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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 grandchildren.  She has one remaining brother; L.W. (Bud) Davis Jr. and his wife of Post, Texas.
She is also survived by hundreds of her other children she taught in Post as a public schoolteacher for 35 years.
Sue received her B.S. in Education at Texas Tech University in 1960 and also had a master’s degree in Special Education and another master’s degree in Library Science.  She received multiple teaching awards and recognitions for her dedicated work.

Jess and Sue traveled extensively prior to his early death and afterward she traveled with friends for many years.

She retired in 1994 and moved to Kerrville, Texas and finally moved to San Angelo in 2004 to be near family.
She was a master bridge player and was an awesome game person throughout her life. She loved reading and music and had tremendous book and music collections. She also loved costume jewelry and maintained a tremendous collection of pieces to the end.

Even as her eyesight began to fail, Sue would always try to dress elegantly.
She will be interned next to her beloved Jessie at Terrace Cemetery in Post, Texas.  A quiet graveside service will be planned by her family with a date to be determined later.

Special thanks go to The Springs at San Angelo and Odyssey Hospice that made her last days safe and comfortable. A special thanks goes to her beloved physician Carl “Dusty” Anderton for ten years of dedicated fantastic care.

Most of all thanks go to her daughter-in-law Lois Cornell for her love and care for ten long years.
We will miss Suebaby but will have years of fond memories.

Family and friends may sign an online register book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.




Melba Rose Stone

Services for Melba Rose Stone, 83, of San Antonio will be at 2 PM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Graham Chapel Methodist Church with John Hedrick officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home of Post.

She died January 18, 2014 in San Antonio. Melba Rose was born June 6, 1931 in Garza County to Ray and Juanita (Mason) McClellan. She married Billy Stone on March 25, 1950 in Post. He preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 2006. She was also preceded in death by a son Michael Stone in 1951 and by a brother Mason McClellan in 2005.

Survivors include 1 Daughter: Julie Johnson of San Antonio, 2 Sons: James Stone of Lavernia and J. Scott Stone of San Antonio, 3 Sisters: Nita Ray Aimo of Kingsland, Katy O'Niel of Buchanan Dam and Kim Pinda of Tucson, Az., 9 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.



Herman Guthrie

Services for Herman Guthrie, 69, of Post were held at 2 PM Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church with Ivon Williams officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Herman died Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Post. He was born October 5, 1944 in Post to John and Esstle (Snow) Guthrie. He worked at Postex Cotton Mills and the Texas Highway Department. He married Diann Foster on March 17, 1965 in Post.

Survivors include his wife Diann Guthrie of Post, 2 Daughters: Kim House of Post and Tracy Boland of Lubbock, 1 Son: Rodney Guthrie of Edmond, Oklahoma, 1 Sister: Mildred Massey of Post, 1 Brother: John Guthrie of Littlefield, 5 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson: Raymond Eric Bennett of Post.

Correction to Melba Rose Stone obit:  Sons name is Jay Scott Stone and sisters last name is O'Neil (misspelled in orig)




Miguel Basquez

Mass for Miguel Basquez, 61, of Post were held at 2 PM Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Miguel died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in Post. He was born on May 9, 1952 in Burlington, Texas to Antonio and Cresencia (Perez) Basquez. He attended school in Post. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include 1 Daughter: Martina Basquez of Slaton, 5 Sisters: Julia Martinez of Lawrence, Kansas, Paulita Flores of Post, Rosemary Sustaita of Crosbyton, Caroline Saucedo of Kaufman and Josephine Patterson of Crosbyton, 3 Brothers: Juan Antonio Basquez of Crosbyton, Tommy Basquez of Post and Roland Basquez of Post and 1 Granddaughter: Arianna Rodriquez of Slaton.

Pallbearers were T. J. Basquez, Drew Basquez, Albert Uvalle, Dominic Saucedo, Art Martinez, C. J. Gomez and Dee Basquez. 




Carole Justice Gambill

SAN MARCUS — Carole Justice Gambill, 66, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. She was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Lubbock County to Jason Justice and Bonnie Gossett of Post. Memorial services were Tuesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock. A private burial service, under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post, was at Terrace Cemetery in Post.



Imogene Davis Stone

POST — Imogene Davis Stone, 91, of Post, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Golden Plains Care Center. Services were Dec. 22 at Graham Chapel Church of Christ. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home. 

Marilyn Joyce Steel, 73, passed away Friday, Dec 6th, 2013, peacefully at her home in Stillwater, Okla., with family, after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer.

She was born to Joyce Clinton Steel and Jewel Caywood Steel on May 20, 1940, in Post.

Marilyn attended elementary through high school in Post before attending Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Education in 1966. She went on to receive her M.S. in Student Personnel and Counseling from OSU in 1991.

She retired from OSU-Tulsa in 2006, where she was employed as a student adviser.

Marilyn loved to travel with her friends, with Branson, Mo., being the destination of many of their trips. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and reading Janet Evanovich novels. She was a member of Lost Creek United Methodist Church in Stillwater.

She is preceded in death by her father, Joyce Clinton Steel in February 2011.

She is survived by her mother, Jewel Steel of Post; daughters Lisa and Don Johnson of Stillwater and Amy and Troy Case of Tulsa; grandchildren: Joshua Garrido of Stillwater, William Konemann of Stillwater and Nachel Konemann of Lubbock; and brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Judy Steel of Oracle, Ariz. She also leaves behind numerous loving friends and relatives.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13th, 2013, at Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post. The Rev. Scott Richards will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Image Hospice 2311 W. 7th Pl., Stillwater, OK 74074.

James Michael Watkins

SAN ANGELO — James Michael “Mike” Watkins, 86, died December 8, 2013 in San Angelo. James was born June 18, 1927 in Slaton, Texas. He graduated from Slaton High School in 1944. He then served in both the Marines and the Army Reserve. He was also proud to be a graduate of Texas A&M. In 1957 he married Ganell Babb in Clovis, N.M. She preceded him in death in 2006. A career employee of the ATSF Railroad, he ended his 41 years with the company as Trainmaster of San Angelo. Survivors include his sister, Mary Gross of New Jersey, nieces, Margo Spoolstra, Carol Calcerano, nephew, Mark Gross, god daughters, Amy Kitten, Leslie Sugar, Jo Steele, and special caregiver, Bradley Kitten. Memorials can be made to Slaton Harvey House, P.O. Box 53, Slaton, TX 79364. Arrangements by Johnson’s Funeral Home of San Angelo.




Debbie Martin


POST — Debbie Martin, 58, of Post, went to her heavenly home Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Debbie was born June 27, 1955, to Wayland Hood and Lillian (Dulaney) Hood in Midland, Texas. At the age of 2, she moved to Post. She attended Post schools and graduated Post High School in 1973. Debbie became a locksmith and a manager for Sikes Car Wash here in Post.

She was very active in her church and had served as church secretary for 22 years and a lifelong member. She was especially interested in her children’s, grandchildren and other family members activities. Especially all their sporting activities, no matter what the weather or other conditions were.

Debbie was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Boggs; stepmother Billie Hood; grandparents Ola and Chester Keeton and Lee Dulaney; cousin Judy Huff and stepbrother Leland Hood.

Survivors include son Brandon Martin of Lubbock; daughters Tricia Willborn and Robby Willborn of Post, Kelli Martin and Joseph Martinez of Lubbock; father, Wayland Hood of Lubbock; brothers Wayland Hood and Dora of Lubbock, Dale Hood and Jamie of Graham, Eddie Boggs and Dena of Lincolnton, N.C., and Kevin Hood and Annette of Lubbock; sisters Tonja Lamprecht and Becky Kelley, both of Lubbock; grandchildren Ryan, Haylee and Justin Willborn and Kellan Graves, all of Post, and A.J. Martinez of Lubbock; aunt Linda Curb of Post; special friends Sue Williams and Shirley Taylor, both of Post

Services were Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church with Ivon Williams and Jay Stinson officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Services were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Don Sikes, Wendell Sikes, Kaden Sikes, Luke Buckner, Dusty Clary and Freddy Huff.

Donations are suggested to the Trinity Baptist Church P.O. Box 443 Post, Texas 79356 or to the First Baptist School 402 West Main Street Post, Texas 79356.



Esther McDougle


POST— Esther McDougle, 63, of Post, died on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at her home. She was born on November 25, 1949, to Victor Julian and Reyes (Campos) Bustos at Seguin. At the age of 15 she came to Post and later married Oliver A. McDougle Jr. on November 11, 1965. Oliver preceded her in death April 8, 2000. Esther was a homemaker and a caregiver. She was a Baptist.

She is also preceded in death by a daughter Bertha McDougle; grandson Victor Julian McDougle; and a great-grandchild Treyshawn McDougle.

Funeral services were Nov. 27 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

She is survived by her children Donna Zapert and A.D. Taylor of Post, Oliver A. McDougle III and his wife Pamala of Coldspring, Venetia Garza and Bobby Dosia of Coldspring and Uretha McDougle and Darnell Curtis of Post; brother Robert Bustos and his wife Rosa of Lubbock; 20 grandchildren Warren Scot Zapert, Justin Daniel Zapert, Christopher Thomas Zapert, Rachael Nicole Zapert, Oliver McDougle IV, Meagan McDougle, David McDougle, Lori McDougle, Nikita McDougle, Josephina Robles, Jose Robles, Mario Robles, Patrick McDougle, Patricia McDougle, Joyce McDougle, Bianca McDougle, Nathan McDougle, Johnny Garza, Victor Garza and Jane Marie Garza; 10 great-grandchildren Lorretta McDougle, Ryan Eckhart, Zavian Infante, Justin Daniel Zapert II, Malachi Zapert, Kaylie Zapert, Scot (Bubba) Zapert II, Kendle Zapert and Jaden Ryan.

