There was a family visitation Wednesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to your favorite charity. 




Naomi Norman Terry

Services for Naomi Norman Terry, 95, were held on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Combest Family Funeral Homes with interment at Grassland Cemetery. She was born November 15, 1918 in Vashtie, Texas to Samuel and myrtle (Hodges) Cox. She attended high school in Post and was in a partnership with Grassland Butane Company until her retirement. Naomi was married to Auvie Lee Norman who preceded her in death, for 40 years. She married to C.B. Terry, who also preceded her in death. Naomi was of the Baptist faith and also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. One brother, Don Cox, also preceded Naomi in death. Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Weeman and husband Bill of Lubbock and Cherri Cook and husband A.G. of Logan, New Mexico; brother, Bill Cox and wife Sammie of Bixby, Ok; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one nephew, Judge Lee Norman of Post. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125 Dallas, Texas 75284-1125 




T. J. “Tom” Henley


T. J. “Tom” Henley 76, passed away Sunday May 4, 2014. A Celebration of Mr. Henley’s life was held Thursday May 8, 2014, at 10:30 A.M. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. A tribute of T. J.’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners. net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Thomas Jefferson, Jr. was born on October 5, 1937 to Thomas Jefferson Henley and Annie Green Henley in Scurry County. He graduated from New Deal High School in 1957. On June 9, 1957, T. J. married the love of his life, Kay Dunlop at New Deal Church of Christ in New Deal, Texas. He owned and operated Henley Interiors, LTD for 26 years. T.J. was an avid fisherman. He attended all of his grandchildren’s athletic events and stock shows. After retiring from Henley Interiors, he raised Longhorn cattle and enjoyed building bird houses. One of his many recognizable qualities was his renowned laugh, which lit up the room. He loved to have coffee with his buddies at George’s and drive his best friend “Hank”, the dog, around Post, Texas. In between his coffee breaks, T. J. contributed numerous hours building dog houses, fences, and making dog silhouettes for the Post Animal Refuge Center. Our beloved Paw Paw will be truly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Henley; their children, Donna Henley and her fiancé, Randy Rogers, Cindy Williams and husband, Kenny, and James Henley and wife, Gina; grandchildren, Khristy Biggs, and husband, Mike, Justin Preston and wife, Vicki, Brad Jeffreys and girlfriend, Lori Moreno, Cody Preston, Briana, Brittany, and Brogan Henley; great-grandchildren, Hunter Preston and Morgan Biggs; siblings, Dewey Henley, Virgie Chambers, and Bernadeane Wilson and husband, Billy.

Memorial contributions are welcome and the family suggests:
Post Animal Refuge Center, P.O. Box 13, Post, TX 79356

The family would like to extend special thanks for all of the loving care provided by the UMC and Accolade Hospice staff. 




Keith Davis

 
Keith Davis, 70, of Post and formerly of Brownfield died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. A graveside service was held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday May 6, 2014 at the Terrace Cemetery in Post. Dr. Jerry Koch, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church and also the First Christian Church officiated. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

Keith was born August 24, 1943 in Lubbock to Sol and Doris (Howell) Davis. Keith started school here in Post and at the age of 13, he and his family moved to Brownfield. Keith attended Brownfield schools and graduated from Brownfield High School. After graduation he attended Texas Tech for a time and then returned to Brownfield to work for his Dad. Keith later sold irrigation systems and then started ranching. That was his passion, he loved taking care and working his cattle. Keith was blessed with five children, all of which he loved dearly. Keith was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife: Vonda Jean Davis of Post. Three sons: Jay Keith Davis and wife Sheryl Joyce Streety Davis of Burlison, Tennessee; Justin Shawn Davis and wife Brandy Michelle Zink Davis of Cedar Park and Sterling Lee Davis of Lubbock. Two daughters: Lisa Denice Davis Moore and spouse James Byron Moore of Katy and Amanda Leigh Davis Robles and spouse William Ernest Robles of Plains. One brother: Biff Davis and spouse Janet Davis of Amarillo. One sister: Susan Hartis of Weatherford.

Nine grandchildren: Mason James Moore, Bethany Denice Moore, Sarah Paige Davis, Jay Keith Davis, II, Cassandra Renee Davis, Briley Madison Davis, Emma Katelyn Davis, Karleigh M’Kenzie Robles and Brady James Robles.

Honorary Pallbearers were all friends old and young alike. 




Naomi Norman-Terry


Naomi Norman-Terry, 95 of Tahoka died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Services were held April 26, 2014 at Combest Family Funeral Homes in Tahoka with interment at Grassland Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes of Tahoka. 