Pallbearers were Bobby Dosia, Darnell Curtis, A.D. Taylor, Scotty Zapert, Justin Zapert and Chris Zapert.



Les Fields

LUBBOCK — Les Fields, 63, of Lubbock and formerly of Post, died Monday Nov. 4, 2013, at his home. Services were Nov. 8 in Terrace Cemetery in Post with Mike Hair officiating. Military rites were performed by the Fort Hood Honor Guard. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice- Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Mr. Fields was born July 12, 1950, to John William and Emma Christianna (Krein) Fields in Belle Fourche, S.D. He attended school at Horse Creek Elementary in South Dakota before moving with his family to Post in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and, after returning from the service, worked as heavy equipments operator for H&M Dirt Construction for many years. For a time he also worked as a long-haul truck driver. His favorite interests were golfing, NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Fields was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim Fields and Gary Fields.

Survivors include sons and daughers-in-law John David and Sonja Fields, Vincent Paul and Melissa Fields and Jason Lamont and Micah Fields; brothers Royal Fields, Chuck Lobban and John Lakson; sister Barbara Cornelius; grandchildren Austin Fields, Blake Fields, Dakota Fields, Shawn Fields and Madison Fields. 


Kyeta DeLuna

SLATON — Services for Kyeta DeLuna, 56, of Slaton were Thursday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Post. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home of Post. She died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Post.

Ms. DeLuna was born Dec. 1, 1956, in Post to Nacho and Rosa (Gomez) Navarro. She lived in Post for many years prior to moving to Slaton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Sammy Gomez.

Survivors include daughters Margaret DeLuna of Dallas and Patricia Maldonado of Luling; son Leonard Rodela of Post; brother Steve Gomez of Nixon; sisters Leticia Nolazgo of Gonzales and Lupe Flores of Luling; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.




Les Fields

LUBBOCK — Les Fields, 63, of Lubbock and formerly of Post, died Monday Nov. 4, 2013, at his home.

Services were Nov. 8 in Terrace Cemetery in Post with Mike Hair officiating. Military rites were performed by the Fort Hood Honor Guard. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Mr. Fields was born July 12, 1950, to John William and Emma Christianna (Krein) Fields in Belle Fourche, S.D. He attended school at Horse Creek Elementary in South Dakota before moving with his family to Post in 1965.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and, after returning from the service, worked as heavy equipments operator for H&M Dirt Construction for many years. For a time he also worked as a long-haul truck driver. His favorite interests were golfing, NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Fields was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim Fields and Gary Fields.
Survivors include sons and daughers-in-law John David and Sonja Fields, Vincent Paul and Melissa Fields and Jason Lamont and Micah Fields; brothers Royal Fields, Chuck Lobban and John Lakson; sister Barbara Cornelius; grandchildren Austin Fields, Blake Fields, Dakota Fields, Shawn Fields and Madison Fields.




Syan Thomas

POST — Syretha Ann “Syan” Thomas, 60, of Post was laid to rest on Nov. 8, 2013. Services were at First United Methodist Church under the guidance of John Bill Hedrick and the Rev. Scott Richards. She was buried at Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.
Born to Wayne and Jo Thomas on April 27, 1953, in Post, Ms. Thomas attended Post schools and graduated in 1971. During her school years, she was honored as Post FFA Sweetheart and Homecoming Queen. She also was member of the Post FFA and girls basketball team and was co-captain of the cheerleaders her senior year with Sherry Sappington.

After graduation she attended Texas Tech University. From there, she briefly lived in Amarillo, and eventually returned to Lubbock, where she worked at American State Bank before deciding to pursue a career in nursing.
Ms. Thomas attended the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and received her Registered Nurse degree in May 1985 and worked many years in the emergency room at Methodist Hospital, eventually becoming a charge nurse. She became one of the first paramedic/registered nurses in the state of Texas and worked as a flight nurse/medic for Carelink Air Ambulance for years. During this time of her life she was instrumental in training many of the paramedics within the South Plains region.

Ms. Thomas was subsequently diagnosed with colon cancer, ending her career as a flight nurse. She underwent many challenges to overcome the disease and become a cancer survivor.

She returned to Post and worked as a bank teller at Citizens Bank, and in 2011 she moved to Abilene and worked briefly as a nurse at Abilene Regional Medical Center before being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and was under the care of a very gifted oncologist Dr. Carolyn Aks. Her condition improved to the point where she was able to return to her home in Post. Unfortunately, Syan’s life was unexpectedly cut short, and she passed away in peace at her home Nov. 5, 2013.

At her funeral service, friends and family reflected on the impact she had on so many people. She was a kindhearted woman, who was quick to love and slow to anger. Her faith touched many people from family to friends to co-workers. In briefly reviewing my mother’s Bible, I found a handwritten note (one of many) interpreting Philippians 4:8, “Faith is not a state of mind. Faith will cause a state of mind.” I believe this brief statement sums up my mother so completely. A woman who had faced many challenges personally and professionally, a woman who at the end of her life did not have one moment where she was without pain, a woman who despite all of this would greet you with a smile and ask, “How are you doing?” Her faith in the Lord caused this selfless state of mind.

Ms. Thomas is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Radley and Crystal Nichols of Abilene; her parents, Wayne and Jo Thomas of Post; brother and sister-in-law Tol and Angie Thomas of Andrews; sisters Tammye Griffin of Bruceville-Eddy and Jendy Thomas of Riviera; grandchildren Paxton Lyndon Nichols and Madelyn Love Nichols, both of Abilene.

Ms. Thomas had many nieces and nephews, including Riley Holly of Post and his children Destinee, Dakota, and Bailey; Amanda Price of Post and her children Brooklyn Landa, Izaih Landa, Trace Price and Jacob Price; Sunnie and Ryan Holly of Post and their children Cameron, Dawson, Kaydence, Branson, Zoey and Samuel; Jennifer and T.J. Thomas of Tahoka and their children Braylee, Brasyn and Brantz; Lea Ann and Paul B. Hayes IV of Granbury and their children Ainslea and Paul V; Byron Hayes of Stanton and Rachael Hayes of Big Spring.

Special friends include Sherry Sappington, Darlene Lesley, Sandra Goldsby, Sue Williams.

Pallbearers were Preston Poole, Riley Holly, Ryan Holly, T.J. Thomas, Paul Hayes IV and Byron Hayes.
Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure at komen.org.

The Thomas family would like to thank all of the friends and family who so generously provided support to the family during this very difficult time. May your own faith cause such a state of mind that you live every day to its fullest.


Jesse Curb

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Jesse Curb, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will be in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Curb was born in Houston to Buren Tucker and Grace (Haygood) Curb. He worked for Braniff International for 15 years and as an operations agent for Southwest Airlines for 30 years. He loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, and enjoyed gospel music, Western novels and movies, as well as camping and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise Nesmith; brother, Gradie Curb; and wife of 34 years, Barbara Curb.

Survivors include his children, Tracy and Ronnie Gaskins, Brian and Judy Curb, Jennifer and Jason Montgomery and Debra and Ernie Knight; sister Francis Curb of Lubbock; brother Jackie Curb of Post; grandchildren Dusten, Evan, Brysen, Ashley, Emily and Ella; two great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.





Ruth Walls

BRADY — Annie Ruth Walls, 71, formerly of Post, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Brady West Nursing and Convalescent Center in Brady, where she had lived for the last several months.

She was born May 27, 1942, to Thurman Zachariah and Dorothy Marie (Simpson) Watts in Luling, where she later would attend school.

She married Donald Ray Walls on June 20, 1960, at Calvary Baptist Church of Post. They lived in Luling and several other places before moving to Post in 1984. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and retired due to health. She was a member of the Miller/Luman VFW Post 6797 Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

A graveside service was Saturday at Terrace Cemetery in Post with Mike Holly and Ted Williams officiating. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don Walls, of Brady; sons Larry Walls of Kyle and Clifford Walls of Sandia; daughter Reneé and Galen Mobley of Lubbock; sisters Joyce Watts and Wanda Music, both of Luling; grandchildren Michele Walls and Rachael Siewert, both of Lubbock; great-grandchild Konner Mason Jones of Lubbock.



Billy Roy McBride

Billy Roy McBride of Post (83 years old) was born 9-26- 30 near Littlefield, Texas and died 10-12-13 at UMC in Lubbock. Memorial services will be on Saturday, Novem- ber 2nd at 3pm at the Post church of Christ. His desire was to donate his body to Texas Tech University School of Medicine so interment of the ashes will be at a future date in the Dickens Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Spencer McBride and Justine Simpson McBride, his sister Marjorie Ann McBride Shirley as well as his first wife, Myrtle Alma Brown McBride and second wife, Willie Kennedy Cross McBride.

He is survived by daughter Donna Kay McBride Harden (Doug)ofAustin,Tx;sonDan- ny Wayne McBride of Austin, Tx; and step-son Butch Cross (Pam) of Bluff Dale, Tx. He is also survived by grandchildren Brandon Jay Lott (Alana) of Los Angeles Ca; Amy Cross Lanciano of Cleburne, Tx; Carey Cross Benton (Ryan) of Cleburne, Tx; and Myri- ann Cristine Allma Harden of Austin, Tx. He has four great-grandchildren – Raegan Lanciano, Kaysen Lanciano, Declan Lott and Everly Lott. Bill has two surviving siblings –Linda McBride Sedgwick (Dale) of Ralls, Tx and Robert McBride of Lubbock. He was a Korean War Veteran who served in Company C of the 66th Medium Tank Battalion of the U.S. Army. Aside from being a barber for many years and a U.S. postal carrier until retirement, Bill was a preacher for the Dickens church of Christ. He was a proud resi- dent of Post for over 50 years and a staunch Post Antelope supporter. He cherished his more than 20 years as serving as the “Voice of the Antelopes” for KPOS. Bill expressed his gratitude to his family, friends, neighbors, and church family for all the help and consider- ation over the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, denota- tions may be made in Bill’s name to:
Garza County Trailblazers 205 E. 10th, Post, Texas 79356 Or The Children’s Home of Lubbock PO Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408 http://www.childshome.org/


Marietta Pruitt

Marietta Pruitt, 91, of Post died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Post. Graveside services for were Tuesday at Terrace Cemetery with Don Riley, Mike Taylor and Chuck Gibson officiating. Interment was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pruitt was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Electra to Ennis and Minnie (Winslett) Whitten. She married Charles Pruitt on April 9, 1945, in Post.

Marietta graduated from Post High School and worked at Postex Cotton Mill for many years. She was a member of the Nazarene Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 11, 1975; son Ronnie Pruitt in 2013; and great grandchild Ashton in 2010.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Diana Poe, Karen and Sammy Palmer and Anita and Wesley Morris, all of Post; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.



Ocie Bell

Services for Ocie Bell, 88, of Post were Saturday at First Baptist Church of Post with the Rev. Arthur Kelly, pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mr. Bell died Oct. 8, 2013, at his home in Post. He was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Calvert, Texas, to Ocie Wade and Annie Mae (Woodard) Bell. He married Odessa Morris on Sept. 27, 1947, in Franklin, Texas.

Mr. Bell worked in the oilfield prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on June 2, 1998; and a daughter, Ruby Mitchell.

Survivors include six children Ocie Bell Jr. of Fort Worth, Willie Bell of College Station, Charles Bell of Post; David Bell of San Antonio; Daisy Jackson of Austin and Annie Lee Tutt of DeSoto; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren.



Priscilla Ann Saunders

Services for Priscilla Ann Saunders, 53 of Post will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Home Baptist Church with its pastor, the Rev. Arthur Kelly, officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Arrangements are under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice at Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Priscilla Ann Foy was born Dec. 23, 1959, in Shamrock to Jessie James Monroe and Virgie Nell Washington. She passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Lubbock.

She was raised in Levelland and attended school there with her seven siblings. She married William D. Saunders on Sept. 17, 1985, in Levelland, and was a homemaker. They moved to Lake Whitney in 1999.

Priscilla moved to Post in the spring of 2004 to be closer to her family. She had a love for dogs, birds and the Dallas Cowboys.

She was preceded in death by her father Jessie James Monroe Jr. Foy.

Survivors include her husband, William D. Saunders, of Lake Whitney; mother Virgie Nell Moore of Post; brothers and sister-in-law, Willie James Foy, Roy Dale and Diane Washington and Jackie Washington, all of Post; sisters and brother-in-law Laura and Owen Gilbert, Diane Foy, Melisa Cowley and Lathonia Wiley, all of Post; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Viewing and visitation will be from 9 a.m. today to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Preston Washington, Owen Gilbert Jr., Alonso Wiley, Donald Williams, Timothy Lockett, Daniel Martin and Jackie Washington.



John Strubhart


Services for John Strubhart, 81, of Post will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Hudman Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Richards, pastor of Post First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mr. Strubhart died Oct. 3, 2013, at his home in Post. He was born on March 5, 1932, in Humboldt, Kan., to Hugo and Eva (Jenkinson) Strubhart. He grew up in Humboldt, where he attended high school. He married Joyce on March 28, 1953, in Humboldt. She preceded him in death on May 1, 2007. 

Mr. Strubhart was a veteran of the Korean War and worked as an X-ray technician at Garza Memorial
Hospital in Post. He also was a member of the Rotary Club.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law James and Mary Strubhart of Watkins, Colo., four grandchildren, Michael Strubhart, Rebecca Adair, Stephanie DeWolf and Keenan Strubhart; and five great-grandchildren.



Brenda Hair

Services for Brenda Hair, 60, of Post will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene with pastor, the Rev. Charles Gibson, officiating, assisted by Mike Hair. Burial will be in the Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Brenda was born on March 10, 1953, to James Millard Kimbrell and Edyth Alice Powers in Lubbock. She passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, in Lubbock.

She was raised in Brownfield and attended school and Union.

She married Jesse Minyard and later married Jackie Hair on June 1, 1998, in Post. Jackie preceded her in death on December 4, 2008.

Over the years she worked for Fina in Post and enjoyed making bread for family and friends.
She is also preceded in death by her parents and siblings Raymond Kimbrell, Ray Kimbrell, Buddy Kimbrell, Marie Wilks, James Edward Kimbrell and Bonnie Rose Aubrey.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law Michael Dean and Dorothy Williams of Lubbock, Stacy Lynn Minyard of Alamagordo, N.M., Kenneth Dale Minyard of Post and Scotty Minyard of Brownfield; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles and Nita Kimbrell of Lubbock and J.W. and Sharon Kimbrell of Brownfield; sisters and brothers-in-law Virginia Johnson of Midland, Onita and R.C. Morton of Big Lake and Wanda and Tim Owens of Alamagordo, N.M.; six grandchildren Katelynn Minyard, Tye Logan Minyard, Kenneth Minyard Jr., Haiden Minyard, Weslyn Scott Minyard and Rose Lynn Minyard.



Joe D. Baker

Joe D. Baker, 57, of Post, died Oct. 7 at Golden Plains Care Center. Graveside services were Thursday at Terrace Cemetery, directed by Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Post, son Billy Jack Baker of Lubbock; daughter Misty Rogers of Lubbock; sister Joy Conoly of Lubbock; and three grandsons.



Francisca Ayala

A funeral Mass for Francisca Ayala, 90, of Post was Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Hugh Thekkel officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Rosary was Thursday at Hudman Funeral Home.

She died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her home in Post. She was born on June 13, 1923, in Elmer, Mo., to Ignacio and Martina Varela.

Francisca married Miguel Ayala on December 30, 1945, in Juarez, Mexico. He preceded her in death on January 26, 1984. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include sons Luis Ayala of Amarillo, Victor Ayala of Post, Arthur Ayala of Amarillo, Ruben Ayala of San Angelo, Jerry Ayala of Desoto and Jackie Ayala of Grand Prairie; daughter Lucy Pena of Post; brothers Ignacio Varela Jr. of Post and Francisco Varela of El Paso, 4 Sisters: Delia Rosas of Post, Victoria Gonzalez of Ferris, Linda Hunt of Desoto and Ernestina Cerda of Juarez; 43 grandchildren; 61 grat-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death two sons, Mike Ayala Jr. on May 3, 1993, and Pat Ayala on Feb. 7, 2002; and by one grandson Ben Ayala on May 20, 1992.

Pallbearers were Kyle Fitzpatrick, Freddy Pena Jr., Jeremy Ayala, Armando Ayala, Joe Luis Ayala, Joe Angel Ayala, Robert Ayala, Patrick Ayala, Mario Ayala and Jaime Ayala.



Zula Bowers

Interment for Zula Bowers, 94, of Post was Monday at Terrace Cemetery on Graveside memorial services for Zula Bowers, 94, were Thursday at Terrace Cemetery under the directions of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bowers died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Post. She was born March 2, 1919, in Laurel, Miss., to Benjamin and Zula Thompson.

Mrs. Bowers came to Post after Hurricane Katrina and made it her new home.

Survivors include stepdaughter Dawn Benfield of Louisiana; sister Mary Kwiatkowski of Houston; brother Bill Thompson of Sun Valley, Ariz.; one granddaughter; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and several brothers and sisters.



Paul Dan Jones

Paul D. Jones, 73, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013, at a Houston hospital following a brief illness. He was born February 10, 1940, in Commerce to Nolan R. Jones and the late Thelma Barnett Jones.

Paul was raised in the Celeste area and graduated from Celeste High School. He later attended the Preston Roads School of Preaching and became a preacher in the Church of Christ. He married Sherry Saye on July 4, 1959, in Celeste.

Paul preached at many congregations throughout the state, including the cities of Kingston, Post, Mission and Wharton and also in Baker City, Ore.

Paul was a people person and loved to tell a good story, often with a joke involved. He enjoyed football and announced for the Post High School Bold Gold while in Post. He was involved in Christian youth, serving for several years as a director for Bandina Christian Youth Camp and on the board for the White River Youth Camp.

Most recently, Paul served as a minister at the Abell Street Church of Christ, where he enjoyed engaging in a visitation ministry.

Paul was a member of the Wharton Lions Club, serving many positions, including Tail Twister for many years.

In addition to his mother, Paul was preceded in death by his sons, Wesley and Gregory Jones.
Memorial services were Sunday at the Abell Street Church of Christ in Wharton and also on Thursday at Celeste Church of Christ. Burial was in the Celeste Community Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Jones, of Wharton; son and daughter-in-law Russell and Mary Jones of Salado and daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Kenneth Dixon of Wolfforth; his father of Lubbock; sisters and brothers-in-law Linda and Dan Wall and Judy and Bobby Sessums, all of Plains; brothers and sister-in-law Elwood and Mary Jones of Greenville and James Jones of Celeste; grandchildren Taylor, Caitlyn and Hayden Jones and Chad, Aaron and Madison Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Abell Street Church of Christ Mission Fund, P.O. Box 790, Wharton, Texas 77488.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home of Wharton.