Richard Cook


Services for Richard Cook 70, of Post were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel with Archie Gill officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites was in Willow Cemetery in Haskell under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Cook died April 22, 2014 in Lubbock.

Richard was born on Oct. 9, 1943 in Columbus, Texas to John and Dorothy (Kotrola) Cook. He worked in New Mexico as a field technician for El Paso Natural Gas for many years. He later moved to Post, where he was raised, and worked for MTC Corp for 10 years before his retirement. He married Bettie Hill on January 14, 1997 in Carlsbad, NM. She preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2010.

Survivors include: one daughter, Melissa (Missy) Davis of Carlsbad, NM and two sons, Cody Cook of Post and Johnny Mack Brown of Wellman; one brother, Ronnie “Fuddy” Cook of Cherokee, OK, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.



Mary Frances Lee


Mary Frances Lee, 86, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Garrison Geriatric Rehab in Lubbock, Tx. She was born on Oct. 3, 1927 in Henrietta, Texas. Mary was married to the love of her life, Elton Lee, on March 8, 1946. Elton preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2003.

Services will be at 10 AM Monday, April 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Post with Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 6 until 7:30 PM at the funeral home. Mary and Elton owned Fashion Cleaners in Post for 31 years. She helped get the business started and then she was able to be a stay-at-home mom. Mary lived all of her life in Post until April 2011. She then moved to Reeves-Rhoades Terrace, an assisted living facility in Crosbyton, Tx. where her daughter resided. She loved going to Lubbock to eat out but mostly to see and be with her two great-granddaughters. Mary and her sister, Billie Meeks, of Slaton were the last two of the eight Hester children. Mary is survived by daughters Belinda Byrd and husband Edward of Crosbyton and Brenda Prather and husband Rex of Post; granddaughters Vanessa Baldree and husband Robert of Lubbock and Tamara Adams and husband Tim of McKinney; grandsons Shawn Hines of Austin and Heath Hines and wife Jackie of Billings, Montana. She is also survived by six great grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart: Avery Baldree, Piper Adams, Paxton Adams, Emily Baldree, Colby Hines and Caden Hines. The family wishes to thank Vivian West and her staff at Reeves-Rhoades, Belinda with IntegraCare, Mica Lust P. A.. and all the staff at Garrison for the love and care they have shown. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to IntegraCare of Lubbock or First Baptist Church of Crosbyton building fund. 



Judy McInroe


Services for Judy McInroe, 64, of Post were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the First Baptist Church. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Judy died Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Post. She was born on Jan. 2, 1950 in Garza County to Ben and Carol Jean (Long) Huff. She married Jimmy Don McInroe on Oct. 9, 1988 in Reno, NV. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1993. She was retired from the Garza County Sheriff office.

Survivors include one son: Benny and wife Teresa Hair of Post and one daughter: Reshea and husband Rodney Tidwell of Post, three brothers: Jack Huff of Bloomfield, NM, Moe Huff of Bloomfield, Nm and Freddy Huff of Post, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and by one sister: Beth Todd and one brother: Mike Huff.

Visitation was Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 




Judy McInroe


Services for Judy McInroe, 64, of Post were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the First Baptist Church. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Judy died Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Post. She was born on Jan. 2, 1950 in Garza County to Ben and Carol Jean (Long) Huff. She married Jimmy Don McInroe on Oct. 9, 1988 in Reno, NV. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1993. She was retired from the Garza County Sheriff office.

Survivors include one son: Benny and wife Teresa Hair of Post and one daughter: Reshea and husband Rodney Tidwell of Post, three brothers: Jack Huff of Bloomfield, NM, Moe Huff of Bloomfield, Nm and Freddy Huff of Post, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and by one sister: Beth Todd and one brother: Mike Huff.

Visitation was Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.



Donald Ray Atkinson


Donald Ray Atkinson, 76, passed from this life on March 16 in Lubbock. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at Dickens Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Spur.

Atkinson was born to Claude and Minnie Atkinson on Jan. 7, 1938, in Dickens, Texas. He was a retired lineman in the surrounding area, and was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers and wives Gaylyn Thatcher, Glenda Webb, and Sue Bond. Survivors include children Brenda Foster of Andrews, Doni Crews of Odessa, Chris Atkinson of Lubbock, Debbie McBride of Florence, and Bo Atkinson of Robinson; sisters, Bobbie (Honey) Hix and Elmyra Greenwood and brother, C.L. Atkinson; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Family visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Zapata Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers family suggest memorials to the Garza County EMS, 608 West 6th St., Number B, Post, TX, 79356. 



Donald Ray Atkinson


Donald Ray Atkinson, 76, passed from this life on March 16 in Lubbock. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at Dickens Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Spur.