Bettye Summers

Memorial services for Bettye Summers, 58, of Post were Wednesday at Bethel Assembly of God with the Rev. Vicente Villalon officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Summers died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Lubbock.

She was born on April 28, 1955 in Slaton to Frank and Patsy Perez. She worked at Dillard’s in Lubbock for many years.

Survivors include daughter Tiffany Perez of Post; sisters Joann Perez of Post, Berniece Newdiger of Grindell, Janie Ammons of Bridgeport and Ruby Stark of Childress; brothers Sammy Perez of Lubbock, Ricky Perez of San Marcos, Ray Perez of Dallas and Freddy Martinez; and a grandson, Damien Saldivar, of Post.




Rodney Hays

Rodney Dean Hays, devoted husband, was born May 17, 1967, in Post and passed on Sept. 14, 2013, at Scott & White in Temple. He had lived in Georgetown, Texas, for the last 17 years.

He served in the U.S. Army from November 1988 until February 1992. Upon honorable discharge, he was commended as a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Rodney worked as a Lead Inspector for the city of Austin, where the majority of his work involvement was with the Mueller Development. Rodney was passionate to see continued growth of his projects. He was most proud to have been a part of, and to know for years to come, these developments will be a sustainable living environment.
Rodney was married to his high school sweetheart, Alison Crawford. Side by side for 20 years, they lived each day to the fullest.

He had a zest for adventure on land, sea and air. He boxed, sparred, ran and enjoyed hunting. He was a racecar fanatic, riding his Ducati, and enjoyed restoring his 1957 classic Chevy truck.

Always conscientious of his health, Rodney participated in the Brain Power 5K Race one week prior to his passing. He brought family and friends to tears by completing the entire course.

Rodney was blessed with grace, moral character, a sense of humor and enduring strength. He was steadfast in his beliefs, loyal and faithful to his family and friends and shared his spirit of serenity to each who knew him.

Primary CNS Lymphoma took the life of a wonderful man from his family and friends, and it is for this reason that memorials in his name are encouraged to Scott & White’s Brain Tumor Center in Temple to fund research for a cure.
Rodney’s life cannot be measured in a few words. He lived life to the fullest, and he loved with passion. His legacy is with us, and we hope you are filled with his spirit as are we.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Hays, and grandparents Jim and Mattie Hays and Max and Eloise Gordon, all of Post.

Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown is directing the family. Online condolences may be shared with them at RamseyFuneral.com.


Mack Ledbetter

Mack Ledbetter, 84, died Friday, September 6, 2013, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born September 15, 1928, to M.C. and Betty (Ledbetter) Ledbetter in Monterey, Tenn. After the death of Mr. Ledbetter, Mack and his mother came to Garza County in 1941 to live. Mrs. Ledbetter married Lee Newberry and they farmed.

Mack married Lola Mae Lofton on August 22, 1946, and Brother J.F. Maxey performed the ceremony on a county road, close to his home. Lola Mae preceded him in death April 12, 2009. After their marriage they farmed in the Graham Chapel Community. Only, after his health failed him in 2009, did Mack quit farming.

He served on the Graham Chapel School Board and also the Graham Coop Gin board.

Mack was always alongside Lola Mae in all her activities and sampling her cooking. He was a longtime member of the Graham Chapel Church of Christ.

Survivors include his son Bruce Ledbetter and wife, Debbie, of Post; daughters Carolyn Walter of Canton and Debbie Bowles and husband, Carl, of Plainview; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday at the Graham Chapel Church of Christ in Post. Interment service followed in Terrace Cemetery with arrangements under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice at Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to the Graham Chapel Church of Christ, 1016 W. 15th St., Post, TX 79356; or to Buckner’s Children Home, 129 Brentwood Ave. Lubbock, TX 79416.




Gerald Norman

Gerald V. Norman, 87, was born August 15, 1926, in Garza County to E.M. and Voy (Chapman) Norman. He lived and farmed in Garza County all of his life. He received the honor of Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1968.

He married Laveta Bass on October 21, 1948. They had four children: Judy Norman of Lubbock , Jodi (Andy) Williams, Rynn Norman and Kim (Rhonda) Norman, all of Post; and eight grandchildren: Russ Moore, Randy (Andi) Moore, Kelly (Justin) King, Matthew Norman, Mark Norman, Stace (Kalyn) Norman, Steffi (Tanner) Scott and Laci Norman of Madisonville, Ky. They had six great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Laveta; sister Mary Etta Fleming; sister-in-law Johnnie Norman; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Norman.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not only to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (1 Timothy 4:7-8).

Monday evening, August 26, 2013, was the day Dad received the ultimate promotion — to be with Christ. As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:21, to die is gain. We are celebrating his victory.

Our Dad was a man who was loved by many because of his warmth, his compassion, his sense of humor, and because of his unending love for his family. His greatest desire was to be blessed so that he could bless other people. He was always for the “underdog” and the less fortunate.

He graduated Post High School in 1943. Our Dad was a proud veteran of World War II. He loved telling stories of his time in the war because he counted it as an honor to serve his country. He served with Company 1-185th Division Infantry.

Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” I’ve discovered that inheritance is not just measured in money or in material things. Webster’s dictionary says that it also means “legacy” or any “characteristic passed on by heredity.”

Our Dad passed on to us a giving heart and a genuine compassion for hurting people. He passed on to us a willingness to make sacrifices if it would help prevent misfortune in the lives of others. He passed on to us a strong work ethic. He always taught us to work hard and to help others along the way.

He passed on to us loyalty for our family. I don’t know of anyone who loved his family more than our Dad, did. He stood by us in every way no matter what we were going through, no matter what the situation was.

I rejoice in the fact that our father is with Jesus, even though we will miss him greatly.

Second Corinthians 5:8 says: “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” We are not a people without hope. If our Dad hadn’t known Jesus, then we’d have sadness and sorrow, but Jesus knew our Dad and Dad knew him.

 So we honor our father today in this tribute to him. Thanks, Dad, for being the best friend we ever had.

Celebration of Life Service was held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the Family Harvest Church in Post with Jimmy Norman and church pastor Joey Hamlin officiating. Military graveside rites followed at the Terrace Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers were Randy Moore, Russ Moore, Justin King, Mark Norman, Stace Norman and Tanner Scott.

Memorials are suggested to any cancer foundation.




James Thomas “Tooter” Ammons

James Thomas ‘Tooter’ Ammons, of Post, died on Friday August 23, 2013 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock surrounded by his family.

He was born December 12, 1932 to Thomas Edward and Evelyn (Kee) Ammons here in Post. He attended Post Schools and went to work at the Postex Cotton Mill in 1947. Tooter also worked with his Dad on the hog farm and tended to the mules.

He married Margaret Shaw November, 1950 and three sons were born to this marriage. He later married Toni Tijerina February 3, 1967 here in Post and a daughter was born to this marriage.

Over the years Tooter worked two jobs the majority of the time. He worked for Western Auto for many years and after the mill closed he went to work for Brandon and Clark. He enjoyed playing golf, dominos and riding around with his dog Curly. They would go to South Lake and feed the ducks. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lewis Ammons.  

He is survived by his former spouse, Toni Ammons of Post, one daughter, Tonie Marie Ammons of Lubbock; three sons, Jimmy Ammons of Post, Bobby Ammons and wife Karen of Buna and Ronny Ammons and wife Christy of Sunset; one sister, Elma Mae Doss of Keller; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren
Services were 11:00 am Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Arthur Kelly of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, officiating.

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

 The family greeted friends at Justice-Mason Funeral Home, 301 West Main Street, Post, Texas Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.




Jimmie Parrish

Jimmie Parrish, 78, of Lubbock, died on Wednesday August 21, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born February 8, 1935 to A.O. and Jewell (Ritchie) Parrish in the Graham Chapel Community.

He attended school at Graham Chapel and graduated from Post High School.

He married Nettie Austin January 3, 1953 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She preceded him in death April 7, 1995. They lived in Post, Cotton Center area and Abernathy before moving to Lubbock in 1976. At that time he went to work for Goodpasture and later worked for Pittcock. He married Doris Cornett November 20, 1995 at the Graham Chapel Community Center.

He retired from Pittcock in 2007.  Jimmie’s special interests were traveling, fishing, enjoying family and grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Jo Parrish, his parents, two brothers, Wayne Parrish and Dee Parrish.  

Jimmie was a member of the Church of Christ.  

He is survived by his spouse, Doris Parrish of Lubbock; two sons, Jimmie Lee Parrish and wife Janie of Abernathy and Johnny Parrish and wife Nancy of Halltown, Missouri; three step-sons, Jim Bob Hamilton of Lovington, New Mexico, Billy Hamilton of Big Spring and Stephen Hamilton of Afgahanistan; four step-daughters, Sharon Polly of Artesia, New Mexico, Judy Lindley of San Angelo, Vickie Grogan of Lake Stamford and Mindy Alvarez of Chicago, Illinois; two brothers, Byron Parrish of Huntsville, Alabama and Ronnie Parrish of Post; 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  

Services were 2:00 pm Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Graham Chapel Church of Christ in Post with David Joyner officiating. Interment service was held at 4:30 pm in the Chapel at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park, Woodrow. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were, Jessie Polly, Isaac Arellano, Scott Polly, Richard Lindley, Gary Stone, Bryan Cunningham, Jewel Pierce and Eric Micheal.

The family greeted friends at Justice-Mason Funeral Home, 301West Main Street, Post, Texas Friday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.




Kathie Rankin

Services for Mary Kathleen (Kathie) Rankin, 68 of Post were held at 2 PM Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Post Church of Christ with Travis Sweet officiating.

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

Kathie died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at her home in Post. She was born on February 10, 1945 in Irving, Texas to Sgt. William and Mary Kathrine (Lively) Clyatt.