Atkinson was born to Claude and Minnie Atkinson on Jan. 7, 1938, in Dickens, Texas. He was a retired lineman in the surrounding area, and was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers and wives Gaylyn Thatcher, Glenda Webb, and Sue Bond.

Survivors include children Brenda Foster of Andrews, Doni Crews of Odessa, Chris Atkinson of Lubbock, Debbie McBride of Florence, and Bo Atkinson of Robinson; sisters, Bobbie (Honey) Hix and Elmyra Greenwood and brother, C.L. Atkinson; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Family visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Zapata Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers family suggest memorials to the Garza County EMS, 608 West 6th St., Number B, Post, TX, 79356.




Frances Elizabeth Tidwell

Frances Elizabeth Tidwell, of Uvalde and a Post resident for several years, died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 101 in Uvalde.

She was born on May 5, 1912 in Montell, Texas to Pleas and Eula (Wilson) McMains. She married Cecil Tidwell on Feb. 17, 1940. They moved to Del Rio where he worked for the Texas Highway Department. After his retirement, they traveled frequently between, Del Rio, Uvalde and Post in order to be near family. Their time in Post created friendships among neighbors and at the Post Church of Christ, where they attended services and where she also attended ladies bible class. She was also a member of the Getty Street Church of Christ, Uvalde.

Tidwell is survived by her daughter, Peggy Townsend of Abilene; granddaughter Serena Voss and husband Jim of Post; grandson Jimmy Saunders and wife Katheryn of Abilene; two great-grandchildren; Michael Voss and wife Jill of Ranch Cordova, Calif., and Lorena Hannel and husband Jeff of Lubbock; five great-great grandchildren: Dacia and Saidee Hannel, Mason, Henna and Julie Voss, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; two sister, Anna Lee McMains ad Marguerite McMains Franklin (husband L.J.); three bothers, Sam Mc Mains (wife Jean); Gordie McMains (wife, Juanita); and Marion McMains (wives, Eltea and Helen); one niece, Catherine McMains Keeney, and one great-great granddaughter, Jessica Xeta Voss.

Funeral and burial were March 8, in Uvalde. Memorials may be made to the White River Youth Camp, 2638 FM 2794, Spur, TX, 79370.




Noah Michael Shakespeare


LUBBOCK — The name Noah means “peace” and “rest.” Baby Noah Michael Shakespeare found perfect peace and rest in heaven in the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Noah was born to Dr. Andrew and Liesl (Quick) Shakespeare on December 17, 2013, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, TX. During his too-short life Noah brought unspeakable joy to his parents, family and friends. From the much-anticipated moment he entered this world and “It’s a BOY!” was shouted until his final breath, Noah blessed so many lives with his dimpled giggles, his cuddling snuggles, and his bright-eyed wonder — all a testament to the undying faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. His parents and sister will continually praise God for the time they were given with “Noah Buddy.”

Just as far away as heaven
Just as close as the beat of our hearts,
And although we can’t be with you
We will love you wherever you are.

Noah was welcomed into heaven by his Aunt Casey Shakespeare and his Great-Uncle David Quick. In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by sister Adelyn; paternal grandparents Hoy and Susan Shakespeare of Lubbock; maternal grandparents Dr. Don and Mary Lou Quick of Lubbock; great-grandparents H.L. and Mary Shakespeare of Levelland, TX, Dan and Geneva Michael of Pampa, TX, Don and Anne Quick of Keller, TX, and Neal and Maria VanderVeldt of Eureka, CA; Uncle Jason and Aunt Veronica McCullough (Humble, TX), Uncle Jon and Auntie Allison Quick (College Station, TX), Uncle Daniel Quick (Lubbock), and Uncle Donnie Quick and Aunt Sarah Veralli (San Antonio, TX); and cousins Ashlyn, Kace and Zeke Lott, Colt and Barrett McCullough, and Nate and Caedmon Quick; and countless other family and dear friends.

We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 -8 p.m. March 10, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Baby Noah’s life on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 2 pm at Trinity Church Chapel, 7002 Canton Avenue, Lubbock. A tribute for Noah may be found at www.memorialdesigners. net, where you may leave expressions of sympathy for his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkridge Pregnancy Medical Clinic 5203 79th St, Suite B, Lubbock, TX 79424 or Parkridge.org/ donations.




Wilma Ann Wardlow

GRANBURY — Wilma Ann Wardlow, 89, passed away Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014, in Granbury.

A visitation with family and friends was held Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.
Funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home in Pampa, Texas. Her burial took place at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas. A visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Pampa.

Mrs. Wardlow was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Post, Texas, to E.V. Dooley and Carah Ann Redmond Dooley. She married Wendell Curtis Wardlow, Nov. 13, 1944, in Plainview, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pampa and attended Stonewater Church in Granbury. Wilma loved to travel, especially in the mountains. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to horse races, but shopping was her real hobby.

Survivors: Husband, Wendell Wardlow; children, Stan Wardlow, Rick Wardlow and wife, Teresa, Michelle Wardlow- Rivera and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Tavela Norris, Amy and Luke Morton, Amanda and Chris Wilson, Paydon and Raychel Ramirez, Falon Ramirez; great grandchildren, Kobe, Brenna, Tia, Mia, Haven, Ella, Ethan, Xaylei, Paydon Jr., Brinley, Macey, Isaiah; great great grandchildren, Jade and Lane.




Elsie Wright

LUBBOCK — Elsie Dale Joesy Wright passed away Feb. 28, 2013, after a short illness. Mrs. Wright was married to L.L. “Blackie” Wright for 30 years. He preceded her in death in 1978
Mrs. Wright grew up on a cotton farm west of Post. After graduating from Texas Tech, Mrs. Wright taught school for 48 years. She began her career in the Close City school, then Post before moving to Lubbock. During her 40-year tenure at LISD, Mrs. Wright taught at Sanders and Thompson schools before teaching at Bowie Elementary where she was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by LISD. She loved children and was a long-time member of Green Lawn Church of Christ.
She is survived by one son, Mike Wright; four grandchildren, Justin Wright, Jared Wright, Matthew Wright and Micah Wright Lykins; two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Theona Josey; R.E. and Martha Josey; Roy and Loveta Josey; Royce Josey and Sandee Cross; Don and Joyce Josey Tatum; Charles and Loyce Josey Phillips; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Green Lawn Church of Christ, March 4, 2013 with burial at the Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock. 



Michael Brandon Isbell

POST — Memorial services for Michael Brandon Isbell, 21, of Andrews and formerly of Post were held at 1 PM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with John Hedrick of the Graham Chapel Methodist Church officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. He died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Andrews. He was born on December 2, 1992 in Lubbock.

Survivors include his parents: Michael and Regena Isbell of Post, 1 Sister: Kelsey Isbell of Post, 1 Brother: Dakota Isbell of Post, Grandparents: Lois Harvell of Andrews, Darlene Hale of Odessa, Clyde and Gail Harris of San Angelo, Janie Isbell of Denver City and Jerry Isbell of Mineola and a Great Grandmother: Fern Barnes of Lamesa.



Jack Rains


BOVINA — Jack Eugene Rains, 74, 0f Bovina, died Friday, February 28, 2014, in Lubbock.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Bovina with the Rev. Brian Mullins, church pastor, officiating. Burial was to follow at 3 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery at Southland, under the direction of Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home of Friona.

Mr. Rains was born June 11, 1939, in Lubbock, Texas, to Carl Eugene and Estha “Penny” Belle Cash Rains. He graduated from Post High School and Texas Tech University. He worked in the oil fields, on various ranches and in other jobs and for Pioneer Natural Gas before owning and operating Parmer County Spraying Inc. in Bovina, retiring in 2007.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a twin sister Dede Kennedy; and his first wife, Marilyn Rains.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Rains of Bovina; son Thad Rains of Lubbock; daughter Ryn Rains of Post; stepson Steve Pruitt of Wylie; sister Jimmie Lueder of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family visitation was Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75244; or a favorite charity. 



Walton McQuien

Services for Walton Ray McQuien, 90, of Post were held at 11 AM Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel with Charles McCook and John Hedrick officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Walton died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Lubbock. He was born on November 26, 1923 in Garza County to John Willis and Maggie (Matsler) McQuien. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and a veteran of WWII. He farmed and ranched in eastern Garza County.

Survivors include 1 Sister: Nannie Jean Jones of Midland, a Sister-in-Law: Helen McQuien of Plainview and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Paul Matsler, Martin Matsler, Ted Tatum, John Schenk, Donnie Cornell and Jim Bocko.




Penny Adams

Georgia Mae “Penny” Adams, 82, of Post, died Thursday, Feb. 20, at Golden Plains Care Center. Graveside services, under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home, were Saturday in Terrace Cemetery, Post, with the Rev. John Bill Hedrick officiating.