She married Dan H. Rankin on July 29, 1967 at the First Methodist Church in Irving.

Kathie taught History at Post Middle School for 26 years. She was a member of the Amity Study Club and attended the Post Church of Christ for 47 years. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Irving.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Rankin of Post, one son, Bill and wife Gena Rankin of Post, Her Father: William Clyatt of Irving, Tx, 2 Sisters: Cynthia Clyatt  and Nancy Smith both of Irving, Tx and 4 grandchildren, Blake Carr of Little Rock, Ark and Madison Carr, Emily Rankin and Carter Rankin all of Post.

Kathie loved spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Post Church of Christ or the Breast Cancer Foundation.




Dee Stamp
s

Funeral services for Dee Stamps will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 16, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Post, followed by interment at Terrace Cemetery in Post, Texas.He passed away August 14 in Lubbock.

Pallbearers are, Eddie Wood, Robbie Williams, Joe Gomez, Seth Brookman, Ryan Ulm and Michael Ulm.

Dee was born September 10, 1937, in Hart Camp, Texas, to JD and Irene Stamps. He married Mary Ann Witt in Dimmitt on April 8, 1955.  Dee and Mary lived in several West Texas communities before settling in Post.  He was a farmer and cowboy, riding bulls and broncs, training and showing cutting horses, and working on ranches.  After leaving farming and ranching, he owned and operated Dee’s Boot and Shoe Repair Shop in Post.  Upon retiring from the shop, he loved spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and watching bull riding. 

Dee was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, LaJuana Lobaugh.

Survivors include his brother, Leonard Stamps, two sons, Rick and wife Jody of Lubbock, Jerry and wife Debbie of Fort Worth and one daughter, Deann of Post; eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests desired donations be made to Operation HOPE, 4219 34th Street, Lubbock, TX  79410 or Odyssey Hospice, 1717 Norfolk Ave., #A, 4th Floor, Lubbock, TX, 79416.





Edwin Perkins

Funeral services for Edwin Perkins, 85 of Temple, were July 29 at Dossman Funeral Home. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery in Post. Perkins died July 23 at a Temple nursing home.



Harley Vonn Johnston

Harley Vonn Johnston went to be with the Lord peacefully at home on July 30, 2013 surrounded by his loving wife Barbara and children.

Born July 31, 1937 in Post Texas, to Clay and Cordia Johnston.  Harley worked in the oilfields before starting his own welding shop in Southland, Texas. He was married to Barbara for 45 years, and was someone who was instantly liked by all he met.  He was baptized at Twin Cities Baptist Church in Sherman Texas, where he later served as a Deacon.  The family moved to Southland in 1978, where he was an integral part of the agricultural community.  They retired to Granbury so he could fish, enjoy the lake and be close to family.  

He is survived by his wife Barbara, brother and wife, E.H. & Donita Johnston of Slaton, his four children Ricky Bullard of Whitney, Judy Hatfield of Canton, Randy Johnston of Granbury, and Deana Hughes of Lubbock and eight grandchildren ranging from 13 to 36 years old.  

Visitation was held at Hudman’s Funeral Home in Post, TX on Thursday August 2nd from 6–8 p.m., and the graveside service was held Friday at 11a.m. at the Southland Cemetery.





O.L. ‘Ferg’ Ferguson

O. L. ‘Ferg’ Ferguson, 68, of Post, died on Thursday August 01, 2013 at the Five Stone Ministries, where he was the director.  

He was born on May 26, 1945 to Otto Lee and Rena (Mason) Ferguson at Laverne, Oklahoma.  

Ferg, as he was known to everyone, was raised at Laverne, Oklahoma and graduated high school there. He came to Texas and worked in Hockley County as a Tool Pusher and heavy equipment operator. In 1970 he moved to Post and worked in the oil field and dirt construction. Ferg was instrumental in starting a AA group, worked and supported the Senior Citizens Center and later became involved with the Five Stone Ministries.

He married Betsy Ferguson on March 16, 2007 in Hockley County, Texas.  At the time of his death he was Director of Five Stone Ministries.

Ferg was known for his “Letters to the Editor”, fishing and playing music.

He is preceded in death by a son, Jackie Lee Ferguson (February 17, 1978 - August 26, 1980),  his parents, Otto Lee Ferguson (September 19, 1894 - October 7, 1976) and Rena (Mason) Ferguson (September 4, 1907 - October 5, 1995) and his sister, Mary Lee Nelson.

He was a member of the Graham Chapel United Methodist Church.

Memorial Services were held 2:00 PM Monday, August 5, 2013 at Graham Chapel United Methodist Church with John Bill Hedrick and James Berry officiating.

Cremation arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.  
He is survived by his spouse, Betsy Ferguson of Levelland; two sons, Dan Ferguson and wife Sherrie of Amarillo and Lee Ferguson and wife Miranda of Post; one daughter, Betsy Renee Barrett and husband J.B. of Fort Worth, one step-son, Robert Barron of Levelland and seven grandchildren, Beka, Shai, Caroline Grace, Levi, Katelyn, Ashleigh and Keyleigh.

Memorials are suggested to the Five Stone Ministries, P.O. Box 669, Post, Texas 79356.
The family greeted friends Sunday August 4, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.





Joel H. Poe, Jr.

Joel H. Poe, Jr., 62, of Wilson, Tx. and formerly of Post, Tx. died Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at UMC Hospital in Lubbock.

Joe was born in Sweetwater, Tx. on December 27, 1950 to Joel H. Poe, Sr. and Lois Margie McDaniel Poe.

Joe made his home in Post in 1974 and worked as a welder in the oilfield for 20 years.  He later moved to Wilson, Tx.

Joe was preceded in death by his father and great grandson, Ashton Lamberson.

He is survived by his mother, brother, Virgil Poe, sister, Sharlott Skinner, his 7 children; Dana Tanner, Joe Poe III, Lanny Poe, Joyce & Mike Taylor, Tina & Ervin Romine, Dawna & Jeff Hood, and Shawna Redman, 17 Grandchildren; Tosha Graves, Will Tanner, Robin Taylor, Jazz Romine, Matt Tanner, Brittany Taylor, Carrie Poe, Zach Romine, Cameron Hood, Joey Poe, Dustin Poe, Savannah Hood, Haley Poe, TJ Redman, Autumn Hood, Dillon Poe and Spencer Poe, and 6 Great Grandchildren; Mia Martinez, Jadyn Martinez, Emily Tanner, Caidden Taylor, Kellan Graves and Kate Tanner and many other family and friends.

Memorial service was held Friday, July 26th at the Faith Chapel EMC at 1103 Green Ave. in Wilson Texas with Pastor Mike Taylor officiating.



Jackie Hays

Jackie Hays, 80, of Post and formerly of Lubbock, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Golden Plains Care Center in Post. Jackie was born July 23, 1932, in Texline to James Mitchell Monroe and Mattie Brazoria (Lee) Hays.

The Hays family moved to Post, and Jackie attended Post schools. At the age of 17 he joined the Marines and was discharged February 10, 1956, as a sergeant. He then served in the Reserves until October 9, 1959.

He returned to Post and was a volunteer firefighter for several years. He later married Shirley Ann Pitts on October 9, 1970, in Clovis, N.M. She preceded him in death May 8, 2011. They lived in Lubbock, and Jackie worked for the city of Lubbock as an electrical inspector.

He moved back to Post in 2011 due to health.

Jackie’s passion was golf. He loved to play golf, working on clubs, hanging out while talking golf or just anything to do with golf.

He also is preceded in death by his parents; a son that died January 6, 1957; two sisters and five brothers.

Jackie is survived by son Michael Wayne Hays and daughters Anita Shockley and husband, Roy, of San Angelo and Heidi Hays of Crosbyton; stepdaughter Sheryl Shields and husband, Bill, of Lorenzo; brothers Pete Hays of Post, Herbie Hays and Donnie Hays and his wifem Tippy, all of Austin; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, greatnieces. His great-niece Kelsey visited him, and he always looked forward to her visits.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday July 23, 2013, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Post. The Rev. Arthur Kelly and Ted Tatum officiated. Military graveside rites by the Marines were at the Terrace Cemetery, Post. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

The family received family and friends Monday, July 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.





Juanita Justice

Juanita Justice, 88 of Lubbock and formerly of Post died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Covenant Medical Center.

Juanita was born November 7, 1924 to William Walter Humphrey and Lena Lucille Mayberry Humphrey in Oklahoma.

She and her family came to Post to work at the Postex Cotton Mill. They also lived in Cisco and farmed there.

She married Howard Justice October 24, 1942 here in Post. Howard preceded her in death July 5, 1981.

They made their first home here and shortly moved to Lubbock and later to Abilene. They returned to the Close City Community in 1958 to farm and do water well servicing. In 1978 they moved to Lubbock to enjoy their retirement.

She attended the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church.

Juanita is survived by her three daughters, Linda Davis and husband Leslie, Lanita Clark and husband Kent, and Leatrice Johnson and husband Allen, all of Lubbock; one sister Doris Trimble and husband John of Miles; one sister in law, Bonnie Justice of Lubbock, six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside Service was held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in the Terrace Cemetery at Post. Pastor Terry Kirkpatrick of the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock, officiated. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice- Mason Funeral Home.

The family received family and friends Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 301 West Main Street, Post.




Carlos Romero Sr.