Mary Roberts


Mary Marlin Roberts, 81, of Lubbock died Wednesday February 12, 2014 at University Medical Center with her husband of almost 57 years by her side. Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday February 15, 2014 at the 82nd and Avenue V Church of Christ with Dennis Dees and Rick Clark, Elders of the church officiating. A graveside service was held 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Terrace Cemetery, in Post. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

Mary was born April 7, 1932 to Roy Roosevelt and Roxie Viola Bell (Scott) Lee at Tahoka. Her family moved to Post shortly after she was born and later returned to Tahoka. She graduated Tahoka High School and went to work for General Telephone as an operator. Mary and Glenn W. Roberts were married February 14, 1957 in Tahoka. They made their home in Lubbock where Mary worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone. After working 37 and a half years she retired. She and Glenn enjoyed traveling in their RV and Mary especially enjoyed reading her bible daily. Her Chihuahua’s were special to her over the years. Mary is preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of the Church of Christ for over 55 years.

Survivors include her husband: Glenn W. Roberts and her sister: Bobbie Joy Jenkins of Lubbock. Mary has a host of relatives and friends that also survive her.

Pallbearers were: Johnny Kemp, Jimmy Kemp, Billy Weaver, Gordon Harvick, Don Clark and Ken McCartney.

The family received friends Friday at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home, 301 West Main Street, Post, Texas, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.




Donald Ross Hays


AUSTIN – Donald Ross Hays, 71, of Austin passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from a brief illness due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. Donnie, the youngest of twelve children, was born to James and Mattie Hays in Post, Texas on December 10, 1942.

As a young boy in Post, Donnie found work helping with milk delivery, shining shoes at the barber shop, and setting pins at the bowling alley. He played basketball and graduated from Post High School in 1961. He played basketball at West Texas State in Canyon and also attended Texas Tech in Lubbock.

He worked for Burlington Industries in Post and North Carolina. He scheduled production at Burlington facilities and was an industrial engineer at the Burlington Mill in Post until its closure. He worked for the Texas Employment Commission in Lubbock and the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. He retired from state government in 2003.

Donnie enjoyed playing golf with friends and watching the Texas Rangers and Texas Tech sports. He enjoyed spending time with his family and the many large family reunions in Post.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Harmon Hays of Austin; their twins, Matthew Hays and Juliana Danz; and grandson, Hunter Danz of Austin; brothers, Herb Hays of Austin and Pete Hays of Post; sister, Rheba Propst of Post; sisters-in-law Fredda Hays of Austin and Kay Hays of Post; and by his beloved extended family.

The family will receive family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 in the Chapel of Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Condolences may be made online by visiting www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.

Arrangements under the care of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749, (512) 892-1172




Taylor Baker

POST – Services for Taylor Jordan-Nichole Baker, 20, of Post were Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church of Post with the Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Baker died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, near Post. She was born Nov. 2, 1993, in Denison. She married Klent Baker on Nov. 16, 2013, in Post.

Survivors include her husband, Klent Baker, of Post; mother, Monica Odom of Post; daughter Mileigh Baker of Post; grandfather Frank Martinez of Post; brother Travis Lewis of Post; sister Brittany Leon of Denton; father- and mother-in-law Kelly and Donna Baker of Post; special uncle Nicholas Martinez of Post; and an unborn son, Dunkan Baker.


Diana Brockman

POST – Diane Brockman, 60, of Post died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Celebration of Life service was Thursday at Graham Chapel United Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.

Born March 27, 1953, to John Carroll and Ramona Joyce (Peacock) Brockman in Graham, Diane and her family lived in Graham, Woodson, Temple and Throckmorton, before coming to Post. She attended Post schools and graduated from Post High School in 1971.

Over the years Ms. Brockman worked for Cal-Maine Egg Farms, Weldon’s Construction, George’s Construction and the Dalby Correctional Facility.

She was a Christian and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mille/Luman VFW Post 6797. She was a patient mother, grandmother and friend. She loved fishing, quilting, cooking and helping others out in any way possible. She taught her grandchildren and many others how to fish over the years.

Ms. Brockman was preceded in death by a husband, Robbie Gene King, on March 7, 2011; her parents; daughter-in-law Amanda King; and a grandchild Machelle Martin-Macum.

Survivors include her son Jeremy “Stumpy” King of Post; stepdaughters Gaynell Carter and Melanie Fortenberry, both of Lubbock; brother Claton and Cheryl Brockman of Taft; sisters Janice Branson of Lubbock and Sherry and Bill Winters of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren Brazos King, Dylan and Dakota Greer, Rusty and Leslie Workman, Brynn Ireland, Shawn and Haley Thomas and Michael Fortenberry; great-grandchildren Reagan and Roan Workman and Tripp Polson; nephews Glen, Shane, Tony, Josh Branson, Little Bill and Nathan Winters; nieces Jamie, Amanda and Samantha Winters.

Memorials are suggested to the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Miller/Lumen Post 6797 of Post.

Paul Duren

SAN ANGELO Paul Chester Duren, Jr., 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Funeral services were Wednesday at the funeral home’s Sherwood Way Chapel, officiated by Reverend Gary Phillips, with interment to follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Carl Word, Jimmy Morrison, Glen Jackson, Ervin Englert, Ray Coleman and Joe Lee. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.

Paul was born in Trinidad, Colorado to Paul Chester Duren, Sr., and Dessie Duren on February 21, 1929. Paul was drafted into the Army in 1950. He married Joyce Faulks on April 4, 1953 in Lovington, New Mexico. They welcomed daughter Paula into the world on January 28, 1954. He worked for General Telephone Company for forty-five years and retired in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Duren and daughter, Paula Word.

Paul is survived by his grandsons, Chris Word and wife Heather; Cory Word and wife Meagan; great grandchildren, Emily Word, Madison Word and Case Word, all of San Angelo. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Shannon Dialysis, Hospice of San Angelo, and Lifepoint Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice of San Angelo. Family and friends may make online condolences at www.shafferpioneer.com.

Rhea James

PLAINVIEW – Rhea James, 71, passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, after valiantly and courageously battling cancer for 14 months. Funeral services were Thursday at 9th & Columbia Church of Christ in Plainview. Interment was in Terrace Cemetery in Post, under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview.

Mrs. James was born April 17, 1942, in Slaton to Elva and Myrtle Peel. She was raised in the Graham Chapel community west of Post and graduated from Post High School in 1960. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.

Rhea married Johnny James on Oct. 3, 1996, and they had made their home in Plainview until moving to Lubbock last summer.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Berry Huntley and Kam Huntley; one sister Jeanie Byrd; and her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny, of Lubbock; sons, Derek Huntley of Tomball and Terry Huntley and his wife, Janet, of Lubbock; stepchildren Amy Detwiler of Sour Lake, Jason James of Plainview; one adored grandson, Sam Huntley of Columbia, Mo.; sister Beth Hooten and husband, David, of Lubbock; nieces D’Lynn Williams and husband, Richard, of Lubbock, Keliss Byrd of Lubbock, Christa Gillis and husband, Joe, of Gatesville; three nephews Shawn Byrd of Lubbock, Clay Hooten of Farmers Branch, Texas, Coby Hooten of Lubbock, one aunt, Mae Hedrick of Lubbock and three special cousins Judy Guy, Anne Gravitt and Kay Bowman.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.




Patsy Fumagalli


GALIANO ISLAND, British Columbia — Patsy Jean Exum Fumagalli, 83, passed away peacefully in her home on Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Born April 20, 1930, to Archibald Dial Exum and Ida Lea Sargent Exum in Cone, Texas, Patsy was raised in Roswell, N.M. While attending Texas Tech University, she was introduced to the love of her life, J.C. (Bill) Fumagalli. The couple married June 6, 1950, in Roswell, N.M., and began their career in cattle ranching in Verbena, Texas, and later in Colorado and Canada, with the help of their four children.

After they moved from the ranch, Mrs. Fumagalli opened the Langley Art Gallery in Langley, British Columbia. She was an accomplished portrait artist and sold many pieces of her art. Her favorite subjects were family and friends.

Mrs. Fumagalli also was an avid reader, enthusiastic critic of national and international politics and steadfast supporter of many charities. She enjoyed nature, including her plants and flowers, and watching the whales occasionally pass in front of their home on Galiano Island. Some of her most memorable times were spent having coffee in the morning with Bill while viewing the sunrise over the Salish Sea.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, of Galiano Island, British Columbia; four children, Sharon Skonetski and Gene of Colton, Calif.; Debra Cullinane and Colleen Powell of Mill Bay, British Columbia; Danny Fumagalli and Jenifer of Post, Texas; and Jim Fumagalli of Custer, Wash.; five grandchildren, Jeni Irato and Todd, Amberleigh Brownson and Adrian, Josh Fumagalli and Sarah, Will Fumagalli and Rhiannon and Andrew Fumagalli; also six great-grandchildren, Alexander, James and Olivia Irato, Aaliyah and Tristan Brownson, and Tessa Fumagalli. Also surviving is a sister, Tretha Don Goodnight, of Bellingham, Wash.

A private memorial honoring Mrs. Fumagalli’s life and love of her family will be in Custer, Wash.

Patsy was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Her guestbook may be viewed at www.legacy.com.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Fumagalli’s name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at pulmonaryfibrosis.org; or to The Salvation Army of Post, PO Box 574, Post, TX 79356.