Carlos Romero Sr., 70, of Post died July 6, 2013 in Post. He was born October 3, 1942 in Jourdanton, Texas to Felix and Concepcion (DeLeon) Romero. He worked as a ranch hand in the Garza County area. Survivors include 3 Sons, Carlos Romero Jr. of Crystal City, Texas, Arturo Romero of Crystal City, Texas and Carl Sanchez of Midland, 1 Daughter, Patsy Romero of Lubbock, 2 Brothers, Gabriel Romero of Post and Sammy Zapata of Oklahoma City, 4 Sisters, Maria Sertuche of Lubbock, Janie Zapata of San Antonio, Judy Guerrero of Wilson and Virginia Navarro of Post, and 3 Grandchildren. Mass was held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Hugh Thekkel officiating.

The burial was held in the Terrace Cemetery and was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Rosary was Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Oscar Esparza Jr., Gilbert Esparza, Tony Delarosa, Chris Guerrero, Adrian Guerrero and Mario Romero.




Robert H. ‘Bob’ Collier Jr.

Robert H. “Bob” Collier, the longtime owner of Bob Collier Drug of Post, Texas, passed away on Friday afternoon June 28. Bob Collier was born on May 12, 1924, in Post, Texas. He was the youngest of three children of Robert H. “Doc” Collier Sr. and Ida Thomas Collier.

In 1931 Bobby, as he was known then, had his first movie date with Mattie Stone after she played Martha to his George Washington in the second grade play. This date would lead to a lifelong partnership and marriage.

Bob was a 1941 graduate of Post High School, Post, Texas. After attending Texas Tech College for one year he transferred to The University of Texas to study pharmacology and seek a degree in Pharmacy.

At the University of Texas he was a founding member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. While at the University of Texas he became a lifelong loyal fan and supporter of Longhorn Football. Hisblood ran orange.

In 1943 Collier was drafted into the United States Army to serve in World War II. Quickly rising to the rank of sergeant he was appointed head of the medical laboratories at both Foster General Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, and later at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. These hospitals served as rehabilitation hospitals for wounded soldiers returning from the battlefield of the European Theater. With his pharmaceutical background Collier participated in early test experiments as to the effectiveness of a new drug penicillin and its effectiveness to prevent infection.

While stationed in Jackson, Mississippi, he returned home in January of 1945 and proposed to Mattie Stone on a Thursday and they married on Saturday, January 22.

The couple was married at First Methodist Church, Post, Texas, the home church for them both.

After World War II the couple returned to Austin, Texas, for Collier to finish his degree in pharmacy.

He graduated with that degree from the University of Texas In 1948. After
graduation from college the Colliers returned to Post, Texas, to open Bob Collier Drug. The original Collier Drug was established in Post, Texas, in 1908 by his father, Doc Collier, and was one of the first privately owned businesses in Post.

Bob Collier Drug quickly became a social center for the community all based around the drug store fountain. It was this fountain that gave hundreds of Post High School students their first job. Stopping by the drug store not only for your medical needs but also for a cup of coffee or an cream soda became a Post, Texas, tradition.

Mattie and Bob Collier quickly became integrated again in their hometown, rejoining First Methodist Church. He also became a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Rotary Club.

In 1959 Bob Collier became the president of the West Texas Pharmaceutical Association and in 1965 he was elected as president of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association.

These years were very exciting ones for him with the advent of all sorts of new medications such as the widespread use of penicillin and the invention and distribution of the polio vaccine.

In 1963 he was elected to the City Council of Post, Texas, where he served as alderman for six years.

Bob Collier served as the local representative of the Salvation Army from 1948 till 2005.

In 2005 he retired and closed the doors to Bob Collier Drug. Collier Drug and Bob Collier were in business for 94 years, making it one of the longest-operating family owned drug store in Texas.

“The Blooming Drug Store,” a personal memoir of Bob Collier’s life in the drug store and his life in Post, Texas, was published in 2007.

Robert H. “Bob” Collier passed away on June 28 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his wife Mattie Stone Collier and his daughter DiAnna Collier.

He is survived by his son Don Collier of Lubbock, Texas, and three grandchildren Will Collier of Orlando, Florida, Kate Collier of Dallas, Texas, and Tim Hartsuck of Lubbock, Texas.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 3:00-5:00pm at Human’s Funeral Home 615 W. Main Street, Post, Texas.

Graveside services will follow on Monday, July 1, at 10:00am at Terrace Cemetery in Post, Texas.

The family has requested that memorials in his honor be made to First United Methodist Church, Post, Texas.





Alyne Francis Clanton


Alyne Francis Clanton went to join her Heavenly Father on June 17, 2013 in Post, Texas after a brief illness at the age of 91. She was born June 26, 1921 in Arlington, Texas to Charlie Crockett and Amanda Jeanette Francis.

Alyne attended Post schools and graduated from Post High School. Alyne married Granville Hall Clanton on June
27, 1055 in Lovington, NM. Together they had a daughter, Lisa Jane Clanton Curb of Post, Texas; and a son, Charles Hall Clanton of Amarillo, Texas.
 
She is also survived by five grandchildren; Eleanor Alyne Cotton of Post, Amada Jane Bauer of Post, Crystal Hardt Connell of Amarillo, Michael Bauer of Post and Chris Hardt of Amarillo; four great grandchildren; Austin Williams of Lubbock, Chance Bevers of Post, Kaile Connell of Amarillo and Charles Cotton of Post.

She is preceded in death by her husband G.H. Claton in 2005, parents, three brothers, Burney Francis, Thurman Francis and Travis Frances. She worked as a waitress and was a member of the ladies VFW auxiliary.

Services were held June 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Maddox officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Michael Bauer, Rick Fontenot, Rodney George, Joe Bulman, Chris Hardt and Neal Francis.



Jerry Wade Morris


CLARENDON — Jerry Wade Morris, 72, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Services were June 6 at First Baptist Church of Clarendon with the Revs. Matthew Stidham and Bill Hodges officiating. Burial was in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with full Texas Department of Public Safety honors under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mr. Morris was born June 16, 1940, in Post to Dillard and Wanda Morris. He married Lois Hodges on Dec. 13, 1961, in Post.

He has been a state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 31 years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2006.  He was a board member of the Clarendon Housing Authority and a member of First Assembly of God.

He loved to ride his scooter most days around town.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, of Clarendon; son Jerry Wade Morris Jr. of Clarendon; daughter Mindy Choate of Plainview; brother Jack Morris of Post; sister Shelia Melton of Post; grandchildren Camille Blackmon of Happy, Cade Choate of Plainview and Tyler Morris of Amarillo; great-grandsons Joey, Jarrod and Vinny; great-granddaughter Paisley Bruegel.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Ave., Amarillo, TX 79120.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at RobertsonFuneral.com.



Frances Bryan Conrad


Frances Bryan Conrad, 80, of Post went to be with her Heavenly Father Thursday, May 30, at the Golden Plains Care Center in Post.

She was born to Frank T. and Vivian (Gollehon) Bryan January 13, 1933 at Tahoka. They lived in Post and returned to Tahoka in 1945. She graduated from the Tahoka High School in 1950. After graduation she lived in Tahoka, O’Donnell and in 1967 she returned to Post to live. Over the years Frances worked as a waitress for Jackson’s Cafeteria and then she went to work as a parts clerk for Harold Lucas Chevrolet and later Arroyo Chevrolet. She went to work for McGinnis Chevrolet and retired in 1994. After her retirement she was the manager for the Mesquite Place Apartments and worked for Justice-Mason Funeral Home as the receptionist.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and is preceded in death by a son: Dennis Dean Conrad July 1, 1994.

Frances is survived by one son, Eddie Conrad and his wife Kathy of Dalhart, one daughter, Carol Conrad of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, one brother, Lowell M. Bryan of Hallsville, Texas and one sister, Iris L. Dixon of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Three Grandchildren also survive her, Jennifer Conrad, J.P. Gardner and Eric L.A. Conrad.

Services were 10:00 a.m. Monday June 3, 2013 in the First Baptist Church of Post. Brother Jack Maddox, pastor officiated and Bo Jackson assisted. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Delbert Rudd, Bill Pool, Aaron Rathbun, Brad Mason, Bo Jackson and Dee Justice.
Memorials are suggested to any Christian organization.




Jeanette Hodges


Jeanette Hodges 86 of Post died Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Rosewood Assisted Living Center in Flower Mound. Jeanette Gilmore was born to Edgar L. and Sarah Elizabeth (Waters) Gilmore February 16, 1927, here in Post. She attended and graduated from the Post Schools. She married C.D. ‘Dee’ Hodges October 15, 1946. Dee preceded her in death June 14, 1986. She worked for the Postex Cotton Mill until 1978. In 1999 she worked in the Garza County Tax Assessor/Collectors office and became the office holder in the tax office. In 2005 she retired as the Garza County Tax Assessor/Collector. At which time she became a full time grandmother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and is preceded in death by a daughter: Helen Ruth Hodges Truelock January 1, 2005 and also by a grandson: Quillen Michael Truelock June 5, 2011. Due to health reasons, she moved to Flower Mound to be with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Jeanette is survived by: one son: Johnny and his wife Lisa Hodges of Flower Mound. Also by a grandson: Cade Hodges of Flower Mound. One niece: Karen Jackson of Wagoner, Oklahoma; also a host of other family members.

Services were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday May 28, 2013 in the First Baptist Church of 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.

The family received family and friends Monday, May 27, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



Emily Zivec

Services for Emily Zivec, 81, of Post were held at 1 PMThursday, June 6, 2013 at the First Baptist Church with Rev.Jack Maddox officiating. Burial will be Saturday, June 8,2013 in Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Localarrangements were under the direction of Hudman FuneralHome.