Ranell Rollins

LUBBOCK — Longtime Lubbock resident Ranell Lee Chaney Rollins, 94, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Born June 30, 1919, near the Jud community in Haskell County, to Margerie Pearl Collier Chaney and John Calloway Chaney, the family moved to Post to allow Ranell and her sister to attend school. From then until she graduated from high school her father ran a number of businesses in Post, including a bakery.

Ranell graduated from Post High School in 1936 at the age of 17 and attended Texas Tech in the spring. By then her parents had purchased a farm near Littlefield. She graduated from Texas Tech in 1940 and begin teaching school at Fieldton, just down the road from her parents’ farm. While at Fieldton she taught English and was the girl’s basketball coach. She then moved to teach in Littlefield in 1941 and accepted a job as a speech/English teacher in Fort Stockton in 1942. She always said she kept changing schools until she could teach the classes she wanted. She taught speech and English in Fort Stockton for four and a half years.

While in Fort Stockton, she met Jack Rollins, who had recently returned from the war after two combat tours in Europe. Jack had already agreed to take a job in the Philippines and reported there in August 1946. She accompanied Jack’s sister and brother-in-law by ship to the Philippines, leaving San Francisco on February 19, 1947. The couple was married on March 12, 1947, at the Navy chapel in Manila.

While they were in the Philippines, their son John was born in May 1948. The family returned to Texas, settling in Lubbock, in 1950. A second son, David, was born in 1954.

Mrs. Rollins was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lubbock and in the Lubbock Woman’s Club. She served as a den mother and supported her two boys in their scouting activities. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her husband Jack preceded her in death in 2005, and Mrs. Rollins had been a resident at Carillon, an assisted-living facility, in Lubbock since 2006.

Survivors include her sons, John and Dee Rollins of Southlake and David and Christy Rollins of Denver City; grandchildren Paul Rollins of Austin, Julia Lewis of Culver City, Calif., Dana Rollins of Houston, Carly Rollins of College Station; three great-grandsons; nieces Judy Puckett of Arlington and Gail Layman of Mercer Island, Wash.; nephews Michael Shipman of Corpus Christi, Richard Laurence of San Rafael, Calif., Charles Freet of Spring and Tom Freet of Highland Village.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sanders Funeral Home, 1420 Main St., Lubbock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Neil Chapel at Carillon House, 1717 Norfolk Ave, Lubbock. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boy Scouts of American at scouting.org or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo at calfarley.org.




Bob Johnson

CANYON LAKE — Robert E. Johnson, age 67, passed away at his home in Canyon Lake, Texas, on Monday, January 27, 2014, following a long illness.

He was born August 31, 1946, to Willy Sexton Johnson and Bonnie B. Oden Johnson, lifelong residents of Post.

Following graduation from Post High School in 1964, Mr. Johnson attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock until he entered the military in 1964. He served honorably for four years as a cryptographer for U.S. Army Intelligence, deciphering enemy code in Vietnam. He received numerous awards for his service to his country.

Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Johnson moved to Houston, where, in March 1970, he was employed by the Upjohn Chemical Co. in La Porte as an operator. Upjohn Chemicals later was acquired by Dow Chemical Co., and Mr. Johnson was promoted to plant manager. He was awarded the prestigious Snoopy Award from NASA for his service to the U.S. space flight program. Mr. Johnson worked for Dow for 30 years, retiring in August 2001.

Soon after he arrived in La Porte, Mr. Johnson met the love of his life, Marilyn Watson, and they married Oct. 23, 1970, in Pasadena.

Marilyn recalls their first date, which was set up by her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend, who wanted to go to the beach in Bob’s hotrod Camaro Z-28, and convinced Marilyn to make it a double date. Always fit and muscular, Bob struck an imposing presence. Marilyn’s first impression of Bob was that “he was a bit cocky, and I wasn’t sure about his love of fast cars.” Bob’s charm soon won her over though, and they were inseparable for the next 44 years.

The couple made their home in La Porte and raised two wonderful children, Robert “Chris” Johnson, and Dona D. Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Following the death of his father-in-law, Robert C. Manning, who loved Bob like a son, Bob served as a second dad to sisters-in-law, Melissa “Missy” Manning and Melinda “Mindy” Manning.

Mr. Johnson was a 32nd Degree Mason, serving in the La Porte-Bayshore Masonic Lodge 758 in La Porte.

An avid car fan, Mr. Johnson was known for his love of race cars. He usually drove a Chevrolet Camaro, but over the years he had numerous American muscle cars. His kids will tell you he babied his cars like they were part of his family.

Following his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved to Canyon Lake, where they enjoyed their peaceful Hill Country retreat. Mr. Johnson spent many happy hours feeding the deer that roamed their property and enjoying the views of the lake from their deck.

In his final days, Bob was able to enjoy driving his truck around the lake, and he made a point of telling Marilyn she was the “love of his life,” and that she lifted him up. He thanked her for her years of love and support, especially in the last few years, following his decline in health.

A man of honor, Mr. Johnson was truly a man of his word and a man of strong faith. He was a rarity in today’s world, and his departure leaves a huge void in the family. He was a man of few words, but if he did speak what he had to say was worth hearing. He had a tremendous, wry sense of humor and loved to be with his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Marilyn Watson Johnson; his son Chris and daughter-in-law Patti Johnson of Canyon Lake and their children, Kodie and Dylan Johnson of Magnolia and Luke and Alyssa Johnson; his daughter Dona Johnson of Portland, Ore.; brother, Allen Sexton and Leatrice Johnson of Lubbock; his mother-in-law, Nathalie “Dickie” Manning, of San Marcos; sisters-in-law Missy Manning and partner Kendra Gleason and their children Kelsey, Mackenzie and Kenley of Spring; sister-in-law Mindy Manning of Houston; brother-in-law, Bill and Linda Watson of Whitney; nieces and nephews Kristi and Aaron Scates and their children Macy and Isabelle of Coppell; Apryl and Steve Jordan and their children Garrett and Jackson of The Woodlands; Allen Shane and Gina Johnson and their children Allen Steven and Taylor Lyn, all of Lubbock; and Misty Michelle Johnson Phillips and husband, Brad, and their children Monique Leal and Miranda Leal of Lubbock. Also surviving are numerous cousins, including Don and Mary Jane Oden.

The family wishes to thank Kelly Best and Tammy Fregia for their friendship, care and assistance during the past few months.

Visitation was 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, at Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post. Services were at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Post. Burial with Military Rites was in Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

The family asks donations be made in Mr. Johnson’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, online at woundedwarrior.org; or the Lone Survivor Foundation at lonesurvivorfoundation.org.


Sherita Hair

POST — Services for Sherita Hair, 60, of Post were Saturday at First Baptist Church of Post with Bo Jackson officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. She died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Sherita was born on July 5, 1953, in Lubbock to Nolan Ray and Margie (Edwards) Harper. She married Jerry Hair on Aug. 8, 1970, in Post. She and Jerry owned the Phillips Service Station as well as the Post Beverage Barn.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Hair, of Post; children Cristy, Misty, Travis and Jerrad, all of Post; her mother of Post; brothers Sammy Harper of Lubbock and Eddie Harper of Louisiana; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.




Alva Iris Shepherd

POST — Alva Iris Booth Shepherd, 84, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. Services were Saturday at the Heritage House in Post with James Davenport and the Rev. Joey Hamlin, pastor of Family Harvest Church officiating. Burial followed in Terrace Cemetery in Post. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were Don Eilenberger, James Paul Davenport, Everett Locke, Evan Witt, Randy Mallory and John Mesey.

Born September 14, 1929, to David Samuel and Cora Manerva (Christian) Robertson in Maud, Oklahoma, Alva later graduated from high school at Maysville. In 1950 she married Leonard Booth, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Booth lived in Lubbock and in 1963 came to Post, where she and her husband owned and operated a boot shop and Western wear store for several years. She also was a licensed-vocational nurse and worked for Garza Memorial Hospital and West Texas Hospital in Lubbock for 22 years, then later she worked for Dr. Larry Leininger in Post.

In 1986, Alva married O.G. “Junior” Shepherd, who preceded her in death on August 8, 1986.

Mrs. Shepherd was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Miller/Luman VFW Post 6797. She volunteered at the Alamo Restaurant and financially invested in it also.

Survivors include son David Booth of Post and stepdaughters Wanda Jewell and Treasa Brown, both of Lubbock. Also surviving Alva are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.





Robert Elton Johnson

CANYON LAKE — Robert Elton Johnson, 67, formerly of Post, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home. Services were pending with Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post. Robert was the son of the late W.S. “Billy” and Bonnie Johnson. 



Harriett Sue Cornell

Harriett Sue Cornell was born Harriett Sue Davis November 26, 1922 in Spur, Texas.
She was the second of four children of Lee W. and Estelle Davis.

She was raised in a ranch in East Garza County, Texas; attended high school in Post, Texas and college at West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas.

Sue met and eventually married Jess M. Cornell in 1941. They had three sons; J. Michael, a vascular surgeon in San Angelo, L.D. (Pat), a real estate developer in Fort Worth, and Donnie, a rancher in Garza County, Texas.
Sue passed peacefully on January 19, 2014 at the age of 91, in San Angelo, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Jessie in 1983, her parents, a brother and a sister.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great great g