She died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at her home in Post. Shewas born January 30, 1932 in Kirkwood, Georgia to Emory andDoris (Bradford) Martin. Emily married Bob Zivec on December1, 1962 in West, Texas. She was a nurse for BurlingtonIndustries. She was a member of the First Baptist Church,the Caprock Cultural Association and the Concerned Women forAmerica.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Zivec of Post, 1daughter Melissa and husband Doug Flanigan of Post, threebrothers, Arthur Martin, Rema Martin and John Martin all ofGeorgia and two grandchildren, Datch and Haddie Flaniganboth of Post.

Pallbearers were Doug Flanigan, Kelly Baker, MichaelIsbell, Drew Spencer, Darrell Reece and Delbert Rudd.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials toBrynne’s Smiles or the First Baptist Church ChristianSchool.

Visitation was Wednesday from 6




Winifred Clarence Carpenter


Winifred Clarence Carpenter was born Oct. 11, 1024, in Tahoka, Texas. He passed away on May 25, 2013, at the age of 88.

Family and friends knew him as “Bo,” a nickname that he received at the age of 6 and carried throughout his life.

He attended Post High School. He served his country as a Navy sailor during WWII in the Pacific Theater. After the war he attended Texas A&M for two years but was needed at his parent’s farm, so college was put on hold. He was joined in matrimony to Margi Nell (Russell) Carpenter in Lubbock on December 16, 1948. They had three children, Steve, Charles, and Brenda. He farmed in New Home for many years and later started Bo Carpenter Painting, which he operated until 2009.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie; his daughter, Brenda; his parents, Dan and Edna Carpenter; brother, Jimmy Carpenter; sisters, Anna Jean Carpenter-Corbell, Mary Carpenter-Herbst and Sue Carpenter-Hudman.

He is survived by two sons: Steve Carpenter, his wife Pam, and their children, Caleb, Dustin, Jordan; and Charles Carpenter, his wife DeLores, and their children, Derek, Daniel, Cynthia, Carpenter-Willingham and Angela Carpenter-Watson; and a grandson, Brenda’s son, Taylor Carpenter (who he raised like a son); his wife Deana, and their children, Devan, Tavia, and Quinn; along with 11 great-grandchildren: Joshua, Jasmine, Faith, Eva, Ayden, Merrin, Nick, Micah, Evan, Devan, Tavia, and Quinn.

He was professing Christian and has gone to meet His Lord. He was loved by countless family and friends and will be greatly missed. He will be laid to rest beside his wife. Margie Carpenter, of 54 years, and amongst family including parents Dan and Edna Carpenter, brother Jimmy Carpenter, daughter Brenda Carpenter, and sister Mary Carpenter-Herbst in Terrace Cemetery.

A special thanks to family and his friends who have continued with him during a very difficult finish, God bless you.

There will be a 10 a.m. viewing and registry at Hudman Funeral Home in Post, Texas, on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

The funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. in graveside “cowboy style” (weather permitting) at Terrace Cemetery, the way Daddy like it; Rev. Charles Carpenter will be officiating. Family will receive friends and registry at Hudman Funeral Home, 615 W. Main Street, Post TX, one hour prior to funeral services. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.




Bill Harp

Bill Harp, 83, passed away May 22, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hudman Funeral Home. Services will be at First Baptist Church in Post at 10:00 AM, May 24 with Brother Jack Maddox, Bo Jackson and Marvin Self officiating.

Bill was born January 10, 1930 in Dimmit, TX to the late O.L. & Bertie (Robinson) Harp. He graduated from Dawson at Welch, TX. Bill accepted Christ as his Savior in 1941, loved his church, and served as Deacon in 2 churches. He had over 65 years of happiness with Movelda Gray. After working for Cities Service Oil Co. for 34 years, they had many years of traveling and fun.

Bill is survived by his wife, Movelda, daughter Linda Self and husband Marvin of Post, Tx, daughter-in-law Thressa (Harp) Baker and husband H. of Slaton, TX, 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. One sister, Audine St. Clair of Lubbock, TX.

Preceding Bill in death was his beloved son Jacky; one brother and four sisters.
The family would like to give special thanks to Odyssey Hospice for their compassionate care.

Those wishing to make charitable donations in Bill’s name may make them to Odyssey Hospice or First Baptist Church of Post.



Joan Blacklock


Services for Joan Blacklock, 75, of Post were held at 3 PM Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel with Bo Jackson officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

She died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Post. She was born to Roy and Laura (Byrd) Holly on October 1, 1937 in Afton, Tx. She married Jackie Blacklock on December 20, 1952 in Post. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2004.

Survivors include 2 Daughters: Jerri and husband Tommy Reed of Justiceburg and Janet Blacklock of Post, 2 Sons: Jackie Ray Blacklock of Wolfforth and Joe Blacklock of Lubbock, 2 Sisters: Rene Mason of Post and Brenda Angerer of Lubbock, 6 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Todd Angerer, Tony Angerer, Garett White, Eddie Holly, Frankie Joe Kinman, Raymie Holly and Ron Mason. Honorary pallbearwers were Will Reed, Chris Dawson, Randon Blacklock, Colt Blacklock, Cody Joe Blacklock and Jason Blacklock.



Jerry Hays


Gerald “Jerry” Hays was born to Jim and Mattie Hays on February 22, 1939 and departed this life on May 7, 2013.
Jerry had lived a lifelong devotion to family, friends and the Post community. Born and raised in Post, Jerry served his hometown proudly. Stationed in Korea, Jerry served his country from December 1, 1961, to November 30, 1963. He returned to Post and worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, engineering division, until his retirement in 1999. Jerry also served a term on the Post I.S.D. School Board.

After retirement from the state, Jerry was elected to serve as County and District Clerk of Garza County.

He was an active member of the Post Rotary Club and served as deacon of Cavalry Baptist Church. Jerry touched the hearts of many with his love and care for Kelsey, who never failed to bring a smile to his face. Not only will Jerry be remembered for his devotion to family but also for his zest for life, kindness, sense of humor and grace.

He is survived by the love of his life, Kay; children, Rodney and Alison Hays of Georgetown, Kelsey of Post and Karron of Post; brothers, Herb of Austin, Donnie of Austin, Pete of Post, Jackie of Post and sister, Rheba Propst of Post.

Memorial service to honor the memory




Anita Jo Martinez


Anita Jo Martinez, 40, of Post died Thursday May 9, 2013, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Anita was born January 12, 1973, in Post to Joe and Olivia (Collazo) Martinez. She attended school in Post and Southland. After getting out of school she worked for Conoco, The Dalby Unit and later for United Supermarket here in Post. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She is preceded in death by her mother: Olivia Rodriguez Martinez August 28, 2004. Anita was especially proud of her children: Brandon and Olivia (Livy), along with her family and friends.

Anita is survived by: one son: Brandon M. Soto; and one daughter: Olivia (Livy) Martinez, both of Post. Her Father: Joe Martinez of Post. Two sisters: Deborah Ann Martinez and JoAnn Martinez, both of Post.

Services were 2:00 p.m. Monday May 13, 2013 in the First Baptist Church of Post. The Rev. Homar Builtron of the New Hope Foursquare Church of Lubbock officiated. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Cecil Martinez, Jr., Steven Martinez, Jackie Burkett, Shane Redman, Amando Chapa and Jesse Collazo, III. Honorary pallbearer was: Tommy Binford.



Julian John Govea


Julian John Govea, 1 month 18 days, of Kennesaw, Georgia, died on Tuesday April 23, 2013, at the Kennestone Hospital Marietta, Georgia. He was born on March 5, 2013, to Geovanny and Suzanna (Cisneros) Govea at Marietta.

His father, Geovanny Govea, is serving active duty with the Air Force Reserve Command at Dobbins Air Force Base at Marietta.

Julian was preceded in death by a cousin, Victoria Thomas on April 10, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. He is also preceded in death by his great-grandparents Mike and Delores Cisneros.

Julian is survived by his parents Geovanny amd Suzanna (Cisneros) Govea of Kennesaw, Ga; brothers Jasiah Cisnerous and Geovanny Jr. Govea of the home; maternal grandparents David and Isabell Cisneros of Shalimar, Fla.; paternal grandparents Edison and Shelly Govea of Seabrook; maternal great-grandmother, Faye Salizar of Spokane, Wash.; maternal great-grandparents Cruz and Amada Hernandez of Crosbyton; paternal great-grandparents: Sharyn and Calvin Ferguson of Siloam Springs, AR.; Paternal great-great-grandparents Harriet and Lester Young of Siloam Springs, Ark.

Services were Saturday at the Trinity Baptist Church in Post with the Rev. Gregg Sizemore of Lifebridge Church of Acworth, Ga., officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Geovanny Govea and Edison Govea.




Giles Wilson Dalby


Giles Wilson Dalby, 80, of Post, went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 1, 1932, in Lubbock to the late Blanche Connell and Arno R. Dalby. He married the love of his life, Nell Floyd, on June 2, 1952, and enjoyed 60 wonderful years together.

Dalby served many years as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Post. According to Giles, his proudest accomplishment was his family, followed by his service to Garza County, the state of Texas and his association with Plains Capital Bank.

Memories will forever be cherished by his children, Elizabeth Elliott and her husband, Robert, of San Angelo, Rebecca Dalby of Houston, Charlcie Mosser and husband, Johnny, of Lubbock, and son Giles W. Dalby Jr. and wife, Mendy, of Post; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family would also like to acknowledge Dorothy Pringler, Rhonda Valdez and Lee Wayne Greathouse for their years of love and care to the family. He is also survived by specials cousins Lynn and Buddy Forbess of Lubbock and Mary Louise McCrary of Lubbock.

He is also survived by longtime friends Joe Kirk Fulton, Jim Sexton, Bob Macy, and Jack Kirkpatrick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to First Presbyterian Church of Post (910 W. 10th St. Post, TX 79356) or the Community Recovery Center (P.O. Box 622 Post, TX 79356).

A celebration of life service was Tuesday at the Post Antelope Arena with burial to follow at the Cross H Ranch under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Family and friends are asked to visit his memorial website at imorial.com/gilesdalby.





Frances Craig


Frances Craig, 80, of Post went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 14, 2013.  

Frances was born to Ivy Murden “Butch” and Alice Mae (Kent) Webb on August 18, 1932, in West. She was raised in West and graduated from West High School. After graduation she worked in Waco and later married Harold Craig on September 15, 1956, at West.

Harold was in the U.S. Air Force at the time and they made their home there in West. In 1969 they moved to Post, and she worked for H&M Construction and later went to work as a librarian’s aide for the Post ISD. She retired in 1997 but served as substitute teacher for several years.

She was a lifelong Baptist and was a member of First Baptist Church. Frances’ special interests were her grandchildren and family, her church, cooking, reading and enjoying her many friends.

Frances is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harold; sons Harold Kent Craig of Grand Prairie, Kevin Lynn and wife, Donna Craig, of Mansfield and Keith Webb and his wife, Libby Michelle Craig, of Lubbock; brothers Bobby Webb and his wife, Joyce, of Lorena and John Webb and his wife, Ann, of Allen; sisters Billie Malone and Betty Winton and her husband, James, all of Waco; Shirley Bailey and her husband, Wayne, of Lubbock; grandchildren Kelci Craig, Kyle Craig, Karah Craig, Kate Craig, Chandler Craig, Sydney Craig, Libby Craig, Emmy Craig and Carter Craig.

Services were Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Steve McMeans of the Indiana Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock officiating. The Rev. Jack Maddox of the First Baptist Church of Post assisted. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Christian School, 402 W. Main St., Post, TX 79356




Tammie Montoya


Mass for Tammie Montoya, 49, of Post was Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Hugh Thekkel officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Tammie died April 2, 2013, in Lubbock. She was born November 5, 1963, in Floydada to Pedro Barbosa and Margarita Ramos. She married Ruben Montoya on September 15, 1982, in Gail. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Rubem Montoya, of Post; sons Stephen Montoya of Post, Patrick Montoya of Louisiana and Giovanni Montoya of Post; daughter Donna Montoya of Post; her mother, Margarita Ramos, of Post; brothers Jesse Barbosa of Colorado, Terry Barboza of Post, Willie Barboza of Post, Leonard Barboza of Post, Pete Barboza of Post, Felix Barboza of Brownwood, Frank Guerrero of Florida, Raymon Salas of Post, Miguel Torres of Post and Feliciano Torres of Post; sisters Moneka Tirgos of Denver City, Sylvia Pacheco of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marianna Cazares of Abilene and five grandchildren.



Ronnie Pruitt

Graveside services for Ronald Lee Pruitt, 56, of Post were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Terrace Cemetery with Mike Taylor, Bubba Smith and O. L. Ferguson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

He died Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Lubbock. He was born November 3, 1956 in Slaton to Charles and Marietta (Whitten) Pruitt. 

He attended school in Post and worked in the oil field.

Survivors include his mother: Marietta Pruitt of Post, 1 Son: Charles Pruitt of Lubbock, 2 Daughters: Jeri Stone of Odessa and Trisha Brumley of North Carolina, 3 Sisters: Diana Poe, Anita Morris and Karen Palmer all of Post and 3 Grandchildren: Kara Thomas and Chelsea Thomas both of Post and Michael Clay Pruitt of Lubbock.

Chic Stevens

Services for Emory Ralph “Chic” Stevens of Post will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Graham Chapel Methodist Church with John Hedrick officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.


He died Monday, April 8, 2013 at his home. He was born on September 9, 1928 in Garza County to Phillip Emory and Lillian (Echols) Stevens. Chic married Glenda Oden on July 21, 1955 in Lubbock. He and Glenda farmed in Lynn and Garza counties for many years.


Survivors include his wife Glenda Stevens of Post, 1 Son: Kirk Stevens of Garden City, Tx, Daughter-in-Law: Traci Stevens of Lubbock, 2 Grandchildren: Branda Stevens of Hammond, La. and Blace Stevens of Garden City, Tx. and by 4 nieces and nephews: Joe Bilbo of Alba, Tx, Jan Nichols of San Angelo, Gary Bilbo of Beeville and Ronnie Bilbo of Lubbock.




Wes Burnett

Wesley Walker Burnett, 72, of Rockwall, passed away March 28, 2013. He was born January 19, 1941, in Bonham to Roy Edwin and Helen Juanita (Samuel) Burnett.

Mr. Burnett was an Air Force Cadet for two years at Texas A&M University, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force until 1973. He married Patsie Ruth Voyles on June 10, 1961, in Bryan, Texas.

Mr. Burnett was the publisher of The Post Dispatch from 1982 to 2008. He then moved to Rockwall to publish the Rockwall County News. Mr. Burnett was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall.

He is survived by his wife: Pat Burnett of Rockwall; sons Timothy Walker Burnett of Rockwall and James Wesley Burnett and wife, Gail, of Austin; daughter Kimberly Joy Dolberry and husband, Allen, of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers Jerry Burnett of Ladonia and Roy Burnett of The Colony; sister Beverly Bolton and husband, Ron, of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren Alyssa Hopper and husband, Michael, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Cailee Hope Dolberry, Whitney Faith Dolberry and Lindsey Noel Dolberry, all of Mesa, Ariz.; and great-grandson.




Wanda Winnell Dodson

Services for Wanda Winnell Dodson, 85, of San Saba, formerly of Post, will be at 2 p.m. today at Hudman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Southland Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home of Post.

She died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home near San Saba. She was born on December 23, 1927, in New Lynn to Claude and Tennie Mae (Scott) Meeks. She graduated from Tahoka High School. Winnell married Raymond M. Dodson on December 19, 1946, in Tahoka. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1995. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughter Tina and husband, Jimmy Light, of San Saba; sons Dennis Dodson and wife, Susan, of Seattle and Larry Dodson of San Saba; sister Hazel Lovell of Midland; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.



Mildred L. Stewart

Mildred L. Stewart, 89, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Littlefield. She was born to John and Beaulah (Newsom) Dyson January 25, 1924, at Brenham.

Mildred and her family came to Garza County when she was very young. She attended school here and married Wayne Stewart September 14, 1940, here in Post. Wayne preceded her in death June 5, 1984. They farmed here in Post after their marriage. In 1953 they moved to Chelsea, Okla. In 1978 they returned to Garza County. After Wayne’s death she continued to farm and raise cattle. Due to health Mildred moved to Littlefield to live and be near her son, Jerry.

Mildred was also preceded in death by her daughter Marie Waters, April 9, 2002, and by her son Jerry Wayne Stewart November 23, 2011. Two brothers preceded her in death Jess Dyson on October 26, 1984, and L.D. “Dave” Earick on February 18, 2013. Mildred’s long time companion Timp Browning also preceded her in death February 5, 2013. She was a Baptist.

Mildred is survived by her daughter-in-law Joyce Stewart of Littlefield; six grandchildren Cindy Moorhead of Dallas, Teresa McKelvy of Littlefield, Michelle Fullenwider of Earth, Lee Waters of Abernathy, Kelly Waters of Post and Steve Waters of Noble, Okla.; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services were Tuesday at the Trinity Baptist Church with Bro. Glenn Harlin and the Rev. Mike Holly officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Post.

Pallbearers were Dicky Wallace, Bill Aten, Kenith Bullard, Lewis Mason, Bobby Cowdrey and Mike Holly.

Memorial may be made to any children’s home of your choice.



Clayton Tidwell


Clayton L. Tidwell, age 63, of Whitehouse, passed away in the early afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 14, 1949, in Bowie County, Texas, to Berry and Allie Smith Tidwell, they preceded him in death.

Clayton proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine during Vietnam.

On November 3, 1984, he married the love of his life, Patti Peel, in Snyder, Texas. Together they spent the next 28 years raising a family and living a lifetime of memories. In his free time, Clayton loved to golf and fish. He was a hard-working man who was always good for a laugh and playing a joke on someone, but those who really knew Clayton will remember him for the love and dedication he had for his wife, children and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Baptist faith and most recently attended Sharon Baptist Church in Arp.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Patti; children, Tiffany Tidwell of Whitehouse, Rynn Sappington and wife, Shannon, of Granbury, and Rance Sappington and wife, Mary Lou, of Lubbock; granddaughters, Bayleigh Sappington, Rachael Sappington, Haylin Colley and Taylor Sappington; sisters Bernice Dalby of Dekalb, Lila Pearson of Pangburn, Ark., Laura Steelman of Snyder, Judy Simmons of Tyler and Nelva Lawrence of Amarillo; brothers, Joe L. Martin of Dekalb, Bryan Tidwell of Tyler and Milton Tidwell of Tyler; and by a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and very special friends.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Joan Smith.

Services for Clayton L. Tidwell were March 16 at Sharon Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Pearson officiating. Burial was in Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury with Dennis Mathews, Patrick Mullican, Robbie Moss, Don Fisher, Shane Fisher and Mark Tatom serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler.




Nevaeh Marie White

Nevaeh Marie White, infant of Post, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday March 23, 2013 at her home. Nevah was born April 17, 2012, to Leslie Charles White II and Nikki ReShea Pewitt at Lubbock.

Services were Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Post with the Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. The Rev. Arthur Kelly of Pleasant Home Baptist Church assisted. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

She is preceded in death by